? All Tech Radio Episode 339
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  • There has been a flurry of griping about the new iPad online, but how do people who bought the new iPad feel about it? You might sum it up like this: Love the iPad, don't like the price. In a new study released Monday, ChangeWave Research found that 82% of people who bought the new iPad say they are "very satisfied" with the tablet, and 16% say they are "somewhat satisfied." As for the number of people who are "very unsatisfied"? That would be zero. ChangeWave surveyed 200 new owners of the iPad to find out how they felt about their purchase and their key likes and dislikes. When asked "What do you like best about your new iPad?" 72% of new owners cited the high resolution "Retina" display. Twenty-two percent said they like the long battery life, 21% said they liked the 4G LTE capability, and 20% said they liked the speed of the device.
  • There was supposed to be a big internet attack by organizations like Anonymous on Saturday. The DNS servers that resolve names to IP address were the target. If it was successful, it would have made it impossible to bring up a web page. At this point we don't know if they changed their minds or it never happened. DNS security professionals ramped up their security upgrades before the day of the attack and were pleased to see that everything was working as it should.
  • The Girls Around Me app, which used Foursquare and Facebook data to automatically pinpoint the location of specific women near users, was blocked by Foursquare after a firestorm of criticism over user privacy. The popular check-in service said the app's access to its API was shut down because it violated its policy against aggregating user data across venues. Russian developer i-Free Innovations insisted in a statement that the app, which many blogs criticized as creepy and stalking, used publicly available information and provided the same functionality as many other apps.
  • Google has tried to break into social networking with Google Plus. Now Facebook has decided to get into the search engine business by hiring away a former Google engineer. It's possible that in the next two years we will see a Facebook search engine that will rival Google's, and that could be a game changer.
  • It may sound like an April Fool's day joke, but it's not. "This is some of the best driving I've ever done," Steve Mahan said the other day. Mahan was behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius tooling the small California town of Morgan Hill in late January, a routine trip to pick up the dry cleaning and drop by the Taco Bell drive-in for a snack. He also happens to be 95 percent blind. Mahan, head of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, "drove" along a specially programmed route thanks to Google's autonomous driving technology. Look, ma! No hands. And no feet!" Mahan jokes at one point in a video of the event, posted online Wednesday by Google. "I love it," he added.
  • Foxconn is promising to be more worker-friendly after finding itself once again on the hot seat over labor issues. Chairman Terry Gou told Reuters yesterday that "we are saying now in the company, 'you work fewer hours, but get more pay.' We won't stop here and will continue to increase salaries." Gou, who spoke at the 2012 Boao Forum for Asia in China, was reacting to questions over last week's audit from the Fair Labor Association. That audit uncovered a number of violations at three Foxconn factories in China. In just its initial report, the FLA found that Foxconn workers were putting in more than 60 hours per week, while many were working seven days a week without a day off. The report also discovered that workers were not being fairly compensated for overtime or even for the cost of living in Shenzhen and Chengu, where the factories are located.
  • Google only makes $1.70 per device. "In terms of returns, Android is sustainable," writes Asymco's Horace Dediu at the end of a long analytical piece posted Monday. "However, in relative terms the value created leaves much to be desired." That's quite an understatement, especially when you consider how much Apple (AAPL) makes on its mobile devices. According to Dediu, Apple generated $576.30 per iOS device in 2011, including accessories and the licensing of trademarks but excluding income from the App Store, iTunes music, movies, TV shows, iBooks, greeting cards and textbooks.
  • Last week, AT&T revealed big marketing plans for the Lumia 900, Nokia's top-of-the-line smartphone running on the Windows Phone platform, which is set to hit store shelves April 8. Now, Nokia has launched what's certain to be the first of many marketing volleys with a viral campaign at www.smartphonebetatest.com. The site features video of an anchorman -- Saturday Night Live alum Chris Parnell -- waiting impatiently, under a countdown clock. It also has three more videos making fun of the vulnerabilities of the iPhone (though it never names the phone by name.) One video spoofs "Antennagate" -- where some users lost signal strength when they held their iPhones a certain way, dubbed the "death grip." The other two vids spoof the iPhone's fragility and screen that can be hard to see in bright sunlight.
  • Although Microsoft has said the next Xbox won't be launching anytime soon, the rumor mill just won't quit. Gaming blog VG247 is now reporting that Microsoft is hard at work on the next Xbox, and when it finally launches late next year, it'll come with a Blu-ray player. The device will also ship with two AMD GPUs, making it "like two PCs taped together," the blog's sources say. Those reports aren't necessarily groundbreaking. AMD has hinted from time to time that it'll be Microsoft's partner in the next Xbox. Gaming blog Kotaku also said earlier this year that its own sources have confirmed that the next Xbox will launch with Blu-ray and not the DVD drive available in the current Xbox 360.
  • NEW YORK -(Dow Jones)- Dell Inc. (DELL) agreed to acquire Wyse Technology Inc., the latest move by the computer maker to expand its offerings for business customers. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Dell expects the deal to close in the second quarter and said it should add to earnings in the second half of fiscal 2013. Wyse provides software and hardware that play into the trend called cloud computing. The company, founded in 1981, originally was known for desktop terminals that could take the place of personal computers. Wyse said it has shipped more than 20 million of the devices it now calls thin clients. The San Jose, Calif., company later branched into related technologies such as desktop virtualization, which allows computers to remotely access applications and documents stored on a server without storing the information on the device. Wyse also provides software that allows companies to securely and remotely manage their devices. Demand has been rising for such products. Wyse's revenue rose 45% in its last fiscal year, said Dave Johnson, Dell senior vice president of corporate strategy. By comparison, the industry's revenue, on average, rose in the mid-teens on a percentage basis, he said. "Wyse is an independent entity that's really been gaining momentum to grow into a No. 1 market share position," Johnson said during a conference call to discuss the acquisition. He added that Dell plans to bolster Wyse's hardware business.

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  • Scott from Seattle asks "What the heck is cloud computing?"