? All Tech Radio Episode 340
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  • Five Portlanders are accused of conspiring to create, deal and pass counterfeit bills at such busy retailers as Target, Albertson's, Fred Meyer, Safeway, Walmart, Nordstrom and Subway, according to an indictment handed up on March 28. The crew used ordinary three-in-one printers, resume-quality inkjet paper and dabs of hair gel to construct bogus bills of excellent quality, prosecutors allege.
  • Nokia's first LTE-capable Windows Phone smartphone, the Lumia 900, is now available for purchase from AT&T. The phone is available for the bargain price of $99.99 on a two year contract, under-cutting most other LTE capable devices by $100 or more. I got mine on Friday and replaced my iPhone immediately. It's faster, the screen is larger, and the Metro interface is dynamic.
  • More than half a million Apple computers have been infected with the Flashback Trojan, according to Kaspersky security. Its report claims that about 600,000 Macs have installed the malware - potentially allowing them to be hijacked and used as a "botnet". The firm, Dr Web, says that more than half that number are based in the US. Apple has released a security update, but users who have not installed the patch remain exposed. Flashback was first detected last September when anti-virus researchers flagged up software masquerading itself as a Flash Player update. Once downloaded it deactivated some of the computer's security software. Now that Apple is a bigger target we should see more of these is the coming months.
  • The new iPhone 5 may come out as soon as June of this year, but what about your old iPhone? A report says that ATT may allow a free unlocking code once your contract is up. This would allow you to move your phone to TMobile or another like carrier. It will also increase the value of the older phones resale. Prior to this, unlocking a phone could cost as much as $500.
  • Facebook has agreed to buy the hugely popular photo-sharing app maker Instagram for about $1 billion in cash and stock in a blockbuster deal reverberating around Silicon Valley. It's about the only thing that could top Justin Bieber on Instagram. Facebook's chief executive and founder made the announcement Monday on Facebook in a post that has already generated tens of thousands of likes. He has pledged to allow Instagram to remain independent. "For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests," Mark Zuckerberg wrote.
  • Earlier today, Cricket's parent company Leap Wireless announced a deal that'd see its own Savary Island Wireless, T-Mobile and Cook Intlet/VS GSM VII GPS (itself a T-Mo venture) swap spectrum in a handful of markets. The agreement lets Leap Wireless inherit 10MHz of AWS waves in Phoenix, Houston, Galveston, and Brian-College Station, TX, while the Magenta carrier -- in partnership with Cook Intlet -- would receive spectrum in various markets within Alabama, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Leap's CEO Doug Hutcheson says the move's bound to help "provide us a longer term flexibility to offer a larger LTE channel." Of course, the pact still needs the OK from the FCC, thus the champagne bottles must remain on standby until then.
  • The US Navy is planning to deploy robot helicopters to help scan the seas for pirates. The Office of Naval Research recently detailed the new system it calls Multi-Mode Sensor Seeker (MMSS), which involves high-definition cameras and sensors along with 3D imaging laser-radar, or LADAR, technology. The new system will be deployed on Fire Scout drones, which have already been helpful at catching cocaine smugglers at sea. With the added 3D radar scanning technology, the drones will be able to automatically compare the 3D images of boats to those of pirate boat profiles on record. This capability will ease the work load on Navy sailors, who would otherwise have to manually comb through an overwhelming amount of data.
  • When Google officially unveiled Project Glass - the company's bid to develop Terminator-style augmented-reality glasses - we saw a provocative glimpse of the future. The video Google released yesterday showed us the point of view of someone wearing the glasses, with icons, maps and other graphical overlays appearing over the user's complete field of vision. Accompanying photos, meanwhile, showed us how the new glasses might look - but the glasses weren't really glasses. Instead, we saw a system that lacked full lenses, and included just a small, rectangular pieces of glass hovering over the wearer's right eye. If anything, the system in the photos looks similar to what Recon does with its head-up-display snowboarding goggles: Data overlays don't consume one's entire field of vision. Rather, small bits of data appear only in one's peripheral vision. However, according to Pranav Mistry, an MIT Media Lab researcher and one of the inventors of the SixthSense wearable computing system, "The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing."
  • The hackers claim they are protesting what they say is China's oppressive government and England's unjust extradition agreement with the United States. Anonymous hackers reportedly are putting the Chinese and British governments back into their crosshairs. Anonymous hackers reportedly are putting the Chinese and British governments back into their crosshairs. A person claiming to be part of the Anonymous China group that attacked hundreds of Chinese government and commercial sites and defaced many of them last week said the hackers are gearing up for similar efforts in the country in hopes of stirring unrest among Chinese citizens and taking apart firewall operations the country uses to block content from places like Google, YouTube and Facebook. A person claiming to be part of the Anonymous China group that attacked hundreds of Chinese government and commercial sites and defaced many of them last week said the hackers are gearing up for similar efforts in the country in hopes of stirring unrest among Chinese citizens and taking apart firewall operations the country uses to block content from places like Google, YouTube and Facebook. A person claiming to be part of the Anonymous China group that attacked hundreds of Chinese government and commercial sites and defaced many of them last week said the hackers are gearing up for similar efforts in the country in hopes of stirring unrest among Chinese citizens.
  • Lenovo is prepping a new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet called the IdeaTab S2109, which includes a screen similar to the one Apple used on older versions of the iPad. The forthcoming tablet will have a 9.7-inch display, with a resolution of 1024-by-768 - just like Apple's older iPads, SlashGear noted. A video overview (below) of the upcoming slate indicates that it measures 8.9mm (or about 0.35 inches) in thickness and boasts a gunmetal-finish unibody shell. The IdeaTab S2109 also has a 1.3-megapixel, front-facing camera for video chat, but no rear camera. It sports four speakers on the back, a micro-HDMI jack, a microUSB slot and a microSD memory card slot.

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  • Jonathan from Seattle asks "Will the new Lumia play flash?"