? All Tech Radio Episode 359
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  • Apple is now the most valuable company of all time. Shares are rising again this morning, continuing the sharp run-up of the past few weeks that has propelled the tech juggernaut to its all-time high. The stock recently rose 1.8% at $660, pushing Apple's market capitalization up to $619 billion, FactSet data show. The previous historical record for top market cap belonged to Microsoft, whose market value topped out at $616.3 billion in December 1999, according to Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
  • Before the official announcement that this device even exists, Nikon appears to have had a bit of a leak occur with the Coolpix S800c, their first Android-based shooter. This device is expected to have a 4.5-54 mm lens, a 3.5-inch OLED display, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread - and an announcement date of August 22nd. What we're seeing today thanks to Nikon Rumors is a couple of devices, perhaps iterations of the same model, showing off what this next-generation device will look like.
  • The Nintendo 3DS XL finally hit store shelves this past weekend. The 3DS's bigger brother went on sale on Sunday in North America for $200. The redesigned handheld already launched in Japan and Europe on July 28. Like its launch in Japan, the 3DS XL was released in North America alongside the latest side-scrolling Mario game, New Super Mario Bros 2. The 3DS XL, first announced in June, sports a 4.88-inch upper screen and a 4.18-inch lower screen. In comparison, the original 3DS handheld has a 3.53-inch upper screen and 3.02-inch lower screen. The updated version also boasts a longer battery life, according to Nintendo, and comes with a 4GB SD card.
  • Would you let Google book your next trip? Google Inc is buying the Frommer's line of travel guidebooks, the latest move to amass a trove of publishing content that could strengthen the No 1 Internet search company's push to become a major online travel broker. The sale by John Wiley & Sons Inc comes nearly a year after Google's $151 million purchase of Zagat Survey, which offers reviews of restaurants, hotels and nightclubs in cities around the world. The deal will meld the 55-year-old travel publisher's deep database of hotels and sights into a search giant that is seeking to position its services across the entire trip-planning process, from searching for a holiday destination and looking up hotel reviews to booking tours and restaurants in far-flung cities.
  • A bizarre new bicycle helmet has hit the market. The Hovding helmet promises to protect you head without messing up your hair. The bizarre helmet looks like a scarf and only springs into action when accelerometers and gyro-meters inside detect sudden jolt. If the wearer is involved in an accident the helmet inflates in under 0.1 second to cocoon their head.
  • Do you read your email and play with your smart phone when out to eat? Eva Restaurant gives diners a 5 percent discount on their bill if they let go of their digital devices before being seated, according to The Los Angeles Times. Owner and chef Mark Gold says he hopes patrons focus on their food and not their phones. Gold says about half of his customers have taken him up on the offer.
  • Worried about running out wireless airwaves? Verizon has purchased some unused spectrum from the cable companies and is getting ready to put it into good use. For the last few years there was a rumor we were saturating our air waves with iPhones and Androids, but with this new sales Verizon has added a new block to the spectrum, and this is no ordinary wavelength. This is the coveted wavelength that passes through walls and windows much easier than the higher spectrums. This means better communications in buildings and elevators.
  • Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has been slow to make gains in the U.S. thanks to the market-dominating Android and iOS operating systems, but new data suggests that Windows Phone might at least best RIM's BlackBerry in the U.S. by year's end. Over the weekend, WMPoweruser.com said that data from StatCounter suggests that Windows Phone market share in the U.S. will surpass that of RIM's BlackBerry by Nov. 2012. The blog made an estimation based on trends in StatCounter data and said the move will cement Windows Phone as a "very minor" third player in the U.S. mobile OS market.
  • An internal Hulu memo obtained by Variety points to big changes at the online video website. As reported on Sunday by Variety, a three-page July document from Hulu parent companies News Corp. and Disney discusses how they plan to transform the service, with or without CEO Jason Kilar. Hulu did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but reps declined to comment to Variety about the memo. At issue is a buyout of one of Hulu's owners, Providence Equity Partners, which closes in September. At that point, Kilar might opt to cash out and walk away with an estimated $100 million, leaving Hulu without a CEO. The buyout could also adjust the content licensing deals Hulu has with content owners, Variety said.
  • Microsoft is getting brickbats from developers unenthused by its forthcoming operating system(s), and the BBC is the latest to join the chorus. When asked about bringing iPlayer to Windows Phone, the corporation's on-demand honcho, Daniel Danker, responded by saying it's not cost-or-time effective for the system -- thanks to a lack of support for HTTP Live Streaming. Mr. Danker confirmed to us that HLS is not the proprietary format it's believed to be, used on a wide variety of devices including Smart TVs and consoles -- but is not included in Redmond's mobile OS. Live streaming is also impossible thanks to a "bug" in the software that can't secure the session, breaking the corporation's copy protection system which only affects mobile devices. Redmond's known of the problem for some time, and is working on a solution, but has yet to make any official announcement otherwise. He's optimistic that a solution might arrive, perhaps on October 26th, but until then, the corporation won't even look at developing an app for any Windows-powered handset. After the break we've included the full text of the email if you'd like to hear it from the source.

email from listeners:

  • Julie from Seattle asks "Are there tablets where I can do more than just consume information? I want to create it like on a PC."