? All Tech Radio Episode 361
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  • The new Nokia phones are out. There is a new 920 to replace the 900 and an 820 repalcing the 800. Both will have Windows 8 installed. The 2 biggest changes are the increase in camera quality and the ability to wirelessly charge the phones.
  • It has been rumored and speculated before but now it has been confirmed that VALVE will be entering the hardware market, at least in some shape or form. It seems that Valve wants to start at ground zero in the hardware market, rethinking and redesigning anything and everything that we may have become accustomed to over the years. Valve has had tremendous success from platform to software in almost any of its ventures.
  • Feeling secure - and just a little smug - that you've updated your Java installation to plug up that nasty vulnerability discovered last week? Well, I've got some bad news for you. A Polish security researcher has discovered yet another vulnerability in Java 7. Adam Gowdiak, CEO and founder of Security Explorations, has discovered a way to bypass the sandbox built into Java - which isolates the Java platform from the operating system, with the idea of making it difficult for malware to attack the host operating system - making those with Java installed on their systems vulnerable to attack again.
  • Razer's incredibly slick Blade gaming laptop will get even slicker come the end of September when the firm begins shipping new, more powerful models - and at a cut price. The super-slim case remains the same as the original Razer Blade, but the previous model's 2.8GHz Core i7-2650M CPU and GeForce GT 555M GPU internals have been replaced with an improved but as yet unannounced Core i7 CPU, and a GeForce GTX 660M GPU. The machine will also pack 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 7200RPM hard drive and 64GB solid state storage for zippy Windows booting. That lot will throw pretty pictures onto a HD 17.3-inch display, and pump sounds through upgraded internal speakers that are apparently 250 per cent louder and free of distortion. And the clincher is that it's now a bit cheaper (or less expensive) at $2,499. To appease Those who bought the original, which barely released half a year ago, Razor offers the new machine at $2000.
  • Facebook is taking out all the fake "Likes" on its social network which are caused by spammers, malware and black marketers make businesses for them said Reuters. "We have recently increased our automated efforts to remove Likes on pages that may have been gained by means that violate our Facebook terms," said Facebook in a blog post. "While we have always had dedicated protections against each of these threats on Facebook, these improved systems have been specifically configured to identify and take action against suspicious Likes." "A Like that doesn't come from someone truly interested in connecting with a page benefits no one," said Facebook. Facebook said these features will help both, the users and the companies. There are many spam messages in Facebook that make you 'Like' something when you hit on something else.
  • Gone are the days of HP's TouchPad and Palm ambitions, but HP is moving ahead with its plans to make webOS, it beleaguered mobile operating system, live on as open-source supported platform. Today it's launching the beta release. The news is getting announced in a blog post: "It has taken a lot of hard work, long hours and weekend sacrifices by our engineering team to deliver on our promise and we have accomplished this goal," the developers write on the site devoid of any HP branding. The plans to take webOS open source were first announced eight months ago. Since then there have been a lot of hand-wringing about what HP did wrong (this Verge post sums a lot of it up well) with webOS and whether the open version has any future. There has been a lot of speculation about what devices might be built on webOS, but nothing concrete announced. But to the future. The release will have 54 components available as open source, the blog says, some 450,000 lines of code under the Apache 2.0 license.
  • Windows 7 is now the world's most popular desktop operating system, according to the August report from Net Applications. In August, Windows 7 had a 42.76% market share, a fraction of a point more than Windows XP's 42.52%. Windows XP was released in 2001. The much-maligned Windows Vista sits at third place with a 6.15% market share, followed by Mac OS X 10.7 and Mac OS X 10.6 with 2.45% and 2.38%, respectively. All in all, older versions included, Microsoft controls some 92% of the market. It took three years for Windows 7 to become the world's most popular OS. Microsoft's desktop operating system, which was launched in October 2009, will soon be replaced by a newer version - Windows 8.
  • China's largest search engine Baidu Inc will invest more than 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) to set up its cloud computing centre, Baidu's chief financial officer Jennifer Li said on Monday. Baidu, which unveiled its mobile Internet browser at its annual conference in Beijing, is pushing deep into cloud computing as the heart of its mobile strategy in order to capitalise on the booming sector. Cloud computing is a term used to describe data storage and processing done on the Web.
  • Apple's (AAPL) in-ear headphones have seen few changes since being introduced alongside the company's original iPod in 2001. According to images published by Vietnamese site Tinhte.vn, however, Apple may introduce redesigned headphones with its next-generation iPhone. The site claims that the earphones were manufactured in Foxconn's Vietnamese factory - the cable even includes the company's iconic signature, "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in Vietnam" - and are convinced of their authenticity because of the superior build quality. The new earphones are said to be smaller and, when they are worn, do not hurt the ear.
  • Nearly 50% of my Facebook friends are married, which adds up to 123 people total. Meanwhile, 20.1% or 51 of my friends are in a relationship, and 13 are engaged. All this information I now know thanks to a new "Facebook Report" by Wolfram Alpha, which will gift you with more knowledge than you could possibly ever want to know about yourself and your Facebook profile. You can access your data by going to Wolfram Alpha's site and typing "Facebook report" into the search box. Results will ask you to authenticate the app, giving it permission to analyze your account and tell you details. For instance, I now know I'm Facebook friends with 10 Davids, making that name the most popular on my friends list. Chris comes in second place with a total of 8 making their way onto my list of friends.

email from listeners:

  • Barry from Portland "Can I use VMWare on Mac and Linux, and should I?"