? All Tech Radio Episode 375
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  • Since its release, Apple's less-than-perfect iOS 6 mapping tool has irked users, been mocked on Tumblr, and made fun of on late-night TV, but now the software has a new detractor: the police. The Victoria police in Australia issued a stern warning Monday urging iPhone users to stop using Apple's Maps app in iOS 6 after having to rescue several people who became stranded thanks to the flawed program. Police said they have been called to rescue of a number of distressed motorists over the past several weeks who got lost in Australia's Murray-Sunset National Park after following directions on their iPhone. The police tested out the mapping system and found that it lists the Australian city of Mildura in the middle of the Murray Sunset National Park, approximately 43 miles away from the actual location of Mildura. Police have contacted Apple about the issue, though they did not say whether Cupertino is working on a fix.
  • Made in America. Technology has mostly been made in China for the past two decades but now some technology is coming back. Lats week some Macintosh computers were found to be assembled here, then on Friday HP said they were building a computer assembly. Now Foxconn, the world's largest consumer tech provider is building a plant in the US. When asked why they all said the same thing, because that's what Americans want. The reality is more likely that wage requirements are lower without unions and power is suddenly cheap in the US.
  • The top 3 gadgets for gift giving to young people are out: The first is the iPad mini for $350, The Leap Pad 2 for $99 tablet for kids, Crayolas digital Light Designer for $49.95
  • Iran took another step in its plans to eradicate Western influence from its Internet, with the weekend launch of its very own, government-sanctioned, censored and monitored video-sharing site, called Mehr. The site - its name means "affection" in Farsi, according to Agence France Presse - is intended to give Iranians video sharing without relaxing the veil the nation's government has drawn over YouTube. So far the website doesn't yet work, but we speculate the majority of the videos will be chants of "Death to America".
  • Software companies that make cellphone apps are being investigated to determine whether they have violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from phones and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Such apps can capture a child's physical location, phone numbers of their friends and more. The FTC described the marketplace for mobile applications - dominated by online stores operated by Apple and Google - as a digital danger zone with inadequate oversight. In a report prepared by the FTC's own experts, it said the industry has grown rapidly but failed to ensure the privacy of young consumers is adequately protected.
  • The "Premium Suite" is a software update to Samsung's TouchWiz interface for Android, adding support for split-screen apps and a Facebook lock screen ticker as part of the Android Jelly Bean update. It will arrive over the air or via the Samsung Kies sync app sometime between January 8 and 11, but Samsung says the update date will vary with country and carrier. Several upgrades apply to the Samsung Galaxy S III 8-megapixel camera. The Low Light Shot mode will make it easier to shoot night photos. The new Best Face function takes five consecutive group shots and then lets you pick the best face for each person in the photo, creating a composite on the fly
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke on camera with NBC's Brian Williams on Rock Center this evening and talked about a variety of topics, including his first year as Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, Chinese manufacturing, and yes, even Apple's potential interest in the television market. While much of what Cook revealed had already been covered in his interview with Bloomberg Businessweek that was released earlier today, he did appear to be earnest about Apple possibly entering the TV market. When pressed about the endless rumors of an Apple television set by Williams, Cook said "it's a market that we have intense interest in, it's a market that we see that has been left behind," before getting nostalgic with Williams about watching The Jetsons as a child.
  • Twitter hates Instagram. On Wednesday, Twitter users noticed something strange when they tried to view tweeted Instagram photos. Images were oddly cropped and not displaying properly. "This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration ... photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience," Twitter explained via blog. A little while later, even the malformed images were gone. Photos tweeted from Instagram now just contain a link to ... Instagram. The "cards" Twitter referenced in its explanation are those previews you see when you look at a tweet containing a link to a Web page or image. It's how you can see the photos hiding behind a link without having to leave the Twitter website. But after Wednesday, only Instagram links remained. Just like in olden times.
  • Apple and Google, bitter rivals in smartphone technology, have joined up to make a combined bid for a bundle of patents offered by photography pioneer Kodak, according to a published report. Bloomberg News reported Saturday that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned competing bids for the portfolio to offer a combined $500 million. The sum is the minimum Kodak can sell the patents for and still get an $830 million loan that's crucial to getting the company out of bankruptcy. Apple and Google declined to comment on the report. A Kodak representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after struggling to adapt to the world of digital photography.
  • John McAfee, the American tech mogul fighting deportation to Belize, where authorities want to question him about the killing of a neighbor, said late Sunday that he wants to return to the United States. He spoke to reporters via a video stream from an immigration detention center in Guatemala City. McAfee emerged in that capital to ask for asylum last week, after weeks of living in hiding. His bid was rejected, but a Guatemalan judge granted a stay of deportation. "Our intent is to return to America, if at all possible, and settle down to whatever normal life we can settle down to under the circumstances," said McAfee. "There is no hope for my life if I am ever returned to Belize."

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  • Sam from Portland asks "Will we ever be able to use our cell phone on planes?"