? All Tech Radio Episode 390
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  • You Tube announces it will completely shut down at midnight on Monday. It turns out You Tube was just a competition to see who would have the best video and that has been decided. You Tube will open up again in ten years to show that video. Be sure to copy all of your favorite videos before midnight tonight before they are deleted. Or is this a You Tube hoax for April Fools day?
  • Apple's iPhone 5S will launch alongside the company's new-look iOS 7 on June 20, according to reports. Expected to feature Apple's new A7 processor, an upgraded camera and a fingerprint chip under the Home button for improved security, the iPhone 5S represents yet another incremental update from the world's most profitable mobile phone company. Macotakara also claims Apple will also release a low-cost version of its iPhone, a device aimed at attacking emerging markets like India and China. The device is not referred to by name but the report suggests it will get a release date in August.
  • The China Consumer's Association (CCA) has asked Apple Inc. to "sincerely apologize to Chinese consumers" and "thoroughly correct its problems," after the U.S. firm took little action to address waves of criticism. In a statement posted on the CCA's website, Apple Inc. was told to equalize the warranty periods in China compared with other countries. Buyers of iPads, after the company admitted the device is classifiable as a portable computer, are entitled to two-year after-sale service packages for its key components, said the statement. Apple should inform consumers if refurbished parts are used when repairing broken devices, and repair costs should be counted accordingly, the statement said. AT&T announced today that it will be selling the 4G LTE version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD in its stores starting April 5. The partnership brings the 32GB tablet to AT&T retail stores nationwide this Friday. For a limited time, customers can receive up to $150 off of the $399 device if they sign up for a two-year data plan, bringing the price down to $249.
  • Less than a day after the least expensive iteration of the miniature stripped-down computer known as Raspberry Pi was formally introduced to the US market, it's been sold out. This machine is only being offered (or was only being offered, rather) in the USA by the retailer known as Allied Electronics, and they've let it be known that they've currently sold out of the unit - but there's a catch. According to TechCrunch, the retailer may have only had about 70 units to sell in the first place! The $35 version is still available however.
  • Research in Motion Ltd.'s stock rallied Monday on hopes that the BlackBerry maker will be able to build on its recent momentum to mount a more serious challenge to Apple Inc.'s iPhone and rival mobile devices running on Google Inc.'s Android software. THE SPARK: The stock gains came after investors had more time to digest RIM's most recent quarterly results, which were announced on Thursday, the final day of stock trading last week.
  • Nuance on Monday launched Voice Ads, a voice enabled ad platform that allows a consumer to talk to brands. Companies get a new monetization vehicle and consumers presumably will get a say in brand advertising delivery. Nuance, which is using its voice technology in mobile, health and auto applications, is obviously hoping to get on the ad gravy train. Voice Ads promise to give marketers an avenue "to deepen the relationship with their consumers." The theory is that you'll chat with an ad or brand like you would Google's assistant or Apple's Siri. So far, Nuance has lined up a bevy of ad agencies for its voice ads, which line up with industry standard formats.
  • In countries like China and Iran censorship on the Internet is a daily reality for citizens. Well, now we can add another country to that list--Russia. According to The New York Times, the Russian government will start to heavily implement a block on Internet content that it deems illegal and harmful to children. The censored material includes posts and videos made by Facebook, YouTube and Twitter users. YouTube, which is owned by Google, is resisting the censor. So far, the Russian government has successfully lobbied to remove suicide related user groups from Facebook and drug posts from Twitter. Censorship on the Internet has long been a heated topic of discussion. However, since the goal here is to create a safer online environment for children, perhaps the government won't get too much push-back.
  • Playboy is bringing its scantily clad bunnies to the iPhone, but the women featured in the app will remain clothed, so as not to run afoul of Apple's rules regarding adult content. The first issue features a Q&A with Girls creator and star Lena Dunham (pictured), a conversation with New York City chef Eddie Huang, as well as a section for essential tips on travel, food, drink, cars, gear, and style for men. There's also the usual interview, a shorter 20 questions, long-form non-fiction pieces, opinions about political and social developments, as well as fiction selections.
  • Messaging apps such as Snapchat, Kik and Whatsapp could be taking some of Facebook's social network market share, according to reports. The new apps including Silicon Valley, Canadian and Asian startups who boast users in the millions that send friends messages, videos and photos, Reuters reported. Each of these apps bypasses texting fees and the usual social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Some of the apps are now supporting games.
  • Windows 8 adoption continued to rise in March, according to the latest findings released by Internet market share consultant Net Applications. Nonetheless, Windows 8's momentum has sputtered since its unexceptional debut. No clear catalysts for growth are looming this month, so modest gains could continue for the immediate future. Microsoft is readying Windows Blue, its first major Windows 8 upgrade, however, and also has launched new campaigns to attract app developers. The company hopes these efforts and an upcoming wave of new tablets and PCs will revitalize interest throughout the summer and fall. Windows 8 amassed a 3.17% market share in March, up from 2.67% in February, said Net Applications. Although the uptick represents progress, Windows 8's gains still trail what Windows 7 had achieved by the same time.

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  • Henry from Portland asks "Will we be able to use Google Glasses to pay games on a PC?"