? All Tech Radio Episode 410
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  • Nokia is reportedly entering the phablet market, with a 6-inch Windows Phone device codenamed "Bandit." The handset comes with a 1080p display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor,according to The Verge, which reported that this would be the first of many future 1080p Windows Phone devices. A bigger screen means new dimensions for the Windows Phone platform, which is under construction, The Verge said, making way for changes like another Live Tiles column to take advantage of the extra real estate.
  • Samsung and LG have put out 55" TVs this week. OLED TVs use organic molecules and change color by exciting them using different voltages. The colors are much deeper than conventional LCD and plasma TVs. They also don't last as long as the molecules start to wear out after around 5 years. Samsung's TV is priced at $9,000, significantly less than LG's $15,000 price tag for their TV. Samsung also has a cool new feature. Multiview feature: Two people can watch two different programs simultaneously on the TV while wearing 3-D glasses and headphones.
  • Samsung is rumored to be developing a smartwatch device, which is rumored to be called the Samsung Galaxy Gear, and is now rumored to be coming on Sept. 4 according to Bloomberg. The date would represent a direct attempt to beat Apple to the same market, as the Cupertino-based competitor is rumored to be developing their own smartwatch, which is rumored to be unveiled on Sept. 10. The Galaxy Gear will reportedly be wearable on the wrist, and will supposedly have much of the functionality of a smartphone, including making calls and texting, sending email, and playing games. It would be powered by Google's Android operating system. The big difference between this smartwatch, and other already created, is that this may not need a smart phone or tablet to make it work. It looks like this device would be autonomous.
  • Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic. The event began at approximately 4:37pm Pacific Time and lasted between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. All of the Google Apps services reported being back online by 4:48pm. The incident apparently blacked out every service Mountain View has to offer simultaneously, from Google Search to Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive, and beyond. Big deal, right? Everyone has technical difficulties every once in a while. It goes with the territory. But then, not everyone is Google. According to web analytics firm GoSquared, worldwide internet traffic dipped by a stunning 40 per cent during the brief minutes that the Chocolate Factory's services were offline.
  • Despite 98 percent of the United States having access to high-speed broadband, 20 percent of American adults still don't use the Internet at home, work, or school, The New York Times reports. The Obama administration put aside $7 billion to develop and expand broadband access as part of 2009?s massive stimulus package. With half of those programs completed so far, 98 percent of U.S. homes now have access Before the bill passed, less than 90 percent of homes had the option to buy broadband. But the number of adults actually using the Web has barely changed. So what's keeping so many Americans from getting online? First, there are many older Americans that have never owned a computer or smartphone. They simply don't have digital literacy to use the Internet.
  • Sprint will offer Samsung's new hybrid slate/phone with an unlimited data plan. That raises an interesting question: Is the old carrier dichotomy between smartphones and tablets breaking down? The forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega may have a screen only 0.7 inches smaller than the Nexus 7, but Sprint doesn't view the Mega as a tablet, rather as a phone - at least it's selling it like one. Sprint revealed on Monday that when the Mega goes on sale later this year, it will come with the same unlimited data options as its regular smartphone plans. This is interesting because the Mega doesn't fit neatly into the strict dichotomy carriers have created for smart devices. For carriers that still offer unlimited plans like Sprint and T-Mobile, smartphone plans can be unlimited, but tablet plans cannot. The reason comes down to a basic cost-benefit analysis. While there will always be some customers that consume vast volumes of data when the network spigot is left open, the average smartphone usage (currently about 1 GB a month at the major U.S. carriers) is low enough that the carrier still gets a healthy return on unlimited plan pricing.
  • Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has abandoned plans for his 0x10c space simulator. While Persson's Mojang studio launched the successful open beta game Scrolls, Persson continued to work on his space title. But as of last week, the game has been shelved indefinitely. According to PCMag's sister site, Geek.com,Persson told Redditor Nouht that there "are no future aspirations for 0x10c." "I'm going to make small games for the rest of my life. If someone [at Mojang] wants to carry it on they can," Persson said during a Team Fortress 2 live stream.
  • This has been quite the month for unique smartphone design choices. First, we have Google's Moto X smartphone, available soon with a wood finish. But if you want something a bit more flashy, Apple is reportedly planning to offer its iPhone in gold. According to reports from TechCrunch and All Things D, gold will join black and white as color options for Apple's next smartphone. Both reports claim the iPhone won't feature a gaudy gold color like you might see on a gold bar, but more of a champagne color. The phone will have a white face with a golden tone on the backplate and edging.
  • After discovering a privacy bug on Facebook, unemployed Palestinian programmer Khalil Shreateh said he just wanted to collect the traditional $500 bounty the social network giant offers to those who voluntarily expose its glitches. But when Facebook ignored his first two reports, Shreateh took his message to the top - and hacked into CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal page to prove his point. "Sorry for breaking your privacy," he wrote the Facebook founder, "I has no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to Facebook team ... as you can see iam not in your friend list and yet i can post to your timeline." The stunt cost the 30-year-old Palestinian the bounty, but earned him praise - and numerous job offers - for being able to get to the boss of the world's most ubiquitous social network.
  • Microsoft Tag rolled out of beta in late May 2010, offering free mobile barcode technology for anyone with a camera-equipped smartphone. Over time, the company planned to roll out more options like advanced reporting, analytics, and real-time location services, at a cost for businesses. Marketers can add a Tag barcode to promotional materials, then users scan the code and gain access to additional information about products, like videos, websites, reviews, schedules, contact information, social networks, discounts, and more. At its launch, the system was available on iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, J2ME, BlackBerry, and Symbian 96. Now it's shutting down as of 2015 due to lack of adoption.

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  • Jenna from Portland asks "How do I secure my new computer from letting my kids go to unapproved sites?"