? All Tech Radio Episode 415
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  • The new windows tablets have been presented by Microsoft. Only some of the rumors are true. RT will continue along with the pro model in only the 10.5" models. Other size models are being created by Dell and soon Nokia, now owned by Microsoft. The pro model will also have a docking station option. Prices appear to be in the same range as the current model. On both modles the batteries will last longer and there will be a light up keyboard. You can have as much as 8 GBs of RAM and 512 GBs of storage. Microsoft gained a 7% market share with the first lot of Surface tablets. Apple just lost its lead. It's down to 45%, and Android makes up the rest at around 48%. Microsoft will likely merge the RT and Windows Phone 8 into one operating system in future releases for more cross platform apps.
  • The creator of Nintendo and the owner of the Seattle Mariners dies. Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Yamauchi felt so indebted to Seattle, he once offered to buy 100 percent of the Mariners to keep them right where they are today. Major League Baseball rejected that proposal, skittish about complete foreign control of the club. But officials agreed in 1992 to allow Mr. Yamauchi a simple majority stake alongside 16 local minority investors, keeping the Mariners from being sold to a group planning to move them to St. Petersburg, Fla. Mr. Yamauchi, 85, who considered the purchase of the team a repayment to Seattle for serving as the United States launch point for his Nintendo video-gaming empire, died Thursday in Kyoto, Japan, after a steep health decline the past several months. The future of the team's ownership remains unclear, but Mr. Yamauchi's baseball legacy is black and white: The Seattle Mariners would no longer exist without him.
  • Obama wants your phones unlocked. Currently, unlocking a cellphone is illegal unless a subscriber turns to their carrier for assistance. Typically, there are procedures in place; a customer can purchase a device at the full retail, no contract price and immediately upon activation request the unlock code. iPhone subscribers would have to purchase directly from Apple (they use Sprint) for an unlocked phone. The petition filed by the Obama administration to the FCC will indicate a wider power of unlocking. This petition, if approved, may see an elimination of the contract for carriers who will be forced to unlock cellphones immediately proceeding a contract. For now, carriers await consumer requests to do so.
  • Apple sold nine million new iPhones in its opening weekend, the company has announced this morning, setting a new record for the iOS smartphone. The exact sales split between the flagship iPhone 5s and the plastic-bodied iPhone 5c has not been detailed, but Apple confirms the initial supplies of the iPhone 5s have been exhausted, including the coveted gold model. Meanwhile, iOS 7 updates have also set a record. More than 200 million iOS devices have upgraded to or are running out of the box the latest version of the platform, Apple says, which supposedly makes it the fastest software upgrade ever. iOS 7 was released on Wednesday last week, and instantly saw Apple's servers hammered as eager iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners tried to grab the new OS. The 200m figure presumably includes the 9m iPhone 5s and 5c sales, but even so 191m upgrades is an impressive number. Apple's new software - which we've reviewed comprehensively - includes not only a refresh to the design of iOS, but new features like iTunes Radio for custom streaming music stations.
  • Salem NH police made two arrests and had to intervene in a variety of incidents in the early morning hours before the new Apple iPhones went on sale Friday at the Mall at Rockingham Park. Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said Mark Young, 24, and Jennifer Young, 22, both of Peabody, Mass., were arrested while police attempted to maintain order in a crowd of about 1,000 people huddled outside the mall, which has an Apple store andhas been known for issues during major technology releases in the past. Mark Young was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct, while Jennifer Young was charged with trespassing and possession of marijuana, according to Patten, who said both individuals were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail.
  • At the south wing of the United States Capitol, the greater number of legislators prefer to use iPhones. According to a survey conducted by NBC's Meet the Press (via The Next Web), 58 percent of members of the U.S. House of Representatives use Apple's smartphones. That's over twice as much as the percentage of House members that use BlackBerry devices, which stands at 23 percent. What of Android, you ask? Well, as it turns out, only 4 percent of House members use smartphones running on Google's mobile operating system. Meet the Press also notes: The iPhone also maintains wide bipartisan support and is the runaway favorite between both sides: 61 percent of Republicans and 56 percent of Democrats. Among Republican smartphone users in the House, 21 percent use BlackBerry while only 3 percent use Android. And among Democrats, 25 percent use BlackBerry while only 5 percent use Android.
  • Following the unveiling of Apple's new flagship iPhone 5s smartphone there was a great deal of speculation as to who would get the job of manufacturing the silicon. However, a teardown of the chip carried out by Chipwork in conjunction with iFixitshows that Samsung continues to be Apple's go-to company for processors. While the hardware might have come from Samsung, the A-series processors uses in iDevices are all based on Apple's reworkings of ARM silicon."We have confirmed through early analysis that the device is fabricated at Samsung's Foundry and we will confirm process type and node later today as analysis continues," said a Chipworks spokesperson.
  • Apple's iTunes Radio has already picked up 11 million listeners since its launch last week, Apple announced Monday. Available through iTunes 11 and iOS 7, iTunes Radio takes a page from Pandora's playbook. You can create and add different music stations to your feed based on your tastes and listen to songs streamed from each one. You can fine-tune each station to play only hits, a variety of songs, or a "discovery" of music new to you. Apple also naturally makes it easy to buy any song via iTunes with a price tag that you can click on to make your purchase. So far, the most popular song is "Hold On, We're Going Home" by Drake, according to Apple. iTunes Radio is currently available just in the United States.
  • After announcing layoffs and a $1B loss, BlackBerry trumpeted its intention to deliver the long-awaited Android and iOS versions of its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service this weekend, and so fans around the world eagerly awaited the mobile software's debut. But debut the apps didn't, at least not as intended and not for the vast majority of expectant fans. As of right now, BlackBerry's BBM apps for iOS and Android are nowhere to be seen, after the iOS version's staged rollout of midnight local time at each country around the world got put on hold somewhere around India, and the Android version was a no-show altogether. The Android BBM app was originally slated for a Saturday launch, but the iOS version beat it out of the gate, and both got "paused" after a leaked version of the official Android .apk decimated BlackBerry's servers. Late yesterday BlackBerry was forced to put its rollout on hold, which it says is due to overwhelming demand. "Prior to launching BBM for Android, an unreleased version of the BBM for Android app was posted online," reads a statement from its official blog. "The interest and enthusiasm we have seen already - more than 1.1 million active users in the first eight hours without even launching the official Android app - is incredible."
  • The family home where a young Steve Jobs built the first Apple computer may soon become a protected historical site. The seven-member Los Altos Historical Commission has scheduled a "historic property evaluation" for the single-story, ranch-style house on Monday. If the designation is ultimately approved, then the house on 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, California, will have to be preserved. Jobs moved to the house with his foster parents as a 7th grader, and lived there through high school. Nine months later, in 1977, Apple Computer Co. was formally established and moved its operations to nearby Cupertino. One of the original computers later sold at an auction for $231,000.

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