? All Tech Radio Episode 407
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  • Microsoft's Windows Phone platform lags its major competitors as far as the number of apps is concerned. Android devices have more than 1 million apps available, and iOS devices have more than 900,000. In comparison, Windows Phone devices have just 165,000. According to Nokia VP Bryan Biniak, this is largely Microsoft's fault. Nokia chose Microsoft's Windows Phone platform over Google's Android because the company felt Windows Phone could better differentiate itself from the competition. Biniak, speaking to the International Business Timesrecently, said that Nokia has done its part to make compelling Windows Phone devices. He hinted, however, that Nokia doesn't necessarily think Microsoft is doing its part.
  • Starbucks has evolved for the technically savvy person over the years. They have wifi, electronic access to the NY Times, free app vouchers, and now they are rolling out wireless charging for PMA enabled devices at each table. This means you can just place your phone on the wireless charging matt at you table and it will charge while you're using it. A Power Matters Alliance or PMA phone is required and right now only iPhones, Galaxy S3 and a few others have the capability. This standard was developed by Duracell. The QI standard developed by Energizer will not work, so Nokia and other phones capable of wireless charging cannot take advantage of it.
  • Microsoft made an interesting decision this week. DRMMicrosoft has decided to make a positive step by announcing unlimited hard drive space via the cloud for the incoming Xbox One console. This would presumably allow unlimited game saves, profile saves, and potentially even saves of digital games themselves. Better still, an Xbox Live Gold account will not be a requirement to access it. You no longer will need to have a huge hard drive on your gaming device in order to download games. You can also store other things to the device such as pictures and videos.
  • Google had its big Android and Chrome event last week, and one of the devices announced was the Chromecast. This HDMI stick can be used to stream content from the internet right to your TV, and it's controlled by the apps on your phone. A new Chromecast app was released on Android to make setting up and using the Chromecast much easier. Anyone using the Chromecast on iOS will have to use a web browser to set up the device. With the app, you are walked through the steps of signing into WiFi, naming the Chromecast, and getting the apps with built-in support. The Chromecast app can also be used to manage the Chromecast if it needs a reboot or complete reset.
  • PA Server Monitor is a server monitoring software created by a company called Power Admin. We've been using the Enterprise version for years. We use it to monitor our customer servers and alert us if anything goes down, whether it's just a service, a bad event log, or to predict when a drive will run out of space. Monitor anything as detailed or as generic as you want. And then do a Remote Desktop Session right into the server to allow you to make necessary changes.
  • High stakes in an impending iPhone 4 ban by the International Trade Commission have created some unlikely bedfellows, with a trade group representing Microsoft coming to the defense of rival Apple. Microsoft is part of BSA, which also represents Oracle and Intel. The group has argued that the use of standard-essential patents to ban products should not be allowed, except under unusual circumstances,The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The ITC ruled in June that the AT&T versions of Apple's iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G all infringe on patents owned by Samsung, and that the devices must be banned from sale by early August. Apple has filed a stay in opposition, arguing the ban would "sweep away an entire segment of Apple's product offerings" and negatively impact its carrier partners.
  • The fall season is fast approaching, which means it's time for a new flurry of excitement and speculation around what may be the next Apple iPhone. Now, a new image emerging from China may give us a clue about the name of one of the new iPhone models. Discovered on the forums of Chinese site WeiPhoneby Japanese site Macotakara, an image shows a box of what appears to be new iPhone cases with the name iPhone 5C emblazoned on the side. Speculation as to what the "C" stands for ranges from the word "cheaper," as a nod to the low-budget iPhone that has been the subject of rumors for months, to the word "color," a possible descriptor for the multi-colored iPhone model (also, supposedly low-budget) that has been also floated as a possibility via leaked images. According to Apple-focused siteMacRumors, the next iPhone could arrive as soon as Sept. 6, a date that would seem to confirm the early September launch date mentioned by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
  • Just in time for school this Fall. Toshiba's Digital Products Division announced its Satellite E series ultrathin notebooks today: The 14-inch Satellite E45T and the 15.6-inch Satellite E55t/E55Dt will feature touchscreens and will be available with either fourth-generation Intel Core processors (Haswell) or AMD A6-series (Kabini) CPUs. In an embargoed briefing last week, Toshiba's group product marketing manager, Young Bae, said that these new Satellite E series notebooks will take design cues from the company's luxury Kirabook. "This less-expensive series will be made with aluminum [versus the Kirabook's magnesium]," said Bae. "But they will have many of the same high-end features [as the Kirabook]. We've spent the last year filtering down high-end features to our lower-end platforms." Bae said while the Satellite E series notebooks will range in price from just under $600 to less than $900, they will feature brushed-aluminum casings, backlit keyboards, two USB 3.0 ports (one with USB Sleep & Charge, for charging USB devices while the computer is asleep), one USB 2.0 port, HDMI out, a full-size gigabit Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and either 500- or 750GB mechanical hard drives that can be combined with an optional 32GB SSD cache. The 15.6-inch model will have an embedded numeric keypad.
  • Sony and Panasonic, who earned gobs of greenbacks after jointly developing the Blu-ray optical disc format, announced an agreement Monday morning to develop a next-generation disc with a far larger capacity. Targeting a release date of 2015, the new disc -- which is yet to be named or described in detail -- would hold at least 300GB, the companies said in a joint statement released Monday. "Both Sony and Panasonic recognized that optical discs will need to accommodate much larger volumes of storage in years to come given the expected future growth in the archive market," the companies said.
  • It's a frightening reality, thanks to two computer programmers. Working with a research grant from the Pentagon, they found a way to access computers inside the 2010 Toyota Prius, and 2010 Ford Escape. They can sever the breaks, mess with the speedometer, and take control of the steering wheel, all while outside of the car! PIX11's law enforcement contributor Wally Zeins says this could have disastrous consequences. The programmers plan to present all the details of their findings at the DEFCON hacking conference in Las Vegas on Friday.
  • A new start-up, Muzik, has designed a headphone that not only lets you listen to music, but also connects you to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Built into the new headphones are buttons that let you automatically take the song you are listening to and post it onto social networks or add it to your playlist. They'll be available in the fourth quarter of this year at an expected price of $299.

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  • Erik from Seattle asks "Will PC's continue to be the dominant computer device in business?"