? All Tech Radio Episode 414
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  • As Apple stock slides due to a lack of preorders for the new phones, Sprint has an interesting offer. If you're new to Sprint and getting an iPhone, you can get the iPhone 5s for as little as $99.99 or get the iPhone 5c completely free. Like AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is offering the 16GB iPhone 5c for $99.99 and the 16GB iPhone 5s for $199.99 with a two-year contract. But if you're moving your phone number over from a different carrier, Sprint will take an extra $100 off the price of either phone. That makes the 16GB iPhone 5s $99.99 or the 16GB iPhone 5c completely free, and singles out Sprint as the least expensive place you can get these phones right now. This promotion also applies to the variants of each phone with higher storage capacities.
  • Google just bought Bump, the app for iPhone and Android that transfers files, photos, and videos between your phone and your laptop. Terms of the deal were not released. The app allows you to select anything on your phone - photos, files - and transfer it to your computer simply by "bumping" the space bar of your laptop. And, vice versa, you can select just about anything on your computer, bump your space bar, and get it on your phone. It's a great app and a great idea - I can't say how many times I've wanted to instantly share something between my devices, and waited, frustrated, for iCloud to sync up photos before finally giving up in frustration and just emailing them to myself. Apple is fixing that, theoretically, with Airdrop on iOS 7, so by buying Bump, Google has sent a shot across the bow of its biggest mobile rival.
  • Twitter Inc., the microblogging service with more than 200 million members worldwide, filed to go public, moving closer to the most highly anticipated offering since Facebook Inc. (FB). A public listing marks a watershed moment in Twitter's journey from its 2006 beginning as a way for Web users to publish short messages, to a megaphone for hundreds of millions of members worldwide to join conversations on global affairs, sports and entertainment. Chief Executive Officer Dick Costolo will need to convince investors that the offering will fare better than Internet IPOs from Facebook, Groupon Inc., and Zynga Inc., which all lost more than half their value within six months of their listings.
  • Microsoft is offering people $200 or more to trade in their old iPads for a Surface tablet. The Surface RT now starts at $349. Microsoft, like HTC, has an anti-Apple deal for you. Bring an old iPad 2, 3 or 4 into a Microsoft Store before Oct. 27 and receive a minimum $200 gift card toward the purchase of a Microsoft Surface RT or Surface Pro. The Surface Pro starts at $799 and the Surface RT, $349. Maybe it's a long shot to think people will trade in Apple products for Microsoft products, but for a business user with an old iPad that the kids mostly watched videos on, it could be a good way to get a laptop-like user experience on the cheap.
  • AT&T will start accepting advance orders for Samsung's latest gadget this week, even as it remains coy on exactly when it will actually slip onto buyers' wrists. The official AT&T Twitter account today announced that the carrier will begin taking online pre-orders for theSamsung Galaxy Gear on Sept. 17 at 12:01 a.m. ET. "Receive texts on your wrist? Yes, please," the brief tweet from @ATT read. Included was a link to AT&T's web page where eager Gear-heads can sign up for notifciationsabout Samsung's hotly debated smartwatch. The Samsung Galaxy Gear is priced at $299.99, although AT&T is still be cagey about exactly when the gadget will begin shipping. While Ma Bell and Samsung contend the Gear is the perfect companion to the also just-announced Galaxy Note 3, the phablet is expected to ship "around" Oct. 1.
  • A Google Street View car recently went on a hit-and-run spree in Indonesia, only stopping after crashing into a truck. The Google Street View car, which was driven by an unnamed Indonesian man, was involved in three vehicle accidents on Wednesday. He first hit a minivan just outside of Jakarta in the Bogor region, according to AFP. The Google Street View driver allegedly stopped after this first incident, and went with the minivan driver to an auto repair shop to have the damages looked at. But the Google driver panicked over the potential cost of such repairs, and fled the scene. The minivan driver followed the Google car for approximately 3km before the Street View vehicle hit yet another minivan.
  • There a new company called Newkia, a Singapore-based company that aims to take Nokia talent and be an Asia success story.Speaking to ZDNet in an interview, Thomas Zilliacus, executive chairman and founder of Mobile FutureWorks, which is hatching Newkia, actually tried to buy out Nokia a year ago to steer it toward Android. ZDNet's Eileen Yu reported that Newkia has been fielding dozens of resumes from former Nokia employees and plans to bring a device to market within a year.
  • Theres some new competition to Siri and it comes from Halo. Cortana takes its codename from Cortana, an artifically intelligent character in Microsoft's Halo series who can learn and adapt. Cortana, Microsoft's assistant technology, likewise will be able to learn and adapt, relying on machine-learning technology and the"Satori" knowledge repository powering Bing. Cortana will be more than just an app that lets users interact with their phones more naturally using voice commands. Cortana is core to the makeover of the entire "shell" -- the core services and experience -- of the future versions of Windows Phone, Windows and the Xbox One operating systems, from what I've heard from my contacts.
  • Phablets, which are smartphones with larger screens, will start to cannibalize into the market share of tablets over the next 12-18 months, research firm IDC said. Generally, phablets are smartphones with screen size that ranges from 5-8 inches and are designed to combine the functions of a phone and tablet. "A new round of device cannibalisation is also expected to kick in, but this time with large-screen (5-plus inch) smartphones beginning to impact the smaller (7-8 inch) tablet market," IDC said. IDC added it expects lower-cost devices will drive global interest and aid in increasing uptake among first-time buyers in commercial sectors like education. "The device world has seen several iterations of cannibalisation impacting different categories, with the last few years focused on tablets cannibalising PC sales. "Over the next 12-18 months, however, we believe the larger smartphones, commonly called phablets, will start to eat into the smaller-size tablet market, contributing to a slower growth rate for tablets," IDC program vice president (clients and displays) Bob O'Donnell said.

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