? All Tech Radio Episode 484
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  • Elon Musk, the man who's determined to move our civilization to Mars, will also tackle creating an Internet in space. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX said Friday night that he will use a fleet of satellites to make the Internet speedier and to bring it to those without access, according to media reports of a private event in Seattle. Details of the plan were shared before the event with Bloomberg. While this new network would initially benefit only those of us on Earth, Musk said he has much loftier plans: using the profits to build a Martian city. "We see it as a long-term revenue source for SpaceX to be able to fund a city on Mars," Musk told Bloomberg. He didn't offer specifics on how he'll make money off the project, but he did mention the possibility of selling satellites after the network is completed. SpaceX did not return a request for comment. To create the new network, SpaceX will build and launch roughly 4,000 satellites orbiting about 750 miles above earth, GeekWire reported.
  • Google is adding a new feature to its search engine that will allow users to buy tickets for live events directly from the results page. This means that when a user searches for a specific venue or artist, they will be presented with an "expanded answer card" showing a list of upcoming events together with a link to the organiser's preferred ticketing site. By clicking on the link, the user will bypass the main website altogether and be taken directly to the ticketing site, where they can make their purchase. This feature will be automatically added to search results for venues and artists that sell tickets through AXS, Ticketfly, Ticketmaster and other well-known ticketing sites. Indie event organisers that do not use any of the supported ticketing sites can add the feature manually by writing the event markup directly into their website's HTML, the company explained on its developer blog.
  • In a recent announcement, fourth-ranking US wireless carrier T-Mobile has revealed that it is introducing new 'Simply Prepaid' plans for its customers from January 25. The new prepaid plans to be offered by T-Mobile will include unlimited data, talk and text. The 'Simply Prepaid' plans will unfold three new monthly data plans - each will different 4G LTE data amount - for T-Mobile customers. For $40 per month, customers will get 1GB monthly data of 4G LTE; while a $50-per-month option will offer 3GB monthly data of 4G LTE; and the $60 per month plan will come with 5GB monthly data of 4G LTE. After the allotted high-speed 4G LTE data of any plan is used up by the customers in a particular, the connection will go down to a 129 Kbps or 2G level or speed for the remaining part of the month.
  • For teachers online like me. Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of the software giant, in collaboration with Remote-Learner.net Inc., has integrated the open-source learning platform Moodle and Office 365 to help students and teachers. The new integration will offer teachers and students a more productive Moodle experience, affecting login credentials, calendar management and course content creation. Office 365 and Microsoft Services plugins for Moodle integrates OneDrive for Business, OneNote and Office 365 Outlook calendar, making it easier for teachers and students, as well as enterprise users, to log in with the same ID for educational institutions, and offer Moodle users with Office 365 accounts. Furthermore, the events created in Moodle will be automatically stores in teachers' and students' personal Office 365 calendars, making it easier for them to keep track of their courses and due dates.
  • When the FBI said definitively last month that North Korea was "responsible" for the hack of Sony Pictures, there were those who doubted the veracity of the report. How could North Korea, a country not exactly known for being a high-tech hub, pull off such a complex hack? And how did the U.S. conclude so quickly that the secretive nation was behind the attack? As it turns out, the U.S. had some inside information. According to reports fromDer Spiegel and The New York Times, the U.S. knew that North Korea hacked Sony because the U.S. had hacked North Korea. The National Security Agency (NSA), in fact, has had access to North Korean networks and computers since 2010, the Times said. Officials wanted to keep tabs on the country's nuclear program, its high-ranking officials, and any plans to attack South Korea, according to a document published by Der Spiegel.
  • Spotify today rolled out an update for its Windows Phone app, which brings its look and feel more in line with iOS and Android. The update includes "a darker theme, refreshed typography and rounded iconography," Spotify said in a blog post. "Our new design makes accessing your favorite music smoother than ever before," Spotify said. "The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and 'pop', just like in a cinema when you dim the lights." Spotify is also adding the "Your Music" section to Windows Phone, letting users save albums, create playlists, and more right from a mobile device. "Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It's that simple," Spotify said.
  • How would you like to wirelessly charge all your gadgets? Energous' system is called WattUp, and it works using a mix of RF, Bluetooth and a lot of patent-pending technology. The transmitter is where most of the magic happens. It communicates with and locates compatible devices using low-energy Bluetooth. Once they've established contact with a device, they send out focused RF signals on the same bands as WiFi that are then absorbed and converted into DC power by a tiny chip embedded in the device. These transmitters can be built into household appliances, TVs, speakers and standalone "energy routers." Also, its a wireless access point.
  • Marriott Hotels has given up trying to force you to buy their wifi. Last year the FCC fined Marriott $600,000 for preventing guests at its Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center from accessing their hotspots in the convention center. The company was in effect forcing exhibitors and attendees to use the expensive hotel Wi-Fi network by hiding all others on the property. Now Marriott has spun around and say they will no longer attempt to block the access already built into phones and other devices that use them as a hot spot. They will have find other ways to overcharge you from now on.
  • Things that Apple is doing that Steve Jobs said he would never do. Stylus: This week, an Apple analyst suggested that the company's forthcoming iPad will ship with a stylus. One of Steve Jobs' most famous rants was about how much he hates styluses. In 2007, while introducing the iPhone at the Macworld convention in San Francisco, he mocked other smartphones of that era that featured styluses. Small tablets: Another epic Jobs rant came in October 2010, when he discussed his disdain for a new wave of smaller tablets coming to market. On the company's earnings call with analysts, Jobs said the iPad's 10-inch screen was "the minimum size required to create great tablet apps." Big phones: During Apple's iPhone 4 "Antennagate" kerfuffle in 2010, Steve Jobs derided big phones.When a reporter asked him whether Apple would consider making a bigger iPhone to improve antenna reliability, Jobs scoffed. He called Samsung's Galaxy S phones "Hummers." Philanthropy: Among the first things Jobs did in his 1997 return to Apple (after he banished all styluses) was to end Apple's philanthropic giving programs. He said he wanted to bring Apple back to profitability, but he never reinstated the programs even after Apple posted some of the biggest profits ever recorded by a public company. When Tim Cook took over as CEO in 2011, one of his first actions was to bring back Apple's donation-matching program.

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  • Derek from Portland asks "Can I still buy Google Glass?"