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Episode 342

Tech News Today 342: iPhone 4Squirrel

HTC to patch Android leak, new phones from Microsoft and Android, and more. (oh, right... and iPhone 4S.)

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Top Stories

  • Apple iPhone stuff
    • Apple announces iPhone 4S: Same design, GSM/CDMA, A5 chip, 7x faster graphics, 8MP, 1080p Video
    • Everything You Need to Know About Apple’s New iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 4S (54 minutes in before announced)
    • Design the same
    • Inside it's all new
    • A5 Chip Dual Core Cortex-based processor
    • 8 hours of talk time, 14 hours of 2g talk time, 6 hours of 3g browsing, 9 hours of Wi-Fi browsing. 10 hours video 40 hours music
    • It can now intelligently switch between the antennas for even better call quality.
    • HSDPA 14.4 Mbps
    • World phone dual GSM/CDMA
    • 3264x2448
    • Camera: 8MP sensor - backside illumination, 73% more light. Hybrid IR filter, auto white balancing, cmos sensor (creates jello video). Claims it takes 1.1s to take the first photo on a 4S. f/2.4 aperture
    • 1080p video with real-time image stabilization, real-time temporal noise reduction
    • Airplay Mirroring in iPhone 4S for gaming
    • Voice recognition called Siri, works with Wolfram Alpha, ask it thing like calendars appointments, weather
    • Siri Launching in Beta (English, French, German)
    • Must have Internet access for Siri Dictation to work?
  • 16GB $199
  • 32 GB $299
  • 64 GB $399
  • iPhone 4 $99 8 GB
  • iPhone 3GS free with contract
  • Pre-orders October 7
  • Release October 14
  • Available on Sprint
  • 22 more countries by 28th
  • 70 countries by end of year
  • October 12th free download of the card app Cards app, free, send images via snail mail for $2.99/$4.99 anywhere
  • October 12th is when iOS 5 will release. works on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 2, iPad, iPod touch 3rd Gen and higher
  • "Find my Friends" app - can see where your family is. temp sharing option, privacy controls, parental restrictions
  • iCloud available October 12th
  • iTunes Match end of October
  • Infinity Blade 2 December 1
  • $24.99/year iTunes Match (US Only)
  • iPod Nano - Pedometer included. No more dongle required. 16 new clock faces. 7 colors
  • 8GB $129; 16 Gb $149 available today
  • iPod Touch -
    • White version will be available
    • October 12th
    • 8GB $199
    • 32 GB $299
    • 64 GB $399

Discussion Stories

  • HTC Acknowledges Data-Exposing Vulnerability In Some Devices, Promises Over-The-Air Patch Shortly
    • The Android Police blog discovered that a user's GPS location and call logs could be easily accessed by net-enabled apps.
    • "HTC is working very diligently to quickly release a security update that will resolve the issue on affected devices," a spokesperson said.
    • Statement: "In our ongoing investigation into this recent claim, we have concluded that while this HTC software itself does no harm to customers' data, there is a vulnerability that could potentially be exploited by a malicious third-party application."
    • "A third party malware app exploiting this or any other vulnerability would potentially be acting in violation of civil and criminal laws."
    • "So far, we have not learned of any customers being affected in this way and would like to prevent it..."
      • Users will be able to download the fix over-the-air.
      • The company said the patch will be released after a short period of testing, and users are urged to download the update promptly.
      • Artem Russakovskii from Android Police wrote "While I applaud HTC's desire to fix the situation quickly, I do have to wonder whether the patch will simply apply some sort of an authentication scheme to the service while letting it continue to collect the same kind of sensitive data to be potentially reported back to HTC or carriers." He also asked questions about what Android VNC does as well as other serives AP is investigating.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Samsung Nexus Prime first live shot leaks
    • Image on GSM Arena shows a picture of what they think is the Samsung Nexus Prime
    • The shot shows specs
    • First, we've got the HD resolution of the Super AMOLED confirmed - that's 720p on a screen just 4.6" in diagonal. As you can see from the image itself this gives you a pixel density of over 320 ppi,
    • Nexus Prime won't be having any hardware keys on the front.
    • Widely expected on Oct 11th

News Fuse



  • Happy 26th birthday to the Free Software Foundation, founded by Richard Stallman in 1985
  • Reminder that the iPhone 4S pre-orders start this Friday, 10/7



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"I'm writing about the voice mail you received about purchasing the Kindle in Canada. They were correct that we don't get free shipping, but it's very fast for $10.00, received the shipment in 2 days. Second, Amazon charges export fees, for the 139.00 Kindle (now the old 6"" model) is was around 31.00 US, that covers Brokerage and Duty/Taxes. Now this has happened for the last two orders from Amazon, I received a refund for these charges around 2 months later. So buying a Kindle in Canada is not that bad after all.

p.s. Rumor has it that Best Buy Canada may be carrying the Kindle soon. Staples Canada has already had it but at 159.99 Canadian.

Thanks Doug"



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