This Week in Tech News

Leo Tries to Get iPhone During the Wee Hours

Episode 1117

The iPhone 6 was previewed on Tuesday, with Preorders to be handled starting on the 12th. And Leo started calling at midnight and went to bed empty handed around 3am. Just as he expected. The larger iPhone will be a huge interest and it's also the one with supply shortages. Leo wanted the larger one because of the larger screen, better image stabilization (optical), and better battery life. But aside from that, the 4.7" and 5.5" are the same.Leo was finally able to get a 5.5" through Sprint for his mom and a 4.7" through Verizon for himself.. Which one should you get?

Apple's New Payment System Protects Credit holders

Episode 1117

Leo says that Apple's new payment system Apple Pay probably protects the credit card companies against credit fraud more than consumers since in the US, law protects consumers more. But Leo says it is more convenient because Apple Pay generates one time use temporary charge numbers that are tied to your account. So no one knows your account number but you. And that's neat. It also protects your credit cards and users won't have to cancel their cards if their phone gets stolen, they can just suspend the charging priviledges of the phone using Find my Iphone. And that's cool.

Celebrity Nude Data Breach Underscores Need for Second Factor Authentication

Episode 1116

With the breaking news that several celebrities who had their cloud accounts hacked and nude photos published on the internet, Leo says that this underscores the need for second factor authentication. Companies use secret questions so that you can answer them and get your password or reset it. But Leo says that people make the mistake of answering these questions truthfully. And for a celebrities, that's very easy to discover. Leo uses pneumonics and puts in bogus answers that only he knows and nobody can guess.

Yelp Sacrifices Credibility by Eliminating Negative Reviews for Advertising

Episode 1116

Yelp

Yelp has won the right in court to eliminate negative reviews from businesses that choose to advertise there. Leo says that by doing this, Yelp has sold out and sacrificed its credibility as a reliable review site.

Leo says that free and open reviews are vital in order to make an educated decision on where a customer will do business. Yelp has a higher responsibility to its users to make its reviews accurate and clean, rather than to shareholders. But now Yelp has permission to extort companies to get rid of negative reviews.

IFA Begins in Europe, and It's Becoming More Like CES

Episode 1115

Mobile Phone

The IFA convention is happening in Europe, and Leo says it's becoming more and more like CES. Right now is the ideal time for it as it as the holiday shopping season is right around the corner. Of course, there's always a lead-in of about a year from product announcement to seeing it in stores. So what's previewed this year will be out next year. Except for Apple, which typically releases its phones 10 days after the announcement.

Apple's September 9th Event Official

Episode 1114

Apple HQ

Apple has issued invitations to a special event on September 9th, and Leo says that the closer we get to the event, the more accurate the rumors become. We're going to be seeing two new iPhones, including a 5.5" model, and recent reports suggest the iPhone will even be able to pay your American Express bill. Apple will also announce a "wearable" computer, which is being referred to as an "iWatch", but it could be much more. While it is expected to be announced at this event, it likely will not ship until next year.

Telecoms Are Trying to Prohibit City-Run Broadband Access

Episode 1114

Autumn small town America

There isn't much competition among broadband providers in the United States. Most people only have a choice between a cable company and a phone company, and both act like monopolies; both have poor customer service. We know that the answer to protect net neutrality isn't government intervention, which carries potential risks, but in competition. If there were several internet service providers, there would be better prices and better service.

Microsoft Refuses to Turn Over Emails to Government

Episode 1114

Microsoft

Pending appeal, Microsoft has refused to turn over emails stored in Ireland to the US government. If Microsoft loses on appeal, it'll have to turn over the emails however. This is a scary thing because it could mean that the reach of the US courts extend beyond our shores, and around the world. In the view of Microsoft and many legal experts, federal authorities have no jurisdiction over data stored in a foreign country, and this would violate the sovereignty of Ireland.

Leo thinks that companies like Microsoft and Apple will see this as an opportunity to fight for user privacy.

Apple Invitation Hints at Huge Product Roll Out

Episode 1113

Apple HQ

Apple's invitations for the September 9th event have gone out, and it could hint at a huge product rollout. The event, which returns to the Flint Center in San Francisco, also includes a custom built, large structure, which Leo says will be a demo area. Leo says the conventional wisdom is that Apple is moving to a 5.5" iPhone 6, along with a 4.7" version. But there's also talk that Apple will finally reveal the iWatch.