World Tech Update

Thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update I'm Nick Barber. Apple, Apple and more Apple...dominating the headlines with both good and bad news this week. Compnay CEO Tim Cook said it would use its massive cash balance of 98 billion to issue dividends and repurchase shares. Apple will issue a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share at some point in the fourth quarter, which begins July 1. The company has a substantial cash balance thanks to the success of the iPhone, the iPad and Macs, said Apple CEO Tim Cook on a conference call. Company growth will be helped as the tablet and smartphone markets continue to flourish. The company expects to use 45 billion of its U.S. cash balance in the first three years of the programs. The company has $64 billion in cash outside the U.S. and about $34 billion in the U.S.

It wasn't all good news for Apple this week though. Numerous reports have turned up about the new iPad getting unusually hot during use. Apple denied any overheating concerns and said the product works well within its thermal specifications. Engineers at Consumer Reports recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius) on the front and back of the new iPad when plugged in and while playing Infinity Blade II. When unplugged, the tablet's back reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Consumer Reports also found that the iPad battery did not charge when the game was running. Apple didn't respond to requests for commnets about the tests. In 2010, Consumer Reports exposed antenna issues in the iPhone 4, setting off a controversy that ultimately came to be known as "antennagate."

After years of being chased by governments on land, The Pirate Bay is considering putting proxy servers in the sky. The Pirate Bay's MrSpock wrote in a Pirate Bay blog post that the popular BitTorrent site will experiment with small airborne drones that will redirect user traffic to a secret location. The drones will use cheap radio equipment and small computers such as Raspberry Pi, and will be controlled by GPS. Pirate Bay said the first drone will probably fly over international waters to avoid any run ins with the law.

Google has added yet another unique locale to its Street View offerings, the Amazon River. You can click your way through the Amazon Basin including the Rio Negro tributary and surrounding communities. A Google Trike was employed to get the images, which has been used before in places that don't have roads. You can see here it was strapped to the top of a boat. Google trained employees at the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation and left some equipment with local communities so that they can continue to contribute.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it may take another look at limits on personal electronic devices on flights. Right now, they can't be used after an aircraft door is closed and before the plane reaches 10,000 feet. An FAA spokeswoman said that the FAA would take a fresh look at the use of personal electronic devices but NOT cell phones and smartphones. The FAA still refers to a 2009 fact sheet explaining the reasons for its ban. That fact sheet says there are "still unknowns about the radio signals" given off by portable electronic devices and cell phones that can affect aircraft communications.

Developer interest in Android is slowly eroding according to a new survey from IDC. In a survey of more 21-hundred developers about 79% were interested in creating Android apps. That's down from about 87 percent the same time last year. Even so, Android still easily generates the second-greatest level of interest among mobile developers, as only Apple generated more with 89% of developers saying they wanted to make apps for iOS.  And Android is nowhere near seeing the dramatic free fall in developer interest currently plaguing Research in Motion’s BlackBerry OS, which saw its developer interest plunge to 16 percent, down from 37 percent the same time last year.
Brad Reed, Network World

Microsoft will wrap up Windows 8 this summer and will be ready to go on sale in October according to a report by Bloomberg. Windows 8 will come in two flavors: Windows 8 for traditional PCs and business grade slates and Windows on Arm, for consumer tablets. Microsoft declined to comment on the report. Neither a summer wrap-up or an October on-sale would be a surprise: Microsoft finished Windows 7 three years ago this July and launched the OS alongside new PCs on Oct. 22, 2009. The release of Windows 8 Consumer Preview at the end of last month was a clue that a fall 2012 debut was in the cards.

YouTube rolled out a feature that automatically corrects shakeyness, darkness and number of other problems in uploaded videos. When you upload a video that needs fixing a notification pabar will pop up and YouTube will offer a side by side preview of the before and after before you decided if youw ant to acept the changes or not. They can always be undone later. The YouTube blog said the purpose is for users to concentrate on capturing footage and not worry bout shakyness or poor lighting quality.

Well that's our show for this week. Thanks for joining us here on World Tech Update. To find out what's coming up be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. As we head out we'll leave you with shots of the Volvo Ocean Race, where teams are entering Leg 5 near New Zealand.  I'm Nick Barber and for all of us here at the IDG News Service thanks for watching and we hope to see you next week.


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