Episode 400 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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GLENN’S SHOWNOTES 

Google finally drops its ‘Real Name’ policy

The concept behind the policy was pretty sound – that people would be less likely to engage in ‘trolling’ and leaving abusive comments under their real name. Unfortunately, previously active and respectful users stopped commenting while the problem users carried on under their real names (or whichever ‘real name’ was approved by Google).


Uber now available on Windows Phone!

Uber, the popular technology platform that connects users with safe, reliable and seamless transportation announced their official Windows Phone app earlier today. Uber for Windows Phone is a fast, full-featured native app that makes ordering your next ride super easy. The app works on all Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices, is free, and is available for immediate download in the Windows Phone Store.


Apple reaps massive US$7.7 billion profit

Apple reported quarterly revenue up 5.9 percent from a year earlier to US$37.4 billion

Apple reported quarterly net profit of US$7.7 billion, up 11.5 percent from a year earlier.

Sales of the iPhone in the quarter grew by 13.9 percent to 35.3 million. Meanwhile, iPad sales totaled 13.3 million, off 8.9 percent from a year earlier.

Although the company credited strong iPhone and Mac sales for its overall quarterly results, it also saw growth from other parts of its Apple services ecosystem, including a 25 percent gain in iTunes billings.


Dell embraces Bitcoin

The pilot allows customers to buy “any” product on Dell’s consumer, EPP or small/medium business sites in the US. Dell is also planning a promotion where customers get a 10 percent discount on new Alienware computers by using Bitcoin.

Dell also points out that Bitcoin account “isn’t tied to any financial institutions, can’t be frozen and carries lower transaction fees than most major credit cards.”


Apple iPhone 6 specs revealed on Amazon

The general belief is that the smartphone will come in two variants, a 4.7-inch one aimed at regular consumers, and a bigger 5.5-inch handset that’s said to target the premium markets. The retailer only lists the 4.7-inch on the website

The listing also reveals that the device will be running on the iOS 8 operating system and that it will come equipped with 64GB internal storage memory, on the one pictured.

Amazon Japan claims they will have the iPhone 6 in stock starting with September 30th, which coincides with many rumors regarding its release date. Most sources suggest that the device will be announced sometime during mid September, either on the 15th or on the 19th, and it will be made available for purchase towards the end of the month.

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Windows development set to be ‘unified’ by Microsoft

Microsoft has said work is under way to “unify” parts of its different Windows operating systems.

“We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes,” Chief executive Satya Nadella

Nadella said one target was for developers to be able to write a single app that would adapt its layout and controls to suit whether it was being used on a phone, tablet, PC or games console.

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