Tech 2.0 for Friday, April 26, 2013
A research firm says that more smartphones than 'dumb' phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide. IDC says manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three months of this year, compared with 189 million regular cellphones. In the U.S., smartphones overtook regular cellphones in 2011. IDC analyst Ramon Llamas says the shift to a global majority of smartphones is now being driven by consumers in developing countries such as China, India and Indonesia. Another firm, ABI Research, found that smartphones made up 49 percent of shipments in the first quarter. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest phone maker, doesn't provide a breakdown of its phone shipments, and analysts vary in their estimates.
The apparent hacker who took over a fire department's Twitter account has been caught and it turns out the suspect is only 5-years-old. John Nemeyer didn't exactly "hack" the account. He was using his dad's phone to play Angry Birds. His dad just happens to be the public information officer with the fire department in Forest Grove, Oregon. When 5-year-old John accidentally enabled the game to send tweets, the fire department's Twitter account started talking all about Angry Birds. The automatic updates sent tweets to the department's 1,800 followers, complete with an Angry Birds hashtag. Some unintentional free marketing for the game was a bit of an embarrassment for the department -- especially John's father, David.
David Nemeyer/Forest Grove Fire and Rescue, “A lot of negative stuff in the news right now. This was just a simple, innocent 5-year-old boy blowing up pig death stars."
The tweets were removed and replaced with an explanation. The little mix-up comes during the same week a real hacker broke into the Associated Press' Twitter account, falsely reporting explosions at the White House.
There were few big names. So NFL teams picking in the draft decided to go for big bodies, instead. The first seven picks of the first round were all linemen -- four on offense, three who play defense. Number one pick Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and number two choice Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M tipped the scales at 600 pounds combined. You can check out the list of first round picks on the NFL site.
For anyone who's ever wanted to meet Apple CEO Tim Cook, this may be your chance. Cook is auctioning an hour-long coffee talk with anyone willing to pay at least $180,000 for the privilege. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. The winner must sign a nondisclosure agreement, in other words no tweeting or blogging about the chat. The contest ends May 14th.