Tech 2.0 for Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Apple unveiled a showcase of new products Tuesday at an event in San Francisco, including a new variation of the iPad tablet. Just in time for the holiday season, Apple introduced the iPad Air. It's a thinner, faster version, weighing in at just one pound compared with 1.4 pounds for the previous iPad. The iPad Air is 8 times faster than the original iPad that came out in 2010. This is the fifth generation of the tablet and will go on sale November 1, starting at $499 for a model with 16 gigabytes of memory. Apple plans to eventually phase out its third and fourth generation iPads. Apple also unveiled a new, thinner and lighter 13 inch MacBook Pro with retina display and a larger model with a 15 inch monitor.
YouTube is branching out. It's putting on its very own music awards on November 3 in a live show in New York City. Artists scheduled to perform include Lady Gaga, Eminem, Avicii, MIA, Walk Off the Eearth and others. Voting is open in six categories. They include Video of the Year, as well as Artist, Response, Phenomenon, Breakthrough and Innovation of the Year. They'll be awarded based on YouTube data from the previous 12 months -- including the number of views, likes, video shares and comments. People can also vote by posting official nomination videos on social media. You can learn how to do that at YouTube.com/musicawards.
Microsoft pulls a Windows update over complaints. The company states a limited number of users had problems after updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. PC World reports it appears some users are experiencing "boot configuration data errors," bringing up a blue screen of death during startup. The problem does not seem to be widespread.