This Week in Tech News

Leo Gets the Apple Watch

Episode 1181

Leo got his Apple Watch yesterday. He says it's pretty. Too early to tell about the battery life, but the wireless battery charging feature is pretty cool. Takes about an hour. And the magnetic charger looks like a stethescope. He also says it can charge other watches as well. But it can get you through the day. When you first get it, it may not seem so because you'll be constantly playing with it. But after a few weeks, you'll see that it will only take about 5% battery life per hour with regular use. Notifications can be tied to the iPhone 5 or higher.

Mac OS X 10.10.3 Released, Users Should Update to Fix Huge Flaw

Episode 1178

Mac OS 10.10.3 Yosemite has been released, which includes the new Mac Photos app and fixes a major flaw in the operating system. The flaw would allow a hacker to take control of the computer via remote access. Apple says that the upgrade is free, but if you cannot update due to having hardware that doesn't support Yosemite, then Apple says they have no plans whatsoever to patch this vulnerability. And what's their reason? It's too much work. Leo says that's a hard thing to swallow.

Apple Watch Sells Out in 10 Minutes

Episode 1178

Leo says that Apple sold out of 5 million Apple watches in less than a half hour, leaving everyone else waiting until June and maybe as late as August before they can get one. Leo says that Apple may have deliberately under estimated the number of watches they needed as a hedge against a potential surprise drop in sales, something that didn't happen in the least!

Apple Watch Sold Out, New Orders Won't Arrive Until June

Episode 1177

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch became available for preorder on midnight Friday, and it already sold out. New orders will not be filled until June or perhaps even as late as August. Leo got up at midnight to try and get his order in, and he thinks he barely got in for delivery on April 24th. He ordered the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Milanese Loop, while Lisa got the 38mm model. The reviews have been mixed, however. Nilay Patel at The Verge gave it a score of 7/10. David Pogue liked it a lot, though. The big issue is about battery life. There's concern that it won't last throughout the day.

Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

Episode 1177

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge has the highest resolution screen on the market and easily the best camera he's ever used. Leo says it's beautiful. But the battery life isn't all that great (about 9-12 hours) because of the high resolution. Since it doesn't have the ability to swap out the battery, you'll need to get the quick charge accessory which will give you half of a charge within a half hour.

All Six Star Wars Movies Released in Digital

Episode 1177

All six Star Wars movies have been launched in digital HD yesterday. The entire collection costs $89.99, and is available in iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Disney Direct. Leo says not to get it from Disney, however, because it doesn't own the first movie "A New Hope." However, Disney has a new service called Disney Movies Anywhere, which gives you access to the movies in any of the digital stores. Leo recommends against buying it from Amazon though, because that doesn't work with the Disney Movies Anywhere service.

GitHub Targeted in DDoS Attacks From China

Episode 1174

Hacker

Last week, Chinese hackers targeted GreatFire.org in a DDoS attack, and now are attacking GitHub. DDoS stands for "Distributed Denial of Service," and this attack brings down a website by hitting it with lots of bogus requests from thousands or even tens of thousands of computers distributed all over the world. GreatFire.org was spending $30,000 a day in bandwidth trying to keep up with the excess traffic.

The way they are getting this to be a distributed attack is by commandeering users of Baidu, a popular search engine in China.