The Madeleine Brand Show for August 9, 2012

Tech update with John Moe: Android surpasses iPhone, despite new drug dealer-friendly app

Courtesy of Burner

A screenshot of new iPhone app Burner.

John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, joins the show to talk about the latest news in the tech world.

The tech giant Samsung is investigating claims that one of its suppliers hired child workers. Watchdog group Child Labor Watch said that workers were regularly working 11-14 hour days with only one 40-minute break to eat, at a factory owned by China's HEG Electronics.

And now some, new Android numbers that might surprise iPhone lovers, latest sales numbers show that four Android phones are shipped for every one iPhone.

Those sales numbers do come with a couple of caveats. There hasn't been a new iPhone in going on a year now and there will be one, probably, in early September. Also, there's only one new iPhone at a time, whereas Android, an open and free platform that anyone can build on, is part of all sorts of different devices being pumped out constantly. In fact, it wasn't Apple that got hurt the most by the Android uprising, gains came largely at the expense of BlackBerry and Nokia, who saw their market share drop below 5 percent.

And finally, the app drug dealers everywhere have been waiting for, Burner, which supply temporary phone numbers to use for different periods of time. John Moe told Madeleine in today's interview, "it comes in handy if you need to be in touch with someone for just a little while but you'd rather they not have your number indefinitely. Here's another option, don't get involved with people like that in the first place."

Guest:

John Moe, is the host of the Marketplace Tech Report, which airs every weekday at 7 p.m. on KPCC.


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