Tech Tuesday Feb. 26

By: Kitty Capelle
By: Kitty Capelle

Here is additional information from this week's Tech Tuesday stories, which aired on the Valley's Fox 10 o'clock news.


Apple Corp. Settles Lawsuit with Parents

This lawsuit started in 2011, when outraged parents noticed their children were raking up hefty bills through free apps. The kids were installing the free apps through iTunes and then buying in-game content.

Apple reached a settlement for the lawsuit Tuesday. Basically, Apple will offer a $5 iTunes gift cards to any parent claiming their child bought that in-game content. For parents who can prove their damages were more than $5, they can be eligible for a larger credit or cash refund.

You can read the full court filing by clicking here.

Samsung Galaxy 4 Announcement

The next generation in smartphones is just weeks away. Samsung announced it will unveil the Galaxy 4 on March 14th in New York. Details on the new phone's features are scarce. Analysts expect it will have a higher-resolution screen.

The release marks the latest assault in what's rapidly become a two-phone race for supremacy on the mobile landscape. Apple is the other big player. Tech pundits don't suspect the new Galaxy will beat the iPhone, but in the third quarter of last year, the Galaxy S III became the first smartphone to outsell the iPhone.

Nigerian Boy Invents Lion Deterrent 

Richard Turere lives in Kenya, just outside of the Nairobi National Park, but he's getting international attention for his humane invention to treat a lion problem. Richard noticed that lions were afraid of moving lights, so he created a lighted fence that mimics a person moving a flashlight. The LED lights are powered by a car battery and solar panels.

Turere is shared the spotlight with famed scientists and great thinkers at the TED conference in California. You can watch the YouTube video below of his full story:



Trekkies May Put Permanent Mark on Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -- "Star Trek" fans, rejoice.

An online vote to name Pluto's two newest, itty-bitty moons is over. And No. 1 is Vulcan, a name suggested by actor William Shatner, who played Capt. Kirk in the original "Star Trek" TV series.

Vulcan was the Roman god of lava and smoke, and the nephew of Pluto. Vulcan was also the home planet of the pointy-eared humanoids in the "Star Trek" shows. Think Mr. Spock.

"174,062 votes and Vulcan came out on top of the voting for the naming of Pluto's moons. Thank you to all who voted!" Shatner said in a tweet once the tally was complete.

Actor Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed the reason- and logic-based Spock, had this to say in an email to The Associated Press: "If my people were emotional they would say they are pleased."

Don't assume Vulcan and Cerberus are shoo-ins, though, for the two tiny moons discovered over the past two years with the Hubble Space Telescope.

The contest was conducted by SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., the research base for the primary moon hunter. The 10 astronomers who made the discoveries will take the voting results into account, as they come up with what they consider to be the two best names.

The International Astronomical Union has the final say, and it could be another month or two before an edict is forthcoming. Now known as P4 and P5, the moons are 15 to 20 miles across.

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