DTNS 2375 – Black Friday Headlines

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJust Tom today looking over the headlines on the Black Friday holiday. Full show returns on Monday.

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Show Notes

Today in Tech History – Nov. 28, 2014

20140404-073853.jpgIn 1660 – 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray met after Wren’s astronomy lecture to discuss the formal constitution of a society of philosophers that would become the Royal Society. It still exists and recently opened its archives on the Web.

In 1814 – For the first time, an automatic steam-powered press printed The Times in London. German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer built the press. The Times quickly pointed out that they would not layoff workers, but instead increase printing, bringing the paper to a wider audience.

In 1964 – NASA launched Mariner 4 toward Mars where it would conduct the first successful flyby of the red planet.

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Today in Tech History – Nov. 27, 2014

20140404-073853.jpgIn 1971 – The Soviet Union’s Mars 2 orbiter released its descent module which probably had too steep an angle of entry, and malfunctioned and crashed. But hey, it was still the first manmade object to reach the surface of Mars.

In 1995 – Microsoft released Internet Explorer 2.0, touting its privacy and encryption, and stepping up the browser war with Netscape.

In 2001 – Scientists announced they had used the Hubble telescope to detect and analyze the atmosphere on an extrasolar planet for the first time. The planet HD 209458 b, unofficially called Osiris was found to have sodium in its atmosphere.

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DTNS 2374 – Right to Be Google

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young on today to talk about the Sony attackers and whether games should be excused for shipping when broken.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Justin Robert Young, co-host of Night Attack, Weird Things podcasts

Headlines:

Sources tell Bloomberg Sony is developing a watch with an e-ink-like screen on the face on watchbands. It;s one of the products set to come out of Sony’s business creation division set up by CEO Kaz Harai this year to encourage innovation. The division also is developing something called MESH which uses small blocks with sensors, LEDs and buttons to allow rapid prototyping. The watch may come out next year according to Bloomberg’s sources.

CNET reports the US Mission to the European Union has made a statement regarding the possibility that the EU would explore breaking up Google under antitrust regulations. The Mission emailed the Wall Street Journal and noted concern with the proposal, saying, “It is important that the process of identifying competitive harms and potential remedies be based on objective and impartial findings and not be politicized.” Additionally Ars Technica reports US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte wrote to European members objecting to the plans as did Senators Ron Wyden and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Reps. Dave Camp and Sander Levin. And a THIRD letter was signed by 12 members of US Congress led by Rep. Anna Eshoo.

But the EU isn’t leaving Google alone. BloombergBusinessWeek reports the EU’s Article 29 Working Party will publish guidelines this week recommending search engines like Google apply right to be forgotten requests to all versions of its search engine available in Europe, including the .com domain. The group also rebuked Google for notifying news outlets when story links were removed.
The guidelines aren’t legally binding, but national regulators can use them to exert pressure on Google to follow them.

Recode reports that Amazon has reduced the price of its Fire Phone to $199 unlocked, a $250 price cut off the already reduced phone. The original unlocked price was $649. Amazon is also including a year of free Amazon Prime which normally costs $99. An Amazon Fire phone on a two year contract? Still 99 cents.

TechCrunch reports the Global Web Index ranks Tumblr as the fastest growing social network with 120% growth in active users over the last six months. Pinterest is second at 11% and Instagram now third at 64%. Facebook is almost flat at 2%. Twitter grew 26%. The news for Facebook is better in growth of mobile app usage. Snapchat is tops at 56% followed by Facebook Messenger and again in third place, Instagram.

Still wondering if stickers is a good business model for messaging apps? Back in April, Japanese instant messaging app Line launched the Creators Market, where its users could make and sell their own stickers- large, sometimes animated emoji. Tech Crunch reports today that Line has sold more than $30 million in stickers from independent creators during the market’s first six months of business. Close to 36 million sticker packs have been bought from the market, from a total base of 270,000 creators.

The Next Web reports Google continues to expand its offering in Cuba. Adding to the previously launched Chrome browser there, Google is launching Google Play and Google Analytics in Cuba today. Both apps have to be free to avoid violating US restrictions on exports to Cuba. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt believes that empowering citizens with information tools is the best way to encourage the country to modernize.

CNET reports Huawei is partnering with South Korean mobile telecommunication companies — SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus — to establish 5G networks. Official standards for 5G havne’t been set yet but we’re talking speeds around 1000 times faster than LTE by 2020. Huawei is considering building an R&D center in South Korea.

The Verge reports that NASA astronauts aboard the International Space station became the first people to print a 3-D object in space. The printer was installed aboard the ISS last week by NASA commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore, and was used to produce a replacement plastic face-plate for the 3-D printer itself. Because if you’re an astronaut traveling to Mars, you might need to 3-D print another 3-D printer someday. The parts printed will be sent back to earth in 2015 to check difference between manufacturing in space versus earth.

News From You:

habichuelacondulce passes along a Gizmodo report that Google’s new Times Square billboard is very large. The billboard promotes the Android operating system and used 24 million LED megapixels, at a cost of $2.5 million for four weeks. The billboard is interactive. Passerbys can climb up on a platform and play games using a 20 foot Android avatar created by Google’s Androidify website or app.

MacBytes submitted Ben Gilbert’s Engadget post form a couple days ago bemoaning the launch problems that seem to come with every major video game these days, Halo Master Chief Collection’s online multiplayer fails, Assassin’s Creed Unity’s frame rate and gameplay bugs etc. Gilbert longs for the day when you could go rent the Bubsy the Bobcat cartridge and play it without issue. Gilbert worries that game manufacturers don’t care if games work right out of the box since they’ll fix the bugs with patches on day one and beyond.

Discussion Section: Sony hackers

http://www.theverge.com/2014/11/25/7281097/sony-pictures-hackers-say-they-want-equality-worked-with-staff-to-break-in

http://www.csoonline.com/article/2851649/physical-security/hackers-suggest-they-had-physical-access-during-attack-on-sony-pictures.html

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2383278/gop-hackers-brings-sony-pictures-to-its-knees-with-ransom-demand

http://www.reddit.com/r/hacking/comments/2n9zhv/i_used_to_work_for_sony_pictures_my_friend_still/

Pick of the Day: Shuttle via Scott Foster

Hey Tom,

Love the show! I am a web developer constantly connecting to different servers to update configuration files, read logs, or just make sure certain services are running. Also we have many different versions of our code (production, staging, testing) and keeping track of ip addresses and username/passwords can be tough, until I found shuttle ( http://fitztrev.github.io/shuttle/ ).

This is a Mac only program that sits in the menubar and allows you to group servers, name them, and have different parameters when connecting to them. It has made things so much easier. Also all the code is on github so you can see how it works and contribute to the code if you’d like.

Thanks Tom!

Plug of the day:  If you were one of those people asking about a DTNS coffee mug you can get one now in the new DTNS store. And David Michael already started a sale from 12:01am on Friday until midnight Monday.

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Future Shows: No show Thursday, because it’s Thanksgiving in the US.

Possibly a headlines only show Friday.

Monday’s guest: Rafe Needleman of Yahoo Tech

Today in Tech History – Nov. 26, 2014

20140404-073853.jpgIn 1894 – Norbert Wiener was born in Columbia, Missouri. He would get his BA in mathematics at age 14 but is most remembered for his theory of regulation and of signal transmission which he called “cybernetics”

In 1922 – “Toll of the Sea” debuted. It was the first color movie that didn’t require a special projector, the second technicolor film ever, and the first in wide release.

In 2003 – The final flight of a Concorde ended when the supersonic jet touched down at Filton, Bristol, England, the airfield where it was built.

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S&L Podcast – #197 – Veronica is a Cannibal

We sing the praises of Ursula K. Leguin, marvel at the casting of HBO’s Westworld, announce our December book pick and wrap up Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. Also, Veronica admits she would eat people. 

Ed. note: I would eat people -V

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WHAT ARE WE DRINKING?    
Tom: Milk (of human kindness)
Veronica: Tullamore Dew   
    
QUICK BURNS
    
Sandra: Philip K. Dick’s Short Story ‘The Crawlers’ Is Getting A Big Screen Adaptation     
    
David: Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.    
    
terpkristin: The follow-up to Brandon Sanderson’s first “Legion” novella (novelette? short story? something?) came out 11/24! It will be free from Audible for the first month, based on his blog post.   
   
Kvon: Pat Rothfuss’ Worldbuilders is once again running an sff lottery and auction to benefit Heifer Intl. 
    
David: Wesley Chu re-signs with Angry Robot Books  
    
Michele and Rob: Amazon and Hachette have reached an agreement  
    
Bookshelf: Next year HBO will have a new series.West world- With Anthony Hopkins- an adaptation of Michael Crichton’s 1973 novel of the same name.   
    
PICKS    
    
The Secret Root by D.S. Cahr suggested by Ira.      
    
Next time we’ll discuss The City and the City by China Mieville suggested by Andrew.  Post your thoughts to the thread and we’ll discuss more about them next time!     
    
Find more upcoming releases at swordandlaser.com/calendar    
    
BARE YOUR SWORD
    
Marion: What is the one book or series you would give away to someone who is reading SF/Fantasy for the first time?   
    
Rob Secundus: Monstrously Long Audiobook Recs    
    
BOOK OF THE MONTH DISCUSSION    
    
Next month’s pick: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern    
    
Wrap up:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick    
    
Drew: The Toad
    
Jay: Is everyone a vegetarian or is meat only for the richest people?     
    
John: I find it interesting how Dick describes casual lack of empathy. 

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DTNS 2373 – Google is Being Replaced

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja joins us to discuss the Pew Research estimate of Web IQ and see how our own compares. Are you smarter than the rest of the Net? or Web? Do you know the difference?

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, host of Le Rendez-vous Tech and Pixels and The Phileas Club podcasts

Note: Tomorrow’s DTNS will be at 9am Pacific / 12 noon Eastern

Headlines:

Apple Insider reports Apple’s deal to make Google the default search engine in the Safari browser expires in early 2015. The Information says representative from Yahoo and Microsoft have already spoken with Apple’s Eddy Cue about taking over the slot. Bing is the default search engine in Siri, replacing Google in iOS7 in 2013.

PC World reports on Pew Research Center’s quiz of 1066 people who at least occasionally use the Internet, to find out how much they know about the Web. 83% of people correctly identified a photo of Bill Gates the top correct answer. Though knowing hashtags were used in Twitter was right behind at 82%. The one nobody knew was the first popular graphical Web browser. Only 9% answered ‘Mosaic.’. Next to last were the 21% of people who could correctly identify a picture of Sheryl Sandberg.

TechCrunch passes along an IDC report that full-year iPad shipments are expected to decline 12.7% this year as a result of a generally sluggish tablet market. While the overall market for tablets is still expected to grow 7.2% this is a big slowdown from the 52.5% growth of a year ago. Analysts say the problem with tablets in general is people are holding on to them longer than mobile phones. Emerging markets are the bright spot for tablet makers, expected to account for 50.6% of shipments in the market this year.

Re/code reports that Twitter has introduced digital coupons. Twitter Offers are discounts that users can claim from an advertisers tweet by linking their credit or debit card with Twitter. The users then redeem the discount by paying in-store with the linked card. Advertisers will be able to measure the monetary impact of online promotions, and Twitter will make money off promoted tweets. Not to mention have a treasure trove of registered credit cards in their database. Select retailers and food chains will start promoting their offers on Twitter today.

ZDNet passes along an announcement from the UN’s International Telecommunications Union, that the online population has grown to more than 3 billion people, up 6.6% in 2014. Two thirds of all people online live int he developing world. The numbers came in the annual Measuring the Information Society Report on November 24.

GigaOm reports that the BBC is working with Greatfire.org to use something called “collateral freedom” to attempt to bypass Chinese blocks on BBC Content. Users would be able to view the content without using a VPN or Proxy. Essentially Greatfire can direct users to BBC content hosted on CDNs like Amazon Cloudfront or Microsoft Azure. This makes it harder for the content to be blocked without blocking the entire CDN which is used by many legitimate Chinese companies.

The Next Web reports Xiaomi announced its first 4G mobile device for India called the Redmi Note 4G. It’s a dual-sim LTE phone with 8 GB of flash storage, 5.5-inch IPS 72-p display, 3100mAh removable battery a 13-mpxl rear camera and a 5-mpxl front camera. There is also a 3G version. The Redmi Note 4G goes on sale in December at Airtel retail stores and through local flash sales on Flipkart. Registration for the first flash sale on Flipkart started today at 6 PM IST. Sales for that start Dec. 2 for Rs. 8,999.

Ars Technica reports the US Federal Trade Commission has settled with Sony Computer Entertainment and advertising agency Deutsch LA over claims made in early ads for the PlayStation Vita. The complaint focused on the Remote Play feature which only worked on a few PS3 titles. One ad showed Remote Play working with the game Killzone 3 which never supported the feature. Sony will offer Vita customers who bought the system before June 1, 2012 a $25 rebate or a $50 voucher “for select games and services.”

 

News From You:

goofball_jones let us know about the Ars Technica article that the US FCC has stopped T-Mobile from hiding their throttling speeds. T-Mobile was exempting speed tests from the data cap on throttled users and showing them full speeds even when they were being throttled for hitting their monthly data limit. As part of the agreement T-Mobile will send text messages and add links to their website to places with accurate speed tests.

schenko passed along the CNET report that the Bloodsport gaming system that draws real blood when you take virtual damage received a body blow yesterday when Kickstarter suspended the campaign’s funding. Blood Sport did not respond to CNET inquiries, and Kickstarter said their policy is not to comment on project suspensions.

Satrfuryzeta sent in the Verge article about a volunteer group of Samsung engineers developing a second generation of the company’s EYECAN technology designed to allow people to navigate a computer interface with their eyes. v solts in under a computer monitor and allows the user to highlight with a look and click with a blink. It’s meant specifically for users with injuries or advanced disease. Samsung does not plan to commercialize the product which costs about $500 to make. The company plans to opens source the design.

Discussion Section:  Pew Pew Pew IQ!

http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/11/25/web-iq/

http://www.pewinternet.org/quiz/web-iq-quiz/

Calendar: 

Pick of the Day: Crashplan via Tom

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Wednesday’s guest:  Justin Robert Young! At 9am!

Today in Tech History – Nov. 25, 2014

20140404-073853.jpgIn 1816 – Gaslight illuminated Philadelphia’s Chestnut Street Theatre, improving on an innovation pioneered in London. Instead of coal the gas was created from pitch, reducing the malodorous vapors caused by the wonder’s creation.

In 1957 – PG&E and General Electric inaugurated the Vallecitos Nuclear Power Plant in Pleasanton California. It was the first privately funded atomic power plant.

In 1976 – The Project Viking landers passed through superior conjunction at Mars, enabling scientists to begin an experiment that used the landers as transponders. The data collected confirmed the Shapiro Delay, becoming one of the best confirmations of General Relativity we have seen.

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Cordkillers Ep. 46 – Cultural CliffsNotes

Dana Brunetti joins us and talks about his cord-cutting experience and whether Nielsen rating Netflix and Amazon is a good idea. 

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CordKillers: Ep. 46 – Cultural CliffsNotes
Recorded: November 24, 2014
Guest: Dana Brunetti

Intro Video 

Primary Target

  • Watching shows online is more common now, Flurry says, but TV’s hardly dead yet
  • -Flurry does analytics on mobile apps
    - US citizens spend more than 10 minutes more a day on mobile devices than watching TV
    - 2 hours 48 minutes on TV: 2 hours 57 minutes using mobile
    - Combines Flurry analytics with ComScore and US Bureau of Labor Statistics on TV usage.
    - Nielsen numbers report a much larger number for time spent on TV: 4 hours 36 mins. a day
    - Survey in UK in April by Ofcom what device you would miss most. Older respondents chose TV. 16-34 chose smartphone.

Signal Intelligence

  • Nielsen will finally start tracking Netflix and Amazon video
  • Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing
  • - WSJ says Nielsen will begin tracking non-mobile viewers of subscription online video services like Amazon and Netflix
    - Scans audio of the programs to identify shows.
    - Important for content producers when striking deals with the services.
    - TV viewership down 7% yoy in October 18-49
    - 40% of households subscribe to streaming video service.
    - Subscribers watch around 20% less TV

Gear Up

Front Lines

Under Surveillance

2014 Winter Movie Draft
draft.diamondclub.tv

  1. Scott: $256,679,469
  2. Tom: $121,897,634
  3. Brian: $57,729,445
  4. Justin: $29,983,069
  5. John: $10,950,001
  6. Brett: $0

Dispatches from the Front
When you covered the new CBSNews online initiative, I immediately installed the Roku app.
Content is very traditional TV, but the presentation is pretty painless.
Gives me a quick way to make sure I didn’t miss any stories the masses are talking about.

There are a couple of small flaws:
Ads are often much louder than the content
Ad repeat often (Not too surprising since it’s new ad inventory for them to sell.)

But I deleted my app this morning. [STORY ABOUT HOW HIS ROKU GOT STUCK PLAYING 5 ADS IN A ROW AND HE HAD TO REBOOT]

I’m a big supporter of ad-supported free media. It drives me crazy when publishers do it so wrong.

I fear they will count this experiment in online as a failure – not realizing it’s the experience, not the format that failed.

Lon

Hey Tom and Brian, Love the Show(tm). Just wanted to let your audience know that the MPAA’s new wheretowatch.com website doesn’t discriminate between online and offline content. I got super-excited when I searched for “CHiPs” (don’t judge me) and saw it was available on Netflix. Well, my joy was quickly dashed when I went to Netflix and saw that it was available only on DVD. So while the MPAA is taking a step in the right direction, so far this site isn’t a replacement for canistream.it.

Keep up the great work,
Your Boss

Rob

 

According to wheretowatch.com there are no legit places to watch House of Cards Season 2. No legit places to watch Game of Thrones Season 5.

I know this is still officially in “beta” but I’m not going to take the effort to come back and check every month until they get this right. This brand is ruined for me.

John
 

While the same actor who plays Spike in Buffy also plays Braniac in Smallville, that actor is James Marsters, not James Marsden. Love the show, but without careful attention to those last names starting with M, I could be confused with Tom.

Tom

 

In regards to Spoilering Time for Interstellar, Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey are roughly the same age. As they are using the black hole for a gravity assisted slingshot, Hathaway exclaims “you look pretty good for 120 years old” (or something along those lines). I think we are to believe that the time dilation through the black hole is negligible which leaves Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey the same age. Love the show!

Brian

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