An update on Daily Tech Headlines for Amazon Echo – Still Down

Last weekend we changed servers for the script that feeds Daily Tech Headlines to the Amazon Echo. Alex, who wrote the script made the appropriate changes and Dan who runs the server signed off.

However Amazon returned an error saying the feed was not current. As anyone who subscribes to the podcast knows, there is current content, so somehow it wasn’t getting to the new script.

Alexa and Dan found a couple things they thought it might be and tweaked them then resubmitted. Alex even tested the feed to see if it worked and it did on Amazon’s Echo simulator. But we got the same error. By this time it was Wednesday so Thursday Alex submitted a ticket with Amazon asking for them to review and tell us what they saw as wrong since everything looked OK on our end. I also emailed my contact on the Echo team who helped us get set up in the first place.

We have not yet heard back from Amazon. As soon as we do we hope we can figure it out and get Daily Tech Headlines working again. Our deepest apologies for the disruption.

Tom

DTH Saturday History Edition

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Today in Tech History – September 23, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1889 – Fusajiro Yamauchi founded Nintendo Koppai in Kyoto, Japan, to manufacture hanafuda, Japanese playing cards. Mario came much later.

http://www.wired.com/thisdayintech/2010/09/0923nintendo-founded/

1999 – NASA lost contact with the Mars Climate Orbiter. It began orbit normally, but after it went behind the planet and out of range, it never made contact again. It was later determined that the approach attitude was wrong because software put out imperial units instead of metric units.

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msp98/news/mco990923.html

1999 – Two years after its founding, Netflix launched its subscription DVD rental service which proved much more popular than renting DVDs individually by mail.
http://archive.fortune.com/2009/01/27/news/newsmakers/hastings_netflix.fortune/index.htm

2002 – Mozilla Phoenix 0.1 was released. It was the first public version of the web browser, that would become Mozilla Firefox.

https://wiki.mozilla.org/History:Timelines

2008 – The T-Mobile G1 launched, the first phone to use Google’s Android OS, as it began it’s competition against the barely year-old iPhone.

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2409863,00.asp

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DTNS 3122 – IT is Hard

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comUber gets shut down in London, Wal-Mart wants to deliver groceries right to your refrigerator and why enterprise seems so bad at security.
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Daily Tech Headlines – September 22, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Uber banned in London, Facebook sends data to US Congress, a catch in Apple’s free 4K upgrade offer.

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Today in Tech History – September 22, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1791 – Michael Faraday was born in south London. He grew up to discover electromagnetic induction and coined the terms ‘electrode’, ‘cathode’ and ‘ion.’ He also lent his name to the Faraday cage.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/faraday_michael.shtml

1986 – In NEC Corp. Vs. Intel Corp., the US District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that microprograms are copyrightable literary works. And so all the trouble began.

http://jolt.law.harvard.edu/articles/pdf/v03/03HarvJLTech209.pdf

2011 – Facebook announced its new Timeline feature which would collect all your posts and materials in chronological order, replacing the old profile.
https://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150289612087131

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DTNS 3121 – Down With Tech?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhy Google bought part of HTC, why Bose wants the Google Assistant in headphones and why everyone is mad at big tech companies.
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Daily Tech Headlines – September 21, 2017

DTH_CoverArt_1500x1500Waymo wants billions from Uber, new Bose + Google integration headphones, Bill Gates has regrets.

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Today in Tech History – September 21, 2017

Today in Tech History logo1866 – Herbert George Wells was born in Bromley, England. He would grow up to write under the name H. G. Wells and help form the genre of science fiction.

http://www.britannica.com/biography/H-G-Wells

1999 – Google came out of beta. The young company announced its new Google Scout feature and the launch of its new website, removing the beta designation from the Google search engine.

http://googlepress.blogspot.com/1999/09/googles-new-googlescout-feature-expands.html

2000 – Kevin Mitnick was released from a Lompoc, California prison after almost five years of incarceration.
http://news.cnet.com/Mitnick-released-from-prison/2100-1023_3-235933.html

2015 – Christopher Poole aka ‘moot’ sold 4Chan to its inspiration 2Channel. Hiroyuki Nishimura became 4Chan’s president.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/09/21/4chan-has-been-sold-to-2channel-after-12-years-of-independence/

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DTNS 3120 – The Nest Big Thing

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDrone delivery cranks up in Switzerland, Nest back with new products and whether we want pro sports like eSports leagues. Overwatch League anyone?
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