DTNS 2320 – Spooning With Google

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Nicole Spagnuolo fill in for Tom and talk Yelp laws and disappearing Facebook posts.

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Show Notes

The Next Web reports that Facebook has begun testing a new feature for its iPhone app that allows users to set an expiration date on posts, anywhere from one hour to seven days. Facebook told The Next Web that this is a pilot program, and that expired posts could take 90 days to delete from Facebook’s servers. The Verge chimes in with what seems to be the most pressing question: What kind of information would you want to share with EVERYONE YOU KNOW, but only for one hour?

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that two German sites have posted 20 screenshots of what looks to be a leaked build of Windows Threshold. The pictures show off a new ‘mini’ Start Menu, and the ability to run Metro-Style/Modern apps in windows on the Desktop. ComputerWorld says the pix reveal an operating system that “could go a long way towards making desktop users happy with Windows again.”

The Next Web reports that Blackberry announced that is buying Movirtu (Mow-veer-too), a UK startup that allows multiple phone numbers to be active on a single device. Movirtu’s Virtual SIM platform allows separate billing for voice, data and messaging on each number, allowing employees to switch between business and personal profiles without carrying multiple devices or SIM cards, and allowing for separate charges to be billed to the company and the employee.  Said all employees everywhere…thanks ALOT, Movirtu.

Engadget reports LG has announced that its first two curved 4k OLED televisions will go on sale in the United States very soon. The 65-inch version will ship in October, with a retail price of $10,000 dollars. The 77-inch model will arrive in November at “select retailers” and cost $25,000 dollars. And while you’re catching your breath, LG announced that there’s a 105-inch Ultra HD TV coming in November for the low low price of $100,000 dollars. If you’re willing to sacrifice a few inches, there’s a 98-inch version for $40,000.

Recode reports that Apple has not yet set a release date for the new iPhone 6 in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market. When the iPhone 5s and 5c were released, China was a part of the first wave of countries that received the phone. Chinese media speculated that Apple had not yet received routine certification from Chinese regulators. Said Apple? “China is a key market for us and we will get there as soon as possible.”

The Next Web reports that the state of California has passed a law preventing businesses in the state from penalizing customers who write bad reviews about their properties. The law bans businesses from enforcing non-disparagement clauses in their customer contracts. California businesses could face fines up to $10,000 for violating the new law. We’ll talk more about this in our discussion section.

And this one goes out to all you Australian music fans out there. TorrentFreak reports on new research from Spotify that says music piracy via BitTorrents has decreased in that country by twenty percent since Spotify launched there in 2012. The drop was mostly driven by casual file-sharers; Spotify says the number of hard-core pirates remains stable.

Wondering whether yesterday’s Internet Slow Down Day had any effect? PC World reports that there were 286,000 calls made to US Congressional offices and the White House yesterday, and the US FCC registered more than 111,000 new comments regarding its proposed guidelines. Activist group Fight of the Future says that number might be even higher — claiming it received more than five hundred thousand FCC comments via its site. The numerical discrepancy may be due to the FCC’s overworked servers. And The Verge reports that comments on the US FCC’s proposed net neutrality rules have now surpassed comments on the infamous Janet Jackson ‘nip slip’ during 2004’s Superbowl Halftime Show. Good job internet!

News From You:

FranzGames submitted a report from Circa that a coalition of tech companies including Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Tumblr, and Yahoo sent a letter to the US Congress on September 9th, asking lawmakers to pass the Email Privacy Act. The Act would update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 to require federal law enforcement agencies to get a a warrant if they want to read an email or force a service to disclose a user’s location. The process to update the bill has been delayed by lawmakers’ attempts to add other provisions to the legislation.

ccastro425 submitted this gigaom report that Google will extend its “Try Before You Buy” refund window from 15 minutes to two hours. So if you think you can read the Merck Veterinary Manual in two hours, you’ve just saved yourself $49 dollars and 95 cents! Think you can memorize the 5 Minute Sports Medicine App in 2 hours? Boom. You just saved 99 bucks.

MacBytes passes along a Verge Report that NASA will begin shooting laser pulses at earth from the International Space Station. Before you head to the bunker, it turns out the laser pulses are an attempt to determine the amount of carbon being stored by earth’s forests. Project GEDI, which stands for Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, would send out up to 16 billion laser pulses a year to make a 3-D map of the forests. The laser light show is expected to launch to the ISS in 2018.

Plug of the day: It’s Thursday, which means it’s time for a great column by Molly Wood on nytimes.com. This week Molly writes about The Apple Watch, and how Apple has passed the burden of discovering the killer app for the watch to developers. And that, says Molly, is a good thing. Check it out!

Pick of the day: Asana project management platform via Elliott Kieff

Hello Jennie, and amazing guest hosts:

Asana.com is a project management online platform meant for companies to work through projects, collaborate, and organize. The creators of Asana are Dustin Moskovitz(Co founder of Facebook) and Justin Rosenstein. Now I do not use this for work but rather all the projects I have being a home owner and car enthusiast . When doing a full restoration on my Datsun I can keep track of progress, ordering of parts, and completed tasks. The best part about Asana is its free. Just login and start a project. Love the shows.

Your DTNS and Cordkillers Boss, Elliott

Tomorrow’s co-host: It’s hak5 takeover day! Shannon Morse and Darren Kitchen take over DTNS, and Len Peralta will be here to illustrate the headlines.

 

 

 

DTNS 2319 – A Battery of Questions

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Jonathan Strickland fill in for Tom on vacation, ask lingering Apple questions, and mull Microsoft Mojang rumors. Also today is an audio only show.

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Show Notes

One of the unanswered questions from yesterday’s Apple bonanza is “how long will the Apple Watch’s battery last?” According to John Paczkowski’s sources, it’s about a day. The writer for Code/Red cites Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris, who doesn’t go so far as to say the watch’s battery will only last a day. Rather, she says that Apple expects watch owners to charge their devices every night when they go to bed.

PC Mag has gathered up reports from sources including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times that say Microsoft is interested in acquiring a little game company called Mojang. The company behind the mega blockbuster Minecraft is reportedly being courted to the tune of $2 billion. This comes as a surprise to many Minecraft fans as the game’s creator, best known by his handle Notch, has resisted outside investment for the most part.

Music streaming service Deezer is getting ready to follow in Spotify’s footsteps. The music service is virtually unknown in the US but traces its history back to 2006 in France. What sets it apart from other services? It streams in the lossless FLAC format at a higher quality than competitors like Rdio and Spotify. The US service is exclusive to Sonos sound systems and will launch at a promotional cost of $14.99 per month after a 30-day free trial, eventually rising to $19.99.

Is your gmail password safe? Engadget reports that around five million gmail account passwords have been posted to a Russian Bitcoin forum. Google says that the passwords were all obtained through phishing and other user-targeting tactics. The company claims that its own servers haven’t been breached.

Twitter, Netflix, Reddit, Vimeo and dozens of other Internet companies are holding a symbolic “slowdown” today in protest of US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposal, which would allow broadband providers to charge companies like Netflix for prioritized, fast-lane access to consumers. In case you were wondering there’s no actual slowing down of the internet today — site will feature a spinning wheel icon as well as a link to comment on the proposal at the FCC’s website.

James Temple at Re/Code reports that yesterday’s tech news wasn’t all about Apple. At the Intel developer forum, the company announced that a team of Intel designers had created a platform that can transform a standard electric wheelchair into a “data driven, connected” machine. The project received an endorsement from famed physicist Stephen Hawking. The platform incorporates sensors that monitor the wheelchair owner’s health, the status of the chair itself and even give reports on the wheelchair accessibility of places you plan to visit.

According to The Verge, an internal Microsoft document reveals the company is discontinuing the brand names Nokia and Windows Phone. But that doesn’t mean it’s out of the mobile space. In the future, the OS on phones will just be called Windows. So you can have a Windows phone, but not a Windows Phone phone. That should help clear up confusion. This aligns with Microsoft’s strategy to have a universal experience across PCs, the Xbox and smartphones. No word yet if the next Xbox console will be renamed Windows Box.

News From You

habichuelacondulce passes along a CNET report about US FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Wheeler spoke to the CTIA Wireless Association in Las Vegas yesterday, telling the group he used to lobby for that he had a new client now, “the American people” and that the industry had be better competitive if they wanted to keep regulation light. Wheeler also expressed doubts that wireless and wireline broadband networks should be treated differently when it comes to keeping the internet open.

Tom Wheeler wasn’t the only US government official talking about net neutrality yesterday. motang submitted The Verge report about Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader who represents San Francisco. Pelosi is asking the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify broadband as a utility using Title II of the Communications Act — exactly what net neutrality advocates have been pushing for. In a letter to FCC chair Tom Wheeler, Pelosi writes that Title II is “an appropriate tool to refine modern rules,” and that it can do so without the FCC overburdening broadband providers.

And KAPT_Kipper brings us the sad news the original iPod classic has been removed from the online Apple Store after almost thirteen years. The Classic, which launched in October 2001, featured the then-revolutionary Click Wheel, held 5 WHOLE gigabytes of music, and of course, it didn’t work with Windows. [Significance]

Patrick’s Pick of the Day: Alien Blue for  iOS

Plug of the Day:  DTNS t-shirts

Daily Tech News Show Shirt with Mustafa from thepolarcat.com’s logo now available in white, black and Ash at Slashloot.com. Look in the podcasts section.

 

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DTNS 2318 – I’d Taptic That

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson, Veronica Belmont and Allison Sheridan  fill in for Tom on vacation and talk all about Apple’s  big day.

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Show Notes

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch today. It’s a rounded rectangular smartwatch with a sapphire crystal display. The watch needs to pair with an iPhone. In addition to a touchscreen, the Apple Watch includes a “digital crown,” a small dial on the side of the watchface which is used to scroll through a list or zoom in on a map. Pressing the crown jumps you back to the home screen. The watch knows when you’re raising your wrist to look at it and activates the screen. The device measures force and provides haptic feedback through a “Taptic Engine”. A Digital Touch feature lets you ping friends, draw on the touch screen and share your heart beat. Sensors on the back of the watch track your pulse. There are six different interchangeable watch bands and three different ‘lines’: Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and an 18k gold Apple Watch Edition. The watch supports iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5. Apple Watch starts at $349 dollars and will go on sale in early 2015.

Apple also revealed two new smartphones with larger displays — the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices are also thinner–the iPhone 6 measures 6.9mm–the Plus is 7.1mm. The larger phones feature higher resolution, and a landscape mode for the home screen, similar to the ipad. Under the hood there’s a new A8 processor– a 64-bit chip that features 2 billion transistors and up to 25 percent faster CPU performance, with 50% faster graphics performance, according to Apple. The 16GB iPhone 6 will cost $199, 64GB will cost you $299, and there’s a new 128GB version at $399 — all with a two-year contract. The new phones are coming to US and 8 other countries September 19th, and are available for pre-order September 12.

Apple ALSO unveiled Apple Pay, an NFC payment feature for the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the Apple Watch. It will launch in October as a free update to iOS 8, and it will be supported by 220,000 merchants that already support contactless payments. Apple Pay uses near field communication, along with a new chip called the Secure Element that stores payment information in an encrypted, secure fashion. All transactions will be conducted with a one-time code that doesn’t transfer personal shopping information to Apple (or credit card information to individual cashiers), and payments can also be immediately suspended by using Find My iPhone.

Home Depot confirmed that its payment security system was breached in a malware attack, similar to an attack on Target in 2013. Home Depot says the breach may have begun in April, and could affect purchases in all 2,200 US Home Depot stores. Home Depot says pin numbers were not stolen, but Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity reports that Home Depot customers credit and debit card numbers are for sale online, including the cardholder’s full name and the city, state and zip code of the Home Depot where they made a purchase.

Amazon announced it’s bringing its Prime Instant Video streaming service to all Android phones in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. Users will be able to shop from their phones and have access to the “tens of thousands” of TV shows and movies currently available on the Prime Instant Video service. It’s a little complicated to install though–users will have to download and install the main Amazon app, then go into the app and use in-app tools to download and install the Amazon Instant Video player app. You’ll also need to enable a setting on your phone that permits you to install apps from “unknown sources” – meaning locations beyond the official Google Play store. But hey, Amazon videos on Android!

News From You: 

anotherjmartin posted the top vote-getter in the subreddit today: Ars Technica reports that AT&T and Verizon have asked the US FCC *not* to change its definition of broadband from 4 megabits per second to 10 megabits per second. The FCC periodically raises its definition of what internet service can be considered broadband. In a recent filing, AT&T claimed 10 megabits per second “exceeds what many Americans need today to enable basic, high-quality transmissions.” The lobbying organization for US cable companies also filed in support of the “it’s good enough, please don’t make us upgrade our infrastructure” position. The FCC is also considering whether cellular service can qualify as a “functional equivalent for fixed broadband.”

lionelhaverford submitted this little gem about the perils of branding. The Verge reports that Microsoft made a $400 million dollar deal with the NFL so that the Surface could be “The Official Tablet of the NFL“, which is why you saw Drew Brees reviewing plays on the tablets this past Sunday. Just one problem: Fox’s announcers, who are not a part of the deal, kept calling the Microsoft tablets i-pads or “these iPad-like tools.” To which Mr. Spacely responded, “JETSON!!!!”

Discussion Links: Apple Day!

http://arstechnica.com/apple/2014/09/apple-reveals-long-rumored-apple-watch/

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/09/apple-unveils-the-4-7-inch-iphone-6/?ncid=rss_truncated

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/09/apple-intros-a8-chip-because-bigger-iphones-need-more-horsepower/

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/09/apples-live-stream-stumbles-fails-amid-huge-demand/

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/09/with-apple-watch-a-naming-tradition-ends/

http://recode.net/2014/09/09/what-we-still-dont-know-about-the-apple-watch-and-apple-pay/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/09/us-apple-launch-u2-album-idUSKBN0H42ED20140909?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/09/the-iphone-6-and-apple-watch-keynote-video-is-now-available-for-replay/?ncid=rss

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/09/apples-new-iphones-get-dslr-like-camera-features/?ncid=rss

 

Pick of the day: Tim’s Vermeer via Lisa Boban

Usually the pick of the day is a piece of tech,an app or website. But I’d like to suggest a documentary that appealed to me as a geek. “Tim’s Vermeer” follows inventor Tim Jenison as he attempts to discover and recreate the technology which may account for the ability of Johannes Vermeer to create paintings with stunning color accuracy. Art and Technology are shown as complementary disciplines, and not apposing forces. It’s a wonderful ride. It’s available on all the usual rental sites (iTunes, Google Play, Vudu).

 Plug of the day: The Sword and Laser Anthology

The Sword and Laser Anthology collects 20 amazing stories from new writers in the Sword and Laser book club audience. 10 SciFi and 10 fantasy stories with an introduction by Patrick Rothfuss. Get a copy at swordandlaser.com/store

Breaking News after the show: 

Microsoft is reportedly buying ‘Minecraft’ developer Mojang for $2 billion

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/09/microsoft-buying-mojang-minecraft/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

Verizon offers free iPhone 6 in return for two-year contract, used phone

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/09/us-apple-launch-verizon-idUSKBN0H42CZ20140909?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

Tomorrow’s co-hosts: Patrick Beja and Jon Strickland!

 

 

DTNS 2317 – Fire Sale

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young, Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott fill in for Tom on vacation and talk about Twitter’s Buy Button, Amazon’s Fire Sale, and Apple’s upcoming big day. MP3

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Show Notes

Tech Crunch reports that Twitter has announced its first commerce product — The ‘Buy’ Button. According to a Twitter blog post, the rectangular blue button with the words ‘BUY NOW” will be visible to a small number of US users. Clicking on the button will allow those users to make purchases within the tweet. Payment and shipping information will be stored by Twitter for future purchases. The test will begin on mobile and eventually move to desktop. We’ll be chewing on this one in our discussion section in just a bit.

According to Ars Technica, there’s a fire sale on the Amazon Fire Phone. The device, which is still exclusive to AT&T will now cost 99 cents for a two-year contract. A contract-free phone is now 200 dollars cheaper, dropping from $649.99 to $449.99. Amazon has not released sales numbers for the Fire, but reviews have not been too kind, and a recent study tracking mobile ad impressions for the new phone implies that sales have been lackluster.

The Verge reports Apple has now added another layer of iCloud security. As first spotted by MacRumors, Apple has already begun sending out alert emails when iCloud accounts are accessed from a traditional web browser. The alerts are being sent out even if the specific browser has been used previously to access iCloud. According to The Verge, since iCloud is typically used to link apps, browser logins are now being treated as unusual enough to trigger an alert.

The Verge also reports that Reddit has shut down the subreddit tied to the nude photos in ‘celebgate’ attack. In a statement published on its official blog, a representative for the company said that “we deplore the theft of these images and we do not condone their widespread distribution.” Pressure to shut down the subreddit intensified once it was discovered that pictures of gymnast McKayla Maroney and actress Liz Lee were taken while they were underage.

Ars Technica reports that DVR manufacturer TiVo has announced that the company its next DVR, the TiVo Mega. Scheduled to be released in early 2015, the Mega is a a rackmount DVR with six tuners and 24TB of storage, which works out to about 26,000 hours of recorded SD content, or 4,000 hours of HD. That’s three YEARS of television. The device will cost approximately $5,000 dollars. So that’s 3 years of tv for only 21 cents a day!

Ah, the joys of Autoplay. Facebook announced today that it now serves a billion video plays per day, with two-thirds of those views from mobile devices. Hey did I mention that new auto-playing feature that’s on by default? The company also says it will soon be rolling out a YouTube-like view counter for public video and a metrics dashboard for publishers who can’t wait to roll around Scrooge McDuck style in all that glorious auto-play generated revenue.

Facebook also announced today that it now has 100 million monthly active users in Africa. That means half of Africa’s Internet users are visiting the social network each month. Eighty percent of those active users are getting their Facebook fix on mobile devices. Facebook has spent a lot of time and effort getting their site to work well with weak signals and older phones found in Africa.

Ah yes! The mists are rising! The ocean roils! We are here! Apple Announcement EVE! Are the stories that pop up on The Devil’s Night of tech rumors MORE credible or are we so excited that we’ll believe ANY lie this close? YOU DECIDE! Here they are! Perpetualy unfulfilled iFeature NFC appears to be happening, Bank Innovation.net reports the iPhone will utilize tokenization technology to facilitate payments and 9 to 5 Mac chimes in that Apple and Disney retails locations are being upgraded to the latest iBeacon and NFC tech in anticipation of the phone’s arrival. 9 to 5 Mac also posts screenshots of some of the native apps for the new 5.5 inch iPhone which demonstrates a new “landscape” mode that boasts an iPad-esqe 2 pain interface.

Watch it all tomorrow at 10am Pacific: http://www.apple.com/live

News From You:

anotherjmartin sends us an Ars Technica report that Comcast has begun using its 3.5 million US wifi hotspots to serve ads for Comcast products, regardless of whether the website being viewed wants those ads, or even knows those ads exist. It works like this: when a w-ifi user requests to view a page, Comcast injects its JavaScript into the packets being returned by the real server. In addition to obvious security concerns, Comcast may also have injected itself back into the net neutrality debate: as US regulators ponder whether Comcast and other ISPs should be required to deliver broadband without altering or initiating data packets. According to the company, Comcast home customers are not affected. You know, yet.

And KAPT_Kipper passes along a BBC report that Intel has launched a new generation of processors featuring 14 nanometer transistors, the smallest ever to appear in a commercial product. The new Broadwell Core M chip is 50% smaller and 30% thinner than the last generation. According to Intel, manufacturers should now be able to produce “razor-thin” fanless tablets that are less than 0.35 inches thick.

Discussion Section: Twitter Buy Button

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/08/twitter-commerce-buy-now/

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/8/6120079/twitter-commerce-buy-button

https://blog.twitter.com/2014/testing-a-way-for-you-to-make-purchases-on-twitter

Pick of the day: Followmy.tv via Anthony Eales

followmy.tv helps you keep track of all your TV shows and in particular what episode you are up to. Netflix, Hulu & Amazon does this well already but if you are watching on network & cable television as well as downloading you need somewhere to keep track of what episode you are up to. followmy.tv does it all in one place with a very handy dashboard that has all the next to be watched episodes of TV shows you are watching.

With the power of always knowing which episode you are up to in a TV show you can plan your own TV schedule with ease.

Honourable mention goes to Trakt @ https://trakt.tv but I much prefer followmy.tv

Plug of the Day: All the t-shirts!

Did you know that Daily Tech News Show T-Shirt is available in white, black and Ash at Slashloot.com in the podcast section? Did you also know you can also find fine Morning Stream T-shirts and other fine promotional items at slashloot? What, you’re more of a Night Attack fan? Well those t-shirts are available at http://www.scamstuff.com/collections/diamond-club

Tomorrow! Scott Johnson, Veronica Belmont and Allison Sheridan take on Apple Day!

 

DTNS 2316 – Naked Security

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young, Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta fill in for Tom on vacation and talk about Apple Security.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest hosts: Justin Robert Young, Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta!

Buy Len’s great artprov “The Jawcracker” as drawn live on DTNS!  http://lenperaltastore.com/products/jawcracker-print

Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to the Wall Street Journal today, promising additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but said that none of the Apple ID’s and passwords obtained in the recent celebrity iCloud leaks were taken from the company’s servers. Cook said hackers obtained the nude photos of more than 100 women by either correctly guessing security questions to obtain passwords, or by obtaining the data from a phishing scam. Apple will launch new security measures in two weeks, alerting users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Apple will also begin encouragin users to turn on two-factor authentication, and overall pay more attention to account security. We talk about this and more in a few with Darren.

Gigaom has the roundup of Thursday’s Motorola event in Chicago, where the company unveiled updated versions of its Moto X and Moto G smartphones and revealed its new Android Wear smartwatch, the Moto 360. As expected, the round smart watch was the star of the party. The Moto 360 pairs with any smartphone running Google Android 4.3 or above using Bluetooth and features wireless charging. Motorola says the wireless radio is powerful enough to allow a user to leave their paired phone several rooms away and still access apps on the watch. The 360 has a heart-rate monitor and pedometer and responds to touchscreen and Google Now voice commands. The watch weighs 1.72 ounces, features interchangeable bands, and costs $250 dollars. Oh also? it’s all sold out. But I’m pretty sure they’ll make some more.

We should probably tell you about those phones, too. The Moto X’s AMOLED screen grew from 4.7 inches to 5.2 inches, featuring full HD resolution. Motorola has contracted with a Chicago tannery called Horween (yeah, you heard me now let’s all say it together WHORE-WEEN) to custom-design leather back plates. The X will cost $100 WITH a contract from US carriers or $500 for the unlocked unsubsidized version. The Moto G, also got an ungrade to speaker, processor, camera and screen and will only be sold as an unsubsidized, unlocked phone for $180.

And one more Moto nugget to jab in your ear. The Verge reports that the company also unveiled a wireless earbud called The Hint, which is about the size of a peanut, and is intented to sit in your ear all day long. The hint has 3.3 hours of talk time, costs $149.99 dollars and will be available in the fall.

Reuters reports that an unknown hacker or hacker group broke into a test server supporting the US healthcare.gov site and uploaded malicious files. The first intrusion occurred on July 8th, when malware designed to launch a DDOS attack was uploaded. Healthcare officials told Congress no personal data was stolen.

Hoping to find DOTA 2 sharing the same schedule as Monday Night Football and SportsCenter? Don’t hold your breath. At Code/Media Series: New York, ESPN President John Skipper offered his opinion on eSports. “It’s not a sport — it’s a competition. Chess is a competition. Checkers is a competition, mostly I am interested in doing real sports.” In November of last year, Riot games claimed it had 8.2 Million concurrent TWITCH viewers for it’s League of Legends championship. Not to compare chip stacks, but ESPN reported a record 1.23 million total viewers for it’s live broadcast of the 2013 World Series of Poker final table.

Reuters reports that lawmakers in New Orleans have voted to allow online for-hire car companies like Uber to operate in the city. Under the new ordinance, Uber will be allowed to provide its Uber Black service, which enables passengers to connect with drivers of luxury cars via a smartphone app. The council did not vote on whether to authorize popular and less expensive ridesharing services like UberX and Lyft, which have been the focal point of legal challenges from taxi cab firms and regulators around the globe.

It’s that magic time, when all coffee is pumpkin coffee and the Full Corn Moon hangs heavy in the sky. It’s the silliest of seasons for Apple rumors in advance of their official announcement next week. So here are a few of the best. Brian X. Chen of the New York Times reports the new larger iPhones will have a one-handed mode that can be toggled on or off to make their large screens easier to use and furthermore, the rumored iWatch will be ANNOUNCED Tuesday but not available until 2015. What? You like your rumors more specious? How about this from SlashFilm editor Peter Sciretta who passed along a nugget on Twitter saying U2 ALLEGEDLY shot a commercial for an unnamed new Apple product in Ireland with legendary video director Mark Romanek. Or we can be boring and tell you the official announcement will be streamed to Safari Browsers and AppleTV’s at 1 pm ET / 10 am PT this Thursday September 9th LIVE from the Flint Center for the Performing Arts where near 30 years ago, Steve Jobs announced the original Macintosh.

News From You: 

metalfreak passes along a PC World report on a Chinese man who is suing one of the country’s state telecommunication firms for disrupting access to Google after the government started blocking the company’s services in May. Wang Long, a legal practitioner, sued China Unicom, demanding that the company provide an explanation, and refund his Internet broadband and mobile charges from the past five months. One Chinese state-run publication said this is the first time a local resident has sued a company for failing to provide access to Google.

PTrevethan shares a TechCrunch report about a new Google indoor mapping backpack, which is not at all ominously named The Cartographer. The backpack uses a process called “simultaneous localization and mapping” (SLAM), which allows the user automatically generated a floor plan in real time, while using a tablet to map ‘points of interest’.

And ancrod2 has a Gizmodo report about the latest in wearable technology. Hint: It’s not a watch. Researchers at Hong Kong Polytechnic have created Fabric Circuit Boards--that’s fabric woven out of a mixture of copper and elastic threads using computerized knitting technologies. The stretchy fabric is bulletproof which has great potential for people who get shot; it can also carry a current and communicate, which means that someday your shirt can tell you that its dirty, and your yoga pants can inform you that they are, indeed, see-through.

Plug of the Day:  The Sword and Laser Anthology collects 20 amazing stories from new writers in the Sword and Laser book club audience. 10 SciFi and 10 fantasy stories with an introduction by Patrick Rothfuss. Get a copy at swordandlaser.com/store

 

Pick of the Day:  “What If” by Randall Munroe via Preston

Preston in only OK Silly-con Valley has our pick of the day: “I just wanted to throw in a pick of the day for Randall Munroe’s new book “What if?“. Although I haven’t read it yet I have read all his entries at his site what-if.xkcd.com and really enjoyed them all. Randall tackles absurd hypothetical questions such as “What if there was a robot apocalypse? How long would humanity last?” and “Has humanity produced enough paint to cover the entire land area of the Earth?” using science, logic and humor. Ever wonder if you could lift yourself in the air with guns Yosemite Sam style? The answer is in here. (The answer is yes, but don’t try it at home.)

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DTNS 2315 – Switching from Suck to Blow

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DTNS 2314 – Let’s Get High on Password Entropy

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan joins us to look over the cool things announced at IFA, including an Oculus-Samsung joint VR helmet, a Samsung phablet with a warped screen and Sony’s e-ink bracelet.

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Headlines

Samsung announced new products including a virtual headset at IFA in Berlin. The Gear VR is a joint creation with Oculus VR that can track your head movements with a gyroscope and accelerometer and give you a 96-degree field of view. The Gear VR only comes with sensors and a focal adjustment lens. The screen and processing is provided by the new Note 4 which was also announced. Note 4 is a 5.7-inch phone with a 1440p SuperAMOLED display coming in October. A variant of the Note 4 called the Note Edge was also announced. It has a screen that bends and wraps around the right side, giving you notifications or a taskbar depending on the application. 

Sony announced some new phones as well. The Xperia Z3 has a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 2.5 GHz snapdragon processor and a 3100 mAh battery that Sony says will last two days. It’s also water resistant. The very similar Xperia Z3 compact is a little smaller at 4.6-inches and only has a 720p display. The snappily named Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is an 8-inch 1920 x 1200 device with a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 4500mAh battery and LTE. Sony also announced a fitness tracker with an e-ink screen called “SmartBand Talk” and a fitness watch with built-in Blueooth, GPS and 4 GB of storage called the SmartWatch 3. The watch comes this autumn for €229.

The Unofficial Apple Weblog points out that despite Apple recommending all users enable two-factor authentication, it doesn’t protect all Apple services. It seems designed to protect credit card information. It’s used on Apple ID support, the My Apple ID management console; or making an iTunes, App Store or iBooks purchase from a new device. That means photos are not one of the things you get extra protection on from 2FA. Furthermore if an attacker has the username and password for an iCloud account, software from Elcomsoft could be used to extract files from an online backup, even an old one.

TechCrunch reports on Asus announcing its first Android Wear device called the Asus ZenWatch. It has a a sandwich-like design with a rose gold-colored middle layer and stainless steel top and bottom, with a brushed surface around the face.It features a heart rate sensor on the underside and a number of gesture controls and preloaded features like unlocking your phone by tapping the watch and covering the face to mute. It’s expected to sell for €199 later this year.

ReCode reports Box announced it plans to offer a lot more businessy things so they can sell a cloud platform to companies in the insurance, finance, health care, pharmaceuticals and media industries. If buzzwords like industry-specific services and workflow get your blood boiling— and admit it, we know it does for some of you— it’s worth looking into. Box Workflow tool will try to streamline collaboration starting in 2015. Box for Industries will be a customized Box platform designed for a specific business type such as retail, healthcare and media and entertainment.

Ars Technica reports on Toshiba’s Chromebook 2 which has a 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 display and 2 GB of ram for $250. However if you shell out for the $330 model you get 4 GB of RAM and a 1080p IPS display. Both models use the dual-core Bay Trail-based Atom chip, the Celeron N2840. It comes in three colors (“Charcoal, Aqua, and Rose”), and goes on sale October 5.

Reuters reports that Verizon will pay 7.4 million dollars to settle a US FCC investigation into improper privacy notifications. The investigation, which began in 2006, found that the wireless company failed to properly notify two million new customers of their privacy rights in their first bill before using their information for marketing purposes. In addition to the settlement, Verizon also agreed to send opt-out notices on every bill. 

CNET passes along an IDC report that shipments of phone-tablet hybrids are expected to surpass laptop shipments this year, and sales of traditional tablets next year. IDC expect electronics companies to ship 175 million phablets this year, compared to 170 million laptops. And next year, they project shipments of 318 million phablets, compared to 233 million tablets. IDC defines a phablet as a smartphone with a screen size of 5.5 to 6.99 inches. 

News From You

silentworld07 pointed out the KrebsOn Security report about a possible credit card breach at Home Depot. Credit card breaches are unfortunately not very uncommon these days. Home Depot operates 2200 stores in the US and 287 elsewhere, though the extent of the breach is not yet known. Still most people don’t keep their nude photos at Home Depot since its a hardware store, so it isn’t getting the kind of attention other breaches get. Home Depot says that it is working with banks and law enforcement agencies to investigate reports of suspicious activity.

spsheridan passes along The Verge report about the nice mobile wallet app whose developers picked out a nice name, only to find that another organization was already using that name. The developers of the ISIS mobile wallet announced in June they would change the name of the app to avoid being confused with the violent Islamic terrorist group. Today they announced the app will now be called Softcard. Uh, excuse me, Softcard? Softbank is on the line, and they are NOT happy. 

Discussion Links: Samsung & Sony

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29044863

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/3/6098745/samsung-gear-vr-oculus-announcement-hands-on

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/03/samsung-virtual-reality/

http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-unveils-galaxy-note-4-note-edge/#ftag=CAD590a51e

http://www.cnet.com/news/with-galaxy-note-edge-samsung-returns-to-comfort-zone-hardware/#ftag=CAD590a51e

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/samsung-reveals-vr-headset-powered-by-a-smartphone/

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/sony-launches-trio-of-flagship-devices-z3-z3-compact-and-z3-tablet/

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29010497 

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Pick of the Day: Questionable Content via Tom Betz

Listening to your DragonCon discussion of the potential risks of AI brought to mind a daily comic strip I follow, Questionable Content.

A slice-of-life comic set in an alternate-universe present-day Northampton, Massachussetts where self-aware Artificial Intelligence has existed for decades and AIs live among humans as voluntary cooperative or paid partners and companions, Jeph Jacques’ QC follows the lives of slacker twenty-something Marten Reed and his friends, family and acquaintances.
I really love the way the strip treats the many variants of AI as commonplace, integrating them into a world that is very like the one we already live in.

If you start from the beginning of the archive, you can see the development of Jacques’ drawing style; but it’s clear that his world was pretty fully formed as a concept from the beginning. Jacques has also re-drawn the whole story in his fully-developed art style, and collected it into a book. Either way you get to it, well worth your time.

Tomorrow’s guest:  11:30am Pacific show (aka Jennie’s tech rehearsal) with Justin Robert Young!

DTNS 2313 – Rejected Because Reasons

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on the show and we’ll talk about YouTube getting in on crowd-funding and our picks to backup and protect your data.

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, independent podcaster!

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Headlines

TechCrunch reports Apple released a statement on their 40-hour investigation into the unauthorized access of celebrity photos. Apple determined that “ certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” Apple says that the intrusions were not a result of breaches in the iCloud or Find My iPhone systems. Ars Technica reports the FBI is also investigating whether the accounts of the celebrities were hacked.

The New York Times reports on a decision by a court in Frankfurt, banning Uber’s UberPop service from operating in Germany. The court found that Uber did not get the necessary licenses and insurance for all drivers, and selected passengers which is not allowed for Taxis who must take anyone who can pay. Uber Black— a service with luxury sedans— is unaffected by the ban. Uber says it will continue to operate in Germany. Uber could face fines of up to 250,000 euros, or about $330,000 if any taxi company brings a complaint over Uber violating the ban.

According to Ars Technica, more than two thousand game developers signed an open letter asking for tolerance and acceptance in the gaming community. Andreas Zecher wrote the letter which says, “everyone, no matter what gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or disability has the right to play games, criticize games and make games without getting harassed or threatened.” The letter comes in response to two recent incidents. Anita Sarkeesian, who creates videos analyzing the portrayal of women in video games left her home after being threatened. Also Zoe Quinn, creator of Depression Quest was harassed and threatened after an ex-boyfriend wrote a critical blog post revealing personal info about her. 

TechCrunch reports Google has rebranded its enterprise services as ‘Google for Work.’ Familiar apps all have enterprise versions which will now add ‘for work’ to their name to distinguish them from the free consumer versions. So, Drive for Work, Search for Work, et cetera. The new names are meant to make it simpler to explain what the tools are.

Netflix has partnered with Facebook to make video recommendations but maybe not in the way you’d expect. TechCrunch reports that if you’ve connected your Facebook account to Netflix, after watching a show, you’ll be asked if you want to suggest a video to a friend. If you do it, the suggestion will not show up on the Facebook news feed, instead it will op up the next time that person uses Netflix. Or if they don’t have Netflix it will be sent as a private Facebook message.

CNET reports that Sonos will now let users connect its speakers directly to a Wi-Fi network, without the need for a bridge connected to your router. Sonos Playbar in 3.1 or 5.1 configurations will still need a wired connection. A software update is available today. If you’re home is too big to get good WiFi everywhere you’d like a speaker, Sonos also has a new wireless peripheral called the Sonos Boost, available later this year, for $99. 

News From You

diggsalot submitted a post from WeLiveSecurity.com passing along the Popular Science story about fake cellphone “towers.” The article quotes CEO of ESD America, Les Goldsmith saying his team found 17 interceptors during the month of July. An interceptor is used by law enforcement and criminals alike to mimic a cell phone tower and ‘intercept connections without being detected. ESD America markets a hardened Samsung Galaxy phone called the CryptoPhone 500.

KAPT_Kipper passes along the TechCrunch report about Apple publishing the Top 10 reasons it rejects apps. Sixty percent of App rejections during a seven day period in August 2014 were due to these ten reasons. The number one most common reason? “More information needed.” The number 2 reason? Bugs in the code. Other reasons include not complying with the Developer Program License Agreement, an overly complex or poorly designed interface, or the use of placeholder text. 42% of the rejections were for ‘Other Reasons’, because– reasons. 

and tm204 passed along the 9to5 Mac story that Reddit has launched an Ask me Anything app for iOS that gives you an easy way to follow real-time and archived AMAs. AMAs are Reddit’s most popular feature, with 6.2M followers. A third of Reddits visitors come from mobile, so the site plans to try to address that user base more actively.

Discussion Links: 
http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/09/01/youtube-now-offers-fan-funding-heres-look-works/

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6052077

https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/6050322

http://thenextweb.com/google/2014/09/02/youtubes-new-fan-funding-feature-lets-you-donate-to-your-favorite-channel-owners/

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Pick of the Day: 

CrashPlan 

LastPass 

Tomorrow’s guest: Allison Sheridan, host of the Nosillacast

DTNS 2312 – Apple trifecta

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIt’s the Labor Day holiday in the US so just a short roundup of the headlines today.

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Lasers turn glass into metal.

DTNS 2311 – Microsoft Kills the Messenger before the robots kill us

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJonathan Strickland, Justin Young, Veronica Belmont join the show to talk about how the drones, AI and robots will kill us all thanks to Amazon and Google. +Len Peralta illustrates the show!

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