DTNS 2528 – My Face Is My Passport, Authorize Me!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDan Patterson joins the show to try to explain why you might not get Windows 10 on launch day and how tech is either destroying or saving journalism.

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Today’s guests: Dan Patterson

Headlines:

Microsoft gave more details on the rollout of Windows 10 in a blog post from Terry Myerson today. The short version? Not everybody will get it on July 29. OEM partners get it “soon” to start imaging for new devices. “Soon after” retailers will get it for customer support. July 29 Windows Insiders get it. THEN people who “reserved” an update will get it in waves “scaling up after July 29.” If you reserved it Microsoft will push a notification when you’re ready or will provide details if your system has issues that might prevent the upgrade. Businesess will get it on July 29 and Volume License customers will get it August 1. See? easy.

Engadget reports SEOBook’s Aaron Wall noticed some Google search ads showing up in a small number of queries on Yahoo. The New York Times confirmed the arrangement is a “small test.” Yahoo still has a partnership with Microsoft but it is no longer exclusive and the partnership can be terminated in October. Yahoo and Google walked away from a partnership in 2008 after opposition by the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division.

CNN Money reports that Mastercard will experiment to pay with your face. 500 customers will be able to us the Mastercard phone app, to confirm a purchase with either a fingerprint OR stare at a phone’s camera and blink once. The blink is meant to prevent someone using a still image of you. Mastercard has partnered with most major smartphone companies including Apple, Google, Blackberry and Samsung and is working on deals w/ the banks that issue the credit cards.

Rhino Security Labs founder Benjamin Caudill has developed a hardware proxy that lets users IP address appear to be up to 2.5 miles away according to Motherboard. The ProxyHam is a Raspberry Pi, Wi-Fi Card and 3 Wi-Fi antennas stuffed into a cardboard box. One Antenna connects to a public Wi-Fi network and the other two antennas transmit and receive to the user. The idea is to plug it in a hidden corner of a library or coffee shop, somewhere with public WiFi. That way of the user’s IP address is located, they won’t be nearby if someone shows up to find them.

TechCrunch reports Xiaomi announced it has sold 34.7 million smartphones in the first half of 2015, up 33% over last year. That’s a nice jump, but not on pace to hit the 100 million smartphones CEO and co-founder Lei Jun estimated the company would sell in 2015. Xiaomi begins selling phones in Brazil July 7. Xiaomi sold 61 million phones in 2014.

According to multiple sources talking to The Verge, Facebook has held talks with Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group about “getting into music”, but they haven’t decided exactly how yet. Discussions are still in the early stages.

ZDNet reports that HP has filed regulatory paperwork with the US SEC regarding plans to spilt the company into two entities by the end of 2015. As expected, HP Inc will sell PCs and printers, while HP Enterprise will focus on commercial Technology with HP CEO Meg Whitman as its head.

Engadget reports the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee, WinSun Global and a few other companies plan to use a 20-foot 3D printer to make the parts for an entire office building including the furniture . WinSun Global has already printed a six-story apartment building in China. The project will use Special Reinforced Concrete (SRC), Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP), and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum (GRG) and be ready in a few weeks.

News From You: 

KAPT_kipper submitted the Mashable report that Apple’s new iCloud Music Library syncing isn’t working properly for some users. Tracks are moving onto the wrong albums, album art becomes incorrect and some artists get listed multiple times. And of course all errors get replicated across all devices plugged into the service. Apple has also turned off home sharing for phones and tablets in the new version of iOS.

KennedyStyle submitted the DSL Reports post about Chicago’s new 9% cloud taxes. One is the extension of an amusement tax to electronically delivered amusements like Netflix and Spotify. The other covers “nonpossessory computer leases” or cloud computing. The city requires providers of these kinds of services to begin collecting the tax starting September 1.

gowlkick shared this real life crime thriller from Ars Technica. Carl Mark Force, the head of a Baltimore-based DEA team that investigated the Silk Road drug trafficking website, has pled guilty to extortion, money laundering, and obstruction of justice. Force took payments from Slik Road’s Roiss Ulbricht that he didn’t tell his superiors about and diverted the bitcoins into his personal accounts. He also confiscated money from a customer of his own company and contracted with 20th Century Fox for a movie without supervisory approval. Force has agreed to pay about $500,000 (£320,000) in restitution with $150,000 of that already been paid. Sentencing will take place in October.

starfuryzeta sent us the news that André Borschberg — the pilot flying the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft around the world –has broken the world record for the longest solo flight. Steve Fossett set the previous 76-hour record in 2006 while circumnavigating the globe in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer. Borschberg had been aloft for more than 4 days without fuel since taking off from Nagoya, Japan and still had almost 40 hours to go before he’s due to reach Kalaeloa, Hawaii. The trip around the world began in Dubai March 9.

Discussion Section: 

https://medium.com/the-news/quick-thoughts-about-the-news-1dc0968c169e

Pick of the day:

HotBranch in sunny, jazz-festy Montreal writes:

Listening to DTNS 2527 and the discussion about the state of modern radio and the lack of locally-produced and curated music reminded me of Bill Fitzhugh’s book, Radio Activity, where a classic rock DJ unwittingly becomes an amateur investigator.

In addition to being a fun, witty whodunnit, there is a cornucopia of incredibly well-researched musical references. Finding a print copy will require hunting through used book stores and yard sales, but the Kindle version is available at Amazon

Fitzhugh is one of my favorite authors, because he regularly weaves musical references and absurdist humor into a solid and entertaining story.

Messages:

Mat Aspinall – Nickelbacker in Having-a-mini-heatwave York, England writes:

Following your discussion of Beats 1 I thought I’d give it a try during my morning train commute. I was delighted to find that as we went through a tunnel and I lost all phone service, the music continued seamlessly. It seems the songs pre-buffer so that if you loose your data connection, so long as you pick it back up before the song ends, the station is uninterrupted.

The station isn’t really for me but I have to admit this is a really cool thing that BBC radio stations I normally listen to can’t do….I tested the iPlayer radio app and found its better at this than I remember, but always cuts out briefly when rejoining the live stream.

The real difference is that Beats 1 picks up the stream seamlessly, where as with my usual iPlayer app I notice the reconnection. The length of time the stream continues without a data connection is also pretty good.

Interestingly you can loose your data connection whilst the presenter on Beats 1 is talking and you’ll still get a seamless experience, so I guess the station isn’t as ‘live’ as they keep saying.

So Beats is still winning on the ‘seamless experience when travelling through patchy phone coverage’ front, but not enough so that I’ll keep listening to it.

 

DTNS 2527 – Physical Denial of Service Attacks

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson and Peter Wells join the show and talk about Microsoft throwing their support behind using Minecraft in education. But is it the right kind of support?

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Show Notes
Today’s guests: Peter Wells of Reckoner, Australia

Headlines:

The Verge reports on an update rolling out to Snapchat on Android and iOS today. Among the changes, you no longer have to keep your finger on the screen to view snaps and stories. There are also two new ways to add friends. And add nearby finds anyone else who also happens to be looking at the add nearby feature in your vicinity. The other lets you use a screenshot of a QR code to add someone.


Fortune reports Facebook changed its logo. Did you notice? The a in Facebook is now a simpler “single-story” a, the letters are slimmer and there’s more whitespace. Facebook apparently wanted to modernize the logo and make it better suited to viewing on mobile.

ReCode reports Facebook is offering a few dozen partners 55% of revenue from ads shown next to certain videos, starting this autumn. Selected partners like the NBA or Funny or Die will can make money off videos featured in a new area called Suggested Videos. Ads in the Suggested Video feed are autoplay but live on their own and play as you scroll. The feature comes to iOS within weeks and Android and the Web in a few months.


Marc Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac is at it again with two rumors about the next iPhone. I’ll start with the first. Gurman’s source showed him a picture of the logic board with Qualcomm’s 9X35 Gobi modem platform. That chip is more power efficient, a little smaller and best of all supports LTE speeds up to 300 Mbps.

So it’s probably going to look totally different right? Well, no. The source images show a case for the next iPhone that is almost identical in size and design to the current generation iPhone 6 and 6+. Everything else, camera holes, connectors, speakers, mic, all the same. So how do we know it’s not just a picture of a current iPhone case? Different internal mounting structure and Marc Gurman’s trust in his sources.


PC Mag reports YouTube announced you can now watch non-live video at 60 frames per second in its Android and iOS apps. The higher frame rate was already available on the desktop, Apple TV and PlayStation. It’s not available for mobile Web or third-party apps yet.

TechCrunch reports a regional court in Austria ruled as inadmissable a class action lawsuit brought against Facebook by Max Schrems. The suit claims Facebook has violated EU privacy protection laws. The Austrian court said it had no jurisdiction since Facebook’s headquarters is in Dublin and a case would have to be filed in Ireland. The judge also raised questions about Schrems status as a private individual since he organizes vocal protests against privacy violations.


Reuters reports India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading a digital week meant to deliver on a campaign promise to connect 250,000 villages in India by 2019. Officials will announce billions of dollars in investment and plans to stop net imports of technology and electronics by 2020 with the aim of creating 100 million jobs. Before this week the main thing the government has been credited with is bringing free WiFi to the Taj Mahal.

The Independent reports that ARIN, the administrator for IP addresses in North America has become the last regional registry to activate its unmet requests policy. While ARIN has some smaller blocks of addresses available the organization encourages companies to make use of the IPv4 transfer market. Or, you know, switch IPv6 already.


The Wrap reports that the full length trailer for the feature film called “Steve Jobs” was released today. The trailer features Michael Fassbender as Jobs, and Seth Rogen yelling, I mean, playing Steve Wozniak. The movie has an October 9 release date. It is directed by Danny Boyle and written by “The Social Network” screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. No truth to the rumors that Aaron Sorkin’s next movie is about the founding of LinkedIn. “C’MON REID – NO ONE’S GONNA WANT THAT MANY EMAILS!”

New numbers from the Kantar World Panel for the quarter ending in May show Android gaining back 2.8 percent points in market share in the US for 64.9 percent. Credit was given to strong sales of the Samsung Galaxy S6. Android dropped 2.9 points in Europe’s big five markets of Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The iPhone 6 topped the charts in all those markets except Spain. In China, Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were the top three in order all with in a half percentage point of each other.

News From You: 

habichuelacondulce reports that the FBI is searching for suspects who have been cutting fiber optic cables in California’s Bay Area, disrupting Internet service as far north as Seattle. The Wall Street Journal reports that cables in Livermore, CA were severed early Tuesday morning causing disruption to Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing service, and to services provided by Hurricane Electric and Wave Broadband.


starfuryzeta passed along the Ars Technica story that starting today in Australia hundreds of mobile apps will not be allowed to be sold in the Google Play and Firefox app stores because they have been refused classification. It’s a pilot program that requires all apps to be rated by the International Age Rating Coalition. Those refused classification cannot be sold in participating app stores. So if you want to play Shroom Tycoon 2 or Pop Pet, looks like you’ll have to sideload.

 

Discussion Section: 

http://www.geekwire.com/2015/microsofts-new-minecraft-site-pitches-it-to-teachers-as-prime-tool-for-classrooms/

http://education.minecraft.net/http://www.cnet.com/news/teaching-kids-to-code-using-minecrafts-building-blocks/

http://www.cnet.com/news/young-minecraft-players-invited-to-design-the-perfect-park/

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/minecraft-education-strategy/http://minecraftedu.com/newshttp://computercraftedu.com/

 

Pick of the day:

I was browsing new releases on the Xbox One store and found there is a new, free Tunein Radio app. While I’m sure the traditional radio content is great I downloaded this app for one reason… Alpha Geek Radio. With this Tunein app I can get Alpha Geek Radio and it’s great geeky content on my Xbox One, including DTNS, what more could one want?

From Nik

 

Messages:

Tom and distinguished guests,

I think the reason people are trying to make a big deal out of Beats 1 Radio is because of the severely deprecated state of terrestrial radio, at least in the US. Aside from the usual Morning Zoo and drive time shock jocks, commercial radio has gone to great lengths to take the experience of curation away and to make it as mechanical as possible (there are several stations in Cleveland that don’t even have DJs, just robot voices telling you the song name and artist between each track). I think there’s a really interested audience that wants a curated experience from someone that’s enthusiastic (or at least good at pretending to be) about sharing new and interesting music , especially people with access to the industry. Just as podcasting in a lot of ways borrowed some of the format of AM talk radio & NPR and put it out to a worldwide niche audience, I think Beats 1 could take what was great about FM radio in the 70s and 80s (minus the coke and payola?), and update it to make it relevant today. If anything, I’d love to see them allow people to create their own little radio programs and host them through the service (for subscribers only, obviously), but that seems like a total pipedream.

Rich from Lovely Cleveland

Full disclosure – I am a DJ on WRUW-FM 91.1 Cleveland (a college station) and therefore have not undue (arguable) bitterness toward commercial radio. <shameless plug> Also please listen to the MP3 Removal Squad on 91.1 on Sundays from 6-8am EST (a week long archive is available at wruw.org). </shameless plug>

Hi Tom and the Gang,

This Jemuel (pronunced “gem-you-L”) from sunny sometimes rainy Trinidad. More important to me than if Spotify, Rdio, Google Music, Xbox Music or Apple Music is better, is, which one is available in Trinidad. So as nice as the debate about which works the best or has the most users today or has the best features, what really matters is availability. Apple Music launched in 100 countries on day one. Before today if i wanted streaming music I had no options, I tried using a DNS proxy to get Spotify for a while but that stopped working. I dont see the rest of the other service going worldwide anytime soon. So even if Apple is not No. 1 in the US they still might end up with the most users simply because its available in more places.

P.S. Side note the price is cheaper here too $5.99US ($39TT)

Keep Up the good work

Jemuel

Hi DTNS All star League, Marlon “TheGuyFromTrinidad” here. Just wanted to share this link and I can confirm it worked (if it has been plugged when you are recording this) and what I really want to ask is this just a bug or should we be concerned about apple and security.

Thursday’s guest: Dan Patterson

DTNS 2526 – Worldwide

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMolly Wood and Justin Young talk Apple Music launch and what companies do with your personal data when they get sold or go bankrupt. Hint: The privacy policy may no longer apply.

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Today’s guests: Justin Robert Young and Molly Wood

Headlines:

Ars Technica reports Apple released iOS 8.4 today fixing the text message bug that could crash the operating system if a certain string of characters was received. iBooks can now be used for audiobooks as well as a few other new features And of course an updated Music app includes Apple’s new $10 a month music service, the Connect social network, For You recommendation engine and Beats One radio station.

TechCrunch reports that Cisco is buying OpenDNS for $635M In Cash. OpenDNS brings Cisco traditional network edge protection. OpenDNS runs 24 data centers, and claims more than 2 percent of the world’s DNS traffic with 100 percent uptime. Cisco says it will continue to offer the free version of OpenDNS.

Fortune reports a US Second Circuit Court in New York upheld a 2013 verdict that Apple organized an illegal conspiracy with five book publishers to raise the price of ebooks. The publishers have all settled out of court. Apple agreed last year to pay $450 million to customers if it lost the appeal.

Engadget reports the European Parliament and European Commission have agreed on a plant to eliminate roaming fees within Europe. Roaming charges will be limited from April 2016 €0.20 per MB, €0.06 per SMS and €0.05 per minute then eliminated altogether on June 15, 2017. New rules for an Open Internet were also agreed upon. Starting April 30, 2016 ISPs will be banned from blocking and throttling online content and services, with one exception. “Specialised services of higher quality” can receive special treatment as long as it doesn’t affect the rest of the “open Internet.” Also, zero rating is ok.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 10158, with the “Edge” branding for the Project Spartan browser. The new app ID causes any favorites, cookies, history and Reading list items saved in Spartan to be lost if not backed up before the update. The new build also includes updates to Continuum, the Photos and Snipping Tool apps, and bug fixes for Surface 3 and Surface 3 Pro. Microsoft will also release a test build of the Windows 10 software development kit to Insiders including an emulator for Windows 10 mobile.

Reuters reports Thibaud Simphal, manager of Uber France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, general manager for western Europe will stand trial in France on September 30. The Uber executives face charges of deceitful commercial practices, being complicit in illegal operation of a taxi service and keeping and using personal data without authorization. Uber is separately fighting an October 2014 law banning apps that put clients in touch with unregistered drivers.

Xiaomi announced that the Redmi 2 handset will be available in Brazil for 499 Brazilian Real ($160) according to The Next Web. Xiamoi has a deal with Foxconn to manufacture Redmi handsets in Brazil. The Redmi 2 features a 4.7-inch screen, dual-SIM supporting 2G, 3G and 4G, and an 8MP rear camera with an f2.2 aperture and is available in dark grey.

TechCrunch reports Amazon is launching physical good sales in Mexico at Amazon.com.mx. Amazon previously only sold ebooks in the country. It’s also launching online selling and Fullfillment services for Mexican business. This puts them in competition with MercadoLibre, Walmart and Inditex. Mexico’s e-commerce sector, which is growing at 34 percent annually.

News From You: 

spsheridan noted the ReCode report that Microsoft is selling it’s aerial, 3D and street-level map imaging operations to Uber. 100 employees will transfer to Uber as part of the deal as well a Boulder, Colorado data center and some license to intellectual property.

motang pointed out the Wall Street Journal article that AOL will take over sales of display, mobile and video ads on Microsoft properties in the U.S. and eight other markets. 1200 Microsoft employees will be offered jobs at AOL. Bing will now become the search engine for AOL properties for 10 years and Microsoft will continue to sell its own search ads.

Discussion Section: 

www.nytimes.com/2015/06/29/technology/when-a-company-goes-up-for-sale-in-many-cases-so-does-your-personal-data.html?_r=1

twitter.com/btaylor/status/613951532917108736

www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/newspubs/releases/2013/True_Beginnings_objection_to_sale.pdf

www.hulu.com/privacy

arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/05/ftc-proposes-a-compromise-so-radioshack-can-sell-consumer-data/

www.nytimes.com/2015/05/21/business/bankruptcy-judge-approves-sale-of-radioshack-name-and-data.html

Pick of the day:

Jesse (a.k.a. hometownrival in the sub-Reddit / DTNS Contributor)
Indianapolis:

If you’re like me, you could with less junk paper mail in your mailbox. Enter PaperKarma for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. I simply snap a photo of any junk mail I’ve received and PaperKarma will contact the sender and have you removed from their distribution list. In my experience, 9/10 senders honored my requests within a matter a weeks; for those that don’t, PaperKarma recommends re-submitting any new mail items and they’ll contact the sender again.

The only downside is that the junk mail needs to be addressed to a specific person. Advertisements or other junk mail items that are labeled as “to the current resident,” or something similar (what PaperKarma refers to as being “carpet-bombed over an entire postal code or mail route”) can not be removed from a mailing list.

PaperKarma is free to download, and offers four free unsubscribes. After that, you’ll either need to share the app on Facebook to extend your free subscription for three months, or pay $9.99 for a one-year subscription.

Messages:

Scott Napier – Hagerstown, MD writes: 

Early in the headlines yesterday, Veronica mentioned that she thought our search habits have been formed so that if the top results are not what you want that you did something wrong. I would take issue with that, but maybe it is just me. For searches where I really know nothing about the topic (or product) I quite often scan at least three pages deep. This has come from me trying to ignore or avoid the auto filled (otherwise known as useless garbage) search results that so often fill up quite a lot of the first page and almost never provide anything useful. This applies even more as the searches become more obscure. Surely I am not the only one who does this… right?

Wednesday’s guest: Peter Wells and Scott Johnson! 

DTNS 2525 – Google: Do Know Evil

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont is on the show to discuss how large companies often eat smaller startup’s lunch. Is that what Facebook’s trying to do to Snapchat?

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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Veronica Belmont

Headlines:

TechCrunch reports Facebook has consolidated some photo upload features and added a couple to its app. When you upload a photo to Facebook you’ll immediately see a prompt to swipe to autocorrect or use a filter. You can also choose to overlay colored text and paste stickers. If you’ve used Snapchat or Line you get the pictures. The new features are rolling out to iOS app users and being tested on Android apps.

Yelp paid Legal scholar Tim Wu and Economist Michael Luca to work with its Data Science Team on a research paper that shows evidence that Google manipulates search results in its favor. According to Re/Code, Yelp used a browser plug-in that re-created Google’s search page stripped of the OneBox listings that Google began inserting in 2009 for searches that trigger local results. That page was tested against Google’s normal version with 2690 participants. Users clicked through on the stripped down version at a 45 percent higher rate. Google has repeatedly argued that its revamped search puts the most relevant results in front of searchers and has declined to comment on the paper.

Reuters reports that Google now has until mid-August to answer charges from the European Commission that it abused its market share in a dozen EU countries. The EC accused Google of distorting search results to favor its shopping services. Google could face a billion euro fine, based on Google Adwords revenue generated from European users as well as revenue from its comparison shopping service and search queries.

TechCrunch reports that Paypal will update its User Agreement to clarify how the company is allowed to contact customers, after an earlier updated policy on robocalls ran afoul of the US FCC. The revised User Agreement clarifies that Paypal “primarily” uses pre-recorded or auto-dialed calls to protect customers from fraud, provide account notices to customers, or collect a debt. It also states that PayPal will not market to customers using automated calls and texts without explicit written consent. Customers can revoke that consent at any time.

ReCode reports Facebook has chosen Johannesburg, South Africa for its first business office on the continent. It will serve as a sales office for regional small businesses. Nunu Ntshingila, chairman of Ogilvy South Africa, will run the office as Facebook’s new Head of Africa.

TechCrunch would like to remind you that Apple Music launches at 8am Pacific time tomorrow. And so does iOS 8.4, which is required for Apple Music. In case you forgot, Apple Music will have a three-month free trial and a streaming radio service called Beats 1, which features artist-hosted programming sections as well as a team of full-time DJs headed by ex-BBC host Zane Lowe.

News From You: 

Hurmoth and flyingspatula both submitted versions of the story that the US Supreme Court has declined to hear Google’s appeal of the Google-Oracle API copyright dispute. Ars Technica explains Google used names, declarations and header lines of the Java API in Android. A San Francisco federal Judge ruled that calls to an API could not be copyrighted. A Federal Appeals Court ruled that “declaring code and the structure, sequence, and organization of the API packages are entitled to copyright protection.” Google will now return to the lower court to determine if the company’s use of the API headers could be defended as fair use.

KAPT_Kipper submitted the BBC article that it has published a list of links removed from Google’s European searches as part the “right to be forgotten” ruling. BBC head of editorial policy said the company would continue to publish the list in order to further a meaningful debate about the policy.

StarFury Zeta shared the story that French authorities took two Uber executives — Thibaut Simphal, the CEO for France, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, the CEO for Western Europe — into custody for questioning. An Uber France spokesman told ARS TECHNICA: “Our general managers for France and Western Europe today attended a hearing with the French police. The primary regulatory issue in France is that UberPop’s drivers operate under a VTC license designed for pre-booked travel.

From Patrick Beja: Basically the government voted a law clearly targeting UberPop (which is “pretending” it is a ride sharing service when it CLEARLY isn’t), and Uber is fighting it in the courts, which they clearly have the right to do. But since the taxis are pissed and are burning cars (and maybe since the gvt wants to scare the big evil US corps that “don’t pay taxes in FR” – even though changing EU tax law is what’s really needed to fix that), they’re deciding to crack down on Uber, justifying the taxis’ appalling attitude and violence (how can they ever say “burning cars is bad” ever again after that?!), and stepping on the separation of power (AGAIN) since the legal procedure IS in progress and will likely result in UberPop being illegal, but they essentially don’t want to wait and are pulling stunts on them.

Discussion Section: 

techcrunch.com/2015/06/28/facetext/

insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/article/the_second_mover_advantage

www-bcf.usc.edu/~tellis/pioneering.pdf

Pick of the day:

Victor writes:

You have had several picks over the last few weeks regarding online books and I wanted to chime in. For those who want to get access to Safari Books Online or Books24x7, another great book site, but are on a budget I would like to recommend joining a professional organization. I strongly recommend the Association for Computing Machinery or the IEEE Computer Society. (My personal preference is ACM for the record). Both of these have many benefits including limited access to resources from both Safari Books Online and Books24x7. Membership is $99/year for ACM and, if I read the membership page correctly, is either $56 or $249.

I suspect that other professional organizations provide similar benefits for a comparable cost. I also recommend checking your company’s training website and resource library (for those who work for large organizations) as many provide access to these resources through there. I know many people I work with are unaware that we have access to these and other resources, including the entire ACM digital library, IEEE digital library, etc.

Thanks for a great show!

Messages:

Bobby Hendrix, Mobile Support Specialist writes:

In episode 2521 I think I heard you mention that you gave away your Apple Watch. Could you please comment on why you gave it away? I’m very curious to get your thoughts on the Apple Watch? Did you ware a watch before the Apple Watch? I do have an Apple Watch and am still trying to decide if it’s going to be a flop or hit for Apple. I’m a watch wearing and have been all my life. I’m still not convinced it will be a hit even with feature editions???

Paul Franz writes:

I can’t wait for more of these devices to be available. I think this is that next move in PC development. To me this is the ultimate in portable computers. All you need is an HDMI display and the wireless keyboard/mouse and you are good to go. Most of the things that you need are on a cloud service so you don’t need much storage space. I can see this as a perfect thing for the road warrior. You can work on documents then store them locally or on the cloud or using as a thin client PC (i.e. a PC that can be used to control a remote VM). Using VMs in the enterprise is very hot at the moment. This keeps the information safely stored within the enterprise instead out on a laptop that could be stolen. For me, this would be perfect since I am an administrator and mostly login to remote machines to do my work.

Jason from Pottsville, AR writes:

Jason re-emphasized that selfdriving cars don’t get distracted by Twitter and radio statiosn and such. and summed up his thoughts with “I love to drive, and have driven competitively to some success, but I’d much rather share the road with a bunch of machines following the rules and making good decisions than the lot of morons I see on the road every day.

Tuesday’s guest: Molly Wood and Justin Robert Young! 

DTNS 2524 – Self Driving Kobayashi Maru Test

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJonathan Strickland is on the show to help explain how two self-driving cars did NOT almost crash and why it is that we have to explain that. Also a new fiber tech could unleash crazy Internet speeds. And Len Peralta captures it all in art.

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Today’s guests: Jonathan Strickland of howstuffworks.com and Len Peralta, artist

Check out Len’s amazing art from this week’s show celebrating “The Strickman”

Headlines:

Geekwire obtained a company memo sent by Satya Nadella to Microsoft employees revealing the company’s new mission statement is To “empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” He added that the company could achieve the mission with 3 interconnected “bold ambitions.” One: Reinvent productivity and business processes. Two: Build the intelligent cloud platform and Three: Create more personal computing. In a related story someone created styamania shirts at teespring.com/satyamania

The Next Web notes Lenovo is looking for feedback on whether it should build a new ThinkPad with a classic ThinkPad look. The laptop would have modern components in the classic design featuring the old rubberized paint, the classic multicolor ThinkPad logo. And the whole thing would be 18-millimeters thick. So thinner than the original.

Physics World explains the work of Nikola Alic and colleagues at the University of California San Diego that could double the capacity of fiber-optic cables. One limit on Fiber optic cables is noise. Some noise comes from amplifiers used to boost the signal every 100 km or so. The other is caused by the power of the signal. The higher the power the more noise. This second is a non-linear, but deterministic function that can be calculated and adapted to. The problem is that laser frequencies drift a bit, so nobody could factor out the noise, until now. The researchers used a “frequency comb” basically a signal that acts as a ruler showing what the actual frequency of the laser is. That way you can boost the signal, then factor out the noise based on the frequency comb. That means the signal can be at a higher power, travel longer, use fewer amplifiers and carry more data. The research is published in the journal Science.

Engadget reports the second-generation FLIR One thermal camera is available for iOS devices with an Android version shipping in July. It’s a standalone device with it’s own battery that attaches by the lightning port or microUSB. You can preorder now for $250 and the first-generation which came in a phone case sells for $150.

9 to 5 Mac noticed that the Apple Watch is coming to the Netherlands Sweden and Thailand on July 17th. The Apple Watch goes on sale today in Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan.

The Next Web reports that OnePlus will launch its next phone, the OnePlus2 (does this mean we can call it the Three for short?) on July 27th. The device will have a USB-C port, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 version 2.1 chipset under the hood and it will run OnePlus’ Android-based OxygenOS. The OnePlus 2 will launch with a VR experience usable with a specific cardboard viewer. You’ll need an invite to buy one, I mean the two the one plus .. to buy it.

Tech Crunch reports that Tumblr has launched “Tumblr TV”, showing trending animated GIFs, one after the other, in a full screen viewing mode with play, pause, forward and backward at tumblr.com/tv. Trending GIFs are determined by a variety of factors, including the freshness of the GIF and recent engagements. They are only pulled from Tumblr itself but Bill Eager, Tumblr Product Engineer, said “GIFs are a core feature of Tumblr.”

The Next Web reports that OneWeb has closed a $500 million funding round to build a satellite system to provide affordable broadband services across the globe. Airbus will build more than 900 satellites for the project, 648 of which will be launched and the rest kept as spares. OneWeb plans more than 65 launches starting in 2017, including 39 from Virgin Galactic and 21 from Europe’s Arianespace using Russian-made Soyuz rockets. The project is slated to launch in 2019.

And a followup. Apple told TechCrunch “We are not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses” and is working with developers to quickly get their games reinstated to the App Store.

News From You: 

merelyjim shared that a senior U.S. official has confirmed to the Daily Beast that attackers accessed the intimate personal details of government workers found in the “adjudication information”, a file compiled on employees and contractors applying for security clearances. That information includes details about workers’ sexual partners, drug and alcohol abuse, debts, gambling compulsions, marital troubles, and any criminal activity. Three former U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the adjudication information are effectively dossiers on current and former government employees. White House officials previously acknowledged the breach of information found in Standard Form 86.

starfuryzeta sent us this Engadget report on Audi’s partnership with a German team called “Part-Time Scientists” competing in Google’s Lunar XPRIZE. Audi says it’s providing four-wheel drive tech, as well as expertise in lightweight construction and piloted driving. In return the rover will now be called the Audi Lunar Quattro Moon Rover. Google’s Lunar XPRIZE offers a $30 million prize for the first team to get a rover to the moon, cover 500 meters of it, and broadcast high-definition video back to Earth as it goes.

And finally gowlkick submitted the Ars Technica story clarifying that despite headlines you will see in every major news outlet around the world, two self-driving cars did not almost crash. What did happen was a Delphi self-driving car was about to change lanes and noticed that another car ahead of it was moving into that lane and so it waited until it was safe to change lanes. The car ahead of it just happened to be a Google self-driving car.

Discussion Section

http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/06/no-2-self-driving-cars-didnt-have-a-close-call-on-silicon-valley-streets/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/26/us-autos-selfdriving-nearmiss-idUSKBN0P601T20150626

Pick of the day

My pick of the day is Jonathan Strickland because its his birthday. Happy birthday Mr Strickland from Trinidad and Tobago.From Marlon ” the guy from Trinidad” ColbertLateShow.com
Jennie’s pick today is Stephen Colbert’s new Colbr app and accompanying podcast. The App is iOS only, but all the content will also land on ColbertLateShow.com. But it’s the podcast that Jennie really loves, b/c it’s a look inside the ramp up for the Late Show launch on September 8. After all the years of hearing Stephen Colbert the character, it’s fascinating to hear Stephen Colbert the writer and comedian speak with his long-time creative collaborators. The podcast is also available solo, everywhere podcasts are. :) & Colbr app on iOS
Send your picks to feedbackatdailytechnewsshow.com and you can find MY picks at http://www.dailytechnewsshow.com/picks/

 

Messages 

Hi Tom, Jennie and the Friday crew,

Great to hear you cover John Brodkin’s piece on Vivint. I live in one of the first neighborhoods where they rolled out wireless broadband service a couple of years back. When their salesman stopped by, I signed up right away, eager to have an alternative to Comcast. I experienced the early stability problems Brodkin mentions in the article. I couldn’t keep my home connected to the hub home even though it was right across the street and I ended up having to go back to Comcast. (Can’t have Netflix cutting out on the kids on a Saturday morning.) Because their technicians couldn’t solve my connectivity issues, they had no problem letting me out of the 2 year contract I had signed. My neighbors who serve as hub homes report that the 28GHz connections they have are pretty stable. So if they’ve improved the 5 GHz home to home connections, they’ve got a viable service on their hands.

And even though I didn’t stick with Vivint myself, when I called Comcast to sign back up, I told the rep I was in a neighborhood that had Vivint wireless broadband and I was able to negotiate a comparable price on my new service. Yay for competition.

Proud Patreon supporter,

Nate
From the windy west bench of the Salt Lake Valley

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Apurva commented on the blog about an LA Times story describing droine flyers disrupting firefighting efforts in Big Bear lake: This is an example of a consequence that is ignored or quickly dismissed by drones enthusiasts pushing the FAA to rush rules for allowing more drones. While the early enthusiasts might be involved and know all the rules, most new users will not be as responsible. The vast majority that will take this up as prices drop will be ‘knuckleheads’ (and this is a legal term now, see the recent 9th circuit ruling regarding a man who pointed a laser at a plane) who will not know the rules or care. Their first thought will be, “Won’t it be cool if I could get a aerial video of the forest fire.”

Monday’s guest: Veronica Belmont

DTNS 2523 – Treasure Truck Tales Tempt Throngs

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young and Iyaz Akhtar are on the show today to talk about Amazon’s true intentions with the hyped up Treasure Truck. Plus theories on Apple Music continue to haunt us.

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Today’s guests: Justin Robert Young and Iyaz Akhtar

Engadget reports that Yahoo has partnered with Oracle to get users to try out Yahoo’s third-place search engine as part of their next Java update. The update comes with a pre-checked installation box to make Yahoo the default search engine. Yahoo says the on boarding process is “highly transparent and gives users choice.” Java and Yahoo Toolbar installation have a astoried history.

ZDNet reports that iPhones on the T-Mobile network have been hit by a “blue screen of death”. According to the reports, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices running iOS 8.1 or 8.3 on the T-Mobile network are being affected by freezes, restarts and crashes. The issue is being blamed on an update pushed to the devices to enable Wi-Fi Calling. Several possible fixes have been suggested including disabling Wi-Fi Calling, disabling Voice over LTE or LTE altogether, hard reseting the iPhone, deleting old text messages from the past few days and factory restore the iPhone using iTunes. However users report mixed success. No word yet from Apple or T-mobile on fixes.

Microsoft has revealed new desktop wallpaper for Windows 10 according to the Verge. The default Windows 10 wallpaper uses a Windows logo with a twist! The logo is made entirely out of light. Microsoft used camera mapping techniques, lasers, and projectors in two custom installations in a San Francisco studio. Light beams out and around the edges of a sunbeam-like version of the Windows logo. This new wallpaper will start appearing on desktops once Windows 10 ships on July 29th.

Bloomberg reports on major protests in the French cities of Paris, Marseille, and Lyon by taxi drivers opposing Uber’s operations in the country. Burning tires blocked part of the ring road around Paris and overturned vehicles, and fights were reported. Police in riot gear at one point intervened using tear gas. Roass into Roissy airport were blocked and air travelers were forced to use the train to get to that airport. France’s interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has called for a nationwide clampdown on UberPOP arguing the service represented unfair competition. Meanwhile Ars Technica reports Uber has launched a ferry service called UberBoat in Istanbul today to take passengers across the Bosphorous strait.

Ever wonder why the Amazon Echo’s virtual assistant is called Alexa? That’s because they’re not the same thing. TechCrunch reports Amazon has freed Alexa to live on any device or app that will have her and they even gave her spending money. The Alexa API lets developers build support for Alexa into their apps, Alexa Voice Service can be integrated into hardware and the Alexa Fund is $100 million to support devs and gadget builders looking to build voice-powered stuff.

The New York Times reports Apple will pay two one-hundreths of a cent for each stream of a recording during the free trial of Apple Music — This is supposedly a similar rate to free tiers at other services. Although unlike other services, Taylor Swift has agreed to allow her new album 1989 to stream on Apple Music. All of this hooplah leads up to the launch of Apple Music on June 30th. The Beats One radio station launches that morning, too with Zane One’s interview of Eminem.

News From You: 

metalfreak flagged an Ars Technica writeup of an interesting broadband service provided home security firm Vivint. It’s 100 Mbps wireless service provided by identifying hub homes that get the service for free. In exchange for the service, Vivint mounts three antennas on top of hub homes. The hub receives signals from fiber-connected tower in the 27GHz spectrum then broadcasts service to around 128 homes in a 1,000 foot radius over the 5GHz system. The software and hardware were designed by Vivint to avoid interference. ReadJon Brodkin’s excellent article for more detail.

techstress sent us the Kurzweil AI report that Stanford University scientists have invented a low-cost 1.5-volt water splitter that uses a single nicel-iron oxide catalyst to produce both hydrogen and oxygen gas for more than 200 hours continuously. The researchers believe that the device, described in in Nature Communications, could provide a renewable source of clean-burning hydrogen fuel for transportation and industry.

the_corley sent us this story from R&D Magazine about a team led by Professor Debashis [Da-bash-ee’s] Chanda at University of Central Florida’s NanoScience Technology Center and College of Optics and Photonics that has created the first full-color flexible thin-film reflective display. Applied voltage changes an interaction between liquid crystal molecules and plasmon waves on the nanostructured metallic surface. In simple terms it makes it reflect a different color of light thus changing the apparent color of the material. The display is only about few microns thick, compared to a 100-micron-thick human hair. Professor Chanda said it could change not only electronic displays but camouflage, clothing, and more.

aggblade submitted the Toucharcade version of this story but everyone is reporting that Apple has joined Google in removing apps featuring the the flag of the Army of Northern Virginia, commonly known as the Confederate Battle Flag. The flag has caused controversy because of its use by racist individuals and groups. The apps being pulled have included some civil war-based games that used the flag to identify southern soldiers, which has caused another, much smaller, controversy.

Discussion Section

https://www.amazon.com/treasuretruck
http://recode.net/2015/06/25/amazon-puts-a-store-on-wheels-continues-to-flirt-with-physical-retail/
http://recode.net/2015/03/30/we-may-have-just-uncovered-amazons-vision-for-a-new-kind-of-retail-store/
http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=1&p=1&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=(Steven.IN.+AND+Kessel.IN.)&OS=IN/Steven+and+IN/Kessel&RS=(IN/Steven+AND+IN/Kessel)

Pick of the Day

Andy from CT here:

I thought I’d point out a great two factor authentication tool that works with LastPass called Duo. Duo, www.duosecurity.com, is a two factor authentication app that works with your mobile device to give you quick access to a second factor approval. It works with many apps, is easy to set up with LastPass, supports the fingerprint reader on your phone and best of all is free for personal use. They recently announced Apple Watch compatibility so you can authenticate a second factor on your watch if you are so inclined. I set up Duo at work as an alternative to RSA hard tokens and it’s been big hit with everyone who’s tried it. You can set up pin codes as an alternate to the device should you not have your phone, or it can call a phone number you designate and read you your pin as a backup. There are lots of other security features and options for the Enterprise that are really neat – check it out!

Thanks Tom, great show!!

Messages 

Brandon Writes:

Hi Tom!

Co-Exec producer here! Just wanted to ring in on the Windows 10 retail USB rumor brought up on Wednesday’s show. I work on the software buying team for a large US retailer and we have not heard anything about these alleged USBs yet. The USB format makes sense for ultra books and 2-1/Hybrid devices, but the rumored Win 10 price points are the same as current Win 8.1 price points of $119.99 and $199.99; which IMO doesn’t support a more costly format to switch from CD’s to USB’s. Just my .02!

Thanks again!

From Mike:

I think Lexus creating a hover board is more of a research endeavour into new forms of automotive suspensions. Cars already use magnets today to create better suspensions for racing or maybe comfort so this could be research towards that. This could be something they are researching for a racecar or their Lexus LF-a rich boy toy.

Here is an article that might be cool to show how magnets are used today.

http://jalopnik.com/5932764/how-magnets-make-the-camaro-zl1-dance-around-a-race-track

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Friday’s Guests:  Darren Kitchen & Len Peralta

DTNS 2522 – Beggars CAN Be Choosers

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson is on the show and we’ll talk about Samsung turning off Windows Update, ICANN turning off privacy and Lexus turning on a Hoverboard.

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Today’s guests: Scott Johnson

Tech Crunch reports that the Facebook’s Messenger app is all grown up and has left home. Messenger will now let users to sign up without having a Facebook account. You just need a first and last name and phone number. The feature rolls out today in the US, Canada, Peru and Venezuela with more countries to follow.

VentureBeat reports Microsoft has officially launched its Microsoft Office apps, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for phones running Android 4.4 and up. The apps were previously available as previews. The apps can be used for free to read, preview and make edits of documents stored in OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox and SharePoint. Certain power user features like “track changes” or “custom color shading” require an Office 365 subscription.

Ars Technica reports on Microsoft MVP Patrick Barker’s discovery that some Samsung PC run a program called Disable_Windowsupdate.exe that, well disables Windows Update in favor of Samsung’s SW Update suite. A Samsung customer support rep told Barker that Windows default drivers didn’t always work well with Samsung devices like USB 3.0 ports, so Samsung runs its own software update mechanism. Even if a user turns Windows Update back on a reboot will cause it to be turned off again.

Apple has signed deals that will put thousands of independent artists on Apple Music. Billboard reports that label collective Beggars Group and rights group Merlin are on board after Apple agreed to pay artists for streams during the three month free-trial period. A source told Billboard “The optics don’t look good if Apple backs down to indie labels. But if they back down to an artist like Taylor Swift, it shows they are sensitive to artist concerns, unlike Spotify, who blew Taylor Swift off when she complained about the free tier.” Apple Music launches June 30.

The Next Web reports that Chinese smartphone maker Meizu will release the Ubuntu Edition MX4 phone in Europe tomorrow. The price is €299 and includes 5.36-inch, 1,152 x 1,920 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3-equipped display, 16GB of internal storage, a 20.7-megapixel main camera a 2-megapixel camera in front, and comes with silver or gold detailing. The MX4 will be offered using an invite system via an origami wall on Meizu’s website. No word on releases outside Europe.

PCMag.com reports that Lenovo unveiled its first PC on a stick, the Ideacentre Stick 300. The device works with most HDMI-compatible monitors and TVs. The $129 mini PC sports a 1.3GHz Intel Atom processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, 1 Micro-USB 2.0 slot, SD Card reader and ship with Windows 8.1, upgradeable to Windows 10 on July 29th. You will need to bring your own 2.4GHz wireless keyboard and mouse.

Australian broadband users take note. The Sydney Morning Herald reports ISP Extel has terminated the accounts of about 400 customers it says used data “in excess of the old plan requirements.” About a quarter of those were understood to be on “unlimited” plans. Exetel spokesperson Ben Colman confirmed that it was in response to the growing use of online video streaming services like Netflix, Stan and Presto. The remaining Exetel customers have been forced onto new plans some of which cost more with added restrictions on data usage.

TechDirt reports ICANN is considering a proposal to limit who can use a proxy to protect their private information when registering a domain name. MarkMonitor, a company which specializes in takedown notices leads a group proposing that ICANN not allow domain holders associated with “commercial activity” to hide their registration information like address, phone number and email. Registrar Namecheap has a site called RespectOurPrivacy.com arguing against the proposal.

Akamai’s Q1 2015 State of the Internet report is out and worldwide average speed rose 10% over Q4 2014 and 30% year over year. South Korea remains tops in highest average connection speed with a 6.3% increase to 23.6 Mbps while Singapore overtook Hong Kong for the highest peak connection speed of 98.5 Mbps. Bulgaris remains the country with the highest level of adoption at 97%. On the mobile side, speeds ranged from a high of 20.4 Mbps on average in the Uk to a low of 1.3 Mbps in Vietnam. Australia had the top peak mobile speed at 149.3 Mbps. The volume of mobile data traffic grew by 12% over Q4 2014.

(Delaware 18.6 Mbps average. US 19 w/ 11.9 Mbps. Right behind Belgium)

News From You: 

jmbburg26 notes the Windows Central post that Microsoft may ship hard copies of Windows 10 after all. ON USB. WinFuture.de has sources that say the Home and Pro versions of Windows 10 will be sold in retail stores on USB instead of DVD. Windows 10 Home is listed at $120 and Windows 10 Pro at $200. Although existing Windows 7 and 8 users can get a free upgrade at launch on July 29.

KAPT_Kipper sent us this Ars Technica article reporting that the EFF and others are requesting an exemption to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow users to revive abandoned online games. However, Entertainment Software Association president Mike Gallagher criticized copyright arguments that rely on games or servers being considered abandoned or obsolete, arguing that games are often re-utilized and re-purposed on different devices and platforms. The Copyright Office is also considering a DMCA exemption that would allow users to legally jailbreak video game consoles in the same manner as cell phones to allow for new functionality and play of homebrew software. A similar petition was denied in 2012.

Discussion Section

http://gizmodo.com/wait-a-minute-did-lexus-actually-make-a-working-hoverb-1713469352
https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=70&v=zPqEEZa2Gis
 http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2015/06/24/lexus-is-working-on-creating-a-hoverboard-thats-really-rideable/
 http://www.lexus-int.com/amazinginmotion/slide/
 http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/24/lexus-teases-a-real-liquid-nitrogen-cooled-hoverboard/#.7yzb2u:JVRn
 http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/07/an-elevated-experience/
 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/142464853/hendo-hoverboards-worlds-first-real-hoverboard

 

Pick of the Day

Al writes:

Last Monday night, I decided to watch the Bethesda announcement on Youtube. Like a lot of people I got really excited about the Fallout 4 announcement. Then extremely excited about the Pip-Boy edition. So I went to Amazon to try and pre-order it. As you may have guessed it was not available…sold out… I was very annoyed … Then I found this website called NowInStock.net. You sign up for a free account and they will notify you by text, e-mail or both when the item you are looking for becomes available. They have a large selection of items you can get notifications for, like game systems, video cards, Frozen merchandise, cameras, etc. So I signed up and I got a text alert around 8:30 last Friday night while I was grocery shopping and was able to pr-order my copy from Amazon. So now I am very happy and my wife thinks I’m crazy.

Just wanted to share because I have noticed this becoming a big issue, people buying up stuff early and selling it on eBay, and those of us who are not quick enough get screwed. I know it’s capitalism but it still sucks.

Messages 

Rich from Lovely Cleveland:

Thinking about Gmail’s Undo Send reminded me of something I think I first read about on Lifehacker. One of the benefits of using a desktop email client is that you can control when you send and receive your email. At work, I have Outlook set to only send and receive at the top of the hour, which basically gives me a nice big window for “undoing” any misconceived missives (DTNS has benefitted from this numerous times). As a side benefit, it helps my productivity in that my inbox isn’t constantly drawing my attention away from the task at hand. I’m sure there’s some mobile client that could do the same for your phone (luckily I don’t have to deal with that for work). Obviously its not as convenient as a webmail client, and using Gmail Undo Send has saved me from a couple typos, but I actually like the control of a good old desktop client (unfortunately most of them are butt ugly).

Jason Quiz writes:

Personally I am excited about the new Undo Send feature from Google. I often send an email by mistake using the email shortcut CMD+ENTER. It is super frustrating when this happens and having the ability to quickly stop the email from actually being sent is amazing.

I am disappointed to see that the feature has not been included in the “Inbox by Google”. I love using the new Inbox and this is where I experience the keyboard shortcut problem the most.

Thanks for putting on an amazing show.

Scott (Co-executive Producer) from blazing hot Maryland:

I just wanted to provide follow up to the story Veronica got a big chuckle out of. On Tuesday’s episode you mentioned the Navy paying a boatload of money (bad pun intended) to keep XP updated. I work with a lot of Government agencies that have a very legitimate reason to stay on XP. One example is a very large scale security system with the primary application being a 16 bit piece of software that depends on IPX (which was deprecated in Windows 7). We tried moving it to Windows 7 and nothing worked, so we went back. Another example is a highly specialized system for secure HF radio messaging that goes even farther back and runs on MS-DOS! Yes I am responsible to keep a few dozen machines running Windows 3.1 up and running, and it makes me giggle every time they call with an issue. In both cases the software makers have gone out of business and since neither system shows any signs of breaking, there is no motivation to spend taxpayer dollars on a more modern alternative.

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Thursday’s Guests: Justin Robert Young and Iyaz Akhtar

DTNS Guest Post: Fallout from Airline Flight System Hack Will Result in Rise of Grumpy Pilots

Hey, it’s that Joe Pilot guy again. It just so happens I’m on reserve again and have a lot of time to write. It also seems like we have more aviation related stories these days, maybe?

I wanted to calm down the worries on this LOT airlines DDoS. Firstly, this is no reflection on your reporting, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Flight planning doesn’t have anything to do with aircraft flying at the time, it is simply the written/printed PLAN for the flight. It’s not uncommon (at least domestically) for these flight plans to change in the cockpit. That’s not to say it is unimportant; they are important because they are a piece of the safety net we employ at every airline to keep something awful from happening. That also doesn’t mean if the flight plan is wrong— or the pilots don’t notice it’s wrong immediately— anything bad will happen, it just means one level of safety is compromised, the threat is trapped and we move on. Airplanes don’t crash because Dispatch misrouted a plane. Pilots don’t blindly follow plans and Air Traffic Control (ATC) doesn’t blindly clear airplanes through bogus routes. Not happening. A hacker wants to try and affect safety that way? Lots of luck buddy. There’s two people up front ready to laugh it off (until the delay comes and then we grind our collective teeth while apologizing to the passengers). Delays will occur. Nothing more. I promise. We’re safe up there with or without dispatch, and even safer if we’re already on the ground.

What does a flight plan mean?
An aircraft dispatcher (not an air traffic controller) creates a flight plan with a specific route the company has identified as appropriate, looking at best planning techniques, standard or preferred routes, weather, etc. This route is created to estimate winds as accurately as possible to give the pilots on the ground the best idea possible of the amount of fuel required. The printouts help the pilot check against what he’s programmed into the onboard computers (FMS-flight management system), and once in air, check against fuel loads en route to ensure they are close to on plan. When ATC changes everything, this plan sometimes goes out the window but there are other procedures for that.

Why would this DDOS attack matter?
The flight plans are created at an Operational Control Center for the airline (OCC or SOC or OC or AOCC) and have to be transmitted out. The system can have a few glitches at this point.

One: the flight plan has to be transmitted to a network so the gate agents or local airport operations can print the flight plan.

Two: The system simultaneously sends the flight plan to Tracon and their Flight Data department. Flight Data (FD) is trying to fix flight plans as they come in. They usually only have a five-minute window but they’ll need about 25 seconds because they kick ass. Then they kick the plans out to the sectors needing the CID strips.

(I forget what CID stands for, but if you’ve ever seen a Netflix documentary on airspace since the you’ve seen them. We’ve had those same stupid little paper strips stacked on ATC desks across America since the 1980s.)

Every time a flight plan is sent, FD does their best to move the strip on or kick it out if it’s junk (which sometimes happens apparently). A good FD department probably kicked out a few of the LOT Polish flight plans the hackers generated but it’s unlikely they figured out exactly what was happening until it was too late, and there’s a possibility the FAA/JAA (Federal Aviation Administration in US Joint Aviation Authorities in Europe) computers were overwhelmed at the same time.

So summary: Airline OCCs, the FAA/JAA computers or the staff might get overwhelmed, but none of these flight plans have made it to the pilots yet. The gate agent or operations staff at the airport for the airline are just confused why there are tens or hundreds of flight plans in their software for LOT Polish flight 001 to JFK or whereever.

And then there’s the delay. Even if LOT Polish sends the flight plan by fax after printing it out, the FAA/JAA has to be called by phone and each flight plan submitted by voice. If there are 100 flights going out that day and OCC responds immediately, you’re going to start losing time because the dispatchers will start getting behind on their planes ETA with each flight plan that must be submitted. It would be MAYHEM.

I had something similar happen when I was an aircraft dispatcher at JFK a decade ago. Except for us, the national power grid went down and JFK was the last sector to receive power some 45-55 hours after the event. It was a brutal couple days of running to the Port Authority General Aviation building across from JAL cargo who still had power (generators) and a working fax machine.

There isn’t a good way to get around this problem, flight planning systems like SABRE (my quick research shows at least some of LOT’s system is based off them) or especially LIDO (a Lufthansa system) are completely integrated airline operational systems which do everything from crew scheduling to flight planning to ticket sales (amazing). If you attack those you’ll probably shut down a whole airline for a day.

BUT BUT BUT, what about the planes in the air?
Nothing. We don’t use those systems in the air. The messaging system (SELCAL / ACARS) is sometimes sent by the company. Other groups, like ARINC or SITA, can get ahold of us too as a backup.

So besides passenger delay what WILL happen?
You’ll get a disgruntled pilot. Here’s why.

The dispatcher can call on a dedicated phone line the airline already pays for and tell them, “Tell LOT flight 26 that the First Officer needs to phone scheduling on the ground for a change to his schedule, the company ACARS is down for a while.”

Then the pilot in the front groans after reading the ACARS message and tells the Captain. If he gets junior manned again into a day off he’ll quit. OK, he won’t quit but he’ll be talking about it 10 years later because he didn’t have that 72 hour layover in NYC like he was bidding for to buy some fake Prada bags for his girlfriend, instead he’ll only get 36 hours and get business class back home or to Denver.

And that’s the worse case. A slightly entitled and disgruntled pilot says something mean about the company to another pilot once every two months for the next ten years.

In other news, malicious hackers suck.

Joe Pilot understands his experience with ATC and dispatch is limited compared to someone who is a working professional in either field. Comments clarifying (or correcting) are welcome but take it easy, I’m not trying to present myself as an authority on all of aviation.

DTNS 2521 – Google “Oh Sh** Button” 1.0

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont joins the show to talk about Google’s Unsend feature. Do humans have no impulse control? On the other hand is five seconds of delay even helpful?

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Today’s guests: Veronica Belmont

The Next Web reports Instagram has updated its app to let you find images by location. There’s also a tab called Explore in the US version that shows trending tags and features a curated selection of accounts, places and topics organized into collections. The update rolls out to Android and iOS today.

New Scientist reports on an experimental algorithm from Facebook that recognize people in photographs whose face is hidden. The algorithm looks at other features like hair, clothing, body shape and pose. The neural network had 83% accuracy in a test using 40,000 photos pulled from Flickr.

CNET reports Google Play Music has launched a free ad-supported version of the service. A blog post introducing the product was written by Songza CEO Elias Roman. Google bought Songza last July. Curated radio stations for mood, genre, decade or activity will be offered alongside the ability to pick a song and listen to a station of similar music. The free service launches in the US first, on the Web today and later this week to Android and iOS.

PC Mag reports that the task management app ToDoist is getting a refreshed Android version in the Material Design style. The simplified ToDoist app includes a “quick-add” option, and allows users to include start and end dates to capture recurring due dates. Dropbox also updated its Android app using Material Design, including the ability to take a photograph right from the file where it will be stored and move, rename and favorite options on the info pane. Both apps are available for download in Google Play today.

The Next Web reports that its Amazon Echo device is now available to all US customers. The voice controlled device has added support for Pandora, Audible, WeMo, IFTTT and Google Calendar since launch. It costs 179.99 and begin shipping July 14th. Alexa, add chocolate chips to shopping list.

IBM is opening up its Chef Watson web app to the world. It’s been almost a year since IBM teamed up with Bon Appetit magazine to begin working on the app, and it has spent the last eleven months testing it out. The app lets you choose at least one ingredient and then suggests recipes using that ingredient. You can also choose a particular type of dish or style of cooking. When you find a recipe you like you can save it to a folder in your account. You can take a look at ibmchefwatson.com.

The Independent reports that a German law prohibiting the sale or display of erotic materials during daylight hours is now being applied to ebooks. The change relates to a legal complaint regarding a German erotica eBook called Schlauchgelüste (Pantyhose Cravings). Adult ebooks will only be allowed to be sold between 10 PM and 6 AM and violators can be fined up to €500,000.

TechCrunch reports that Alibaba will fold its first effort at a US ecommerce company, 11 Main into social shopping service OpenSky. Alibaba will also fold in tits logistical enterprises, along with Auctiva, Vendio and SingleFeed into OpenSky and become a 37% owner of the combined company. The new combined business will have inventory from 50,000 brands and “millions” of shoppers. It’s not clear if 11 Main will continue to exist as a separate site or brand. The deal is set to be finalized at the end of July.

News From You: 

metalfreak sent us this story. It seems the US Navy will pay Microsoft 9.1 million dollars to keep approximately 100,000 Windows XP machines afloat according to PC World. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command signed a contract earlier this month for continued access to security patches for Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and Windows Server 2003. The Navy began a transition away from XP in 2013 but needs time to finish executing the plan. XP systems are still connected to both NIPRnet, the U.S. government’s IP network for non-classified information, and SIPRnet, the network for classified information.

starfuryzeta shared a “I want one of those” stories with us. Engadget is reporting that UK-based Malloy Aeronautics in co-operating with Maryland based defense firm Survice Engineering Co. is developing a hover bike for the US Army research laboratory. The current design features two pairs of horizontal adducted rotors placed in tandem– one in front of and one behind– the pilot seat. The project aims to create “a new class of Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicle (TRV) that can replace some of work currently done by helicopters.

Discussion Section:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2939321/google-finally-makes-undo-send-an-official-gmail-feature.html#tk.rss_news
http://gizmodo.com/gmail-officially-adds-undo-send-turn-it-on-right-now-1713353235
 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/us/gmails-undo-send-option-can-help-end-email-embarrassment.html
 http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/03/new-in-labs-undo-send.html
 http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/unsend-it-email-app/

 

Pick of the Day:

Justin C writes:

I have a pick, if you’re interested:
The Stephen Baxter Manifold trilogy. Probably my favorite current-ish scifi. For fans of those who love massive space-operas and well-founded yet thoroughly creative fiction.

Messages 

David Redding writes: 

I was just listening to your discussion about Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple and how it’s only right to pay artists for their work. To bad she doesn’t practice what she preaches

http://petapixel.com/2015/06/22/an-open-response-to-taylor-swifts-rant-against-apple/#more-170376

Just another talking point

Niyas is a project manager with an airline and has some comments on the LOT airline grounding: 

“The design of an airline’s business IT network (business IT to distinguish from internal IT for office users) is pretty much the same as it would be for most other IT networks.

We are currently building a new data center …and these designs involve key components such as a web application filter and API manager (among others) to make sure that our systems are not vulnerable to cross site scripting, DDoS, even legitimate request overloading etc. Further, during the build, we do extensive stress testing to simulate these situations and make sure it doesn’t happen or to identify these vulnerabilities and patch them before the system goes live.

So… I take issue with the statement (from the CEO) that all airlines are vulnerable to this kind of attack. I’m sure there are many airlines that are vulnerable, just as there are many that are secure – as is the case with most industries. Just thought I’d throw in my two cents :)

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DTNS 2520 – Swift Justice

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBreki Tomasson is on the show to talk about Taylor Swift’s ‘victory’ against Apple Music. Is Taylor Swift the Music Industry now? The Internet? Un unstoppable force that has already amassed too much power and become a queen terrible as the morning and the night?

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Today’s guests: Breki Tomasson

Google officially announced its new site called News Lab today. Tech Crunch reports that the goal of the program is to connect journalists with programs, data and other resources. There will be tutorials and tips on best practices when using Google products in reporting. The site will also showcase Google’s new media partnerships such as the YouTube newswire and other partnerships with Storify announced last week.

The Verge reports Sony is releasing the PlayStation 4 1TB Ultimate Player Edition. The updated machine will be 10% lighter, use 8% less power, and have a matte finish for the hard drive bay. It will release in Japan before the end of June and on July 15th in Europe and North America. Sony also released changes to the PlayStation companion app for iOS and Android letting users redeem gift codes without powering up a playstation console and display comments from viewers while streaming gameplay.

Ars Technica reports on documents leaked by Edward Snowden that show the US NSA and UK’s GCHQ attempted to subvert antivirus software in order to to succeed in attacks on intelligence targets. GCHQ attempted to reverse engineer antivirus software from Kaspersky Labs and others. The NSA intercepted email to Kaspersky containing malware samples. They used those samples to bolster their own network defenses and proposed reusing them to to attack other intelligence targets.

TechCrunch reports Docker, Google, Microsoft and Amazon are working with the Linux Foundation on the Open Container Project, a standard for software containers. Docker will contribute its container format and runtime to get the project started. Containers allow software to run on almost any server. The project will create a standard container that can work with any runtime whether its from Docker, CoreOS or someone else.

Reuters reports 1400 airline passengers were stranded at Warsaw’s Chopin airport Sunday when the flight plan system went down for five hours. LOT airline Spokesman Adrian Kubicki said the outage was due to a “capacity attack” essentially a DDoS.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the Australian Senate passed the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, introduced into parliament by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull 37-13. Right’s holders can request a judge issue an order to block a website if its primary purpose is facilitating copyright infringement. Australian internet providers, such as Telstra and Optus, would then need to comply with a judge’s order by disabling access to the infringing location.

Newly unsealed court documents obtained by The Intercept reveal the US Justice Department won an order forcing Google to turn over more than one year’s worth of data from the Gmail account of Jacob Appelbaum, a Tor developer who worked as a volunteer for WikiLeaks. The order also prevented Google from notifying Appelbaum. The Justice Department argued that Appelbaum had “no reasonable expectation of privacy”. The Justice Department asserted that “journalists have no special privilege to resist compelled disclosure of their records, absent evidence that the government is acting in bad faith”. Google’s attempt to overturn the gag order was denied by magistrate judge Ivan D. Davis in February 2011 and denied on appeal in March 2011.

Remember the emotional robot Justin Robert Young and I talked about last week that was going on sale in Japan this past weekend. CNET reports that Softbank’s Pepper robot sold out– 1,000 robots– in one minute. Pepper costs 198,000 yen (USD $1,610). SoftBank plans to produce 1,000 units a month, with the next batch planned for launch in Japan in July.

Confused about whether you can get Windows 10 for free as a preview user without upgrading from a previous genuine install? The Verge has the answers. Tom Warren interprets Microsoft’s pythoness-like pronouncements to mean the following. Anybody who does a Clean install of Windows 10 preview edition and continues to receive pre-release updates can keep using the OS for free. Anybody else will have to prove they once had a genuine copy of Windows 7 or 8.

News From You: 

KAPT_Kipper sent us the news that Taylor Swift has changed the flow of time. I mean singer/songwriter Taylor Swift wrote a super polite open letter to Apple on Sunday morning, telling them that their plan to not pay artists during a user’s three month free trial of Apple Music was “shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company” and that she would be withholding her mega popular album 1989 from the service. By Sunday evening, Apple media chief Eddy Cue announced Apple would pay artists an undisclosed amount per stream for listens during the free trial. And all over the world, glitter fell from the sky and enlightened citizens of the tswiftverse rejoiced.

danielhprice1986 submitted the Globe and Mail article on how US intelligence officials followed Chinese hackers for more than five years then lost the trail last summer. It is alleged that these same groups gained admin privileges in the networks of the US Office of Personnel Management. The OPM suffered an attack that gained access to personnel records. Much of the data was stored on lightly protected systems because of the cheap available storage space.

Discussion Section

http://recode.net/2015/06/21/apple-says-it-will-pay-taylor-swift-for-free-streams-after-all/
https://twitter.com/taylorswift13/status/612841136311390209
 http://taylorswift.tumblr.com/post/122071902085/to-apple-love-taylor
 http://www.wired.com/2015/06/taylor-swift-apple-internet/
 https://www.google.com/search?q=cheerleader+taylor+swift&oq=cheerleader+taylor+swift&aqs=chrome..69i57.3571j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8
 https://junction10.wordpress.com/2015/06/21/those-in-glass-houses-shouldnt-throw-stones/

 

Pick of the Day

Vance wants to pick Android TV as set-top platform:

“It has been adopted as the smart TV interface for a number of TV manufacturers like Sony, Sharp, etc.” He likes the UI and says, “While it is lacking an Amazon Prime app, it makes up for that if you use Google Play Music or videos and has the best You Tube app going and a powerful voice search function (as you would expect).

The Nexus Player is $79 on Amazon, and while some find it a bit underpowered, at that price you not only the Android TV interface, but it serves as a Chromecast as well. I recently picked up the pricier nVidia Shield Android TV and am very impressed so far.

Messages 

Alan writes:

Modern garage door openers (like since 1995) use rolling codes, the same tech on a car’s keyfob. Basically, it uses a random number generator to determine what code(s) to allow entry, with a +/- range to compensate for accidental pushes and multiple vehicles. Once a code has been accepted, it can no longer be used.

So garage doors are harder to spoof than you might think these days.

http://auto.howstuffworks.com/remote-entry2.htm

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Tuesday’s Guests: Veronica Belmont