DTNS 2152 – Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTony Fadell promises Nest won’t spy and Amazon wants to read your mind. Just a few quick headlines as it’s a holiday in the US.

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DTNS 2151 – News from You 2

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Tom’s still on assignment for Sword & Laser, but his listeners fill in for him again with the “News From You.” Also, Darren Kitchen  of Hak5 reports from SchmooCon 2014.

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News From You:

Greg Skinner (TVsEgon) kicks of the show by sharing some thoughts on Cisco’s Internet of Things  predictions.

Another listener asks a simple question about the Internet of Things: Why?

Chimaera on the BBC’s report that China wants to clone all the things…starting with pigs.

Adam Paulauski has some questions about net neutrality.

EternalSword reports on the recent League of Legends and f.gwenifill DoS attacks.

Veronica Belmont reports in on a cool new rock found on Mars.  Veronica, Mars.

Steve Wooding on router vulnerabilities. Also, the port scanner.

Scott from Columbus has some thoughts on 3-D printing.

Steve for Steve’s Tech News on Windows 9

Carl from New York on the logistical issues of switching from AT&T to T-Mobile.

Benjamin J on Symantec  filing a patent for protecting BitTorrent users.

Stephenater on the cloud security concerns for (non-NSA) federal workers.

An electronic voice (!) on the NSA hacking non-internet connected computers.

Nathan Lock is back with his roundup of tech news in the UK including more Smart TV advances and how technology is helping to find the happiest place in the U.K.  Hint: It’s a pub.

Chase Nunes on the new Xbox One “Titanfall” Wireless Controller

Josh Page reports on the the miiPC at CES.

Rob Reed shares a Fortune article about how Uber and other companies are changing life for the cab drivers, not just the passengers.

Patrick Beja from France has some Tech Thoughts on the effects of app-centric computing.

And finally,  Russ Pitts  on Take This,  an organization that provides empathy, education and support about mental health and wellness.

DTNS 2150 – News From You

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Tom’s on assignment for Sword & Laser, but he’s got a great fill-in host…you!  Also: Darren Kitchen of Hak5  files a report en route to ShmooCon 2014.

 

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Show Notes:

Spotify drops free web listening time limit:  http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/15/spotify-limits/ 

Facebook adds trending topics:  http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-16/facebook-adds-trending-topics-to-site

Starbucks storing mobile passwords in clear text:  http://www.wtop.com/628/3543679/Starbucks-storing-mobile-passwords-in-clear-text

News From You:

Rich From Cleveland kicks off News From You with thoughts  on the 4k TV’s coming out of CES.

Dominique Corriveaux’s  has some ideas about on 4k TV prices.

Stephenater on wearable tech and whether it will translate beyond the ‘tech-o chamber’.

Anthony From Long Island on issues with the Fitbit Force.

Paul Kitchen on future IPv6 concerns.

Nathan Lock with updates from the UK tech scene on changes to Humax for Freesat, and the death of O2′s Wallet.

TJoe reports on Android on Atom.

Randall Bennett from Vidpresso on apps vs desktop platforms.

Toby Pinder on quantum bitcoin mining.

Google’s acquisition of Nest is still on your collective mind:

DJ has long-term concerns about Google’s track record of shutting down ‘unused’ services.

A listener from Edmonton has thoughts about Nest and Google’s customer service track records.

Nicole Lee of Engadget sends her take on the Google/Nest pairing.

In fact, Google in general is occupying your collective thoughts: 

Richardya on Google’s methods of acquiring new users.

Scott Johnson of FrogPants Studios and Current Geek  has some predictions on Google’s future.

Adam Christianson from the Maccast has some final thoughts on Google, including that that one we’re all thinking…you know, the one it might be time to worry about?

Molly Wood has a special message for Tom.

And finally, Patrick Beja checks in from France with a tech thought worth pondering about hackers.

 

 

 

 

DTNS 2149 – Encrypt all the things

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson and Darren Kitchen join me to chat about the latest NSA revealtions, the ultra-secure new Blackphone, and whether encryption and security have gone mainstream.

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Apple refunds $32.5 million as part of FTC settlement: The BBC reports  Apple will refund US$32.5 million as part of a settlement with the US Federal Trade Commission. The settlement is in response to complaints about in-app purchases made by children without parental consent. Apple has also agreed to change billing procedures to insure customers give comest before they are charged. That change will be in place by March 31st. An internal email from CEO Tim Cook obtained by 9to5 Mac claims the settlement terms were things Apple would have done anyway.

The Blackphone: Ars Technica reports Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP email encryption, along with other folks from the SilentCircle encryption company have teamed up with the Geeksphone folks to create a new mobile phone called the Blackphone that will feature a suite of privacy and security tools. Its PrivatOS will feature secure phone calling, tecting, video chat, file sharing, browsing, and a built-in VPN. The Blackphone will be unlocked and work on GSM carriers. Blackphone will be available for pre-order beginning February 24, 2014, at Mobile World Congress.

NYT: NSA has implanted software in 100k computers worldwide: The New York Times reports the NSA has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world, some of which aren’t connected to the Internet. How? The agency secretly inserts circuit boards sometimes by USB which transmit covert radio signals to a base station that is up to 8 miles away. The cards can be inserted by spies, manufacturers, or sometimes an unwitting user. Targets of the project include the Chinese Army, Mexican drug cartels and Mexican police, EU trade institutions and various friendly governments. The information comes from documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

News From You:

Facebook to launch Flipboard-like reader?  tm204’s subreddit submission seems to have garnered some interest from you. He posted a ReCode story about Facebook possibly launching a Flipboard-like news reader this month. According to Recode’s Mike Isaac, the product would be known as “Paper” and be a mobile-focused news reading app or possibly Web app. The product supposedly comes out of the team behind the Facebook News Feed and is an attempt to make Facebook into your morning news-reading experience much like the good old newspaper used to be.

Human travel to Mars affordable by the 2030s?  stephanater’s submission got some votes from y’all too. Mashable reports sending humans to Mars by the 2030s could be affordable. Relatively speaking. A workshop of 60 folks from government, academic, and other organizations found that a NASA-led mission could work within the agency’s budget if it was restored to pre-sequestration levels. NASA would also have to continue to develop the Space Launch System heavy lifting rocket and the Orion space capsule.

The News From You segment reflects YOUR votes so get in the subreddit and vote at dailytechnewsshow.reddit.com

More links from the show: 

EU wants more concessions from Google related to anti-competition charges:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/15/us-eu-google-idUSBREA0E0PF20140115

Hewelett-Packard is getting back into the smartphone market, sort of:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2088241/hp-launches-voiceenabled-tablets-in-india.html

New versions of Google’s Chrome browser for iOS and Android include  optional setting to reduce browser data usage by up to 50 percent:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/15/5311892/chrome-reduced-data-usage-google-translate-app-shortcuts

DTNS 2148 – Is Net Neutrality Dead?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan and Jon Brodkin join the show to talk about the doom of Net Neutrality, uncarriers, and more.

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US Court of Appeals rules FCC can regulate ISP policies, but…. Reuters reports the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled the FCC does have the authority to regulate ISPs traffic policies, but under the FCC’s own rules it cannot regulate ISP’s as a common carrier. Therefore the court ruled in favor of Verizon regarding two rules that prevented blocking of applications and discriminating against traffic. The Court ruling could be reheard, appealed to the Supreme Court, or the FCC was given a chance by the Court to adjust its policies.

More links: 

Net Neutrality is half dead:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/net-neutrality-is-half-dead-court-strikes-down-fccs-anti-blocking-rules/

The ruling:  http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/3AF8B4D938CDEEA685257C6000532062/$file/11-1355-1474943.pdf

How the FCC screwed up its chance to make ISP blocking illegal:  http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/01/how-the-fcc-screwed-up-its-chance-to-make-isp-blocking-illegal/

Moto G: Google Play edition:  In lighter news, The Next Web points out Google just released a Google Play edition of the Moto G for $179 in 8GB and $199 in 16GB. That’s unsubsidized, unlocked, and unskinned. It’s also Unavailable outside the US. ON the flip side the Moto X will start shipping in Europe in February where it will cost £380 or €399 without a contract.

News From You: 

NewEgg wins Supreme Court decision: nzit posted to the subreddit a press release from NewEgg touting their victory in the US Supreme Court over Shopping Cart patents. Soverain Software had claimed NewEgg and others had violated its patents for online shopping carts. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated as obvious Soverain’s patents. Soverain appealed to the Supreme Court which yesterday denied the appeal letting the previous decision stand.

Charter Communications offers to acquire TimeWarner Cable, TWC declines: clemro submitted this ZDNet story that Charter Communications made an offer valued at US$61.3 billion to acquire the US third largest cable company, Time Warner Cable. TimeWarner Cable’s Board of Directors unanimously rejected the offer. Charter intends to appeal to the shareholders directly.

More links from the show: 

CNET reports Facebook has agreed to a deal with Russian search engine Yandex for access to Facebook’s stream of public data:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57617200-93/facebook-opens-public-data-to-russian-search-engine-yandex/

WinAmp + Shoutcast = done! 

http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/14/aol-sells-winamp-and-shoutcast-for-5-10m-to-radionomy-takes-12-stake-in-belgian-digital-audio-company/

AMD unveils Kaveri processor: 

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/14/amd_unveils_kaveri_hsa_enabled_apu/

Steam virtual reality overlay available in the beta client:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/14/steam-vr/

Device support changes for Ubuntu Touch:  

http://androidcommunity.com/ubuntu-touch-device-support-dwindles-20140113/

 

DTNS 2147 – Google Buys a Nest

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIyaz Akhtar joins to chat about products at CES you CAN actually buy, the rise of messaging apps and Google buying Nest Labs.

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As I mentioned on the show today, next Thursday and Friday I’ll be shooting season 2 of Sword and Laser’s video show. So I need YOU to guest host.

Next Thursday and Friday will be special “News From You” shows. I’ll still pop in with a couple late-breaking headlines but I want to hear YOUR news reports. What’s the tech project you think isn’t getting
enough attention? What’s that point about wearables you think nobody else has mentioned? Let your voice be heard!

Here’s what you do
Record your bit as an audio file and email it to [email protected] and use the subject line NEWS FOR YOU or CALL (512) 593-2459 that’s (512) 59-DAILY. If we get it by 3 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific Thursday morning, we’ll consider it for that day’s show. Same thing for Friday.

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DTNS 2146 – Curved is better than flat

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom chats with Nicole Lee from Engadget about the Best of CES and the new Google + email ‘feature.’ Plus Len Peralta joins to draw the stories!

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As I mentioned on the show today, next Thursday and Friday I’ll be shooting season 2 of Sword and Laser’s video show. So I need YOU to guest host.

Next Thursday and Friday will be special “News From You” shows. I’ll still pop in with a couple late-breaking headlines but I want to hear YOUR news reports. What’s the tech project you think isn’t getting
enough attention? What’s that point about wearables you think nobody else has mentioned? Let your voice be heard!

Here’s what you do
Record your bit as an audio file LESS THAN 30 SECONDS PEOPLE, and email it to [email protected] and use the subject line NEWS FOR YOU. If we get it by 3 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific Thursday morning, we’ll consider it for that day’s show. Same thing for Friday.

DTNS 2145 – Watch this!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMyke Hurley from 5 by 5 joins us to review some of the cooler items from off the beaten path at CES.

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As I mentioned on the show today, next Thursday and Friday I’ll be shooting season 2 of Sword and Laser’s video show. So I need YOU to guest host.

Next Thursday and Friday will be special “News From You” shows. I’ll still pop in with a couple late-breaking headlines but I want to hear YOUR news reports. What’s the tech project you think isn’t getting
enough attention? What’s that point about wearables you think nobody else has mentioned? Let your voice be heard!

Here’s what you do
Record your bit as an audio file LESS THAN 30 SECONDS PEOPLE, and email it to [email protected] and use the subject line NEWS FOR YOU. If we get it by 3 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific Thursday morning, we’ll consider it for that day’s show. Same thing for Friday.

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Samsung to announce the Samsung Galaxy S5: Bloomberg reports Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile, Lee Young Hee said the company will announce the Samsung Galaxy in March or April along with the successor to the Galaxy Gear which will have more advanced functions and an improved design. Lee also said the company is investigating iris recognition for the phone and will announce at least one more wearable device this year. Samsung registered a design for eyewear in October.

Gmail to allow users to send messages to Google+ users: The Next Web reports that Google will allow Gmail users to send messages to Google + users, without knowing the email address. The email address behind the G+ account will only become visible to someone who has received a message from that account. Also only one message can be sent to G+ name until that person responds. So if you don’t reply, they won’t know your email, and they won’t be able to email you again. If a sender is in your circle, their message will show up in the primary tab on Gmail, while other messages will go to the Social tab. You can override all this by changing a setting in Gmail to limit who can send you messages to your circles or nobody at all. The feature will roll out to all users over the next couple days.

FCC chairman weights in on AT&T’s sponsored data plan: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not shy about commenting on AT&T’s sponsored data plan. Yesterday at CES, The Verge reports Wheeler said “Be sure, that if it interferes with the operation of the internet; that if it develops into an anticompetitive practice; that if it does have some kind of preferential treatment given somewhere, then that is cause for us to intervene.” And GigaOm reports that in a speech at the Computer History Museum in San Jose, today, Wheeler said “It is not the sort of thing that should be prohibited out of hand. But, again, history instructs us that not all new proposals have been benign.“

News From You:

More security experts pull out of RSA conference:  habichuelacondulce submitted a story from Information Week reporting the number of security experts pulling out of the RSA conference in protest of their dealing with the NSA has risen to nine. AS we mentioned before Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure was the first to pull out but now Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project; Google senior staff software engineer Adam Langley; attorney Marcia Hofman; and Taia Global CEO Jeffrey Carr. are among the people who will not attend their presentations or skip the conference altogether. RSA has said it did not use an algorithm now known to be weaker because of the NSA, but it has not denied receiving a $10 million payment.

Infected Yahoo ads in Europe part of a Bitcoin mining scheme:  webitube pointed out a TechDirt article explaining that the malware that recently infected Yahoo ads in Europe was Bitcoin mining software. The idea would be to use infected computers to mine for bit coins and credit any coins minted to the malware authors. This would have the negative effect of running infected computers constantly and running up infected users’s electric bills.

More links from the show: 

Snapchat is sorry:

http://gigaom.com/2014/01/09/snapchat-says-sorry-for-getting-hacked-updates-app-with-phone-number-opt-out/

Apple and Samsung want to work it out via mediation:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-apple-samsung-idUSBREA0802P20140109?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

WWE launches its own network: The online network will be available on computers, iOS and Android devices as well as the Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, PS3 and 4 and Roku but only in the US.

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5289714/wwe-launching-24-7-subscription-network-to-bring-wrestling-to-you

Makerbot announces the Replicator Mini:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/6/5281882/makerbot-replicator-mini-announced-ces-2014

Pebble Steel actually steel:

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/126190-pebble-goes-premium-pebble-steel-available-from-29-jan-for-249

DTNS 2144 – Putting the smart in TV

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom reviews some more announcements from CES, especially Sony’s Internet TV service, with Justin Robert Young.

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DTNS 2143 – AT&T Slow Cooks Neutrality

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom chats with Jon Brodkin from Ars Technica. They’ll talk a little about CES and a lot about whether AT&T’s new ‘subsidized data’ plans break net neutrality.

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