DTNS 2271 – Nerdtacular, nerdtacular, it’s part of the vernacular!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIs Tech getting jerky? We talk with Justin Young and Patrick Beja about apps like ParkingMonkey and ReservationHop. Plus illustrations by Len Peralta

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Patrick Beja! Justin Robert Young! Many nerds!

Headlines

9to5Mac reports that Jean-Claude Biver, head of watch brands at LVMH told CNBC that Apple has hired one of watchmaker Tag Heuer’s sales directors. A source confirmed the hire to 9to5 Mac. Apparently, Patrick Pruniaux former Vice President of Sales and Retail for Tag Heuer was the person hired. Apple has not said anything publicly about the hire or whether they even believe watches exist.

The Verge reports the Pew Research Center released another in its series of reports on the future of the Internet called Net Threats. Pew asked the experts “By 2025 will there be significant changes for the worse and hindrances to the ways in which people get and share content online compared with the way globally networked people can operate online today?” Of the respondents, 35 percent said yes, while 65 percent said no. Among the threats specified, the respondents listed government crackdowns, Internet surveillance, and prioritization of near-term profits over the long term benefit of the Net, particularly net neutrality concerns. Another threat was overcompensating for the amount of information people are flooed with each day.

TechRadar reports Lenovo has received permission to acquire IBM’s low-end server unit from the anti-monopoly bureau of the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The deal was announced in January and is also awaiting approval from the United States.

ZDNet reports the head of Google’s spam fighting team, Matt Cutts, is taking a break for a couple months. Cutts says he’ll be gone through October so he can be with his family more. Cutts is the target of a lot of consternation from folks who hate it when Google changes their search algorithm. Some speculate it may be a step towards Cutts leaving Google.The anti-spam team wills till be keeping sites from gaming search results int he meantime.

TechCrunch reports Nielsen’s US music report on the first half of 2014 shows the shift from music downloads to streaming continues. On-demand streaming was up 42% over the first half of 2013 while digital track sales fell 13% and album sales fell 11.6%. Vinyl sales rose 40% over 2013. Audio streaming is gaining parity with video streaming of music with 33.65 billion music tracks streamed compared to 36.64 billion music videos.

Wired reports that Nadim Kobeissi will release a bet aversion of an all-purpose file encyrption browser plugin called miniLock at the HOPE hacker conference in New York. The free and open source plugin is meant to make it easy to drag and drop files to encrypt so that no one but the intended recipient can unscramble them.

News From You

tm204 submitted the DasErste article about the NSA program X-Keyscore targets anyone who uses or visits sites for privacy protections tools like Tor or the Linux-based Tails operating system. German public television broadcasters NDR and WDR reporters analyzed X-Keyscore source code which indicated the program has targeted a German student who runs a Tor node. The EFF has noted that the more people who use the tools, the less helpful targeting users blindly will be for any surveillance efforts.

JalenJade on Twitter pointed out a story at iMedicalApps.com that studies demonstrating the efficacy and safety of an “artificial” or “bionic” pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine and announced at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Session in San Francisco. The Boston University-based project uses an iPhone, a Dexcom G4 continuous glucose sensor and Tandem T:Slim insulin pump. 

KAPT_Kipper submitted the TorrentFreak article that SoundCloud has given Universal Music the ability to remove allegedly infringing copyright music from the service without consulting anyone or taking into an account a counternotice. DJ Mr Brainz had his paid account terminated due to repeated copyright infringements as a result of Universal’s capability. The DJ believes his use of the music was either authorized or fair use but when he sought clarification on the reason for the takedowns Soundcloud could not answer as UNiversal had removed the files directly.

Discussion Section: Reservation Hop

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/03/everyone-seems-mad-at-reservation-hop-founder-admits-he-was-taken-aback-by-the-criticism/?ncid=rss

Monday’s show: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Tech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press

 

DTNS 2270 – Round Table edition

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVarious attendees at Nerdtacular help comment on the headlines of the day.

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Show Notes

DTNS 2269 – DTNS, Interrupted

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson is on the show to chat about Google’s acquisition of Songza and what this means for how we listen to music. Also get a preview of Nerdtacular!

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Show Notes

DTNS 2268 – Community Demands: Yahoo Answers

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young is racing from the airport, so his part will be played by Veronica Belmont and eventually we’ll all talk about Yahoo picking up Community and what this means for the future of television.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Veronica Belmont & maybe, just maybe JuRY

Headlines

GigaOM reports Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 Mini Tuesday. The smaller version of the S5 has a 4.5-inch AMOLED screen that’s 720p capable, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. Those specs are a touch below the bigger S5 but the mini also comes with the waterproofing, heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and Galaxy Gear compatibility just like the big version. It goes on sale in 4 colors starting in Russia in July and will expand to global markets afterwards.

TechCrunch reports Microsoft has increased security for OneDrive and Outlook.com. Outlook.com now supports TLS which keeps email encrypted as long as the receiving email service also supports TLS. Both Outlook.com and OneDrive now support Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption as well which helps mitigate damage if a secret key is compromised.

Engadget reports GE is taking on the smartphone-controlled light bulb dominance of Philips with some new bulbs called Link. The bulbs require a $30 hub to operate, but then the bulbs themselves are only $15-$25 each. Lifx bulbs run $100, Philips new Lux bulbs are $40 and even Insteon costs $30. Link bulbs are controlled through the Wink app made by Quirky and should last 23 years or so. Home Depot is taking pre-orders for the bulbs today and they’ll ship this autumn.

Computerworld passes along that DARPA has set the date for the final stage of its three-phase Robotics Challenge to be held June 5 and 6, 2015, in Pomona, Calif. 11 teams will compete for a $2 million prize, though DARPA expects the number of entrants to increase. The first two phases involved demonstrating software for autonomous etasks like walking, using tools, climbing and driving. In the finals, the robots will face a full-scale disaster situation, and have to use a series of ladders, doors, cars and valves to handle the situation.

TechCrunch The US National Archives and Record Administration has made its ongoing efforts to upload content to Wikimedia Commons a core part of its purpose. NARA uploaded 100,000 images in 2012 as a test. 4,000 Wikipedia articles featuring NARA records received more than one billion page views in 2013. The uploads range from mundane federal agency records to World War II photos and presidential portraits.

News From You

MacBytes posted the Verge article giving a few more details on Keurig’s Coffee pod DRM scheme. Key patents on Keurig’s pods expired in 2012 leading to third-party pods. Keurig makes most of its money selling pods not machines. The new brewer going on sale this autumn, scans pods for special markings, based on anti-conterfeiting technology used by the US Mint. Its essentially DRM for coffee. It’s also going to make your old Keurig machine much more valuable.

robodashy has the Mashable story that the United States Food and Drug Administration has approved ReWalk Robotics’ personal exoskeleton for marketing in the U.S. The 46-pound robotic legs support their own weight plus a 220-pound user who wears a 5-pound backpack. A wrist-device with physical buttons controls the device. The battery is designed to support a full day of intermittent walking, but if the wearer walks non-stop, the battery will last three to four hours. Users have to be between 5-foot-3 and 6-foot-3. The device costs $69,500 and is not covered by insurance in the US.

spsheridan submitted the Ars Technica story about No-IP.com going down after Microsoft seized 22 domain names it claimed were being abused in malware-related crimes. Millions of legitimate servers relied on No-IP for dynamic domain name services, including AlphaGeekRadio.Microsoft claimed No-IP domains were used 93 percent of the time by Bladabindi and Jenxcus malware and its operator, Defendant Vitalwerks did not take sufficient steps to address the abuse.

And tjburbank sent in the story from Daily Dot about Paypal freezing the account of crowdfunded ProtonMail. The ProtonMail project wants to make an easy email encryption tool. A Paypal representative said it was not sure if ProtonMail was legal. Apparently Paypal figured it out as the account was restored late this morning. Paypal in a following statement claimed “a technical problem this week resulted in PayPal applying restrictions to the account.” Right. ProtonMail says it will not rely on Paypal for donations until its assured there will not be a repeat of this.

Discussion Section: 

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/30/community-will-get-its-sixth-season-on-yahoo/?ncid=rss

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/community-sixth-season-yahoo/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/community-returning-sixth-season-yahoo-715857

http://www.fastcocreate.com/1682555/ken-marino-shows-how-to-parody-the-already-ridiculous-with-burning-love

Pick of the Day: SNL Archives on Yahoo Screen

Jennie’s pick of the day is the SNL archive on Yahoo Screen. Disclaimer: Jennie worked for Yahoo’s video department not too long ago. And then that ended. Yet she STILL wants to recommend the incredibly deep bench of archival Saturday Night Live clips that you can find on Yahoo Screen, including ones you don’t often see online due to music rights, like Will Ferrell’s gut-busting ‘Cowbell’ sketch as well as Chris Farley & Patrick Swazye’s legendary dance-off in the “Chippendales” sketch. The archive also includes older, deeply subversive clips like Buck Henry’s “Uncle Roy” and the legendary face-off between Chevy Chase & Richard Pryor known as “Word Association.” Enjoy the rest of your day, people.

Wednesday’s Guest: Scott Johnson with a Nerdtacular’14 preview.

DTNS 2267 – Facebook Feeds You Sadness

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDon Reisinger is on the show. We’ll chat about why Facebook thought it was OK to play with our emotions for science.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Don Reisinger, cnet.com

Headlines

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports new details about the next Version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, expected to arrive in Spring 2015. Microsoft reportedly will aim Threshold squarely at disgruntled desktop users still using Windows 7. Some versions of Threshold will be all desktop, while some will focus on the tiled screen or desktop screen depending on whether a keyboard is attached and some version meant for tablets and phone swill have no desktop view at all. And yes word is STILl that the mini Start menu showed off at BUILD will be part of Threshold. A preview version of Threshold should arrive in the autumn and one more update to Windows 8.1 will arrive before Threshold does.

Reuters reports Google is finally pulling the plug on its social network from 2004 called Orkut on Sept. 30. Orkut was popular in Brazil and India, but Google says they’ve had more success with YouTube, Blogger and Google+. Orkut users can continue to post until Sept. 30 and can retrieve posts after that dat from an archive of all Orkut communities. I will miss you ‘fans of turn signals’ community!

Facebook got in some hot water as attention as called to a March publication of a study in PNAS that manipulated 689,000 users News Feeds from Jan. 11-18, 2012 in order to study emotional contagion. For the affected users either positive or negative emotional posts had a 10-90% chance of being removed. The study found those with fewer positive posts in their feed used 0.1% fewer positive words in subsequent posts and those with fewer negative posts in their feed used 0.07% fewer negative words. Controversy broke out over whether the Facebook Terms of Service sufficed as informed consent for the study.

VentureBeat reports Google Glass is now banned in some UK movie theaters over piracy concerns. Vue and the Cinema Exhibitors’ association trade group both feel the shaky 30-45 minutes of video Google Glass is capable of recording poses enough of a threat to their bottom line that they must fight back. Google said in a statement that Glass should be treated no differently than cell phones in a theater and that “The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it’s activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.”

Engadget reports Samsung has four new budget Android KitKat phones. The 4.5-inch Galaxy Core II leads the way with a 1.2GHZ processor 768 MB RAM and 4GB of storage. There’s also the 4-inch Galaxy Ace 4 and the 3.5-inch Galaxy Young 2 and Star 2. All run TouchWiz with pricing and availability to be announced. 

TechCrunch reports Twitter is rolling out mobile app promotion ads that take users to app downloads or the apps themselves if already installed. Along with that, Twitter’s unveiling new cost-per-app-click pricing for the unit and a dashboard to track usage. The ads appear only for iOS and Android mobile users. 

The Verge notes the US Supreme Court decline to hear Google’s challenge to dismiss a complaint that its streetview cars illegally collected data from private WiFi networks. Google has admitted its cars were accidentally collecting unencrypted traffic and stopped the practice when it was discovered. Google is fighting a lawsuit that it violated the Wiretap Act. Google’s defense has been that tyhe act allows the interception of unencrypted radio communication, but a federal appeals court rejected that logic saying the act referred to predominantly auditory broadcasts.

News From You

spsheridan submitted the GigaOm story that US President Obama is expected to name Phil Johnson, a pharmaceutical industry executive, as the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Johnson has previously tried to block legislation aimed at reigning in patent trolls. The Director’s job has been vacant for 18 months, and former Google employee Michelle Lee, the deputy director, has been managing the department.

Could Netflix be called a cybersecurity threat? metalfreak pointed us to the Slashdot posting that quotes Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology making the argument that wording in the proposed US bill “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” could do just that. A ‘threat,’ according to the bill, is among other things anything that may result in an unauthorized effort to ad-
adversely impact the availability of information. Nojeim argues that the vague wording could be used to justify slowing down Netflix at congested connections. 

KAPT_Kipper submitted the GigaOM story that Blackphone has started shipping. Blackphone is aconsumer grade handset running a forked version of Android called PrivatOS bundled with privacy-related apps including Silent Phone and Silent Text (for normal voice, video and text communications), Disconnect (VPN and search), SpiderOak (cloud storage) and the Smarter Wi-Fi Manager (for protection from dodgy hotspots). The first units of the $629 handset to ship are for European LTE users, and U.S. units will follow.

Discussion Section: 

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/28/facebook-experiment-emotions/

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/29/facebook-explains-emotion-experiment/?ncid=rss_truncated

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full

http://codingconduct.tumblr.com/post/90242838320/frame-clashes-or-why-the-facebook-emotion-experiment

https://www.facebook.com/akramer/posts/10152987150867796

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/30/what-facebooks-own-rules-say-about-its-news-feed-experiment/?mod=rss_Technology

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/30/where-are-the-limits-what-users-are-saying-about-facebooks-news-feed-experiment/?mod=rss_Technology

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/29/ethics-in-a-data-driven-world/

I religiously watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and some other such shows. But why not watch them faster? Swift is one of many apps I’ve tried which speed up video playback without distorting the audio at all – I can watch some shows at 2x playback speed without issue.

Many apps do this, but Swift integrates really well with YouTube too. Want to listen to a lecture from YouTube at 2x speed? Plop the URL into this app and you can do so, and even download the entire video for offline playback :-D Or just play videos already in your library. Or stream over your local home network. Lots of other cool features too. More than worth the $3 I paid for it.

Tuesday’s Guest: Justin Robert Young

DTNS 2266 – Business^3, Transparency^3

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show to chat about the immediate chilling effect of the Aereo decision on Dish, the new Aaron Swarz documentary, and more FAA befuddlement about drones. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show live!

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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of the future & Len Peralta of the arts

Headlines

The Verge reports on the US NSA’s first full transparency report posted on the agency’s official Tumblr account. The report details 38,812 targets of National Security Letters, 1,767 FISA orders, and 423 targets of FISA business records requests. Keep in mind a target “could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information.” 

TechCrunch reports on Apple’s decision to cease development of its photo editing software ‘Aperture’ in favor of the new ‘Photos’ app coming in OS X Yosemite, which also replaces iPhoto.  Apple will provide compatibility updates for Aperture to work on Yosemite and help users with migration to both Photos and Adobe’s Lightroom app. 

The Next Web heard the New York Times report that the original Facebook Home team had been disbanded, presumably meaning the end of the line for the home screen replacement. However Facebook told TNW there is a still a team working on Facebook Home. Facebook does tend to rotate developers between projects. Facebook Home is still available in the Google Play store.

Reuters reports HP has agreed to settle litigation over its acquisition of Autonomy Corporation. HP took an $8.8 billion impairment charge in November 2012 in part due to “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures,” from Autonomy. Shareholders have agreed to drop all claims against HP execs, but will still pursue action against former top officials of Autonomy. 

Reuters reports China’s TenCent will buy a 20% stake in online classifieds company 58.com. TenCent owns messaging app WeChat among many other things and has been expanding into e-commerce, real estate and digital mapping. 58.com is often compared to Craigslist. The deal will help 58.com boost traffic by teaming up with TenCent’s QQ and Weixin.

Remember the FAA rules that singled-out Amazon by forbidding free shipping by model aircraft? Well Hackaday points out that same document essentially bans any First-Person View model aircraft from operation when out of the line of sight of the operator. Think camera + drone + oculus rift. The interpretation ignores safety rules set forth by the Academy of Model Aeronautics regarding First Person View flight. The proposed FAA rules are not yet in effect, and the FAA is seeking public comment on these rules at regulations.gov.

News From You

metalfreak submitted the top story on the subreddit. ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski spoke with Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google about the fate of Nexus. Rumors have circulated of a program called Android Silver that would replace the Nexus program. Burke wouldn’t say much about Silver although he seemed to acknowledge it existed. “People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.” He went on to say he doesn’t think it ever “can or will go away,” because it is so closely tied to the development of the Android OS. 

spsheridan posted the Wired UK article that YouTube announced at VidCon it will support video shot in 48 and 60 fps. This in particular will keep YouTube footage consistent with gameplay capture from the PS4 and Xbox One. YouTube also confirmed fan funding is coming, the ability for fans contribute money to a YouTube channel at any time for any reason. 

diggsalot passed along the Verge article about how ChromeCast is able to pair with nearby devices that aren’t on the same network. It jumps the air gap! Chromecast plays ultrasonic tones through the TV speakers. Once a device detects those tones it can then be paired with the Chromecast over the Internet. Users will also have the option of entering a PIN to establish a link with Chromecast, andwhen the feature rolls out it will have to be explicitly turned on by the owner. 

metalfreak and MANAGEMIKE both submitted versions of this story. PC World reports last year Facebook turned over virtually all records and communications for 381 accounts to the New York County District Attorney’s office in response to a court order. Facebook is now asking the court to order the data returned or destroyed, as well as to rule whether the bulk warrant violated fourth amendment rights. oF the 381 people whose accounts were seized, 62 were later charged in a disability fraud case.

Discussion Section: 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/26/fox-aereo-ruling-against-dish-streaming

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/27/aaron-swartz-documentary/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-internets-own-boy-20140627-story.html

http://vimeo.com/ondemand/internetsownboy/94238859

Pick of the Day:

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Monday’s Guest: Don Reisinger

DTNS 2265 – Don’t Tape it to Your Face

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBrian Brushwood and Avram Piltch are on the show for a little bit about Aereo, a little bit about the right to be forgotten and a lot about whether Augmented Reality will obliterate our privacy or just make it easier to shop. #CEWeek

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Brian Brushwood of Cordkillers and Avram Piltch of Laptop Magazine

Headlines

The Verge reports Google has begun removing certain search results for individuals who have requested so under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rules. Google places a note at the bottom of the page indicating results “may have been removed.” The removals only affect European versions of the search engine. Non-European versions will still return all results.

9 to 5 Mac has Apple rumormongers heads spinning over the idea that Apple could make smart home hardware. Apple did introduce HomeKit as part of the forthcoming iOS8. Sources say they don’t know what kind of hardware Apple is developing nor when it would be released and development could stop at any time. So to paraphrase the sources, Apple won’t come out with smart home hardware soon, if ever.

TechCrunch reports Google announced it is working with LG to bring ProjectTango to consumers early next year in a tablet. Google also said it’s working with the Unity and Unreal game engines, as well as Qualcomm. Project Tango uses multiple cameras and sensors for precise 3D sensing of its environment. A developer version of a Project Tango phone and 7-inch Tablet have been released in limited quantities.

BBC reports Germany’s government has canceled a contract with US telco Verizon over concerns about data security. Verizon had a contract with a number of German government departments that is due to run out in 2015. All existing business will be transferred to Deutsche Telekom AG by then. German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said: “There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue”.

The BBC reports Alibaba has decided to list its public stock shares on the New York Stock Exchange rather than the NASDAQ. Twitter also chose the NYSE over NASDAQ for it’s IPO. Alibaba will be the largest Chinese company to list in the United States, with a listing estimated to be worth more than $20 billion.

News From You

KAPT_Kipper posted this story from Polygon about the popularity of Google Cardboard. The kit was given to attendees of the Google I/O keynote and lets you build a VR headset out of around $20 worth of material to use with your Android phone and the Google Cardboard app. The app contains VR tours of cities as well as YouTube videos. There’s also a developers kit available for app makers who want to take advantage of cardboard. Granted DIT VR headsets are not new, but previous versions didn’t have a company like Google out there touting them.

tm204 posted the GigaOm story about Simon & Shuster making its full catalog of ebooks available for library lending. The publisher just finished a one year test program in New York City. Simon & Schuster is working with the digital library distributors Baker & Taylor, 3M and Overdrive. All five of the major publishers now make ebooks available to libraries in some way.

metalfreak pointed out themukt reblog of The Verge story that Toyota will bring a hydrogen fuel cell car to market in Japan with a 2015 sedan priced at ¥7 million (roughly $70,000). Toyota claims a cruising range of 430 miles for its hydrogen-fueled car and a refueling time of just three minutes. The car should be available by April 2015 and then arrive in the US and Europe next summer.

BigJim1 posted the Reuters story that the US President will push Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the announcement was “an important step in the right direction.” No actual bill has been introduced.

 

Discussion Section: 

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/20/amazon-fire-phone-product-manager-explains-how-firefly-really-works/

http://www.nametag.ws/

Pick of the Day: Voicemeeter & Virtual Audio Cable

“Hey Tom & Jennie, I’ve recently begun putting together my own podcast and have been trying to do so on a shoestring budget. One thing I didn’t have money for was a proper audio mixer. To get around this I have been using the software VoiceMeeter and Virtual Audio Cable from VB Audio. VoiceMeeter allows me to control myself (input 1), a secondary local input (input 2), and a virtual input individually and output to the virtual cable. I then use Audacity to capture the output off the virtual cable. This has worked really well for my simple 2 host show and for the time being I haven’t found any need to move to a physical mixer. Thanks for the great show! Keep up all the hard work. Long time fan, Benjamin White”

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Friday’s Guests: Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta!

DTNS 2264 – Moo-Fi

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAndrea Smith joins us from #CEWeek. We’ll talk about the avalanche of news from Google I/O, the Aereo decision in the US Supreme Court and what’s happening at CE Week in New York!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest:  Andrea Smith, technology journalist talks CE Week  

Headlines

Google vomited announcements all over the place at its 2.5 hour Google I/O Keynote this morning. Here are the highlights:

The next version of Android was not named, only referred to as Android L. It will get a new deisgn language as will Google’s Chrome OS and Web apps. The new look is called Material Design. It’s very card based, with bright colors and realistic transitions. 

A new way to log in to a phone will include determining if it’s in a trusted environment, looking for a friendly device like a smartwatch or a trusted WiFi network, thus bypassing entering a PIN or pattern.

Android One is a program to design affordable hardware for partners to manufacture in developing markets. India’s Karbonn and Spice smartphone makers will be two of the first on board.

Android Auto will be completely voice enabled and contextually aware. The idea is to power everything through the phone but provide a better display experience in dash and the ability to use a steering wheel button along with voice. Twenty-five car manufacturers have promised to build Android-Auto powered cars and the first cars will roll off lots by the end of the year.

The Android Wear development kit is available today. That means developers can make apps work with Android-powered wearables now.

And three wearable devices were announced. The Samsung Gear Live and LG G watch are available to order today and the Moto 360, with a round face, is planned for release later this summer. The Gear Live runs $200 and ships beginning July 7th.

No, not even close to done. Android TV got some details as well. It’s a software system for use in TVs and other devices. It can be controlled by mobile phone or tablet and act as a Chromecast. It will run on a line of smart TVs from Sony, Sharp and TPVision, and come to other set-top boxes later this year.

The Chromecast itself will get the ability to mirror Android screens, accept streams from nearby devices even if they’re not on the same network, and a new feature called backdrop that puts up personal photos or information streams when the TV is not otherwise in use.

ChromeOS got some stage time as well with the announcement that Android apps can run in an emulator now. Chromebooks will also unlock themselves when your phone is around and then notify you of incoming calls and texts.

Google Drive made its presentation software Slides, available for mobile, announced the support of Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats natively in Docs. And Drive for Work gives unlimited storage for $10 a month per user.

And finally, Google got in the fitness tracking game with Google Fit. The platform aims to organize data from multiple apps, trackers and sensors, Google announced partnerships with RunKeeper, Basis, Adidas and Nike. 

Now that’s not all. There were also announcements on Enterprise management, Cloud services and Gaming. But there were also two protestors. Neither of which were complaining about the length or volume of announcements in the keynote. The first was an elementary school teacher who complained of being evicted from his apartment by Google lawyer Jack Halprin. The second yelled “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people!” 

GigaOm reports the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Aereo is a public performance. The service which rented microantennas to users to watch over the air broadcasts on the Internet will have to wind up its operations in all regions. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the opinion for the majority, arguing Aereo operated like a cable company and “Insofar as there are differences, those differences concern not the nature of the service that Aereo provides so much as the technological manner in which it provides the service.“ Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent arguing that ignoring the technical aspect could hmean other services could suffer “guilt-by-resemblance.” Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said the decision would cause a chilling effect but the company would continue to fight. However, part-owner Barry Diller told cnbc “it’s over now.” and a “a big loss for consumers.” Thanks to Hurmoth for submitting this on the subreddit.

The Wall Street Journal reports Kaplan is buying Dev Bootcamp, a school that offers crash courses for software developers. Code Schools, along with MOOCS (Massive online open courses) are seen as an alternative to a traditional four-year college degree. The school’s leadership team and curriculum will remain in place. Tuition, at $12,200 for the nine-week course, also will be unchanged.

As many on the subredddit noted, Google started offering $150 credits to Chrome Pixel owners whose Verizon service was cut off after one year despite being promised two years of free service. Now TechCrunch reports Verizon says it was all a big misunderstanding. See, a very small number of Chromebook Pixel customers MAY have been hit by an unforeseen problem and Verizon will work with these customers to resolve the issue. 

The Next Web reports Barnes and Noble will spin off its Nook business after all. The company has confirmed the board has authorized the separation of retail and Nook Media businesses. Why? In order to optimize shareholder value of course.

The Next Web reports Facebook’s messaging app Slingshot is now available worldwide for Android and iOS. The app lets you send non-permanent photo and video messages to friends. The catch is that you can’t see what a friend sent you until you send them something back.

News From You

gewbert posted the MSNBC story about another US Supreme Court decision. In this one the justices ruled 9-0 that police need a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested, in most circumstances. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Exigent circumstances like imminent danger to life or evidence destruction might justify searching a phone without a warrant, which is no different than most other cases.

metalfreak posted the unsurprising ZDNet story that Linux continues to dominate supercomputers. According to the latest rankings from the Top500 Group, 97 percent of the world’s fastest supercomputers run Linux. The growth rate in performance is slowing though. From 1994 to 2008 annual performance growth was 90%. Lately annual performance growth has been only 55%.

And KAPT_Kipper posted the EE press release that the UK telecom company will bring what they call “4G WiFi” to the Glastonbury Festival placed inside fiberglass cows modeled on Worthy Farm’s dairy cows and painted by Glastonbury bin artist Hank and team. 

Pick of the day: Private Internet Access via Henrik from Bergin, Norway

Henrik from Bergin, Norway has some advice and a pick of the day: “If a VPN has a data cap that means it is storing at least some of the things you are doing. I would guess IP address in case someone else uses your user name and password, time and date you log in, and a program that keeps track of how big files you are downloading. If they are blocking certain things like BitTorrent they have to look at what you are doing. If it’s for privacy reasons I would use a VPN that claims not to log anything, and uses OpenVPN.
Henrik suggests as an alternative: http://privateinternetaccess.com/ $3.33 per month if you take the yearly subscription… They have many payment methods including Bitcoin. I have used them for over 2 years now, and I’m pretty happy with them. With the Netherlands and Sweden servers I pretty much have the same speed as with no VPN (25 Mbps). The US servers are slower for me at around 3-15Mbps. (Usually 10Mbps), but I live in Lovely Bergen (Norway), so that’s a long way… They even lets you chose how good encryption you want if you use their OpenVPN clients. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/vpn-encryption

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, begins Wednesday June 25 — we’ll have a preview on tomorrow’s show. Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Thursday’s Guest: Brian Brushwood and more from CE Week! 

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Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJeremy Kaplan joins us from #CEWeek to talk Nest API, Microsoft’s Android phone and the future of healthcare tech. Can wearables make the jump from fitness to serious medical use?

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Headlines

Digital Trends reports Nest Labs released a new smart home API to let developers make their devices work well with Nest’s. So your car can tell the Nest thermostat to warm up the house as you head home, and your light bulbs can glow red of the smoke alarm detects something alarming. Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, Whirlpool, LIFX, IFTTT, and Logite have already released new Nest-compatible features for some of their products. The API is open to iOS and Android developers. 

Bloomberg BusinessWeek published an interview with Google’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, in which he said the next version of Android will be previewed at Google I/O tomorrow. The decision to preview Android’s ‘L’ named version at I/O instead of waiting until fall, was made in an effort to be more transparent. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what desert will become the name. Lemon Merengue, Ladyfingers, Lorna Doone Biscuits?

Bloomberg’s been talking to ‘people familiar with the plans’ and they say Apple plans begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month. The people say the plans include one model with a 4.7-inch display for shipment in September. The new phone swill also be rounder and thinner. An alleged 5.5-inch model has alleged production complications and so allegedly might not make it out this year.

The Next Web has the fact that Microsoft has announced a new Android phone called the Nokia X2. This is the first phone launched by Microsoft since it acquired Nokia’s handset division. The phone has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz dual-core snapdragon processir, 5-mpxl rear-facing camera, dual-SIM and 15 GB of storage. It’s available immediately for €99 in select countries.

The Next Web reports WeChat has introduced an ‘unsend’ feature that lets you pull back a message within two minutes of pressing send. The update is live on iOS and coming soon to Android. 

News From You

tm204 has the top story on the subreddit from ComputerWorld. It seems folks who shelled out $1450 for the Chromebook Pixel last year were promised two years of free Verizon LTE service up to 100 MB a month. One year after activation several Pixel owners are complaining the Verizon service has stopped working, unless you pay. Computerworld’s JR Raphael called Verizon support and Google Play and has received no definitive answer why. 

gardnervh posted the TechCrunch story that an amendment to the constitution of the US State of Missouri. The state legislature has proposed adding electronic communications and data to the section prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure and requiring a warrant and probable cause for reasonable searches. Citizens of Missouri will vote on the amendment in August.

tekkyn00b posted the Gizmodo story that MIT engineers have created a nanomaterial that withstand force 160,000 times its weight. A repeating geometric lattice was designed to be stiff but light makes it about 400 times as strong as most material of the same density. Researchers suggest it could be used in space, for battery construction or anything that needs high strength and low weight.  

metalfreak posted the Wired story describing Hacking Team modules discovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs in Canada. The Hacking Team provides software to governments and law enforcement agencies. Among the modules uncovered are ones that can activate microphones, take pictures, intercept email and text messages and log keystrokes on Android and iOS phones. 

Discussion Section Links:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/24/5835910/soundhawks-earpiece-lets-you-pick-exactly-what-you-want-to-hear

http://www.cnet.com/news/pebble-watch-partners-with-misfit-for-fitness-tracking-app/

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/06/23/healthcare-wearable-technology/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/06/19/wearable-tech-health-insurance/

http://www.mddionline.com/article/wearable-tech-regulated-medical-devices-can-revolutionize-healthcare-6-18-2014

Pick of the day: Cloak via Alan Steinberger

Hi Tom, I have a simple solution for auto-connecting to WiFi hotspots, and protecting one from spoofed AT&T sites. Not to sound like a shill for Cloak VPN (www.getcloak.com), but they rolled out an extremely effective Connect On Demand feature a few months ago. When I’m out and about, every time my iPad finds a Starbucks or a Time Warner or other recognized hot spot, it automatically comes on. When I’m home or in another trusted location, Cloak stays off. I only need the 5 GB/month plan, which is inexpensive, and I’ve found the Cloak team in general and Dave Peck in particular to be most helpful and responsive. Love the show! Alan

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, begins Wednesday June 25 — we’ll have a preview on tomorrow’s show. Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Wednesday’s Guest: Andrea Smith, technology journalist talks CE Week  

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Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson is on he show to talk about the frightening prospect of Google owning Dropcam and everything else that watches you in your home. Plus why startups should not have thought it was OK to sell public parking spaces.

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Today’s guest:   Lamarr Wilson,  host of Mashable’s YouTube Weekly & Socially Awkward

Headlines

WinBeta reports the Microsoft Store is offering up to $650 in-store credit when you trade in select MacBook Air models, as long as you use the credit to buy a Surface Pro 3. Also the MacBook Air must turn on and not have water damage.

TechCrunch reports Microsoft has doubled and rounded up the amiunt of free storage you get in your Microsoft OneDrive account from 7 GB to 15. That shoots up to a Terrabyte if you’re an Office 365 customer at $6.99 a month and 1 TB per user for 5 users at $9.99 a month. Additional plans drop to $1.99 monthly for 100 gigabytes, or $3.99 each month for 200 gigabytes.

Google subsidiary Nest Labs is using its own money to go out and get itself something nice. Dropcam. The makers of devices that know whether your house is the right temperature or burning down, can now know whether your pet is roaming around or your being burglarized. Nest says Dropcam will fall under Nest’s privacy policy which does’t share data with any company including Google, without the user’s permission.

The NextWeb reports Google Glass is finally leaving its home market and is now available in the UK’s Google play store for £1,000. Google is also selling the frames from its Titanium collection as an optional add-on. Back in the US, new frames designed by Diane von Furstenberg have gone on sale. The bundle of Glass plus shades and frames runs $1800.

ReCode reports a startup called Cruise will start taking preorders Monday for an aftermarket kit that will convert your late model Audi to a self-driving car while on San Francisco Bay area highways. The kits cost $10,000 and installation will begin in 2015.

News From You

metalfreak posted the top story on SubReddit from Ars Technica about the risks of AT&T and Comcast’s free WiFi hotspots. As Darren Kitchen has pointed out before, phones are set up to connect by default to the ssid’ attwifi and xfinitywifi. Malicious operators could set up devices that broadcast that ssid, capture login and password info then direct the device to the Internet so the device owner never knows the accoutn has been compromised. Best not to automatically connect to those kinds of hotspots, or if you’re an ATT phone owner, disable the setting on your phone that does so.

The 2nd most popular story, also from metalfreak and Ars Technica provides an alternative. Members of the “Open Wireless Movement,” including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Free Press, Mozilla, and Fight for the Future aim to get WiFi router owners to open up hotspots through the website openwireless.org. One project for example is open-sourced router firmware called Open Wireless Router lets you safely share a portion of your router with anyone nearby, password-free. The software prioritizes owner traffic and walls off guests from snooping.

Finally KAPT_Kipper points out the Verge article that security researcher Robert David Graham found at least 309,197 servers still vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit. Graham found more than 600,000 vulnerable servers immediately after Heartbleed was discovered, but that dropped to 318,239 within a month. However in the past month only 9,042 more servers were patched. 

Discussion Section Links:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/20/nest-is-acquiring-dropcam-for-555-million/?ncid=rss_truncated

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/23/5834962/man-who-created-ipod-now-running-googles-hardware-future

https://nest.com/blog/2014/06/20/the-nest-family-is-growing/

http://recode.net/2014/06/20/googles-nest-buys-dropcam-for-555-million/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtT3oY8eJ_Q&list=UUOcE8WdQOSeqFczVxGatGKg
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2014/06/23/san-francisco-rent-public-parking-space-monkey-parking-sweetch-parkmondo/11263723/

Pick of the day: Light-Bot via Matt from Vegas

Matt from Vegas has our pick of the day, what he calls a ‘teaching kids to code’ game: “Hey DTNS I love the show and listen daily. I found this over the weekend and loved it. My 7 year old is completely hooked and for once I don’t care that she’s taken my tablet over. It’s a game that is teaching her programming called Light-Bot. It’s on IOS and Android and is just awesome. I know there are a number of games in this category and they’re all fantastic, just thought I would share this one that I ran across. 

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, begins Wednesday June 25 — we’ll have a preview on tomorrow’s show. Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Tuesday’s Guest: Jeremy Kaplan, editor-in-chief of Digital Trends.com