DTNS 2443 – But I want HBO Now

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont and Justin Young are on the show to help fend off Apple rumors and talk about MLBAM’s OTHER opening day, the purported launch of HBO Now in time for the April 12 premier of Game of Thrones.

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Today’s guests: Veronica Belmont of Sword and Laser and Justin Robert Young of Night Attack and Jury Talks

Headlines: 

Mobile World Congress? Tech reporters are most concerned with how to smuggle jamón iberico out of the country in their pants. GDC? Hungover. BUT This coming Monday is an Apple announcement. And so the rumors are flooding in to fill the gap! Here. We. Go.

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DTNS 2442 – AR We There Yet? Yes, VR

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJonathan Strickland joins the show to give us some more insight on VR as we see new announcements from Sony’ Project Morpheus, Valve’s Vive and more.

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Today’s guest: Jon Strickland,  writer, howstuffworks  and host of FWThinking.com

Headlines: 

Ars Technica reports Sony Worldwide Studios president Shu Yoshida announced that the Project Morpheus VR headset will come to consumers in the first half of 2016. Morpheus will have a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 OLED display with a 100-degree field of view and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The headset will also have 9 LED trackers for 360-degree tracking. Separately Sony announced it has sold 20  million PlayStation 4 units worldwide as of March 1, making it the fastest selling game console the company has ever made.

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DTNS 2441 – Pebble Steeling Time (or How I Learned to Spock 5’s)

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja joins to talk about whether Huawei, Pebble or someone else is winning the smartwatch war. And will Apple make it all pointless anyway? Plus Molly Wood pops in to sum up all you need to know about Mobile World Congress.

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor

Headlines: 

TechCrunch reports Gartner has its figures for smartphone sales out for both 2014 and Q4. Smartphones passed the billion mark last year selling 1.2 billion overall out of 1.9 billion total mobile phones sold. In Q4 Apple took over the top spot selling 74.8 million smartphones for 20.4% of the market. Samsung slipped to second dropping from 29.5% to 19.9% of the market. Lenovo maintained 3rd place rising from 5.8% to 6.6%. Huawei stayed fourth followed by Xiaomi which tripled its sales. Samsung still ended with 30.9% of the market for the year with Apple second at 15.5%.

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DTNS 2440 – Drones, Lasers, and Satellites, Oh My!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWhy Samsung Pay may be the biggest announcement at Mobile World Congress, and you won’t believe what +Lamarr Wilson thinks of the Galaxy S6.

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Today’s guest: Lamarr Wilson, host, showcaser, and internet personality at lamarrwilson.com

Headlines: 

Google’s Sundar Pichai dropped some announcement bombs at MWC. Project Titan is about to be where Project Loon was a couple years ago, taking its first test steps. Titan delivers Internet by drone where Loon does it by balloon.

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DTNS 2439 – LLAP Mr. Nimoy

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTim Stevens is on the show to chat about Tim Cook’s world tour and the idea of Apple Watch controlling your car. We’ll also share a moment about how Leonard Nimoy affected our lives. And Len Peralta will be there to memorialize it all in song. Or art. Probably art.

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Today’s guests: Tim Stevens, CNET editor at large and Len Peralta, artist

Check out Len’s art for this week at lenperaltastore.com

Headlines: 

Engadget passes along that Google won’t ban adult content posted to Blogger after all. The company had announced that existing sexually explicit images and video would be made private and future such material might be deleted. Not anymore. Google cited “a ton of feedback” and the “negative impact on individuals who post sexually explicit content to express their identities.” Jessica Pelegio, Google’s social product support manager wrote in the Blogger Help Forum “we’ve decided to step up enforcement around our existing policy prohibiting commercial porn.” Google also called on blog owners to mark any blog pages with adult conent as “adult” so they can be placed behind a warning page.

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DTNS 2438 – We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Net

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young is in to talk about the US FCC’s vote to adopt new Open Internet Rules under a Title II classification for ISPs. Plus Jonathan Strickland joins to help us understand what the heck Title II is.

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Today’s guests: Justin Robert Young and Jon Strickland

Headlines: 

The US FCC voted 3-2 to adopt an order for new Open Internet Rules. Broadly the rules will enhance the existing transparency order and prevent blocking and discrimination under the authority of Title II of the Communications act of 1934. The new rules have not been made public. The FCC must receive and respond to dissenting statements from the commissioners who voted against the rules. Once that has happened the rules will be published in the Federal Register and will go into effect 60 days from the date of publication.

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DTNS 2437 – Gemalto Says it’s Just SIM Antics

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comChris Ashley joins us to talk about whether we believe Gemalto when they say no SIM keys were stolen, and whether Microsoft plans to supplant Google on Android.

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Today’s guest: Chris Ashley, co-host of the SMR podcast

Headlines: 

Gemalto issued a press release today stating it detected two sophisticated intrusions in 2010 that it now believes could have been an operation by the US NSA and UK GCHQ as described in leaks from Edward Snowden. Gemalto is the world’s largest supplier of SIM Cards for phones. One intrusion was an attempt to intercept communication by employees in a French office and another was a phishing attempt on a mobile operator. Gemalto detected no breaches in its SIM Card database and does not believe the breach of office networks could have resulted in massive theft of SIM encryption keys.

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DTNS 2436 – Stop– Pebble Time

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is in today, to marvel over the Pebble Time and its record-breaking Kickstarter. Is the Pebble bigger and/or better than the Apple and Android watches?

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS Contributor and Independent podcaster

Headlines: 

Pebble launched a new watch called Pebble Time on Kickstarter this morning raising $1 million in 49 minutes, the fastest Kickstarter project to get to a million ever. The watch features a color e-ink screen, a microphone and a new interface called Timeline that shows information in chronological order rather than in an app interface. Kickstarter backers get a discount and should start receiving watches in May. The rest will pay $199 at retail a few months later.

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DTNS 2435 – You’ve sunk my USS Net Neutrality

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPeter Wells joins the show and we’ll talk about how the Lenovo Superfish issue is affecting dozens of other apps as well. Should you be worried?

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Today’s guest: Peter Wells  of Reckoner, Australia

Headlines: 

ReCode reports Google is buying some of the tech intellectual property behind mobile payments system Softcard, formerly ISIS, the system created by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile USA. Google also inked a distribution deal for Google Wallet with the the three US carriers. All three carriers will pre-install Google Wallet on their Android phones, starting later this year.

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DTNS 2434 – YouthTube

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRoger Chang is on the show. Will Samsung make mobile payments easier for everyone, or just be the final nail in the company’s mobile coffin. Plus Len Peralta takes on the challenge of illustrating mobile payments!

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Today’s guest: Roger Chang, co-host of East Meets West 

Headlines: 

Ars Technica reports that an update to Windows Defender includes a signature to detect and remove Lenovo’s superfish software and certificate from affected Lenovo computers. Defender doe not appear to clean Firefox or Thunderbird though which users will have to do manually. Ars has instructions. Lenovo users should make sure Windows Defender is running to take advantage of the update. Reuters reports the US Department of Homeland Security issued an alert about superfish through its National Cyber Awareness System. Lenovo CTO Peter Hortensius told ReCode “We messed up.” He added they were talking a beating they deserved it plus “We are not just curled up in a ball,” he said. “We are taking real action to make this right with our customers.”

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