DTNS 2389 – Les Is More

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRaj Deut joins us to talk about how Australia wants to START retaining innocent people’s data, and what we actually know about the Sony Pictures attacks.

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Today’s guest:  Raj Deut, Raj Deut, Lead developer for @efront, writer for @ReckonerAU

Headlines

While CNN and the New York Times reported that a US agency would tie the attacks on Sony Pictures Entertainment to North Korea, we have as yet received no such statement. Instead White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters only that the attack was done by a “sophisticated actor,” and he was not in a position to confirm a nation as responsible. Earnst said the US National Security Council was considering a proportionate response mindful that some organizations or individuals might try to enhance their standing by provoking a specific response. Meanwhile Variety reports a spokesman for Sony saying the studio has no further release plans for “The Interview.” And The Daily Beast reports three movie theaters have said Paramount studios has ordered them to stop planned screenings of Team America: World Police.

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DTNS 2388 – They’re Bringing Berry Back

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young is on the show to talk about SnapChat’s moves as shown through leaked emails. SnapChat is not just another social app. Is Evan Spiegel the top CEO of the future?

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Today’s guest:  Justin Robert Young, DTNS Raconteur & co-host of Night Attack and Weird Things podcast

Also this! Night Attack Comedy Album 3: http://nightattack.tv/album/

Headlines

The Next Web reports on BlackBerry’s announcement of the BlackBerry Classic today in New York. The Classic has a 3.5-inch square 720 x 720 screen similar to the Passport but brings back a physical keyboard. It runs OS 10.3.1 and claims 22 hours of battery life. It also brings back the Brick Breaker game. Preorders are undereway at blackberry.com for $450 unlocked in the US and $499 unlocked in Canada. Devices should ship next week.

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DTNS 2387 – Don’t Call It a Zeitgeist

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is with us today to look at the search engines top trending searches for 2014. What do they tell us about humanity? Or France?

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Today’s guest:  Patrick Beja

Headlines

The Verge reports Apple has won against a class-action lawsuit seeking damages of more than $350 million for preventing non-iTunes protected music from playing on iPods. A jury decided Apple’s updates to iTunes 7.0 were a “genuine product improvement” and did not violate antitrust laws. An appeal is planned.

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DTNS 2386 – You Can’t Hug Through Skype

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAmber Mac is on. We’ll talk about why checking email less could make you happier and how humanity shows its good side on social networks in Sydney.

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Today’s guest: Amber Mac,  author, entrepreneur, host of 15 Sec Tech

Headlines

GigaOm reports Microsoft began rolling out Skype Translator to selected users today. The feature allows instant translation of voice conversations between English and Spanish speakers as well as translation of text conversations between speakers of around 12 languages. The first version runs on Windows 8.1 and Windows phone. Interested users can sign up to be invited in at skype.com/translator-preview.

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DTNS 2385 – Quit Putin the Packets There

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show and we’ll talk about Russia pulling out their engineers from Russia. It’s probably not what you think. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show.

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Today’s guests:  Darren Kitchen of hak5.org and Len Peralta, artist and author

Headlines

The BBC reports Facebook is considering adding something similar to the oft-requested dislike button. In a Q&A session at Facebook headquarters, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company wants to find “the right way to make it so that people can easily express a broader range of emotions.” Zuck talked about people sharing sad moments or wanting to say ‘That thing isn’t good for the world.’ For example a post that links to a report on child slavery might inspire support for raising awareness, but clicking ‘Like’ might not seem quite right.

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DTNS 2384a – No News is Spanish News

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young is on the show and we’ll talk about Google’s decision to shut down Google News in Spain, rather than pay Spanish publishers to list news content.

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Today’s guest:  Justin Robert Young, DTNS contributor and co-host of Night Attack and Weird Things 

Headlines

Engadget reports Microsoft has made the MSN suite of apps available for iOS and Android in addition to Windows Phone. The News, Sports, Health and Fitness, food and Drink and Money apps are available now. MSN Weather is out on Android and coming to iOS in a few weeks. That news comes along with Microsoft’s acquisition of multiplatform mobile test environment maker HockeyApp, similar to Apple-owned TestFlight on iOS.

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DTNS 2383 – No One Expects the Dragon Age Inquisition!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEric Franklin joins us to talk about why you need to put your phone out of sight and whether video game makers should stop publishing broken games.

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The Next Web reports that Instagram announced today that is has reached 300 million users, with more than 70 million photos and videos shared each day. Instagram also announced verified badges rolling out over the next few days, but only for people with a “high likelihood of being impersonated” also known as celebrities, brands and athletes. If you are one of these people, there is support page. If you are not, you can not yet request the honor of verification.

The Verge reports that Google Hangouts is getting a major update on Android today. In addition to 16 new sticker packs and video filters, now when a contact asks “where are you” a new prompt appears letting you share your location with a single tap. You can now associate a phone number with your hangout account, as well as a ‘Last Seen’ time stamp that shows when you were last using the program.

TechCrunch reports Nokia’s HERE maps app is now available in the Google Play store globally. The app has been downloaded 1 million times already despite not being in the store. An iOS version is coming in early 2015. Nokia also added 18 countries to the navigation system bringing the total to 118. If you already sideloaded the HERE app the new version will come as an update, no need to reinstall.

The Verge reports the first apps to result from Apple and IBM’s enterprise partnership will start being used this week in companies like Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte. The first round of 10 apps include a mixture of applications aimed at financial institutions, insurance businesses, and even government agencies. The apps are tailored to industries for instance one helps airline pilots be more fuel efficient. Another helps law enforcement with incident awareness. This is the first phase of the partnership which also involves hardware rollout and management.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has begun the Bingification of Microsoft Office starting with Word Online, the browser-based version of Word. The new embedded search capability called “Insights for Office” will begin rolling out everywhere Bing is available starting today. The search function is free, and there will be no ads. So now you don’t have to leave a Word document to search for information to put in a Word document!

Youku Tudou, one of China’s largest streaming video sites, is moving into hardware with a p2p WiFi router, a 4K smart TV box and 15.6-inch Android tablet. TechCrunch reports the company is launching a cloud entertainment business unit to create services to deliver Youku Tudou games and videos to the devices. China is the world’s biggest smart TV and OTT (over-the-top) content market, with 20 million to 30 million sets sold each year.

GigaOm reports BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker announced Project Maelstrom Wednesday, a P2P-based Web browser for a serverless Web. Maelstrom delivers pages from other users computers similar to the way file sharing is done. Websites are published as torrents.

News From You:

skyban passed along the good news via The Next Web that my dream of yesterday had probably already come true as I was saying it. We talked about Dashlane’s new feature that lets you change all your passwords in one click and I expressed my wish that this should come to Last Pass. Well. LastPass announced that it’s auto-password change feature is now available for all users in beta. Similar to Dashlane it supports 75 of the most popular websites. LastPass still doesn’t have one button to change all the passwords at once.

F1Ben pointed out the Daily Mail article about a study from the University of South Maine showing people are distracted by their mobile phone even when it is not in use. Test subjects were asked to take two tests requiring their attention. One involved picking a number out of a row of 20, the second asked them to find the number and cross out two numbers in the same row that added up that number. If that confused you put your phone away. Those who’s phone was out of sight during the test scored 20% higher on the than those who could see their phone.

Biocow sent along a Gizmodo report that the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are suing Uber on the grounds that it misleads consumers about their safety as well as overcharges them. San Francisco DA George Gasconcalled Uber’s claim to have an industry leading background check process, “completely worthless.” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lace claims Uber’s advertising is false. Uber has also been deemed illegal by the Joint transport commissioner of Hyderabad for failing to obtain permission from the Regional Transport Authority to operate a taxi service in the city.

Discussion Links: Dragon Age Instability

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a615407/dragon-age-inquisition-issues-huge-stability-and-gameplay-patch.html#~oY4lMjsLczL7qH

http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/24/broken-video-games/

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/25618/article/dragon-age-inquisition-pc-graphics-workaround-for-patch-2/

https://variety.com/2014/digital/news/dragon-age-inquisition-wins-game-of-the-year-at-the-game-awards-1201372579/

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Halo-Master-Chief-Collection-Rolls-Out-Another-Matchmaking-Patch-68833.html

http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-us/community/liveupdates/index.aspx

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/10/playstation-uk-chief-talks-driveclub-delays-and-disappointment

http://www.gamepur.com/news/17271-playstation-boss-driveclub-disatrous-launch-ps4-didnt-damage-our-reputation.html

Pick of the Day: Rename Master via Dan from San Antonia and Bulk Rename Utility via Bill

On Monday’s DTNS #2381 Paul wrote in with his pick, Name Changer, for renaming files on the Mac. So Dan from San Antonio thought he’d add a pick for a file renamer for Windows.

“I have been using Rename Master from joejoesoft.com

It’s a free program as well. You can do sequential numbering of files, insert or remove characters based on position, find and replace, etc. The interface is easy to use. It’s been around for at least 4 years and is updated semi-regularly as needed.

Bill added:

I’ve used the Bulk Rename Utility for years – http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php.

It almost suffers from too many options – very powerful. It’s free but worth a donation (at least to me).

and lbutler uses a free piece of software for OS X, windows, and Linuxcalled sick beard which scans all of your media files like TV series or movies and has a feature where it will rename them in such a way that Plex understands them.

http://sickbeard.com/

 

DTNS 2382 – Can You Spare a Plaintiff?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on to look at the top YouTube videos of the year and discuss why rivals like Vessel are trying to hire the YouTube Creators away. Shouldn’t they be going after the dog spiders?

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor and independent podcaster 

Headlines

ReCode reports YouTube has updated its Apple TV app after a long period without any change. The app now looks more like the versions available on other platforms like Xbox. While that means ads will now play that also means videos like music videos will be allowed on Apple TV. Apple also added apps from Conde Nast, Fusion, Daily Motion and a $10 a month UFC.TV Fight Pass.

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DTNS 2381 – G, How Fast?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBreki Tomasson joins us to talk about the rise of hacker groups both good and bad. The 1900s had Wobblies and the 1960s had Situationists. Is the 21st century’s version?

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Today’s guests: Breki Tomasson, founder of the CSICON podcasting network

Headlines

Ars Technica reports Oculus and Samsung began taking orders in the US for the “Innovator Edition” of the head-mounted virtual reality display that pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Samsung.com is taking the orders for the $200 device as well as $250 bundle that includes a Bluetooth controller. Samsung says it will expand orders to other countries in January with worldwide availability expected later in 2015.

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