DTNS 2322 – Mojang, Mo’ Money

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is with us today and we’ll discuss whether or not Microsoft buying Mojang is good for anyone– or everyone.

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Today’s guest:  Patrick Beja, host of Le Rendez-vous Tech, and DTNS contributor

Headlines

Microsoft announced this morning that it is in fact acquiring the makers of Minecraft, Mojang for $2.5 billion. On Xbox.com, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer wrote that the company plans to continue to make Minecraft available across competing platforms. Mojang cofounders Notch aka Markus Persson Carl Manneh and Jakob Porser will not stay with the company. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

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DTNS 2321 – 28 Digits Between You & Your Money

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIt’s the hak5 DTNS takeover with Darren Kitchen and Shannon Morse! Len Peralta illustrates the madness and Jennie makes a cameo. Much hacking is discussed.

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GUESS WHAT. Recode reports that iPhone 6 pre-orders went live last night, and a lot of people bought the new phone. So many people bought it that Apple’s website had trouble keeping up, and Apple and all the phone companies seem to have sold out all their pre-orders. An AT&T spokesperson said demand for the new iPhones is higher than they’ve seen in either of the past two years. Does any of this surprise you?

The entire DTNS subreddit wants you to know that in 2008, the United States government threatened Yahoo with a $250,000 dollar a day fine, forcing the company to hand over large amounts of user data. The Washington Post reports that 1,500 pages of unsealed court documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review revealed a secret and eventually unsuccesful lawsuit by Yahoo. The company was eventually forced to become one of the first to participate in the US NSA’s controversial PRISM program. Eventually, most major U.S. tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Apple and AOL also agreed to participate.

PCMag reports that SanDisk has released an SD card that can store 512 gigabytes of storage. The card was made for people who will be filming in new higher resolution HD formats, and is temperature-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, and x-ray-proof. Oh, and it costs $800 dollars. So don’t lose it and always remember to LABEL YOUR CARDS.

Reuters reports that T-Mobile US added 552,000 postpaid customers in August, more customer additions than any other month in the history of the company. CEO John Legere told investors that the wave of new subscribers was partly due to a promotion that allows customers to add four lines for $100 a month. The company also added 208,000 pre-paid customers in August.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Curiosity Rover has reached Mount Sharp after a 25-month journey on the surface of Mars. The rover will begin to climb the lower portion of the three mile high mountain, and will eventually start drilling deep into the planet’s geological record, looking for evidence that life might have once existed on the Red Planet.

If you dream of a world where it’s possible to buy a subscription to HBO GO without having to get cable or satellite service, OR mooching your parents password, hear this: Gizmodo reports that Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told a room full of investment bankers that HBO is “seriously” considering allowing users to purchase a standalone subscription without paying a cable provider for all the other TV.

The Verge reports that efforts to bring drones to the ocean are now underway. At a nautical trade fair in Hamburg, a shipping research firm unveiled an electric concept vessel call the ReVolt, which would ferry cargo containers between ports without human crew. The ReVolt carries up to 100 shipping containers at 6 knots.

The best way to waste time in an office is under attack — by robots! Ars Technica reports that Japan’s Fuji Xerox company spent its summer testing a prototype of an autonomous roaming robot printer. The robot uses laser light remote sensing to deliver a color laser printer to your location. That’s right, no more leisurely walks to the printer by way of your friend’s cubicle by way of the kitchen–that printer is coming to YOU. Before you bemoan the loss of all good things, remember this ALSO means no one will accidentally grab the printout of your disastrous 2nd quarter performance review. Fuji has not announced plans to actually release the roaming printer into the wild, but that’s what they said about those dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and look how THAT turned out.

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KAPT_Kipper passes along an Engadget report that a European Union court says it’s OK for libraries to digitize books and distribute them to reading terminals without first asking permission from publishers. The law still prevents the digitized copies from being stored on USB keys or printed out by users.

KAPT_Kipper also submitted The Verge report that the US military is trying to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton to make soldiers stronger and safer without weighing them down. DARPA recently issued a $2.9 million contract to Harvard researchers to build what they’re calling the ‘Soft Exosuit.’ The suit fits around a wearer’s waist and legs; it’s made of textiles, woven into straps, containing microprocessors, sensors, and a power supply. Additional motors are also located in a strap that goes around the wearer’s waist. Researchers already have several working prototypes, which could eventually also be used to help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again.

And spsheridan sends us an IFLScience report that scientists at Princeton have been able to lock individual light photons together so that they behave like a solid object. The researchers constructed an “artificial atom.” They then brought this close to a superconducting wire carrying photons. Due to the bizarre rules of the quantum universe, the atom and the photons became entangled so the light photons started to behave like atoms. Researcher Darius Sadri said, “in one mode of operation, light sloshes back and forth like a liquid; in the other, it freezes.” The team hopes to use solid light to simulate subatomic behavior which is difficult to observe.

Discussion Section Links: Google Hacks and Apple Pay breakdown

http://www.scmagazine.com/google-says-gmail-credential-dump-not-result-of-company-breach/article/371092/

http://nullprogram.com/gmail-bloom-filter/
http://wap.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/email-services-like-gmail-may-be-banned-for-official-use-114091201100_1.html

http://mashable.com/2014/09/12/should-you-trust-gmail-password/
http://www.zdnet.com/apple-pay-and-security-could-tokenization-be-the-tool-that-curbs-data-breaches-7000033585/

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101992749

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DTNS 2320 – Spooning With Google

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Nicole Spagnuolo fill in for Tom and talk Yelp laws and disappearing Facebook posts.

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The Next Web reports that Facebook has begun testing a new feature for its iPhone app that allows users to set an expiration date on posts, anywhere from one hour to seven days. Facebook told The Next Web that this is a pilot program, and that expired posts could take 90 days to delete from Facebook’s servers. The Verge chimes in with what seems to be the most pressing question: What kind of information would you want to share with EVERYONE YOU KNOW, but only for one hour?

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DTNS 2319 – A Battery of Questions

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Jonathan Strickland fill in for Tom on vacation, ask lingering Apple questions, and mull Microsoft Mojang rumors. Also today is an audio only show.

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One of the unanswered questions from yesterday’s Apple bonanza is “how long will the Apple Watch’s battery last?” According to John Paczkowski’s sources, it’s about a day. The writer for Code/Red cites Apple spokeswoman Nat Kerris, who doesn’t go so far as to say the watch’s battery will only last a day. Rather, she says that Apple expects watch owners to charge their devices every night when they go to bed.

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DTNS 2318 – I’d Taptic That

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson, Veronica Belmont and Allison Sheridan  fill in for Tom on vacation and talk all about Apple’s  big day.

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As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the Apple Watch today. It’s a rounded rectangular smartwatch with a sapphire crystal display. The watch needs to pair with an iPhone. In addition to a touchscreen, the Apple Watch includes a “digital crown,” a small dial on the side of the watchface which is used to scroll through a list or zoom in on a map. Pressing the crown jumps you back to the home screen. The watch knows when you’re raising your wrist to look at it and activates the screen. The device measures force and provides haptic feedback through a “Taptic Engine”. A Digital Touch feature lets you ping friends, draw on the touch screen and share your heart beat. Sensors on the back of the watch track your pulse. There are six different interchangeable watch bands and three different ‘lines': Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and an 18k gold Apple Watch Edition. The watch supports iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5C and iPhone 5. Apple Watch starts at $349 dollars and will go on sale in early 2015.

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DTNS 2317 – Fire Sale

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young, Scott Johnson and Brian Ibbott fill in for Tom on vacation and talk about Twitter’s Buy Button, Amazon’s Fire Sale, and Apple’s upcoming big day. MP3

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Tech Crunch reports that Twitter has announced its first commerce product — The ‘Buy’ Button. According to a Twitter blog post, the rectangular blue button with the words ‘BUY NOW” will be visible to a small number of US users. Clicking on the button will allow those users to make purchases within the tweet. Payment and shipping information will be stored by Twitter for future purchases. The test will begin on mobile and eventually move to desktop. We’ll be chewing on this one in our discussion section in just a bit.

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DTNS 2316 – Naked Security

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young, Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta fill in for Tom on vacation and talk about Apple Security.

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Today’s guest hosts: Justin Robert Young, Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta!

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Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke to the Wall Street Journal today, promising additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts, but said that none of the Apple ID’s and passwords obtained in the recent celebrity iCloud leaks were taken from the company’s servers. Cook said hackers obtained the nude photos of more than 100 women by either correctly guessing security questions to obtain passwords, or by obtaining the data from a phishing scam. Apple will launch new security measures in two weeks, alerting users via email and push notifications when someone tries to change an account password, restore iCloud data to a new device, or when a device logs into an account for the first time. Apple will also begin encouragin users to turn on two-factor authentication, and overall pay more attention to account security. We talk about this and more in a few with Darren.

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DTNS 2315 – Switching from Suck to Blow

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young and Tom talk Rdio’s Free play.

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The Washington Post reports that the US White House has named its next chief technology officer. Megan Smith is a Google executive who most recently ran the secretive Google X division. The Obama administration named as deputy U.S. CTO, Alexander Macgillivray, a former Twitter lawyer known as a staunch defender of the free flow of information online. The last US CTO Todd Park had his hands full with helping to salvage the US healthcare rollout; according to The Post, Smith is expected to refocus the position to a more forward-looking role.

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DTNS 2314 – Let’s Get High on Password Entropy

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan joins us to look over the cool things announced at IFA, including an Oculus-Samsung joint VR helmet, a Samsung phablet with a warped screen and Sony’s e-ink bracelet.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Allison Sheridan, host of the Nosillacast

Headlines

Samsung announced new products including a virtual headset at IFA in Berlin. The Gear VR is a joint creation with Oculus VR that can track your head movements with a gyroscope and accelerometer and give you a 96-degree field of view. The Gear VR only comes with sensors and a focal adjustment lens. The screen and processing is provided by the new Note 4 which was also announced. Note 4 is a 5.7-inch phone with a 1440p SuperAMOLED display coming in October. A variant of the Note 4 called the Note Edge was also announced. It has a screen that bends and wraps around the right side, giving you notifications or a taskbar depending on the application. 

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DTNS 2313 – Rejected Because Reasons

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on the show and we’ll talk about YouTube getting in on crowd-funding and our picks to backup and protect your data.

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, independent podcaster!

Patrick’s patreon: http://www.patreon.com/RDVTech

Headlines

TechCrunch reports Apple released a statement on their 40-hour investigation into the unauthorized access of celebrity photos. Apple determined that “ certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions.” Apple says that the intrusions were not a result of breaches in the iCloud or Find My iPhone systems. Ars Technica reports the FBI is also investigating whether the accounts of the celebrities were hacked.

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