DTNS 2246 – Shy Tech Guy Explains it All

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMolly Wood is on the show along with Justin Robert Young and we’ll talk about what we expect to happen at Apple’s WWDC and what we WISH would happen. Also thoughts on Ballmer buying the Clippers, and a little update on TrueCrypt. And Len Peralta is here to draw it all! You can’t miss this one.

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Today’s guests: Molly Wood, columnist for The New York Times, Justin Robert Young, co-host of Night Attack and Weird Things podcasts, & Len Peralta of the arts!

Headlines:

This is gonna be a total date-getter, guys: Engadget reports more details on the unannounced Samsung virtual reality headset. Engadget’s sources now say the headset is a collaboration between Samsung and Oculus VR. Oculus handles the software giving Samsung early access to the mobile dev kit while Samsung does the hardware and gives Oculus early access to next-gen OLED screens.

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DTNS 2245 – Tales from the TrueCrypt

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comSteve Gibson is on the show to talk about the strange disappearance of TrueCrypt and what your best options might be for whole disk encryption.

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Today’s guests:  Steve Gibson, of Gibson Research Corporation and Security Now!

Headlines

Can Beats save music? Apple, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine took the stage together at the Code Conference last night in the wake of the announcement that Apple has agreed to purchase Beats Electronics and Beats Music. Cue said, “Music is dying in the way that we’ve known it,” referring to declining digital sales in the face of rising streaming services. Iovine thinks the music business is “desperately insecure” and Silicon Valley is “slightly over-confident.” Cue thinks Iovine and Dr. Dre are the men for the job. While Beats hardware is nice, Cue made it clear that the deal is “about music.” Apple expects the deal to close after regulatory approval sometime in September. Cue also stoked excitement for Monday’s WWDC keynote saying, “we’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25.”

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DTNS 2244 – Skype Talk Pretty

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Norton is on the show today. We’ll talk how Google’s driverless car could impact Uber and whether Microsoft’s real-time Skype language translation is the Universal Translator.

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Today’s guests:  Patrick Norton of Tekzilla

Headlines

Beats takes a (big) bite of Apple: It’s official: Apple is buying Beats Electronics for $3 billion. Mashable & Gigaom. Part of the deal will be Beats Music, which launched as a Spotify competitor earlier this year. It will be announced, you guessed it, at the Code Conference.  Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple. Timothy D. Cook, Apple’s chief executive, told the NYT “These guys are really unique,” Mr. Cook said. “It’s like finding the precise grain of sand on the beach. They’re rare and very hard to find.”

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DTNS 2243 – The Coming Home Automation wars

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comShannon Morse is on the show to talk about the new LG G3 and Apple and Google’s assault on the smart home space.

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Today’s guests: Shannon Morse of hak5.org

Headlines

Just the facts, ma’am: LG announced its new G3 smartphone so no more leaks, just facts. The Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat phone has a 5.5-inch 2560×1440 display with 538 ppi. The 13.1 mpxl rear camera features laser autofocus and optical image stabilization. LG really pitched simplification with features like squeeze to take selfie, an adaptive keyboard that improves accuracy over time, and knock to unlock which uses a pattern of taps as your unlock code. Inside is a Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz Quadcore, 2 or 3 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB storage. LG will start selling the G3 in South Korea Wednesday with additional regions to follow. Pricing varies by market.

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DTNS 2242 – Gamer Needs Game Badly

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIt’s the Memorial Day holiday in the US today, so just a headlines show. But good news for Apple lovers and Gauntlet fans!

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Like the Clapper, but cooler: TechCrunch passes along a Financial Times report that Apple is planning to announce a platform to control smarthome functions from an iOS device. The iPhone, iPad and AppleTV would supposedly have native ability to turn lights on and off, open a garage door and generally control certified third-party hardware. Even devices like Google’s Nest Thermostat.

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DTNS 2241 – It Takes Drones to Tango

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is with us to talk Google’s Project Tango Tablet and the state of Drones in the world. They can deliver pizza in India! Also Len Peralta will illustrate the show!

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Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of hak5.org and Len Peralta of the arts

Headlines

Only one tablet to tango: The Next Web passes along info from the paywalled WSJ report that Google is working on a tablet that incorporates the 3D sensors from Project Tango. The 7-inch tablet has two back cameras along with infrared sensors. The last time we heard about Project Tango was in February when Google revealed a smartphone with the sensors could purportedly map surroundings in 3D. Google is allegedly prepping 4,000 Tango Tablets ahead of Google I/O which kicks off June 25.

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DTNS 2240 – Patent Reform DELAY-hy

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTodd Whitehead joins us to talk about the madness of eBay’s password management post-hack and get a little more perspective on who might love the Surface 3.

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Today’s guest:   Todd Whitehead of Alpha Geek Radio

Headlines

Facebook gets serious: GigaOm reports Facebook announced a series of measures Thursday to protect users’ privacy. A “Privacy checkup” will show up for users over the next several days explaining who sees the information they post. Facebook also is changing the default setting for new users from public to “friends only.”

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DTNS 2239 – GlennScary Git Hub

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJosh Ong joins us today to talk about the Secret app coming to Android, and the secret of Lenovo’s success selling PCs. Will the US government ruin it for them?

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Today’s guest:  Josh OngUS Editor at The Next Web

Headlines

Dear Hackers, Please stop: Our top vote-getter on the subreddit was submitted by GoodDoc today. The BBC reports eBay is forcing users to change passwords after discovering a database had been attacked and accessed between late February and early March. The database contained encrypted passwords and non-financial data. EBay has seen no evidence of unauthorized use. The attackers achieved access by obtaining employee login credentials. This is probably NOT a ploy to get people to visit eBay for the first time in years, but may have that effect.

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DTNS 2238 – ReSurfaced

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson joins us to talk Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Can it really replace a tablet AND a laptop? Also what are the chances Twitch YouTube alliance is real.

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Today’s guest: Lamarr Wilson, Host of YouTube Weekly and Socially Awkward on Mashable 

Headlines

Erm …  don’t you mean ‘laptop’? Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 3 tablet today emphasizing, let me be clear, it’s only 9.1mm thick and 800 grams heavy. It also has a redesigned kickstand hinge that can hold almost any position up to a 150 degree angle. It also is bigger with a 12-inch screen and 2160 x 1440 resolution in a 3:2 aspect ratio. The new Surface Pro comes with a new stylus as well that is powered and connects by Bluetooth. MS also showed off a new type cover, too, with a redesigned trackpad and sturdier magnetic attachment. The new keyboard is $130. Five models of SurfacePro 3 range from $800 for one with a corei3, 64GB hard drive and 4 GB of RAM up to $1950 for a core i7 with 512GB hard drive and 8 GB of RAM. Pre-orders open on May 21, and retail availability begins on June 20 in the U.S. and to 26 additional markets by the end of August.

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DTNS 2237 – AT&DirecTwitchTube

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIyaz Akhtar is on the show today. We’ll talk about why AT&T is genius for buying DirecTV, and what YouTube would do with Twitch. Also there’s a new big dinosaur.

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Today’s guest: Iyaz Akhtar, senior associate editor at CNET.com, and podcaster on the GFQNetwork

Headlines

Game on: Variety reported Sunday that their sources say Google’s YouTube has reached a deal to buy online streaming video service Twitch for more than $1 billion. The all-cash offer is expected to be announced anytime. Twitch’s most popular video streams involve video games, including live gameplay and esports coverage. Twitch claims more than 45 million monthly users. It consumes 1.35% of all bandwidth in North America at peak times, just a little more than HBO Go.

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