DTNS 2290 – USBSTD

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja joins us to share some French perspective on Iliad possibly buying T-Mobile USA and why BadUSB makes him afraid of everything.
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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja!

Headlines

Ars Technica passes along the Wall Street Journal report that French Telecom Iliad, made an offer for T-Mobile USA, less than a week ago. Iliad would reportedly pay $15 billion in cash to buy 56.6% of T-Mobile USA. Softbank, owner of Sprint, also would like to acquire T-Mobile for something around $30 billion for the whole thing.

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DTNS 2289 – I’m Big On Snapchat

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson is back to help us understand how SnapChat is worth $10 billion.

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Today’s guest:  Lamarr Wilson of all the funny.  And also Mashable.

Headlines

Let’s Hangout: Re/Code reports Google changed Hangouts for businesses and Chromebox for Meetings today. Users of Google Apps for Business will now get access to Hangouts without needing a G+ ID. Hangouts will allow up to 15 participants, and will interoperate with video conferencing from Blue Jeans and IntercCall. Starting in September, Dell will sell a version of Chromebox for Meetings with the ability to connect it to more than one display at a time and new management capabilities for administrators.

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DTNS 2288 – EA Access Your Wallet

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson joins me to talk about EA’s new all-you-can-eat-of-what-they’ll-serve-you gaming service as well as Microsoft’s rumored selfie phone.

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Today’s guest:  Scott Johnson of the Frogpants Network

Headlines

No chat for you: TechCrunch reports Facebook is getting rid of messaging in the main Facebook app for iPhone and Android and will force users to download the separate “Messenger” app if they want to chat. This is nothing new to European users who were the guinea pigs for the requirement back in April. Mobile web, iPad, feature phone, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users can still message like before, for now. Facebook believes the move will make both the Facebook and Messenger apps better.

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DTNS 2287 – Spain enforces its right to be forgotten

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPelle Eklund is on the show to chat about Spain charging to link to things on the Internet and NHL Refs getting sent off for Twittering.

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Today’s guest:  Eklund of hockeybuzz.com

Headlines

China doesn’t like Windows 8, either: GigaOm compiles reports from Reuters and the South China Morning Post that Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu have been visited by authorities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce is investigating the company. Chinese authorities banned government institutions from using Windows 8 in late May. Microsoft said Monday the company is “happy to answer the government’s questions.”

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DTNS 2286 – They Kicked My Glass Out of the Trailer

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Sigler joins the show to talk about Comic-Con and the unholy merging of tech, nerds and the entertainment industry.

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Today’s guest:  Scott Sigler, author and podcaster

Headlines

GigaOm passes along a Wall Street Journal piece describing a Google X project to establish what a fully healthy human looks like in order to identify disease faster and easier. The BAseline Study Project will be led by molecular biologist Andrew Conrad, who joined Google X 16 months ago. All info will be anonymized and used only for health-related purposes though it will not be shared with insurance companies. Google will see benefits for the development of its wearable devices.

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DTNS 2285 – Oculus Riffed

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTim Stevens is on the show. We’ll reminisce about the great PlayStation Network outage of 2011 and posit just what the heck Oculus is up to.

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Today’s Guest: Tim Stevens, editor-at-large at cnet.com

HEADLINES

Them whippersnappers are nippin’ at yer heels: IDC released its estimate for the worldwide tablet market for the second quarter of 2014. 49.3 million tablets were shipped, an 11% rise over last year although a decline of 1.5% from Q1. While Apple’s shipment and market share declined, it still leads with 26.9%, followed by Samsung, whose tablet market is also declining to 17.2%. The rise in the market is powered by the smaller tablet makers Lenovo, Asus and Acer in that order, although a whopping 44.4% of the market comes from tablets made by even smaller producers.

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DTNS 2284 – Is that a store in your pocket…

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comThe Amazon Fire Phone is out tomorrow and Anthony Carboni is on the show to help us ask the question on everyone’s mind: why? Also a workers paradise is coming to Helsinki and robots may take over the Olympics.

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Today’s guest:  Anthony Carboni, of wehaveconcerns.com

Headlines

How you like them apples, beta testers? PC Mag are among the folks reminding us that Apple’s public beta of OS X Yosemite begins tomorrow. The first 1 million people who signed up at appleseed.apple.com will get a link to download the beta and be asked to submit feedback if/when they run into problems. Yosemite has been available to developers and will be finished and available to all later this autumn.

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DTNS 2283 – Amazon Wallet is a POS

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMolly Wood is on to talk about Amazon’s new wallet app, the future of payments, and possibly a tiny little patent rant.

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Today’s guest:  Molly Wood, of the paper of record! 

Headlines

Another wearable to track your “fitness”: Techcrunch reports Xiaomi announced a new phone called the Mi4 and a wearable called the Mi Band. The wristband device is a fitness tracker and can unlock your mi phone, coming in 5 colors and will sell for 79 renminbi or about US$13. The Mi4 has a metal band reminiscent of the iPhone with a 5-inch 1080p display 2.5GHz processor snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage and a 3,080 mAh battery. It’s also the first model with LTE. TNW reports the Mi 4 will be available for CNY 1,999 (approximately $322) for the 16GB and CNY 2,499 (around $403) for the 64 GB. 3G versions come July 29 (China Unicom) and August (China Telecom), while the 4G version will land some time in September. 

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DTNS 2282 – Trust Us, We’re Apple

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMarques Brownlee is on the show today. We’ll touch on iOS backdoors, sapphire screens and opinions on the Tesla 3.

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Today’s guest:  Marques Brownlee, aka MKBHD, web video producer

Headlines

Keep calm and don’t panic: ZDNet reports Jonathan Zdziarski gave a talk at the HOPE/X conference Friday called “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices.” in which he did that. Zdziarski identified undocumented services that access user data with no reasonable explanation. He said, “Your device is almost always at risk of spilling all data, since it’s almost always authenticated, even while locked.” Even so, he wrote on his blog “DON’T PANIC,” noting that these are not security vulnerabilities. He wants Apple to explain and disclose the services and correct the problem. He wrote on his blog, “I want these services off my phone. They don’t belong there.”

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DTNS 2281 – Sane Plane Game

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is back and we’ve got a well-reasoned arguments why low-flying drones could cause serious problems. Also a stolen ID database that sort of doxxes hackers and normals alike, and Kindle’s devious all-you-can-eat ebook service. And Len Peralta illustrates something out of that gumbo of tech news.

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Kind of ‘free,’ but not really: Engadget reports The European Commission says Google is responding to its request to change how in-app purchases are handled, but Apple is not. At the end of September, Google will no longer use the word “free” to describe games that have in-app purchases and will guide apps not to encourage children to buy things in-app. Apple already implements alerts warning of in-app purchases and other parental controls as well as a kids section of the app store but has not responded to the EC with new strategies. habichuelacondulce and spsheridan submitted this topic on the subreddit.

But do they carry “50 Shades of Grey”? The test pages must have worked, since Engadget reports Amazon has officially launched Kindle Unlimited, an all-you-can read ebook subscription service for $9.99 a month. The service claims to have more than 600,000 books and thousands of audio books. Not all books from major publishers are part of the service, but big names like “Harry Potter,” “Lord of the Rings” and “Hunger Games” are among those that are. Independent publishers must agree not to sell their ebooks anywhere but Amazon in order to be part of the service. spsheridan and MANAGEMIKE submitted this topic on the subreddit.

It’s 10 inches, I swear: GigaOm reports Lenovo announced it will no longer sell Windows-based tablets in North America if they’re smaller than 10 inches. Remaining stock will be diverted to countries where demand is higher including Brazil, China, and Japan. Lenovo will continue to sell smaller Android-based tablets int he North American market.

Bitcoins accepted here: The Next Web reports Dell will start accepting bitcoin for all items sold on Dell.com to U.S. customers. If the pilot program goes well, the company may consider expanding it internationally. Bitcoin payment processor Coinbase will power the payment process.

Dude, where’s my password? TechCrunch reports on a new search engine called Indexeus, which searches databases of stolen names and passwords. Interestingly, the databases not only include stolen data from big targets like Yahoo and Adobe, but also smaller sites, including some forums where attackers discuss stealing user names and passwords. Brian Krebs tracked down the creator of the index, Jason Relinquo from Lisbon, Portugal. The site charges Bitcoins for various features, though it now allows requests for removal of information for free.

News From You: 

KAPT_Kipper posted the TechCrunch story that the FCC has received more than 1 million comments from the public regarding its proposed Open Internet Guidelines. The comments range from form letters from people like Joe McTrusty to long pleas from groups like Public Knowledge and businesses like AT&T. After tonight the process moves into the stage that allows the public to respond to comments from the first period. 

normgregory submitted the CNET story that PC Advisor thinks Amazon is about to release an Amazon Prime Instant Video app for Android and if that isn’t rumory enough for you it could feature 4K resolution. Because reasons! Amazon has an iPad and Kindle Fire app for Amazon Instant Video but only some rather inconvenient workarounds can get it streaming in a browser on Android. Amazon’s Fire phone is due out July 25 which makes CNET’s Scott Webster think that might be the day for a new Android app too.  

Johnsie776 and Galcyon both submitted the story from yesterday that Level 3 believes Verizon implicated themselves in their chart accusing Netflix of being at fault for their own streaming problems. In a continuation of negotiation of business contracts by public press release, Level 3 points out that Verizon admits its interconnection is at capacity and Level 3 magnanimously offers to pay for the equipment to upgrade it, although they less magnanimously did not offer to change their peering arrangement based on the decidedly different ratio of traffic that would be involved. Listen people, I’m not a network engineer. But from what I understand Verizon, Level 3 and Netflix all three are undergoing a rather normal peering negotiation involving a change in forecasted traffic. The only difference in this case vs thousands of previous negotiation carried out by sites like Google, Facebook and more is that its being carried out in public and therefore not being carried out as politely. But it’s all about these companies trying to get the best deal. None of them will share any of the money with you if they win.

Pick of the Day: Scientific American via Tom