DTNS 2474 – Not Liable, No Ifs, Ands, or Butts

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is here to help us understand why it’s important to encrypt all the things. Justin Young discusses that and some last observations from Star Wars Celebration plus Patrick Beja drops in to talk about trying on the Apple Watch. Len Peralta may even illustrate all this.

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Today’s guests:  Darren Kitchen, Len Peralta, Patrick Beja and Justin Robert Young

Headlines: 

Engadget reports that Verizon will begin offering a new FIOS Custom TV package on Sunday. For $65, customers get broadband and a 35 channel base TV package plus two add-on channel packages. The packages are News & Info, Pop Culture, Entertainment, Kids, Lifestyle, Sports and SportsPlus. Additional packages beyond the first two cost $10 each, and subscribers can switch packages every 30 days, or even add phone service for a $75 total. So not quite al a carte. More like a la ca.

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DTNS 2473 – Microsoft Excitement Pro XP 2

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comNate Lanxon is on the show to talk about Microsoft’s secret strategy to dominate and what things we DON’T want in the cloud.

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Today’s guests:  Nate Lanxon 

Headlines: 

Business Insider reports Yahoo has renewed its search deal with Microsoft. Bing ads must show up against 51% of traffic now instead of the exclusive deal it had before meaning Yahoo can monetize 49% of its traffic in other ways if it likes. Microsoft is also taking over sales of all the BIng ads.

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DTNS 2472 – If You Can’t Beat ’em Buy ’em

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comNatali Morris joins the show to discuss the EU’s antitrust objections to Google and Patrick Beja drops back in to tell us why France wants to record all data from its ISPs.

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Today’s guests:  Natali Morris and Patrick Beja 

Headlines: 

EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced the issuance of a Statement of Objections to Google regarding the search engine’s placement of it’s own comparison shopping results. Google has 10 weeks to respond. If the objections are not resolved Google could face a fine of up to 10% of annual sales and possible requirements to change business practices. The EU also announced the beginning of an investigation into Android and Google’s practice of requiring bundles of software be included as well as accusations that Google tries to prevents forks of the open source operating system.

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DTNS 2471 – The Guitar Hero We Need, Not the One We Deserve

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on the show and we’ll bring on Russ Pitts to talk about the new Guitar Hero Live and how it’s almost the exact opposite of Rock Band 4.

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Today’s guests:  Patrick Beja and Russ Pitts

Headlines: 

TechCrunch reports that Apple’s 26th annual Worldwide Developer Conference is scheduled for June 8th through June 12th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Starting today devs can sign up for a random selection process to get a ticket. Devs will be notified by April 20th whether or not they get to pay $1,599 to attend. Possible announcements at WWDC could include, OS upgrades, a new music streaming service, maybe some Apple TV hardware, and maybe even the SDK for Apple Watch Apps.

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DTNS 2470 – Felony Wallpaper

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRoger Chang is on the show today to talk about 4K phone screens, whether changing a background image should be a felony, and the many faiths of the Reddit Button.

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Today’s guests: Roger Chang

Headlines: 

The US FCC’s Open Internet Order was published in the Federal Register today. A trade group representing ISPs called USTelecom filed suit in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

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DTNS 2469 – Intel’s New Supercomputer is Cray

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on today to comment on Amazon’s drone delivery testing approval and react to news of a promised head transplant. Len Peralta has the job of trying to draw an illustration representative of today’s conversation.

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Today’s guests:  Darren Kitchen from Hak5 & Len Peralta

Headlines: 

Did everybody who wanted to order an Apple Watch first thing last night get to? Good. Standard themes of sell-outs, shipping dates slipping to 4-6 weeks and reported website issues apply as to all Apple launches. The same applies to the new gold MacBook.

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DTNS 2468 – YouPayTube

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young joins the show to talk about what YouTube’s coming subscription plan means for viewers and creators.

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Today’s guests: Justin Robert Young

Headlines: 

Apple announced today that orders for its Apple Watch will only be taken online during the initial launch period. TechCrunch asked how long that would last, but Apple had nothing to add. Meanwhile the Verge has a Google “source close to the development team” that says Android Wear watches are close to being able to work with iPhones through a companion app.

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DTNS 2467 – You Had Me at Scrolling

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson joins us to look over the first reviews of the Apple Watch. Should you buy one?

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Today’s Guest: Scott Johnson, chief among the Frogpants

Headlines

9 to 5 Mac reports that the 8.3 release of iOS is out. The update brings more than 300 new emojis and a new keyboard with scrolling UI to accommodate them. Siri gets new languages: English (Indian, NZ), Danish, Dutch, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Swedish, Thai and Turkish, and the ability to start calls on speakerphone. Users can also set free apps to download without a password, and there’s an Apple Watch fix for apps that use continuous background location updates.

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DTNS 2466 – Charge and Not Catch Fire

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja talks with us about Connecticut’s ‘pole neutrality’ plan for gigabit fiber, and how John Oliver may have pointed the way towards explaining other tech and security topics.

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Today’s guests: Patrick Beja

Headlines: 

Tech Crunch reports that HBO Now is available from Apple and Cablevision. The new service, announced back in March, provides access to HBO’s entire streaming content library, as well as new shows as they air for $14.99/month. If you sign up now you get one free month. Unlike HBO Go, the service doesn’t require a user to subscribe via their cable or satellite TV provider.

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DTNS 2465 – PC Pick-up Sticks

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTodd Whitehead is on the show today to talk about the Intel Compute Stick, Chromebit, and the future of PCs on a stick.

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Today’s Guest: Todd Whitehead, head geek of Alpha Geek Radio 

Headlines

Reuters reports Twitter complied with Turkey’s request to remove photographs of a hostage taking by left-wing militants in Istanbul last week, causing a block on the site to be lifted. YouTube is among several sites that remained blocked. An Istanbul judge ordered access blocked to social media sites showing photographs of the slain prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz. Presidential spokesman said a prosecutor had demanded the block because of concerns the images could be used to spread terrorist propaganda. Twitter says Turkey filed more than five times as many content-removal requests than any other country in the second half of 2014.

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