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DTNS 2275 – Give Us Our Duck Rights

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTodd Whitehead is on the show to comb through the buzzword bing that was Satya Nadella’s new vision for Microsoft. Who do they want to be?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella published an email memo to his employees on the company website today, laying out his vision for all to see. The 3100 word manifesto claims Microsoft is no longer so much about devices and services as it is about productivity and platform. Nadella used the word productivity 20 times in the memo. One notable exception to the productivity push was the Xbox. Nadella said Microsoft would “continue to innovate and grow our fan base with Xbox.” He also showed his literary bent quoting Nietzsche and Rilke.

9to5 Google reports the US FTC announced it is filing a complaint against Amazon, alleging that children can buy things in apps without parental consent. Amazon changed its in-app purchase policy last month but the commission wants full refunds for affected parents and a court order forcing Amazon to continue to get permission before in-app purchases. Apple settled with the FTC over similar issues earlier this year. 

TechCrunch reports Amazon is launching a secure enterprise storage service called Zocalo in limited preview today. Amazon says the service lets users “store, share, and gather feedback on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, webpages, images, PDFs, or text files – from the device of their choice.” Pricing is $5 per user per month, which includes 200 GB of storage for each user. Amazon Workspaces customers get Zocalo for free but at 50 GB a user. 200GB per user costs an extra $2 a month for those customers. 

LinkedIn may be retiring its Contacts app, but TechCrunch reports they’ve launched a new replacement called LinkedIn Connected. More than just a contacts manager, the new app will try to alert you to information about your contacts that you need to know, such as profile updates, job changes, birthdays and more. The new app will only be available in English speaking countries and on iOS for now, though Android is on the way. 

TechCrunch reports on a new app for Google Glass called MindRDR. It works in conjunction with the Neurosky EGG biosensor, to read brainwaves. The app translates the brainwaves into a meter you see in glass. Focus hard enough to lift the meter and a picture is taken. Focus harder and the picture is Tweeted. It’s a small start— TO MIND CONTROL! Neurosky retails for £71 in the UK.

Reuters reports Google services are working again in China more than a month after maps, email and other functions were blocked. The disruption began int he run-up to the 25th anniversary of demonstrations in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. Line, KakaoTalk, Flickr and OneDrive also began experiencing disruption in China last week.

MANY of you, including normgregory and KAPT_Kipper on the subreddit pointed out the Aereo letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan which argues since the US Supreme Court ruled Aereo has an “overhwelming likeness to the cable comanies” Aereo should get to benefit from their legal protections. Specifically Aereo would like to be allowed to pay the compulsory license fee set up for cable companies in Section 111 of the Copyright Act of 1976. Broadcasters told the court they found this request “astonishing,” but they really have nothing to worry about. The 1992 Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act provides the broadcasters the right to demand Retransmission consent which they can charge for. Most likely they could just charge Aereo more than it could afford and be done with them. However the broadcasters don’t want a precedent set that a cable company operating over the Internet is the same as one operating over traditional cables. 

The Next Web reports The Oatmeal’s Matthew Inman confirmed that Elon Musk has pledged to donate $1 million toward Inman’s effort to turn Nikola Tesla’s former laboratory into a museum. Tesla will also construct a supercharging station for Tesla cars in the museum’s parking lot. Today is also Nikola Tesla’s birthday. He is 158.

News from You:

KAPT_Kipper submitted the GeekWire report on Microsoft Bing’s preternatural ability to predict the World Cup Soccer results. Bing has predicted every one of the 14 knockout round matches correctly. It only got 60% of the group matches right. Bing uses data like team records, strength of schedule, margin of victory in past matches, home field advantage, weather and playing surface among others. It predicts Germany will beat Argentina in the final.

fja sent in the BBC story that emergency legislation will be brought in next week in the UK to force phone and Internet companies to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use. A recent ruling of the European Court of Justice has removed the obligation on telecoms companies to retain records of when and who their customers have called, texted and emailed. The three major parties in the UK all agree that the data needs to be retained to aid law enforcement. The emergency legislation will not extend previous rights and will create a Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board as well require transparency reports.

jcsheffield posted the Wired story about research published in the journal Nature today describing the first steps toward creating a new type of ultrathin, superfast, low-power, high-resolution, flexible color screen. The displays use phase-change materials that change between crystal and disordered glass in response to a current. The material, known as GST can be layered on mylar to create a flexible screen. As usual it will be years and hundreds of millions of dollars before you can buy contact lenses made of the stuff, but hey, someday!

Discussion Section Links:
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/ceo/index.html

http://recode.net/2014/07/10/five-takeaways-satya-nadellas-future-of-microsoft-memo/

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-microsoft-xbox-idUSKBN0FF1O520140710?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

Pick of the day: Waze! via Jennie

Now I’ve recommended Waze to you before, but yesterday Jennie was driving down from Connecticut to New York City at 10:30pm at night and ran into terrible stand still traffic. Her Apple map program had nothing to say about this, so she opened up Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app. Jennie discovered that due to construction, I-95 was down to ONE LANE. She says there was something very comforting about knowing that ten Waze-rs were ahead of her in the jam, showing her exactly where the crunch began and ended. Armed with their knowledge, Jennie was able to exit I-95 and drive the streets of Stamford, CT for a mile and a half, then get back on the highway post-construction and cruise on home to New York City. So thanks Waze! 

 

DTNS 2274 – 404 Bulb Not Found

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMichael Wolf is on the show to talk about how retailers hope to grab your loyalty for the Internet of Things. Is this going to be the worst format war yet?

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Michael Wolf of The Next Market podcast

Headlines

SamMobile reports Samsung’s virtual reality device, allegedly called “Gear VR” will be announced alongside the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 at the IFA conference in Berlin. Sort of a higher tech version of Google’s Cardboard, Gear VR will connect to a Galaxy device by USB 3.0 and make use of the phone’s sensors to track head motion. IFA kicks off September 5th. 

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DTNS 2273 – Spark up the Internet

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comShannon Morse is on the show to discuss whether the Internet of Things can be saved from chaos by open source platforms, hardware and standards. We need to have some standards people!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Shannon Morse of hak5.org

Headlines

Samsung reported earnings a little down. Q2 sales were approximately 52 trillion Korean won ($51.4 billion) and operating profit was about 7.2 trillion won ($7.1 billion). Both numbers are down from last quarter and a year ago. Samsung blamed sluggish demand for tablets, a slowdown in smartphone sales and strong Korean currency for the declines. The company predicted stronger smartphone sales with the coming release of its new smartphone lineup. 

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DTNS 2272 – Self-inflicted DVR

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJulio Ojeda-Zapata is on the show today. We’ll talk about ways you can replace Aereo with your own DIY solutions, plus Oculus Dev conference, TSA’s war on dead electronics and more!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Julio Ojeda-Zapata, Tech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press

Headlines

Facebook’s Oculus announced its first developer conference, called oculus Connect, will take place September 19-20th at Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. In addition to keynotes from Brendan Iribe, Palmer Luckey, John Carmack and Michael Abrash, attendees can take part in sessions and labs with in-house Oculus engineers. Oculus also acquired RakNet, a provider of a cross-platform C++ game networking engine, and open sourced it under a modified BSD license. You can get it from the oculus GitHub Repo.

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DTNS 2271 – Nerdtacular, nerdtacular, it’s part of the vernacular!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIs Tech getting jerky? We talk with Justin Young and Patrick Beja about apps like ParkingMonkey and ReservationHop. Plus illustrations by Len Peralta

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Patrick Beja! Justin Robert Young! Many nerds!

Headlines

9to5Mac reports that Jean-Claude Biver, head of watch brands at LVMH told CNBC that Apple has hired one of watchmaker Tag Heuer’s sales directors. A source confirmed the hire to 9to5 Mac. Apparently, Patrick Pruniaux former Vice President of Sales and Retail for Tag Heuer was the person hired. Apple has not said anything publicly about the hire or whether they even believe watches exist.

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DTNS 2270 – Round Table edition

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVarious attendees at Nerdtacular help comment on the headlines of the day.

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Our top vote getter on the subreddit, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports Google has removed search results linking to a 2007 BBC article on Merill Lynch’s securities losses in compliance with Europe’s right to be forgotten laws. The Guardian also says six of its articles have disappeared from searches. The articles can still be accessed at their respective sites, and even show up in Google search results under various search terms. It is unclear which person requested the removal of the articles.

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DTNS 2269 – DTNS, Interrupted

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comScott Johnson is on the show to chat about Google’s acquisition of Songza and what this means for how we listen to music. Also get a preview of Nerdtacular!

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DTNS 2268 – Community Demands: Yahoo Answers

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young is racing from the airport, so his part will be played by Veronica Belmont and eventually we’ll all talk about Yahoo picking up Community and what this means for the future of television.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Veronica Belmont & maybe, just maybe JuRY

Headlines

GigaOM reports Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 Mini Tuesday. The smaller version of the S5 has a 4.5-inch AMOLED screen that’s 720p capable, 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and a microSD card slot. Those specs are a touch below the bigger S5 but the mini also comes with the waterproofing, heart rate monitor, fingerprint scanner and Galaxy Gear compatibility just like the big version. It goes on sale in 4 colors starting in Russia in July and will expand to global markets afterwards.

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DTNS 2267 – Facebook Feeds You Sadness

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDon Reisinger is on the show. We’ll chat about why Facebook thought it was OK to play with our emotions for science.

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Don Reisinger, cnet.com

Headlines

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports new details about the next Version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, expected to arrive in Spring 2015. Microsoft reportedly will aim Threshold squarely at disgruntled desktop users still using Windows 7. Some versions of Threshold will be all desktop, while some will focus on the tiled screen or desktop screen depending on whether a keyboard is attached and some version meant for tablets and phone swill have no desktop view at all. And yes word is STILl that the mini Start menu showed off at BUILD will be part of Threshold. A preview version of Threshold should arrive in the autumn and one more update to Windows 8.1 will arrive before Threshold does.

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DTNS 2266 – Business^3, Transparency^3

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show to chat about the immediate chilling effect of the Aereo decision on Dish, the new Aaron Swarz documentary, and more FAA befuddlement about drones. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show live!

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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of the future & Len Peralta of the arts

Headlines

The Verge reports on the US NSA’s first full transparency report posted on the agency’s official Tumblr account. The report details 38,812 targets of National Security Letters, 1,767 FISA orders, and 423 targets of FISA business records requests. Keep in mind a target “could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information.” 

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