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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DTNS 2464 – Headlines Only

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comSince Len and Darren both had conflicts, and it’s the Good Friday holiday in some parts of the world, Tom just talks about the main headlines and reads a few extra emails.

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Headlines Only show today, so here are some headlines!

VentureBeat reports Microsoft will not turn on “Do Not Track” by default in the fortcoming Project Spartan browser. Microsoft began turning on DNT by default with the release of Internet Explorer 10 two years ago. The W3C standard states users must set their own tracking preferences. The effectiveness of DNT is questionable since The Digital Advertising Alliance, The Better Business Bureaus and DMA do not penalize companies for not honoring the signals.

Reuters reports Indonesia is looking to expand its requirements that importers of smartphones manufacture a percentage of their product in Indonesia or have their import license revoked. New regulations targeting 4G smartphones are expected to be completed in June and go into force Jan. 1, 2017. No phones were manufactured in Indonesia until last year when 15 companies, including Samsung, submitted plans to the Industry Ministry to start production.

News From You: 

h82or8 posted an article about Sony buying what’s left of cloud game streamer OnLive. Sony Computer Entertainment gets patents and some assets and the service will shut down April 30. Sony bought similar game streaming company Gaikai in July 2012 and has since launched PlayStation Now. VentureBeat notes Steam games purchased through the service will remain in Steam but no refunds will be given for any purchases and all saved game date will be deleted.

Starfuryzeta posted the Gizmodo story about the F-35 Gen III Helmet Mounted Display System that lets a pilot see through the aircraft’s airframe thanks to infrared cameras streaming from around the aircraft. Additionally information like airspeed, heading, altitude, targeting information and warnings are projected on the helmet’s visor. For this Oculus Rift of Reality in the Air you just need $400,000. And Form 4009 .

spsheridan pointed out the Wired piece covering comments made by CTO of Microsoft Azure Mark Russinovich at ChefConf about open sourcing Windows. The words getting everyone excited are “It’s definitely possible. It’s a new Microsoft.” But don’t expect it to happen soon. Russinovich also said. “If you open source something but it comes with a build system that takes rocket scientists and three months to set up, what’s the point?” It seems Russinovich, is trying to say that the Microsoft that vilified open source in the late 1990s is gone. Linux can run on Microsoft Azure and Microsoft has open sourced .Net and some other software. And at some point it would make sense to move Windows to a Linux-like support and implementation business model.

And finally thanks to starfuryzeta we saw the Engadget article that BMW North America CEO Ludwig Willisch told Autoblog that for “the introduction of every new model, there will be a plug-in hybrid version of that, too.” Notice he said new model. Willisch squashed rumors of a BMW i5/i7 plug-in hybrid, though BMW did say when it announced plug-in options for core models back in December, that it’s plug-in hybrid tech could go into any of its vehicles. So never say never. Still Willisch says it won’t happen “any time soon.”

 

Pick of the Day: Razor Blades!

Hey Tom,

On episode 2461, you talked about how you’re excited to use the Amazon Prime Dash to order razor blades. As a much cheaper alternative, I’d like to recommend Dorco razors. The Dorco razor cartridges cost a dollar and change per blade, where the major brand blades on Amazon are sold for almost $4 per blade. You can order the blades direct from the manufacturer at DorcoUSA.com with free shipping. — Jason from ‘getting warmer’ Manhattan

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Hello Tom, Jennie, and Guest

This is not remotely tech-related. In fact, it’s old-school. Listening to episode 2461, you mentioned purchasing your razor blades from Amazon.

As a listener and supporter, I would like to do you and the rest of your audience a favor by recommending shaving with a double-edged razor.

The blades last for quite a few shaves, and can be had for as little as $0.13 each compared to the latest $4, mach 25, tea tree oil-infused, turbo-galactic blades with rotating DLP color-wheel.

I have a heavy beard and get no cuts or ingrown hairs with double-edged shaving. I also gave up on using shaving cream 15 years ago; hot water is all you need. Just, you know, DON’T be in a hurry.

http://www.amazon.com/Crystal-Stainless-Platinum-Israeli-Personnas/dp/B002CE3518/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427913209&sr=8-1&keywords=crystal+double+edge+razors

http://www.amazon.com/Edwin-Jagger-DE89Lbl-Detail-Chrome/dp/B002RBF1PO/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1427913351&sr=8-4&keywords=double+edge+razors

Jonathan from Columbus ( 2 hours south of lovely Cleveland )

Message of the Day

Hi Tom & Jennie

I realise that I’ve probably missed the “edit” now as this is from last week, but it’s still super interesting to me.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ie/archive/2015/03/23/partnering-with-adobe-on-new-contributions-to-our-web-platform.aspx

Microsoft is accepting patches from Adobe into their new browser, Project Spartan. I’d not really considered the possibility that Microsoft might open source Spartan previously but the more I think about it the more it makes sense to me.

Firstly, Microsoft is really trying to sell Spartan as a new, different browser – killing the IE brand and strongly emphasising web standards (at least in the web development community). They also recently(ish) announced their intent to open source .NET, another of Microsoft’s big closed source projects. Finally, apart from Safari, all the major desktop browsers are open source.

Am I crazy?

Keep up the good work,

Ali Smith a.k.a. fortythieves in chat

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Tom,

On your Wednesday show, you and Allison talked a lot about accessibility of phone apps – it was a great discussion.

A couple things came to mind when I was listening:

– You didn’t mention Web sites much, but they are actually a large percentage of what people visit from their computer and phone, and they have a lot of accessibility issues and solutions.

– The US Federal government (and many other governments) publish standards on accessibility. For the US, it’s called Section 508 (or longer, Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). This addresses accessibility across everything digital, from documents to websites to applications. Here’s a good site to get a sense: http://www.section508.gov

While a lot of what you talked about is part of this, such as text instead of images for buttons, there are other things as well that are less obvious, like ensuring contrasting colors for people who are colorblind. There are a number of tools that can automatically test for the objective items, like alt-tags on images, but there is a lot of Accessibility that is more qualitative and open to interpretation, and requires people who are dedicated to testing and ensuring accessibility.

As an example, our company has a number of people dedicated to Section 508 compliance and accessibility, including people who actually depend on it (e.g. people who are blind, deaf, and others).

This might be a case where the federal government(s) are ahead of industry since it’s part of their mission – many agencies issue Section 508 report cards and grade their systems on accessibility!

Thanks for the great show,
Mark

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Travis wrote a detailed note on how Surface and Surface pro are used in his world as an IT manager: “iPads are great, I’ve had one since the iPad 2 and loved it, but they can be a bear to manage for our company. Something like the Surface, we can manage with our existing group policies and deliver all of the software we need. The HP, Dell and Lenovo devices again are nice and more serviceable (i.e. removeable battery, ssd, etc); however, they typically aren’t built as well and some features do not function quite as well as they do on the Surface. For example, the pen and digitizer work better on the Surface than the Dells in our experience.”

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Hey there Tom, Jennie & guest(s),

While I am not currently an engineer for a cable company, I was one previously, and worked directly with upgrading the infrastructure of our network to implement the ‘new’ DOCSIS 3 technologies.

Parsing the various statements shows that while Comcast looks to be leveraging their current business fiber offering for metro Atlanta subscribers (a technology offered by most cable internet providers), Wired posted an article right around the end of Friday’s DTNS episode, and an expanded quote from Comcast mentions specifically that their new DOCSIS 3.1 implementation will allow “almost every customer in our footprint will be able to receive gigabit speeds over our existing network.” This is telling, as Comcast would need to spend tens of billions of dollars to implement a FTTH solution to their ~20 million subscribers. This is based on a fairly low estimate of $1500 per fiber install. As they had approximately that many total cable subscribers a couple of years ago, it will be interesting to see how they plan to roll out a true fiber solution to so many people.

Not that a DOCSIS 3.1 solution is a bad thing, as the new standard offers multi-gigabit download speeds and significant upload speeds as well, though not symmetrical, due to the nature of DOCSIS technology. Comcast is one of the companies really pushing hard for the new standard, with some of the first live test deployments to the field.

Thanks for the great news and commentary, and keep up the great work,

Your boss,

Greg (TVsEgon)

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DTNS 2463 – Fastlanta

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Young is in to talk about Comcast’s 2Gbps Internet in Atlanta and why it took them so long. Are finally seeing competition in the US?

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Today’s Guests: Justin Robert Young, DTNS contributor and co-host of Night Attack, Weird Things and the JuRYmore podcast

Headlines

Reuters reports Google and Mozilla will no longer trust new domain certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center, which allocates and certifies IP addresses and domain names. The actions come after CNNIC issued an unrestricted intermediary certificate to Egypt’s MCS Holdings. Through human error the certificate was installed in a firewall device and generated certificates for domain names owned by Google, making man in the middle attacks possible. Google has removed CNNIC root certificates from Chrome though it is whitelisting existing certificates for a limited time. Ars Technica reports Mozilla will no longer trust certificates with a notBefore date on or after April 1st. Both companies said CNNIC can reapply for full inclusion. CNNIC called the Google decision “unacceptable and unintelligible.”

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DTNS 2462 – When in Roaming

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan joins us to talk about the world’s connectivity divide and how Microsoft’s doing making software accessible.

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Today’s guest: Allison Sheridan, host of The NosillaCast on podfeet.com

Headlines

CNET reports OnePlus strayed from smartphones announcing the OnePlus DR-1 a quadcopter that’s 70mm wide. Yep. Hand-sized. While it may seem like a joke, and it was definitely tongue-in-cheek OnePlus did sell a limited number of the quads for $20 each. To all who successfully ordered one, keep in mind what the OnePlus website said, with tiny power comes tiny responsibility. Also don’t try to land it on a moving ceiling fan.

The New Zealand Herald reports that New Zealand’s getting a new mobile payment system, launched Tuesday by Semble in collaboration with NZ mobile operators and banks. Semble uses a free app alongside a Semble Read Secure SIM card, provided by the mobile operator, that houses a EMV chip. The app is available for Android users and customers with ASB or the Bank of New Zealand accounts. Future additions to the Semble service include public transit cards, loyalty cards, ticketing, and vouchers with trials starting in April.

BizTechAfrica reports Kenya’s Secretary of the Ministry of ICT announced the One-Network-Area concept will be extended to data and mobile money in Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda within the next year. The concept was introduced last year to cut roaming charges for voice and SMS by 60%. Matiangi also said Tanzania will join the initiative at some point in the future.

The Wall Street Journal reports on the launch of the government’s Cyber Security Initiative, the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore headed by minister for communications and information, Yaacob Ibrahim. The CSA will focus on national cybersecurity strategies, and conduct outreach to the growing cybersecurity industry. Interpol opened a cyber crime facility in Singapore in September and security firm FireEye launched an operations center there in February.

The Age reports the National Broadband Network company updated its $42 billion rollout construction plan Wednesday. By September 2016 158,000 locations in New South Wales will have access to fiber. Construction will begin on 26,660 homes and businesses in Sydney as well. Average broadband downloads rose 33% in the year to December. NBN hopes to connect 8 million premises by 2020.

BizTechAfrica reports Kenya’s role as a technology hub continues as the number of Internet users in the country topped 26.1 million. Data and Internet subscriptions grew by 10.8% in the 2nd quarter. And mobile is even better with 82.6% mobile penetration.

 

It’s a different story in the US as the Verge republished a story by the Centre for Public Integrity about the struggles to get the country’s population online. Among the findings, 27% of US citizens can’t go online at home. The most common reason given is price. One of the problems is lack of infrastructure. About 55% of US households have just one provider that offers 25 Mbps service. And access costs about 3.5 times as much as France. However there is hope on the mobile front. Pew research found that 64% of US adults now own a smartphone up from 35% in 2011 and nearing Kenyan levels.

The Times of India reports Alibaba and analytics company Globals will establish a startup incubator in Bangalore focused on mobile Internet and mobile commerce. Globals founder Suhas Gopinath told the Times they hope to start by May or June. Alibaba will provide mentors, technology and other business expertise.

Engadget reports that a team from the University of Houston in the US has published an article in “Frontiers in Neuroscience” detailing a method to help amputees control robotic limbs with their minds –and without surgery. The system uses a wearable “thinking cap” that monitors brain activity externally through the scalp, like an EEG, rather than needing surgically implanted electrodes. A brain machine interface interprets the brain waves and converts them into motion. So far the system works properly 80 percent of the time.

The Indian Express reports mobile network operator, Uninor announced that it is providing free Wikipedia access for its internet subscribers for three months, starting April 1. Uninor employees will work with students and teachers with a special focus on Wikipedia in the rural areas. Uninor has increased Internet use since introducing service plans for Facebook and WhatsApp last year. In 2012, Telenor– Uninor’s parent company– has provided similar programs in Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Montenegro.

Wikileaks has a new leaked chapter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership describing a process called Investor State Dispute Settlement which allows multinational corporations to sue to overturn local laws if those laws harm present or future profits. The EFF says the provision could be used to undermine user protections built into digital regulations like copyright law.

News From You:

TNTFan submitted the Verge article that US Internet video service Sling TV will add HBO to its service for $15 a month starting this month. That includes live channels plus on demand. Dish will also be able to sell subscriptions to HBO Now, a standalone service similar to HBO Nordic which launched in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark since 2012.

doorsrio sent us the The New York Times report that Verizon Wireless customers can now completely opt out of the phone carrier’s ad-targeting program that tagged users with undeletable tracking codes known as super cookies. Before customers could only opt out of the marketing program, but now they can stop the unique tag from being inserted. To unsubscribe Verizon customers can log into the privacy section of their account, or call 866-211-0874, and yell loudly into the phone UNSUBSCRIBE.

trionix11 submitted the Wired story that US retail chain Radio Shack received court approval for its bankruptcy plan. Hedge Fund Standard General will buy the company and keep some stores open under the Radio Shack and Sprint mobile carrier names. About a third of each store will be occupied by Sprint. About 1,740 of more than 4,000 stores will survive the deal.

Discussion Story: Accessibility

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/gg699728
http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsoft-launches-accessibility-developer-hub-help-more-developers-program-accessible-apps
https://msdn.microsoft.com/enable/
http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Introducing-Windows-8/Introduction-to-Accessibility

 

Pick of the Day: Techsoup.org

 

Hey Tom,

I wanted to share a great service with your audience. If you work for a nonprofit, charity, or library, Techsoup.org is a fanstatic place to get name brand software, hardware and services, at greatly discounted prices. They work with companies like Microsoft, Cisco, Inuit, Autodesk and many more. They also work with companies that supply products specifically that deal with the nonprofit world.

Messages:

Tom,

I almost feel like the Surface 3 is a proof of concept for Microsoft. From what I’m seeing, outside of artists who want the digitizer pen functionality on a budget, it doesn’t seem to offer any kind of value proposition. Don’t get me wrong, I love the aesthetic of the Surface line, but without the keyboard doc, it feels VERY overpriced for a 2GB Windows Tablet, even with the new Atom chips powering it. Add in the cost of the keyboard, pen and 4GB of memory, and the system is more expensive than some new Core M laden ultrabooks/2-1s. Of course MS is probably saving Core M for the Surface Pro 4, so this may be the only way to differentiate. Still, it just seems designed for no one to want to buy. Am I missing something?

Rich from Lovely Cleveland

Tomorrow’s guest: Justin Robert Young

 

 

DTNS 2461 – Press Button, Receive Bacon

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on today and we’ll talk about whether Amazon’s new Dash Button is bringing retail to far into your home.

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Today’s guests: Patrick Beja

Headlines: 

Microsoft unveiled the Surface 3 (not the Pro, the regular one) and it has an Atom x7 propcessor in place of the ARM-designed Tegra, according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. The tablet starts at $499 has a 10.8” 1920×1280 ClearType HD Display, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. 128GB storage and 4GB of RAM costs $599. Ports include USB 3, Mini DisplayPort, microSD card reader, and Micro USB charging port and will ship with a free one year subscription to Office 365 Personal. The keyboard is sold separately for $130 and the stylus is also separate for $50. You can preorder the Wifi versions from Microsoft today. You can slo get LTE versions sold through T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless stores in the US later this year.

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DTNS 2460 – A Rising Tidal Lifts All Bands

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMolly Wood and I discuss Jay-Z’s new artist-friendly music service and how albums may be making a digital comeback. IS the future of music iTunes again?

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Headlines:

TechCrunch reports Tidal sent out invites for a press conference today where Jay-Z will “announce a commitment to a new direction for the music industry from both a creative and business perspective.” It’s expected that artists like Madonna, Kanye West and Arcade Fire will use the service to release albums first before they go to other streaming service. Tidal features a High Fidelity music service that just dropped its price today from $20 a month to $10 a month. Jay-Z has agreed to acquire the company with share transfers expected mid-April.

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