DTNS 2253 – Ninten-do enough?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRaj Deut is on the show from E3. Did Sony keep the lead in Mindshare? Is there any hope for Nintendo? Plus a wearable SIM card that can authenticate any device.

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Today’s guests:  Raj Deut, of Reckoner Australia and 1,000 Words On

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And the games keep on comin’: Nintendo held a virtual E3 announcement again this year, streamed over the Internet. The main star was “Super Smash Brothers for” Wii U and 3DS, that lets you put yourself, or at least your Mii avatar, into the game. It also will work with 10 new Nintendo toys that connect with the Wii U through NFC on the touchscreen controller. Nintendo showed off several more games including an open world “Zelda” and a “Mario Maker” tool that lets you design your own Super Mario levels, both coming in 2015. Also coming next year is a new property called “Splatoon,” a family-friendly FPS that uses paint balls and lets participants swim through the paint. After the stream, Shigeru Miyamoto was showing off a prototype for a new Starfox game in development.

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DTNS 2252 – Import Bruce Lee into the Sims

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIyaz Akhtar and Sean Hollister are on the show. We’ve got news coming out of E3 from Microsoft who swears they love games so please forgive them. Also did a chatbot pass the Turing test? Sort of.

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Today’s guests:  Iyaz Akhtar, CNET and GFQ Network

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Games on: CNET reports Microsoft made its E3 announcements and focused on games and thanking fans. The star of the show was “Halo.” The Master Chief Collection will come to Xbox One November 11, allowing players to take on almost every “Halo” game, including “Halo 2” multi-player. Purchasers also get a crack at the beta of “Halo 5 Guardians,” which isn’t scheduled for release until sometime in 2015. Further hitching their hopes to “Halo,” Microsoft announced “Halo Nightfall,” a live-action weekly series directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan and produced by Ridley Scott. The series will be part of the “Master Chief Collection.”

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DTNS 2251 – Don’t Hack Me Gov

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen and Eklund are on the show today to talk about companies responding to the 1st anniversary of the PRISM leaks from Edward Snowden. Also Len Peralta will be here to illustrate!

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Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of hak5.org, Len Peralta of the arts & Eklund of hockeybuzz.com 

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Can you hear me now? As MRAnthropology submitted on the subreddit, The Guardian reports mobile phone carrier Vodafone published a Law Enforcement Disclosure Report revealing how many requests for personal information the company gets by country, where it was legal to report such information. Vodafone also revealed wires have been connected directly to it and other telecom’s networks to allow government agencies to listen record and track the whereabouts of customers. These wire taps do not require warrants and Vodafone is allowed no oversight. Information on taps was not disclosed about Albania, Egypt, Hungary, India, Malta, Qatar, Romania, South Africa and Turkey where it is illegal to reveal intercepts. Ireland denied Vodafone permission to publish such info. Vodafone is making a call to end direct access to communications data and direct government wiretaps.

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DTNS 2250 – Amazon Whoah

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont is on the show and we’ll talk about the boost to Xbox graphics Microsoft just got by unbundling the Kinect. Also Twitch shows research that gamers are happier, more well-adjusted and love their families more than non-gamers.

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Today’s guests: Veronica Belmont, co-host of Sword & Laser

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It’s true! I DO exist! TechCrunch reports Google has admitted its Project Tango tablet exists and will make it available to developers in late June for $1,024. Project Tango is a 3D sensing system previously shown by Google in a smartphone using two cameras and rear depth sensor. The tablet carries these cameras as well as an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 1080p display, stock Android 4.4, WiFi, Bluetooth LE and 4G LTE. If you’re interested you’ll need to sign up at google.com/atap/projecttango/ as the developer kits these tablets are a part of will be available in limited quantities. 

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DTNS 2249 – Buffer Battles

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan Sheridan is on the show and we’ll talk about Netflix’s error message spat with Verizon and Google’s new end-to-end email encryption scheme.

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Today’s guests: Allison SheridanAllison Sheridan, host of NosillaCast at podfeet.com

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Taste it, NSA! Our top story on the subreddit was submitted by davidpolanco today. The New York Time reports  Google released source code Tuesday for a Chrome extension called “End to End” that would provide OpenPGP encryption for messages within a browser. In other words, end-to-end encryption for Gmail users. Google wants developers to look for security vulnerabilities before the extension is released for wide use. Google will pay for any bugs found through its Vulnerability Reward program. Google already encrypts Web traffic to its Gmail product, but that only works if the recipients’ provider also encrypts. Google released a report showing that 40-50 percent of email did not end up encrypted at the other end. Comcast was one of the worst with only 1% of its email ending up encrypted. Comcast told the Wall Street Journal its working on an encryption program for its customers that it hopes to roll out within weeks. 

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DTNS 2248 – Ride Llama Mountain

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson is back and we’ll talk about hot new hardware coming out of Computex. An Intel Core processor with full Windows in a tablet thinner than an iPad Air? 4K Laptop? Check. A 5-way laptop/tablet/phone running Android and Windows? Not kidding.

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Today’s guests: Lamarr Wilson, host of Mashable’s YouTube Weekly and Socially Awkward

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More chips! Less power! You want new hardware? Intel’s trying to catch your eye at Computex. PC World reports Intel showed off the new Core M line of processors that draws less than 10 watts of power, making possible a 7.2-mm thick tablet with 8 hours of battery life. The tablet is Intel’s “Llama Mountain” reference design, that manufacturers can you use as a jumping off point for their own tablets. Still, a thin Windows 8.1 Pro tablet that has 8 hours of battery life and docks with a light keyboard to become a laptop looks appealing to some folks. Asus has already said they’ll ship Transformer Hybrids with the chip later this year.

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DTNS 2247 – Take Off Every Samsung Z

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIyaz Akhtar joins the show to talk about the hot new phone at the developers conference this week. Tizen! Oh and yes we will also talk about the 1 million announcements from Apple’s WWDC.

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Today’s guests: Iyaz Akhtar, senior associate editor, CNET.com and host of many podcasts on the GFQ Network

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A new star added to the galaxy? That new hardware we’ve been waiting for has finally been announced by the world’s leading smartphone maker at its developer conference! Samsung launched the world’s first smartphone powered by the Tizen operating system!! The Samsung Z. Samsung also uses Tizen in its Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch and released a developers’ kit for Tizen-based TVs. The Z goes on sale in Russia sometime between July and September.

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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!

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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!

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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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