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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Today’s guest: Don Reisinger, cnet.com

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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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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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DTNS 2265 – Don’t Tape it to Your Face

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBrian Brushwood and Avram Piltch are on the show for a little bit about Aereo, a little bit about the right to be forgotten and a lot about whether Augmented Reality will obliterate our privacy or just make it easier to shop. #CEWeek

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Today’s guest: Brian Brushwood of Cordkillers and Avram Piltch of Laptop Magazine

Headlines

The Verge reports Google has begun removing certain search results for individuals who have requested so under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rules. Google places a note at the bottom of the page indicating results “may have been removed.” The removals only affect European versions of the search engine. Non-European versions will still return all results.

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DTNS 2264 – Moo-Fi

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAndrea Smith joins us from #CEWeek. We’ll talk about the avalanche of news from Google I/O, the Aereo decision in the US Supreme Court and what’s happening at CE Week in New York!

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Today’s guest:  Andrea Smith, technology journalist talks CE Week  

Headlines

Google vomited announcements all over the place at its 2.5 hour Google I/O Keynote this morning. Here are the highlights:

The next version of Android was not named, only referred to as Android L. It will get a new deisgn language as will Google’s Chrome OS and Web apps. The new look is called Material Design. It’s very card based, with bright colors and realistic transitions. 

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DTNS 2263 – HIPAA HIPAA Hooray

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJeremy Kaplan joins us from #CEWeek to talk Nest API, Microsoft’s Android phone and the future of healthcare tech. Can wearables make the jump from fitness to serious medical use?

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Today’s guest:  Jeremy Kaplan, editor-in-chief of Digital Trends.com 

Headlines

Digital Trends reports Nest Labs released a new smart home API to let developers make their devices work well with Nest’s. So your car can tell the Nest thermostat to warm up the house as you head home, and your light bulbs can glow red of the smoke alarm detects something alarming. Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, Whirlpool, LIFX, IFTTT, and Logite have already released new Nest-compatible features for some of their products. The API is open to iOS and Android developers. 

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DTNS 2262 – Google Does Not Want to See Your Bits

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson is on he show to talk about the frightening prospect of Google owning Dropcam and everything else that watches you in your home. Plus why startups should not have thought it was OK to sell public parking spaces.

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Today’s guest:   Lamarr Wilson,  host of Mashable’s YouTube Weekly & Socially Awkward

Headlines

WinBeta reports the Microsoft Store is offering up to $650 in-store credit when you trade in select MacBook Air models, as long as you use the credit to buy a Surface Pro 3. Also the MacBook Air must turn on and not have water damage.

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DTNS 2261 – Drones are OP, Please Nerf

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show to talk about the U.S. House’s restrictions on surveillance by the NSA, the National Park Service’s restrictions on drones, and why Saturn might be the best place to take a quadcopter. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show!

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Today’s guest:   Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta

Headlines

If we were to launch a watch … :People familiar with the matter are BACK! Remember yesterday’s Reuters rumors about an Apple iWatch? Well, the Wall Street Journal has even more RUMORY rumors that say the non-existent unannounced watch will have 10 sensors, including ones to track health and fitness and come in multiple screen sizes. Now those are just statements from unidentified sources, however, somebody willing to go ON the record was KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo who said, “watches are fashion accessories.”

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DTNS 2260 – Mineshafted?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRuss Pitts is on the show and we’ll chat about Minecraft’s problems with openness, plus a little on the electric Harley, T-Mobile free music and more.

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Today’s guest:  Russ Pitts, journalist of the first order 

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Free music! (Kind of): The top story on our subreddit today from habichuelcondulce et. al was T-Mobile USA’s announcement yesterday of new features of their mobile phone plans. The centerpiece is an exemption for music services from counting against the 1Gb, 3GB, or 5 GB data plans. T-Mobile has also partnered with Rhapsody on an exclusive Internet radio service called unRadio which will have no ads and unlimited skips. The service will be $4 a month or free to unlimited plan subscribers. Also starting June 23, customers can ‘test drive’ an iPhone 5S on T-Mobile to get an idea of how the service works in their area.

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DTNS 2259 – You Can’t Take the Prime from Me

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRene Ritchie is on the show with a dynamic perspective on whether Amazon’s new Fire Phone is worth your attention.

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Today’s guest:  Rene Ritchie, of imore.com 

Headlines

Ready, set, shop: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos announced the Fire Phone today at an event in Seattle. The 4.7-inch has a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, Adreno 330 graphics and 2 GB of RAM, running Amazon’s forked version of Android. It comes with a new feature called Firefly that can recognize objects and audio and give options to purchase them from Amazon. It uses infrared sensors to detect head position give a kind of 3D presentation. The 3D feature is available in an SDK for app developers. The phone is only available in the U.S. on AT&T. A 32GB model costs $199 with a 2-year contract or $649 without. A 64GB is $299 or $749. Both come with 12 free months of Amazon Prime. 

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DTNS 2258 – Red Card for YouTube Block

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMolly Wood and Patrick Beja are on and we’ll talk about YouTube’s threat to block indie labels videos and how they could possibly think they could get away with it.

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Today’s guest:  Molly Wood columnist for the New York Times & Patrick Beja of Le Rendez-vous Tech

Headlines

Introducing … Slingshot! (For realz): TechCrunch reports that Facebook finally released the Slingshot app for iOS and Android. That’s the app they accidentally published to the Apple app store back on June 9. The app lets you send photos and videos to contacts. The twist is the recipients can’t see what you sent until they send you something back. Slingshot also doesn’t store the photos and videos permanently.

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