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 

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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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DTNS 2257 – Grom the Bone Chewer

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMike Schramm joins us to settle once and for all who won E3. Because it’s a game. Also, self-driving Dutch trucks and what Amazon’s really up to.

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Today’s guest:  Mike Schramm, manager of qualitative insights at EEDAR

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You’re a drag, DOT: The New York Times reports the U.S. Department of Transportation seeks explicit authority from the U.S. Congress to regulate driving navigation aids, including apps on smartphones. The president’s proposed transportation bill includes a provision to give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the authority to set restrictions on apps and order changes if they are deemed dangerous. Software makers say the rules would be unenforceable and a drag on innovation. 

It’s a marathon, not a sprint: TechCrunch passes along that Amazon announced it now has more than 240,000 apps in the Amazon App store, available in almost 200 countries. As a comparison, both Apple and Google have reported around 1.2 million apps in their stores. Amazon touted an IDC study, funded by Amazon, that developers make as much money or more on Kindle Fire than any other platform.

Blackberry ups its game: The Next Web reports BlackBerry announced BBM Protected, bringing enhanced messaging security to its enterprise customers. Business users with BlackBerry Device Software 6.0 or newer on BES 5 and some customers with BlackBerry 10 smartphones with gold licenses on BES10 can start using the new feature from today. The extra layer of encryption means BBM Protected users can only send messages to other users of BBM Protected if they want the message protected.

Get learnin’, machines: BloombergBusinessWeek has the story of Microsoft introducing a new data analysis service that predicts behavior. The machine-learning service lets users build algorithms to predict things like purchasing patterns and electricity usage. Azure Machine Learning can then host the results on the Web through Microsoft Azure’s cloud service. Microsoft believes the service could speed up work for data scientists, but also benefit non-mathematicians as well. Microsoft will offer a public preview of the service, which was code-named Project Passau, in July.

Next up, self-pedaling bikes! Reuters reports a group of companies in the Netherlands hope to have self-driving trucks making deliveries from Rotterdam to other Dutch cities within the next five years. Initial testing would start on computer simulations and the trucks will be tested on a closed track before ultimately driving out on public roads. The proposal is backed by Transport and Logistics Netherlands, DAF Trucks, Rotterdam Port and the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research.

Faster, faster! GigaOm reports The European Commission has revealed an agreement with South Korea to “work towards a global definition of 5G” and share spectrum and standards. The two governments will work together on cloud and Internet-of-things research as well. China’s Huawei, Japan’s NTT Docomo, the U.S.’s Intel are all independently working on 5G.

News From You

spsheridan sent the science alert story about an artificial pancreas controlled by a smartphone to help regulate blood glucose levels. Clinical Trials showed it worked better at regulating glucose levels than fingerstick tests or manually injected insulin. A team from Boston University developed the system which uses a removable sensor inserted under the skin to beam real time glucose levels to a smartphone. The app calculates what’s needed to balance blood sugar and sends a signal to an implanted pump. Patients can even input what they’re eating so the app knows what to expect.

KAPT_Kipper posted the TorrentFreak article that Automattic, proprietors of WordPress are seeking $10,000 plus $14,250 in attorney’s fees for alleged abuse of copyright takedown notices. Oliver Hotham wrote an article on his WordPress blog last November about “Straight Pride Uk.” including a quote from the organization’s press officer, Nick Steiner. Steiner sent a copyright takedown notice to WordPress alleging Hotham had violated his copyright. Hotham and Automattic, claim the quote was fair use and did not violate copyright and therefore Steiner’s takedown notice, which did result in the post being removed, was an abuse of the system.

metalfreak posted the Ars Technica article that a list of Microsoft patents that apply to Android has been published on the Chinese language version of the Ministry of Commerce website. The list was compiled apparently as a result of the government’s antitrust review of Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia. The list is part of a page regarding the conditions related to approval of the merger. The English-language version of the page does not include the list of patents. 

spsheridan pointed out the BBC story that the US government is lifting restrictions on satellite images. Up until now, services like Bing Maps could not use images where features smaller than 50 cm were visible. That restriction has been lowered to 31 cm. A company called Digital Globe applied to the US Department of Commerce asking for restrictions to be lifted. The company’s Worldview-3 satellite is due to launch in August.

And metalfreak posted the Ars Technica story that a Bitcoin mining contributor known as GHash has been topping 51 percent of Bitcoin’s total cryptographic hashing output for a span of 12 hours on June 12. Any one entity processing more than 50% can be troublesome to the decentralized nature of the system. A miner with more than 50% could theoretically spend the same coins twice, reject competing miners’ transactions, or extort higher fees from people with large holdings. Researchers from Cornell University detected the peak and have recommended a hard Bitcoin Fork.

Discussion Section Links: 

http://www.gamepur.com/news/15105-sony-vs-microsoft-vs-nintendo-e3-2014-comparison-time-spend-showing-games-e.html

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/sony-nintendo-and-microsoft-which-company-won-e3-2014/1100-6420499/

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-sony-won-e3-2014/1100-6420501/

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-nintendo-won-e3-2014/1100-6420391/

http://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-microsoft-won-e3-2014/1100-6420502/

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/15/i-hath-seen-the-future-of-videogames/

http://o.canada.com/technology/gaming/microsofts-xbox-one-wins-e3-2014-with-renewed-focus-on-games

Pick of the day: Seat Guru via Loren Ahrens

In episode 2256 you mentioned travel apps, which reminded me of Seat Guru. It’s available online and through the app stores. I travel 35+ weeks a year to different locations so sticking with a single airline is impossible. When I’m not sure of the seat layout on an airline, or when I have someone new join the team, I suggest and use Seat Guru to help book the best seat available. My travel tip – The exit rows have additional room and the back row of most airlines overwing exits recline, unlike the forward row. Choose wisely my friend.

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

 

DTNS 2256 – The China Connection

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEric Olander is on to chat about Huawei, Xiaomi, and the coming disruption in smartphones that has Samsung and Apple in its sites. Also how Microsoft is fighting the U.S. government.

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Today’s guests:  Eric Olander co-host of the weekly China in Africa podcast

Headlines

Thinner, lighter, faster: The Verge reports Samsung announced two new tablets Thursday, an 8.4-inch and 10.5-inch Galaxy Tab S. The tablets are similar to the Tab Pro and Tab 4 lines, but thinner at 6.6mm and sporting Super AMOLED screens. Samsung emphasized the screens not only have 2560 x 1600 resolution, but a wider color range for more natural colors. Both devices will be available beginning July 4 in Europe, and sometime in July in the U.S. The 16GB 8.4-inch WiFi-only tablet will run €399/$399/£349 and the 10.5-inch version €499/$499/£449. Models with LTE will follow and run about €100 more.

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DTNS 2255 – Tesla Won’t Charge You

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja joins the show to talk about just how open Tesla’s ‘open source’ patents could be, plus news about Facebook and your privacy, Google investing in Virgin Galactic and a cup that sense what you’re drinking.

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Today’s guests:  Patrick Beja, host of Le rendez-vous Tech

Headlines

Gee, thanks, Zuck. I think? PC World reports Facebook is making changes to how ads work. One change will put blue arrows by ads in the news feed. When you click a blue arrow, it lets you see which of your preferences caused an ad to appear and allows you to tweak those preferences so more relevant ads will show up. In a somewhat less privacy-friendly maneuver, Facebook also announced it will now track your Web and app activity and will not respect Do Not Track settings. Users can opt out at the Digital Advertising Alliance opt-out page at http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ or use settings in iOS and Android. Or block cookies. Or don’t use Facebook.

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DTNS 2254 – TweetWreck

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPeter Wells joins the show to talk about the TweetDeck XSS attack, DDoS attacks agains Evernote and Feedly, and why the Internet seems to be falling apart lately.

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Today’s guests:  Peter Wells, editor of Reckoner, Australia

Headlines

Yo! This isn’t safe! The Internet was shaken today when Tweetdeck users everywhere began retweeting javascript code, most often involving a heart symbol. It was not love they were spreading, but a cross-site scripting attack. It also manifested as popups with various messages like  “yo” and “XSS” in Tweetdeck. Twitter fixed the vulnerability, but then shut down Tweetdeck services for an hour to confirm the fix. It affected users of Tweetdeck in Chrome and reportedly users of the Windows app. Hat tip to melchizedek74 who submitted this on the subreddit.

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