DTNS 2383 – No One Expects the Dragon Age Inquisition!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEric Franklin joins us to talk about why you need to put your phone out of sight and whether video game makers should stop publishing broken games.

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The Next Web reports that Instagram announced today that is has reached 300 million users, with more than 70 million photos and videos shared each day. Instagram also announced verified badges rolling out over the next few days, but only for people with a “high likelihood of being impersonated” also known as celebrities, brands and athletes. If you are one of these people, there is support page. If you are not, you can not yet request the honor of verification.

The Verge reports that Google Hangouts is getting a major update on Android today. In addition to 16 new sticker packs and video filters, now when a contact asks “where are you” a new prompt appears letting you share your location with a single tap. You can now associate a phone number with your hangout account, as well as a ‘Last Seen’ time stamp that shows when you were last using the program.

TechCrunch reports Nokia’s HERE maps app is now available in the Google Play store globally. The app has been downloaded 1 million times already despite not being in the store. An iOS version is coming in early 2015. Nokia also added 18 countries to the navigation system bringing the total to 118. If you already sideloaded the HERE app the new version will come as an update, no need to reinstall.

The Verge reports the first apps to result from Apple and IBM’s enterprise partnership will start being used this week in companies like Citi, Air Canada, Sprint and Banorte. The first round of 10 apps include a mixture of applications aimed at financial institutions, insurance businesses, and even government agencies. The apps are tailored to industries for instance one helps airline pilots be more fuel efficient. Another helps law enforcement with incident awareness. This is the first phase of the partnership which also involves hardware rollout and management.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has begun the Bingification of Microsoft Office starting with Word Online, the browser-based version of Word. The new embedded search capability called “Insights for Office” will begin rolling out everywhere Bing is available starting today. The search function is free, and there will be no ads. So now you don’t have to leave a Word document to search for information to put in a Word document!

Youku Tudou, one of China’s largest streaming video sites, is moving into hardware with a p2p WiFi router, a 4K smart TV box and 15.6-inch Android tablet. TechCrunch reports the company is launching a cloud entertainment business unit to create services to deliver Youku Tudou games and videos to the devices. China is the world’s biggest smart TV and OTT (over-the-top) content market, with 20 million to 30 million sets sold each year.

GigaOm reports BitTorrent CEO Eric Klinker announced Project Maelstrom Wednesday, a P2P-based Web browser for a serverless Web. Maelstrom delivers pages from other users computers similar to the way file sharing is done. Websites are published as torrents.

News From You:

skyban passed along the good news via The Next Web that my dream of yesterday had probably already come true as I was saying it. We talked about Dashlane’s new feature that lets you change all your passwords in one click and I expressed my wish that this should come to Last Pass. Well. LastPass announced that it’s auto-password change feature is now available for all users in beta. Similar to Dashlane it supports 75 of the most popular websites. LastPass still doesn’t have one button to change all the passwords at once.

F1Ben pointed out the Daily Mail article about a study from the University of South Maine showing people are distracted by their mobile phone even when it is not in use. Test subjects were asked to take two tests requiring their attention. One involved picking a number out of a row of 20, the second asked them to find the number and cross out two numbers in the same row that added up that number. If that confused you put your phone away. Those who’s phone was out of sight during the test scored 20% higher on the than those who could see their phone.

Biocow sent along a Gizmodo report that the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco are suing Uber on the grounds that it misleads consumers about their safety as well as overcharges them. San Francisco DA George Gasconcalled Uber’s claim to have an industry leading background check process, “completely worthless.” Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lace claims Uber’s advertising is false. Uber has also been deemed illegal by the Joint transport commissioner of Hyderabad for failing to obtain permission from the Regional Transport Authority to operate a taxi service in the city.

Discussion Links: Dragon Age Instability

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a615407/dragon-age-inquisition-issues-huge-stability-and-gameplay-patch.html#~oY4lMjsLczL7qH

http://www.engadget.com/2014/11/24/broken-video-games/

http://www.gameranx.com/updates/id/25618/article/dragon-age-inquisition-pc-graphics-workaround-for-patch-2/

https://variety.com/2014/digital/news/dragon-age-inquisition-wins-game-of-the-year-at-the-game-awards-1201372579/

http://www.cinemablend.com/games/Halo-Master-Chief-Collection-Rolls-Out-Another-Matchmaking-Patch-68833.html

http://assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-us/community/liveupdates/index.aspx

http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/12/10/playstation-uk-chief-talks-driveclub-delays-and-disappointment

http://www.gamepur.com/news/17271-playstation-boss-driveclub-disatrous-launch-ps4-didnt-damage-our-reputation.html

Pick of the Day: Rename Master via Dan from San Antonia and Bulk Rename Utility via Bill

On Monday’s DTNS #2381 Paul wrote in with his pick, Name Changer, for renaming files on the Mac. So Dan from San Antonio thought he’d add a pick for a file renamer for Windows.

“I have been using Rename Master from joejoesoft.com

It’s a free program as well. You can do sequential numbering of files, insert or remove characters based on position, find and replace, etc. The interface is easy to use. It’s been around for at least 4 years and is updated semi-regularly as needed.

Bill added:

I’ve used the Bulk Rename Utility for years – http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php.

It almost suffers from too many options – very powerful. It’s free but worth a donation (at least to me).

and lbutler uses a free piece of software for OS X, windows, and Linuxcalled sick beard which scans all of your media files like TV series or movies and has a feature where it will rename them in such a way that Plex understands them.

http://sickbeard.com/

 

DTNS 2382 – Can You Spare a Plaintiff?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja is on to look at the top YouTube videos of the year and discuss why rivals like Vessel are trying to hire the YouTube Creators away. Shouldn’t they be going after the dog spiders?

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor and independent podcaster 

Headlines

ReCode reports YouTube has updated its Apple TV app after a long period without any change. The app now looks more like the versions available on other platforms like Xbox. While that means ads will now play that also means videos like music videos will be allowed on Apple TV. Apple also added apps from Conde Nast, Fusion, Daily Motion and a $10 a month UFC.TV Fight Pass.

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DTNS 2381 – G, How Fast?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBreki Tomasson joins us to talk about the rise of hacker groups both good and bad. The 1900s had Wobblies and the 1960s had Situationists. Is the 21st century’s version?

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Today’s guests: Breki Tomasson, founder of the CSICON podcasting network

Headlines

Ars Technica reports Oculus and Samsung began taking orders in the US for the “Innovator Edition” of the head-mounted virtual reality display that pairs with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Samsung.com is taking the orders for the $200 device as well as $250 bundle that includes a Bluetooth controller. Samsung says it will expand orders to other countries in January with worldwide availability expected later in 2015.

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DTNS 2380 – 00000001st Binary Church of Packets

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen joins me to review the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack and look at listener suggestions for TrueCrypt replacements. Plus Len Peralta is here to do his artprov thing.

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Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of hak5.org and Len Peralta, artist and author

Headlines

CNET reports that Apple has asked a California court to dismiss an anti-trust case. Apple alleges Marianna Rosen, the last remaining plaintiff in the case, did not purchase any iPods within the required timeframe for the class action suit. Apple claims the iPods were purchased by the law firm of her husband. If the court agrees, Rosen would not be able to collect damages, or show injury, thereby preventing a class action suit. Rosen’s lawyers have the weekend to come up with response. Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said, “I am concerned that I don’t have a plaintiff. That’s a problem.” The plaintiff’s lawyers are expected to respond this weekend claiming Ms. Rosen did purchase the iPods.

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DTNS 2379 – Yesterday’s DRM

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAlex Hana joins us today and we’ll talk about Uber’s huge funding round and why they want to expand into the rest of the world.

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Today’s guest: Alex Hanna, web developer and host of the Diamond Dialogue

Headlines

The Wall Street Journal reports attorneys for consumers told a jury Wednesday that Apple deleted music from some users iPods between 2007-2009. The case revolves around music that emulated Apple’s fairplay DRM. The lawyers claim when music from those competing services was synced to an iTunes library, an error message would ask to restore factory resettings and delete the non-Apple DRM’ed music without notifying the user. Apple security director Augustin Farrugia claimed it was a legitimate security measure and hackers like DVD Jon made Apple “very paranoid.” DVD Jon is Jon Lech Johansen of Norway who reverse engineered DVD encryption, and also developed several ways around Apple’s FairPlay DRM. ALSO the Verge reports Eddy Cue testified Apple wanted to license its DRM to other companies but “couldn’t find a way to do that and have it work reliably.”

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DTNS 2378 – CAPTCH 22

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan braves a burning router to appear on the show and talk about the new Google CAPTCHA system. Is it creepy? Is it accessible?

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Today’s guest: Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast podcast

Headlines

ReCode says two sources close to the investigation say Sony Pictures Entertainment will name North Korea as the source of the attack on its internal networks. An announcement from Sony Pictures and security firm Mandiant is forthcoming.

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DTNS 2377 – Reasonable people? On the Internet?

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Justin Robert Young are on to talk about Stephen Hawking’s new toy, whether phones are too expensive in India and a US Supreme Court case that could gag the Internet.

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja and Justin Robert Young 

Headlines

PC Magazine reports the FBI emailed a five-page confidential notice warning US businesses to watch out for malware similar to the kind that infected Sony Pictures Entertainment’s internal system. The notice shared some details on what happened at Sony including overwriting of data that may be difficult or impossible to recover. The BBC asked the North Korean government if it was involved in the attack. A spokesman for the North Korean government replied: “”The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK (North Korea). I kindly advise you to just wait and see.” Meanwhile Reuters reports a U.S. national security official says North Korea is among the multiple suspects being investigated.

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DTNS 2376 – Google Schools Apple

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comRafe Needleman joins the show to talk about whether Cyber Monday is just a myth created by marketers.

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Today’s guest: Rafe Needleman, Editorial Director, Yahoo Tech

Headlines

Gigaom reports Microsoft is in fact acquiring email startup Acompli. Javier Soltero formerly of VMWAre wrote the company will continue to develop mobile email apps for multiple platforms and services. While the consumer face will not change nothing was said about whether Acompli would move off of Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure on the back end. I’m betting that might happen.

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DTNS 2375 – Black Friday Headlines

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJust Tom today looking over the headlines on the Black Friday holiday. Full show returns on Monday.

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DTNS 2374 – Right to Be Google

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJustin Robert Young on today to talk about the Sony attackers and whether games should be excused for shipping when broken.

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Today’s guest: Justin Robert Young, co-host of Night Attack, Weird Things podcasts

Headlines:

Sources tell Bloomberg Sony is developing a watch with an e-ink-like screen on the face on watchbands. It;s one of the products set to come out of Sony’s business creation division set up by CEO Kaz Harai this year to encourage innovation. The division also is developing something called MESH which uses small blocks with sensors, LEDs and buttons to allow rapid prototyping. The watch may come out next year according to Bloomberg’s sources.

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