DTNS 2415 – The Internet Finds a Way

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont is on the show to talk about how engineers in Havana, Cuba have created their own Internet for the city even without a direct connection to the rest of the world.

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Today’s guest:  Veronica Belmont!

Headlines

GigaOm reports Cablevision is launching a WiFi only cell phone service called Freewheel next month. existing Cablevision Internet customers can add the unlimited talk, text and data for $9.95 a month. Others pay $29.95 a month. The service works with any WiFi access point but takes advantage of existing customers WiFi hotspots as well as CableWiFi participants like Comcast, Cox and TimeWarner. Only the Motorola Moto G for $99.95 will work with the service through preloaded apps.

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DTNS 2414 – Holo World

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen and I chat with Sean Hollister about his experience trying Microsoft’s HoloLens and ask Ek from HockeyBuzz about the NHL putting GoPros on hockey player’s heads during the all-star game.

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Today’s guest: Darren Kitchen, Sean Hollister, and Hockeybuzz’s Ek 

Headlines

If you’re a Windows Insider, Engadget points out the new Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available via Windows Update. That gives you Continuum if you have a hybrid device, the new Xbox app and Cortana. Though Cortana on the desktop can take down notes and answer questions she’s still having a little trouble with complex reminders. No Project Spartan or Office update yet either. You can get the download at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/preview-download

9to5 Mac has sources that say the battery in the Apple Watch may not last as long as Apple hoped. If you believe the sources the watch uses an Apple S1 chip, similar to the A5 running SkiHill, a modified iOS with a retina-class color display. Supposedly Apple wanted 3 days of pure standby time life but is only getting between 2 and 3 days. The sources also say 3,000 watches are in the wild being tested around the world and the watch is on track to ship in March.

TechCrunch reports Microsoft has acquired open-source analytics company Revolution Analytics which focuses on the R programming language for statistical computing. In marketing speak that means Microsoft wants to “use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” So like data mining. Um in simpler terms? Kind of a really super powerful spreadsheet that helps find trends that help drug makers and scientists discover things.

The Verge reports Uber has applied for a taxi license in New Delhi and resumed operations. Uber was banned a month ago after a driver was accused of raping a passenger. Uber will only allow drivers who have reverified police clearance within the last six weeks. Uber is also conducting background checks on all drivers and implementing vehicle documentation reviews.

ReCode reports Box.com’s IPO got off to a healthy start. The online storage company priced 12.5 million shares at $14 each and opened trading at $20.20, and closed at $23.23. Box raised $175 million in the offering which valued the company at $1.7 billion.

Ars Technica reports that the Raphael Pirker a drone operator who was fined $10,000 by the FAA for illegally operating the drone and flying it in a “reckless manner” has settled his lawsuit with the government. Pirker has agreed to pay $1100 and drop the lawsuit challenging his citation, that claimed the FAA was enforcing a non-existent law against drone operations. FAA ban on small drone flights for commercial applications are still in effect. Pirker used a drone while shooting a commercial for the University of Virginia.

According to a story by the NY Times the Winklevoss Twins are looking to take the Bitcoin virtual currency mainstream by creating the first regulated Bitcoin exchange for US customers, a “Nasdaq of Bitcoin”. The brothers have begun hiring engineers from hedge funds and engaged a bank and regulators hoping to open their exchange in the next few months. The exchange will be named Gemini.

 

News From You: 

KAPT_Kipper sent us the Ars Technica article that Google’s Project Zero has published three 0-day vulnerabilities in Apple’s OSX. Project Zero finds vulnerabilities and gives software manufacturers 90 days to deal with them before making the vulnerabilities public. These three were reported to Apple on October 20, 21st and 23rd,2014. One of the issues may have been mitigated in OS X Yosemite and all three appear to require prior access to machines. The program recently published three vulnerabilities in Windows.

tm204 pointed out the Skift article about Expedia acquiring Travelocity for $280 million. Expedia gets the websites in US and Canada. Swiss-based Bravofly has an ahreement to acquire Travelocity Europe AKA lastminute.com, pending regulatory approval.

Discussion Section Links: 

 http://gizmodo.com/project-hololens-hands-on-incredible-amazing-prototy-1680934585

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/23/gopro-live-broadcast-nhl/?ncid=rss_truncated

http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/23/gopro-nhl-partnership/

http://gopro.com/news/gopro-and-nhl-new-partnership-will-change-the-way-you-watch-hockey

Pick of the Day:  Kuissential SlickFroth 2.0 – Electric Milk Frother, Cappuccino Maker via Christian

Hi Tom!

In response to whether Google is capable of offering decent customer support for a possible MVNO, I wanted to share my experience.

My general rule of thumb is that Google had fantastic support for anything they do where you pay them money directly. This includes Google Apps, the play store, Nexus devices, etc. In those instances I’ve had some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced in the tech world. It’s only in Google services like gmail and calendar where Google had nonexistent customer service (at least I haven’t found it).

This is why I have no doubt that a Google MVNO would have superb customer service. I also think they’d probably do a great job at disrupting the market with great process and bandwidth caps. Maybe they won’t even have bandwidth caps!

Matt Maher
Sterling, VA

Peter Frazier wonders if Google as an MVNO would lead to free data on Chromebooks. Here’s his line of thinking:

“I wonder just how much data browsing is after subtracting away audio and video streaming?

If they took Chrome OS in a direction where the on board storage was beefed up, and Google Music was a lot smarter about caching your most played songs when on WiFi.

Throw in an option to only use video on WiFi. Now that were starting to see ‘download video’ from YouTube, you could expand the caching of some of your ‘watch later’ as well, and put more development time into that aspect of YouTube to make it a lot more seamless and the videos are just there.

Also they have the ‘low bandwidth’ option on phones, what if they brought that to Chrome OS as well in a HUGE way. Same content but using considerably less bandwidth.

I’m thinking if this was on their plan of attack for the last year, they ‘could’ provide an all you could eat data plan for a large portion, if not all, of our day to day browsing when you buy a chromebook. If they get the bit’s down enough, and adjust the advertising strategy on this class of Chromebook it in theory could be viable.

Monday’s guest:  Veronica Belmont

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DTNS 2413 – Breaking Drones

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comShannon Morse joins us. Do we want Google to be our mobile phone service? Also a little more from the experts about HOLOGRAMS!

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DTNS 2412 – You Had Me at Holo

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comLamarr Wilson joins us to talk about HOLOGRAMS! Also Windows 10 and Xbox app but also HOLOGRAMS!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Lamarr Wilson, YouTube sensation

Headlines

Microsoft conducted a 2 hour and 15 minute press conference this morning but did pack in a lot of announcements. First Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for all Windows 7 and 8.1 for the first year after release. Windows 10 also gets Cortana, the voice-activated digital assistant. Universal apps were highlighted including photos, maps and Outlook that are the same from phones to desktops. Microsoft demonstrated a touch-first version of Office for phones and tablets. We also got a look at Project Spartan, a new lightweight browser with shared note-taking, improved reading experience and built-in Cortana of its own. Skype is now integrated into messenger on Windows Phone. New release of Windows 10 goes to Insiders next week and comes to phones in February.

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DTNS 2411 – You Won’t Believe What We Learned about Clickbait!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and Justin Young are both in to talk about Facebook and Gabe Rivera’s wars on misleading news. We’ll discuss why both are necessary to the fight and why there’s a fight at all.

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Today’s guests: Patrick Beja and Justin Robert Young, DTNS Contributors

Headlines

Facebook announced it will be using user feedback to cut down the prevalence of news feed items that are hoaxes or misleading news. The news feed algorithm will downgrade Stories that are deleted by their posters in large numbers or identified in comments as hoaxes or with links to hoax-busting sites like snopes. A new option to report a story as false has also been added. Facebook does not believe this will adversely affect sites like The Onion. Area man agrees.

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DTNS 2410 – Headline Edition

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comIt’s Martin Luther King Jr. day in the US, so Tom gives his contributors the day off and hits the headliens regarding US infiltration into North Korea’s nets, Amazon making movies for theaters and Elon Musk’s plans for space Internet.

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DTNS 2409 – Never Get In a Bitcoin War in the Darknet

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show and we’ll talk about the new Hacker’s List. Are hackers for hire always a bad thing? Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Darren Kitchen, hak5.org and Len Peralta, artist

Check out Len’s artprov for this week:

Headlines

An 18-year-old man from Southport, England (about 28 KM north of Liverpool) was arrested as part of an investigation into the DDoS attacks on Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks over Christmas as well as accusations of SWATting. Ars Technica says the arrest was made as part of a joint operation between the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit and the US FBI. Some electronic devices were seized for examination as well.

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DTNS 2408 – Google Glass: Explored

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAllison Sheridan is on the show and we’ll talk about Google Glass moving out of the lab. Is it dead? Or just beginning?

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Show Notes

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

Headlines

The Google Glass team announced on Google Plus today that the “open beta’ that has been the $1500 a pair Google Glass Explorer program will end Monday Jan. 19. Additionally Ivy Ross and her team will move out of X labs and under the supervision of Nest CEO Tony Fadell, though not as a part of Nest. The post only said “you’ll likely see future versions of Glass when they’re ready” but rumors have indicated Intel would power the next version of glass and a consumer version might be announced at Google I/O this year.

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DTNS 2407 – Fee Fee Eff, CFI!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comPatrick Beja and I talk about DailyMotion’s new Twitch competitor and whether Facebook at Home can meet the desire for a ubiquitous work replacement for email.

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Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor

Headlines

The Next Web reports on the update to Google Translate for iOS and Android that is now a real thing. The update speeds up conversation mode for spoken word by automatically recognizing which of the two selected languages is being spoken without having to be told. The app also integrates WordLens to allow instant translation of well-lighted signs. This feature supports English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Google’s Project Ara, the modular smartphone, will start a pilot program in Puerto rico in the second half of this year. The Verge reports Project Ara will partner with Puerto Rican carriers OpenMobile and Claro.  Google will have “food truck” style stores where customers can look at the 20-30 modules that will be available— across 10 different categories.

Facebook is launching a workplace social network called Facebook at Work on the Web iOS and Android. The Verge says anybody can get the app but your company has to have more than 100 employees and be invited into the program by Facebook. Accounts have their own logins but can be linked to a personal Facebook account though information is not shared between them. Facebook at work has no ads and does not track data though it is hosted by Facebook. It also doesn’t have an API right now so you can share documents but there’s no collaboration. It’s also free. For now.

Google, Apple, Adobe, and Intel added $90 million to a proposed settlement over wage-fixing which brings the total to $415 million.
Reuters reports the deal came as the companies decided against appealing an August US District Court ruling that the original amount was too low.The companies were sued for keeping lists of employees they agreed not to hire away from each other. Affected engineers will receive a few thousand dollars each as a result of the suit.

Thought the Tizen OS was just for TVs and watches after CES? Oh no. GigaOM reports the Tizen-powered Z1 went on sale today in India for 5,700 Indian Rupees ($92). The 3G Z1 has a 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen, an unspecified 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM, and a 3.1-megapixel rear camera. The phone comes with three-months free subscriptions to services that streams Bollywood songs and movies.

The new dual analog-stick Nintendo 3DS will launch in North America and Europe on February 13th, 2015 with red and black models.  Engadget reports North America will get the XL version while Europe will get both. Interestingly the system will not ship with an AC adaptoer but will be compatible with any AC adapter from previous 3DS or DSi systems. You can also purchase one separately.  The new 3DS will play all existing 3DS games, like The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
According to Ars Technica, pre-orders at retailer GameStop begin tomorrow. Price in the US is $200, with prices for Europe not yet announced.

Gigaom reports that the entire public transportation grid in Athens, Greece is supporting a smartphone ticketing system. The system will use UK company Masabi’s JustRide mobile ticketing system and Mastercard will handle the secure payments. Users can buy tickets on their smartphone, which are displayed on their mobile screens to show fare inspectors, and feature a QR code to scan at automated stations.

Tech Crunch reports that taxi-hailing app company Ola plans to be in 200 Indian cities by the end of 2015.  The four-year-old Indian company is in 50 cities now, up from 19 in October— back when Softbank led a $210 million funding round in the company.  Ola offers a hotline and other ways to book a ride for those without smartphones, and offered financing to drivers who want to purchase a car a full year before Uber introduced a similar plan in the region.

Reuters reports Google is in talks with major carmakers to help get self-driving cars on the market by 2020. Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, said the talks include GM, Ford, Toyota, Daimler and Volkswagen. The Detroit Free Press reports Google is building driverless car prototypes in Livonia, Michigan at a Roush facility.

TechCrunch reports GoPro is partnering with Vislink to enable live HD broadcasting from GoPro cameras.  A live transmitter can be attached to GoPro Hero4 cameras.  The device and service are not available yet but more details are promised in the spring.

Reuters cites a person familiar with the matter who says Samsung approached BlackBerry with a $7.5 billion offer to buy the company for its patents. The source says Samsung offered $13.35 to $15.49 per share, about 38% over the current trading price for BlackBerry.

News From You

SpaceManPete42 was among many people who submitted the story about US President Obama posting a YouTube video about municipal broadband. The President will visit Cedar Falls, Iowa, which like Chattanooga, Tennessee, built its own fiber infrastructure and offers gigabit Internet. That would be against the law in some US States, so the White House is petitioning the FCC to end restrictions in 19 states that limit broadband rollout.

DisapprovingLlama got approval from DTNS subredditors for the story about Google making its Domain Name Registration service available to everyone in the US at domains.google.com. VentureBeat says the new service also improved domain name search, added a simple management dashboard and integrated with Google-owned Blogger. You can sign up to be notified when the service opens up in your region.

Discussion Story Links:  DailyMotion gets Twitch-y

http://venturebeat.com/2015/01/14/dailymotion-launches-live-streaming-gaming-platform-to-compete-with-twitch/

http://www.theverge.com/2015/1/14/7545227/facebook-at-work-beta-launches-for-web-android-ios

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jan/14/facebook-at-work-social-network-launches-pilot-for-companies

http://techcrunch.com/2015/01/14/facebook-at-work-ios-android/

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/25/a-year-after-microsoft-bought-it-yammer-nears-8m-users-plans-for-deeper-integration-and-a-new-klout-partnership/

http://www.cmswire.com/

https://gigaom.com/2015/01/14/slack-details-new-pricing-plan-as-facebook-enters-the-workspace/

http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/01/facebook-at-work-finally-lets-employees-get-away-with-facebook-at-work/

http://recode.net/2015/01/13/upcoming-linkedin-products-connect-coworkers/

Tomorrow’s guest: Allison Sheridan!

DTNS 2406 – Amazon Gets a Woody

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comSimon Dingle joins us as we review Prime Minister David Cameron’s desire to be able to read all your SnapChat messages if necessary. Can you have a back door that bad guys won’t use?

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Today’s guest: Simon Dingle, broadcaster and product guy out South Africa

Headlines: 

Engadget reports that Facebook has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to deliver location-specific Amber Alerts to inform users about missing or abducted children in the US. The alerts include photos of the child, license plate numbers and any other relevant information and will appear on mobile devices and desktops. Facebook was inspired to add Amber Alerts after missing children were recovered due to information posted independently by users.

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