DTNS 2145 – Watch this!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMyke Hurley from 5 by 5 joins us to review some of the cooler items from off the beaten path at CES.


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Show Notes

As I mentioned on the show today, next Thursday and Friday I’ll be shooting season 2 of Sword and Laser’s video show. So I need YOU to guest host.

Next Thursday and Friday will be special “News From You” shows. I’ll still pop in with a couple late-breaking headlines but I want to hear YOUR news reports. What’s the tech project you think isn’t getting
enough attention? What’s that point about wearables you think nobody else has mentioned? Let your voice be heard!

Here’s what you do
Record your bit as an audio file LESS THAN 30 SECONDS PEOPLE, and email it to feedback@dailytechnewsshow.com and use the subject line NEWS FOR YOU. If we get it by 3 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific Thursday morning, we’ll consider it for that day’s show. Same thing for Friday.

More Notes

Samsung to announce the Samsung Galaxy S5: Bloomberg reports Samsung’s executive vice president of mobile, Lee Young Hee said the company will announce the Samsung Galaxy in March or April along with the successor to the Galaxy Gear which will have more advanced functions and an improved design. Lee also said the company is investigating iris recognition for the phone and will announce at least one more wearable device this year. Samsung registered a design for eyewear in October.

Gmail to allow users to send messages to Google+ users: The Next Web reports that Google will allow Gmail users to send messages to Google + users, without knowing the email address. The email address behind the G+ account will only become visible to someone who has received a message from that account. Also only one message can be sent to G+ name until that person responds. So if you don’t reply, they won’t know your email, and they won’t be able to email you again. If a sender is in your circle, their message will show up in the primary tab on Gmail, while other messages will go to the Social tab. You can override all this by changing a setting in Gmail to limit who can send you messages to your circles or nobody at all. The feature will roll out to all users over the next couple days.

FCC chairman weights in on AT&T’s sponsored data plan: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not shy about commenting on AT&T’s sponsored data plan. Yesterday at CES, The Verge reports Wheeler said “Be sure, that if it interferes with the operation of the internet; that if it develops into an anticompetitive practice; that if it does have some kind of preferential treatment given somewhere, then that is cause for us to intervene.” And GigaOm reports that in a speech at the Computer History Museum in San Jose, today, Wheeler said “It is not the sort of thing that should be prohibited out of hand. But, again, history instructs us that not all new proposals have been benign.“

News From You:

More security experts pull out of RSA conference:  habichuelacondulce submitted a story from Information Week reporting the number of security experts pulling out of the RSA conference in protest of their dealing with the NSA has risen to nine. AS we mentioned before Mikko Hypponen of F-Secure was the first to pull out but now Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist and senior policy analyst for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project; Google senior staff software engineer Adam Langley; attorney Marcia Hofman; and Taia Global CEO Jeffrey Carr. are among the people who will not attend their presentations or skip the conference altogether. RSA has said it did not use an algorithm now known to be weaker because of the NSA, but it has not denied receiving a $10 million payment.

Infected Yahoo ads in Europe part of a Bitcoin mining scheme:  webitube pointed out a TechDirt article explaining that the malware that recently infected Yahoo ads in Europe was Bitcoin mining software. The idea would be to use infected computers to mine for bit coins and credit any coins minted to the malware authors. This would have the negative effect of running infected computers constantly and running up infected users’s electric bills.

More links from the show: 

Snapchat is sorry:


Apple and Samsung want to work it out via mediation:


WWE launches its own network: The online network will be available on computers, iOS and Android devices as well as the Kindle Fire, Xbox 360, PS3 and 4 and Roku but only in the US.


Makerbot announces the Replicator Mini:


Pebble Steel actually steel:


DTNS 2144 – Putting the smart in TV

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom reviews some more announcements from CES, especially Sony’s Internet TV service, with Justin Robert Young.


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Big thanks to Dan Lueders for the music and Martin Bell for the opening theme!

Big thanks to Mustafa A. from thepolarcat.com for the logo!

Today’s album art courtesy Ryan Officer!

Thanks to our mods, Kylde, TomGehrke and scottierowland on the subreeddit

Show Notes

Ford CEO Alan Mulally told the Associated Press Tuesday that he would remain at Ford through 2014, essentially pulling himself out of the running for CEO of Microsoft.  Sources told Reuters no appointment was likely from Microsoft until the last week of January or in February. Recode’s Kara Swisher reported her sources say no earlier than February. The company said it could take up to a year to replace outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer when they announced his retirement in August. Current top candidates for the job are internally Tony Bates, former CEO of Skype, and Satya Nadella, EVP of Cloud and Enterprise as well as soon to be internal candidate Stephen Elop, formerly CEO of Nokia.

US phone carries announcing new plans: Sprint’s new family plan lets customers add up to 10 individuals to a plan whether they’re family or not. The first customer is $55 a month 1GB of data and each customer added is $5 less than the previous, to a minimum of $25. Also T-Mobile announced they will pay up to $350 per line to cover early termination fees. You’ll need to trade in your existing phone, buy a new T-Mobile phone, and sign up for a new T-Mobile plan. Last week, AT&T announced it would pay $200 for every line that T-Mobile customers switched to AT&T.

Sony announces cloud-based TV service with live TV, DVR, and video on demand:  The company doesn’t yet have the deals it needs for Web TV in place, but that’s not it’s real problem, according to Recode.

News From You: 

MPAA joins W3C:  TomGehrke pointed us to a TechDirt article reporting the US Movie Industry group MPAA has joined the Web’s standard’s organization World Wide Web Consortium aka W3C. The W3C has stood for the principles of openness on the Web, and many are upset that the MPAA which promotes digital locks, might try to roll back some of that openness. There is a major controversy over whether digital locks should be standardized as part of HTML5.

Dell reveals 28-inch 4K monitor that will sell for $699:   tm204 submitted a Forbes article about the P2815Q monitor, which uses an IPS LED display with a resolution of 3840 x 2160. No word on the inputs but it did get a global launch date of January 23rd.

Leaked pictures surface of Nokia’s Android phone UI:  SkyJedi let us know about the AndroidPolice’s story about leaked pictures of Nokia’s Android phone UI. The ‘Normandy’ is thought doomed as Microsoft gets ready to take over Nokia’s handset business, but AndroidPolice believe it might survive as a low-end dual-SIM phone. The pictures came via evleaks and show an Android phone with a very windows-y lock screen and shots of Viber and Skype.

 More links from the show

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer unveiled new products including a new online magazine called Yahoo Tech headed by David Pogue:


The CentOS project teamed up with Red Hat to build a new CentOS in the hopes of accelerating adoption: 


Facebook has acquired Indian startup Little Eyes Labs, and will move the entire team to Menlo Park, California:


China’s Alibaba, often compared to Amazon, announced it will develop a mobile gaming platform:


DTNS 2143 – AT&T Slow Cooks Neutrality

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom chats with Jon Brodkin from Ars Technica. They’ll talk a little about CES and a lot about whether AT&T’s new ‘subsidized data’ plans break net neutrality.


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Show Notes

AT&T turns data caps into profits with new fees for content providers: AT&T does not believe it violates the FCC’s Open Internet Order (fewer wireless restrictions, not ‘faster’ service)

Intel announces ‘lots of stuff’ at CES, including the littlest wearable: A headset nicknamed Jarvis that pairs with smartphone personal assistant apps. A onesie that transmits your babies vital signs to a coffee cup. A smart watch that can be geofenced so you know when Grandpa wanders out of the house with it on. Edison a 22-nanometer dual-core PC the size of an SD card. And a dual OS platform that could switch from Windows to Android at the touch of a button.

Sony confirms it plans an Internet TV service that will deliver live TV, video on demand and cloud DVR storage to most Sony devices: The company also will launch “PlayStation Now” in closed beta at the end of January followed by a full launch this summer. The Gaikai-powered service will allow users to stream games from a Playstation to a PS4 or Vita. Sony also showed off the HMZ-T3Q, a head-mounted virtual display similar to the Oculus Rift.

This is how you will look wearing it:

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Biz Stone brings the Jelly:  If you’re tired of Yahoo Answers, which seems to actually leave you less helped than when you asked it something, get ready for Jelly. Twitter founder Biz Stone announced the new Q&A service. Unlike Yahoo or even Quora, Jelly uses your existing social networks to find people who might be willing to answer a question. And the Q&A seems more short-form than Quora. You can download the app now for iOS and Android.

News From You:

Michael Bay goes boom at CES:  clemro sent us the link to Michael Bay’s posting about his demo meltdown during the Samsung event at CES. According to Bay, he was so excited by the curved 105-inch 4K TV that he”skipped over the Exec VP’s intro line and then the teleprompter got lost. Then the prompter went up and down – then I walked off. I guess live shows aren’t my thing.” It happens, man. Go explode something. You’ll feel better.

John Legere ejected from AT&T party: DownClimb submitted the Geekwire report on T-Mobile CEO John Legere getting ejected from the AT&T party at CES. CNET’s Roger Cheng tweeted a picture of himself with Legere from the party and Legere was subsequently escorted out. Legere told Recode he just wanted to hear Macklemore. Go pop some tags John, you’ll feel better.

Wallet of the Future?  robstak let us know about a Verge article that might be of interest to Lamarr Wilson who was asking for just such a thing. PulseWallet is a credit card terminal and register with a built-in biometric palm reader that photographs your vein pattern— which of course you can pair with your credit card. Talk about blood money. The product was announced Tuesday and goes on sale next month.

Do time travelers tweet?  Finally, Alan emailed us a link to an Inside Science posting about astrophysicist and co-founder of the Astronomy Picture of the Day, Robert Nemiroff and graduate student Teresa Wilson of the Michigan Technological University, conducting a search for evidence of time travelers on the Internet. The pair looked for postings or references to Comet ISON or the election of Pope Francis before either time became a known entity. They didn’t find any evidence. Obviously time travelers are very careful.

More links from the show: 

CEO Brian Krzanich announced McAfee Security would from now on be called Intel Security. John McAfee who founded McAfee security but has no connection to it now, told Reuters, “I’ve been begging them to drop the brand or fix the product.”

Reuters reports China has temporarily lifted a 14-year ban on selling video game consoles:


Samsung debuted a 12.2-inch tablet at CES called the Galaxy Note Pro:


Audi debuts an Android tablet just for your Audi:


Tech sales: 2014 projections and 2013 numbers:



DTNS 2142 – The fungi at CES 2014

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom chats with Lamarr Wilson about what’s happening at CES 2014 in las vegas.

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Kylde has joined TomGehrke and scottierowland on the subreeddit! Thanks Kylde!

Show Notes

Pebble turning heads at CES:  TNW reports Pebble will launch an app store by the end of January. Developers should submit their apps by Jan. 9. We also got a peek at the new luxury model, Pebble Steel smart watch for $249 shipping Jan. 28 in brushed stainless or Black Matte.

Intel unveils RealSense:  Engadget reports Intel’s making a big deal about RealSense at CES. The first product with the name is a 3D camera that Intekl promises helps devices see depth much like the human eye, and can even read emotions in faces. The RealSense 3D camera will come to tablets, Ultrabooks, notebooks and all-in-ones, from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC in the second half of this year.

Has AT&T  sparked a net neutrality war? Ars Technica reports the US carrier confirmed a plan to allow content providers to pay in order to exempt their content from a user’s data cap. As an example, Netflix could pay AT&T and any Netflix video watched on an AT&T phone wouldn’t count against the users cap. To find out more users or businesses can go to att.com/sponsoreddata. Jon Brodkin who wrote the article for Ars Technica will be on the show tomorrow.

News From You: 

BBC reports Zynga is now taking Bitcoin as a payment option.  Zynga has partnered with BitPay to allow the purchase of virtual items in some Zynga games using BitCoins. (Submitted by KAPT_Kipper)

Roku announced Sunday it has partnered with TCL and HiSense to release TV’s with Roku’s software built in starting in the autumn of 2014. (Ars Technica, submitted by WhoEver63)

Engadget has leaked the 12 partners for Valve’s Steam machine. iBuyPOwer and Digital Storm were already known, but Engadget says Alienware, Falcon Northwest, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computer will join the party tonight. (Submitted by Splendor78)

The Verge reports on Vizio’s first consumer grade 4K TV. Called the P Series, models will be will be available between 50 and 70 inches and priced “aggressively”.  (Submitted by Webitube) 

Engadget explores  Corning’s anti-microbial Gorilla Glass that inhibits algae, mold, mildew and fungi as well as bacteria. The glass uses an ionic silver coating for the germ-killing, but claims it’s intrinsic to the surface meaning it will last for the lifetime of the device.  (Submitted by tsluss07).

More CES links from the show: 

First LG Smart TV running WebOS goes public at CES:


Google unveils the Open Automotive Alliance to in collaboration with Audi, GM, Honda, Hynudai and Nvidia:


Wearables at CES include LG’s Lifeband fitness tracker: 


Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils the 192-core Tegra K1 mobile processor for Android devices at CES: 


DTNS 2141: Quanto smash!

DTNS logo by Sam SmithDarren Kitchen of Hak5 joins me to talk about Quantum Computers and free Harvard coding classes, while Len Peralta illustrates the show and introduces us to Quanto!

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Show Notes

NSA seeks to build quantum computer that could crack most types of encryption:  The Washington Post reports the NSA is building a “crypto logically useful computer” according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden. The $79.7 million research program is named “Penetrating Hard Targets”. Quantum Computers have been demonstrated by labs in the EU and Switzerland and a company called D-Wave. Quantum computers are actually slower than classical computers at most tasks but can perform certain functions like factoring prime numbers more efficiently.

Further reading on Quantum Computing (from Darren)





CES: Wearables, 4k video & tablets: A quick search on Google News for the terms ‘CES expect’ reveals 13,000 results that indicate wearable, 4k video & tablets will be the big trend. Now you don’t have to go.

News From You: 

Engadget reports that Fox will continue the tradition of streaming the US Super Bowl football game for free online. Fox will also stream its playoff coverage but that will only be available to certain cable subscribers. CBS, the network that streamed the Super Bowl for free last year, will be streaming all of its playoff coverage online for free. (Submitted by flyingspatula)

EDX, a Massively Open Online Course, or MOOC provider, will offer Harvard’s Introduction to Computer Science course online absolutely free with no prerequisites. Languages covered include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML.  (Submitted by Skyjedi)

According to GigaOm, YouTube will not only show off 4K Streaming at CES but will do it with their own royalty-free VP9 codec. Google’s been trying to push the codec since it acquired it back in the VP8 days. This time they have 19 hardware partners on board to help the push, including big companies like Sony, Intel, Samsung, Broadcom and Marvell among others.  (Submitted by spsheridan) 

More links from the show:  

BlackBerry wants Seacrest OUT — of the physical keyboard business:


T-Mobile CEO calls AT&T’s latest promotion a “desperate move”:


CES: What Acer is bringing to Las Vegas:


Twitter launches Vine for the Web:


Snapchat will let users opt out of its Find Friends feature: 


DTNS 2140: My car has lasers

DTNSTim Stevens joins me to talk about the tech news of the day, Ford’s solar car, and auto expectations at CES.

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Show Notes:

Laser Solar Car of the Future? BBC News reports that at CES, Ford will show off a new concept version of it’s C-Max hybrid that uses solar panels on the roof to supplement charging. A lens on the roof tracks the sun and concentrates rays on the solar cells to maximize collection.

Plea Bargain: The New York Times editorial board has asked the US government to consider a plea bargain for leaker Edward Snowden.

News From You:

According to Business Insider, Rep. Steve Stockman of Texas is now taking Bitcoins for his campaign fund against Texas Senator John Cornyn. (Submitted by jjd241)

BBC News reports that the YS FAA has announced six states will host sites for testing commercial drones. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the tests for developing safety regulations. (Submitted by KAPT_Kipper)

More links from the show: 

Skype hacked:


Snapchat, too:


Nest Labs valued at 2 billion after $150 million funding round:


CES: LG to unveil smart TV powered by WebOS:


Dark Wallet, brought to you by the creator of the 3D gun:


Chinese phone maker Xiaomi doubled smartphone sales in 2013