Darren 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!
Brian 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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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.
Lamarr 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.
Darren 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.