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Next iPad Mini retina display in superposition, Secrets of Motorola's X8 processor, Google gets nosy in your neighborhood http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Patrick Beja
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tmStruggling to make profiles when they came to the Netflix app for Apple TV? Struggle no more! Netflix has officially brought back individual user profiles. The revamped feature allows up to five profiles per account and will show personalized recommendations to each. Each profile can link to a separate Facebook account. Netflix suggests using some of the profiles for moods or combinations of people like family night. The feature will roll out slowly over the next two weeks to all users. Some users may have carried over profiles from their DVD accounts. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/01/netflix-is-rolling-out-profiles-bringing-personalized-recommendations-to-people-sharing-an-account/

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slTo retina or not to retina? That is the question that anonymous sources familiar with the matter are trying to answer. The ones talking to the Wall Street Journal say a Retina mini is expected to go into mass production by the end of this year, and may also feature screens produced by Japan Display and LG Display, as well as Samsung, It also may come in a selection of colors for the back cover. HOWEVER 9to5 Mac on the other hand reports on a hidden file in the iOS7 SDK which indicates the next iPad Mini will NOT have a retina display. But hey both rumours agree the new mini will reportedly keep the 7.9-inch screen. http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/08/sources-confirm-that-next-ipad-mini-will-or-will-not-have-retina-display/

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iaAfter some discussions with Microsoft, Google will continue to support its Sync service for Windows Phone until December 31st. The service was originally going to be discontinued in January of this year, then Google extended that to July 31st and now we've got this latest drop dead date of December 31st. Google's sync service allowed Windows Phone devices to sync calendar and contact information. Microsoft is rolling out CalDAV and CardDAV support to Windows Phone right now, so when Google Sync goes away, you'll still have your contacts and calendar info. http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/1/4577814/google-windows-phone-exchange-activesync-extension-december

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tmAs promised Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jang and Chengyu Song of the Georgia Institute of Technology, showed off their hack to access an iPhone plugged into a modified charger and inject code. The bad news when we first heard of this is that all public charging spots became suspect. The good news now is Apple said the issue has been fixed in the latest beta of iOS 7.http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/08/01/us-apple-hacking-idINBRE97002120130801

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slGoogle’s Chromecast Internet TV adapter already works with Hulu content, but Hulu Plus subscribers are about to get things like complete past seasons of TV shows and other goodies, Hulu can't stop users from using the “cast” feature to stream free Hulu.com video from a Chrome browser tab to a TV. but Hulu says it's enhancing its iOS and Android apps to take advantage of the native capabilities of the Chromecast device, for smoother playback and better remote-control capabilities and browsing.http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/hulu-plans-to-hook-subscription-service-into-google-chromecast-1200570400/

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iaNSA director General Keith Alexander gave a keynote address at Black Hat yesterday. Alexander explained the legal basis for the NSA's authority to collect data and that the NSA does not collect content such as text messages, voice messages, or locational information. Apparently his talk was met with applause in support of the NSA at times and profane heckling as well. https://threatpost.com/nsa-director-defends-surveillance-activities-during-tense-black-hat-keynote/101541

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tmThe USB 3.0 Promoter Group has finalized the spec for USB 3.1. Stop yawning. That point upgrade will double the USB bandwidth to 10 Gbps and still support USB 2.0. Developer sessions for the spec will begin August 21st and chipsets are expected from the usual suspects like INtel and AMD. For those enjoying watching Firewire history repeat itself, Intel's Thunderbolt 2 is expected to hit 20 Gbps this year but receive less uptake.http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/01/usb-alliance-finalizes-10gbps-specification-as-usb-3-1/

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slQuartz reports Google is testing out local news cards for Google Now and is in the experimenta testing phase, getting feedback from users about whether it should go live for everyone on Android. For example, your local news would tell you things like nearby crimes & restaurant openings .tailored to your specific interests and your geolocation coordinates. This would be in addition to Now info like flight schedules, transit stops and travel ETAs, and weather.
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/31/google-testing-local-news-in-google-now-as-well-as-the-limits-of-feature-bloat-on-the-android-assistant/

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tmIn advance of Motorola lifting the gag order on talking about the Moto X, Motorola's senior vice president of engineering Iqbal Arshad gave some more details on the mysterious X8 processing system first mentioned at Verizon's Droid announcement. The X8 has a Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC working with two non-ARM Digital Signal Processors created by Motorola. One of these DSPs acts as a processor when the phone is asleep, delivering notifications, the other handles noise cancellation and voice. Motorola says the two DSPs can work with any processor and save a lot of battery life.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422513,00.asp

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iaThe Associated Press reports that German news sites are still allowing their content to appear on Google News even after lobbying for stricter German copyright law that would remove their content from Google. Earlier this year, Google said it would only display information from those who opted in to have free snippets appear on Google News. One publisher, Axel Springer AG, says that the decision to opt into Google News is a temporary measure and its approval could be revoked at any time. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_GERMANY_COPYRIGHT_LAW?SITE=FLDAY&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

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slApple said to be eyeing Samsung for Retina iPad Mini screenshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57596477-37/apple-said-to-be-eyeing-samsung-for-retina-ipad-mini-screens/

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Apple has A6-based iPad mini without Retina display in the workshttp://9to5mac.com/2013/07/31/apple-has-a6-based-ipad-mini-without-retina-display-in-the-works/

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- iPad mini may have a high-resolution screen from Samsung, sources tell WSJ. apple just can't quit samsung
- same size, possible different back colors
- Apple plans to use screens from Samsung, Sharp, & LG. apple decided to add Samsung to ensure adequate supply of screens. For the current iPad mini, Apple uses screens from LG & Taiwan's AU Optronics
- apple trying to get away from samsung - Recently, agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to produce chips starting in 2014, for example, according to people familiar with the matter.
- 9to5Mac reported that we had located references to a likely non-Retina iPad mini with an A6 processor in iOS 7 code - maybe lower price point version?
q: does apple have to bite the bullet and have hi-rez inventory to beat the nexus 7?

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tmMotorola Reveals More X8 Chip Detailshttp://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2422513,00.asp

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Motorola X8 pagehttp://www.motorola.com/us/consumers/Motorola-X8-Mobile-Computing-System/x8-mobile-computing-system,en_US,pd.htmlSOURCE

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Motorola X8 processing system (Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, Droid Maxx, Moto X) - Motorola’s Senior VP of Engineering Iqbal Arshad w/Sascha Segan PCMag
- Qualcomm Sanapdragon S4 Pro SoC 1.7 GHz w/ custom firmware
- Contextual computing processor - sense, touch, display and primary processor in standby (those lock screen notifications)
- Natural language processor - Motorola's own noise cancellation
- DSPs mystery: Specd by Motorola. Designed and Fabbed outside. Not ARM
- DSPs can work with any CPU theoretically. E easily with any Qualcomm.
- Motorola says 50% better performance on gaming battery rundown "would need two additional batteries"

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iaGoogle is testing a local news product for Google Now
http://qz.com/110493/google-is-testing-a-local-news-product-for-google-now

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- According to Quartz, Google is testing a local news card for Google Now
- The tests are being carried out within Google itself, no beta outside of the company
- Quartz was told of its existence during an interview with Johnanna Wright, VP of search and assist at Google
- She said Google is testing a "very local hyper-local news card" that would teach you things about your neighborhood
- The product is only live in an "experimental version"

Q: A number of companies including NBC, AOL and MS have tried their hand at local, but no one has really cracked it -- could Google do it?

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slCanon Vixia Mini targets selfie video shootershttp://reviews.cnet.com/8301-6500_7-57596253/canon-vixia-mini-targets-selfie-video-shooters/

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- Canon's new Vixia Mini in a minicamcorder/Webcam. single front cam is an f2.8 16.8mm fish-eye lens giving you a 160-degree angle of view for movies (170 degrees for photos), which is like a GoPro or action cam. Close-Up mode narrows the approximate focal length to 35mm, cutting out the distortion and recording a centered 1,920x1,440-pixel-resolution video.
- 12-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor can record high-bit-rate MP4 files in 1080p. There are also high-speed and slow-motion recording options (two of each). Everything gets stored to a microSD card - sold separately. built-in wifi, fast uploading to YT, FB. Livestream feature - record to Android/iOS device, control camera remotely
- no external mic jack. Audio Scene Select modes allow you to adjust the sound for music, speech, road noise. etc. Mini-HDMI port is for output only.
- 2.7-inch 230K-dot-resolution touch screen, built-in stand that will elevate the body up to 60 degrees, and a tripod mount on the bottom.
- arrives in September, $300. black or white body
q: flip cam was a big thing and then disappeared with smartphone videocams, is the Vixia Mini bringing it back?

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tmStudy Finds 3D Printers Pay For Themselves In Under a Yearhttp://tech.slashdot.org/story/13/08/01/0019259/study-finds-3d-printers-pay-for-themselves-in-under-a-year

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Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printershttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0957415813001153SOURCE

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Michigan Technical University - team Joshua Pearce Associate Professor
- RepRap 3D printer print 20 items
- quantified for print time, energy, and filament consumption and compared to low and high Internet market prices for similar products without shipping costs.
- $18 to print all 20 items
- Lowest retail $312. Highest $1943
- RepRap pays for itself in 4 months to 2 years (can print its own replacement parts too)

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iaHP launches Android-based SlateBook 'PC'http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57596068-94/hp-launches-android-based-slatebook-pc/

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PC Obsolescence In Action: Users Who Own Smartphones And Tablets Are Dropping Their PC Usage In The UK
http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/01/pc-obsolescence-in-action-users-who-own-smartphones-and-tablets-are-dropping-their-pc-usage-in-the-uk/

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- HP has launched a new PC and it's running Android 4.2
- For about $480, you can get an HP Slatebook 10-h010nr x2 PC (catchy name!), which is a 10-inch tablet with a keyboard dock powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 with Intel HD graphics, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SSD
- Originally the device was to launch in August, but it's already available on HP's site.
- HP is calling this device a PC

Q: Is this a PC if HP is calling it one?
- UK communications regulator Ofcom published some figures in its 2013 Communications Market Report
- When consumers are active users of smartphones (now at 51% penetration in the UK) and tablets (now double the penetration of 2012 at 24%, 56% of which is iPad), those consumers are swaying away from using laptop and desktop PCs.

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Human teleportation is far more impractical than we thoughthttp://io9.com/human-teleportation-is-far-more-impractical-than-we-tho-988408753

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Hi all

Yesterday you were talking about OpenTable taking payments for meals you eat at a restaurant. You asked how a restaurant would know if you had paid.

It's simple!

Everyone who wants to pay just bring a Fastrack transponder, and the restaurant owners will just have a transponder reader at the exit.

Yes, people will look ridiculous wearing one of these on the belts or in their pockets. But it will solve the issue.

Love the show,

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Hey Tom-
Another way people may want to look at fixing their buffering
problems with many services is with a free IPv6 tunnel. Hurricane
provides these for free, but so do other companies. This effectively
proxies their traffic behind that provider, and allows them to access
services such as Netflix and Youtube via IPv6, even if their native
provider doesn't support it. I know from my house where Verizon has
problems to YouTube, adding a tunnel made everything fly.

Reid

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