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TITLE: Putting the Soft in MicrosoftWouldn't it be nice? | Ellison doesn't matter

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How crazy is the Hyperloop? Xbox One drops another restriction, Sony to sell lenses for smartphones http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Denise Howell, Legal expert
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tmElon Musk revealed the details of his Hyperloop transport system and the Internet went wild! In short, Musk proposes building two steel tubes mostly along Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles. 28 passengers would board an aluminum capsule every 30 seconds to 2 minutes to be whipped at a top speed of 768 miles per hour in a low-pressure environment. Hyperloop would cost an estimated $6 billion. Musk has oppen-sourced the idea and requests ideas and improvements be sent to hyperloop@teslamotors.com or hyperloop@spacex.com.http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-08-12/revealed-elon-musk-explains-the-hyperloop

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slthe U.S Secret Service has released the first 104 pages of agency documents about the late coder and activist Aaron Swartz, including a brief report on Swartz’s suicide less than three months before his scheduled trial. In January 2011, Swartz was caught using MIT’s public network to bulk-download 4 million academic articles. MIT had a subscription to the archive that made it free to use from MIT’s campus. The Secret Service was brought into the case early on, and federal prosecutors ultimately charged Swartz with wire fraud and computer hacking.http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/swartz-foia-release/

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iaAccording to Windows Weekly's own Mary Jo Foley, Windows 8.1 will be available to the general public in mid-October even though the OS update is on target to go RTM at the end of this month. PC makers will receive a version of 8.1 soon so they can test out the update with new hardware also slated for October. Windows 8.1 has been widely considered a response to all the criticisms Windows 8 faced with a number of new features like a Start flag on the desktop. http://www.zdnet.com/microsofts-windows-8-1-when-will-users-get-the-final-bits-7000019281/

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tmMicrosoft's getting soft in its old age. Previously the Xbox One wwas not supposed to be able to operate without the Kinect on. Now Xbox One platform architect Marc Whitten says the Xbox One will run perfectly fine even if the Kinect isn't connected to it. Whitten also confirmed that you can turn the Kinect completely off even when it is connected and it will not collect any information.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423002,00.asp

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slNorwegian officials say they won't let Apple take aerial photographs of Oslo to create 3D images for its Maps app. Anyone wishing to fly over the capital to take pictures requires a licence from the authorities.
Other map brands have used flat satellite images for their services. Nokia also has 3D-images of Oslo's buildings in its Here product but only for parts of the city. News of the denial was first reported by the local newspaper Aftenposten. It said officials were worried about the public having access to detailed views of government buildings.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23675327

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iaFacebook just picked up speech-recognition developer Mobile Technologies. Tom Stocky, product-management director at Facebook, said this "is an investment in our long-term product roadmap..." In the past, Mobile Technologies built an app that allowed for speech-to-speech translation as well as providing automatic interpretation services for lectures. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-12/facebook-to-buy-mobile-technologies-for-voice-recognition.html

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tmTibet.net, the Chinese-language website of the Tibetan government-in-exile, has been compromised, according to security company Kaspersky Lab. The malicious software could be used to spy on visitors. Kaspersky reports the site has been under attack since 2011 but previous breaches have been quietly fixed without attracting attention.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23680686

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slSamsung's 55-inch Curved OLED set is nine thousand dollars, but that's quite a bit less than the $15,000 quoted last month. the Samsung KN55S9C was designed with a curved profile in order to "envelope" viewers -- your viewing experience more immersive. The OLED set includes the company's Multi-View feature, which lets two people watch different programming at the same time when using compatible active 3D glasses, and it's compatible with the Evolution Kit Samsung introduced at CES. The 55-inch KN55S9C is on its way to select retailers.http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/13/samsungs-curved-oled-tv-shipping/

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tmOne sign that Google is the new Apple is that we here at Tech news Today now get "you cover too much Google" complaints instead of "you cover too much Apple" complaints. Another sign is that Google's new products lead to a spate of complaints about bugs. The new Nexus 7 apparently has problems with GPS and multitouch. Chatter about phantom inputs and screen freak outs have become common on the XDA Developers and Google Product forums according to Engadget. Google says "The Android team is aware of this issue and investigating." http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/13/2013-nexus-7-multitouch-bug/

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iaThere's a new class action lawsuit against Microsoft that claims MS "issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company's financial performance and its tablet computer, the Surface RT." Microsoft recently took a $900 million charge for the Surface RT, parts and accessories on its last quarterly statement. If you want to join the class action, you'll have to be a Microsoft stock holder between the period of April 18, 2013 and July 18, 2013. http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57598304-75/microsoft-hit-with-class-action-suit-over-surface-rt/

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tmHyperloop—a theoretical, 760 mph transit system made of sun, air, and magnetshttp://arstechnica.com/business/2013/08/hyperloop-a-theoretical-760-mph-transit-system-made-of-sun-air-and-magnets/

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Tracking Hyperloop, Elon Musk's high-speed pipe dreamhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/13/4616792/elon-musk-hyperloop-high-speed-travel

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Hyperloop Faces Technical Hurdleshttp://www.navigantresearch.com/blog/hyperloop-faces-technical-hurdles

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Does the Hyperloop even make sense for California?http://qz.com/114463/does-the-hyperloop-even-make-sense-for-california/

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Hyperloop blog posthttp://www.teslamotors.com/blog/hyperloop

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Hyperloop Alphahttp://www.teslamotors.com/sites/default/files/blog_images/hyperloop-alpha.pdfSOURCE

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- 2 steel tubes, low pressure, powered by solar arrays, at top speed 760 mph (300 mph in urban and mountainous terrain)
- 6.11 feet by 4.43 feet at widest, Aluminum pods 28 psgrs. every 30 secs. to 2 mins. (840 psgrs/hr)
- 1/6 Mars pressure (100 pascals), hard vacuum too expensive
- "air bearing" skis float on air cushion, air supplied from intake valves
- Linear induction motors magnets in tube as stator, magnets on capsule as rotor
- Solar arrays generate 52MW tube needs 6MW
- Price estimated at $6 billion for $7.5 billion you could take your car in a capsule
- Sam Jaffe, writing on the Navigant Research blog, heat dissipation, water carriage, winds
- Musk: "I'm somewhat tempted to at least make a demonstration prototype"
- weigh in on the designs, requesting ideas and improvements be sent to hyperloop@teslamotors.com or hyperloop@spacex.com
Q: Will we ever see this? Or is this generation's monorail?

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iaXbox One no longer requires Kinect to be plugged in

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/12/4615586/xbox-one-no-longer-needs-kinect-plugged-in

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Kinect No Longer Mandatory For Xbox One (But Will Still Come With It) [UPDATE]
http://kotaku.com/xbox-one-wont-actually-need-kinect-plugged-in-microso-1113142909

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Microsoft tested Xbox One controllers with built-in screens and the ability to emit smells
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/12/4615432/xbox-one-controller-concepts-screens-speakers-smells

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A couple of xbox stories in the news:
- Xbox chief product officer Marc Whitten told IGN that the Xbox will no longer require a Kinect to function
- In May, MS said the Kinect would be a mandatory part of the system and it would be required to be plugged in at all times
- Whitten says w/o the Kinect plugged in, you won't be able to use any feature that explicitly uses the sensor
- Kotaku asked MS "Does MS still have no intentions of selling a Kinect-free bundle?" MS said "Kinect is still an essential and integrated part of the Xbox One platform." MS didn't answer directly

- MS head of Xbox accessories Zulfi Alam told Kotaku that MS was testing a smell-emitting Xbox controller, but it didn't work out in practice
- Additionally, MS tested having a screen on the controller and speakers. Battery drain & player focus on the TV made MS drop the idea. Speakers were nixed b/c it was distracting

Q: What's the bigger story? Yet another Microsoft turnaround or the smelly controllers?

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iaLarry Ellison says 'we already know' Apple is doomed without Steve Jobs
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/12/4615882/larry-ellison-says-we-already-know-apple-is-doomed-without-steve-jobs

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Charlie Rose asks "What happens to Apple without Steve?"http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GUdYebAN-Fs&t=18VIDEO (pre-roll)

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Larry Ellison: Steve Jobs was 'our Edison'
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57598225-37/larry-ellison-steve-jobs-was-our-edison/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=title

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26- Oracle's Larry Ellison gave an interview to Charlie Rose of CBS This Morning
- Ellison was asked about Steve Jobs and Ellison said "He was our Edison, he was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor."
- When asked about what how Apple will fair without Jobs, Ellison said the following
- For the audio listeners, with Jobs, Ellison motioned up with his finger. Without Jobs in the past, Ellison motioned down. Then when Jobs returned, Ellison pointed his finger up. Now without jobs, his finger fell back down.
- He says we've seen Apple without Jobs before and the Job-less Apple experiment already happened

Q: Ellison was a friend of Jobs - do you buy his assessment of Apple w/o Jobs?

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slAmazon’s AWS Now Offers A Push Notification Service For iOS, Android And Kindle Apps, Widening Its Toolkit For Mobile Developershttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/13/amazons-aws-now-offers-a-push-notification-service-for-ios-android-and-kindle-apps-widening-its-toolkit-for-mobile-developers/

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- Amazon Web Services division launched SNS Mobile Push. developers set up and send notifications — app updates, news about your contacts, marketing msgs — to users of its apps across iOS, Android and Kindle devices, with the first million messages sent free.
- after 1M, every million messages published costs $.50, with another $.50 for every million messages delivered (in other words, $1.00 total per million push notifications).
- Amazon notes that by offering a cross-platform solution, it’s taking out some of the work and cost for developers, who would have in the past had to create notifications and integrations with each platform on which their app exists, or develop their own proprietary solutions.
- no word on windows phone or html5-based content
q: is the cross-platform angle what makes amazon most attractive here? pricing?

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slSony 'lens-camera' leak shows smartphone attachments with built-in sensor, processor and morehttp://www.phonedog.com/2013/08/12/sony-lens-camera-leak-shows-smartphone-attachments-with-built-in-sensor-processor-and-more/

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- According to Sony Alpha Rumors, new sony lens-camera magnetic attachments are on the way- for Android or iOS. Once clipped on, the phone will be able to control the camera over a Wi-Fi or NFC connection
- two different lens-cameras; one will feature an RX100MII sensor and Zeiss lens, 2nd will sport an 1/2.3-inch 18-megapixel CMOS sensor with a 10x zoom lens.
q: better to have an attachment than built-into cam?

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tmApple aerial map photos blocked over Oslo in Norwayhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23675327

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Aerial photos of Oslo from Google Imageshttps://www.google.com/search?q=oslo+aerial+photos&safe=off&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=OGUKUpGdFYigyAGl24GoDw&ved=0CCoQsAQ&biw=993&bih=791PICS

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Norway's National Security Authority denied Apple permission to take aerial photographs of Oslo for the 3D flyover in Apple Maps app
- worried about the public having access to detailed views of government buildings. according to Aftenposten.
- Nokia has 3D images of parts of Oslo in "Here"
- a spokeswoman for Norway's National Security Authority suggested alternative way "One way would be to contact a Norwegian supplier who already has a licence. Another way would be to just buy the needed mapping from the Norwegian Mapping Authority."
Q: Is this prudent security or behind-the-times paranoia?

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LG ships retro TV with rotary dials
http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/12/lg-ships-retro-tv-with-rotary-dials/

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China orders demolition of rock villa on high-rise roofhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-23677990

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Moving 'for rent' sign uses camera, motorized mount to track pedestrians (video)http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/12/moving-for-rent-sign/VIDEO

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Internet for kidshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A81IwlDeV6c#at=809VIDEO (Start at beginning then flip to 17:54)Thx cptime!

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Like others, I purchased a season pass of "Breaking Bad, Season 5" last year only to learn now that the remainder of the season requires a separate purchase titled "Breaking Bad, The Final Season". But Season 5 is the Final Season.

So if the lesson from this for myself and others is that we cannot trust the stores in regards to current television seasons still in process, who wins? I know for myself, I will take pause and consider the product before buying another season pass for a yet to be completed show. I'd rather watch it late and know what I'm purchasing, than to risk paying more than expected in order to get all of I what I expected.

Michael

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Hey TNT Crew,

After listening about the Lytro in Episode 815 I began to think about what could be down the road for the unique camera technology.

Part of my complaint about 3D movies is that the focal point is fixed. So if you are looking at the wrong spot during the movie it looks very blurry and could be a little disorienting. This could add a lot of value to watching content multiple times as well because the viewer would have control over what details they are seeing in focus at any point and give the content creators the ability to add tons of Easter eggs in the background.

Now I know there are tons of hurtles to overcome with this such as multiple viewers, refocusing CGI on the fly, etc. But what do you think? Am I on to something?

Thanks and love the show!
- Chris from Cleveland

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G’day TNT.

In episode 812 you were discussing the new boss of Flickr.
The last few times that Flickr has come up in conversation it always seems to result in the same comments. Flickr is no longer fun. It is no longer relevant. There is no one there.
I feel like the old guy who doesn’t get it.

It is a photo storage service that makes its money from advertising to free users and charging Pro users for premium services.
I use Flickr to store a backup of my photos off-site and to give me access to view them when away from home.
Why is it important for Flickr to be hip and social when it has always done the job it was designed to do.

My only frustration with Flickr (which drives me crazy on a regular basis) is the lack of a decent desktop app. The genuine app is very limited in features and most of the third party ones are unreliable.


Thanks for the great show.

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