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Why Lenovo wins, App makes any surface into a touch screen, Facebook makes you miserable http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Rene Ritchie, iMore.com, EIC
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tmFacebook wants to control another little piece of your life, payments. AllThingsD reports Facebook confirmed they will test a service allowing anyone who has given credit card information to use their Facebook account to make purchases on mobile apps. JackThreads is the pilot partner.http://allthingsd.com/20130815/facebook-testing-out-paypal-competitor-in-bid-to-simplify-mobile-commerce-purchases/

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iaLenovo announced that its mobile device sales have overtaken its PC sales thanks to growth in China. Lenovo has a staggering 42% of the Chinese market and reported its shipments of phones and tablets are up 41% year over year. Lenovo has been itching to get into the U.S. phone marke. CEO Yang Yuanqing told the WSJ that "If a target or deal is consistent with Lenovo's strategy, we would take the opportunity." BlackBerry deal, anyone?http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/15/4623524/top-pc-maker-lenovo-sells-more-phones-and-tablets-than-computers

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tmUbi Interactive, part of Microsoft's Kinect Accelerator program has created an app that combined with a projector and a Kinect for Windows, can turn any surface into a virtual touchscreen. For $149 the software supports a 45-inch display size. The pro version for $379 and business version for $799 both can go to 100 inches. The basic version supports one touch point and the business version supports two. If you want 20 touch points you'll need the $1499 enterprise edition. The app works on Windows 8 and Ubi is taking orders now at ubi-interactive.com.http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/15/4623606/ubi-interactive-kinect-app-turns-projector-into-touchscreen

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iaActivision released multiplayer details about "Call of Duty: Ghosts." The multiplayer mode will allow players to customize their characters via the Create-A-Soldier feature. You'll be able to choose weapon loadouts and alter your character's appearance. You'll also be able to create up to 10 soldiers who can compete in the new Squads mode, which features co-op, competitive and solo options. Ghosts launches November 5th. http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/08/14/call-of-duty-ghosts-multiplayer/2653853/

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tmThe FBI has cracked encryption on two Western Digital My Book Essential external hard drives in a case against Jeffrey Feldman of Wisconsin, accused of three counts of receiving and possessing child pornography. Feldman has declined to give up his passwords, causing a legal battle about self-incrimination. FBI agent Chadwick Elgersma said in court documents that 7 more drives remain encrypted. The Feds did not reveal what kind of encryption was used on the drives.http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/08/feds-crack-encrypted-drives/

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iaRemember that Android OS flaw that led to a whole bunch of wallet apps to be insecure? Well, Google has issued a patch that fixes a flaw in the pseudorandom number generator. The bug in the number generator made it possible to steal Bitcoins from Bitcoin wallets that generated keys from an Android app. There was at least one reported theft with $5,700 worth of Bitcoins stolen.http://gigaom.com/2013/08/15/androids-bitcoin-wallet-busting-security-bug-gets-patched/

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tmApple will supposedly announce a new iPhone September 10. ABI Research and KGI Securities say Apple will include a fingerprint reader on the new phone. Apple bought a fingerprint-sensor maker AuthenTec last year. Still don't believe it? Well the stock market does. Analysts believe a race for biometric devices will kick off with the announcement and biometric companies are getting a boost. Bloomberg reports shares of Precise Biometrics have doubled since Apple's AuthenTec deal and added 12 percent to the stock price yesterday. Fingerprint Cards AB has risen 10 times since AuthenTec and surged 14% yesterday.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-13/iphone-fingerprint-reader-talk-boosting-biometric-stocks.html

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iaWho is the king of the streaming set-top-boxes? If you guessed Apple, you'd be dead wrong. According to new data from Parks Associates, the number one streamer is Roku. 37% of the 10,000 people polled used a Roku box to stream media. 24% used an Apple TV. Parks Associates says that the media streamers have a bright future with consumers because consumers are reluctant to replace "big-ticket items solely for smart upgrades."http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2423089,00.asp

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tmWireless devices that don't need a battery? Scientists are on it! Researchers at the University of Washington have developed prototypes that use "ambient backscatter" to draw power from RF signals like radio and TV broadcasts. The devices communicate by absorbing or reflecting the ambient signals. The devices could be used for structural sensors or embedded in things like keys so your couch can text you if your keys fall between he cushions.http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/15/university-of-washington-ambient-backscatter/

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iaTired of going to the internet, downloading Skype, then installing it? So much work! Well, lazy people, your life is about to get easier. Microsoft will be shipping Skype with Windows 8.1 and the app will be "front-and-center" on the updated OS. When you log in to your MS account, you'll be ready to Skype with all the Skype-y people. Enjoy!http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/08/15/skype-will-be-baked-into-windows-8-1-featured-front-and-center-on-the-start-screen/

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tmTop PC maker Lenovo sells more phones and tablets than computershttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/15/4623524/top-pc-maker-lenovo-sells-more-phones-and-tablets-than-computers

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LENOVO REPORTS STRONG FIRST QUARTER 2013/14 RESULTShttp://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1705SOURCE

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- Lenovo mobile have passed PC sales ( record $8.8 billion in revenue and $170 million in profit)
- IDC had Lenovo as top PC vendor in Q2
- Lenovo 42% mobile marketshare China, Phone and tablet shipments up 41% yoy (132% for smartphones alone)
- Wants to bring phones to US next year
- On Black Berry, CEO Yang Yuanqing to WSJ "If a target or deal is consistent with Lenovo’s strategy, we would take the opportunity,
Q: Is Lenovo the exception that proves the rule, or is there hope for HP and Dell?

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iaKinect app that turns any surface into a 'touchscreen' debuts for $149
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/15/4623606/ubi-interactive-kinect-app-turns-projector-into-touchscreenVIDEO

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Turn any surface into a touch screen with Ubi Interactive and Kinect for Windows
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2013/08/13/turn-any-surface-into-a-touch-screen-with-ubi-interactive-and-kinect-for-windows.aspx?Redirected=true

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Ubi Pre-order pagehttp://www.ubi-interactive.com/#order

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- An app that turns any surface into a touchscreen has now moved out of beta stage and is on sale for consumers
- the Ubi app for Windows 8 combined with a Kinect for Windows and a projector lets you manipulate projected images.
- The Kinect tracks your movements and it should operate the same way you've used touchscreen phones and tablets. Multi-touch and gesture support are available

There are four different packages from Ubi:
- basic costs $149, allows one point of input. supports images up to 45-inches
- business version allows two for $800. Business can provide 100-inch support
- Enterprise gets you 20 points for $1500

Q: I've been excited about this since I've seen Bill Gates demo something like this at CES. Are you interested in this?

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tmFacebook can make you miserablehttp://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/10242414/Facebook-can-make-you-miserable.html

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Facebook Use Predicts Declines in Subjective Well-Being in Young Adultshttp://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0069841SOURCE

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- Study by Ethan Kross, a social psychologist who led the work at the University of Michigan. published in PLOS One
- 82 median age 19 w/ Facebook accounts replied to text messages 5 times a day for 2 weeks
- "Our results indicate that Facebook use predicts negative shifts on both of these variables over time. The more people used Facebook at one time point, the worse they felt the next time we text-messaged them; the more they used Facebook over two-weeks, the more their life satisfaction levels declined over time"
- The researchers said that they found no evidence that people used Facebook when they felt unhappy already.
Q: Should we cheer up and stop using Facebook?

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iaeBay's My Gadgets could turn tech hoarders into impulse sellers http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4622600/ebay-launches-my-gadgets-collection-facilitates-selling

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- eBay launched a new service today called "My Gadgets"
- It's a private inventory of the toys you buy
- You have to add each item on your own
- If you bought items on ebay, they will automatically be a part of the list
- eBay will automatically put prices on each of your items and give you a running total on your gadgets. You can even see price trends
- The inventory isn't public until you want to sell something

Q: Does this seem like a good idea for consumers? Will this create a new bunch of ebay sellers?

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tmPress Suckered By Anti-Google Group's Bogus Claim That Gmail Users Can't Expect Privacy - THX PSYSPUDhttp://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130814/14262524177/press-suckered-anti-google-groups-bogus-claim-that-gmail-users-cant-expect-privacy.shtml

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Yes, Gmail users have an expectation of privacyhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4621474/yes-gmail-users-have-an-expectation-of-privacy

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Google Motion to Dismisshttp://www.scribd.com/doc/160134104/Google-Motion-to-Dismiss-061313SOURCE

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Smith v. Marylandhttp://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/scripts/getcase.pl?court=us&vol=442&invol=735SOURCE (cited)

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Mentioned briefly yesterday but fury rages on "Google says email users have no expectation of privacy" PR from Consumer Watchdog
- Nilay Patel on The Verge and Mike Masnick on TechDirt have excellent explanations of what's really going on
- Class-action lawsuit against Google accused of violating wiretapping laws by scanning email at server level and putting ads next to email
- In filing to dismiss in June 'Indeed, "a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties."' Using Smith v. Maryland as precedent.
- Patel points out the quote refers to non-Gmail users who send email to Gmail users. Gmail users are covered by Google's Unified Privacy Policy
- "Non-Gmail users who send emails to Gmail recipients must expect that their emails will be subjected to Google's normal processes as the [email] provider for their intended recipients."
- Masnick thinks the real issue here will be fighting off Government in future, Gov't may use Smith v. Maryland and cite Google's own use of ti in defense.
Q: Are you angry at Google?

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iaGoogle blocks Microsoft's new YouTube Windows Phone app
http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/15/4624706/google-blocks-window-phone-youtube-app

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YouTube returns to Windows Phone
http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-youtube-windows-phone-20130814,0,2646789.story

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- This broke during the show
- MS just released a YT app and now it's being blocked by Google
- Google says that the app is blocked for violating terms of use
- "Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service,"
- The Verge says that Google simply revoked the API key Microsoft was attempting to use as the software giant had reverse engineered YouTube's ad code.
- The YouTube app returned to WP after being gone for 3 months. The app let users upload video and stream live video feeds.
- Microsoft says it's working on resolving the issue with its updated YouTube app. “Google is blocking our updated YouTube app for Windows Phone," says a Microsoft spokesperson. "We are working with them to resolve the issue.”

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Microsoft is remaking Blake's 7 for the Xboxhttp://io9.com/microsoft-is-remaking-blakes-7-for-the-xbox-1141509974

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Plants vs. Zombies 2' review: a leaf to the pasthttp://www.theverge.com/2013/8/14/4618432/plants-vs-zombies-2-review

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App.net, the project to build a better social network, turns onehttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/15/app-net/

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Dell brings forward second-quarter results release to Thursdayhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/14/us-dell-results-idUSBRE97D19720130814

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Samsung's ATIV S Neo arrives Friday 8/16

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Steve Jobs biopic 'jOBS' starring Ashton Kutcher will finally hit US theaters tomorrow 8/16

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Hi TNT crew,

You were talking about Samsungs contest to find uses of flexible displays.

There are several medical uses people have already thought of: the G-Tone watch to monitor blood sugars or the Gluco(M) wristband which wants to do something similar.

And Apple recently hired some experts from the medical sensor technologies, which may hint that they may include some of this in their upcoming wrist technology.

(An article is here from AppleInsider: http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/07/18/rumored-apple-hires-from-medical-sensor-field-could-hint-at-iwatch-capabilities )

Does Samsung want to try to out-do Apple in this arena, by asking the public? Well, we are certainly not experts here. If I were Samsung, I would just copy Apple's ideas; oh wait, they already have!

Love your show,

George
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