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BlackBerry may spin off Messenger, Long passwords now less secure, Apple TV gets more partners http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Cali Lewis
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tmThe Wall Street Journal reports Blackberry is seriously considering spinning off Blackberry Messenger into a subsidiary to be known as BBM Inc. The report notes several executives have been moved into the Messenger unit in anticipation. BBM is expected to become available on non-BlackBerry phones soon. BlackBerry announced earlier this month it is pursuing strategic alternatives, one of which would be a sale of the company.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57600253-94/blackberry-looks-to-spin-off-messenger-division-report/

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slMicrosoft is done with Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, has started releasing both versions to hardware manufacturers. Consumers still need to wait until October 18 – when Windows 8.1 is launched to the public – before they can purchase the update and start using it. Windows 8.1 was designed to fix some flaws in Windows 8 and win over the public with its touch-friendly approach to desktop computing.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/08/27/microsoft-releases-windows-8-1-to-its-hardware-partners-ahead-of-public-launch-on-october-18/

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iaA Samsung executive told the Korea Times that the company will unveil the Galaxy Gear smart watch at a Samsung event on September 4th. According to a translated version of the Korea Times report, the watch will use a "non-flexible display" but future versions may include flexible tech. The watch is going to be targeted at young trend setters. So I guess us old fogeys are not the market for such a watch. http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/08/27/confirmed-galaxy-gear-smartwatch-and-galaxy-note-iii-will-be-unveiled-on-september-4/

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tmLooks like Apple will have an in-store trade-in program for iPhones. Macrumors Eric Slivka reports that a training program is underway and Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac says his sources say it will start in September. Matthew Panzarino at TechCrunch found the program being tested in a few retail stores already. The pilot program checks for condition and pays a few hundred dollars on a gift card that must be used immediately to buy a new phone. Any remainder money can be kept on the iTunes gift card. Damaged phones can be recycled at the stores as well.http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/26/apples-iphone-trade-in-program-is-already-being-piloted-heres-how-it-works/

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slAmazon has launched its new Mobile Associates API that gives Android and Kindle Fire developers the ability to earn up to 6% of every sale from goods that users buy on Amazon.com through in-app purchases. Developers can sell a single item from within an app, point to a category of products, or bundle physical and digital goods together. http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/08/27/android-and-kindle-fire-app-developers-can-now-link-to-goods-on-amazon-and-earn-a-cut-of-each-sale/

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iaDell introduced three new Latitude series laptops. The Latitude 7000 series runs on Intel Haswell processors, comes in 12- and 14-inch models and feature carbon fiber lids. The 5000 and 3000 series models include 14- and 15-inch models. The lower-end 3000 series starts at $599, while the high-end 7000 series starts at $1049. Both the 3000 and 7000 series will be available starting September 12th. Pricing for the mid-range 5000 series hasn't been disclosed, but they will be available in October. http://www.engadget.com/2013/08/26/dell-latitude-7000-5000-3000/

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tmFacebook has announced shared photo albums, allowing different users to upload images to the same album. Up to 50 people can share as many as 200 photos in an album. If you set up an album you can control whether contributors can invite others or not. Albums themselves can be available to the public, friends of contributors or limited to just the contributors themselves. The feature came out of a January Facebook hackathon.http://mashable.com/2013/08/26/facebook-shared-photo-albums/

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slFacebook is getting ready to pay $9 million to approximately 614,000 users as part of a $20 million legal settlement brought on by users after the social network displayed their pictures in “sponsored stories” ads without permission. Wooo hoo we're all gonna be rich! Iindividual payouts will be $15 each — a total that is higher than the $10 maximum proposed under an earlier version of the settlement. The payouts will only go to those who responded to a notice earlier this year.http://gigaom.com/2013/08/26/facebook-will-pay-15-per-user-after-judge-approves-final-20m-ad-settlement/

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tmApple TV inched forward in features and revealed a little more about who its been negotiating with. The Apple TV now has apps for music-video service Vevo, The Disney Channel and Disney XD, The Weather Channel and Smithsonian. The US gets all the channels, other regions vary.http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/27/apple-tv-gets-vevo-music-videos-disney-and-disney-xd-the-weather-channel-and-smithsonian-content/

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iaARM announced it's picking up Sensinode, a startup that makes internet-of-things software. Sensinode helped build a compression format for IPv6 that allows for low-power, low-bandwidth wireless links. ARM said it will continue to sell Sensinode's products. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. http://techcrunch.com/2013/08/27/arm-acquires-internet-of-things-startup-sensinode-to-move-beyond-tablets-and-phones/

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slBlackBerry Weighs Messenger Spinoffhttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887323407104579038771000828780-lMyQjAxMTAzMDIwNzEyNDcyWj.html

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- bb considering spinning off its messaging service into a subsidiary that would operate with more independence, according to people familiar with the matter.
- subsidiary would be called BBM Inc. The move signals that BlackBerry is trying to position BBM as a valuable asset ahead of a potential sale.
- BlackBerry has been shifting executives over to the BBM team and has been working on a number of offerings beyond messaging, including some tools already available to BlackBerry users, like video chatting
- BBM would this summer become available for the first time on smartphones other than BlackBerrys
- BBM Channels, a Twitter-like tool meant to allow brands and celebrities to more closely interact with customers and fans. It is also considering making BBM available for desktop computers
- PERSPECTIVE: BBM has about 60 million users, according to BlackBerry. WhatsApp has more than 200 million active users.
q: what would bbm realistically replace? skype? AIM? messenger apps?

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“thereisnofatebutwhat­wemake”—Turbo-charged cracking comes to long passwords
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/08/thereisnofatebutwhatwemake-turbo-charged-cracking-comes-to-long-passwords/

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ocl-hashcat-plushttp://hashcat.net/oclhashcat-plus/

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Password Analysis and Cracking Kit, the PACK toolkithttps://github.com/iphelix/PACK

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ocl-Hashcat-plus version 0.15 went from 15-character to generally 55-character limit (24-64 depend on hash and technique)
- dozens of graphics cards
- eight billion guesses per second on a virtually unlimited number of compromised hashes
- " typical TrueCrypt configuration, a PC running ocl-Hashcat-plus and two AMD HD 6990 video cards can cycle through 223,000 password candidates each second, fast enough to exhaust all 14.3 million words contained in the seminal RockYou dump of passwords in 65 seconds. "
- Password Analysis and Cracking Kit, the PACK toolkit was developed by researcher Peter Kacherginsky customizes attack to password policy
Q: What do you do for password safety?

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iaApple TV updated with Vevo, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Weather Channel, Smithsonian apps
http://9to5mac.com/2013/08/27/apple-tv-updated-with-vevo-disney-channel-disney-xd-weather-channel-smithsonian-apps/

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- Apple updated the Apple TV today with a bunch of new apps: Disney Channel, Disney XD, Smithsonian and the Weather Channel
- Watch Disney requires you to authenticate on another device, Watch DisneyXD requires you to activate as well (may require a diff bundle)
- The Disney channel app has several sections: featured, all shows, history, and a Live section that lets you watch whatever is on Disney Channel at the time
- Smithsonian Channel has a lot of sections for video clips like "Science & Nature," History, Kids, and a Full episodes section
- Weather Channel app shows you your weather, featured content, Weather Channel shows like Iron Men, Destination Uncharted. It also has video content broken up by interest like Recreation, Environment, and Nature. It also contains a "Recently Watched" row. The Weather Channel app icon does not change to reflect your weather, though.
- Vevo: There's Vevo TV which just runs videos, there's a search, and you can manage playlists if you link your Apple TV with your Vevo acct

Q: Exciting apps? What do you make of Apple's closed TV ecosystem?

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slFacebook Unveils Shared Photo Albumshttp://mashable.com/2013/08/26/facebook-shared-photo-albums/

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- multiple users can upload images to same album. album creator can share access to up to 50 "contributors," who can each share up to 200 photos.
- users used to only upload photos to albums they created, and each album was limited to 1,000 total photos.
- three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors and contributors only
- new feature was built during one of Facebook's company-wide hackathon sessions
q: cluster, albumatic do this well. another "me too" fb feature or will it catch on?

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tmARM Acquires Internet Of Things Startup Sensinode To Move Beyond Tablets And Phoneshttp://techcrunch.com/2013/08/27/arm-acquires-internet-of-things-startup-sensinode-to-move-beyond-tablets-and-phones/

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Chip designer ARM buys internet of things software firmhttp://www.zdnet.com/chip-designer-arm-buys-internet-of-things-software-firm-7000019892/

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Sensinode Websitehttp://www.sensinode.com/

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mbed project for ARM microcontrollershttp://mbed.org/

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In July ARM began transform part Cambridge HQ into hub for IoT
- ARM wants to sell Cortex-M into IoT market (IMS REsearch est. 30 billion by 2020, ARM current 8.7 billion)
- mbed project for developing ARM-based micro controllers
- Sensinode Oy IoT software NanoStack low-power IPv6, NanoRouter- edge connection to Internet
- Sensinode Created 6LoWPAN (IPv6 over Low power Wireless Personal Area Networks) and CoAP (Constrained Application Protocol) standards. Contributed to Zigbee, ETSI, and OMA
- Smart Meters mesh network, Streetlight control, Parking meters, Home connectivity, sensors, switches, valves

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iaIntel developing 3D laptop cameras that can follow your glare and read your emotions
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2047425/intel-bringing-vision-3d-to-laptop-and-tablet-cameras.html

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Intel bought OMEK in July
http://techcrunch.com/2013/07/16/gesture-in-the-picture-as-intel-reportedly-picks-up-omek-but-primesense-dismisses-apple-acquisition-rumors/

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PrimeSense (who brought you Kinect) were darlings of this world at CEShttp://mashable.com/2013/01/03/worlds-smallest-3d-motion-sensor/

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- Intel is developing a new 3D laptop camera that will hit ultrabooks and notebooks in the second half of 2014
- They are "depth sensing" cameras kind of like the Kinect

Tracking you:
- Intel's director of perceptual products and solutions Anil Nanduri said these cameras will be able to sense your excitement and emotion
- The cameras will also be able to track your eyes

Identifying things:
- These depth sensing cameras identify contours and shapes of items in view and that could be used with 3D printing
- Nanduri says you'll never need to look for a new case for something like a phone since the camera will be able to identify your phone and you could 3D print a case or go to a store where they can print it for you
- A depth sensing picture of a model can be extracted to reveal exact specifications and other details of a design, which can then be printed
Timing:
- The first cameras will appear in external webcams in the "coming quarters"
- Nanduri says these cameras will trickle down to smartphones and tablets

Q: Will this help bolsters sales of laptops, 3D printers or will this just be seen as a gimmick?

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Super Mario Brothers Parkour [In Real Life]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67qqEcGDC0s&feature=player_embedded

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Hex is a tiny hackable, smartphone-controlled copter available for under $40 on Kickstarterhttp://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2013/08/27/hex-is-a-tiny-hackable-smartphone-controlled-copter-available-for-under-40-on-kickstarter/

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A Wearable Computer More Powerful than Glass, And Even More Awkwardhttp://www.technologyreview.com/news/518596/a-wearable-computer-more-powerful-than-glass-and-even-more-awkward/

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New Nexus 7 headed to the UK August 28, priced from £199

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When Yahoo announced their wish list program I was very excited and looked forward to the possibility of getting a better username. I received the email yesterday stating that one of my chosen usernames was available and I immediately signed up for it merging it with my existing account. I now regret that decision.

It has become very clear the reason the previous owner abandoned their account is because of the ridiculous amount of spam it receives. Over the past hour I'm averaging 1 spam email to my Inbox every 4 minutes and 1 spam email to my Spam folder every 2 minutes. In the past I've been very selective about giving out my yahoo email address and had managed to keep it spam free. Now I need to find a way to fix this mess, or may just have to abandon my Yahoo account altogether.

So before anyone signs up for that great yahoo username they've always wanted, I urge them to consider why the previous owner stopped using it.


Eric

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