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Apple's chances in China, Inside the US Moto X factory, MOOCs get Google love for online education http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Myke Hurley, podcaster at 5by5
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tmApple came out with its iPhone 5C and it looks like the C has not ended up to be for cheap or China. The 5C will sell for 4,488 yuan in China which is about US$730. That's much pricier than the $549 unlocked price in the US. Half of the smartphones shipped in China are in the 700-1500 yuan range about a quarter of the price of the 5C. The iPhone also did not launch on China Mobile, China's premiere carrier. Though iPhone models were approved for China Mobile's TD-LTE bands August 30. TD-LTE is expected to launch in China in November, so the iPhone might still come to China Mobile then.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/us-apple-iphone-china-idUSBRE98A0A520130911

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China’s Telecom Equipment Certification Center approved Apple’s iPhone to work on China Mobile, http://gigaom.com/2013/09/11/there-must-be-one-more-iphone-a-version-for-china-mobiles-3g-network/

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slYesterday's Apple announcement might have gotten all the attention, but that didn't stop Motorola from having a little event for its "made in the USA" smartphone, the Moto X. The Google-owned phone maker opened the doors yesterday to Flextronics, the Texas-based company contracted to manufacture the Moto X. If you want a better look, the new factory is now on Google Maps’ Street View, and lets you get as close as a balcony looking down on the phone assembly below.http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048551/made-in-the-usa-moto-x-manufacturing-facility-opens-its-doors-on-google-street-view.html

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iaThe 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Google's attempt to overturn a lower court ruling that said Google violated the Wiretap Act. The lawsuit is based on Google collecting data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks while gathering Street View information. Google argued to the 9th Circuit that the information from those unsecured Wi-Fi networks were "readily accessible to the general public," which would have meant Google did not violate the Wiretap Act. The 9th Circuit disagreed saying, "members of the general public do not typically mistakenly intercept, store, and decode data transmitted by other devices on the network."http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/10/us-google-streetview-lawsuit-idUSBRE98913D20130910

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tmAT&T finalized its purchase of $1.9 billion of spectrum from Verizon in the 700 MHZ band. Why do you care? Well it saves Verizon some money on spectrum it wasn't using and AT&T can now improve LTE service in 18 states. This also comes with AT&T announcing it will support interoperability with smaller carriers in the Band 12 space which covers the 700 MHz and neighboring spectrum.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/att-finalizes-700mhz-spectrum-purchase-from-verizon/

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slIntel announced a new range of low-power processors At its Intel Developer Forum event in San Francisco. The Quark system-on-chip will be one fifth the size of Atom processors and use one tenth the power of Atom. They will be x86 compatible and initial parts will be built on a 32nm process, but most interestingly the Quark design is fully synthesizable, with extension points to allow customers for the first time to integrate their own functional blocks onto Quark SoCs.http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/intel-aims-another-barrel-at-arm-with-synthesizable-ultra-low-power-quark/

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iaA new set of declassified documents says that back in 2009 the NSA improperly tracked more than 15,000 suspects in violation of FISA court rulings. The NSA's software apparently tracked those people without the agency having reasonable suspicion. In March 2009, the FISA court actually revoked the NSA's authority to perform bulk queries until the U.S. Government was able to "restore the Court's confidence." However, the ability to conduct bulk queries was reinstated in September of 2009. http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/10/4716642/nsa-illegally-searched-15000-suspects-phone-records-according-to

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tmLenovo announced more Haswell laptops in conjunction with the Intel Developer's Forum. Yes Lenovo announced 5 new laptops at IFA last week, but now there are some more business T, W, L, and E series laptops with Haswell for the IDF set. The laptops also feature improved graphics, LTE connectivity and more security options. These models will come out in October and November.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/lenovo-thinkpad-business-notebooks-haswell/

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slApple never mentioned the Apple TV at its big iPhone event yesteray. But All Things D reports that on September 18, the same day Apple plans to release iOS 7, the company will announce an updated Apple TV. The updated Apple TV is said to have "an internal overhaul," which includes enhancements to the Airplay wireless streaming technology that will allow users who've purchased programming or other video content from their own accounts to stream them to another person's Apple TV via iCloud.http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57602382-37/apple-tv-refresh-slated-for-next-week-says-report/

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tmKids love tablets. Toys R US loves kids' -- parents-- money. But they don't want a lot of it. The Tabeo E2 is the company's new tablet with an 8-inch multitouch display 1 GB of RAM, 8GB storage, with an SD card slot and all of the parental controls and child-friendly apps of previous Tabeos. The new model launches in October for $150.http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/tabeo-e2/

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iaThe New York Times reports that an algorithm for generating random numbers contains a backdoor for the NSA. The Dual_EC_DRBG algorithm was adopted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology back in 2006. The Times says the internal memos leaked by Edward Snowden confirm that the NSA actually generated that algorithm. Originally, The standard did acknowledge the NSA as a contributor, but not as its primary creator. http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/new-york-times-provides-new-details-about-nsa-backdoor-in-crypto-spec/

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tmApple in China

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Here’s why Apple’s rumored deal with China Mobile has not been announced yethttp://thenextweb.com/apple/2013/09/11/heres-why-apples-rumored-deal-with-china-mobile-has-not-been-announced-yet/

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In world's biggest market, "cheap" iPhone looks too priceyhttp://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/11/us-apple-iphone-china-idUSBRE98A0A520130911

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TenCent Tech article on TD-LTE iPhone : In Translationhttp://tech.qq.com/a/20130911/004801.htm

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- China Mobile uses TD-SCDMA 3G. Apple doesn't support. But China Mobile move to TD-LTE
- Apple’s Hong Kong official website has already listed support for TD-LTE in two models of its latest iPhones – iPhone 5s A1530 and iPhone 5c A1529
- TD-LTE versions of iPhone cleared by TENAA for use in China August 30
- China needs to issue TD-LTE license for China Mobile (and others)
- Tencent Tech expects TD-LTE to go live in November
AND EXPENSIVE ANYWAY
- iPhone 5C will sell for 4,488 yuan ($730) China
- Around half of China's smartphone shipments are in the 700-1,500 yuan
Q: Apple needs wins in China. Do these look like the makings of win?

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slMotorola now shipping 100,000 Moto X phones weekly from Texashttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4717796/made-in-america-a-look-inside-motorolas-moto-x-factory

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- Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside has said the Texas facility (formerly used by Nokia), operated by contract manufacturer Flextronics and employing 2500 ppl, was capable of producing "tens of millions" of phones a year but expansion depended on demand.
- wouldn't give shipping numbers, but says Motorola was selling the phones at a profit.
- labor costs are running about three times higher than if the devices were built in China. workers are paid about $12 to $14 an hour, is about three times higher than in China, where a typical hourly wage is about $4.
- U.S.-based facility has other advantages, custom-built phones to consumers in the country in four days, lower freight and logistics costs. Flextronics CEO Mike McNamara "You have to offset it with what's the time-to-market savings and what's the fact that you drive your truck down the street to drop it off. You got to add up all these things,"
q: apple's making mac pros stateside. moto x is made in the USA. are freight cost savings enough to turn the trend for other companies?

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tmIntel aims another barrel at ARM with synthesizable, ultra-low-power Quarkhttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/09/intel-aims-another-barrel-at-arm-with-synthesizable-ultra-low-power-quark/

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Intel launches Bay Trail tablet processors: here's what you need to knowhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4718650/intel-launches-bay-trail-tablet-processors-heres-what-you-need-to-know

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Intel Quark SoC, 1/5 size of Atom, 1/10 power, x86 compatible, built on 32nm process
- Quark is synthesizable, customers integrate own function blocks, in time Quark will be build able on 3rd party fabs.
- Intel also selling fab capacity in custom fab scheme
- The Verge says BayTrail kilsl on Android and is good enough on Windows
Q: Should Intel focus on Quark and the Internet of Things crowd, or can it still win in mobile?

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iaGoogle teams up with edX to create the YouTube for online education http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/google-edx-mooc-online-courses/?ncid=rss_semi

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Massive Open Online Courses, aka MOOCs, Transform Higher Education and Sciencehttp://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=massive-open-online-courses-transform-higher-education-and-science

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Top MOOCshttp://www.bdpa-detroit.org/portal/index.php?Itemid=20&catid=29:education&id=57:moocs-top-10-sites-for-free-education-with-elite-universities&option=com_content&view=article

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- Google introduced a new online learning platform called MOOC.org
- MOOC stands for "massive open online courses"
- It's a partnership of Google and edX; edX is an education site by MIT and Harvard
- MOOC.org will accept course material from universities, governments, business -- just about anyone
- edX's president said they want the site to eventually become the "YouTube for MOOCs"
- Site launches in mid 2014
- Players in the MOOC world: Udemy, iTunes U, Stanford, MIT, Yale

Q: Massive open online courses have been around for some time now. Lots of people sign up, but completion of courses isn't a guarantee. Now we're seeing Google getting involved -- where do you see the future of education going with this? Will this change what employers look for when it comes to degrees?

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slGoogle security exec: 'Passwords are dead'http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57602286-83/google-security-exec-passwords-are-dead/

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- at TC Disrupt conf, Google's manager of information security Heather Adkins, spoke on a panel called "Spies Like us" & said the "game is over for" any startup that relies on passwords as its main method to secure users and their data, and need an abuse team set up to deal "with customers getting compromised."
- she also said looking ahead "passwords are done at Google."
- Google's two-step authentication is a 1st step to other types of non-standard password security. Google users who havne't turned on two-factor authentication get compromised the most. hackers get in, then turn on two-factor authentication, and lock the users out before utilizing those accounts to send spam.
- said google is experimenting with hardware-based tokens as well as a Motorola-created system that authenticates users by having them touch a device to something embedded, or held, in their own clothing, which a hacker shouldn't be able to access
q: how far out are we looking, if passwords really aren't good enough?

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iaDryft: a software keyboard that follows fingertips to improve touch typing on tablets http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/10/dryft-a-software-keyboard-that-follows-fingertips-to-improve-to/

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Dryft Videohttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=9EAi5Hxoovo#t=42VIDEO (mute)

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- The creator of the Swype keyboard is showing off his latest invention - the Dryft software keyboard for tablets
- How Dryft works: it lets you rest your hands on the screen. the homerow keys form around your fingers
- Dryft uses the accelerometer so it knows when you're typing or just resting your hands on the keys
- The theory is that when we learned to type on a physical keyboard, we rest our hands on the home keys and we can find the other keys by spacing things out from those keys
- The claim is you can type up to 80 wpm
- Marsden will license Dryft for use on Windows Phone, Android and iOS
- App makers can also use the keyboard thanks to an SDK

Q: with an onscreen keyboard like dryft, are tablets one step closer in being true laptop alternatives?

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Man in Tokyo already waiting in line for iPhone 5Shttp://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57602392-37/man-in-tokyo-already-waiting-in-line-for-iphone-5s/

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Gigabyte's tiny new gaming PC is smaller than an Xbox controllerhttp://www.theverge.com/2013/9/11/4718084/gigabytes-tiny-new-gaming-pc-is-smaller-than-an-xbox-controller

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Mischief managed: researchers produce an invisibility cloak in just 15 minuteshttp://www.engadget.com/2013/09/11/15-minute-invisibility-cloak/

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Today is Jason's birthday. Happy Birthday, Jason.

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Geekwire Summit in Seattle tomorrow 9/12http://www.geekwire.com/events/geekwire-summit-2013/

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also tomorrow Google is removing video responses on YouTube from due to low engagement

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also tomorrow LinkedIn open to 13 plus starting

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tomorrow as well ,Ricky Gervais' Derek starts streaming on Netflix

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hi
Jerry here.

As I listen to TNT #836 about the Paypal app I am reminded of some talks I have had with my clients.

When talking to them about changing credit card processors the businesses are reluctant to make a change.

One customer gets a lower transaction cost because the service is bundled with the in store financing package they use.

Another can only use one processor due to integration into the veterinarian practice software.

There are many issues that the store side of this equation have and it appears non of them include "better for our customer".

Thank you for all your diligent work.

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