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10/29/2013TITLE: Your Own Personal NSAGUEST: Jeri Ellsworth, Co-founder of Technical Illusions-Hardware creator of castAR
LOWER THIRD URL: technicalillusions.com, @techillusions
The other phone fragmentation | Your little personal NSA

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Motorola gets behind modular phones, Google to mass produce its own smartwatch, Netflix to deliver movies same day as theater? http://live.twit.tv/

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tmMotorola announced it will partner up with Dave Hakkens Phonebloks community to make a modular smartphone a reality. Project Ara will be a free open hardware platform which Motorola says is intended to do for hardware what Android did for software. A modular phone would allow the user to replace parts of the phone like the screen or camera without replacing the entire device. Motorola will begin inviting developers in a few months and hopes to have a developers kit out sometime this winter.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609735-94/motorola-unveils-project-ara-for-custom-smartphones/

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slThis whole Google smartwatch thing is seeming pretty real - the latest whispers point to a launch next year, if the WSJ's contacts are correct, because development on the wearable has apparently reached the point where it "could be ready for mass production within months," and Google is said to have already started talks with Asian manufacturers. This is according to anonymous sources, but bundle that in with some key patents and some acquisitions earlier this year, and a Google watch seems like less of a rumor all the time.http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/google-smartwatch-mass-production-rumor/?ncid=rss_truncated

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iaAmazon's Matchbook service is now live. If your forgot, Matchbook lets you purchase discounted digital versions of physical books you purchased from Amazon. Amazon says that Matchbook is available for over 70,000 books with more titles to be added in the future. http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/29/amazon-matchbook-live/?ncid=rss_truncated

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tmApple reported $7.5 billion in profit on $37.5 billion in revenue. Down from $8.2 billion in profit last year but up over $36 billion in revenue the year before. Apple broke sales records including 33.797 million iPhones, up over 26.91 million last year, but profit margins continued to shrink from 40% a year ago to 37%. Mac sales outpaced iPod sales for the first time since iPods.http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/10/apple-rides-iphone-5c-and-5s-to-quarterly-sales-record-profit-remains-down/

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slNokia's Q3 2013 financial results show an operating profit of $162 million from $7.8 billion in revenue. That's a big gain year over year. The report is the first since Microsoft agreed to purchase Nokia's phone business, and that division — Devices and Services — performed as expected, posting a small loss of $118 million. Phone business aside, Nokia's overall revenue was $3.8 billion and it made $280 million in profit, which is good for the post-phone future.http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/29/5041528/nokia-q3-2013-financial-report

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iaAccording to Strategy Analytics, Samsung shipped the most smartphones in the third quarter of this year. More than 250 million smartphones were shipped worldwide this year from all smartphone makers. Samsung moved over 88 million smartphones. If you're curious, Apple shipped over 33 million iPhones.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609710-94/samsung-tops-apple-in-global-smartphone-shipments/

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tmIn a speech hosted by Film Independent, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos suggested Netflix would like to get into making big movies, not just documentaries, and premiere them in theaters the same day they’re available on Netflix. To do that he’d need theater owners on his side. Sarandos said, “As theater owners try to strangle innovation and distribution not only are they going to kill theaters they might kill movies.” Look for Netflix to buy some movie theaters I guess.http://allthingsd.com/20131028/netflix-flirts-with-a-new-idea-big-movies-at-your-house-the-same-day-theyre-in-theaters/

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slPeople who own a Moto X might have noticed a little red sombrero on their home screens... if tapped, a Moto X turns into a player for computer animation and street theater. Windy Day, as the production is called, came from Motorola’s in-house moonshot division, Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP). This research group, begun in May 2012 (the same month that Google’s $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobile became official), shares the high ambitions of its parent company’s own long-term research group, Google X. This is a new type of storytelling that Motorola calls “Spotlight Stories.”http://www.wired.com/business/2013/10/motorola-google-mouse/

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tmBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who by the way is facing a re-selection fight one year from now, is pressing lawmakers to vote this week on a law requiring Internet companies to store data obtained from Brazilians in servers located inside Brazil. The bill comes in response to reports that the United States spied on Brazilians including President Rousseff.http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/net-us-brazil-internet-idUSBRE99R10Q20131028

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iaMicrosoft issued its Security Intelligence Report and found 21% of users are still using Windows XP. Microsoft will cease to provide security updates to XP in April 2014. Windows XP users are almost six time more likely to get malware infections compared to Windows 8 users. On the plus side, Microsoft announced its remote desktop app for Android and iOS has been downloaded 1 million times in 17 days making it the most popular Microsoft app on Android. Hilariously, still no word when the app may come to Windows Phone.http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-security-research-paints-bleak-picture-for-xp-users-7000022537/

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Jeri Ellsworth, Co-founder of Technical Illusions-Hardware creator of castAR
LOWER THIRD URL: technicalillusions.com, @techillusions

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tmMotorola unveils Project Ara for custom smartphoneshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609735-94/motorola-unveils-project-ara-for-custom-smartphones/

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Goodbye Sticky. Hello Ara.http://motorola-blog.blogspot.com/2013/10/goodbye-sticky-hello-ara.html

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Phoneblokshttps://phonebloks.com/

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Motorola announced Project Ara, partnered with Dave Haakens of PhoneBloks
- Free open hardware platform for a modular smartphone
- "We want to do for hardware what the Android platform has done for software”
- Will invite developers in coming months, alpha developers kit coming this winter

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slGoogle could start mass production of its smartwatch within months, says WSJhttp://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304655104579165080029933904

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- Google in late-stage development and the company is in talks with Asian suppliers to begin mass production of the device, people familiar with the matter said
- will run Android, integrated with Google Now, to make recommendations and predict what information users need based on what they are doing, a person familiar with the situation said. Google has also been working to reduce power consumption on the smartwatch so it won't require frequent battery charges, the person said.
- could be ready for mass production within months,
Samsung was kinda first in September, launching the $299 Galaxy Gear digital watch that can run apps and interact with Samsung smartphones, but not a lot of good stuff heard about it
- Google Glass is a huge gamble w face-tech, is a wrist device a way better idea?

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iaNetflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theatershttp://allthingsd.com/20131028/netflix-flirts-with-a-new-idea-big-movies-at-your-house-the-same-day-theyre-in-theaters/

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Ted Sarandos Video cliphttps://www.dropbox.com/s/47gm8j2z4bbacdf/2013.10.29%20TNT%20Ted%20Sarandos%20Talks.movVIDEO

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- Netflix Content boss Ted Sarandos gave a speech at Film Independent Forum where he suggested Netflix could try to become a first-run distributor of movies
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- Apple, Amazon, and TWC have been able to successfully run movies at the same time they are in theaters, some before they are in theaters

Q: Do you think Netflix can actually get a "big movie" on board with this?
Here's the quote: “What we’re trying to do for TV, the model should extend pretty nicely to movies. Meaning, why not premiere movies on Netflix, the same day they’re opening in theaters? And not little movies — there’s a lot of ways, and lot of people to do that [already]. Why not big movies? Why not follow the consumers’ desire to watch things when they want?”

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slSoundCloud hits 250m monthly active users, lets you add Instagram photos to your posts and profilehttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/10/29/soundcloud-hits-250m-monthly-active-users-lets-add-instagram-photos-posts-profile/

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- Back in July, SoundCloud announced that it has reached 200M active listeners (monthly active users). But since then, the startup has grown substantially as it now reports 250M listeners.
- SoundCloud now integrates with Instagram to allow you to your photos as album art.
- revamped premium subscription, simplified tierrs of membership. says co-founder and CEO Alexander Ljung
Berlin startup scene still growing “On the Internet, it’s not about pure technology anymore but being able to put technology into a real cultural context. Berlin has always been this place that wants to be doing things differently. It’s kind of edgy, decadent and punk “There is a huge amount of creativity in creating a great startup, brand and experience for people.”
- “There is not as much VCs right next door if you’re here. But everybody is looking at Berlin,” Ljung said. “A couple of years ago, when I was talking to Valley funds, they were saying ‘we only invest in the Valley.’ You don’t hear this anymore.”
q: important to make sure innovation is happening worldwide? out of valley bubble

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iaSamsung is pulling another Amazon on Android, but this is even biggerhttp://gigaom.com/2013/10/28/samsung-is-pulling-another-amazon-on-android-but-this-is-even-bigger/

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Samsung wants Android apps that stand apart, starting now
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609518-94/samsung-wants-android-apps-that-stand-apart-starting-now/

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Samsung to Developers: Come Play for the Biggest Team (And the One With TVs)
http://allthingsd.com/20131028/samsung-to-developers-come-play-for-the-biggest-team-and-the-one-with-tvs/

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- Samsung held its first developers conference yesterday
- It introduced 5 SDKs so that developers can make apps for Samsung products

SDKs:
- multiscreen SDK think sending video & web sites from your phone to your TV. launches Nov. 12, will also support phone input from various devices, including iPhones for Samsung’s smart TVs.
- multiscreen gaming: using your smartphone as a console, Samsung also said it was partnering with Unity Technology for a multiscreen gaming SDK to play games on TVs
- mobile SDK: supports Samsung's pen, gestures, multiwindow and motion features
- enterprise SDK, and smart tv sdk

Q: Do you see developers building out apps for Samsung? What impact do you think that would have on Android as a whole?
- The conference had about 1300 developers in attendance
- The company shipped 250 million devices in the past year
- ChatOn has 100 million users worldwide

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tmcastAR: the most versatile AR & VR systemhttp://www.kickstarter.com/projects/technicalillusions/castar-the-most-versatile-ar-and-vr-systemVIDEO

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ARM report claims the always-connected 'Internet of Things' is already herehttp://www.engadget.com/2013/10/28/arm-internet-of-things/?ncid=rss_truncated

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Report from Economist Business Intelligence http://www.arm.com/files/pdf/EIU_Internet_Business_Index_WEB.PDFSOURCE

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Start with CastAR. Our audience has seen what it is. What’s coming in the stretch goals?
-Transition to what it could do 2nd or 3rd gen. Wireless? Holodeck?
- Is CastAR part of IoT?
- I’d like to get Jeri’s opinion on IoT in general?
32-page report from Economist Business Intelligence Unit sponsored by ARM on Internet of Things
- One problem is one device talking to one service
- Freescale Kinetis KL02 small cheap micro controller can be built into almost anything

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Uber delivers adoptable kittens to your doorstep (GuyfromTrinidad)http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57609714-94/uber-delivers-adoptable-kittens-to-your-doorstep/

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You can download Firefox 25 for Windows, Mac, and Linux right now; official launch todayhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/10/29/can-download-firefox-25-windows-mac-linux-right-now-official-launch-tomorrow/

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Today Is Dell’s Last Day as a Public Company - Today the company announced the formal closing of its $25 billion go-private transaction. Dell shares will cease trading on the Nasdaq exchange after the close of business today in New York.http://allthingsd.com/20131029/today-is-dells-last-day-as-a-public-company/

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Gamesbeat conf starts today in Redwood City, runs thourgh tomorrow - venturebeat

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Hi Guys

Just wanted to let you know that there are a few armband/ wrist products on the market that measure your calorie intake.

There is one called http://www.bodymedia.com/ that seems to do a lot of what the Airo does.

Seems like the technology exists to do this, so would be interesting to see how Airo can make it better.

Love the show



Trent
Thanks again TNT Crew,

I happen to know someone who is working on a project in a hospital building a blood monitor based on optical measurement. It works based on a clip for your thumb, and replaces standard blood tests. I expect that the wrist band is using a similar technology, though probably with less accuracy.

-Will from Northern WI

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From @photojazz on Twitter: just FYI on Monday #TNT show. I wear a "watch" that keeps measure of my blood glucose. So that bit's doable. It doesn't use light waves. It uses charged particles. Not as accurate as a finger stick, but good enough for day-to-day and less painful.

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Thanks Jeri!http://technicalillusions.com

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