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Apple ripping off Microsoft's design sense? Tablets dead in 5 years, Fab gets physical http://live.twit.tv/GUEST: Stephen Shankland
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tm9to5 Mac reports several sources say iOS 7, expected to be shown at WWDC June 10, will have a flatter design similar to Microsoft's Tiles. Apple also is expected to include new gestures to access basic information. Jony Ive took over the interface design for iOS after Scott Forstall's announced departure.

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slJawbone announced it will acquire BodyMedia, creator of the health tracking devices used on TV's "The Biggest Loser". BodyMedia has been in the business for 14 years and holds more than 80 patents, many involving multi-sensor technology. Jawbone also announced an app platform for the Jawbone Up wristband. http://venturebeat.com/2013/04/30/jawbone-takes-a-big-bite-out-of-health-tech-acquires-bodymedia-launches-up-app-platform/

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iaSpeaking with Bloomberg, BlackBerry CEO Thorstein Heins says that "tablets themselves are not a good business model" and he doesn't think there will be a reason to have a tablet in five years. It's hard to tell if Heins is a genius or is expecting an apocalypse in under five years.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-30/blackberry-ceo-questions-future-of-tablets.html

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tmFor years the FBI has campaigned for greater wiretap-like provisions regarding Internet communications. A law called CALEA gives them access to ISPs but now the agency wants to force Web companies to allow the Feds a backdoor. The Washington Post cites unnamed administration officials saying that Facebook and Google are being pressured to allow for electronic communications to be intercepted "as they occur." The proposal would make compliance mandatory, and punishable by fines.http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/proposal-seeks-to-fine-tech-companies-for-noncompliance-with-wiretap-orders/2013/04/28/29e7d9d8-a83c-11e2-b029-8fb7e977ef71_story.html

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slGames company GreenHeart recently released an $8 game called Game Dev Tycoon, in which you pretend to be a game developer. Very Inception-like I guess. Where it gets interesting, is that creator, Patrick Klug, also released a torrent of the game with a twist. After a few hours, players of the Torrented version get a sales report saying cracked versions of the game were being downloaded and the company might soon go bankrupt. The irony was lost on some players who complained about the bug on forums.http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/30/games-company-releases-version-for-pirates-that-forces-them-to-fail-constantly-irony-lost-on-pirates/

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iaBloomberg reports that Nokia will invest in Pelican Imaging to bring more camera power to its Lumia line of phones. Pelican makes software that can handle images made by array cameras. Array cameras use multiple lenses and build images using software. A partner at Nokia Growth Partners says that Pelican has "mastered" that technology.http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-29/nokia-invests-in-high-resolution-cameras-to-woo-apple-customers

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tmDo you want to buy an ad on Twitter? You don't have to wait for an invite to spend your money anymore. Kevin Weil, Twitter's Senior Director of Product announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the company is opening up Twitter Ads to everyone in the US. So open up your wallets, head to business.twitter.com and target some keywords. I'll see you in my timeline.http://thenextweb.com/2013/04/30/twitter-ads-service-is-now-available-to-any-user-in-the-us-offering-promoted-accounts-and-tweets/

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slIf launching the Skype client for calls is just too much for you, Microsoft has you covered. A new version of Skype now works in the browser. Yay, right? Well yay-ish. The in-browser version of Skype is integrated with Outlook.com, Microsoft's browser-based email service. The new service comes to the UK Tuesday with the U.S. and Germany to follow in a few weeks and worldwide availability over the next four to five months. In other Skype news, video voicemail arrived on the beta version of Skype for Windows 7. So, go leave your face in somebody's message box.http://gigaom.com/2013/04/30/ring-ring-skype-video-calls-arrive-in-the-browser-with-outlook-com/

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tmAfter a hack of The Guardian' newspaper's Twitter account, Twitter has sent an email to news organizations warning them to take precautions like creating strong passwords, limiting who had the passwords and limiting the computers used to post to Twitter.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22351987

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iaYou want more investment news? You got it. Intel and Samsung are putting some money into Expect Labs, a company that makes an "Anticipatory Computing Engine." What's that? The engine listens to conversations in real time then finds related information before you search for it - so think Google Now/Siri. According to the press release, Samsung's got designs to bring Expect Labs tech to smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57582037-94/intel-samsung-invest-in-high-powered-siri-alternative-expect-labs/

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tmJony Ive paints a fresh, yet familiar, look for iOS 7http://9to5mac.com/2013/04/29/jony-ive-paints-a-fresh-yet-familiar-look-for-ios-7/

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9to5 Mac citing multiple people who have either seen or have been briefed on the upcoming iOS 7
- iOS7, codenamed "Innsbruck" will have a flatter design, no skeumorphism
- "loses all signs of gloss, shine, and skeuomorphism seen across current and past versions of iOS."
- a level of “flatness” approaching recent releases of Microsoft’s Windows Phone “Metro” UI.
- More glanceable info
Q: If iOS goes tile would it look like a copy-cat or a desperately needed update?

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slJawbone Acquires BodyMedia for More Than $100 Million, as Wearable Tech Gets More Intensehttp://allthingsd.com/20130430/jawbone-acquires-bodymedia-for-more-than-100-million-as-wearable-tech-gets-more-intense/

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- Jawbone acquired BodyMedia,a 14-year-old Pittsburgh-based company that makes health-monitoring armbands. deal over $100M according to ppl familiar w matter
- different than acquisitions of data and digital-design companies Massive Health and Visere, mostly talent acquisitions. BodyMedia has had more than 80 patents issued over the years, many in the area of multi-sensor technology. As a combined entity, BodyMedia and Jawbone will have over 300 patents issued and filed.
- BodyMedia’s armbands will continue being sold. more than accellorometer: contain four different types of sensors, which measure your skin temperature, heat flux, galvanic skin response (GSR) and overall movement.
- jawbone its Up mobile software to ten different fitness-app makers, including RunKeeper, MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Withings, Sleepio and IFTTT (for workout prompts). Jawbone Up users with iOS devices will now be able to share data to and from these partner apps with the Up app.
q: are patents the key to winning market?

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iaBlackBerry's Thorsten Heins thinks tablets will be dead in five years

http://www.theverge.com/2013/4/30/4285418/blackberry-thorsten-heins-says-tablets-not-a-good-business-model

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BlackBerry CEO Questions Future of Tablets
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- In an interview with Bloomberg, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins said, “In five years I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore."
- "Maybe a big screen in your workspace, but not a tablet as such. Tablets themselves are not a good business model.”
- Back in January, Heins said BB would consider a new Playbook if it could be profitable (BB's tablet)
- All this is going on as the BlackBerry Q10 launched to decent reviews

Q: Is Thorsten Heins insane?

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slFab’s 3rd pivot takes on Amazon with physical stores, exclusive products, redesigns, EU expansionhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/04/30/fabs-third-pivot/

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- Fab acquired Massivkonzept, a Hamburg, Germany-based startup which sells custom-built furniture online (will only be avail in europe at first); launching a line of products called ”Exclusively Fab”; opening physical Fab stores; expanding into France; launching redesigned site (ios app redesigns coming soon)
- furniture makes up only 5% of Fab’s total sales, but Fab believes that ”the furniture market is ripe for disruption.” during press event, lots of amazon/ikea comparisons.
- first store in Hamburg — a byproduct of the Massivkonzept acquisition. will test other markets outside germany.
- new web design, simplified product sections, a ticker of trending products based on Facebook connections
calls amazon "first wave of e-commerce". sells more products than ikea (over 15,000)

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iaYahoo rolls out six original shows and new TV partnershipshttp://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57582013-93/yahoo-rolls-out-six-original-shows-and-new-tv-partnerships/

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- Yahoo announced it will introduced 6 new original web shows this year
Some shows:
- Nerdiest thing may be "Tiny Commando" created by Ed Helms with Zachary Levi and Gillian Jacobs. It's about a 4-inch tall private investigator who fights crime.
- A talk show called "Losing Your Virginity with John Stamos": John Stamos interviews celebrities about their first sexual experiences in "Losing Your Virginity with John Stamos."
- Yahoo also announced partnerships with ABC News for news programming, Conde Nast for lifestyle video, CNBC for finance shows, and the WWE for the soap opera known as professional wrestling.

Q: Yahoo's still at it in the video production business - good idea? Bad idea? Does this give us a better idea of what Marissa Mayer's Yahoo is?

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tmWhy your password can’t have symbols—or be longer than 16 charactershttp://arstechnica.com/security/2013/04/why-your-password-cant-have-symbols-or-be-longer-than-16-characters/

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Casey Johnston at Ars Technica has a great write-up of why companies limit the way we make passwords
*Microsoft: 8-16 characters
-- Why? password length doesn't stop most attacks (phishing, malware, re-use)
-- Also password validation isn't centralized across projects. Hard to change system
*Evernote: 6-64 characters, no spaces
-- Why? “Some UI frameworks and third-party applications would unreliably trim spaces, others would not.” The 1.5% entropy increase not work the tripling in code.
*ATT: 8-24 characters no symbols except _ and -, also no swear words
-- Why? "customers did not like typing [symbols] when using mobile phones."
Q: Are these reasons sufficient? Does that clear everything up for you?
Hey TNT Crew

Figured I'll throw in a few comments about the ever persistent problem of passwords and such.

First sites won't protect passwords as well as credit card information because security is required for storing credit card information by PCI compliance. Nothing like that for passwords.

Second, sites revealing they old use encryption is because when they started it might have been the best, but not now and no-one wants to upgrade due to extra costs and [alter] what already works works. MD5 was made when MD4 was expected to be insecure, now MD5 is insecure, same goes for SHA-1, heck maybe someday in the future the same goes for bcrypt.

Third, why can't everyone just outsource their authentication to other sites (login with google, with yahoo, etc). Over weekend when I signed up for AIRdroid I choose to login with google, and right after that it asked me to choose a password. Yeah, part of the problem.

Love the show though,
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Cern re-creating first web page to revere early idealshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22249490

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First Website now at original domainhttp://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.htmlSOURCE

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Previously preserved here (runs a little faster here too)http://www.w3.org/History/19921103-hypertext/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.htmlSOURCE

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Paul Miller returns to the internet, live on Tuesday April 30th at 11PM EThttp://www.theverge.com/2013/4/29/4282088/special-vergecast-paul-returns-to-the-web

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Original iPhone to go the way of the dodo on June 11, 2013http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/04/original-iphone-to-go-the-way-of-the-dodo-on-june-11-2013/

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I was struck by the pessimism that surrounded the topic of unifying these different messaging networks. I couldn't help but think that all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again. It really wasn't all that long ago that users on GEnie, AOL, Prodigy, and Compuserve could only email other users on the same service. Two way SMS between the top US carriers wasn't fully implemented until 2002, and MMS messaging would take another 2-3 years after that.

In time, as the Internet of Things takes hold, and the idea of a "phone number" becomes antiquated, having a standard that allows for seamlessly getting these messages on the nearest screen, whether its my phone, my "watch", or my coffee pot, will become the market force...I hope. I'd rather not have a Facebook coffee pot.

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[1] Hey TNT Crew Figured I'll throw in a few comments about the ever persistent problem of passwords and such. First sites won't protect passwords as well as credit card information because security is required for storing credit card information by PCI compliance. Nothing like that for passwords. Second, sites revealing they old use encryption is because when they started it might have been the best but not now, and no-one wants to upgrade due to extra costs and what already works works. MD5 was made when MD4 was expected to be insecure, now MD5 is insecure, same goes for SHA-1, heck maybe someday in the future the same goes for bcrypt. Third, why can't everyone just outsource their authentication to other sites (login with google, with yahoo, etc). Over weekend when I signed up for airdroid I choose to login with google, and right after that it asked me to choose a password. Yeah, part of the problem. I guess the problem is also average user's mindset where they expect to have a password. For example all Estonian banks include authentication by ID-card (Nationally issued chip card that equals to passport, uses public-key cryptography), however I've noticed my mother to use the old 6 digit password + a random code from a piece of paper method (oh also the 6 digit password is written on a piece of paper). [nerd rage] Fourth, considering the above I think the best solution is the Mozilla's Persona project. It uses e-mail for authentication (with password fallback if the site doesn't have built-in support like Yahoo), the only thing that the site needs to store is the user's e-mail address (which most sites would ask for anyway), and is super easy to implement (personal experience). Now to hope for everyone to implement it properly.... Love the show though, t2t2