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Welcome to the show, I'm Mike Elgan. I'm joined by Jason Howell and our wednesday co-anchor, Sarah Silbert, from Engadget.

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Steve Jobs must be turning over in his grave. Apple and longtime archrival IBM announced a broad partnership yesterday to make Apple's iOS a bona fide enterprise platform -- and making IBM a reseller of iPhones and iPads. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/16/technology/apple-and-ibm-in-broad-software-deal-for-businesses.html

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Devindra Hardawar is a senior editor and the lead mobile writer for VentureBeat.
Maribel Lopez is the founder of Lopez Research and she wrote about this story for Forbes.
Q: Can you tell us more about what IBM and Apple are planning to do together?
Q: Apple already dominates US enterprise phone and tablet use -- 82 percent of smartphones in use at U.S. corporations; 73 percent of tablets in use at U.S. corporations, according to IDC. Why do they need to get into bed with their longtime rival?
Q: Does this lessen support by IBM for other platforms, such as Android?
Q: When will this partnership bear fruit?
Devindra Hardawar
Senior Editor, lead mobile writer, VentureBeat @Devindra

Maribel Lopez
Founder, Lopez Research @MaribelLopez

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A: Mobile devices with access to complex data running in the cloud.
A: Cook told Recode: “If you were building a puzzle, they would fit nicely together with no overlap,”...“We do not compete on anything. And when you do that you end up with something better than either of you could produce yourself.”
A: IBM is creating an extension to its MobileFirst platform, called MobileFirst, for iOS.
A: IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad
A: Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers.
A: IBM will continue to support Android.
A: IBM will sell iPhones and iPads
A: IBM will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers
A: Apps will in many cases run on IBM’s cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers
A: Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple’s iCloud and other cloud services.
A: IDC = iPhones accounted for 82 percent of smartphones in use at U.S. corporations
A: IDC = iPads accounted for 73 percent of tablets in use at U.S. corporations
A: SAP, Oracle, Netsuite and Salesforce.com all have application support for iPhone and iPad
A: Apple and IBM will make new class of applications for retail, health care, banking, travel and transportation
A: The first of those applications will be available in the fall and will be released into next year.

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Devindra Hardawar * venturebeat.com * @Devindra
Maribel Lopez * lopezresearch.com * @MaribelLopez

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Here’s some straightforward but nonetheless interesting news for Google+ users: you will no longer have to use your real names on the social network.http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5902921/google-will-stop-forcing-you-to-use-your-real-name

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A: Under new policy, you’ll only get a limited number of name changes, so you’ll want to pick a good one.
A: Real-name policy had been in place since Google+ launched three years ago.
A: Privacy advocates have criticized this, saying there are legitimate reasons for wanting to use pseudonyms.
A: Google+ has let page owners and YouTube channel owners use names other than their real ones, so this helps streamlines a somewhat confusing policy.
A: Google+ head Vic Gundotra left the company a few months ago.
A: Sergey Brin publicly said he shouldn’t have worked on G+ because he’s “not a very social person.”
Q: Some say Google+ is moving away from the Facebook model toward something like Twitter…
Q: Is Google abandoning a sinking ship?
Q: Does this indicate the return of the nasty anonymous YouTube comment — what we refer to as trolling? (According to a Googler posting on G+, the team is rewarding positive interactions over negative comments..

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Amazon is reportedly testing an all-you-can-read service for the Kindle called "Kindle Unlimited." The service would cost $9.99 a month and would provide access to more than 600,000 book titles.http://gigaom.com/2014/07/16/amazon-is-testing-kindle-unlimited-an-ebook-subscription-service-for-9-99month/

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Kate Knibbs wrote about this story for Gizmodo.
Q: How was this program discovered?
Q: How did Amazon get permission for this from the publishers?
Q: Wouldn't something like this harm Amazon's eBook sales business?
Kate Knibbs
Writer, Gizmodo
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Katharine Knibbs * gizmodo.com * @KateKnibbs

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Samsung is looking to catch up to Apple and Google when it comes to home automation — and according to TechCrunch it's about to acquire smart-home company SmartThings for about $200 million.http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/15/samsung-to-scoop-up-smartthings-for-around-200-million/

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Steve Kovach is a senior tech editor for Business Insider.Steve Kovach
Senior tech editor, Business Insider @stevekovach

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Q: Can you start out by explaining what SmartThings is and how it fits into Samsung’s goals?
Q: You talked to the CEO of SmartThings a few months ago — what did he say about an acquisition at that time?
Q: How will Samsung benefit? Its own Smart Home ecosystem hasn’t been super popular thus far.
Q: Would this acquisition help solve one of the biggest issues in the Internet of Things — compatibility?
Q: Will SmartThings help Samsung get its edge back? Its smartphone sales are shrinking…
A: SmartThings connects different devices in your house to the internet via a central router, with a smartphone app for controlling things.
A: SmartThings also offers motion sensors and door-open sensors, and it works with a variety of devices from different companies. It’s also an open platform, so any device maker or developer can build into it.
A: Samsung has its own Smart Home service for controlling certain Samsung smart appliances via an Android app.
A: Apple has HomeKit, Google has Nest — we’re seeing huge companies poaching smaller ones with origins on Kickstarter. (SmartThings raised $1.2 million on the crowd-funding site)
A: If the acquisition goes through, SmartThings will have more resources for expanding the technology, marketing, etc.

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Steve Kovach * businessinsider.com * @stevekovach

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A company started accepting pre-orders today for a $499 home robot called Jibo. The company calls it the world's first family robot. Let’s take a look at their promotional video. JASON, I'M GOING TO THROW TO YOU FOR THIS VIDEO, AND LETS WATCH AT LEAST A COUPLE MINUTES OF IT.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N1Q8oFpX1Y
http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/16/a-home-robot-for-the-price-of-a-tablet/

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A: Can relay texts and phone calls to you
A: Takes pictures and video
A: Launching crowdsourcing
A: Robot talks to you
A: video chat
A: Jibo’s face turns to the person who’s talking
A: upload books to Jibo’s library and he’ll do an interactive reading with cartoon images of characters and events and character-appropriate voices.
A: The product is being developed by some of the top names in robotics, including Cynthia Breazeal, who is the director of the Personal Robots group at MIT’s Media Lab and developed the emotional robot Kismet, Todd Pack, who created several robots for iRobot; Roberto Piericcini, the team’s Director Advanced Conversational Technologies, has worked at IBM T. J. Watson Research Labs; Andy Atkins, VP of Engineering, has worked for both Android and Apple and developed a streaming platform for Netflix; and Chief Cloud Architect Rich Sadowsky hails from Symantec, which suggests that the company is making security of its cloud services a priority. Also Jonathan Ross, who’s designing Jibo’s software, has developed toys and games at Disney and company Zynga.

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If you’ve considered buying an Android Wear smartwatch, one of your concerns may be the typing experience on such a small screen. A company called Minuum has just launched its keyboard app for Android Wear, and a demo video gives us a hint of the cramped typing experience on the latest smartwatches.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUTvjEf7oD8http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/16/minuum-android-wear-keyboard/

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Stephen Hall writes for 9to5google and 9to5mac.
Stephen Hall
Writer, 9to5google @steqheu

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A: Seen demoed on the LG G Watch.
A: The app is currently in beta, with a sign-up sheet now live for those interested.
A: The keyboard is single-line, with several letters to each button. The app provides text predictions as you type, so you can select these words if they’e correct.
A: Minuum’s also available on Google Glass.
Q: Will Android Wear users really want to peck out texts on such a small screen? This would only be useful for very short messages, right?
Q: Doesn’t this make it clearer than ever how important voice control is for Google’s smartwatch ecosystem?

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Stephen Hall * 9to5google * @steqheu

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In an exclusive, Auto Express Editor-in-Chief Steve Fowler revealed that Tesla is planning to unveil a smaller electric car called the Tesla Model 3. http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-3-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive

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Steve joins us now to talk about his scoop.
Q: Elon Musk himself revealed this to you?
Q: What cars will this compete with?
Q: When will this go on sale, and do we have any information about the price?
Q: We're a tech show, so we're interested in the technology here. Anything new?
Q: What's the range of this car?
Steve Fowler
Editor-in-chief, AutoExpress @SteveFowler

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A: Model 3 is set to be unveiled in 2016 and on sale by 2017

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Steve Fowler * autoexpress.co.uk * @SteveFowler

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We opened the show yesterday with how to tell the FCC your opinion on net neutrality. It was the last day of their public comment period on a proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. But as we reported, the site was overwhelmed by traffic. Because of that, the FCC has extended the comment period until Friday. http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/15/5902179/net-neutrality-proposal-comment-period-extended-by-fcc

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Apple's iPhone 6 is still months away at least. But a clone of the phone has already been announced. A Chinese copycat phone maker called GooPhone announced their GooPhone i6 with an August ship date. The phone is apparently based entirely on leaks and rumors. The company also beat Apple to market with their knock-off versions of the Apple iPhone 5 and 5S phones, which ran Android. http://www.gizchina.com/2014/07/16/goophone-announce-goophone-i6-iphone-6-clone-ahead-apple/

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Tesla plans a smaller new car: Model 3http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/tesla/87867/tesla-model-3-to-challenge-bmw-3-series-world-exclusive

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http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/15/samsung-to-scoop-up-smartthings-for-around-200-million/

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Samsung may partner with UnderArmourhttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/07/16/samsung-reportedly-in-partnership-talks-with-under-armour/

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Honda's Asimo robot upgradedhttp://newsroom.honda.co.uk/en/corporatepresspackdetail/?id=4152&mode=image

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Jibo robot claimed to be the "world's first family robot"http://venturebeat.com/2014/07/16/a-home-robot-for-the-price-of-a-tablet/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N1Q8oFpX1Y

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