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TITLE: I'm Spatially DenseGUEST: Julio Ojeda-ZapataTech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press
LOWER THIRD URL: ojezap.com/themobilewriter, @ojezap
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This is Tech News Today for Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013

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We'll keep you up to date on the most important stories in the tech world, and put them in context for you.

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tmWant something to be thankful for? How about a Snowden leak? No. Too bad. Huffington Post caught this one about the NSA monitoring the habits of six radicals in order to catch them doing things that would undermine their authority in their cause. Vulnerabilities included using donations for personal expenses, charging exorbitant speaking fees, and "viewing sexually explicit material online.http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57613875-93/nsa-logged-online-porn-habits-of-muslim-radicalizers-report/

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slThe Washington Post reports Microsoft executives are meeting this week about encrypting its Internet traffic to evade the US National Security Agency's access into its communication links. Sources tell the Post that encryption will take place “across the full range of consumer and business services." Microsoft lawyers have called potential NSA activity “very disturbing” and could possibly be a breach of the constitution.http://thenextweb.com/microsoft/2013/11/27/microsoft-reportedly-increasing-efforts-encrypt-traffic-passing-services/

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iaSo that news that the National Security Agency spies on pretty much everything ever has ruffled a few feathers. The EU may stop its data-sharing arrangements due to the surveillance. EU's justice and rights commissioner Viviane Reding says that the U.S would have to adjust its surveillance practices to be in line with EU law. Additionally, the U.S. would have to allow Europeans whose rights may have been infringed legal redress. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/26/nsa-surveillance-europe-threatens-freeze-us-data-sharing

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tmIf you don’t have Google Glass or a MotoX or even an Android phone at all? You can still say “OK Glass” and have Google respond. The Google Voice Search Hotword extension is now available in the Chrome Web Store in beta. The extension allows users to say commands to the browser just like Google Glass. Google suggests it may be helpful for people who need to search but have their hands covered in turkey grease.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2427694,00.asp

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slNokia has introduced the Lumia 525 to succeed the popular Lumia 520 – its top selling Windows Phone device worldwide. The 525 runs the latest Nokia Lumia Black of Windows Phone 8 and is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM, the same 5-megapixel cam, and 8gb of memory.The 525 comes in glossy orange, white, yellow and matte black.http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2013/11/27/nokia-announces-the-lumia-525-an-upgraded-successor-to-the-top-selling-lumia-520/

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iaCloud storage service Box just bought data analytics startup dLoop. The acquisition will bring some more security to Box and help it expand in the enterprise market. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but dLoop co-founder Divya Jain will head up Box's advanced content analysis and data classification team. http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/26/box-acquires-dloop-to-enhance-security-with-fine-grained-data-analytics-technology/

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tmMIT Media Lab researchers from the Camera Culture group have developed a camera that can detect objects even when translucent or obscured by something like rain, all using off the shelf parts totaling about $500. The key was a change in code that solves the multipath problem, a similar problem to blurry photos and image stabilization. The technology could eventually be used as collision-avoidance for cars, even in rain, and also for medical imaging.http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/inexpensive-nano-camera-1126.html

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slSkype use in China used to route through a local company (TOM Online), which made presence of government monitoring pretty certain. Microsoft has now teamed with Guangming Founder on a new China-specific Skype build, which GreatFire.org points out encrypts all data and sends it directly to Microsoft, making it harder to censor or spy on any communications. However, Guangming Founder was created by Guangming Daily, a government-backed newspaper... so, don't go telling all your secrets just yet.http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/27/skype-for-china-now-talks-directly-to-microsoft/

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tmIf you have bought any video through your Xbox or Windows 8.1 app you may feel a little locked in, but the lock-in got a tiny bit less today as Microsoft launched video.xbox.com. You’ll be able to watch TV shows and movies you purchase, rent, or have already purchased on the Web. The stream is not HD at this point and you will need the silverlight plug-in.http://www.engadget.com/2013/11/27/microsofts-xbox-video-website-is-now-live/

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iaJolla [Yolla]'s first phone has launched and it runs the Sailfish operating system. Sailfish is the successor Nokia's Meego OS, which debuted and died on the Nokia N-900. The Jolla phone will be able to run most apps designed for Android. Only 450 Jolla phones will be available on its launch today. Most of those will go to customers who preordered. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25120727

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Introduce GuestGUEST: Julio Ojeda-ZapataTech Writer, St. Paul Pioneer Press
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tmWith PrimeSense, Apple Got Key Mapping Technologyhttp://jessicalessin.com/2013/11/26/with-primesense-apple-got-key-mapping-technology-2/

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Apple Acquires Indoor Location Company WifiSLAMhttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/03/23/apple-acquires-indoor-location-company-wifislam/

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Matterport 3D scannerhttp://www.primesense.com/casestudies/matterport-scanner/

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Jessica Lessin points out PrimeSense acquisition may not be about Kinect-like sensors
- companies like Matterport, which makes a camera for mapping three-dimensional spaces, use its chips. Matterport built a scanner using PrimeSense sensors that automatically creates beautiful, color 3D models of interior spaces.
- Apple bought WifiSLAM in March, an indoor GPS company, to help it map out malls and another indoor spaces
Q: For making Apple Maps better or for putting scanners in your phone to make all iPhone users into mappers?

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ia23andMe vs. the FDA in less than 4 minuteshttp://boingboing.net/2013/11/27/23andme-vs-the-fda-in-less-th.html

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23andMe FDA Warning Letterhttp://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2013/ucm376296.htm

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If Inaccuracy Were Illegal, The Feds Would Have To Regulate Most Health Gadgets http://techcrunch.com/2013/11/25/if-inaccuracy-were-illegal-the-feds-would-have-to-regulate-most-health-gadgets/

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- Genetic testing company 23andMe had its service halted due to the FDA on Monday
- 23andMe analyzes a user's salivia and sequences their genome to find out if a person is likely to be at risk for disease (or if they have anything right now)
- The FDA says that the DNA kit is a medical device and that require regulatory approval
- The FDA is concerned that people may take actions in response to the test results, thereby causing a health risk
- TechCrunch's Gregory Ferenstein suggests if 23andMe can cause health risks, shouldn't fitness gadgets like the Up and the FuelBand be regulated the same way
- Ferenstein argues that when he tested out the Basis watch, the Fuelband and other gadgets, there was a lot of variation in calorie burn measurements compared to the tests he took at Breakaway Performance in SF (they use a mask to measure energy output from carbon dioxide expulsion)

Q: Should 23andMe have been shut down? If so, should all fitness gadgets should face the same scrutiny?

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slBitcoin passes $1,000 mark for the first time, up over 62% in a weekhttp://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/11/27/bitcoin-passes-1000-mark-first-time/

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- passing the $1,000 mark for the first time. highest seen at at $1,030 on Mt. Gox, one of the largest exchanges but also inflated because of the high volume of trading & difficulty at times to convert back to USD. many other exchanges lower
- Last week, Bitcoin’s high for the day was $632. earlier this year, it was under $100
q: just wtf with all this

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iaMicrosoft Hires ‘Pawn Stars’ to Bash Google Chromebookshttp://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/11/26/microsoft-hires-pawn-stars-to-bash-google-chromebooks/

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Microsoft's latest 'Scroogled' ad uses 'Pawn Stars' show to rip into Google's Chromebooks http://www.theverge.com/2013/11/26/5148782/microsofts-latest-scroogled-ad-users-pawn-stars-to-rip-into-google-chromebook

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- Microsoft's keeping its Scroogled campaign alive
- The latest ad features the guys from "Pawn Stars," a reality show that follows the lives of pawn shop owners
- In the video, a woman tries to pawn her Chromebook to get a ticket to Hollywood from Las Vegas
- The pawn-shop owners laugh and tell the woman that the Chromebook isn't a real laptop
- RUN VIDEO
- He also says that traditional PCs "utilizes built-in applications like Office and iTunes that work even when you're offline."
- The pawn shop owner doesn't buy the laptop and the woman is left dejected as she can't get to Hollywood.
- BTW a Hipmunk search found some pretty reasonable flights from LV to Hollywood. $262 buys you a nonstop flight today.

Q: Is Chromebook enough of a threat that MS needed to make this commercial?

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slIn Time for Thanksgiving Travel: Google Adds Airports, Train Stations to Street Viewhttp://abcnews.go.com/Technology/Holidays/google-maps-adds-airports-train-stations-street-view/story?id=21017580

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- Google adding the inside of airports and train stations to Street View.
- Google Street View program manager Ulf Spitzer: "In addition to scoping out your destination, Street View can help you cut down the stress of traveling by giving you a preview of your journey, too. The new additions include 16 airports and 50 train and subway stations."
- Through Google Maps, they can figure out the best route from the terminal to baggage claims and rental car services.
q: all the airports and subways are outside the US - not really thanksgiving focused. still, good to have?

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tmMIT's $500 Kinect-like camera works in snow, rain, gloom of nighthttp://www.engadget.com/2013/11/26/MITs-500-dollar-kinect-like-camera-works-in-snow-and-rain/

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MIT researchers led by Ramesh Raskar developed 3d nan-camera based on “Time Flight Technology”
- an object's location is calculated by measuring the time it takes light to reflect off its surface and return to the sensor.
- nano-cam can capture translucent and moving objects in 3D
- Unlike Kinect, a common method used in telecom world to solve multi path and similar to techniques that clear up blurry photos
- Past efforts required $500,000 femto-cameras. This one cost $500
- probes the scene with a continuous-wave signal that oscillates at nanosecond periods. Can then use off the shelf parts
- could be used in medical imaging and collision-avoidance detectors

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All of Wikipedia can be installed to your desktop in just 30 hourshttp://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/all-of-wikipedia-can-be-installed-to-your-desktop-in-just-30-hours/

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One Restaurant Is Offering A 50% Discount If You Turn Your Phone Off While You Dinehttp://www.businessinsider.com/restaurant-discount-for-turning-off-phone-2013-11

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Subject: Benchmarking Refrigerators

I am that appliance benchmarking guy thanks to help from the EPA. I have always looked at energy usage like CPU benchmarking. In both cases I ask, how much bang can I get for my buck?

Funny twist, LG and got in trouble for tweaking their results just like Samsung and HTC (which stands for Has To Cheat.)

http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/lg-compensates-consumers-modifies-fridges-over-energy-star-snafu/19062

Love the show. Keep up the great work... and the puns too!


Kirk
http://www.twice.com/appliances/appliances/lg-compensates-consumers-modifies-fridges-over-energy-star-snafu/19062

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