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meIt's Wednesday, January 8, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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meThis episode of Tech News Today is brought to you by Gazelle, the fast and simple way to sell your used gadgets! Find out what your used iPhone, iPad and other Apple products are worth at Gazell.com.

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me, sl, jhWelcome to Tech News Today, I'm Mike Elgan --- I'm Sarah Lane --- I'm Jason Howell

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meTech News Today delivers the top tech news in 30 minutes or less - more or less.

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me[me] Dell promised in December to deliver a 28-inch Ultra-HD monitor for less than $1,000. And it looks like they’re going to overdeliver that promise when they ship it later this month. The price for Dell’s P2815Q monitor was announced today, and it’s $699. The bigger story here -- and at CES generally -- is just how fast the price of 4K products are dropping. Dell isn’t exactly a discount brand. And if Dell can sell a 28-inch Ultra-HD display this month for $699, we can expect the price for 4K on the desktop to drop to a few hundred dollars by the end of the year. http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/19/campaigns/p2815q-coming-soon-page

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sl[sl] We've seen rumors and leaks for weeks now, hinting at an Android phone from Nokia, code-named “Normandy”. Today, Evleaks posted what he claims are pictures of the phone using Nokia’s “forked” version of Android. The screens show an interface in three views, which look a little like Windows Phone and a little like Nokia’s Asha platform. Microsoft is currently in the process of acquiring Nokia's mobile device business and licensing Nokia's patents for 10 years. The existence of the “Normandy” phone is only a rumor at this point, and it may or may not ever ship.http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5287924/nokia-android-ui-normandy-leak-rumor

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me[me] China’s Alibaba Group launched a mobile game platform yesterday and will compete against rival Tencent. Games will be sold on Alibababa’s Taobao Mobile shopping site and app. The company has an interesting revenue sharing deal: 70% for developers, 20% for the company and 10% for charity. (Tencent pays only 10% to game developers and keeps the rest.) China has about 300 million mobile game players. http://technode.com/2014/01/08/alibaba-rolls-out-mobile-game-platform-to-take-on-tencent/

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sl[sl] In more Alibaba news, Alibaba’s Taobao - a C2C shopping platform - has banned the sale of bitcoins and other virtual currencies after a Chinese-government crackdown on the crypto-currency. The ban starts Tuesday, and it also includes the sale of how-to guides and computer hardware and software to help facilitate bitcoin mining. http://www.newsdaily.com/technology/7ff85fc4ba48694c913ec2bfcb70c9a4/alibaba-division-bans-bitcoin-after-china-crackdown-as-ipo-looms

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me[me] Big Brother is watching you drive! Or is it Big Mother. A company called Cellcontrol, which can enable parents to monitor and control how their teen drivers use their smartphones, now supports the Apple iPhone. Called Drive I-D, the company’s new iOS support can stop drivers from using some features, such as texting and email, while allowing others, like Siri. The product is a hardware box, plus an iOS app, which work together to monitor both the car’s motion and also the phone’s usage. Administrators -- parents -- can set policies about what teen drivers can and cannot do with their iPhones. The company calls it: “Personalized…Backseat Driving from the Couch." Start at 0:28 http://cellcontrol.com/driveid/http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11470726.htm

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sl[sl] One Laptop Per Child has unveiled two new low-cost tablets focused on children’s education. New Jersey-based Vivitar makes the hardware, but the big shift is in the tablets' Android-based software, which is focused on helping children research and decide various career choices. Kids who want to be an astronaut, scientist, musician or podcaster, will be exposed to the math, science and concepts they would need to learn. The organization also launched an app store for curated educational content. One Laptop Per Child prices The 7-inch XO-2 at about $150 and the 10-inch XO-10 about $200 when they’re released in the spring.http://youtu.be/MdMkxyjTBJohttp://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/one-laptop-per-child-and-vivitar-unveil-second-generation-of-award-winning-xo-tablets-239069321.html

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me[me] Sony President and CEO Kazuo Hirai announced a huge -- and hugely expensive -- “short throw” laser projector for casting TV and other content up on a wall to create a 147-inch virtual TV. When the product ships this summer, it could cost as much as $40,000. And the reason? It’s Ultra-HD! The device itself sits next to the wall, and looks like a low cabinet. But when it’s on, it throws an incredible 2,000-lumen image at a 4096 by 2160 resolution. http://www.sony.net/Products/4k-ultra-short-throw/

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sl[sl] Apple's time keeps on slippin slippin slippin, into the future. The company is having a hard time making its iWatch, according to a new report in The Information, because it hasn’t found a screen technology that’s both high quality and has great battery life. A rumor circulated earlier this week citing manufacturing holdups because of the finish treatments for the watch housing, and The Information seems to be confirming this. https://www.theinformation.com/bumps-in-the-road-for-apple-s-iwatch

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me[me] Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed electronics so small, flexible and thin that they could be used on the surface of a contact lens, wrapped around a human hair or applied as a second skin, according to an article published yesterday in the journal ‘Nature Communications.’ The circuits are created by printing them on a one-micrometer thick layer of a substance called parylene. Products using this technology are still years away. But -- who knows? -- maybe the next big thing after wearables is the Google Contact Lens and the iPatch. http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2014/01/this-clear-flexible-electronic-circuit-can-fit-on-the-surface-of-a-contact-lens/

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sl[sl] There's been a lot of controversy around tech company buses shuttling employees who live in San Francisco through the city down south to Silicon Valley. Protesters blame high paid tech workers for using San Francisco as a bedroom community, driving up rents, and creating traffic problems. It's because such an issue the city has even proposed a fee for the buses and new rules about where they can stop. Well in typical Google fashion the company is trying something new - some employees will be able to commute by boat -- a catamaran that ferries Googlers from San Francisco to bay adjacent Redwood City. http://youtu.be/kM28sVBkv14http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2014/01/07/google-launches-private-sf-bay-ferry-service-to-shuttle-workers/

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me[me] TWiT's own Father Robert BallecerDetails

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sl[sl] great story in the Atlantic about future of satellite imagery. google just the beginning
- Urthecast, Planet Labs, and Skybox all SV companies working on "spy" sats
- Urthecast plans to install still and video cameras on the International Space Station, then beam video down using the Russian Space Agency’s antennae. (At the end of December, cosmonauts attempted to install Urthecast’s cameras onto the ISS. It didn’t work—the cameras failed to relay signal to the ground. Now the devices are back inside the station, being examined for problems.)
- Planet Labs wants to send 28 small satellites into low orbit, which would be the biggest private fleet of satellites ever created. # is impressive but rez won't be that great & satellites may not work/be lost
- SkyBox combines historic data from US government satellites, aerial photography, and weather centers to create history of the Earth in data. It will then augment that record with data and imagery from its own satellites.
- Digital Globe will sell imagery in the medium- to high-range: public corp in Colorado. Department of Defense provides most of biz, but also supplies a substantial amount of imagery to Google Earth.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/silicon-valleys-new-spy-satellites/282580/ One of the Uthecast cameras is even capable of broadcasting in 4K UHD.

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me[me] 3D food printinghttp://cubify.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/ChefJet-Full-color-Sugar-1-hires.jpg

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sl[sl] yesterday Yahoo officially launched Yahoo Tech. own vertical like Yahoo News and Yahoo Business, focus on mainstream audience
- new hires, including Rafe Needleman as the site’s editorial director. (needleman a regular guest on TNT) says the focus is not on SV but "what tv should i buy"
- unusual - no display ads. design is almost tablet like. stories expand on same page
- Marissa Mayer and David Pogue in keynote at the CES conference in Las Vegas talking about YT:
“In my opinion, the point is that the high end is really well taken care of… But who is taking care of the middle 85%? NOBODY!”
- Yahoo Food another vertical, Mayer says “Digital magazines are a core part of our long-term vision"
- ads have to show up eventually, right? as tiles? native ads?
http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/07/yahoo-goes-vertical-for-the-mainstream-launches-yahoo-food-and-yahoo-tech-hires-rafe-needleman-as-editorial-director/

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sl[sl] CES cool thing - FLIR One, an iPhone 5/5S case with a small thermal camera stuck on the back. combo of dock and app. Using what's called multi-spectral dynamic imaging, it shows hybrid images, thermal pictures, even in the dark. When you point it at a subject, the FLIR will also give you a temperature reading of what you're pointing the device at.
- Lepton is the camera inside FLIR, smaller than a nickel.
- company says that this will help DIYers to find the leaks in their home, outdoors types to avoid wild creatures and families to navigate dangerous areas like smoke-filled houses. It'll be available in the spring for $350, with an Android version planned for later in the year.
http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/flir-one-thermal-camera-iphone-case/

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me[me] The iRing is coming, but not from Apple. IK Multimedia is showing at CES an iRing controller for playing electronic music with an iPhone or iPad.
It uses the iPhone camera to detect movement along six directions and can send MIDI messages to a host computer over WiFi. Let’s It’s a post-PC Theremin
http://youtu.be/w4YTODlyB9ghttp://www.kvraudio.com/news/ik-multimedia-announces-iring-motion-tracking-controller-for-idevices-at-ces-24579

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sl[sl] Turnn that frown upside down. A new app for Google Hangouts called US+, combines linguistic and facial expression analysis to monitor your video chats in real time. The point is to see hostile you're being; how positive; or how honest. US+ will give you suggestions for better communication - like, you've been talking too much or that you seem sad. The app designers say it's more about creating algorithms that can match what we as humans are already pretty good at perceiving, and not about forcing a certain kind of communication. http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/08/face-tracking-app

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me[me] We'll be joined tomorrow by tech podcaster Paul Spain, who will be Skyping in from CES. Plus, we'll have another Padre report from CES.

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On Tech News Today: More CES madness, Ultra-HD gets ultra cheap. Plus, new technology might someday put a computer into your contact lenses. TEASER http://live.twit.tv/

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Xbox style game controller for iOS

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http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/01/07/signal-announces-rp-one-full-size-bluetooth-game-controller-for-apples-ios-devices

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iOS motion controller

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/08/ik_mulitimedia_iring_gets_hand_in_first_for_ios_motion_control/

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Apple requests removal of compliance monitor (inside baseball?)

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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57616848-37/apple-requests-removal-of-antitrust-compliance-monitor/

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Yahoo https (echo chamber)

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http://www.zdnet.com/yahoo-finally-enables-https-encryption-for-email-by-default-7000024922/

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This case turns your iPhone into a night vision camera

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http://www.engadget.com/2014/01/07/flir-one-thermal-camera-iphone-case/

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Audi and Nvidia (too late?)

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http://www.droid-life.com/2014/01/07/audi-and-nvidia-team-up-to-bring-smart-displays-dashboards-and-tablets-to-cars/

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Journalists social media “boot camp”

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http://mashable.com/2014/01/07/sf-chronicle-social-media-boot-camp/

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Sony phone dashboard cradle

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http://www.theverge.com/2014/1/8/5287420/sony-xsp-n1bt-smartphone-cradle-receiver-in-car-entertainment-system