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meIt's Thursday, January 9, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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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.

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(Steve Jobs announced iPhone 7 years ago today; shipped June 29)

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me[me] We told you Monday that Yahoo accidentally distributed malware in Europe to millions through malicious advertising posted on the Yahoo.com site - 4 day period between December 31 and January 3 - There may have been between 2 and 2.5 million infections. The malware redirected visitors to a site with even more malware. Today we’ve learned that some of the malware turned victims’ PCs into bitcoin miners -- gobbling up PC resources of the victims and generating money for the malware creators. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-25653664

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sl[sl] Fingerprints are so 2013. Samsung might be adding an eye scanner to its upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone to compete against Apple’s iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner - That’s what Samsung's mobile V.P. Lee Young Hee tells Bloomberg in a story published today - Hee also said to expect the Galaxy S5 by April - and that the phone “will be paired with a new wearable device that will be an evolution of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch."http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-09/samsung-plans-galaxy-s5-by-april-with-possible-eye-scan-security.html

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me[me] Sexting teenagers aren’t the only ones who need messages that self-destruct - new iOS app called Confide enables encrypted, private, temporary messages - designed for professionals - uses email not phone numbers - screenshots difficult, sender notified if it happens - words are hidden unless users pass hand over the screen - ‘wand’ effect - notification for read messages - possible snag: government regulation of business requires audit trail and the retention of business messages. http://goo.gl/GVwp6f

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sl[sl] Sure, all this wearable computing sounds promising, but how are we all willing to pay to buy into the future? - Google Glass is $1,500 - the Sony SmartWatch 2 runs you $200, The ‘Pebble Steel’ $249 - that's too expensive for a lot of people. Arcos says it's launching a basic smartwatch this summer for $50, which is cheaper than most watches. It'll handle smartphone notifications, music playback, will have a 1.5-inch non-capacitive e-ink screen, and, here's the wow factor - it can even tell the time. http://www.archos.com/us/products/smartwatch/index.html

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me[me] Android and iOS dominate the market. But a Linux-based alternative called Tizen has powerful backers - Samsung, LG, Intel, Fujitsu, Huawei, Vodafone and Orange - Spokesperson for Japan’s largest carrier, TNN Docomo, told AFP that Tizen phones hit in March - Japanese paper Mainichi Shimbun said yesterday Samsung’s Tizen phone will be announced before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 24 - details about Tizen app stores at that event - Other alternative platforms: Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux for smartphones, Firefox OS and Sailfish - Tizen has the best shot. http://www.jollatides.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/tizen-os-1024x558.jpghttp://www.computerworld.com.au/article/535473/tech_firms_eye_phone_rival_ios_android/

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sl[sl] You know who comes to mind when I think of wearable technology? Dick Tracy. No, seriously, the original Smart Watch was a 2-Way Wrist Radio worn by the comic book cop in the 1940s... he was quite a trendsetter, and Bem Wireless is bringing him back with a watch called the Speaker Band.It’s really a Bluetooth microphone and speaker in wristwatch form that works with iOS or Android, it answer calls, lets you listen to music, has 6 hours of talk time, and even caller ID. It'll you you 50 dollars - and ships end of the month. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-vWjhcEHH7Dc/Us7V9sxdTtI/AAAAAAAKO4E/JJzf6Q381BY/s1274-no/bemspeaker.jpghttp://www.pocket-lint.com/news/126416-bem-wireless-speaker-band-is-a-bluetooth-speaker-for-your-wrist

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me[me] A Google+ user named Stefan M. noticed Chromecast icons in latest version of the Google+ Android app - those icons might reveal future plans to enable the app to display Google+ photos, hangouts and posts on TVs using Google’s Chromecast dongle. A Google representative told Tech News Today that: "We don't have any plans to announce at this time."https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-FsmJdJctEqw/Us0h8IfxumI/AAAAAAAANuU/kI91AfQsFk4/w1336-h865-no/gplus_chromecast.pnghttp://gigaom.com/2014/01/08/google-may-get-chromecast-support-soon/

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sl[sl] IBM’s Watson computer has had a lot of fun playing Jeopardy, but now it's time to put the artificial intelligence system to work. IBM is investing the non-trivial sum of one billion dollars into a new business unit for Watson, which includes a $100 million equity fund toward new innovation at its Watson Developers Cloud, which is currently available to developers. IBM also plans to hire 2,000 employees in New York City. The computer, which used to be the size of whole room, has slimmed down to the size of three pizza boxes. http://youtu.be/smSvr4dfmPk?t=5m23shttp://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-ibm-watson-idUSBREA0808U20140109

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me[me] Would you trust an app to park your car? French company Valeo demo’d their prototype ‘automated parking valet’ app CES parking lot yesterday - iOS, Android - get out of the car before you park - Valeo’s main business is making car parts and electronics - Park4U system uses ultrasonic sensors, laser scanners and cameras already installed in some BMWs, Range Rovers and others - find a good spot, then park - when you’re ready to leave, the app can summon the car and it will pick you up - on the market in 4 years. http://youtu.be/nZP8xaV3lCM?t=7shttp://goo.gl/e43wb4

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sl[sl] Think twice next time you take to Facebook to complain about your crappy salary. GigaOM reports some financial startups are now checking Facebook and Twitter feeds before giving you a loan, and that a “new breed” of companies, like Kabbage are using social media to look for contradictions between what borrowers say to the bank and what they say on social media. They might also look at how many “friends” you have, kind of like a financial Klout score. They don't all work the same though, the startup Flurish (also known as LendUp) only checks social media when provided voluntarily by an applicant. Consumer advocate groups oppose the trend, and claim federal laws aren’t doing anything about it, according to The Wall Street Journal. http://gigaom.com/2014/01/09/new-breed-of-lenders-use-facebook-and-twitter-data-to-judge-borrowers/

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[me] Father Robert Ballecer - This Week in Enterprise Tech, Know How..., and Coding 101 -- (Dick DeBartolo - The Giz Wiz, Mad Magazine writer

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sl[sl] Digital movie sales in US jumped 47% last year to $1.19B, according to data released by Digital Entertainment Group, an industry trade group.
- fastest-growing category. total home-entertainment revenue up 0.7% to $18.22B.
- total U.S. home-entertainment market remains well below its peak of more than $22B in 2004 (cd and dvd days)
- new release window marketed as "Digital HD." 1 to 4 weeks before a movie becomes available on DVD or to rent online, studios make new movies available to purchase from iTunes, Amazon, etc in HD
- "Despicable Me 2," which was available to buy online for two weeks before its DVD release, was the best-selling title online of 2013. (it's whining kids driving sales)
http://online.wsj.com/news/article_email/SB10001424052702304887104579306440621142958-lMyQjAxMTA0MDAwNzEwNDcyWj

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me[me] A Lenovo executive told CNET: "multiple Chromebook models" by summer - current models mostly for education - Lenovo believes the market will accelerate greatly in the next 12 months - I agree - Jason loves his - TWiG’s Jeff Jarvis big fan - huge for education - NPD Group report last month: one-fifth of sales in commercial laptop channels are Chromebooks because of education market - getting better; Haswell chips should give killer battery life - Acer, HP, Toshiba, ASUS will also all expand range - I think they’re going super mainstream - Apple’s iPad Pro a response for education? http://ces.cnet.com/8301-35284_1-57616879/lenovo-plans-big-chromebook-push-for-2014/

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sl[sl] EMAIL - I wanted to point out to your audience an interesting thing to note about CES this year, and that is the trend of trying to spread tech news out to the masses in a more journalistic, integral, and mainstream way. Yahoo announced their "digital magazine" with David Pogue, Yahoo Tech, which went live yesterday covering CES, and even networks from YouTube are all there sending "normal" people updates throughout the day. This year seems to be a more refined version of CES, they've learned from their mistakes of over-cluttering and bad timing which were prevalent last year.
My point is, that this years CES is not just an introductory teaser to this year in tech, it's been a real discussion of bringing the complicated technologies that us geek communities develop to the masses in a way that really adds meaning to their lives. And this year I believe we'll begin to learn how to do it right - from wearables all the way to home automation.
Max from Brooklyn NY.

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[me] FOLLOWUP 2 : We reported January 2 that Snapchat got hacked on New Year’s Eve day, and the names and phone numbers from up to 4.6 million user accounts were downloaded - the company’s CEO Evan Spiegel was slammed for not apologizing - So this morning he did in a company blog post: "We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support." Also rolled out security fix that lets users opt out of the app's "Find Friends" feature. http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-01-09/snapchat-apologizes-for-breach-exposing-4-dot-6-million-users-data

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me[me] New ‘Glassware’ augments your reality with zombies - called ‘Race Yourself’ - has over 30 game modes that give you reasons to run faster and work out harder - zombies chase you - a giant boulder rolls at you like you’re Indiana Jones - other virtual runners and bike riders challenge you to beat them - even ‘virtual rings in the sky’ for you to skydive through - currently working beta - can pre-order - crowdfunded. Start at 0:33
http://youtu.be/39W6CMpdGsM?t=33s
http://raceyourself.com/

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sl[sl] Engineers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Stanford University have produce the world’s fastest thin-film organic transistors,which has the potential to replace silicon in high-resolution television screens and other devices. The term “organic” used to only mean compounds produced by living organisms, but now includes synthetic substances based on carbons and plastics. This is the next step in inexpensive, high-performance electronics built on transparent substrates like glass and even clear, flexible plastics that are 90% transparent to the naked eye.http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/engineers-make-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-organic-transistor

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Thank you for joining us. And I'll leave you with this drone's-eye view from the outside of CES in Las Vegas, which was produced by Chris McBeth.http://youtu.be/WT2xSXigBhM

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On Tech News Today: IBM's Watson Gets a Job * An App That Parks Your Car * And the Ultimate Motivation to Run Fast: Zombies!

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Galaxy Note 3 'Neo' leaked phablet knows six-core kung-fu

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http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/galaxy-note-3-neo-leaked-phablet-knows-six-core-kung-fu-50013192/

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ZTE modular phone

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http://news.softpedia.com/news/ZTE-Brings-Its-ECO-MOBIUS-Modular-Phone-to-CES-2014-414962.shtml

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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2014/01/osama-bin-laden-avatar/

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Apple, Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in U.S. patent fight: court filing

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-apple-samsung-idUSBREA0802P20140109?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

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Engineers make world’s fastest organic transistor

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http://www.rdmag.com/news/2014/01/engineers-make-world%E2%80%99s-fastest-organic-transistor