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meIt's Friday, January 10, 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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Glad CES is over.

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TOP NEWSVISUALSNOTES

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me[me] As you probably know, Target was hacked in December. Now the retailer is giving details, and they’re not pretty. Target said today that personal information of customers was taken -- not just credit card data. This included names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. And the number of people affected is 70 million people -- not 40 million as reported before. The company issued a statement that said, in part: ‘At this time, the Company is not able to estimate the costs, or a range of costs, related to the data breach.’ Target also promised to cover the costs of any fraudulent charges that result from the breach. http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140110005281/en/Target-Update-Data-Breach-Financial-Performance

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sl[sl] Are we in that post-PC world yet? Not if you ask Lenovo. Research firms Gartner and IDC say the PC industry sold 35 million fewer PCs in 2013 than they did the year before. That’s a 10% drop. However, the biggest winner was China-based Lenovo, which sold 2 million more computers worldwide than #2 HP (although HP is still #1 in the US). The biggest loser? Microsoft. Alternatives like iPads and Android tablets are gaining market share at Windows’ expense. Gartner thinks only 15% of Internet-connected devices sold in 2014 will run Windows. Meanwhile, Apple is eating into business and enterprise computing -- again, at Microsoft’s expense. As business goes mobile, iOS devices are the new hotness, nd the trend is driven by apps. And more than 90% of all business apps were deployed on iOS in the third quarter of last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.http://youtu.be/RVJTVcVnIRAhttp://recode.net/2014/01/09/lenovo-dominated-worst-ever-world-pc-market-in-2013/

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304244904579278560822979176

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me[me] In other Lenovo news: The company wants to sell smartphones in the United States. Last year, they said sales would start this summer. But today, Lenovo execs told Sina news that it ain’t gonna happen. An entry into the US market will take two or three years, well after a push to sell in Latin America. Lenovo is the world’s third largest smartphone maker, after Samsung and Apple, according to Gartner, thanks mainly to its strong presence in China. http://www.zdnet.com/cn/lenovo-shelves-plans-to-sell-smartphones-in-us-7000025016/

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sl[sl] iPhone owners, unite! We got this! No I'm not trolling, I'm just reacting to data from a company called Actix, which measures how ‘widely used’ phones are in North America and Europe. The top three most used phones by far are (in order) the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4. Actix figures out usage by tracking communication between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks. Samsung devices came in fourth, fifth, and sixth places with the Galaxies S3, S2, and S4, respectively. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57616953-94/iphones-hold-top-three-spots-in-network-usage-ranking/

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me[me] India is turning down free Google services. Why? Because the NSA, that’s why. We told you last Thursday that Google would donate its help for India’s upcoming elections, including registration databases and Google Maps help with polling stations. Well, it the Commission Election of India yesterday said NO to the offer. Unnamed Commission officials told Reuters that Google was rejected for a handful of reasons. One of them was a concern about spying by the NSA.http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-india-elections-google-idUSBREA080YE20140109

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/09/us-india-elections-google-idUSBREA080YE20140109

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sl[sl] Sony's finally confirmed rumors that it’s seriously interested in making Windows Phone handsets. Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, told TechRadar that Sony is “actively looking into the possibility” of launching a Windows Phone and moving beyond making only Android handsets. Nokia ended 2013 with 92% of the Windows Phone market, so Microsoft desperately needs more partners. http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/mobile-phones/sony-confirms-discussions-with-microsoft-to-launch-windows-phone-1214067

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me[me] The camera maker GoPro plans to offer extreme sports videos on Microsoft’s Xbox Live. The start date has not been confirmed. GoPro’s sports channel already exists on Virgin America flights.Start at 1:51 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3PDXmYoF5Uhttp://www.engadget.com/2014/01/09/gopro-xbox-channel/

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sl[sl] The reviews site Yelp was ordered by a judge to ‘out’ seven reviewers -- as in reveal who they are. A small business called Hadeed Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria, Virginia, suspects seven negative reviews to be fake -- created not by customers, but possibly by competitors. So they subpoenaed Yelp to turn over the identities of the reviewers. Yelp refused. Hadeed went to court. And now the Court of Appeals of Virginia ruled that Yelp has to reveal who the reviewers are. Yelp doesn’t require users to add too many personal details, but here’s the amazing part of this case: Yelp does record the IP addresses of users. http://goo.gl/Wu9T08http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/01/09/64385.htm

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THE CONVERSATIONLINKSNOTES

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me[me] Dan Patterson is a writer, broadcaster and also a project manager for Tanooki Labs. QUESTIONShttp://danpatterson.com/

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Thank you, Dan Patterson. You can find Dan at danpatterson.com

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[me] Father Robert Ballecer, host of This Week in Enterprise Tech, Know How, and Coding 101

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sl[sl] four senior staffers, six more researchers and editors, went to CES
- Seagate’s new 4 TB portable hard drive uses two 2 TB laptop hard drives formatted in a super-fast RAID 0 configuration and a USB 3.0 connection to achieve read speeds of up to 220 MBps.
- Mophie Space Pack is a fairly elegant-looking answer. It combines a 1700 mAh battery pack and 16 GB or 32 GB of flash memory in a single iPhone 5/5s case.
- “entry-level” camera, the $650 Nikon D3300 is almost as good as the $1500 Nikon D7100 (our current pick for best midrange DSLR), at least when it comes to specs (the D7100 has many pro/enthusiast features that don’t translate to spec sheets that more than justify its higher price). Both Nikons have a mid-sized APS-C 24 MP sensor with no optical low-pass filter (for sharper images), a maximum ISO of 25,600 for great low-light shooting, and the ability to record 1080p HD video at 60 fps. It’s got a slightly slower 5 fps burst mode (compared to the D7100’s 6 fps), but that’s still plenty fast considering that only a few years ago high-end cameras were only pulling 4 fps.
- The Torque t402v is perhaps the closest you’re going to get to a modular headphone, and that’s a good thing. Not only do they have the ability to switch between on-ear and over-ear modes by swapping out the magnetic ear pads, you can even choose what type of sound signature you want by rotating the ear pads.
There are markings on the inside that show you what position is for high pass, low pass, a flat sound, and so on. This enables you to rotate the cup to the sound of your choosing (i.e. more bass, more treble, balanced) and pop it back on to experience a new sounding headphone.
http://thewirecutter.com/2014/01/tech-were-looking-forward-to-in-2014-a-realists-guide-to-ces/

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me[me] Most interesting product at CES: The Sony Core.

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sl[sl] Back in episode 913 or 914 the statement was made that everyone wants a curved screen but struggled to come up with a reason. I can think of 1 important reason a curved screen is a bad idea, glare. With a flat screen you can usually angle the screen to avoid glare from some lightsource in the room. Curve the screen and you now turn was was a spot of glare into a band of glare that runs from top to bottom of the screen that is much more difficult if not impossible to get rid of. Pivoting the screen up and down will have no effect on the glare. Pivoting left to right will just move the vertical band of blare from side to side across the screen. Grab a glossy magazine or clear report covers and you'll see the problem with a curved as opposed to flat screen when room lighting may be an issue.

The earth is round but screens should remain flat.
- DARKO

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me[me] Today we hand out medals in the selfie olympics <talk about selfie olympics> BRONZE: The bronze goes to an unknown young woman, who took a picture with her toe as the phone was propped up on top of the door, all while while brushing her teeth. That’s just impressive. Plus, dental hygiene is important.
SILVER: The silver goes to Ferdinand Puentes, who survived a plane crash in the ocean near the Hawaiian Island of Molokai in December. After filming the crash with his GoPro camera, he continued taking pictures while clinging to a seat cushion, including an epic selfie, with the sinking plane in the background.
GOLD: Good, but not enough for the gold. That goes to Buzz Aldrin. He took the first space selfie with a planet-Earth photobomb during the Gemini 12 mission in 1966. Proving once again: nothing beats an astronaut.
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SILVER:
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GOLD:
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sl[sl] Overstock.com can claim it's the first major retailer to offiicially accepting payments in bitcoin. Last Tuesday, the company struck a deal to handle bitcoin payments through a service operated by Coinbase, and since then, Overstock engineers worked overtime to make it happen. Overstock CEO and chairman Patrick Byrne says bitcoin can free the world from the control of big banks and big government and believes “It helps us fight the machine,”.http://www.wired.com/business/2014/01/overstock-bitcoin-live/

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me[me] Share your news tips, leaks, inside information and feedback: email us at tnt@twit.tv or call 260-TNT-show and leave a message. Also: Upvote the stories you'd like to see us cover on our subreddit at Technewstoday.reddit.com and visit our Tech News Today Google+ community. You'll find our web site at twit.tv/tnt

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That's our show. Check out our brand-new show, called Tech News 2night, starting Monday and running every week-day at 4pm Pacific. Thanks to Dan Patterson for joining us. And thank YOU for tuning in. We'll see you Monday.

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On Tech News Today: The PC Market In Decline * Lifelogging on the rise * The Selfie Olympics Medal Ceremony

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The most important event this week is the launch of TWiT’s evening news show, called Tech News 2night, which starts Monday at 4pm Pacific.

Biotech showcase begins in San Francisco on Monday the 13th.

Tokyo’s Automotive World show starts Wednesday the 15th.

And the DLD conference -- DLD stands for Digital-Life-Design -- begins on Sunday the 19th.

That’s what’s coming up. Back to you, Leo.

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