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It's Thursday, March 20, 2014 and this is Tech News Today.

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Our guest co-anchor today is David Berlind, editor in chief at ProgrammableWeb.David Berlind Editor in chief, ProgrammableWeb

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Another dual boot Windows-Android project has been killed. Chinese phone maker Huawei announced a dual-boot handset just last week. But now Huawei said they’ve cancelled their plans to launch the phone. http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/huawei-backtracks-wont-release-dual-os-android-windows-phone-smartphone/2014-03-19

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Phil Goldstein is the editor of FierceWireless. He broke the story and he’s here to talk about it.

Q: Why are these dual-boot devices being announced, then cancelled?

Q: What leverage do OS makers have over handset makers?

Q: Is Google pressuring handset makers, too?

Q: Is this a huge slap in the face to Intel, which invested heavily in its dual-OS platform, then announced it to great fanfare at CES?

Phil Goldstein
Editor of FierceWireless

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* Asustek has postponed plans to release its TD300 tablet that was presented at CES 2014.

* Statement: "at this stage there are no plans to launch a dual-OS smartphone in the near future."

Huawei’s chief marketing officer, Shao Yang, said last week. Yang claimed the firm was following a "dual OS" strategy with Android and Windows Phone on a single handset.

* Karbonn is reportedly releasing its own dual-booting Android and Windows Phone handset, due in the coming months

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Motorola design chief Jim Wicks spilled some details about the Moto 360 smartwatch we reported on Monday. He said Motorola decided to make the watch face round, rather than square, because its a culturally familiar shape for a watch, which he believes will make it more socially acceptable. http://moto360.motorola.com/

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Scott Stein
Senior Editor, CNET

Q: Why did Motorola choose to make their watch look like a watch?

Q: Everyone is making a big deal out of the fact that it’s round, but isn’t this a standard option in Google’s SDK?

Q: What’s the connection between the Moto 360 and the Moto X smartphone?

Q: The Moto 360 has no charging ports. How do you think it will be charged?

Q: Is the lack of a camera a bug or a feature?

Q: There’s still a lot we don’t know about the watch, right?
Scott Stein
Senior Editor, CNET @jetscott

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* Moto 360 emerged from the Moto X and the Moto X emerged from Motorola’s MotoActv fitness smartwatch

* What we don’t know:
- How it’s charged - no charge port
- works with any Android 4.3 phone
- can change bands but don’t know about Moto Maker customization
- price
- availability

* When you lift your wrist you’ll see the time (just like the Moto X)

How much does it cost? Again, we don't know.

* Android Wear has two standard screen shapes in its SDK: square, and round

* Wicks most excited about voice interactions

* Available this summer

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cnet.com @jetscott

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South Korean schools are using an app-based system to restrict what students have access to during class to prevent distractions and cheating. They’re using an app called iSmartKeeper, which enables teachers to lock down phones in one of six modes, ranging from allowing only emergency calls to merely turning off specific apps. http://www.theverge.com/2014/3/20/5528842/korean-schools-block-smartphones-in-class-ismartkeeper

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/03/zero-tolerance/

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Leah A. Plunkett wrote a piece published in WIRED yesterday slamming zero tolerance policies in schools, especially around the use of phones.

Q: You wrote that zero tolerance policies give companies like Google and Apple a bad rap. What did you mean by that?

Q: Are kids really getting suspended for taking a single phone call?

Q: You mentioned a study out of Harvard that looks at the conflict in schools between teachers and students over smartphone use. What did they find?

Q: Should schools take a zero tolerance approach to what you call cyber bullying?

Q: What about cheating?

Q: What do you think of the Korean experiement with iSmartKeeper?
Leah A. Plunkett
Associate Professor, UNH @LeahAPlunkett

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* Educators can choose to lock all of the phones in the school, allow only emergency calls, allow only phone calls, allow calls and SMS, or turn off specific apps.

* Teachers can automate the restrictions to take place only during class

* GPS geofencing to automatically begin restricting phones as students enter school grounds

* Trialled in at least 11 schools = kids were rooting their phones to get around the app

* Android-only now; iOS version is coming next month

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Another day, another messaging app. A new app called FireChat for iOS launches today. And this one has a couple of crazy features. http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/20/firechat-for-ios-is-a-hyper-local-anonymous-chat-network-that-doesnt-need-an-internet-connection/

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Frederic Lardinois
Writer, TechCrunch

Q: FireChat is works like a regular chat app, but it’s also “hyperlocal.” What does that mean?

Q: What is the Multipeer Connectivity Framework in iOS 7?

Q: FireChat has a mesh architecture. Can you tell us how that works?

Q: What is FireChat’s “global chat mode”?

Q: No user accounts?
Frederic Lardinois
Writer, TechCrunch @fredericl

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* Multipeer Connectivity Framework allows developers to discover Multipeer-enabled services on nearby iOS devices using Wi-Fi, peer-to-peer connections and Bluetooth.

* Range is around 100 feet

* , but because of the mesh architecture behind FireChat, the actual range of the network around could be much larger.

* FireChat is the first iOS product from Disrupt alums Open Garden

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Tech media legend Pat McGovern has died at the age of 76. He founded IDC in 1964, and launched the first major computer magazine, Computerworld, in 1967. IDC has a presence in 97 countries, and has launched 300 publications, 460 websites, and 700 events worldwide. The company employs more than 13 thousand people. Controversially, McGovern never took IDC public. It’s still privately held. McGovern and his wife also funded MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research. http://specials-images.forbesimg.com/imageserve/f76eb4335ec9e8a6bf7867dcc0e83500/744x1128.jpg

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Steve Jobs’ Luxury super-yacht has been spotted in Portugal. The 256-foot, iMac-controlled super-boat, which Jobs named the Venus, was the late Apple founder’s dream project since 2008. Jobs even commission the designer of Apple stores to make custom glass windows. This is the first Venus sighting in the wild. The yacht had been docked for years in an Amsterdam port because the designer hadn’t been paid yet. http://www.cultofmac.com/270831/steve-jobs-luxury-yacht-spotted-sailing-portugal

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Another dual-boot smartphone product is killed.

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More details emerge about the Moto 360 smartwatch.

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We look at what schools are doing about smartphone use by students.

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And a new chat app doesn't even need an Internet connection.

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