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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday, July 17th I'm Tom Merritt|
|Patrick Norton and Len Peralta|
|Windows 10 Home users will not be able to turn off automatic updates. Build 10240 of Windows 10’s Insider Preview has finalized settings and terms of service. Tim Anderson at the Register spotted a line in the terms that says “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.” Ars Technica notes that Windows Pro users will get a little more leeway, seemingly around 8 months to delay updates and Enterprise users can delay them for years if they wish. ||http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2015/07/windows-10-updates-to-be-automatic-and-mandatory-for-home-users/|
|The Verge reports that Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced a $10,000 upgrade to the P85D Model S electric sedan called "Ludicrous Mode." The upgrade will allow the electric car to go from 0-60 in 2.8 seconds with 1.1 G of force. The car will achieve 155 miles per hour 20% faster than a standard P85D. Musk described the acceleration as "faster than falling." There's also a battery pack upgrade from 85 kilowatt-hours to 90 kilowatt-hours, and a rear-wheel-drive Model S 70 available for $70,000.|
But seriously. Musk announced the Tesla P85D gets t "Ludicrous speed." And lest you think Tesla was not in on their own joke: from the press release "There is of course one speed faster than ludicrous, but that is reserved for the next generation Roadster in 4 years: maximum plaid."
|reddit's co-founder and CEO Steve Huffman conducted an AMA yesterday posting some details of new policies. The following will not be allowed on Reddit: Spam, Anything illegal, Publication of private and confidential information, inciting harm or violence harassment and bullying, and Sexually suggestive content featuring minors. Certain offensive or adult subreddits will be reclassified carrying a warning an requiring opt-in such as logging in.||http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/07/reddit-rolls-out-new-rules-ceo-says-hiding-racist-subreddits-is-better-than-banning-them/|
|In a blog post yesterday Google announced once of its self-driving cars got into its first injury accident causing a “a bit of minor whiplash.” according to Ars Technica. The July 1st accident is Google’s 14th since 2009 all of which have been the fault of other drivers. Chris Urmson, the head of the self-driving car team, wrote the Google car was rear-ended at 17 mph. ||http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/07/car-hits-google-self-driving-vehicle-drivers-checked-for-minor-whiplash/|
|PC Mag reports that overall spam rates have dropped below 50 percent for the first time in 12 years. According to Symantec, the rate of unwanted emails reached 49.7 percent. The last time the rate was so low was September 2003. The industry with the highest rate of spam e-mail sent? Mining.||http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2487933,00.asp|
The BBC reports that Two British MPs have won a High Court battle over laws which require businesses to keep records on data and phone calls and allow law enforcement powers to view records for suspected criminals. David Davis and Tom Watson argued the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act was incompatible with human rights. The high court found aspects of the law breached Article 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The ruling effectively nullifies aspects of the legislation, although that order has been suspended until next March. Her Majesty's government will appeal the ruling.
|BizTechAfrica notes the Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation or BITRI is conducting a nanotechnology challenge. People within Botswana have until July 31st to submit a suggested translation of the term nanotechnology into a Setswana word or phrase. The program is meant to raise awareness of nanotechnology and winners will receive tablets.||http://www.biztechafrica.com/article/nanotechnology-be-translated-setswana/10353/#.Vak8yJNViko|
|NEWS FROM YOU|
|ComplexedOne sent us this story: A US federal judge ruled that Internet-based video-streaming service FilmOn is entitled to the same compulsory copyright license that cable systems get according to Ars Technica. Aereo lost a similar case when it made the same arguments in court last year. US District Judge George Wu acknowledged that his preliminary decision is in direct conflict with the 2nd Circuit, and he said he'll allow an immediate appeal to the 9th Circuit. The TV broadcasters who sued FilmOn for copyright infringement, which include all four major TV networks, are almost certain to appeal.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/17/8987471/internet-tv-streaming-filmon-x-ruling|
|gacorley posted the Ars Technica writeup of a paper published in Nature Climate Change confirming that the cost of Lithium-ion battery packs are falling. Costs of producing battery packs fell faster than projected from $1,000/kWh in 2007 to $450/kWh in 2014 and continue to fall. And the largest manufacturers are creating the packs at $300/kWh. Costs of battery packs need to fall below $150/kWh to become cost-competitive with internal combustion vehicles. The authors of the paper estimate that won’t happen until after 2020.||http://arstechnica.com/science/2015/07/electric-vehicle-batteries-are-getting-cheaper-much-faster-than-we-expected/||http://www.pnas.org/content/111/52/18490.full.pdf||http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1095936_new-study-doesnt-say-electric-cars-arent-green-headlines-to-the-contrary|
|Windows 10 updates to be automatic and mandatory for Home users|
Only Enterprise users will be able to hold back the updates longterm.
|Windows 10: You'll get UPDATES LIKE IT or NOT – unless you have Enterprise Edition||http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/16/windows_10_will_update_whether_you_like_it_or_not_unless_you_have_enterprise_edition/|
|Microsoft confirms plans to sell Windows 10 on USB drives, opens preorders on Amazon||http://venturebeat.com/2015/07/16/microsoft-confirms-plans-to-sell-windows-10-on-usb-drives-opens-pre-orders-on-amazon/|
|Windows 10's forced automatic updates are a good idea | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/17/8987549/microsoft-windows-10-automatic-updates|
|HISTORY: Windows 10 Preview has not provided a way to prevent updates but MS never commented on whether this was a feature of the preview or meant for final release.|
TODAY: Build 10240 contains finalized settings, licensing text, etc.
Tim Anderson, The Register noted in finalized EULA: “By accepting this agreement, you agree to receive these types of automatic updates without any additional notice.”
- user can choose when to reboot or allow reboots automatically when not in use
WHAT IT MEANS
Windows 10 Home: You get updates You get no choice as long as you’re online
Windows 10 Pro: Can switch to Current Branch for Business and delay updates. (Helen Harmetz, Micosoft Senior Product Marketing Manager, in a partner training video approximately 8 months) after delay period won’t get security updates
Windows 10 Enterprise: Long Term Servicing branch, defer feature updates for years
ALSO Microsoft confirmed to VentureBeat “Windows 10 will be available on USB drives for purchase in retail channels shortly after launch. The suggested retail prices for Windows 10 in the U.S. are the same as Windows 8.1.”
|Windows 10 CONVERSATION WITH PATRICK|
- Tom recaps confirmation of Windows 10 updates
- Tom asks Patrick if auto-updates are a good idea: Discuss
—Great for security patches
-What about features that aren’t critical but break things?
- What about features that don’t break things but people just don’t like
- What about removed features?
- Patrick describes his experience with Windows 10 Insider Preview
|Pick of the day:|
|Samuel from Semi-Sunny Pretoria, South Africa here and I have a pick of the day for you.|
In the last episode Veronica was in she (or was it you?) lamented about Facebook Messenger and that she wished for an alternative. Well, there is one! It is called Disa (www.disa.im). It proclaims itself as your Messaging hub so its like a universal inbox for messaging.
It works via plugins and at the moment there is plugins for SMS, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Telegram. It also has PushBullet (www.pushbullet.com) support. The framework is also open source, so anyone can develop a plugin for it. Its currently available in Beta form for Android with iOS coming soon. I have been using it for a while now and find it quite good, although being a Beta there are some quirks, like messages taking a while to arrive, but I am sure they are working on it!
Keep up the good work, I very much enjoy your show here in deep darkest Africa ;)
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Patron CRAAAIIIGGG Porter noted "the SIM card was actually designed to make it easier to change phones, because they contain the subscriber and carrier account data, as opposed to that information being stored on the phone. Before the advent of the SIM card, the carrier and subscriber information had to be on the phone itself and weren't easily changed. With the advent of over-the-air updates (and mobile data in general), the SIM card is not as important, since carrier and subscriber information can be programmed into the phone OTA."||Vijay says: "I found it quite strange that you and Allison thought SIM cards were unnecessary. Being from India, ..., I think they're indispensable. They give the consumer the freedom to change their provider for a better deal or use more than one provider on their dual-SIM phone. The SIM is very handy when you travel as well. I think yours might be a very US-centric POV since most carrier phones do not have user-replaceable SIMs. I think Apple and Samsung's bid to change the GSM SIM standard is very suspect and potentially anti-competitive. The GSM SIM in my view has been one of the most democratic standards in mobile technology."|
|Jeremy: After the discussion on the 7/16 show, I wanted to make a case for the value of sleep tracking.|
The data is valuable if you go to a sleep specialist. You'll have the ability to quantify improvements in your sleep and share them with the doctor. A proper app will allow you to tag recorded data with pertinent details about the day (drinking, medication, exercise, etc).
|I developed an appreciation for raw, unbiased health metrics years ago when I first started wearing a fitness tracker, and discovered that I was getting much less exercise than I thought -- even though I was jogging and going to the gym several times a week. I was (and remain) less interested in technology that tries to tell me what to do, and much more interested in technology that simply gives me an accurate and objective perspective on myself.|
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