|TITLE:||GUEST & TITLE: Scott Johnson, founder of The Frogpants Network|
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|This is the Daily Tech News for for Wednesday August 26th, 2015 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Scott Johnson and Lamarr Wilson|
|t||Hey Siri, did you hear there's a new virtual assistant out there? |
OK Google relax, it's just a pilot program in the Bay Area.
Alexa, add "learn more about Facebook's M to To-Do list."
Wired reports that Facebook has launched its own virtual private assistant called M, which uses artificial intelligence AND real customer service trained people to complete tasks. Users will tap a small button within messenger and write a note to M. The AI will decode the natural language and send updates. Users won't know if a person or the AI helped them. M will not pull social data from your Facebook posts to help it complete tasks. For now.
Hey Cortana, don't worry, Windows 10 is on 75 million computers a month after its release according to Microsoft Windows and Devices Group, Corporate VP Yusuf Mehdi. Engadget noted that Windows 8 required six months to sell 100 million. Windows 10 has had 6X more app downloads from the Windows Store vs Windows 8.
|t||Ars Technica reports Verizon Vehicle is now called Hum and is ready to be installed in any car with OBD2 port. A reader pulls diagnostic info from the port and a clip-on speaker also can send that information through the Internet for analysis. The Hum can interpret data about how your car’s doing and also let you speak with mechanics and emergency services. It costs $15 a month although the hardware is free for the time being rather than the $120 it’s expected to normally sell for.||http://arstechnica.com/cars/2015/08/verizon-enters-the-connected-car-space-with-hum/|
The Next Web reports Rovio Entertainment, maker of Angry Birds, is laying off 260 staff members. CEO Pekka Rantala said the company tried to do “too many things” and would now focus on its core business: games, media, and consumer products. The company said pretty much the same thing when it laid off 130 workers last October.
|t||Engadget reports that Royal Truck and Equipment will offer driverless trucks for highway construction sites under a US Department of Transportation pilot program. The trucks are known as TMA for Truck-Mounted Attenuator, a barrier that can reduce casualties in a crash for workers and other drivers but not the trucks operators. Hence self-driving trucks become attractive. The trucks can operate by GPS waypoint, remote control or follow-the-leader and will deploy in Florida by the end of 2015.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/08/26/self-driving-truck-highway-construction-florida/?utm_medium=feed&utm_source=Feed_Classic&utm_campaign=Engadget&ncid=rss_semi|
9to5Google reports YouTube’s Gaming service launched today on the Web for everyone and in the UK and US for Android, and iOS. The new destination combines archived gaming-related videos along with live streams. Streamers also can take advantage of the beta of a new live streaming dashboard. YouTube Gaming will show you featured content as well as any subscriptions to YouTube gaming content you have and favorited games.
|t||Wired reports on a collaboration by the University of Nairobi, Columbia University, MIT and design firm Groupshot to map out the informal bus system in Nairobi called matatus. The Digital Matatu project had students record almost 3,000 stops on more than 130 routes and have used the data to help city planners, matatu drivers find new routes, and of course provide maps in paper and for phones. Digital Matatus is talking with four more cities, Kampala, Accra, Lusaka, and Maputo about mapping their informal transit systems.||http://www.wired.com/2015/08/nairobi-got-ad-hoc-bus-system-google-maps/|
The Verge reports Amazon has launched an Android app called Underground that collects free apps and games from across Amazon Appstore that do not charge for download or in-app purchases. Amazon has a deal with the app developers where it pays them on a per-minute usage model. Because the Amazon Unground can not be downloaded via the Google Play Store users will have to visit the Amazon Underground webpage and get a link emailed to them.
|NEWS FROM YOU|
|t||pben submitted the TechDirt story about Stanford computer science and legal lecturer Jonathan Mayer discovering that ATT’S free WiFi connection at Dulles Airport near Washington, DC, insert ads from a third party in web pages it delivers. Neither the sign on page or the terms of service refer to the third-party ads or its provider RaGaPa.||https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150825/13565132062/att-injecting-ads-into-wi-fi-hotspot-data-streams.shtml|
alanchar sent us the Tech Crunch report that Google Apps for Work users will get a feature that lets Gmail auto-populate their Google Calendar with ticket, flight, hotel and restaurant info. The feature was made available on consumer products last year. The feature will be turned on by default on desktop and mobile for both iOS and Android, except for Google Apps for Government, where it will not be available.
|YouTube Gaming Launches||https://gaming.youtube.com/|
|YouTube Gaming app goes live in Google Play, download it now | 9to5Google||http://9to5google.com/2015/08/26/youtube-gaming-app-goes-live-in-google-play-download-it-now/|
|YouTube Gaming Launches||http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/08/youtube-gaming-googles-twitch-tv-competitor-launches-tomorrow/|
|"Well that's YouTube gaming dead already"||https://twitter.com/jenkssssssss/status/636450043936047104|
|Google launches YouTube Gaming to challenge Amazon-owned Twitch | Technology | The Guardian||http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/26/youtube-gaming-live-website-apps|
|gaming.youtube.com, Android and iOS app (US and UK only)|
- Collection point for all gaming on YouTube, live or not.
- streamers can enable a "DVR Mode" that buffers the last four hours of a stream and allows viewers to rewind.
- YouTube is the archival destination for Twitch
- YouTube takes 45% revenue for any creator in good standing
- TWiTCH for average viewership of 500, 3 times a week, $2.50 of every $5 subscription, $3 for every 1,000 ads
|Twitch Monthly users (Quantcast)|
US - 15.3m Global 65.4m
PageViews 1 billion monthly
Consoles- PS4, Xbox
US - 193.5m
Video Views 2.2 billion on top 10 game channels (OpenSlate)
Consoles - none
|Pick of the day:|
|Hi Tom, Jennie, Roger and Contributor|
I had never played Minecraft till about 5 hours ago when I noticed the ad for Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition (beta) in the Windows 10 app store, I decided to download the trail and ended up buying the game for $12.29 AUD. If you are new to Minecraft and are wondering if you should jump in, I say jump in.
It’s a great indie game with lots of collecting, crafting, building and some basic combat, but you probably already know that. It now is native Windows code so theres no Java based potential security flaws to worry about. It is missing some features of the legacy version like mods and custom servers but it’s in beta
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|Messages of the day (email@example.com)|
|Listening to your discussion yesterday regarding 3D printing/scanning reminded me of a long lost hope of mine. 3D printed instruments. As a classically trained musician, I've always wanted to see the youth of our world at least try their hand at the violin, cello, guitar and others. But even the inexpensive machine-made instruments can be expensive for low income families and schools. A buddy of mine forwarded me these 2 videos on YouTube that show off a 3D printed cello and violin. Yes I know at the moment these are uber expensive and goes against my initial argument; but I can see in the near future that Lamarr Wilson, I mean we can scan any instrument we want, WITH OUR PHONES, and after a week of printing, it'll be done. We'll have models out there that mimic a Stradivarius or possibly a trumpet. I hope cost goes down and anyone can print out any instrument they want. Thanks for listening!|
(sorry could only find one link)
Tony Hannides, Editor-in-Chief
|Alan writes … If someone like that has an article written about them, it can easily be the only search-worthy result for years. It doesn't seem reasonable to me that the solution for them is to engage in their own PR war countermeasures.|
I know you like to think that we …are in a time of transition. While I tend to agree, I also think that it's not unreasonable to consider that laws may have to be enacted to either help us through that transition, or to help deal with the new world order.
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