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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday Oct. 27th 2015, I'm Tom Merritt|
|Google Play Music has added a podcast section and DTNS has been submitted.||http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/10/podcasters-welcome-to-google-play-music.html|
|Depending on what news outlet you look at Europe either passed net neutrality rules or voted against net neutrality rules. The European parliament kind of did both. The MEPs voted to passed EU-wide net neutrality rules to come into force April 30, 2016. What they didn’t do was pass any of the amendments meant to close perceived loopholes or clarify vague language. ISPs in Europe will soon be free to offer specialized services, zero-rate other services, manage traffic due to impending congestion and discriminate based on class of data. Side note anything encrypted is one class of data no matter whether it’s email or video. The Parliament also voted to end mobile roaming charges within the EU by mid-2017.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/ep-telecoms-vote/?ncid=rss|
|Cisco announced it will pay $452.5 million to acquire the security company Lancope. TechCrunch reports Lancope uses behavior analytics, threat visibility and security intelligence to recognize suspicious and sometimes malicious activity on enterprise networks. Lancope will become part of the Cisco Security Business Group. Cisco and HP are both among its current clients.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/cisco-beefs-up-security-buys-lancope-for-453m/|
|X||Verizon announced the Motorola Droid Turbo 2 featuring “Turbo Shatter Shield” technology today. Verizon demonstrated the 5.4" screen's resilience by dropping the phone onto a concrete block multiple times. The anti-shatter screen uses multiple layers of material to flex and absorb impact shock rather than crack. The Droid Turbo 2 will be available Oct 29th for $26 a month at 32GB and $30 for 64GB a on 24-month plan.||http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2015/10/27/verizon-unveils-the-motorola-droid-turbo-2-with-a-shatterproof-screen/|
|MasterCard announced a new program today to allow you to pay with more objects than just a credit card or even your phone. GM has developed a car key fob with payment integration, Ringly has as smart ring and Nymi offers a wristband. Designer Adam Selman will help make fashion accessories that can act as charge cards. Capital One cards are supported to begin with and MasterCard aims to launch the system in the US next year.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/10/26/mastercard-payments-everywhere/|
|X||HTC clarified that the promotional price of the HTC One A9 in the US will go up from $399 to $499 at 12:01 AM on Nov. 7. Android Central points out, the A9 sells for the rough equivalent of $725 in Europe. HTC sales regions are given the freedom to set prices and promotions.||http://www.androidcentral.com/htc-one-a9-price-discrepancy|
|johnsie776 sent us the story of a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine that has been converted into a statue of Darth Vader with a WiFi Hotspot under the helmet. Artist Aleksander Milov covered the statue’s face with Darth Vader’s mask and transformed the coat into Vader’s cape, using a titanium alloy. Ukraine’s parliament passed a bill last April removing some communist monuments and placenames. ||http://app.wirelessdesignmag.com/blog/2015/10/statue-darth-vader-replaces-lenin-doubles-wifi-hotspot?et_cid=4903944&et_rid=60837814&location=top|
|jsnphil and motang both wanted us to mention that Pandora co-creator Tom Conrad told the world that Siri won’t answer questions about music charts if you don’t subscribe to Apple Music. same thing happened to me. When you ask Siri what the most popular song in the US is today Siri apologizes that she can’t look up music charts because you’re not subscribed to Apple Music.||http://9to5mac.com/2015/10/27/siri-apple-music-questions/|
|Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green will take over management of Microsoft Office while retaining her current duties as chief experience officer for Microsoft’s services group. According to Re/Code Kirk Koeingsbauer the former head of Office will move into CMO Chris Capossela’s Marketing Group.||http://recode.net/2015/10/26/microsoft-executive-julie-larson-green-to-take-over-management-of-office-apps/|
|TechCrunch reports several European tech companies have formed a new lobby group called the European Technology Alliance, To become a member, a company must be European in origin or perceived to be a European company. The 25 initial members include Spotify and SwiftKey. The group’s founder and president is Skype co-founder and Atomico founder and CEO Niklas Zennström.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/10/27/european-tech-alliance/?ncid=rss|
|Business Insider reports that Facebook is launching a new initiative called "2G Tuesdays”. Every Tuesday morning employees will see a prompt at the top of their news feed asking if they would like to experience a slow connection for an hour. Engineering director Tom Allison and his team have been reworking Facebook's News Feed to optimize it for slower networks often found in emerging markets. 2G Tuesdays is meant to let employees experience what those networks actually feel like in practice.||http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-2g-tuesdays-to-slow-employee-internet-speeds-down-2015-10?op=1|
|Twitter announced revenue of $569.2 million and adjuted earnings per share of 10 cents. That beat expectations of 559.6 million at 5 cents a share. But the big number everyone cares about is users. Twitter announced 320 million monthly active users up from 284 million a year ago and 316 million last month. Not bad enough to be concerning, not good enough to get excited about. But on the revenue side 86% came from mobile.So there’s that.|
|Apple also announced its quarterly earnings.The company reported quarterly revenue of $51.5 billion and earnings per share of $1.96. That beat expectations of earnings of $1.88 per share on $51.11 billion in revenue. The company sold 48.04 million iPhones in the fiscal fourth quarter, as well as 9.883 million iPads. International sales accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Revenue from “other products,” which includes the Watch, the TV streaming box and Beats, was $3.05 billion. Revenue from services, which includes iTunes and Apple Pay, was $5.09 billion. “Fiscal 2015 was Apple’s most successful year ever," said Apple CEO Tim Cook|
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|What works and what doesn't in Halo 5: Guardians • Eurogamer.net||http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2015-what-works-and-what-doesnt-in-halo-5-tech-analysis|
|Halo 5: Guardians sacrifices graphical fidelity for 60fps gameplay | ExtremeTech||https://www.extremetech.com/gaming/216903-halo-5-guardians-sacrifices-graphical-fidelity-for-60fps-gameplay|
|Halo 5's constant 60fps comes at a price|
A fascinating look at Halo's graphics
|Halo 5: Guardians 343 Industries first Halo on this-gen consoles|
- Halo 5 beta was last year
- 60fps targeted across entire game
- Master Chief Collection and PC ports previously had 60fps)
- Dynamic resolution scaling system- x and y adjusted independently
- Digital Foundry, the lowest detected resolution was 1152×810 (11,520 more pixels than a 720p image)
- Sometimes enemies drop to 30fps
- Precalculated lighting, low-res alpha effects or disappaearing fire
- Textures, geometry, and dynamic lighting effects are reduced in quality as you move away from
- Only drop in Frame Rate was a t check points. No test with Forge mode yet
Digital Foundry: "It's clear that hitting 1080p while maintaining 60fps would not have been possible in Halo 5 but rather than simply opting to render at a low resolution across the board, 343 has implemented one of the most impressive dynamic resolution scaling systems we've seen to date.”
Q: Do we care about resolution, pop-in and draw in if we have the smooth performance of 60fps?
Based on 45 reviews, Halo 5 currently has an 85/100 rating on Metacritic.
|Pick of the day:|
I’d like to let the DTNS audience know that if they are wanting to play Crossy Road on a bigger screen than the iPhone there is a way that doesn’t involve shelling out for the Apple TV 4. If you have a Windows 10 PC you can get a free Windows Phone version of Crossy Road that runs on the PC version of Windows 10. Just search for it in the Windows 10 app store and you will find it. It is an official port done by Yodo1 LTD, the original dev is of corse Hipster Whale. Yodo1 also did an official Android port of Crossy Road.
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Aloha Tom and DTNS Team,|
Excellent discussion yesterday about social media and news! While listening, I kept thinking about Twitter's overtures to developers last week. I hope we get back to the happy days of innovation and iteration with "Twitter as the platform", and doing that for hyper-local news and information seems like a great idea to me. With the right APIs a savvy news organization could create something much more than the current "trending", hashtag, and list based stuff we have today.
|37-year-old Isaac Johnson is sold on YouTube Red because of four factors |
1. training videos - keeping up on tech
2. pulling up specific songs
3. The New MTV
4. Perfectly functional equiv of spotify/pandora
Here is why (details):
1. go to any tech company and if you wander the hallways you'll note lots of developers stay up on their game by watching youtube training videos, conferences, how-to guides and the like. I'm fairly certain all developers hit up youtube for some tech thing at least a few times a week.
2. listen to some old song - a lot of time i'll have a craving to listen to some old song that popped in my head, or someone mentions around the office - where do i go? youtube
3. MTV for the 2000s - at home, if my daughters (1.5/3.5y) want to dance about the living room, it's the VeVo channel or just #Popular Music Videos from youtube.
4. At work, i spend at least half my time, music wise, on 8tracks.com or youtube (channel: NewRetroWave usually, or i can often find full albums posted). I listen to youtube music in the car (need something quick to entertain the kids and don't want to fart about skipping lullabyes in the toddler station on pandora)
Having google music thrown in is just a bonus - frankly this means we immediately cancelled hulu (now that SNL is on Yahoo! Screen there is zero reason to go to Hulu for us) and that hulu money is now earmarked for YouTube RED.
As an aside, Man in the High Castle, Nov 20th, Amazon Prime.. so excited! (huge PKD fan).
Love the show,
Isaac in San Diego
|Hi Tom & Crew,|
A DTNS episode earlier this year that alerted me to the UK government losing a court case brought by the music industry, which resulted in it becoming illegal for UK citizens to rip MP3s from a CD. It wasn't clear what this meant for the legal state of MP3s that had been ripped when it was deemed legal.
So I decided to write to my Member of Parliament, and the sent the e-mail below. He forwarded my e-mail onto John Wittingdale who is the Minister in charge of Ministry of Culture, Media and Sport in the UK. I received the attached letter in the post today.
As you can see:-
(1) All MP3s ripped from a CD in the UK regardless of when they were ripped are deemed an infringement of copyright (although the government is not aware of any copyright holder prosecuting any individuals for this act.)
(2) Amazon's "auto rips" are perfectly legal. (which favours buying of CDs at Amazon over the local music shop)
(3) It is legal to sell software to rip CDs as it could be used for non-copyright infringing purposes.
I thought you might like to see the official position of the UK government with regards to this,
All the best,
|On this Friday's show SwiftID was mentioned as a way to authenticate users using the phone to confirm logins. Well as a continuation from previous Friday's e-mail on ID cards, Estonia has also been doing Mobile-ID since 2007.|
In addition to using ID cards, it is possible to get a special SIM card from the phone carrier (http://id.ee/index.php?id=36883). Then it can be used in same ways as an normal ID card (Log into banks / government sites, sign documents, vote in elections...) by entering the appropriate PIN code (so something you have (SIM) + something you know (PIN)). Also it can be used to cross-device log in (enter info on computer, confirm on phone).
And as I mentioned it being available since 2007 (before the release of the first iPhone, and way before the first iPhone in Estonia), it also works on non-smartphones, which is important especially in eastern europe.
In related news, Japan will be launching their ID card system (MyNumber National ID) in January 2016 that is based on Estonia:
t2t2 from "I swear I don't work in e-stonia's PR department" Estonia
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