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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday Nov 11th, 2015 I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Facebook introduced a new iOS app called Notify which sends you notifications you selected from a list of “trusted sources” like Fox Sports, The Weather Channel, Fandango, CNN, and Vogue. Each source can have several stations like AM Weather or Emergency Alert for a weather station. Content from stations shows up as notifications on your lock screen. Updates can be saved for later reading and shared with FB, email, or other social networks. Notify is out now in the US with more countries to follow.||http://recode.net/2015/11/11/facebooks-new-app-notify-pushes-content-to-your-lock-screen/|
Periscope has some new features, including the ability to skip ahead in replays and the addition of watchable replays to the map. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users will also get 3D touch shortcuts and a new Teleport option to randomly watch a live Periscope broadcast somewhere in the world. Android users will get pinch-to-zoom to zoom in and out while broadcasting.
|t||China’s Singles Day is maintaining its crown as the biggest online shopping day in the world. Alibaba hosted a 4-hour event featuring Daniel Craig, Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, and loads of Chinese celebs. Alibaba said it had $5 billion in sales in the first 90 minutes. $1 billion in the first minute.|
74% of purchases were for mobile phones.Reuters reports Alibaba did $14.32 billion in transaction up 60% from last year. For comparison, last year on Black Friday Weekend TOTAL US sales were $6.56 billion.
Microsoft announced it is opening new data centers in Germany in late 2016. The data centers will be operated by a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a press conference in Berlin that the new data centers will “ensure that a German company retains control of the data.” The Verge notes by making a German company the data trustee it would force US requests to see data to go through German authorities. The Financial Times reports companies will have to pay extra to use the new data centers.
|t||Nvidia announced its Jetson TX1 development board. According to Ars Technica the board is powered by a Tegra X1 SoC meaning an 8-core 64 bit ARM CPU, along with a maxwell based 256 core GPU and 4GB of LPDD4 RAM with 25.6GB/s of bandwidth. Nvidia claims it outperforms Intel’s Core i7 6700K in tasks like facial recognition, computer vision and behavioral analysis. Users can buy just the SoC board for $299 next year or order the whole kit including the I/O carrier board with Ubuntu Linux and Linux 4 Tegra for $599— or $299 with an educational discount— starting Nov 12th in the US. ||http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/11/nvidias-jetson-tx1-dev-board-is-a-mobile-supercomputer-for-machine-learning/|
Tinder has made some changes to its matching algorithm, AND user interface. You can now add work and education information to your profile, and the inbox UI has been updated as well. Tinder CEO, with the greatest name of all time, Sean Rad, told TechCrunch the algorithm includes both new informational data points (for example where someone goes to school) as well as technical data from the app (how long they stay on a picture before swiping) , but wouldn't go into any specifics for fear of people gaming the new system.
|t||Co-founder Lee Seek-Woo of Messenger app Kakao Talk has resigned after being accused of failing to prevent the spread of child abuse imagery on the service. He will formally step down Saturday. Kakao Talk scans for keywords and malicious links but feels doing more than it already does would infringe on the privacy of its users. Kakao Talk took heat last year for handing over communication logs to local authorities.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34791020|
Ride hailing app GrabTaxi will launch its carpooling service GrabHitch in Singapore by the end of 2015. Singapore recently introduced rules for carpoolers which allow the driver to accept compensation (monetary or in kind) from the passenger, but not for profit. Reuters notes Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world to own a car.
|t||The blockchain, which validates bitcoin transaction has provided fascinating to financial companies as a way too validate their own non-bitcoin transactions. Microsoft and ConsensYs have launched a cloud-based blockchain platform to let financial institutions experiment with blockchain implementations. The blockchain acts like a ledger verified and shared by every participant in the network making it extremely tamper-resistant. Financial companies hope it could lower costs and increase efficiency, especially for contracts.||http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/11/10/us-microsoft-tech-blockchain-idUSKCN0SZ2ER20151110|
flying-spatula wanted us to point out that Google announced it will end support, including security updates, for the Chrome browser on Windows XP and Windows Vista as well as OX 10 Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion. The last security update for Chrome on those platforms will come in April 2016.
|t||robotservant submitted the Verge report that Apple & Google have removed a popular third party Instagram app called InstaAgent from their stores, after iOS dev David L-R discovered the app was storing users usernames and passwords in an unencrypted form and then sending them to unknown servers. If you have InstaAgent on your phone, uninstall it and change your Instagram password.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9710884/instaagent-malware-removed-apple-google-instagram-app|
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|The first 4K Blu-rays are coming early next year, but they all really suck||http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/11/9713580/4k-uhd-blu-rays-announced-release-date|
|Resurgence of Blu-ray disc interest expected as 4K Ultra HD in discs gains traction into 2017||http://4k.com/news/resurgence-of-blu-ray-disc-interest-expected-as-4k-ultra-hd-in-discs-gains-traction-into-2017-10488/|
|Sony announced 4K Blu-rays are coming in early 2016|
- UHD with HDR support
- The Amazing Spiderman 2 (Tomatometer: 52%)
- Chappie (31%)
- Hancock (41%)
- Pineapple Express (68%)
- Salt (62%)
- The Smurfs 2 (14%)
To be followed by: Fury, Captain Phillips, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Men In Black, Ghostbusters, The Fifth Element, Bad Boys, The Da Vinci Code, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Leon: The Professional, Lawrence Of Arabia, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, Taxi Driver, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
|Digital Entertainment Group Research|
- streaming and other electronic sell-through delivery mediums for 4K ultra HD and 1080p content have remained stable throughout 2015 and
- Consumer spending $3.97 billion home entertainment >0.25%
- Subscription streaming up 23.3% ($1.27 billion) yoy
- Digital purchase up 14% (growing share in 4K)
- Physical discs fell 14%
- 4K Ultra HD TV sales have exploded by 494
- over 2 million such TVs have been sold in the U.S market in this year and just under 3 million households currently have a 4K TV in their entertainment setup
Blu-ray 4k appeals to bandwidth limited or region restricted shoppers
|SCOTT BRAIN BITS: |
- Low res often wins. MP3, Youtube, etc. "Good enough" is usually good enough, and I wonder how much longer it's a selling point to promise fidelity that is ultimately neglagable compared to convenience.
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Here's a great idea for the Holidays! http://www.MyChocolateSelfie.com. This service allows you to print your pictures directly on to chocolate and have it delivered within two business days. They have a website and mobile apps for both IOS and Android. They can print your selections on a business card, lollipop, coin, or photo frame completely made of yummy chocolate!! A really cool idea for the Holidays or just about any special occasion.
Mike from "hot as hell and hoping for the Winter Orlando!
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|Tom and Jennie,|
Reading some of the reviews for the iPad Pro, and while there aren't too many surprises (Apple producing a really well made product, wow), one review brought up an interesting point. In David Pierce's review for WIRED, he posited that the iPad Pro made him think that iOS and OS X aren't destined to merge, but that iOS will simply win out as Apple's OS. Its an interesting idea, and it got me thinking, so I checked how long the "Classic" Mac OS was around prior to the OS X shakeup, and it had a life of 17 years. OS X has now been around for 14 years, so while its not in the same dire technical limitations as its predecessor, the timeline may line up for Mr. Pierce's prediction (well, its really more of a feeling in the review). Let's just hope they figure out multitasking before they kill it off (removes tin foil hat).
Rich from Lovely Cleveland
|Hay Tom+Co. :)|
Wordpress was more dangerous at 10%, when Moms and Pops were using it no-one was putting weight upon it or behind it... when the security was less known, the security less a core concern, plugins less focused on security, and the whole affair being less coordinated by the core people and community themselves...
Today; now, at about 25% and probably even more/gaining up than that.... Megacorps and EmoBloggers alike - we've tipped critical mass and are into the "many hands make light work", also, a little under $1/3M in funding across 5 rounds helps those eyeballs too.
-TTFN, Dx (From wet Glasgow)
|Fred wrote in on his last trip to Wyoming and South Dakota he noticed the coverage map would give him no service outside cities and decided not to use Waze but brought along a dedicated GPS device. So there's another use for Google Maps offline!||Hi Tom,|
You were speaking about the new Google maps app on DTNS, and the ability to download maps for when you’re traveling in some country where you don’t want to use your data plan, or perhaps where there isn’t a cellular connection available.
Well… I ran into that on my last vacation. We drove around Wyoming and South Dakota. When you’re not in a city, there’s zero connectivity. Zero! It’s not like here in California where almost the entire state is wired.
I had looked up my carrier’s coverage map before leaving, and saw that Waze was going to be useless. We took a dedicated GPS that had on-board maps.
The United States isn’t as wired as we might want to be.
|Chip from rainy Boston wanted us to know he works at a TV station and they still use BetaCAM (different than BetaMAX btw) "To this day we still have several BetaCAM machines up and running and it is not unusual at all to have content delivered on BetaCAM tape."||Hey Tom, Scott, Jenny & Roger|
I wanted to write in to add to the discussion Tom and Patrick had on Monday about Sony ending production of BetaMAX cassettes. Both Tom and Patrick had mentioned seeing Beta in use at TV stations in the early 2000’s. I work at a Broadcast TV station and I just wanted to let you guys know Beta is still alive and well. I think you may been confusing BetaMAX, the consumer version, with BetaCAM, the Pro version though. Both systems were made by Sony, but the BetaCAM format was the only one to get traction. I guess Sony likes to create consumer and pro versions of all of its formats so you have BetaMAX/BetaCAM, DV/DVCAM, BluRay/XDCAM.
To this day we still have several BetaCAM machines up and running and it is not unusual at all to have content delivered on BetaCAM tape.
Love the show, keep up the great work.
Chip from rainy Boston
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