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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday Nov 10th, 2015 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|t||Following on Google open sourcing of its deep learning engine, TensorFlow, Thursday morning, Facebook announced it will open source designs for its Big Sur computer server. Big Sur uses 8 GPU boards with dozens of chips on each, to run AI algorithms. Facebook designed the machine with manufacturer Quanta and GPU maker nVidia.||http://www.wired.com/2015/12/facebook-open-source-ai-big-sur/|
|j||Facebook is testing a way to keep the News Feed fresh and allow commenting even when a user doesn’t have a data connection. Facebook will rank downloaded but unviewed stories based on relevancy and factor in image availability. When data connection is slow or lost, relevant unread stories are displayed instead of a spinner. Comments can also be made while offline and cached locally until a data connection is re-established. Facebook says it will roll out the new features “over time”.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/10/facebook-gets-an-offline-mode/|
|t||Google is rolling out collaborative shared albums for Google Photos today according to a company blog post. Like before an album can be shared with just a link. Recipients of the link can add their own photos and videos and get notifications when new pics are added. Plus photos and videos from a shared album can be saved to Google Photos library. Shared albums is available for Android, iOS and the web today, along with Chromecast support.||https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/12/shared-memories-made-easy-with-google.html|
|j||PC Mag reports a new Flickr app for Gear VR highlights 360-degree photos from Flickr. Flickr claims tens of thousands of 360-degree photos have been uploaded over the years. You can get the Flickr VR app from the store tab at the bottom of Oculus Home.||http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2496377,00.asp|
|t||CNET reports that Chromecast Audio has two new updates: multi-room music is now supported. If you group speakers under one name in the Chromecast app, you can stream to all of them. Chromecast Audio now also supports high resolution music files up to 24 bit/96kHz over Wi-Fi. What was that? I can't hear you, because I'm playing awesome high-res music ALL OVER MY HOUSE.||http://www.cnet.com/news/chromecast-audio-adds-support-for-multi-room-music-and-high-res-files/|
|j||Wired reports Baidu announced its autonomous BMW 3-series car successfully navigated an 18.6-mile complicated route through Beijing. The route included side streets and highways, making turns, u-turns, lane changes and passing other cars. Baidu says it’s aiming first for autonomous vehicles that will be limited geographically like for a bus route. Reuters adds Samsung said Wednesday it will create a team to develop in-car entertainment, satellite navigation and other autonomous driving technology.||http://www.wired.com/2015/12/baidus-self-driving-car-has-hit-the-road/|
|t||EU Justice Commissioner Vera Jourova said Thursday that a new safe harbor deal to allow easier data transfer between Europe and the United States will include a suspension clause that could be activated under “concrete conditions.” The EU is seeking certain privacy guarantees. Commissioner Jourova said she hoped the deal would be in place by January.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-dataprotection-usa-idUSKBN0TT1FG20151210?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|j||Automattic launched a Windows app for Wordpress. The app works with any wordpress.com site or a Wordpress install with Jetpack installed. A Wordpress app for OSX was launched November 23rd. A Linux version is coming soon.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/12/10/automattic-releases-wordpress-app-for-windows-desktop/|
|t||KAPT_Kipper sent us the Reuters report that Wal-Mart has launched its own mobile payment service Thursday, called "Walmart Pay'. The service will be available on Apple and Android devices and allow payments with any major credit, debit, pre-paid or Walmart gift card. The company had been co-developing the CurrentC mobile wallet with other retailers and similar to CurrentC requires customers to scan a code on the register with their phone camera in order to pay. ||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-wal-mart-mobilepayment-idUSKBN0TT0E620151210#TlsYFfeKbDghGWFh.97|
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|“The more bits you use, the more you pay”: Comcast CEO justifies data caps | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/12/the-more-bits-you-use-the-more-you-pay-comcast-ceo-explains-data-caps/|
|Comcast VP: 300GB data cap is “business policy,” not technical necessity | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/08/comcast-vp-300gb-data-cap-is-business-policy-not-technical-necessity/|
|ISPs tell government that congestion is “not a problem,” impose data caps anyway | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/07/isps-tell-government-that-congestion-is-not-a-problem-impose-data-caps-anyway/|
|Verizon reportedly testing 'toll-free' data in the coming days||http://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/12/09/verizon-reportedly-testing-toll-free-data-in-the-coming-days/|
|Verizon to Start Testing Sponsored Data in Coming Days | Re/code||http://recode.net/2015/12/09/verizon-to-start-testing-toll-free-data-in-coming-days/|
|Analysis: Wireless data caps more about profit than congestion | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/staff/2014/10/analysis-wireless-data-caps-more-about-profit-than-congestion/|
|Here are some things Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said at the Business Insider Ignition conference yesterday:|
"Just as with every other thing in your life, if you drive 100,000 miles or 1,000 miles you buy more gasoline. If you turn on the air conditioning to 60 vs. 72 you consume more electricity…The same is true for [broadband] usage….the more bits you use, the more you pay.”
ALSO: "They're not a cap. We don’t want anybody to ever not want to stay connected on our network."
Comcast charges customers for extra data access beyond their usually 300GB limit. $10/50GB or $30-$35 unlimited
|ReCode says Verizon will test “toll-free data”|
- Sponsored data lets content deliverer pay for the data used rather than requester
- ATT tested “perks’ program where users could add 1GB to plan by viewing ads
- When asked about THIS kind of traffic management companies say it’s a billing issue not traffic management.
|It’s not Congestion|
- 8% Comcast customers go over limit. Limit targeted to peak usage
- in August Comcast's vice president of Internet services, Jason Livingood, tweeted in answer about limits; "No idea—I'm involved on the engineering side to manage the measurement systems but don't weigh in on the business policies,"
- GAO report July 2014 "Some wireless ISPs told us they use UBP to manage congestion," the GAO wrote. On the other hand, "wireline ISPs said that congestion is not currently a problem."
- “If you try to use monthly volumes as a way of managing congestion, you never do a very good job of it,” Sandvine cofounder and CTO Don Bowman told Ars
|Pick of the day:|
|Anyone shopping for cars (or simply interested in online video car reviews) should check out Alex on Autos (alexonautos.com or the aptly named Alex on Autos YouTube channel). If you can get past his quirky mannerisms, Alex Dykes is one of the most detailed car reviewers online. Beyond the subjective musings of most reviewers, Alex on Autos goes the extra mile (pun intended) to painstakingly explain every little design detail, changes from previous models, how the cars stack against the competition, and he will often take on helpful sidebars to explain infotainment setups and important technology/safety or design features. One great example of this is his 2015 Acura TLX review (https://youtu.be/ZU1FqjV1Y4c) where at about 13:40 mark the reviewer takes a break from the vehicle review to explain an important difference between the two transmission setups on the different trim levels - while most reviewers won't take the time to explain this, rather just tell you one feels subjectively "better" than the other, I find the educational overview to be vastly more fulfilling than listening to someone peddle his or her opinion as fact. Anyhow, I hope this is helpful to some listeners out there - love the show, thanks for all you do. |
- Chris from (often misrepresented and misunderstood) Jersey
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
As a person who has both an Ag and an IT degree and as a former farmer I thought I would give some feedback about using drones to spray crops.
Benefits of air delivery
A. If the field is wet you won't get stuck.
B. Soil compaction is a big concern, aircraft don't compact soil like terrestrial sprayers(this is my terminology not the industry's).
C. Can more easily spray mature crops that grow wide (ie. pumpkins) or tall (ie. Corn)
D. Safer, Don't need to put a pilot in the air doing aerial stunts around power pole, trees, etc (As a volunteer EMT have been on a crop dusting aircraft fatality call, it happens)
E. One person can deploy multiple drones on a field to get done faster.
F. Can use aerial survey maps to target spray a field for weed problems instead of broadcasting the entire thing, saves money.
G. No crop damage driving over part of the crop like with a terrestrial sprayer. (when you turn around at the end of a field)
H. In the future we could put visual capabilities on the drone to identify the specific weed we wish to spray and only spray it and not the crop plants keeping the chemicals out of the food supply. (this only works on post-emergent spraying not pre-emerg)
A. Different sprays require different gallons per acre. Some take 25 gal/acre, that is a lot of refilling for a small tank.
B. How much wind can they take? Not a huge concern because you don't spray in heavy winds because of chemical drift but a concern.
You specifically asked if $50,000 was too much for a spraying drone. A new combine can cost 200,000 - 300,000 dollars without heads. A terrestrial sprayer, see link below, could cost about that as well. Farmers will pay that if the product works and saves money and or time. It is more the cost per acre that is looked at not the total cost of the product.
I would see these starting out at Agri-Businesses that do custom spraying for specialty crops and then move into more mainstream. If you track the adoption of GPS in agriculture it took quite some time for adoption and now you don't even have to drive, just get your DVD player out and relax; the tractor will do the rest.
Images of John Deere Terrestrial Sprayers.
Brent from Minnesota
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