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|PW||This is the Daily Tech News for Monday July 27th, I'm Peter Wells|
|PW||With me today, Raj Deut and James Croft to host the Reckoner takeover of DTNS!|
|RD||Let's get right into the headlines|
|PW||VentureBeat reports that your Google+ profile will no longer be your identity in all Google products. |
The first product to get the change will be YouTube. The move means users will soon be able to use your standard Google account to share content, communicate with contacts, create a YouTube channel, and so on.
Unlike your public Google+ profile, your Google account is not searchable or followable. If you already created a Google+ profile but don’t plan to use it, the company says it will “offer better options for managing and removing” your public profile. The change will be rolling out across other Google properties in the coming months.
|RD||The Wall Street Journal reports that the Apple Watch will be sold at Best Buy stores.|
Apple says the smartwatch will be available for sale at more than a 100 Best Buy stores in the US and will expand to more than 300 outlets for the holiday shopping season.
Best Buy stores will carry Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch as well as a wide range of straps and other accessories. It will not carry Apple Watch Edition, the gold-cased model whose price starts at $10,000.
Apple Watch is now available in 19 countries, and will be available in Russia, Turkey and New Zealand – this week.
|JC||Razer has confirmed it has acquired Ouya’s software assets including its content catalog and online retail platform. |
According to Venture Beat, Ouya CEO Julie Uhurman has left, and Razer purchased Ouya for a mere $10 million.
Razer has plans to add OUYA’s digital platform assets and content to its product offerings and eventually relaunch the store as Cortex for Android TV for its Forge TV game console. There are no plans to retain Ouya hardware.
|PW||If you’re an Android phone or tablet owner be warned! According to Ars Technica, 950 million Android mobile devices are susceptible to hacks that can execute malicious code via a SMS text or visiting a malicious website. |
Joshua Drake VP of platform research at security firm Zimperium says the vulnerability resides in the “Stagefright” Android code library used for media processing.
Drake is set to demonstrate the six additional techniques at the Black Hat security conference next month. Same vulnerability also affects Firefox except on Linux and Firefox OS. Firefox devs have patched the flaw in version 38. All versions of Android 2.2 and after are affected. So far, few of the devices have been patched including Google’s own Nexus 5 and 6 handsets.
|rd||Tech Dirt has a rather stunning update on Google’s ongoing legal battle with Mississippi State Attorney General Jim Hood. |
Quick background: The US Motion Picture Association of America has had a long running campaign to discredit Google as "an enabler of copyright infringement and content piracy", and now Google wants to know just how much the MPAA was involved with Mississippi's investigation.
Obviously the MPAA and the Hollywood studios are resisting Google's subpoena attempts, but Google's legal team has unearthed an email between the MPAA and two of Jim Hood's top lawyers in the Mississippi AG's office, discussing the big plan to "hurt" Google including: influencing other state AG's, saying "Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs".
The plan also calls for paying for fake anti-Google research, and developing plans to place an editorial in the Wall Street Journal as well as helping to craft an anti-Google piece on the Today Show.
It's worth reading the entire email excerpt when you get a chance, because HOW ARE THESE PEOPLE STILL USING EMAIL TO MAKE THEIR SECRET PLAN TO FIGHT THE GOOGLE?????
|https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150724/15501631756/smoking-gun-mpaa-emails-reveal-plan-to-run-anti-google-smear-campaign-via-today-show-wsj.shtml||The email exceprt "Media: We want to make sure that the media is at the NAAG meeting. We propose working with MPAA (Vans), Comcast, and NewsCorp (Bill Guidera) to see about working with a PR firm to create an attack on Google (and others who are resisting AG efforts to address online piracy). This PR firm can be funded through a nonprofit dedicated to IP issues. The "live buys" should be available for the media to see, followed by a segment the next day on the Today Show (David green can help with this). After the Today Show segment, you want to have a large investor of Google (George can help us determine that) come forward and say that Google needs to change its behavior/demand reform. Next, you want NewsCorp to develop and place an editorial in the WSJ emphasizing that Google's stock will lose value in the face of a sustained attack by AGs and noting some of the possible causes of action we have developed."|
|PW||VentureBeat reports that Samsung has unveiled the the SE370 monitor, which the company claims is the first monitor with an integrated wireless charging function for mobile devices. |
The monitor works with all mobile devices that use the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung didn’t provide timing or pricing for the SE370, but it did provide its actual monitor specs which include an “eye-saver mode” that reduces the harmful effects of blue light on viewers’ eyes and associated eye strain. It does this by “monitoring and optimizing picture quality to match specific environmental settings.”
|JC||A few quick updates to some stories Tom covered on DTNS last week: |
Forbes reports that the Windows 10’s policy of automatic updates has run into its first major problem, a flaw that involves Nvidia graphics cards.
Some users are writing in to Nvidia’s forums that Windows Update is automatically installing new drivers which break multimonitor setups, SLI (dual card) configurations and can even stop PCs booting entirely which pushes Windows 10 into its emergency recovery mode.
The fault lies in a conflict between Windows Update and Nvidia’s own driver and software management tool the ‘Nvidia GeForce Experience’.
Forbes suggests several options including waiting for the 'Slow Ring' of once a month updates.
|PW||Computer World reports that Chrysler is set to mail 1.4 million USB drives to fix a software hole that allowed hackers to wirelessly break into some vehicles and electronically control vital functions. |
Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek collaborated with Wired magazine to demonstrate how they could remotely hack into -- and control -- the entertainment system and more vital functions of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee.
Miller and Valasek shared their cyber security work with Chrysler.
Remember last week when Google released a study saying removing full screen interstitial ads was totally a good thing and why would anyone complain?
Well, Recode reports that mobile app Yelp feels a bit differently. Yelo CEO Jeremy Stoppelman tweeted "Google says stop pushing App downloads yet its own teams push apps using same "bad" designs" and added "is this about protecting consumers or protecting their search monopoly?"
The concern is that Google may be trying to replicate its Web search position with apps, leaving less room for other companies. Yelp and Google are rivals in the restaurant search space (Google owns Zagat) and Yelp is a major complaintant in the EU comparative shopping antitrust case against Google.
And for Android users who were wondering when they TOO might be able to lose hours of sleep and productivity, GOOD NEWS! Engadget reports that Fallout Shelter is coming to Android smartphones August 13th.
|NEWS FROM YOU|
|RC||dj_fission shared this Wired piece about Websites Blocking Password Managers. The author joseph cox argues that many websites don’t allow pasting of passwords from password managers out of a misplaced sense of security. PayPal makes the argument that disabling that functionality “is a proven some forms of malware. We regret any inconvenience this may cause, however the safety and security of our customers is our top priority.” but cox’s argument is accounts aren’t broken into by repetitive copy and pasting. One hacker told WIRED that disabling paste on a webpage does not stop him from using automated tools to speedily gain access to users’ accounts. What is more worrying is that when password managers are blocked on websites, a user might be more likely to just enter in a garbage, previously memorized password that has been used somewhere else. its 2015 websites should stop blocking password managers.||http://www.wired.com/2015/07/websites-please-stop-blocking-password-managers-2015/|
|jj||GrifiN - Musk, Hawking, and Chomsky warn of impending robot wars fueled by AI||http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/27/9045337/ban-autonomous-weapons-future-of-life-institute|
|RC||hometown rival sent us The Verge report that leading artificial intelligence researchers have warned that an "AI arms race" could be disastrous for humanity, and are urging the UN to consider a ban on "offensive autonomous weapons.” |
In an open letter signed by the likes of Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and Noam Chomsky, the Future of Life Insitute that weapons that automatically "select and engage targets without human intervention" could become the "Kalashnikovs of tomorrow," fueling war, terrorism, and global instability.
The letter also warns that the development of autonomous weapons could tarnish the field of artificial intelligence and create a "major public backlash" that would impede potentially beneficial AI research.
|jj||And Producer Jennie would like to call your attention to a Fast Company article which does a nice job describing the huge contribution reddit moderators make to their respective subreddits, so thanks to the DTNS mods scottierowland, |
tomgehrke, KyldeThe Janitor & sebgonz
|I figure we start w/ your 2015 article, see what's changed/not changed (I think NBN can go here as kind of an Australian modernization snapshot), and then bring it to the bigger picture of why all content can't be available on the same day worldwide. Like, what is WRONG with that? That will give this discussion a nice global feel that our US & intl audiences can relate too -jj|
|Even with the advent of Netflix and Stan in 2015, our research reveals that just four TV shows –out of 47 that were surveyed– were available in Australia on TV and online within a day of their international premiere (Justified, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, & Wayward Pines).|
Start counting TV shows that are available on either traditional TV OR online within a day, and the number increases to 14 out of 47 (30%).
12 of the shows surveyed (26%) still do not have a confirmed release date as of publication. These 12 TV shows include the critically acclaimed American Crime and season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire.
Looking solely at the delay for TV shows to arrive on traditional TV, just 14 out of the 47 shows surveyed are available on traditional TV in Australia within a month of their international premiere.
|http://reckoner.com.au/2015/07/the-great-australian-tv-delay-2015-edition/||Plug that awesome chart!|
|What has changed since last year's articles for better or worse?|
|The lack of cooperation by media companies has embedded piracy in Australia as an act of culture.|
"Aussies don’t pirate because there’s no safeguards against piracy. Aussies pirate because global media and entertainment is a part of Australian culture now. We follow it, we talk about it and contribute back. It has become part of our daily lives"
"if there was a big switch on the back of my TV that flipped it from Australia-mode to US-mode" (love this)
|We also have the Aussie staples of NBN and it’s story of woe & our lovely new metadata & site blocking laws. - RD||http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/20/government_hopes_to_untangle_nbn_migration_mess/|
|The big global picture||http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/nbn-network-set-for-hiring-frenzy-as-staff-morale-lifts/story-e6frgaif-1227457820240|
|Different release times of films and TV shows boost global piracy|
A system set up in the 80s to stop different media cannibalising each other is forcing honest viewers into piracy
|Pay TV service HBO is threatening to cut off paying customers of its Now service if they are outside the US.|
HBO said it took the action because it only has the right to broadcast shows in the US and to people living in the country.
|Five Reasons Why Regional Delays Still Exist:|
- Reason #1: Movie timing and the holidays
- Reason #2: TV timing and the holidays
- Reason #3: Spreading out promotional commitments
- Reason #4: The cancellation crisis
- Reason #5: Who sells the ads?
|PW||Pick of the day: Flycut (Mac App Store)|
|An OSX clipboard manager that is super simple to use, and now I cannot live without. It keeps the past n items (I have it set to 20) you cut or copied in a stack - and you can paste any item from the stack. |
Press CMD + V, it pastes normally. Press CMD + SHIFT + V, and you can cursor through your stack of items. Brilliant.
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