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|SJ||This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday, August 19th I'm Scott Johnson|
|SJ||Now for some headlines!|
|SJ||Reuters reports that a group known as Impact Team has released a huge cache of customer information online after hacking into Ashley Madison and Established Men last month.|
Wired reports that approximately 9.7GB of data were posted and appear to include member account and credit card details of the people who signed up to websites designed to faciliate extramarital affairs and connect young women with rich older men.
Impact Team wrote that “Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men… We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM (Avid Life Media) and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”
Avid Life did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.
Analysts expect a dramatic increase in the use of "the guys at the office signed me up as a prank" and "Honey, I'm just a victim of identity theft" in the days and weeks to come.
|JS||As the last wistful vacationers cling to their beach blankets, and the band starts tuning up their instruments for the Labor Day parade, so we begin to hear the faint cry of fall, in the form of APPLE RUMORS. |
9 to 5 Mac reports that reliably reliable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo (Chee-Kwo) of KGI Securities has heard that the long rumored 12.0 inch iPad Pro will feature Force Touch stylus support, as well as an optional Lightning-charging Stylus.
KGI predicts that the tablet will go into production between September and October, and that Apple could sell up to as many as 5.5 million units of the 12.9-inch iPad this year, and under 1 million styluses.
Speaking of wistful things enjoying their last day in the sun, 9 to 5 Mac also hears that Apple is planning to simply its retail experience by relocating the iPod to the (gasp) accessory shelves.
Traditionally Apple products are kept behind closed doors and brought out to consumers on purchase in a swift flowing motion surrounded by a chorus of angels, but now the iPod will sit on the shelves amid the huddled masses of storage drives, keyboards, and lightning cables.
Apple will also remove the iPad2's that gave customers product and pricing details, and move that information to the gadgets themselves, making the store look even more sleek and futuristic.
Which makes the correct answer to Daily Jeopardy.... What Jony Ive thinks about on the way to work.
|JS||Intel unveiled details on their Skylake series of processors. |
PC World.com reports that Skylake achieves power savings by incorporating an intelligent power management system called Speed Shift, which improves responsiveness when coming out of lower power mode, and allows for more performance in lower power states.
Skylake also has more efficient cores that handle more simultaneous instructions that previous chips, and embedded DRAM called eDRAM+ that stores recently used data and instructions in a fully coherent cache.
eDRAM+ can be sized either 64MB or 128MB making the technology more widely available in a range of models, especially laptops.
On the security front, Intel introduced Software Guard eXtensions and Memory Protection Extensions, technologies that reduces effectiveness of malware isolating blocks of memory.
|SJ||The Wall Street Journal reports that Vaio, Sony’s former in-house PC brand is making a comeback in the US. |
Vaio Corp is currently owned by private-equity firm, Japan Industrial Partners, which plans to start selling laptops at Microsoft retail stores in the US in October.. Although the company currently sells laptops designed when the brand was still part of Sony, they will be adding new designs.
New machines will cost around ¥200,000 (about $1,600) in Japan and will start at $2,199 in the U.S.
The company also plans to add a document-size laptop with cellular capability, which would eliminate the need for users to plug in a mobile data card, and also desktop PCs.
Vaio first wants to attract graphic designers, photographers and others who now use Macs.
|JS||Reuters reports that two phone carriers, Bharti Airtel Ltd and Vodafone India, were among 11 companies selected by India’s central bank to help set up "payments banks" which would give millions of Indians access to basic banking. |
Payments banks can take deposits and remittances but will not be allowed to lend. The aim is for payments banks to piggy-back on existing retail or other networks. The companies selected will be given "in-principle" approval for 18 months, after which they will be given licences if they fulfill all conditions stipulated by the Reserve Bank of India.
|SJ||Also opening soon in India? A YouTube Space. |
TechCrunch reports that the facility will be located inside the Whistling Woods International film school in Mumbai.
The head of YouTube spaces in Asia Pacific Dave McDonald said, "“India is seeing an emergence of a new generation of YouTube creators who are capturing the color, music, humour, and drama of India more creatively than ever before. In fact, Indian creators are now amongst the top contributors in Asia when it comes to driving time spent on YouTube watching videos.”
|JS||Xiaomi unveiled its MIUI 7 (me-U-I 7) version of Android in New Delhi today. |
The biggest feature is the incorporation of Opera’s data compression technology to shrink mobile data usage in browsers and other apps by as much as 50%.
The feature makes use of Opera’s Max technology and is baked into MIUI 7 under the ‘Data Saver’ feature.
Xiaomi claims MIUI 7 offers up to 30 percent faster response time when launching system apps and a 10 percent increase in battery life for the average user.
Other features include Xiaomi’s ‘Baby Album’ feature, which uses facial recognition to organize photos of a child in a dedicated album, four new system UI designs, and tighter integration with Xiaomi’s Mi Band wearable.
|SJ||Did you know that New Yorkers are fond of the Statue of Liberty? And that Hawaiians like surfing?|
SMILEY FACE, PIZZA, TRUMPET, I'm talking about emojis's!
USA Today reports that a study by Swiftykey analyzed more than one billion emoji typed into keyboards in the U.S. So Californians love the taxi emoji, and Texans are fond of... grapes? Floridians are super fond of trumpet emojis, but best not ask too many questions, about that one.
Globally the most popular emojis are happy face, sad face and hearts, and in the US, the most popular emojis were eggplant, birthday cake, and a slice of pizza.
|NEWS FROM YOU|
|SJ||spsheridan & starfuryzeta sent us the Engadget report that the US FCC has fined a company $750,000 for blocking wifi hotspots. |
The company, SmartCity LLC provides wireless connectivity for hotels and convention centers in Ohio, Florida and Arizona, but customers complained that the company was blocking their own personal wifi hotspots while at conventions.
SmartCity released a long statement that basically said, sorry, we won't do it again.
|JS||metalfreak sent us the Ars Technica report that virtualization software Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and VMware Fusion 7 won’t be updated for Windows 10. |
Both were released a year ago and although Windows 10 will run on either they won’t be able to take advantage of Parallel’s “Coherence” or Fusion’s “Unity” mode.
These modes allow the virtualized instance of Windows to have each application show up as a separate window on the native OS’s desktop, basically making it feel like you’re running one operating system instead of two at the same time.
VMware says Fusion 8 will address the situation and of course you can always buy Parallels 11, which has the added bonus of putting Microsoft's Cortana right on your OS X desktop, before Siri.
|SJ||HotBranch sent us the Engadget report that one of the great ownership debates of our time has finally been settled. |
Gearbox Software has declared that it is "the full and rightful owner of the Duke Nukem franchise."
Previous rights-holder and creator 3D Realms (aka Apogee Software) relinquished all claims to "secure the future of Duke" after lengthy legal proceedings. No word on whether Gearbox will actually go ahead and make another Duke Nukem title any time soon.
|JS||And finally, funkaround sent us the Wired report about the software that helps noted astrophysicist Stephen Hawking communicate with the world.|
Intel created the ACAT (assistive context-aware toolkit) system that makes computers more accessible to people with disabilities, by using visual cues in the user’s face to understand commands.
Now Intel is releasing the ACAT platform under a free software license so that developers can create more solutions for assisted computing The software is PC only with no plans to bring it to Mac.
|Brain-Computer Interface reads your emotional state and makes choices on your behalf in a choose-your-own-adventure style film experience. Instead of making conscious decisions, the system determines which path best fits your mental state and you watch as the film unfolds. And they're calling it "Scanners," so that's awesome:||http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/08/19/us-mind-cinema-idUSKCN0QO17020150819?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|(SCOTT to play a short audio clip from the creator descibing how it works.)||PLAY|
|"The opportunities that allowed us was rather than making a linear film, we made a film that was much more quantum. We had multiple stories or happenings at the same time. And we were able to show what's happening inside somebody's mind, what's happening in, almost, their imagination at the same time as the reality," the creator Richard Ramchurn added|
|Connected to the ear for muscle data, and forehead for brain wave AND more muscle data.|
|Ramchurn said that the rhythms of the editing and the way the film jumps from scene to scene depended on the mindset of the person watching it; and this is largely out of the person's control.|
|Imagine this married to VR|
|SJ||Pick of the day:|
|Andrew from Athens, GA has our pick of the day: |
"In a previous episode a completely reasonable joke was made a Mapquest's expense, but I want to let everyone know that I have been using the Android app for a couple of months and I find it to be a genuinely good alternative to Google Maps.
It Pauses directions so my phone stops bugging me when I stop for gas,it can add a location along the route if the nearest gas station or fast food place isn't on the way, and supports for alternate TTS voices, to name a few.
There are some downsides: ads (mostly for hotel chains), traffic information is slower to update;
it lacks the access to my data that Google has, so search results are less prescient, and the movement of the current location icon is pretty jerky if you're watching the screen. … but I am a very satisfied user and think the Android users in the DTNS community should give it a look."
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|JS||Mark W. from Tech Connected Detroit writes "Everyone is curious why Google would produce a WiFi router. Do you think it's possible that it might be in support of the new cellular Fi service? Comcast is creating a WiFi blanket for its customers using its routers, might Google be doing the same?"|
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