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|tm||Wired’s Kim Zetter reports that researchers have discovered how to infect the firmware of Macs and spread the malware through things with option ROM like ethernet adapters. It would even stick around through firmware updates. The only way to eliminate the infection would be to reflash the chip. Apple has patched one and partly another of the five vulnerabilities discovered. Xeno Kovah, owner of LegbaCore and Trammell Hudson from Two Sigma Investments will discuss the findings at Black Hat August 6th.||http://www.wired.com/2015/08/researchers-create-first-firmware-worm-attacks-macs/|
|vb||VentureBeat reports Microsoft has acquired Incent Games, maker of a product called FantasySales Team. The platform gamifies sales goals to motivate employees. Microsoft plans to offer direct integration with Microsoft Dynamics but will continue to support competing systems like Saleforce.||http://venturebeat.com/2015/08/03/microsoft-acquires-sales-gamification-platform-fantasysalesteam/|
|tm||Sensor-maker Sony has a few new phones out that showcase the very popular camera sensors it makes. The Xperia C5 Ultra is a 6-inch Android phone with 13-megapixel front and rear cameras. The Xperia M5 is a 5-inch Android phone with a 13-megapixel front camera and a 21.5-megapixel camera on the rear. Both phones will be available "in selected countries across emerging markets" from the middle of August. No word on price.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/8/3/9088797/sony-xperia-c5-ultra-m5-specs|
|vb||The Indian government has blocked more than 857 porn, dating, and other adult websites from being accessed within the country, reports The Next Web. The order came on Friday from the Department of Telecommunications and according to local reports made under “Rule 12” — a part of the country’s “IT Act” that gives the government the power to force ISPs to block certain sites. The government has 30 days to say why the sites have been blocked. Times of India says the government claims the directive is a result of a supreme court observing the ministry had failed to block child pornography.||http://thenextweb.com/asia/2015/08/03/india-bans-hundreds-of-porn-and-dating-websites-in-misguided-crackdown/|
|tm||TechCrunch reports Xiaomi is once again the top smartphone firm in China according to two analyst firms. Canalys reports that Xiaomi lead the pack in Q2 sales with 15.9% of all shipments in China with Huawei taking 2nd with 15.7% and Apple taking third. Counterpoint Research also estimates Xiaomi on top at 15.8% , Huwawei at 15.4% and Apple with 12.2%. Vivo and Samsung rounded out the top five in both lists.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/03/xiaomi-retains-top-spot-in-chinese-smartphone-market/?ncid=rss|
|vb||The Wall Street Journal reports China will start restricting exports of supercomputers and certain unmanned aerial vehicles starting August 15. Computers capable of 8 teraflops or more will require an export license. UAVs that can fly more than an hour or have wind stabilization and can fly more than a half hour are also restricted. Popular quadcopter maker DJI says its current products have a maximum of 25 minutes flying time so will not be restricted.||http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2015/08/03/china-restricts-exports-of-drones-supercomputers/|
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|tm||tninja3000 notes TechCrunch reports that Nokia will sell its HERE mapping business to a consortium made up of Audi AG, BMW Group, and Daimler AG, makers of Mercedes in a deal worth €2.8 billion. The consortium will get HERE’s patents, databases and some 300 location attributes. No information was released about HERE’s 6,454 employees but HERE's President Sean Fernback said the company will remain independent becoming the "Switzerland of maps". The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/08/02/here-today-gone-in-2016/|
|vb||Tired of listening to voicemails on your iPhone? starfuryzeta wants you to know you’re in luck. Business Insider has sources that say Apple is testing a new service that uses Siri to answer phone calls and transcribe voicemail. iCloud would then send you the transcribed message as a text. The iCloud Voicemail could also pass on to selected callers information about where you are and why you can’t pick up the phone. According to sources the service is being prepared for a 2016 launch. Other sources say Apple is also testing an MVNO.||http://uk.businessinsider.com/apple-siri-voicemail-transcription-service-2015-8?IR=T|
|tm||KAPT_Kipper submitted the CBC story that hitchBOT, the robot that made it across Canada on the kindness of strangers, didn’t fare as well in the US. It made it from Marblehead, Massachusetts to somewhere in Philadelphia where it was vandalized. A photo shows its broken body but the battery is dead so it can no longer be tracked.||http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/hitchbot-destroyed-in-philadelphia-ending-u-s-tour-1.3177098|
|The Web we have to save by Hossein Derakhshan||https://medium.com/matter/the-web-we-have-to-save-2eb1fe15a426|
|Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet - Quartz||http://qz.com/333313/milliions-of-facebook-users-have-no-idea-theyre-using-the-internet/|
|Internet Stoning: Power, resistance and the subaltern on web discourses | Hossein Derakhshan - Academia.edu||http://www.academia.edu/5605971/Internet_Stoning_Power_resistance_and_the_subaltern_on_web_discourses|
|2013: The Year 'the Stream' Crested - The Atlantic||http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/2013-the-year-the-stream-crested/282202/|
|Computer-based personality judgements||http://www.pnas.org/content/112/4/1036.full.pdf|
|Hossein Derakhshan, Iranian-Canadian, Spent 6 years in Evin prison in Iran. Released in November. (2008-2014)|
- Wrote a post on Medium blog ‘Matter’ called The Web We have to save
- Posted his first blog post link to facebook. Got 3 likes.
- Feels the hyperlink has been devalued
- Social networks deemphasize or even disallow links
- Posits that “The Stream” dominates rather than “the Web”
- You don’t need to visit websites, just watch the stream go by
|“But the Stream, mobile applications, and moving images: They all show a departure from a books-internet toward a television-internet. We seem to have gone from a non-linear mode of communication — nodes and networks and links — toward a linear one, with centralization and hierarchies.”|
“I miss when people took time to be exposed to different opinions, and bothered to read more than a paragraph or 140 characters”
Q: Is ‘the stream’ biased against quality?
Q: Are we seeing the Net become less diverse?
Q; “Are we witnessing a decline of reading on the web in favor of watching and listening?”
|Pick of the day:|
My pick of the day has got to be the new Edge browser from Microsoft. Although it's not completely finished, Edge is much faster than Chrome but more importantly, it doesn't hog up the RAM. There are some add-on features with Cortana, an updated Reader mode and WebNote, which allows you to "annotate the web." But for real world usage, it's just a much better experience overall. Now I know with browsers, switching to a new one is unlikely for many of your users; but I do recommend they give it a go for at least a week. Thanks for the show and all that you do!
Tony Hannides, Lazy Tech Guys
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
When JRY stated that Apple could just go ahead and buy BMW, I scoffed at the idea. I mean Apple is this insanely wealthy and valuable company, but its still BMW. Then I looked at BMW’s market cap, which is currently sitting at just below $60 billion, and according to a recent TechCrunch article, Apple now has $203 billion in cash on hand as of July. This would still be an enormous swing by Apple, but not nearly as strenuous for the company as I would have thought (I realize market cap is much less than they would actually have to pay to buy them outright). It should also be noted that Daimler’s market cap for their car business is actually about half that of BMW, so Apple could very easily afford to buy their way into the luxury car market (I want my Benz in Space Grey please). Oooh if they do, I hope Google buys Fiat-Chrysler, I want a self-driving Fiat 500!
Rich from Lovely Cleveland
PS – I may just have to come to NT16, looked like a ton of fun!
Just wanted to point out something about Top Gear's contract with Amazon. Apparently online was the only way forward for the three former presenters, as clauses in their contract said that they couldn't start a show on any rival network for two years.
BBC missed out on the loophole of online options and so Amazon Prime or Netflix was the only way to go in order to start the new show. Just thought you'd like to know. Below is a link to a story about the clause in their contract.
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