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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday Sept 28th, I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Paul Thurott noted a Microsoft webpage inviting VR app developers to a hackathon in Russia on October 17th. People with ‘successful’ ideas will get a VR kit that works with a Lumia phone. The kit looks to be a cardboard holder for the phone. The page is no longer up.||https://www.thurrott.com/mobile/6335/microsoft-has-a-google-cardboard-competitor-called-vr-kit|
|v||Ad Week is rolling along in New York. Google announced a new feature for advertisers called Customer Match. Similar to Facebook, advertisers can upload mailing lists and target ads to members of the list who also have accounts at Google for search, Gmail and YouTube. Meanwhile Facebook will rip a page from Twitter’s book and work with Nielsen on a metric called a “Total Rating Point”. The TRP measures Facebook video ad performance along TV ad performance so advertisers can plan a campaign across both platforms.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/27/google-targets-intent-with-email-youtube-and-search-matching-and-universal-app-campaigns/?ncid=rss|
|t||The Financial Times reports on several tech deals Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed during his tour of Silicon Valley. As we told you on Sept. 14 Google confirmed it will launch free WiFi in 500 Indian railway stations. Also, Microsoft pledge to bring low-cost broadband to 500,000 Indian villages. Qualcomm will invest $150 million in Indian startups. Prime Minister Modi also took part in an hour-long presentation at Facebook where he called on world leaders to embrace social media.||http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0%2F47e91b78-6549-11e5-a28b-50226830d644.html|
|v||GoPro has unveiled a new "entry-level" action camera for $200. Engadget reports that The Hero+ shoots 60 frames per second 1080p resolution and has Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity. The new camera should be in stores October 4th. GoPro is also dropping the price of the super compact Hero4 Session from $400 to $300.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/28/gopro-hero-plus/|
|t||A new phone from security company Silent Circle goes on sale today in North America for $800. The Blackphone 2 runs the Android-based PrivateOS with all its encryption but has a beefier 5.5-inch 1080p screen Qualcomm 8-core CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage and a 3,060 mAh battery.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/28/blackphone-2-on-sale-north-america/|
|v||spsheridan pointed out the Verge article that the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab announced a multiyear agreement to install D-Wave’s 2X quantum processor machine. The 1,000 Qubit machine needs an operating temperature of 15 millikelvin, meaning outer space is even too hot. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab is a joint operation of Google, NASA and the Universities Space Research Association.||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/28/9398807/google-nasa-quantum-computer-d-wave-2x|
|t||tm204 wanted us to mention that a team from Oxford and the Karlsruhe Institute in Germany have created an optical-only chip that can permanently store data. Optical chips are not speed-limited y heat and resistance but up until now could not store data permanently. The team took the GST alloy used in rewritable DVDs and used a guided high-intensity laser to change it between crystalline and non-crystalline structure. A low-intensity laser could then tell if it was a nice sharp crystal or a blob. The team could store up to 8 bits of data in a single locations. The team needs to make the chip smaller, but speed and power copnsumption are on par with current electronics and it promises to make computer storage 100 times faster.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/28/first-nano-photonic-memory-chip/|
|v||1toucheasy sent us the news that Netflix has released instructions on how to build the ultimate "Netflix and Chill" machine. "The Switch" is a wireless button, powered by a microcontroller and an infrared transmitter, that can sync with connected devices to turn on your TV, dim the lights, fire up your Netflix queue, and do whatever comes naturally.||http://makeit.netflix.com/the-switch#overview|
|t||German tabloid Bild am Sonntag reports that VW's internal investigation found a 2007 letter from parts supplier Bosch warning Volkswagen not to use its software that fooled emission tests during regular operation. And the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper reports that a Volkswagen technician raised concerns about illegal practices in connection with emissions levels in 2011. The LA Times says a Volkswagen spokesperson called the reports "rumor and speculation.”||http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-volkswagen-warned-20150927-story.html|
|v||TechCrunch reports Chinese ride-sharing company Didi Kuaidi has invested in Indian rise-sharing company Ola. While Uber tries to open service in multiple countries Didi is investing in regional services like Lyft in the US, GrabTaxi in Southeast Asia, and now Ola in India.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/27/chinas-didi-kuaidi-confirms-its-invested-in-indias-ola-as-uber-car-rivalry-heats-up/?ncid=rss|
|t||Google has an announcement tomorrow but Android police is intent on ruining it. The blog claims it knows the pricing for the Nexus 5X by LG will be $380 and the Nexus 6P from Huawei will be $500 and will be up for preorder tomorrow. Oh and Android 6.0 Marshamallow will roll out for older Nexuses on October 5.||http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/09/last-minute-nexus-rumors-379-for-the-5x-499-for-the-6p/|
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|The mere presence of a phone on a table between them or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree of connection they feel.||http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/27/opinion/sunday/stop-googling-lets-talk.html?_r=0|
|Americans' Views on Mobile Etiquette||http://www.pewinternet.org/files/2015/08/2015-08-26_mobile-etiquette_FINAL.pdf|
|Changes in Dispositional Empathy in American College Students Over Time: A Meta-Analysis||http://www.ipearlab.org/media/publications/Changes_in_Dispositional_Empathy_-_Sara_Konrath.pdf|
|Five days at outdoor education camp without screens improves preteen skills with nonverbal emotion cues||http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563214003227|
|Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’ | Pew Research Center||http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/08/26/social-media-and-the-spiral-of-silence/#fn-11806-1|
|Sherry Turkle, professor in the program in Science, Technology and Society at M.I.T., article in New York Times|
- Does texting ruin conversation?
- Implies lack of conversation leads to lack of empathy
- Recommends solitude and doing one thing at a time (multitasking is an illusion)
- ‘sacred spaces’ without phones/tech dinnertime
2015 Pew Research Center Study
- 89% used phone at social gathering in purposes related to the gathering
- 16% used their phone because they are no longer interested in what the group was doing
- 82% felt phone use hurt conversations
- 31% say they never turn off their phone 45% say ‘rarely’
- 75% believe it is OK for others to use phones on public transit.
|Rule of three - in 5-6 people at least three people should pay attention at all times|
- 2010 metastudy found 40% decline in empathy among college students.
- 2014 study by Yalda T. Uhls found After 5 days w/o phones or tablets, children were able to read facial emotions and correctly identify the emotions of actors in videotaped scenes significantly better than a control group.
- 2014 Pew study: people are less likely to post opinions on social media when they fear their followers will disagree with them. (Same as 1974 study found about speaking to friends/family/co-workers)
- Howard Gardner and Kate Davis: The app way of thinking starts with the idea that actions in the world will work like algorithms: Certain actions will lead to predictable results.
|Pick of the day:|
|Matthew J Stevens wrote in after hearing Veronica talk about how she wore both Fitbit and Apple watch and how she'd like to get to a single device. He suggests Sync Solver Triple Play for $7. He writes: "One syncs Fitbit data into your Health app, another syncs Health data to Fitbit and the third allows you to export the data in CSV format. |
I started using these apps about a week ago and I can now still compete with all my Fitbit contacts even though I no longer wear a Fitbit."
Sync Solver - Triple Play by James McAndrew
Matthew J Stevens
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|A forward-thinking airline could partner with a VR company for customers on long-haul flights to check out headsets, enabling them to watch movies or sit on the beach during the flight. Maybe one app could be a light/sound display to help restless passengers get to sleep on the flights. ...|
This would go a long way to exposing many more people to VR than can attend VR demos at conferences or trade shows. Heck, it almost makes me want to get on a plane just to try out VR. Almost.
in "some leaves are just beginning to turn for autumn north Jersey"
|Hi Tom and Team,|
My pedantry hackles are beginning to rise each time I hear the term 360 Video.
I know it's only shorthand designed to easily introduce the idea that you can look all around in a video but my pedantic soul cries out that you're not just seeing 360 degrees. You are seeing much more.
Seeing 360 degrees is just seeing in a circle, the equivalent of turning all the way round and keeping your eyes level. In 360 Videos you can see up & over and down & under as well. In other words you're not seeing in a circle you're seeing in a sphere (or most of one).
You need 2 angles to indicate where you are looking in a sphere, a latitude and a longitude if you like. So for accuracy's sake, a sphere has it's 129,600 (or 360x360) degrees.
Of course I doubt that anyone is going to adopt the phrase "One-Two-Nine-Six Hundred Video" over "Three-Sixty Video" anytime soon.
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