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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday, Sept 30th I'm Tom Merritt|
|Scott Johnson & Robert Heron|
|t||TiVo announced its new DVR called Bolt is on sale at Best Buy and Amazon. The Bolt offers 4K support, can handle cablecard and Over the Air signals and has a bent design to help with cooling and make it look cool. The software is also getting an update with a flatter design and support for QuickMode which plays back content 30% faster with pitch-corrected audio and SkipMode which lets you skip past comemercial breaks on 20 channels for programming that airs 4PM to Midnight. A 500GB model costs $299 and a 1TB model runs $399. Both models get a year of service for free after which it’s $15 a month or $150 a year. Thanks to spsheridan for the submission on the subreddit.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/29/tivo-unveils-bolt-a-modern-4k-ready-dvr-designed-for-the-streaming-era/?ncid=rss|
ReCode’s Kara Swisher says sources tell her that Jack Dorsey will be named permanent CEO of Twitter as early as tomorrow, Thursday 10/1. Dorsey will supposedly continue to run payments company Square as well. Swisher also says former CEO Dick Costolo will likely leave Twitter’s board of directors.
|t||While the iPhone 6S doesn’t come to China until October, Apple announced it has launched iBooks, Apple Music and iTunes Movies in China as of today. The streaming catalog includes work from Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M.. Users get a three-month trial period for Apple Music after which they’ll have to pay 10 RMB a month.||http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2015/09/30Apple-Brings-Apple-Music-iTunes-Movies-iBooks-to-Customers-in-China-Starting-Today.html|
Engadget reports that Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch will go on sale Friday, October 2nd in the US. Shoppers can find them on Amazon and Samsung’s online store or at Best Buy and Macy’s. The Gear S2 sells for $300 and Gear S2 Classic with a traditional looking premium watch bezel and leather strap for $350. A 3G version will available “later this fall” from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.
|t||Ars Technica’s Dan Goodin reports that security researchers have discovered a botnet of infected Linux computers executing a DDoS attack capable of as much as 150 gigabits per second of traffic. Akamai’s advisory says the XOR DDoS targets as many as 20 sites a day, 90% of which are located in Asia. XOR DDoS infects machines with improper security configuration and weak passwords.||http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/09/botnet-preying-on-linux-computers-delivers-potent-ddos-attacks/|
The Verge reports that Facebook Profiles are getting a redesign. Some changes being tested now include a larger profile photo, and an optional looping profile video of up to seven seconds. Another change: users will be able to set a temporary profile photo that automatically reverts back to the old one after a certain amount of time. The new profile also focuses more on you, asking for a short bio, and placing ‘about’ information, photos, and friends above your timeline posts.
|t||Nvidia’s has changed the name of its game streaming service Grid to GeForce Now. The service offers 1080p, 60FPS game streaming to subscribers with 30Mbs broadband and automatically downgrades to 720p below that and 540p below 9Mbps. GeForce Now costs £7.49 per month in the UK, $7.99 in the US, €9.99 in Europe, and ¥950 in Japan. Nvidia also launched the Shield Android TV with controller in the UK for £149.99. A separate remote is available for £39.99.||http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2015/09/nvidia-rebrands-grid-game-streaming-as-geforce-now-adds-monthly-subscription/|
Tesla unveiled its new Model X SUV last night at an event in Fremont, CA. The top of the line P90D model will sell for $132,000 and do 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds. “Ludicrous” mode adds another $10k drops the 0-60 time to 3.2 seconds. The all-wheel-drive car weighs 5,441lbs, has a top speed of 155 mph, and a range of around 250 miles. The “cheaper” 90D offers less performance but a 257 mile range. Notable features include gull wing rear doors, a panorama windshield, a HEPA filter that can protect against a bioweapon attack, and the lowest probability for roll over for any SUV. Thanks to sunbun for the post on the subreddit.
|t||starfuryzeta wanted us to mention the Ars Technica article about Cole Marshall’s quest to get high-speed Internet in the house he built just outside Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Before he built on the empty lot both Charter Communications and Frontier Communications said they could provide him Internet access. AFTER he built the house Charter said it would only cost $117,000 to extend its network to Marshalls new home. Frontier revised the speed it could provide down from 24 Mbps to 3.||http://arstechnica.com/business/2015/09/man-builds-house-then-finds-out-cable-internet-will-cost-117000/|
The Next Web reports that HTC will reveal its next Smartphone at noon Eastern on October 20 in a live stream at htc.com/launch. The launch will be a virtual event open to everyone and encourags you to use the hastag #BeBrilliant.
|t||Engadget reports a company called Drayson claims to have createwd the first commercial technology that can turn ambient radio signals into electricity. The product, called Freevolt, uses a multi-band antenna to put RF in the 0.5-5GHZ range through a rectifier that converts it to DC electricity. The Freevolt only can produce 100 microwatts of power so its trageted to be used by Internet of Things sensors that require low power. Drayson makes an air pollution monitor called CleanSpace for £55 through Crowdfunder, as a demonstration of Freevolt but hopes to make most of its money on licensing. Development kits are available for preorder today.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/30/freevolt-free-energy/|
The Next Web reports Russian company Mail.ru has made its Maps.me product Open Source meaning developers can embed the maps freely in their apps. Maps.me is based on data from OpenStreetMap with the addition of full offline navigation. The hope is that more people integrating Maps.Me into apps will lead to more data contributed back to the OpenStreetMap project.
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|Review: Samsung JS9500 SUHD TV - Blog - [Heron Fidelity]||http://www.heronfidelity.com/blog/review-samsung-js9500-suhd-tv.html|
|2015 LG 4K UHD OLED TVs - Blog - [Heron Fidelity]||http://www.heronfidelity.com/blog/2015-lg-4k-uhd-oled-tvs.html|
|2015 Vizio M-Series 4K UHD TVs - Blog - [Heron Fidelity]||http://www.heronfidelity.com/blog/2015-vizio-m-series-4k-uhd-tvs.html|
|Amazon.com: Sharp LC-40LE653U 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz Smart LED TV (2015 Model): Electronics||http://amzn.to/1iLlUUZ|
|Favorite Projectors - [Heron Fidelity]||http://www.heronfidelity.com/favorite-projectors/|
|Amazon.com: LG Electronics PF1500 Full HD Smart Home Theater Projector (2015 Model): Electronics||http://amzn.to/1KRSziu|
|Robert Heron on Twitter: Really appreciate convenience of built-in apps + DTV tuner in @LGUS PF1500 http://t.co/Skh7uj3Yoj #backyard #SNF http://t.co/oFlpCGaStV""||https://twitter.com/robertheron/status/648321129589833728|
Samsung SUHD TVs (best LCDs of 2015)
- discuss differences among SUHD models
- curved vs flat screens
- high dynamic range
- quantum dots
LG OLEDs (best TV ever?)
- curved vs flat
- what is OLED?
- high dynamic range
All things Vizio
- E-Series vs M-Series vs upcoming R-Series
- no 3D, but value full array local dimming
- R-Series in partnership w/Dolby (Dolby Vision/high dynamic range)
|Impressive value: Sharp LE653U Series|
- Very good factory calibration
- Value 1080p TV
- No 3D/limited apps...value!
- Surprisingly good factory calibrated preset
- Finishing review of LG PF1500
- 1080p LED projector
- apps + DTV tuner!
2016: more OLED, more quantum dots, ATSC 3.0...CES coming soon!
|What is UHD vs. 4K? Are they interchangable?|
If my eyes can’t see the resolution why do I need 4K?
What is HDR?
Should I buy a 4K yet? Are there affordable sets?
IS a curved TV just a gimmick?
Why do black levels get so much attention?
What is local dimming?
Explain quantum dots.
OLED vs. LCD
Are Smart TV apps usable? Is it better to get a separate box?
When is it right to get a projector?
|Pick of the day:|
|I've tried tons of media players in the past, but I've not been able to find a way to play YouTube videos in a desktop media player. I finally found one when I looked at PotPlayer by a company called Daum at http://potplayer.daum.net.|
It plays everything under the sun, like VLC, but also supports high quality video scaling software such as madVR as plugins.
It's only available for Windows, however.
Love the Show,
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
In response to Tim Watson's comment that the phrase "360 Degree Video" is technically under-defined, he'll be happy to know that there is already a term for what he's envisioning.
It is called a "solid angle," and the unit for solid angle is the "steradian" (pronounced: stir-radian). A full sphere is 4-pi steradians. A hemisphere is 2-pi steradians.
We sometimes use these units in the space industry to describe the field-of-view of cameras and other instruments. For example, a gimbaled camera mounted to the side of a spacecraft (with a view unobstructed by radiators, landing struts, etc) would have a 2-pi steradian field of view....meaning that it can see everything that isn't behind it.
Drew (And a similar email from Charlie)
|Rich from Lovely Cleveland was disappointed not to see a payment plan for phones from Google:|
"When Apple and Samsung are offering interest free installment plans, and every carrier is willing to payoff your old phone to switch, Google and Project Fi don't make it easy to switch comparatively."
|Graham added a few advantage of Chromecast Audio over just bluetooth: |
Reduced battery consumption on the phone
The phone can be used for other things (calls/games etc) without interrupting the music
Control can be 'passed' to another device
Why couldn't they just have had a single device and it could detect which ports are plugged in to control how it presented itself to the cast button (video vs audio). I would have paid an extra $5 to not have to choose which version I need to buy.
Jake in Windy Virginia.
|Alex thinks he knows why Veronica was told she had got a fix for her car but VW says it is still working on a fix. |
He thinks the fix Veronica got was removing the algorithm that fools the EPA test. But that stil leaves the car out of compliance with emission standards and he thinks that's the second fix that VW is working on.
Alex says "VW is left with the rather unfortunate situation where they'll have to strip power away or lower the fuel economy. ... they can just reprogram all the vehicles to run in EPA Testing mode all the time (which won't really cost anything to VW), but I've heard that no sane human would want to drive the car in that state because it would basically lose all that lovely power and acceleration that TDI owners are fond of. The other option is to just let the fuel economy plummet (while maintaining power), but that would also probably upset owners. ....The third option is to retrofit urea injection, but the cost to do so would be astronomical ... However, it would accomplish the end result of maintaining the fuel economy and performance at existing levels without any sacrifices " Alex's full email will be in our show notes.
|Ok, so I'm a long time Volkswagen enthusiast (my first car I bought with my own money was a 3rd generation GTI, followed by a fourth generation GTI, an R32, and I currently own a Jetta Sportwagen) and casual listener to the podcast and I heard Veronica's plea for someone to explain to her what the heck is going on. I think this email might be long-ish, but I will try my best to keep it concise. Anyway, here goes:|
There are two parts to this issue. First is the software code that allows the car to detect it's being tested, at which point it implements the mode which causes it to pass the test. The EPA (understandably) doesn't like this, so it has to be removed. It's a fairly easy fix for VW (and Audi) to do this the next time you go in for service and I doubt you'll even notice any difference (unless you've been emissions testing your car a lot in your spare time). It's not really any different than an update to your phone (or an app), except that it requires a trip to the dealer and hooking the car up to the dealer's computer widget.
The second part is the messy part. All those cars that don't meet emissions laws must be brought into compliance. The particular emission in question is known as NOx (mono-nitrogen oxides, basically nitrogen and oxygen bonded together). There are two ways automakers currently use to lower these. The most popular is called urea injection, which basically is as simple as it sounds (it injects urea to counteract the NOx). VW chose to go a different way, though, and that was to use the second method of a NOx trap.This works kind of like how a catalytic converter does on a gasoline engine car, in that exhaust gases pass through it on the way out to your tailpipe, and it works some special voodoo magic that reduces the NOx. That voodoo magic requires diesel fuel. This has the unfortunate effect of either reducing power or fuel economy (because you're spraying diesel into the exhaust that could've been used to make the car move), but it does accomplish the end result of meeting NOx emissions goals set by the EPA.
Now for the bad news. Basically of the following three choices you can pick any two, but not all three: power, emissions, fuel economy. Emissions are required now (because of the EPA) so VW is left with the rather unfortunate situation where they'll have to strip power away or lower the fuel economy. In an effort not to have to make this choice, VW programmed the car to go for emissions and fuel economy while being EPA testing, and power and fuel economy during normal driving. Problem solved, right? Except they were caught. (Whoops.) So now they have to fix their mistake, which will likely cost way more than the money they saved by not including urea injection. (Supposedly the amount of money VW saved per car by not adding urea injection was $350, but that's not an official number.)
Now currently there are no official solutions announced yet. (I've been checking, mostly out of curiosity.) If they want to offer a cheap solution, they can just reprogram all the vehicles to run in EPA Testing mode all the time (which won't really cost anything to VW), but I've heard that no sane human would want to drive the car in that state because it would basically lose all that lovely power and acceleration that TDI owners are fond of. The other option is to just let the fuel economy plummet (while maintaining power), but that would also probably upset owners. Though economical, both of those solutions would probably make a bad situation worse. The third option is to retrofit urea injection, but the cost to do so would be astronomical (many times higher than it would have if they had included it in the beginning) relative to the pure software fix solution. However, it would accomplish the end result of maintaining the fuel economy and performance at existing levels without any sacrifices and probably keep the largest number of customers happy. It's possible there's some magical other solution out there too (I'm sure they have engineers toiling away at coming up with an inexpensive fix even as you read this), but I can't honestly guess any other ways they could do it (but then, I'm not an engineer).
I think that just about covers everything! If you have any questions, let me know. ;)
|Several people wrote to point out we mentioned the Pixel C is cheaper, but it's actually not. After buying a keyboard for each, the Surface 3 is cheaper, yetstill has full Windows 10.|
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