|TITLE:||GUEST & TITLE: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor & independent podcaster, host of the Pixels podcast, Phileas Club, and Le Rendez-Vous Tech|
URL: twitter.com/notpatrick & frenchspin.com
|Stories subject to change up until showtime|
|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday, Sept 29th I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Google packed 3 hours worth of announcements into 75 minutes this morning. Here’s what we have.|
The LG Nexus 5X. a 5.2-inch phone with USB-C in Carbon Black, Sports White and Ice Blue. $379 for 16GB and $429 for 32 GB.
The Huawei Nexus 6P. A 5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED phone with a 64-bit processor, USB-C and much improved 12.3 megapixel camera. $499 for 32 GB. $549 for 64 GB. And $649 for 128 GB.
You can preorder both phones today in US, UK, Ireland and Japan for shipping in Late October.
Google also now offers an extra year of warranty protection called Nexus Protect $69 for the 5X and $89 for 6P.
Android 6.0 Marshamallow rolls out to Nexus 5,6,7,9 and player next week.
Google Play for families is coming later this year at $14.99 for up to 6 people.
A new Chromecast is circularl with a flexible HDMI cable and 5GHZ 802.11 ac available today for $35. And Chromecast Audio plugs into existing speakers by minijack, RCA or optical also today for $35.
And the Pixel C is a 10.2-inch Android Tablet that can connect to a keyboard by magnets and Bluetooth with no kickstand or docks. It has an Nvidia X1 processor, Maxwell GPU and 2560 x 1800 resolution. $499 for 32 GB. $599 for 64 GB and $149 for the keyboard available by the holidays.
|p||You can now use Skype on your Android Wear watch. |
Features include; caller ID, managing calls, responding to messages with pre-written replies, voice-to-text, emojis and hand-drawn images.
Skype for Android is available on the Play Store and is compatible with the Moto 360, Huawei Watch, LG Watch Urbane and ASUS ZenWatch.
|t||Microsoft held a virtual Azure conference Tuesday. Cloud service fans have a lot to dig through including new virtual machines powered by Nvidia GPUs, security tools and discounts. Microsoft launched Azure services in India with three new regions, plus Office 365 is coming to India in October and Dynamics CRM in the first half of 2016. The new Azure Container Service will combine Apache Mesos, Docker and Mesosphere’s Data Center Operating System. Internet of Things for Azure is out of Preview and has certified partners including Raspberry.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/29/microsoft-azure-comes-to-india-gets-container-management-service-gpu-centric-virtual-machines-and-more/?ncid=rss|
|p||HouseofBrick submitted the PC World report that James Forshaw-- a member of Google’s Project Zero team-- has discovered two vulnerabilities in the Windows driver for TrueCrypt.|
TrueCrypt’s authors abdandoned the project in May 2014 stating the product “may contain unfixed security issues.”
A security audit at the time had not found any driver vulnerabilities.
The bugs have been fixed in VeraCrypt as of Saturday. VeraCrypt is an open source project built on top of TrueCrypt.
|t||Logitech has announced a new mid-range gaming keyboard that Vlad Savov at the Verge has been a little smitten with. The G410 Atlas Spectrum allows customizable colors to light up when keys are pressed. Savov said it creates “a sense of joy in the typist.” It uses the same Romer-G mechanical switches as the G910. The G410 goes on sale in October for $129.99 in the United States or €149 in Europe. ||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/29/9411181/logitech-gaming-mechanical-keyboard-g410|
|p||tninja3000 wanted us to note that Apple issued a press release acknowledging that OS X El Capitan will be available as a free update on September 30. |
Apple had not officially announced the date though it did sneak it onto its website and in an image shown during the latest iPhone announcement.
|t||Tech Crunch reports that China’s Alibaba has increased its investment in Indian epayment company Paytm. India's Economic Times reports that Alibaba is spending $680 million to buy 20% of Paytm, following an initial undisclosed investment back in February. Paytm has a mobile wallet app which it says has more than 100 million users.||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/29/alibaba-increases-its-investment-in-indian-payments-and-commerce-firm-paytm/?ncid=rss|
|p||Recode reports Edward Snowden has joined Twitter.|
Twitter gave Snowden @Snowden-- a handle that hasn’t been used in 3 years.
Snowden's first tweet was “Can you hear me now?”
As of today @Snowden only follows the NSA twitter account and his banner image is of newspaper headlines saying a judge declared NSA program illegal.
Thanks to coolantsv, KAPT_Kipper and habichuelacondulce for the tipoff.
|t||Microsoft will update Project Spark October 5th to make everything completely free, including downloadable content. If you bought anything after July 28, you’ll get a refund. Engadget says Microsoft wants to spend more time highlighting user creations and opening things up. And Microsoft promises it has “new programs and activities” coming for the more than 200,000 active creators.||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/28/microsoft-project-spark-now-completely-free/|
|p||Sony will release a big update for the PlayStation 4 tomorrow, September 30th. |
Update 3.0 includes the ability to broadcast or watch games on YouTube gaming, to send 10 second highlight clips to Twitter and a feature called "Request to Share Play and Broadcast" a friend's game.
Storage for saved games on PlayStation Plus will increase from 1GB to 10GB.
Also in the update, an events app with a calendar for new games, so you can know just how much time you have left to finish The Witcher 3 before Fallout 4 arrives. Hint: Not enough time.
|tm||Recode has sources who say Twitter is building a product to let users share tweets longer than 140 characters. No word yet on how it will wo- |
(Annd out of characters. For now)
|Google announces the LG Nexus 5X and Huawei Nexus 6P; pre-orders start today | Ars Technica||http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/09/google-announces-the-lg-nexus-5x-and-huawei-nexus-6p/|
|Google’s Android Marshmallow Will Officially Launch Next Week | TechCrunch||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/29/googles-android-marshmallow-will-officially-launch-next-week/?ncid=rss|
|Google's Android Sensor Hub knows how its Nexus is moving||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/29/google-android-sensor-hub/|
|Google's new Nexus phones to work on Google Fi - CNET||http://www.cnet.com/news/googles-new-nexus-phones-to-work-on-google-fi/|
|Google announces Nexus Protect premium warranty for its latest smartphones | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/29/9415547/google-nexus-protect-warranty-announced|
|Google Photos is adding Chromecast support, name labels, and easier album sharing | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/29/9411439/google-photos-update-2015-chromecast-support|
|Google Play Music family plan gives six people tunes for $15 a month||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/29/google-play-music-family-plan/|
|Google Announces Chromecast 2 And Chromecast Audio To Bring Intelligence To Your Living Room | TechCrunch||http://techcrunch.com/2015/09/29/google-invades-your-home-with-new-chromecast/?ncid=rss|
|Chromecast adds video from Showtime, Sling TV, NBA and more||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/29/chromecast-adds-video-from-showtime-sling-tv-nba-and-more/|
|Google's Pixel C tablet is Android's official answer to the Surface||http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/29/google-pixel-c-tablet/|
LG 5.2-inch display, 136 Gra,s
2700 mAh, Imprint, USB Type C
120 fps, 4K
COLORS: Carbon Black, Sports White, and Ice Blue
Android sensor hub
(90-day free Google Music and $50 play credit in US)Nexus Protect: 2nd year of warranty coverage and 2-years of coverage on accidental damage. $69
Works on Project Fi
Nexus 5X and 6P available for preorder today in US, UK, Ireland, and Japan.
Google Store. Outside US at retailers
$379 16GB $429 32 GB later in October
|Nexus 6P - Huawei|
COLORS: frost white, aluminum and graphite
5.7-inch WQHD AMOLED display with pretty tiny bezels — 74% of the front of the device.
USB Type C, stereo forward facing speakers, 12.3 mpxl, 5MP front
Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensor on back of phone (gets better over time)
Android 6.0 marshmallow
The 6P camera is optimized for indoor photography. It has 1.55 micron pixels. It has huge pixels. laser detect autofocus, 240 fps, 4K
Android Sensor Hub to offload sensor processing
(90-day free Google Music and $50 play credit in US)
Nexus Protect: 2nd year of warranty coverage and 2-years of coverage on accidental damage. $89
Avail. at Google Store
Works on Project Fi
Nexus 5X and 6P available for preorder today in US, UK, Ireland, and Japan.
Google Store. Outside US at retailers
$499 32 GB $549 64 GB $649 128 GB - later in October
|Android 6.0 Marshmallow|
- voice search from lock screen (swipe from corner)
- frequent apps at top of app screen
- run-time permissions
- pre-loaded apps reduced
- 25% apps “post-install” can be uninstalled
- Now on tap (long press home button)
- Voice interaction with app (NPR) “OK Google” works when screen is off too
- ‘Doze Mode’ bg activity reduced when phone hasn’t moved. When screen is off battery lasts 30% longer
- Roll out Existing Nexus devices next week. 5, 6, 7, 9, and Player.
Google Play for Families
- Google Play Music family plan $14.99 for 6 people starting later this year
- Chromecast support, this week android, ios very soon
- Shared albums coming later this year
- name labels coming this week in Android, web and ios later
- Showtime today and Sling TV in next few weeks
- NBA NHL coming
- circle with integrated HDMI cable (Black, lemonade and coral) 5GHz wifi 802.11ac, new adaptive antenna system
- New Chromecast app collects cast-enabled apps/content from your phone
- Universal voice search across services
- App update within next weeks
- Fast Play 80% reduction in app loading
- multiplayer gaming
- New feeds getty images, FB and Flickr
- Available today in 17 countries for $35
- plugs into existing home speaker
- same shape but with minijack (RCA and optical as well)
- Works with any device on network as well as ‘guest mode’
- Spotify now supports chromecast
- Can mirror audio from Chrome or Android
- Supports multi-room sync
- Avail. today in 17 countries. $35 in US
- Android 6.0, 10.2-inch screen (Square-root of 2 aspect ratio.)
- keyboard is separate. Attaches magnetically 100-135 degrees, can attach to back as well
- no kickstand
- Connects by bluetooth
- symbol keys moved to touchscreen
- Tablet inductively charges the keyboard (2 months without recharge)
- 308 ppi screen. 2560 x 1800 resolution, 500 nits, Nvidia X1 processor. Maxwell GPU., 3 GB RAM
- 4 mics
- $499 32 GB $599 64 GB($149 for keyboard) avail. by holidays
|QUESTION: I have a dumb question: what's the advantage of Chromecast Audio over a bluetooth dongle?|
With bluetooth, I can "cast" any audio from my phone to my speakers. So why would I want Google's device instead of a bluetooth device?
|Pick of the day:|
|You don't have to pay through the nose to get good Bluetooth earbuds and speakers.|
After hearing your pick of some really expensive Bluetooth earbuds ($78) I thought I'd let you know about these: Photive PH-BTE50 Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless Sports Headphones with Built-in Microphone
I have a pair of these and they work great. I listen to podcasts with one ear as I'm driving to and from work and while out walking at lunch. Around the house I listen to Podcast and Sword & Laser books while cleaning up the Kitchen, etc.
Battery life is good, I've never had the battery fail even on the longest walk.
To my 66-year-old ears they sound very good. And they're less than $26 on sale on Amazon right now, through Sept 13.
They also have a very good sounding Bluetooth speaker for about $26:
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|Bill in Huntsville writes:|
"My wife and I have three great grand children who live more than 1000 miles from us. They are ages 3, 2 and 6 months old. We visit them via Skype a couple of times a week. A couple of months ago, our grand daughter and her family returned for a visit. When they came to our home, the toddlers came running to us with their arms up to be picked up. Our grand daughter's other grand parents don't use a computer. I was told that when the toddlers visited those great grand parents, they treated them as strangers. "
|Wes in Nome, TX wrote: "I think mobile connectivity lessens our willingness to engage the strangers inhabiting our immediate space, i.e checkout lines, conferences, parks, etc. In that sense, I can see where we would be losing some of our ability to respond with empathy. Engaging the 'other' around us is one of the primary ways we broaden our view of the world. "|
|Patrick W thinks the need to lessen interaction is because Veronica and I are public figures. He writes:|
"But for the rest of us poor schlubbs, we are all desperate for attention. The vast majority of the time, the person messaging me is my wife. In fact, I do actually want to be interrupted any time of any day for a message from her. Or my boss, believe it or not (I’d like a raise next year)."
|Levi posted on the blog: Anyone interested in how technology effects us, our quality of life, focus, ability to empathize, etc., as I do, should check out the Note To Self podcast from WNYC. This is exactly what they cover every show. They've done croud-sourced challenges where you disconnect in different ways to see how being away from a part of your normal online life will effect you.|
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