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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday July 10th 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||China has told its telecommunications carrier to block individual access to Virtual Private Networks by February 1st of next year. Corporations will be allowed to run VPNs but are warned to confine them to internal use. ||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-07-10/china-is-said-to-order-carriers-to-bar-personal-vpns-by-february|
|v||Twitter has added options to automatically mute notifications from newly-registered accounts, people you don’t follow and people who don’t follow you. These can be configured in the Notifications -> Settings -> Advanced Filters.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/10/twitter-mute/|
|t||Financial services startup Stripe announced a partnership with Alipay and WeChat Pay so that any Stripe-powered website can accept payments through those services. WeChat Pay and Alipay have a combined total of over 1.1 billion users mostly in China. Stripe previously partnered with Alipay for integration with US businesses using Stripe.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-stripe-partnerships-china-idUSKBN19U10S|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||At its Inspire conference, Microsoft announced a new program called Microsoft 365 Enterprise launching August 1st, letting businesses buy Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility and Security features as a single subscription. A second bundle called Microsoft 365 Business will go into public preview August 2nd, combining Office 365 Business Premium with security and management features for Office and Windows. It will eventually run $20 per user per month. Microsoft also launched its Azure Stack today letting companies by equipment from Dell, HP, and Lenovo to run Azure internally, shipping in September.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15946450/microsoft-365-office-windows-ignite-launch|
|v||Oculus has reduced the price of its VR headset bundle. For the next six weeks a Rift headset and motion controllers will sell for $399, a $200 price drop. The Rift and Touch each got a $100 price drop for their solo sales this spring to $499 for the headset and $99 for the controller.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/10/15943984/oculus-rift-touch-summer-sale-price-cut-vr-bundle|
|t||Sunday the Bernalillo County Sheriff Dept. in New Mexico reported that a Google Home had called the Sheriff’s department to interrupt a domestic dispute. The original police report noted that Alexis, a Google Smart Radio overheard the phrase “did you call the Sheriff’s” and called 911. We won’t bother to point out all the problems with that report except to clarify that neither the Google Home nor Amazon Echo can call 911. Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff has looked into it. The couple do have an Amazon Echo in the house. A call was placed and someone can be heard telling Alexa to call 911. The best guess is that the Sheriff’s Department was in the contacts for the Echo. ||http://mashable.com/2017/07/10/amazon-echo-calls-sheriff/#0s.BB3eUBsqk|
|v||Researchers at Stanford developed an algorithm that can detect 14 types of heart arrhythmia more reliably than a cardiologist. The researchers used data from iRhythm wearable ECG devices to train a neural network over 7 months. In a test comparing the AI to six cardiologists, the AI performed well and even had better success differentiating two similar arrhythmia’s, one of which is harmless and the other of which requires immediate attention.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/09/stanford-algorithm-arrhythmia/|
|t||Wired reports that Space Data, a company that has provided commercial wireless service from balloons since 2004, has succeeded in getting one of Alphabet’s Project Loon patents canceled, due to prior art. Space Data has been granted the patent and will use it in a lawsuit against Alphabet alleging the company misappropriated patents, stole trade secrets, and breached contracts, after considering acquiring Space Data in 2008.||https://www.wired.com/story/the-lawsuit-that-could-pop-alphabets-project-loon-balloons|
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|Amazon is quietly rolling out its own Geek Squad to set up gadgets in your home - Recode||https://www.recode.net/2017/7/10/15930998/amazon-geek-squad-smart-home-alexa-set-up-installation-consultation|
|Amazon.com: Amazon Smart Home Services||https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=gurus_shrul?node=14586916011|
|Smart Home Services: Installation, Set Up & Support: Geek Squad - Best Buy||http://www.bestbuy.com/site/geek-squad/geek-squad-connected-home-services/pcmcat748300595063.c?id=pcmcat748300595063|
|HelloTech Support to Your Door: Repair, Setup & Installation - HelloTech||https://www.hellotech.com/|
|Enjoy | A new way to buy and experience the world's best technology.||https://www.enjoy.com/|
|DIFM is the opposite of DIY. And a lot of companies are betting on it|
Enjoy (led by retail vet Ron Johnson) wants to sell you gadgets with the promise of free delivery easy set up by Enjoy experts.
Hello Tech sells its service that matches customers with companies providing services but also can white label its service for companies like Samsung and Ring.
Of course Geek Squad is the heritage service from Best Buy that does all of this.
Now Amazon is jumping in.
|Amazon is staffing up on experts to advise consumers on Echo devices and set them up in a smart home. |
- in-home services are currently available in seven markets — Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose and Orange County, Calif
((according to Amazon job listings for “field technicians” in cities like Tampa, Hoboken, Miami, Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Las Vegas. Preferred qualifications include past work as an Apple Genius or Geek Squad Double Agent.))
Example charge $99 to set up an Ecobee4 AVS smart thermostat. Ouch!
- free 45-minute “Alexa Smart Home Consultations,”
BUT 95 percent of the 551 reviews for the free Alexa consultations are rated five stars
|Smart home devices have higher than normal return rates|
- Taking advantage of customer desire to have systems set up keeps Amazon able to push its own devices
ALSO Best Buy’s Geek Squad offers similarly priced services AND offers Google Home (and Amazon) demos in 700 stores
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|Why do the Tech "experts" reviewing the Echo Show make fun of its size, and talk about how thin smartphone/tablets are now days? I have yet to hear anyone claim their smartphone/tablet sounds better than a speakerphone.|
I like the Echo dot because it can connect to great sounding speakers. I don't care to listen to music (or DTNS for that matter) on a device that sounds like a telephone.
Could someone that has listened to the Echo Show speaker-with a touch screen- microphone(s), and looks to be the same size as a mono Sonos speaker, comment on how the Echo Show SOUNDS? Me thinks they might mention how good it sounds for such a small speaker...but I could be wrong.
P.S. Ever notice how some people punch keyboards? I wonder if the weight of the Show has anything to do with test units getting pushed around, just sayn
|I have been a LastPass user for several years, but when my annual subscription was up in May, I started experimenting with other password managers. I tried Enpass and SafeInCloud and have settled on using BitWarden for now.|
I also tried two password managers that are interesting outliers and thought that you might find them interesting, if you aren't already aware of them.
The first one is LessPass
It's interesting in that it isn't a vault; it programatically re-calculates site passwords based on the site ID, username & a master password. No passwords are stored anywhere. It has some downsides but I find the idea fascinating.
The other one is MyKi
Like LessPass, MyKi isn't a vault. Your passwords are stored on your phone, and a browser plugin sends a request to your phone which you then authenticate with your fingerprint.
I find both to be interesting solutions to password security and thought they might be interesting to other listeners of the show. I would also love to hear more insight/analysis on them from somebody more security minded than I am.
Always enjoy the show, keep up the good work!
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