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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday August Thursday 3rd, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Justin Robert Young|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|t||Google announced a change to its Play Store that will rank apps higher if they perform better. Performance indicators include things like the number of reported crashes, number of uninstalls, and effect on battery life. The updated algorithm is rolling out over the next week, worldwide.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/google-play-will-now-downrank-poorly-performing-apps/|
|j||Symantec has agreed to sell it web certificate business to DigiCert for $950 million and a 30% stake in DigiCert. Chrome and Mozilla have both begun a process of distrust of Symantec issued TLS certificates under its old infrastructure. DigiCert said holders of Symantec certificates will move to a new platform that meets all industry standards and browser requirements.||http://www.zdnet.com/article/symantec-to-get-almost-1b-plus-stock-in-certificate-business-sale/|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Facebook will begin adding fact-checked related articles below links to stories it has a high degree of confidence may be false. The feature is rolling out in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the US first. Related articles are chosen by algorithm Facebook also said its machine learning algorithm has improved its accuracy and speed and is sending more stories to fact-checking agencies for review.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/facebook-related-articles/|
|j||Facebook Stories, which is a copy of Instagram Stories, which is itself a copy of Snapchat, is coming to the Facebook desktop website. Stories will show up on the right side of the page, rather than at the top as it does on mobile. Facebook told TechCrunch it still considers Stories on desktop a test.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/03/facebook-begins-testing-stories-on-the-desktop/|
|t||Asus' ZenFone AR is now available for pre-order on Verizon for $648. The phone supports both Google's Project Tango augmented reality platform, and its Daydream VR. The ZenFone AR comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.||https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/8/2/16087732/asus-zenfone-ar-google-tango-daydream-verizon-preorder-pricing|
|j||Uber Freight launched in May and matches independent truckers with shipping companies. Uber is now expanding Freight to new US territories and route lengths but also adding new driver features. The system will learn drivers preferences based on past loads, location and home base and push notifications when jobs come up that meet those preferences as well as list them in a “For You” section.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/3/16089166/uber-freight-app-shipping-new-features|
|t||The FBI arrested Marcus Hutchins, aka MalwareTech, at the Las Vegas airport where he was returning to the UK after attending DefCon. A federal indictment filed by the US FBI accuses Hutchins and a redacted co-defendant of “creating and distributing the Kronos banking trojan.” Hutchins was briefly booked into the Henderson, Nevada detention facility but friends report he is now located at the FBI’s Las Vegas field office. The indictment lists Kronos as being listed and sold on the recently seized AlphaBay dark Web market, however Hutchins is charged only with creating the malware and little explanation in the indictment for why he is believed responsible. The Verge points out that Hutchins Twitter activity indicates Hutchins may have been researching Kronos in 2014 when it was active.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/3/16090144/malware-tech-marcus-hutchins-arrested-kronos-fbi-wannacry-kill-switch|
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|Thing of the day:|
|This week’s Patreon column for the associate producers is about travel tech safety. One of the things I mention in the column is not to trust USB chargers at public places like airports. They’re too easy to tamper with. I just stick to electrical outlets BUT if you want the added option, get a charge-only USB cable that doesn’t actually deliver any data. Or you can go to instructables.com and learn how to make any USB cable charge only. It’s a little tricky but with some finesses you can cover the middle two contacts that carry data, with tape. ||http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-Condom/|
|You could also cut the data wire.||http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-USB-no-data-charger-cable/|
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|I got the Android Plex update this morning. I use Plex Pass as a DVR. I set up the DVR functions on my Windows 10 desktop and I can watch the recorded videos at a remote location on my phone. One problem is that Plex doesn't include DRM channels. I can play those channels on my HDHomeRun Prime.app SiliconDust offers a DVR subscription service, but they also exclude DRM channels from being recorded. They said they are working to make that available. I can record the DRM channels with Windows Media Center on my Win 7 HTPC, but they can only be viewed on the system where they are recorded. There is still not a perfect system that suits me.|
|Hi Roger (and Tom!),|
I'm about a week behind on episodes but I related so much to Roger's comments about the actual audience for broadcast esports that I was compelled to write in.
I'm 32 with two small kids (2 and 4) and have been a nerd my entire life. I am an avid PC gamer and watch various games on Twitch daily. HOWEVER I am simply not that great at most games! I enjoy watching DOTA 2 and will watch the hell out of the International over the next two weeks but I am embarrassingly bad at actually playing the game. I'll tune into Street Fighter or CS:GO tournaments to check out new characters or teams... but I do not actually own either game.
I am not a traditional sports fan. I can tolerate the odd Super Bowl party and I will join my wife when she watches a highly anticipated playoff game... but I don't enjoy most sports. Jenn commented about the rise in production value for large esport leagues and I believe that is one of the keys to growth. It's no longer 3 dudes casting from their basement with an awful green screen... it's world class tournament organizers with elaborate sets selling out arenas. The broadcast teams and talent pools continue to get better and better and are largely indistinguishable from what you find on TV.
My wife laughs when she sees me hunched over the iPad getting pumped that "my team" just pulled off a sick play and is rushing the enemy base.... when that is no different than how the average sports fan approaches watching their favorite game. It's all about perspective.
This turned out to be a much longer email than I expected... love the show!
|I had talked to support awhile back about adding support for .iso, unfortunately Plex said they had no plans and thats not the direction they were going.|
I use Emby https://emby.media/ which does support .iso files and is what I've been using for a couple years for my DVD and Bluray disc
rips to stream locally for my Nvidia ShieldTVs and remotely for mobile (transcoded) and ShieldTV boxes. I'm currently using the Windows version, but have also installed the Synology NAS version for my parents Nvidia ShieldTV setup, it does also support Live TV via hardware tuners.
| Plex server doesn't handle ISOs as far as I know, if he's only worried about fidelity and not so much about menus and such, MakeMKV puts blu-ray and DVD content into MKV containers without recompressing, and Plex Server will stream them without transcoding. There's probably software out there that will also rewrap the MKV contents into MP4s without transcoding, in which case plex will send the file intact. It may do this for MKV files in the PS4 plex app, since PS4 supports MKV files. Of course, this all involves work.|
I recently started trying out the free version of the plex server, just within my home network, as a replacement for Universal Media Server (née PS3 Media Server), which has been acting up lately. I actually like the media player on the PS3 more than the one on the PS4, so I may also just use that with the plex server as a DLNA server, since it's UI, while not as nice, is much faster than using the Plex app.
Thanks for introducing me to Intelligent Design: The Series.
|Hi Tom & DTNS Crew|
I was just listening to your commentary about the rumors of “delays” to the new iPhone on Wednesday’s show. First off, thank you for not reporting rumor as fact as so many other new outlets do, it is greatly appreciated. I just wanted to throw an optimistic theory out there on this subject.
Last week a friend forwarded me an article about Apple “scrambling” to get the new iPhone ready. I was gearing up to give him a lecture on rumor vs facts when I realized something. IF it is in fact true that Apple is scrambling on the next phone, I think that is a good thing!
In the last month I have read a lot of articles about the launch of the original iPhone. Several people involved in the process said they were working down to the wire, revising hardware and tweaking software down to the wire trying to get everything to work correctly. They were scrambling, and look what they came up with, a ground breaking product. A lot of people may see a company scrambling as a bad thing, I see it as them pushing the limits of what they can do in order to make an amazing product.
I don’t think it’s controversial to say that the last few iPhones have been fairly iterative. I doubt anyone was scrambling to get them ready. So the fact that Apple is putting so much work into this Anniversary/8/Edition phone, to me, means it could be another ground braking device. Or maybe that’s just my wishful thinking.
Love the show, thank you so much.
Chip from humid Boston
|Tom, Brian, and Crew,|
This might be most appropriate for Cordkillers, but since you mentioned Simple.TV during your plex discussion I thought I'd send it to the DTNS address as well.
Unfortunately, Simple.TV is shutting down and because everything runs through their servers my device is going to be bricked on the 5th. I figured that it would be happening sooner rather than later ever since their service outage and database crash in 2015. We always liked the system because we could locate the box near our attic mounted antennae and use the signal throughout the house without running a bunch of wire and could watch our home broadcast channels when traveling. We haven't had traditional cable service since we bought a Simple.TV with a lifetime subscription in 2013 so we probably got our money's worth, its just a bummer that we need to research and spend the money on a replacement now.
OTA broadcast television continues to become less important. It probably has some life left in it I think we are whittling down to a couple of major players who offer technology around it. The Roamio, ChannelMaster, and Tablo devices are the only options I'd be willing to try and set up for someone who is less comfortable with technology.
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