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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday May 15th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|t||Lyft and Waymo announced an agreement to work on autonomous vehicle pilot projects and product development. Lyft is also partnering with General Motors.||https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/14/technology/lyft-waymo-self-driving-cars.html|
|v||Google announced it is partnering with Audi and Volvo to ship cars with a new version of Android embedded that can run apps like Maps and Spotify, use Google’s Voice Assistant, and control car functions like temperature, no Android phone necessary.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-15/google-wants-android-and-its-assistant-to-power-your-car-too|
|t||The Fraunhofer Institute, a patent holder for MP3 encoders, announced it will end its licensing program for the audio format. Frauenhofer's MP3 related patents have expired.||http://fortune.com/2017/05/15/mp3-aac-music-streaming/|
|v||The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo will release a "Legend of Zelda" game for mobile sometime after Animal Crossing for mobile which sources say will come out before the end of the year.||https://www.wsj.com/articles/nintendo-developing-the-legend-of-zelda-smartphone-game-1494820189?mod=e2tw|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Over the weekend, security researcher MalwareTech was analyzing the WannaCry ransomware. He discovered a call to an unregistered domain name and registered it in order to track the malware as it spread. This is standard practice that can help identify victims and reverse engineer the malware. When he activated the domain however, it had the effect of shutting down the ransomware. In certain sandbox environments, all domain queries return an IP Address belomging to the sandbox. MalwareTech speculates the unregistered domain was meant to signal that the malware was in a sandbox, and shut it down to prevent analysis. New versions of the ransomware have since been released without this weakness, but it certainly slowed the spread and bought some companies some time. You can read MalwareTech’s own account and details at malwaretech.com.||https://www.malwaretech.com/2017/05/how-to-accidentally-stop-a-global-cyber-attacks.html|
|Microsoft did issue security patches for out of service versions of Windows, including Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003. The spread seems to have slowed significantly. The twitter account @actual_ransom has been tracking the bitcoin wallets associated with the ransomware and at last count they had racked up less than $60,000 in payments. Microsoft’s President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith wrote in a blog post that governments have “to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits.”. The malware is estimated to have affected more than 200,000 machines in more than 150 countries. The Financial Times reports security researchers have found another NSA tool, this one called EsteemAudit, available for sale. EsteemAudit exploits network communication vulnerabilities in older versions of Windows.||http://fortune.com/2017/05/14/ransomware-wannacry-faq/|
|v||KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple may introduce a new 10.5-inch iPad with slim bezels at its WWDC developer conference June 5. Kuo has also reported that a Siri Speaker could be in the works. Apple has said it will talk about iOS and macOS, and will likely touch on watchOS and tvOS as well. Apple may discuss improvements to Apple Music as well as original video content coming to the service.||http://fortune.com/2017/05/15/apple-wwdc-2017-rumors/|
|t||Judge William Alsup granted Waymo’s request for a preliminary injunction, ruling that former Google employee Anthony Levandowski may not work on any projects that involve LiDAR, though Uber may continue its development of the technology. Levandowski had already been voluntarily removed from the projects. Judge Alsup urged Uber to “to do whatever it can to ensure that its employees return 14,000-plus pilfered files to their rightful owner.” Judge Alsup also called Waymo’s claim of patent infringement “meritless.” In addition to this ongoing civil case, Waymo has filed an arbitration proceeding against Levandowski. Judge Alsup also referred the case to the US Attorney for a possible criminal investigation.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/15/15640934/uber-waymo-lawsuit-self-driving-car-injunction-ruling|
|v||Netflix has implemented Google’s Widevine DRM scheme which means the Netflix app from the Google Play store no longer will work on rooted Android phones. Android Police has verified that Netflix still runs properly if you manage to sideload the APK.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/14/netflix-no-longer-available-for-rooted-android-phones/?sr_source=Twitter|
|t||XDA-Developers.com reports on a new feature in Android O that allows applications to handle authentication by SMS. Currently apps can ask for permission to read your SMS, so they can read the verification codes sent to you saving you the trouble of typing them in yourself. The issue with this is you’re giving the app permission to read all your text messages. A new API in Android O allows apps to create a specific one-time 11-character long token. When Android sees this token in an SMS, it routes the token to the app which handles the verification. This means the app never reads your SMS, you don’t have to type in the verification code, and verifications texts don’t clutter up your inbox.||https://www.xda-developers.com/android-o-will-improve-sms-authentication-for-apps/|
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|Microsoft launches Skype video bots in preview | VentureBeat | Dev | by Khari Johnson||https://venturebeat.com/2017/05/10/skype-bots-in-video-calls-now-in-preview/|
|GitHub - Microsoft/BotBuilder-RealTimeMediaCalling: BotBuilder-RealTimeMediaCalling extends the BotBuilder to enable bots to engage in Skype audio-video calling. It provides real-time, programmable access to the voice, video, and screen sharing streams of a Skype call. The bot is a direct participant in a Skype 1:1 or group video call. Use your creativity and talents in building interactive media to create engaging communication experiences.||https://github.com/Microsoft/BotBuilder-RealTimeMediaCalling|
|- Bots can join video calls on Skype|
- BotBuilder-RealTimeMediaCalling extension available on GitHub
- An SDK for interactive Skype video bots coming
- Embed web chat through Skype in a website (Like LivePerson, Smooch or FB Messenger)
- Skype Add-Ins gets a tab in SKype.
Possible use cases
- virtual secretary
- sentiment and mood tracking used to asess job applicants
Other Bot news from BUILD
- Microsoft Bot Framework channels to publish a bot were extended to Skype for Business, Cortana, and Bing search results
- framework is now able to use a Microsoft payments API for transactions
- Cortana skills kit in public preview
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|t||Hey Tom, |
I may be connecting too many dots here, but I saw something that made me think.
I saw a vehicle transport truck traveling on the 405 today heading towards Redmond that had badging from Romulus, MI and had "Pilot Transport" on the side of the trailer. With the Microsoft Summit this week, it made me wonder if Ford might have sent something up to unveil.
It might be nothing, or something we've already seen, but I thought I'd pass it along.
"The rain is almost gone!" Seattle
|v||You mentioned Roku is falling behind. Roku has the Comcast/Xfinity app. It does only work on the home wifi network. Many may ask what is the benefit of this. Well with the reality of having to rent you extra boxes from Comcast/Xfinity I have the Roku as the extra box. Not having to rent extra boxes for extra TV's is great. No one has only one TV 📺 in there house. You can buy one Roku and move it around or multiples and not give your money to Comcast. |
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Renard Michael Mayfield
|t||Greetings Tom and gang,|
My Twitter feed was recently raving about a new game from the developers of the CARROT line of apps called Artificial Super Intelligence. Willing to part with $3 to see what all the fuss was about, I bought the game and started my journey to create the world's first A.S.I. I wasn't disappointed.
Anyone who has used a CARROT app before will feel at home with the game's style and humor. While you progress CARROT's intelligence level from super dumb to super smart, you'll have to make decisions that positively or negatively affect your staff, investors, the government, and the press/public. If you fill or deplete any of these bars it's game over for that version of earth. You read that right, in addition to building an A.S.I. you'll be doing so across an infinite number of parallel universes. One of the best aspects of this game is that it helps you learn about artificial intelligence and how developing one works in reality, as well as future scenarios we may face as a species.
I just completed my initial mission and CARROT now rules over all, but the journey still continues as I attempt to experience all 50+ outcomes and I'll continue having a blast while doing so!
Keep up the great work!
|v|| The Boring Company is doing an amazing job trying to provide layers of lanes for mobility at high speeds. But, If a person is going to get nauseous by just looking at a test run traversing through the tunnels, I am not sure what the person is going to feel like while actually travelling through one. I would not prefer a theme park ride before my appraisal meeting.|
Are there any plans of providing imagery/graffiti inside the tunnels? If so, can providing images that look like you are standing still or traveling at 20 miles per hour when you are actually traveling at 150 miles per hour have any effect in reducing the nausea? If we can feel "moving" while being "still" in front of a laptop/phone there must be a way to make us feel "still" while "moving".
As of now Elon is boring through the SpaceX parking lot and does not have to deal with permits but for how long will this project be within the premises? Even if the project is going on within SpaceX premises wont the city have some objections if some one is digging too deep? What kind of regulations are in place for such a thing?
Sorry to throw in a bunch of questions just like that. I tried googling but did not get convincing answers.
Like always, a pleasure writing to you.
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