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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday March 20th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know ...|
|Nintendo announced its Super Mario Run mobile game will arrive for Android March 23rd.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/20/super-mario-runs-android-release-date-is-march-23/?ncid=rss|
|Vodafone India has reached an agreement to merge with Idea Cellular to form the largest mobile carrier in India at an estimated 377 million subscribers.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/20/vodafone-india-idea-cellular/?ncid=rss|
|Qualcomm introduced the 205 Mobile platform to allow inexpensive smartphones and feature phones to connect to LTE networks.||http://fortune.com/2017/03/20/qualcomm-aims-at-fastest-growing-phone-markets/|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Uber President Jeff Jones confirmed a report by Recode that he is leaving the company. Jones came over from Target in September 2016. He told Reuters, “…the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business." Uber’s Vice president of maps and business platform Brian McClendon also announced he is leaving the company at the end of March to pursue politics, but will stay on as an advisor.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-jeffjones-idUSKBN16Q0X3|
|v||Samsung announced its new smartphone voice assistant Bixby. Samsung says Bixby can take complete control of supported apps and be aware of the context when activated while using an app. A few preinstalled apps will work with Bixby at launch and an SDK will be available for developers. A dedicated button on the side of Samsung phones will activate Bixby, which launches on the forthcoming Galaxy S8 and will come to other devices including home appliances later.||https://9to5google.com/2017/03/20/samsung-bixby-ai-assistant-official/|
|t||Intel announced the first large-capacity product with 3D XPoint memory, the Optane SSD DC P4800. 3D Xpoint is a form of memory that stores data based on the resistance of cells. The 375GB PCI Optane card starts at $1520 with limited availability. An enterprise Optane SSD with 750GB will ship in Q2, and a 1.5TB version will ship in the second half of this year. 3D XPoint features 1/1000th the latency of NAND flash drive, while offering ten times the density of DRAM. This means extremely low latencies while under varying loads, and 3DXPoint writes are nondestructive for higher endurance with a claimed 30 whole drive writes per day. Optane can be used as storage or a slower but more power efficient RAM. Two-socket Xeon systems can hold 24 TB of Optane memory and 4-socket systems can hold 48TB.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/intels-first-optane-ssd-375gb-that-you-can-also-use-as-ram/|
|v||Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos climbed into the Method-2 mechanical robot at Amazon’s annual MARS conference. MARS stands for Machine-Learning Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration. The robot is from from Hankook Mirae Technology and its designer, Vitaly Bulgarov, previously worked on films like Transformers. The robot was shown to the press back on December 27. The arms weigh 130 kilograms each and its twice as tall as a human. It’s meant as a test-bed for robots that could be made for manufacturing and construction, and of course, entertainment. It will be ready for sale by the end of 2017 at a price of around 10 billion won ($8.3 million).||http://mashable.com/2017/03/20/jeff-bezos-mechanical-robot-suit/#kJQw.NABwOq9|
|t||Two employees of the Gallaudet University school for the deaf filed a complaint that 20,000 videos of lectures hosted on the University of California Berkeley’s YouTube channels violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because the videos did not have captions. UC-Berkeley removed the videos after the DoJ upheld the complaint. Since the lectures had Creative Commons licenses, several organizations worked to preserver the videos and repost them. LBRY.io says it has all the videos available, though you’ll need to use command line to get them until the company officially launches in April.||https://thenextweb.com/insider/2017/03/17/berkeley-university-deleted-lectures/#.tnw_E8smHYAb|
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|t||Mohan writes: |
I wanted to give my thoughts a submission of mine. Kerala's declaring WiFi as basic human rights, is a good thing, nowadays we do so many things on the Internet, for example we order pizza, transfer funds, keep in contact, let our friends and family know we are safe during a natural disaster, setup demonstrations, etc. It has made us closer together at times, when physically/geographically we are not. It might not be as important as running water or electricity, but it has become something that many of us relay on (for work, entertainment, information, and at times means of making money).
|Kimberly the Texas Teacher writes “it isn’t about a book or the internet. It is about access to knowledge… We in developed countries tend to see the internet as a place to buy things, play games, and chat with friends from all over. But there is so much knowledge out there for people to gain. … What about people that live in isolated areas, not just developing nations but parts of Australia, Alaska, Canada and other countries with very isolated places. I l lived in West Texas. Some of the very small population - couldn't field a 6 man football team districts would get together and offer advanced classes over distance learning systems.|
|v||Last week we mentioned Netflix is changing from star ratings to thumbs up or down and adding a percentage likelihood that you'll like a movie or show. Jordan says "One thing that most people don't realize about Netflix is that even the 5-star rating they show you today is just an estimate of how much they thinks you'll like the show or movie, based on your other ratings:|
So in addition to getting more people to rate things by changing to a thumbs up/down model, the percentage they plan to introduce is also an easy way for them to keep exactly what's already there, but just present it in a different way so customers view it in a different context.
For example, whatever algorithm they currently have which chooses "4/5 stars" could simply be presented as "We're 80% confident you'll like this thing" without changing a single thing about how their algorithm works. Smart!
|t||Regarding Uptime, the app that lets people in different places watch YouTube videos at the same time, Trenton writes -"Me and my friends watch a weekly Science News show together Sundays at 8 p.m. sometimes it is only two people and sometimes there is 6 or more the point is we all love to get together and celebrate science news and talk about it together we use a website called watch together it sinks our YouTube stream and has a comment section on the side I understand this is very niche but it allows us to share the things we love with each other.|
|v||Last week, you all were talking in the post-show about a concierge service that would manage everyone’s communication between all the different platforms. This got Tim thinking. He writes : |
"If only there was a standard where a service run by Microsoft could talk to a service run by Google. OK, that is being slightly cynical, but as someone who really enjoys a good open standard email really was the best.
Google runs an email service. They have an app like GMail with a “value add” on top of the email standards. Microsoft run an email service. They have an app like Outlook with a “value add” on top of email. But, both services can speak to each other.
As always, XKCD has the perfect comic for everything:"
|t||Support for Kaby Lake started to appear in Linux Kernel 4.4, Ryzen is only fully supported in Linux Kernel 4.10. 4.10 also fixed a couple of bugs that hobbled Kaby Lake performance.|
Now to drive this point home: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) was the rave at the time that Windows 7 shipped with Linux Kernel 2.6.31. That operating system will probably look at you and say WTF when presented with these processors.
So here is the thing, if you want support for the latest hardware in Linux, you need to run the latest version of Linux. Same is now true for Windows. I really don't see the issue here. If you need to run Windows 7, Skylake is fully supported and you will still be able to buy machines running that generation for some time.
|In regards to MS not supporting Windows 7/8/8.1 on newer processors is creating a real nightmare for businesses with specialty/in-house applications that have not been updated to run on Windows 10. It is locking them in to either having to maintain older hardware in order to be able function or running a virtual environment run the older OS to support the software. Case in point, our bank check scanning app only runs under Windows 7 so I setup VM Player with Windows 7 just to run this one app so we can scan our checks for upload. It has made it easier when positions change to just move the VM so that is an added benefit, but what MS is doing can/will have an adverse effect in PC sales.|
Brian Halley, MCP, A+
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