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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday July 25th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|Google's new feature called SOS Alerts, will display authoritative local information, emergency hotlines and notifications for users close to affected areas during a crisis. Maps will show cards with helpful info and reflect road closures and traffic congestion. Google is partnering with crisis agencies like the Red Cross and FEMA.||https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/07/25/google-adds-sos-alerts-search-maps/#.tnw_nILTrN7M|
|After reports that Microsoft Paint had been listed as deprecated in the next update to Windows 10, Microsoft’s Megan Saunders posted that Paint will remain available in the Windows Store as a standalone download.||https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/07/24/ms-paint-stay/#JXVGOUvlvZvMdiu0.97|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|Adobe announced it will stop updating and distributing the Flash Player at the end of 2020. Microsoft, Google, Mozilla and Apple all are in various stages of reducing support for Flash and all will now end support in 2020.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/07/25/get-ready-to-say-goodbye-to-flash-in-2020/|
|Colin Angle, CEO of iRobot, the makers of the Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner, told Reuters he wants to sell mapping data created by Roomba’s to third parties like Amazon, Google and Apple. Starting in 2015 Roombas began using a camera and other sensors to make a map of its surroundings. The data could be used by other smart home devices and by companies to market those devices. iRobot said it would not sell any data without customer permission.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-irobot-strategy-idUSKBN1A91A5|
|Motorola announced a new 5.5-inch Z2 Force Edition which comes with dual rear-cameras (12-megapixel monochrome and color sensors), Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage, and a a 2,730mAh battery. It still has the shatter-resistant display. It comes to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon starting August 10 costing between $730 and $810 depending on the carrier deal. Like all Z2 models, the Force can use Moto Mods and a new Mod was also announced. A 360-degree camera mod goes on sale August 10 for $300. It has a 150-degree-wide viewing angle and shoots in 4K.||https://www.cnet.com/products/motorola-moto-z2-force/preview/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=40171172|
|US Representative Greg Walden, leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has invited CEOs of technology companies to testify on September 7 regarding net neutrality. Invitees include Alphabet CEO Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, and the leaders of Amazon, Netflix, Charter and Verizon. In a letter to the CEOs, Walden wrote that this is, “an opportunity to rethink the current regulatory model and build new rules from the ground up.”||https://www.recode.net/2017/7/25/16025272/house-republicans-congress-net-neutrality-hearing-att-comcast-google-facebook|
|The Hindustan Times reports India’s transport minister Nitin Gadkari said, "We won't allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. In a country where you have unemployment, you can't have a technology that ends up taking people's jobs." He did admit that years down the line they might not be able to ignore it. Mr. Gadkari said India needed to recruit 22,000 commercial drivers and open 100 training facilities.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-40716296|
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|A new terminal opening this year at Singapore’s Changi Airport will make it possible for passengers to check-in and board flights without talking to a person. Changi airport will use facial recognition at check-in, bag drop, immigration and boarding in terminal T4. Singapore does not have enough labor to fill jobs and the automation will save 20% in manpower and increase capacity by 16 million. Air Asia Group, Cathay Pacific, Cebu Pacific, Korean Air, Spring Airlines and Vietnam Airlines will operate out of the new terminal.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-singapore-changi-airport-idUSKBN1AA185?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Customers flying Delta out of Reagan National airport in Arlington, Virginia can now use their fingerprint as a boarding pass. You have to be enrolled in CLEAR, a service that lets you jump the security line, and you have to be enrolled in Delta’s SkyMiles program. The program lets you enter the Delta Sky Club lounge without presenting a ticket or ID either. A final phase to be added this summer will let customers use fingerprints to check bags.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/21/16007676/delta-fingerprint-boarding-pass|
|Six MLB teams (including Detroit, San Francisco and the Yankees) partner with CLEAR.|
- Miami Heat will soon offer it too.
- Fans sign up for free, and provide fingerprints, get to skip the line. (Still have to go thropugh metal detector)
|Tascent (Los Gatos) claims iris-recognition in 2 seconds with 99% accuracy|
- airports in London and Dubai use Tascent tool for some screening
|China’s All-Seeing Surveillance State Is Reading Its Citizens’ Faces - WSJ||https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-all-seeing-surveillance-state-feared-in-the-west-is-a-reality-in-china-1498493020|
|China Is Using Facial Recognition to Nab Jaywalkers; Investors Get Interested - WSJ||https://www.wsj.com/articles/saving-face-investment-in-recognition-technology-heats-up-in-china-1499763603|
|China’s New Tool for Social Control: A Credit Rating for Everything - WSJ||https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-new-tool-for-social-control-a-credit-rating-for-everything-1480351590|
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|Hello from cloudy with a chance of rain, and not to hot Point 2, CERN. (near Saint-Genies-Pouilly, France)|
I just listened to episode 3079 -"like watching paint die". And I wanted to share that I recently implanted a chip in my hand. (well I got it late march, so not to long ago).
I Went to Sweden With 2 friends (we all live in Norway) and after a 7h drive we got the implant. It's an Ntag216, with 556 Bytes of storage. And I can add anything I could with a regular nfc tag; Vcard, web link, wifi password, blutooth paring, etc.
And I don't think there's a large risk of anyone tracking me with it, since it's hard enough to have it read when I'm intentionally trying to.
Do to the size of the antenna (and the capsule ofc.), it's hard to read on most phones I have tested.
So when trying to share my contact info with new people, I have been memorizing the "sweetspots" of the NFC reader most popular phones.
(also iphones have the hardware but wont read nfc tags, but that's a rant for another day)
So short of having strong nfc readers all over the place so I bump my hand into them, I don't think that it's a good tracker. The Bluetooth on my phone, and Xiaomi Mi Band are though.
But! I do like it as an authentication factor, since nfc tech is a bit easier to get your hands on than bio-metric readers(especially for Arduino). unfortunately my dorm room door-lock doesn't support Ntag21x, so I can't unlock my door with it.
I Have an NFC chip in my hand.
It's small antenna makes it hard to read.
I think Bluetooth is better suited for tracking.
But it's pretty cool to be able to automatically add my contact info to phones that support NFC tags.
Also, the placement between the index and thumb, gives the chip enough tissue to dampen impacts, and move out of the way if you're gripping something.
Here's a picture of it in my hand:
A dual citizen American/Norwegian, living in Tønsberg Norway, currently Working shifts at CERN in Switzerland.
shout out to any other DTNS listeners working at CERN this summer!
|Hi Tom, Roger and Patric!|
As I was listening to the yesterday's discussion about Helix - DNA testing company, I had two thoughts:
1) I would be very skeptical direct-to-consumer DNA testing at this point of development. Yes, we can "read" the DNA pretty accurately (and Helix uses newer next-gen sequencing technology) but the problem often lies with the interpretation of "DNA words" (collection of As,Ts,Gs, and Cs). In some cases the same combination of ATGCs can lead to the exact opposite conclusions provided to the patient/consumer.(https://www.statnews.com/2016/11/03/genetic-testing-fitness-nutrition/)
One of the reasons this is happening is faulty study designs (small sample size, lack of diversity, etc.). Even when the science behind the information is sound it usually given in a form of probability, and humans are ill-equipped to deal with nuances of uncertainty. This article in The Atlantic articulates all these points and others very well.
2) I would like to offer an alternative explanation of genotyping vs. exome sequencing vs. whole genome sequencing.
Imagine a multicolor striped rope that is 2 feet long:
* if we look for a stripe pattern only between 2" and 2.5" away from left end (because we know that a stripe pattern in this small region is important) - that is genotyping
* if we look for a stripe pattern of every other 5" of the rope - that would be exome sequencing. (exome is a collection of exons - regions of DNA known to make proteins and RNA)
* if we look for a stripe pattern along the whole length of the rope - this would be the whole genome sequencing.
Over the last several years we have learned that the sequences between the exons are not as "junky" as we previously thought: they play structural role, regulate the activity of the genes, and perform numerous other functions a lot of which are still poorly understood.
Hope it helps!
Keep up the good work!
Oleg Kolupaev, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
I remember hearing on the show that some countries had a plan to make it mandatory for electric cars to emmit a sound when driving at low speeds (might be remembering it wrong).
Anyway, i went to Florence, Italy today and while walking in the streets, i heard a "beep, beep, beep" like a truck backing up. It was an electric car (Taxi) or at least a hybrid. I saw or heard more of these and i don't really know how i feel about that sound as it confuses my brain a bit.
Just an in-the-field report.
I also think its worth mentioning that this week, Humble Bundle has a CyberSecurity e-book bundle. 14 e-books for around 15 dollars (or more if you choose). Theres books about social engineering, ethical hacking, malware analysis and much more.
I haven't listened to yesterdays show yet, so don't know if this already have been mentioned.
Frank from Denmark. (On holiday, writing from my phone, so sorry if the formatting is off)
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