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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday May 26th, 2017 I'm Scott Johnson filling in for Tom Merrit who's out for Bay Con up in the San Francisco Bay Area.|
|Andy Beach - Tech Evangelist for Microsoft|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know about...|
|According to multiple sources Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence. Axios reports the VC program will be led by engineers specifically Anna Patterson, a longtime Google VP of engineering who specializes in AI. |
Also involved is Ankit Jain, who returned to Google's engineering department last month. Patterson will report up through Google, rather than through Alphabet. The group is seeking to make relatively small investments somewhere between $1 million and $10 million. The program may co-invest with Google Ventures.
|In a letter to Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte tech companies asked for a number of reforms to NSA survelliance program known as Section 702 which is up for reauthorization. |
The request for changes include protections for American data and new transparency measures to let customers know about government surveillance requests. Among the signatories are Airbnb, Amazon, Cisco, Dropbox, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Microsoft and Uber.
|Now here are some more top stories|
|x||Google released Data Gif maker, a tool designed for journalists to show comparison data in an interesting way. The tool allows users to input two data points, and input values as either total numbers or percentages, with the ability to customize colors. Data can either be viewed in a browser, or downloaded as high or low quality gifs.||https://blog.google/topics/journalism-news/make-your-own-data-gifs-our-new-too/|
|x||In a statement to Yahoo Finance, Disney CEO Bob Iger refuted that pirates had obtained a copy of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean film, and claimed the company had not been hacked to his knowledge.||https://finance.yahoo.com/news/disney-ceo-not-hacked-183725507.html|
|x||HTC unveiled the HTC Link, a VR headset powered by a smartphone. The Link features two 1080 x 1200 3.6-inch AMOLED panels in the headset, but is powered by the HTC U11. It offers a full range of motion with a claimed six degrees of freedom, but will require an external camera for tracking the headset and controllers. Pricing was not announced, and the Link is exclusive to Japan at launch.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/25/htc-link-vr-smartphone/|
|Business Insider reports that Lyft launched a new feature allowing drivers to accept a rider scheduled pickup days or hours in advanced with full information on where the rider is going and how long it will take to make the trip. |
Other announcements included a new driver app and “power zones” an incentive that gives drivers bonuses (aka extra $) when they give rides in or from a demarcated Power Zone section of a selected city.
|x||Nielsen released data metrics this morning that found that 92% of viewing habits among US adults takes place on a TV Screen. The data was collected in the 4th quarter of 2016 and compares TV screen viewing to PCs, tablets, smart phones and TV connected set top boxes like game consoles, Roku, and Apple TV. |
Peter Katsingris, SVP Audience Insights, Nielsen, suggested that the data is contrary to the belief that smaller screens were taking away from TV viewing. Tech Crunch adds that TV viewing isn’t just traditional OTA, cable or satellite sources but likely includes streaming services like Netflix.
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|Emulation in gaming...some just call it piracy, while others call it preservation.|
|- With Raspberry Pi etc we are at a whole new place for emulation|
|- Storage no longer an issue...or CPU power.|
|- Is it nostalgia off it's leash?||Andy note: I built the retropi for myself, but my wife and daughter actually spend more time playing on it!|
|- What kinds of things are we seeing on the software side?||andy's cabinet: https://www.dropbox.com/sc/c645rvp8xcdn9fe/AABEWZJpuydeKQP5GcCKXok1a|
|- Any sign that IP rights holders and publishers are interested in his at all?||Scott just got a RetroPi and is working on a full blown cabinent unit|
|- What about server-required content going away when servers are shut down?|
|How do settle on what types of controllers to use?||https://na.suzohapp.com|
|- Digital is more and more how we get our content. Does this change things/ (ROMs are no longer on a disk.)|
|- Recomend some good resources for hardware / software||Github Repo for raspberrypi https://github.com/retropie/retropie-setup/wiki/First-Installation|
super easy retropi setup video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvYX_7iRRI0&t=2s
source for public domain roms: http://pdroms.de/#
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|We got this email from a grateful patreon who wishes to remain anonymous. They write:|
Just a quick response to Justin's take on old-fashion advertiser being resistant to change. While that might be true in so many areas, advertisers HAVE moved their budget to digital. In this case, A/B testing with randomized control groups is very hard to do offline but is the hallmark of what is easy to do in the digital world. What is surprising is that the big advertising platforms like Google and Facebook are developing extremely sophisticated attribution black boxes (this is actually the traditional approach used in old marketing) instead of using the power of digital and running randomized controlled trials.
|Charles - sent us this heads up regarding a bill making its way through the House. He writes:|
I know it's not "tech" per se but it's part and parcel of overall ID security and fraud prevention. I'm sure it will apply to electronic documents too.
bill H.R.624 AKA Social Security Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 is sponsored by Rep. David Valadao from California.
"This bill prohibits federal departments and agencies from including the Social Security account number of any individual on any document sent by mail unless the department or agency head determines that inclusion of that Social Security number on the document is necessary.
Departments and agencies must issue regulations within one year of this bill's enactment that specify the circumstances under which the inclusion of Social Security account numbers on mailed documents is necessary."
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