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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday March 17th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Shannon Morse and Len Peralta|
|Gmail users will now be able to play video attachments in the Gmail browser rather than download the videos.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/03/16/gmail-on-desktop-preview-video-attachments/|
|Bloomberg says sources tell it Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will use facial recognition along with fingerprint and iris detection for mobile payments. Samsung’s announcement is scheduled for March 29.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/samsung-s-new-s8-said-to-adopt-facial-recognition-for-payments|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|A new Microsoft knowledge base article suggests that computers running on the latest processors will not receive Windows Updates if running Windows 7 or 8.1 instead of Windows 10. The article describes an error message when attempting to install Windows updates that says a PC’s processor is not supported. The text of the article says that Windows 10 is the only version supported on Intel 7th-gen processors, AMD Bristol Ridge and Qualcomm 8996 processors.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/microsoft-is-getting-ready-to-block-windows-updates-for-old-windows-on-new-chips/|
|Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm called Guetzli which can reduce file size by 35% though it is slower. Guetzli, which is Swiss German for cookie, uses a new model of human vision to decide which colors and details to preserve. For instance, deciding when to replace a gradient of color with a solid block because human eyes won’t notice the difference. In a test comparing Guetzli with libjpeg, 75% of ratings preferred Guetzli. You can download Guetzli at github.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/03/google-jpeg-guetzli-encoder-file-size/|
|Recode obtained internal Uber reports showing miles driven by autonomous cars is increasing but performance is not improving much. The average number of miles driven before a driver had to intervene has hovered between 0.8 and 1 mile and critical interventions to avoid accidents, have bounced between 120 miles and 200 miles between incidents.||http://www.recode.net/2017/3/16/14938116/uber-travis-kalanick-self-driving-internal-metrics-slow-progress|
|Several UK media outlets including the BBC, Channel 4, and the Guardian have pulled ads from Google because ads were appearing next to offensive content. The UK government has also put a hold on any of its advertising from being run on Google as did French ad group Havas. Ron Harris, a senior Google executive in the UK said Google needs to "do a better job of addressing the small number of inappropriately monetized videos and content.”||http://fortune.com/2017/03/17/google-british-ads/|
|Netflix vice president of product Todd Yellin said Thursday that Netflix will phase out its star-rating system in favor of a thumbs up thumbs down system starting sometime in April. The company rolled out the new system to a few hundred thousand users as a test and found 200% more ratings were logged. Netflix will also start showing a percentage below titles of how likely it is you’ll enjoy it based on how others with similar viewing habits rated it.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/16/14952434/netflix-five-star-ratings-going-away-thumbs-up-down|
|Memphis Meats is one of several companies developing the ability to culture animal cells to make edible meat in a lab. The company has announced its first animal-free lab-grown chicken and duck. The lab has made a chicken strip out of one and duck à l’orange out of the other. A taste tester told the Wall Street Journal the chicken was “spongier” than chicken breast but nailed the flavor. But the price will need to come down as Memphis Meats estimates a pound of chicken costs it $9,000 to make right now though it expects to get the cost down far enough to sell to the public by 2021. One way to do that is to work out how to grow it in bioreactors rather than thin sheets.||https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603862/say-hello-to-finger-lickin-lab-grown-chicken/|
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|WhatsApp and Telegram Vulnerability Should Warn Wary Encrypted Chat Users Off the Web | WIRED||https://www.wired.com/2017/03/whatsapp-hack-shows-even-encryption-apps-vulnerable-browser/|
|This Wednesday, security firm Check Point revealed a technique to bypass encryption in browser versions of WhatsApp and Telegram.|
- Malformed image could inject code and read messages, photos and videos as well as contact list
- Both companies patched code quickly to prevent the attack.
- Andy Greenberg notes in his Wired article that this is a problem with browsers that don’t discriminate code as much as apps.
- every web app has to validate input is what it says it is. An image for instance, not a piece of code with .jpeg at the end.
- If an attacker can bypass validation, the browser will run whatever code it’s given.
- But that means attackers can try to slip in code to run just in time to hack you. Boo!
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|Just listened to your discussion with JRY about the merits of having Echo access on a smartphone. Since neither of you mentioned it, a number of mobile apps already exist that give you direct access to Alexa. Reverb is my personal favorite. The reason I really like this functionality is that I can just tell the Echo to turn on my house lights and adjust other smarthome features while I'm driving home without having to go through menus to activate them. Also, it enables me to listen to my audio content (including Daily Tech Headlines) and access my Skills library while I'm away from home. |
Although I understand why Amazon is integrating Alexa into their shopping app, I personally like having it as a separate (sort of like Facebook Messenger) as I find it valuable just hitting one button to start issuing voice commands.
|Dwayne here from Tshirt weather Germany. Don’t forget that cortana is already on Android and iPhone and obviously Windows. Obviously much more limited on the iPhone but it is there. She is always getting better on Android as well. I use her on both my Android and windows devices. Love the show!|
Just a personal opinion as someone who lives in India on the possible motivations behind Kerala declaring internet as a basic human right.
Kerala is a relatively small state within India but has long been known for its high rate of education and literacy (it has the highest literacy rate at ~94% among Indian States) but in spite of this it's not the tech hub of the country (unlike Bangalore,Hyderabad etc). Tech companies have strayed away from investing in Kerala primarily due to the labour union laws of the state. I feel that part of the motivation behind enabling internet for everyone is to also entice tech companies to invest in the state. In the same budget session that announced the internet as a basic right was the plan to boost the jobs in the sector by 250,000. Just wanted to provide an added perspective on the story.
Love the show!
Harysh a fellow patreon from India
PS: Just an FYI, Kerala is pronounced similar to "Care"-ala (the same care as caring for someone) while listening to the podcast in the car this morning it took me a while to figure out what state you were referring to :)
Every time my wife and I daydream about winning the lottery and she fantasizes about us moving to some far-flung paradise island, I baulk at the prospect because I don't want to go to heaven if Amazon doesn't deliver to it.
Having said that, I do not think the internet should be defined as a human right. I originally come from a country where many people do not have access to running water, and most people do not have constant electricity. The government is working towards those goals, but everyone accepts that those targets are a decade or more away. Those should be human rights - and I'm afraid that adding the internet to that essential list will either distract the government from those vital goals, or serve to trivialise the whole list.
The internet - along with flat-screen TVs and a good coffee shop - are essential in countries that have those basic problems solved, but let's not confuse them with human rights.
(from bright and sunny Berkshire, England)
|Renard has been ordering online from Chipotle since long before orderin gon apps was a thing. As for the Mcdonald's app ordering he writes "I would use it to avoid the cashiers. I hate to say it, but I can't count how many times I have to correct the cashier because the hear the wrong thing. I don't have to worry is the order correct and if it is incorrect, I wouldn't be able to blame anyone else but me."|
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