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|Apple is seeking customs exemptions for parts and products related to plans to build data center servers at its factory in Mesa, Arizona.||http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-high-tech-manufacturing-data-center-gear-arizona-2017-1?utm_source=feedly&utm_medium=referral|
|Snap Inc. will locate its international headquarters in London.|
Now here are some more top stories.
|After Consumer Reports found battery life in the new MacBook Pros ranged from 3.75 hours to 19.5 hours Apple worked with it to find out why. Consumer Reports turns off browser cache for the browsing test on all laptops. In normal use Safari caches things like images to the hard drive. That practice triggered a bug in the way Safari loaded icons. That bug has been fixed. Consumer Reports says it will re-run its tests with the fix and update its recommendation accordingly.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/10/consumer-reports-turned-off-safari-cache-for-their-macbook-pro-battery-tests/|
|LG announced a 5.7-inch QHD+ LCD screen with an 18:9 aspect resolution. The ratio allows a traditional 16:9 video alongside extra screen space for buttons or a virtual second screen. LG Display also claims lower power consumption and better outdoor visibility. The screen will be used in the next LG flagship phone, expected to be the G6 to be announced at Mobile World Congress in February.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/10/14223800/lg-g6-aspect-ratio-qhd-android-smartphone-mwc-2017|
|Fitbit has acquired Romanian luxury smart watch maker Vector. In a statement Vector said it would begin, “building other new and amazing products, features and experiences,” for Fitbit. Similar to Pebble which Fitbit recently acquired, Vector made e-ink smartwatches with long battery life, 30 days, which worked across iOS, Android and Windows. No new watches will come out under the Vector name but existing products will continue to work, though software will no longer be developed.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/10/vector-smart-watch-startup-acquired-by-fitbit-as-wearable-giant-expands-its-team/|
|Yahoo filed a US SEC document Monday revealing that after Verizon completes its purchase of Yahoo, the remnant holding stock will be called Altaba. Five of Yahoo’s current board members will stay on with the holding company. CEO Marissa Mayer will move on to Verizon. The deal is not yet complete and the filing acknowledges that security breaches reported last year could still cause Verizon to terminate or renegotiate the acquisition.||http://www.businessinsider.com/marissa-mayer-is-resigning-from-yahoos-board-2017-1?op=1|
|Microsoft released a preview build of its Windows 10 Creator Update to Windows Insiders Monday. The Edge browser gets a visual tab preview bar, the ability to set aside open tabs in a sidebar, and will now block flash by default. Cortana gets an update to let app-specific voice commands surface as suggestions in the search bar. Cortana can now also be used to setup a new Windows install to increase accessability access. The build also supports a lower blue light mode for night time. Finally, the BSOD on insider builds has been officially changed to a Green Screen of Death.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/10/windows-10/|
|The US Department of Defense’s Strategic Capabilities Office and Naval Air Systems Command announced Monday it had successfully demonstrated “one of the world’s largest micro-drone swarms” over China Lake, Calif., in October. Three F/A-18 fighters dropped 103 Perdix micro-drones. The drones are told to conduct broad tasks, like observe an airfield, the communicate with one another to execute the mission with little human input.||https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/01/10/watch-the-pentagons-new-hive-mind-controlled-drone-swarm-in-action/?utm_term=.c6f8a54297d1|
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|Facebook’s Virtual Reality Foray Derided as ‘Fanciful Story’ - Bloomberg||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-09/facebook-s-virtual-reality-foray-challenged-as-fanciful-story|
|Zuckerberg Can’t Duck Questioning in Virtual Reality Goggle Suit - Bloomberg||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-08/zuckerberg-can-t-duck-questioning-in-virtual-reality-goggle-suit|
|The ZeniMax Media v. Oculus VR Trial Begins Today in Dallas||http://uploadvr.com/zenimax-oculus-trial-begins/|
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|Video Game Giant Hits Oculus With Trade Secrets Suit - Law360||https://www.law360.com/articles/540341/video-game-giant-hits-oculus-with-trade-secrets-suit|
|ZeniMax Media claims John Carmack and his ZeniMax colleagues “literally transformed” the Rift prototype by adding hardware to it and creating special software for its operation.|
Trial in District Court in Dallas conducts opening statements Tuesday
- Carmack began corresponding with Oculus founder Palmer Lucky in April 2012
- At the time Rift lacked a head mount, specific software, integrated motion sensors
- Luckey agreed to let Carmack/ZeniMax use Rift to showcase Doom 3 at E3 in 2012. Carmack used software for testbed and Doom3. He also glued a Hillcrest motion sensor to the prototype Rift.
- Luckey signed NDA prior to formation of Oculus, but claims it is invalid and unenforceable.
- Zenimax claims Luckey and CEO Brendan Iribe became “increasingly evasive and uncooperative.”
- Carmack says he offered to manufacture and sell a consumer headset similar to Luckey’s, but his idea fell flat with ZeniMax’s CEO Robert Altman,
- ZeniMax also declined to invest in Oculus in an early financing round and was unwilling to accept anything short of “a large non-dilutable stake” in return for Carmack’s participation
|- Oculus then hired Carmack in 2013 whom ZeniMax claims copied thousands of documents from his computer at ZeniMax.|
- Oculus told the press Carmack developed VR tech in his parents’ garage. ZeniMax says that story is false.
- Facebook announced its intent to purchase Oculus in March 2014.
- Zenimax filed suit May 21, 2014 shortly after Facebook acquired Oculus seeking $2 billion in damages, the same amount as Facebook paid for Oculus.
- Facebook said in a filing August 2015 that ZeniMax made no claim to own the technology and asserted no intellectual property rights before March 2014.
- In a December filing Carmack said his employment agreement with Zenimax allowed him to be involved in Oculus because it wasn’t a gaming company in competition with ZeniMax
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During episode 2941 you decried the lack of a security standard, "...like UL"
May I have the pleasure of introducing you to....
wait for it...
That's right, the Underwriter's Laboratories has collaborated with other industry security experts to develop the "Cybersecurity assurance program."
Like all standards, there are some critics but no one can argue with the intent (to define a standard for connected devices) and few argue with the components, which are industry best practices like fuzzing, 3rd party vulnerability analysis, static analysis of code for security exploits, and more.
Best of luck-
|As a data analyst who used to work in traffic and transport forecasting, I'm really excited about Uber opening up their data. It gives us great insights into where people are coming from and going to, as well as travel times and congested speeds on roads. I know we in Australia have been trying to request this type of data from taxi companies who have held it close to their chest (perhaps due to concern over scrutiny of taxi driver work hours, speeding, etc.).|
This data alone is a very small part of traffic forecasting - lots already goes into these models - but more data is always better than less. I hope that it shakes the taxi industry into providing this type of data too.
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