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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday April 3rd, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt||EPISODE 3000?|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know ...|
|t||HTC’s Viveport VR game subscription service launches Wednesday. delivering 5 games a month for $7 a month.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/03/htc-launching-its-vr-app-subscription-service-at-7-per-month/?ncid=rss|
|v||According to StatCounter's internet usage numbers, Android is now the world’s most used operating system, with 37.93% marketshare, just ahead of Windows at 37.91%.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/3/15159320/android-windows-internet-usage-statistics-competition|
|t||Windows Central notes Netflix’s option for offline viewing of select content is now available in the Windows 10 Netflix app.||http://www.windowscentral.com/netflix-rolling-out-offline-playback-its-windows-10-pc-app?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wmexperts+%28Windows+Central%29|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Imagination Technologies disclosed that Apple will stop licensing its graphics processing technology for new products within 15-24 months. Licenses from Apple make up more than half of Imagination's revenue, amounting to 60.7 million pounds in the last fiscal year. Imagination says it, “would be extremely challenging to design a brand new GPU architecture from basics without infringing,” Imagination’s patents.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/3/15158982/apple-iphone-gpu-imagination-powervr|
|And Rich Stroffolino pointed at a Business Insider story from October describing how Apple has been hiring employees from Imagination including Imagination's 20-year COO John Metcalfe whose LinkedIn says he started as a senior director at Apple last July.||http://www.businessinsider.com/apple-poaches-imagination-technologies-coo-2016-10|
|v||Facebook, Mozilla, Jimmy Wales, the Craig Newmark Philanthropic Fund, and 15 other non-profits and individuals from around the world, have launched the News Integrity Initiative, a $14 million fund to advance news literacy. The Initiative will focus on applied research projects and organizing meetings with industry. The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism will administer the program.||http://www.poynter.org/2017/can-trust-in-the-news-be-repaired-facebook-craig-newmark-mozilla-and-others-are-spending-14-million-to-try/454330/|
|t||Security consultant Rafael Scheel demonstrated a proof-of-concept exploit that would allow someone to take control of a smart TV using a low-cost transmitter to send a malicious TV broadcast. The attack worked against two fully updated Samsung TVs by exploiting known security flaws in the Web browsers. The attack gave full control of the TV.||https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/03/smart-tv-hack-embeds-attack-code-into-broadcast-signal-no-access-required/|
|v||The New York Times has a feature article describing how Uber use psychological tricks on their drivers, as described in interviews with drivers, current and former Uber officials and social scientists. Drivers will be shown how close they are to an earnings goal when they start to log off, a new ride will be offered before one in progress, and drivers earn badges for hitting certain marks in service. One experiment found showing driver show much money they were losing by driving in an off peak time was more effective than telling them how much more money they would make by switching times, though Uber decided against using that method.||https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/04/02/technology/uber-drivers-psychological-tricks.html?_r=0|
|t||Military.com has a report about the US Navy’s use of transcranial electric stimulation to help soldiers train better. A small group of volunteers from Seal Team Six have been trying out the $749 Halo Neuroscience headset. The headphone-like device uses silicon spikes called “neuroprimers” to emit electrical impulses that supposedly stimulate the motor cortex and make it more receptive. Users spray their head with a saline solution to insure good contact then wear it during an exercise warmup. The tingling feeling literally means it’s working. Halo claims it has helped the San Franciso Giants baseball team and Olympic athletes. Rear Adm. Tim Szymanski told Military.com that in experiments the headsets preserved concentration from 20 minutes to 20 hours.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/03/brain-zapping-helps-us-navy-seals-learn-faster/|
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|Inside chatbots’ year of growing pains: 'We’re at an inflection point'||http://marketingland.com/inside-chatbots-year-growing-pains-210182?utm_campaign=Revue%20newsletter&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=revue#.WNppUB-gZFQ.twitter|
|Bot! zine - Issue #71||https://www.getrevue.co/profile/botwikidotorg/issues/bot-zine-issue-71-50807|
|Tim Peterson’s article on MarketingLand “Inside chatbots’ year of growing pains: ‘We’re at an inflection point’”|
- Not enough done to promote chatbots
- Usage not growing
- Developers can’t get enough feedback to improve
78% of people in the US have not heard of chatbots. Curse or blessing?
Devs initially thought scripts were better but people expected Siri.
Should chatbots be single purpose or wide ranging?
There’s a trend toward suggested repsponses over conversational.
Some recommending seeing chatbots as CRM aka salespeople that create an ongoing relationship with a customer.
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|t||hometownrival wrote Friday afternoon: Greetings Tom,|
The EFF updated their article on the news that Verizon was going to install a spyware app on all Android phones. Verizon is currently testing the app on a single LG Android phone. Here's the full update:
|v||Alec in Fayetteville, Arkansas writes:|
Tom & Veronica,
… As I have disclosed in a prior email to the show, I'm the guy that is responsible for putting robots and automation into factories.
In my position, I have luckily never installed a robot that resulted in someone being let go. While yes, we eliminated a task on the factory floor, that person is instead moved to a new task. For us, that is typically a task for a lower volume product or a subjective quality control inspection that simply can't be automated.
… If you start to tax automation, companies will want cheaper ways to do things, and since almost any type of automation costs virtually the same to operate in any country with a reliable power grid, all of the jobs that are created by automation could easily be lost. …
Also, I just finished Pilot X and absolutely loved it! The last time I was that enthralled with a book it was a Michael Crichton's Timeline.
|t||And Rich in lovely Celveland adds that this has implications on an automation tax " I think in a lot of situations, its going to be very murky what constitutes “human replacement” to make such a tax work. While I do think this has the possibly to utterly transform what we consider “work”, and could happen quickly, it will still happen at a slow enough pace (at least initially), that it won’t be completely obvious at what level it is replacing human work. |
And I would also expect businesses to realize this murkiness and implement their AI solutions to work around these restrictions if the tax was too onerous. Never mind the extensive lobbying that would assuredly take place from both the business community and the technological providers. "
|v||Rico wrotes "Hi Tom & Gang (Veronica?),|
On show 2993 you and Justin were discussing the dig once proposal that is making its way in Washington, DC.
Here in Belgium, we live in that future. It is a dystopian future. Be careful what you wish for.
Anytime an entity wants to dig open a public way, they need to go through a process that ensures that all other entities have a chance to build together.
Great in theory. In practice, however, it's the typical telecom 3D tactics: deny, delay, degrade. The big former monopoly has all the leverage. The small ISP like myself gets the shaft.
I ordered a fiber connection in the center of Brussels last year in August. Got a estimated delivery date of 8 weeks later. Relatively short. By the end of this cumbersome process, the delivery date was close to 24 weeks. Result: my client gave up.
I hope the dig-once rule gets implemented in the US and you guys get more competition. But stay vigilant and, to quote the boys at Mac Geek Gab: "don't get caught""
|t||Hi Tom, Roger, et al.|
I'm an Emergency Services volunteer in Melbourne, Australia, who is involved in road crash rescue, and we currently have very strict rules around who can drive our trucks with lights and sirens when required.
As a result of numerous stories on DTNS about developments in autonomous vehicles (AVs), I posted a question on a member forum asking what the affects of AVs would be, both on accident rates, and as a way for emergency vehicles to be dispatched without a driver needed. There were several well thought out replies, along with several citing cases where there had been accidents with AVs. From stories on DTNS I was able to either counter the argument with facts, or fill in details that were missed.
Cheers, and thanks for the shows,
Stewart (the Apple Watch winner!) Cooper
In celebration of ”3000 episodes” I just wanted to finally write you an email to thank you.
I was born in 1993 and grew up with technology and computers, like everybody else in my age, but I never really thought much about it. In 2008 I started reading a couple of technology and gadget websites such as Engadget and cnet. The same year I discovered Buzz Out Loud and listened religiously to every episode. I was fascinated by the knowledge and understanding about technology that you, Molly and everybody else had. I got so inspired by your work that I started my own little blog, writing about technology news. When I was 17 I started my own company selling banner ads on my blog. I didn´t make a lot of money but it was a nice thing to do on my spare time. Some of the things I first reported on found its way back to Engadget, cnet and even on to the show over the years.
In 2013 I wanted to do more with my writing so I spent three years getting a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. During my time at the University I kept on writing about technology in my spare time. After I finished my degree I got a job at a media company who wanted to start a mobile centric journalistic technology website. I am now the Editor-in-Chief of a new and small, but growing, journalistic mobile technology website and I love my job.
Since the day I found Buzz Out Loud in 2008 I have listened to every episode of BOL, TNT and DTNS that you have ever been on. You have been a constant source of inspiration and a foundation for my way of looking at technology and journalism. You have inspired me to see things from different perspectives, to not always just believe what´s on the surface and to always be critical. No other person has meant so much to me as you have. I thank you for what you do and for what you have inspired me to do.
Keep up the great work!
In: Thank-God-the-Winter-is-Finally-Over Malmö, Sweden
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