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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday April 17th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|t||A court in Rome has suspended a lower court ruling that would have prevented Uber from using its apps and advertising its services in Italy. Uber will be allowed to continue operating as normal until it has completed an appeal of the ban.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/15/uber-italy-ban-taiwan-agreement/|
|v||Android Police reports that Twitter added support for code generators like Google Authenticator and Authy as two-factor authentication options on Twitter accounts. You'll have to set up two-factor authentication with SMS first then find a button for “setup a code generator app”||http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/04/14/twitter-added-support-two-factor-authentication-apps-forgot-tell-anyone/|
|t||Lynk & Co. SVP Alain Visser says the company will offer a lifetime warranty and free Internet connectivity on every vehicle it sells. Lynk is owned by the same company that owns Volvo and will begin selling its cars in China this year.||http://fortune.com/2017/04/17/china-lynk-co-internet/|
|v||Instagram announced it will let users save bookmarks of Instagram posts into private Collections. You can access collections from your profile. Collections are available on iOS and Android as part of the Instagram version 10.16 update.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/17/instagram-now-lets-you-organize-bookmarks-into-private-collections/|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Alphabet has reached an out-of-court settlement with Russia’s FAS over accusations of market position abuse. Russian search company Yandex complained Google abused its market dominance by requiring certain applications be installed on Android. Alphabet has agreed that Google will allow rival search engines and apps to be pre-installed on phones running Google’s versions of Android. Plus, Google will allow users to switch the default search engine in Android.A Russian court approved the deal Monday which will last for six years and nine months.||http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-39623343|
|v||Stephen Weng and a team of researchers from the University of Nottingham have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict your likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke as well as any doctor. The algorithm used 295,000 records to learn predictive models then tested and refined its accuracy ion a further 83,000+ records. The algorithms results significantly outperformed the AAA/AHA guidelines, ranging from 74.5 to 76.4 percent accuracy and beat the existing guidelines by 7.6 percent while raising 1.6 percent fewer false alarms. It even identified risk factors not listed in existing guidelines.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/16/ai-can-predict-heart-attacks-more-accurately-than-doctors/|
|t||Analysts for Pacific Crest Securities wrote to investors Sunday that Apple may be having trouble with its new fingerprint sensor for the next iPhone. The sensor is meant to be integrated into the screen so that there is no physical button disrupting what is expected to be an almost bezel-less front. Pacific Crest says, "At this point, we do not believe Apple's optical fingerprint module provider has firm orders for production, which suggests Apple does not have functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready. Additionally, we believe Apple has evaluated Synaptic's (SYNA) optical fingerprint solution, but that it has not been qualified."||http://fortune.com/2017/04/17/apple-iphone-fingerprint-sensor/|
|v||After reviewing the alleged NSA hacking tools leaked last week, Microsoft says all the vulnerabilities are patched in supported versions of Windows. That of course means the vulnerabilities that target Windows XP or Vista may not be as Microsoft no longer supports those versions of Windows. The Verge’s Tom Warren notes that Microsoft delayed its February patch release and March’s release included fixes for some of the leaked exploits.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/4/15/15311846/microsoft-windows-shadow-brokers-nsa-hacks-patched|
|t||Netflix added 1.42 million domestic subscribers and 3.53 million international subscribers missing its own and Wall Street’s expectations of 1.5 million and 3.7 million. It beat expectations of 37 cents a share with 40 cents a share and met expectations of $2.64 billion in revenue. Netflix expects 600,000 domestic subscribers and 2.6 million international subscribers in the second quarter.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/17/netflix-misses-its-growth-targets-but-expects-more-than-100m-subscribers-next-quarter/?ncid=rss|
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|The UK’s Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency has confirmed that starting December 4th, drivers will need to demonstrate the ability to follow a navigation device as part of their driving test. Drivers will not need to bring their own navigation device or set up the one used in the test, just follow its directions.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/04/17/uk-driving-tests-sat-nav-december/|
|It won’t matter if you go the wrong way unless you make a fault while doing it.||https://www.gov.uk/government/news/driving-test-changes-4-december-2017|
|The idea is to see how drivers "manage and prioritise distractions," which may include directions from a sat nav.||https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/14/uk-driving-test-sat-nav/|
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|t||Hi Roger (oh, and Tom too),|
In episode 3007, in the context of Microsoft’s EDU announcement, you talked about Microsoft wanting to get people using their products as early as possible.
I work at Stanford, and we are one of the many universities using Office 365, including for students. The Office 365 license gives everyone rights to install Office on computers, tablets, and smartphones; but once you graduate those rights eventually expire. With Office 365, you are periodically asked to re-validate your rights, typically by logging in through your institution.
The solution is to search for your institution’s “software download store”. This might be an outside company, but your institution probably has a way to get free (or highly-discounted) Microsoft software that will not expire when you graduate. It’s typically just one license per student, but it’s still worth the price.
The easiest way to get more information is to do a web search for your institution’s name, followed by the word “Microsoft”. Look through all the links, not just the first couple results.
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|v||I came back to DC and saw the Postmates robot on 14th St NW near where I live crossing a street with quite a few pedestrians. It was interesting to see how people seemed to move out of its way as it made its way across the street. I am not sure if people have gotten used to it on 14th St NW as I just came back to DC after a month away, but there didn't seem to be as much reaction to it as I would have expected. Of course, I had to stop and take a picture with my phone. |
I thought I would share a picture, of the robot on break with its "handler".
Joe from DC
Huntsville has a choice of cable services. I've been a Comcast customer for many years. but WOW is also available and hopefully this year, Google fiber. Of course ATT has their DSL service. Friday, a rep from WOW stopped by the house and tried to sell me their service. They have the standard bundled packages with introductory prices (a two year contract) at nearly half of what I'm paying Comcast. They are also offering internet only service, The monthly rates are:
100 Mbps $39.99
500 Mbps $59.99
1 Gbps $99.99
I didn't ask if those were also introductory prices and required a two year contract or not. I also failed to ask if they were using copper or fiber. He came while DTNS was being streamed live.
The problem I have is the amount of work involved for me to change providers. I have static addresses set up for many devices, i.e. a SiliconDust HD Homerun cable card unit, nine IP security cameras, HTPC, etc. I've built up my system in a piecemeal fashion going back to the CompuServe dial up days. I have switches feeding into other switches. I recently took pictures and wrote a Word document about what I have and shared it with my kids in case something should happen to me. I've lived in this house since 1980. The other problem is a two year contract with a stiff early cancellation fee. At my age (81), it's risky to buy green bananas.
|v||Loved the discussion on Ryzen from Friday. For something like a CPU architecture, it's rare to get a lived in review perspective. |
The other exciting thing about Ryzen is it marks the return of AMD as being competitive in the data center. Their Naples platform is competitive with Intel at all but the very high end, with up to 64-cores, 128 threads, and most importantly 128 PCIe lanes for IO, in a typical 2 socket server.
At their peak in the mid 2000s, AMD had 10% of the server market and was the backbone of many supercomputers. I'm hoping they bring some much needed competition to the space.
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