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|t||Deaths resulting from motor vehicle crashes in the US rose 6 percent in 2016 and are up 14 percent since 2014, the largest two-year increase in motor vehicle-related deaths in 53 years. Speeding, drunk driving and using a cell phone are among the likely contributing factors to the rise. So please. Be careful when driving.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/15/u-s-motor-vehicle-deaths-see-biggest-two-year-jump-in-over-50-years-per-nsc/|
|s||Microsoft tweeted a picture of components from Project Scorpio in a tweet saying we should brace for big news at its E3 briefing Sunday June 11 at 2 PM Pacific||https://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-xbox-project-scorpio-e3-game-console-june-11/#ftag=CAD590a51e|
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|t||Bloomberg has sources who say Verizon is close to a renegotiated deal for its acquisition of Yahoo which would reduce the price of $4.8 billion by about $250 million. Yahoo announced two major data breaches since the original acquisition deal was announced. In addition, Verizon and the remaining part of Yahoo that Verizon is NOT buying, which will be called Altaba, will share legal responsibility for the breaches. Users are receiving notifications today about unauthorized access to their Yahoo accounts in 2015 and 2016, which occurred due to previously disclosed cookie forging.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-02-15/verizon-said-to-reach-revised-price-for-yahoo-in-wake-of-hacks|
Later this Week Pokemon Go will add more than 80 new Johto Pokemon from the 1990s Pokemon Gold and Silver games. They will all be discoverable in the wild. There will also be new evolution items, two new types of berries, new avatar items, and something called “encounter gameplay.”
|t||Open Whisper Systems released an open beta for the messaging app Signal adding encrypted video calling, as well as improving voice calling. Both users have to opt in to the beta to begin video calling. And iOS users can choose to use CallKit in iOS 10 to be able to answer Signal calls from the lock screen, though this does sync call duration and destination with iCloud, so you can turn that setting off if you want. To try out the new features go into Signal settings, find advanced and enable “video calling beta.” And lastly, Signal will now warn voice and video callers the same way it warns text message callers if it detects a change in the encryption key indicating a man-in-the-middle attack.||https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/14/you-can-now-use-signal-for-encrypted-video-calls/|
The Wall Street Journal reports its sources say Amazon and Google are considering launching features this year that would let people use the Amazon Echo and Google Home as replacements for home phones. Issues like privacy for calls and regulatory requirements like emergency services integration need to be worked out. Google has experience with regulatory issues through its Google Voice and Project Fi services.
|t||Caavo announced its streaming media box which plugs into your other boxes, like Apple TV, Roku, and your cable box to provide a unified front-end for finding shows. Caavo uses machine learning to interpret what’s getting sent to it from the other boxes so it knows it sent the right command. Essentially it tries to do what you do when you control a box by looking at what’s on the screen. It also has a skill on Amazon Voice Services. Caavo was founded by the late Blake Krikorian, former Slingbox CEO, and is run by former Microsoft employee Andrew Einaudi. Caavo will go up for preorder in June for $400 shipping in September.||http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/15/14620510/caavo-tv-streaming-box-machine-vision-ai-gamechanger|
The Indian Space Research Organization launched 104 satellites into space Wednesday on a PSLV rocket, setting a record for most satellites launched into space at once. The rocket included 88 Dove satellites from US firm Planet for high-res imagery and India’s mapping satellite, Cartosat-2, among others.
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|Marc sent along a note with an idea for dealing with authorities requiring you to unlock your phone.|
“Imagine if iOS provided a "Kill Password" option. The kill password operate the same as "wipe after 10 attempts" and erase your phone. With kill password it happens as soon as the password is used.
Via this option you could "help the authorities unlock your phone" by telling them the kill password.
I feel that the ramifications would be huge, a few points immediately surface:
User did unlock the phone, as requested, but it also emptied the data before unlock. I see this as technically complying with a LEO request.
Various brute force methods for unlocking (like what police commonly use) would be less effective as those approaches would potentially wipe instead of unlocking. (collide with kill password before unlock, a nominal 50/50 success rate if the brute attack was randomized)
Having a kill password creates a huge bubble of plausible deniability. I consider this to be the most interesting point.
Any and all unlock codes now become "dubious" for law enforcement to use. As such, LEOs would need to use the more costly methods to gain access. The odd side effect would be less search and seizure of phones for data mining because the cost of access is so high now.“
|Tom and Friends,|
On Monday I was listening to last Friday's show with Lamar about phones and the differences between budget, midrange and flagship phones. It felt particularly ironic because at the end of the car trip where I was listening to you, I had a package waiting for me with a brand new OnePlus 3T. I needed a new phone NOW but was tentatively thinking I might want the new super amazingly awesome 10th anniversary Iphone of DOOM next fall. So I was Limiting myself to less than $500. In that price range, you are looking at the ZTE Axion 7, LeEco Le Pro 3, or the OnePlus 3T. Of those 3, the LeEco and OnePlus both use Qualcom's current best, the Snapdragon 821. Between those 2, the OnePlus has more ram, a more lightly skinned version of android, and is more developer/mod friendly.
So I bought it. And I have to say, I'm really impressed. The phone is great. Apple is really going to have to bring their A game if the ever expect me to pay Apple prices again.
PS: It may only matter to a small amount of people, but Android Auto eats Apple's Car Play's lunch. My car supports both, and AA is smoother, more intuitive, and does much better at glanceable information.
Fan sine BoL,
|"Re: whether to buy a top-end phone. It is also worth considering the resale value of flagship phones. I buy a new iPhone every year, unlocked, so that I am not tied up with cellular carrier contracts or financing schemes. This enables me to sell my iPhone to NextWorth every year for usually around $300 (mileage may vary on storage capacity, color, etc.). This means that my new flagship iPhone essentially costs $300 below sticker price. Yes a bargain phone may cost less up front, but it is worth considering the lack of value in the long run in your calculations of total life value.|
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With Amazon putting out Chime, I think it might be a symptom of the same issue Uber is constantly trying to manage. Their AWS infrastructure is designed for high availability, but also needs relatively high utilization for profitability. I think services like Chime are being made, not as profit centers in their own right, but to keep their infrastructure “busy” so to speak, much like Uber does with drivers with Uber Eats and package delivery. Amazon is relentlessly adding capacity, it grows enough compute capacity every day to power its entire company circa 2005. I’m not saying this is the only reason, the teleconference market is terrible and easily disrupted, but I think we’ll see more offerings like this as a hedge against slowing utilization.
This public discussion of the issues is how international norms of behavior are established. The Untied National Group of Government Experts, which Brad Smith referenced in his post, is one forum where nations are discussing these issues. Another one that you might not know about is the Tallinn Manual. A group of preeminent international lawyers and experts on both the law of armed conflict and cybersecurity just published the second version. Version 1 focused on "armed attack" in cyberspace. Lots of great stuff about jus ad bellum (reasons to go to war) and jus in bello (rules of war). The Geneva Convention is an example of jus in bello. The second version of the manual explores cyber operations, all the other activity that is short of an armed attack.
You've got to buy the manual, but there is a free fact sheet posted here:
|Paul used to be appalled by companies asking you to pay for DLC but as a developer finds it a positive as long as the developers aren’t abusing the system.|
Paul says content is cut from a game because it isn’t good or there wasn’t time to finish it “without DLC, you would just never get those features. Particularly good ones might have made it into an expansion eventually, in the old days. But often if the game did not do great expansions would not be made, and a lot of work would be lost.”
“As a designer, I love DLC because it allows me to add features to the game that we would never had time to do, or are particularly niche. With the core game, you are compelled to make sure everything is balanced, and appeals to the widest portion of your player base as possible, this often stops you from doing more risky or experimental Mechanics. DLC allows you to make features for particular fraction of your players who really love a certain aspect of the game, without forcing some new mechanic onto players who don’t. DLC can even be the home silly experiments, such as a race of EVIL Squirrels that are trying to take over the galaxy, that you don’t want to canonize in the lore of the game, but you know players will love.
I have seen players accuse us, and others of milking them for money, or just taking advantage of them, I feel their pain, but all I can do is make the case above, and assure them all we want to do is keep making our games, and making them better. As Patrick noted, a game is never done, there just comes a time when we are not allowed to work on it anymore, and thanks to DLC that time is now months, if not years after the game ships.
Lead Designer Galactic Civilizations III“
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