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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday Feb 24th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Microsoft announced it has agreed to acquire Xamarin. The company enables developers to build native apps across platforms from a single code base. .... Oh and HP INc, the one that still makes printers met expectations in its first earnings, thoug the expectations were that the earnings would fall.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/24/microsoft-is-buying-mobile-cross-platform-development-company-xamarin/?ncid=rss|
|t||Facebook launched its new “Reactions” feature today in all countries, adding love, haha, wow, sad and angry to the like button. Tap and hold on the familiar thumbs up icon to get the new options. Posts will display the total reaction count. Facebook will interpret any reaction as a desire to see more of that kind of post. Over time the company hopes to learn how to weight the different reactions.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/24/facebook-reactions/|
9to5 Mac’s Mark Gurman reports his sources say Apple has been testing versions of OS X with Siri integration since 2012 and is now ready to launch the feature to the public. A Siri icon would live in the top menu bar and have a pane in system preferences where a keyboard shortcut can be chosen. A voice command could also activate Siri when the machine is plugged into power. Apple is expected to introduce OS X 10.12 in June at its Worldwide Developers Conference.
|t||Xiaomi announced the 5.15-inch Mi5 Wednesday. The Mi now has a physical home button and fingerprint sensor on the front. It has a Snapdragon 820 processor, Adreno 530 GPU 16MP camera and 3,000mAh battery.The 32 and 64 GB versions are available with a curved glass body in gold white and black, for 1999 RMBand 2299 RMB respectively ($306 $354). The 128GB version has a ceramic body and only comes in black for 2699 RMB ($354). The Mi5 comes to China March 1st following in India shortly after and other markets to be announced. Xiaomi also announced the MI4S in black, gold and lavender also shipping March 1st.||https://www.techinasia.com/xiaomi-mi5-launch|
Sony sent out press invitations for a PlayStation VR event, March 15th at 2 PM Pacific in San Francisco during the Game Developers Conference.
|t||Pages optimized for Google AMP will begin showing up in search results in a carousel of cards with lightning bolt icons. AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages, is an open source project that allows any web publisher to prepare pages in a way that allows them to load 4 to 10 times faster. It’s similar to Facebook’s proprietary Instant Articles feature. Automattic announced that starting today, any site hosted on Wordpress.com supports AMP through a plugin.||http://fortune.com/2016/02/24/google-amp-search/|
Microsoft Garage released a keyboard replacement app for Android called Hub Keyboard. The keyboard has a row of icons above the letter keys. The icons are multi-item clipboard, document search for OneDrive, , contact search, and translate. It also adds a keyboard button to the soft button strip to let you easily switch between installed keyboards like Google’s default and SwiftKey for instance.
|t||Apple lead attorney Theodore J. Boutros Jr. informed the LA Times about what arguments Apple will use in response to the court order to assist the FBI in brute-forcing the password on an iPhone 5C. The FBI is using a 1977 Supreme Court ruling as precedent. That ruling said the telephone company could be compelled to provide technology to law enforcement to track calls undedr the authority of the All Writs Act of 1789. But that technology already existed. Apple will argue that requiring the company to write new software is compelling speech which violates the first ammendment. The company will also argue that the issue should be determined by Congress.||http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-me-ln-apple-legal-argument-free-speech-20160223-story.html|
Google Fiber announced Wednesday morning that it intends to bring its gigabit ISP to apartments, condos and affordable housing units in San Francisco. The company plans to use existing fiber installations, but did not provide a timeline. This is the second announcement this week where Google Fiber intends to use existing installations rather than build its own.
|t||Ars Technica passes along Motherboard’s report that US District Judge Richard Jones confirmed in a court order that Carengie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute was funded by the US Department of Defense to research breaking into Tor. The information is part of a case against Brian Farrell, allegedly an administrator of the second Silk Road website. The judge ruled that an attempt to hide an IP address does not constitute a reasonable expectation of privacy.||https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/2719591-Farrell-Weds.html|
ASUS has agreed to undergo an independent security audit once eery two years in order to settle charges from the US Federal Trade Commission. The FTC found critical security flaws in ASUS routers and the AiCloud and AiDisk services. Attackers were able to exploit flaws in February 2014 and a bug prevented many users from updating firmware to fix the flaws. ASUS also agreed to notify consumers of security updates and include instructions. Thanks to habichuelacondulce for posting this on the subreddit.
|t||The people of Boston Dynamics will undoubtedly be the first ones against the wall when the robot uprising happens. The company has posted a video of Atlas, a humanoid bipedal robot. It starts innocently enough. Atlas going for a stroll int he woods. Atlas picking up 10-pound boxes and putting them on shelves. Then it gets dark. As Atlas tries to pick up a box from the middle of an empty floor an evil human comes up and knocks the box out of Atlas’s hand with a hockey stick. Atlas calmly tries to pick up the box again but the human starts sliding the box with the stick just our of Atlas’s reach. Eventually the human escalates to kicking Atlas down to the ground. As Atlas slowly rises back to its feet you can feel the plan to eventually rule all humans forming with rage in its processor.|
Thanks to MaximusKenzo for posting the YT video on the subreddit.
|Hat tip to jaymz668 for suggesting the topic on the subreddit|
|The Ad-blocking wars||http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/21/opinion/sunday/the-ad-blocking-wars.html?smid=tw-nytopinion&smtyp=cur&_r=1|
|MWC panel: Mobile Advertising: Ad-Engagement and Ad-Blocking||http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/23/fear-loathing-and-opportunity-on-display-as-ad-industry-eyeballs-spectre-of-mobile-ad-blocking/|
|At Mobile World Congress, Ad Blocking Is A Game Of Cat-And-Mouse||http://adexchanger.com/mobile/mobile-world-congress-ad-blocking-game-cat-mouse/|
|EFF's Privacy Badger||https://www.eff.org/privacybadger|
|MWC panel Mobile Advertising: Ad-Engagement and Ad-Blocking|
- Roi Carthy, CMO of Shine which provides network-level ad-blocking services to ISPs, most recently, Three in UK and Italy
“Let’s be clear again that the reason that there are conversations now is… by virtue of Shine being able to put a nuclear weapon at the end of the pipe.”
“Anywhere between five and 50 per cent of a consumer’s data plan is consumed by ad tech.”
- Allie Kline, AOL CMO argued the industry needs more time to adapt to the xplosion of mobile
- Benjamin Faes, MD, media & platforms Google said ad blocking risks the free content ecosystem but agreed pages are too bloated and pointed to AMP
- Pete Blackshaw, VP, digital & social media Nestle said the industry needs to rethink transparency and ethics
|CBS Interactive EVP and CRO David Morris considering “detect and withhold” where content is concealed from ad-blockers until the blockers are turned off|
- Forbes and Wired are doing this. And they don’t play well with Privacy extensions like PrivacyBAdger which don’t block ads but do block cross-site tracking
“Test and inform” - ask to be whitelisted
“Detect and recover” - get around the blocker
IAB’s CEO Randall Rothenberg “consumers who are downloading and installing ad blockers are acting rationally and in their own interests. This is a battle against for-profit ad-blocking companies … because they require advertising as part of their business model."
|NY Times Kate Murphy writing Sunday|
- ad-blocking software grew 41 percent last year
- 198 million active users worldwide (Adobe and PageFair)
Niero Gonzalez, founder of Destructoid
“I feel like I’m caught between two parents fighting. There is a valid security and privacy reason to run ad-blocking software, obviously, but then you have the brands who want their ads to pop up and autoplay and take over. This is killing the free web.”
|If as you browse the web, the same source seems to be tracking your browser across different websites, then Privacy Badger springs into action, telling your browser not to load any more content from that source. (cookies, super cookies, canvas fingerprinting)|
nothing in the Privacy Badger code is specifically written to block ads. Rather, it focuses on disallowing any visible or invisible "third party" scripts or images that appear to be tracking you even though you specifically denied consent by sending a Do Not Track header.
Wired does not provide advice for Privacy Badger. It's advice for NoScript is "NoScript
Because of NoScript’s flexibility, it can be a lot of work to get the correct results. We recommend using a different tool. "
|Pick of the day:|
|Eero wireless routers. Basic pack has three devices. Each one is a router, range extender and WAP with software optimizing the network and operating under one ssid. It creates a mesh network. Setup and administered by app and you can send Guest network invites by text and email to people so you don’t have to give out your password. Single unit is $199, pack of three is $499.||https://eero.com/|
|Nicole Lee's writeup on Engadget.||http://www.engadget.com/2016/02/23/eero-is-the-home-wifi-solution-ive-been-waiting-for/|
|Send your picks to feedbackatdailytechnewsshow.com and you can find more picks at||http://www.dailytechnewsshow.com/picks/|
|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Regarding Samsung's new store that doesn't sell anything, Tyler writes "I have read interviews in Fast Company and elsewhere with Angela Arhendts, SVP of retail at Apple, that says she envisions Apple Stores becoming gathering centers for local communities, holding more classes, small concerts, school events, etc.|
All of these efforts to get people to want to spend time in these stores could be very well timed with the introduction of VR/AR technologies, which are particularly difficult to demonstrate on billboards and TV ads. Yes, I have a friend who owns a Samsung Gear VR headset, but we live busy lives and I have not yet ben able to try it out. But I can pop into a store, even having to first make a reservation like Apple introduced for Apple Watch try-on appointments, and try it out whenever I want.
ALSO habichuelacondulce shared some pictures of the store on the subreddit
|Game developer Brandon gives us some insight into Sword Art Online's forthcoming VR game. "In SAO the games are run on a device that uses "deep dive" technology. This is basically a way to induce someone into a dreamlike state where they are inside a virtual world. Everything would be as if you were actually standing on the ground. No controller, no VR headset on your face, etc.|
... The only downfall to using SAO would be that the premise of the story is the characters are trapped in a VR world and cannot log out. They are told that death in the game is death in real life...so that may potentially freak people out!
Thanks for the great shows, keep up the good work!
Yesterday, you talked about the SAO VRMMORPG by IBM. You were confused about the use of Watson, but , as a fan of the show and manga, remembered that the world had a system where they used an AI to generate the world and create quests. I could see them doing that with Watson with the SAO game. I can't believe this is happening, I'm so excited.
|I’m a mechanical engineer of the senior vintage.|
While I am somewhat of a geek with two PCs on my desk with four screens, I have never been a gamer. I am getting lots of info and comments on VR from you and others. My question is so what? Is it just a gaming tool? What will be the uses in the near future and down the road?
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