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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday June 24th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|x||Apple announced it is discontinuing its Thunderbolt Display. Apple will sell out current stock through their stores. The company pointed users to 3rd party monitors going forward, as no replacement model has been announced. Ars Technica previously reported on rumors that Apple would release 5k monitors driven by an external GPU later this year. BuzzFeed managing editor John Paczkowski says sources telling him a next-gen display with an integrated GPU is still coming.||https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/23/start-your-speculation-engines-apple-is-discontinuing-its-thunderbolt-display/|
|x||Oculus updated its hardware-specific runtime Friday and removed the DRM code that prevented games from working with other headsets like the HTC Vive. The change was not mentioned in its update notes. The developer of Revive, which enables other headsets, noticed the change and posted a note on the project’s Github page. Revive now no longer disables game DRM to provide compatibility. Oculus confirmed to Ars Technica that it "will not use hardware checks as part of DRM on PC in the future.”||http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/06/oculus-reverses-course-dumps-its-vr-headset-checking-drm/|
|x||In a blog post yesterday, YouTube announced live streaming is coming to their mobile app. The live stream will feature comments overlayed on the video stream and users will be able to search live video. The feature has rolled out to select creators attending VidCon, with wider availability coming "soon." Youtube also announced a Creator Hub with a benefits program and a promise to have actual people respond by email to Creator support questions within one business day.||http://youtubecreator.blogspot.com/2016/06/well-do-it-livea-new-chapter-in.html|
|x||Uber is testing a new version of its app that presents a dynamically priced fare when users put in a destination. If surge pricing is in effect text under the fare will note ‘increased demand’. Previously Uber displayed a lightning bolt on the amount fares were multiplied by. Uber began upfront pricing in UberPool and has been testing it for UberX in five Indian cities and six in the US since April. Uber expects to roll out the changes to the rest of the world over the next few months.||http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/23/12017002/uber-surge-pricing-upfront-fare-app-update-announcement|
|x||In a cool proof of concept researchers demo, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have been testing ways to exfiltrate data from air-gapped computers that don’t have speakers, using the cooling fan. Helpnetsecurity says they call attack the fansmitter. Software controls the fan’s speed in order to control the acoustic waveform coming from the computer. They demonstrated the transmission of keys and passwords at distances up to 8 meters at a bitrate of 900 bits/hour. That’s 1/4 of a bit per second. Of course the trick is getting the software on the target machine in the first place.||https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016/06/24/air-gapped-computers-fan-speed/|
|x||Wired’s Davey Alba has a story on how Amazon Echo is winning the race to a screenless future. The Echo passed more than 1,000 skills this month. Skills are third party app-like things the Echo can do like turn on lights, read RSS feeds etc. The key advantage for Amazon is AWS which means Echo only has to run a small amount of code, and the rest of it is cloud powered. It also has been collecting data since 2014 making its machine learning algorithms better.||http://www.wired.com/2016/06/amazon-echos-head-start-biggest-advantage/|
|Revisions to Privacy Shield, an agreement on data transfer between the EU and the US, was sent for review to European member states Thursday night. A vote is expected in early July. The previous safe harbor system was struck down by a European court over concerns with US surveillance practices. The new revision provides more detail on the conditions under which US intelligence services collect and safeguard data.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-dataprotection-usa-idUSKCN0ZA1QT|
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|With the United Kingdom voting to negotiate their departure from the European Union, many are trying to figure out what this means for tech. Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated the country will not send the official notice until after he steps down in October. After that the process takes two years during which many trade and immigration deals will be determined some of which may leave certain EU benefits unchanged. So the truth is nobody knows what this will mean for tech and for the moment nothing is changing.||http://fortune.com/2016/06/24/brexit-tech-impact/|
|France's Orange says will keep UK offices despite Brexit vote | Reuters||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-orange-idUSKCN0ZA38V|
|Doom, Gloom and Unease: London's Tech Scene Reacts to Brexit - Bloomberg||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-24/doom-gloom-and-unease-london-s-tech-scene-reacts-to-brexit|
|Here's the German Reaction To the U.K.'s Brexit Vote - Fortune||http://fortune.com/2016/06/24/brexit-germany-reaction/|
|British Are All Googling What is the EU" Hours After Vote to Leave It - Fortune"||http://fortune.com/2016/06/24/brexit-google-trends/|
|Bitcoin value surges as British pound tanks on Brexit | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/24/12023402/brexit-bitcoin-value-price-surge|
|Fortune's David Myer notes some of the main issues to watch: |
1. EU regulation. The UK has often swayed the EU to regulate more lightly.
2. Data flow. The UK will have to strike its own data portability mechanism with the EU and the US. UK companies might have to store EU data on Eu soil.
3. The startup/studio scene. Startups in the UK benefit from being able to hire talent from throughout Europe. Some companies may choose to incorporate in Berlin or Paris rather than London now.
4. Digital Single Market (Netflix etc.), Roaming rules, net neutrality, etc. will no longer apply.
5. Spectrum allocation. The EU is attempting to harmonize spectrum across Europe. The UK would no longer have to play along if it didn’t want to.
- France’s Orange said it will maintain its UK offices (900 people)
- Germany: EU-UK treaty covering trade that would “not offer too much leeway to Britain in gaining access to the European Union’s internal market.”
- Christoph Gerlinger, the CEO of venture capital firm German Startups Group: We expect a significant decrease in new incorporations in London in favor of Berlin, as well as an influx of successful London startups.”
- "What is the EU?" is the second top UK question on the EU since the #EURefResults were officially announced
- Bitcoin dropped to a weekly low of $550 yesterday, but it has passed the $650 mark today.
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|IT’S AN ODD QUESTION|
Josh compares it to a grenade. You might fall in it to save people but you wouldn’t buy one to jump on.
MAYBE EACH CAR COULD HAVE THE OPTION
Joe: What if that was an option and we got to choose when we were calibrating your car?
RJ agrees “The decisions of self driving cars is done in software so there is no reason that the choice made to protect the occupants of the vehicle at all costs can't be a user selected mode.”
DEPENDS ON WHO IS IN THE OTHER CAR
Ron: Who is responsible if somebody thinks the "system" made (or has a pattern of making) the wrong choice, because someone will likely claim the "wrong" party was saved.
|SHOULD”T BE THE PRIORITY ANYWAY|
Jake: At least for now, their priorities are reducing the risk factors in ever getting into a situation where moral decisions are needed
BUT THAT’S NOT HOW IT WORKS
Alan: I think maybe at best you can say they may have to program a tendency. can you tell me what the car will do? And the answer will be: if you tell me the readings on these hundreds of sensors and the car's driving history, and thousands of factors from other cars in the network…
Which leads us to Liam in barometrically stochastic Sydney,
I'm a software engineer with quite a lot of experience in machine learning (ML). I just listened to the discussion of self driving cars in ep 2793 and the post-show.
I don't think an engineer will need to explicitly program the car to save passengers or pedestrians. Instead it's behaviour in new situations will be an emergent property of its ML model.
It's not possible to hard code responses to every situation. So the ML model will be trained on a large data set of situations, and told how to behave in each case. Then in the real world, when it's being bombarded with situations that don't fit nicely into any of the training examples, it will do its best to interpolate the correct behavior from what it knows.
I suppose it's possible that one of the training examples involves choosing between saving 10 pedestrians or one passenger, and that it has been told the 'correct' behavior in that specific case. But there are always going to be cases that the ML model hasn't seen, and in these cases the model itself will have to make the decision.
Realistically I think it's more likely that when the car is loosing control, the model will just keep trying to regain control, and never really make that sort of decision.
|First, most drivers believe that UberPOOL is a ripoff, in part because of the guaranteed fares; even at published UberPOOL rates for Los Angeles County, the quoted fare always comes out to less than what it would cost to just run the "meter" normally, sometimes significantly so. I don't think they'd take too kindly to guaranteed fares for all Uber services that are less than what they should be.|
Secondly, expect there to be some friction between drivers and passengers once a request to make a quick stop at a Taco Bell or 7-Eleven gets turned down because the driver is no longer being paid to deviate the few blocks it would take to get there, or wait the few minutes it would take to make a purchase. Trips with multiple stops could get even messier.
On the positive side, this could cut down on the number of passengers who don't put in a destination when they call for an Uber or Lyft. If you're one of those people, believe me when I say that your driver hates it when you do that.
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