|TITLE:||GUEST & TITLE: Patrick Beja, French podcaster extraordinaire|
|Stories subject to change up until showtime|
|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Reuters reports Judge Ricardo Mucio Santana of the Sergipe State Tribunal overturned an order for 5 major carriers in Brazil to block WhatsApp fro three days starting Monday. TechCrunch previously reported judge Cezário Siqueira Neto denied WhatsApp’s request for a preliminary injunction against the ban. That judge apparently cited several alternatives to WhatsApp.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-brazil-whatsapp-unblock-idUSKCN0XU1YY|
|Now that part is very interesting, Michael sent us an email yesterday. He was born in Brazil but grew up in the US and follows Brazil politics closely. He points out that Brazil has a thriving tech community that advise on all levels of government AND Brazil has a history of judges making political and social decisions. |
Michael says “I think it's more of a strategy to get consumers to switch back over to less secure and less popular platforms than it is to get at the data itself, they are smart enough to know they can't mathematically get at the data no matter how much they threaten Facebook about it and that is the main point to bring up here.”
|p||An official from the Indian telecommunications ministry told Bloomberg Apple’s application to import and sell refurbished iPhones has been denied.|
Apple is still waiting on a decision regarding its application to open retail stores in India.
|t||Twitter announced a new Connect tab is coming to iOS and Android, combining friends from your contacts list with Twitter’s own recommendations. When you get the feature, you’ll see a blue prompt next to the “add friend” button in the upper-left of the screen.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/03/twitters-new-connect-tab-shows-you-who-to-follow/|
|p||Adblock Plus and Flattr announced Flattr Plus.|
You set a monthly budget and Flattr’s algorithm divides it up based on which websites you engaged with most.
Publishers have to register to get the money and Flattr keeps 10%.
You can sign up now for an early summer beta and end of year stable release.
The whole thing will eventually be integrated into Adblock Plus.
|t||Microsoft has acquired Internet of Things company Solair. Solair’s technology will be integrated into Microsoft’s Azure IoT Suite. Solair specializes in providing software to connect internet enabled technologies to each other including a gateway to collect data and an enterprise platform for custom deployment and integration with existing services. The company was started in 2011 in Bologna, Italy.||http://venturebeat.com/2016/05/03/microsoft-acquires-internet-of-things-platform-solair-will-integrate-the-technology-into-azure-iot-suite/|
|p||Giphy has launched an iOS keyboard app called Giphy Keys.|
The app combines a standard keyboard with a GIF search engine.
Enables users to insert GIFs into messages by tapping a button straight from the keyboard or have Giphy Keys automatically create GIFs based on what’s typed.
Users can search for GIFs by keyword, emotion, subject, decade, frequently used GIF. Giphy Keys is available now.
|t||Bloomberg reports its sources say Fiat Chrysler and Google plan on creating several autonomous car prototypes using the plug-in hybrid Pacifica minivan. An agreement has yet to be signed. It would be Google’s first manufacturing partner.||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-03/fiat-google-said-to-plan-partnership-on-self-driving-minivans|
|p||US Satellite TV company, Dish announced Tuesday that it has begun an on-site iPhone repair service in the US.|
Technicians can be sent to fix screens and replace batteries for iPhone 5 through 6 Plus.
Dish will add more devices over the coming weeks and months.
Prices range from $75 for a battery to $225 for battery and display in a 6 Plus and have a 60-day warranty.
|t||Google Keyboard version 5 is out with a huge number of new features. You can now choose key borders and set keyboard height. A one-handed mode can be launched with a long-press on comma, and you can change the handedness with the arrow button. Suggestions for gesture typing show up in a bar now instead of floating with your finger. And when you highlight a password field, the suggestion bar becomes a number row.||http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/05/02/google-keyboard-gets-a-huge-update-to-v5-0-with-one-handed-mode-optional-key-borders-new-gestures-and-more-apk-download/|
|p||Look, Tom got us into this by taking the Radiohead debate yesterday and mentioning their disappearance so now I’m stuck feeling like I have to follow up.|
So today Radiohead posted to its social accounts an animated bird singing real birdsong.
The Verge says Radiohead also registed a new company called Dawn Chorus LLP.
Making new companies for each album is apparently a thing Radiohead does.
|￼So, over the coming days, I will be posting a series of pieces that will lay the foundations for this extraordinary claim, which will include posting independently-verifiable documents and evidence addressing some of the false allegations that have been levelled, and transferring bitcoin from an early block.|
For some there is no burden of proof high enough, no evidence that cannot be dismissed as fabrication or manipulation. This is the nature of belief and swimming against this current would be futile.
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|Why Nintendo choose Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem as next mobile games||http://www.gamespot.com/articles/why-nintendo-chose-animal-crossing-and-fire-emblem/1100-6439420/|
|During earnings Tatsumi Kimishima said chosen for diverse consumers|
"The Animal Crossing series has been played by a wide range of consumers including children and women. I think there is a good chance that those consumers would enjoy this."
Fire Emblem - attempt to connect with the franchise's "diehard fans."
- Kimishima also teased that future Nintendo smartphone games will include characters that "many consumers are familiar with.
- Nintendo is aiming for its smartphone business to eventually become a core "pillar" of the company's operations.
|List of best-selling game consoles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_best-selling_game_consoles|
|Nintendo Didn't Want to Rush" NX Launch, Says System Won't Be Sold at a Loss - GameSpot"||http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-didnt-want-to-rush-nx-launch-says-system-/1100-6439399/|
|Nintendo NX launching March 2017 worldwide | Polygon||http://www.polygon.com/2016/4/27/11516494/nintendo-nx-launch-date-march-2017|
|EA comment and some math implies less than 20 millin Xbox's sold as of January||http://www.engadget.com/2016/01/29/ea-xbox-sales-figures/|
|Sources: The Upgraded PlayStation 4 is Codenamed NEO, Contains Upgraded CPU, GPU, RAM - Giant Bomb||http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/sources-the-upgraded-playstation-4-is-codenamed-ne/1100-5437/|
|Zelda becoming a WiiU / NX title|
The WiiU was designed during the tablet / second screen craze (many AAA planned for tablet features), which has since died down (and those AAA never implemented the features)
My 2016 NX prediction was "launch before 2016 with Zelda attached - caveat, might be by March 2017" (just went and checked, and YES! I did say it, I didn't just think it... pfew!).
|Sale numbers - Gamecube (considered a failure) was 21.70M, WiiU (with bigger gaming market) is 12.80M at this stage|
|Pick of the day:|
I'd love to recommend a youtube channel that does a great job explaining complicated and confusing issues in a very clear and entertaining way. "CGP Grey" (spelled properly).
In under 4 minutes he describes the current conundrum and practical problems associated with governments wanting access to encrypted devices.
|Brave Hero Yoshihiko||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%C5%ABsha_Yoshihiko|
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|Messages of the day (email@example.com)|
|I was chuckling as Tom described his experience over the weekend trying to get Internet via his mobile devices while his fiber was non-operative. You were describing what every RVer experiences when traveling in their RV (aka Recreational Vehicle) for extended periods of time. Campground WiFi or hanging out in coffee shops is just not practical if you are also working full-time while traveling. There is a great website out there called RV Mobile Internet Resource Center (https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/) that has a lot of content to explain all the ins and outs, data caps, providers, coverage maps, hardware, etc. involved with staying connected. It was a great resource for me the first time we hit the road for an extended trip. Its content is very applicable to those times when your hardwired Internet is down.|
Connie the mobile Geek
|Tom, Roger and Jennie:|
On yesterday’s show you were discussing some of the perils that Uber continues to navigate. Here in Houston Uber is considering leaving the market due to what they feel are unworkable security checks on drivers including finger printing. Some say the process can take up to four months but others say it can take as little as two weeks; probably somewhere in the middle. Lyft has refused to operate in Houston based on the same requirements. In a city where the cab situation can be a bit bleak this would be problematic. Hoping that they can come to terms with City Hall as people really depend on Uber here.
Thanks as always for the great content!
|Tom and crew,|
I am just getting caught up with last weeks DTNS and I was yelling at my phone when Darren Kitchen was wishing for an open-source alternative to IFTTT or Zapier that her could run on his own server. While it takes a bit of configuration and setup, Huginn (pronounced Hoo-gin) is a free open-source alternative. In many cases you might have to get an API key for service to connect it, which may be off-putting for some, but the best part is that if there is a service that is not already built in, It is completely extensible, and when you have implemented a new service you can submit a Pull Request on github and contribute back to the community.
-Ben from Knoxville
The Verge posted an article over the weekend about the relative ease of faking a fingerprint scan, and this new fingerprint scanner from LG seems to make this an even easier proposition. This introduces the possibility of skimming fingerprints off any electronic device you come in contact with, especially if these can be implanted seamlessly on the back of devices. Of course, this is a very local exploit, and doesn't appear to be something that could be exploited at scale, but still something to think about.
Rich from Lovely Cleveland
|Correction from Kevin: BTW, we are RootMetrics but kind of like Root’s Wireless.||http://rootmetrics.com/|
As someone who was born in Brazil but grew up in the states and works in technology I've followed Brazilian politics and court decisions very closely and I have a theory as to the real reasons behind this whole blocking users every few months.
Brazil has a thriving Open source and programmer community, one of the largest in the world outside of the US actually. Many of my friends run their startups here in the US but hire employees in Brazil for the cheaper technical labor but with much more reasonable time zones.
I say all of this to say that Brazil has a very thriving technical community and has no shortage of technically minded individuals who advise at all levels of government so this isn't an issue of a judge not understanding the underlying technology he is trying to restrict and limit.
Brazil has a history of government and especially judges making political and social engineering decisions from the bench stemming from trying to avoid a return to military dictatorship that lasted for many years, I've included an excerpt from a great book on the issue if you'd like to read more.
I think the restriction has less to do with punishing What's App and Facebook and has more with creating a level of hassle for What's App users that causes them to get more use to using Messenger and thus makes their data more available to review.
Yes I know it sounds a bit tin foil hat from the American perspective but considering the level of corruption and dirty tricks that happens in Brazil way more than here in the US, many of our tin foil hat theories in Brazil have a very strong basis on past events more than wishful thinking.
I think it's more of a strategy to get consumers to switch back over to less secure and less popular platforms than it is to get at the data itself, they are smart enough to know they can't mathematically get at the data no matter how much they threaten Facebook about it and that is the main point to bring up here.
You know they don't ban it outright, only in three day increments and every couple of months, if they banned it outright there would be lawsuits and public support to bring them back so creating a need to find an alternative platform solves a big problem in getting users to using something else over the platform they can't pull data from. Just my two cents...
Software Engineer from San Diego
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