|TITLE:||GUEST & TITLE: Darren Kitchen, founder of hak5.org & Len Peralta, artist |
URL: https://twitter.com/lenperalta & https://twitter.com/hak5darren
|Stories subject to change up until showtime|
|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday Jan 29th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Len Peralta & Darren Kitchen|
EA might have spilled the beans on life time sales of Xbox Ones. Ars Technica reports CFO Blake Jorgensen said the combined install base of Xbox One and PS4s hit 55 million units during an EA earnings call. Sony has previously announced it sold 35.9 million PS4s which gives 19 million units for the Xbox One. Microsoft stopped reporting console sales in Oct 2015. Jorgensen added both consoles were out performing their predecessors at the same point in their lifecycle and had “exceeded virtually everyone's forecast for the (2015) year”.
|x||According to Bloomberg, “people familiar with the plans” say Apple is developing a new wireless charging technology with Asian partners for release sometime in 2017. The tech would charge devices at a distance unlike current wireless charging technology that require close proximity. Apple took out a patent in 2010 for using near-field magnetic resonance to wireless charge devices up to 1 meter from an iMac.||http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-29/apple-said-developing-wireless-charged-phone-for-as-soon-as-2017-ijz3i4si|
|The Financial Times reported Friday that Apple has acquired augmented reality company Flyby Media which has worked closely with Google on tech that allows mobile devices to see the world around it. Flyby was the vision-based software partner for Google's Project Tango. Apple purchased German AR firm Metaio in May last year and motion-sensing firm PrimeSense, which worked on the Kinect, in 2013.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/29/apple-furthers-its-vr-plans-with-acquisition-of-flyby-media-makers-of-tech-that-sees-the-world-around-you/|
|x||Facebook posted on Thursday it will close its Parse mobile application development backend service. Users have a until January 28, 2017 to transition. 600,000 apps are estimated to have been built on the platform. Facebook is providing a migration tool to move to any MongoDB database. Another tool can set up existing work to un on a Node.JS server. Thanks to dereckito for posting this in the subreddit.||http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/28/facebook-shutters-its-parse-developer-platform/#.7yzb2u:6BZS|
|x||KAPT_Kipper wanted us to mark a change to an early Internet stalwart. Slashdot. Slashdot Media which owns Sourceforge and Slashdot has been sold to San Diego and Petaluma-based web publisher BIZX. Fossforce.com reports credible sources tell it that Slashdot has now had layoffs with many longtime employees leaving.||http://fossforce.com/2016/01/sourceforge-and-slashdot-have-been-sold/|
|The Charlotte Observer reports Bank of America said Wednesday it will allow customers to use their phones to make ATM transactions by the end of this year. The bank will test the service with employees starting in February in Charlotte, New York, Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area. JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo have also announced plans for similar technology. BMO Harris implemented 900 some such ATMS in the US starting last March. Cardless ATMS have been used in Spain since 2011.||http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/bank-watch-blog/article56862523.html|
|x||Sony raised operating profit was up 11% year over year to ¥202.1 billion ($1.69 billion) thanks to a 10.5% rise in video game revenue and cost-cutting in its mobile unit. Sony Pictures also saw revenue rise 26.9%. But its devices business which makes image sensors and batteries was down 12.6%, a result of slower high-end smartphone sales. Sony is budgeting for a fall in demand for sensors for high-end smartphones in 2016.||http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/29/10866606/sony-q3-2015-earnings|
|x||As we mentioned yesterday, Amazon had its best quarterly profit ever but missed expectations. The other big concern was shipping costs increased 24.4% year over year. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky said carriers can’t handle all the capacity Amazon needs. So will Amazon become a shipper? Olsavsky said "We've had to add more of our own logistics to supplement our partners, not to replace them."||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amazon-logistics-idUSKCN0V71CV|
|x||This is a story I probably wouldn’t do if my wife didn’t work with YouTube and particularly ork closely with the Fine Brothers. BUt since it’s got some votes on our subreddit and I could be seen as biased if I ignored it I thought I’d at least present it. SethBrower posted the story from Mashable that the Fine Brothers who do the REACT channel, announced this week that they will license 11 of their show formats and trademarks for others to make. Users like Austin_Rivers on reddit said “The Fine Bros and YouTube are now attempting to copyright “reaction videos” (something that existed before they joined youtube). On Twitter thefinebros wrote “We're not saying we hold a copyright on reaction videos overall, no one can. We're licensing our specific shows, like TV has done for years.”||http://mashable.com/2016/01/28/the-fine-brothers-backlash/|
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|Bank of America will allow ATM transactions using smartphones this year | The Charlotte Observer||http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/bank-watch-blog/article56862523.html|
|Your Phone Will Replace Your Wallet at the ATM, Too | WIRED||http://www.wired.com/2016/01/cardless-atms/|
Methods described by Wired
- select amount in app
- tap mobile cash on bank display
- Use phone camera to read ATM’s QR codes
Two approaches being tested by Chase
- Authenticate on app
- 7-digit access code to use ATM
- Works like NFC payment systems
- skimmers won’t capture data
- no need to hide PINs
- no interoperability between banks
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From Chilly Racine Wisconsin,
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Great, relevant discussion of Microsoft's software solution for the Iowa caucus. One question: who decided Microsoft would provide this solution? Each state party? The national parties? Some unpartisan election commission? Microsoft itself?
To Jenny's point: it is not unusual for one tech company unilaterally to provide a solution to a government project, but usually this is part of a lengthy and public bidding process.
If this were happening in a country making the transition to democracy, the UN election observers would be involved. Maybe they would send Jimmy Carter to Iowa to investigate.
From rapidly thawing New Jersey
|No one has said this thus far but i think the first real usage of the Beats premium brand for Apple will be to launch their VR Product. |
Beats is already a premium priced audio product. By adding VR screens they can introduce a product that can be hip headphones when not in use. [see: Glyph: https://www.avegant.com/buy-now/ - now imagine with a beats "B" and Apple logo]
I then suspect the launch will have two or three models at the $500-800 range and have VR app built into all devices (think a modern QuickTimeVR). The BeatsVR (or AppleVR) set will connect with latest bluetooth and work on all current iOS/Mac OS devices.
Love the show,
|With all the drone regulation talk I saw a blog post that writes about what the laws in Estonia are. Now I can't really send it raw because it's written in a language only ~1,3 million people / about 3 dtns listeners can understand, so I translated the full post: (edited for relevancy)|
GUIDE: Where do you need a flight permit for drones in Estonia and how
[Original blog post by Kaupo Kalda @ http://www.kaupokalda.com/blogi/kus-on-vaja-eestis-droonidele-lennuluba-taodelda-ja-kuidas/]
[Translator's Note: skipped intro] The following is not an official guide, but how [the author] knows and does (which should be OK)
1. MAX HEIGHT. In Estonia you can fly a drone up to 150m (500ft) from the ground, unless you have a permit from civil aviation administration (ecaa.ee). This applies everywhere, not just near airports. Above this height you might collide with helicopters/paraplanes and endanger lives. Use your drone settings to set it so there won't be temptation to go higher.
2. OPEN FLIGHT AREAS. You can fly to this height in all areas except controlled areas and forbidden areas.
[Map: https://lennuluba.ee ] [T/N: Map in the article might be outdated, check the link for latest version]
3. CONTROLLED AREAS. In controlled areas any sort of flight without permit is forbidden, even a meter. Controlled areas are primarily near airport areas:
All of Tallinn [T/N: Capital, main airport] and nearby towns,
Tartu [T/N: 2nd largest, smaller airport],
Pärnu [small local airport] - covers most of the county,
Kärdla & Kuressaare [T/N: towns with airports on the 2 large islands] - covers most of the islands,
Ämari [T/N: NATO airport]
Check lennuluba.ee [T/N: literally flight permit] map (lennuluba.ee is drone club hobbyist made application to help with getting the permit). In these areas you need to be extra careful as airplanes land there. Smaller places (Islands, Pärnu) are usually controlled areas during the day; evening and night these are open areas.
4. FLIGHT PERMITS. In order to fly in controlled areas you must get a flight permit EVERY TIME, at minimum 3 working days beforehand. Instructions below.
5. FORBIDDEN AREAS. Obviously these areas are airports and areas around them (1-2 km), especially the landing and takeoff directions ("bow tie area"). In addition there are forbidden areas like nature reserves, border areas (especially Russian border), military objects, prisons, president's castle, large events... Avoid these with a drone.
6. PEOPLE. Don't fly over or near crowds, in most cases there might be a temporary forbidden area (song festival, concerts, fairs, marathons, ...)
|HOW TO GET A FLIGHT PERMIT|
1. STATE FEE. In order to ask for permit you must first pay state fee of 45€ [T/N: confirmed as of 28th January, State Fees Act section 168]. You need to pay it once per year.
2. APPLICATION. Then you must send freeform application to civil aviation administration over email, digitally signed and with payment confirmation. [T/N: Example shows Name, personal id number, phone, address, email]
3. FLIGHT PERMIT. After this you have right to apply for flight permits. This must be done every time, at minimum 3 working days before flight in controlled areas. You can also apply for multiple days, usually up to a week. The easiest way is to use drone club made application lennuluba.ee [T/N: Fields: Full name, mobile number, email, when, flight height, flight radius, backup plan (in case of loss of control), other info]
4. DURING FLIGHT. Once you receive a flight permit and have arrived on site, you must call flight control center (number and instructions given with each flight permit) when you start flying and when you stop flying. If using multiple batteries , then you don't need to call while switching batteries. And make sure to be contactable during the whole time in case there's suddenly a ex. rescue services copter nearby, in which case you'll be alerted. Not calling is same as flying without permit.
[T/N: Blog post includes link to official instructions, in Estonian: http://www.ecaa.ee/public/Juhend_mehitamata_ohusoidukite_kaitamiseks.pdf ]
Bonus: pictures taken by the original author http://www.kaupokalda.com/albums/aerofotod/
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