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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday April 25th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Reuters reports security researchers at BAE Systems say attackers broke into the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) financial platform in order to steal $81 million from Bangladesh’s central bank. SWIFT is a cooperative owned by 3,000 financial institutions and used by 11,000. It issued a patch Monday to thwart malware called evtdiag.exe targeting its client software, though BAE says it was specifically written to compromise Bangladesh’s systems preventing detection of the illegal transfers.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nyfed-bangladesh-malware-exclusiv-idUSKCN0XM0DR|
|v||Reddit user TheWiseYoda noticed an option flash on screen when settings first loaded on Chrome OS, reading “Enable Android apps to run on your Chromebook.” The App Runtime for Chrome has allowed select developers to port apps over. TheWiseYoda however looked in the ChromeOS source code and found that strings starting at line 6522 say “Description of the opt-in dialog for Android apps.” and “Choose from over a million apps and games on Google Play to install…” The message is named ARC OPT IN, referring to App Runtime for Chrome.||http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2016/04/it-looks-like-the-google-play-store-is-headed-to-chrome-os/|
|t||Microsoft’s Word Flow keyboard is now available free for the iPhone. MacWorld reports the iPhone version of Word Flow comes with a unique one-handed typing mode using a fanning keyboard that pops out from the bottom corner plus the ability to change backgrounds. iPhone users can download the keyboard from the App store.||http://www.macworld.com/article/3060819/software/microsoft-word-flow-keyboard-goes-live-and-free-for-all-iphone-users.html|
|v||Logitech transformed 160 “G810” color backlit gaming keyboards into a wall display for PAX East."The Great Wall of Logitech G" was used to show event related messages and images including a side-scrolling shooter mock-up from iam8bit. Each “pixel” was represented by a backlit key that could be programmed to show a unique RGB color. ||http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/25/11501140/logitech-g810-gaming-keyboard-display|
|t||Motherborad notes that DARPA, the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, most famous for making the Internet and challenging folks to make autonomous cars, has put out a request for help building a decntralized block-chain-like encrypted messaging service. The platform would need to “act as the transport for a cryptographically sound record of all transactions.” Phase three requires perfect forward and backward security and one time eyes only messages.||http://motherboard.vice.com/read/darpa-decentralized-blockchain-encryption-messaging-app|
|v||Handelsblatt reports its sources say Daimler and BMW have ended talks with Apple over teaming up on an electric car. Supposedly the companies could not agree on project leadership and data ownership. The BMW talks ended last year and the Daimler discussion more recently. Apple is supposedly looking for a manufacturing partner. Canadian-Austrian firm Magna is believed to be the frontrunner.||https://global.handelsblatt.com/breaking/exclusive-bmw-daimler-reject-cooperation-with-apple-over-icar|
|t||On April 14, Security researcher Chirs Vickery discovered a database of voter information for 87 million Mexican voters was unprotected on Amazon Web Services. Vickery had difficulty notifying authorities. He mentioned the discovery in a talk at Harvard last week and a journalist int he audience helped Vickery inform the Mexican National Electoral Institute. The data has been taken offline and an investigation has been launched.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36128745|
|v||If you still doubt esports rise into prominence, here’s a sad indicator it has arrived. Pro Starcraft 2 players Life and Bbyong have been charged with receiving 70 million won and 30 million won respectively in order to throw matches. South Korean authorities have charged 8 additional people in connection with the case. The BBC notes that Eilers research estimates esports betting will exceed $23 billion in the next 4 years.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-36131238|
|t||Representatives of Teamsters Joint Council 7 has announced plans to create an association in California for ridesharing workers like Uber drivers. Some drivers approached the Teamsters seeking help negotiating for benefits, a dispute resolution procedure, legal and tax services, advocacy assistance and more. The Teamsters have already created an App-Based Drivers Association in Seattle. Independent contractors are not allowed to unionize, but the status of drivers is still being disputed.||http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/24/uber-drivers-partner-with-teamsters-union/|
|v||Id software cofounder John Romero announced a Kickstarter for the first project from his Night Work Games studio. Blackroom will be a first person shooter set in a “holographic simulation gone rogue” playable in single player or multiplayer modes. Guitarist George Lynch will provide the soundtrack, Adrian Carmack will be art director and launch is targeted for late 2018 if the $700,000 goal is reached.||http://www.theverge.com/2016/4/25/11501714/john-romero-new-shooter-blackroom|
|t||Wall Street Journal Sources say today that Apple will add network connectivity to its next watch and Facebook is developing a camera app for livestreaming video.||http://www.wsj.com/article_email/facebook-developing-camera-first-format-1461601368-lMyQjAxMTE2MTI5NTcyMTUyWj|
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|Google is building an in-house startup incubator - Business Insider||http://www.businessinsider.com/google-is-building-an-in-house-startup-incubator-2016-4?op=1|
|Google Preps New Corporate Incubator — The Information||https://www.theinformation.com/google-preps-new-corporate-incubator?shared=4055a3|
|Google is creating a startup haven to prevent staff from leaving||http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/24/google-startup-incubator/|
|Don Harrison – Google Capital||http://www.googlecapital.com/expert/don-harrison/|
|Bradley Horowitz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bradley_Horowitz|
|The Information reports Google starting Area 120, a startup incubator for Google employees|
- Don Harrison ( Vice President of Corporate Development at Google. Acquisitions guy for things like oh Doubleclick and Motorola ) and Bradley Horowitz (VP Streams, Photos and Sharing at Google - ran hack days at Yahoo, Yahoo Research Berkeley, Brickhouse incubator Dropcam, slack investor) will run it.
- Teams submit a business plan to apply and join
- If approved get to work full-time on idea for a few months
- At the end pitch for additional funding to create a new company that Google would invest in
- Area 120 will be located inside one of Google’s San Francisco office buildings.
- The Information’s sources say it was presented at an all hands meeting but Google has not confirmed it.
|Pick of the day:|
|Dave from Too-Damn-Sunny-and-Not-Enough-Rainy Los Angeles was listening to the discussion about the upcoming Tesla Model 3, and suggests a more immediate all-electric solution to those who might not want to wait 1.5+ years to get an all-electric vehicle: a used Nissan Leaf!|
Dave writes: “We bought a 2013 Nissan Leaf SV last year and couldn't be happier. Because EVs where relatively new to the popular market, many were leased and now all those leased vehicles are for sale causing a glut on the market. And because of their limited range, most have very low mileage, often under 20k! A quick scan of cars.com shows that prices are still low, with some very nice models available for less than $10k, or less than a third of what the Model 3 will cost you...
… Limited range means you need to plan your trips, and it also means that it's best as a second vehicle …Also, I recommend [the] 2013 SL or SV model …as those models have the faster 4-hour charger
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|t||Hey Tom and Crew,|
I am an operating room nurse and support the DaVinci robot on a regular basis. The fallacy most people have about the robot is that it is autonomous which it is not. A doctor, a first assist and a scrub tech or scrub nurse are needed to use it. The doctor has total control at all times. The robot cannot do anything on its own. Think of it as a power suit. You strap it on and immerse yourself in the surgery.
Second issue is the cost of surgery compared to normal open or laparoscopic surgery. The way DaVinci makes its money is on consumables. you are able to use their instruments only a certain number of times regardless if it is still useable or not. Much like ink in an inkjet printer.
Third, a surgeon can do an appendectomy in about 15 to 20 minutes laparoscopically. Yes I have seen surgeons do the same the robot but the cost is about 3 times to do it.
The robot shines on prostatectomies and nephrectomies (removing the kidney). You have 3 degrees of freedom and can dissect out the nerves and blood vessels. The more complicated and involved the surgery, the better use of the robot.
For everyday procedures, the DaVinci is not that practical.
Larry Gonshak RN
Flagstaff Medical Center
|Brian is a SQL developer who moved to Indianapolis and began driving for Uber and Lyft while he looked for a job. "I like having the flexibility of being an independent contractor so that I could take job interviews. I didn't have ask someone's permission to take time off. I have received a job offer , and I'm happy that since this was a short term "job", I don't have to leave a 2 week notice with an employer that I was only employed by for six months.|
I just hope that if the lawsuit goes in the driver's favor, that they don't force all drivers to become employees. That drivers are given a choice in the matter."
|t||Hi Tom & Company,|
I wanted to email in with some brief feedback on your tip discussion today. I emailed in earlier this year about the article I wrote during my school's shooting - I've been in college for a few years now, though. I work near full time hours on Fiverr in lieu of a traditional college job. It's been wonderful for me - I do work that actually adds to my portfolio instead of standing behind a food counter or the like, I make more than a job like that would pay me, and I have the convenience to do it on my schedule.
Fiverr can be fickle, though. If a buyer doesn't order any extras on a gig, you may be working within the realm of minimum wage or just under it. Until last year, sellers had no way to accept tips, so they'd make custom orders specifically for clients who requested to tip them. As a result of this, there was an atmosphere of "no tip needed" on the site - similar to Uber.
In the last year, a successful order ends with the ability to put an optional tip in for the seller. About 1/5 clients I have do this, and it's greatly appreciated, especially if it was a smaller order with less yield for me. For context - I write press releases and create press kits and content for independent bands and artists. I just finished with my 850th client this week and do about 15-20 a week now.
Good job on the show! Without Fiverr, I definitely wouldn't be in any position to be a Patron!
Brett in the Windy City
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