|TITLE:||GUEST & TITLE: Evan Koblentz - Author of Abacus to Smartphone - the evolution of mobile and portable computers/President & co-founder Vintage Computer Federation|
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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday August 31st, 2016... I'm Scott Johnson filling in for a vacationing Tom Merritt|
|Evan Koblentz - Author of Abacus to Smartphone - the evolution of mobile and portable computers and President & co-founder Vintage Computer Federation Inc. 501(C)3. non-profit|
|Bill Nye lands a Netflix show. Called Bill Nye Saves the World the show will feature Nye tackling specific topics from a scientific point of view. The show is set to debut in Spring, 2017.|
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|x||Last week Dropbox forced password resets for accounts that haven’t changed them since 2012. Motherboard followed up that story with a report that is has uncovered some 68,680,741 Dropbox account details. The accounts were found in four files, that total 5GB in size, currently circulating the "database sharing community". Both Dropbox and security expert Troy Hunt have confirmed the data is legitimate. However Motherboard does note 32 million of those passwords were found to be secured by a strong hashing function.||http://motherboard.vice.com/read/hackers-stole-over-60-million-dropbox-accounts|
|x||Apple launched a new 2TB iCloud storage tier today. The new 2TB plan, which is its largest plan available, will set users back $19.99 a month. 9to5 speculates that because the previous largest tier, 1TB, was roughly 8x larger than the largest iPhone device storage option SKU, it suggests that a 256GB iPhone SKU might be in the works.||https://9to5mac.com/2016/08/30/apple-launches-2tb-icloud-storage-plan/|
|x||The Wall Street Journal reports that sources familiar with the matter Google is planning on rolling out a carpooling ride-share service for San Francisco. In May Google began a pilot program around its California HQ allowing Waze users to connect with other commuters. The company plans to expand the program this Fall. The current program charges $0.54 a mile and Google doesn’t charge a fee. Google also believes the income wouldn’t be taxable because the payment would effectively be gas money.||http://www.wsj.com/article_email/google-takes-on-uber-with-new-ride-share-service-1472584235-lMyQjAxMTA2NDM4MDkzOTAxWj|
|x||In a blog post Google announced a new search mode called “In Apps”. In Apps will allow users to find content installed apps on your device. The new search mode works with Gmail, Spotify, and YouTube with future support for Facebook Messenger, LinkedIn, Evernote, Google Keep, Glide and Todolist in the coming months. To access the feature, users will need to go to the Google app on your Android phone and find the In Apps tab. LG V20 phone owners will be able to access the new In Apps mode directly with a dedicated shortcut on the homescreen and Second Screen.||http://searchengineland.com/google-in-apps-search-257884|
|x||Acer unveiled a slew of new laptops including a new convertible Chromebook R 13 plus a new line of Windows 10 Swift notebooks and Spin convertible laptops with Intel's seventh generation Core processors. But what really got our heads spinning is what Acer calls the first laptop with a curved screen, the Predator 21X. The notebook comes with a 21” curved display and Tobii eye-tracking technology. The machine will come with Windows 10, Intel’s latest seventh generation processors, two GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs, and 5 cooling fans. Oh it also needs 2 power supplies to run! It comes in at a hefty 17lbs or 8 kilograms for you metric folks. It ships first quarter of 2017 and will retail for $5000 bucks.||http://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-21x/|
|x||Instagram now will finally let you zoom in on photos!! In a Instagram post the company said pinch to zoom in photos, videos, profiles and explore! The feature is coming to iOS today. An Android version will ship in the “coming weeks”.||http://thenextweb.com/apps/2016/08/31/instagram-will-finally-let-zoom-photos/|
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|How Much Is That PC in the Attic?|
Old Computer Equipment Is Becoming a Hot Collectible. Well, Some of It, Anyway.
|What impact does vintage computing have on contemporary technology? 8-bit aesthetic? Chip TUnes? Language?|
|What's the average lifespan of a computer? |
When do you consider it obselete?
Is there a trend to collecting older machines? Why?
What are the hot ones to have right now? (C64, Amiga, Mac Classics, etc.)
|How important to the value of the computer is it's current ability to function fully?|
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|Brett Stewart emailed us regarding the Chromebook story yesterday. He writes: |
I wanted to write in regarding Patrick's inquiries about the Chromebook and its use purposes. As a big advocate of the hardware for select usage, maybe I can shed some light on it.
I have a lot of old people in my life. My grandparents, aunts, uncles, my mother approaching sixty, etc. None of them understand computers well. The Chromebook has been THE solution for them. It's really easy to use, it's portable, it's got great battery life, and there's less room for error. I can worry less about them clicking something they shouldn't with Chromebook's limited capability versus them wandering around Mac or Windows OS. I can't tell you how many times I fixed Windows for one of these people - Chromebook? I remote-in on rare occasion to fix a simple issue.
As the family's gatekeeper of tech, I couldn't be more pleased for how well the older folks have done with them.
For my usage, I have a Chromebook stowed away for simple uses: taking quick notes, writing music, hooking it into my apartment's sound system, and so on. For me, it's more effective than a tablet for those uses. I imagine students in high school or younger would find valid uses, too, especially in low income school districts.
The catch? None of those devices cost more than $150-250. The $1,200 Chromebook has always been an absurd idea - the completely wrong price for the demographic and use the device line serves.
Anyway, hope that lends some insight into people who use Chromebooks every day!
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