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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday, July 28th, 2016 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Samsung reported its strongest earnings in more than two years. Revenue was 50.94 trillion won ($45.2 billion), up 5 percent year over year and operating profit was 8.14 trillion won ($7.22 billion), up 18 percent. The mobile division accounted for more than half of the revenue and profit on the backs of strong sales of the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung expects solid sales in Q3 with the introduction of the Galaxy Note 7.||http://www.theverge.com/2016/7/27/12305696/samsung-earnings-q2-2016-galaxy-s7-sales|
|Daimler revealed the Mercedes-Benz Urban eTruck in Stuttgart Wednesday. The all-electric has a total admissible weight capacity of 26 metric tonnes (29 US). It has a maximum range of 200 kilometers making it practical for short haul runs. The Fuso Canter E-cell that powers the truck is being tested in a 6-tonne Urban eTruck by Hermes and others in Europe. Daimler expects wide-scale production at the beginning of the next decade after hoped for drops in prices and increases in performance for the batteries.||https://techcrunch.com/2016/07/27/mercedes-benz-shows-off-the-first-fully-electric-heavy-urban-transport-truck/|
|Hyperloop One announced it will open its first 105,000 sq foot manufacturing plant named Metalworks in North Los Vegas. It will manufacture parts for the companies initial test platform, DevLoop. The facility will also house a propulsion lab, and be used to solve some of the engineering challenges that face the platform. The company did not announce when Metalworks would officially open.||https://www.engadget.com/2016/07/28/hyperloop-one-metalworks/|
|Veronica joining Grobot! (She'll stay on DTNS)||https://medium.com/@veronica/joining-the-growbot-team-f580ab5ee4c6#.j0t6n8or0|
|Security researchers like Tavis Ormandy and Mathias Karlsson of Detectify labs have both reported finding security holes in Last Pass. A LastPass spokesperson told Wired it verified the reports and issued a fix. Karlsson reports he received a bug bounty of $1,000. Users are encouraged to update LastPass on browsers.||http://www.wired.co.uk/article/lastpass-security-bug-hacking-risk|
|Softbank reported a 0.2% increase in operating profit to 319.2 billion yen as wider losses at Sprint were offset by solid earnings in Softbank's Japanese telecom business. Sprint did increase postpaid subscribers and expects to be cash flow positive in the next financial year. This month Softbank announced plans to purchase chip designer ARM. CEO Masayoshi Son said on the earnings call, "I'm telling ARM management - let's increase the number of engineers, boost R&D spending and make investments proactively." He added, "From now on, I plan to spend 45 percent of my time on Sprint and another 45 percent on ARM."||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-softbank-results-idUSKCN1080G6?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|CNET’s Erin Carson reports scientists at a Belgian university have created a machine that turns urine into drinkable water and fertilizer. Obviously this could be good for rural areas without access to clean water. But it can also be used to make beer. The machine uses solar energy to heat urine that's been collected in a boiler which is then put through a membrane that separates the water from nutrients like potassium, phosphorous and nitrogen. The researchers harvested 1,000 liters of urine at a festival in Ghent, Belgium. They intend to turn it into beer. Back into beer, we should say.||http://www.cnet.com/news/turning-urine-into-beer-yes-thats-a-thing-now/#ftag=CAD590a51e|
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|Pentagon Wants Brain-Stimulating Headset to Improve Combat Skills | DoD Buzz||http://www.dodbuzz.com/2016/07/26/pentagon-taps-tech-firm-for-headset-to-improve-combat-skills/|
|Carter Announces Changes, Contracts for DIUx||http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense/innovation/2016/07/26/carter-announces-structural-changes-contracts-diux/87572286/|
|Defense Innovation Unit (Experimental), or DIUx from Defense Secretary Ashton Carter opened new office in Cambridge, MA|
- Meant to connect silicon valley with the pentagon (launched at Moffett Airfield last year)
- Jeff Bezos, Neil deGrase Tyson join Defense Innovation Advisory Board (Eric Schmidt, Reid Hoffman, retired Adm. William McRaven,)
- As of May headed by Rajiv Shah formerly Palo Alto Networks (and F-16 pilot)
- $30 million requested
1. Venture Team (commerical tech influence on battlefield)
2. Foundry Team (tech not fully developed for military)- Warfighter-in-Residence program and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence,VR, robotics
3. Engagement Team (introduce innovators to military problems and the military to entrepreneurs)
|Commercial Solutions Opening (Army - DIUx)|
-problem posted on DIUx website
- companies submit comments and pitch solutions to DIUx board.
- First group on contract is Halo Neuroscience
- testing headset “uses non-invasive electrical stimulation” to improve the brain’s learning skills
DIUx helped make Hack the Sky possible June 24 at Naval Postgraduate School
- hackathon that allowed developers and coders a chance to play with the largest swarm of unmanned systems ever assembled. On the event registration, 319 people RSVP’d as attending.
|Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Jeff Bezos To Join Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board||http://www.ibtimes.com/neil-degrasse-tyson-jeff-bezos-join-pentagons-defense-innovation-advisory-board-2395144|
|"The board’s mandate is to provide department leaders independent advice on innovative and adaptive means to address future organizational and cultural challenges... including the use of technology alternatives, streamlined project management processes and approaches -- all with the goal of identifying quick solutions to DoD problems."||https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/07/26/increasingly-eclectic-pentagon-innovation-board-adds-neil-degrasse-tyson-jeff-bezos/#comments|
|DoD’s Silicon Valley Innovation Experiment Begins||http://www.defense.gov/News-Article-View/Article/626602/dods-silicon-valley-innovation-experiment-begins|
|Pick of the day:|
|Jesse (hometownrival)reacted to our brief discussion on a new feature rolling out for selective Android devices that will help block spam calls. He writes "I know of a great third-party solution — Hiya. |
This free app will identify potential spam callers, which will show as a block of orange with a big warning icon while your iPhone is ringing. (The Android UI is a bit different from the screenshots in the Play store).
|And Zach has another pick in the same category called "Extreme Call Blocker" (on Android). |
There are a number of settings for the app, but I have it set up to "pick up and hang up" on any number not in my Contacts. This completely eliminates any residual voice mails from the spammers. It also loads the FCC Spam Number list so these calls are automatically blocked.
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|Messages of the day (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
|Andy writes: "Hey Tom,|
Oddly, having Nintendo switch back to cartridges actually makes me like the idea of the NX even more.
In the mobile gaming world size is a big factor, and optical disks are really not practical. Small disks don't hold very much, the spinning draws a lot of power, load times are slower, and scratching is an issue.
Full size bluray disks only hold 50 GB. Compare that to SD cards that hold 512 GB in a thumb nail sized package, and you have to wonder why even Playstation and XBox are still using disks.
Download is better than optical, if you have the disk space and internet, but then you lose the option of sharing with friends or reselling. I'd still rather have a cartridge because then the on device memory can be used for other things, and I have the option to let the kids or wife play the game on their own device, and not on mine.
With 4K video becoming more accessible, I can even see flash based cartridges becoming more of a thing, instead of using optical disks for video.
Anyway, good move Nintendo, I hope it catches on."
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