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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday, June 27, 2016, I'm Tom Merritt|
|t||Twitter launched stickers for photos posted through Twitter’s app. You can add emojis, props, accessories to your photos. When viewers tap on the stickers they’ll be taken to a page of other photos that use the same sticker. The feature is coming over the next few weeks to Android and iOS.||https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/twitter-adds-stickers-to-photo-uploads-rolls-out-in-coming-weeks/|
|v||The Telegraph UK reports its sources say that Google is in discussions with carriers to release a Google-designed smartphone by the end of 2016. In an interview last month at the Code Conference, Google CEO Sundar Pichai stated the company was "investing more effort" into phones, but that Google would still continue to work with OEMs as well.||http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/06/26/google-to-step-up-smartphone-wars-with-release-of-own-handset/|
|t||The Seattle Times reports that Teri Goldstein of Sausalito, California successfully sued Microsoft for $10,000 after a failed Windows 10 upgrade left her system unusable for several days. Goldstein says he never authorized the upgrade. The $10,000 reflected estimated lost compensation and the cost of a new system. Microsoft denied any wrongdoing but dropped the appeal to avoid further expense of litigation. Free upgrades to Windows 10 end July 29.||http://www.seattletimes.com/business/microsoft/microsoft-draws-flak-for-pushing-windows-10-on-pc-users/|
|v||Andy Greenberg has an article on Wired describing the risks of using SMS as a second-factor for authentication. Greenberg describes examples of social engineering where attackers convinced phone companies to redirect texts to a new SIM card in their possession. Fake cell-phone towers like stingrays can also intercept texts. And hackers can exploit the SS7 protocol to spoof a change to a user’s phone number. Services like an authenticator app or physical key like Yubikey are suggested as stronger alternatives.||https://www.wired.com/2016/06/hey-stop-using-texts-two-factor-authentication|
|t||The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon will add dozens of new brands for its Dash button devices. Amazon will drop its $200,000 buy in fees for companies to produce Dash buttons, and instead will charge $15 per button sold, plus 15% of the sale. Slice Analytics estimates that less than half the consumers that ordered a Dash Buttons have actually used it to place an order.||http://www.wsj.com/article_email/amazon-to-add-dozens-of-brands-to-dash-buttons-but-do-shoppers-want-them-1466970276-lMyQjAxMTE2MTIzNjEyMzY4Wj|
|Programmable Dash button (Thanks @etnom554)||http://amzn.to/29hKZDQ|
|v||Toy race car maker Anki has a new car called Cozmo with a body similar to the Pixar character Wall-E, face like Eve and a mechanical arm that can move things around. Anki worked with Pixar to design the robot. The toy has built-in computer vision software to help recognize people and get better at games. An AI SDK will come at launch for developers to create more activities. Cozmo launches in October for $179.||http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2016/06/27/anki-2/|
|t||CNET reports the House of Commons Petitions Committee said Sunday it is investigating whether signatures to a petition for second vote on the UK leaving the European Union were created by bots. The allegation is that 4Chan users created bots to sign the petition with IP addresses in Vatican City, Antarctica and North Korea. A spokeswoman said 77,000 signatures have been removed so far. The petition had 3.7 million signatures over the weekend. ||http://www.cnet.com/news/online-petition-for-second-eu-referendum-hijacked-by-bots/|
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|Google is making its educational tools more powerful | The Verge||http://www.theverge.com/2016/6/27/12033492/google-is-making-its-educational-tools-more-powerful|
|Google launches Project Bloks||https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/google-launches-project-bloks-a-new-open-hardware-platform-for-teaching-kids-to-code/?ncid=rss|
|Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers - The New York Times||http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/technology/amazon-unveils-online-education-service-for-teachers.html|
|Google opens up virtual reality field trips to everyone||http://thenextweb.com/google/2016/06/27/google-opening-virtual-reality-field-trips-everyone/|
|Amazon Inspire (in beta, was in private beta before)|
- platform for posting and sharing instructional materials
- star ratings, usual sort features, plus grade level and topic
- Shared by individuals an organizations
- US nursery through high schools spend more than $8.3 billion annually on educational software and digital content
- Competing platforms include tes.com, teacherspayteachers.com
- International Society for Technology in Education going on
- Microsoft also announced training and tech integration
|Google Chromebook “de facto education computer” - Verge|
- more than five million devices bought last year, he said.
- Cast for education, students teachers share screen to projector plugged computer. Teacher approves cast requests - Chrome app that works in Chrome OS, Mac, and Windows for free starting today.
- Quizzes integrated into Google Forms. Automatic grading and feedback.
- VR expeditions -open to anyone with Android device. (iOS coming)
- Bundles of apps for discounts for schools
|Google Project Bloks (Tangible programming)|
- Coding for kids 5+
- IDEO helped build reference kit (no retail version planned)
- Team lead Jayme Goldstein and tech lead Joao Wilbert (Google Creative Lab) with oogle Research and Education teams, IDEO, and Paulo Blikstein, the Director of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University.
- Brain board (Pi zero-based board), puck (basic instructions: on/off, turn left - dials, switches, buttons), base board (passes instructions to brian board)
- Control Lego WeDo 2.0 robot or Mirobot
- looking for educators, researchers, developers and parents who would like to participate in its research studies later this year
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|Komei writes: Regarding the topic of covering your computer's webcam, I'm using a product called SpiShutter for my MacBook Pro:|
It's basically a strip of thin steel plate with a hole in the middle and it sticks to the magnets embedded next to the built-in camera of all MacBook models. You can slide it sideways to cover and uncover the camera easily.
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When we evaluate failure modes one of the questions we ask is: what is the likelihood of occurrence? I think that needs to be considered in the who-should-the-car-kill discussion. If we have self driving cars the likelihood of this situation happening should be much lower than it is today. I assume people are answering the survey as if the accident rate will be that of today, but if they knew this would happen twice per year across the entire US would they answer the same? Just food for thought. I'd be ok if my car made the "kill the driver" decision, but I think on the whole we'll need legislation to ensure this universally.
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