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|This is the Daily Tech News for Thursday Dec 6th, 2017 From DTNS HQ in LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|SL||HQ announced on Twitter that its trivia app will come to Android on December 25th. The app has tens of thousands of players a day despite being limited to iOS.||https://www.cnet.com/news/android-hq-app/|
|SJ||Research firm Magna reports it estimates $209 billion was spent on digital advertising in 2017, 41% of the market passing up TV for the first time which received $178 billion in spending for 35% of the ad market. TV ad spending grew slightly but digital grew much faster.||https://www.recode.net/2017/12/4/16733460/2017-digital-ad-spend-advertising-beat-tv|
|tm||Google is using machine learning in Pivot Tables on Google Sheets to suggest pivot tables it can make for users based on the data in the spreadsheet. It also has the ability to answer natural language questions like "How much revenue does each product category generate?"||https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/06/latest-google-sheets-release-adds-smarts-to-pivot-table-creation/|
|:32||tm||Now here are some more top stories|
|SJ||Microsoft has made its stylus-friendly collaboration tool Whiteboard out available for public preview. The app allows real-time sharing of drawings, photos, and graphs on any Windows 10 system. Any Windows 10 user can download Whiteboard, but to save work to the cloud, you'll need a Microsoft account, and to collaborate with a group, at least one member must be an Office 365 subscriber.||https://www.cnet.com/news/windows-10-gets-a-whiteboard/|
|sl||Amazon Prime Video's Apple TV app is out in the Canada, the UK, US and several regions in Europe. Prime subscribers can sign into their accounts to watch Amazon Prime exclusive TV series and a collection of movies. The app can play Amazon's 4K video and hooks into Apple's TV recommendations app. Users can also use Apple TV's Siri Remote to search for Amazon content from inside the app.||https://www.macrumors.com/2017/12/06/amazon-prime-video-app-launches-on-apple-tv/|
|tm||Yahoo Holdings and Yahoo-owner Oath filed a complaint against Mozilla last week, alleging an improper termination of an agreement between Mozilla and Yahoo, Mozilla has now filed a cross-complaint, claiming breach of contract. Mozilla announced it would return to Google as its default search provider when it launched its new browser Firefox Quantum in mid-November. The Yahoo-Mozilla deal included terms stating if Yahoo was acquired, that company would be required to pay Mozilla annual payments of $375 million through 2019, even if Mozilla decided to walk away.||https://www.recode.net/2017/12/5/16739844/oath-mozilla-legal-battle-yahoo-search-deal|
|sl||Glassdoor released its 10th annual Employees’ Choice Awards which ranks best companies to work for in 2018, and Facebook topped the list again, after ranking #1 in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2017, and now 2018. Airbnb, which didn't make the latest list at all, had the #1 spot in 2016, Google in 2015, and Twitter in 2014. The list is based on employees who provide feedback to Glassdoor on their job, work environment, and company via an anonymous survey.||https://venturebeat.com/2017/12/05/glassdoor-facebook-is-consistently-the-best-tech-company-to-work-for-in-the-u-s/|
|tm||Kantar Worldpanel's latest ranking of China's phone market show some stability in the rankings. For Q3, the top five-- Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo, and Oppo-- accounted for 91% of the market., up from 79% at this time last year. Huawei dominates the urban market while Opposition and Vivo focus on rural retail. Xiaomi still leads in online but is hanging on by adding in more retail shops. And Apple has locked up the luxury market. Samsung is off the chart at 2.2%.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/6/16741142/china-smartphone-market-stats-android-oem-2017|
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|:45||How much energy does bitcoin mining really use? It's complicated | WIRED UK||http://www.wired.co.uk/article/how-much-energy-does-bitcoin-mining-really-use|
|Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index - Digiconomist||https://digiconomist.net/bitcoin-energy-consumption|
|Buy The Antminer S9 Bitcoin Miner - Bitmain||https://shop.bitmain.com/antminer_s9_asic_bitcoin_miner.htm|
|The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin - IEEE Spectrum||https://spectrum.ieee.org/energy/policy/the-ridiculous-amount-of-energy-it-takes-to-run-bitcoin|
|Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future | Grist||https://grist.org/article/bitcoin-could-cost-us-our-clean-energy-future/|
|Here’s How Much Energy All US Data Centers Consume | Data Center Knowledge||http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2016/06/27/heres-how-much-energy-all-us-data-centers-consume|
|Excellent article on Bitcoin power consumption by Wired's Nicole Kobie|
Bitcoin does consume a lot of power in order to mine
- simplistic version, computers have to solve difficult math problems in order to "mine" a bitcoin. (The math helps record all the transactions on the blockchain) The faster computers solve it, the harder it gets to keep the pace of new coins regular. That means more powerful computers are needed in order to mine coins and it keeps going up.
- Used to be you could mine on a desktop computer. You can't anymore. Now you need dedicated machinery similar to high end servers for big companies.
- It's difficult to make an accurate estimate of energy usage for mining. Most attempts are rough guesses. Educated, but rough.
- Digiconomist's estimate is frequently cited. Currently around 3.4GW
- Several cryptocurrency folks dispute the accuracy of the estimate.
- 2014 Irish researchers Karl O'Dwyer and David Malone estimated between 100MW and 10GW total. Malone now estimates 0.5GW.
- in 2015, researcher Hass McCook pinned it at 120MW
- 2016, a paper in the International Symposium on Computer Architecture said the power used by ASIC clouds, purpose-built datacentres of specialised mining equipment, alone was between 300MW and 500MW.
- Ranges between 100MW and 3.4 GW
|EFFECT ON ESTIMATE|
- When. AS the mining gets more efficient and the coin gets more valuable, miners throw more resources at it, raising the difficulty of the hashing and the power usage.
- Methodology. Annual electric consumption is 2.3TW. Using standard CPUs as a basis you'd calculate 450TW. Which is of course not what's happening. So you have to estimate a range of hardware which requires guessing.
- Digiconomist uses a cost method. As the price of bitcoin rises, the amount it makes sense to spend on power and new equipment rises.
|SO IS IT EXPENSIVE OR CHEAP?|
- Depends who you ask.
- Digiconomist: to run 350K transactions - Visa=50K households Bitcoin=2.8mm
- Harald Vranken, associate professor at Netherlands' Open University, bitcoin 0.8-4.4KWh per year compared to 138KWh/yr for gold mining/recycling or 11KWh/yr for paper notes and mining coins
- US data centers consumed about 70 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2014
- That's equivalent to the amount consumed by about 6.4 million average American homes that year.
ALTERNATIVES Proof of stake proof of space (uses memory) and others.
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|tm||Let's check the mailbag Sarah|
Just wanted to add some context to the childish bickering between Amazon and Google, it's worse than watching our (British) MPs!
It's all double-standards. Apple doesn't allow casting of Apple Music and Video (as far as I am aware) on Chromecasts either, they pulled all Nest Products from the Apple Retail Stores because they don't support HomeKit (and don't sell Chromecasts either), yet there's still an official YouTube app available for Apple TV and iOS... Surely if it's good for one company, it's good for the other?
I don't see Google selling Amazon Fire TVs in their Store either!
Google needs to pick up their toys and get back in the pram. In the end it hurts consumers and leaves a bitter taste even more than it hurts Amazon. I'm not going to go out and buy a new 4K Streaming Box just so I can watch YouTube, especially not a Chromecast Ultra because having to use a separate device isn't practical for my less technical partner and doesn't integrate with my Harmony (luckily not Link) setup. Especially when Google could just throw a tantrum with Roku, etc at a moments notice.
Daniel (aka. Chalky in the Chat Room)
from cold and miserable Maltby in the UK
|tm|| decided to up my pledge from the nickel backers to quarter backers so a couple of nickel backers who had to drop are now covered. :)|
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Happy holidays - Charles
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