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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday August 30th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
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|t||Acer announced its’s 13.5-inch Switch 7 hybrid tablet. The fanless 2-in-1 has an NVIDIA GeForce MX150 graphics card, a Wacom stylus and 8th-generation core i7 processor. The Switch 7 arrives in December for $1699 in the US and €1999 in Europe.||https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/30/acer-pcs-at-ifa-2017/|
|s||Google announced three third-party speakers with Google Assistant, Anker’s Zolo Mojo arrives late October for $70 and the Panasonic GA10 and Mobvoi TicHome Mini did not get price or release dates. Google Assistant will also integrate with some of LG’s home appliances.|
|t||Uber said Tuesday it is cooperating with the US Department of Justice on a preliminary investigation into violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act which forbids bribery of foreign officials. Some current and former employees accused Uber officials in India of bribery to obtain medical records.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-probe-idUSKCN1B92TG|
|s||AND New Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi told employees in an all hands meeting that Uber could go public in 18-36 months.||http://www.reuters.com/article/us-uber-ceo-ipo-idUSKCN1BA2KS?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|t||Amazon and Microsoft are integrating their voice assistants so you can ask one to open the other. Essentially each company created a skill on the other’s platform. Amazon Voice Services users can tell Cortana to access Office products like calendars and email. And Cortana users can ask her to control smart home devices or do some shopping through Amazon. The New York Times says the partnership was formed in May. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella both said they would welcome cooperation with Apple and Google as well. The updated assistants will be available later this year.|
|s||Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has sources who provided information and images of a new iPhone that is all screen and has no home button. A thin software bar at the bottom of the screen and gesture controls would replace the home button functions. There also appears to be a steel band around the side with small antenna cuts on the corners.|
|t||Samsung announced the Gear Sport smart watch running the Tizen operating system. It’s waterproof up to 50 meters for recording swimming sessions, has 12 months free access to the Under Armour apps, a continuous heart rate monitor and the usual fitness features. The 42.9mmx44.6 x 11.6mm thick watch has a 1.23-inch circular AMOLED display, 4GB storage, 768MB of RAM, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS a barometer and a 300mAh battery. No price was announced for the holiday release. Samsung also announced a fitness tracker, the Gear Fit 2 Pro available in black and red, for preorder Thursday at $199.||https://9to5google.com/2017/08/30/samsung-gear-fit-2-official/|
|s||The company that makes the Essential Phone sent an email out to some customers Tuesday night requesting a copy of a driver’s license to verify address. Somehow the email was sent to all customers as a group email through Zendesk. That meant when people replied with a picture of a driver’s license it went to everybody else the original email had been sent to. Essential said it was looking into the matter and seems to have shut down the group email list. Essential customers were charged for preorders last week but are still awaiting shipping.|
|t||Pacemakers from the company Abbott have been recalled by the US FDA. Software vulnerabilities could allow attacker to drain the batteries or change preprogrammed settings, including beats an rhythms. A firmware update to patch the vulnerabilities cannot be done over the air and requires a visit to the doctor. The Accent, Anthem, Accent MRI, Accent ST, Assurity, and Allure models are all affected. Pacemakers manufactured from August 28 will already contain the security patch.||http://www.zdnet.com/article/fda-forces-st-jude-pacemaker-recall-to-patch-security-vulnerabilities/|
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|Asus also announced its Windows Mixed Reality headset. It has a 3D Polygon shell and an adjustable headband to distribute weight across the head. It also contains quick-drying antibacterial materials and comes bundled with controllers. It will cost €449 in Europe.|
|Tom and Scott discuss the state of VR as opposed to AR as discussed by Patrick and Tom yesterday.|
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Wanted to give you and update on the situation in Houston.
The city suffered unthinkable damage getting more than 40 inches of rain. Over 20 trillion gallons of water. People are stranded and the shelters are filling. It will be a while before the city recovers we are afraid. That said the efforts of the first responders and general citizens has been nothing short of heroic. The community has drawn together to help those in need and the spirit of volunteerism is truly amazing. Space City will not be brought down by Harvey. We will prevail.
Heard you guys mention that three hills mine, and thought I could shed some light on why Alberta is so favourable for high electrical demand projects (like big server farms).
I'm a petroleum engineer here and deal with it daily.
Alberta produces a large amount of oil and gas throughout the whole province. The bulk of this oil is heavier and typically comes with what we call solution gas. The natural gas leaving the oil pushes it into our wells, so we have to produce gas to make the oil. Even when gas has little to no value.
This means everyone around here had an abundance of gas, without much reason to build natural gas pipelines to sell it. Typically it would be vented or flared (basically wasted).
The industry is now under a lot of pressure to use this gas rather than put more CO2 into the air for no benefit. One of the easiest ways is to burn it in a generator and make power.
Unfortunately, everyone is doing this to the point where power prices are very low, or in most cases now... there is no room for more generators! Demand has been met and then some extra.
So if your looking for a place likely to have cheap power for years to come, head on up here. We would love to have you.
P.S. if anybody in the audience had any great tech ideas to help us use this extra natural gas up at remote sites; myself and many others would be all ears! We sometimes give it away for free if we can find someone to take it.
Reid from Smokey Calgary
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This is a super cool link to a live view of Alberta's current power demand and generation status. It's divided out between the different generation types.
Many of the gas power plants (on this list as simple and combined cycle) take advantage of the amount of gas in the market locally. Another fallout of oil and gas industry is the 'Cogeneration' projects listed here. Some of the oil in Alberta is so heavy, that it will not even flow on its own. (Think peanut butter consistency.) Steam is pumped down into the ground to warm it up and get it flowing. What do with all that left over stream and hot water? Make more power of course.
|Thank you everyone for the suggestions for coding software and other resources. We decided Scratch Jr. was a great introduction, and she is already creating characters and story lines with it. The puzzle block symbols is a very easy to understand linking the actions together for her characters. Her current favorite is the voice recorder blocks.|
A co-worker also suggested Code.org as another resource.
I downloaded Unity, and will work on exploring it, so when she wants to take game design to the next level, I will have some familiarity with the subject matter, and can give guidance.
Thanks again to everyone who responded to this call for help.
In reply to Patrick saying 4K is a higher resolution to UHD, he is actually confusing the fact that there are 3 standards that are commonly, though incorrectly called 4K.
The actual 4K resolution was invented for the cinema and is a resolution of 4096 x 2016 (exactly 2x the height and width of their 2K resolution) and is referred to as either “DCI 4K” or just “4K”.
The term was co-opted by consumers wanting 4K in their homes and the TV manufactures went along with it but made the resolution 3840 x 2160p which is exactly 2x the height and width of 1080p. It is correctly called “2160p” or “UHD-1” depended on features but almost nobody calls it that unfortunately and therefore causes confusion between the real 4K spec, 2160p and UHD. Kinda like how you Americans call all tissues Kleenex even though Kleenex is a particular tissue, 4K has been similarly genericised.
The correct non-marketing way to refer to them would be. Cinema resolution = “4K”. TV resolution without HDR and wide colour = “2160p”. TV resolution with HDR and Wide Colour is “UHD”. And yes 4K Ultra HD is marketing that tries to encapsulate all the buzzwords.
I learn a lot about this by listening to Scott Wilkinson on Twit’s Home Theater Geeks podcast.
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