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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday August 28th, 2017 I'm Tom Merritt|
|Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal have joined the chorus of people with sources saying Apple will have an announcement on September 12, likely to unveil new iPhones. Apple has not announced an event.||http://bgr.com/2017/08/28/iphone-8-release-event-september-12/|
|The New York Police Department will scrap 36,000 Windows Phones bought two years ago as Microsoft ends support. The New York Post says the department plans to replace them with iPhones.||https://9to5mac.com/2017/08/28/nypd-windows-phones-iphones/|
|A team from Munich Technical Uniersity won the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod competition Sunday with a prototype that reached 324 kilometers/hour (201 mph) in a 1.2-kilometer tube at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The WARR Hyperloop pod was made of carbon fiber , weighed 176 pounds and was powered by a 50-kilowatt motor.||https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/28/16213348/hyperloop-pod-competition-spacex-warr-elon-musk|
|Now here are some more top stories|
|Kara Swisher at Recode reports that Uber's board voted to offer the CEO job to Dara Khosrowshahi, who has been CEO of Expedia since 2005. Khosrowshahi also serves on the board of the New York Times. The plan is to announce the move to Expedia employees then hold a meeting at Uber to introduce him there. Bloomberg reports Khosrowshahi had unvested stock options worth $184.4 million in Expedia, meaning he likely received that much or more from Uber as a bonus.|
|Microsoft is making several mixed reality announcements at IFA in Berlin. Steam VR games will work on Windows Mixed Reality devices. Microsoft also will have versions of Minecraft and Halo for VR. Windows Mixed Reality will work at 60 frames per second on PCs with integrated graphics and at 90 fps on PCs with discrete graphics. Windows Mixed Reality devices need USB or HDMI ports, no external sensors are required. The devices are set to arrive in the holiday season with prices range from $299 to $399 for a package that includes motion controllers.|
|Fitbit has a new smartwatch called the Ionic. The watch focuses on health and fitness with readings for step count, heart rate and calories burned next to things like date and time. A limited number of partner apps are available at launch including Starbucks, Strava, and Pandora. The Ionic will sell for $299. Fitbit also announced Bluetooth headphones called Flyer to go with the Ionic for $129. Both the Ionic and Flyer arrive in October.|
|Amazon cut prices at its newly-owned Whole Foods stores by 43 percent Monday. Bloomberg cited examples at a Manhattan location of Fuji apples going from $3.49 to $1.99 a pound and rotisserie chicken falling from $13.99 to $9.99 each. The Amazon Echo and Echo Dot was also presented in many stores.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-28/amazon-cuts-prices-at-whole-foods-as-much-as-50-on-first-day|
|The Intercept reports that security researcher Zachary Julian notes the anonymous feedback app Sarahah uploads user’s email and phone contacts to its servers after asking for permission, but does not make clear why it needs the information. The app’s founder says the upload is for a planned find your friends feature, a use many apps make of contact lists. The data request will be removed in the next update.|
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|Hey Tom. Was chatting with a security guard in a coffee shop up here in Central Alberta, Canada. Asked where he was working? He said at the construction of a Bitcoin mine near Three Hills Alberta. Apparently it is a server farm. Location makes sense really. Stable power grid. Low population. Environmentally stable (almost non existent natural disasters) and stable if not completely submissive provincial government. Anyway. Thought I would drop this to you and see what you thought. Long time listener to the show.|
After listening to your discussion about JIT, I wanted to write in as I think there was some down playing on what a great resource youtube, etc can be. Working half my time in Ghana, I have met people here who are working on projects etc where they don't have another person here they can call for an answer or even know a person who might impart that baseline knowledge, especially on some things like electronics. Despite that there is a growing community using things like arduino's and Raspberry Pi's especially coming out of local technical universities where they have a good access to an internet connection. It really is amazing how often you can now push the edge of your knowledge and find someone online who knows that bit extra in a specific area.
On the other hand, for those dependent on a metered connection where we are mostly dependent on cell phones and prepaid data, one really has to try to hone in when using youtube to look up something. When I am back in a place with an unlimited data connection and a higher speed, I can browse as many videos as I want, fast forward, and find exactly what I need, but this calculus completely changes when I am in Ghana (even though for me, the connection is not that expensive). Experiencing the difference of a more limited metered connection and having to think, do I really want to download this youtube video has convinced me of the importance of having access to unlimited data on the internet across the world and how not having unlimited data actually limits learning. The unlimited data becomes especially important if you want to establish baseline knowledge and be able to watch a whole series of videos like Shannon was talking about. It is easy to see all of the issues with learning via watching videos and off the internet, but when you get cut off from that resource you quickly realize just how important that resource is.
Joe formerly from DC but now based in Sweden
|Tom as a driver and dispatch for a small trucking company. I have a slightly different perspective on the rumored Telsa Semi. The range is just a third of what my semis can run and any self driving function is useless. Since it's for local runs I can find drivers willing to do that under every rock but finding drivers for something beyond home every night is extremely difficult. My trucks normally have a range of 1200 miles and can go up to 1400 miles possibly more depending on weather conditions. One of my drivers doing a "local run" will go about 500 miles in a day possibly more. What the Telsa truck will really compete against is all the companies that are testing natural gas on their day cabs (short haul trucks). The real need for innovation and Self driving is in the long haul loads as finding drivers for that is quite difficult and programming to drive on an interstate or highway should be far simpler than attempting to program for city driving.|
Tom thanks for years of fantastic informative podcasts!
This is probably nit-picking but since it's my field of study, I wanted to make a quick point about Quadcopters. Generally speaking, the more rotors a vehicle has, the less efficient it is. We won't see any flying vehicles in exploration missions that have more than 2 (e.g. a helicopter). The advantage to multirotor systems is high maneuverability. While it would be cool, space missions care more about stability and effeciency.
Been listening for a little over a year now, great show, keep it up!
|Greetings DTNS Crew!|
After your talk on Friday about knowing how to change a flat, I had a thought about our possible future - do the makers of self-driving cars have a plan when they break down, such as getting a flat tire? Will it expect the occupants to change the tire? Will it call a service station on its own? Will a self-driving tow-truck come to take the broken-down car and replace it with another? Just wondering if anyone's heard of what the plan is, or what you think will happen?
Do you or anyone in the DTNS audience have games on Android or web-based, to teach a young child and parent game programming? Maybe even directing us to a sub-reddit would be very helpful. We watched some YouTube tutorials on the Unity game engine. But that was over our head.
My 5 year old daughter is very interested in creating a video game, and we've gone through her ideas and written them down. But neither my wife or I have experience in the game development arena. the closest I have come is VB in Excel. We are hoping it will help jump start other areas of learning (reading, math, science) for her as well.
Thank you and the rest of the gang at DTNS for all your hard work.
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