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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday April 9th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Lots of cloud announcements from the Google Cloud Next Conference. Launching out of beta is Anthos, Google's platform for managing hybrid clouds that combine local data centers with Google Cloud but can also run on AWS and Azure. Google also signed partnerships with 7 open source companies and announced new regions in Salt Lake City and Seoul. Dropbox unveiled a feature that lets business users work with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides without leaving Dropbox. And in non-Google cloud news Slack announced new integrations with Microsoft Office 365 including a new Outlook calendar and mail app, an updated OneDrive app, and Office file previews in Slack.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/09/googles-anthos-hybrid-cloud-platform-is-coming-to-aws-and-azure/|
|pb||At its AI day, Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 665, 730, and 730G chips. |
The Snapdragon 730 gets the Computer Vision processor that allows for 4K HDR with portrait mode and depth sensing at 60FPS.
The Snapdragon 730G now has 15% faster graphics rendering allowing for HDR content.
And the Snapdragon 665 has telephoto, wide-angle, and super-wide angle cameras ,supports 4K video at 30FPS, depth sensing, and 3D face unlock.
All three chips will come to devices by mid 2019.
|tm||Twitter cut the number of accounts Twitter users can follow, from 1,000 per day down to 400 in an effort to prevent spammers from following then unfollowing accounts in a “bulk, aggressive or indiscriminate manner” which is against Twitter Rules, but happens often. Twitter also recently updated its reporting tools to allow users to report spam, like fake accounts; and added new security measures around account verification and sign-up,|
|sl||Firefox is adding cryptomining and fingerprinting blocks to the beta and nightly versions of Firefox and it should arrive in the stable version in three weeks. Cryptomining is where a site possibly without your knowledge loads code in your browser that mines cryptocurrency. Fingerprinting is using data about your browser,fonts, OS and other details to try to track you. Firefox is using scripts from the folks at Disconnect.me to block the content.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/04/09/mozilla-adds-fingerprinting-and-cryptocurrency-mining-protection-to-firefox/|
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|:33||pb||TF Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo says he believes Apple will launch a 31.6-inch 6K external display in the second or third quarter of 2019 with a mini-LED backlight.|
We might see it announced at WWDC on June 3.
Kuo thinks Apple may also launch a new iPad and new MacBook with mini-LED displays by late 2020 or early 2021.
Kuo says the mini-LED iPad will have a 10 to 12-inch screen and the mini-LED MacBook would be around 15 to 17 inches, likely a Macbook Pro.
Mini-LED screen panels allow richer color, higher contrast ratios, and can use thinner panels that use less power.
|:36||sl||Facebook first shared its work on AI mapping back in 2016 when it created population density maps for 22 nations. Today the company shared new progress that covers what it says is the “majority” of Africa, and Facebook says it will strive to cover nearly the whole world’s population. Data from Open Street Map is used to train a computer vision system to recognize buildings in satellite imagery. Engineers can then use this to remove available satellite data that showed unoccupied land. Facebook verified the work with researchers from the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) at Columbia University. The maps will be released for free for anyone to use.|
|:39||tm||A robot developed at UC Berekeley called Blue aims to make robots less expensive and safer to work with. Blue has two humanoid arms with pincers at the end which can be controlled using VR hand controllers or trained using reinforcement learning. Its parts are 3D-printed and it has a central vision module and depth-sensing camera so it can sense and react to its environment. Its arms are controlled by motors with rubber bands for flexibility. It doesn't have the sub-millimeter control of current factory robots but it can also adapt to conditions making it more flexible and safer. Blue cost about $3,000 in parts and the team expects it to sell for around $5,000. Rethink which had a similar concept in its Baxter and Sawyer robots shut down in 2018. Another similar Danish company called Universal Robotics is still in business.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/9/18295029/robot-ai-blue-uc-berkeley-cheap-safe-humans|
|:43||tm||Alphabet's Wing has received approval from Australia's CASA to begin using UAVs to make deliveries to a limited number of eligible homes in suburbs north of Canberra, Australia. Wing has tested the service 3,000 times over the past 18 months in the suburb of Bonython. Deliveries may include food, coffee and over-the-counter items from Kickstart Expresso, Capital Chemist, Pure Gelato, Jasper + Myrtle, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez and Drummond Golf.||https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-04-09/google-drone-delivery-in-canberra-given-green-light/10983684|
|:47||pb||At NAB in Las Vegas, Sony announced it is installing a 16K screen at a Shiseido comsemtics group research centre in Yokohama, Japan.|
The screen is 19.2 meters long and 5.4 meters high (63 by 17 feet) and stretches between the first and second floors.
It's the largest 16K TV of its kind yet. Sony previously installed 16K TVs at the Haneda airport in 2014.
Both installations are made of multiple panels but the new one in Yokohama has no bezels so viewers can't see any seams between the panels.
The TV uses micro-LEDs, similar to Samsung's The Wall.
|:50||sl||Roku announced new features in its 9.1 OS for boxes and TVs. Searches within genres will be broken into further categories like new releases and free. Voice commands will include commands to turn captioning on and off and "replay" to go back a few seconds. And signing into your Roku account on a new device will also sign you into particpating apps like Hulu and Pandora. The update will start rolling out to Roku boxes in the next few weeks and come to Roku TVs in early summer.||https://www.cnet.com/news/roku-eases-sign-in-with-hulu-sling-tv-dresses-up-search-results-bolsters-voice/|
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|:54||sl||Thing of the day:|
|Chris Christensen shares the tech bits that keep him excited about Charles de Gaulle airport.||amateurtraveler.com|
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Just wanted to pipe in quickly with a usecase for a purely "call in" phone number that was missed in the quick discussion.
I'm from New England originally, but have lived in LA for the past 12 years or so in an apartment, and the issue I ran into was I wanted to keep my phone number and the apartment buildings door buzzer worked by inputting a phone number to call and did not allow for area codes needing a local number for me to be contacted at.
For a time I used to Google voice to create a number which worked quite well unfortunately I switched to project fi which for technical reasons lost me that number so I am now using the Skype phone number that you can pay for.
It is literally only used by my front door bell allowing me to let delivery people in while I'm at work but I don't give it out to anyone and don't ever actually use it to make any calls.
I am going to price compare Skype against Viber to see if I can save a little, but just thought this use case might add to the discussion
|tm||Hello all, listening to episode 3505 reminded me of my most memorable experience with USBs and corrupted files.|
In my freshman year of high school I was studying for an FFA floral competition that required memorizing around 40 or more plants in a couple months. In preparation, I used the computer in the classroom to save a bunch of images in some powerpoints to my very first usb drive.
I brought it home to study for the weekend and too my horror every single file was corrupted. I resorted to image searching on our super slow connection at home until I gave up and waited until Monday.
Our group ended up getting 2nd place, but these days I still get a little panicked when a coworker doesnt bother with ejecting their usb drives.
Love the show,
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