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|This is the Daily Tech News for Friday April 5th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|Laura Shin - Host of the Unchained Podcast and Unconfirmed Podcast|
|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|sl||The Wall Street Journal's sources say Apple Music reached 28 million paid subscribers in February, passing Spotify which had 26 million. However if you include the free tier, Spotify has more users than Apple Music in the US and it still has more paid subscribers worldwide. The reports also claims Apple Music's worldwide growth rate is higher than Spotify's.|
|tm||Google announced the dissolution of the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council, first announced last week on March 26th. Google employees petitioned for the removal of Heritage Foundation president Kay Cole James and Carnegie Mellon's Alessandro Acquisti resigned. Google said it became clear the council could not function properly and it "will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics."|
|sl||A pilot program from Google puts a row of advertisements on Android TV device home screens. A Sony support page says "The purpose is to help you discover new apps and contents for your TV." Sony says it is managed by Google and cannot be customized. XDA Developers reports seeing the strip in Sony smart TVs, Mi Box 3 and NVIDIA Shield TV.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/04/google-pilot-program-puts-a-row-of-ads-on-the-android-tv-home-screen/|
|tm||China's TikTok app is launching a talent contest where users from Japan and Korea can upload music videos to be judged by local musicians and people from record labels. A combination of popularity and judges opinions will narrow the field to 18 over the next five months. TikTok says five to ten acts will be crowned winners at the end of the season.|
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|:33||sl||The European Commission sent “Statements of Objections” to Valve, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax, saying it believes geoblocking Steam purchases violates Article 101. Article 101 regards the Digital Single Market and geo-blocking prevents crossborder sales in some EU member countries. After an investigation, the European Commission could ban the behavior, and fine companies up to 10% of their annual worldwide turnover.|
|:35||tm||In preliminary Q1 earnings, Samsung reported operating income fell 60% on the year, the biggest decline since Q3 2014 and below analyst estimates. Samsung issued a warning last month that income would come short, due to decreases in DRAM and NAND memory prices as a result of slowing sales. DRAM demand is expected to rise in the second half of the year as data centers work through existing inventories. Samsung's display divisions was also hurt by lower-than-expected iPhone sales and competition from Chinese display makers.|
|:39||sl||A study published in Psychological Science by scientists from the University of Oxford found little evidence of a link between time spent on devices by teenagers and general wellbeing. The study combined self-reporting and time-diary which records what teens are doing at certain times of day. Data was used from 17,000 teens in the UK, US and Ireland collected between 2011 and 2016. Further studies could take into account the type of content being viewed.||https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-47825826|
|:42||tm||Bloomberg's Mark Gurman reports his sources say Amazon will launch a pair of wireless bluetooth earbuds with voice integration in the second half of 2019. The device will reportedly look similar to Apple's Airpods, have a USB-charging case and let users tap to answer calls and change tracks. Current test units come in black and grey.|
|:45||sl||The US Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidelines this week for companies that want to sell digital tokens. The SEC considers most cryptocurrencies an investment contract. That means they should be considered securities, and registered with the SEC before being offered to the public. The SEC guidelines do say Bitcoin and Ethereum are not securities because they are decentralized. In a separate letter this week, TurnKey Jet was also allowed to offer unregistered tokens because the proceeds would not be used to build the token network and the tokens would not trade outside TurnKey's platform.||http://fortune.com/2019/04/05/sec-crypto-rules/|
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|:48||Bitcoin’s creator totally turns 44 today – happy birthday, Satoshi Nakamoto|
|Focus falls on crypto's flaws as puzzlement over bitcoin's jump reigns|
|Bitcoin trading volume hits two-year low in March: report|
|The P2P Foundation's profile for Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto lists the date off birth as April 5, 1975. So, happy birthday Satoshi!|
1.) Quickly, let's touch on Bitcoin. Bitcoin's trading volume dropped to a two-year low in March. Earlier this week the coin rebounded with a 20% rise, its best day since 2017. However nobody agrees why this happened. But let's cut to the chase. Is Bitcoin dead?
Decentralized exchanges and lending and borrowing in what's being called the decentralized finance (DeFi) movement, where people are using blockchain technology to do more things with cryptocurrencies, but that blockchain technology itself doesn't have a token associated with it. Meaning, people create a smart contract, and there's no token with it, but people are doing things with their cryptocurrency using that smart contract.
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|sl||Robert says- sign me up for low latency high bandwidth satellite internet. |
I live 25 minutes south from Chicago (on a clear day can see the sears tower) and the best internet I can get is 3mbps dsl which usually is more like 1.5. I just found a wireless isp that can cover me for $90 for 5mbps. Even on “5Ge” I only get 4mbps. This isn’t the boonies.
Yearly I call Comcast to see if they have gotten close to my house. Some days I can see a xfinity hotspot show up in settings when looking for WiFi so it can’t be that far away. Took 4 calls and 3 service tickets to finally get an answer. The rep says “great news, it says we can offer you internet now. It look like it would cost...., hold on, um, well .... (less enthusiastic and almost in a hushed whisper) It’ll cost $9,300 to extend the wires on the telephone poles to you.” I countered with $1,000 and sign me up today. They didn’t bite.
So yes please cover me in Internet and let me bask in the glory of the elusive beast called high speed internet.
|:58||tm||Anon had some thoughts on older people not "getting" the internet or computers as much as younger folks:|
I run a computer repair shop and I see people of all ages come in with computer problems. However, like you said on the show, the people who seem to get hit with the scams the most, at least based on my anecdotal perspective, are the people in the 65+ crowd. Now that doesn't mean I don't see much younger people, people in their 30's, or even 20's, also fall for scams but the majority of people do seem to be in that older age group.
From talking to my clients I can tell you, Tom pretty much nailed it when he said it's that they are relatively "new" to the Internet. Most of my clients admit they don't know a lot about computers or the Internet and often call themselves "computer idiots" or something to that affect (this part drives me crazy!). It's like they feel like they have to make excuses for not knowing something about a system as complex as the Internet or devices as complex and powerful as computers. They don't. I work very hard to try and educate my clients, young and old, and to help them understand technology a little better but there's only so much I can do.
One of the things I found out though, and that I'm not sure if many people know about, is that community centers and libraries seem to offer a lot of computer classes for people, some geared specifically towards seniors, or at least they do in my area. And yes, a lot of these classes seem to be aimed at seniors, but not all of them. These classes seem to be aimed at helping people understand computers a little bit more and taking some of the mystery out of them along with how to do some of the more basic things with a computer or teach some of the basic terminology. This might be another resource for people to recommend to the non-tech persons in their lives that may need a little extra help.
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