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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday Nov 26th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
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|sl||Facebook is offering a new market research app called Viewpoints that pays US users to complete surveys, research and other tasks that will help the company enhance its products. Points are earned and then you automatically receive PayPal money when you reach point milestones. You have to be at least 18 years old to use Viewpoints, and Facebook says it won't sell data to third parties or publicly share your activity without permission.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/25/facebook-viewpoints-research-app/|
|pb||Microsoft is making Outlook.com and Outlook for Web into Progressive Web Apps.|
That means they're websites, so you don't go to an App Store to get them, but they work offline with caching, notification features and background functionality.
Outlook.com is available as a PWA right now on Chromium browsers for Windows and macOS.
|tm||MediaTek formally revealed its previously-teased 5G system-on-chip, now called the Dimensity 1000, touted as the first SoC to support 5G on two SIMs, which would offer two lines that support for 4.7Gbps downstream and 2.5Gbps upstream on sub-6GHz 5G networks. WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1+ are supported, too. The Dimensity 1000 also claims four ARM Cortex-A77 high-performance cores, four low-power Cortex-A55 cores and a new AI unit that's twice as fast as the prior generation. The first phones using Dimensity 1000 chips should arrive in the first quarter of 2020.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/26/mediatek-dimensity-1000-dual-sim-5g/|
|sl||The attorneys general of Texas and Nevada have settled out of court with T-Mobile and Sprint and withdrawn opposition to the merger. The companies agreed not to raise prices in Texas for five years as well as milestones for 5G deployment especially in rural areas. The companies agreed to deploy next-gen wireless early in Nevada, as well as add 450 jobs and donate $30 million to help women and minorities in Nevada. The 13 remaining states will begin their combined court caseDecember 9 in Manhattan federal court.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sprint-m-a-tmobile/texas-nevada-drop-out-of-state-ag-group-suing-to-block-sprint-t-mobile-merger-idUSKBN1XZ1VG?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|tm||Twitter is sending emails to owners of inactive accounts warning them to sign in by December 11 or lose the account name. Accounts that haven't logged into Twitter for more than six months get the email.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/26/20984328/twitter-removing-inactive-accounts-usernames-available-date|
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|:33||pb||The RIPE Network Coordination Centre, which is responsible for allocating IP addresses in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia has assigned its last blocks of IPv4 addresses.|
RIPE received its final allocation from Internet Assigned Numbers Authority in 2012.
Companies that need new IPv4 addresses in the region must now go on a wait list for companies to hand back unused addresses.
That's estimated to be a few hundred thousand per year.
The secondary market for IPv4 addresses is now worth hundreds of millions of dollars worldwide.
This puts the pressure on companies to make the transition to IPv6 which has 340 undecillion addresses -- that's 340 billion billion billion billion-- compared to IPv4's 4.2 billion.
|:37||sl||Sources tell Bloomberg that Intel hired a financial adviser for a potential sale of its home connectivity unit, which makes chips for home internet gear like routers and gateways and sees annual revenue around $450M. It's part of the Internet of Things group which had sales of $1 billion last quarter. You might recall back in July, Intel sold its smartphone modem business to Apple for $1B. CEO Bob Swan has been looking to get rid of areas where Intel is not competitive. He has indicated he might look for a partner for Intel's memory business which is losing money.||https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/11/26/intel-may-sell-home-connectivity-unit-that-brings.html?page=all|
|:40||tm||Research published in the journal PNAS examined what affect the Russian Internet Research Agency's influencing campaign had on Twitter users in late 2017. There is no debate that the organization posted content with intent to influence, but this paper attempted to look at whether it shaped attitudes and behaviors of US users. Twitter provided a dataset of accounts associated with the Russian organization's campaign. That was linked to a survey of Republicans and Democrats who used Twitter. The study found no significant effects of interacting with the trolls, and found those most likely to interact were already highly polarized. This is consistent with the theory of "minimal effects" which says the people most likely to engage with political messaging are the least likely to be influenced by it. (A paper in American Polticial Science Review found minimal effects from general election campaigns) This new study has limitations. It looks at a limited time period where interactions were rare and usually brief and was limited mostly to likes, mentions, follows, retweets. One of the paper's authors, Chris Bail, said on Twitter that the findings are preliminary and called for many more studies to understand the issue.||https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/11/20/1906420116|
|:44||pb||Microsoft Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, told Australian gaming site Stevivor that he has "some issues with VR" Spencer said "It’s isolating and I think of games as a communal, kind of together experience.|
We’re responding to what our customers are asking for and... nobody’s asking for VR."
Ars Technica points out that analysis firm Superdata estimates an install base of 14 million VR users in 2018.
Ars Technica also points out that the $100 million in VR software sales for Oculus over more than three years does not match the launch window revenue of Red Dead Redemption 2.
|:47||sl||Google Assistant's ambient mode lets a device display images, play music, control smart home devices and more while charging. The feature started rolling out to select Android 8.0 or newer devices from Nokia and Xiaomi devices last week, and Ars Technica reports it will hit Sony and OEM Transsion next week. Pixel users still have the similar Pixel Stand UI. But Amibent Mode attempts to be more proactive.||https://www.thurrott.com/google/222720/google-starts-shipping-androids-new-ambient-mode|
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|:50||Safe shopping tips||https://www.cisecurity.org/newsletter/shopping-safely-online/|
|Better business bureau||https://www.bbb.org/search|
|Do you know the site? Is the deal too good to be true? Don't click on links on emails if they send you coupons or deal updates. Type in the actual store URL by hand. How did you end up not he site? Check up on the BBB.org site. |
Is the link secured (lock symbol)
Double check the site you're on is the actual site you want to be on. More than a few sites use fake domains that look like the legit site with perhaps a misspelling or added character. Often the site will try to look as close to the original as possible.
Don't enter your info on public WiFi or devices (VPN)
Use strong unique passwords (password manager)
Check out as guest or at least don't store payment info and don't volunteer unnecessary info
Use a separate card for online or one-time use numbers, some people recommend PayPal or Gift cards.
Keep OS up to date
Use different email addresses for sites that you care less about
Data privacy reminders for the EU and beyond:
- Do go through the process of selecting cookies! Especially on sites you don't use a lot.
- Do unsubscribe from mailing lists you don't want. In the US and EU companies actually have to take the requests into account.
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|I was a little surprised by how lenient you guys were with Uber. I think for them to not know who exactly is driving for them is a huge security risk. Would you get into an Uber with a violent criminal or a sexual predator behind the wheel? I'm guessing no, and if Uber doesn't know who's driving, that could end up being the case. I know that guest Robb Dunewood, brought up the security question, but I think you breezed past it far too quickly. |
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