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|This is the Daily Tech News for Monday April 15th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||As expected, the European Union voted to give final approval to the Copyright Directive. 19 EU countries approved the directive, with Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden opposed, and Belgium, Estonia and Slovenia abstained. EU countries now have two years to pass laws that conform to the directive.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-copyright/eu-approves-tougher-eu-copyright-rules-in-blow-to-google-facebook-idUSKCN1RR0NY|
|tm||iOS 13 is the assumed star of Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference beginning June 3rd. Sources tell 9to5Mac that the update will include Dark Mode, and multiple window functionality for the iPad. iOS 13 will also reportedly introduce a new standard 3-finger tap undo gesture for text input on the iPad. And Safari on iOS 13 for the iPad will automatically ask for a desktop version of websites when necessary, Other updates like font management, smarter mail, and a redesigned Reminders app are all reported as well.||https://9to5mac.com/2019/04/15/ios-13-features-dark-mode/|
|sl||Bots from OpenAI defeated the world-champion Dota 2 team OG in a best of three series. OpenAI limited the hero selection to 17 per squad, used the “Captain’s Draft” game mode which lets teams ban specific heros from being selected, and disabled summoning and illusion features for the matches. Each bot had been trained using deep reinforcement learning and operated indepedently in the match. OpenAI will open the system for the public to play for three days starting April 18th, and will focus on software to allow AI bots to collaborate alongside humans in real time.|
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|:33||sl||Brad Sams at Thurrott.com reports that Microsoft is developing a pair of wireless earbuds, code named Morrison, according to sources. Potential pricing and a release date are unknown, and Microsoft is reportedly working on a way to improve interactions between a phone and the earbuds to make reading easier. The name Surface Buds is being "tossed around" according to Sams but whether that will stick is unknown.|
|:36||tm||You can see and feel the crease but mostly disappears when looking head on. Nobody likes the notch but the hinge is generally said to work well and feel stable and it does lay flat when it's a tablet. The fingerprint sensor is also the Bixby button, not the power button, which tripped some folks up. And the 4.6-inch front screen feels small. Also while it can fit in a pocket opinions varied about how practical this was. App continuity which expands apps from the small screen when you unfold to the bigger one works well for the apps it's been designed for which isn't a lot.|
The Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen and a 7.3-inch screen when unfolded. It ships April 26 for $1,980.
Brian Heater, TechCrunch
"The Fold’s not perfect, but it’s a pretty solid first take at a new smartphone paradigm."
Jessica Dolcourt, CNET
"on the whole, the Fold feels like premium, cohesive device."
Lauren Goode, Wired
"Samsung is acknowledging that this thing isn’t for everyone. And they’re right."
The Verge - Dieter Bohn
"a small tablet that happens to fold up."
Geoffrey Fowler, Washington Post
"The question is: How many people really need an Android tablet with them at all times?"
|:40||sl||Microsoft notified an unknown number of affected Outlook.com users on Friday that malicious actors could have viewed account information from January 1 - March 28 2019 thanks to compromised credentials from a support agent. The majority of users were informed that account email addresses, folder names, and subject lines of emails were visible. Less than 6% of affected accounts were notified that the bad actors could have had unauthorized access to the content of their email accounts. Motherboard says some compromised accounts were used to reset iCloud accounts linked to stolen iPhones.|
|:42||tm||Starz issued an apology Monday for ordering Twitter to remove two posts with links to articles about TV show piracy. Starz said a third party copyright enforcement company, was to blame. Torrentfreak had a tweet linking to their story taken down. The story mentioned that piracy of Starz content had occurred but did not link to sources or name sites hosting the infringing content. It did include screenshots to illustrate the watermark that indicated these were screener copies. A tweet with a link to a followup story about the tweet being taken down was also taken down. A number of other journalists including Columbia Journalism Review chief digital writer Mathew Ingram also had tweets removed.|
|:45||sl||The largest airplane ever created took off Saturday 45 minutes after sunrise in the Mojave Desert. Stratolaunch has been working on the plane for eight years. It has a 385-foot wingspan with twin fuselages and six engines. It reached 189 mph and flew up to 17,000 feet during its 150-minute test flight. The Stratolaunch can carry 250-ton rockets up to 35,000 feet where the engines can ignite and enter space. Since it can take off from airports that would open up more rocket launch opportunities. The project had been founded and funded by Paul Allen who passed away last October.|
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|Last week Jesse aka Hometoiwn Rival asked our opinions on the security of voice speakers. So we put out the call for the DTNS crowd mind to let us know what theyt thinl. Here's a representative sample|
|:48||Tony is an IT consultant whose clients =often ask about smart speakers:|
Tony says, "I typically tell them you must weigh the value of the data with the security precautions you take.
If you are a person who regularly deals with confidential data such as medical information, industrial trade secrets or national security, now your data becomes much more valuable. In this case you would be a fool to have one of these devices within earshot as there is a lot more motivation to “tap in to it”
|KV (windy VA) says,|
Most of the time I use it as a developer toy. The APIs (for Echo in my case) are fun to mess with. ...
Paradoxically, I don't really use it day-to-day as I find voice interaction awkward and/or slow for most tasks that are one or two taps away. Also, due to personal concerns about privacy, transparency, and risks of accidental capture with others in the house it is either mostly muted or unplugged.
|Nik wrote |
After switching to Android and being clued into the My Activity section of Google's settings having a history of everything I've ever done with a Google product ... I was officially creeped out ...I was also upset that I wasn't told about the data collection up front ...
...I'm not going to put a smart speaker in my house. If I could use a smart speaker without fear of data collection I'd reconsider my position as the idea of asking for some music or podcast to be played in the background appeals to me.
...I use Google's My Activity page to regularly prune what Google knows about me, but I wish I didn't have to as it's a chore.
|What about Jesse aka Hometown rival? - the person who kicked off this conversation?|
Jesse wrote: "My family has three smart speakers: an Amazon Echo in the living room, and a Google Home in the kitchen and master bedroom. We mainly use them for setting timers, turning smart switches on/off, adjusting our Nest thermostat, and asking an occasional question. Every once in awhile I’ll play music or cast a podcast from my phone.
I’m have some privacy concerns with this speakers (my wife has more). To help with this, I just installed an app called Jumbo that makes it easy to erase saves recordings.
Jumbo: Privacy Assistant. by 2121 Atelier, Inc
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|I’m not sure I fully understand how iTunes can smoothly be discontinued by Apple. I have to agree that it’s messy and could use an overhaul and even possibly separations of functions. But am I missing something, how can we manage music files without an iTunes type app to sync our music to iPods and iPhones? How can we add music files from other sources like files bought on amazon or that were free downloads from an artist or even just import from cds? I love that I can do a physical backup of my iPhone to my computer. I prefer to do this with my parents and grandparents iPads as well. If anything goes wrong it’s so much easier to restore from iTunes than try an iCloud restore. Also an encrypted iTunes restore includes all of the passwords so that we don’t have to start entering them all in again. |
I think iTunes needs some fixing and retooling but I certainly won’t be celebrating if it’s done away with and there’s no way offered for these things. Am I missing something?
Disney+ = Awesome! $6.99 per month, Roku support, unlimited offline
viewing, tons of content, both movies and TV shows, and a Star Wars
universe without "The Last Jedi"? What's not to love.
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