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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday May 15th, 2019. In LA, I'm Tom Merritt|
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|sl||Google announced new ad types coming to its mobile services. Search will have gallery ads that let advertisers display multiple images users can swipe through. Ads will show up in the Google discover feed, in the Google app, on Android home pages and on YouTube but not on Google.com for mobile.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/14/18623541/google-gallery-discovery-mobile-ads-announced|
|scott||DJI launched its Osmo Action ruggedized compact camera, a competitor with the GoPro Hero. The Osmo Action can capture 12-megapixel photos, 4K and 4K HDR video, has electronic image stabilization and is dustproof, shockproof up to 5 feet and waterproof down to 36 feet. It has a 2.25-inch touchscreen on the back and a 1.4-inch on the front. The Osmo Action costs $349 available now.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/15/dji-osmo-action-hands-on/|
|tm||Security researchers discovered 4 bugs in speculative execution on Intel chips, which they have named ZombieLoad. One of the researchers, Daniel Gruss told TechCrunch it was easier to exploit than the similar Spectre vulnerability but more difficult than Meltdown. Almost every computer running on Intel chips dating back to 2011 is affected, including virtual machines. Intel has released microcode to patch the bugs and Apple, Microsoft and Google have also released patches. It has not been found in the wild but while most users are at extremely low risk from it as always users are advised to promptly update their software.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/zombieload-flaw-intel-processors/|
|sl||Facebook announced that users who violate its most serious content policy against “dangerous individuals and organizations” will be suspended from using Facebook Live video for set periods of time starting with a 30-day suspension for the first offense. Other restrictions against things like purchasing ads will also apply.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/facebook-live-streaming-abuse-one-strike-policy/|
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|:33||scott||Microsoft has issued a software update to patch a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services, aka RDS in Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008. Manual downloads of patches are available for XP and Server 2003 despite both operating systems being no longer supported. The vulnerability is pre-authentication and requires no user interaction, similar to the WannaCry malware. Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not vulnerable.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/5/14/18623565/microsoft-windows-xp-remote-desktop-services-worm-security-patches|
|:36||sl||Google has released an app called Rivet developed by its experimental workshop Area 120. Rivet contains more than 2,000 free books for kids along with an assistant uses speech tech to help kids when they get stuck reading a word. The app can read a word out when it is tapped or listen to a child's read and tell them which words they said right as well as proactively jump in when it can tell a child is having a hard time. It also includes definitions and translations in more than 25 languages. Rivet is available on the Apple app store and Google Play store for free in 11 countries.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/googles-latest-app-rivet-uses-speech-processing-to-help-kids-learn-to-read/|
|:40||tm||A research project from Google called Translatotron not only translates what you speak to it but delivers the translation as spoken word in your voice and cadence. It works by converting spectrograms of speech in one language directly to a spectrogram of speech in another. The accuracy is not yet as good as the slower less natural-sounding three step process of speech to text - translate then text to speech.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/15/googles-translatotron-converts-one-spoken-language-to-another-no-text-involved/|
|:43||scott||US FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will propose a clarification to FCC rules to make it clear that Carriers can implement blocking of robocalls by default as long as a way is offered for customers to opt OUT of the blocking. The rules would not prevent carriers from charging for the blocking service. A 2015 FCC order was unclear whether opt in was required or not so most carriers erred on the side of caution. Pai's proposed clarification will be up for a vote on June 6. Pai hopes it will lead to further innovations, "like blocking based on contact lists," which the new rules also make clear would be allowed. The rules will go into effect if they pass a vote on June 6.||https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/05/ajit-pais-robocall-plan-lets-carriers-charge-for-new-call-blocking-tools/|
|:46||sl||The City of San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted 8-1 to prohibit city personnel from purchasing and using facial recognition technology. The ordnance additionally requires city departments to submit surveillance technology policies for public vetting. The ordnance will need to pass a second vote by the same board next week to become final.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/05/14/san-francisco-facial-recognition-ban/|
|:50||tom||People from Netflix will host a panel at the E3 video games conference in June called "Bringing Your Favorite Shows to Life: Developing Netflix Originals into Video Games." On Twitter, Netflix promoted an upcoming Stranger Things game. Netflix has said in the past it was not getting into gaming, but that wouldn't preclude it from licensing its IP out to others.||https://thenextweb.com/gaming/2019/05/15/netflix-e3-panel-video-games/|
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|sl||I recommend getting the Hue colored lights instead of the just white lights. Having the ability to set colors really expands the ability of smart lights.|
I have some 16 in my house so I can speak with some authority. 😀
I use some of them as a wake up routine to simulate a sunrise where they start as red and dim and gradually change to bright and slightly bluish white light.
|I have 3 or 4 different brand wifi bulbs in our house and my fav is the Cree bulbs. They're cheap, don't randomly disconnect (unlike the GE bulbs), have a good range and work with our Wink2 hub. I heard they will work directly with the Echo but I haven't tried that yet. - ThatCharlieDude|
|tm||Mike the police officer wrote in with a full description of his thoughts on security systems as police officer. We'll have the full thing in the show notes if you want to read it but here's the summary.|
He says he has "responded to thousands of residential alarms in my 10+ years as a cop. I can only remember 1 (!) in those 10 years where the alarm indicated an actual break-in."
He says even if they're real most burglars are gone before the response can happen anyway especially since most burglars come in the late morning when people are at work.
He does say that alarms that provide video and audio are more helpful writing, "This newer wave of connected cameras essentially lets you be your own monitor, act more quickly when contacting law enforcement (no monitoring service as the middle man), and provide descriptions to responding officers. I own both a Ring doorbell, and three Blink XT cameras. " He also doesn't put much stock in Ring's social network features.
He adds "Peace of mind is worth whatever you’re willing to pay for it, and I would never tell someone to not purchase whatever makes them feel safest. " AND "Want to know the best burglar deterrent? Get a dog. I can’t remember ever working a single residential burglary where the victim owned a dog. Plus they’re cute and love you and junk."
Hello DTNS Crew,
I wanted to write in with a thought about security systems, with a dash of call-back to last weeks talk about security cameras. I’m a police officer, and although my opinions are not official, and anecdotal, I thought I’d share them with the audience. I’ve responded to thousands of residential alarms in my 10+ years as a cop. I can only remember 1 (!) in those 10 years where the alarm indicated an actual break-in. That is to say that they are nearly all false alarms, and for what its worth, are treated as such by law enforcement. Further, most burglars are in and out of your house in amounts of time that are measured in single digit minutes. Most alarm systems trigger after a break-in, alert the monitoring service after 60 seconds, take another 60 seconds to call the police dispatch, another 60 for dispatch to an officer, and then take several minutes of drive time for the officer. Given this chain of events its most likely that a burglar is gone by time the officer receives the call for service, and doesn’t account for how long it takes them to respond. All that being said, its my personal opinion that alarm systems are simply a ineffective, beyond offering a small amount of deterrence if the burglar notices the system before deciding to break in. That being the case, paying for monitoring is a waste of money because all you really need is a system that sounds a really loud alarm when tripped. The cliche of a man dressed in all black breaking into your child’s room in the middle of the night while your newborn sleeps simply doesn’t exist in my experience. Burglars come in the late morning when everyone is at work, and they are least likely to be seen.
The exception to the above scenario are alarms that provide video/audio. Because these provide instant feedback as to the veracity of the alarm they are treated with a much higher priority (seeing a suspect on live video ups the priority). This newer wave of connected cameras essentially lets you be your own monitor, act more quickly when contacting law enforcement (no monitoring service as the middle man), and provide descriptions to responding officers. I own both a Ring doorbell, and three Blink XT cameras. My Ring is hardwired, and I like that their notifications are rock solid and almost instantaneous. The app’s other social network features (security reports, notifications from overly concerned neighbors) are pretty much garbage, and felt like NextDoor bumped up a couple notches and lacking in anything positive. This is where the Blink cameras are great. The app is simple, and theres no “social” aspect to it. Video storage is free, and the unit is so small and light that I mount them with double stick tape. Also, the cameras do really run around 2 years on 2 AA batteries. This aggressive battery management does mean that motion triggers aren’t as good or as quick as the Ring, which is why I like having it to serve as a primary alert mechanism.
Peace of mind is worth whatever you’re willing to pay for it, and I would never tell someone to not purchase whatever makes them feel safest. I do hope this sheds a little light on the reality of the situation, however. It’s much more valuable to document all your expensive electronics (serial numbers especially), jewelry, etc, etc. so that it can hopefully be located in a pawn shop or online later down the road after being stolen.
PS- Want to know the best burglar deterrent? Get a dog. I can’t remember ever working a single residential burglary where the victim owned a dog. Plus they’re cute and love you and junk.
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