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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday Sept 17th, 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||Snap’s Spectacles 3 have a 3D feature that show immersive filter effects through the lenses, and now the Snapchat app itself is getting a 3D Camera Mode so users can create and share images with depth effects that move when you tilt your phone. The feature works on the iPhone X and above once you update the Snapchat app, and found in the camera mode's right-hand drop-down menu. The pictures can be viewed (but not created) on Android, and older iPhone models.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/17/snapchat-is-adding-in-a-3d-camera-mode-the-latest-salvo-in-its-feature-race-with-instagram/|
|pb||Apple has awarded $250 million to Corning as part of Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund, which aims to encourage technology manufacturing in the US.|
Corning received $200 million from the fund in 2017 as well.
Corning makes the Gorilla glass used in many smartphones including the iPhone.
|tm||Investors have filed a lawsuit alleging AT&T falsified numbers for DirecTV Now ahead of the merger with Time Warner. The suit alleges employees were pressured to secretly add DirecTV Now to existing customer accounts and that user growth was emphasized at a time when executive s new users were leaving as promotional prices ended. SEC obligations would require risks associated with a business like DirecTV Now to be disclosed. AT&T calls the claims baseless.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/17/att-faked-directv-now-numbers-lawsuit-alleges/|
|sl||Google's Data Saver feature is launching on Android TV. Features like saving a YouTube video for offline viewing and Data Alerts are coming to those using mobile data for Android TV. The data saving features will roll out in India in the next few weeks, with a global rollout to come. Separately, XDA Developers reports a slide presented by Google at a conference indicating Android 10 will get custom phrases for Assistant, an in-menu ads test and a Play store redesign this year. The slide also indicated Google Stadia integration and an Android TV "hero device" with smart home features coming in 2020.||https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/17/data-saver-android-tv-india/|
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|:33||pb||Uber has released RideCheck for all drivers and riders in the US, with plans to bring it to other countries as well.|
RideCheck uses the GPS, accelerometer and Gyroscope in a driver's phone to detect unusual behavior like a long stoppage or crash.
If it detects such things Uber sends a proactive notification to the driver and rider with quick access to the emergency button and Uber's Safety Line.
|:37||tm||NBC announced its streaming service will launch in April 2020 under the name Peacock with about 15,000 hours of movies and back catalog TV shows. There will be some connection with NBC's Olympics coverage along with episodes of The Office, and in the autumn Parks and Rec. Peacock will launch originals in the autumn.including a Battlestar Galactica series run by Sam Esmail, a comedy series from Ed Helms and Mike Schur called Rutherford Falls and limited series Dr. Death, starring Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater among others.||https://deadline.com/2019/09/nbcu-streamer-peacock-name-slate-of-reboots-dr-death-mike-schur-ed-helms-series-amber-ruffin-parks-recreation-1202736689/|
|:39||sl||Amazon announced Amazon Music HD, which offers lossless audio files for streaming or downloading. Amazon says its catalog of 50 million "high def" songs apply to songs with CD-quality bit depth of 16 bits and a 44.1kHz sample rate, and says It also has “millions” of songs it’s calling “Ultra HD,” or 24-bit with sample rates from 44.1kHz up to 192kHz. Amazon Music HD uses the lossless FLAC file format, not the MQA format Tidal uses. Music HD will be accessible in the Amazon Music app for Android, iOS, the Web, Fire and Echo devices. Launching today in Japan, Germany, the UK and US at $12.99 a month for Prime members and $14.99 for others.||https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/17/20869526/amazon-music-hd-lossless-flac-tier-spotify-apple|
|:43||tm||Zephyr Penoyre from the University of Cambridge in the UK and Emily Sandford at Columbia University in New York have written a paper describing a feasible space elevator. Space elevators based on Earth have been considered unachievable because the material needed is not strong enough. But Penoyre and Sandford propose basing the elevator on the Moon, not earth. The slower rotation of the moon-- once a month compared to once a day for the earth-- reduces the centrifugal force. It also would pass through the Lagrange point, an area where lunar and terrestrial gravity cancel out. Carbon polymers like Zylon would be strong enough to handle the forces if it stretched from the Moon's surface to geosynchronous orbit. A proof of concept line the thickness of pencil lead would cost a few billion dollars. Fuel would still be needed to reach the end of the cable in orbit but after that solar power would take cargo the rest of the way to the Moon, cutting the fuel needed to a third of what would be needed now.||https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614276/a-space-elevator-is-possible-with-todays-technology-researchers-say-we-just-need-to-dangle/|
|:48||sl||LinkedIn has launched a feature called Skill Assessment that gives users short multiple choice tests in english to verify knowledge in 75 skills like computer languages, software packages and more. The tests were created by subject area experts who already worked with Linked In in other areas like writing content for LinkedIn Learning. Users who fail a test can try again in three months. Tests need to be retaken every year to keep your verification. More skills and languages are planned. LinkedIn is trying to stay ahead of competitors. TechCrunch notes that Triplebyte, which focuses on engineering jobs, offers online skills tests to match applicants with potential jobs.||https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/17/linkedin-launches-skills-assessments-tests-that-let-you-beef-up-your-credentials-for-job-hunting/|
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|:50||Patrick's impressions of Apple Arcade|
- What is it like? Dead simple.
- Who is it for? Complicated question... Not one clear target, but "everyone else".
- Can it succeed? Depends on whether or not there's a market for "everyone else", but then again it's so cheap it might not matter: people don't need to absolutely need it or want it to get it. It's a nice plus for "everyone else".
|The iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max test unit reviews are coming in, and many high marks revolve around the phone's new flexible triple camera and improvements to battery life. But Engadget notes that day-to-day performance is faster than last year’s premium iPhones but not significantly, and the super-retina XDR is display is nice, but not necessarily worth an upgrade from last year's model. The Verge agrees the battery life is excellent, processors are hearty, displays are beautiful,, and the new camera system generally outperforms every other phone. But the New York Times notes that new iPhones' improvements don'tt warrant upgrading from an iPhone X or later and maybe not even for Phone 6s owners.|
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|Yaru in Malaysia:|
Re: The Free Trial Surfing service
Yes, this can be abused but
For hardcore pirates, it us much easier to just access unlicensed streaming sites or even just torrent. Torrents now allow you stream video too directly from P2P and trust me its not as difficult or as much of a hassle as it seems. They are not going to bother with this.
So I'm hoping that tools like this will help change industry practice and make more trials to be opt in. Opt in seems to be fair, after all the ideal situation is that the customer finds something they like and once they do they will want to continue to subscribe. Yes its better if the tool is not needed but this is the world we live in, and such a counterbalance option is needed.
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