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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday June 20, 2018. In LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|L||IDC reports shipments of AR and VR headsets dropped 30.5% year over year in Q1. Much of the decline was attributed to the end of bundling deals that included headsets with the purchase of a smartphone. IDC believes that the market will return to growth of about 6% by the end of the year.||https://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS44001618|
|J||Microsoft launched Microsoft News, a news engine that comes with rebranded apps for iOS and Android, and powers msn.com, Microsoft Edge, the News app in Windows 10, Skype, Xbox and Outlook.com. MSN.com wil keep its name. Microsoft News curates news from 800 editors worldwide.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17482902/microsoft-news-android-ios-app-launch-features|
|tm||Disney raised its offer for most of 21st Century Fox to a total value of about $71.3 billion up from $52.4 billion and worth more than Comcast's competing bid worth about $65 billion. Comcast's bid is all cash while Disney will offer Fox shareholder the option of receiving cash or Disney stock. Executive Chairman at 21st Century Fox, Rupert Murdoch issued a statement praising the Disney deal.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/20/17482776/disney-21st-century-fox-comcast-purchase|
|L||100 Microsoft employees signed an open letter urging CEO Satya Nadella to cancel contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement and clients who directly enable the agency. In an internal memo, Satya Nadella said,Microsoft is only supporting legacy mail, calendar, messaging and document management workloads for the agency.||https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/technology/tech-companies-immigration-border.html|
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|:33||J||Amazon is making its Wardrobe service available to all US Prime members. Shoppers go to a special Wardrobe section of Amazon where they can pick between 3 and 8 items of clothing to try. Customers then have a week to try them on before either sending them back or paying for them. Wardrobe has clothing from Amazon's in house brands as well as bigger names like Adidas, Levi's and Tommy Hilfiger.||http://fortune.com/2018/06/20/amazons-try-before-you-buy-wardrobe-service-is-ready-for-prime-time/|
|:35||tm||The EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) approved the Copyright Directive including Articles 11 and 13. Article 11 requires sites to pay a license to publishers to include snippets of content in addition to links. Article 13 makes sites liable for copyright infringement by users unless upload filters are put in place. The next steps include passing through the EU Council followed by a final European Parliament vote, expected sometime between December and the first half of 2019.|
A few folks are still confused about the two directives and I highly recommend you go back and listen to Thursday's show for a more comprehensive discussion. One common request to explain what the two articles are intended to do
Article 11 is intended to stop Google and Facebook from linking to publishers content without paying a fee. They believe a "snippet" of a sentence or two should be considered a copyright infringement hence the new law.
Article 13 is intended to stop copyright infringement by users who upload content to sites. So it takes away the safe harbor protection of sites unless they show they are attempting to stop users from uploading infringing items
|:37||L||Instagram announced IGTV for longer-form videos from content creators. IGTV will be both a standalone app, but you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app from the Explore tab too. IGTV lets users (not just celebrities) upload videos which are vertical rather than square cropped, up to 1 hour long, through the app or Instagram's web interface. Viewers can use the Browse tab to see recommended and popular videos, and creators they’re following.. Instagram also announced it has 1 billion users.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/20/igtv/|
|:40||tm||A team at MIT has developed a system that monitors human brainwaves to help robots correct errors. Human brains naturally send signals called error-related potentials or ErrPs when they notice a mistake. When monitors notice an ErrP, the robots pause. The person makes a hand gesture to select the correct option for the robot to correct the error and continue. A robot moving a power drill to a target improved from 70% correct selection to 97% using the system.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/06/20/mit-uses-brain-signals-and-hand-gestures-to-control-robots/|
|:43||J||AMC has extended its Stubs loyalty program to include a subscription service called Stubs A-list for $19.95 a month, starting June 26th. Members of the service can see up to three movies a week and multiple movies in one day if they wish, including IMAX and 3D. Up to three reservations can be made in advance. The plan also waives online ticketing fees and offers discounts on food and drink.|
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|:45||Ad-blocking browser Brave has begun voluntary testing of an opt-in ad model. If a user wishes they can choose to see ads targeted at them based on browsing behavior. Brave says it will use the tests to build a machine learning model that will eventually allow targeting to happen on device without Brave or its advertisers knowing anything about the end user. Also, when the system launches more widely, users will receive 70% of the ad revenue in the form of a cryptocurrency. Brave also wants users to be able to reward content producers with the cryptocurrency based on time spent on the sites.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/20/blockchain-browser-brave-starts-opt-in-testing-of-on-device-ad-targeting/|
|Brave Launches User Trials for Opt-In Ads That Reward Viewers||https://brave.com/brave-launches-user-trials-for-opt-in-ads/|
|-Brave blocks ads and trackers by default|
-Using the BAT (Brave Attention Token) cryptocurrency, Brave also lets users pay website s a regular amount which can optionally be determined by how much time you spend on sites.
- Sites have to register with Brave to receive the payments
- Users can opt in to a trial that will deliver 250 pre-packaged ads. Brave says it will track the user itself but will not share that information with third parties. Users can leave the test any time.
- Brave will use the data from the test to train a machine learning algorithm that will be used on device, meaning Brave would never see what it learns about you.
You can join at community.brave.com.
- Users who opt in will have a package of ads delivered regularly to the browser. ON-device machine learning will decide which ads to show to the user. No personally identifiable information will leave the browser.
- Users would get 70% of the revenue from the ads in the form of BAT
Brave founded by former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich who left Mozilla after controversy over his donation of $1,000 to support a California amendment to ban gay marriage.
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|sl||John, an IT Manager at a 911 center in Pennsylvania, gave us more context on what 911 dispatchers do beyond pinpointing the caller's location.|
When you call 911 and the 911 operator asks "What's the address of your emergency?", they don't hang up after verifying your address. The 911 operator needs to determine if the caller needs police, fire, or medical services. The caller might need all 3 services, or some combination of the 3.
Second, the 911 operator needs to interrogate the caller to make sure the proper response is sent to the emergency. Is it a prior burglary or a burglary in progress? Is it a single family home fire or a nursing home fire? Does the medical situation require basic or advanced life support?
Third, the 911 operator can offer critical instructions to save a life, such as CPR instructions or even instructions to deliver a baby.
Being able to pinpoint a caller's exact location is the first step in the 911 response process, but the process goes a long way from there to provide emergency services and technology is not able to bridge that gap yet on it's own without a human 911 operator.
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