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|:31||TM||Let's start with a few tech things you should know...|
|SL||Microsoft has released an iPad version of its Cortana voice assistant app for iOS. The app takes advantage of the bigger screens on tablets and launches 20 percent faster.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/7/16984792/microsofts-cortana-app-ipad-support|
|tm||HP announced updates to its corporate laptop models with a new range of 800-series EliteBooks, ZBook workstations, 4K monitors, and docks. The laptops come out this month and borrow the streamlined look of the consumer versions HP's Thunderbolt Dock G2 comes with Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C connections and an audio module turns it into a speaker.||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/02/hp-embraces-thunderbolt-3-as-it-brings-premium-features-to-mainstream-systems/|
|sl||From now until June 30, Microsoft will give OneDrive for Business free to new customers for the duration of whatever contract the business has with Google, Box or Dropbox. The offer has a maximum duration of three years.||http://www.zdnet.com/article/microsoft-takes-aim-at-google-box-dropbox-with-onedrive-switch-offer/|
|tm||Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian is stepping down from his daily duties at the company but will remain on Reddit's board. He says he'll focus on Initialized Capital, the early stage VC firm he cofounded and his personal life.||https://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2018/02/07/reddit-co-founder-alexis-ohanian-steps-aside-focuses-on-initialized-capital/|
|:32||Now here are some more top stories|
|tm||The Information has sources who say Google is preparing a game streaming service called Project Yeti. The service would stream from a Google-made console. The project is supposedly led by VP of Product Management Mario Queiroz and VP of Engineering Majd Bakar|
Google also hired former Microsoft and Sony employee Phil Harrison last month. Harrison has experience with Gaikai whch became PlayStation Now.
|sl||Deepfake videos, where AI is used to put a person's head on another person's body have been banned by Pornhub. The company forbids any nonconsensual content. Twitter has also banned deepfake videos||https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/07/pornhub-bans-ai-generated-fake-porn-videos/|
|tm||Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin published a paper in Joule compared data from the American Time Use Survey in 2003 and 2012 to average residential, commercial, and transportation energy use figures from both years. US citizens spent 7.8 more days at home in 2012, with 6.7 fewer days in non-residential buildings and 1.2 fewer days traveling. While this caused energy use to rise at home as people used computers more, energy use overall fell in large part due to reduced driving time. Only the 65 and over group spent less time at home possibly because they're retiring later.||https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/02/americans-staying-home-streaming-video-and-using-less-energy-because-of-it/|
|sl||Snapchat's Daily Active Users rose to 187 million last quarter up 18 percent on the year, beating expectations of 184.2 million. Revenue rose 72 percent to $285.7 million, beating analysts’ expectations of $253.2 million. The company lost 28 cents a share more than the 20 cents a share the year earlier. In other Snapchat news the company is launching a tool to let TV networks send snippets of live broadcasts directly into the app, starting with NBC's Olympics coverage this Saturday. NBC will broadcast two- to six-minute live segments of key moments from the games.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-snap-results/snapchat-overhaul-convinces-investors-it-can-fight-instagram-idUSKBN1FQ32K?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews|
|tm||Mozilla announced the Things Gateway, a part of its Project Things effort that lets anyone create an open gateway to control Internet of Things devices from a voice-controlled Raspberry Pi. The idea is to keep you from being locked into one companies ecosystem and surveillance though developers can create bridges to devices like the Amazon Echo or Google Home to let them work with any device. Mozilla wants an open standard with the W3C for the Web of Things and Project Things includes a spec relying on JSON and a REST and WebSockets API. Mozilla also has a progressive Web app that can be added to a smartphone home screen to control all the IoT devices you have. --- This come the same day that Alphabet announced it is merging its Nest business with Google where it will become part of the Google Hardware team where it will "combine hardware, software, and services."||https://techcrunch.com/2018/02/06/mozilla-announces-an-open-framework-for-the-internet-of-things/|
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|Something called High-Res audio was among the many buzzwords at CES this year. But while many audiophiles bemoan the decline in music fidelity since the advent of the MP3, high quality audio has remained a niche market. Is the advent of high-res audio going to the change that? And what the heck is it anyway? Patrick? What the heck is it anyway?|
- What is it?
- Why Does it Matter?
- Is Hi-Res Audio increasing the number of people looking for Higher End Playback equipment like Digital Players, DACs, and Headphone and headphone amplifiers in the same way Blu-ray and HD content spurred on desire for HDTV and High Fidilety video gear?
- Will Hi-Res Audio ever be more than a niche market?
- Is the failure of Neil Young's Pono 24-bit 192 kHz audio service due to marketing, market segmentation, or public disinterest?
|R.I.P. Pono, Neil Young Kills Off His Digital Player||http://www.noise11.com/news/r-i-p-pono-neil-young-kills-off-his-digital-player-20170423|
|Neil Young Preps New High-Quality Streaming Service Xstream||https://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/neil-young-preps-new-high-quality-streaming-service-xstream-w478281|
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|sl||JoeyImage tweeted "Hey here’s a wacky random question for ya. You have any hookups I could maybe use for inexpensive PC parts? I’m trying to grab a 1080 Ti for my new build. Figured I’d ask around..."|
Yeah GPU prices are crazy, as Ryan Shrout talked to us about last week. Patrick, any suggestions for mere mortals who don't want to mine cryptocoins to gte a decently-priced video card?
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