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|This is the Daily Tech News for Wednesday April 11th, 2018. From DTNS HQ in LA I'm Tom Merritt|
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|SARAH||Spotify announced its Premium members can now add Hulu as a bundle which raises the price from $9.99 a month to $12.99 a month. Also, Sources tell Bloomberg Spotify is working on a new version of its free music service for mobile. The updated version supposedly can access playlists more quickly and gives more control over what songs people hear. Spotify has a press event scheduled for April 24.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-10/spotify-is-said-to-plan-new-version-of-free-music-service|
|TM||The US FDA has approved an AI-powered device that can be used by non-specialists to detect diabetic retinopathy in adults with diabetes, the most common cause of vision loss. The IDx-DR software analyzes eye images taken with a Topcon NW400 camera.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/11/fda-ai-software-diabetic-retinopathy/|
|SCOTT||A jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas awarded VirnetX Holding Corp $502.6 million from Apple for violations of four patents pertaining to secure communications in FaceTime, VPN on Demand and iMessage. However the patents at issue have been declared invalid in cases that are currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington. When those trials end the jury award may be invalidated.||https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-10/apple-owes-502-6-million-to-virnetx-says-federal-jury-in-texas?utm_source=google&utm_medium=bd&cmpId=google|
|TM||The Verge notes that email sent to G Suite administrators says Google is planning a redesign of the Gmail Web interface in the coming weeks to members of its early access program. The new design will include Smart Reply, email snoozing and offline support.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/11/17224320/google-gmail-design-update-features|
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|:33||SCOTT||MalwareHunterTeam reported "PUBG Ransomware" is making the rounds. Like most ransomware if you get infected it encrypts your files. UNlike most ranswomware it doesn't want your money or even your bitcoin. After it has encrypted your files it shows a popup asking you to play PUBG for one hour to decrypt them. If you don't feel like playing PUBG for an hour it also gives you the key to restore your files immediately. In 2017, MalwareHunterTeam found RensenWare, which required you to play TH12 and score .2 billion points in order to recover your files.||https://www.pcmag.com/news/360345/ransomware-asks-you-to-play-pubg|
|:36||SARAH||Uber is partnering with Getaround to let car owners rent their vehicles in a feature called Uber Rent, starting in San Francisco this month. Uber is also partnering with Masabi to offer the ability to purchase public transportation tickets in 30 locations worldwide including LA, New York, London and Boston. Uber also announced the expansion of Uber Bike into Washington DC and plans to share data with government and civic agencies there.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/04/11/uber-gets-into-car-rentals-and-public-transit/|
|:39||TM||The US FTC sent warning letters to six companies who market and sell automobiles, cellular devices and video gaming systems.The letters addressed concerns about the companies telling consumers that thyey must use specified parts or service providers to keep their warranties intact. "Unless warrantors provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC, such statements generally are prohibited by the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act." In other words warranty warning stickera are not enforceable. The companies have 30 days to update their websites and comply with the law.||https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2018/04/ftc-staff-warns-companies-it-illegal-condition-warranty-coverage|
|:43||SARAH||Facebook confirmed that approximately 1,500 users gave Professor Aleksandr Kogan's personality test app permission to access their messages inbox. Kogan later improperly shared data he collected in the app with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook stopped allowing users to give permission to access messages in 2015.||http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43718175|
|:45||TM||Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent his second day of testimony in front of the US House Tuesday. Zuckerberg has been questioned on Facebook's handling of user data, its effect on US elections, its advertising business model and monopolistic traits. Zuckerberg told the House committee that his own data was included in the data sold to malicious third parties. Zuckerberg also admitted Facebook collects data on non-users as a security measure to prevent malicious actors from repeatedly accessing Facebook to harvest public information. This is a practice often called "Shadow profiles" that could let Facebook make accurate friend suggestions to new users as well. It's the first public comment on the practice by Facebook.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/4/10/17222444/mark-zuckerberg-senate-hearing-highlights-cambridge-analytica|
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|:47||SARAH||Steam Spy announces it’s shutting down, blames Valve’s new privacy settings||https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/04/steam-spy-announces-its-shutting-down-blames-valves-new-privacy-settings/|
|API changes will break Tweetbot and Twitteriffic alerts and streaming, Twitter not yet sharing new solution ahead of June deadline [U]||https://9to5mac.com/2018/04/06/twitter-api-breaking-tweetbot-twitterrific-features/|
|Steam says an updated settings panel will make it easier to control how your use of the service is shared with friends and the public.|
- This means that Steam Spy will no longer be able to operate because games owned are hidden by default.
- Steam Spy helped demystify game sales stats
Twitter: “streaming services” at Twitter will be removed. This means two things for third-party apps:
Push notifications will no longer arrive
Timelines won’t refresh automatically
- The solution is the Account Activity API, which is in beta testing by Twitter, but third-party apps have not been able to work with it
- Twitter has delayed the deprecation of the old API (orig. June 19). Will give 90 days notice of new deprecation date after Account Acitivity API becomes available.
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|sl||Hi Tom, Sarah and Roger |
I was listening to today's show and you were talking with Patrick about Google Transcription services. I do video production in Spanish here in LA and sometimes we have to transcribe interviews in Spanish. I upload them to YouTube and then download the Transcription in Spanish. And I have to say, I am very impressed with the results. Punctuation is non existing but the transcript is excellent and Very few mistakes. It is not a translation, it is a Transcription of the video.
I have to say that I tell my clients that I have a special software to do the transcript :-). So thank you YouTube for being my special software.
Love the show
On Tuesday’s episode during the discussion surrounding Sweden’s move to a more cash-less society, Patrick made the statement that cash is still a medium for the “disenfranchised,” as he put it. I work for a large US-based retail service provider who employs tens of thousands of lower-income, high-turnover employees whose population set typically overlaps greatly with the unbanked and underbanked populace.
Many years ago, we moved to direct deposit only for payroll services. But because many of our employees do not have access to a checking account, we continued an exception process where those folks were still mailed paper checks bi-weekly. Because of the relatively low number of physical checks cut and mailed, the cost to the company has been astronomical. (On the order of $20 per check) And not having bank access, those employees still must cash those checks at a business that charges a significant fee in order to convert them to cash.
So we now are transitioning to a pay card system and deprecating paper checks entirely. Employees without access to direct deposit banking will now be issued an electronic debit card through a 3rd party. The balance of their pay will be automatically loaded onto the card every payday. Fees are low for the employees. (Much better than debit “gift” cards which can be purchased retail and loaded with cash at the retailer, and significantly lower than cashing a paycheck at a Wal-Mart or the like.) And they can withdraw cash from any ATM if necessary.
It is not a perfect solution and I have had several concerns along the way. However it is an example of the opposite of Patrick’s point, where the disenfranchised are moving to a more cashless society as a result.
Love the show. Keep up all the great work.
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