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|This is the Daily Tech News for Tuesday Oct 30th, 2018. 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||Apple announced a MacBook Air with retina display and TouchID-- a Mac Mini with up to 2 TB storage and 64 GB of RAM, and an iPad Pro with USB-C instead of a lightning port, FaceID, no home button or headphone jack and a new A12 Bionic processor. All three new items are available now to order for shipping starting November 7. There's also a new Apple Pencil that can charge while magnetically attached to the new iPad pro, a new keyboard attachment and iOS 12.1 is out. We'll talk a little more about Apple's announcements later in the show.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/30/heres-everything-apple-announced-today-at-its-big-hardware-event/|
|AS||Signal released a beta test of a feature for its messaging app, called "sealed sender." It encrypts most of the plain-text header information so only the recipient can be logged as metadata. This would make it more difficult for Signal to comply with some warrants as it would have to upadte a user's software to be able to see all the metadata.||https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/10/new-signal-privacy-feature-removes-sender-id-from-metadata/|
|TM||The US Department of Commerce has restricted US companies from selling parts and software to China's Fujian Jinhua over national security concerns. The company makes memory chips and devices and US companies wanting to sell to it now need a license. The Commerce Department says the restriction is meant to limit a threat to the supply chain for essential components in military systems. Reports say Fujian Jinhua is accused of stealing IP from US company Micron.||https://www.bbc.com/news/business-46027542|
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|:33||AS||The Nintendo Switch sold 3.19 million units last quarter for a total of 22.86 million Switches sold. That puts it in front of the 6-year run of the GameCube in lifetime sales despite the Switch only having been out since March 2017. Overall revenue for Nintendo was 221 billion yen up 1 billion year over year. The holiday quarter will see the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Pokémon: Let's Go Pikachu and Eevee.||https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/30/nintendo-switch-q2-2018-earnings-gamecube/|
|:35||SL||Sony's Q2 profit rose 17% driven by gaming which rose 65%. The company also raised its annual profit forecast by 30%. Sony expects annual operating profit of 870 billion yen beating expectations of 796 billion yen. 310 billion yen of that would come from gaming, driven by online and the success of games like God of War and Spider Man. Sony's semiconductor division expects a yearly increase of 17 % to 140 billion yen. Of note, Sony controls more than half of the image sensor market. The only downside was the smartphone business which is on course to lose 95 billion yen. Sony intends to scale down smart phones but not exit entirely.||https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sony-results/sony-forecasts-big-jump-to-record-annual-profit-on-winning-gaming-strategy-idUSKCN1N40HF|
|:37||TM||Twitter released data showing that since it increased the character count of posts to 280, only 1% of tweets reach the limit and 12% are longer than the old limit of 140. Only 5% are longer than 190. Before the limit the most common length of a tweet was 34 characters, now it's 33. Twitter did note there are fewer abbreviations. gr8 for great is down 36%, b4 for before is down 13% while great itself is up 32% and before is up 70%. The use of please has risen 54% and thank you 22%. Overall tweets are reieving more replies.||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/30/twitters-doubling-of-character-count-from-140-to-280-had-little-impact-on-length-of-tweets/|
|:40||AS||Uber announced a subscription service called RidePass. For a monthly fee all rides have a flat rate which Uber estimates will save riders 15% on monthly travel. The app will also keep tabs on how much you've saved. Drivers get paid usual rates. The plan costs $15 a month in Austin, Orlando, Denver, and Miami and $25 a month in LA where it also includes free bike and scooter access.||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/30/18042120/uber-ride-pass-monthly-subscription-cheap-fare|
|:43||SL||Canada's Interaxon introduced an update to its meditation assistant called Muse, that you wear like a headband. It monitors brainwaves to give you feedback as you meditate. The Muse 2 arrived Tuesday with the addition of heart rate and body movement monitoring as well as a Dashboard to track progress. The Muse 2 costs $249.||https://www.cnbc.com/2018/10/29/muse-2-meditation-assistant-headband-review.html|
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|:46||New iPad Pros: Apple Introduces Models Without Home Buttons | Fortune||http://fortune.com/2018/10/30/apple-new-ipad-pro-home-button/|
|Apple introduces a new magnetic Apple Pencil | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/30/apple-introduces-a-new-magnetic-apple-pencil/|
|The new Mac Mini is up to five times faster and starts at $799 | TechCrunch||https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/30/the-new-mac-mini-is-up-to-five-times-faster/|
|Apple updates MacBook Air with Retina display, Touch ID | Ars Technica||https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/apple-finally-updates-macbook-air-with-retina-display/|
|iOS 12.1 supports dual-SIM, group FaceTime, and stops ‘fixing’ selfies||https://thenextweb.com/apple/2018/10/30/ios-12-1-supports-dual-sim-group-facetime-and-stops-fixing-selfies/|
|Apple's Dual-SIM Tech Ruins Verizon Coverage||https://www.pcmag.com/news/364678/apples-dual-sim-tech-ruins-verizon-coverage|
|Apple announces AMD Vega graphics options for MacBook Pro - The Verge||https://www.theverge.com/2018/10/30/18042572/apple-amd-vega-graphics-options-macbook-pro|
|Blackmagic Design launches new eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56 alongside new Macs||https://9to5mac.com/2018/10/30/blackmagic-egpu-pro-external-graphics-thunderbolt-3/|
|Apple announces A12X with a 7-core GPU, 90% better multicore performance||https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/30/apple-announces-a12x-with-an-8-core-gpu-90-better-multicore-performance/|
|Apple Watch update enables the Series 4's ECG feature||https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/30/apple-watch-os-5-1-ecg-app/|
The new iPad Pro starts at $799 for the 11-inch and $999 for the 12.9-inch.
- 7-nanometer A12X Bionic chip with an 8-core CPU and 7-core GPU, which leads to 35 percent faster single-core performance and 90 percent faster for multi-core tasks
Pencil 2 $129
- Smart Keyboard Folio that attaches to the iPad Pro now sells for for $179 (11-inch) or $199 (12.9-inch)
- six core processor, up to 64GB of RAM and up to 2TB of solid state storage. Ports includee four Thunderbolt 3s, an HDMI and USB-A. The low-end version features 8GB of RAM and starts at $799.
- 13.3-inch Retina Display
- Touch ID
- 8th Gen Intel dual-core CPU with integrated graphics, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1.5TB SSD
- base model with 8GB RAM, a 1.6GHz Core i5, and a 128GB SSD — is on sale starting today for $1,199
- iOS 12.1 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch will be available tomorrow, with new features including Group FaceTime for up to 32 people, dual SIM support, real time Depth Control for Portrait mode, and new emoji.
- Dual SIM uses an eSIM which Verixzon and T-Mobile don't support yet. When Verixzon's physical SIM is in the secondary position in the US it only works on 2G. No MMS. It works fine outside the US.
- MacBook Pros will offer AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega graphics starting Nov 14
- 60 percent boost to performance across video editing, 3D design, and rendering tasks.
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|Aaron added some perspective on practical app access via subscription.|
I currently use Amazon's FreeTime subscription for my family. It provides apps, books, videos, and content controls.
The interesting thing about the Android and Amazon app experiences is that most of the apps are supported by advertising. This is highly off-putting especially because the contents of advertisements cannot be chosen or monitored like the apps themselves can.
One of the primary benefits of the subscription is the content and experience management.
The are no advertisements in the subscription apps. There can be in-app purchases.
Applications seem to be better vetted for content, stability, etc.
Along with the fire 10 tablets price / performance value, it makes for a good experience for our needs as a family.
I would be curious to see if Google is aiming for something similar or taking another approach.
It is effective for integrating people into your ecosystem. I really did not want to be in the amazon ecosystem. I prefer Google Home / Chromecast / Google Home Minis. I don't like that I can't integrate the two ecosystems. However, I am about to purchase more smart home device (cameras, doorbell, etc.). Unfortunately, it seems that I will have to choose an ecosystem. Odd as it seems, the Amazon FreeTime subscription has introduced a consideration for the Amazon ecosystem that I wouldn't have previously entertained.
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