TDH – Yelp review for my ATM

This week on the show, I quickly recap the Apple announcements which occurred on Tuesday, including the quick sellout of the iPhone 6+. We speak about a number of legislative and judicial announcements this week, from the coalition of tech companies that signed a letter to push the Email Privacy Bill forward, to a ruling about digitization of library books in the EU and what’s known colloquially as the ‘Yelp’ bill. T-Mobile had an August full of new customers, and we dive into some of the cool things that NASA is doing. All that and more this week!

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Apple Announcements:

iPhone sells out

http://recode.net/2014/09/12/larger-iphone-6-plus-sells-out-amid-strong-demand-for-apples-latest-crop/

 

iWatch is a real thing, but what is it for?

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/apples-smart-smartwatch-play-let-developers-find-the-killer-app/

 

US Gov. threatened Yahoo with $0.25 mill fine per day under PRISIM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/us-threatened-massive-fine-to-force-yahoo-to-release-data/2014/09/11/38a7f69e-39e8-11e4-9c9f-ebb47272e40e_story.html

 

Email Privacy Bill

http://cir.ca/news/email-privacy-act

 

California passes “Yelp” bill

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/09/10/california-passed-yelp-bill-protects-customers-writing-negative-reviews-businesses/

 

EU Court rules on library book use

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/11/libraries-can-digitize-books/

 

Sandisk announces 512GB SD card

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2468406,00.asp

 

T-Mobile adds record number of pre-paid subscribers

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/12/us-tmobile-subscribers-idUSKBN0H71PO20140912

 

Windows 9 leaked images

http://www.zdnet.com/windows-threshold-screenshot-leaks-whats-there-whats-not-7000033573/

 

Science News

Curiosity arrives at Mt. Sharp

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-mars-curiosity-rover-reached-mount-sharp-20140911-story.html

 

NASA to send laser pulses at Earth

http://www.theverge.com/2014/9/10/6131645/nasa-will-send-billions-of-laser-pulses-toward-earth-to-map-forests

 

Scientists make light behave like a solid

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/crystallized-light-reveals-potential

 

TDH – Product Heavy Show

This week on the show, we spend quite a fair amount of time on Apple, and the news of this past week, and the speculation on what will undoubtedly be the news of the week to come. The iCloud hack serves as a good Public Service Announcement for understanding how secure your personal effects actually are in the cloud. Not to be completely overshadowed, Motorola announced updated versions of the Moto X and Moto G smartphones, as well as the 360 smartwatch, and something called the Hint. We take a quick look through the latest from Nest, the home automation company, and talk about Tom Wheeler’s lofty goals for 25Mbps data speed broadband competition in the US. All that and more this week.

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Apple’s iCloud Breach

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/09/fbi-apple-investigating-celebrity-photo-hacks/

 

iCoud and the false security of two-factor

http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/02/think-iclouds-two-factor-authentication-protects-your-privacy/

 

Apple to ramp up security alerts

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/05/us-apple-cybersecurity-idUSKBN0H005N20140905

 

Apple to launch new iPhones and the iWatch

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/technology/apple-smartwatch-and-bigger-iphones-to-be-introduced.html

 

Moto updates the Moto X and Moto G

https://gigaom.com/2014/09/04/motorola-updates-the-moto-x-and-g-and-debuts-its-swish-new-smartwatch-the-moto-360/

 

Actually wearable circuitry

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn26145-fabric-circuits-pave-the-way-for-wearable-tech.html

 

Nest pushes update to Protect

http://gigaom.com/2014/09/04/nest-tweaks-protect-to-be-a-bit-less-sensitive-still-no-wave-function-though/

 

White House names Megan Smith the next CTO of the US

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/09/04/white-house-names-googles-megan-smith-the-next-chief-technology-officer-of-the-united-states/

 

FCC recognizes 25Mbps as competitive ground

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/09/most-of-the-us-has-no-broadband-competition-at-25mbps-fcc-chair-says/

 

Dyson’s Roomba competitor

http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/04/dyson-robot-vacuum-leak/

 

Facebook Frackups:

Netflix teams with Facebook to disseminate movie recomendations

http://techcrunch.com/2014/09/02/netflix-taps-facebook-to-let-you-privately-recommend-content-to-friends/?ncid=rss

 

6-Bit Byte:

Ikea’s new bookbook

http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/05/ikea-releases-apple-parody-bookbook-ad/?ncid=rss_truncated&cps=gravity

 

TDH – 100th Show!

This week on the show Erik joins me, and it is just like old times! We talk about T-Mobile’s latest consumer oriented policy, the possible implications of the launch of the HTC One (M8) running Windows Phone. Discussion of the launch of Windows 9 turns toward human computer interfaces as we move into new Beacon “Stickers”. A little bit of security talk this week as well, it seems the NSA might be helping to harden Tor, which is actually a good thing. We hope you enjoy!


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T-Mobile offering year of free data to converts

http://www.androidcentral.com/t-mobile-offering-year-free-data-sprint-att-and-verizon-converts

 

HTC One (M8) Windows launch

http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/08/19/htc-one-m8-windows-officially-launched-verizon-exclusive-available-today-99-front/

 

Windows 9 coming on September 30th

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/21/6052807/windows-9-preview-press-event-september

 

Estimote Beacon Stickers

http://thenextweb.com/gadgets/2014/08/21/estimotes-beacon-stickers-can-track-movement-temperature-communicate-youre-nearby/

 

iPhone 6 already gets redesign

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/22/us-apple-iphone-idUSKBN0GM0N620140822

 

Apple to ship reversible USB cables

http://www.macrumors.com/2014/08/15/new-lightning-cable-reversible-usb/

http://www.cnet.com/news/usb-type-c-one-cable-to-connect-them-all/

 

NSA might be tipping off Tor developers

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28886462

 

Researchers hack traffic lights

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/08/researchers-find-its-terrifyingly-easy-to-hack-traffic-lights/

TDH – Snowden’s Legacy

This week on the show, we discuss the net-neutrality comments the FCC received, how a smaller telco hopes to shape the wireless industry in Africa, and how Amazon is going to lock horns with Square. We take a quick glance at Twitter’s aim to better it’s anti-abuse policies, as well as Apple’s diversity report. The main focus is on Wired’s piece on Snowden, how the FCC hopes to crack down on spying, and what is the best protection you can get right now when it comes to securing your online breadcrumbs. Lastly, I look forward to the 100th show, which is coming up next week.

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A look at the FCC’s open internet comments

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/08/12/339710293/a-fascinating-look-inside-those-1-1-million-open-internet-comments

 

Twitter vows to improve policies

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/13/twitter-vows-to-improve-our-policies-after-robin-williams-daughter-is-bullied-off-the-network/

 

YouTube updates TV app

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/14/youtube-tv-app/

 

Africell aims to disrupt telco giants in Africa

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/08/14/in-africa-a-telco-disruptor-looks-for-gaps-amongst-giants/?mod=rss_Technology

 

Snowden, and his legacy

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/edward-snowden/

 

Tor for the rest of us, device demoed at Def Con

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/08/a-portable-router-that-conceals-your-internet-traffic/

 

New FCC task force for illegal use of cellular data collection

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/08/11/feds-to-study-illegal-use-of-spy-gear/

 

Amazon going after Square and PayPal

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/13/amazon-square-rival/

 

Apple releases diversity numbers

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/12/apples-retail-stores-helped-its-employee-diversity-stats-but-it-still-employs-a-lot-of-white-guys/

 

Apple’s renewed focus on iPad

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-08-11/apple-s-suppliers-said-to-begin-production-of-new-ipad-tablets.html

 

TDH – I will not mention Lyft/Uber again period

This week on the show, we discuss Sprint’s withdrawl from the T-Mobile purchase, how Samsung and Apple haven’t really gotten past their petty money issues, and Wikimedia Foundation’s list of pages removed from Google results in the EU. I spend a deal of time ranting about Lyft’s latest idea, which lead to the affirmation as the title of the show. Switching gears, we highlight a doctoral student here at CMU for her work humanizing robots of the future, and praise Yahoo and Google for promising compatible end-to-end email encryption in 2015. Don’t miss the supermoon tonight, but if you do, you can catch an encore early in September. All that and more this week!

 

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Sprint withdraws T-Mobile bid

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/05/sprint-tmobile/

 

Samsung and Apple drop legal disputes (outside US)

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/5/5973485/samsung-and-apple-dropping-legal-disputes-outside-the-us

 

Lyft launching carpooling service

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/08/06/lyft-launches-carpooling-strangers-service-lyft-line/

 

CMU Spotlight:  the humanization of robots

http://www.businessinsider.com/heather-knight-social-robotics-paper-2014-8

 

Public Wi-Fi in Russia to require personal info

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/08/public-wi-fi-users-in-russia-will-have-to-log-on-with-id-under-new-information-war-order/

 

WarKetteh: using household pets for wifi recon

http://www.wired.com/2014/08/how-to-use-your-cat-to-hack-your-neighbors-wi-fi/

 

Homeland security contractor hacked

http://boingboing.net/2014/08/06/major-homeland-security-contra.html

 

Yahoo to team with GMail for end-to-end email encryption

http://www.cnet.com/news/yahoo-teams-up-with-google-on-encrypted-webmail/

 

Wikipedia reveals ‘right-to-be-forgotten’ removed links

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28672121

 

6-Bit Byte:

Disney can turn anything into a spinning top

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/09/disney-tops/?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000595

 

Science News:

Supermoon tonight!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/supermoon-2014-all-you-need-to-know-about-this-sundays-supermoon-9658849.html

 

TDH – A Show Plan

This week seems a little formulaic on the show. We follow up on the gender diversity stories from last week, eBay is beating Twitter and Google, our blood boils with revelations about the insecurity of the ubiquitous USB flash drives, and new policies and requests coming out of Russia, including registering popular online bloggers. Tor warned us this week of a possible attack in early July aiming to deanonymize users, and then we jump into product announcements. Apple will buy Swell, the podcasting app, Google is rolling out support for Hangouts for businesses, and there is a new player aiming to buy (part of) T-Mobile USA. All that and more this week!

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eBay’s gender diversity

http://www.engadget.com/2014/08/01/ebay-gender-diversity/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

BadUSB: USB is no longer safe

http://www.zdnet.com/badusb-big-bad-usb-security-problems-ahead-7000032211/

 

Russia begins registering bloggers

http://gigaom.com/2014/08/01/the-registration-of-russian-bloggers-has-begun/

 

Russia asks Apple to submit code review

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/30/russian-government-asks-apple-to-hand-over-source-code-amid-spying-concerns

 

FISA court owns Verizon stock

http://www.vice.com/read/the-judges-approving-nsa-surveillance-requests-keep-buying-verizon-stock-725

 

UK’s ruling on ‘Right to be Forgotten’

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/30/right-to-be-forgotten-is-wrong

 

Tor warns of attack to deanonymize users

http://www.securityweek.com/tor-warns-attack-attempting-deanonymize-users

 

Apple to buy Swell

http://recode.net/2014/07/27/apple-to-buy-radio-app-swell-for-30-million/

 

Google Hangouts for business

http://recode.net/2014/07/30/google-sends-hangouts-to-work-enhances-chromebox-for-meetings/

 

Amazon going after Square

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/27/5942781/amazon-may-be-going-after-square-with-a-credit-card-reader-of-its-own

 

Iliad offer $15bill for majority of T-Mobile

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/07/31/french-upstart-makes-offer-for-t-mobile-usa/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

 

6-bit Byte

HP contracts with Gilt for smartwatch

http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/01/hps-gilt-exclusive-smartwatch-puts-fashion-first/?ncid=rss

 

Hilton to replace keys with your smartphone

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/28/5944499/smartphones-will-unlock-doors-at-hilton-hotels

 

Science News:

Scientists investigate radio bursts from space

http://boingboing.net/2014/07/29/scientists-investigate-radio-w.html#more-321393

 

TDH – I’m not a lawyer

This week on the show, I talk briefly about the reparations that Sony is paying out as a result of the 2011 PlayStation Network hack, how Amazon has quite a bit of cash flow, and what Apple’s Public Beta of OSX Yosemite might mean for the desktop experience. We dive into why Twitter, Google and Facebook having a 70/30 gender split in their workforce might not be as evil as you might think, how judges don’t seem to understand how warrants work, and the fact that Apple just patented a wristwatch. I also freely admit that I’m no lawyer.

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Sony to pay for PSN hack in 2011

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2014/07/sony-to-pay-up-to-17-75-million-in-2011-psn-hacking-settlement/

 

Less than one-third of Twitter employees are women

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/twitter/10987902/Less-than-third-of-Twitters-staff-is-female.html

 

Amazon misses sales projections, still rakes in lots of money

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/24/amazon-drops-5-after-missing-in-q2-with-in-line-sales-of-19-34b-larger-than-expected-loss-of-0-27/?ncid=rss

 

Amazon announces Amazon Wallet, aiming to transition into offline point-of-sale transactions?

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/22/amazon-quietly-launches-its-consumer-facing-mobile-wallet-app-amazon-wallet/?ncid=rss

 

Judge’s warrant could undermine personal email security

http://www.dailydot.com/politics/gmail-warrant-probable-cause-judge/

 

Deaf advocacy groups don’t want Verizon’s accessibility argument against net-neutrality to stand

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/07/deaf-advocacy-groups-to-verizon-dont-kill-net-neutrality-on-our-behalf/

 

OSX Yosemite Public Beta released this week

http://www.macworld.com/article/2454516/with-yosemite-public-beta-apples-more-open-than-ever.html

 

Apple granted broad patent for the iTime wristwatch

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/07/22/apple-granted-comprehensive-itime-smartwatch-patent-with-in-strap-circuitry-arm-gesture-support

 

Science News

You could have a Terabyte of memory in your phone

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/529386/super-dense-computer-memory/

 

Japan’s Prime Minister wants a robot Olymics in 2020 alongside Tokoyo games

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/22/5927879/japan-pm-shinzo-abe-wants-robot-olympics-2020

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