TDH – On Hiatus Until 2015

Hello all,

I want to thank you for listening to my show over the past 100+ episodes. Due to some personal things, the show will be on hiatus at least until the end of the calendar year while I reconnoiter my priorities. Do not hesitate to reach out to me here, or on twitter @mbaron.  The entire archive will certainly live on here at the blog in perpetuity.

Until I see you on the radio next, I’m Matthew Baron, reminding you to beware the digital hazard.


TDH – I Want Results

This week on the show, we speak to a number of Linux-y things, from native support of Netflix, which was a long time coming, to the new found ability to run Android apps in Chrome. There is a project underway to get a SMS based web browser off the ground for android users in third-world nations without a data plan, and Tom Wheeler has stated that 4Mbps broadband will keep rural America on the wrong side of the digital divide. We dive head first into the reason that security tools need better user experiences and the precedent a new Senate bill will place on government officials accessing emails stored on foreign servers. All that and a bit more this week on the show.

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Netflix coming to Linux


Run Android apps in Chrome


SMS based Cosmos browser


US Senate Bill to limit access to foreign email


Coalition to better security tools


TrueCrypt getting new life?


BitTorrent opens up Bleep secure messaging app


FCC says that 4Mbps is not fast enough for ‘broadband’


Larry Ellison steps down from Oracle CEO



Science News

NASA signs SpaceX and Boeing

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


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


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


Email Privacy Bill


California passes “Yelp” bill


EU Court rules on library book use


Sandisk announces 512GB SD card,2817,2468406,00.asp


T-Mobile adds record number of pre-paid subscribers


Windows 9 leaked images


Science News

Curiosity arrives at Mt. Sharp


NASA to send laser pulses at Earth


Scientists make light behave like a solid


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


iCoud and the false security of two-factor


Apple to ramp up security alerts


Apple to launch new iPhones and the iWatch


Moto updates the Moto X and Moto G


Actually wearable circuitry


Nest pushes update to Protect


White House names Megan Smith the next CTO of the US


FCC recognizes 25Mbps as competitive ground


Dyson’s Roomba competitor


Facebook Frackups:

Netflix teams with Facebook to disseminate movie recomendations


6-Bit Byte:

Ikea’s new bookbook


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


HTC One (M8) Windows launch


Windows 9 coming on September 30th


Estimote Beacon Stickers


iPhone 6 already gets redesign


Apple to ship reversible USB cables


NSA might be tipping off Tor developers


Researchers 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


Twitter vows to improve policies


YouTube updates TV app


Africell aims to disrupt telco giants in Africa


Snowden, and his legacy


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


New FCC task force for illegal use of cellular data collection


Amazon going after Square and PayPal


Apple releases diversity numbers


Apple’s renewed focus on iPad


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


Samsung and Apple drop legal disputes (outside US)


Lyft launching carpooling service


CMU Spotlight:  the humanization of robots


Public Wi-Fi in Russia to require personal info


WarKetteh: using household pets for wifi recon


Homeland security contractor hacked


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


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


6-Bit Byte:

Disney can turn anything into a spinning top


Science News:

Supermoon tonight!


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


BadUSB: USB is no longer safe


Russia begins registering bloggers


Russia asks Apple to submit code review


FISA court owns Verizon stock


UK’s ruling on ‘Right to be Forgotten’


Tor warns of attack to deanonymize users


Apple to buy Swell


Google Hangouts for business


Amazon going after Square


Iliad offer $15bill for majority of T-Mobile


6-bit Byte

HP contracts with Gilt for smartwatch


Hilton to replace keys with your smartphone


Science News:

Scientists investigate radio bursts from space


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


Less than one-third of Twitter employees are women


Amazon misses sales projections, still rakes in lots of money


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


Judge’s warrant could undermine personal email security


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


OSX Yosemite Public Beta released this week


Apple granted broad patent for the iTime wristwatch


Science News

You could have a Terabyte of memory in your phone


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

TDH – Confusion and Sadness

This week on the program, we start off by talking about technology that needlessly makes life ‘simpler’, Keurig’s new anti-copying K-Cup system and GE’s foray into Phillip’s smartphone controlled lighting market. Nielsen reports what we already suspected, that streaming is taking market control from downloads, at least in the US, and Google’s anti-webspan chief, Matt Cutts is taking leave for a few months. After talking about DARPA’s emergency response robot challenge, we go into examples of things that are threats to the open internet by 2025, misuse of the ECJ’s ‘right to be forgotten’, and revelations about how little you have to do for the NSA to follow up on your internet traffic. You also might want to steer clear of Facebook, especially if your mood is volatile. All this and more this week!
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Keurig’s DRM for Coffee


GE to get into the smart lights market


Music Streaming continues market hold


What will kill the free internet by 2025


Google’s anti-spam chief to take some time off


DARPA sets finals for robotics challenge


BBC doesn’t want Merrill Lynch article to be ‘forgotten’


Goldman Sachs got Google to delete a ‘sensitive’ email


Simple file encryption


NSA targeting any private conscious individuals


Facebook Frackups:

Privacy Group files over Facebook’s mood experiment

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