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

http://www.themukt.com/2014/09/19/native-netflix-ubuntu-linux/

 

Run Android apps in Chrome

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/hack-runs-android-apps-on-windows-mac-and-linux-computers/

 

SMS based Cosmos browser

http://www.themukt.com/2014/09/16/sms-based-cosmos-browser-developing-countries/

 

US Senate Bill to limit access to foreign email

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2686414/new-us-senate-bill-aims-to-limit-access-to-emails-stored-abroad.html

 

Coalition to better security tools

http://threatpost.com/new-initiative-simply-secure-aims-to-make-security-tools-easier-to-use

 

TrueCrypt getting new life?

http://www.esecurityplanet.com/open-source-security/truecrypt-getting-a-new-life.html

 

BitTorrent opens up Bleep secure messaging app

https://gigaom.com/2014/09/17/bittorrent-opens-up-bleep-alpha-releases-android-and-mac-apps-for-private-text-and-voice-chat/

 

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

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/09/sorry-att-and-verizon-4mbps-isnt-fast-enough-for-broadband/

 

Larry Ellison steps down from Oracle CEO

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-09-18/oracle-s-ellison-steps-down-as-ceo-replaced-by-hurd-and-catz.html

 

 

Science News

NASA signs SpaceX and Boeing

http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/september/nasa-chooses-american-companies-to-transport-us-astronauts-to-international/index.html#.VB3QOfldV8F

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

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

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/30/5857030/keurig-digital-rights-management-coffee-pod-pirates

 

GE to get into the smart lights market

http://www.engadget.com/2014/07/01/ge-link/?ncid=rss_truncated

 

Music Streaming continues market hold

http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/03/streaming-is-killing-downloads/

 

What will kill the free internet by 2025

http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/3/5868359/free-internet-2025-pew-report

 

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

http://www.zdnet.com/googles-embattled-webspam-chief-matt-cutts-is-taking-a-few-months-off-7000031242/

 

DARPA sets finals for robotics challenge

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9249481/Ready_the_robots_DARPA_sets_finals_for_robotics_challenge

 

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

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-07-03/the-bbc-doesnt-want-to-be-forgotten-by-google

 

Goldman Sachs got Google to delete a ‘sensitive’ email

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/03/us-google-goldman-leak-idUSKBN0F729I20140703

 

Simple file encryption

http://www.wired.com/2014/07/minilock-simple-encryption/

 

NSA targeting any private conscious individuals

http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/nsa230_page-1.html

 

Facebook Frackups:

Privacy Group files over Facebook’s mood experiment

http://www.ibtimes.com/privacy-group-files-complaint-ftc-over-facebook-mood-experiment-1619126

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