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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 – 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 – The Digital Hazard for OSX

This week on the show, I talk about some of the cool announcements out of Google’s I/O conference this past week, including the new form of phone unlock, and a refactoring of the runtimes in the OS. Also in Google news, they have begun compliance with the EU ‘right to be forgotten’ law. Meanwhile, Apple has discontinued Aperature, and plans to build a 4.7” iPhone. A potential win for the state of Missouri when it comes to personal security of digital communications. We talk about the NSA transparency report and Facebook’s attempt to recover bulk data that was turned over to New York state. All that and more!

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Google’s I/O conference this past week, Announces new unlock type

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/25/google-makes-phone-logins-easier-with-personal-login-feature-for-android-l/

 

Android to move from Dalvik to ANT

http://phandroid.com/2014/06/25/android-l-migrates-to-art-runtime-abandons-dalvik/

 

Google Chromecast to jump air-gap, and talk to devices not on same network

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5846726/chromecast-will-use-ultrasonic-sounds-to-connect-nearby-devices

 

Google begins removing search results under EU law

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/26/5844982/google-begins-removing-search-results-under-EU-right-to-be-forgotten

 

Apple discontinues Aperature

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/27/apple-to-cease-development-of-aperture-and-transition-users-to-photos-for-os-x/?ncid=rss

 

Apple to begin production of 4.7” phone

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-24/apple-s-big-iphones-said-to-start-production-next-month.html

 

Simon & Schuster to make all ebooks available to libraries

https://gigaom.com/2014/06/26/simon-schuster-makes-all-its-ebooks-available-to-libraries-following-successful-trial/

 

NSA posts first full transparency report

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/27/5849618/the-nsa-just-posted-its-first-ever-transparency-report

 

Missouri to amend state consitiution to require warrant for digital searches

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/23/missouri-may-amend-its-constitution-to-require-warrant-for-digital-searches/

 

Linux continues to dominate supercomputer operating systems

http://www.zdnet.com/linux-dominates-supercomputers-as-never-before-7000030890/

 

Facebook Frackups:

Facebook tries to recover bulk data from New York law enforcement

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2401462/facebook-tries-to-recover-bulk-user-data-seized-by-new-york-law-enforcement.html

 

TDH – Government Data Hogs

This week on the show, we talk at length about your data on the internet, and who and why they are interested in it. Hint: primarily to make a quick dollar. Specifically we make mention of Vodafone’s unprecedented multi-national review of secret data requests from governments, Microsoft’s call to the US government to end mass data collection and how Google’s new Chrome extension might help secure our emails. It is now official, Sprint has made an offer to buy T-Mobile, and like AT&T before it, we await regulator’s decisions. Turkish ISPs finally unblock YouTube, and Apple might ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack. All that and more this week.

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Netflix’s message to users: “Verizon is why your movie is slow”

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/4/5778770/netflix-warning-members-when-service-providers-cause-bad-speeds

 

Turkish ISP unblocks YouTube

http://mashable.com/2014/06/03/turkey-unblocks-youtube/

 

Sprint to buy T-Mobile, officially

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/06/05/tmobile-sprint-corp-idUSL1N0OL2MT20140605

 

Apple to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack?

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/04/lightning-headphone-spec/

 

Amazon’s June 18th product announcement, and the tech behind it

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/05/amazons-3d-smartphone-is-powered-by-omrons-face-sensing-tech/

 

Google to offer end to end Encryption

http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/bits/2014/06/03/google-offers-new-encryption-tool/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hpw=&rref=technology&_r=0

 

Microsoft calls on US Gov to end data collection

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/microsoft-calls-u-s-end-bulk-data-collection-stop-data-center-hacking/

 

Vodafone reveals calls from governments for data

http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/jun/06/vodafone-reveals-secret-wires-allowing-state-surveillance

 

Secret Service contracting for sarcasm detector

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/06/03/the-secret-service-wants-software-that-detects-social-media-sarcasm-yeah-sure-it-will-work/

 

6-Bit Byte

US Ambassador sworn in over Kindle

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/06/02/a-u-s-ambassador-was-just-sworn-in-on-a-kindle/

 

Glasshole.sh, a script to keep Glass off your network

http://www.wired.com/2014/06/find-and-ban-glassholes-with-this-artists-google-glass-detector/?mbid=social_gplus

 

TDH – WWDC, Truecrypt’s future and some Google

This week on the show, I speak at length about what to expect out of Apple with all of the recent news of the company, and given that WWDC, starts Monday the 2nd. This is spurred on by Eddy Cue’s pronouncement that the coming cloud offerings are the best in a quarter century. Katie Cotton, one of the most influential communication execs in technology retired this week after 18 years of making Apple what it is. We dive into some of the theories surrounding the disappearance of TrueCrypt, which has for a decade been a standard for volume encryption. I speak against Rep. Bob Latta’s bill on Net Neutrality, and we talk about Google’s future moves in it’s ever expanding reach. All this and more this week.

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WWDC starts June 2nd

http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/30/what-to-expect-at-apples-wwdc-2014/?ncid=rss

Eddy Cue touts best product line in 25 years

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/29/5759262/apples-cue-weve-got-the-best-product-pipeline-in-25-years

Katie Cotton ends tenure at Apple

http://recode.net/2014/05/30/goodbye-to-all-that-today-is-katie-cottons-last-day-at-apple/

Truecrypt no longer supported, not trusted to be secure

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/05/bombshell-truecrypt-advisory-backdoor-hack-hoax-none-of-the-above/

http://steve.grc.com/2014/05/28/whither-truecrypt/

https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

Bill to prohibit FCC reclassification

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2303080/bill-would-prohibit-fcc-from-reclassifying-broadband-as-utility.html

Turkish court rules access to YouTube not to be restricted

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-27623640

Europe’s right to be forgotten and Google

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/googles-right-to-be-forgotten-response-is-disappointingly-clever/

Google’s Self-driving car

http://www.cnet.com/news/google-unveils-self-driving-car-sans-steering-wheel/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Google to buy Dropcam, signalling home automation?

http://www.theverge.com/2014/5/26/5753026/google-and-nest-considering-home-security

Facebook Frackups:

Facebook and pop culture

http://www.wired.com/2014/05/facebooks-year-tv/

Science News:

Photonic crystals signal new developments in RAM technology

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/05/photonic-crystals-used-to-make-optical-ram/

TDH – Apple’s Genre Experts

This week on the show I talk about how Apple is hiring “Genre Experts” and should be hiring college radio DJs, to do the same thing. Uber and Lyft are now an officially legal thing in California, and while Google spins off Calico to fight aging, Steve Ballmer calls Microsoft a monopoly. All in a day’s work.

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California Greenlights Uber and Lyft

http://gigaom.com/2013/09/19/ride-sharing-services-like-uber-and-lyft-get-green-light-in-california/

Twitter to add banks to IPO

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/19/us-twitter-ipo-idUSBRE98I0NA20130919

iPhone 5s on sale with limited gold numbers

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4749888/iphone-5c-5s-begin-sale-in-stores-gold-numbers-limited

Google goes flat

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/google-makes-its-new-flat-logo-and-app-launcher-style-nav-menu-official-will-roll-out-over-the-next-few-weeks/

Google announces Calico

http://googlepress.blogspot.com/2013/09/calico-announcement.html

Ballmer calls Google a monopoly

http://www.theverge.com/2013/9/20/4751516/ballmer-calls-google-a-monopoly

Cyanogen spun up as company

http://www.engadget.com/2013/09/18/cyanogen-is-now-a-company/

Apple hiring ‘genre experts’ to better iTunes Radio

http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/09/17/apple-hiring-genre-experts-to-fine-tune-itunes-radio-programming

Apple to fix iOS lock screen hack

http://allthingsd.com/20130919/yes-apple-is-working-on-a-fix-for-the-ios-7-lock-screen-hack/

Apple can read iMessages

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/09/19/apple_can_read_your_imessages_whenever_they_want_researchers_claim.html

6-bit Byte:

Cat can unlock Touch ID

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/19/watch-a-cat-unlock-the-iphone-5s-using-touch-id-and-the-fingerprint-sensor/

1888 Hotel will waive fee for 10,000 Instagram followers

http://www.ubergizmo.com/2013/09/1888-hotel-lets-you-stay-for-free-if-you-have-more-than-10000-instagram-followers/