Netflix, Amazon, United States discussed on Daily Tech News Show
So I'll remember that they're losing that exemption then Amazon spokesperson confirmed a CNBC Amazon Prime Pantry which launched in two thousand fourteen is temporarily closed in the US. Due to high order volumes tied to of course people preparing to stay at home because of Cova nineteen prime pantries that let's prime members by packaged groceries and household items discount. 'cause you pack them all together in one shipment. No Word on win service for Prime Pantry will resume. Let's talk a little bit more about what Europe Santa Netflix Justin. Well Tom the European Union's internal market and Services Commissioner Atira Britain called on streaming video providers to switch to standard definition content during peak usage and take other measures to ease the strain on Internet infrastructure. Netflix says it will reduce bit rates across all streams in Europe for thirty days and estimates that will estimates that it will reduce NETFLIX TRAFFIC ON EUROPEAN NETWORKS. By around twenty five percent later retin warned that network provider were network providers that wild they can take quote exceptional traffic management measures and quote to ease congestion. They must not discriminate against individual content providers commission also called on users to use Wi fi over cellular whenever possible and choose lower content resolution when possible. Bits saving measures are going into effect. Watch- watching standard Def for our survival exact. Yeah because this is crazy. Broadband distancing pleased distance. You're bits appropriately. Don't pack them into tightly. Bits will be two meters apart as delivered to your Netflix streaming. At the same time it would be hard to argue. No no no. I am not going to standard def. It's just not that big of a crisis and honestly there is a lot of video delivering of that can literally grow or shrink the Internet based on on how you do it it. Networks is taking those steps then. I think everybody can deal with a few more pixels and a and an hats off to the people who are working to keep the Internet running It isn't as easy as it might seem to. It's kind of amazing that it's still working to me. No kidding we'll speaking of video streaming. A lot of folks are experimenting now. More than ever with chrome extension called Netflix Party. The let's group of friends who all have netflixing cup video watching together so it's like a party you're all you know shelter place and has a chat room so you can chat while you're watching all users and a party. Have the option to pause rewind or fast forward unless the initiator reserves that function to themselves could get a little crazy depending on how many people are doing it. Polygon points out that there are other similar options like mets dream for chrome and Firefox. Six to seven which has paid tier to access some services like Hulu or Disney plus and watched two together which also supports audio streams. If you happen to want to listen to podcasts with your friends as with all browser extensions be careful. All extensions are not created equal. And it's hard to tell who's making some of these programs so be You know vigilance and install your own risk. Yeah I was trying to figure out. Who is behind Netflix party? They don't care about US page. There's not much detail about them. They have a three star rating on the chrome extension store so that that raise my hackles a little bit Is it just just be careful? Be Wise make This idea of watching things is always one where Mike do. People really want to do this. And this is Talia right. Like if it's ever GonNa work this. Is it actually have a group of friends who were all kind of scattered around? We're on the US but no one lives anywhere near me. So I'm not going to be in the same room watching Netflix with them at any point. Well we all have not fucks and this kind of got floated as a great idea and we all said. Yes. Let's do. It can't agree on a time as humans where we all want to do together. It requires us. Everyone's on appointment viewing now so it's like why can't do that at nine. Nine your time is midnight for me. Sarah. So it's It's still hurting cats a little bit but I love this idea. I've always wanted something like this to work well. And that's not even because I'm stuck at home just this like a fun thing to do with people who you just aren't going to see that. I say that this is something that I I am taking a fresh. Look at all of these things like. I have never when they announce facetime to have multiple parties. That you get a bunch of people in there initially. I'm like whatever I mean. I barely like it when anybody face times me let alone phase timing with many people and yet there. I was last night with two friends that I normally go out without Wednesdays. We now can't because of shelter at home and we were enjoying each other's company on multiple phase facetime. So I'm all about this. I do think however please please friends you cannot double check these plug INS enough to have a. They can that they are. They are back doors and not all the ones that Sarah mentioned are extensions. Some of them are independent services. But again you given your information to other people you can just try to get on chat and say three to one press play but it won't perfectly sink Yeah so that that's kind of what these services are providing the ability to do this. I wonder if Netflix will just R- they've they've had a service like this out of their hacker groups before the ramp up something like that that they offer themselves or some of those other products out there comeback. But yeah this is Go check out that polygon article has a wrap up of all the ones that that Sarah mentioned and kind of evaluate them. Pick the ones right for you. Monday announced it had trained. It's lowy neurotrophic trip at chip to identify the sense of ten different hazardous chemicals a paper in the Journal. Nature Machine Intelligence describes work done with Cornell University on the Louis Heat ship with the output of seventy two chemical sensors teaching Louis. He that a particular response correspondent to the presence of a particular chemical. So it's not just a sensor that detects a molecule. It's actually trying to mimic the human brain's ability to detect smells so that it can distinguish chemicals even among interfering smells. If one smell is overpowering the other It might still be able to tell that. It's there Wednesday. Intel announced the General Readiness of POA wiki springs a self contained neuromorphic system running on seven hundred sixty eight Louis. He chips available to researchers in the CLOUD INTEL CISCO WHO IKI springs is similar in neural capacity to the brain of a small mammal. So the first thing I thought here was just safety like industrial safety. Have certain situations where you're dealing with chemicals where it might not be immediately clear to a human brain that they're that things are raising to unsafe levels that that this would be a way to do it. A kind of a digital canary in a coal mine. Right are there any obligations that you can think of the top of your head? Yeah that's a really good one any kind of safety situation where where you're looking for leaks or spills any kind of security situation There's there's a lot of ego through the TSA here in the United States or any any security at an airport and they'll do those swabs and things because they're checking for chemicals this smell the ambient air and say well. Hey hold on We think we detect the faint odor of something. That shouldn't be in. Somebody's luggage and then you can. You can start checking around to find out where comes from. That's that's sensitive of a situation. Then you have where where you have to you have to look for. The actual molecules themselves yameen carbon monoxide. Alarms you know at least at least in California. You know it's it's you have to do it. It's it's a legality But eating or even in situations like that where there's something that is unsafe at a certain level but maybe you're burning a candle you know and you you just you aren't able to discern between that kind of thing having the technology to be able to be like where we are detecting something For a variety of things. That shouldn't be shouldn't be sniffed or just been around is pretty cool Amazon. Enclosed a small warehouse in Queens New York following a positive cove in nineteen tests by an associate associates at the warehouse were sent home with pay. As Amazon sanitizers the facility Amazon's et. It has increased sanitizing surfaces at facilities and staggered shift times among measures to prevent further spread the US National Institute of Health Says. The virus can stay active on cardboard for up to twenty four hours and two to three days on plastic and steel but those are droplets not necessarily just droplets or the way they think transmission happens in most cases if people who get covert probably get it from droplet which is usually sneezed or coughed. More likely Something in the air. It's not airborne but it's droplets. That happened in the air. And so if it gets on a surface it could possibly transmit the virus. What they're saying is look. We find that the the viruses is still valid or an active for up to twenty four hours on cardboard but they also don't think that is the major way that it is transmitted. So if you if you've got someone who is at high risk you might want to take that into account and keep those cardboard boxes away from them until you're sure they they've been away for more than twenty four hours etc but it's not a high likelihood of getting something from the package that said Amazon needs to be more transparent about what they're doing to keep these facilities safe. I've gotten banks telling me more about how they're wiping down the counters at their at their branches than we know about what Amazon's actually doing in their warehouses some transparency would go a long way to having people understand how this all works and it's another indication if we had more testing you could just say. Look if you're in a position where you're going to be touching things you know the. Us Post Office Amazon. Let's just test everybody. The problem is we don't have enough test so we can't afford to just test. Everybody like that Hopefully there there are at least doing test for fever. Make sure that if anybody has a fever they're not allowed to come to work at these warehouses things like that but you don't. There's not a high risk of getting this from a package. We did want to pass along those facts about the activity of the virus. Just just so you have the facts as well wash your hands. There's there's the one Then now forever. Wash your hands if you've got an Amazon package and you handle it Washer and tossed the packaging as soon as you get. Yeah I mean. The Amazon has so many warehouses at so many different sizes. All over the place. And you've got you say well. Okay let's say you more or less trust Amazon to do the right thing. Okay well they figured out a certain facility needed a thorough a thorough cleaning and they're being really fast across the board. Okay even so I mean I don't know how someone who is driving in Amazon freight truck interacts with anybody at a warehouse. And how many people that might go through before it gets to me. I mean there's there's so much involved in less Amazon says here's exactly what's going on in here all the steps. We're taking from the point that you order something to the point that you you know plug in your new smart because it's been delivered to you. It is really hard. It's it's it's hard to know so yes as you mentioned just in you have to go overboard in in keeping yourself safe because that's all you can really do. Yeah I mean it's annoying. Everyone knows it's annoying. But just it's just wash your hands fifty times. It's fine I got some. I got some hands up. That smells really good. I am enjoying it in my hands. Not The worst thing in the world. I mean I did it before but I do it a lot. Conan O'Brien announced on Wednesday. He will return to full shows on. March thirtieth. He wrote on twitter. I will shoot at home using an iphone and my guests. Well skype. This will not be pretty but feel free to laugh at our attempt. Stay safe. 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