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Amazon Sees a Palm Reader in your Future - DTNS 3876
"Hi this is Karen. And I WANNA talk to you about my new podcast for the New York Times called sway if you WanNa know what people who hold power in our world are really all about need to hear how they answer the tough questions and that is my specialty, and although it might get messy as it always does it's also going to be really fun. You can get swayed wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes are available Mondays and Thursdays. Coming up on detail us how the pandemic fixed shopping locally online, Lenovo? S- foldable tablet laptop, and a jet pack for medics. This is the daily Tech News for Tuesday September Twenty th twenty twenty in Los Angeles I'm Tom. Merritt. And from Studio Redwood I'm Sarah. Lane. And from the forest to Finland I'm Patrick, Beige? And on the show's producer Roger Chan, we were just talking about watermelon and kit cats and French fries and peace in our time on good day Internet, you can get that wider of conversation by becoming a member of patriotic dot com slash. S Let's start with a few things you should know. Microsoft's bing search APP will appear as a download prompt on new android phones in Germany the UK and France after being at one slots for thirteen countries in a Google auction for the search engine choice screen on Android Info Dot Com will appear in thirty one countries Privacy Wall in twenty, two G. M. X. in sixteen and duck duck go in eight. Microsoft announced that the play will be available at no additional cost to subscribers of xbox game pass ultimate starting November ten on Xbox. It will come to PC sometime in December xiaomi announced a number of new products coming to India among them are the me watch revolve, which promises a week of battery life that's coming October sixth for nine, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, nine rupees though the price goes up to ten, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, nine after wally the me smart band five with. Fifty meter water resistance and a two week battery life coming October first for two, thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees. There's also the me Athol leisure shoes for one thousand four, hundred ninety, nine rupees. That's only about twenty bucks us the Me Automatic Soap Dispenser for nine hundred, Ninety nine rupees and a smart speaker with Google assistant coming October first for three, thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees, and finally a me smart led bulb available now in India for four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees. Nokia has reached an agreement with the UK's bt to provide base stations and antennas for its e e Five G. networks. Nokia will also replace Wa wa equipment and bts to G, and four g networks and Nokia will develop an open ran ecosystem for bt so that suppliers can be switched by software without having to change. Equipments. Google need for android and IOS got noise cancellation mead can filter out all kinds of noises including typing construction and door noises. Google meet also added attendance reports for educators. Writer sources say the e you will approve google purchase fitbit sounds like we'll wait for the confirmation, but it looks good. Google. Did say it will restrict the use of fitbit for Google ads and continue promises to continue to let fitbit users connect to third party services. Disney plus launched group watch for up to seven friends and family to watch movies and TV together. Well, in different locations. Everybody has have Disney plus account, but otherwise, you can be in a group together group watched was previously tested in Canada Australia and New Zealand today launching for viewers in the United States group watched doesn't require users to install a browser extension and will work on any device. D Wave launched a cloud quantum computing service gold advantage that less. Let's customers access more than five thousand cubits advantage IOS designed for commercial applications. As at scale is designed for commercial applications at scale, it's hybrid silver service can handle problems with up to one million variables. All right. Let's talk about saving local businesses with online shopping. Shall We let's do it protocols doing an in depth look at small businesses to find out what technology they're using to get through the pandemic hit small businesses particularly hard all over the world, the most common option and the. Biggest beneficiary is Amazon. You have to pay them for storage share a cut of the sale and risk disappearing into the depths of the algorithm for a number of factors, not all of which are intentional but it has a huge upside in the amount that you can sell and the ease of operations. However, ECOMMERCE doesn't have to be a national play stores may not fully return to in-person shopping after the pandemic. Things are changing around here. Shop Affi- has seen a surge in sign up for a local businesses who wished to stay local shop is added new features like a point of sale system designed for curbside pickup, a delivery, and Chop Affi- shop APP for customers to discover local stores. Another new trend is dark stores that's brand stores without a consumer location. So products are stored. Locally and delivered by a company like Jordache dark store dot com launched an APP called fast af you probably understand what that means to enable to our delivery windows. Examples are big brands like Nike local brands like Los Angeles's compare parties, chocolates one effort not in the protocol article is from Brett Rounds Bill he's a friend of the show and other friends who put together keep. OAKLAND ALIVE DOT COM to connect local shops in Oakland with consumers basically saying if you live here but I stuff from your local merchants, they need your help and some services are helping restaurants specifically observe point of sale had to remind restaurants that they could turn on its online ordering functions and offered to help and fee credits to do so square toast along with observe. Offer qr codes setups for Menus ordering even in store use of contactless payment general has jumped forty percent over last year protocols, publishing more stories and what it calls. It's small business recovery manual with twelve parts plan for the week you've got four or five out already, and if you're a small business, I highly recommend looking at this. There's a lot of good resources in there. But when Brett? Contacted me about keep Oakland alive. He described it as we want to make it as easy and convenient. As Amazon to shop at your local merchants and it seems like he's not alone that there are a lot of people building that because suddenly local merchants couldn't say like we get enough for traffic. Why do we need to go online? They had to go online and shop vise been the biggest beneficiary of that. But it seems like from this protocol article, we're going to see this stick, and now suddenly you're GonNa have a lot more options to buy including locally by without these local businesses like you said, Sarah Having to have a national plan. It always felt like well, if going online, I should be worldwide, right? No, you don't need to. One of the fun things about Keep Oakland water. No, it's fun but keep Oakland Alive which is really cool and well done by the way good Kudos to bread and and his team. But if you do not live in Oaklands if you do not have the Red Zip code, you can buy stuff from there because I was perusing and I was Like Oh, like there are some local merchants that I've never heard of before like maybe I'll like sweatshirt or something I can't because I don't live there and the whole idea is all right. Let's get back on the ground with a lot of the idea of these sort of nameless faceless companies where you can get everything the Amazons of the world. I mean. We're we're all very used to that now but what about you know the merchant right around the corner from you and the fact that they're having a hard time and the fact that you live there and you're the you're you are their customer, you're supposed to be their customer anyway and the idea of okay. Well, if you like this, find something like this in your physical neighborhoods and buy from them. How long until Amazon allows you to shop locally in one section of the store. Think. It might. I was to say that sounds like something you can already do but here's the thing if I know I wanNA shop say in Oakland if I live in Oakland I know where to go if I'm on Amazon it's going to be harder to make that work I'm not saying Amazon won't be able to make that work but it's GonNa. Be Harder to make front and center and a lot of people want to shop local. Want to subvert big tech like. All right. So the reason, the reason keep Oakland alive only ships. Oakland addresses they're they're providing free delivery free same day delivery right? They're trying to be as convenient as Amazon and they can do that if you're like, oh, all of our orders are in the same town as the shops that are fulfilling them. Well, natural disasters are becoming more frequent, and one of the biggest problems with disaster response is getting powered. Nissan adapted it leaf car for a working concept vehicle called the relief. Once a on the scene responders can use the leaf has a mobile power supply with waterproof one, hundred, ten to twenty volt sockets mounted on the exterior in another emergency response development. G Great. North. Air Ambulance Service in the UK has carried out a test flight of a jet suit for medics. It can fly person in ninety seconds to the top of a hill that we'd take thirty minutes on foot. The suits have three engines one for on each arm and one on the back Yeah Roger was saying he's been following Richard Browning of gravity industries who. The jet pack that they're using for the great north, Air Ambulance Service for a while and these are really cool and they work and they're. In Service of something very important here, which is like getting help to people fast I mean, you can only carry a small amount of medical equipment, but it could be just enough to to help get someone to safety or defibrillator to keep them alive while you figure out how to get them out of wherever they are. Yeah, nine seconds not minutes. That's that's that's big. That's a that's a big big difference I'd love to try one of these out. Some. Please someone please love it sounds so fun. But yeah even the you know the the relief working as a way for first responders to be able to charge up stuff because of course, everybody's got to have electronics. You know this is how you're communicating with with whoever else you're working with. Back. Back home back at the base also very cool. Yeah. Definitely something that that I think we'll get I mean the the jetpack is really funding gets a lot of. You know publicity. I'm sure it's very useful in some specific cases. It feels like the relief is a thing that would be adapted to other vehicles and that could be used like all time in these situation. Yeah. I mean I think you're the Great North Air Ambulance Service is in a very rocky hilly area. And so they WANNA get up to these flat tops at the top a hills, and so that makes sense that it would work there. But you know in Kansas maybe it's not as useful. But Elif like you say that's that's practical. It's not as flashy but it can be used anywhere. Amazon unveiled a new biometric technology called Amazon one and let's shoppers pay at stores by scanning the palm of their hand either when they walk in the door or when they check out, you can use it as a point of sale. You could use his as authentication in an Amazon go store. For example to sign up for the option you go scan your palm and then insert your payment. Card at a terminal in a store from then on, you just need to hold your palm above scanner to authenticate that it's you, and here's the thing you do not have to link to Amazon account to use it you're associating your palm with your payment method if you want to link it to your Amazon account because you're shopping in an Amazon store and that's helpful you can, but it's not required. It can be used to check you into a place like an Amazon go store where you walk in and then it just tracks. You automatically charges you in you walk out. Or Grocery stores could buy it for point of sale so that you just use it. When you walk out to pay for your items, the feature will be installed I at the entrance of to. Amazon's go stores in Seattle and will eventually roll out to Amazon's twenty goes stores as well as possibly whole foods locations. They didn't say that for sure. Does say they want to sell the technology to other stores that they don't own Amazon says it will know when a customer uses the option at third party stores but that's it. They're not going to collect data on what you buy how much you spend they. They will know that it was used because they want to have that kind of compiled usage data but that's it. Amazon might also implemented as a replacement for ID cards and office buildings or tickets at stadiums you associate your ticket with your hand and then you just scan your way into the event. And the. The friction well, friction lists I, mean friction. Fewer friction. Than that you know me rummaging through my purse and trying to find my ATM card and that sort of thing I mean this is besides just being like woo cool biometric scanner palms this is just going to get more people through the And that makes a Lotta sense I shop at whole foods pretty often. Obviously Amazon owned I don't know what other companies would by the technology from Amazon but this seems like it's just the inevitable future. I mean the technology is really cool the idea that you don't need anything other than yourself to offend or pay is cool as a concept. Now when you pair it with Amazon I, know they're saying you know you don't have to link it to anything we won't know anything and I'm sure you know that's how it's supposed to work but it's still a little bit scary for a number of reasons. What's really interesting to me is that these kinds of things it feels like they should have been developed by companies like. Credit, Card companies, visa. Mastercard's over these and I don't think they couldn't earn maybe the technology is complex, but I don't think they couldn't i. wonder if they are just thinking, you know that's privacy minefield. We don't really WANNA to go there and Amazon with you know the other big Internet companies are like. Whatever, let's just do it. We'll see what happens worst case we get scolded. Let's you know we we should maybe there it feels like they're being a little bit more brazen about this because it's weird that Amazon is getting there and not companies that are closer to that kind of use. Okay. You are not alone in this x factor with Amazon being the one to do this but what is different is the palm print? Is it? So, there's no difference in the data that could be collected than if you were using any other kind of payment system, right? The only thing though is the palm print. So, is it the fact that they are keeping up a palm print signature on file that that is what bugs you because. There's there's otherwise no difference than using a credit card. Yeah. That's exactly it. That's that's the issue. The fact that any biometric identifier is part of yourself and you can't change it. You can't get rid of it whereas a credit card they you maybe it's not as easy as that but you have the allusion that you always you know throw away your credit card or and it won't be associated with. US Somehow. magically you know it's just it may be a little bit irrational. It's still a real feeling. Yeah. Because I mean I think there's some security questions that Amazon is answering and we're not covering them here about like, okay. How accurate is this? How secure are you keeping the storage are the unique? Apparently palmprints are even unique amongst twins so they're very unique. Situation the the security is apparently well well regarded by independent auditors here. So if that will bears out, I don't really have a problem with this any more than I have a problem with face idea or touch ID. Oh. That's exactly the same thing. Yes. They the same problem palm prints, fingerprints, Iris ear shape. All of these are the same. It's part of you. That's what I think. It is an emotional reaction rather than necessarily a logical one. Personally I think it sparked emotional, but it's also logical that that part of you is not. interchangeable, right it's not an accessory sure which is a security issue like my palm gets stolen now I can't change it I that I agree with that's a problem with any biometric I. Don't know that it's a privacy issue because he already relating it to yourself even if you didn't use your problem. Well. You might have an emotional reaction to this next story. It's always nice when something announced at CBS happens January and Las Vegas every year becomes real. Well, it's going to be a little bit different this next January but back in January Lenovo announced the thinkpad x one fold and now it's a reality. This is the one with the foldable Oh led screen it's available for preorder starting at two thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine dollars the fold can be used as a large thirteen point three inch tablet or propped up on easel. Stand. With a wireless keyboard or configured as dual nine point, six inch screens, or partially folded as a thirteen inch notebook or even held like a book. The fold comes with windows ten home or pro on eleventh Jan core I five Intel processors with Wifi six, two USB ports and SIM card slot for optimal optional gene. All muddles come with eight gigs of soldered Ram and from two hundred, fifty, six gigs up to one terabyte of storage along with a fifty watt battery the thinkpad. X One fold whiz two, point two pounds and has optional five G. support as well. Accessories include the aforementioned easel stand a stylus called the MoD Penn Anna Bluetooth mini fold keyboard that can be used in laptop mode and stored on top of or inside the fold where it would wirelessly charge Leonova also announced the x one Nanno that weighs nine seven grams or one point nine, nine pounds you know metric it's lightest thinkpad yet it's got until alum. Jen Processors, Z. Graphics and? A certified as Intel's Yvo platform comes with windows ten pro o'ruba onto Wifi six optional five G. Thunderbolt four, three, hundred, sixty degree Mike starting at one thousand, three, hundred, ninety, nine dollars four preorder now available by the end of the year Laville also announced a whole lot of other books including the think book fifteen at two with built in wireless ear buds that think book for S Yoga to in one all arriving in October November from five, hundred, forty, nine dollars and up. I want that x one fold. I'm probably not GONNA pay for it, but I really love the look of. What I I agree like I'm like this is cool. But what about it makes you want it make those anyway. Yeah I can use it like a thirteen inch laptop when it's on the easel by the easily I guess but or I can have it as a miniature laptop I can fold it up. It's nice and slim stick it in a bag I can use it like a thinkpad with a thinkpad keyboard with that wireless keyboard. It's just so gosh, darn versatile. Basil do. It's it's the best. Pestle now, well, I mean it doesn't look great. The thing is. You, know you know the Magnet, how do they work? Saying yes. What I have the same one with foldable 's except it's what are they four? I don't I don't have an answer for you. That's all. They're cool. I agree I agree with that. You Complain About your battles. I'll sit here on my Microsoft duo going I don't know what it's good for either but I sure enjoy using it. I want to get all the headlines each date about five minutes be sure to subscribe to daily tech headlines Dot Com. Last. Week, we told you about Amazon's new cloud gaming service Luna, which will soon be available in early access in the United States as a refresher. The basic monthly subscription gives customers access to a channel called Luna, plus that has a library of games curated by Amazon and other channels will be added to the service over time for an extra fee starting with ubisoft. They're going to be the first. The cloud gaming market is certainly young, but it's already got a lot of folks in it. Google Stadia Microsoft, Game Pass. Alternate invidia force now, Blades Shadow PC and more. So how does Luna stand out from the crowd Amazon has aces up its sleeve that already makes it a fearsome contender even before launch Patrick demanded, we give him time. To tell us what he thinks of takeaway away Patrick. Yes. It's a really interesting one century everything stadiums should've been. But. By Amazon and the weird thing is we heard Amazon was working on a streaming game streaming service cloud gaming platform, but get any leaks, and they just announced it in the middle of a million devices announcement then and they were like Oh, also this and moved on which was like, but this is big deal. Maybe it's because I'm Gamer but it has a lot of things you mentioned Service which I think is more appropriate for these kinds of services gaming. It's not to say that stadium doesn't work for some people I've heard from many who are saying well, it's great for me I love it. I love buying games individually which perfect. But there are three things I think which are really interesting with now. First of all, it's based on a windows platform unlike stadia which is based on a proprietary. We think Lennox a platform the important part there is that he's going to be very easy for developers to port their games to Luna on like on stadium where it requires a lot of work and of course, with a gaming platform, you need a lot of games to get people interested so it should be a lot easier for Luna. To get a bigger library the other thing is that it has a progressive web APP that works really well the according to the journalists, not just to Amazon itself. A At least wunderlist has tested and it works on IOS devices, which in a world where apple is saying, we don't want a cloud gaming services in our APPS store means you can still be on s on iphone and android through the web through the. Platform that apple's supports, which is open I'm certain that and Microsoft will also find a solution like this to get on the IOS platforms through the web but Amazon has it as soon as they launch apparently when they will actually launch and the last part is one thing that I haven't heard from anyone actually the label of alluded plus service is it gives you unlimited hours of play, which is interesting way of phrasing it if you. have. One option which gives you unlimited hours if play probably means there are other options which gives you limited hours of play that's not confirmed but it stands to reason and I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon offered the service for free for, let's say a couple of hours a week to anyone and also included let's say twice that or maybe one hour a day for seven hours a week to prime. Members. They already do something similar for Amazon music and Amazon prime video and stuff like that and then of course, you can subscribe if you want unlimited hours of play and that again is that is a big advantage I think over a couple of the competitors. So Yeah Yeah. I we've talked about the progressive web section of this and I think the thing that's most surprising about that. Is that to some people is that apple cooperated with Amazon to make this happen and I I like you I'm like, when's Microsoft and Google going to get on that train because it? It seems like it seems like they're trying to pressure apple into letting them into the APP store instead of doing what Amazon did, which was like all right. What else we got what what other options do we have? Limited hours of play I hadn't even thought about like that makes perfect sense to me that that would be sort of a way to get people into Luna and then up seldom like, Hey, you pay the fee and you can play these as long as you want. That's super smart. Yeah, it's imagine that is the problem. That's why I'm a little bit bullish on stadia that was the promise and they're doing some things that are approaching this with a free demo of immortals than Phoenix rising from UBISOFT. UBISOFT is everywhere by the way, but their stadium is offering a free demo of that game probably in November. So they are kind of opening the doors and making that service available to everyone without even having to buy games of or have subscription. But that's the read the interesting part of those services. You don't need a device to I mean, you'll need any device you don't need a console or powerful gaming. And offering a couple of hours to anyone through that service that Luna it makes complete sense. Well. Thanks to everybody who participates in our sub reddit. Lots of gaming stories show up there all the time. You can submit the stories that you care about and vote on others at daily tech new show Reddit DOT com. Are, let's check in with our buddy nate in back with another text message involving a mystery. Thanks guys know Britain solved a mystery this week about why a tiny little village here found that everyone who lived as broadband would be knocked off line at exactly seven am every morning for more than a year residents and engineers had replaced cables and run tests, and they could not figure out what caused this to happen. So regularly every single day for so long and it turns out one unnamed resident was responsible for all of this but they had no idea. You can hit all about that story and the cause on this week's tax message by going to UK tech show. Dot Com and looking for episode, two two or just search T.. E. C. H.. APOSTROPHE S. message in your podcast. APP, it's a even if you've heard about this, already a great of how this happened with a lot of details that I hadn't heard. So go check it out a text message. Let's check out the mail bag. Let's do it. This one comes from big Jim coming in from our discord who said kind of interesting Maersk Supply Service and Danish utility or stead have joined forces to test a prototype buoy. That will act as both a marine point and a charging station for vessels. The solution developed by Maersk Supply Service will be tested on one of. Offshore windfarms wind farms in two thousand and twenty one. That's the headline. Big Jim says, one of the biggest pollutants that vessels make while they're just sitting anchor. It used to be that they would do this wall at Dhaka's well. But with the cold iron concept of basically running an extension cord from the peer to the vessel, and then shutting down the engines supposedly reduced emissions overall for vessels by something like thirty percents if they can do this while at anchor as well, it really helps clean the air goals couple this used a wind turbines and it looks to be a win win scenario not to mention the. An engine officially at efficiency emissions, they put out in the last ten years. Thank you big Jim always on the logistics for. One of those cool things you get if you're in discord stuff like that. Thanks. Excellent. Thanks Jim also chateau patrons at our master and grandmaster levels including Paul Season All Anjar be and Scott Hepburn also big big thanks to Patrick Beige for being with us. This find Tuesday Patrick what's been going on in your world? Oh so much and especially in the gaming space, I just put out today and episode of pixels where I. Talk. About everything that's happened in September and good Lord a lot has happened incredible things in the gaming space. If you want to have a summary of a little bit go luke for pixels on your podcast APP or just go to not Patrick dot com, and you'll find the link to whichever guest app you use directly, and again the show is pixels. Real quickly CPAP. Asked. If there's a touch free palm print reading from Amazon and we should make that clear. This is touch free. You don't put your palm on anything to scan it. You just hold it above the scanner. So this is a touch less technology. Thank you see poets for that question. So he could clarify that seatbelts is one of the amazing patrons that supports Patriot dot com slash. We are finally seeing some of the financial fallout of pandemic hitting folks a lot of folks having to cancel because of financial reasons. So if you're out there listening to the AD supported version of this show and you aren't hit hard and you can afford a couple of bucks a month, you can get an ad free version of. And some other perks like Shannon Morse has a special threat wire cross post in the feed for the patrons today just go check it out patriot dot com slash DT S. Our email addresses feedback in daily techniques, show dot com, and we love your feedback. So please keep it coming. 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Does the Nintendo Switch Lite make the 3DS irrelevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 584)
"The three fifty nine Roger Chan actor Nintendo unveiled the switch light low cost version of its blockbuster switch console one hundred dollars less but there are some trade offs. It's smaller doesn't come attachable joy con's and can't connect to the TV. That's sad it's reasonably priced two hundred dollars. What do you think about it? I'm kind of confused about. If you really have a switch you lose out a lot of folks with switch light. It does not connect to television at all so it's just a portable device a lot of great games for the switch. which but in my house the switch is more of a family device? I know he can attach other controllers to this wirelessly but I don't see myself gathering around that small five and a half inch screen yet my initial reaction was to question this but as I thought through it actually makes sense as a portable gaming devices would replace the three D. S. to D.. S. or can work as a second or even third nintendo switch in the household. You know if you've got a big enough family. I just always wanted with my switch. I spend a vast majority of the time just using. <hes> on the tablet itself and so having the T._v. function and may not necessarily be that critical for some folks and here's how the game sharing will work in your household and you have a switch and you get a switch light. Can you share games the Games at the same time can even use this thing as a controller Taylor for a switch. I don't think you can no it was actually questioned though Scott asked that as an intended that very thing and they hinted that they were working on some sort of way to get some sort of game sharing mechanism because I think it would make sense if you've got multiple switches in the household having a household household account everything reward for buying more nintendo products EXAC exactly next couple of sock five G. Katie Collins a nice rundown of what early next generation wireless deployment looks like in Europe <hes> the one of the big things is despite all the growing pains. <hes> one of the big heels in your belly so far is notable fees and really kind of unlimited data right charging for more speed in general like kind of like home Internet in the U._S.. Right so that's the thing a European now there are no fees and it kind of goes back to come to. I wrote last week when I advocated that really carries around the world should take this model not charge additional fees charged data caps or have throttling limits right now. Horizon has kind of the best. For example right they they were going to charge ten dollars fee which have temporary waved a but they also don't count the data on five G. against your cap. That's not bad at all so there's a there's a trade off there. I would advocate. You should just eliminate all these. It'd be nice to be able to go okay. I'm in paying X. amount of money per per month. Just give me the latest technology. Let's keep moving ahead keeping my when four G. came out they didn't charge anything extra for that either that's true but Louis where they can money can be made telecoms will find a way absolutely and then lastly. The <hes> Thomas bitcon kicks off today <hes> the opening panel actually is one devoted to fix now so called synthetic video basically make it super easy now for you to basically plant. Tom Cruise's ahead on somebody else's body and make them run and jump and do potentially offensive things. What do you think I think this is a really important thing for bitcon in general to get ahead of because if you are a youtuber and you have a great channel you don't want to find out that there's a splintered panel of you doing crazy stuff the do it could also harm your brand the idea that you can't trust video anymore? How do you prove you are you so these kinds of things need to be explained because this is new territory? It's one thing that's not me in that photo that's.
What's Wrong With WWW? - DTNS 3486
The Scarlet X-Box DTNS 3549
"Kim Dae has supported independent techniques directly for about five years. Kim become a member right now. The patriots dot com slash DT and s. This is the daily tech news for Monday, June tenth two thousand nineteen in Los Angeles on Tom, Merritt, and computer feline. I'm Sarah lane and sweltering in LA county on the show's producer Roger Chan we have got some eat three stuff to talk about this week. We're going to talk about the Microsoft announcements today tomorrow. Patrick beige. We'll be back to kind of give us an overview of what's been important. And Scott Johnson's gonna follow up with some of his favorite things on the show on Wednesday. Ba- let's start with a few things you should know. Salesforce announced it will acquire data analytics and visualization company Tableau for fifteen point seven billion dollars all in stock Sabe Lobo continue to operate independently after the acquisition. Both company boards have approved the deal. The acquisition is part of Salesforce is planned to expand beyond its CRM business, and bring advance analytics to the data already stored on its farm. That's where the money is made in the analytics, these days, Google assistant support in ways began rolling out to US Android users. The feature will let drivers report incidents. Switch routes and adjust navigation preferences by voice rather than touching. The screen, the future is limited to English for the moment. It has been forty five days since Samsung, paused sales of the Samsung. Galaxy fold in an E mail Samsung told CNN Jessica dole court, we will announce timing in the coming weeks. So if you're curious and, or keeping score the status of the galaxy fold remains unchanged. Will continue to keep you up to date as this story unfolds. Get it. All right. Let's talk a little more about Google stadium. What do they got? Let's do it. Google's upcoming stadia game streaming service will let publishers offer their own game. Subscriptions through the streaming service stadium executive Phil Harrison says he expects publishers to start thinking about their own subscriptions in relatively short order and that Google will support that on its platform, and we'll see some announcements in due course around that however, Harrison didn't AM electron guards specifically although EA already offers EA access which is subscription service that lets users download a selection of its games on Xbox One and soon, the PS four for a single monthly fee EA has also confirmed. It will offer games through stadia though. Hasn't announced any titles, just. Yes. Yes. So this is interesting. And there's so many questions around this. First of all, lot of people think stadiums setup as a little too complicated as it is. I think it'll get simpler once the founders addition stuff. Is gone and it's just you can play it for free. Or if you want better resolution ten dollars a month and then you have to buy the games it's just a service. That's giving you the, the bits. Right. You may not like that, but it feels easy enough to explain. But now, if you bring in this, like, or you cannot buy, the games, you could also get a subscription. But it's not a subscription to all the games. It's the subscription of games from particular publishers. Not all the publishers are available. It starts to get real complex again. It does seem like Google's trying to cash in on the fact that EA and blizzard, and many others want to have subscription services tied to their publishing platform. So Google's like, well, let's, let's expose you to even more people, so you can have control. But then we get a cut of that money too. Yeah. I would think that if you were EA this all has to be rolled out somewhat delicately. Right. Because you don't want to take people away from your own subscription service. Well, yeah, I mean, I it's it's one of those situations like you have where say stars sells a star subscription where you download the stars app. You subscribe to it, and then you get the stars content or on the apple TV. You can download the stars app. Subscribe through the apple TV, and then apple gets a cut, but it helps stars get more subscribers or a stars on prime video where it shows up in your prime video from Amazon, but Amazon has so many customers that helps stars. So it would be appealing to publishers who were like. Yeah. We have our own service, but we'll, we'd have even more customers if we exposed at two stadia. Of course, that's a big question because nobody really knows how many people are going to subscribe the stadium in the first place. It's interesting because it and, you know, I'm I'm the most non gamer of the group, but I've been sort Poland folks, that, that are more space than maize specially because a lot of people are in town for three and what he goes think what stadia and is there a lot of buzz around it, and everyone sort of like, I don't know, might be fine. But there, there is less of an outrage of the idea of buying games. In addition to the monthly fee than I thought that there would be, and I think a lot of that has to do with people being like you don't need like three hundred games. You're only really gonna play a few games at a time over and over again. And then he move onto something else. So, and that doesn't certainly apply to everybody. But I think that there's, there's enough of that trend going on that the, the revenue model isn't really isn't putting people off, even though we're still in the early days, I would add like an Xbox One. Yeah. Access is, is something you can get no matter what she's subscribe to, but you can only do the multiplayer aspect of those games and less you, you can't do it, unless you have XBox gold. So there is I mean, at least on the XBox live platform. There is some complication that can kinda make people maybe take, you know, if they're is they're not super hardcore gamers, don't need to play the lace Bauer front, or, or whatever, am I put them at a pas like I don't want to jump through to hoops, to get some entertainment that jump through on, that's fine. But to allow you asking a lot. Yeah, penny arcade, had a, a comic on stadia this morning. That was pretty skewering. It has a kind of a generic person instead of one of their normal characters saying, I love playing hardcore fidelity games. Or at least I assume I would, but I don't own a console or a PC. That's why I think Google stadia is for me. And I think that gets to the heart of the matter is, is not that, you know, I think that's overstating it for comic effect, which is what you do in atomic. Right. But but I think. It does say like you're going to have to convince people that instead of buying a PC upgrading a PC or getting the next console that stadia is a better way to go because then they don't have to spend that money on hardware, and then the rest of this makes sense. If you've convinced me that, like, you know what I'd rather spend one hundred twenty dollars a year on a service, then pay for a piece of hardware, then buying the games having subscriptions available for games, like I would on my desktop PC that all starts to make sense. It's just getting people over that initial hump that they're going to have to do. And I think we're in that kind of crossover period where we have a lot of technologies that are overlapping of the audience, and, you know, it's I wouldn't say it's in the flesh, but there's definitely a shift and people will at some point decide whether or not they wanna go the old way and just continually upgrade, upgrade or is stadium. Just a very simple solution to, you know, knock out a couple of hours. In the evening. Well, yeah. And the other part that we haven't been paying attention to is eventually, there will be the seven twenty p service for free, and we don't know if the subscriptions that Google talking about making available through stadia would be available to the free users because if they are than those subscriptions, make even more sense of like, okay, I I'm a free player and I'll play what's available for free. But I can also pay for a subscription. I would assume Google would wanna make those subscriptions available to the free players as well. XTA developers noticed that Google maps has a new off route alert in India that send you an alert every time you go, off course by at least five hundred meters. Now, this would be helpful if you're driving. And you got lost and say, hey, you you're way off course. Although if you're paying attention to the navy might notice that yourself, but it also works as a safety measure. So if you're in the car with someone else driving, you know, particularly, like a taxi driver, it would alert you if that taxi drivers, taking a circuitous route, maybe trying to drive up your fair or taking into the wrong place. Last week, Google also started tracking delays in public transport and offered auto rickshaw fares for Google maps users in India. I've actually noticed that public transport delay stuff. It's, it's quite useful, especially for the buses here in LA. Absolutely. And I haven't been Indian awhile. But I have definitely been in the back seat of a taxi where I thought that are route was didn't seem quite right. And know at the time this is not that recently. So I didn't have the smartphone capabilities that I have now and certainly not what Google maps has just rolled out, but there have been incidents, where I Mike, I don't know this doesn't seem quite right. So having something that could send you an alert send you a notification. You're really, of course, here whether you're driving or someone else's driving even if you don't feel that you're in danger being in danger. Of course, is that, that would be a huge concern. But even if you felt like I've just we're wasting time or we're confu-. Here is, is that these sorts of things do come up. Yeah. And I think about this. There've been a couple of times, I'm paranoid enough when I'm in a new city that I'm unfamiliar with. I will glue my eyes to Google maps during the taxi ride, just to make sure like okay, are they hadn't what seems to be the right direction? But I never know if this is the right route or not. And then there are situations, at least here in Los Angeles, where to get to the same place you could go eight or nine miles out of your way because the traffic is less in that other way and ended up being faster, this might alert me if I'm unfamiliar, like, hey, where are you going this, this doesn't seem right when it is, in fact, the right situation? So how do you navigate that? When the guy says, oh yeah. No. It's, it's not the normal way. But believe me, this is much faster. I mean that's, that's what taxi drivers say. Right. Yeah. But Google maps, has also gotten pretty good at being like this. Look on that. The we wanna go right now because it's PM. Yeah. For sure. Mozilla CEO crispier told Germany's three t three in that the company plans to launch a paid subscription version of fire FOX by Tober, which would include features like VPN and secure cloud storage current fire. Fox features would remain free, but subscriptions would offer premium features. For instance, the company is thinking of offering a free amount of VPN bandwidth with more as part of a premium subscription. He also mentioned secure storage. Mazzola hasn't decided how many services, it will offer and whether or not they'll be multiple subscriptions or just one that includes everything. Yeah. The this, this interview is, is really odd. Because at least on the T three on site. It says that the press person then stepped in quickly and shut down that line of governor session. Even though Chris beards, the CEO, right? And was saying what he thought there are a lot of details. It sounds like that moves Zillah probably hasn't even decided on, which is, is this just going to be the normal fire FOX, with some subscriptions offered for VPN and storage is going to be a different version of fire. Fox with these features added. It sounds like cost. Let's to me, like, it'll probably just be your normal fire FOX, but they'll have some subscription features and Louisville is trying to decide should they all be one Mozilla subscription or should they be Alicarte. I is this something we would pay for this? I I don't think like pay for a browser. Right. But that doesn't seem to be what he's describing in this interview that goes above, and beyond the browsing, if I'm someone who doesn't want to spend a lot of time, vetting VPN's, and I trust Mozilla, and they've got a long history of earning. That trust, I might say, okay, yeah, I'll go with the VPN, and I generally tell people do not use free VPN, but if there was a free VPN from Zillow like there was from opera okay, may that might be better to use, especially if it's backed by a paid upgrade version rather than buy ads or selling your data what you absolutely don't want out of BPM provider, secure storage is something, they're already doing with file sharing. So if it just offered more features for that, and higher, higher allowances for the storage, you know, I could see them building off that I do. Like the idea of seeing Mozilla come up with alternatives to fund the development of the browser when I think you, you really hit on something earlier, when you said, trust Mozilla is a company that a lot of people trust, whether or not you wanna trust Mozilla with VPN up to you. But that, that definitely gives the company, a big edge when because like you said, you don't wanna just like Google VPN for free and go with the first result that comes up on the do that. There are lots of problems with that sort of thing. So yet, Ken Mozilla say kit, can they Bank on the fact that this is a company that has good products company that people believe in trustworthy and, and, and can offer services on top of a free service that people were has a lot to do with who they partner with? They've partnered with with reputable people in the past. So hopefully they continue to do that. Bloomberg BusinessWeek Jeff wise has a feature on underwater. Drones we always hear about drones in the air. How? Those drones underwater. Back in November ocean. Infinity used a team of eight drones to discover the remains of the Argentine navy sub San Juan and in February it found a Korean bulk or carrier, the stellar daisy, both vessels had been missing for more than a year. He also mentioned in this article a project called seabed twenty thirty which is a joint nonprofit venture to use drones to map the entire ocean floor in the next eleven years. So by twenty thirty have an entire map of the ocean floor, which you may not realize we have an entire map of Mars. We do not have an entire map of the earth's own ocean floor. It's using the same Hugenin drones as ocean Infinity, which are made by Norway's, cones Berg maritime, Hugo dive up to twenty thousand feet for seventy two hours at a time using a bunch of sensors, including sonar. It can also send in process, a lot of large amounts of data, which even five years ago, you couldn't do among the benefits of increased mapping. Data or current direct current direction, so you know where the currents are going. You can map that better and a lot of things that are fundamental to understanding the climate, we're gonna find so many undersea world with these underwater drowns, so you're thinking, aquaman, is what that's one can hope. Yeah. It's funny. You do think of Jones Doug, and they're gonna fly overhead they're going to deliver packages and burritos, and rousing. We're see why. See my internet. Right. But, but the but the underwater drones. And the fact that there have been some really cool excavation missions that have already taken place is fascinating. And especially because you're right. There is a lot about the under water Sea World that we still don't know whether it's wreckage were creatures were, yes. Patterns of of of, of seed life. And I don't know the list goes on. There's all kinds of scientific data, we could make much better use of think of the, the recent airline crashes like image three, seventy for Malaysian Airlines, where they just couldn't find wreckage eventually they found some washed up on a shore, but it's just incredibly difficult. I don't think any of us have a real conception of how vast the ocean is if you had these drones back then you might have had a better chance now years later. Yeah. Maybe they'll, they'll. Oh, find more evidence of that. But it's likely that it has been dispersed widely in degraded enough that it gets harder and harder all the time. But now we have these, so in future looking for evidence like, that is important. Finding scientific data is important. And you, you we, we explore Mars with with essentially drones right with remote control robots, and it's really costly. The get them. They're these aren't cheap. You know, these are tens of billions of dollars to create, but the oceans, right there. Right. It's a lot cheaper to get to the ocean than it is to get to Mars. I love it. I do. Yeah. Submarines not really enough. We need these drones. Let's, let's explore our own ocean, shall we? Also, while we do it. We should be alert Dahmane Roger, I've got good news razor is entering the performance enhancing drinks market. Oh, dear, with something called respond. Okay. Yeah, respond. Oh, caps, a drink containing ninety five milligrams which is kind of the low end of a Cup of coffee. But it's it's you know it's a jolt of caffeine per serving produced in flavor powder package that you mix with water costs twenty four dollars ninety nine cents for a box of twenty you also could get a branded mixer bottle for another thirty bucks. If you wanted that if the verge notes that, while the company claims its packets add to increased alertness, and focused and enhanced concentration, the marketing team didn't actually spill concentration. Oh, yeah. Respond comes in tropical pineapple blue raspberry, pomegranate, watermelon. Well and green apple where ical vita is there, another level? They're done dropped city-fied. Apple urban pineapple also blue raspberry feels like an unnecessary distinction, except that they colored at blue because raspberry, flavorings probably just raspberry flavoring, whether I've always wondered that about blue raspberry wiser. I gotta be blue but yeah, I don't know. It's, it's listened energy drinks. Some people are huge fans of energy drinks. I probably am not going to put razor respond powder in my water. But in a pinch, I don't know. Maybe you need a little pick me up coffee. Yeah. On the one hand, it's, it's incredibly smart of razor. The gaming brand has a lot of cachet to come up with another way to sell some stuff to gamers, that they probably have a decent margin on, and yet, it's three and I think people expect to see products from razor at three. Not drink. What about the branded mixer bottle? Tom true. It is a bargain at thirty dollars. I'm sure yeah, yeah, it makes is your water and your powder for you. Well, folks, I know you have lots to say about this particular story, if any of you get the drink and want to send us a taste test review. Please do feedback tech new show dot com. Get all the tech headlines. Each day in about five minutes at daily tech headlines dot com. Let's talk about Microsoft they had their big announcement kind of the only big announcement to be at e three this year. We'll be Microsoft Sony's not presenting at e three Nintendo. Never does do Nintendo direct and they, they stream it to their booth eighty three but they don't actually do it from onstage. He three this year was almost entirely about titles. And there's nothing wrong with that. We're going to talk about some of the best titles later in the week. But Microsoft did spend some time talking about hardware and services in its announcement on sun. Day. So hardware wise. The successor to the Xbox One project scarlet did not get another name. It's still known as project scarlet. Remember the Xbox One was project Scorpio. This is projects scarlet. It'll probably get its new name next three because they did say it will go on sale for the holiday twenty twenty season. So again, not a release date. But we know okay twenty twenty and two twenty twenty before December sometime it'll go on sale. Some, some details GDR six ram. A new generation of solid state drive that they'll use as virtual ram to give you even more memory promised. Forty times performance increase in data bus bandwidth custom AMD processor with zen to and radiant ardine aid architecture, which has promised to before times as powerful as the Xbox One x supporting eight K hundred twenty four frames or sorry. One hundred twenty frames per second variable, refresh rate and real time hardware. Accelerated Ray tracing. So that will make the Invidia bet on Ray tracing. A little bit of a better bed if, if suddenly retracing is being on your console as well. They say your games, you're your progression your accessories, and your console experience with XBox all comes forward with scarlet. So they're trying to make it sound like backwards compatibility won't be an issue. I'm sure it'll be an issue in some situations. But they're going to try to make it as little of an issue as possible. All right before we get to project x cloud in the XBox game pass announcements Roger, what do you think of project scarlet with what little, we know so far from what little, we know in many respects it's very similar to what Sony was offering further. Next generation PlayStation. Now what's interesting is they're talking about a new SST technology that can act as virtual ram. A lot of people have been pointing out something similar to Intel's octane, VM envy, me, a stolid state technology, basically, give the band with that, you need the rest of it is very interesting. Eight K. Comma hundred twenty frames per second variable fresh rate, probably means, they're probably aiming for a hundred twenty twenty frames per second on four K K, maybe somewhere around there, like a halo ago, but probably not going to be achievable. You know, it's still too early to tell, but it looks like they, they wanted to release this announcement to at least match what Sony announced about their forthcoming PlayStation, PlayStation console although we're being pretty cagey about it, right? Yeah. It's not hard to do this. And it's also very interesting to note that AMD is helping both again this time around halo infinite was also announced as a launch title for project, scarlet whenever launches. Let's get into the services XBox game pass ultimate launched out beta to everyone. So the plans that you can get from XBox for your PC, or your XBox are as follows for ten dollars a month. More than one hundred PC games for your PC. That's XBox game pass. PC if you wanna console ten dollars a month. More than one hundred XBox games for the XBox game pass console games now separately. If you wanna play XBox online multiplayer games you need XBox live goal that ten dollars a month. However, there is a combination of XBox live gold with XBox game pass console games and XBox game pass PC called XBox game pass ultimate, that's fifteen dollars a month, which you'd pay close to thirty dollars a month. If you've got each of them separately. So they're giving you about half off the conversion ratio will apply. If you're already a subscriber let's say to XBox game pass an XBox live gold. You can convert to XBox game pass ultimate and they'll take what months you have left on your existing subscriptions and convert them into credit for XBox game pass ultimate. So if you have any codes or credits that you need. To apply. You want to do that, before you switch to subscribing to XBox game pass ultimate and they made a tiny announcement about project x cloud, which is a separate thing. That's that's XBox is streaming game platform. The XBox game passes about downloading a game and having it on either your console or your ex cloud goes into preview this October in the preview. It will give you the ability to stream games from your XBox to your PC your mobile devices, etc. It won't be demonstrating the cloud service, yet, that's yet to come. Although, project x cloud will eventually stream from Microsoft data centers to console and mobile devices. But to start in October, it will just take games that you have on your XBox and give you the ability to stream them to whatever you want mobile device, PC, etc. I'm going to say I was really more excited about this ultimate game pass offered that they that they did. Just because if you aren't if I have an XBox, and PC gamer, you do save a bundle on especially since go with gold lie. Xbox live gold, being sixty bucks a year. I mean, if you can kind of consolidate that stuff, and I think this is what they were doing was just trying to push people to this autumn it passed. Anyway, I it's a pretty good deal. I mean, I probably won't be able to take advantage until my kids, quit harassing me when I have downtime, but at when they're older, and I can sit down for an hour or so, this, this looks like a very compelling option still remains to be seen what the one hundred PC games are, if there are a bunch of crap, crap titles, probably not as interesting. But I doubt that's what they'll do. And the ExCo, you know, I'll I'll give it a world just to see how well it works on my Spidey network at home. Yeah. And if people are some people in the chat room are still kind of confused right now. It's pretty to me. It seems pretty simple. You've got XBox live to play online and XBox game pass to download and play games. And if you wanna combine them it's fifteen dollars a month. It a part of the it's kinda like apple itunes, a put the put the, the XBox and everything. And it's kind of. Yeah. Exactly. If you don't have an XBox, you just get you can still get XBox game pass ultimate that will give you the online play with the PC games, or you just get XBox game pass PC. And just, just play the, the PC versions of the games. But, but yeah, I you know, honestly, I was not that blown away by this. They XBox game pass changes seemed like great changes. It makes it makes the ultimate pass almost impossible to turn down. If you're a gamer all the rest of the details on Mike. Okay, that's part of your details. But where we will decide whether it's a good new XBox, where we will decide if project x cloud is a really good streaming service is yet to be announced. We, we didn't get any of the determining factors yet. And I think a lot of this has to do with, you know they're still working on it. But also trying to see what everyone else has up their sleeve. Right. You don't want to give away too much or reveal things that might change down the road. When you see what someone else has announced it's like, oh, maybe it, can we do that. We'll stop time to change. Some of the marketing. Yeah, thanks. Everybody who participates in our sub Reddit gaming news there, as well as lots of other news stories, you can submit stories of your own and vote on others. Daily take new show dot ready dot com. If the hanging. On facebook. Join our group if you haven't already Facebook dot com slash groups slash daily tech news show, our, let's check in with Chris Christensen. The amateur traveller who has a tip for powering. You're technology on your next travel. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler with another tech in travel minute. A new devices made it into my travel bag, and I just used it on the trip that I did to Africa. And that is a travel power strips surge protector. So this is a small power strip small enough to still fit in your backpack. I'm using device by up. Wade that has four USB outlets as well as two regular outlets. You're still going to need a plug to plug it in no matter where you go in the world. But the advantage of this one is that it does voltage all the way from one hundred volts up to two forty volts, which you don't want to do is take a US surge protector to most of the rest of the world. That uses a higher voltage 'cause that will fry it, this device won't convert voltage. So if you're bringing your hair street near your hairdryer, you still are probably going to need a voltage converter. A travel parse rip can help you in the hotel when they hide the plugs or also in the airports, when they're just too few places to plug in. I'm Chris Christensen from amateur traveler. Thank you. Chris. Always always a pain trying to figure out voltage conversion like talk about making a standard worldwide standard. I know it would be almost impossible to get countries 'cause no going to want to change their standard. Right. Right. But man, that would be nice. If someday we could all just travel wherever we want just plug stuff in it was kind of accepted, the voltage problem, right? USB could be that standard that everybody's switched to. But he's still have the different voltage delivery going on. Thank you, Chris. Let's check out the mail bag. Let's do it. So in Edina special, Tom talked with ya L Eizenstat policy advisor at the center for humane technology. And then got a lot of good feedback. The, the two of you were talking about social disruptions, and who's to blame who needs to fix what is broken, and one of the responses, we got, we'll, we'll go ahead and not leave their name because they say, I it is clamor. I work at Google. I don't speak for them that works at Google. So I have a definite bias on the question of who is responsible for the alleged harms of technology MS in made the claim that smart, people should be able to solve these problems, but our view he can't even define the problems. I know it when I see it doesn't work in software, you need to be able to quantify exactly what harmed you're trying to avoid and what the mechanism of those harms is saying, the tech companies have smart people, they should fix. It is exactly as effective as Seigne, God should make our world better if you. No, exactly what it is. Or how could be made better? Don't ask engineers to try and solve it for you because we can't do it. Ask the scientists to understand it first, then we might be able to come up with a solution. The tech companies are engineering organizations. It's like asking food producers to make food safer without understanding germ theory. They can spend lots of money and effort on it and believe me, they are, but nothing good will happen, except by luck until the problems are understood this is a great point. And I know y'all got a little excited about, like, listen, I'm not the person knows how to fix it. But I think the companies have a responsibility to help fix it at the end. And I'm sure that's what set off someone who works Google understandably. But it's still a really good point of. We do need to define what the harms our and measure, the effect of the harms, and that is one thing that I wish I had asked her anyway, except when, in my pre interview she said, yeah, I, I don't have much to tell you about the measurement side of things. So we really what that. Interview was about was sort of saying, how do we determine how do we get to the point that our Google employee here is saying, we need to then have the conversation about how do we define the harms, and how do we measure, whether they are harms? And if so how harmful they are. So the great second, a great number of questions that I think you should have at the end of that interview. For sure. Thanks for right in. Yeah. We got we got a lot of feedback about this particular interview. So we'll keep them coming in, and thanks to everybody for carrying and, and providing your your, your thoughts on the matter. Well, folks, we thank you for supporting us. In fact, you got that Eisenstadt interview little earlier if you were a patron, which is one of the things we do. I also had an editor's desk, this week where I talked a lot about the controversy with YouTube and the demonetisation or not banning of certain channels, if you want to get that kind of content and just be part of the team, if you want to be one of the heroes that keeps DNS live loud. And independent join us right now. Patriots dot com slash DT. An s our Email addresses feedback at daily. Tech news show at dot com or also live Monday through Friday. 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The Oculus Quest may be a VR headset you should care about (The 3:59, Ep. 533)
"The. Tonight. I'm Roger Chan I'm Ben FOX Rueben Facebook on hell does FA developer conference biggest announcements out of the whole show the availability of the Oculus quest. Yes. Unlike the higher end Oculus rift, this is a full Steph version that doesn't require PC or cables, basically, just the headset. It's just controls. It's relatively portable in our own Scott signed got to try it out. And who so impressed by its portability. Took it on vacation to Aruba with his family. I'm sure his wife love that. But he he gave away really really impressed by this really call this or the next wave of ER. He means this because of the innovations behind him, but the fact that it is a lot more low maintenance than the older systems. Right. So apparently the graphics because it's only got a mobile chip in graphics really aren't actually that good. But to me, these are some obvious changes that needed to happen you ever VR to actually get closer to the mainstream when we had VR star coming into this office. There was all this effort that we had to do just to get it on set it up and the games were fun. But after a while is just kind of like became like chunky or too much work, whatever. So to me, this does make a lot of sense. This is kind of the direction that I think VR does need to go into four hundred dollars as SIL seems like a decent amount of money. But when you compare to sort of the the history and the legacy of how much you've had to sped on a full flood's VR. Is the it's actually pretty good deal. There are obviously limitations like you said because it's a mobile chip. It doesn't run all the games are available for the rift system there. I think fifty games to start on the system, and then hopefully, Oculus and Facebook bills out the seacoast, you're gonna get it's a little more Nintendo. Little less, PlayStation. I would probably say from graphics perspective. And I think it is right analogy of Facebook had a ton more news as expected the company shifted its focus to messaging and privacy called the future. Private even made a coming soon. Awkward joke say that he's aware that the company doesn't have the strongest reputation for privacy. And he said this with a really awkward grain. I wasn't sure if he's trying to make a job was trying to make a child just didn't fell flat didn't land because Facebook is the poster child for what's wrong with tech these days, right stopping glib domain jokes about it. You know is just didn't fell flat in a room where? There were a lot of people that wanted to laugh at soccer Burks jokes. That's why they're there at the conference in the first place. Yeah. Exactly. Look they had a slew of announcements they talked about a new interface for Facebook. That's a little bit clearer a little bit less about blasting information and more about serve your connections. They talked about a key additions to messaging to make what's add more compatible with Facebook messenger. There's even a dating service that they've rolled out internationally. But is coming out here. I'm a little bit skeptical. This is a super weird concept. Basically, I think there there are other dating websites. I got married before dating websites really took off of not trying to show off buddied by the dating site. But the idea is that you say who you have a crush on. And if they also said, they outta crush on you, then it kind of gets revealed, which which on Facebook seems kind of weird. Yeah. Creepy, but okay in this in this era where we? Really have issues trust issues with Facebook. Like, do we really want to give up even more data that you wanna like to sink release who you have a crush on? Yeah. She for this don't breach. You know, basically all these crushes get revealed. It's like high school over again, really bad idea already blushes. All right sorry about apple company posted its fiscal second quarter results yesterday which actually expected right? Most people expected the sales tank, which they did they did they did do pretty badly. But see apple is up. Apple stock is up because this is how Wall Street works is that it's all an expectation game. So if you listen to the call this is one of those reality distortion field types of things where apple made it seem like everything is going great, even though revenue is down. Profits were down iphone sales were down by there are certain areas of the company that are showing really strong signs of growth, specifically wearables their services business. So they're obvious signs by wearables, obviously. They just announced update to their air pods. Right. I'm sure that helped a lot. They said that those sales are going gangbusters. It's a cultural phenomenon is what Tim Cook's really he called the air pods a cultural phenomenon. That's all right. That's up. It's apple ipads it. Well, yeah. That was due to pad prosales, which is I mean, it's still surprising to be the ipads have been kind of. It'd be easy to kind of dump on for so, okay? These are all very good points. However, I quote in emarketer analyst, and my story that say all of these businesses they rely on phone sales. So if the iphone sales are down than those other businesses, maybe they're going to do well in the short term. But ultimately, there's a bit of trouble. Interesting a ripple effect down the line it could it could affect end up impacting those businesses. Yeah. All right from one of these stories accent Chang, then FOX ribbon. Thanks.
Zuckerberg gets lit up over Facebook and Libra (The Daily Charge, 10/24/2019)
"It'll help welcome to the daily charge. Today is Thursday October twenty fourth I'm Ben Today on the daily charge twitter down in the dumps reporting revenue stall in the third quarter and sucks out of luck facebook founder and world renowned punching bag go back to Kevin you know attention to them and I think especially because facebook being facebook there's so M- so many more is on this there's a lot of concern about getting this right to make sure people don't certainty of libra actually coming out as far less whether that is or isn't going to happen it's hard to say it's expected to come out sometime in the first half of next year think initially as maybe a year ago two years ago there would be these ISOS that would just come out with very little regulatory scrutiny very little automatically unscathed at all like the first time around but at the same time I mean he just got walloped over was there money to make sure that this doesn't destabilize global monetary policy so I would say especially after the hearing yesterday the there's still a little bit of time to figure that out anyway next more people are on twitter but the social network badly missed Wall Street's revenue expectation fix our grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday with lawmakers taking the billionaire CEO to task for a slew of issues including data breaches misleading by just going after him not only over libra but on a variety of different topics so he got hit from all sides I think ultimately I watched the entire six hours thing there isn't anything really weighing over him specific to the hearing I think if anything it really does suggest like for antitrust concerns or some other regular gle ads and its new libra crypto currency okay so this was a lot to get through guys by ultimately what were your impressions soon they seemed much better prepared questions seem to be far more sophisticated but at the same time I would give credit for not appearing overly defense live every single time he was interrupted he just kind of let them take their time back and just lay into him so again it was a hearing it's not like this was a criminal case or any did you think Zack did okay did he mostly survive he'd he took a beating definitely took a beating Tori issues at least the house is taking a posture that like hey we're not going to be very friendly to you we're gonNA take a much more aggressive approach well you've been covering cryptocurrency for a while the most viral moment was like the him responding to Orrin Hatch with senator we run ads in so I think which were so pulled out she's a lot of negative publicity do you think this survives or do you think facebook pulls out in sort of like let's go off on its own that's a great question ends as it seems advertisers are avoiding the site every single time we bring up twitter on this show I feel like it's bad news and that's kind of a bad story for facebook twitter pulled at the congressman right for not knowing their stuff and so this time around they they boned up on it they they did their homework and maxine waters it has definitely talked a lot about trying to demystify twitter and a lot of ways like when you're adding people at the very beginning of tweet you have to put a period at the beginning these are really all sorts of things so whether this is going to result in anything the other question now is it just a hearing or is it going to sort of action I remember the last time we'll curious like to get your take on this like libra is lieber dead or is it is it still going to be a thing because a lot of major supporters like visa MasterCard pay pal for the daily charge. I'm Ben Fox Ruben Roger J I'm rich never thanks everybody for joining can't get enough check out the daily supercharged this particular writer she's just she's just she's she just started by you know she's the chairwoman of that House Committee and she basically just set the tone from the beginning it was a better competitor to facebook maybe people wouldn't be trying to break up facebook but what are you guys impressions here I mean it's not really a shocker right like like advertisers don't want me on this ATF form it's gotten pretty toxic it's very insular it's hard to get into as as a Newbie you if you just joined twitter today like it's just a mess why would you want you want to stay in this place right like unless you're like like us all invested in twitter yeah and use it as a news feed I mean there are definitely some reasons but it's Ruben Roger Chan I'm rich never and here are today's top stories facebook's Mark Zuckerberg sat through yeah look I think he's probably expecting that right like the first time it came round Congress I think he got off relatively scot-free totally most of the I mean most of the Krizan was ask you don't see a lot of action right there's a Lotta politics but there's just not a lot fall to that yeah I would completely agree with that and Dorsey winging confounding things for any new user to actually get involved in what's a Hashtag do I have to use a hat but yeah and on top of that are they ever going to actually allow you to blew it was a little smirk on his yeah so he he just
Amazon Sees a Palm Reader in your Future DTNS 3876
"Hi this is Cara Swisher, and I WANNA talk to you about my new podcast for the new. York Times called sway if you want to know what people who hold power in our world are really all about need to hear how they answer the tough questions and that is my specialty, and although it might get messy as it always does it's also going to be really fun. You can get swayed wherever you get your podcasts. New episodes are available Mondays, and Thursdays. Coming up on detail us how the pandemic fixed shopping locally online Lenovo S- foldable tablet laptop, and a jet pack for medics. This is the daily Tech News for Tuesday September twenty-ninth Twenty twenty. In Los Angeles I'm Tom Merritt and from Studio Redwood I'm Sarah Lane. And from the forest to Finland I'm Patrick Beige. And on the show's producer Roger Chan, we were just talking about watermelon and kit cats and French fries and peace in our time on good day Internet, you can get that wider of conversation by becoming a member of Patriotic Dot Com. Slash. S. Let's start with a few things you should know. Microsoft's bing search. APP will appear as a download prompt on new android phones in Germany, the UK and France after being at one slots for thirteen countries in a Google auction for the search engine choice screen on Android Info Dot Com will appear in thirty one countries Privacy Wall in twenty, two G. M. X. in sixteen and duck duck go in eight. Microsoft announced that the play will be available at no additional cost to subscribers of xbox game pass ultimate starting November ten on Xbox, it will come to PC sometime in December xiaomi announced a number of new products coming to India among them are the me watch revolve which promises a week of battery life that's coming October sixth for nine thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, nine rupees though the price goes up to ten, thousand, nine, hundred, ninety, nine after wally the me smart band five with. Fifty meter water resistance and a two week battery life coming October first for two thousand four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees. There's also the me Athol leisure shoes for one thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees. That's only about twenty bucks us the Me Automatic Soap dispenser for nine, hundred, ninety, nine rupees and a me smart speaker with Google assistant coming October first for three, thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees, and finally a me smart led bulb available. Now, in India for four, hundred, ninety, nine rupees. Nokia has reached an agreement with the UK's bt to provide base stations and antennas for its e e Five G. networks. Nokia will also replace Wa wa equipment and BTS TO G and four g networks and Nokia will develop an open ran ecosystem for bt so that suppliers can be switched by software without having to change. Equipments. Google need for Android and IOS. Got Noise cancellation mead can filter out all kinds of noises including typing construction and door noises. Google meet also added attendance reports for educators. Writer sources say the e you will approve google purchase fitbit sounds like we'll wait for the confirmation, but it looks good. Google did say it will restrict the use of fitbit for Google ads and continue promises to continue to let fitbit users connect to third party services. Disney plus launched group watch for up to seven friends and family to watch movies and TV together. Well in different locations. Everybody has have Disney plus account, but otherwise, you can be in a group together group watched was previously tested in Canada. Australia and New Zealand today launching for viewers in the United States group watched doesn't require users to install a browser extension and will work on any device. D Wave launched a cloud quantum computing service gold advantage that less let's customers access more than five thousand cubits advantage IOS designed for commercial applications. As at scale is designed for commercial applications at scale, it's hybrid silver service can handle problems with up to one million variables. All right. Let's talk about saving local businesses with online shopping. Shall We let's do it protocols doing an in depth look at small businesses to find out what technology they're using to get through the pandemic hit small businesses particularly hard all over the world, the most common option and the. Biggest beneficiary is Amazon. You have to pay them for storage share a cut of the sale and risk disappearing into the depths of the algorithm for a number of factors, not all of which are intentional, but it has a huge upside in the amount that you can sell and the ease of operations. However, ECOMMERCE doesn't have to be a national play stores may not fully return to in-person shopping after the pandemic. Things are changing around here. Shop Affi-. Has Seen a surge in sign up for a local businesses who wished to stay local shop is added new features like a point of sale system designed for curbside pickup, a delivery, and Chop Affi- shop APP for customers to discover local stores. Another new trend is dark stores that's brand stores without a consumer location. So products are stored. Locally and delivered by a company like Jordache dark store dot com launched an APP called fast af you probably understand what that means to enable to our delivery windows. Examples are big brands, like Nike, local brands like Los. Angeles's compare parties chocolates one effort not in the protocol article is from Brett Rounds Bill. He's a friend of the show and other friends who put together keep. Oakland alive, DOT COM to connect local shops in Oakland with consumers basically saying if you live here but I stuff from your local merchants, they need your help and some services are helping restaurants specifically observe point of sale had to remind restaurants that they could turn on its online ordering functions and offered to help and fee credits to do so square toast along with observe. Offer, qr codes setups for Menus ordering even in store use of contactless payment general has jumped forty percent over last year protocols, publishing more stories and what it calls. It's small business recovery manual with twelve parts plan for the week you've got four or five out already, and if you're a small business I highly recommend looking at this, there's a lot of good resources in there. But when Brett? Contacted me about keep Oakland alive. He described it as we want to make it as easy and convenient. As Amazon to shop at your local merchants, and it seems like he's not alone that there are a lot of people building that because suddenly local merchants couldn't say like we get enough for traffic. Why do we need to go online? They had to go online and shop vise been the biggest beneficiary of that. But. It seems like from this protocol article, we're going to see this stick, and now suddenly you're GonNa have a lot more options to buy including locally by without these local businesses like you said Sarah. Having to have a national planet. Well, if going online I should be worldwide, right? No, you don't need to. One of the fun things about Keep Oakland water. No, it's fun. But Keep Oakland alive, which is really cool and well done by the way good Kudos to bread and and his team. But if you do not live in Oaklands if you do not have the Red Zip code, you can buy stuff from there because I was perusing and I was. Like Oh, like there are some local merchants that I've never heard of before like maybe I'll like sweatshirt or something I can't because I don't live there and the whole idea is all right. Let's get back on the ground with a lot of the idea of these sort of nameless faceless companies where you can get everything the Amazons of the world. I. Mean. We're. We're all very used to that now but what about you know the merchant right around the corner from you and the fact that they're having a hard time and the fact that you live there and you're the you're you are their customer, you're supposed to be their customer anyway and the idea of okay. Well, if you like this, find something like this in your physical neighborhoods and buy from them. How long until Amazon allows you to shop locally in one section of the store. Think it might. I was to say that sounds like something you can already do but here's the thing if I know I wanNA shop say in Oakland if I live in Oakland, I know where to go if I'm on Amazon, it's going to be harder to make that work. I'm not saying Amazon won't be able to make that work, but it's GONNA be harder to make front and center and A. Lot of people want to shop local because they want to subvert big tech like. All right. So the reason, the reason keep Oakland alive only ships Oakland addresses, they're they're providing free delivery free same day delivery, right? They're trying to be as convenient as Amazon and they can do that if you're like, oh, all of our orders are in the same town as the shops that are fulfilling them. Well, natural disasters are becoming more frequent, and one of the biggest problems with disaster response is getting powered Nissan adapted its leaf car for a working concept vehicle called the relief. Once a on the scene responders can use the leaf has a mobile power supply with waterproof. In Ten to twenty volt sockets mounted on the exterior in another emergency response development G Great North Air Ambulance Service in the UK has carried out a test flight of a jet suit for medics. It can fly person in ninety seconds to the top of a hill that we'd take thirty minutes on foot. The suits have three engines one for on each arm and one on the back Yeah Roger was saying he's been following Richard Browning of gravity industries who. The jet pack that they're using for the Great North Air Ambulance Service for a while, and these are really cool and they work and they're. In, service of something very important here, which is like getting help to people fast I mean you can only carry a small amount of medical equipment, but it could be just enough to to help get someone to safety or defibrillator to keep them alive while you figure out how to get them out of wherever they are. Yeah nine seconds not minutes. That's that's that's big. That's a that's a big big difference I'd love to try one of these out. Some. Please someone please love it sounds so fun. But yeah even the you know the the relief working as a way for first responders to be able to charge up stuff because of course, everybody's got to have electronics. You know this is how you're communicating with with whoever else you're working with. Back back home back at the base also very cool. Yeah definitely something that that I think we'll get I. mean the the jetpack is really funding gets a lot of You know publicity I'm sure it's very useful in some specific cases. It feels like the relief is a thing that would be adapted to other vehicles and that could be used like all time in these situations. Yeah. I, mean I think you're right the Great North Air Ambulance Service is in a very rocky hilly area. and. SO THEY WANNA get up to these flat tops at the top a hills, and so that makes sense that it would work there. But you know in Kansas maybe it's not as useful but Elif like you say that's that's practical. It's not as flashy, but it can be used anywhere. Amazon unveiled a new biometric technology called Amazon one and let's shoppers pay at stores by scanning the palm of their hand either when they walk in the door or when they check out, you can use it as a point of sale. You could use his as authentication in an Amazon go store. For example, to sign up for the option you go scan your palm and then insert your payment. Card at a terminal in a store from then on, you just need to hold your palm above scanner to authenticate that it's you and here's the thing you do not have to link to Amazon account to use it, you're associating your palm with your payment method. If you want to link it to your Amazon account because you're shopping in an Amazon store and that's helpful you can but it's not required. It can be used to check you in a place like an Amazon go store where you walk in and then it just tracks. You automatically charges you in you walk out. Or Grocery stores could buy it for point of sale so that you just use it. When you walk out to pay for your items, the feature will be installed I at the entrance of to. Amazon's go stores in Seattle and will eventually roll out to Amazon's twenty goes stores as well as possibly whole foods locations they didn't say that for sure. Does, say they want to sell the technology to other stores that they don't own Amazon says, it will know when a customer uses the option at third party stores but that's it. They're not going to collect data on what you buy how much you spend they. They will know that it was used because they want to have that kind of compiled usage data but that's it. Amazon might also implemented as a replacement for ID cards and office buildings or tickets at stadiums you associate your ticket with your hand and then you just scan your way into the event. And the. The friction well, friction lists I mean friction. Fewer. Friction. Than that you know me rummaging through my purse and trying to find my ATM card and that sort of thing I mean this is besides just being like woo cool biometric scanner palms. This is just going to get more people through the. And that makes a Lotta sense I shop at whole foods pretty often. Obviously Amazon owned I don't know what other companies would by the technology from Amazon, but this seems like it's just the inevitable future. I mean, the technology is really cool the idea that you don't need anything other than yourself to. Your pay is cool as a concept. Now when you pair it with Amazon I know they're saying you know you don't have to link it to anything we won't know anything and I'm sure you know that's how it's supposed to work but it's still a little bit scary for a number of reasons. What's really interesting to me is that these kinds of things it feels like they should have been developed by companies like. Credit Card companies, visa. Mastercard's over these and I don't think they couldn't earn. Maybe the technology is complex but I don't think they couldn't i. wonder if they are just thinking you know that's privacy minefield. Really WanNa to go there and Amazon with you know the other big Internet companies are like. Whatever let's just do it. We'll see what happens. Worst case we get scolded. Let's you know we we should maybe there it feels like they're being a little bit more brazen about this because it's weird that Amazon is getting there and not companies that are closer to that kind of use. Okay. You are not alone in this x factor with Amazon being the one to do this. But what is different is the palm print is it? So, there's no difference in the data that could be collected than if you were using any other kind of payment system, right? The only thing though is the palm print. So. Is it the fact that they are keeping up a palm print signature on file that that is what bugs you because. There's there's otherwise no difference than using a credit card. Yeah. That's exactly it. That's that's the issue. The fact that any biometric identifier is part of yourself and you can't change it. You can't get rid of it whereas a credit card they you maybe it's not as easy as that but you have the allusion that you always you know throw away your credit card or and it won't be associated with US somehow. magically you know it's just it may be a little bit irrational. It's still a real feeling. Yeah. Because I mean I think there's some security questions that Amazon is answering and we're not covering them here about like, okay. How accurate is this? How secure are you keeping the storage are the unique? Apparently palmprints are even unique amongst twins so they're very unique. Situation, the the security is apparently well well regarded by independent auditors here. So if that will bears out, I don't really have a problem with this any more than I have a problem with face idea or touch ID Oh that's exactly the same thing. Yes. They the same problem palm prints, fingerprints, Iris ear shape all of these are the same. It's part of you. That's what I think. It is an emotional reaction rather than necessarily a logical one. Personally I think it sparked emotional, but it's also logical that that part of you is not. interchangeable, right it's not an accessory which is a security issue like my palm gets stolen now I can't change it I that I agree with that's a problem with any biometric. That it's a privacy issue because he already relating it to yourself even if you didn't use your problem. Well. You might have an emotional reaction to this next story. It's always nice when something announced at CBS happens January and Las Vegas every year becomes real. Well, it's going to be a little bit different this next January but back in January Lenovo announced the thinkpad x one fold, and now it's a reality. This is the one with the foldable Oh led screen. It's available for preorder starting at two, thousand, four, hundred, ninety, nine dollars. The fold can be used as a large thirteen point three inch tablet or propped up on easel stand. With a wireless keyboard or configured as dual nine point, six inch screens or partially folded as a thirteen inch notebook or even held like a book. The fold comes with windows ten home or pro on eleventh Jan core I five Intel processors with Wifi six, two USB ports, and SIM card slot for optimal optional gene. All muddles come with eight gigs of soldered Ram and from two hundred, fifty, six gigs up to one terabyte of storage along with a fifty watt battery the thinkpad. X One fold Whiz two point, two pounds and has optional five G. support as well. Accessories include the aforementioned easel stand a stylus called the Maud Pen Anna Bluetooth mini fold keyboard that can be used in laptop mode and stored on top of or inside the fold where it would wirelessly charge. Leonova also announced the x one Nanno that weighs nine seven grams or one point nine, nine pounds you know metric it's lightest thinkpad yet it's got until alum jen processors Z.. Graphics and A certified as Intel's Yvo platform comes with windows ten pro o'ruba onto Wifi six optional five G. Thunderbolt Four. Three hundred sixty degree Mike. Starting at one thousand three hundred ninety nine dollars four preorder now available by the end of the year Laville also announced a whole lot of other books including the think book fifteen at Gen two built in wireless ear buds that think book for S Yoga to in one all arriving in October, November from five, hundred, forty, nine dollars and up. I want that x one fold. I'm probably not GONNA pay for it, but I, really love the look of. What I I agree like I'm like this is cool. But what about it makes you want it it could make those anyway. Yeah. I can use it like a thirteen inch laptop when it's on the EASEL got the by the easily I guess but or I can have it as a miniature laptop I can fold it up. It's nice and slim stick it in a bag I can use it like a thinkpad with a thinkpad keyboard with that wireless keyboard. It's just so gosh, darn versatile. Basil do. It's it's the best. Pestle now well, I mean it doesn't look great. The thing is. You, know you know the. Magnet, how do they work? Saying yes, what I have the same one with. Goals except it's what are they four I don't I don't have an answer for you. That's all. They're. Cool. I agree I, agree with that you complain about your battles I'll sit here on my Microsoft duo going I. Don't know what it's good for either but I sure enjoy using it. I want to get all the headlines each date about five minutes be sure to subscribe to daily Tech Headlines. Dot Com. Last week, we told you about Amazon's new cloud gaming service Luna, which will soon be available in early access in the United States as a refresher. The basic monthly subscription gives customers access to a channel called Luna plus that has a library of games curated by Amazon and other channels will be added to the service over time for an extra fee starting with ubisoft. They're going to be the first. The cloud gaming market is certainly young, but it's already got a lot of folks in it, Google Stadia Microsoft Game Pass alternate nvidia force. Now, blades shadow PC and more. So how does Luna stand out from the crowd? Amazon has aces up its sleeve that already makes it a fearsome contender even before launch. Patrick demanded we give him time. To tell us what he thinks of takeaway away Patrick. Yeah, it's a really interesting one. Really everything stadiums should've been. But by Amazon and the weird thing is we heard Amazon, was working on a streaming game streaming service cloud gaming platform, but get any leaks. They just announced it in the middle of a million devices announcement then and they were like Oh, also this and moved on which was like, but this is big deal. Maybe it's because I'm Gamer but it has a lot of things you mentioned subscription service, which I think is more appropriate for these kinds of services gaming. It's not to say that stadium doesn't work for some people I've heard from many who are saying well, it's great for me I love it. I love buying games individually which perfect. But there are three things I think which are really interesting with now. First of all, it's based on a windows platform unlike stadia with based on a proprietary, we think Lennox a platform. The important part there is that he's going to be very easy for developers to port their games to Luna on like on stadium where it requires a lot of work, and of course, with a gaming platform, you need a lot of games to get people interested. So it should be a lot easier for Luna to get a bigger library the. Other. Thing is that it has a progressive web. APP, that works really well the according to the journalists not just to Amazon itself a at least Wunderlist has tested and it works on IOS devices, which in a world where apple is saying, we don't want a cloud gaming services in our APPS store means you can still be on s on iphone and android through the web through the other platform that apple's supports, which is open I'm certain that and Microsoft will also find a solution like this to get on the IOS platforms through the web but. Has It as soon as they launch apparently when they will actually launch and the last part is one thing that I haven't heard from anyone actually The label of alluded plus service is it gives you unlimited hours of play, which is interesting. Way of phrasing it if you have one option which gives you unlimited hours if play probably means there are other options. Which gives you limited hours of play that's not confirmed but it stands to reason, and I wouldn't be surprised if Amazon offered the service for free for let's say a couple of hours a week to anyone and also included let's say twice that or maybe one hour a day for seven hours a week to prime members they already do something similar for Amazon music. and Amazon prime video and stuff like that, and then of course, you can subscribe if you want unlimited hours of play and that again is that is a big advantage. I think over a couple of the competitors. So yeah. Yeah I, we've talked about the progressive web section of this and I think the thing that's most surprising about that is that to some people Is that apple cooperated with Amazon to make this happen and I I like you I'm like, when's Microsoft and Google going to get on that train because it it seems like it seems like they're trying to pressure apple into letting them into the APP store instead of doing what Amazon did, which was like. All right. What else we got what what other options do we have? Limited hours of play I. Hadn't even thought about like that makes perfect sense to me that that would be sort of a way to get people into Luna and then up sell them like, Hey, you pay the fee and you can play these as long as you want. That's super smart. Yeah it's imagine that is the problem. That's why I'm a little bit bullish on stadia that was the promise and they're doing some things that are approaching this with a free demo of immortals than Phoenix rising from UBISOFT. UBISOFT is everywhere by the way but their stadium is offering a free demo of that game probably in November. So they are kind of opening the doors and making that service available to everyone without even having to buy games of or have subscription. But that's the read the interesting part of those services. You don't need a device to I mean you'll need any device you don't need a console or powerful gaming. And offering a couple of hours to anyone through you know that service that Luna it makes complete sense. Well thanks to everybody who participates in our sub reddit. Lots of gaming stories show up there all the time. You can submit the stories that you care about and vote on others at daily tech new show Reddit DOT COM Are Let's check in with our buddy nate in back with another text message involving a mystery Thanksgiving is know Britain, solved a mystery this week about why a tiny little village here found that everyone who lived as broadband would be knocked off line at exactly seven am every morning for more than a year residents and engineers had replaced cables and run tests, and they could not figure out what caused this to happen. So regularly every single day for so long and it turns out one unnamed resident was responsible for all of this but they had no idea. You can hit all about that story and the cause on this week's tax message by going to UK Tech. Dot Com and looking for episode two, two or just search T. E. C.. H. Apostrophe S. message in your podcast APP. It's a even if you've heard about this already a great of how this happened with a lot of details that I hadn't heard. So go check it out a text message. Let's check out the mail bag. Let's do it. This one comes from big Jim coming in from our discord who said kind of interesting Maersk Supply Service and Danish utility or stead have joined forces to test a prototype buoy that will act as both a marine point and a charging station for vessels the solution developed by Maersk supply. Service will be tested on one of. Offshore windfarms wind farms in two thousand and twenty one. That's the headline. Big Jim says one of the biggest pollutants that vessels make while they're just sitting anchor it used to be that they would do this wall at Dhaka's well but with the cold iron concept of basically running an extension cord from the peer to the vessel, and then shutting down the engines supposedly reduced emissions overall for vessels by something like thirty percents if they can do this while at anchor as well, it really helps clean the air goals couple this used a wind turbines and it looks to be a win win scenario not to mention the. An engine officially at efficiency emissions, they put out in the last ten years. Thank you big. Jim Always on the logistics for. One of those cool things you get if you're in discord stuff like that. Thanks. Excellent thanks Jim also chateau patrons at our master and grandmaster levels including Paul season. 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From Android Q to new Pixels: Our Google I/O preview (The 3:59, Ep. 556)
"The. Fifty nine Roger Chan, I'm Ben FOX Rueben Google kicks off in less than two hours. We're expecting some big updates to Android Google system. And maybe even that creepy. Duplex assistant can I last year I came? And then of course, there are the rumors of more forcible pixel three. What are you most looking forward to? I think the pixel sounds really interesting. I think that's also been like very heavily leaked. So we are definitely expecting that. I would love to see what the price point is on that. Like, let's say it's something like five hundred dollars or something like that. That would be pretty notable that would be kind of cool. Yeah. Sort of goes back to Google's routes as the maker or the partner of for nexus phones. Right. Those were known for being affordable premium flagship phones, they kind of got away with that largely focused on premium phones are far more expensive closer line with the tan or Samsung phones, they clearly felt a lot pressures. So I'm also looking for those three so three the. The other element that I think is interesting is the the Android Q is expected to show off support for foldable phones. Yes. That would have been great. But I feel like after what happened with the Samsung galaxy fold the probably gonna underplay that element. I I don't really see them leading into ill. Jeff will be one of many elements. I think they'll talk about with Andrew accu-. Do you have a guess for way in Q stands for? Quaker oatmeal cookies. Okay. Sure. That was a terrible terrible. Sorry as say quiche each. Yeah. Issues in a snack. Think they're sweet quiches right snacky shore. I don't know. All right. So Amazon goes sores are started the freight. I'll be at very very slowly we finally got one of New York. Check it out what tell me about. Why should we care about this Zongo store? Okay. So this one just opened today at Brookefield place. It's an upscale mall near the World Trade Center, the big difference here because this is the twelfth Amazon go store, so what's actually different here is that this is the first Amazon go store to accept cash so Amazon go was literally created to get rid of cash. Cashiers lines all that other stuff? So you could literally walk in and walk out in a couple of seconds. There's been a lot of blowback to the concept of going cashless because it's really considered to be exclusionary to certain people that either don't have a credit card or don't have a phone. So this is Amazon's effort to respond to that. So what was it like being in that store? Toward like was there. Someone who took the Catholic. How did that work? So they walked me through a demo because they knew people were going to ask about this since this is the first store that did this. And essentially what you do is you get to agreed are and greeter lets you in and then you walk around get everything that you need to get. And then you go to a little counter and somebody will. Basically scan in all your stuff and give you a paper recede in. It's not exactly as tacky as you. Go stores, just like any other store. Yes. Yes. But you don't have to have special app, and you can just pay with cash if you went to so from from that regard. Yeah. That's that's it is now more inclusive. Does feel like it defeats the whole purpose of that Amazon. Go store, though, doesn't it? Yes. Okay. No kidding sloughs clear about that. Lastly, let's talk about five G. There's an earth survey out the US consumers are willing to pay a premium for next generation so will service the warriors see with charted ten dollars extra for their five g service at like, ten dollars extra per phone her month charging. Yeah. Per phone per month. Yeah. So if you're on a family plan with five phones, your chart your spirit of no-one's oughta family plan with five G right now. Critical. I'll say this right now. I don't think the premiums award to even people are willing to pay more. They should coverage. Not there yet. I think both that works are actually built out actually worth it. But for now, it's yeah. Novelty. I have a controversial statement to make here, which is shouldn't have to pay a premium at all is in this just like the next iteration just make it faster and keep charging us these exorbitant fees that you've been charged per year. Like, why do I have to pay even more your point? I don't think they charge a premium for G jail T. Yeah. So there you go. All right for more than six. I'll see that. Roger Chan I'm Ben FOX. Thanks listening.
We break down the future of AR (The Daily Charge, 2/20/2020)
"A ours buzzword that every tech giant. Bring it up. But we're going we've got a lot. They are news to share so stick around daily charged. Morning and welcome to the daily Chart Is Thursday February twentieth. I'm Roger Chan Scott Stein. Today's headlines I've met a reality Apple Google facebook everyone's talking about it even actually see which really makes VR headset is jumping on the bandwagon Scott. What's the latest while I meant? Hec's new CEO recently and the VR headset is getting in a collection of modular face. Place got one right here and this kinda reminds me like motorized Seattle yet But but the idea that you could add extra features of you. Buy Your Cosmos headset. You could eventually add mixed reality now. That's not like a Holland's that's putting things into the real world that's taking stuff from the real world and putting it in VR That's like a couple of other. Vr headsets that are out there But it's you're blending worlds. This is not that one but the x our version of it is coming for developers this year but they also teased another thing. Which is this next. Pair of like future glasses called project proton. That's more like what qualcomm and other companies have already been promising these lightweight plug into your phone. Maybe five G. enabled future mixed reality things like that. Maybe I don't even want this in the meantime this is what we have. Yeah we're GONNA dangle in Dongola in hot swap curiously you know actually is made a big bet. Dvr A lot of industry is shifting towards A. Are they try to like have it? Both ways or the shifting away from the what's what do you think is the game. Plan there right. That's the word now is like it's really tough to make glasses and it's taking a lot longer than anyone expected. The timetable keeps getting pushed back both for cost and battery life and five G. Networks. That don't really fully. They're not really on her feet yet. So in the meantime buying time with sang affordable trying to build it into VR. Because it's already working right and get the cost down because like oculus though sets us are expensive but at four hundred dollars. That's actually some of the cheapest out there. Some of the other stuff might be pushing eight hundred thousand dollars and yet magically Bahama a thousands so you're talking about spending A level that no one would pay except for a you know a business got that that money to spend and Y- VR. Experiences are generally close off this big mass. It covers everything and I know these these pass through MODs or whatever are supposed to answer the how does that work how does how do you convert a Vr headset into a are headset? Well again it's like really by cameras is just about the camera capability another company that makes us ten thousand dollars. Varo has an also super cheap also before spectacular Has this has this one that also if the the cameras are high quality in the in the LAG low You're basically showing the OCULUS quest. Does this in a low reservoir? You look around the real world and then you can paint things virtually into that world got it but you're seeing it through like pass through cameras so it is it reality. It's reality is fed through a camera feed. Yes and if it's good enough and you don't really notice too much but the difference like Hollandse magically per like where you see the real world and then like holographic ghosts or rejected on. That's a little different. You also got to take a look at a pair of slimmer a are glasses potentially powered by my favorite topic five G. Yes tell me more about this. Yes there's been a ghost. That n real is a company that is releasing this foldable pair of sunglasses type They're almost like a magic leap. But but something you fit in your pocket and they're powered off your phone so you plug him in and you can see Projected out these these effects and Spatial is a company. That's already been working on creating this holographic office of the future telecommuting where you can share a conference with you. Virtual Roger is here and we're looking at the same documents and we can put them on the table and it's cool because it's cross platform they're working on you have a phone laptop hollow. Lens Oculus Vr ar or these glasses. They're trying to be cross platform and they're also partnering now with some International Five G. carriers to test making the thing less reliant into computer and live out there but I got to test this without the five. Jesus looking at the with the glasses. Some of it's a little wonky but also they're trying to build that stuff that right now doesn't really exist and If they're trying to rely on phones or other software between Microsoft apple and Google they don't make it very easy to share documents in that theater world. So we're kind of seeing like stepping stones here and as I woke with five G. Good question we have to see if the five jeep promise like five days. Big Like what's the point Kind of like the way you'd stream movies or stream games the amount of remote rendering that happens in five G. right is going to be such that like instead of having your phone overheat or some little processor it. You're you're going to be able to do this in the cloud. The idea is that you're gonNA be able to push that to the headset and have it work smoothly. Now that depends on how good and leg free network. What's what's the connection like absolutely already like my phone hard time like on the on the train or like any moment. Yeah this this idea of competing heard about talked about a lot like the ideas like a lot of the work. It's done like all right. Guess and like Google stadiums a perfect example of that right. That is stadium might really be the beginnings of exploring some of that stuff but starting with games right all right one of the best examples. They are right now. Our snapchat filters and snap has a new one that turns a floor into lava or water out Scott these filters are fun and silly but they really do serve as a gateway to more extensive air experiences right. That's our office of flooded with water Now you seem like a ton of ar effects and filters and things. I'm always interested in stepping stones at this especially from companies like snapchat or You know a facebook with instagram. Because we're apple because again these headsets are not really easy to make. And everyone's looking at the tech on phones in the meantime as a stepping-stone building up these tools snap is working on a pair of ar glasses in the future. Right face a facebook's going to be so now it's ground recognizing filters I mean in the short term. Your floor is gonna be covering like branded pizzas and like sports. That sounds both like amazing and nightmares. Yeah it sounds awful and sometimes wonderful and kind of you're seeing all the stuff get plastered with a are as search to recognize and replace other things in the world. And that's kind of that weird sorted. Been not sort of a dystopia slash like weird futuristic world that we've been thinking about but I just like tracking those little steps because again like you don't have the headset but you can play with your phone APP. And that's available to check in charge of Roger Chain. I'm Scott Stein at for joining us.
Sundance shows off a new trend of AR, VR (The 3:59, Ep. 514)
"Welcome to three fifty nine on Roger Chan Joni salesman. Augmented reality in virtual reality are still finding its way but a new trend emerge out of Sundance film, vessel one. That puts the focus squarely in your body. Joan you spend a lot of time. Try out the experiences their bottom, I won't bows alike. And is this stuff? This is going to bring the art AR to the wider market. It was really cool. Like, this is the thing about getting to have my job is that I get to go to these things like Sundance and try out all these Aaron VR experiences that almost nobody else gets to see and let you go which not very many people, especially Sundance says little it's not little, but it's a festival that's onnell teeny tiny mountain town, you have to really dedicated to go. So part of the problem is that these are really cool experiences. The ones that we're talking about in this festival use your body as technology. So you don't have to fiddle with controllers and figure out how to make things work if you just kind of are moving around to make things work. It's a lot easier. It feels more natural. But the problem is a lot of people may never get to try those things because you have a way to be released into that point. It just I feel like I read a lot about these experiences, and I've never actually get to try get like I get like the crappy marketing tie in experiences. And then that's basically it like. Yeah. The last one I could kinda remember the Power Rangers VR experience, which is not very good. Right. It's very. Short. So so what might be sort of a light at the end of the tunnel for experiences. Like that is that there's this growing popularity of LB location based entertainment and the idea that air VR almost not like going to theme park now that expensive. But it's something that if there's an experience that you hear about is really cool like the one where you get to eat food while you're watching the are one where you get to travel through time with your body, whatever it may be the one that appeals to you the idea that you could go to a place in see it, and you don't have to invest in a headset. And it's not a solitary experience something that you get to have at a location kind of piggybacking off of this popularity of immersive experience is as a kind of entertainment that might be a way that it breaches the mainstream. Right. All right. So on Friday, I'm sure you were all glued to the five plus hours or the oral arguments before a US pills court over the fate of net neutrality. I know our own accurate in was bottom line. I think the hearings sort of put the FCC on on the defense. A little bit in terms of questioning whether or not the agency should move forward with this. Whether or not they have the power to actually repeal the laws and mega action note that notes that ultima this come down to some technicalities public safety, and whether or not the c- considered it in making these rules changes. I mean, what do you think this is obviously an Uber complicated topic? But. Right now. I mean alternately the bottom line is. We just have to sit in wait like, yeah. Well, there's less that we know now than we did before she Maggie Friday called her Super Bowl was the big deal, obviously. But this is like the worst kind SuperBowl. Because after the game end, you don't know the winner is for several months. So like the right decision doesn't actually come out for until probably summer. Right. So in the meantime, we just have a lot more question marks about right about net neutrality a-. It's just funny that ultimately this might come down to the controversy with Bryson's throttling. The fire department during the California wildfires, which isn't really even. It's not another trolley, but it was a public safety thing. And it would be kind of weird that was sort of the crux of how net neutrality comes back to life. It is a really good example of like a fear based way of illustrating this case. But in other cases, atrocities the way that it was implemented. This rollback might be putting some things that we hadn't thought of it nature. Lastly Super Bowl was yesterday. We we can't ignore it. I just want to like did you have a favorite commercial? I didn't because I didn't watch the Super Bowl like a lot of people. I'm sure after watching the first couple of callers that game. I actually I washed most commercials on you to like the avengers commercial, which that was really my main goal vendors, and captain marvel Angolan watch watching the Super Bowl. Yeah. That the well the XBox control was the XBox commercial about the, adaptability. Controller was wondering Mary, heartwarming. And then having the Budweiser slash game of thrones commercial account. Threw me off in a good way. All right for full coverage. I've seen it. And Roger Chan Joni sauce, actually listening.
The iPad Air has a radical new design. But is it worth the hefty new price tag? (The Daily Charge, 10/21/2020)
"The IPAD air has eight sharp new design and a lot of cool dishes. But is it worth the hefty price tag I'd rather Chang and this is your daily charge. He's got one of our foremost experts on all things apple vocals Scott Hey thanks. So you spent the last few days with the IPAD air. What do you think of this six hundred dollars? While at I thought is this is my favorite ipad of the lineup but that's because I like when something is a good value versus the top features and I feel like this kind of strikes that it reminds me of when the iphone ten are first came out. You know it was like the one that you like, Oh, it's stifled ten, but at a lower price. That being said, I'm very conscious of the fact that like in the past, the pro used used to have a few features that you really couldn't get another ads like pencil support or some keyboard stuff. That's no longer the case. So value I, keep looking back at the eighth Gen IPAD and what it brings to the table and while the IPAD air has USB. Fast looks just like an IPAD pro The IPAD Eighth Jen is basically the twenty nine IPAD air for less. Got It. Got It. So it's still the more basic, the older looking IPAD for you. Still the better bet I think. So now long-term better bet is relative because I also any get into this in the review of Apple's transitioning I, mean the MAC chips are going to be a in their in house stuff does that mean we're going to see mutation with Max and where even ipads go I don't know but in the year now the IPAD air is the at least built to the future with USB see But I think that the you know and also the newer accessories. But, the entry level IPAD. He could still get that pencil. You can still get a keyboard. And so I felt like it was fine. It's it's more ugly. It's not. It's not as great and an ipad in in overall feel but it's totally functional. It just the IPAD air is just nicer. eight using the word Nice but it is. It's a very slick. Beautiful little product well, dig a little deeper with that in terms of the highlights if if I am looking IPAD air like what are some of the features worth noting for this device, right? So the first thing you should know is what are using an IPAD for The IPADS are tween devices. Still they are doing a lot of stuff you could do on a laptop, but they still don't get all the way there. So there's frustrations if you're driving this as your main computer here, going GonNa find things for file storage multitasking, drive you crazy but the track pet support, which is available on all the IPADS. Now, all the recent ipads I love that, and it allows me to edit and work on an ipad a lot better so. That goes back to what you're saying on the IPAD air if you're using it because you wanna get something like the magic keyboard, which is three hundred dollars super expensive but the keyboard is really nice. Sure. That's a really nice package. It feels like a laptop and it also costs like a lap like an expensive laptop. It's like nine hundred, thousand dollars more. That, you're paying. So I I think. I think USB see is a huge advantage for dangles chargers in general compatibility I. Just think it's easier to shop for stuff with a really eight lightning. That still exists on modern apple products because I I think it's a hindrance. So I like that a lot and I think the display looks fantastic. It's good enough for multitasking and for other things, and that's kind of what you're using an IPAD for. It's like. Running to absent once writing a bit on it, watching videos on it. What else are you doing? Got The you made the note that this looks like an ipad pro. Essentially, what are the differences when you're weighing the decision between getting a step by pro verses? This what are you not getting this or what? What are the differences because they look almost same? They do and the use the same accessories. So which is also nice because apple's ipads don't always do that. Sometimes they subtly shifting body design. So you could use an eleven in Tripod Bro Accessory from twenty eighteen and it would still work like the keyboard cases and things. But I I think that the differences that's weird. You pay more for an IPAD pro but it's a device that came out back in March and has advantages, but also as a few drawbacks. So the advantages are. It has faster screen refresh rate the promotion, which is. Up to one twenty Erz which is nice and smooth, I mean the pro ipads are the only apple devices to have that. The, the iphones don't have that in the other ipads don't have that the display on the ipad pro is technically a tiny bit brighter but I didn't really notice it the IPAD pro as the lighter. De Scanning. which is really that's a niche thing but it is interesting if you are thinking about things like. mapping out a room and turning into a cad model or three D. Creation. You want to get involved in some of those tools at the iphone twelve pro as you could get it on the IPAD grow be can't get it on here. Cameras, are a little bit different at doesn't have face I D which I do face ID more on an IPAD iphone I feel like it logs in a little more smoothly. The touch ID side button is fine. data throughput his technically a little different it's it's it's a little bit slower on USB. See Five gigabits per second verses ten gigabits per second. There's quad speakers versus dualistic a lot of little things. But the dual speakers on the IPAD air are fine. So Those are the differences and you can tell it's like getting pretty fine. Fine hair-splitting. Microphones are better on the IPAD pro if you who's going to record using the built in microphones on an IPAD pro if you're a pro person, you know that's a weird subset. So that's like the long answer what you're saying basically, I don't miss the IPAD pro and the ipad pros performance it's faster and multitasking, but it's slower single tasking. which is also weird. So. You'd expect in a fourteen Z on the IPAD pro and rumors of many led. There's no lead I pad yet. But the that could come next year got in. One of the features mentioned the touch ID button. I'm really curious as to how that worked. How was also if it's if it's something, realistically would ever see on the iphone and it works great. It does take a second or two longer than I expected actually to press and hold a little bit. Which I didn't quite get into in the review but I find them not lightning opening an ipad like I am an iphone and that's a question. If you're going to put on an IPHONE, how fast can make that run? it's. Orientation. So like depending if you're landscape report or portrait I'm either to use my left or right finger at least the IPAD display indicates where the touch ID button is like otherwise I would go crazy. So I just registered both fingers and that covered me it's a little weird on the IPAD I is on keyboard to do it but it's fine. It's fine. You know that that's how describe it. I would not I don't love it. Up there, but it is fine I think it'd be a lot better on an iphone I think we really interesting on Apple Watch because Apple Watch has no. A biometric authentication, it doesn't. It just uses a passcode. So with apple pay that would be a real I would take it on Apple Watch over iphone but I do because masks but. That's how I feel about touch ID at Qualcomm we believe in staying connected and you can see us wherever five G. as helping transform telemedicine supporting remote education empowering mobile. PC's the invention ages here. Learn more at QUALCOMM DOT com slash invention age. Got It. Yeah it's obviously with all wear masks lot more recently it's it's It's made face idea a lot less useful. So I've been looking for apple to come up some solution around that. They didn't. They didn't really address it with twelve. So I guess away for next year's version for they figured out or if it's even relevant point. So it's you know that Russia, but I'm glad to know that it's It works fine on the IPAD air. It's worth noting that other handsome makers have embedded these kinds of fingerprint ID sensors on volume rockers side. This is not new technology. I, know apple uses its own proprietary stuff which probably why it takes longer but still would've liked to seen that branch out to other products like Apple Watch. is a really good point like I still get annoyed that I had the plug in the. Code into my watched unlock it all the time because it's it's a small screen it it's it feels like it's over do and should appear next year but you never know with apple timing. It seems like the touch ID on the IPAD was like a happy accident. Or coincidence is far the pandemic. With the amount of time they will develop at, but now it arrives on the IPAD air. And you think, Oh wow why can't this be on everything I feel like apple might now be steering to try to incorporate that a lot more rapidly but it is weird timing because you look at the rest of the devices in. Thank come on like why don't have that a lot of people Contact me asking me about that too. I just know it's on everyone's mind and I really having to keep entering my passcode on an iphone. Because I'm wearing a mask like every time I go out and use the phone yet. It's so annoying. In terms of. Columnist who this ultimately is four because you talked about the eighth Gen ipad is probably the best value at that pro is a huge amount of distinction between this and yet pros. Ultimately. Who should be buying this IPAD Air I. think if you're already geared towards the IPAD pro and we're thinking I, want the ipad pro I just don't know when I'm GonNa get it. Then I think this is your here's an ipad pro for less, which is great. I think that the the the weird parts go on one side if you're buying this for kids or family, that's that's a huge amount of money. So get the entry level IPAD and appreciate the savings and then on the other side if you're looking at, this is the future of apple computing. It gets weird too because we're just on the cusp of apple's in house chip Max, and it sounds like that stuff could push new territory as well. Where does that leave the IPAD like how much would you want to spend into? The IPAD as the future of something when we don't know what Apple's future this really is. So I think that it it just gets really expensive at becomes more like a treat yourself you know six hundred. Sixty four gigs of storage is sixty four is not what I would recommend. It's on it's way too little I think for the power of the device in what you'd be using it for but then you have to go right to to fifty six. So then you're looking at seven, hundred, fifty dollars and how would you not get at least one accessory in there's no case in the box. You probably want a key word or a pencil. This stuff will push you to a thousand dollars easily if you add an accessory or to bump up the storage, you know you're hitting right at that at that level. So I think that who is that for it's for whoever can afford that much. For an IPAD in fines that they would really use an IPAD. But you're right. It splits the IT splits the difference kind of weirdly I do think it cannibalize the IPAD pro, but it also makes me wonder what the IPAD pros long-term future as I think it would be to eventually merged with a MAC book. But apple, keeps denying that But it seems like that's the destiny of the. Of the pro tablet right right and you talked about the series. which I feel like I feel like those accessories are almost they're not like nice to have. They're almost need to have especially if you want this to be that computer the keyboard the pencil like the kind of justified this. Is that. I ask because like we've talked about this before feel like bad people should just factor that into the price of buying an IPAD air right that these these extra accessories you are looking at at least over thousand maybe eleven hundred dollars out the door once you're done with everything. Yeah. Yeah. You have to factor it unless you're just GonNa Browse on it and you're find is using it. As a screen If you WANNA type on it suddenly realize how are you going to do that? Then be comfortable. You could get a bluetooth keyboard and there are ones out there but to get some in any case, something that's sturdy and anyone's that work with apple's smart connector Logitech has one besides the apple the choices are few prices are high hundred, fifty dollars or more and. I mean the magic keyboard also, you should know the keyboards it's expensive as heck. Great the track pads. Great. It's very particular design. It really only wants to be used in a laptop mode at a particular angle like it doesn't fall back. You can't use it for sketching which is annoying like they're smart keyboard so. It just means that like no that too. If you're going into it like it's just GonNa Kinda sit around the laptop unless you pop it off. And the Pencil is like a we seems like an obvious no-brainer to get with the IPAD but it's funny how little I sketch so I Think the pencils that thing that was like somehow drifts around the house and don't know where it is and I don't use it. But if you're an artist, you're gonNA use it all the time and it is like the most unique thing in the package of what the IPAD can do. Gotcha. Well, it's Yeah. This is confusing perplexing prog to me because I. Just I. Don't know where it really sits and it's just sort of and it's expensive. It's just it's very pricey investment while also comfort yourself with this ipads, you can stick with them for a good long time, and if you have one already, you're probably going to be just fine and again you know if you just bought the IPAD air last year, you're fine I mean you sure you're not gonNA have all the latest bells and whistles but they all do the same core things and I think that's where like. You know it used to be that the IPAD entry level IPAD was was robbed of a lot of the pro features like pencil and other stuff and that's longer the case so like. Get the entry level IPAD you're totally fine it was it was the IPAD air just a few months ago. That was that with minus like two features so. Yeah I agree I think it's weird price proposition right now when when it's really tough to figure out how you're GONNA afford a lot of things in the economy is is a rough rough shape so I think that that's These are all things to factor in don't know where the IPAD ears future lies. Yeah. There's definitely a lot of questions about this this progress this whole lineup. Scott thank you for your time. You can read all his apple coverage on CNN dot com. Give any questions. Hit US on twitter at the daily charge received direct text messages from me text six, four, six or six, one, four, two, nine, one signed up. please. Subscribe to show. It really helps out the daily Charter Roger Chan listening. What's up this Kofi outlaw host of comic book. Nation efficient PODCAST OF COMIC, Book Dot Com, and in this episode, we are dropping full spoiler discussions for marvel's Hellstrom. 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Why did Apple remove those parental control apps? (The 3:59, Ep. 551)
"The. China Roger Chang, I'm out for doing. What exactly is apple doing to parental control absence apps store near times report, Saturday suggested apples Harding, eleven the top seventeen apps to screen times because of competitive reasons, but then apple came out yesterday and said, no, we didn't remove these apps because of that it's it was all about user's privacy and security arguing that these apps basically allow? Take access you critical formation like us location. Counter us another details. An apple try to give them fair warning. And some of these apps did not fix them. And hence they were booted. I mean, what do you think this is? I mean, I think it's a big deal. I think it's a fair assessment for apple to do that though only because a lot of stock or where apps like disguise themselves as parental control kind of Adam where you know, they put these apps on the marketplace where they say, hey, this is to help track your kids if you need to find them or that they use that excuse, but then it's really for like an ex boyfriend or something like that put on somebody's phone know where they are at all times. So if these parental if these parental control apps like are, providing like location, like why would you need to know that to limit how much time somebody uses on the YouTube app or something like that? They they did leave some of the ones that didn't violate these security policies. They're so I do think that it's important to take down these apps that that do a lot more than there. Supposed to be doing. And I you know, if we're gonna believe apple statement that the gave them fair warning. It makes a lot of sense like competitive reasons like that doesn't make that much sense to me because it's not like they're making money off of screen time. It's true though, makes you wonder why they why didn't apple flag. This in the first place that initial screening of these apps, I think that a lot of times these apps fly under the radar and when apple discovers it, they try to just get rid of it without making a big public fuss about running which I think is what they tried to do here until journalists caught wind of it. And I'm glad that they did because they could have gotten done this for other apps. You know, they could have done these for competitive purposes. The article implies I just don't see that in this scenario, just because of how much stalker wears out there. Speaking of apple companies set to report earnings tomorrow afternoon. We're going to see how the iphone businesses fared now that they've won they've stopped disclosing how many units are selling. And it seemed like over the last couple of quarters that, you know, iphone sales had Pete. I'm curious. What do you think? What protections? I mean. Honestly, if they keep the prices going up, the I don't see this working out that well for apple. I mean at the beginning of the year, they had warned that, you know, hey, our sales are not going to do as walls we project for like they Asian region China, particularly, and I just think that with less people updating their phones as they're becoming more expensive. I honestly see apple having to go somewhere else to make that money. I mean, it's clearly they're focusing on services. You've got apple TV. Plus you've got apple news. Plus the the raft of services they announced back in March. We'll see how any of them do 'cause they're they're still. It's still kind of a a ways away. I will say this every time that I think that you know, these more expensive phones aren't going to do that. While for them. They're gonna lose money the earnings come out, and somehow all these like super rich people are just buying a ton of phones for like two thousand dollars. I don't get it as thousand dollars, which well, look, maybe maybe apple TV. Plus will will be the the winner the. Save your here for apple. We'll we'll see a lastly are lower hotel had an exclusive on exposed database containing information on eighty million households. It's unclear who owned the database, but this was on a service run by Microsoft, but is sort of example of the perils of storing information online. Yeah. A lot of these leaks happen because they don't they failed to secure their databases because they think they're the only ones that have access to it. But anyone can find these they have a proper IP address or you're looking in the right places as the security, researchers found for this story, the problem with that is you know, if anyone just stumbles into this. It's kind of like finding gold buried in a forest or something like that. But it's still unclear like if anyone did have access to if it was maliciously used, but this is a massive amount of data on eighty million households. We're talking about user names talking about location. Yeah. Residents talking about whether or not another single Mary demographic, no sensitive information, like social security, number like, credit, cards, or hazards or anything like that. So you don't really have to worry about that. But there are like that's still a lot that attackers can do with just your name and address alone right in the big mystery here is that we don't even know who owns this database who to contact to get this fixed. We know Mike we contact Microsoft. They declined to comment. Maker clearly not Microsoft's responsibility. The Amazon all the time. Right. But still it is definitely a sort of a example, just how tricky these things can be and how commonplace these kinds of abilities. Right. All right for me stories six Roger Chan I'm out for thanks.
This power line-climbing robot may be the key to getting you speedy internet (The Daily Charge, 7/13/2020)
"The problem. The digital divide and the lack of Internet access has been with us for a long time and we made it worse with the coronavirus lockdown. FACEBOOK has a unique solution in the form of a robot able to balance the top power lines. I'm Chang. This is your daily charge. With me, seen that reporter sharp tip you, but the exclusive on this robot sharked after joining me. Thanks for having me. So can you describe what this robot is? What does because I saw video of it and it almost looks a little unbelievable. The way bounces up at, but tell me about. How does this thing work? So what this is is it's it's kind of a tight rope walking sorta robot. It's low and squat, and it crawls along power. Power Lines and behind it it strings of a fiber cable, and another innovation with this is facebook redesigned fiber cables to make them a lot smaller so that it could wind up inside the body of the robot, so what the robot does as it moves along power line, and it kind of leaves a fiber cable around the old power line, so then you can get high speed Internet without having to dig up the ground. Install it or Using like traditional heavy fiber cables, so it's it just moves it along and can. Install it on any like medium voltage power lines. Yeah, like like I, said we'll have a video the but it it. You should get a chance to look at this when you can't it is. It's pretty well to watch in action. Before. We really get into the robot, and and what facebook is doing, you serve back things up at talk a bit about the digital and specifically the lack of Internet access in rural areas help the problem. Is this I? It's a really big problem. you know like even? My family lives in Iowa and when I go home like my sister-in-law has high speed fiber Internet to her house, my parents who are a mile up the road have like three megabits per second download speeds like if you WANNA watch video your Sol, basically you know, and they're not even the situation. There's lots of places where you can't get access at all where people are having to rely on their phones or maybe their phones. Phones don't even work like a lot of us. Who Live in cities forget that there are places where there is no service where there's no connection, and this doesn't even talk about places outside the US either where having an Internet connection. Is You know there may be service, but you can't afford it, so that was kind of what facebook set out to do with this one of the guys who came up with this at facebook. came up with it when he was in Africa and what he wanted to do was find a way to make it a lot cheaper to roll out high speed Internet access so that that it can be everywhere ends. Everybody can get online. Now. Let's get point. The terms of the cost like how how much does it actually cost to roll out an Internet network? It really varies based on where you are I did reporting a couple of years ago in Iowa and it would be like ten thousand dollars for a mile. Basically you know. Generally facebook study found that in a developed country like the US the price could be like twenty dollars or higher per meter. If you're installing it above the ground, so like on a power line sort of thing. If you're putting it in the ground, it could be a one hundred dollars. Per meter you know so, that's tens of thousands of dollars or more depending on how far you have to go you know in. It's it's cheaper in developing countries. It's around ten dollars, so it's kind of about half the cost what facebook is expecting with? Its technology is in developing countries. It lowers at ten dollars to around two to three, and then in developed countries. Like the US it would lower that twenty two one hundred dollars to around five dollars per meter or less the biggest one of the biggest cost of installing fiber is labor, and so if you have a robot doing this, you're obviously not paying tons of people to you know to be on these lines, and you also have to shut them down in traditional installation and a power company doesn't exactly want to cut out service for a bunch of its Bunch of its customers you know. Cut Cut out their power with this robot. You don't have to turn off the power so it cuts out part of the really big cost of this, and that's what facebook is going forward with this thing. I noticed that when facebook made the announcement. They mentioned that you know this. This gets you almost to the home, right? You got a couple of hundred meters or one hundred meters women hub. That's what sort known as the last mile which that's usually the most expensive part is. How do you get that last connection between the broader network to a home or business actual premise? I'm curious what facebook is doing with that and how? This plays into addressing that costs. This doesn't solve the last mile. Problem this kind of see. This is like a middle. Stopgap this is this is the inbetween kind of the main tower and. A home. You're still going to need something to beam that Internet to a home which is fixed. Wireless is something that we see. Pretty prevalent is you know fiber goes to a tower that's near a home, and then it's beamed to a home from that tower, using like co ax or their cables, or you know think things like that and that is kind of a typical way, and it's a lot less expensive than building fiber directly to every home. A study that I had found a few years ago. Was that fixed? WIRELESS CAN BE DEPLETED ABOUT A seventh, the cost of fiber and a fifth the cost of cable so know that is a really like cost, effective way, but with facebook's. ROBOT! You know it's it's not. Providing that fiber to the home, it's just a long these power lines, and then you'll have to rely on something else, and they have a ton of different projects going to try to figure out how to get Internet to everyone. And they're not the only ones. Other companies are looking at ways to do this as well. To kind of solve that issue of not having wide coverage, so facebook building these robots. They designed it, but how? How is this extra going to be distributed? Yes, so facebook is not going to build. These is not going to sell them. It's not going to. Construct these and give them away as charity The idea is that it's going to license the technology, so it's designed it. It will take a licensing fee. It won't make any sort of royalties. It's not going to give this exclusively to like one company. It's going to license it to whoever wants the technology, so it's really going to be carriers Internet. Service providers or nonprofits or other companies who will build this and will will figure out how to deploy it. You know that could be something that affects the rollout, or it could be something that helps you know if there's a like a rural Internet service provider WHO's been trying to look for ways to to do something you know to like roll out more fiber ever you know, and they have a lot of control over their own business. You know maybe they'll want to do this, but also you know finding somebody who can manufacture this. It's not like you can. Can just build this in your basement. Exactly how and how much does this thing cost There is no set costs on the robot specifically, because facebook isn't going to be building it and selling it, so that's kind of one of the big question. Marks of of this whole thing is you know? How difficult is it going to be to build this robot and to to roll it out? And like how much is it going to cost like that is unclear at this time, but you know that'll be something that's set by whoever licenses this technology realistically I mean. Do you think when does this actually get deployed? Or do you think it will actually deployed? Who knows? You know facebook is planning a trial next year, pending pandemic and things like that, so you know it's it's basically developed the technology, but it hasn't really tested it yet like it's you know it's tried it itself, but it's not like you know in a large scale deployment, so it's going to have trials next year it's working with a company called net equity networks, and basically this startup wants to make high speed Internet, if foldable for every human so net equities going to. And then kind of the idea is that net equity will sell wholesale Internet services to Internet service providers and mobile network operators. So that is one of the partners who's always already signed on. FACEBOOK says it's working with a lot of partners around the world. We're talking to a lot of people. I'm sure there's a lot of interest in this, but we'll just have to see. How realistic it is, and and what happens when you know this trial happens. You know if it goes successfully if it. Does not work You know, so we this is one of the things where we kind of just have to wait and see touch it. Yeah, I, mean I. Think some skepticism is healthy, clearly face because dealt with a huge amount of negative publicity. Recently you know there's been how handled misinformation has been the ad boycott. I'm just curious. If you think this is simply appear stunt, or if there are some legs, this is. A legit solution to the broadband problem. I don't think it's necessarily a PR stunt. This wasn't something that they started yesterday. They this is kind of been in the works since twenty seventeen so three years. Yes they were going through a lot of issues. During that whole time with you know misinformation on on their site with the election and Russian influence and things like that, but the whole effort to get everyone connected is something that facebook has been really passionate about passionate about for a really long time, it benefits them because the more people who are online, the more facebook users. There are the more ads they. They can sell et Cetera et Cetera, but they also have believed that it's you know it's a human rights to be able to be online, and you hear the same sort of rhetoric from a lot of people in Silicon Valley, and a lot of companies in tack in Media and Information You know people being more informed as only a good thing, but the question is just. How do you make sure that? It's not just fed to you. In in a skewed way, you know like facebook also faced some criticism with some of its products that it's come out with to try to help. People get online You know some that basically it kind of gives you an APPS. You can get online, but you're basically accessing facebook essentially and you know people seeing missing information through that and you know thinking you're everything on the Internet is true, and it's not like those of us who've grown up with the internet or have had access for a long time. You know even we have problems. Sometimes telling what is true and what is false and people who are getting online for the first time. you know they're a lot. More care has to be taken, and but facebook really believes that people should be online all right well. This conversation's fit in because today is embrace your Geeky Day, and what's your a tight rope balancing robot? What does your pickiness mean to? You tweeted out to us and the hashtag embrace Shuki kness debt. All Right? 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What the heck can you do with 16 cameras on your phone? (The 3:59, Ep. 493)
"Today's three fifty nine is sponsored by player. Unknowns. Battleground mobile pudgy mobile is an on the go battle royale at its greatest with eyepopping graphics, super smooth gameplay and a variety of exciting play modes. Download the official mobile version of pub G four free go to your Android app store and type g mobile and collect a special reward using the promo code H. O L z X nine C code also listed in the episode description play now. Welcome to the tonight on Roger James. I'm out for dang. Remember what it was enough to have a single camera on your phone? Well, those days are long gone apple kicked off the two lens trend wa L G at three lenses to a phone this share Samson's posts add six guys see us ten next year. LG has of even more extreme sixteen lenses. Look at this. Configuration. Wow. What do you think it looks like Swiss cheese on the back of your phone? Sixteen cameras, right? That's got to be like at least eight times better than the iphone. I don't know if that's how the math works. But I mean, I look at it. And I just think you know, how like we've always talked about how there's a lack of innovation in phone s like forms like, you know, it's been this kind of like square screen for a really long time. And then I love that all these phone makers are basically just like, you know, what would we do to shake things up sixteen cameras? It's just more and more cameras until the full thing, it's a rubik's cube. Where each block is just a camera while we did Samsung did show off actually are is selling a phone with four camera lenses in the back. So it's not implausible than that. These camera makers are just trying to add more and more lenses. This is an interesting it's a four by four grid configuration. It's it's kind of done in a circular formation. So I guess it would be better for three d imagery. I wonder what like each lens would be doing. And so with dulas, you know, one is to capture the background in one four ground for a better bouquet affect. I'm very curious. So is this like one is for specifically like lighting one is four specifically like, no, I think it's it's to take sort of these multi perspective photos, or you can change the angle maybe moving around and come in a three D kind of affect way. I don't know. It's weird. It's crazy. But you know, what it industry that is kind of lacking in innovation six, maybe sixteen cameras is it. Yeah. Speaking of wearing crazy, Elon Musk today, basically mentioned that he there's a seventy percent chance that who moved to Mars. And a little bit weird and crazy center on axios on HBO on Sunday night. I mean, we we know about SpaceX we know about their whole like space exploration mission. I mean, he lost you musk on Mars. I mean, good. He should go to Mars. The big me as long as Twitter's on Mars. I think that'd be good for him. I mean, I don't know how the Tesla's there would work or us solar city. I don't know how much sunlight Mars gets. I don't know much about space. He was talking by sort of referencing the progress that SpaceX has been making on, you know, rocket technology and actually getting people to Mars spin a long-term gold his for while. He has this starship. I guess it was formerly known as the far and not been FOX ribbon. But apparently, it's gonna cost couple hundred thousand dollars snag a seat there. Either way just kind of a weird. I mean, what's the percentage that you would move to Mars premiums zero. Oh, yeah. Yeah. I'm going with zero. And pretty sure that's the case. Yeah. Okay. I mean, the less some sort of like zombie apocalypse hits earth. Right. There's not real reason to move to Mars. Yeah. You got a good place. Here real estate is looking very charming on the left side of Mars. Well, there you go. And you know, what the way real estate prices are going maybe Mars, maybe the w- the way to go or lastly, please check out our site for all of the many many cyber Monday deals. They're out there. We've just got wall to wall coverage on some investors out there. Dave casper in particular has a great feature on some of the best TV's. We've got some deals on intendo. Switch bundles controllers educating no Friday cited ni-, I looked at stuff. But I've been following the rule that if I were not looking for it originally, I'm not really saving money. That's a good rule to have. I think I caught onto red dead presumption to cut a deal with that. And if you're looking for that, so yes makes sense. But yes, check on our site. That's all for now. This coverage Chickasaw CNN Roger Chan, I'm offering listening.
Screening New Laptops - DTNS 3541
"John Chang, has supported independent tech news directly for about a day, one at B, lecturing and become a detain s member at patriots dot com slash DT. NS. This is the daily tech news for Wednesday may twenty nine twenty nineteen in Los Angeles on merit, and Tim Syria theline on Serlin from Salt Lake City, on Scott Johnson and from parts in LA county on the show's producer, Roger Chan, we are going to look at some of the crazy form factors come into laptops, as inspired by some announcements, particularly one from Intel at Compu texts, which is happening in Taiwan but let's start with a few things you should know. Why is that a motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit that seeks to declare that, the twenty nine thousand nine hundred national defense authorization authorization act is unconstitutional, and that act was passed last summer and prevents federal agencies, and their contractors from using alway equipments? This is an older separate act from more recent restrictions enacted by the president. Hawaii's chief legal officer song. Whipping on Wednesday said that the company was reviewing ways to fight the other U S trade restrictions the writers, in Canada, and the US may risk being deactivated from the service, if they're Reiner ratings, fall significantly, and chances to improve ratings L, sorry below their cities average rather riders will receive several notifications and chances to improve their ratings before. Or being the activated might say, terminated anyway, Uber will offer tips to riders encouraging polite behavior and cleanliness chart version. Pope in your Ober. It's true story, Taiwan's media tech announced a five G compatible seven nanometer system on chip meant for lower end devices, the integrated five G sock combines media, Tech's m seventy five G modem with arm's cortex Seventy-seven CPU, and the Molly g seventy seven GP you Nokia or, or really the folks that make the handsets for Nokia under the brand and op oh, handsets often use the media tech Gips. These aren't necessarily competitive with Qualcomm, but they are other five G chips out there. The first products with the chips in them are expected at the beginning of twenty twenty. All right. Let's talk about a non laptop tool being showed off a compact, Scott. Well, let's talk about Logitech and old brand. We all know and love and refuse to call low g they have a nifty, new tools virtually -ality artists people who like to work in VR and do creative stuff. Logitech VR, Inc. Stylus brings fine motor control for creating in virtual reality. Wanted to take a showing the tech off this week at the augmented world expo the A, R and mixed reality event that is in Santa Clara, California, Benin, Cogan, head of partnerships and business development for a are VR for mixed reality at Logitech said, at the conference, quote, most creators, were trained in school and universities, how to draw with a pencil and paper, he said, that's very simple way of putting that anyway. And today, you are able to do the same thing and VR. It's simple, natural and an extension of your hand. Everybody knows how to write and how to hold it. That's the end of that quote right now. It only works with eating VR tracking and the HTC vibe Logitech will work with great creative soft creativity software companies to integrate the Logitech VR ink technology into their software so can work with various three d models and other stuff. It already integrates with Google tilt brush, a VR art program, but again, that will only work on the SEC currently one would expect Oculus hardware and the upcoming valve. Index to also support this device. You're an artist Scott this appeal to you very much. So they meant mentioned till brushing hair. It is an incredibly creative experience. I, especially like it in the new Oculus quest given how sort of free, an untethered you are on. You can sort of design your own inside out sort of space to work in. I think it's just adds to the creativity to have less holding you down to bring a device into that world. That is less of a claw machine controller, which those controllers are really cool. I'm not talking smack about those are the vibe or anything else. They're all neat for what they do, but they're not really analogous to a rural real world drawing implement. So if one feel that way, we had introduced things that are a little bit more stylishly and what they're showing off, your certainly looks like that. So you draw the middle of the air, though, because I feel like that'd be hard. Yeah. Having to push against. I know it seems strange but you and there's a little bit like de. Issues like some of your stuff that a little further than the stuff you put behind it, and you didn't really notice till you've got around and looked at it. But the idea that some of this upcoming software could like flat, and some of that stuff and make up for that as okay? Also, there's a chance of, of, of forgotten name the word haptic feedback. That's what I meant at will tell you kind of when you're going in or out of a space, it's still kind of untested face. I also think sculpture has a lot of potential depend device. So I think Logitech is looking at a very niche audience that will grow and I'm personally, excited about it. Apple made a public post pending the app store and the face of an e you antitrust investigation and the recent US supreme court decision allowing app. Purchasers to file lawsuits against apple over anti-trust ago. So apple says sixty percent of proximity one thousand. What would wouldn't thousand APs reviewed each week or proved with rejections largely due to minor bugs or privacy concerns? Apple also listed number of apps store, alternatives to its core apps in order to show that is not stopping competition. The does not mention the none of the apps can be chosen as defaults. Apple also points out that developers can distribute apps or other app stores, smart, TV's, gaming consoles in the open internet. Yes, sixty percent of one hundred thousand APs doesn't seem like a, a big success rate. They also put a big category up called readers. These are apps for users exclusively purchases. Subscribe to content outside the app. That's not benefit. That's, that's a thing that people are trying to avoid apple taking a cut of their money to do. I did not feel and I don't know how y'all felt but I did not feel like apple did a great job. Defending stuff. No. But man, do you ever think we'll enter a future Tom where? Apple has their stuff worked out to the point that nobody's trying to fight the app store anymore. I feel like the app store since day one has been this legal battle around and I don't know, various regions, our own country, and certainly in the EU where everybody's always saying Apple's unfair with the way they're doing thing. And I feel like I'm I don't know. I'm weirdly tired of it, and I don't mean the story particularly, but just the overall feeling that apple can never get it right in the app store space. Yeah. I think there's room to have a discussion about whether Apple's policies go overboard, I think the one requiring you not to mention that you sell something somewhere else at all in your app, unless you let apple take a cut overreaches that said, apple posted this to say this is our defense. So I think it's fair game to say, well, is it really is? It really a good defense of yourself. I'm not sure it achieved what they expected it to achieve. Yeah. Well time time is always tell with those guys but do we? I know this is totally unrelated thing. I guess we don't know this, but as soon as they come out and our final with their arcade thing. I feel like we're gonna have a whole slew of new reasons. Why people are going to be mad at them and they'll be bad at defending that. So really looking forward to a new generation of app store. Hate coming up. Amazon announced a smaller version of its echo show, five or of its echo show called the eco show five, it's a voice assistant with a five point five inch screen. A camera with a shudder for privacy and a speaker for ninety bucks. An optional magnetic stand so you can position that camera better sells for twenty dollars. The new echo show five is available for preorder shipping to the United Kingdom Germany, France. Italy Spain, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States in June, and come into India in July Amazon also announced a new feature that lets you tell your Amazon voice assistant, delete what I said today, and it'll clear out everything from the past day from its records, an additional command that says delete what I just said to delete immediately after you said something is coming over the next month. You can do all these deletions in the app, but this is allowing you easier control over that by giving him more options. I want one and I don't know why I think. Was talking to the, the show this morning TM s when he came by and, and I had mentioned that and you said, well, what is it about it, and you reminded me? Hey, it's a smaller screen so you wanna get your, your old larger screen is, is that not important to you? And I realized I guess it's not I think I like a smaller sleeker updated device. And I think I'm going to replace the one I have. I think the price is right. Like this is a much lower price than than the traditional versions of the show have gone for. And I don't think screen size matter to me. I need it. Mainly for reference. It's like look up and see what time it is quickly. Check see what songs playing him. What's that lyric? I just heard whatever it is. Those are all possible with this. It's still got the camera and the option to shut that off, like this feels like the generation of show, I would get, if I didn't already have one, so I'm just on the fence as one who already owns but it seems like a nice time for somebody to jump in and hopefully sound wise. It's still good because that's a big concern for, for folks with music and stuff like that. But yet, I mean Amazon as a way of making me want all their. Dumb echoes and I don't know why. Will in you know, old that said the fact that Amazon's, like, hey, we'll let you also like to lead all of your, you know, everything that you've said to the echo know to this point is. I mean it kind of makes me laugh a little bit. But at the same time, like it, it is, that is actually a problem that people have to making it easier for people access. That is definitely a play to people's fears who were like I don't want one of these things in my house, because at a log everything. Well, this is trying to help people feel better about that. Two points of of trying to do that. There's that. And then there's this camera switch, and I have friends shutter on the small one. Yeah. And I have friends who still won't believe that Lou anything. I have friends who think that if you tape over that whole, then you're doing it wrong. But I think this is a nice step in the right direction. I would appreciate it. I don't like that. It's looking at me all the time to be honest, and I trust these things. So it'll all work out in the end in a blog post about new PC's announced a computrac Microsoft's, Nick Parker describes something called modem sorry, modern OS. The seems to be distinct from windows, ten this modern includes seamless updates done of the background with. No interruptions is secure by. Default, the short definition of security anyway. Separating compute from applications is always connected long battery life power bay by with multiple inputs like Penn voice, and gays awareness, and awareness of multiple form factors. Very similar to chrome OS, Parker says, Microsoft is investing in this vision of a modern s that's pretty interesting. I, I don't necessarily see this as like, hey, this is the new version of windows, everybody back up because Microsoft got a thin client, come in that your new version of windows, more likely this is, you know, nice embedded software for lots of devices and applications outside of your desktop and seems cool. That said, okay. I mean if windows ten is not like why is this different than windows? Ten why does the company want this to be distinct from windows? Dan? That's a good question. There's been a lot of rumors about a windows, light to compete with chrome OS. And remember when they tried to make windows ten S available as sort of a chrome OS competitor. But you could still run for windows ten, and so everybody just immediately turned into full windows. Ten I think this is meant for those, those lower costs computers to say this is for when you want a chrome OS like experience, we're going to have a modern OS that doesn't have the baggage of windows, ten for people who, don't mean need windows. Ten it sounds like they're, they're taking very small steps towards what they were trying to achieve with windows. Ten S by creating something that doesn't have the baggage of windows, ten S because it doesn't have. Does ten in it? Maybe even closer to something like windows, RT, which was even a thinner, client. I'm more I o s styled approach to tablets this is maybe even closer to that certain closer, chrome o s windows, T device, right here. Of course you do that. Yeah. But, but I I you know why not thinner, clients more devices, this seems like a smart smart thing to do? Everybody's got a little secondary. OS. Why not Microsoft? Let's go. And when we talk about the laptops in a second think about this modern S's, maybe run on some of those might make some more sense, car tech maker automatic announced, it is ending support for its first and second generation ODBC to adapters often called the classic or legacy and the silver adapters and disabling their companion apps after August, thirty first, the second model came out four years ago, the other one came out six years ago, the company encourages the owners of these older models to buy its new hundred dollar LT. Adapter which comes with an optional five dollar a month subscription. They're also sending some discount code. So it wouldn't cost you totally one hundred dollars. But it's one thing to say, hey, we're no longer going to support this older piece of equipment happens all the time, people with phones, both Android. No, this situation. Your phone doesn't stop working. You just, you know, may have bought bugs happen. More often along the way this is different and I did some digging to try to figure out why they would shut down instead of let you just keep using it. It's because there's no local storage, your data from what I can tell is all stored in the cloud, and it doesn't seem like it stored locally because all of their instructions on how to manage your data collected by this are in the cloud. If you don't know what automated, does it collects like the miles per hour. You drive, your location tries to estimate fuel consumption, a lot of people like to use it for that. It can also read the diagnostic codes that your car maintenance professional might read some people like to see that too can do a bunch of other things, and you want to store that data. Well, not only are they storing it in the cloud, but they're also selling it to third parties. And the only way to opt out of it being sold to third parties is to Email them support at automatic dot com. All that goes back to the fact that they are shutting down this app, and turning two versions of their previous products into unusable products because they want to sell information to third parties. Otherwise, they could have spent the money to make your information available locally in these apps. I guess there's an argument to say they didn't want to spend the money on that either. But because they have a cloud system. They can sell data to third parties, which is a revenue stream for them. So, in other words, your use of this without that, monetization option isn't worth it for automatic. Hey, appreciate Roger floated the whole planned obsolescence phrase, behold. Do you think that hold any water here or anything? I think people over over us that I don't generally think most companies sit there and plan to make something obsolete. Because they know about the backlash. It's just not a good business plan. I think. What happens is companies don't mind if something goes ups elite, or as in this case, they feel like they have to make it, obviously because of another business model not because they just want to sell more devices, it's because of that revenue stream. Otherwise, they wouldn't risk the backlash that they are absolutely getting for making these older versions useless, after August. Thirty first. Hey folks, if you want to get all the tech headlines each day in about five minutes, be sure to subscribe to daily tech headlines dot com. All right back on may fourteenth. Couple of weeks ago, we talked about Lenovo 's foldable windows, PC that was thirteen point three inch for by three to Keio led display. The kind of folded in half it was billed as a laptop I kind of felt like it was more of a tablet to fold it in half that same day HP launched a fifteen inch dual screen gaming laptop that had a secondary six inch ten eighty p screen right above the keyboard. Like on the same. Panel as the keyboard the next to us is available in June starting at twenty one hundred dollars. Now, compu- text this week, Acis showed off these n book pro duo with a fifteen and sixteen by nine lead four K panel, and a half height thirty two by nine IP S, four K screen pad. Plus, that is sitting right above, the keys on your keyboard can be used as a control panel. If you want, although it also has a track pad, or it's more often going to be used as a secondary display. It can even be turned into to sixteen by nine ten eighty p windows that's expected in q three with no price. But to top that Intel showed off a reference design now until doesn't make hardware or doesn't make finished products. They make parts but a lot of times, they'll make these reference designs to show how their parts could be used Intel showed off a reference designed dual screen gaming laptop called honeycomb glacier, with a fifteen point six inch primary screen and a twelve point three inch Halford. Screen, this one doesn't sit on your keyboard, though. It pulls up on a hinge above your keyboard. So you're looking at your main screen and you just tilt down a little bit to see the secondary screen, and your keyboard still lying flat. The Acis won the second screen is lying flat. And I think h p one as well. So this machine opens like a laptop tilts up to open that secondary screen, and then you put it at whatever angle you want, and it, sticks there because it has a one way hinge. And when you're ready to close it you push a little release button. And it releases the hinge, and you can fold it back up, so they suggest you can put your slack chat there. Your Twitter chat at cetera. But the big thing is at Toby tracker that sits in the hinge at about, I level and can tell when you're looking at the second screen to give it focus so without having to use your mouse. You look at the second screen type your Twitter respond, go back to the main screen, and your controls are using the main screen again, just by knowing where you're looking. I know right? I love SIA. Yeah. If it works well. Oh my God. And that is the thing these are what we always wanted these this concept is made with off the shelf parts. So a lot of the people who tested computrac said it worked most of the time. It would work all of the time. If it was made by manufacturer a couple other things here also from Intel, twin river, a dual screen tablet made a fabric, two to twelve point three inch nineteen twenty by twelve eighty touchscreens HP has a wood inlay on the pond. Rest in its envy would series of laptops. And Dell said it's working on a dual screen laptop. So lots of different attempts to capture our imagination with laptops here. Mostly revolving around using a second screen. Yeah. These are neat. I'm they showed some handwriting stuff, which may mean my brain me, the go. Ooh, I could draw on this. Maybe maybe this is a new art tool for people potentially way too early to tell. Like you said, it's also prototype without any, you know, manufacturers taking their direct idea and running with it yet. But I love this kind of stuff, and I also like it more than I liked the foldable designs, and I don't know why that is the foldable designs, just make me nervous. They make me feel like I'm bending something that shouldn't be bent. And that really when there's something awesome that doesn't break when you bend it. But for now like from productivity angle, the idea of having that secondary screen, and it being a touch screen, I think, is a way to embarrass a MAC book, pro no offense macbook pro but you're cool little control strip. They're you're basically saying take that and blow. Not, not the problems. I'm great, right? It's not a perfect perfect solution. But a big control panel size, second screen for while you're editing. Even if it's just secondary stuff, like I'm watching all that, besides a cheers, avid, play down there and have that going on up there, and like this is a this is a very cool design and I'm a little bummed. It's not Intel also coming up going, and we're making hardware, and here's our first attempt because I like this design a lot. I think it's neat Lenovo and until have combined on a few things that have turned into yoga models, some not all of them have even come out from Lenovo but yeah, maybe Lenovo gets on board with this. Maybe that's what Dell's working on. Maybe gonna gonna use this hinge. If feels like the Toby tracking the hinge and just the, the process processor being able to hand off between the multiple screens is kind of what Intel's pushing here and they could put it in whatever form factor wants. But this is all doable right now, a lot of times until prototypes. You're like man. Could they really manufacturer that scale this? It feels like it could. I mean, do you like the idea of a second screen Sarah for things like you know, when you're editing. Yeah, actually, I do. And you know, it's funny, we, we've, we've kind of like we've been talking about this whole like hybrid to in one whatever, you know, for a couple of years now and some of the, the models on, they would wouldn't help me. But when it comes to something like editing, you really do. Need your second screen? You do it. I mean you, you, you can you can live without it, but it, it, it actually would be super helpful. I think for for a lot of the creative professions like art. Yeah anything. We're two screens works in a desktop setting could potentially pay. Off from this. I think a lot of times it could push his gaming this, this honeycomb glacier is pushed as gaming because that's a situation where you want to have the full screen of whatever you're doing in the game. But you also want to have your stats, or your buttons or your chat available in an easily glance thing. And that's I'm like, UCR that Toby, I tracking, if they, they can make that work reliably. I want that to work not just on screens. I want to be able to just look at a window and have my computer. No. Oh he's looking at slack right now. He's not looking at his spreadsheet so when he types, because I've done this before I start typing. I'm like, oh, wait. The focus my spreadsheet. Yeah. Yeah. That'd be really cool. I also. Shouldn't. You know, I shouldn't talk out of my own wheelhouse here a little bit. But I'll bet you've got listeners reprogram. Let you call it. That's got coders coders and programmers out there who could respond to this. I'll bet this is good for them. Because secondary screens or a huge thing for coders, not only because their test, I'm. But sometimes they've got two sets of code running at the same time on one's guy discord sang remote into two systems in into screens. Yeah, yeah. The go. I mean they're already doing this in a desktop environment. So why not have something, that's you know this? Usable on the go, I think it sounds great. Yeah. I just I you know, there's a few stories here today that are like all laptops are coming back with, because these are useful for him factors. I think tech journalists are just stunned that they're being shown a demonstration that they don't immediately roll their eyes at and go, why would anyone want that the twin rivers, for instance with the cloth on the outside? That makes it look like a book I that one is more, what I expected computrac like, okay, maybe people want that I don't know. But this, this Intel one particularly does seem. To be useful and implemented in a way that's useful. And it's not just everyone jumping on the trend because they all can get the part to make the second screen which is what I feel like is going on. With foldable. Somebody made a foldable screen, and they're like great. Let's fold things what can we fold? And everybody's like, I don't know if I need folding or not. But they're like, but we developed those screens whereas this feels like most tickets screens have been around for a long time. I guess processors are just getting to the point where they can handle them. Well, but that's something that people have wanted for a long time, too. So I feel like there's a lot more promise here because of that. Also, I'm like, oh, that idea that if you want to have it's okay to have half steps during, you know, iterative technology, I'm okay with it because I think that stuff's important in a leads to bigger discoveries. And so I'm okay with the weird stuff that never makes it to market or the stuff that makes it a market and doesn't succeed because a lot of times, it informs something else that comes later, and we get better at it to me, foldable screens, or in that category and lots. And other stuff. But this in particular looks like it could use it now, like it looks like a useful innovation that takes advantage of lots of little small innovations overtime. That's actually something I could get some major use out of like there's practical application out of the door for what they're showing so I am very on the on the edge, or on the on the edge of waiting to see what happens, especially from somebody like Dell who's not waiting to see what happens. You're just on the edge. I'm just on the edge. I'm sitting on the edge looking down that way happens folks stick around. Speaking of being on the edge. Everybody in our sub read it always on the edge. We love you for its Mitsu as and vote on them at daily tech new show dot dot com. We're also on Facebook, Facebook dot com slash groups slash daily tech news. Let's check out the Bill. Lynne's do it. Okay. So we got we got an Email. Which was, I think, in reference to yesterday's show said y'all were talking about apple refreshing the ipod, touch, and believe me, I, there's a major market for the touch, which might not be obvious I happen to be in the market. So I know many, the largest retailers use ipod touches as a mobile cash. Register including the apple store. There are many mobile credit card sleds that attach onto the ipod to take the credit cart apple has not refreshed this in many years in a lot of people were probably considering going to Android support, OS updates patches at, Sandra as apple has not come out with a new model since twenty fifteen. Been that long. It's crazy. Yeah. Kind of has. Yeah. We got a lot of emails from people who said that they use these in retail PD says he works at a well known football state university, and they give ipod touches to the maintenance and housekeeping cruise Bruce is working on client engagement in a warehouse transportation environment drivers all have iphones for use on the road. Brandon was in a Dollar General last week and they were still using Leumi phones for checking inventories. Like maybe they could use ipod touches upgrade that there are people in hospitals liquor store chains. I'm going to work. There is looking to upgrade, the ipod touches they use their so point of sale warehouse management seems to be a really big use of the ipod touch. Then Bart road in because I was talking about Sony's proprietary, sixty mile range internet of thing connectivity system. And I said, there's got to be an open source version of this. Thank you, Bart Bart to the rescue. He says there is an open technology for wide area. 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A radically different Prime Day: Heres what to expect (The Daily Charge, 10/12/2020)
"Support for this podcast comes from dropbox business teamwork your way there I was struggling to balance my professional life and making my son something healthy in my personal life, and then I realized my team and I can fix this. Sure. We're all pretty different with different working styles but that only makes us more productive I work early in slides while Biz Dev assigns tasks and legal works late in hello sign all from one shared dropbox workspace try dropbox for your team at dropbox dot com slash teams at work. Prime Day is this week the fact of the coronavirus it's happening far later in the year right ahead of black Friday. So what are we expecting? I'm Roger Chang and this is your daily charge with me is retail expert and daily charge regular Fox ribbon welcome Ben. Prime Day is hitting tomorrow. What are you expecting? So many deals so many deals in so many saves. What like just alive. I know I know I'm sounding sarcastic but it is true. This is basically the unofficial kickoff to the holiday selling season not just for Amazon but Amazon has basically figured out a way to dictate to every other retailer when to start their deals for the holidays. So what will be very interesting is to see. How much the steals away from Black Friday and cyber Monday because it could actually be pretty notable this year unlike in previous years where Prime Day was July was kind of its own thing, right? That's a really good point and. One cares about in terms of were stretching out the holiday shopping season longer than ever I feel like it's it's starting even sooner now, and as you said, it's sort of the prime day unofficially kicks off the holiday shopping season. With. Black Friday at the end of next month and Prime Day Nalic. Is there a risk of retail overload people just being inundated sales like how long can this keep up? No, they're absolutely could be a situation with retail overload. and. That's why I'm sure a lot of retailers are front loading some of their best black Friday deals around Prime Day. We've already seen it with best buy Walmart target. They're all announcing you know these delays and you know the big save and all that other nonsense but that's that's because. the economy is lousy unemployment is way up and there's no stimulus. If there was a stimulus there, there was a general impression in the retail world from analysts that I talked to that Amazon was in essence trying to hold its breath long enough for another stimulus to come through because when the last one came through, there was a huge surge in consumer spending for all sorts of things work from home gear entertainment. People are renovating their houses, all sorts of stuff, and you know had DC gotten its act together. This could have been very well timed for that where all the retailers we're going to get a nice big benefit. So Black Friday might be saved by the potential of a stimulus happening around November to late November. But as we know that is not guaranteed. We've been holding our breath and waiting for another stimulus Watson's May. So, that could mean that black Friday will definitely have plenty of deals bud a lot of consumers because of the economic situation that we're in. They're not gonNa have as much of what what's the word like as much ammunition because they've already been ex they've already exhausted their budgets around Prime Day. So they're just not gonNA have as much money to spend around black Friday cyber Monday. So in that respect in terms of. I guess being a smart buyer and trying to get the best deals is it's Margaret by early or would it be smarter to wait? Till you know everyone else's sort of exhausted from the buying scoop in those last minute deals. Okay. So I don't want like come off as being like you know by by by whatever guide like I frankly don't care if you buy holiday gifts or not. That's not really my job here. However, if you are buying stuff for the holidays, if you do have things that you wanNA, buy every single indication. Points to buying early, and there are a number of reasons for that. One of them is there have been massive supply chain constraints throughout the year because of Corona virus, any high demand items which include work from home stuff electrtonics anything that you think your neighbor might wind everybody else wants to, and that could run out a lot faster this holiday season. So that's a reason to buy early another reason by. Early. Is Because of delivery times. So delivery shipments, everybody's buying online a lot more deliveries or bottle necking. I don't need to remind people that there's also a lot more ballots by mail. That's GONNA put in additional strain on the US Postal Service. So that's another very, very good reason a by early. So do I care whether you buy on Prime Day or not? No absolutely not I don't care if. You got a toaster bite if you WANNA toaster, you should buy it around Prime Day. So hopefully, I conveyed that well enough because I'm not I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by if that is very clear and direct advice related to if you want to buy something and you have the money to it, that's that's great and thank you. You've successfully convinced me to not by test or now. So, beyond the beyond the timing, which is obviously very different primed is usually in the middle summer. What else can we expect that that's going to be different about this prime day? So the thing that I find most interesting or useful related to this is kind of like the social awareness element that Amos on is embedding into Prime Day. So this has been a really difficult year. Everybody's working from home, they're doing remote learning and so there. It's not like super upfront as far as like they're they're China plaster, their website with black lives matter banners, which which they did by the way earlier this year. But they are doing a couple of special deals like for instance, if you spend ten dollars on small businesses. That are that are on its website. Amazon will then give you like Amazon pays for it a ten dollar gift certificate that you can spend on prime day. So that's a really obvious way to benefit small businesses. There are also really promoting their charitable feature, which is called Amazon smile. So I, these are these are you know little ways but still very useful ways for them to use primed as a platform to. Actually benefit smaller businesses charities a lot of places that have been hurting during coronavirus and do it in such a way that like you know we're still we're still celebrating this big sale. So we're not trying to like remind you of how awful things are but also be aware that like, Hey, if you if you do spend like there could actually be like a social benefit related to it as well. Judge. And for Amazon like how big of deal is prime day going to be it's This going to be like previous ones will the coronavirus have an impact either positive or negative? What what are we looking at? This will definitely be I can't say definitely because I don't have a crystal ball, but this is expected to be the biggest prime day yet, and a lot of that has to do with the fact that just you know people are buying online a lot more this year in general My expectation is is that this is actually going to be a bigger deal for traditional retailers in small businesses. Amazon has been selling like crazy all year. Regardless they're gonNA do really well on prime day to they're going to do really well on black Friday and cyber Monday. By kind of halo effect that black that Prime Day is going to create I, think is going to help a lot of these other retailers that have been in more of a bind in more difficulty this year. So in that regard, the way to go prime day you know you're you're helping more retailers go into bankruptcy protection even though they've traditionally driven a bunch of them into bankruptcy protection there helping them stave off bankruptcy protection got it, and like looking at them from the consumer perspective, what are they? They really in the mood to spend spence ban and go crazy with shopping this holiday season yeah absolutely I think people you know they would like the distraction number one. Of something that's not constantly reminding them of the Corona virus and the election which is exhausting both of those are exhausting and They need stuff Amazon in their advertising about this really focuses more on the practicality of prime day like stuff that you need around your house like home entertainment stuff work from home stuff they're trying to emphasize that a little bit more, and if you could get a deal on that and you could use it and it makes your life a little bit easier then great that's fantastic and get a deal on it. So yeah, I think. Consumers will definitely be into it, and if they can front load some of their holiday spending and get get some savings on stuff that he's going to go out of stock earlier than than more power to you. So yeah, I definitely expect consumers to show up in a big way for prime day this year and you know Prime Day even in the past it there's so many deals. It's hard to tell what the deal, what isn't defending vice for folks looking at things to to kind of get a better sense of whether or not what they're buying is legitimately a deal. Yeah Yeah So great questioned by the way I would say that price comparison websites are are your friend. came camel camel is one where you can see price history pop tart is another one that does price comparisons. So those those are definitely useful. Honey which is on by pay pal will help you know find the digital coupons. So you can get like cashback retail me not website where you can find you know if you spend, you got something back in return. So doing just a little bit of research could help you find. Some better information or better. In addition to that. Virtually every retailer you could think of online is going to have deals around Prime Day. So if you see it on Amazon and you think maybe I could get a better price somewhere else just jump to like Walmart jumped to target jumped at Costco see if they have it available and that way maybe maybe you save another ten or fifteen bucks because like I said, they were all going to be doing deals. Even if they say they're not doing deals, they're doing deals around Prime Day. So it benefits you just do a little bit more research and poke around a little bit more to find the best price. All right. Well, thank you appreciate that insight. and. Those those tips 'cause Amazon and those deals Camilla intimidating for people. Yeah. Seriously do not be a procrastinator this year like if you WanNa holiday stuff and it's high demand holiday stuff like I'm a procrastinator I get it I will push it off as long as I possibly can. I'm going to do my darndest to to try to focus and get stuff. Early this year like I said, these are very obvious and clear examples as to why things will become more of a mass later this year. So I can't emphasize that enough that if you do plan on buying the stuff, it probably benefits you to buy it sooner. got a all right. Well, you can read Ben Story on CNN dot. com if any questions. On twitter at the DOA charged if you'd like to receive direct text messages from me, good join subtext dot com slash the daily charge sign up also please subscribing right to show. It really helps out for the charge. I'm Roger Chan thanks for listening. This week on Comic Book Nation, the official PODCAST, a comic Book Dot Com. It's a big one. You're not gonNA WANNA. Miss it because we are talking about doctor strange joining Spiderman three and what that means for the rest of the marvel cinematic universe plus invincible dropped a teaser trailer. We're talking about that and doing a deep dive into x of swords. The Big Marvel X. 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Googles Pixel 4 gets a really, really early tease (The 3:59, Ep. 571)
"The. Welcome to three Jinan Roger Chan. I'm Joanie Solomon Google decided surprised, everyone and dropping photo of the pixel forge next flagship phone and something that's supposed to come out until the fall. This is highly unusual. What do you think I'm here for it? Yeah. More transparency show us what you got don't. Let all these leaks legs set the tone in the conversation. That's true last. I mean, the pixel three light the budget phone was leaked completely before got launched Google does so maybe trying to get ahead way ahead of everyone. Right. One thing, one theory that are in lob opposed was idea that they teased out the square Cambe special multiple cameras. The iphone is also supposed to have one and traditionally, the pixel four launches the iphone. Maybe they just wanted to say, hey, we got here. I don't tell us where copying the iphone xactly. We were here first. All right. Let's talk about deep fakes and manipulate content. A video of Nancy Pelosi doctor to make her seem drunk made the rounds last week. Prizing was last week. Maybe two weeks ago, the surprising, how the different social networks, reacted Facebook kept the video, but added the fact check articles YouTube pulled Twitter actually kept on sort of suggests that like there really are no consistent rules about how social networks dealing with this content. And this seemed like they had no idea how to deal this content, and what experts say is that is a real flaw in, how're going to address, even more elaborate manipulations, like deep fix in the future. All the experts say what we need not only consistency in. In policies on social networks for dealing with it at the networks themselves, but also across that they engage with each other, and develop best practices also share resources, the only way they can really address these things if they worked together note that's not something, they're incentivized to do include be weren't in this situation rights, given how different Landale acted. And you listen to a house hearing on deep. Thanks there any highlights in terms of what they're talking about. It was definitely a theme throughout the conversation between the house representatives, and experts on the panel that social media is one of the key weaponization factors. Distributing, this sort of disinformation. And so it wasn't unreasonable for there to be these kind of questions that take these networks to task. Did you see the big Zucker Berg do? Yeah. Supercomputing all but and you know that came up on the panel like they brought up the Zakar thing. And one of the panelists experts noted, obviously, when this video says that Coburg says that I can control the future, obviously, that's not true because if he could he wouldn't be in the message and right now. So, you know, even the fact that I it is difficult. There are defects that are satire that are so Atlanta, they cannot actually believe it's hard to decide win something needs to be taken down under what circumstances, who target is. What are those? What are those rules yet? The point of the story that queenie wounded looking at the consistent reactions was. Yes. There's sometimes a line, their words. It could be parody. It could be commentary. And I think that's kinda wives social networks right now. Our little trapped in terms of like trap, but they're little befuddled in terms of how to deal with these videos. Right this content. Lastly, you want a review of a twenty seven inch Android tablet built into a GE oven hood, sticker price, only twelve hundred dollars a steel steel, would you want to put this thing on your oven plus side? Gotcha recipes and your YouTube videos on how great their in front of you in the pot. Yup. Downside putting all those Electric's right of an over. Yeah. Yeah. That's a little weird. The battery their power source. It's got all that, grease just like there's a lot of cleanup involved here. I don't know. It is on top of another hoods. Maybe. All right. That's one of the story. C J, Johnny. It's listening.
Our E3 breakdown: Microsoft's Project Scarlett looks crazy powerful (The 3:59, Ep. 568)
"The. Tonight on what you're saying. I'm Ben FOX Rueben and Oscar Ellis, E three is upon us. The big video game confab is out. No way. We've got a whole team out there covering it. Oscar you're here, though, covering all of the action. What was the most pressing? You've seen so far. It's granted we're only about two days into it. It was by far Kiana Reeves so John, Wakeham selfie. He appears in the twenty seven twenty seventy seven trailer. And sure enough, he shows up at, at three does a little spiel has just roar of applause, and announces that the game is coming out next year. And you said this was at a presentation press conference held in which they announced new hardware, like a new XBox coming twenty twenty project scarlet, but you said, can't raise got more plausible that it was huge even he was taken aback. I mean ease superstar, even he was like, whoa, right? And everybody just loves them. There's cheers, there was a guy who said your breathtaking. And that guy's going to get a free copy of the game from CD project, grit. Because he heckled he heckled cannery canneries been on a pretty Sean, Ron John wick three obviously has a lot of fans of I wanted to give to always be my maybe that Netflix film, in which canneries plays version of canneries that we think he is, which is kind of amazing. But back to back to you three product scarlet we have to talk about the next XBox AK graphics. One hundred twenty days for second salt say drive. Would you think about it, it seems that for this next gen consoles deceits us is solid state drives? Yeah. That is just going to make everything faster when it comes to loading two big areas that's going to be the key thing graphics. Wise course it's going to be better. They didn't show anything. But obviously it's gonna be better. PS live is going to be better. But solid state drive is going to get a new television, right? Ak graphics. You're going to need to upgrade your forte TV or so. We're, we're in for four k content. Yeah. If you want, if you want the eight k is a bit about feature per right though. The last version, the Xbox One originally didn't have XT Moore did have four K just like the PS four. And so I think they're trying to feature proof a little that there. Right. So it's, it's not where they had to come out with that Xbox One x to power, the four K resolution stole a lot of time for them to tease out a lot about this product because it doesn't come out until holiday, twenty so this was probably. Just a little bit to get people interested. And then we're going to see a lot more going forward. Yeah. The more than likely. They'll have their own little bit next year. Like they did with the Xbox One yet tour the show off the games, but halo infant is going to be a game for this four cyberpunk twenty seventy seven where the two only two trailers, I mash them watching just some huge halo junkie so beyond that last week, there was the Amazon remorse conference, which kinda got lost the shuffle. With all the touching on apple WW C, which they knew that then knew that they were scheduling, the first annual conference dub dub, tell me what is remorse. So is a it's basically Jeff Bezos is conference that they hadn't Vegas where they talk about robotics space, artificial intelligence. It's kind of big science, fair about a couple of things. So it was drove was quite enough that it could potentially sneak up on you. Yes. Yes. So Amazon announced their newest prime air drone at the conference, which is kind of a big deal, and that they continue to rate, these delivery drones that they keep tell. Us going to deliver us stuff within thirty minutes by the FAA hasn't really moved forward with the proves where we don't expect this to reach the mass market, at least the next couple of years if ever but it was a cool new drone. So tell me about on scout. Amazon scout. I got a chance to actually see this. This is a delivery drone for the ground. So it rides around in suburban sidewalks. And one of the cool aspects of it, that they told me about was that they create these duplicates of the real world, the real neighborhoods that Amazon scout is actually going around and to actually train the I to be able to actually know what to do when it goes out there and doesn't. I don't know. Knock over a tiny dog or something like that. All right. More of these sound seen it and Roger Chan, I'm Ben FOX. Zealous. Thanks for listening.