Thursday, June 12, 2014

Techtalk June 9

Andrew Thomas from joins me as we unpack the wild world of technology. News, reviews and witty conversation, from Andrew, is what this is all about!

Here is what we got up to!

And here are the show notes.


I love the new google docs on the iOS

CardMunch has migrated to Evernote

The end of a dictionary era
Built by New York University professor Adam Parrish, the bot has tweeted a dictionary word every 30 minutes since Nov. 30, 2007. Having reached the Zs on June 1, the account is breezing through the 26th letter at an alarming rate, causing an explosion of tongue-in cheek horror among the accounts 95,000 followers.

CIA on Twitter
Central Intelligence Agency created a Twitter account today, and the federal fuzz got immediate buzz—50,000 people followed it in its first 50 minutes on the social platform.
It probably stands to reason the CIA was already using the popular site for investigative purposes. So what the agency will actually do with the account—besides author cheeky tweets (see below)—remains to be seen.


Helping with the sell by dates
Waste not want not means more now than ever as around 4.2 million tonnes of avoidable food and drink waste is created each year. Sainsbury's has teamed up with Google to try and help by creating Food Rescue.
This online service, which will also work on mobiles, allows users to name left over food items to be met with recipe suggestions. The plan is to help people stop wasting food that's about to go off by creating interesting meal options that make the items attractive again.
Sainsbury's says the average family is losing about £60 per month on food that goes to waste. The Food Rescue service has over 1,200 recipes that are offered based on the ingredients spoken or typed by the user. The savings made are displayed in a league to make it more competitive for areas across the UK.

Beats and apple.
Recently Apple posted new specifications to its Made For iPhone/iPad/iPod program — which allows manufacturers to create official accessories for Apple products — that would help third parties make headphones that plug directly into the Lightning port, 9to5Mac reports. While current Apple products couldn't support this sort of functionality right away, a simple firmware update to iOS 7 could fix that.

More apple news, this is really big.
Apple announced on Monday that it's opened up Touch ID, the fingerprint authentication feature on the iPhone 5S, to third-party developers.
This means that soon, iPhone 5S owners will be able to login to apps -- from banks, retailers, or anyone, really -- using the phone's fingerprint sensor. So when the next version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8, is released this fall, you may be able to check your account balance with a quick scan of your finger.

Io8 news

Apple may get it right with Photos!
Since the heyday of the iPhone 4S, Apple devices have led the pack in mobile photography thanks to high-quality lenses, other hardware and elegant internal image processing. Unfortunately, Apples' rather pedestrian tools for managing and retouching photos failed to keep pace—and that's putting it politely.
Happily, thanks to some core new features shared between OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, Apple's photo software might finally do its photo hardware justice.


Online payment is gonna get a lot easier
Apple hasn't cracked the mobile payments market yet, but the iPhone maker is aiming to make online orders a little easier. 9to5Mac has discovered a new feature in iOS 8 that allows Safari users to scan a credit card with an iPhone camera. The new option is visible at sites like Amazon when you typically enter credit card information manually or through the existing AutoFill feature. As it’s a built-in feature, web developers won’t need to enable it and the credit card scanning will automatically fill out a web form for an online order.

FIFA Football and mobile phones! This is cool.

If we could we would also be getting all our TV online

Encrypted Email is where it is at.
On Tuesday, the tech giant released code for an early alpha version of an "end-to-end" Chrome encryption plugin—basically, software that will let users send encoded messages to one another using any Web-based email provider. It also added some interesting new data to its "Safer Email" transparency report—namely, the fact that about half of email received by its Gmail service arrives with no encryption that would protect it from prying eyes on the Internet. Its report also calls out the worst offenders among other major email providers—among them, cable giant Comcast.

Twitter Might buy Soundcloud.

Fun stuff

LyveHome—an absolute standout at CES 2014—is changing that with its photo and video hard drive that serves as a personal cloud service. Now that we've spent an extensive amount of time with the device, it's safe to say we're even more obsessed with LyveHome, which launches today for $299.
LyveHome is very cool!

Amazon news
Amazon's June 18th event is still mostly shrouded in mystery, but general consensus is that the e-commerce giant is releasing a phone of its own with an interactive 3D interface. Now,TechCrunch claims to have identified the technology behind that feature, and it's supposedly Omron's Okao Vision face-sensing system. The Amazon team reportedly customized the Japanese company's creation so that it can be used to show 3D effects on an ordinary LCD screen without special glasses. Instead of relying on accessories, the software depends on four front cameras embedded on the device's corners to track the user's face, as well as on the phone's accelerometer and gyroscope. For instance, if you tilt your face to one side, the interface shows you a hidden panel you wouldn't see if you look at the screen from another angle.

LinkedIn just redesigned its profile pages with a new image-centric layout — but only paying users get the new look (for now).
Following in the footsteps of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, LinkedIn’s new profiles feature cover photos, cleaner typography, and larger profile pictures. The new design was launched side-by-side with LinkedIn’s new $10 per month premium membership tier — dubbed ‘Spotlight’ — a significantly more accessible price point than LinkedIn’s previous fees, which ranged from $30 to $440 per month.

e justice.

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