Tuesday, March 10, 2015

TechTalk March 10, 2015

Andrew Thomas from www.digitalnexa.com joins me to talk tech and talk we do. Apple, Samsung, LG and much more.

Don't forget the news either there is a lot of that.

Here is a hint of what we got up to.

Is it possible to be too trendy?

Who is the brave one?

Communication and the home screen.

The Podcast.

Here are the notes to all we had on the talking plan!

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CEO Snapchat meeting with Prince Whaleed
Phones and passwords! Canadian guy charged
Xiaomi Mi 4
Data security firm Bluebox has discovered preinstalled malware and a host of other issues with a Xiaomi Mi 4 device the company tested. Scarier still, the phone seems to have been tampered with by an unidentified third party.
Bluebox first issued a report on Thursday, after reaching out to Xiaomi and not getting a response.
When the researchers first received the phone, they made sure it was legitimately a Xiaomi device using Xiaomi’s “Mi Identification” app. Upon further testing, security researchers found that there were several malicious applications preloaded onto the smartphone, including adware that disguises itself as a verified Google application; trojans, which allow hackers to gain control of the phone; and other high-risk software.
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“I will only hire someone to work directly for me if I would work for that person,” Zuckerberg told an audience gathered in Barcelona yesterday for the fourth installment of ‘Q&A with Mark,’ an ongoing series of town hall-style discussions.
While employers generally have more work to do than staffers to get it done, Zuckerberg says business owners should resist the urge to settle for lesser candidates in the name of manpower. “Over the long term,” he said, “you’re only going to be better if you get someone really good.”

what is Amazon up to?
Amazon.com has opened an online presence on rival Alibaba’s Tmall superstore, according to Reuters and other outlets citing an Alibaba spokesman.
Amazon and Alibaba are both prodigious online retailers and rivals and both are eying the other’s turf. Earlier this week Aliyun, Alibaba’s online services arm, opened a cloud data center in Silicon Valley, its first presence in the U.S. Aliyun is seen as a competitor to cloud giant Amazon Web Services.
I’ve reached out to both Alibaba and Amazon for further comment and will update this story as needed.
Other western companies, including Costco, Burberryand Zara parent company Inditex, have also set up shop on Tmall, which runs the ecommerce sites and provides the associated payment-processing operations.

Finally, Sephora is introducing Flash, which is essentially the company's version of Amazon Prime—for an annual enrollment fee of $10, customers get free two-day shipping, or overnight shipping for $5.95. For VIB Rougemembers—those who spend $1,000 or more at Sephora in a calendar year—Flash is a free benefit. "We found that when women hear about a product they want, they just want to buy it, they don't want to amass a basket, or put it on a list to think about later," says Dolan. "So this is how we are fulfilling that need for instant gratification." In a pilot of the program, says Dolan, clients who signed up for Flash spent twice as much as other clients who had previously been comparable shoppers.
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HTC One M9
LG Watch!
IMAX for your home 1.8million pounds!
Top publishers use facebook for video!
5 things from mobile marketing congress
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ÉCOLE simplifies the shopping experience by stripping away the overabundance created by trend, concentrating instead on choice staples that work season after ever-passing season. It's a solution to a problem that's even more present in ÉCOLE's digital realm, as online shopping presents an insurmountable burden of inventory and choice. In fact, ÉCOLE goes a step beyond by cultivating relationships with a limited number of brands, with pieces from each selected based on their flexibility in the everyday wardrobe.

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Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen?
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It's even possible that you're staying up too late because of your computer. You could use f.lux because it makes you sleep better, or you could just use it just because it makes your computer look better.
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Sharelock allows you to share data easily and securely. Simply type a secret and the e-mail or Twitter handle of the person(s) you want to share it with and an encrypted link (URL) will be generated.
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Google is thinking about some stuff and I wonder why?
Google is looking to further untangle parts of Google+: The company may separate Photos and Hangouts from Google+, according to statements made by Google’s product czar Sundar Pichai in an interview with Forbes Thursday.
“Increasingly you’ll see us focus on communications [Hangouts], photos and the Google+ stream as three important areas, rather than being thought of as one area,” said Pichai. That’s notably different fromGoogle‘s previous approach: Former Google+ head Vic Gundotra tried to use photos as a way to grow Google+ as a whole, and Hangouts also used to be closely integrated with Google+.
Google+ has always been a bit of a mixed bag for Google. The social network has provided the company with an identity layer across its products, which has arguably helped to improve YouTube and other platforms.

Thinner phone vs better battery life?
Youtube new mobile trimming tool!
Even in the ideal setting, it's nearly impossible to get the perfect piece of footage that won't require edits. Those changes can be tough to tackle on mobile, but thanks to a YouTubeupdate, perfecting a short video just got easier. Inside the video library's mobile app, a new video trimming feature let's you slide to the exact frame you want the video to begin (and end) before getting rid of the excess. There's also an inline preview, so you can do one last check before uploading to the web. If you're into capturing footage with your phone, these new tools should help you nix the "are you rolling" chatter before your pal's next stunt.

Uber Data breach for drivers!
On this week's edition of Late Friday News Dump: Uber's driver database was accessed by an unknown third party, compromising the personal information of about 50,000 drivers. So far there have been no reports of unauthorized use of the information.
The "unauthorized third party" accessed the information all the way back in May of 2014. And according to the Los Angeles Times, Uber discovered that the information had been accessed in September of last year. So far Uber is only claiming that names and driver's license numbers were accessed.
The company isn't giving out any more information, explaining that it's an "ongoing investigation," but it seems rather curious that they wouldn't have done this five months ago when they learned about the hack. Uber says that it's reaching out to drivers about the breach and the company is apparently offering one year of identity protection services to its drivers.

Google’s New Campus!
Google says the large transparent canopies are designed to control the climate while still letting in light, air, and even some of the great outdoors. "We aim to blur the distinction between our buildings and nature," reads Google's introductory post.
Over at the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Google real estate chief David Radcliffe talks about the vision behind the idea and many more details. Including Google's hope to build solar panels right into the canopies themselves—and how Google plans to have robots that actually lift and move modular sections of the inner buildings around.

Block sale of iPhones?
Ericsson has announced that it's filing seven new lawsuits in a U.S. court against Apple for infringing its patents—and it's asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to block iPhones from sale, too.
All told, Ericsson claims that Apple infringes a total of 41 of its patents. They describe some of the fundamental ways mobile devices communicate, as well as operating system design, battery saving methods and user interfaces, too.
An ongoing royalty payment has been made to Ericsson by Apple in the past to cover the use of these patents. But when a license expired in mid-January, discussion over a renewal failed.Ericsson already tried to reach terms with Apple, but to no avail. "We have offered them a license; they have a turned it down," said Kasim Alfalahi, Ericsson's chief intellectual property officer, told Bloomberg. "We're not a company that's planning to extract more than the value we put on the table."
Now, Ericsson is attempting to secure what it's owed. Ericsson has offered to have an independent arbitrator determine rates of ceompensation, but Apple has hit out saying that the Stockholm-based company "seeks to exploit its patents to take the value of these cutting-edge Apple innovations." It's even accused the company of "abusive licensing practices."
Now, Ericsson's decision to attempt to block iPhone sales via the International Trade Commission ratchets the dispute up a level. The Commission has the power to act more swiftly than the courts, blocking the import of goods as they head into the States from China.
What decision the Commission will make remains to be seen. But you can be sure that Apple will be throwing an awful lot of legal weight—or money, depending on the judgement of authorities—at the problem. A halt in iPhone sales simply won't be tolerated. [Bloomberg]

the platform that lets travellers book private spare rooms and entire homes as an alternative to traditional hotels — is doing some booking of its own. Airbnb is in the process of raising another round of funding that will value it at $20 billion, according to sources familiar with the situation.
The company is believed to be in the process of raising a war chest of close to $1 billion — with about half of that secured. We’ve heard that Airbnb has been courted by investors out of Asia, as well as larger private-equity groups. We’ve not been able to confirm the exact names yet, but one that has come up is Fidelity. Previous investors in the company include TPG, T. Rowe Price, Dragoneer, Founders Fund, Sequoia, DST and more.
Airbnb, founded in 2008 and based in San Francisco, has been on a growth tear in the last several years.
It’s one of the leading players in the rise of sharing economy startups, built on the idea of everyday consumers leveraging their own resources — in this case, rooms in their homes, or the whole home itself — in a wider marketplace. That marketplace is powered by Airbnb’s tech, which makes it very fast and easy for hosts to list, and visitors to find, book and pay for a room or home.
Airbnb is currently active in 34,000 cities in 190 countries. It has over 1 million listings on its platform and has racked up 30 million nights booked.

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MP3 isn’t as good as we think!
Audiophiles like to argue over what format is best for musical enjoyment, with opposing camps falling roughly along a digital/analog divide. One of the fronts in the battle over the best sound is that of “compression”: the method by which large digital audio files are compressed down into a more accessible format. It’s how you’re able to stream albums to your laptop, and play hundreds–if not thousands–of songs off your smartphone.
In some cases, though, compression can lead to the loss of certain auditory elements of the file being processed. To demonstrate that point, Ph.D. student Ryan Maguire created  “The Ghost In The MP3”, a project whose centerpiece is a strangely etherial track called “moDernisT”. At first, moDernisT seems like a random assortment of disjointed noises. In fact, it’s actually comprised entirely out of the audio lost during the MP3 compression of Suzanne Vega’s classic ear worm “Tom’s Diner.”

That Maguire’s track is full of vaguely familiar sounds, well within the normal range of hearing, is significant. As io9 points out, it’s commonly held that the audio lost in the compression process should be beyond what a human ear can perceive. Clearly, that’s not always the case. To further explore these effects, Maguire created an accompanying video comprised of visuals similarly “lost” during that piece’s MP4 compression.

Ministry of Education inks Education Transformation Agreement with Microsoft
·         A renewed 5-year agreement to improve Educational Technology
24th February 2015 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates: As part of its continued efforts to enhance the quality of learning and improving the use of technology in the classroom, the Bahraini Ministry of Education signed a 5-year agreement with Microsoft to transform learning, further innovation and develop employment skills for the 21st century.
The Microsoft Education Transformation Agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Majid bin Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Education and Sherif Tawfik, Country General Manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman, in the presence of Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corporation and Samer Abu Ltaif, Regional General Manager, Microsoft Gulf.
“Our mission in the Ministry is to keep our education system upgraded to cater to the changes our society witnesses and to activate its role in building the Bahraini people's future abilities,” said H.E. Dr. Al-Naimi. “We understand the importance and value of technology in primary and secondary education and seek to jointly - with Microsoft - improve both the access to and the use of ICT for the support of the teaching and learning process as well as for empowering every student with the 21st century skills.”  He thanked Microsoft for their commitment to Bahrain and their constant investment in the Education sector in the Kingdom and around the world.
Commenting on this announcement, Sherif Tawfik, Country General Manager for Microsoft in Bahrain and Oman said “At Microsoft, we believe that the economic competitiveness of every market depends in large measure on how effectively their educational institutions engage, inspire and prepare all students to learn and to innovate.” Tawfik praised the relentless efforts of the Kingdom to empower students, teachers and schools and encourage them to achieve their greatest potential by providing access to the latest technologies and the know-how to best employ these innovations to their advantage.
The Education Transformation Agreement with the Bahraini Ministry of Education will benefit over 209 schools through three different programs:
·         Transform Learning: will support in equipping schools, students and educators with resources and knowledge needed to adopt technology education. It also helps provide students with uninterrupted access through services like Office 365.
·         Further Innovation: will focus on encouraging school administrators, educators and students to innovate in using technology in learning and teaching within the classroom and beyond.
·         Develop 21st Century Skills and Employability: will provide training programs, curriculum and certifications for students, educators and schools to acquire 21st century skills to better utilize technology in building the workforce of tomorrow, today.
Tawfik concluded “Throughout the past decade, we have witnessed the great reform efforts of the Ministry of Education in Bahrain in the education sector in Bahrain. We are pleased to sign a new 5-year Education Transformation Agreement which is designed to foster educational development and success both now and throughout our continuing relationship, long into the future.”

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