Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TechTalk March 23, 2015

It is that time of the week when the, and this week Jatin, joins me to get down to the bottom of what is going on in the world of tech!

We started with a look at your computer health!

And do you use the online butler?

The podcast in full!

The show notes and links!

p1. Apps

Playing with  Surface 3 Pro and liking it will review it for next week!

Money honey!

If you’re reading TechCrunch right now (you are, by the way), chances are you have at least heard of Meerkat. You may even be simultaneously hoping that you don’t have to fall prey to the new SXSW sweetheart before the trend of live broadcasting is over. But this is no Yo.
Sources familiar with the matter tell TechCrunch that Meerkat has closed on a $12 millionSeries B led by Greylock’s Josh Elman, with participation from other unknown angels. One source, who wished to remain anonymous, said that the deal valued Meerkat at $52 million post-investment. We’re also told that Greylock put in the majori

Remember Pinterest’s massive $200 million Series F round last year? They’re coming back for more — lots more.
According to a just-released filing, Pinterest is looking to raise over half a billion dollars — and it’s already over halfway there.
The company has already raised $367 million dollars in this latest round and they’re still open to raising another $211 million before they’re done.
If Pinterest sell its entire offering, this latest round (which would be Pinterest’s Series G) will come in at $577,916,906.

including the new 200GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC card.”

These are cool cars

Facebook update

Here are five important guidelines marketers need to know:
  • Nudity: Facebook will remove posts that show genitals, fully exposed buttocks and some photos of female breasts if the nipple is included. However, contrary to some ofFacebook's past behavior, photos of women engaged in breastfeeding or photos showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring are allowed. Various art forms that depict the female figure are also allowed.
  • Hate speech: Posts that attacks someone's race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity, or serious disability or disease will be removed. Facebook does acknowledge that sometimes posts containing hate speech are shared to raise awareness, and in that case, it has encourages users to make the intent clear.
  • Bullying and harassment: Content that targets private individuals—which Facebook defines as "people who have neither gained news attention nor the interest of the public, by way of their actions or public profession"—with the intention of degrading or shaming them will be removed.  
  • Violence and graphic content: Images that are shared for sadistic pleasure or images that celebrate or glorify violence will be removed.
  • Self harm: Facebook bans content that champions suicide or any other type of self-injury like self-mutilation or eating disorders.

Microsoft fixes disk space suck up!
With Windows 10, Microsoft is belatedly addressing a storage crisis that has been years in the making.
In a blog post published today, Microsoft confirmed that it is actively working on reducing the disk footprint of Windows 10, leaving more space for data. The changes involve compressing Windows system files (an option that was added without explanation in Windows 10 Preview build 9879 and is available in the Disk Cleanup utility in current builds). It also plans a drastic redesign of the way recovery images work.
ms-space-savings-windows-10.pngMicrosoft's example space savings (in green) for 64-bit Windows 10In the example Microsoft used in today's blog post (accompanied by the pie chart shown here), the changes would cut the disk footprint for Windows system files by as much as 45 percent.

Google! Now

Google personal digital assistant is about to get a whole lot more powerful. Google Now—which recommends websites, keeps track of reminders and appointments and acts as every Android-user’s personal digital butler—will soon provide developers with an open API, product director Aparna Chennapragada told an audience at SXSW on Saturday.

Got to love Conan and the Apple Watch question!

If the biggest hurdle for Apple with the Apple Watch is getting people to once again wear a watch everyday, then persuading us to carry a pocket watch could be an even harder task, but that hasn’t put Conan O’Brien off. He has come up with the Apple Pocket Watch, which at less than half the price of the average Apple Watch, and all the functionality of an iPhone, could be quite a success.

Speck Monitor for indoor air quality

Facebook messenger payments will you use it?

Lolipop might get on body recognition to not lock screen when held!

If you're frustrated that your smartphone locks while it's still in your hands, Google may soon come to your rescue. A handful of Android Police readers report that their Lollipop-equipped phones' Smart Lock security now includes "on-body detection," a motion-sensitive feature that keeps your Android device unlocked so long as it's either in-hand or in your pocket. This isn't completely secure (a pickpocket could have a field day), but you don't have to worry about someone snooping on your personal info just because you left your handset on the table for a hot minute. Just when you'll get this option isn't certain, though. Google is slowly rolling out body detection to users through Google Play Services, not software updates, so you might not know it's available until you dig through the settings at the right time.

30 day battery life on a smart watch must be  Tag!

Tag Heuer's Android Wear device wasn't the only smartwatch at this year's Baselworld. Other devices were also shown and launched during the annual luxury watch fair in Switzerland, including the new Vector Watch. It's slated to come out in two different shapes -- Luna with a round face and Meridian with a rectangular one -- but the most intriguing thing its developers are promising is its 30-day battery life. Not 30 hours, but 30 days, though we'll bet the watch can't last that long if you use its features often. It can display your messages on screen, which you can dismiss with a flick of the wrist, and it works with IFTTT commands.

Whether you want to write out an heirloom recipe, pass cooking instructions to a friend or make an edible gift more meaningful by providing the ingredients and how-to, recipe cards are handy things to have around.
We found five fabulous designs from some talented (and generous) designers that are free to download and print out at home.

New Tesla a computer on wheels

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk may be overturning those conventions.

“We really designed the Model S to be a very sophisticated computer on wheels,” Musk said Thursday, while announcing software updates for his Model S. “Tesla is a software company as much as it is a hardware company. A huge part of what Tesla is, is a Silicon Valley software company. We view this the same as updating your phone or your laptop.”
Analysts agreed, saying Tesla is taking a design approach that looks at a vehicle as an electronic device rather than a machine. Cars will become platforms for apps that can change or improve their functions rather than having their performance frozen in place at the time of purchase.

With the safety functions, the car company is taking advantage of a suite of sensors already installed on the vehicles to create software that will trigger the brakes if the computers believe the car is about to have a collision. It will also offer a system that alerts drivers to whether there is a vehicle in a blind spot when they want to change lanes.
Musk said Tesla is testing an autopilot function that allows a driver to travel almost all the way from San Francisco to Seattle without the driver touching the wheel.
“It is technically capable of going from parking lot to parking lot, but we won’t be enabling that for users with this software sweep,” Musk said, adding that the auto steering system is not yet safe for the dense traffic of urban areas.
The rapid advances in robotic driving prompted a consumer group Thursday to issue a safety warning and ask the California Department of Motor Vehicles to resist pressure from automotive and technology companies to quickly write rules for self-driving cars.
“Safety issues are paramount, of course, but there are other substantial questions about privacy, data security and insurance that are also raised by driverless cars. The DMV regulations now being written governing the public use of autonomous vehicles should reflect these important questions as well,” Consumer Watchdog wrote in a letter to the state agency.
Consumer Watchdog said it was primarily targeting Google’s driverless car technology, which includes car-like transport pods that don’t include steering wheels or controls that would allow a human to take control of the vehicles. But the group also mentioned a host of safety concerns.
It said that heavy rain and snow could interfere with the sensors that govern the autopilot function. It questioned whether the sensors would be able to correctly read hand signals given by the human driver of another vehicle, or a policeman using only hand signals to direct traffic.

DIY Virtual Reality goggles

Crazy headphones
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