Friday, May 22, 2015

TechTalk May 18, 2015



You know that you are in for a bucket of surprises when Andrew Thomas, @digigeekster, wanders into the padded room also known as the Nightline studio.

THE PODCAST.

What makes this show interesting is the amount of stuff we dig up to talk about.

Of course we seldom have enough time to get to it all.

The show notes.

app of the week
we should try this tomorrow
google calendar - so simple, so easy, fully integrated
I only use this man! LOVE IT! And it totally integrates to all Google glitz!
does anyone watch tv anymore?  chromecast just added a bunch of tv channels
there's some good dudes out there
does anyone buy these? i guess i would if there was a star wars edition
gooogle looking at ecomerce - buy now folks

look at those pearly whites
Viewable video a term I have never thought about!


Love this!

Saw NSF in use in US!
Not too many people using app or electronic boarding pass!
Disposable phone numbers?
Self drive cars coming fast!

Why do we love retro games?
Google may let us buy through mobile search? Heading to amazon land sort of?

The feature will be added in the coming weeks, and will be applied only to some sponsored search results, which a company pays for. It will not be applied to "organic" search results, which are generated by Google's algorithms. Potential retail partners could include Macy's.
If users tap on the buy button, they're taken to a Google product page where they can complete the purchases and sort through details like color selection and size for clothes.
Google declined to comment.



Wearable tech is all about measurements!
1st Coffee pods not food pods!


Just a cool idea tested by a blogger!
I spent the last week gliding around San Francisco in the now infamous “Suitsy,” an adult-sized pajama onesie disguised as a full business suit. At bars and in meetings, no one seemed to notice anything amiss.


2. OK we spend a lot of time talking phones and the modular phone has been on our agenda. How did we miss the idea of using the case to add functioality?


3 SSD memory is the norm BUT BEWARE OF TEMPERATURE!
Solid-state drives outclass hard drives as a storage medium in almost every way: they’re faster, less fragile, and can store more data per square inch. But according to some experts, SSDs suck at long-term storage of information, thanks to one particular problem: temperature.
Under optimal conditions, consumer-grade SSDs — the ones you’d find in most laptops — retain data for two years when not powered up. For enterprise SSDs, that drops to four months. Those numbers alone aren’t a problem — anyone cold-storing data for months on end is probably using tape drives anyway.
But what is a problem is SSDs stored under less-than-optimal conditions. For every rise of 9 degrees Fahrenheit in the ambient temperature, the data retention period is cut in half. So, that SSD that retains information for two years at 77 degrees will only keep it for a year if the thermometer hits 85.
More problematically, that means enterprise-grade drives stored in a hot environment — say, for example, a server farm — can have a retention period of days, if the temperature is high enough. So until that problem is sorted out — or the planet goes into another ice age — good old-fashioned tape drives are going to have to stick around. [KoreLogic]

4 reprogram your car!

Pasqua has configured Visible Tesla so that it uses his car’s location to send him handy e-mail reminders. “Our grocery store doesn’t give out bags anymore,” he says. “With Visible Tesla I can bring up a Google map, draw a circle around a certain area, and say ‘Send me a text message anytime I go in that area, and here’s what I want it to say.’ So when I go to my grocery store parking lot, I get a text message that says ‘Remember your bags.’”
Tesla doesn’t seem to mind the do-it-yourself programming. Even after he accidentally bombarded Tesla’s servers with data once, Pasqua says, he wasn’t told to stop. “They didn’t send a nastygram,” he says. “They sent me an e-mail saying ‘Hey, [we] don’t know what’s going on, but you just hit us 1,000 times a second—we had to turn you off.’ Of course I apologized profusely. They were cool about it. They could’ve easily shut it down, and they haven’t done that.”
Even without Pasqua’s library, some users have found it possible to tap into a Model S over the Internet. Edward Arthur, a semiconductor designer who lives in southern Massachusetts, wrote a simple script that would check whether his car’s battery was charging at 9:30 A.M. and send him a text message if he’d forgotten to plug it in.
Tesla has not ruled out offering a software development kit for the Model S or future cars, but the company won’t say when one might be released or what it could do. “Our focus is challenging the in-house team who truly understands both our product and its potential to create and deliver a stellar owner experience,” Khobi Brooklyn, the company’s director of communications, told me.
Although Tesla’s Model S is probably the most accessible to programmers because of the way it can be controlled via the Internet, most new cars include dozens of computers connected by an internal network. A growing number of cars, especially high-end models, also come with accompanying smartphone apps, while new sensors and automated-driving functionality are introducing ever more complexity and software.
Some tech-savvy car enthusiasts are completely rewriting the software that runs on car computers. The website OpenGarages.org brings together people interested in modifying the electronic control systems inside cars, mainly to modify engine performance.

i want one!

Bring the Cinema Home
Samsung SUHD TV provides 64 times more color and 2.5 times higher brightness
Cinema-going is among the most popular and accessible leisure activities in the Gulf. In the UAE alone, moviegoers purchase 10 million tickets every year and visit more than 97 screens.[1] The SUHD TV brings the cinema home. Developed with stunning clarity, great sound quality and an immersive curved screen, Samsung’s new flagship TV is a 24-hour theater.
Rich visuals
Visuals come alive on the SUHD TV. Using nano-crystal semiconductor technology, the SUHD TV reproduces the purest colors by expressing 64 times more color and 2.5 times higher brightness. The result is rich hues with life-like quality that viewers from the couch to the Coliseum. The wide spectrum of colors and the incredible clarity of content will take your breath away from the comfort of the living room.
Immersive detail
The SUHD TV’s nano-crystal technology also enables peak illumination and deeper contrast thanks to Samsung’s propriety re-mastering engine. With Precision Black Pro technology, no detail will be missed and every touch of cinematography will be seen. The new cell structure of the SUHD TV's 10-bit panel enables higher light transmission than a conventional UHD TV, without consuming more power. To watch fireworks erupt from the magnificent Burj Khalifa or watching Formula One from box seats in Manama.
Adding life to what you see
The SUHD TV's re-mastering algorithm and UHD up-scaling processing technology deliver enhanced visuals to excite your senses. Samsung has also partnered with Hollywood studio, 20 the Century Fox, and the Fox Innovation Lab, to re-master and optimize content for SUHD, so that even non-UHD videos can be enjoyed with a high-quality visual experience.
Blockbuster Content Anytime
The SUHD TV features the best content straight from the theater, to boot. All Samsung TV customers can view their favorite shows and films in Arabic, English, Hindi, Pashtu and a variety of other languages. Viewers also have access to apps and other entertainment owing to Samsung’s partnerships with local content providers. In addition to giving you access to traditional broadcast programming, the SUHD TV also supports several video-on-demand services, such as Go by OSN and MBC’s SHADID, letting users view nearly anything, whenever they want. That is why Samsung collaborates with providers such as MBC and OSN, and continuously enhances the range of VOD services, games, apps, movies and streaming content for its customers.

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