Saturday, October 17, 2015

TechTalk October 12, 2015


Andrew Thomas from www.digitalnexa.com joins the show to talk about tech.

Here is the Podcast.


Here are the show notes.

P1

The Jawbone UP2 435Dhs

-dropped the Jawbone UP2 on Phil Heskut at Innerfight to try out.
-There is no question this is a sleek and stylish wearable that really does differentiate itself from the other wearables as it is fitness chic!

On the inside, Smart Coach generates fitness insights and activity plans that make reaching your goals that much easier. And with 10 days of battery life you'll be charging less, and living better.


It was interesting to watch Phil unbox and set up the wearable it really was event like.

-one of the big changes is the band and I am not sure if I like it.

-what the new band is not the snake wrap that the original UP had that had a tendency to get caught on stuff and fall off.
-also the old button had a tendency to fail with sweat us

-New software automatically tracks sleep you don’t have to tell it you are sleeping, I always forgot to tuen it off!

-NO DISPLAY!

Food Logging

Log your meals and track calories in no time with the UP® barcode scanner, restaurant menu search and food database. Smart Coach helps guide you to healthy habits and gives your meal a Food Score—because there's more to eating well than just counting calories.

Smart Coach

Smart Coach gives you the motivation and personalized insights you need to reach your goals, no matter where your day takes you. Plus, it gets smarter over time—as Smart Coach gets to know you, insights and tips get better and better. And you will too.


IS IT WATER RESISTANT? CAN I WEAR IT SWIMMING?

Your band is rain, splash, sweat, and shower-resistant, but you should remove it before swimming, surfing, or exposing to other extreme conditions and activities like saunas and steam rooms. Do not submerge your band in liquids, including hot tubs or baths, at any time.

WHAT IS THE BAND MADE OF?

The UP2™ wristband is encased in medical-grade, hypoallergenic rubber. It is smooth, flexible and completely latex-free. Inside, the band contains sophisticated technology — a processing core, battery, vibration motor, sensors and memory — so treat your band with care and avoid unnecessary bending. The top and bottom casings are made of anodized aluminum.

HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST? HOW DO I CHARGE IT?

UP2™ has up to 10 days of battery life. The UP2 band comes with aUSB charging cable. To charge your UP2 band, remove it from your wrist and place the band on the magnetic charger.


Apps

Zomato app. Very very cool. Now has a place on my homepage screen

http://fetchr.us/
-saw this service the other day!


Today at Microsoft’s October 2015 event in New York, the team kicked off their new products announcement with a live HoloLens demonstration that pitted one headset-wearing Microsoft employee against arachnid alien bots crawling through a living room situation in what the company is calling “mixed reality gaming.” The demoed gameplay, codenamed Project X, allows you to defend any room in your home (or any other building) against encroaching alien invasion.

WOW!

Drayson Technologies today announced Freevolt, a system that harvests energy from radio frequency (RF) signals bouncing around in the ether and turns it into usable, "perpetual power." Drayson isn't exactly a household name, but the research and development company has a particular interest in energy, especially where all-electric racing is concerned. And now it's developed the first commercial technology that literally creates electricity out of thin air.
We're constantly surrounded by an ever-denser cloud of RF signals. They're the reason your smartphone gets 2G, 3G and 4G coverage, your laptop gets WiFi, and your TV receives digital broadcasts. Capturing energy from this background noise is nothing new, but most proof-of-concept scenarios have employed dedicated transmitters that power devices at short ranges. Furthermore, research into the field has never really left the lab, though a company called Nikola Labs is hoping to release an iPhone case that's said to extend battery life using RF energy harvesting.
According to Drayson, Freevolt is the first commercially available technology that powers devices using ambient RF energy, no dedicated transmitter required. The key to Freevolt is said to be the efficiency of its three constituent parts. A multi-band antenna scavenges RF energy from any source within the 0.5-5GHz range, which is then fed through an "ultra-efficient" rectifier that turns this energy into DC electricity. A power management module boosts, stores and outputs this electricity -- and that's all there is to it.



the iring?  a step too far?




P3

It's time to buy a ps4 - end of discussion



Facebook Satellite!

Facebook is set to take its worldwide internet project to new heights, all the way to geostationary orbit, to be specific. The social media giant has announced a new partnership with French firm Eutelsat, with plans to launch a satellite into space next year in hope of bringing millions of people in Sub-Saharan Africa online.
Facebook and Eutelsat's satellite is already under construction. Dubbed AMOS-6, the satellite is designed to address the gaps in internet access throughout West, East and Southern Africa that cannot be filled by mobile and fixed networks on the ground. Operation is expected to start in the second half of 2016, at which point the pair will team up with local partners to connect residents to the service, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.  





Google and Accelerated mobile pages

Both Facebook and Apple believe they've built a better home for news content on mobile devices—self-contained apps where load times are fast and ads are discreet—but Google isn't going to lie down without a fight.
The result is the Accelerated Mobile Pages Project, a new open-source HTML standard available to all that uses existing web technologies to do exactly what Facebook and Apple are doing: Creating a structure where pages appear instantly and advertising is tastefully added (this being Google, of course, ads stay in the picture).

With one swoop, Google is looking to foster stronger relationships with web developers and publishers while improving the user experience on mobile and matching Apple's attempts to clean up online advertising.
The company says Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Chartbeat, Parse.ly, Adobe Analytics and LinkedIn are already on board—and more partners will be added soon. (It would appear that plenty of behind-the-scenes discussions have pre-empted this announcement.)
Google is promising support for subscriptions and paywalls while also offering to cache publisher content on its own servers, free of charge, to support faster access across the globe. The company knows that, if it wants to fend off the threat of Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News, it needs to give publishers and website builders some very good reasons to stick around.


MOMENTS!

Twitter today unveiled Moments, the long-rumored content-curation feature that industry observers believed for the last several weeks would be called Project Lightning. It's got something for everyone—viewers, media companies and brands.
Moments is designed to make it easier to use the platform by removing the need to follow other people in order to create a newsfeed. The feature appears as a central tab on Twitter's mobile app, offering a magazine-style look at the most talked-about news items.
To create such content, Twitter needs media partners at launch, and they include Bleacher Report, BuzzFeed, Getty Images, Entertainment Weekly, Fox News, Mashable, MLB, NASA, The New York Times, Vogue and The Washington Post.
The move comes one day after the San Francisco company named interim chief Jack Dorsey as its permanent CEO, and ad-revenue lead Adam Bain as COO. By announcing Moments, Dorsey instantly highlights his quest to draw more viewers to Twitter. He said he wasn't satisfied with audience growth when the company reported 316 million monthly users in its last earnings report.
This is a play for advertisers, too, which probably has Bain's fingerprints on it. Five or so brands will start testing a new ad unit called Promoted Moments in the coming days, and several more are in talks with Twitter to get on board. It's more of a premium purchase like the Promoted Trend unit than Promoted Tweets (which entail a lot of available inventory), a rep for the company said, but Twitter is not disclosing pricing.
According to a Twitter email this morning, Promoted Moments will let "a brand to tell a complete story through this immersive Moments format." Indeed, these are being billed as rich-media units that can address real-time events or seasonal narratives.


Dorsey is laying people off at Twitter what is that about?




Jack Dorsey is tightening Twitter’s belt.
Just days after being named permanent chief executive of Twitter, Dorsey is planning a series of cost-cutting manoeuvres at the social networking company, including layoffs and halting a plan to expand the company’s San Francisco’s headquarters, according to three people familiar with the plans, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the details are private.
The plans to cut back both space and staffing are part of an effort to trim what many insiders see as an organization that has grown bloated – Twitter has more than 4,100 employees in more than 35 offices – over the past few years, these people said.
A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.

Digital Amnesia!


In our internet-connected world, people are becoming terrible at remembering important phone numbers and facts, leaving them vulnerable if they lose their connected devices, suggests a new poll commissioned by internet security firm Kaspersky.
"Connected devices enrich our lives but they have also given rise to the potentially risky phenomenon of digital amnesia," the company concluded, based on the results of the poll, in a report summarizing the results. "Increasingly relying on devices to store information as our memory leaves us immensely vulnerable should the device be lost or stolen or the data compromised — particularly if we are out and about."
The poll was conducted online in May 2015 by polling firm Opinion Matters and included 1,000 U.S. consumers aged 16 and over. Kaspersky also conducted a similar poll of 6,000 Europeans.
Among the American respondents, most (67.4 per cent) could remember their phone number of the house they lived in at age 15.
But with the exception of their spouse's number (which 71 per cent could remember and just 10.9 per cent could not) and their parents' number (which 68.4 per cent could remember and 16 per cent could not), they had very few important numbers memorized:
  • Almost 40 per cent who responded to a question about their children's phone numbers could not remember those numbers.
  • 77 per cent of those who responded to a question about their children's schools could not remember the school phone number.
  • 39 per cent who responded to a question about their workplace could not remember their workplace number.
  • Less than half could remember a friend's phone number.

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