Thursday, September 15, 2016

TechTalk September 13, 2016

We all have a tech question or 2!
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This show is all about technology and what is hot and what is not.

Andrew Thomas is in the studio and we are giving you timely reviews and news.

The Show Notes!

Sept 13

  1. Gear Fit2 a GPS sports band 675 dhs

-didn’t want to like it and thought I was over fitness wearables. Seems this device has gotten me intreagued and the fact that it fits between say an apple watch and a full on fitness wearable is cool interesting.

-the GPA factor is great and it can thus work without a phone and give full fitness tracking!

-1.5 inch display
-easy charging dock
-3 day charge, maybe I got 2
-water resistant!

-form function is there, black band with display and the band loops through an eyelet so if it disengages it won’t fall off.

-easy to use and syncs fast with android and s health app

-has lots of app add-ons that I am not sure is needed but there to compete with other wearables. Do I need to play music from the watch/wearable.

-liked the phone notification of messages and calls. Can send back simple messages that you can program, like that it isn’t a full on messaging tool.

Samsung Gear Iconx 699dhs

-wireless headphones and fitness wearable
-can go wireless to your phone and it has 4gb of storage to hold your tunes onboard!
-heartrate and distance tracking possible and they talk to you! 15 languages

-ambient noise feature so you can hear what is around you.

-uses a holder as charger and way to get music on the tool even if you are not an android user can use your
iOS update top features

On the back of the iOS update

Super Mario coming to iOS

Super Mario fun in imessage

Instagram update. Filtering out negative comments


Note7 updates, end of the month for replacements in the UAE and airlines don’t want them on on their flights.
-how badly is this hurting sales and interest and is it spilling over to other devices?

Sep 08, 2016
Samsung Gulf Electronics today announced the availability of Exchange Program for Galaxy Note7 owners in the Gulf Region. This program is in response to the recent announcement regarding isolated battery cell issue of the Galaxy Note7 device.

While there have been only a small number of reported incidents, Samsung is taking great care to provide customers with the support they need through the Galaxy Note7 exchange program. And, because customers’ safety is an absolute priority, Samsung has stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

"Samsung is taking a proactive approach to address customer needs around the Note7," said Mr. Ismail Yoon, President of Samsung Gulf Electronics. "We are encouraging customers to replace their Note7 by taking advantage of our Product Replacement Program. The safety and satisfaction of our customers is Samsung's top priority."

For customers, who have the Galaxy Note7 device, Samsung will voluntarily exchange their current device to a new Galaxy Note7 over the coming weeks till December 31st, 2016 at multiple locations*. Until the new Galaxy Note7 stock arrives, a loan device will be provided as an option.

Galaxy Note7 owners are advised to call Samsung Customer Service on the below local customer service numbers for any questions or concerns.

» UAE: 800-Samsung (800-7267864)
» Qatar: 800-2255
» Kuwait: 183-2255
» Bahrain: 8000-4726
» Oman: 800-Samsung (800-7267864).

* Click here to view the Exchange store locations.

Museums and VR or not just cool!
-watch the video awesome!

-facial recognition to scan for bored students maybe useful in a meeting?

This is cool!
here are lots of initiatives to teach kids how to code, including ventures from Google, Minecraft and even the Star Wars franchise. However, withSwift Playground, Apple is actually prepping kids for a potential career at, well, Apple. The company has announced that the app, based on the Swift language used for iOS, OS X, WatchOS, tvOS and Linux, will arrive alongside iOS 10 tomorrow (September 13th).
As Engadget's Nicole Lee discovered during a hands-on, it's actually a nice way way to learn programming. It assumes that kids have zero knowledge, but produces actual Swift code that can be used to develop real apps. At the same time, it's open-ended -- young coders learn in a non-linear way, so enthusiastic kids can skip ahead if they want. It rewards students regardless of the quality of code, but gives extra kudos for well-optimized solutions.
Apple says there are over 100 schools and districts teaching the app this fall in the US, Europe and Africa. Apple will also offer its own "Get Started with Coding" workshops that will show the basics of Swift Playgrounds. It'll also offer a drop-in hour for folks who want extra help with "challenging puzzles" in the app. If you want to get a head start on your kids (you're gonna need it), the workshops and drop-in sessions will be available at select stores in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, UAE, Netherlands and Hong Kong.
Soundcloud go!
-why would I pay?

SoundCloud's Go streaming service is barely half a year old, but the company is already determined to attract hesitant listeners. It's launching a week-long promo that will give you 3 months of unlimited, ad-free music for 99 cents (or 99 pence in the UK) if you subscribe by September 19th. That's similar to offers we've seen from the likes of Google and Spotify, of course. However, it's more important here. While there's a real chance that you have at least a passing acquaintance with Google Play Music or Spotify, SoundCloud Go is relatively new and untested -- this is your chance to give it an extended try without dropping $30/£30. And when SoundCloudhasn't had much success getting customers to bite, a good deal like this could go a long way toward improving the company's bottom line.

Apple watch #2 in sales!

-Google fixes 2 android flaws!

Google's mobile security team has definitely been busy cleaning house this week. The company has released an Android update that closes two security holes that could pose a major threat if intruders found a way to exploit them. The first was only designed for "research purposes" and would only have been malicious if modified, Google tells Ars Technica, but it wouldn't have been hard to detect or weaponize.
The other flaw behaved similarly to the well-known Stagefright exploit, letting an attacker send an altered JPEG image through Gmail or Google Talk to hijack your phone. The issue, as SentinelOne researcher Tim Strazzere explains to Threatpost, is that it's both easy to find and capitalize on this vulnerability.
There's more. Security company Check Point also revealed that Google Play had been hosting apps containing two forms of malware (CallJam andDressCode). CallJam both steered phones to websites that made bogus ad revenue and, if you granted permission, would call paid phone numbers. DressCode would also visit shady ad sources, but it could also compromise local networks. Google has since removed the offending apps, but the infection rate may have been high when users downloaded the software hundreds of thousands (or in a few cases, millions) of times.
While the likelihood of running into this malware is relatively small, it underscores an issue with timely Android security updates. Only Nexus owners get first crack at the fixes -- most everyone else will have to wait, provided they're in line in the first place. Google's monthly security updates help, but this won't do much if your phone maker either hasn't committed to those updates or has left you running an older Android version that can't get those patches. You may have to either be patient for a more conventional update or move to a newer device if you're determined to stay current.

-chrome 56 is pushing for encrypted sites!

Chrome is embarking on a crusade to crack down on websites that still aren't using encryption, and it starts with the latest version of the browser, Chrome 56.
Chrome 56 is launching in January, and will implement a new warning that you'll see on any login sites that are still unencrypted. The pages will be marked as "not secure" in a small window by the address bar, which should help usher browsers away from any site that's still not utilizing HTTPS. In the future, these pages will also be denoted with a special red triangle symbol as well.
This is in contrast to the way Chrome already warns users, as it uses a "neutral indicator," as explained by Emily Schechter, Chrome Security Team.
HTTPS, as Schechter explains, is important because loading sites via regular HTTP opens you up to potential attacks: "When you load a website over HTTP, someone else on the network can look at or modify the site before it gets to you." Attacks utilizing these windows of opportunity do happen, and quite a bit more often than you'd think.
Chrome is continuing a series of ongoing efforts to improve the browser's security, but these are a couple of the most recent and important steps in keeping users and their information safe.
Interesting take on the larger impact of the iphone 7 changes!

iphone 7plus!

Hasn’t appdesign always been about micro?
Since the introduction of iOS and Android app stores in 2008, mobile apps have taken over as many consumers’ primary interface to computing. With the plethora of apps available, it is so difficult to attract consumers to install an app on their device and keep using it. It is therefore very common for vendors to pile a bunch of features into their apps so they can retain existing users with new functionality, as well as attract more users. As a result, native apps are becoming increasingly bloated and hard to navigate.
A new wave of “micro apps” is emerging that are intelligent and context-aware. Platforms supporting micro apps range from interactive Slack and Facebook Messenger bots to Google’s interactive answer boxes, such as weather and flights. These micro apps are typically single purpose and use a combination of straightforward user interfaces and context.
Facebook Messenger’s micro apps are composed of rich bubbles and menus
Micro apps are based on HTML and load dynamically, typically bypassing app stores and loading directly into existing communication tools like Slack and Facebook Messenger. There is definitely pushback to the natural language aspect of “bots.” However, the ability to quickly load interactive micro apps directly into messengers and even search results is quickly gaining traction. Facebook Messenger, in particular, is quickly integrating new features, such as dynamic menus and interactive units, which can do anything, from helping you buy a shirt to ordering a pizza.
Slack’s director of developer relations, Amit Shevat, sums up micro apps very well: “they must do one thing really well.”

The “micro wave” of services, apps and flows

The “micro” trend in application development is focused on delivering bottoms-up, simple solutions to complex problems. Micro services can easily integrate multiple systems, micro apps can present them as easy-to-consume user interfaces and micro flows allow users to simply complete tasks across systems. This “micro wave” triad of services, apps and flows offers a new way to weave existing systems in novel, organic ways in order to deliver solutions immediately.

I want a fridgecam! 99Pounds

Smarter used to show to launch their latest product TheFridgeCam, a wireless fridge camera that allows users to see the contents of their fridge from wherever they are via the app. The camera takes a photo of the contents of the fridge every time the door is shut, which is them displayed via the Smarter app.
Its features include:
  • Expiry reminders based on the fridge’s contents, ensuring items are used before they run out of date.
  • Receive replenishment notifications when you have run out of certain products, ensuring the user always has stock of the everyday essentials.
  • Set notifications for when the user is passing their favorite store.
  • Fully automated replenishment service, products can automatically be added to online shopping basket, allowing user to buy what they need, when they need it.
  • A recipe suggestion option allows the app to suggest recipes based on fridge’s remaining contents.
  • A temperature sensor notifies you if there is an adjustment in temperature, which could cause food to spoil, or indicating that the fridge door has been left open.
While smart fridges are something of a icon/cliche in the connected home development rush of the the last few years, the best thing about TheFridgeCam is the price. It retails at just $145, making it considerably cheaper to make your own fridge smart instead of the expense of replacing of the far pricier intelligent refrigerator options.
Now, let’s look at some of the pricier options.

Raspberry Pi starter kit is here!
The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s flagship product, its $35 microcomputer, has now soldmore than 10 million units in its standalone form. But to turn the Pi into something you can play Pong on, for example, you need a few extra items. Previously these were sold separately by the PiFoundation and other retailers, but now, the company itself has put together its own ‘unashamedly premium’ Raspberry Pi Starter Kit.
The starter kit comes in neat, white packaging and costs £99 (+VAT) or around $130. For that price you get all this:
  • A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
  • An 8GB NOOBS SD card
  • An official case
  • An official 2.5A multi-region power supply
  • An official 1m HDMI cable
  • An optical mouse and a keyboard with high-quality scissor-switch action
  • A copy of Adventures in Raspberry Pi Foundation Edition

Still, despite the rather frugal assortment of genres, the quality of the tunes that Mubert cranks out is nothing short of spectacular.
Streaming might occasionally freeze here and there, but I’ve been listening to Mubert for an hour now and I’m yet to hear it play a song that’s poorly produced.
You can check out how Mubert works here, but be warned – for some reason, the company will ask you to put down your email address in order to start the demo.

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