Friday, September 09, 2016

TechTalk September 6, 2016

Who doesn't have a question or an opinion about tech stuff today?

Well, Andrew Thomas from joins the show to help walk us through what is going on in the tech world and why!

Another informative and entertaining show from Nightline.

The show notes and links.
Next week 2 reviews!
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Sept 6
Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently
conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market.

However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note7 devices in the Gulf market, we will voluntarily replace their current device. To ensure a seamless replacement experience for our customers in the Gulf region, Samsung

Gulf Electronics is currently reviewing the optimal process to perform the replacement.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues

to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure

the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible.


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10. Youtube to dominate live video!

YouTube has claimed that viewing figures for its live content jumped 80pc in the past 12 months, as its continual investment into live video started to reap rewards.
In the past year, major sporting events such as the UEFA Champions League final, Europa League final and international basketball matches have been streamed live on YouTube, as it battles the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and even general TV channel apps for a slice of the live market.
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Live streaming has been a feature on YouTube for a few years now. Coachella’s 2016 edition was watched by 21m people – in 360-degree video – on YouTube, while the company claims “one-sixth of the internet” watched Felix Baumgartner fall from space in 2012.
“When consumers think about video, whether that’s on-demand or live, they think of YouTube. Live is one part of the picture,” said Neal Mohan, head of product at YouTube, when discussing the latest surge in figures.
The 80pc rise in viewers is helped by the 130pc rise in live content posted by YouTubers, something that’s set to explode even more in the coming months and years. More than 2m people watched the Champions League final on YouTube this year, which Mohan claims was the largest live event it has ever covered in the UK.
In June, the company announced plans to open up live-streaming options to a growing number of users, with live broadcasting possible via mobile too.
There’s no timeline for the full release, though so far The Young Turks, AIB, Platica Polinesia, SacconeJolys, and Alex Wassabi are already hooked up to this brave new world.
Despite YouTube’s streaming dominance elsewhere (it has 1bn users), competition for live video is fierce.
According to the Financial Times, Snapchat had 49m people watching live coverage of the Rio Olympics this month, “which is almost a third of its 150m daily active users”. It also recently signed a deal with the National Football League to broadcast live snippets of all its American football games.
Facebook, too, is a bit of a behemoth in this field, claiming people watch its hosted videos for three-times longer than those on other sites.

10. FB Live is a game changer!

  1. VR while coming in fits and bounds is still hard to sell!

While Samsung's Gear VR requires a smartphone and full-fledged headsets like the Oculus Rift require a computer, Alcatel's newly announced Visiondoesn't need either. Indeed, it's a standalone VR headset, which is still something of a rarity in the VR world. Intel announced its own Project Alloy about a month ago and smaller companies like Sulon have come out with prototypes, but the Vision is the first working model I've actually had the chance to try on. As cool as it is though, I have to admit it faces stiff competition from the likes of Gear VR as well as upcoming Daydream-compatible phones and headsets.

2. HSBC using Selfie verification
In a bid to replace the password, banks have jumped about the biometric bandwagon and are experimenting with new ways to authenticate their UK customers. Between them, HSBC and Barclays have already trialled fingerprints and used Voice IDs over the telephone, but HSBC now wants to let business customers use "selfie verification" to pass identity checks for new accounts via its new smartphone app.
The bank will let new customers snap a front-facing photo on their iOS or Android phone and have it cross-referenced against their passport or their driving licence. Execs believe it'll save business customers time as they'll no longer need to visit a branch to verify who they are. "We also expect the convenience and speed of a 'selfie' to become the verification method of choice for our customers" said HSBC's global propositions boss Richard Davies.
The app utilises facial tracking technology, which matches specific parts of a customer's face to photos used in official documents from over 150 countries. It's similar to Mastercard's Identity Check, an online system that maps a user's face instead to verify online payments.
3. Imagine this! JK Scheinberg couldnt get a genius bar job!

This weekend’s New York Times op-ed about the ageism people over 50 face in the workplace includes a charming anecdote via JK Scheinberg, the esteemed Apple engineer who got Mac OS running on Intel processors.
A little restless after retiring in 2008, at 54, he figured he’d be a great fit for a position at an Apple store Genius Bar, despite being twice as old as anyone else at the group interview. “On the way out, all three of the interviewers singled me out and said, ‘We’ll be in touch,’ ” he said. “I never heard back.”
Although Apple customers would’ve been lucky to have Scheinberg as their tech support, we can at least rest easy knowing the famed engineer wanted the job more as a hobby than as a way to earn money.
The op-ed also called for age diversity in the workplace, pointing out that women face discrimination in the workplace starting at the tender age of 32, when they begin getting passed over for promotions, widening the pay gap.
An information architect who got a job at a tech start-up at 55 described how alienating the age gap was between her and her coworkers. She quit after her boss told her, “You sound just like my mother” during an argument.
Age discrimination has much more sinister consequences, especially in the United States, where most of the elderly can’t solely rely on social security for their income.
How do we fix this problem? Throw away your prejudices and befriend the olds.

4. Did you know your iphone did this?

5. No Project Ara!

7. What the iPhone will and will not have!

No more headphone jack. The biggest rumor of this iPhone cycle is the alleged vanishing headphone jack. Slivka said this rumor has come from multiple sources, and MacRumors lists it as an “expected” change on its site. It’s still unclear what will replace it: The charging port could pull double duty, or people may have to switch to wireless headphones.
Neither option is particularly appealing to change-averse consumers. (We’ve only just recovered from having to buy new charging cables.) If Apple’s proprietary lightning port will also accommodate headphones, people will have to choose between charging their phone and listening to it. Wireless headphones generally have lower audio quality, need to be charged separately, and are easy to lose. Best case scenario for audiophiles with fancy wired headphones: plugging in using an adapter.
Pressure-sensitive home buttons. The iPhone 6S has a pressure-sensitive “force touch” screen that can tell how hard you’re pressing on it. The home button is expected to get this technology. Different levels of pressure on the home button could perform different functions, though no one’s sure what those might be yet. The button will also probably be flush with the rest of the screen, as opposed to slightly indented as it is on current models.
Cosmetic changes. The antenna bands that ran across the back of the phone on the 6 and 6S models are expected to now wrap around the sides. What looks like a second speaker will probably replace the headphone jack, balancing out the bottom of the phone. But Slivka said that second speaker will probably be cosmetic only: One hole would be punched through to serve as the microphone — the rest would be fake.
Otherwise, the new phones are expected to look pretty similar to recent models. Like in past years, there will be the same two screen sizes, and with the same naming conventions (the 7 and 7 Plus).
The white lines going across the back of the iPhone -- the antenna bands -- probably will be moved to the sides on newer models.
The white lines going across the back of the iPhone -- the antenna bands -- probably will be moved to the sides on newer models. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Better hardware. The cameras on all models will probably continue to improve. The Plus version, which is the larger of the two models, is expected to have a dual-lens camera for the first time, which will improve photo quality. The new models will also probably have the latest processor chip, making them a bit faster.
Improved water resistance. Some of Apple’s competitors have completely waterproof devices. Apple isn’t quite there yet, but each recent evolution of the iPhone has been slightly less likely to die when it touches water. Removing the headphone jack would take away one point of ingress for liquids, and Slivka said improved seals around and inside the phones could also help. Don’t expect to take the iPhone 7 on a swim, but Apple is probably working on it.
New colors. Reports of a “space black” or very dark blue iPhone began to circulate this year, but it’s unclear whether they’re going to be available on the 7 models. Space gray, one of the four colors currently available, may be a darker shade on the new phones, or there may be a fifth color choice added.
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Increased storage. Currently, iPhones are available with 16GB, 64GB or 128GB of space. The new base model may be 32GB, and Slivka said he’s heard people say the 7 Plus could come with up to 256GB of storage at the high end. Apple recently announced a 2TB tier of cloud storage, which led some people to think a 256GB version of both the 7 and 7 Plus is imminent. But Slivka isn’t convinced it’ll happen for the 7: “If I was betting, I’d say they’re not going to do that.”
Better battery life. Apple uses the latest hardware in phones, so this year’s battery is probably better than last year’s. However, the phone’s battery demands will probably also increase, canceling out any battery improvements.
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Wireless charging. A few early mockups of the new iPhones suggested they could be charged wirelessly, but more recent evidence suggests that feature was scrapped. Slivka said rumors of wireless charging for the iPhone have been going around for years, but it probably won’t happen until next year or 2018 at the earliest.
Higher-quality displays. The Samsung Galaxy uses an organic light-emitting diodes display (typically referred to as OLED). Apple has reportedly been working on implementing it for iPhones, but isn’t ready to make that change yet.
Smart Connectors. The iPad Pro uses a Smart Connector to wirelessly pair with keyboards and other accessories. Though early mockups showed what looked like Smart Connectors on the new iPhone, later versions didn’t have them.
2017 will be the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone. Many sources say Apple has something exciting in the works for the anniversary edition. Slivka said some of the features that didn’t make it into this year’s new models, like OLED displays, could be planned for that generation of phones.
Other possible changes: Biometric iris scanning to replace Touch ID, glass on both sides of the phone, and eliminating the Home button entirely. Jony Ive, who’s been heading up Apple’s design team for 20 years, has said for years that his ideal iPhone would be a single sheet of glass with nothing on it. It seems his dream phone is at least a few generations away.
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9. Hackintosh! Hmmm

Jack Kim, a 21 year-old Stanford student, is about to do something that will likely earn him the wrath of the biggest company on the planet. He’s planning to sell refurbished HP laptops that have been pre-configured to let them run Apple’s OS X software (being renamed to MacOS this year), at a price that he claims will be one third of the cost of buying a similarly-equipped machine from Apple. He calls his machine a HacBook Elite, so-named because any non-Apple machine that runs OS X is known as a “Hackintosh.”
Kim’s venture is the result of his own frustrations at not being able to develop for iOS on anything but a Mac. “I made an Android app and I was trying to port it over to iOS,” Kim told Digital Trends, “and I realized there’s just no way to develop iOS apps when you’re running a PC.”
Once configured, the HacBook Elite should deliver about the same performance as a 2013 Macbook Pro.
To develop iOS apps, you need to run Xcode, Apple’s proprietary development environment. “I tried googling. ‘how do you run Xcode on a PC,’” Kim said, “and the answer was: You can’t.” Kim doesn’t have a philosophical issue with using Macs, in fact, he currently owns one. But when started out several years ago, he couldn’t afford one. “I looked for used Macbooks and Mac Minis,” he claimed, “and they all cost way too much money. This led me, unwillingly, into the Hackintosh world.”

9. Google and analytics via an app, cool ideas here and speed is wow!

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