Saturday, December 17, 2016

TechTalk December 13, 2016

Technology is all around us and it seems everyone I know has an opinion about which tech is good or bad.

But there is only one Digigeekster and he joins Nightline to talk about what is hot and what is not.

Here are the notes!

FB Events App on Android! Was asked why I didn’t create a FB Event for CreativeMornings!
Facebook’s standalone Events app that launched in October on iOS is launching on Android today. The app will go live on Google Play soon. The Facebook Events app helps you browse nearby happenings, see the dates of your upcoming Facebook Events as well as imported calendars and aggregates wall posts and alerts from Events to declutter your main app’s notifications.

  1. Amazon Echo and Google Home how are the mics for pickup and the speakers for hearing? This was an email question.

What is SnapChat up to?
Last week, Snapchat's Discover section—already chock-full of content channels from the NFL, MTV, Food Network and others—added Bleacher Report to the U.S. version of its app, while striking a larger deal with the sports publisher's parent, Turner Broadcasting. The two partners will collaborate on original-scripted and reality-based video programming from Turner properties such as TBS, Adult Swim and truTV. What's more, Snapchat this week will reveal that Discover is also adding MitĂș, a popular English-language content platform focused on Hispanic-American youth culture.
"You will see videos [on Discover] that are freestanding as well as ones that belong to an episodic series," explained Mike Su, chief product officer at MitĂș, which averages 160 million viewers a month. "It is definitely going to be video-heavy."
That should fit in well on Snapchat, which gets 10 billion-plus daily video views and has been transforming into a TV disrupter. During summer, the company inked deals with NBC, ESPN and CNN to create shows for the app. And in late October, parent company Snap Inc. posted a job listing for an in-house development manager of original shows.
"Snapchat is a brilliant, mobile-age Comcast or Time Warner in terms of being an always-on content delivery platform," remarked Scott Symonds, AKQA's managing director of media. "The nonsocial content is very traditional media content."

Indeed, Snapchat's largely Gen Z and millennial users, which total 150 million daily, are not only drawn to Discover content but even more so to their personal channels, where—via wacky filters and other digital overlays—they and their friends are the stars. "Snapchat is everyone's personal reality TV show," said Zach Glass, vp of digital advertising at RED Interactive Agency.
Snap chat groups for 16 peeps

3. Facebook Metric errors! I have issues with metrics and the fact we rely on them so much

4.Apple can do no wrong even when it does wrong.
David Lysgaard of Denmark emerged victorious in a court battle against Apple, but this case has nothing to do with patents and everything to do with how Apple conducts its business when it comes to replacing devices, reports MacRumors.
According to Apple’s warranty and AppleCare policies, any repairs or exchanges might involve devices that are either new or “equivalent to new in performance and reliability,” the latter of which is often defined as refurbished. These refurbished models are likely to contain new and recycled parts, something that Lysgaard and the Danish court that handed down its decision against Apple took issue with.
According to the court, the refurbished iPhone 4 that served as Lysgaard’s replacement handset might have a lower resale value, since it might contain recycled parts. Furthermore, the court saw the replacement phone as going against Lysgaard’s “legitimate expectation” of getting a new iPhone equivalent to his original purchase.

Apple airpods :)

6.The most pirated show ever!

According to data from industry analyst Muso, and published by the Daily Mail on Sunday, pirates illegally downloaded the first episode 7.9 million times, the second episode 6.4 million times and the third 4.6 million times. A lion's share of the downloads (13.7 percent of the total) originated in Britain. Muso figures that Amazon lost £3.2 million on the first episode alone. "It is the most illegally downloaded program ever," Chris Elkins, Muso chief commercial officer, told The Guardian. "It is off the scale in terms of volume. It has overtaken every big show, including Game Of Thrones, for the totals across different platforms."

7.Uber and rogue one!

8. Netflix on google daydream!
Daydream got a long list of new apps and services last week, including HBO Now, but Netflix was listed only as “coming soon.” Now, the Netflix VR app has arrived, as a separate, standalone app that works with Daydream VR headsets, including the Google Daydream View.
The VR version of Netflix for Daydream looks very similar to the one that was previously available for Samsung’s Gear VR, which is not surprising given that it’s probably easy to leverage tech built for that for Google’s own virtual reality platform. Basically, it puts you in a simulated cabin with a big screen TV for your Netflix watching pleasure.
Unfortunately, as of this writing it doesn’t appear to support offline downloads, since the app is separate from the main mobile Netflix app for Android, and you also have to sign in separately. Hopefully this is coming in a future update, since it would be great to strap this thing on during a transatlantic flight and just binge like it’s the end of the world and you’re all alone in your mountain-top chalet.

9. This Nike Ad is great!

10. Dolby Atmos coming to Xbox!
This is cool!

Google’s head of diversity, Nancy Lee, is retiring from Google after several years of leading the company’s global diversity and inclusion team, TechCrunch has learned.
Lee, who originally joined Google’s legal team back in 2006, has been working on diversity at Google for the last few years. She started her diversity efforts as director of people operations in 2010, and became vice president of people operations in 2013.
As head of people operations, Lee has overseen a number of initiatives, like diversity trainings and a Googler in Residence program that places Google employees at historically black colleges and universities. She’s also led the charge to increase diverse representation at the company.
In Google’s latest diversity report, we saw that overall representation of women went from 30 percent female in 2014 to 31 percent female in 2015. But the overall percentage of black and Hispanic people did not increase at all, with overall representation of blacks remaining at 2 percent and Hispanics remaining at 3 percent. In 2015, only 4 percent of Google’s hires were black and 5 percent of its hires were Hispanic.

Google has reportedly shelved its long-standing plan to develop its own autonomous vehicle in favor of pursuing partnerships with existing car makers.
The Information reports that Google’s self-driving car unit — known internally as Chauffeur — is working with establish automotive names to develop cars which will include some self-driving features, but won’t ditch the steering wheel and pedal controls. The firm is already working with Fiat Chrysler, per a partnership announced in May, and that could be the start of others to come.
Google first set out to do away with the steering wheel and pedals approach, but this backtrack is from Alphabet CEO Larry Page and CFO Ruth Porat who found the original approach to be “impractical,” according to the report. That’s despite Google’s autonomous vehicles clocking over two million miles of tests on public roads.
While Google may be taking its pedal off the gas for self-driving vehicles, The Information’s sources suggest it still harbors ambitious plans and is working to introduce an autonomous taxi service before the end of 2017. Google has long been rumored to move into the on-demand car space — it offers carpooling via its Waze business — and this would bring it into direct competition with Uber. Uber began trialling self-driving taxis in Pittsburgh this year, while another, younger company Nutonomy is conducting similar tests in Singaporeand Boston so Google is very much playing catchup here.
The company is hosting a media event around its self-driving car business in California on Tuesday, so we have more details soon.
13. Machine learning and trademarks!A visual search engine for trademarks!
A company’s logo is an important part of its identity, but the process behind defining, registering and protecting these trademarks is a convoluted and rather archaic one. A startup called TrademarkVision aims to simplify it by replacing that laborious and arcane process with what amounts to a machine-learning-powered reverse image search. This isn’t in some lab, either: The EU just switched their whole image trademark system over to it.
Most people probably haven’t had to do many trademark and logo searches. Well, why don’t you take the USPTO’s version for a spin so you know what it’s like? Try to find the Nike “Swoosh” or something.
Oh, back already? Probably because TESS looks and operates like it was built in the late 1990s. You can get the hang of it in time, but for complex or broad operations like, for example, looking for logos like the Swoosh, it’s useless. And if you want to know what’s out there that’s like an image you have but isn’t in the database? Forget about it.
And it isn’t just the website. The whole system of describing and classifying trademarks is clumsy and outdated. Because it was created decades ago, it relies on words, not images, and numerical codes to indicate something like a box or letter inside a circle.
Only robots will understand.
“These words — every system has a different meaning for them. You need to know a coding system for the country you’re in, and you’d have to check one country at a time,” explained founder and CEO Sandra Mau.
“There are the ‘Vienna codes,’ the U.S. uses the ‘design codes,’ Australia uses keywords… this non-uniformity has caused a lot of problems for years,” added Cameron Mitchell, the company’s COO.
That’s where TrademarkVision saw opportunity. Its engineers applied similar machine-learning technology to what the likes of Google and Facebook are using, but with a different purpose.
“All that has been centered around captioning for photos,” Mau said — for example, identifying faces and locations so images can be categorized or indexed efficiently. “We’re the first in the world to caption what’s in a logo.”

14. Anyone using opera browser?
f you always hated having to open a new browser tab just to do your currency conversions, Opera is going to make you a lot happier this holiday season.
The latest update to the company's desktop browser will feature a built-in converter that's easily accessible by simply highlighting an item's price and the browser will display the converted rate above.
Do note, however, that the rates are from the European Central Bank and you may get a different rate from your bank's credit card.
The update to the browser follows other improvements announced earlier this year, including a free built-in VPN service to let users bypass geo restrictions as well as for watching videos in HD quality (1,280 x 720 pixels).

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