Saturday, February 11, 2017

TechTalk February 7, 2017

This show could also be called 2 guys talking tech.

Andrew Thomas from drops into the studio and we have a conversation about the latest and greatest going on in the tech world!

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Uber hires vetran nasa


Apple Battey

TESLA in the UAE will it bring TECH R&D?

Works best with iTouch to control zoom!

Tucked away in the settings are tools to enable or disable mute, the flash, stabilize the image, reverse, pick the music, and more. The music tracks are originals created by musicians on the team, and are ideal for the video parodies this app will likely produce.
Bergeron says the app is meant to help fill a void on the market, where there are today too many apps focused on “pro-sumer” photography. OOO is not a professional tool, it’s a toy.
Future releases will include more music and zoom controls, including noise-controlled zoom. But for the time being, OOO is a free download on the iTunes App Store.

One of Snapchat’s more clever ideas was not its disappearing messages, but that the smartphone camera should be a toy. Along those same lines, but on a lesser scale, a new app called OOO is meant to be a fun, little camera toy that lets you play with your video. Instead of trying to help you craft the “perfect” shot, the app lets you rapidly zoom in and out on as quickly or as slowly as you want with just a press of a finger, while you set your mini movie to one of the half-dozen music tracks included with the app.
The end result, explains OOO’s co-creator Brett Bergeron, is something that feels more like a music video.
The app comes across as a bit stupid or silly, but Bergeron insists there’s more going on under the hood, like camera stabilization, audio management that adjusts to whether you’re wearing headphones, AirPods, the regular mic, or if you have hardware mute enabled. And the app uses 3D Touch, which lets you press hard to more rapidly zoom your shot. Its single purpose is to make a certain kind of video, and it’s easier to do this kind of crazy zooming in the app instead of in iOS’s own camera.
OOO – whose name “OOO” is supposed to be “Zooom” minus the “Z” and “M,” and not “out of office,” as you’d think – comes from Brooklyn-based This Also, a design studio Bergeron and Brian Baker set up after leaving Google Creative Lab where they previously worked as designers.
The studio’s clients include startups, Google, Xbox, and Spotify. Most notably, they worked on Google Identity and a redesign of the Google App for iOS.

VR ok what about AR?

Artist and comic creator Sutu, aka Stu Campbell, explored the use of AR as a storytelling tool in his 2014 comic "Modern Polaxis."
Now he's taking the technology he and his business partner Lukasz Karluk developed even further, exploring its use as a tool for artistic expression.
His latest project is called Prosthetic Reality, an art book that features the work of 45 artists from around the world. Each artwork, when viewed through the free EyeJack app for iOS and Android, comes to vivid life, with a colourful animation and soundscape that reveals a deeper meaning.

"The title for the book came from the idea of giving our reality an appendage in the digital form, in this case, transforming a physical printed artwork with a new layer of animated digital art that transforms the meaning and adds something more," Campbell explained in an email.
"I encouraged the artists to explore the possibilities of AR art in their own style. The result is a diverse collection of AR art ranging from hand drawn illustrations to technical 3D animations to powerful political narrative, all of which beautifully showcases the potential of the medium."

Lenovo VR workstation!

Ai coming as we try to figure out how to use it

Google and custom clothing
Google and H&M's Ivyrevel label are working on a Coded Couture app that uses Android's passive sensing abilities (the Awareness API) to design a dress around your activities. Grant the app permission and it'll generate business, gala and party dresses based on your favorite places, your fitness routine and even the typical weather -- in a sense, you really are wearing your heart on your sleeve. The only requirement is that you keep your phone with you.

Super battery!
The lithium-ion battery in your phone might look like a solid chunk of energy-producing plastic at first glance, but if you were to bust it open and take a closer look, you'd see there's also some liquid inside. That's because most lithium-ion batteries are composed of multiple parts: two solid electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte.
Now, MIT researchers believe they have taken the first steps forward in the development of all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries, according to new research published in Advanced Energy Materials. In non-nerd speak, that basically means batteries that could store more energy—meaning less trips to a power outlet.

The Nintendo Switch isn’t exactly coming out of the gate with the strongest launch lineup of games. Aside from the obvious heavy hitter The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the mini-game collection 1-2 Switch, the majority of the games releasing alongside the system are ports from other consoles, but Nintendo doesn’t believe this should concern fans.
Speaking at an investors’ meeting, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima admitted that critics have been unimpressed with the game’s limited launch titles.
“Some of those who have seen this lineup have expressed the opinion that the launch lineup is weak,” Kimishima said. “Our thinking in arranging the 2017 software lineup is that it is important to continue to provided new titles regularly without long gaps. This encourages to continue actively playing the system, maintains buzz, and continued sales momentum for the Switch.”

If you're looking for a quick, easy, and affordable way to protect your Google account, Facebook, GitHub, Dropbox, Salesforce admin account (and much more), or looking for a way to harden your Mac or Windows login credentials, then you need to take a look at YubiKey.

OK, first off, what is YubiKey?
YubiKey is a small authentication key manufactured by Yubico that can be used to securing access to a wide range of applications, including remote access and VPN, password managers, computer login, FIDO U2F login (Gmail, GitHub, Dropbox, etc.) content management systems, popular online services, and much more.

Omega 2

The Omega 2 from Onion Corporation comes with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and on-board flash storage - all for $5!
The board runs a custom Linux distro that's based on OpenWrt but you can also choose to run FreeBSD.
The modular nature of the Omega 2 means that you can easily add features such as Bluetooth or GPS to suit your needs.

Wearable electronic devices today are, for the most part, toys for narcissists.
Think about it: Fitbit is great at gathering data about your own body, Snap Spectacles captures the world through your own eyes, and even the Apple Watch offers an inwardly focused information stream. What if, instead, wearables were made to listen and help communicate to the world around you?
That's the goal behind a wave of interesting projects, including one announced this week by a group of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and an ongoing project from a Houston startup. Both have created wearables that not only gather sound but communicate with the wearer using tactile or haptic feedback that doesn't require a visual display. This could open a world of new use cases for wearable devices.

Facebook is fines for vr
The virtual reality headset maker that Facebook Inc. bought in 2014 for US$2 billion used stolen technology, a jury said in awarding US$500 million damages to ZeniMax Media Inc.
Jurors in Dallas federal court on Wednesday sided with ZeniMax in its trade-secrets case over the Oculus Rift, the device that has put the social media giant at the forefront of the virtual reality boom.
The verdict is a rebuke of Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, who isn’t a defendant but who told jurors in his first-ever courtroom testimony that it was important for him to be there because the claims by ZeniMax Media Inc. were “false.”

Tapping the nostalgia and cool market
Hutch, a video games developer, has raised $5.5m in a round co-led by Index Ventures and Backed VC.
Founded in 2011, the Silicon Roundabout-based firm, which is mostly known for the success of its recently-launched Hot Wheels game, creates gaming apps for iOS and Android devices.
Shaun Rutland, CEO of Hutch, commented: “We founded Hutch on a long term vision that racing on mobile devices had enormous category potential. We’re now firing on all-cylinders, with incredible talent, technology and IP.
“This investment is testimony to that and will allow us to accelerate our ambitions, whilst also creating a company with strong values and a culture that empowers our people to create leading-edge mobile games,” he added.
Hutch also announced that its Hot Wheels: Race Off game has attracted over 14 million players since its launch just before Christmas.
Rutland continued: “We are delighted to have found partners that share our vision in Index Ventures and Backed VC, and we look forward to working together.”

Snapseed launched back in 2011 and for many smartphone-camera enthusiasts is the go-to app for knocking images into shape.
The app’s first update of 2017 landed on Tuesday, bringing with it a useful “Curves” tool for iPhone users that offers quick and precise adjustments to elements such as brightness, contrast, and color.
Anyone who’s used more advanced photo-editing software on their PC will already be familiar with Curves, though it’s likely that casual smartphone photographers will be seeing it for the first time with Snapseed’s update. While editing apps already offer a slew of ways to make adjustments, Curves is a fast and powerful way to transform your images that doesn’t take long to feel at ease with.


Tap anywhere on the line to create an anchor point, and then drag it around to change the look of your photo. Tap multiple times to create multiple anchor points along the line, and move each one to make image adjustments, minor or major. You’ll soon start to see how different movements lead to different kinds of changes.
If you’re looking for ideas, try creating an anchor point close to the top of the line and another close to the bottom. Next, use the two points to create an S shape and see how the image starts to pop according to how pronounced you make the shape.
Alternatively, when you open the image, you can swipe through a large number of presets at the bottom of the display that show the anchor points for each one.
When you’re done, simply hit the check mark bottom right.

Bluetooth trackers are a godsend for forgetful people, but they have their limitations. If you’re out of range, there’s no other way to find the tagged object unless you want to walk around with the app and find it yourself and hope your phone detects the tag’s signal.
Ping has an idea, and it’s arguably one of those “why hasn’t this been done before?” moments. Instead of just Bluetooth, Ping’s tag also connects to GPS and cellular — meaning whether you’re 30 feet or 3,000 miles away, you’ll know exactly where you left that forgotten item.

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