Sunday, October 22, 2017

Techtalk October 17, 2017

Technology is one of the things that binds us and it is one of the things that we all seem to have an opinion about.

This week we are sitting down with Jatin from NEXA.

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Spike Aerospace's S-512 Quiet Supersonic Jet, also known as the "Son of Concorde," has completed the first test flight. It can seat up to 22 passengers and cruises at Mach 1.6 with a range of 6200 miles, saving up to 50% on flight times. The aircraft is set to fly by 2021 and customer deliveries should happen during 2023. "These test flights are providing incredibly valuable information which we can use to refine the design. I am very excited about how helpful these tests will be to our supersonic development program," said test pilot KrishnaKumar Malu, who was assisted by Mike Ridlon at a private airfield in New England. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue readingfor the five most popular viral videos today, including one about the U.S. and Russia's deep space gateway.

Custom sneakers can usually take weeks, if not months, to be made, but Asics is going to make you one the same way you make instant ramen.
The sportswear giant says it'll soon introduce microwaves in its stores that can "bake" soles in just around 15 seconds.

Interesting term!


As different European countries have or are trying to pass legislation removing certain types of content from search results, such as the 'right to be forgotten', the internet would end up 'splintered' into multiple versions.
For example, people could be seeing different search results according to their location, which might also make it difficult to gain access to journalism.
"I think that news organisations should be seriously watching Splinternets," Webb said. "Given the amount of proposed legislation, it's very likely that we could wind up in a world with multiple iterations and versions of the internet within a short period of time, which will pose a challenge to journalism and publishing, but also to democracy. "
Digital frailty
This trend, making an appearance in the study for the third time, draws attention to digital assets and archives that are broken or lost when a news organisation merges with another one, when it goes out of business or when its website is taken offline.
Examples of journalistic works that are no longer available are listed in the report, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation and a project about the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. News organisations are advised to come up with solutions to preserve their digital archives.
"I don't see a lot of people talking about digital frailty, and since media consolidation is definitely on the radar, how do we preserve content that's important," Webb told
"But also what do we do in democratic nations where information is being scrubbed from the internet, as has happened in the US with the Trump administration? Is there a way for journalists to deal with that going forward?"

Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority (DSOA), the regulatory body for Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, is inviting applications from technopreneurs around the world for its Entrepreneur Day (ED) business pitch competition.
The fourth edition of Entrepreneur Day – the annual signature event organized by DSOA’s wholly owned Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Centre (Dtec), the largest tech startup hub in the Middle East – will run from November 15 to 16, 2017 at Dtec.
Comprising a conference headlined by top speakers and a startup exhibition with more than 100 spaces, one highlight of the event is the business pitch competition that offers cash prizes and incubational support to one lucky winner. The contest is open to all seed-stage technology startups from around the world with a valid proof of concept in the categories of Smart City, Internet of Things, Fintech, Traveltech, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, E-commerce, and Consumer Apps.
Six of the best contenders will have the opportunity to pitch their business plans to a live audience and an expert judging panel during the event. The winner will walk away with a cash prize of US$10,000, the all-new Volkswagen Arteon for one year courtesy of Volkswagen, as well as a free service license, flexi-desk space within Dtec, and financial advisory sessions with The Scalable CFO – a team of highly qualified finance professionals who cater to the financial management needs of emerging businesses.

Ways to make electricity!
Google is taking its reputation for coming up with tech-savvy bright ideas to the next level via a new collaboration with U.K.-based energy and data-harvesting pioneer Pavegen. As part of Berlin’s 2017 Festival of Lights, a 10-day event which takes place in October, the two companies created an interactive energy-harvesting walkway (the largest of its kind) and light show. The 26-square-meter installation involves a smart floor and 176 colored light panels. As visitors walk on the floor, their footsteps trigger a synchronized lighting display. The more energy that’s generated, the more responsive the wall becomes.
“The generator technology is electromagnetic, like a bicycle dynamo, and converts the kinetic energy from your footstep into off-grid electricity,” Archie Wilkinson, project lead and head of Pavegen Live, told Digital Trends. “As you step on the Pavegen floor, the top surface flexes by 5-10mm, creating a rotation in the electromagnetic generators below. Each step produces around 3 joules of energy, which is about 5 watts for the duration of each step. The walkway has already generated over 100,000 joules of energy since launch on Wednesday, October 10.”
More Minority report for real!

When you’re paying top dollar to rent a billboard in one of the biggest cities in the world, you want to know that it’s got the maximum chance of reaching the right eyeballs. With that in mind, Landsec, the U.K.’s biggest listed commercial property company, has just given a futuristic upgrade to its digital advertising space in Piccadilly Circus, one of London’s most famous tourist attractions.
The famous screens have been switched off for much of this year, due to renovation work. During that time, the company has replaced six separate screens which previously occupied the site with one massive 790-square-meter display, offering a resolution that’s better than 4K, and the largest of its kind in Europe.
Amazingly, that’s not the most impressive part, however. In a move straight out of the great 2002 movie Minority Report — in which the central character receives customized ads as he walks through a public space — the billboard will now reflect what’s going on around it. Obviously, personalized ads focused on a single individual won’t work when you’re dealing with a giant billboard in a massive public space, but that has not stopped Landsec from trying.
Cameras hidden in the screen will now be able to track the manufacturer, model, and color of passing cars to trigger targeted ads. That means that companies who rent the billboard will be able to have it identify which vehicles are around and only play ads in response to certain ones. It can also screen ads in response to certain types of weather, or allow users to interact with the screens in real time.

Social Media Publishing guides we need them!

Snap and the youth!
Instagram may be encroaching on Snapchat’s territory when it comes to features and users, but Snapchat remains teens’ go-to app for social media, according to Piper Jaffray’s latest report.
The investment firm’s annual “Taking Stock With Teens” report includes responses from 6,100 people across 44 states and asked teens about their social media usage over the past month. Forty-seven percent of teens said Snapchat is their favorite app, up from 35 percent a year ago, while only 24 percent picked Instagram. Nine percent of teens said Facebook is their favorite social app, 7 percent chose Twitter and 1 percent said Pinterest is their favorite.
The study also showed Spotify, Apple Music and other on-demand music platforms getting a leg up on Pandora. Thirty-five percent of youths said they listened to Pandora, down from 49 percent a year ago. While the report did not detail specific percentages for the other platforms, Piper Jaffray attributed Pandora’s year-over-year decline to the rise of Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. The move to streaming also applies to TV and cord cutting, too. Teens preference for linear TV declined by 2 percent since last fall.
In terms of devices, 82 percent of teens anticipated that their next phone would be an iPhone, up from 81 percent this spring.
Here are four other intriguing stats in the report about teens’ favorite restaurants and retailers:


  • Twenty-three percent of teens preferred to shop at specialty retailers, while 17 percent picked pure-play ecommerce retailers.
  • Amazon is the favorite website of 49 percent of teens, followed by at 6 percent and American Eagle’s website at 5 percent.


  • Starbucks is teens’ favorite restaurant with 11 percent of upper-income teens and 12 percent of average-income teens picking it.
  • Youths also love Chick-fil-A—10 percent of upper-income teens and 8 percent of average-income teens picked it as their favorite restaurant.
This new phone could be cool, Couldn’t go to the Berlin Launch!

Beware of Wi fi! Security is an issue really!
Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef from the imec-DistriNet research group at the KU Leuven university has discovered a vulnerability in the WPA2 security protocol, used by nearly every Wi-Fi device out there. It allows an attacker to remotely extract decrypted data from a protected Wi-Fi network without knowing the password.
Called KRACK, the attack does not actually recover the victim's Wi-Fi password. It works by reinstalling the encryption key that's already in use which, due to a flaw in WPA2, can be used to remotely decrypt traffic.
Since this is a hole in the WPA2 protocol itself, all devices are affected in some way, no matter the software you're running. Wi-Fi routers, Android phones, iOS devices, Apple computers, Windows computers, Linux computers — all of them.
Love the look of this smart tag!
Smart products have given us the tools we need to track personal items, and even loved ones. Want to know where your kids are? Buy them a custom smartwatch. Worried about losing your suitcase? Grab some connected luggage. Looking to keep a watchful eye over your pet? Get a webcam-integrated smart toy. But, as useful as they may be, they're still restricted by their category. Sensing a gap in the market for a versatile product that can do all of the above, Samsung is releasing the Connect Tag.
The manufacturer claims the device is the first of its kind to use narrowband tech (NB-IoT, Cat.M1) -- essentially a low-power network for smart products. That means it can last a whole week on a single charge. The square-shaped tag measures in at 4.21cm, and is 1.19cm thick -- making it compact enough to clip on to your keys, kids' backpacks, or dog collars.
The waterproof device boasts a geo-fence feature that alerts you when an item or person has left a set virtual zone. Of course, it also syncs with smart home appliances, allowing you to carry out simple controls, like turning the TV or lights on. However, it does have a few caveats: It only works with an Android app, with no mention of iOS support. Plus, it may not arrive in this part of the world till next year. And, there's also no mention of price, which could prove critical for those looking to buy several. Its first stop will be South Korea, with Samsung promising to release the tag in more countries soon.
Just google cool!

Google Maps and Google Earth have a very special feature and his name is Pegman. This little guy allows us explore places around the world at Street View level. You can find him near the bottom right corner of Google Maps or in Google Earth once you select a location to explore.

Pegman is yellow in Google Maps and white in Google Earth. Regardless of which application you are using, Pegman functions the same. When you pick him up and drag him to the map, you will notice areas that light up with either blue lines, blue dots, and possibly pale orange dots. The blue lines indicate areas that have been captured by the Google Street View car. If an area has been captured more than once,  a clock icon will appear and you will be able to open it to see how the location has changed over time. The blue dots indicate photosphere images that have been uploaded by people like us using our phones or special cameras to take 360 degree pictures. The orange dots indicate images that are taken on the inside of structures. All of these types of imagery allow you to explore places around the world at ground level which is pretty amazing.

Cool Vacuum

Pixel Buds
Need to try

More Google and security but a good thing!

While Google might soon switch VIPs over to advanced protection in the form of physical keys, the rest of us are fine with typical security practices -- so long as we follow them. To better secure your Google account, the company has a new version of its Security Checkup feature that points out vulnerabilities. Instead of needing to run through the same generic checklist of questions, the tool will instead identify weak areas in your account setup and bring them to your attention.
None of the security suggestions (removing certain extensions, for example, or enabling 2-step verification) are new, and it still uses green checks marking safe setup and yellow/red checks denoting areas that need fixing. Only the personalized system is new, but hey, any time not spent glossing over what you've already correctly set up is more mental bandwidth to make your account less vulnerable. Visit the Security Checkup page to see the updated version.

Photo identification
Google Photos has long been adept at recognizing animals in a generic sense. But let's be honest: the real reason you're digging through photos is to find shots of your specific pets when they were little balls of fur. Accordingly, Google has made those pet searches much easier. Photos is now smart enough to recognize individual and dogs, placing their shots alongside people. You can name pets, too, so you can look for Chairman Meow or Rover instead of typing in generic "cat" and "dog" queries.

This isn't perfect. Google was quick to acknowledge to BuzzFeed that Photos might get confused if you have different pets from a similar breed, so don't expect it to tell the difference between your golden retrievers. Nonetheless, it's a welcome addition -- it beats having to scroll through page after page of unrelated images just to find that one omgsocutesnapshot you want to share with your friends.

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