Sunday, January 29, 2017

The Jukebox with Noush Like Sploosh January 25, 2017

Every week Joshua Williams of Record Pro Records joins the show and we spin some great music and talk to very interesting artists.

This week we speak to Noush Like Sploosh

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The Call-in about yearly reviews January 25, 2017

The question of the week was do we really need yearly performance reviews are they a waste of time?

In November 2013, Microsoft Corp. announced it had ended its controversial "stack ranking" employee-review and compensation system and no longer requires managers to grade employees against one another and rank them on a scale of 1 to 5. The most contentious aspect of this approach was its targeted, or forced, distribution In November 2013, Microsoft Corp. announced it had ended its controversial "stack ranking" employee-review and compensation system and no longer requires managers to grade employees against one another and rank them on a scale of 1 to 5. The most contentious aspect of this approach was its targeted, or forced, distribution requirements, which meant managers had to designate a small percentage of their direct reports as underperformers.

Techtalk with Andrew January 24, 2017

Every week Andrew Thomas joins Nightline to talk about what is hot and what is not in the world of technology.

Andrew is the Digital Jedi!

The show notes.

New meditation app
Snap rolls out new update
Insta app

Trucks and tweeting
Odd site of the day!Watch random things get done to a CGI human head!I can’t even begin to explain what the hell is going on in this clip made by Steve Smith and Jerry Paper for Adult Swim because holy mother it gets freaking weird. All I can tell you is that there’s a digital human head (or at least, like, the skin, eyeballs, and teeth of a human head) being put through tests that just get more wild as it goes on.

Samsung is blaming the batteries for the Note7 failure, not the Hardware or Software.
Galaxy S8 will not be launched at World Mobile Congress next month to avoid a repeat of Note7! April Launch likely

Lots of iPhone 8 rumours as with all Apple products and the latest rumour is wireless charging will not be part of the package! I had wireless on one phone and it was ok I am still plugging in now and that is ok, I guess if there is more availability then the issue arises.

Android instant apps going on a limited test, this is a open url tap and go no immediate big download needed! Not sure if I like this although it makes it quick to see if you like the app or not
Google voice is back! It never left! But it is getting an upgrade!

Amazon Echo update you can now activate it Star Trek style just say computer no longer have to say Alexa!
The future of VR is in film and Oculus was teased at the Sundance Festival! Angelica is pure art that gracefully leverages the transporting, first-person perspective of a headset to immerse you in a heartfelt story that couldn’t be told on a movie screen. It never hits you over the head with novelty and gimmicks.That’s why Oculus’ new short film is an absolute must-see, worthy of dropping by a VR enthusiast friend’s place for a viewing. After premiering as part of Sundance Film Festival’s outstanding New Frontier exhibit, Dear Angelica is now freely available to watch on the Oculus Rift.The story sees a girl reminiscing about her mother, an actress, who taught her to be brave in a world that seems unfair. The emotions of grief and nostalgia envelop you as the mother’s movies spring to life around you. And the beauty of its distinctly fluid art style is undeniable, as the daughter’s words and memories are painted brushstroke-by-brushstroke with you at the center.Dear Angelica feels right for VR because that’s where it was created. Oculus built a virtual illustration tool called Quill so artist Wesley Allsbrook could draw the scenes from the same perspective as the audience.
Snap has had a redesign! the new search bar, Snapchat aims to make it easier for its users to find friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories. By tapping into the Search box, a new overlay appears, letting you quickly access friends’ messages or stories through its “Quick Chat” suggestions, connect with your group chats, flip through a list of new friends, add others, or find friends in your contacts.You can also tap and hold someone’s card to see their mini profile, as well as tap your Bitmoji to the left of the search bar to jump to your own full profile. Here, you’ll notice your profile includes your “Best Friends” (frequent contacts), too.In addition to locating friends’ accounts and stories, you can search for Discover channels or Our Stories by title.And it’s easier to submit your snaps to Our Story, Snapchat’s curated montages that focus on events, themes, holidays and more. Instead, you can just check the box next to “Our Story,” which gives Snapchat the right to use your posts in whichever Our Story it wants. (Before, users had to pick which Our Story they were authorizing.)Whether these new features actually make Snapchat easier for newcomers is debatable. The search bar is fairly obvious, and opens the door for search ads in the future, but other features assume a level of familiarity with the app. Snapchat hasn’t really changed its core navigation of using swipes and gestures, but has rather created a way to access shortcuts that take users to its various features and sections.The update comes at a time when Instagram has fairly successfully copied one of Snapchat’s most powerful features, as its own Instagram Stories have hit 150 million daily users, the same as Snapchat. The hope is that this update will keep Snapchat’s users engaged with the feature it helped pioneer.So far, Twitter users noticing the update are reporting mixed feelings. Some apparently like the update, while others call it “weird” or “ugly.” Others still, say they’re unsure or confused. This is likely good news for Snapchat, as any new feature will see some griping, but there isn’t yet any major backlash about the changes.Snapchat’s new version is available in the current iOS update, out now on the App Store.
Even Snap is concerned about fake news!On Monday morning, Snapchat made a few edits to its guidelines for publishers with regard to Discover, the social media platform’s news service. Basically, it’s an attempt to declutter an often crowded landscape, and ensure that what folks are seeing on the “news” platform is actually newsworthy.As the New York Times notes, Snapchat’s new regulations are more straightforward in their restrictions of “questionable pictures” that lack news or editorial value. These rules ought to reduce clickbait on Snapchat, and are also an attempt at combating the growing epidemic of fake news. To that end, Snapchat has further updated guidelines forbidding publishers “from including reports or links to outside websites that could be considered fake news, saying that all content must be fact-checked and accurate.”

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All Chromebooks coming in 2017 will be compatible with Android apps! news comes from a single line of text on Google’s list of Chromebooks compatible with Android apps. “All Chromebooks launching in 2017 and after as well as the Chromebooks listed below will work with Android apps in the coming future,” it says.Last year Google finally made Chromebooks compatible with Android apps, but so far support had been limited to just select models, requiring shoppers to consult a list to determine which Chromebook supports the Google Play Store. This move takes the ambiguity out of shopping: Buy a new Chromebook and know Android apps are available to be installed.The addition of Android apps dramatically widens the appeal of Chromebooks. With access to the Play Store, Chromebooks gain an ecosystem as deep as Windows or macOS.
Surface Pro 4 is gaining traction!Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 leaves your old MacBook in the dust. This week we were blown away when we swapped our dated Apple computer for Microsoft's Surface tablet. It's smart, light and really can replace your laptop.
A wearable to sleep better!In fact there are half a billion poor sleepers around the world. That's why we were excited to find out how wearing a simple sleek ring could help you catch more shut eye.
With Thim a good night's sleep could be just a wearable away.
How does Thim work?With this in mind, the sleek Thim ring gently wakes you three minutes after you fall asleep. Once you fall asleep again, the process is repeated, with the cycle going on for 60 minutes.The idea is that, after five nights of this practice, your brain will be trained to fall asleep sooner, providing relief for half a billion poor sleepers around the world.The company not only promises to improve your sleep, but to help you take the perfect power nap, and measure all your sleep data.

Linkedin reorganizes how it looks! terms of features, the new site consists of all the stuff that's already part of LinkedIn, including business people and their profiles; content such as posts and links to articles; job listings; and a messaging service. It's just that the site aims to present it all in a more engaging way that will increase the likelihood that you'll want to visit more often and hang out longer when you do. "We're bringing communications and content to the forefront," says Amy Parnell, senior director of user experience and design. "It's a much more focused experience."CONSISTENCY, FINALLYUp until now, LinkedIn has felt less like one site than a loosely integrated collection of them, with a look and feel that wavered considerably from section to section. The new version is much more streamlined and coherent, organizing all sorts of content—from news items to job listings—into streams that look like they belong on the same site.Under the surface, the company says that the new version is using a reengineered engine built with snappy performance in mind—so it feels less like a series of web pages loading and more like an app. The app-like aspirations are also apparent in the new pop-up messaging window, which resembles Facebook Messenger more than the previous version's email-like interface.The Facebook Startup incubator in Paris! brainchild of French billionaire Xavier Niel (owner of telco Free ISP), Station F is currently offering up space in its massive 366,000-square-foot location. Once complete, the startup campus will include more than 3,000 desks, 10 international startup programs, a restaurant, four kitchens, a cafĂ©, bar, and eight event spaces. It also plans to add a co-living space for its budding entrepreneurs by 2018, which will encompass 100 shared apartments within three towers — not to mention its very own sports center.In his Medium post, Niel revealed that Facebook has already chosen several startups for its program. Among the inductees are location mapping app Mapstr, Chekk (an online identity management tool), science-based health app The Fabulous, and carpooling tool Karos.“While Facebook already is a huge supporter of entrepreneurship around the world (with initiatives like F8 of FBStart), this is the *first time* [it] is investing into a physical space,” Niel wrote in his blog post.Startups from around the world can currently apply to join the programs at Station F. Its other launch partners include French business school HEC, open-access workshop company TechShop, and VC firms Daphni, Ventech and Kima Ventures. Facebook has set up its very own Startup Garage page on its social network, where you can find out more about how to apply to its incubator.

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The CarClinic with Glenn Power January 24, 2017

The only automotive garage on the radio we have ever heard of!

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This week we had some great questions and callers to the show.

  1. Squeeky brakes and they are pretty new, just wearing in or could they be fake?
  2. My garage said I needed a new oil pump is there such a thing?

This is GetFitRadio for January 23, 2017

Like cars fitness is something that we all have an investment in and the big question is always where do we turn for answers and advice.

On Nightline our fitness expert is Marcus Smith from

CarTalk with January 23, 2017

A good week is when you get to sit down in a studio and talk about cars with the gang from

Good question about the hybrids in Dubai will people use it! Imtishan YES

The show notes.

-the Belano! (ford fiesta or Peugeot 208)

-saw an evoque convertible, top up, but looked cool- reminds me of a PT Cruiser!
-the 50 years of Camaro movies! 5 of them!

-Dodge Challenger Demons!

-2018 ford Mustang convertible

-GMC intuitive shifter, didn’t we have something like this in the 60s?

-Haval H9

Pajero or montero sport?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Maternity leave is still an issue in many countries but the UAE is on the move.

Maternity leave can be a huge issue for many women and their career plans.

Being a mother, being a professional, being forced to make a choice between career and family.

And then there is the whole question of paternity leave.

Who is giving it and who is not?

The UAE gives 3 days to government employees but a nice 3 month to mothers, thankfully.

Sharjah takes it a step further and gives a 4th month without pay.

So the question was simple, should business and private industry be leading the way or waiting for a government mandate?

Here are the links from the show.

Maternity and Paternity leave? Should the private sector be leading?

The Only Indie Music Show in the Middle East is here!

You love music, we love music and it is funny, in a not funny way that a talk radio station is also the nation's only place to get a weekly dose of indie music from Dubai and the Middle East.

This week Joshua Williams from RecordProRecords and James were joined by Mustafa from the Wasla Music Festival.

What great show.

We learned about the festival and also about 4 great artists.

The Digital Jedi is in the studio talking tech!

Yes it is 100% true, Andrew Thomas of Nexa is a digital jedi and he joins us almost weekly to talk about what is hot and what is not in the world of tech.

The show notes!

Headspace meditation app

  1. Facebook and advertising ok cool
On Thursday, Facebook announced the updated roster to Audience Network, which has become its main ad technology for serving ads outside its own properties. Wenner Media owns Rolling Stone, and Washington Post has become one of the top digital publishers, reaching about 100 million unique visitors in November.
Facebook built the ad network for publishers to get another source of ad demand. Meanwhile, advertisers get to extend their campaigns off Facebook and Instagram. It's a highly controlled programmatic advertising platform, and Facebook claims it can target the billion people with the same accuracy it does on its own site.

2. Cool device!

3. E-waste a biproduct of our tech world
If you thought our throwaway gadget culture was already having a nasty effect on the environment, watch out... it's getting considerably worse. A United Nations University study has revealed that the volume of e-waste in East and Southeast Asia surged 63 percent between 2010 and 2015, reaching 12.3 million tonnes. Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and mainland China were unsurprisingly the largest local generators. But why the rapid spike?
The report argues that social and technological progress are to blame. Some Asian countries (such as China) have rapidly burgeoning middle classes. That's great for quality of life, but it also leads to more people buying gadgets that wind up in landfills. The proliferation of new technologies like tablets and wearables doesn't help, either. And when it's both easier to import products yet harder to stick with them for long periods, it shouldn't be surprising that there's a lot more junk.

4.WhatsAPP not totally secure but it is ok

Last year, WhatsApp switched on end-to-end encryption for all of its users. Now a report suggests that the approach is flawed—but the company argues that the vulnerability is an unavoidable trade-off in making the service user-friendly.
According to a new report by the Guardian, WhatsApp has a flaw that could, in theory, allow the company to read messages that users assume are safe from prying eyes. Tobias Boelter, a security researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, tells the newspaper that WhatsApp can force a device to generate a new encryption key when a user is offline. Then, if someone is sending a message to that device while it’s offline, the sender will be made to re-encrypt the messages and resend them.
Those messages could, says Boelter, be read by WhatsApp. And, presumably, by anyone who demanded the company turn them over, too.
WhatsApp knows this is the case, and it is unapologetic about it. It has a compelling argument: convenience. Whenever you swap SIMs, use a new phone, or for any other reason end up using WhatsApp afresh, the system creates a new set of keys to ensure your conversations remain secure. Any messages sent to you in the meantime would be lined up on the sender’s phone waiting for your return to the service. So WhatsApp tells the sender’s device to re-encrypt them using a new key before sending them. The idea: nobody has to miss a message.
WhatsApp defended itself in a statement issued in response to the Guardian report:
As we introduce features like end-to-end encryption, we focus on keeping the product simple and take into consideration how it's used every day around the world … [In] many parts of the world, people frequently change devices and SIM cards. In these situations, we want to make sure people's messages are delivered, not lost in transit.
5. Twitter update! Engagement is all about pictures
Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter followers.
TechCrunch noticed that tweets about #NewProfilePic first appeared back in December, with some referencing the fact that this appears to be a new Twitter feature.
A Twitter spokesperson has confirmed the rollout and timeframe, saying that users will be prompted to tweet with the autofilled hashtag, but the tweets are not sent out automatically. The tweet can also be edited to say whatever the user wants.
The addition first launched on Android, where it’s now available to all users. A small percentage of iOS users can also use the feature, but the full rollout on that platform is still weeks out, Twitter tells us.
Though a minor change to the Twitter experience, it’s one that can be used to increase user engagement.
6. Apple and original video is coming… slow but sure is the apple way
Earlier this month, The Wall St. Journal reported how Apple is working to bring in veteran producers to help create original content, including TV series and movies for an expanded Apple Music service. Now, Apple Music head Jimmy Iovine has offered additional insight about Apple’s plans in this space, as well as how it hopes to differentiate itself from existing streaming competitors, like Pandora and Spotify.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iovine essentially confirmed reports of Apple Music’s further expansion to video, while speaking over the weekend at the Television Critics Association press tour.
“At Apple Music, what we’re trying to create is an entire cultural, pop cultural experience, and that happens to include audio and video,” he said.
And by “video,” he didn’t just mean music videos and those that fit within the broader musical genre, as with Apple’s earlier purchase of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” or Dr. Dre’s “Vital Signs, ” a semi-autobiographical scripted TV series that will be also distributed by Apple.
Instead, Iovine hinted that Apple will consider other types of programming, as well.
“If South Park walks into my office, I am not going to say you’re not musicians, you know?” Iovine said, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s account. “We’re going to do whatever hits popular culture smack on the nose. We’re going to try,” he added.
The exec also commented on how Apple will make its service stand out, as compared with today’s streaming music rivals, like Spotify and Pandora, which focus on converting free users to paid subscribers.
“We’re fighting ‘free.’ So a simple utility where, ‘here’s all the songs, here’s all the music, give me $10 and we’re cool,’ is not going to scale,” Iovine said.
Apple Music has no free tier, beyond its free trial, which is a decidedly different strategy from its peers. Spotify, for example, has said that 80 percent of its paid subscribers began as free users, which is why it continues to offer the “freemium” tier as an entry point to its service.
7. Who is using the new airpods for apple devices and what do they think? Ads coming to tell us how great they are!
These adverts are not just about education, although they do help reinforce the wireless nature of the AirPods and the fact that the iPhone 7 is out there. The really goal is about positing the AirPods in the market. Although Apple has a number of small technical advantages in the AirPods (battery readouts on the paired device, integration with Siri, the code inside the W1 chip) the AirPods are simply another pair of wireless earbuds.
A quick search on Amazon shows just how much competition is out there. The competition in general sells for a lower price than the AirPods, create a better 'seal' in the ear to keep out extraneous noise out and in many cases appear better equipped to stay in situ.
These adverts help Apple overcome those marketing challenge and bring in consumers who are desperately happy to pay the $159 plus tax the AirPods cost, but are also happy to eulogize about the product and help sell Apple's latest accessory to their friends. Apple needs to create a sense of wonder, of lust, and of cool, around the AirPods.
8. FINGER printing! What? Another way to track us is killed by firefox! But browser guys must love this for analytics

There are all kinds of ways that advertisers try to track you online. You already know about cookies, but did you know you can be identified by the fonts that are on your computer?
It's a form of what's known as browser fingerprinting. By probing your browser for various bits of information -- like your screen resolution, time zone, interface language, what plug-ins you have installed -- you can actually be identified with a high level of precision.
Fingerprinting is harder to fend off than a run-of-the-mill cookie because all the data your browsing is handing over is stuff that any website might need in order to deliver you a page that's actually usable. It all looks harmless enough, but when you add it all up it's a real privacy concern.
How do you protect yourself from fingerprinting? By using a browser that offers protection from it. Firefox is a good choice, and when version 52 arrives later this year that protection will get even better.
Firefox 52 will help prevent sites from tracking you by checking the typefaces that you have installed on your computer. Yes, the same fonts you can scroll through to change the look of your Word documents.

Games like 1-2-Switch seem like a good starting point but it’s more games like Ultra Street Fighter II and Super Bomberman R that have the greater potential to get people involved. In short, the Switch needs a lot of local of multiplayer games if the potential of the Joy-Cons are to be fully realized.
In any case, I still remember when the Nintendo DS was written off and most people, myself included, overlooked the importance of what it offered in terms of gaming input.
The Nintendo Switch then is something that could succeed in a similar way and, again, it’s all down to what you can do with a game and the Joy-Cons are the crux of that. Not only do they have the potential to make the Switch a more social gaming hub, the Joy-Cons facilitate traditional console gaming input as well. In short, the Switch's killer feature isn't really its portability but its controllers.
10. BlackBerry and Nokia! What? Is it too late or???

Leaning on licensees

The funny thing is that neither Nokia nor BlackBerry will actually make the phones that bear their names. The Nokia brand is licensed by HMD (and manufactured by Foxconn FIH Mobile). BlackBerry still owns proprietary software like BlackBerry Hub, but a company called TCL has licensed the rights to make the phone. (TCL, a Chinese company that's had recent success with Roku TVs in the US, also makes devices like 2016's Alcatel Idol 4.)
It's up to these companies to help the Nokia and BlackBerry names sink or swim.

Betting big on Android

Before the iPhone changed everything, Nokia and BlackBerry were status symbols, but their third-party software fell behind. A struggling Nokia sided with Microsoft to create the doomed Lumia line (Microsoft bought a 10-year license to the Nokia name, which it abandoned after 5). Meanwhile, BlackBerry faltered with its own BlackBerry OS before turning to Android, which it padded with its own security software. The Mercury will keep this combo.
The Nokia 6 is the brand's first Android phone, but Google Play services are disabled in China, the 6's first market. Its MWC launch will be the first time we get to see the handset in full-on Googly action, and see how an Android Nokia phone really works.

You take the high road, I'll take the low road

Nokia and BlackBerry have similar ambitions, but different ways of getting there. BlackBerry's "Mercury" aims for the high end (we don't know how high, but they tell us "premium"), while Nokia's 6 is firmly in the midrange, with a sale price in China that converts to about $250, £200 and AU$330. Although we don't know much about HMD's plans for Nokia's roster of phones, we do know it plans to dole out $500 million over the next three years on global marketing.

Photo by HMD
BlackBerry-licenser TCL may shoot for the high end now, but it plans to build a complete portfolio of devices that span the cost spectrum, Alcatel's head of North America, Steve Cistulli, told CNET. Before 2017 ends, expect the Mercury to have a low-cost counterpart.
But will all the cash matter? Will the best-laid plans stall Nokia and BlackBerry's downward spirals long enough to see them gain new buyers?
It's hard to say.
During the dark Microsoft Lumia days, Nokia did best as a low-cost brand with solid hardware, especially in cost-conscious and emerging markets. The Nokia name became a value buy. With Android at its side, there's a chance Nokia could fight in the mid-tier. The brand has a history of built-in wireless charging and metal construction, but it's been so long since the its designers were allowed to really branch out from candy-colored plastic, it's hard to imagine a super premium Android Nokia phone.
BlackBerry, meanwhile, will continue to struggle with an identity crises so long as it holds on to the notion that its security software is the thing that sets it apart -- software that primes it as a business device rather than one that the everyday consumer would want. Still, its signature hard QWERTY keyboard does appeal to anyone who likes the thought of physical, rather than virtual, typing.
Once upon a time, you could expect stalwart fans to prop up sales of the latest Nokia and BlackBerry phones, at least initially. But with all but the die-hard fanboys having given up and moved on to Android or iPhone alternatives, it remains to be seen if these legacy brands can even carve out a niche in the middle or low end. Only time will tell.
11. Wearables and the NBA!

Reports out of the tentative negotiations for the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the NBA and players union indicate that a wearables committee is set to be formed. This committee made up of NBA officials and representatives of the players will determine how and where wearable technology will be used to track and record player biometric data.
This move is intended to reduce the number of injuries and overexertion issues that players experience throughout the season. Playing your best players throughout most of the game is a good idea on paper. After all, shouldn’t you put the players that score the most in the game?
In practice, this doesn’t work out very well at all. As the season goes on, prolonged exertion and intense workloads take a toll on the players. Top names like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving end up sitting out key games to rest. If there was a way to track these player’s exertion levels, the coaches would be able to better manage the team’s time in the game in order to improve player longevity.

12. Snapchat and more visible search! Hmmm

Snapchat has given brands and publishers new hope that they could get discovered.
On Thursday, the messaging and media app revamped the design of its search, opening the possibility that brands and publishers will get more exposure for their Snapchat videos.
The search changes are mostly cosmetic at this point, and they don't dramatically alter how people discover new accounts. However, it offers a more visual search design that appears readymade for brands and publishers to be able to promote themselves, perhaps eventually paying to find larger audiences.
Snapchat unveiled the search changes on select Google Android phones, but said it would soon roll out more broadly.
The new search page borrows from Asian messaging apps like WeChat out of China and Line from Japan, according to Jason Stein, CEO of social agency Laundry Service.

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