DTNS 2346 – Free Replacement Windows

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comMary Jo Foley joins the show to talk about the future of Microsoft under Satya Nadella, particularly Windows. Can Microsoft survive without the Windows cash cow? And Len Peralta illustrates the show.


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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Mary-Jo Foley, All About Microsoft for ZDNet & Len Peralta, artist

Len has a new comic out that’s burning up the charts on Amazon. It’s called Exterminite about a company that can go into your dreams and exterminate your nightmares. Check it out!


Fortune Magazine reports that the iPhone 6 and 6 plus went on sale in China today and there were long lines and throngs of people–just not at the Apple store. Turns out the actual Apple store was only selling unlocked phones at the full subsidized price. China’s three major mobile carriers had the discounted, subsidized phones, so that’s where the crowds were.

GigaOm notes Snapchat announced Friday it will begin putting ads in your snapchat feed. In the official blogpost Snapchat wrote: “It’s going to feel a little weird at first, but we’re taking the plunge.” The ads will appear under “Recent Updates,” the section of the app where people’s daily “Stories” show up.

Android Headlines passed along the WSJ report that Google’s BVp of engineering for Andoird, Hiroshi Lockheimer is now also in charge of ChromeOS. Sundar Pichai is in charge of Android, Chrome and Apps. Last month some Android apps were made available for ChomreOS and a hack made practically all of them run. Google has said the two operating systems will remain separate, but it sure looks as if they’re making it easier for them to merge.

PC Mag reports MasterCard and Zwipe announced a contactless payment card with an integrated fingerprint sensor. It’s the magic of TouchID with Google’s NFC Wallet Payment minus the phone. A ssuccessful live pilot was conducted with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN bank. The device is set to roll out internationally next year.

The Verge reports Facebook announced it has been searching anonymous posting sites for leaked passwords and proactively trying them on Facebook. If one works, that user’s password is reset and the user is notified.

The Washington Post reports US President Barack Obama has nominated a former Google executive to lead the US Patent and Trademark office. Michelle K. Lee has been deputy director of the Patent office since January, and has degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science, so confirmation would represent a win for Silicon Valley over the pharmaceutical industry which had wanted the president to appoint one of its own. The position has been vacant for two years.

BusinessWeek reports Argentina launched its first domestically buil communicatiosn satellite Thursday. The ARSAT-1 was launched from French Guiana and will provide digital TV, cellphone service for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay for 15 years. It will also improve phone and Internet connections in remote areas, including Antarctica.

Ars Technica reports Whisper CTO Chad DePue took to Hacker News to dispute Guardian claims that Whisper tracks its users even when geolocation has been turned off. DePue called many assertions laughable and ridiculous but did say the company wants to know “where a user is in a general sense for things like tracking time zone so when we send pushes we know not to send pushes at 3 in the morning.” Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike responded that DePue’s comments seemed to confirm Guardian reports and wrote, “if you haven’t designed something that gives you truly unlinkable anonymity, don’t claim to provide it.” The Guardian also responded with more information backing up its claims.

After being accused on Reddit of misrepresenting it’s hardware, the Anonabox router has been suspended by Kickstarter. Anonabox purported to create a simple to use Tor router that you could plug into any computer to provide instant anonymity, especially when used with the Tor browser. As we mentioned earlier this week, the device had not been audited.




News From You

TheGavW let us know about a BBC report that it will begin publishing a continually updating list of its own articles removed from Google searches under the European Union’s right to be forgotten ruling. In a meeting hosted by Google, BBC editorial head David Jordan said that the BBC felt some of its articles had been wrongly removed from the search index, including a blog post by its Economics Editor, which may have been requested for removal by a commenter on the article. An EU spokesman said this particular removal was “not a good judgement” by Google. In turn Google went and banged its head against the wall, saying “that’s what WE TOLD YOU.”

And finally, h82or8 sent us the Boing Boing report that James Comey, head of the FBI said in a speech on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” is too blame for Apple and Google offering properly-encrypted cellphones and its “gone too far.” He hinted that the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing technology companies to leave a backdoor open for spies on smart phones and other devices. Mr. Comey did not suggest ways to prevent hackers and foreign spies from using the same door.


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Pick of the Day: Boxcryptor via Scott from Terrific Toronto and Terrific Tom from the internet:


I love your shows, DTNS and Cordkillers are my top two.

I was listening to your story yesterday about the leaked Dropbox accounts and I was wondering if you have ever used or heard of Boxcryptor?


Its a 3rd party app that encrypts your files locally before sending them to what ever cloud storage service you use (DropBox, Google Drive, Box etc…) I use it on my windows 7 laptop, Blackberry 10 smartphone and Android tablet. I enjoy the piece of mind knowing that even if my cloud storage account is hacked, all my files are encrypted.

Monday’s guest: Iyaz Akhtar, senior associate editor CNET