DTNS 2267 – Facebook Feeds You Sadness

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDon Reisinger is on the show. We’ll chat about why Facebook thought it was OK to play with our emotions for science.

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Today’s guest: Don Reisinger, cnet.com

Headlines

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports new details about the next Version of Windows, codenamed Threshold, expected to arrive in Spring 2015. Microsoft reportedly will aim Threshold squarely at disgruntled desktop users still using Windows 7. Some versions of Threshold will be all desktop, while some will focus on the tiled screen or desktop screen depending on whether a keyboard is attached and some version meant for tablets and phone swill have no desktop view at all. And yes word is STILl that the mini Start menu showed off at BUILD will be part of Threshold. A preview version of Threshold should arrive in the autumn and one more update to Windows 8.1 will arrive before Threshold does.

Reuters reports Google is finally pulling the plug on its social network from 2004 called Orkut on Sept. 30. Orkut was popular in Brazil and India, but Google says they’ve had more success with YouTube, Blogger and Google+. Orkut users can continue to post until Sept. 30 and can retrieve posts after that dat from an archive of all Orkut communities. I will miss you ‘fans of turn signals’ community!

Facebook got in some hot water as attention as called to a March publication of a study in PNAS that manipulated 689,000 users News Feeds from Jan. 11-18, 2012 in order to study emotional contagion. For the affected users either positive or negative emotional posts had a 10-90% chance of being removed. The study found those with fewer positive posts in their feed used 0.1% fewer positive words in subsequent posts and those with fewer negative posts in their feed used 0.07% fewer negative words. Controversy broke out over whether the Facebook Terms of Service sufficed as informed consent for the study.

VentureBeat reports Google Glass is now banned in some UK movie theaters over piracy concerns. Vue and the Cinema Exhibitors’ association trade group both feel the shaky 30-45 minutes of video Google Glass is capable of recording poses enough of a threat to their bottom line that they must fight back. Google said in a statement that Glass should be treated no differently than cell phones in a theater and that “The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it’s activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.”

Engadget reports Samsung has four new budget Android KitKat phones. The 4.5-inch Galaxy Core II leads the way with a 1.2GHZ processor 768 MB RAM and 4GB of storage. There’s also the 4-inch Galaxy Ace 4 and the 3.5-inch Galaxy Young 2 and Star 2. All run TouchWiz with pricing and availability to be announced. 

TechCrunch reports Twitter is rolling out mobile app promotion ads that take users to app downloads or the apps themselves if already installed. Along with that, Twitter’s unveiling new cost-per-app-click pricing for the unit and a dashboard to track usage. The ads appear only for iOS and Android mobile users. 

The Verge notes the US Supreme Court decline to hear Google’s challenge to dismiss a complaint that its streetview cars illegally collected data from private WiFi networks. Google has admitted its cars were accidentally collecting unencrypted traffic and stopped the practice when it was discovered. Google is fighting a lawsuit that it violated the Wiretap Act. Google’s defense has been that tyhe act allows the interception of unencrypted radio communication, but a federal appeals court rejected that logic saying the act referred to predominantly auditory broadcasts.

News From You

spsheridan submitted the GigaOm story that US President Obama is expected to name Phil Johnson, a pharmaceutical industry executive, as the next Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Johnson has previously tried to block legislation aimed at reigning in patent trolls. The Director’s job has been vacant for 18 months, and former Google employee Michelle Lee, the deputy director, has been managing the department.

Could Netflix be called a cybersecurity threat? metalfreak pointed us to the Slashdot posting that quotes Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology making the argument that wording in the proposed US bill “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” could do just that. A ‘threat,’ according to the bill, is among other things anything that may result in an unauthorized effort to ad-
adversely impact the availability of information. Nojeim argues that the vague wording could be used to justify slowing down Netflix at congested connections. 

KAPT_Kipper submitted the GigaOM story that Blackphone has started shipping. Blackphone is aconsumer grade handset running a forked version of Android called PrivatOS bundled with privacy-related apps including Silent Phone and Silent Text (for normal voice, video and text communications), Disconnect (VPN and search), SpiderOak (cloud storage) and the Smarter Wi-Fi Manager (for protection from dodgy hotspots). The first units of the $629 handset to ship are for European LTE users, and U.S. units will follow.

Discussion Section: 

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/28/facebook-experiment-emotions/

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/29/facebook-explains-emotion-experiment/?ncid=rss_truncated

http://www.pnas.org/content/111/24/8788.full

http://codingconduct.tumblr.com/post/90242838320/frame-clashes-or-why-the-facebook-emotion-experiment

https://www.facebook.com/akramer/posts/10152987150867796

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/30/what-facebooks-own-rules-say-about-its-news-feed-experiment/?mod=rss_Technology

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/06/30/where-are-the-limits-what-users-are-saying-about-facebooks-news-feed-experiment/?mod=rss_Technology

http://techcrunch.com/2014/06/29/ethics-in-a-data-driven-world/

I religiously watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and some other such shows. But why not watch them faster? Swift is one of many apps I’ve tried which speed up video playback without distorting the audio at all – I can watch some shows at 2x playback speed without issue.

Many apps do this, but Swift integrates really well with YouTube too. Want to listen to a lecture from YouTube at 2x speed? Plop the URL into this app and you can do so, and even download the entire video for offline playback :-D Or just play videos already in your library. Or stream over your local home network. Lots of other cool features too. More than worth the $3 I paid for it.

Tuesday’s Guest: Justin Robert Young

DTNS 2266 – Business^3, Transparency^3

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comDarren Kitchen is on the show to chat about the immediate chilling effect of the Aereo decision on Dish, the new Aaron Swarz documentary, and more FAA befuddlement about drones. Plus Len Peralta is here to illustrate the show live!

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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Darren Kitchen of the future & Len Peralta of the arts

Headlines

The Verge reports on the US NSA’s first full transparency report posted on the agency’s official Tumblr account. The report details 38,812 targets of National Security Letters, 1,767 FISA orders, and 423 targets of FISA business records requests. Keep in mind a target “could be an individual person, a group, or an organization composed of multiple individuals or a foreign power that possesses or is likely to communicate foreign intelligence information.” 

TechCrunch reports on Apple’s decision to cease development of its photo editing software ‘Aperture’ in favor of the new ‘Photos’ app coming in OS X Yosemite, which also replaces iPhoto.  Apple will provide compatibility updates for Aperture to work on Yosemite and help users with migration to both Photos and Adobe’s Lightroom app. 

The Next Web heard the New York Times report that the original Facebook Home team had been disbanded, presumably meaning the end of the line for the home screen replacement. However Facebook told TNW there is a still a team working on Facebook Home. Facebook does tend to rotate developers between projects. Facebook Home is still available in the Google Play store.

Reuters reports HP has agreed to settle litigation over its acquisition of Autonomy Corporation. HP took an $8.8 billion impairment charge in November 2012 in part due to “serious accounting improprieties, misrepresentation and disclosure failures,” from Autonomy. Shareholders have agreed to drop all claims against HP execs, but will still pursue action against former top officials of Autonomy. 

Reuters reports China’s TenCent will buy a 20% stake in online classifieds company 58.com. TenCent owns messaging app WeChat among many other things and has been expanding into e-commerce, real estate and digital mapping. 58.com is often compared to Craigslist. The deal will help 58.com boost traffic by teaming up with TenCent’s QQ and Weixin.

Remember the FAA rules that singled-out Amazon by forbidding free shipping by model aircraft? Well Hackaday points out that same document essentially bans any First-Person View model aircraft from operation when out of the line of sight of the operator. Think camera + drone + oculus rift. The interpretation ignores safety rules set forth by the Academy of Model Aeronautics regarding First Person View flight. The proposed FAA rules are not yet in effect, and the FAA is seeking public comment on these rules at regulations.gov.

News From You

metalfreak submitted the top story on the subreddit. ReadWrite’s Dan Rowinski spoke with Dave Burke, the head of Android engineering and the Nexus program at Google about the fate of Nexus. Rumors have circulated of a program called Android Silver that would replace the Nexus program. Burke wouldn’t say much about Silver although he seemed to acknowledge it existed. “People have been commenting about Nexus because there is something else and they think that means the end of Nexus. That is the totally wrong conclusion to make.” He went on to say he doesn’t think it ever “can or will go away,” because it is so closely tied to the development of the Android OS. 

spsheridan posted the Wired UK article that YouTube announced at VidCon it will support video shot in 48 and 60 fps. This in particular will keep YouTube footage consistent with gameplay capture from the PS4 and Xbox One. YouTube also confirmed fan funding is coming, the ability for fans contribute money to a YouTube channel at any time for any reason. 

diggsalot passed along the Verge article about how ChromeCast is able to pair with nearby devices that aren’t on the same network. It jumps the air gap! Chromecast plays ultrasonic tones through the TV speakers. Once a device detects those tones it can then be paired with the Chromecast over the Internet. Users will also have the option of entering a PIN to establish a link with Chromecast, andwhen the feature rolls out it will have to be explicitly turned on by the owner. 

metalfreak and MANAGEMIKE both submitted versions of this story. PC World reports last year Facebook turned over virtually all records and communications for 381 accounts to the New York County District Attorney’s office in response to a court order. Facebook is now asking the court to order the data returned or destroyed, as well as to rule whether the bulk warrant violated fourth amendment rights. oF the 381 people whose accounts were seized, 62 were later charged in a disability fraud case.

Discussion Section: 

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/26/fox-aereo-ruling-against-dish-streaming

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/27/aaron-swartz-documentary/

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-internets-own-boy-20140627-story.html

http://vimeo.com/ondemand/internetsownboy/94238859

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Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Monday’s Guest: Don Reisinger

DTNS 2265 – Don’t Tape it to Your Face

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comBrian Brushwood and Avram Piltch are on the show for a little bit about Aereo, a little bit about the right to be forgotten and a lot about whether Augmented Reality will obliterate our privacy or just make it easier to shop. #CEWeek

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Show Notes

Today’s guest: Brian Brushwood of Cordkillers and Avram Piltch of Laptop Magazine

Headlines

The Verge reports Google has begun removing certain search results for individuals who have requested so under Europe’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rules. Google places a note at the bottom of the page indicating results “may have been removed.” The removals only affect European versions of the search engine. Non-European versions will still return all results.

9 to 5 Mac has Apple rumormongers heads spinning over the idea that Apple could make smart home hardware. Apple did introduce HomeKit as part of the forthcoming iOS8. Sources say they don’t know what kind of hardware Apple is developing nor when it would be released and development could stop at any time. So to paraphrase the sources, Apple won’t come out with smart home hardware soon, if ever.

TechCrunch reports Google announced it is working with LG to bring ProjectTango to consumers early next year in a tablet. Google also said it’s working with the Unity and Unreal game engines, as well as Qualcomm. Project Tango uses multiple cameras and sensors for precise 3D sensing of its environment. A developer version of a Project Tango phone and 7-inch Tablet have been released in limited quantities.

BBC reports Germany’s government has canceled a contract with US telco Verizon over concerns about data security. Verizon had a contract with a number of German government departments that is due to run out in 2015. All existing business will be transferred to Deutsche Telekom AG by then. German Interior Ministry spokesman Tobias Plate said: “There are indications that Verizon is legally required to provide certain things to the NSA, and that’s one of the reasons the cooperation with Verizon won’t continue”.

The BBC reports Alibaba has decided to list its public stock shares on the New York Stock Exchange rather than the NASDAQ. Twitter also chose the NYSE over NASDAQ for it’s IPO. Alibaba will be the largest Chinese company to list in the United States, with a listing estimated to be worth more than $20 billion.

News From You

KAPT_Kipper posted this story from Polygon about the popularity of Google Cardboard. The kit was given to attendees of the Google I/O keynote and lets you build a VR headset out of around $20 worth of material to use with your Android phone and the Google Cardboard app. The app contains VR tours of cities as well as YouTube videos. There’s also a developers kit available for app makers who want to take advantage of cardboard. Granted DIT VR headsets are not new, but previous versions didn’t have a company like Google out there touting them.

tm204 posted the GigaOm story about Simon & Shuster making its full catalog of ebooks available for library lending. The publisher just finished a one year test program in New York City. Simon & Schuster is working with the digital library distributors Baker & Taylor, 3M and Overdrive. All five of the major publishers now make ebooks available to libraries in some way.

metalfreak pointed out themukt reblog of The Verge story that Toyota will bring a hydrogen fuel cell car to market in Japan with a 2015 sedan priced at ¥7 million (roughly $70,000). Toyota claims a cruising range of 430 miles for its hydrogen-fueled car and a refueling time of just three minutes. The car should be available by April 2015 and then arrive in the US and Europe next summer.

BigJim1 posted the Reuters story that the US President will push Congress to enact legislation to give European Union citizens the right to sue in the United States if they think their private data has been released or misused. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the announcement was “an important step in the right direction.” No actual bill has been introduced.

 

Discussion Section: 

http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/20/amazon-fire-phone-product-manager-explains-how-firefly-really-works/

http://www.nametag.ws/

Pick of the Day: Voicemeeter & Virtual Audio Cable

“Hey Tom & Jennie, I’ve recently begun putting together my own podcast and have been trying to do so on a shoestring budget. One thing I didn’t have money for was a proper audio mixer. To get around this I have been using the software VoiceMeeter and Virtual Audio Cable from VB Audio. VoiceMeeter allows me to control myself (input 1), a secondary local input (input 2), and a virtual input individually and output to the virtual cable. I then use Audacity to capture the output off the virtual cable. This has worked really well for my simple 2 host show and for the time being I haven’t found any need to move to a physical mixer. Thanks for the great show! Keep up all the hard work. Long time fan, Benjamin White”

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, continues today . Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Friday’s Guests: Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta!

DTNS 2264 – Moo-Fi

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comAndrea Smith joins us from #CEWeek. We’ll talk about the avalanche of news from Google I/O, the Aereo decision in the US Supreme Court and what’s happening at CE Week in New York!

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Show Notes

Today’s guest:  Andrea Smith, technology journalist talks CE Week  

Headlines

Google vomited announcements all over the place at its 2.5 hour Google I/O Keynote this morning. Here are the highlights:

The next version of Android was not named, only referred to as Android L. It will get a new deisgn language as will Google’s Chrome OS and Web apps. The new look is called Material Design. It’s very card based, with bright colors and realistic transitions. 

A new way to log in to a phone will include determining if it’s in a trusted environment, looking for a friendly device like a smartwatch or a trusted WiFi network, thus bypassing entering a PIN or pattern.

Android One is a program to design affordable hardware for partners to manufacture in developing markets. India’s Karbonn and Spice smartphone makers will be two of the first on board.

Android Auto will be completely voice enabled and contextually aware. The idea is to power everything through the phone but provide a better display experience in dash and the ability to use a steering wheel button along with voice. Twenty-five car manufacturers have promised to build Android-Auto powered cars and the first cars will roll off lots by the end of the year.

The Android Wear development kit is available today. That means developers can make apps work with Android-powered wearables now.

And three wearable devices were announced. The Samsung Gear Live and LG G watch are available to order today and the Moto 360, with a round face, is planned for release later this summer. The Gear Live runs $200 and ships beginning July 7th.

No, not even close to done. Android TV got some details as well. It’s a software system for use in TVs and other devices. It can be controlled by mobile phone or tablet and act as a Chromecast. It will run on a line of smart TVs from Sony, Sharp and TPVision, and come to other set-top boxes later this year.

The Chromecast itself will get the ability to mirror Android screens, accept streams from nearby devices even if they’re not on the same network, and a new feature called backdrop that puts up personal photos or information streams when the TV is not otherwise in use.

ChromeOS got some stage time as well with the announcement that Android apps can run in an emulator now. Chromebooks will also unlock themselves when your phone is around and then notify you of incoming calls and texts.

Google Drive made its presentation software Slides, available for mobile, announced the support of Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats natively in Docs. And Drive for Work gives unlimited storage for $10 a month per user.

And finally, Google got in the fitness tracking game with Google Fit. The platform aims to organize data from multiple apps, trackers and sensors, Google announced partnerships with RunKeeper, Basis, Adidas and Nike. 

Now that’s not all. There were also announcements on Enterprise management, Cloud services and Gaming. But there were also two protestors. Neither of which were complaining about the length or volume of announcements in the keynote. The first was an elementary school teacher who complained of being evicted from his apartment by Google lawyer Jack Halprin. The second yelled “You all work for a totalitarian company that builds robots that kill people!” 

GigaOm reports the US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that Aereo is a public performance. The service which rented microantennas to users to watch over the air broadcasts on the Internet will have to wind up its operations in all regions. Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the opinion for the majority, arguing Aereo operated like a cable company and “Insofar as there are differences, those differences concern not the nature of the service that Aereo provides so much as the technological manner in which it provides the service.“ Justice Antonin Scalia wrote a dissent arguing that ignoring the technical aspect could hmean other services could suffer “guilt-by-resemblance.” Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said the decision would cause a chilling effect but the company would continue to fight. However, part-owner Barry Diller told cnbc “it’s over now.” and a “a big loss for consumers.” Thanks to Hurmoth for submitting this on the subreddit.

The Wall Street Journal reports Kaplan is buying Dev Bootcamp, a school that offers crash courses for software developers. Code Schools, along with MOOCS (Massive online open courses) are seen as an alternative to a traditional four-year college degree. The school’s leadership team and curriculum will remain in place. Tuition, at $12,200 for the nine-week course, also will be unchanged.

As many on the subredddit noted, Google started offering $150 credits to Chrome Pixel owners whose Verizon service was cut off after one year despite being promised two years of free service. Now TechCrunch reports Verizon says it was all a big misunderstanding. See, a very small number of Chromebook Pixel customers MAY have been hit by an unforeseen problem and Verizon will work with these customers to resolve the issue. 

The Next Web reports Barnes and Noble will spin off its Nook business after all. The company has confirmed the board has authorized the separation of retail and Nook Media businesses. Why? In order to optimize shareholder value of course.

The Next Web reports Facebook’s messaging app Slingshot is now available worldwide for Android and iOS. The app lets you send non-permanent photo and video messages to friends. The catch is that you can’t see what a friend sent you until you send them something back.

News From You

gewbert posted the MSNBC story about another US Supreme Court decision. In this one the justices ruled 9-0 that police need a warrant to search the cell phone of a person who has been arrested, in most circumstances. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which the Founders fought. Exigent circumstances like imminent danger to life or evidence destruction might justify searching a phone without a warrant, which is no different than most other cases.

metalfreak posted the unsurprising ZDNet story that Linux continues to dominate supercomputers. According to the latest rankings from the Top500 Group, 97 percent of the world’s fastest supercomputers run Linux. The growth rate in performance is slowing though. From 1994 to 2008 annual performance growth was 90%. Lately annual performance growth has been only 55%.

And KAPT_Kipper posted the EE press release that the UK telecom company will bring what they call “4G WiFi” to the Glastonbury Festival placed inside fiberglass cows modeled on Worthy Farm’s dairy cows and painted by Glastonbury bin artist Hank and team. 

Pick of the day: Private Internet Access via Henrik from Bergin, Norway

Henrik from Bergin, Norway has some advice and a pick of the day: “If a VPN has a data cap that means it is storing at least some of the things you are doing. I would guess IP address in case someone else uses your user name and password, time and date you log in, and a program that keeps track of how big files you are downloading. If they are blocking certain things like BitTorrent they have to look at what you are doing. If it’s for privacy reasons I would use a VPN that claims not to log anything, and uses OpenVPN.
Henrik suggests as an alternative: http://privateinternetaccess.com/ $3.33 per month if you take the yearly subscription… They have many payment methods including Bitcoin. I have used them for over 2 years now, and I’m pretty happy with them. With the Netherlands and Sweden servers I pretty much have the same speed as with no VPN (25 Mbps). The US servers are slower for me at around 3-15Mbps. (Usually 10Mbps), but I live in Lovely Bergen (Norway), so that’s a long way… They even lets you chose how good encryption you want if you use their OpenVPN clients. https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/pages/vpn-encryption

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, begins Wednesday June 25 — we’ll have a preview on tomorrow’s show. Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Thursday’s Guest: Brian Brushwood and more from CE Week! 

S&L Podcast – #181 – The Promise of More Blood

We break down our June book pick, Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan, and find out why its actually four or five books and its gods are not what they seem. Also we set up our July pick from Octavia Butler and decide whether warp speed is actually coming or not.  

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July Book is Dawn by Octavia Butler       
Wrap up Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan    
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Let’s talk about the ending by Joanna    
    
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DTNS 2263 – HIPAA HIPAA Hooray

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comJeremy Kaplan joins us from #CEWeek to talk Nest API, Microsoft’s Android phone and the future of healthcare tech. Can wearables make the jump from fitness to serious medical use?

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Show Notes

Today’s guest:  Jeremy Kaplan, editor-in-chief of Digital Trends.com 

Headlines

Digital Trends reports Nest Labs released a new smart home API to let developers make their devices work well with Nest’s. So your car can tell the Nest thermostat to warm up the house as you head home, and your light bulbs can glow red of the smoke alarm detects something alarming. Mercedes-Benz, Jawbone, Whirlpool, LIFX, IFTTT, and Logite have already released new Nest-compatible features for some of their products. The API is open to iOS and Android developers. 

Bloomberg BusinessWeek published an interview with Google’s head of Android, Sundar Pichai, in which he said the next version of Android will be previewed at Google I/O tomorrow. The decision to preview Android’s ‘L’ named version at I/O instead of waiting until fall, was made in an effort to be more transparent. We’ll have to wait until tomorrow to find out what desert will become the name. Lemon Merengue, Ladyfingers, Lorna Doone Biscuits?

Bloomberg’s been talking to ‘people familiar with the plans’ and they say Apple plans begin mass production of its largest iPhones ever next month. The people say the plans include one model with a 4.7-inch display for shipment in September. The new phone swill also be rounder and thinner. An alleged 5.5-inch model has alleged production complications and so allegedly might not make it out this year.

The Next Web has the fact that Microsoft has announced a new Android phone called the Nokia X2. This is the first phone launched by Microsoft since it acquired Nokia’s handset division. The phone has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, 1.2 GHz dual-core snapdragon processir, 5-mpxl rear-facing camera, dual-SIM and 15 GB of storage. It’s available immediately for €99 in select countries.

The Next Web reports WeChat has introduced an ‘unsend’ feature that lets you pull back a message within two minutes of pressing send. The update is live on iOS and coming soon to Android. 

News From You

tm204 has the top story on the subreddit from ComputerWorld. It seems folks who shelled out $1450 for the Chromebook Pixel last year were promised two years of free Verizon LTE service up to 100 MB a month. One year after activation several Pixel owners are complaining the Verizon service has stopped working, unless you pay. Computerworld’s JR Raphael called Verizon support and Google Play and has received no definitive answer why. 

gardnervh posted the TechCrunch story that an amendment to the constitution of the US State of Missouri. The state legislature has proposed adding electronic communications and data to the section prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure and requiring a warrant and probable cause for reasonable searches. Citizens of Missouri will vote on the amendment in August.

tekkyn00b posted the Gizmodo story that MIT engineers have created a nanomaterial that withstand force 160,000 times its weight. A repeating geometric lattice was designed to be stiff but light makes it about 400 times as strong as most material of the same density. Researchers suggest it could be used in space, for battery construction or anything that needs high strength and low weight.  

metalfreak posted the Wired story describing Hacking Team modules discovered by researchers working independently of each other at Kaspersky Lab in Russia and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs in Canada. The Hacking Team provides software to governments and law enforcement agencies. Among the modules uncovered are ones that can activate microphones, take pictures, intercept email and text messages and log keystrokes on Android and iOS phones. 

Discussion Section Links:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/6/24/5835910/soundhawks-earpiece-lets-you-pick-exactly-what-you-want-to-hear

http://www.cnet.com/news/pebble-watch-partners-with-misfit-for-fitness-tracking-app/

http://www.dailyfinance.com/2014/06/23/healthcare-wearable-technology/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2014/06/19/wearable-tech-health-insurance/

http://www.mddionline.com/article/wearable-tech-regulated-medical-devices-can-revolutionize-healthcare-6-18-2014

Pick of the day: Cloak via Alan Steinberger

Hi Tom, I have a simple solution for auto-connecting to WiFi hotspots, and protecting one from spoofed AT&T sites. Not to sound like a shill for Cloak VPN (www.getcloak.com), but they rolled out an extremely effective Connect On Demand feature a few months ago. When I’m out and about, every time my iPad finds a Starbucks or a Time Warner or other recognized hot spot, it automatically comes on. When I’m home or in another trusted location, Cloak stays off. I only need the 5 GB/month plan, which is inexpensive, and I’ve found the Cloak team in general and Dave Peck in particular to be most helpful and responsive. Love the show! Alan

Calendar Item of the Day: CE Week New York

Today is the start of CE Week, the consumer electronics industry’s annual mid-year check-in in New York City.The Exhibits and Conference Program, better known as as ‘the place with all the shiny things you covet’, begins Wednesday June 25 — we’ll have a preview on tomorrow’s show. Want more? Check out ceweekny.com

Wednesday’s Guest: Andrea Smith, technology journalist talks CE Week