Honey I Shrunk the Chips

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Honey I Shrunk the Chips
Number 2533
Broadcast Date JULY 9, 2015
Episode Length 45:50
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Justin Robert Young

Justin Young and Tom Merritt talk about why the new tweak to Facebook’s news feed needs you. The new trend in algorithms seems to be using humans to supplement them.



Recode reports Facebook announced a new option in its News Feed Preference that allows users to pick up to 30 people or pages that will automatically appear at the top of their news feed . Facebook won’t use the list to target ads, according to News Feed product manager Greg Marra. The new option should become available on iOS as an update today with Android and Web versions appearing later.
The Verge reports Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac has launched. Mac users get features like sandboxed apps, fullscreen view, and Retina screen optimization. It also integrates OneDrive cloud storage, adds co-authoring support, and supports traditional Windows shortcuts for Office so users can use ctrl+shift instead of cmd+shift. Office 2016 for Mac ships with five apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote, and is available to Office 365 Home and Personal subscribers today. The standalone version will be released in September.
IBM and partnmers like Global Foundries and Samsung have produced the first 7 nanometer chips with functional transistors according to Ars Techinca. The test chip was built at the IBM/SUNY Polytechnic 300mm research facility in Albany New York. It uses FinFET transistors that have silicon-germanium channels instead of the traditional silicon, created using self-aligned quadruple patterning and Extreme ultraviolet lithography or EUV. Silicon Germanium has a higher electron mobility overcoming silicon’s resistance to smaller channels. EUV lithography makes etching the smaller transistors possible. It uses 13.5nm wavelength compared to the currently used 193nm ArgonFlouride laser. EUV is expensive to deploy commercially so it remains to be seen how IBM has made it viable. IBM says a commercial chip using the process is at least two years away.
9to5 Google’s Stephen Hall has been talking to several sources familiar with advanced prototypes of the next version of Google Glass. The so-called Enterprise Edition will have a larger prism display, an Atom processor and improved battery life. Hall says his sources back up the FCC filing that showed a potential Google Glass successor working in the 5GHZ wifi band as well.
The Next Web reports Slack has added emoji voting to its communication platform. Users can choose to ‘add a reaction’ to their post or others by selecting an emoji. Afterwards, other users can add their own emoji or just click on one that has been added. This can make for polls where people are asked to vote puppy face or fish flag for instance. Mathematically speaking, the multiplier effect hear means that Slack x Emoji = Peak Tech Hipster.
Reuters reports China’s parliament published a draft cybersecurity law that increases privacy protection as well as government authority to obtain records and block dissemination of private information. ISPs must store data collected within China stored in the country; overseas data storage will require government approval. Network equipment must also get government approval. Parliament will gather feedback on the proposal until early August.
Tech Crunch reports that Barnes and Noble is closing its international Nook app for Windows. Nook users outside the US and UK will have their content removed from Windows machines and may be eligible for a refund if they purchased books using their Microsoft account as a payment method. Barnes and Noble bought out Microsoft's investment in the Nook store last December.
VentureBeat reports T-Mobile USA is extending its unlimited roaming to cover Mexico and Canada. T-Mobile allows free roaming to more than 120 countries. CEO John Legere also told journalists on a conference call Thursday that the carrier added 2.1 million customers last quarter bringing its total to 58.9 million, passing Sprint to become the number 3 carrier in the US.
Reuters reports the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said Thursday that attackers accessed information for about 21.5 million people from background investigation databases. That includes 1.8 million non-applicants, including mostly spouses or co-habitants of applicants. This is in addition to the information about 4.2 million current and former federal workers accessed in a "separate, but related" incident.

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Pick of the Day

Hi Tom, Jennie,

My pick is for Molly and her bathroom resident spider. It's a battery-operated small vacuum that sucks the bug into the tube and lets you release it outside your house. The products are named like Bugbuster, Bug Wand, Bug Vac, and usually under $20. It makes it very easy to catch the bug without getting too close.

I've got a feeling this used to be on infomercials, but many of my friends didn't know about it. Hence, my pick of the day :)

Submitted by Komei



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