It Makes Complete Internet Sense

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It Makes Complete Internet Sense
Number 3026
Broadcast Date MAY 9, 2017
Episode Length 34:24
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Patrick Beja

Why do people like smart speakers and why in heaven’s name would one need a screen? Tom tries to explain that and the Amazon Echo Show to Patrick. Plus chicken nuggets inspire the most retweets ever.

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News

Amazon put the Amazon Echo Show, an Amazon Echo with a screen for video, up for preorder in the US today for $230 shipping June 28.
Microsoft issued an emergency out of cycle fix Tuesday through Windows Update for a vulnerability in Windows Defender that allowed for remote attacks. The vulnerability was discovered last weekend by Project Zero’s Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich.
New Snapchat features are arriving for iOS and Android including still images without a time limit, videos that loop for the recipient, a magic eraser that fills in background and the ability to draw with emojis.
Samsung has opened US preorders for the unlocked versions of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus phones for shipping May 31.

Now here are some more top stories

Qualcomm announced its latest midrange mobile CPUs, the Snapdragon 660 and 630. The 660 features a 20% faster CPU, 30% faster GPU, and 2 more hours of battery life than the 653, thanks to improved power management. It also includes an integrated x12 modem, a Spectra image-processing chip allowing for dual cameras, 600Mbps LTE, and 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi. The Snapdragon 630 has most of the integrated features, but with a slower CPU and GPU clock, and only supports up to 1920x1080 screen resolution. Both chips support USB-C and Bluetooth 5.
China’s Alipay has signed a deal with US credit card processing service First Data, making Alipay a payment option at about 4 million US businesses. In Europe, Alipay is working with Ingenico that serves businesses like Carrefour and Estee Lauder. The idea is to have Alipay available for Chinese tourists traveling abroad. China led the world in outbound tourism for the fifth year in a row in 2016 according to the World Tourism Organization with 135 million travelers.
Opera announced it will invest $100 million over two years to encourage internet adoption in African countries. Opera will look for local partners to “integrate value-added services, mobile payment and data bundling into its browser product.”Nine of the top 20 Opera Mini user countries are from Africa. Opera will open offices in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya in addition to the two in South Africa.
On April 5, 16-year-old Carter Wilkerson tweeted Wendy’s asking how many retweets he would need to get a year’s supply of chicken nuggets. Wendy’s replied, “18 million.” Tuesday Carter’s plea for Nuggets passed 3,430,249 retweets, breaking Ellen Degeneres record for the most retweets ever, set by her 2014 Oscar selfie. Wendy’s donated $100,000 to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in Wilkerson’s name in recognition of the record.
Ahead of its GPU Technology conference, Nvidia announced a video analytics platform called Nvidia Metropolis which uses AI to analyze video streams in real time, with applications for public safetey, traffic management, and general resource optimization. Deep learning inferencing could be done on the devices using on-site Tesla GPUs for speed, then offloaded to the cloud for further processing and training. Nvidia announced more than 50 partners are making products and applications for AI city uses.


Nvidia data center business up 205% in Q4, and almost 14% of total revenue. The whole trend now is to move compute to data. Trying to move all this local data to the cloud for processing brings in too much latency. Example could be Clemson researcher Ali Reza Fayazi proof-of-concept fully automated 4-way intersection is 100x more efficient.

Discussion

Messages

Tom:

On yesterday’s call you and Veronica were discussing the technology that would allow conductive surfaces to be used as touch screens. I think this has some tremendous applications for the architecture and design business. Imagine if you did not need to install switch boxes and controls into your walls. You could also likely have future flexibility in how your controls and systems could be configured as technology or even the way you wanted your home or office arranged changed.

Thanks as always for the informative content and compelling discussion.
Sent by Russell


Hi Tom,

The touch sensitive wall demo made me think about cool security applications like:

- having to know where to touch a wall to turn off the alarm
- touching the right combination of bricks in the right order to open the door and not needing keys
- Or if you live somewhere safe - Swipe to Unlock my front door?

Lots of cool things you could use structural fixtures for that arn't immediately obviously interactive. :)
Sent by Murray in Coffs Harbour Australia

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