Stop– Pebble Time

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Stop– Pebble Time
Number 2436
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 24, 2015
Episode Length 41:09
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Patrick Beja

Patrick Beja is in today, to marvel over the Pebble Time and its record-breaking Kickstarter. Is the Pebble bigger and/or better than the Apple and Android watches?



Pebble launched a new watch called Pebble Time on Kickstarter this morning raising $1 million in 49 minutes, the fastest Kickstarter project to get to a million ever. The watch features a color e-ink screen, a microphone and a new interface called Timeline that shows information in chronological order rather than in an app interface. Kickstarter backers get a discount and should start receiving watches in May. The rest will pay $199 at retail a few months later.
Microsoft launched a new OneDrive API on GitHub according to VentureBeat. The new API works across Windows, Android, iOS and the web and improves on both speed and functionality. Feature highlights include the ability to resume upload files of up to 10GB, customizable thumbnail images for files, and ability to keep large sets of files synced with minimal calls.
Gigaom reports that Steve Perlman’s Artemis Networks is building a network using its pCell technology to cover most of San Francisco with unlimited LTE data and voice using Dish Network’s spectrum. The ultimate goal is to sell the technology to carriers. To that end, Artemis will sell the Artemis I Hub to let carriers test pCells in their own networks. Artemis is also releasing a detailed white paper this week to answer questions about how it has made the tech work. For San Francisco’s test, Artemis needs core infrastructure an MVNO agreement and FCC approval to be able to sell SIM cards by Fall.
TechCrunch reports that voice and SMS company Twilio has acquired two factor authentication company Authy. About 6,000 sites use Authy. Nothing will change for Authy users for the moment. Twilio users will soon have an easy way to add two-factor authentication to their Twilio-powered services.
It’s a bad day for people who want to post nude pictures of other people. Google announced that starting March 23 users of its blogger service will not be allowed to share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity. Such blogs will be made private so only trhe admins can see them. Exceptions will be made for material that “offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary or scientific contexts.” Meanwhile Engadget reports Reddit’s latest security policy prohibits posting photos or videos of naked people or people having sex without their consent.
OMG Chrome reports Google’s Renee Niemi announced that a second generation Chromebook Pixel will go on sale “soon,” but that Google would only make a small number of them. The Pixel laptop is aimed primarily at developers, and won’t be marketed to regular consumers. The laptop will reportedly keep the 12.85-inch screen, feature reversible ‘Type-C’ USB ports, and may be the first device to ship with Chromium’s new “Freon” pseudo-display server replacement.
The Verge passes along The Hill report that FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn would like to see some adjustments made to Comissioner Wheeler’s proposal for Open Internet Rules. Apparently Clyburn takes issue with the provision that could allow Title II regulation to be applied to interconnection agreements between ISP’s and content providers like Netflix. Clyburn would prefre the regulation be limited to only the explicitly mentioned relationship between consumers and ISPs.
ReCode reports Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz took to Reddit for Ask Me Anything. It did not mean he would answer. Among the teases about his mysterious product Abovitz said Magic Leap would mean the world would no longer need physical screens, laptops, smartphones or even smartwatches. He also indicated steroscopic solutions to VR like Oculus and Project Morpheus may be unsafe. He also said Magic Leap hopes to get prototypes in developers’ hands this year.

News From You

USA today reports about the US’s 9-1-1 emergency network’s problem reliably locating calls that come from cell phone. According to the story 911’s chance of getting a fix on your location ranges as low as 10% to as high as 95%. The FCC is working in conjunction with the 4 largest cellphone carriers to address the issue including new rules for carriers to transmit location data, with deadlines for delivery of location data for 40% of cellphone calls by 2017 and 80% by 2021. The problem is that the 911 system relies on the carrier to locate the phone while apps like Google and Facebook use a phone’s GPS.
Submitted by djsekani
The next Uber may be…Waffle House? The Verge reports that the US diner chain is partnering with a company called Roadie, that lets travelers earn money by delivering packages. Users can now meet at the company’s 1750 diners across the US. Drivers making deliveries will get a free waffle and drink.
Submitted by starfuryzeta
Reuters reports that The National Association of African-American Owned Media filed a $20 billion lawsuit Friday in Los Angeles against Comcast and Time Warner Cable for allegedly discriminating against African American-owned media and paying advocates from the African-American community to prevent them from interfering. The same group filed a $10 billion lawsuit in December against AT&T Inc and DirecTV. Both suits come in relation to proposed mergers.
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Pick of the Day

It’s a good time to remind people that it is safer to update you JAVA and other free apps using instead of SOME of the native update programs. Notably the JAVA updater installs adware and or toolbar software.

Your patron,
Submitted by Steve in the OC



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"You’ve sunk my USS Net Neutrality"
Stop– Pebble Time
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"Gemalto Says it’s Just SIM Antics"