They’re Bringing Berry Back

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They’re Bringing Berry Back
Number 2388
Broadcast Date DECEMBER 17, 2014
Episode Length 40:08
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Justin Robert Young

Justin Young is on the show to talk about SnapChat’s moves as shown through leaked emails. SnapChat is not just another social app. Is Evan Spiegel the top CEO of the future?

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The Next Web reports on BlackBerry’s announcement of the BlackBerry Classic today in New York. The Classic has a 3.5-inch square 720 x 720 screen similar to the Passport but brings back a physical keyboard. It runs OS 10.3.1 and claims 22 hours of battery life. It also brings back the Brick Breaker game. Preorders are undereway at blackberry.com for $450 unlocked in the US and $499 unlocked in Canada. Devices should ship next week.
The Next Web reports Sony unveiled a clip-on display unit that can attach to any eyewear frames. Yep like a clip-on Google Glass. The accessory has Bluetooth, WiFi, a compass, accelerometer and touch sensors. It shows information using a 640×400 OLED microdisplay, however Sony says the field of view will be equivalent to a 16-inch display 2 meters in front of the viewer. Sony will show the device at CES, go into mass production later this year and hope to sell them in 2016.
Gigaom reports that Dish satellite TV subscribers can now access Netflix on all broadband-connected second-generation Hopper set-top boxes. You can launch the app by clicking the blue button on the DISH remote and selecting the Netflix icon, or from the Netflix icon on the Hopper main menu. Netflix has said they have made pay-TV partnerships a priority in 2015.
Business Insider’s sources say Twitter and Foursquare are planning a partnership to improve location in tweets. Twitter’s current location data is limited to a generalized location tagging option. Future improvements could include more specific location tagging (not just Los Angeles, or West Los Angeles but Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, for example). Another potential improvement, surfacing tweets by proximity. The source says geo-based features could roll out as soon as Q1 2015. Twitter and Foursqaure declined to make any comment on any of this.
TechCrunch reports that the One phone from OnePlus is the latest to be banned in India after a New Delhi court upheld a complaint from rival phone company Micromax. One week before the One launched in India, OnePlus learned about Micromax’s exclusive deal with Cyanogen to use the Cyanogen Android operating system on Micromax’s Yu phone (Y U) in India. The One phone uses Cyanogen everywhere outside China. The court will allow OnePlus to sell its remaining stock. One Plus co-founder Cal Pei said the company is working on its own version of Android. Hurry up!
ReCode reports on former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar’s posting on the Vessel website giving more details about what that video service has to offer creators. 70% of the ad revenue is the big number. That’s compared to the 55% creators get from YouTube. There’s also a cut of the $3 a month subscription fee. Vessel will take 60% of the total subscription money and split it up among creators by usage. Creators only have to agree to a 3-day exclusive for videos they put on Vessel, then they can post them wherever else they want. Vessel will be ad supported for both free and paid versions of its service.
The Hollywood Reporter says the US’s top five theater chains have decided not to play Sony’s movie “The Interview” in response to threats from the attackers who took data from Sony Pictures Entertainment’s internal network. Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment have all decided against showing the film. Other smaller chains have also decided not to screen the film. Both Sony Pictures and the National Association of Theater Owners left the decision up to the individual theaters. The Verge’s Bryan Bishop suggested Sony should release the Interview for free online. Variety reports an insider says Sony Pictures Entertainment is weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand.
Reuters reports that Amazon staffers at German warehouses extended a strike today in a dispute over better pay and working conditions. Labor union Verdi had launched a three day strike in five of Amazon’s German distribution centers on Monday with a sixth center joining on Tuesday. Now workers at four of the centers will continue the strike until Saturday and one warehouse will strike until December 24th. An Amazon spokeswoman said only a minority of staff had joined the strike and that the company had not seen any delays so far.
Ars Technica reports unknown attackers have used a spearphishing campaign to compromise systems at ICANN the organization that maintains things like the Domain Name System. The attackers got to employee and business contanct info as well as admin access to all files stored in its centralized zone data system used by registries to manage the allocation of TLDs. ICANN recommended account holders of that system immediately change their accounts passwords.

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Ars Technica reports that an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation claims that an organization called American Commitment was responsible for 56.5% of the comments in the second round of feedback to the FCC regarding its Open Internet guidelines. The Sunlight Foundation describes American Commitment as “a 501(c)(4) social welfare group founded in 2011. American Commitment said it delivered 808,363 comments “opposing any regulation of the Internet.” About 88% of all responses int he second round were form letters compared to 60% in the first round.
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CNET reports that Ting Mobile plans to buy Blue Ridge Internet Works in Charlotesville, VA and its 35 miles of fiber network. Ting intends to build out the network to the entire college town and offer gigabit Internet service for less than $100 a month. Ting CEO Eliot Noss said Google Fiber helped confirm the belief that this was a good business opportunity.
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Discussion

Pick of the Day

My pick of the day is Android Wear. Why you ask? Because it just got a major update to 5.0 , which has added features like the ability to bring a card back you dismissed, its easier to block app notifications directly from the watch, easy access to a sunlight mode (boost brightness) and a theatre mode (turn off the display and mute vibrations) and the long awaited watchface api. One of the best implementations of the api I have seen is former pick of the day, the live wallpaper app Muzei that mirrors the wallpaper on your phone straight to your watch.
The update also brings the feature that when you do image searches the images will appear right on your watch so you don’t have to pull out your phone.

https://plus.google.com/+MarlonThompson/posts/ibBq2YpV5sq

So if your in the Android ecosystem and your not waiting on that other smartwatch to come out maybe check out an Android wear watch as many of them are on sale right now and you have six to choose from.
Submitted by Marlon, “The Guy From Trinidad”

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They’re Bringing Berry Back
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