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Now You're Speaking my Language
Number 3723
Broadcast Date FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Episode Length 32:44
Hosts Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane, Roger Chang
Guests Dave Ginsburg, Len Peralta

David Ginsburg – Host and Producer of “In Touch With iOS” podcast explains how he manages to use a tablet as his main everyday computing device.


Quick Hits

Samsung named Former Finance Minister Bahk Jae-wan as its board chairman, the first time the position has been filled by a non-executive director. Bahk served as outside director at Samsung since March 2016, and replaces outgoing Lee Sang-hoon who was jailed in December for interfering with union activities.
Sony and Facebook both announced they will not be attending the Game Developers Conference next month in San Francisco, citing concerns over coronavirus. Facebook still plans to make the announcements it had planned for GDC through "videos, online Q&As, and more."
After being banned in Colombia on February 1st, Uber is legally operating again in the country. After a court sided with the taxi company that sued Uber and ruled Uber had violated competition rules, Uber changed its model to allows riders to rent a vehicle along with a driver and will technically act as a "point of contact" between the two parties in Colombia.
Libra has broken its string of bad luck. Shopify announced it would JOIN the Libra Association. Shopify will invest at least $10 million in Libra's reserve, and operate a node on its network. The recent string of announcements of companies leaving the Libra Association include Vodafone, Visa, MasterCard, Stripe, PayPal, Mercado Pago, Bookings Holdings, and eBay. With the addition of Shopify, the Libra Association now stands at 21 members.

Top Stories

To improve voice recognition, Facebook announced a new program in its Viewpoints market research app, called "Pronunciations", that will pay users to make voice recordings. Users will record the phrase, "Hey Portal" followed by a first name from their friends list. Recording a list of 10 friends with each phrase spoken twice will earn the user 200 points in the Viewpoints app, which can be cashed out when 1000 points are reached, for $5 to PayPal. Recordings will not be associated with a Facebook profile and won't be shared without permission. Pronunciations is available to US users 18 and older with more than 75 Facebook friends.
New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit alleging that Chromebooks provided to schools in the area for free collect personal information from children younger than 13 years old without parental consent. The complaint claims that Google "... collected geolocation information, website visits and internet histories, search engine records, student contact lists, voice recordings, and used student emails for advertising purposes" in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act and potentially New Mexico's Unfair Practices Act. Google denied the claims, saying they are "factually wrong" and told CNET, "G Suite for Education allows schools to control account access and requires that schools obtain parental consent when necessary."
The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland upheld a lower court ruling that Likes and Shares of content on Facebook can be considered illegal defamation. In the case, the defendant had liked and shared posts of fellow animal rights activist Erwin Kessler defaming him as anti-semitic and a neo-nazi. The court cited the potential for such content to spread rapidly on social media could make Likes and Share defamatory in nature, and Swiss law only requires that an act be communicated to a third party to meet the threshold of defamation. The decision said a major factor in a defamation case would be how visible a shared post was outside of an immediate friend network of the defamed individual.
Earlier this week, Vice reported that India's BJP party partnered with political communication firm The Ideaz Factory to create a translated version of a plea from the BJP party president Manoj Tiwari, asking for people in Delhi to vote for his party. The original video was recorded by Tiwari sitting in a chair. The Ideaz Factory then trained a lip-sync algorithm on speeches by Tiwari to learn his mouth shapes. A dubbing artist then recorded the speech in the Haryanvi language. That recording was put into the original Tiwari video and the algorithm modified the mouth to match the words. The modified video was then posted across 5800 WhatsApp groups to reach people in the Haryanvi-speaking migrant worker population in Delhi.
Google announced that starting August 3rd, new Google Play apps that request background location will need to pass a review. Existing apps will need to pass the review starting November 3rd, and the policy will apply to Google's own apps. Google says the review will look at if the apps' core functionality justifies the background location data gathering. Developers can request feedback from Google starting in May about the background location review.
One response to the growing trend against accepting cash is to pass laws requiring businesses to accept cash. However in Sweden, where the society is mostly cashless, the Riksbank central bank announced it will launch a year-long pilot of a digital currency, the e-krona. The Riksbank says it wants to make a digital payment system that is accessible to everyone. The test is just a test. Riksbank economist Gabriel Söderberg told Technology Review, "There is currently no decision on issuing an e-krona, how an e-krona might be designed or what technology might be used."


Using a tablet instead of a laptop

  • iPad vs tablet PC, is the PC really a tablet with detachable keyboard?
Consumers who needs basic computing i.e email, web surfing the iPad is a perfect solution.
Power users there are great software solutions for podcasters, video and photo editing, and productivity. Larger 12.9” screen would be ideal.
Enterprise users. More systems are designed with mobile in mind and can easily access what they need. Many companies insist on using an iPad for high risk travel locations like China and Russia who may require this because of there encryption laws requiring to provide encryption passwords
  • Many software choices
Microsoft is committed with Office and working with docs, spreadsheets, and presentations is big. With the release of Office iOS for iPhone that integrates all the apps in one plus scanning and signing PDFs built in you know there will one iPad version coming soon.
Notes, pdf management, video editing, audio editing lots of great choices
Hardware accessories make the iPad a good choice for full time computing including Brydge keyboard which I saw at CES.


Duane wanted to weigh in on yesterday's discussion about Apple's app store policies-

Apple's policy is an attempt to strengthen and maintain the iOS economy. If large developers were able to place their free apps in the App Store, and permitted to be processed externally, then the large developers would be able to take advantage of the entire ecosystem without contributing anything to the iOS economy.

Large developers would get, for free, App Store editorials, the developer tools and WWDC entry, and all the overhead of making and growing the platform. More egregiously, it would mean that small developers would be subsidizing the ecosystem for all developers.

Apple’s solution may not be the best, but I do think that putting up a roadblock for developers to prevent the willful bypass of contributing to the App Store ecosystem, while providing the opportunity for small developers to put up free apps for distribution without cost, puts Apple’s policy in more egalitarian terms as opposed to a pure money grab.



Preceded by:
"Ain't No Party Like A 3rd Party Party"
Now You're Speaking my Language
Followed by:
"Mobile World Announcements"