Daily Tech Headlines – July 12, 2016

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Daily Tech Headlines – July 12, 2016
Number 24
Broadcast Date JULY 12, 2016
Episode Length 6:46
Hosts Tom Merritt

Pokémon Go intends to roll back its account access, Project Fi allows fastest streaming worldwide, PC market is back-ish.


Niantic Labs, makers of Pokémon Go say it did not intend to get full access to iOS user's Google accounts. The company says it has not accessed anything beyond basic profile information and Google will soon reduce the app's permission. The bug appears to only affect iOS users, though Android users do see a long list of permissions. Neither company has addressed why Google's system would allow full access to any app that had not notified the user of the request.
The new EU-US Privacy Shield framework for data transfer between the two regions goes into effect Tuesday. US companies can certify their compliance beginning August 1. Under the new regimen, EU citizens can file complaints with their national data protection agency which will forward them to the US Department of Commerce or FTC with an arbitration mechanism as a last resort. An independent ombudsman will handle national security matters. Critics believe the new framework is insufficient and will be found illegal, like its predecessor the Safe Harbor agreement.
Google has reached an agreement with UK carrier Three to join Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular as the networks powering the Project Fi MVNO wireless service. Project Fi will now also offer the fastest coverage available when its subscribers travel internationally. Previously travelers were limited to 2G. Project Fi is $20 a month for unlimited calls and texts and $10 a month per GB of data with refunds for unused amounts. The service only works with select Android phones.
Seagate raised its estimates for Q4 revenue from $2.3 billion to $2.65 billion with gross margins of 25% on strong growth of traditional hard drives driven by enterprise demand. Seagate continues to consolidate its EMEA, Asia and Americas operations and intends to cut 6,500 more jobs, about 14% of its workforce.
ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports Microsoft announced it will make Windows 10 Enterprise E3 available as a subscription for $7 per user per month. Per device licensing will continue to be available as well. No date on availability was announced. Microsoft also did not announce pricing or availability for Windows Enterprise E5 which includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection.
Microsoft also announced "Surface as a Service" allowing businesses to lease Surface devices along with Office 365 and Windows 10. The new program will launch initially with ALSO, a European cloud solutions provider and will expand to other Cloud Solution Providers and Surface Authorized Distributors. IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton will also join Dell and HP as Surface resellers.
Twitter has signed another live streaming video partner, Bloomberg Television. Twitter will stream Bloomberg's market coverage throughout the day as well as several programs like With All Due Respect and Bloomberg West. Twitter will sell preroll ads to run before non-live clips through its Amplify platform and share revenue with Bloomberg. There may also be in-stream ads as well.
The US Federal Trade Commission has settled with Warner Brothers over claims the company paid YouTube influencers for video game coverage without disclosing the payments to viewers. For example, PewDiePie was paid to cover Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Warner Bros. had required one tweet or Facebook post and videos that could not show the game in a negative light. Warner Bros. must not fail to disclose similar deals in the future.
Samsung is now offering its 4 Terabyte Solid State hard drive to desktop users. It was previously only sold for use in servers. The 4TB 850 EVO 2.5-inch hard drive has 540MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds and costs $1,500.
Google has launched the free Android Skilling program across hundreds of universities in India as well as through the National Skills Development Corporation. Head of developer training at Google, Peter Lubbers said the program hopes to train about 4,000 faculty and reach more than 250,000 students each year. In May, Apple announced it would open a development accelerator in Bangalore.
The PC market may be hitting the bottom of its decline. Worldwide shipment numbers were not as bad as expected. IDC shows Q2 PC shipments down 4.5% and Gartner shows them down 5.2%, But the numbers show a smaller decline than expected. And in the US IDC showed a rise of 4.9% year over year. Gartner showed a smaller US rise of 1.4% though Gartner includes Windows tablets in its numbers. Worldwide Apple and Lenovo saw drops while HP, Dell and Asus saw increases.
Hyperloop One, the company testing its system in Nevada, lost co-founder Brogan BamBrogan when he quit the company a few weeks ago. Now Buzzfeed claims to have seen court documents that show BamBrogan filed for restraining orders against Hyperloop One's former legal counsel, Afshin Pishevar, brother of Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar. Afshin Pishevera left Hyperloop One a few days before BamBrogan. A hearing on the restraining order is scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Josh Giegel, a designer of propulsion systems at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic has taken over BamBrogan's role.


Preceded by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – July 11, 2016"
Daily Tech Headlines – July 12, 2016
Followed by:
"Daily Tech Headlines – July 13, 2016"