October 22, 2014

Episode 34: We Make Cake the Old Fashioned Way

This week, Brian and Justin unveil their plans for Night Attack 3: Too Old to Talk, JuRY went to an Outkast Concert and Andrew Zarian stops by to play Secrets or BS.

Episode: http://captain.nightattack.tv/downloads/NA034/NA034_audio.mp3

Coverville 1051: Cover stories for Katy Perry & ABBA

Gimme Gimme Gimme a man after Last Friday Night. I’m sure there are more mashups I could come up with, but why bother when you get Katy Perry and ABBA in one jam-packed episode? (82 minutes)

Episode: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/coverville/~5/-reYU1n257w/Coverville-141022.mp3

387 - The Instance: Cory Stockton's Sand Castle

Our traditional interview with Lead Designer at Blizzard Entertainment, Cory Stockton! We jump into WoD expansion stuff in a big way, and touch on all the changes coming to players in less than a month.

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173390702-scott-johnson-27-instance-387.mp3

DTNS 2349 – Are you with the In(box) crowd?

Eric Franklin from CNET joins us to talk about the new iPads out today and the future of tablets in general.

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Show Notes
Today’s guest: Eric Franklin, Cnet section editor covering how-to and tablets / co-host of CNET’s The Fix

ReCode reports Twitter unveiled a developer toolkit called Fabric at Flight, the company's first mobile developer's conference. Fabric has three main parts. Crashlytics SDK helps devs fix any app's stability. The MoPub SDK helps devs implement Twitter's MoPub advertising in apps. And the Twitter SDK which as you might expect, allows Twitter posts to be embedded in apps, but ALSO has a password-free authentication mechanism called Digits. Rather than use a Twitter account, Digits can create an account for any service using only a phone number.

Google has a new email app called “Inbox” from the same people who built Gmail. TechCrunch reports that the Inbox app is designed to present information from your emails in a helpful context; it shares similar features with Google Now. “Inbox” Features include “Bundles” a way to group similar types of emails together, like receipts; “Highlights” which flags the user to upcoming events and all those links to articles your mom sends you; as well as Reminders, Assists and Snoozes. Best of all, it’s available cross-platform, however, as an app for iOS, web and Android, but only in the Chrome browser.
The Next Web reports Microsoft released the final build of it's Kinect SDK 2.0 for Windows. For the first time, developers can publish Kinect apps tot he Windows store. The second-generation Kinect for Windows was released in July. Microsoft also announced a $49.99 adapter kit which can make the Xbox version of Kinect work with Windows.
Those of you waiting for the first Apple Pay glitch can relax now, or get excited if you're a hater I guess. Bloomberg reports about 1,000 transaction made with Apple Pay were mistakenly duplicated. A processing mistake between BofA and one payment network, not Apple, was to blame according to a person familiar with the matter. A Bank of America spokeswoman apologized and said the company was correcting the mistake immediately.
TechCrunch reports on an app called PhotoMath from MicroBlink that can take a picture of a math problem and deliver the steps for solving it. While the app could be very attractive to math students, Microblink says it does not want to get into the education market but merely show off what its machine vision technology can do. The company provides ready-to-use SDKs for particular use cases, such as bill payments or equation solving. But I think I can prove students will find the demo very compelling.
The Verge reports Apple's Tim Cook and Chinese vice premier Ma Kai met today. The Xinhua news agency says the pair “exchanged views on protection of users’ information” and “strengthening cooperation in information and communication fields.” No mention was made of the iCloud attacks alleged to be coming from within China, although Apple has acknowledged "intermittent organized network attacks." Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg is also in Beijing to visit Tsinghua University where he has been appointed a member of the School of Economics and Management's advisory board.
TechCrunch reports Xiomi's Hugo Barra announced the company will migrate international user data to servers outside of China. Barra believes the migration will cut network request latency for users in India by up to 350ms, and help users in Malaysia to experience 2-3x faster Mi Cloud photosync. Xiomi brings in a large part if its revenue from software services. MIUI services will be housed in Amazon AWS data centers in Oregon and Singapore with more locations being considered.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble are teaming up again with a tablet called the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook 10.1, because that’s a snappy name! According to Engadget, it’s essentially the same build and design as the Galaxy Tab 4, but with Barnes and Noble apps including Nook Library and Nook Shop. The cost is $199 after instant rebate and includes $200 worth of free book-related content.

News From You
UKtechBlogger sent us a New York Times article about the Hungarian government’s desire to tax the Internet. The draft bill in the Hungarian parliament would tax Internet providers 150 forints (that’s about 60 US cents) per gigabyte of data traffic. The economic minister says it will raise up to 20 billion in revenue. Fixed-line Internet traffic in Hungary was 1.15 billion gigabytes in 2013 plus another 18 million in mobile internet which is more like 175 billion forints. So maybe there’s going to be a cap on the total amount? Either way, Hungarian citizens are not happy, and have planned a rally on Sunday outside the economic ministry.
gowlkick submitted the CNET story about several companies demonstrating 1 Gbps or faster Internet service over DSL at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week. Broadcom, Triductor Technology and Sckipio are making network equipment chips that support something called G.fast that enables faster DSL speeds. Network equipment would need to be less than 50 meters from buildings to deliver top speed. G.fast service could arrive in homes beginning in 2016, although Telekom Austria has the tech working in real-world tests already.
And finally, battlekoalatsu submitted an Android Central report about some new Android apps from Microsoft Garage, a newer ‘work on what you want’ division of Microsoft. Yes. Android apps. From Microsoft. Apps include “Next Lock Screen” a notification lock screen; “Journeys and Notes” a social travel app, Bing Torque, an app that launches a Bing search wen you turn your wrist. Finally there’s CityZen, an app to send information from the public to their local government to fix problems. This app only works for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation in India.

Discussion Links: Tablets!
Pick of the Day: Presonus Studio One via Byron in Los Angeles
Just wanted to turn you onto an audio recording application I just learned about a couple of months ago: Presonus Studio One.
It’s a professional DAW (digital audio workstation) for both Windows and Mac, and comes in a variety of paid versions starting at $99.95, but the version that I’m most excited about is the FREE version! For 30 days, you can try out the Professional version which costs $399 (still cheaper than ProTools and comes with the Melodyne tuning plug-in and a mastering suite!), but after 30 days, it becomes a more limited free version, that is still quite functional!
I’ve been using the free Audacity program for years, but I have always wished it could do live effects processing, but unfortunately it can’t. I have also used GarageBand, but it has its own limitations as well, namely 24-bit recording at 44.1 khz.
Studio One Free lets you record unlimited tracks, with higher bit rates and sample rates (if your interface supports them) and it includes 9 plug-in effects. The only thing missing from the free version that I wish it had, is a compressor and gate, but it’s still pretty darn good without it, especially for free!
Thursday’s guest: Nate Lanxon, 

Episode: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173382882-tom-merritt-dtns-2349-are-you-with-the-inbox-crowd.mp3

It’s Spoilerin’ Time: Episode 41 – Twin Peaks Ep. 1, Transparent Ep. 4, The Shield (Ep. 308), Fargo (Ep. 8 & 9)

Twin Peaks softly lulls Brian, Transparent may be the most real show this year, The Shield shows cracks in the strike team, Fargo takes big turn.

01:27 – Twin Peaks (Ep 1)
12:30 – Transparent (Ep 4)
20:12 – The Shield (Ep 308)
24:10 – Fargo (Ep 8 & 9)

Episode: http://archive.org/download/STEp41/STEp41.mp3

TMS 701: Crickets do not taste like chicken

Coming up on TMS: Some states are worse than others. That coke might be killing your DNA. Lady stuck in the chimney! CW likes the flash! LaBeouf says he stalked Alec Baldwin. Recomentals! Tom's Tech Time! Your emails and more on this episode of The Morning Stream.

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173340106-scott-johnson-27-themorningstream-701.mp3

#39 A-move Radio: "Podcasting and You"

Episode: http://thestarcast.com/shows/amr/amr-episode_39_2.mp3

October 21, 2014

Episode 160, “Adrenaline!”

The complete set of IDW's City on the Edge of Forever is coming soon (if next year is soon)! 128 pages, $24.99.

Star Trek Continues to launch Kickstarter page to make more episodes.


Red Shirt Diaries
Ten Forward:

Chris on Twitter: What is Shatners best performance on TOS? My vote is The Deadly Years and NOT City on the Edge of Forever.
Star Trek in pop culture:

Thanks Sunshine Reardon: Space Ghost Coast to Coast Ep “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed”

William Shatner comes on the ship's monitor & this happens.

(Clip: 01:27)
Episode insight: VOY: S2 Tuvix
Character insight – Corporal Ryan from Enterprise
Subspace communications
Ken P.

Episode: http://media.libsyn.com/media/worldofwarcast/ThisWeekinTrekEpisode160.mp3

Wood Talk #201 – Bagged & Boarded

Safe finishes for comic book storage, drawer guide positioning, and restoring an antique workbench.

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/traffic.libsyn.com/woodtalk/WT_201.mp3

DTNS 2348 – Where we’re going, we’ll need roads

Patrick Beja is on the show today and we’ll discuss whether Google’s use of U2F (like Yubikey) for login security is the wave of the future.

Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org.

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If you enjoy the show, please consider supporting the show here at the low, low cost of a nickel a day on Patreon. Thank you!
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Thanks to our mods, Kylde, TomGehrke, sebgonz and scottierowland on the subreddit
Show Notes
Today’s guest: Patrick Beja, DTNS contributor and host of Le Rendez-vous Tech
Reuters reports augmented reality startup Magic Leap raised $542 million in funding led by Google and Qualcomm. This would be just another startup receiving another round of funding if it weren't for the mystery. Very few people know what Magic Leap's product is. CEO and founder Rony Abovitz has said Magic Leap will develop "the most natural and human-friendly wearable computing interface in the world.” Apparently the device will track your eyeballs and project images directly on them, meaning that images appear within the natural world. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google, will join Magic Leap’s board.

PC World reports the US Federal Trade Commission has appointed privacy consultant Ashkan Soltani as its new chief technologist, beginning in November. Soltani is a security researcher who won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2014 along with his co-authors who covered the US NSA surveillance programs.
GigaOm reports China denies any involvement in a man in the middle attack on Apple's iCloud within China. The attack coincided with the launch of the iPhone 6 in China according to Greatfire.org. Swedish security researchers at Netresec said the attacks seem are being performed from within China, on backbone networks belonging to China Telecom and China Unicom. Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for China’s foreign ministry, told journalists the government was “resolutely opposed” to hacking. China Telecom also said accusations against the government were "untrue and unfounded."
Nielsen, the company that tracks tv ratings has partnered with Adobe Systems to measure viewership of digital video across all Internet-connected platforms. According to Reuters, this includes desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and over-the-top boxes. The system will launch in 2015 with ESPN, Turner Broadcasting, Sony’s Crackle, Viacom and Univision already signed up.
The Verge reports that the best features of music service Songza–including smart playlist creation– will now be a part of Google Play Music on Android iOS and the web. Google acquired Songza back in July. An update today will add a version of Songza's Concierge service, offers a colorful list of activities (working out, sleeping, studying, calling Comcast, etc.) designed to match your activities and mood. The feature is available only to All Access subscribers, but there are no ads. A Play Music representative said it’s “business as usual” for the stand-alone Songza app.
Everyone, you can relax now, the continuity of our future timeline is assured. There WILL be a working hoverboard available for purchase in time for the Back to the Future ‘Oh My God It’s The Future’ deadline next year. Gigaom reports that a California startup called Arx Pax has created a board called the Hendo, which can hover three quarters of an inch above the ground, but only on certain types of metal capable of generating a magnetic field, like copper. And it definitely won’t work on water. Oh, and it will cost $10,000. The company’s ultimate goal is to create a small white box that adds hovering capabilities to anything in your home, office, or museum. So, hovering Mona Lisa, coming in 2015.
Hold on to your pants, people. Yahoo beat expectations in their Q3 earnings report, announced today. TechCrunch report that Yahoo with sales of $1.09 billion excluding traffic acquisition costs and non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.52. Revenues including acquisition costs were $1.15 billion. Analysts were expecting on average non-GAAP earnings per share of $0.30 on ex-TAC sales of $1.04 billion.Yahoo's stock is up over 4% in after-hours trading, following this news. Now, what’s Yahoo going to do with their five billion dollars in Alibaba cash.
ReCode reports HP will demonstrate a new product called ‘Sprout’ at an event in New York Oct. 29. According to people who’ve seen it, the product combines a large flat-screen display with a flat touch-enabled work surface and an overhead assembly that combines a projector and a 3-D scanner. The overhead device projects images downward onto the work surface, which users can manipulate with their hands or with a stylus.

News From You
Kylde pointed out a Lifehacker post about what will be our main discussion story today. Google is implementing a new second-factor authentication scheme called Security Key which allows you to use a Universal 2nd Factor key, like Yubikey, to login. The key uses the open FIDO framework to authenticate you rather than typing in numbers that could be phished. In other words you just stick a special USB key in your device and press a button. For now Security Key only works with Chrome.
KAPT_Kipper submitted a TechCrunch article reporting that Microsoft will drop Nokia branding from its Windows phones. The phones will now be called “Microsoft Lumia” phones. The rebranding will begin in France and move around the world. That means the name Nokia will only be used by Nokia which still exists as a mapping and network technology company.
hometownrival submitted the iMore story that Apple has responded to a Washington Post story co-written by future FTC Chief Technologist Ashkan Soltani, pointing out the OS X Yosemite's spotlight search sends data back to Apple. Apple said it limits what data is collected, does not even attach it so an IP address or any kind of persistent identifier and points out you can opt out of Spotlight Suggestions, Bing or Location Services for Spotlight.

Discussion Links: USB Security
Pick of the Day: GAuth Authenticator via Stephen Funkhouser
Tom I agree with your skepticism about using a tool like Authy that syncs your 2nd factor authentication keys between machines. Security and convenience are always at odds, and in this case we don’t know enough about how Authy works to trust them blindly.
I personally use Gauth Authenticator as a chrome extension (there’s a Firefox one available also). It’s open source with a public repo on github. It stores your key data locally, so only you have it. I also like to backup the text version of my 2nd factor keys in LastPass in the notes section under each accounts record. Thanks for a wonderful, and insightful podcast.
Plug of the week:  DTNS artist in residence Len Peralta has a new comic out that’s burning up the charts on Amazon. It’s called Exterminite about a company that can go into your dreams and exterminate your nightmares. Check it out!

Wednesday’s guest: Eric Franklin, Cnet section editor covering how to and tablets / co-host of CNET’s The Fix

Episode: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173222436-tom-merritt-dtns-2348-where-were-going-well-need-roads.mp3