Tech Time Podcast – Apple October Event new iPads

Apple To Announce New iPads on October 30

  • Apple will hold its next big product announcement in New York later this month, the company said today.
  • BuzzFeed News: It’s the first time Apple, which usually holds these events in the Bay Area, will roll out new devices in New York City. It’ll happen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, on October 30.
  • The company is widely expected to refresh its iPad and possibly the MacBook Air lineups at the event.
  • iPad with smaller bezel, faceID (look more like an iPhone X)

Apps Installed On Millions Of Android Phones Tracked User Behavior To Execute A Multimillion Dollar Ad Fraud Scheme

  • A new investigation uncovers a sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites, some of which were targeted at kids. None were installed on Apple hardware
  • Last April, Steven Schoen received an email from someone named Natalie Andrea who said she worked for a company called We Purchase Apps. She wanted to buy his Android app, Emoji Switcher.
  • But right away, something seemed off. “I did a little bit of digging because I was a little sketched out because I couldn’t really find even that the company existed,” Schoen told BuzzFeed News. The We Purchase Apps website listed a location in New York, but the address appeared to be a residence. “And their phone number was British. It was just all over the place,” Schoen said.
  • It was all a bit weird, but nothing indicated he was about to see his app end up in the hands of an organization responsible for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in ad fraud, and which has funneled money to a cabal of shell companies and people scattered across Israel, Serbia, Germany, Bulgaria, Malta, and elsewhere.
  • The Google Play store pages for these apps were soon changed to list four different companies as their developers, with addresses in Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Russia, giving the appearance that the apps now had different owners. But an investigation by BuzzFeed News reveals that these seemingly separate apps and companies are today part of a massive, sophisticated digital advertising fraud scheme involving more than 125 Android apps and websites connected to a network of front and shell companies in Cyprus, Malta, British Virgin Islands, Croatia, Bulgaria, and elsewhere.
  • More than a dozen of the affected apps are targeted at kids or teens, and a person involved in the scheme estimates it has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars from brands whose ads were shown to bots instead of actual humans.
  • This means a significant portion of the millions of Android phone owners who downloaded these apps were secretly tracked as they scrolled and clicked inside the application. By copying actual user behavior in the apps, the fraudsters were able to generate fake traffic that bypassed major fraud detection systems.

Silicon Valley’s Dirty Secret: Using a Shadow Workforce of Contract Employees To Drive Profits

  • As the gig economy grows, the ratio of contract workers to regular employees in corporate America is shifting.
  • Google, Facebook, Amazon, Uber and other Silicon Valley tech titans now employ thousands of contract workers to do a host of functions — anything from sales and writing code to managing teams and testing products. Does apple do this as well?
  • This year at Google, contract workers outnumbered direct employees for the first time in the company’s 20-year history. It’s not only in Silicon Valley. The trend is on the rise as public companies look for ways to trim HR costs or hire in-demand skills in a tight labor market.
  • The U.S. jobless rate dropped to 3.7 percent in September, the lowest since 1969, down from 3.9 percent in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some 57.3 million Americans, or 36 percent of the workforce, are now freelancing, according to a 2017 report by Upwork.
  • A spokesperson at Alphabet cited two main reasons for hiring contract or temporary workers. One reason is when the company doesn’t have or want to build out expertise in a particular area such as doctors, food service, customer support or shuttle bus drivers. Another reason is a need for temporary workers when there is a sudden spike in workload or to cover for an employee who is on leave.
  • Copout. Lame for a multi-million dollar company

Google App Suite Costs as Much as $40 Per Phone Under New EU Android Deal

  • Android manufacturers will have to pay Google a surprisingly high cost in Europe in order to include Google’s Play Store and other mobile apps on their devices, according to documents obtained by The Verge.
  • : A confidential fee schedule shows costs as high as $40 per device to install the “Google Mobile Services” suite of apps, which includes the Google Play Store. The new fees vary depending on country and device type, and it would apply to devices activated on or after February 1st, 2019.
  • But phone manufacturers may not actually have to shoulder that cost: Google is also offering separate agreements to cover some or all of the licensing costs for companies that choose to install Chrome and Google search on their devices as well, according to a person familiar with the terms. Google declined to comment.
  • Since Apple makes its own phones no increase in price would be necessary.

Samsung Announces Galaxy Book 2, a 2-in-1 Windows 10 S Hybrid With Gigabit LTE and 20-Hour Battery Life

  • At an event in New York City today, the Seoul, South Korea electronics giant took the wraps off of the Galaxy Book 2, a Windows ultraportable powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 850 chip.
  • From a report: The only catch? It runs Windows 10 S, a slimmed-down version of Microsoft’s operating system that can only run applications from the Windows Store — specifically Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps and Win32 apps that Microsoft has explicitly approved (including, but not limited to, Microsoft Office). NO VR Etc…
  • You can upgrade to Windows 10 for free, of course, but it’s an emulated experience. But if that doesn’t bother you, you’ll be able to pick up a Book 2 at AT&T, Microsoft, and Samsung stores online for $999.99 starting November 2, 2018. It’ll hit brick and mortar at AT&T, Sprint and Verizon later in the month.
  • The Book2 — which measures 11.32 x 7.89 x 30 inches and weighs in at 1.75 pounds — looks sort of like Microsoft’s Surface.
  • Its gorgeous 12-inch 2,160 by 1,440-pixel AMOLED display (216 pixels per inch) is fully compatible with Samsung’s S Pen stylus, which comes bundled in the box (along with a detachable keyboard that attaches magnetically to the bottom bezel), allowing you to scribble notes and mark up documents easily.
  • The screen’s paired with stereo speakers tuned by Samsung subsidiary AKG Acoustic with support for Dolby Atmos, a premium audio format for multichannel surround sound setups, and there’s two cameras onboard: a front-facing 5-megapixel camera on tap and an 8-megapixel camera on the rear.
  • Under the hood is the aforementioned Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 system-on-chip paired with 4GB of RAM, comprising four high-performance processor cores running at 2.96 GHz and four power-efficient cores clocked at 1.7 GHz.

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so Matt we’re on this is podcast number
11 the exciting thing is we’re doing
YouTube live now so if you have comments
if you’re coming in type them for us
we’d love to chat with you and see how
you’re doing
but let’s get started now we’ve got lots
of things to talk about but first how
was your weekend you know what it was
just one of those weekends that with a
little bit lazy on Saturday and
winterized old Boris the Motorhome so
that was good to finally get that off my
plate but Sunday morning I had a bit of
a scare I forgot I had to speak in
church and my alarm went off at 8:30 and
it was in a different congregation than
I normally go to and they start at 9:00
and so I looked at my watch as like when
I looked and I had prepared nothing I
wrote my talk up on the stand
pretty cool went to Disneyland oh nice
Laguna Beach you know you can’t really
beat it life is good
but what’s really cool is actually this
weekend I’m going to the Grand Canyon
have you heard of how’s it Havasupai
Falls oh yeah of course yeah it’s really
cool about eight months ago we got
permission from the Native Americans to
cross over into their land and do the
hike and so we had to call their office
and call them like a million times we
finally got ahold of someone and so
we’re doing it yep I’m getting my new
backpack tomorrow in the mail and I’ve
got a special special sleeping bag that
hopefully will go down to 20 degrees
Fahrenheit
and jazz on prime that is that except
for I’m too cheap for Amazon Prime I
don’t know if I’m the only one out there
that does this but typically I’ll wait
six to eight days for my Amazon stuff
really really cheap yeah anything over
twenty five bucks is free shipping isn’t
it yeah just have to wait for it but
this time I was like shoot I knew that
by this weekend so I paid twenty dollars
but guess what twenty dollars is cheaper
than 119 or whatever Amazon Prime is am
i right yeah absolutely I gotta tell you
although I do enjoy watching Amazon
Prime the guy in the high castle Castle
electric trick this is a good one it’s a
lot like a black mirror that one’s
pretty good
oh I haven’t checked that one out yet
it’s a little bit dark but you know a
lot of fun black beers dark too
the other cool thing that I noticed have
you noticed a lot of other companies are
trying to compete with Amazon for
example Walmart and Costco so you can
actually have Costco ship you basically
anything in two days free because you’re
already paying the fifty five dollars to
be a member and so I have all my protein
powders and all of my ridiculous things
from Costco that I don’t want to
actually go to Costco and buy yeah I
just happen it’s out at my doorstep in
two days and I don’t have to battle with
like 160 year olds that are also there
you donated there for their ice cream
cones
every time I I’m a big spender when I
take everybody out for lunch at work I’m
like let’s go to Costco every time I go
for a hot dogs I run into like some
people that we grew up with into Milt
Lybrand and Dan Butler eating their
cheap ice cream every time I go I run
into somebody like that like mom and
dad’s age having a cheap ice-cream or a
cheap hotdog you know the baby boomers
love Costco you are there there
by the way Milt LeBaron and for our
podcast listeners he has been a Costco
fanatic since the 1980s when it is true
that’s true yes she had a membership
before regular people could get a
membership yeah you know back when only
small businesses and and he was in the
know you know yeah he’s still there all
the time and everybody’s like how do you
know I’m like they’re like you know
everybody in sure Park i’ma just the
people at Costco well now you can get
your things shipped to your house I’m
afraid you can’t get the dollar 50
hotdogs also I’m really jealous that you
get poutine at your Costco yeah and I’ll
tell you what the gravy there is the
best poutine
maybe Burger King’s number two but I
like Burger King poutine I’ll have to
try Burger King poutine although I like
McDonald’s fries they’re there gravy
just is not good on there poutine I’d
say if I had to rate it KFC’s at the top
Costco’s number two and Burger King’s
number three AFC’s gone downhill they
used to use the drippings from the
chicken that’s what I like but they
don’t do it anymore that’s unsanitary
it’s dangerous so no it’s like it’s not
the same den it’s just not the same okay
well things have changed well we have a
great show ready yesterday you know
we’re gonna talk all about the new Apple
event that’s going on at the end of the
week we’re also going to talk about
different apps that are exposing people
to fraud schemes we’ve got new Samsung
products we’re gonna talk about and yeah
you know I just wanted to talk about the
Google Play Store I know we brought it
up before Google Play has always been a
little bit looser with their
applications so they allow their
developers to submit things a lot easier
than the Apple App Store does now
recently they’ve cracked down a little
bit more on it but I
reading an article this week about a new
investigation that uncovered a
sophisticated ad fraud scheme involving
more than 125 Android apps and websites
some of them were targeted at kids so
last April
this reporter received an email from
somebody named natalie andrea who said
she worked for a company that purchases
apps she wanted to buy his android app
and so this reporter had like an emoji
switch or app so right away something
felt a little bit off he did a little
bit of digging around because when he
looked on the website the company didn’t
even really exist it was just a house
address on the Google Play Store and
then after that it looked like it was
based in Cyprus in Europe so everything
just seemed a little bit strange and
their phone number was British so it was
all over the place so then when he
reached out in to BuzzFeed to
investigate a little bit further they
found out they were actually ripping
people off of millions of dollars with
these hundred and 25 apps from the App
Store and the Google Play app store so
this is massive and this is huge and
there’s a couple things about Google and
Android that are a little bit different
than Apple and the App Store so for our
podcast listeners if you’ve got an Apple
phone when you download an app you know
typically Apple really looks into the
company that’s making these apps they
make sure that it runs well I’m a game
developer myself and they had people
playing my game for hours and taking
screenshots before they even approved it
for the App Store Google Play it’s a
little more overwhelming for them they
have more users they’re not quite as
sophisticated and so you can get away
with releasing a lot of things easier on
the Google Play Store not only that but
with Android you can actually download
Android apps from any website without it
going through the Google Play Store so
that opens up owner abilities now I
think this is sketchy way to get your
apps
sideloading is is the term that it’s
called in fortnight’s kind of doing that
but there are a little
more reputable but the thing about this
is you know they’re going in there
attacking kids because they know that
parents aren’t really supervising their
kids when they’re on their phone a lot
of parents I see it all the time they
give their kids tablets they give their
kids phones and they say here play with
this and unbeknownst to them their kids
are downloading these games off of the
Google Play Store that look fun and it
turns out 125 of those games have
malware that are actually racking up
millions of dollars and so you know it’s
pretty clever I was reading through how
they did it what they did was they kind
of made it seem like the kids were
looking at Google advertisements so
really it looked like it was ripping off
but you know this is just a warning out
there that when you download apps
instead of just clicking on anything
make sure it’s reputable make sure
there’s an app as well on the Apple App
Store because that one’s going to be
well vetted so you know watch out
absolutely so how were they getting
money were they just convincing kids to
download other apps like how did the
malware collect money yeah it says here
that for a significant portion of the
millions of Android owners who
downloaded these apps they were secret
or secretly tracked as they scrolled and
clicked inside the application so by
copying actual user behavior in the apps
the fraudsters were able to generate
fake traffic that bypassed major fraud
detective systems so it sounds to me
like it was just kind of showing
advertisements for Google probably
seeming like they were the actual user
the actual patron of the game when
really it was fraudsters in the
background I think it was probably with
advertisements with Google interesting
okay so Dan you’ve got another one here
that talks about Silicon Valley’s dirty
secret and it looks like it’s it’s using
contractors they call it a shadow work
force why don’t you tell us a little bit
about what’s going on there well this
gets me really angry I don’t know what
the job situation is like in Canada
I know here in the States whenever you
join a big company instead of offering
full-time we don’t have free health care
like you do they just offer contract
work and so they say you know we’ll give
you 40 hours of contract work but you’re
not going to be a full-time employee
what does that mean that means you don’t
get a 401k that means you don’t get
health insurance means you don’t get
vacation time if you don’t go to work
you simply don’t get paid and what’s
frustrating is is now the big companies
are doing it this isn’t just mon pop
places that can’t afford health care
this is Google this is Amazon this is
Apple this is huge companies that have
tons of money that should hire people
full time so that you know if they get
fired they have a severance package or
if they have kids they have a health
care package and people are saying yes
to this because the unemployment rate
has never been this low and so lots of
people are getting jobs but these jobs
aren’t real jobs their contract work its
gig economy work its side hustle work
and it’s frustrating that they’re
working 40 plus hours and they’re not
getting a guarantee I know personally
when I started my job that’s how it was
that was a contract worker for the first
two years and when they finally switched
me over to full-time you know you see
benefits and it’s just such a relief as
well if you’re trying to buy a house
mortgage companies really want to see
that you’re full-time and not a contract
work because it gives you a little more
reputable with with your money anyways
and so I just thought it was frustrating
that these huge places go Google
Facebook and Amazon uber and other
Silicon Valley tech Titans are just
doing contract work so they reached out
to them and they said why are you doing
this and they revealed it was because
they wanted to trim HR costs which makes
sense for their bottom line but it it’s
frustrating for for tech workers you
know it’s fascinating because I started
my career same as you on contract
straight out of university and Canada
actually changed our tax laws around
being a numbered company or a limited
company and you actually have to prove
that you have more than one customer so
for example if I was hired by Apple here
in Canada then I would have to show if I
was a contractor that I had more than
just Apple as a customer or else I would
be deemed an employee and in fact the
Canadian government has gone after
companies that have done this and said
by the way Matt is an employee because
you give him 40 hours a week and he has
no other customers and so now you owe
the government your portion of the taxes
that you normally would have paid if he
had been an employee so I know in the
state’s you got fika and sudha and
different states have different benefits
and taxes that the employer has to pay
and so it’s the same in Canada we have
Canadian pension plan CPP we have
Employment Insurance GI and the employer
has to pay half now if I was a
contractor I have to pay all those
things myself so I still have to pay
into the Canadian pension plan I still
have to get my employment insurance but
my limited company or my numbered
company would pay though that portion
for me and then I would pay my own as
well so in Canada it’s interesting that
since the crackdown we’ve seen a lot
less contract work but when I started in
oil and gas and heavy and industrial
just about everybody was a contractor
and some people really liked it because
it normally meant you got about 20 to 25
percent more on your out your hourly
rate and with that you could go out and
purchase your own insurance and you
could put away your own retirement
savings plan money so is that different
than what’s happening in the u.s. like
if I went to go get a job with one of
these companies in Silicon Valley would
they say oh you’re
contract for $40 an hour or you could be
a permanent employee at $40 an hour or
would they say contract you get 45 or 50
from this article it seems to me that
people are starting off with contract
work it makes it easy to fire someone
they don’t have any protection true yeah
and it’s it’s frustrating and I think
only the people that have been there for
several years are now getting that the
full time work they may offer an olive
branch to people that are very talented
in the industry but it seems to me that
this is kind of the way it’s going in
the future and you know quite frankly I
think it’s frustrating especially
because the companies are so rich yeah I
mean they can’t afford it and you know
they’re really looking at their bottom
line and it seems like that’s kind of
the way of the future of the the
full-time employees out the door and the
contract employee is and so well you
guys need to be like good old left-wing
Tanit up here and crack down on that
alright you know we were talking last
time about how remember how Europe was
was telling Google that they needed to
start separating all of their
applications from Android that includes
the Google Play Store that includes the
Google suite of office suite it includes
even their messenger chat anything
Google well it turns out this week that
it’s been revealed that now Google is
going to charge companies $40 a phone in
Europe if they choose to use the Google
suite and so that’s kind of putting a
price tag on it and do you think $40 is
fair absolutely they give away their
their software for free so you can put
Android on a phone for free I mean
that’s the whole reason why it’s free is
so that Google can benefit from their
apps being used so yeah absolutely
I don’t think this was a surprise to
anybody that Google was gonna put a $40
price tag on it per phone we all knew it
was going to happen and that’s the exact
reason why the EU actually wanted
this way now it’s incentivizing Android
phone makers the hardware side of things
to actually create their own apps very
similar to what Samsung does so for
example you get a Samsung phone you’ll
have Samsung’s email client you’ll have
Samsung’s browser those types of apps is
exactly what the EU wants to see is some
competition and trying to break that
monopoly that Google has over Android
here’s kind of a cool thing though
they said that if you use Google search
with Google Chrome on the phone it’ll be
free then they won’t charge the $40 so
that’s kind of a fun workaround yeah
that it’s an interesting workaround I
had no idea they would do that ok so now
everybody wants to talk about Apple
announcing these new iPads and and Macs
in October so this is gonna happen
October 30th
you know remember Matt I bought this new
MacBook Pro back in July and I was
really trying to hold out for the
regular MacBook refresh yes you know
there were rumors oh it’s gonna come out
in August oh no just kidding it’s coming
out in September well the latest rumor
is is that the new MacBooks are gonna
come out in October so October 30th
which is exciting and we might see a new
MacBook Air which is very long overdue
for a refresh very my regular MacBook
lineups I don’t think they’re gonna
change anything about the pro since that
came out this summer but these are very
exciting things so what does that mean
it’s gonna be faster processors it’s
gonna be faster graphics chips hopefully
more harddrive space that’s kind of the
the rumors that I’m hearing now for that
for the actual max and battery life
should remain consistent now another
cool thing is the new iPads that they’re
thinking about launching have you heard
anything about the rumors there yeah
absolutely in fact that’s what everybody
was expecting to come out at the same
time that they announced the new iPhones
and traditionally they’ve done both the
iPad and the iPhone at the same time so
I’m
sure why they push the iPad back maybe
they’re gonna do something spectacular
and they wanted to have just all the
buzz about that once everybody went out
and bought their new iPhone or maybe
they just weren’t ready
or maybe the IMAX weren’t quite ready so
I guess it all depends on how you look
at it we’ll find out on the 30th but
these new iPads they’re supposed to have
slimmer bezels hallelujah I mean all the
other tablets out there have had slimmer
bezels for a long time but you know iPad
just seems to be a little bit behind the
times when it comes to that and you’ve
got a note here that they’re gonna have
face ID I hadn’t heard about that so
that means they’re gonna have those
infrared dots go all over your face very
cool it’s gonna have a knotch
yes you know it’s interesting about this
announcement it was actually just
dropped like what three four days ago so
it wasn’t like they gave the tech world
a whole bunch of notice they just said
oh by the way in two weeks we’re gonna
have an event well remember a couple
weeks ago in our podcast we talked about
all the phones that are gonna be
released throughout the month of October
well October 30th was one pluses big
reveal of the oneplus 60 which is one of
the most look forward to phones that are
coming out this year and now oneplus is
going it’s like when a bride is at her
wedding and then this sister-in-law has
a baby that same day they changed it to
the 29 and you know there’s smaller
company but they did not want to share
the limelight with Apple even though
there’s no new phones
everybody’s gonna be talking Apple Apple
Apple
for at least three or four days after
the apple of it so it was wise that they
put it on the twenty-ninth yeah yeah
they did I thought that was interesting
and and I I totally agree with that move
the only extra thing I want to say about
this is if they do make the knotch on
the iPad it’s gonna be another freaking
resolution that I’ll have to program
into my face just a little rant I’m
putting out there oh no not on on
tablets please please no notches
alright so Samsung is announcing their
galaxy book 2 this is a two-in-one
Windows 10s hybrid with gigabit LTE and
20 hour battery life so this is pretty
cool it’s a lot like your laptop that
you have that you have the surface pro
right I do yeah the only thing about
this and you know I was getting excited
reading about it but the frustrating
thing about it is it actually comes with
Windows 10 s so that’s kind of a boiled
down version of Windows that runs on
certain chips um this isn’t an Intel
chip this is going to run on the
snapchat Snapdragon 850 chip which as
you know is kind of a mobile chip that’s
geared more towards cell phones very
powerful chip but you’re just not going
to be able to run normal applications so
what does Windows 10s means it means
that you can only download games from
the Windows Store yep now there are a
lot of programs on the Windows Store
obviously Microsoft Office is is on the
Windows Store and that’s very useful
their web browser edge is on there
basically it’s you know if you gave this
to mom or dad they’d be happy but if
it’s somebody that wants to run virtual
reality if it’s somebody that wants to
run steam games or if it’s somebody that
just wants to run legacy apps maybe
they’ve got an accounting app that you
know or maybe QuickBooks I don’t know
that’s on the Windows 10 store you’re
gonna have to emulate it so there is an
emulator that you can get you can
actually technically run 32 windows 32
apps but you know emulation is
always terrible it’s always slow and
you’re not gonna be gaming with that
you’re not going to be loading up
fortnight or Tomb Raider or whatever it
is that you play quake it’s gonna do its
weight quick way too slow it’s gonna
start at about a thousand bucks which I
thought was four that’s actually the
same price as the the iPhone 10s you
know it’s it’s very reasonably priced
and the cool thing about it is it has a
beautiful screen so it’s a twelve inch
AMOLED screen and it’s fully compatible
with the Samsung S Pen Stylus which I
know a lot of people like to do when
they mark up PDFs if they’re you know
students in a class or if they’re
artists a lot of people like to have
that that pen that’s detachable as well
a detachable keyboard and very small
bezel they also said that the the
speakers are really great with Dolby
Atmos and it’s got really great cameras
too so under the hood they’ve got the
snapdragon 850 chip that comes with 4
gigabytes of RAM and the processor is
almost three gigahertz and there’s
there’s a four cores so I mean this is
kind of a beast but how frustrating that
you can’t run real Windows on it you
know for a thousand bucks that that’s my
problem for a thousand bucks just go get
a surface pro and yeah there they even
start cheaper than that so yeah thousand
bucks go get a surface pro you’re gonna
have a real laptop you’re gonna be able
to run real applications without having
to go to the Windows 10 store and I
gotta tell you I’ve played around with
Windows 10 s and it’s a pretty good
operating system but I would prefer
Chrome OS if I had to choose so I think
that was a mistake I’d love to get a
debate going down in the comments or you
know have listeners angrily defend
Windows 10s on the Windows Store said
nobody ever that nobody ever and it’s
even a stripped down version
word so it’s not even the full version
of word that usually yeah I mean it’s
optimized for a tablet so I noticed that
they have a Samsung S Pen Stylus so
that’s great we’ll be able to handle
that but you know what so can a surface
pro so for that kind of money I always
have to compare to the service pro and
that is such a wonderful device at a
great price point and it just doesn’t
seem like it’s worth it to me now your
surface pro you can use a stylus on it
to write simple keyboard but it actually
runs the full-blown Windows 32 now full
shebang I I used the pen but really not
that much I used it more at the
beginning just because it was a novelty
oh look I can draw a little like now you
can see my doodles on my notes when I’m
in a meeting it is still pretty neat and
you know I’ve helped my kids with their
homework by being able to draw stuff out
and it’s fascinating on like especially
OneNote on the surface Pro because I can
handwrite and I can still search OneNote
and it will search my handwritten notes
yeah it’s pretty fantastic but honestly
it’s just faster to take that little
tablet with the keyboard into a meeting
and type on the keyboard than it is to
scribble it just way faster but in any
case you know I I wish Samsung luck with
this hybrid but I think they really made
a mistake when they went with Windows 10
s I don’t think you can even have the
real Windows with these Qualcomm chips
now there they must be really good at
battery life because I mean this thing
has 20 hours of battery life I wonder if
they threw in an Intel chip if it just
would be like eight hours or ten you
know it would be the same as what you
get in the surface pros or in the
MacBook Airs for that now how many hours
do get on your surface pro I get about
eight well actually that’s the way it
started was eight and it all depends on
what apps you’re running of course so if
you’re doing some heavy gaming like if
you’re running steam you’re not gonna
get a
you might get three or four I’ve had a
few apps really surprised me like for
some reason Adobe PDFs can suck the
battery life really fast sometimes even
just web browsing depending on what
websites I’ve got in the background
going on they could drain my battery so
I usually get anywhere between three and
eight hours I probably say average five
could you so this is actually a really
big advantage if you think about it I
mean this is like having a cell phone
but a computer and it lasts for 20 hours
I mean you could do that for a couple
days and take it to work type some notes
if you’re not doing games I mean it can
really be a good thing absolutely I mean
if you’re an international traveler and
you’re gonna be stuck on a plane that
doesn’t have an outlet to charge or you
know you’re gonna be sitting in the back
of a cab you know who knows and that I
think that’s that’s really what the
sales on this would be if you need a 20
hour battery then by all means this is
exactly who should go out buy it and you
know these days most people just use web
browsers anyways I mean I even do my
taxes on the web browser I don’t have
anything you know it’s pretty dude so
that’s why Chromebooks are becoming so
popular especially in the classroom the
great thing about stuff like that is
there’s not a lot of viruses for this
stuff because it’s new you know these
operating systems haven’t been around
for a whole lot of time and it’s just
harder to break

Tech Time Podcast Episode 7 – Clouds of Bugs and Donairs

Tech Time Podcast Episode 7:

Gut-Brain Connection Could Lead To a ‘New Sense’

  • In our podcast a new study has revealed a “fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds,” reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says “these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense. One that serves as the entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full of food and calories.” He says it “brings legitimacy to [the] idea of the ‘gut feeling’ as a sixth sense.”
  • Duke university
  • Remarkable new work from a team of researchers at Duke University has now revealed a previously unknown direct circuit between the gut and the brain that could allow for fast sensory communication that doesn’t relay on laborious hormonal signaling.

 

Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

  • For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species.
  • The scientists used the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to engineer mosquitoes with a “gene drive,” which rapidly transmitted a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito’s species
  • After mosquitoes carrying the mutation were released into cages filled with unmodified mosquitoes in a high-security basement laboratory in London, virtually all of the insects were wiped out, according to a report in Nature Biotechnology. The mosquitoes were created in the hopes of using them as a potent new weapon in the long, frustrating fight against malaria. Malaria remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing more than 400,000 people every year, mostly children younger than 5 years old.
  • What’s encouraging is that the mosquitos reportedly did not appear to further mutate in a way that would diminish the effectiveness of the engineered mutation. “But the researchers stressed that many years of additional research are needed to further test the safety and effectiveness of the approach before anyone attempts to release these mosquitos or any other organisms created this way into the wild,
  • Matt – What effect would this have on the local ecology?  I hate mosquitos but would birds, bats and other predators starve? Would other insects move in to replace mosquitos?

 

Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago

  • According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013.
  • drivers on average are working fewer hours; demand hasn’t increased to meet the increased number of drivers; trip prices have fallen; or platforms are paying drivers lower rates.
  • The average monthly payments to those who worked for a transportation app in a given month declined to $783 from $1,469. Meanwhile, people working for leasing apps — Airbnb, Turo, Parklee and other apps that let you rent assets like your home, car or parking space — saw their incomes from those platforms rise 69 percent to $1,736 on average.
  • Matt – Outdoorsy – I looked at renting my RV.  A friend of mine said he put his gas Class A on the site just before the May long weekend and had over $10k of bookings within a week.

 

Apple Completes Shazam Acquisition, Will Make App Ad-Free For Everyone

https://mobilesyrup.com/2018/09/24/shazam-ad-free-following-apple-acquisition/

 

  • Apple has successfully completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, and the company announced it will be removing all ads from the app “soon.”
  • Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world and is used over 20 million times every day

 

Implanted Device Helps Two People With Paralysis Walk Again
* NBC News: At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines

  • It’s the latest and most dramatic advance in a new approach to treating spinal cord injuries developed at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
  • The reports show that electrical stimulation of the spine, when combined with a very intense and specialized training program, can re-educate the body and help move the legs even though signals from the brain are cut off. The stimulator is implanted into the epidural layer surrounding the spinal cord, and sends controlled signals into the bundle of nerve tissue.

 

SiriusXM Is Acquiring Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal To Create the ‘World’s Largest Audio-Entertainment Company’

  • with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018 and more than 100 million monthly listeners, combining SiriusXM’s 36 million subscribers and Pandora’s 70 million-plus monthly active users.

 

Streaming Accounts For 75 Percent of Music Industry Revenue In the US

The numbers also show that more people continue to join paid subscription services, with subscription rates growing by about one million per month. But while streaming revenue is still on an upward trend, the news isn’t so good for digital downloads and CD sales. Digital downloads have only made up 12 percent of overall revenue so far this year, down from 19 percent last year, and CD sales saw a whopping 41 percent drop in revenue. To compare, during the same time last year, CD sales were only down three percent from the year before. Vinyl revenue, however, is up 13 percent.

 

First Android phone launched 10 years ago

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-android-first-phone-rivaled-iphone-like-blackberry-nokia-never-could/

https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/24/android-next-decade/

  • 10 years ago (Sep 24) the HTC Dream was released on T-Mobile.
    • The first phone with Android as an Operating System.
  • Had a screen that slid away to reveal a QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Competition in 2008 was Nokia/Symbian, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Apple
  • In 10 years we now have Android Pie (API level 28).
  • 2 billion people are estimated to currently have an android device.
  • Android made its name through
    • being open sourced (fragmentation)
    • customizable (contrasted with Apple’s closed OS)
    • Google Apps integrated (Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, Docs, Photos)

 

Pixel 3 Ultra & Leaks Explained…?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsgAlpzzUmI

  • Brandon (This is Tech Today) and John Prosser (Front Page Tech) the VBloggers who was behind the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour explains the reasons behind the Pixel 3 XL leaks and the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour.
    • Received this information through an Engineer at Google after establishing security protocols.
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were not leaked on purpose.
    • They were allowed to continue to leak to find the culprit.
    • The leak happened at Foxcon where the LG screens are manufactured.
  • HTC was purchased by Google in January.
    • HTC is most likely the team designing the Pixel 4.
    • The Pixel 3 was designed by the old team (most likely their last).
      • Pixel 3 was already 4 months into development when HTC was purchased.
    • HTC has manufacturing power.
  • There is a 3rd device that the HTC team is working on.
    • It may be released in time for Christmas.
    • Possible working with Xiaomi

Transcript:

welcome back we’re here on our seventh
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alright then let’s get started how was
your weekend well it was really good I
actually just discovered there’s a
Korean market behind my house and yeah
yeah well good food it’s a meat market
so I went got bulgogi marinade sauce so
I’m gonna try that on my chicken today
to see if it tastes any good the stuff
in the store I don’t know it’s just okay
so we’ll see if this is a little more
authentic I live in kind of a Korean
neighborhood
hoping it’s good stuff how about you how
was your weekend oh it was great I took
the kids out to comic-con here in
Edmonton is actually called the Comic
Expo I guess there’s copyright issues
with calling it comic-con it was great
fun unfortunately a lot of the big stars
didn’t show up they canceled last minute
but we still had fun I was dressed up as
Captain Christopher Pike from Star Trek
and the kids all were there geekiest
shirts and we just had fun watching
people and trying to spot celebrities
and of course eating bad food and and
just getting our geek on it was awesome
so did your costume include a leotard no
I didn’t wear the leotard that’s the
next thing I have to buy but I had the
authentic original series shirt that
it’s the exact same color the same
fabric everything that was in the
original series so are you talking
Captain Kirk I miss twitchett captain
you said well Christopher Pike is before
Captain Kirk he was in the pilot in the
original series oh you know I did I said
I saw the first one it’s on Netflix I
think and I thought that’s strange that
isn’t the regular Captain Kirk I’m used
to well the reason why I chose
Christopher Pike is also in Star Trek
discovery season two he’s gonna be the
captain that shows up and starts
interacting with the discovery kind of
that bridging captain into the original
series since discovery takes place just
before it so fascinating stuff and of
course a few people did recognize me and
they said which captain are you so yeah
we got our geek on it
great at Miss Piggy and it’s a good way
to trying to explain the role switch
right freshman Sabella married to a new
person this is just weird
so to start out we’ve got some kind of
cool news I guess there’s a new
gut-brain connection that could lead to
a new sense so there’s a new study that
says that fast-acting neural circuit
allows gut cells to communicate with the
brain in seconds so if you’ve ever had
that gut feeling when you’ve gone
somewhere that something’s odd that
might actually be real apparently
they’ve figured out that the stomach in
the brain communicate a lot faster than
we think and this could actually be used
for a lot of really cool tech uses in
the future this was done out of Duke
University and it really is remarkable
work that they’re doing did you hear
anything about that no nothing at all
I’m just curious I mean I think it’s
great it’s a it’s our six senses I got a
bad gut feeling about this but what do
you think it could be used for
well I’m doing medical reasons I’m
hoping they’re going to be able to check
out the flora and your gut maybe they
could do tests where they use certain
dies they said that they actually used a
mouse and put a certain time at stomach
and found traces of it in the brain
literally milliseconds later perhaps we
could discover different ways to
diagnose and treat gut problems and I
think that’s just scratching the surface
so that I thought that was pretty cool
that is pretty neat another kind of neat
interesting thing going on is
genetically modifying mosquitoes so Matt
growing up in Canada we had a lot of
mosquitoes and a lot of people joke that
in Alberta is the provincial bird yes
and I remember one time I broke
down on the side of the road on baseline
road in Sherwood Park with mom and we
had to walk to the nearest gas station
and I remember there being thick black
clouds of mosquitoes and just running
and you can feel them filtering your
face as you ran through them if you
still have bad mosquitoes like that you
know what every year is different some
years there’s like flocks and hordes of
mosquitoes that will just descend upon
you and your children and just suck you
dry and then other years you hardly see
any it really depends on how wet the
summer is this summer wasn’t too bad but
I gotta tell you as an RV guy and I love
to take my motorhome out my biggest pet
peeve is mosquitoes and I just love
coming and visiting you down there in LA
because you don’t have the same mosquito
problem we do and you know just that
feeling of walking around in the dark at
night
I’m always cringing because in Tanana
you’re that’s mosquito season like you
just head for home don’t hang out at
night when the sun’s going down because
well this is really cool they actually
genetically modified the species using a
CRISPR technique and what they did was
they were able to make hordes of these
mosquitoes become infertile and so they
weren’t able to reproduce and it really
brought down the amount of mosquitoes in
the next batch for the next year so it’s
exciting but there’s some negative
consequences potentially I mean what
eats mosquitoes right I mean are we
gonna destroy a food chain there what
are you thinking yeah well that’s that
was my thought when you sent me the link
and I started reading about this so
first of all I think it’s great I don’t
know from mosquitoes have any benefit to
ecology other than feeding birds and
bats and other predators and I hope that
if we do decide to eradicate mosquitoes
I mean though prevent malaria and other
diseases get
get sent around in mosquitos what was
that one that was causing birth defects
a while ago yeah I know what you’re
talking about it’s all in Brazil and and
yeah I mean those types of things could
be eradicated and hopefully there’ll be
more less blood sucking bugs that will
sort of fill the neeshub mosquitos but
it does make me wonder a little bit what
would be the effects of eradicating this
past so how many people do you think
died a year from malaria I wouldn’t even
begin to guess did you see any numbers
yeah almost half a million is what the
estimate is so 400,000 a year and most
of them are children under five years
old so I think it might be worth getting
rid of a batterer to to to save all
those people that are potentially
passing away from from the pass on
malaria the one thing I saw that was
fascinating about it is the way that
crispers was eradicating this mosquitoes
is it was sterilizing them it was
basically creating the next generation
after they reproduced sterile and so in
essentially one generation which is
literally days memories yeah the days
are weeks with mosquitoes right you’ve
wiped out that population so it’s fast
it’s it’s a little bit scary to think
that we have that kind of control but
we’ve been doing crispers for a while
now and we’ve been doing gene editing on
plants for a long time for example most
of the plants that we grow and eat are
genetically modified in some way or
another either to be robust and and
prevent insects from eating them they
can handle Hardy or whether they can
grow a lot more wheat and a bushel and
these are great things that genetically
modifying is doing but also these
companies are protecting themselves by
making that generation of whatever is
being produced sterile so I can select
the seeds and
and do your own seating the next year
you want this fabulous new genetically
modified product and what you’re talking
about is quite controversial I know
people in Alberta love the canola plants
which i think is genetically modified a
GMO but you know when I was living in
Hawaii people hated GMOs and we would
constantly have people protesting in the
streets because yeah moustachio or
whatever it’s called that big company
that one said oh yes yeah they were
doing a bunch of testing out there in
Hawaii and so I think I find people that
are very Pro and I think the Pro points
you went over you know it’s more robust
bugs don’t eat it as much you get a
higher crop yield but then there are
some people that are a little bit leery
about eating a plant that’s not natural
and you know could it cause potential
side effects good companies go ahead and
copyright the the plants and say you’re
not allowed to grow this only we are and
would that create a monopoly there’s a
lot of pros and cons to those sides and
you know maybe with bugs and eliminating
mosquitoes we’d have certain
corporations and companies profiting off
of it and other farmers losing out I
don’t know there could be pros and cons
to it too let’s wait and see
so Dan here’s another interesting
article that you found and I’m curious
if you could just talk a little bit
about this
it’s just that side gig economy looks
like it’s not nearly as lucrative as it
was a year or two ago that’s right
you’re talking about Buber they did a
study where they took the average amount
that people earned in 2013 five years
ago and compared it to today and it’s
remarkably lower it’s 53% less this is
what the average uber driver is earning
this year as opposed to 2013 and there
could be several reasons for that it
might be that Buber drivers are working
less hours that demand hasn’t really
increased to meet the number of drivers
the prices have fallen there’s more
competition with lyft and other things
people are doing the scooters now are
they doing school
Simonton I haven’t seen any scooters no
they’re pretty cool when you come out
here to LA next time we’ll go to Santa
Monica yeah it’s full of people on
scooters
you know Millennials out everywhere
outside of their cars in the community
it’s fun to watch but that’s
controversial too a lot of people are
trying to get rid of them because
they’re living on the sidewalks well
everywhere you go there’s these scooters
that are electronic and people don’t put
them away nicely they just throw them on
people’s lawns they throw them on
business sidewalks and they’re just
literally everywhere I mean there’s a
new Segway you know remember what
everybody was whipping around on segways
now with scooters and well what you’re
saying is true I mean it’s a fad
obviously people love it and it’s funny
I just went to church this morning and
walked outside and there was you know
maybe 20 of these scattered right on
like near the lawn right in Monaca and
it’s just funny to see that but I mean
the positive things are people are out
in the community more I mean when you’re
behind a car in Los Angeles you don’t
talk to each other at least you can make
eye contact with people and it’s fun I
see people out on dates to people on a
scooter they’re going up and down the
path you know on the ark it’s a lot of
fun so I’ll have to show you that next
time you’re here that’d be great maybe
you can tweet out a picture of those so
to get back to the side gig and how it’s
being affected is the fact that it’s
harder to make money in a side gig
because prices are getting more
competitive is that better for the
consumer like myself if I wanted to go
get an uber am i seeing that the price
of an uber is dropping or is it really
just the amount of money that’s going
into the uber drivers pocket because
they’re getting less fares you know
perhaps but you’ll find what surge
pricing you know there’s times of the
day where it really is more expensive so
I don’t really know how much you’re
saving as a consumer it’s it’s
frustrating I mean the taxi drivers that
were here 20 years ago
have been working ever since some of
them have switched over to Ober and I
just feel like their paychecks keep
getting cut and I think maybe even in
the next five years we might see robots
take over and have self-driving Ebers
and so you know it really is frustrating
that you know the robots are coming for
our jobs and robots are coming it might
be good for the consumer in a way but I
think you’ll find that if you looked at
the data you’re probably spending just
as much as a consumer I don’t really
know how much you’re saving since 2013
so I think the big businesses are
probably winning here that’s my opinion
so I think it’s interesting just from
reading this article and your notes on
it it looks like it’s really because
this decline in them making money is
because there’s more and more people who
are driving for uber or lyft or some of
these other side gigs meanwhile you’ve
got a very fascinating note in here that
says leasing apps like Airbnb Turbo
partly outdoorsy where you can rent your
RV those seem to be on the move and on
the increase in fact the statistic you
have here it says 69 percent revenue has
increased by people posting things that
could be rented like that no numbers guy
yeah if you look at the numbers back in
2013 monthly on average people doing
Airbnb and other other things leasing
out their properties they would get 783
dollars a month and now it’s 1469 so
it’s you know it’s almost doubled and
Airbnb is huge here because people love
to come down here and experience the
sunshine and you know people are taking
more advantage of that with their
properties so that’s positive but I
think when it comes to over and other
ride-sharing apps things are just going
down it seems to me that it’s the
service industry that first had this
spike in popularity like uber and lyft
and we also have skipped the dishes as
another side hustle you can have so is
that like uber it’s ER
yeah it’s like uber eats it maybe a
Canadian thing but basically restaurants
that normally don’t deliver you can go
through skip the dishes and they’ll have
a minor fee to deliver you food I used
it all the time when I was working out
at an industrial site during night shift
and I wanted to feed a bunch of angry
construction workers and so it’s like Oh
donators for everybody so that everybody
knows that Donaire is actually a year
amazing it’s got this white sauce that’s
made out of sweetened condensed milk
it’s not available in the United States
the second you go to Canada get off the
plane and get it on there ask you to go
there yeah sweet white sauce you’ll be
in heaven
so anyways they I use skip the dishes
ooh it would be exactly like uber eats
so that’s the service industry and it
looks like it’s spiked and now a lot of
people are into the service industry and
it’s harder to make money meanwhile on
the rental industry Airbnb partly Turo
and the one I want to talk about is
outdoorsy that seems to be on the rise
as more and more consumers are
comfortable with using these apps I
think that actually lyft and uber paved
the way once people got in there first
uber and realized this isn’t a scary
person who just signed up and is trying
to make some money it might murder me
right which does happen like we talked
about last week it does happen but it
looks like people are becoming more
comfortable and starting to trust these
services for example outdoorsy is an app
that I’m looking at using next summer I
have a motor home that sits and doesn’t
get used all the time and I’d like to
make some money off it and on outdoorsy
people can rent my classe which is a big
bus and it’s a diesel pusher now I’ve
got a friend who has a gas class eight
lights a bus not nearly as nice as mine
and he listed it just before the May
long weekend this de spring
and he said within a week he had over
$10,000 worth of people booking his RV
and I thought 10,000 you know just think
of the amount of money you could make
how many people have trailers or
motorhomes just sitting in storage or in
their backyards that could be out making
them money so perhaps we’ll see this
spike as we talked about with the
service industry and maybe we’ll see a
drop-off as more and more people get
into things like Airbnb and Turo and
outdoorsy but still it’s an opportunity
to make some money on the side
that’s not really exciting also for our
American listeners the main long weekend
is Memorial Day a lot of people know
that is I’ve tried that a few times it
is the next thing I want to talk about
is that Apple actually just bought
Shazam do you ever use Suzanne I choose
them all the time
so I remember when Suzanne first came
out and I tried to show some friends how
cool it was it’s the app where you stick
it next to a speaker and within a few
seconds it knows what the song is and I
had a lot of friends push back at first
and say why would I do that I can just
hear the words in the song and then type
it in a Google search well you know
there’s some times where you can’t
understand what it is or maybe you’re
listening to a song that’s just a beat
so it’s been quite popular and I think
it’s actually driven the sales for a lot
of streaming downloads and it’s been
quite profitable and I think that’s one
of the reasons why Apple wants to own it
now they claim that they’re gonna take
away the advertisements for it and they
actually spend 400 million dollars on it
now here are some of these numbers I’m
kind of a numbers person so did you know
that Shazam has been downloaded over 1
billion times I mean I see people even
live on the earth 7 8 billion by that’s
1 7 that’s insane right that 1/7 of the
people of the earth have it and they say
that it’s used over 20 million times a
day
and so if you take the population of
like the Southern California that’s
everyone here using it once a day that’s
insane yeah it’s absolutely insane to
think how many people use it I love
using Shazam I even had the the little
the app on my phone where I could just
push it and and oh here’s the song and
then I could click on it I get
downloaded from iTunes I could watch it
on YouTube I mean all these things were
a fantastic way to get this music onto
my phone so I think that’s why Apple
says we don’t need advertising Shazam
needed the advertising and it considered
itself a little bit of a radio player
I’m guessing and that’s why advertising
naturally fit in with the Shazam model
however apples gonna benefit hugely I’m
sure it’s already benefited hugely by
having people Shazam and then instantly
going to buy like what does this mean
that people that aren’t Apple will have
a harder time recognizing songs is this
mean Samsung phones or you know other
kinds of Android tablets maybe wouldn’t
have the opportunity I’m sure they’ll
still be able to download Shazam but so
to get to your question I’m a little bit
concerned about that as well
I don’t think it will be harder to
Shazam a song and know what the song is
or even have access to its lyrics and
all the fun things that Shazam is known
for but what I’m concerned about is it
may not be as simple to go to youtube
and say I want to watch the video of
this in youtube so that’s what my
concern is I think they may try to push
[Music]
Google and YouTube out by making it more
of an apple centric service interesting
one other cool article that I wanted to
talk about before we get into the geeky
stuff is did you hear that they actually
have an implant that has helped to
people with paralysis walk again so this
is pretty cool this is based out of I
believe it’s Tennessee so in NBC News
that at least five people whose legs
were completely paralyzed are walking
again two of them with no outside health
thanks to a specialized program of
therapy and a pain stimulator implanted
in their spines um so this is kind of a
big dream right to help people that are
paralyzed walk again and we’ve seen a
lot of things like exoskeletons we’ve
seen you know muscle stimulation but I
think this is really exciting this is a
cool advancement it’s the latest in most
dramatic advancement in the approach to
treating spinal cord injuries and yes
aluminum University of Louisville in
Kentucky actually that that is working
on that I look forward to seeing a
little bit more about that I’ve seen
exoskeletons used for people with spinal
injuries I think that the sky’s the
limit with what they can do
I mean cyberpunk is coming usually what
we see in science fiction from 20-30
years ago are a reality today I mean
Captain Kirk had an iPad so we’re going
to see similar things happen I think
this is even greater than the
exoskeleton because you’re actually
doing some repair to those those nerves
I look forward to seeing what happens I
also wanted to talk really quickly about
Sirius XM acquiring Pandora three point
five billion dollar deal recently that
happened and this is creating the
world’s largest audio entertainment
company now when I read this I was
fascinated because number one as a
millennial I don’t use Pandora and
number two as a millennial I don’t use
Sirius XM I’m on Spotify amount Apple
music I’m on YouTube those things they
seem kind of like people use them 10 15
years ago do you know a lot of people
that use Sirius XM in their car still or
no actually I don’t
and if I do it’s usually a free service
that comes with the car
they have it for a year the only people
I know that used to subscribe to Sirius
XM were people who worked out in the
bush out in the boonies didn’t have
access to regular radio so if you’re way
up in the Northwest Territories
underneath the Arctic Circle they’re
perfect you can get radio and you can
listen to Howard Stern in a way you go
but I said you can really get serious XM
up in the Northwest Territories oh yeah
yeah because it’s satellite based so I
think that there will always be a market
for satellite based radio you know and
perhaps it will grow in areas like the
second world instead of the first world
places where people are becoming more
affluent but maybe they don’t have
access to radio and Internet like we
have here however I absolutely agree
with your insight as to Millennials and
even myself I’m a generation Xer and I
don’t listen to regular radio I don’t
watch regular TV I use streaming
services like Netflix and I would use
Hulu if we could get it here in Canada
because I sure don’t know we actually
can’t even get Pandora here but I use
Spotify and I’m seriously thinking about
going to youtube music because I am an
Android person and a Google user and
that’s just one more service that falls
underneath the umbrella of Google and so
to me that just seems like a no-brainer
to just migrate that way but I think
you’re right this could be a bad buy but
I think Sirius XM realized that on the
way out they’re seeing a drop in
subscribers they see the Internet as the
savings to their to making money and
this is something that they could afford
seven billion is a lot of money
wait a minute 3.5 billion is good
Towson’s yeah chump change right
but that being said I I think that it’s
it’s they’re betting on the wrong horse
now what’s interesting to get into that
streaming media business there’s another
article here that you posted that says
streaming accounts for 75% of music
industry revenue now that’s in the US
alone but that’s huge then I think that
really shows they’re betting on the
wrong horse by going with radio based
listening to music so Pandora although
when it first came out was neat because
it would say oh you like this song and
here’s a radio station I’ve created
well Spotify does that and Spotify makes
recommendations and says hey I think
you’re gonna like Swedish country music
and I was like Swedish country music I
don’t think so and then I listened to it
and I was like this is great this is not
ABBA meets Willie Nelson like it’s it’s
alternative it’s cool and guess who knew
I would like it Spotify
really oh yeah okay you know one of the
most fascinating things in this article
about the streaming music is that did
you know that vinyl is 13% of the sales
now and that’s almost as much as CDs or
more that’s insane right I have a few
friends that listen only to vinyl and
you know it’s kind of a thing where you
go into their house and they have the
vinyl on yeah do people do that up there
too
oh sure I mean it’s an audiophile thing
and it’s it’s retro and it’s kind of
cool it’s kind of a hipster and maybe
the sound is a little bit better but
really CDs are retro too so to be able
to say he knows CDs or 12% they used to
be a hundred or or 95 percent and to say
vinyl is 13 it used to be a hundred
right until cassette tapes came out so I
still see yeah vinyls increasing because
of its audiophile appeal
it’s retro appeal but it’s not gonna
grow much more than that it’s not gonna
take over the music industry we are
going digital and I think what we’re
gonna see in the future is streaming
apps that are going to get their packets
of music in better quality smaller
chunks so we’re not using all of our
data and when 5g networks come out it’s
just gonna be that much easier to stream
that’s true you know I have a funny
story yesterday a patient was telling me
she wanted to get me this DVD for me to
watch yeah and you know there I guess
there’s this DVD store somewhere in Los
Angeles about she was gonna get it for
me and I told her I don’t have a DVD
player I mean what have you have your
playstation before I don’t have a
Playstation yeah literally my laptop
doesn’t have a DVD player my Roku
doesn’t I mean I couldn’t play it if I
tried so it’s interesting how we’re all
shifting away from physical media and
now you know that streaming music is 75%
that’s fascinating now you had some
articles about Android I can’t believe
it’s been 10 years than it’s been out
yeah actually so yesterday was the 10
year anniversary of when Android made
its first debut on t-mobile actually so
t-mobile had a phone called the g1 which
was also known as the HTC dream so HTC
was the manufacturer and Android was the
OS that was on it and if you see
pictures of this phone I should tweet it
out but it it looks like a really thick
and chunky blackberry that’s all screen
and then you can slide the screen out
and there was a QWERTY keyboard
underneath the screen and I remember
seeing this phone come out and I
remember thinking that’s awesome now at
the time I was a Palm Pilot user and I
had actually just migrated from palm
into Windows OS and I was into these
Windows phones and then to see a screen
slide and have a blackberry type quarter
QWERTY keyboard it was amazing I
remember thinking this is the future
is so cool and also Android started
putting cameras on the front of their
phones not necessarily on the HTC dream
but it was like wow we can get video
cameras now that’s science fiction
that’s crazy and it’s gonna be in my
cell phone
so Android change things now you could
argue Apple actually started to change
and I would agree with you
Apple put the internet in your pocket
that’s what made Apple cooler than
blackberry and cooler than Windows OS
because you actually had the internet in
your pocket it was much better than the
browser’s that the other phones gave you
but Android brought customisation it
brought the Google apps were all
integrated so you have Gmail Google Maps
then later came chrome Docs and photos
and so that’s all totally integrated
into Android so what I like about
Android is how much more customizable it
is you can do a lot more with it you can
tweak it a lot more it’s easier to you
know get under the hood and do things
you want to do with my iPhone I’m
basically stuck with the way it is and I
think it’s a great model but you know I
went to Android for three years you
remember that when I switched over and I
really enjoyed being able to do whatever
I wanted you know live backgrounds I was
able to change and tweak things for my
apps that I was developing it was just a
whole lot easier
yeah so it is it’s great it’s
customizable I really enjoy Android but
now the elephant in the room is the the
many different fractured types of phones
out there right you cannot make Android
as smooth and as seamless as what you
get with the iOS experience and iPhone
because the software is made to work
directly with the hardware so it’s still
great interesting to see so more numbers
so nowadays there are 2 billion people
are
they’re using an Android device today so
those good memory so anyways it’s
fascinating to see where we’ve come so
to go along with that some other
interesting things in the phone news
this last week we’ve been talking about
the conspiracy theories about the pixel
3 and the leaks that have been happening
with it have they been intentional and
then there was rumors about the pixel 3
ultra another phone that would not have
this terrible ugly notch and so we
finally got some answers this week and
the the answers came from two video
bloggers so the first is Brandon from
this tech today and the one that made it
really famous is John Prosser from
front-page tech and basically they were
the ones talking about these rumors and
and really spreading it and they said
they finally got to talk to an engineer
that works for Google and is actually on
the team for designing the pixel 3 well
first they had to lock down all these
security protocols you know using VPNs
and any messaging we do has to be on an
app that will delete everything within a
few seconds so that there was really no
trace but they said the leaks were not
intentional we thought they were you and
I talked about it as a way to drum up
buzz but it turns out that the leaks
were not intentional it came from Fox
Khan’s Factory in China where they
install the lg screens and that that’s
where some of the prototypes or a bunch
of prototypes were stolen and so that
the leaks happened but then Google
didn’t try to stop the leaks they
actually allowed leaks to continue to
happen so that they could find who is
the source of the leaks and fried or
topples so according to their inside
source they weren’t on purpose but then
they didn’t try to stop it but
unfortunately that means that
it’s gonna have a beastly notch at the
top right it’s not gonna be notice so to
get to the pixel 3 ultra which is this
bezel list notch list foam that we’re
all hoping was gonna show up and save
the pixel brand doesn’t look like it’s
coming so if you remember back in
January
Google purchased HTC and it purchased
their phone design team and so now
essentially they had two teams they had
the original pixel team and then they
have this HTC team and and the original
pixel 3 team so when they purchased it
the pixel 3 team was already four months
into development and you can’t just
bring a whole new team with all their
tools and all their equipment into the
lab and say use these guys so basically
what they did is they said according to
this inside source
HTC team with all the bells and whistles
and cool equipment you’re now working on
the pixel 4 which is coming out next
year current team you continue with the
pixel 3 and pixel 3 XL and if people
aren’t gonna like it it won’t matter
because you’re done when this is over
anyways interesting so apparently this
engineer was on the pixel 3 team doesn’t
expect to stick around for the pixel 4
looks like he’s already been replaced by
this new team that was purchased with
HTC so I guess we’ll we’ll look forward
to see what happens that is really
interesting now we’ve gotta go but
before we do I just wanted to remind you
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Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch iOS compatible Soon

CES brings wonderful news each year, and 2016 is no exception.  It was announced today that the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch will be iOS compatible later this year.

Samsung’s VP Alana Cotton stated that Samsung “plans to add iOS compatibility to Gear S2’s feature set later this year”.  Unfortunately, no specific date or time period was given.

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The Gear S2 is actually powered by the Tizen operating system, made by Samsung.  While Tizen is similar to Android Wear, it remains to be seen if Google will release an app to allow their array of watches to be compatible with iOS.

Currently the Gear S2 can only sync up with Android phones.  With iOS capability, it will give iPhone users the opportunity to use the Gear S2 if they are left disappointed with the current apple watch.  Surprisingly there are people that have an iPhone that would like variety.
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Last August, the Gear S2 was introduced to the masses.  It sports a round-face, similar to that of Motorola’s Moto 360, and has a rotating knob like Apple’s watch.  The Tizen operating system includes fitness tracking, heart rate monitor and alerts.  It also has Samsung Pay for purchases on the go.  That poses an interesting question, if you have an iPhone and a Gear S2 Smartwatch, which pay system would you prefer?  Would you use Apple pay with you iPhone?  Or would you bust out the watch and use Samsung Pay?  This could cause a headache for users to setup 2 separate payment methods with their gadgets.

 

It will be interesting to see if Samsung creates an app for the iOS.  I think it is great that the two large companies are starting to overlap.  The ability to choose any watch regardless of your phone is a win for the consumer.

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CES also revealed a rose gold platinum color that seems to be all the rage this year.

Top Ways to Program an App

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1. Gigster

There’s a new way to make mobile apps in town, it’s called Gigster.  Just send them an idea for your app, and they send an app back.  No need to hire coders, grab freelancers, or learn complicated programming languages.

Their developers will turn your proposal into a plan, then their remote developers will build your application.  They’ve already created a clever dating app for religious millennials and has over 50 more projects in the works. To date, they already have 1 million in sales.

They charge a flat rate fee instead of an hourly rate.

Cons: One major downside is that Gigster technically owns the code they make for you, and they lease it to you.

2. Freelancers:

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elance.com and freelancer.com are great places to grab talent for creating your next app.  You can usually get a great price.  Freelancers are eager to impress so they can obtain good ratings.

Cons:  Sometimes it may be difficult to communicate with freelancers, as they are at times swamped with other jobs or may not be proficient in the English language.

3. Students:

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Check your local community college/university.  A lot of times students are looking for side projects/income.  If you belong to a reputable business, sometimes colleges will offer student coders for your project at a discount price.  Check with their computer science department

Cons: At some colleges it may take the full semester/quarter to produce a finished result.  Coding could prove to be elementary and bug prone.

4. Hire local developers

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Check craigslist.  You’d be surprised how much local talent there is for developing your code.  Keeping things local can make it easier to have face-to-face meetings, keep deadlines and work in local currency/time zones.

5. Learn how to program

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Over the years, it has surprised me how much easier it is getting to program.  I remember learning in basic back in the 80s.  We’ve come a long way.  Swift, Java and .net are a lot of fun to learn.  With several tutorials online you can even use your new skills to make some extra side money after you’ve developed your own app.

 

 

Apple Pay Between Friends

Going out to restaurants with millennial friends can bet the worst.  Everyone wants to pay separately, but nobody has cash.

Has this happened to you before?

#1 The Bill Can’t Be Split:

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The bill comes, and everyone is frantically pulling out their credit cards and trying to calculate their portion of the bill?  The waiter comes, and he announces that he cannot split the bill due to some probably made-up reason, so one person ends up paying for all of it?

#2 The Split even:

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You join your friends for dinner, you decide to be thrifty and get an appetizer, meanwhile someone else orders a large meal with alcohol.  The check comes, and the person that seemed to order the most thing announces that the bill will be split evenly between everyone at the table.

#3 All Cash Deficit:

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The check comes and everyone throws down cash.   The waiter comes and announces that there is still a deficit. You look around at the 8 people around the table.  Who was short cash?  Did someone not tip?  So one person ends up giving the tip for the entire table.

#4 The Frantic Calculation

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Everyone grabs for the bill and tries to make their own estimate on how much their meal was along with tax and tip.  They write the number on the back of the receipt along with their name in hopes that the waiter will run each card separately.

#5 Some Cash / One Credit Card

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A couple of friends throw down cash, and you’re the only one with a credit card.   The waiter takes your card and processes the full amount and you’re left with a ton of cash in your pocket.  Great for people that love cash.  Terrible for people on a budget trying to track their purchases on mint.com

Silicon Valley is working on a solution for this.  Venmo, a subsidiary of PayPal, seems to be the most popular choice.  Google now allows you to send money through gMail,  Facebook lets you send money through messenger, and Square is in the game now with their $ app.

Apple would also like to get in on the action.  Recently, the world’s most valuable technology company has been in talks with banks about using Apple Pay to send money to friends.  If apple wants a chance at competing, it will need to make the service free and compatible with debit cards.

As exciting as it is to be in the person-to-person payment business, the services are not cheap and it is possible that Apple would lose money on each transaction.  It is said that just validating a new account with a debit card would cost apple about 3 bucks a person and possibly 25 centers per transaction.

So why then would Apple want to get into this business if it runs a deficit?

Answer: To increase adoption of Apply Pay.  Apple wants people to use their phones/watches to make transactions not only with friends, but in the retail space as well.

This Black Friday 2.7 percent of sales were from Apple Pay.  There is a lot of room to grow.

Venmo processed a whopping 2.1 billion dollars in transactions last quarter alone.  This could be from splitting the bills at restaurants, paying roommates for rent, or splitting movie tickets.

There is no question that we are heading towards a cashless society.  Who will be in charge of the transactions when it shifts over?

How do you use venmo?  What is your experience with Apple Pay.  Let me know in the comments.

 

Smaller Headphone Plug for iPhone 7

Rumor has it that Apple’s next iteration of their iPhone will be so thin, that it will need a smaller connector for headphones.  The current headphone jack has the standard 3.5mm opening that has been around for decades.  Toss out your Walkman’s headphones from the 80’s because you may need a proprietary set of headphones for the next flagship.

Is a Smaller and Thinner iPhone Better?

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Without a headphone jack, the new phones will be able to be at least 1mm thinner.  Even one millimeter can place them ahead of competition. But just how thin and small we want our phones to get?

Potential problems

One potential problem that I foresee, is that converters will need to be purchased for your current third-party headphones to work with the new phone.  The analog-to-lightning adapters may be bulky, expensive, and easy to lose.

In retrospect, it was wise for Apple to buyout Beats.  Now they will be able to sell trendy headphones that work right out of the box with their new proprietary plug.

Apple hinted that they may move to Lightning-enabled headphone accessories at a session at WWDC last year.

Advantages

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Some potential advantages or using a lightning connector include the possibility to offer increased bandwidth and access to system controls from the headphones.  The lightning connectors could also send power to the headphones, allowing them to light-up or charge while plugged in.

I’ll have to admit, I’ve been through apple plug hell.   I’ve had to throw-out all of my old stereos that used the Apple 30 pin dock when the new lightning connectors came out.  I also had to throw-out my 30 pin TV/monitor connector for my iPhone.

How long will these new lightning connectors last for both audio and power?  Will we be throwing away our lightning-connected headphones in 5 years for the next best thing?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section on the latest rumor.   Would you be willing to pay extra for headphones if it means your phone is thinner?

Apple Pay in China Beginning Next Year

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Last time I was in china was about 5 years ago.  Everyone seemed to have Android phones, or flip-phones.  It seems that the iPhone has really taken off in China as the emerging middle class has more excess income to spend.

On mainland China, I had a difficult time finding people that would even take my credit card.  Cash was king.

Hong Kong, on the other hand, allowed me to use my subway pass (Octopus card) to purchase nearly everything.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple Pay will now come to china in early February 2016.  The deal was made with the main four state banks.  This should allow some of their terminals to accept payment from NFC enabled iPhones.

The deal is not written in stone just yet.  There still needs to be regulatory approval.  Apple hopes to launch before China’s holidays begin in the Spring.

It is said that Apple does take a cut from all transactions made with Apple Pay.  With this new revenue likely from next year’s deal, I’d say it’s a good time to buy apple stock.

Let’s hope that Apple Pay is ready for Single’s Day next year!

Apple Pay for everyone

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Square has just announced that it will bring Apple Pay to it’s popular credit card reader.

This will make it easier to purchase items without a credit card, and just a phone.

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I remember taping an NFC MasterCard to my phone about 4 years ago.  Everyone at McDonald’s  marveled at how I was able to wave my phone over the reader to purchase my orders.  My hack definitely had some advantages (I could still use the NFC card when my phone battery died).

Now small businesses everywhere will be able to accept payments via Apple Pay.

Today, Square announced the launch of their NFC reader (USA Today).  They will start out with 100 small business across the united states.  The new reader will allow patrons to pay for wares with their NFC enabled phone.  The small block-shaped reader will allow iPhone users or Apple watch users to complete translations by waving their device over the reader.

The new device costs business owners 49 dollars.  The device also accepts chip cards, that have recently grown popular in the united states.  It should be noted that a regular reader is free.  I predict that this reader will also be free in the next few years as it grows in popularity.

Businesses interested in  Apple Pay can visit Square’s official website to purchase their reader.

 

Top 5 reasons to get an iPad Pro

 

It’s finally out!  Apple’s largest tablet to date.  Put away your iPad Air 2 and your MacBook Air.  Here are the top 8 new features for the iPad Pro.

#1. Really large screen

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The iPad Pro has an enormous 12.9-inch screen.

Samsung has a few competitors to watch out for.  The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is 12.2 inches and the new galaxy view is an astonishing 18-inches.

Why such a large screen?  To take advantage of multi-tasting mode.

I’m surprised it has taken until 2015 to get true multi-tasking on a mobile apple product.  Now, you can actually have applications running side-by-side a-la-windows 3.1 (Sorry DOS). </rant>

Previously, audio content could playing while using other apps.  I tend to use this a lot when I’m listening to podcasts or music.  I look forward to the day when I can watch Netflix and chill and brows the Internet at the same time with my tablet.

 

#2. The Pencil

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There is a new pencil that you can get for about a hundred bucks.  It can detect the position, force and tilt.  For example if you were to push hard onto the screen, the strokes are much more pronounced.

This idea is not new, and to be honest it is a bit disappointing.  One thing that has always impressed me about apple products is that they typically don’t need accessories to use them.  I applauded apple when they got rid of the original disk-drive and then  again when they got rid of the super-drive.  Less seems more simple to me. </rant>

Hopefully there will be a niche market of artists and designers that will be able to take advantage of this feature.

Another disappointing fact is that the pencil needs to be charged and will most likely get lost a time or two.

 

#3 Desktop-style performance

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That large screen needs to be fast and efficient.  The new iPad pro comes with the A9X processor, it boasts twice the memory bandwidth of the older A8X and double the storage performance.

It’s a 64 bit processor, which probably is a bit overkill since that is only really necessary if there are over 4 gigs of ram.  I suppose it’s good to lay the groundwork for future tablets with over 4 gigs of ram. </rant>

Make no mistake about it, the iPad Pro has a lot of competition.  The new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 actually runs full desktop applications and mobile apps.  Hopefully the “desktop-style” performance can keep this tablet up with the pack.

#4. Awesome speakers

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Let’s face it, the speakers for the iPhone and iPad really have lackluster performance.  The new iPad Pro on the other hand has four internal speakers.  It also has a new feature that balances the sound based on how you hold it in your hands.  This sounds like a great feature for the beach.

 

#5. The Smart Keyboard

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The new larger screen gives lots of space for the virtual keyboard, but when it comes to creating content I prefer a physical keyboard.  The new keyboard is about 170 bucks and it comes with a smart connector to hook onto the iPad Pro.

Honestly, I think $170 is a bit steep for a keyboard.  Most chrome books sell for the same price.  As with any Apple product, you pay for the gourmet.

Please comment below and let me know your favorite new features for the iPad Pro.

Apple Music? I’d rather buy Apple Stock.

Apple music has just come out of its infancy.  It now boasts 6.5 million paying subscribers just four months after its launch.  On top of that, 8.5 million people are currently using the 90-day free trial version making a grand total of 15 million users.

It surprised that apple added an Android app on the google play store.  For all you Android fans, you can grab it here.

I started using itunes back in 2003.  It took a while for it to come to Canada, my home and native land.  When it finally did, the music had DRM protection.  I eagerly purchased over 1000 songs at 99 cents each.  I would later learn that these songs could only be played on iTunes, or an iTunes compatible device.  In retrospect, I should have taken the thousand dollars I used to pay for that DRM restricted music, and purchased apple stock instead.  Can you imagine how much money I would have?  Besides, I can now stream those same songs for free.  Hindsight is 20/20 the say.  That leads me to wonder, what will the future hold for music?  Is streaming the end-all say-all? Back in 2003 I honestly thought that purchasing 99 cent songs would be the way of the future.  Now I just have a hard drive full of songs that are restricted with DRM.

Believe it or not, I envision the future with a different kind of model.  An add free model.  As competitors Tidal, Spotify, Google music, and Rdio all make a race for customers, they hurl their prices downward.   Between you and me, I think I’m going to spend the 10 dollars a month on apple stock instead of paying for their music subscription service.  I don’t mind listening to that O’Reilly auto-parts jingle time and time again in the car. My future self in 2026 will thank me for not flushing 10 dollars a month down the drain.

I watch my younger peers listening to music on YouTube for free.  While I do respect youtube’s new subscription service, I’m not going to pay for it.  Why would anyone shell out more money for a music service when a movie streaming service (Netflix) offers a cheaper subscription service?

There are so many great alternatives out there for people looking to find new music without shelling out 120 dollars a year. Try soundcloud, or songza.

Please comment below and let me know what free alternatives you are using to stream your music.