Google’s Tracking You – Google Air Traffic Control – Massive Breach of Intelligence – Show Notes

Creepy? Don’t Remember Where You Went Last Night? Google Might.

In a blog post Tuesday, Google product manager Gerard Sanz shed
light on a feature called Your Timeline, which the company has
started to introduce to its Android and desktop users. Using data
taken from your devices’ Google account sign-ons, Your Timeline
lets you look, step by step, at your entire Google Maps location
history. If you use Google Photos, Your Timeline will be even more
specific: It will include photos you took that day of the places
you visited.

It’s “a useful way to remember and view the places you’ve been on a
given day, month or year,” Sanz wrote. “Your Timeline allows you to
visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve
taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”


Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has
set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial
drones expected to someday clog the skies.

The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies
in technology, communications and aviation — including
Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to
create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.

More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed
interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial
drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines
and survey crops.

Hillary Clinton emails: U.S. intelligence preparing for massive breach of classified data

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that
former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email
account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information
from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to
national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee
have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified
information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far
more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week
as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

The U.S. official said the intelligence community has been informed
that secret information had been contained in some of
Mrs. Clinton’s private emails that originated from the FBI, the DNI
and the CIA as well as a spy satellite agency. It is believed the
30,000 emails remain on a thumb drive in the possession of
Mrs. Clinton’s private attorney, David Kendall.

The Death Star weapon is here! Japan fires world’s most powerful laser

Japan claims to have fired the most powerful laser ever
created. The power of the ‘Death Star’-like beam is equivalent to
1,000 times the world’s total electricity consumption, the
scientists claim

‘With heated competition in the world to improve the performance of
lasers, our goal now is to increase our output to 10 petawatts”. To
put that into context, according to Popular Science, a 50,000
watt laser successfully took down a drone just a mile away.

TSA chief vows to close security gaps at U.S. airports

Are airport security checks a total waste of time? Tests show TSA
96% failure rate in spotting weapons.

Facebook Built an Actual Plane to Bring the World Internet Access

The tech behemoth has built an actual plane — a 140-foot,
solar-powered, unmanned Aquila — to serve as a flying Internet hub
that will provide Wi-Fi access to parts of the world where
connectivity is lacking.

The plane isn’t just an idea or a mockup. An actual version of the
plane was built in the United Kingdom and Facebook plans to test
it, probably somewhere in the United States, later this year

It’s back: FEC says regulating Internet, Google, Facebook under its ‘purview’

Now looking to regulate political speed along with political ads.

Why Windows 10 Users May Never Use Google Again

Microsoft has integrated a new universal search function, just like
Apple’s spotlight search, fully integrated in its products. Right
now, search looks a little like this: Want to search the web? Go to
Google. Your calendar appointments? Open your calendar app. Your
local files on a phone, tablet or PC? Launch finder windows, one by
one. Microsoft aims to replace all of those searches with a single,
comprehensive search bar that scans everything — your device, your
apps, your cloud and the web — in one fell swoop.

The result is a more versatile search experience, but one that
users may find momentarily disorienting. After all, we’re used to
rummaging through digital compartments and wielding search like a

Ban autonomous weapons, urge AI experts including Hawking, Musk and Wozniak

Nasty Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But A Message

It’s like something from a bad movie: eager to learn the details of
the bad guy’s dastardly plot, the good guys hack his phone armed
with little more than knowledge of his phone number. No physical
access to the phone, no tricking him into opening some shady
application; just a quick message sent to his phone, and bam —
they’re in.

To initiate the attack, the hacker sends a maliciously modified
video message. The message is able to circumvent Android’s
sandboxing security measures and execute remote code — at which
point they’d have near-full access to your device, its storage, its
camera and microphone, etc.

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Car Hacking: What Every Driver Needs to Know – Air Traffic Control for Drones – Show Notes

Car Hacking: What Every Driver Needs to Know – Including a Complete Remote Takeover of a Jeep

Two hackers were able to take control of a connected Jeep Cherokee from their living room as a Wired reporter, who agreed to be their test case, drove the SUV down the highway at 70 mph, according to the article.

“Rushing to roll out the next big thing, automakers have left cars unlocked to hackers and data-trackers,” Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in a statement. “This common-sense legislation protects the public against cyber criminals who exploit exciting advances in technology like self-driving and wireless connected cars.”

To the company’s knowledge “there has not been a single real world incident of an unlawful or unauthorized remote hack,” into any of their vehicles.

Car owners can enter their vehicle identification number on UConnect’s website to find out if they need to download an update.

Fiat Chrysler Recalling 1.4 Million Vehicles Amid Hacking Defense

Fiat Chrysler announced a voluntary recall of about 1.4 million cars equipped with certain radios, the company said in a press release Friday. The recall includes Dodges, Jeeps, Rams and Chryslers.

The recall is related to a security flaw highlighted by hackers earlier this week, in which a Jeep’s computer software was manipulated remotely by researchers.

Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Google Inc. has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies.

The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation — including Inc., Verizon Communications Inc. and Harris Corp. — in trying to create an air-traffic control system to prevent mid-air collisions.

More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.

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Snapchat With Bernie, Hillary and Jeb – Netflix and Google Beat the Street

The Snapchat Elections Begin With Bernie, Hillary and Jeb

In 2008, it was the Google election. 2012 was Twitter’s turn as the
campaign centerpiece. Facebook populism rang in the ’14 midterms.

And now, as 2016 approaches, prepare for the presidential politics
of Snapchat.

Enter Bernie Sanders, the lefty, 73-year-old Democratic contender
chasing Hillary Clinton in the polls. On Friday, the honorable
Independent senator from Vermont made his debut on the mobile app
(though judging from his expression, he doesn’t look entirely
comfortable with the medium yet).

Netflix Beats Its Own Numbers, Adds 3.3 Million Subscribers, and Wall Street Cheers

It added another 3.3 million subscribers — well above the 2.5
million it had projected last quarter. Netflix now has 63 million
paid subscribers worldwide, and Wall Street is happy: Shares are up
10 percent in after-hours trading.

Netflix’s subscriber wins came both in the U.S. and in the rest of
the world, where the company is really banking on new growth. It
added 900,000 subscribers in the U.S. (it had projected 600,000)
and 2.37 million internationally (it had projected 1.9 million).

Fun nugget: Netflix says that three days after the new season of
“Orange Is the New Black” debuted, the company streamed a record
number of hours of video worldwide, even though it was competing
with the season finale of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the NBA

Google’s New CFO Delivers the Goods, Beats Analyst Expectations

Google shares surged at the opening of Friday trading a day after
the company reported earnings, adding a total of $52 billion in
market capitalization in the largest single-day gain ever,
according to S&P Dow Jones Indices.

Stop Everything: You Might Actually Want a New iPod Touch

It’s basically an iPhone 6 in a small case, and lower price.

Apple Continues Hiring Automotive Experts, Possibly for Rumored ‘Titan’ Car Project

Apple recently made a major automotive hire that hints at the
company’s continued work on an electric car, reports The Wall
Street Journal. The company hired Doug Betts, who previously served
as the Senior Vice President of the Chrysler Group, where he was
the global head of operations leading product service and quality.

Apple reportedly has hundreds of employees working on developing an
electric vehicle and has been recruiting talent from the automotive
industry and other car-related fields, poaching employees from
companies like Tesla, Ford, and GM. Rumors have thus far disagreed
on whether Apple is focusing on self-driving capabilities for the

BaDoink Hands out VR Cardboard Headsets So You’ll Buy Virtual Reality Porn

Porn’s role in the tech vanguard is no secret. It has served as the
tip of the spear of tech platforms since forever

BaDoink, one of a handful of pioneer VR porn companies, is handing
out free virtual reality headsets to the public. In a surprise to
nobody, the company ran out of its first 10,000 headsets within 24
hours. The company put in another order for 20,000 more goggles to
give to customers.

Don’t expect an Oculus Rift in the mail. BaDoink is shipping the
far cheaper cardboard headsets, modeled on Google Cardboard which
retails for roughly $20. The goal is to seed the community with the
gear necessary to run BaDoink’s virtual reality application to buy
porn flicks to watch through Cardboard.

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Siri and Apple Music – PC Makers Worst Quarter – the End of Windows Everywhere – Show Notes

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All The New Stuff You Can Ask Siri to Do with the new Apple Music

Play different radio stations: You can ask Siri things like “Play beats 1,” “Play indie rock station,” or even start artist stations like “Play Mastodon station.” You can also customize what happens with those artist stations with commands like, “I like this song,” “Don’t play this song again,” and “Play more songs like this.”

Play chart toppers: If you’re feeling a bit nostalgic, you can ask Siri to play songs from any given year with commands like “Play the top songs from 1982,” or even “Play the top song from January of 1982.” You can also do it by artist with commands like, “Play the top album by The Beach Boys” or “Play the top songs by Neurosis.” Similarly, you can also ask Siri to play songs from movie soundtracks that you might not know the name of with commands like, “Play the songs from Top Gun” or “Play the Song from True Detective.”

Playlist queueing: Apple Music has both standard playlists and the “Up Next” queue from iTunes 12. You can control both with Siri. For your “Up Next” queue, you can say things like, “After this song, play ‘Stonefist’ by Health” or “Instead of this play ‘Born in the USA’ by Bruce Springsteen.” You can also play Apple’s curated playlists with commands like “Play Pitchfork playlist” or “Play playlist Getting Parents to Like Noise.”

Add Music to your Library: If you’re listening to something you like on Apple Music, whether it’s an album or song, you can add it to your library with the command “Add this [song or album] to my library.”

Play Music by Chronology: If you’re not sure of the name of an album, you can still get Siri to play it if you know when it came out. You can say commands like “Play the first album from LCD Soundsystem,” or “Play the newest song by Taylor Swift.”

PC Makers Had Their Worst Quarter In Almost 2 Years

Worldwide personal computer shipments slipped a sharp 9.5% in the second quarter from a year ago, the steepest drop-off in almost two years on broad declines led by a pair of Taiwan-based manufacturers.

As the Wall Street Journal points out, consumers have been ditching PCs for tablets since 2012 and even with the planned launch of Microsoft’s MSFT 0.20% Windows 10 operating system, 2015 is shaping up to be another weak year for the PC industry. Tech lovers are more inclined to use their tablets and smartphones for their online needs, and businesses have slowed their PC upgrade cycle to save money.

Samsung may launch Galaxy Note 5 this summer to beat the next iPhone

By launching earlier, Samsung will get “some breathing room “before Apple launches its next iPhone (the rumored iPhone 6S and 6S Plus). The launch of the Galaxy Note 4 and the Note Edge were so close to the launch of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, Samsung may have lost millions of potential sales. Although the Galaxy S6 is its best smartphone yet, Samsung’s profits fell for the seventh straight quarter.

The END of WINDOWS EVERYWHERE! Is that really what Nadella wants?

[Satya Nadella is MIcrosoft’s CEO.]

Actions speak louder though, and writing off the phone business does not speak of commitment. If Nadella thinks that Microsoft’s hardware partners will step up to fill the gap, he is mistaken. They are too busy with Android, and remember the failure of Windows Phone from its first botched launch in October 2010.

The perception of many observers is that Nadella’s announcement has in effect killed Windows 10 Mobile.

The effect of Nadella’s announcement is to discourage any developers who still believe Microsoft can deliver a successful platform across PC and mobile.

Perhaps they are being rescued from futile investment, but it is odd that the company is taking these steps before its Windows 10 mobile strategy has had a chance to deliver.

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens.

Tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.

Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.

Desktop Showdown: Windows 10 vs. Mac OS X El Capitan

Just when you were getting used to your computer the way it is, the geniuses behind Windows and Mac OS are ready to change it again. But don’t fret — change is good, at least in these cases.

The new Mac OS X build, named “El Capitan” after the iconic Yosemite National Park rock formation, will arrive this fall and is full of performance and user interface updates. Meanwhile, Windows 10, available July 29, has a slew of features, new and old, that will make PCs work much better than ever before.

The Vaccine for Type-1 Diabetes Is Moving Forward

A promising vaccine that has the potential to reverse the symptoms of type I diabetes—an autoimmune disease often diagnosed in childhood. The vaccine has succeed in reversing type 1 diabetes in a trial among mice and in a phase I trial in 103 humans.

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Internet Trends – Chrome Blocking Ads – Paying Your Babysitter – Show Notes 2015-06-27

5 Takeaways For Content Marketers From Mary Meeker‘s Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker has seen it all. The famous VC, who is a partner at Silicon Valley firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, has been releasing big-time reports on the state of the Internet since 1995, when she was the lead manager for Netscape’s infamous IPO. That’s a long time ago in the tech world—in 1995 Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, who now has a net worth of $1.5 billion, was gearing up to disrupt his kindergarten class.

  1. You need to get your mobile video strategy in place right now
  2. Particularly, your vertical video strategy
  3. Chat apps are taking over
  4. User-generated/curated content is booming
  5. 12–24-year-olds are addicted to visual content

Google Will Now Tell Everyone When its Driverless Cars are in a Crash

Google has issued its first public report listing traffic accidents involving its self-driving cars.

The decision by the tech giant comes after years of silence about any crashes involving its test vehicles on public roads. Now, the company will publish the details online.

In a monthly report for May published Friday, Google acknowledged that its self-driving cars had been involved in 12 minor accidents over six years of testing.

Google Chrome Is About to Make the Internet Way Better

Noisy, distracting ads get an automated gag order. Google’s Chrome browser is adding a new feature that will detect the primary video on a webpage and automatically freeze other noisy, distracting Flash-based advertisements that rattle and shake for users’ attention.

This Calculator Shows How Much You Should Pay Your Babysitter

Besides how to find a good babysitter, one of the top questions for hiring a babysitter is how much you should offer to pay the sitter. has the answer for what’s normal in your area.

Babysitters make more in cities with a high cost of living. According to’s study, the average hourly babysitting rate in San Francisco, for example, is $16.65, compared to the national average of $13.44 an hour. Babysitters in all of the 75 cities examined all made over $11 an hour.

Edward Snowden: The World Says No to Surveillance

Two years on, the difference is profound. In a single month, the N.S.A.’s invasive call-tracking program was declared unlawful by the courts and disowned by Congress. After a White House-appointed oversight board investigation found that this program had not stopped a single terrorist attack, even the president who once defended its propriety and criticized its disclosure has now ordered it terminated.

This is the power of an informed public.

DNA carries traces of past events meaning poor lifestyle can affect future generations

Genetic faults caused by trauma, poor lifestyle or environmental stress can be passed down to future generations, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered. In fact, around five per cent of our genetic code carries traces of past events, meaning that trauma, poor diet or poor lifestyle choices may by leaving a devastating legacy for children and grandchildren.

Apple patents tracking technology so accurate it lets you track friends inside

Apple’s Find My Friends app (pictured) lets users easily share and monitor the location of family and loved ones but the firm’s latest patent reveal plans to extend this to include customizable notifications that alert friends when you leave or arrive at a certain location, and the option to track a route more accurately.

iPad Pro: Apple’s Rumored 12-13 Inch Tablet

The “iPad Pro” is said to be an even larger version of the iPad Air, with a display measuring in at 12.9 inches. Perhaps aimed at the enterprise market, it may feature an ultra high-resolution display and an A9 processor.


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