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Alzheimers Cure – American Airlines Tablet Disaster – Feds Looking for Back Door – Show Notes

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions, and Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of both types.

The team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

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Third-party app crashed American Airlines pilots’ iPads and caused flight delays

Dozens of American Airlines flights were delayed on Tuesday after “a faulty iPad navigation app” caused the tablets to crash. Despite Boeing 737 pilots’ claims of all 737’s being grounded and a system-wide outage, American Airlines spokesperson Casey Norton said, “Initial reports on social media of a system-wide problem affecting a specific type of aircraft are inaccurate.” Instead, “several dozen” flights were affected by the outage.

In 2013, American Airlines was the first commercial carrier to deploy electronic flight bags and discontinue paper charts. At that time, more than 8,000 iPads were deployed to replace the 3,000-page, 35-pound paper-based manuals in the airline’s Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80. The change saved the airline “a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually” and eliminated “24 million pages of paper documents.”

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Feds trying to get a “Back Door” for encrypted communications. Irate Congressman gives cops easy rule: “Just follow the damn Constitution”

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot. “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data.”

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to convince a Congressional subcommittee that technology firms actually need to weaken encryption in order to serve the public interest, lawmakers were not having it.

Daniel Conley, the district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, testified Wednesday before the committee that companies like Apple and Google were helping criminals by hardening encryption on their smartphones.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said “It is clear to me that creating a pathway for decryption only for good guys is technologically stupid, you just can’t do that,” he said, underscoring that he found Conley’s remarks “offensive.”

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Robbery suspect pulls guilty plea after stingray disclosure, case dropped.

“They won’t go to trial because they don’t want to explain this stuff, so they ended up dismissing it,” said the lead attorney involved in the case.

Stingrays, known more generically as cell-site simulators, are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although new documents have recently been released showing how they have been purchased and used in some limited instances. And cops have lied to courts about their use. Not only can stingrays be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Typically, police deploy them without first obtaining a search warrant.

It is highly likely that the St. Louis Police Department has a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI along the lines of one recently revealed in a court case in Erie County, New York. In that case, a rare unredacted form demonstrated the full extent of the FBI’s attempt to quash public disclosure of stringray information. The most egregious example from the document showed that the FBI would prefer to drop a criminal case in order to protect secrecy surrounding the stingray.

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Tesla’s Battery Could Power Utilities

Elon Musk had to resist the urge to strike a Dr. Evil pose Thursday night as he talked about “billions” of batteries like Tesla Motors TSLA -0.01 % ’ new Powerpack effectively ending the energy business as we know it.

Tesla may be taking a page from Apple’s book. Decades ago, Apple took a technically difficult tool used mainly by die-hards, the personal computer, and popularized it. In the same way, Tesla’s sleekly packaged take on distributed power is “talking to the 99% of people who think it can’t be done and making something people think can be done,” says Rob Day, partner at Black Coral Capital, a clean technology venture-capital fund.

http://on.wsj.com/1zCo2q8

See how old a computer thinks you are with Microsoft’s new website

Don’t waste the whole day on this, but Microsoft introduced How-Old.net, a website to guess how old you are, at today’s Microsoft conference this Friday.

How-Old.net isn’t highly accurate, but it’s close, and it’s getting better. It thinks Vin Diesel is 28 (actual age is 47) and Jennifer Lawrence is 29 (actual age 24). Vin must have better makeup 😉

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Mobilegeddon has arrived!

From now on, mobile friendliness of websites is a ranking signal all over the world. This update affects all mobile search queries. So, we analyzed the winners and losers of this update for rankings on google.com.

Get the report at http://bit.ly/1Q9RIP4

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License-Plate Tracking – Common Core Tests by a Yale Graduate – Under 30s Aren’t Starting Businesses

A year after firestorm, DHS wants access to license-plate tracking system

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking bids from companies able to provide law enforcement officials with access to a national license-plate tracking system — a year after canceling a similar solicitation over privacy issues.

How is it keeping information private? It won’t collect the data itself, it is seeking bids from companies that already gather the data to say how much they would charge to grant access to law enforcement officers at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a DHS agency. “If this goes forward, DHS will have warrantless access to location information going back at least five years about virtually every adult driver in the U.S., and sometimes to their image as well,” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel for the Center for Democracy & Technology.

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No More ‘Speeding’ For You!

Tomorrow, you may not be able to “speed” even if you wanted to.

Because your car will not allow you to.

The uber governor — Ford’s Intelligent Speed Limiter — will see to that.

It uses cameras and GPS mapping technology to keep track of the speed limit in real time — that is, as you drive — on whatever road you happen to be on at any given moment and — by dialing back the throttle — prevents the vehicle from exceeding it. Mash the pedal all you like. Resistance is futile.

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What happens when a Yale grad takes the 8th grade Common Core exam?

More than half of the sample exam had essay questions listed after the fiction and non-fiction passages that make up the content of the test . I was pleased with the specificity of the essay question instructions. As opposed to the multiple choice responses, the essays allowed for detailed and specific answers.

In the hour and three minutes I had available to take the test, I scored 22 points out of 25, or 88 percent. And that was the score of a grownup who reads for a living. Compare that to a child knowing that a lot is riding on the exam.

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Why Aren’t Young People Starting Businesses Anymore?

According to the Federal Reserve Survey of Consumer Finances, the share of people under 35 who own a stake in private businesses has fallen from 10.2 percent in 1989 to 6.5 percent in 2013, the latest year data is available, and it is likely all the following reasons have played a part:

  • It has become more difficult to run a small business with various government entities pushing new regulations at entrepreneurs. Government regulations ranked as one of the biggest challenges facing small businesses in a recent survey of 1,000 small business owners.
  • Older people who have run businesses for years have learned to navigate the regulatory regime, but younger entrepreneurs struggle to jump through all the hoops required to start a business.
  • Would-be entrepreneurs are emerging from college with more debt than in the past, making it hard to get additional loans to start businesses.
  • Banks faced with higher costs and new regulations themselves are not willing to make as many small business loans as they did in the past.

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Smartmeters Being Used by California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters

“It collects the data every five minutes, then after midnight, the cellphone that’s built in here comes on, makes one call, and calls it in to the database that we and the customer, through a password security system, have online access to their consumption.”

Using this data, the town knew the precise moment to send his employees to videotape the infractions to use as evidence.

“We are using it specifically for an enforcement tool to go after those customers who we’ve gotten lots of complaints about,” Wattier said.

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NYCLU releases details of EC Sheriff’s cell phone spying

Erie County Sheriff’s Office has been using taxpayer-funded cell phone spying equipment. The cell phone surveillance equipment is called the Stingray, which costs $350,000. It allows the sheriff’s office to track and record the location of a person through their cell phone.

Records show it has been used at least 47 times, but the sheriff’s office obtained a court order only once, even though the sheriff made statement to local media and the Erie County Legislature that each use of the device was subject to “judicial review.”

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How Long to Nap for the Biggest Brain Benefits

For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.

For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.

Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.

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iOS8 Update – Office for Android – Best Streaming Services – Show Notes

5 Reasons You Should Update Your iPhone Immediately

  1. CarPlay Gets Unplugged
  2. Siri’s Tone Changes
  3. Wi-Fi Gets Some Wins (Including Sprint/T-Mobile talk over WiFi)
  4. Family-friendly Fixes
  5. Emojis Aplenty

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The Best Office Suite for Android

When it comes to productivity on the go, Android has come a long way even though Apple’s iOS still dominates this category. Now-a-days, you have plenty of options to stay productive on your phone or tablet, and while the best will cost you money, if you prefer, you can get respectable features for free. We think MobiSystems’ OfficeSuite 8 is the best overall option for Android, but if its price tag scares you, we have more options.

Regardless of the office suite you choose, you likely still won’t want to write a novel on your phone, but updating documents, editing spreadsheets, and even reviewing presentations isn’t as painful as it was even a few years ago. Your Android tablet, however, is a completely different matter. Some of these productivity suites have progressed so far that they’re quite serviceable, and familiar enough to their desktop counterparts that you can get some real work done.

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Need Creativity? Turn off your toys. You Need Boredom, Distraction, and Procrastination

It probably sounds a little counterintuitive to suggest to anyone that they start slacking off, but in reality it’s about as important to your brain’s health as sleeping is. Being bored, procrastinating, and embracing distraction all help your brain function. In turn, you understand decisions better. You learn easier. You even foster creativity and productivity better.

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Forget TV — This Is the Best Streaming Service for Movies

HBO is trouncing its competitors here because it has several long-term deals with movie studios for the right to show films during the so-called “pay-TV window.” That’s a period of around eight months after a film’s theatrical release when it hits premium cable channels but isn’t yet being played on broadcast TV or basic cable. Netflix’s first major pay-TV window deal with Disney begins in 2016, at which point the streaming service’s movie library should improve significantly. However, HBO still has deals with sister company Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox and Universal Pictures.

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Get Ready To Turn Your Thumb Into a Miniature Trackpad

MIT researchers are developing a device that could have a host of benefits for users juggling smart phones and regular life. Users could answer the phone while cooking, control their cell phones even when they hands are full or discreetly send a text.

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MobileGeddon: Google Embraces ‘Mobile-Friendly’ Sites in Search Shake-Up

The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as “mobile-friendly.” Websites that don’t fit the description will be demoted in Google’s search results on smartphones and tablets while those meeting the criteria will be more likely to appear at the top of the rankings — a prized position that can translate into more visitors and money.

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WikiLeaks Creates Online Archive of Hacked Sony Documents

Whistleblower site WikiLeaks on Thursday put hundreds of thousands of emails and documents from last year’s crippling cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment into a searchable online archive.

The website founded by Julian Assange said that its database includes more than 170,000 emails from Sony Pictures and a subsidiary, plus more than 30,000 other documents.

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As states warm to online voting, experts warn of trouble ahead

Along with Congress, the Defense Department has heeded warnings over the past decade from cybersecurity experts that no Internet voting system can effectively block hackers from tampering with election results.

And email and fax transmissions are the most vulnerable of all, according to experts, including officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which is part of the Commerce Department.

http://bit.ly/1aFHje4

Animoto’s Brad Jefferson on Why SMBs Should Do Facebook Video

Jefferson discussed how technology advancements, including Animoto, have made videos easier to produce for brands and easier to consume for users, noting that the total number of video posts on Facebook is up 94 percent year-over-year, with more than 3 billion videos being viewed daily on the social network.

He stressed that brands’ videos on Facebook provide “a more intimate voice,” and suggested content similar to the types of product-description videos that can be found on fundraising sites such as Kickstarter and Indegogo, comparing them with movie trailers.

Jefferson suggested about one video per month for brands entering the Facebook video realm, adding, “You want people to feel like an insider.”

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14 Year Olds Driving Cars – Knee-Jerk Reaction to 9/11 Leads to Germanwings Crash – Shownotes March 28, 2015

France Is Letting 14-Year-Olds Drive an Electric Car

Beg your parents to buy you a Renault Twizy, a $7,600 “car” that 14-year-olds can now legally drive.

The Twizy is a quadricycle, a 1,000-pound, two-seat electric car meant for zipping around cramped European cities. It’s designed to be a safer alternative to bicycles and scooters for the urban set, sporting a 13-horsepower electric motor and enough batteries to take you 60 miles at a maximum speed of 50 mph.

http://wrd.cm/1G1W72O

Andreas Lubitz: Knee-jerk reaction to 9/11 enabled mass murder

[I’ve been saying this for more than a decade. We may be up to 3 crashes caused by our stupidity.]

Andreas Lubitz used his expertise to lock the captain out of the flight deck of the Airbus A320. He knew that the procedures implemented since 11 September 2001 enabled someone on the flight deck to take total control.

After the terrorist attacks, airlines began to install reinforced doors. Costing hundreds of thousands of pounds each, they are intruder-proof and bullet-proof. The system includes a keypad that is intended to allow authorized crew to enter the flight deck if the pilots become incapacitated. But a promotional video made by Airbus demonstrates how easy it is to deny access even to fellow crew who know the emergency code.

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Exclusive: TSA’s Secret Behavior Checklist to Spot Terrorists

Fidgeting, whistling, sweaty palms. Add one point each. Arrogance, a cold penetrating stare, and rigid posture, two points.

The checklist ranges from the mind-numbingly obvious, like “appears to be in disguise,” which is worth three points, to the downright dubious, like a bobbing Adam’s apple. Many indicators, like “trembling” and “arriving late for flight,” appear to confirm allegations that the program picks out signs and emotions that are common to many people who fly.

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Media Giants Are Ready to Publish Inside Facebook’s Walls. Will They Ever Get Out?

As the late David Carr poetically wrote when first breaking the news of Facebook’s publishing plans in October, “For publishers, Facebook is a bit like that big dog galloping toward you in the park. More often than not, it’s hard to tell whether he wants to play with you or eat you.”

http://bit.ly/1FVV99T

Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I’ve heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid. How much of it is real psychology and how much is technophobic hype?

http://bit.ly/1CiXqI5

Tim Cook Named ‘World’s Greatest Leader,’ Reflects on Leading Post-Jobs Era at Apple

Cook brings a different leadership style to Apple, placing more trust in others instead of being as impulsive and manipulative as Jobs often was. The results have been favorable, as Apple has grown to become the world’s most valuable company during the three-and-a-half years since Cook took over the helm.

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Arrogant? Facebook unveils platform to integrate third-party apps, customer support for businesses into Messenger

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Netflix Popularity/TV Down – Apple Research Kit Good, Bad and Evil – Show Notes for March 14, 2015

Americans are moving faster than ever away from traditional TV

More homes have turned to online video with 40 percent of U.S. homes subscribing to a streaming service such as Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu.

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Netflix is now in 36% of homes across the United States

Nielsen’s 2014 Total Audience Report confirms what many already assumed: Americans are becoming more enamored with streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.

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New-Age Bootstrapping Is Not A Money Problem, It’s A Product Opportunity

The tendency for entrepreneurs is to build big products. The problem with big, feature-rich products is that they take substantial time and money.

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Stanford’s ResearchKit app gained more users in 24 hours than most medical studies find in a year

At least a few thousand people are interested enough in Apple’s new ResearchKit framework to participate in a medical study.

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Apple’s Researchkit Could Be Gold Mine for Hackers

Apple earlier this week announced ResearchKit, an open source framework that will let medical and health researchers gather data through iPhone apps. ResearchKit will be released in April. Millions of users provide a huge attractor.

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Cortana Could Edge Out Siri, Google Now

Microsoft later this year will offer its Cortana personal assistant as a standalone app for iOS and Android devices. The engine behind Cortana is “arguably better than [Siri or Google Now]”

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State Department announces temporary computer system outage

The State Department announced a temporary outage Friday to upgrade its computer system. A statement from Jen Psaki, the department’s spokeswoman, announced the “short, planned outage” as a means…

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