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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New Ice Age – Tax Scams – Craig Show Notes for March 7th, 2015

And That’s the Way It Was: In 1972, Cronkite Warned of ‘New Ice Age’

walter-cronkite-at-broadcast-deskSome winters are “bone-chilling,” like this one has been, others are mild, and some like the 1972-1973 winter started early and harsh, but grew surprisingly mild. That was the same year Walter Cronkite was “the most trusted man in America” in 1972, according to polls. A 2009 CBS obituary for the journalist said, “Cronkite was the biggest name in television news, the king of the anchormen; in fact, he was the reporter for whom the term ‘anchorman’ was coined.”

On September 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a “new ice age” coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb “a bit of bad news.”

Global warming activists have claimed for years that the 1970s global cooling scare never existed. They have tried to erase the inconvenient history which ironically blamed extreme weather like tornadoes, droughts, record cold and blizzards on global cooling.

Climate fear promoters switched effortlessly from global cooling fears in the 1970s to global warming fears in the 1980s. In the present day, the phrase ‘global warming’ has lost favor in favor of ‘climate change’ or ‘global climate disruption’ or even ‘global weirding,’ Morano added. “’Settled science’ has never seemed so unsettled.

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Unprecedented surge in online tax scams raises questions about TurboTax

As fraud rises sharply — Intuit, which makes TurboTax, said some states have seen a 37-fold increase in suspicious returns this year — it remains unclear who is responsible for combating the problem. Each year, TurboTax files millions of returns that its internal screening algorithms have flagged as “suspicious,” internal documents show. The company said it does not immediately alert taxation authorities.

Rejecting a return and determining whether it is fraudulent are ultimately up to the IRS, Intuit added. “We do not have that authority,” the company said in a statement.

Who’s responsible to police fraudulent returns? How do you find out if there’s been fraud against you?

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Secrets of Clinton emails revealed: Chelsea’s alias was Diane Reynolds. Hillary planned Chelsea’s wedding on same account she used as Secretary of State.

At the center of the controversy: Hillary Clinton’s personal email account – hrd22@clintonemail.com

Domain name was registered to Eric Hothem, the aide who packed up and carted off furniture from the White House that he said was ‘Clinton’s personal property’. The furnishings were later determined to be government’s and the Clintons were required to pay $86,000 in restitution for the items they kept.

Clinton’s arrangement to have her correspondence run through a private domain name and server have set off alarms. Her sensitive communications could be being hacked or destroyed: Republicans want investigations into the matter

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16 Ways Modern Dating Is Changing The Way We Think About Love

1. We’ve all but made dating the equivalent of online shopping.
2. We’re almost equating ‘committing’ to ‘giving up’ on finding better.
3. Many people believe that sex is meaningless when you are literally inside another human being, but calling rather than texting? That’s a huge deal.
4. We make snap judgments based on someone’s online presence more than we actually get the chance to know them.
5. Things are only official when they’re public.
6. It’s easier now, more than ever, to compare yourself to other people, and to start making decisions and judgments about your life based on those comparisons.
7. We are so caught up in being the person who cares less, that we become afraid of even caring at all.
8. We don’t even know what romance means anymore. We feel gratified by a “good morning” text.
9. We’ve been squeezed into an environment where “pursuing our dreams” has become increasingly paramount.
10. “Casual dating” is obsolete.

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Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

In a few years, new technology will be able to monitor numerous essential physiological indicators by telephone and to send alerts to patients and the specialists who look after them.

More and more patients are using smartphone apps to monitor signs such as their blood sugar and pressure.

There is a steady increase in remote consultations with medical practitioners. Your doctor can be someone who’s based in Mumbai. We have to be very careful about our data, because they’re the ones who probably will end up storing your data and keeping a record of it.

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Report: China Believes Space War Is Inevitable, Sets Goal Of Space Supremacy

The report, compiled by the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), was released by the commission on Monday and reveals that China is interested in attaining space supremacy, adding that Chinese military leaders think that control of space determines control of Earth.

Chinese and Russian military leaders understand the unique information advantages afforded by space systems and services and are developing capabilities to deny access in a conflict. Chinese military writing highlights the need to interfere with, damage and destroy reconnaissance, navigation and communication satellites.

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You Should Really Consider Installing Signal, an Encrypted Messaging App for iPhone

Signal 2.0, folds in support for encrypted text messages using a protocol called TextSecure, meaning users can communicate using voice and text while remaining confident nothing can be intercepted in transit over the internet.

Other apps with encryption tend to enter insecure modes at unpredictable times — unpredictable for many users, at least. Apple’s iMessage, for example, employs strong encryption, but only when communicating between two Apple devices and only when there is a proper data connection. Otherwise, iMessage falls back on insecure SMS messaging.

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Show Notes – Air Traffic Control – Goodbye to Apple and Microsoft – Apple Project Titan

Why 40-Year-Old Tech Is Still Running America’s Air Traffic Control

At any given time, around 7,000 aircraft are flying over the United States. For the past 40 years, the same computer system has controlled all that high-altitude traffic—a relic of the 1970s known as Host. The core system predates the advent of the Global Positioning System, so Host uses point-to-point, ground-based radar. Every day, thousands of travelers switch their GPS-enabled smartphones to airplane mode while their flights are guided by technology that predates the Speak & Spell.

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Why I’m Saying Goodbye to Apple, Google and Microsoft

I can use Linux, and I can get my work done well. I can play games. I can surf endlessly. The platform alternatives have reached a stage where they’re capable of handling just about everything I need.

More important, I’ve moved to these alternative platforms because I’ve changed my mind about the politics of technology. I now believe it’s essential to embed my instincts and values, to a greater and greater extent, in the technology I use. Those values start with a basic notion: We are losing control over the tools that once promised equal opportunity in speech and innovation—and this has to stop.

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Apple’s ‘Project Titan’ could reshape the auto world

Detroit had a good year in 2014, selling 16.5 million autos — up 1 million from 2013. The stock of Ford and GM has revved on the good news, jumping 5.7 and 7.8 percent, respectively, in 2015.

Currently, at a secret location near its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, Apple is said to be working on a car design — code-named “Project Titan” — at breakneck speed. While auto companies can take as long as seven years to develop a car, Apple is said to be hoping to start shipping its vehicles in five years — as early as 2020.

Well, Apple has been offering the best and the brightest in the car-battery field $250,000 signing bonuses plus salaries 60 percent higher than what they currently earn, Musk told Bloomberg Businessweek this month.

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The Government’s War on Freedom of the Press – US Ranks 49th on Press Freedom Index

The U.S. plummeted to a dismal 49th place on the Reporters Without Borders annual Press Freedom Index, marking the country’s second lowest ranking since the list was created in 2002 and its lowest since 2006. Other countries ranked in the 40s and 50s include Haiti, Mongolia, and Chile.

Since the Obama Administration took power, it has used the Espionage Act to prosecute data leakers a record seven times—more than every other president combined in the law’s nearly 100-year history—a Fox News journalist has been spied on by the Justice Department under the justification that he’s a criminal conspirator, Wikileaks creator Julian Assange has been declared “a hi-tech terrorist,” and the Supreme Court refused to overturn a lower court ruling against Risen stating that the First Amendment doesn’t protect him from refusing to testify about a whistleblower that allegedly leaked classified information about the CIA’s efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program.

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Net Neutrality – Craig Peterson Show Notes 2/21/2015

Net Neutrality

The 332-page secret memo from the Whitehouse, is
going to eliminate free speech and innovation from the Internet. We
have the fewest numbers of C-Corp businesses in this country in 30+ years,
and that’s even with the innovation sparked by a free and open
Internet. The FCC is expected to vote on Thursday to bring full
1934-era regulation to the Internet.

Over the past two decades, the Internet has flourished and
revolutionized our lives precisely because it has remained free of
government overregulation. Recently, however, Obama’s Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new rules that could
reclassify broadband Internet as a monopoly-era plain old telephone
service of decades past.

http://www.stopnetregulation.org/

Lenovo Pre-Installing Evil Software

We recently learned that PC manufacturer Lenovo is selling computers
preinstalled with a dangerous piece of software, called Superfish,
that uses a man-in-the-middle attack to break Windows’ encrypted
Web connections for the sake of advertising.

Internet security for at least Internet Explorer, Chrome, and
Safari for Windows, on all of these Lenovo laptops, is now broken.

This is a serious security issue. For example, shortly after this
news became widespread, security researcher Robert Graham was able
to extract the certificate from the Superfish adware and quickly
cracked the password. With this password, a malicious attacker
would be able to intercept encrypted communications on the same
network (like at a cafe Wi-Fi hotspot).

How to Remove Superfish Adware From Your Lenovo Computer.

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SIM Card Hack

Massive SIM card encryption key hack gives US, UK spies access to
billions of phones.

U.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the
computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken
smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of
hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed
the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s
mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The
Intercept.

http://bit.ly/187f7QX

How A 14-Year-Old Hacked A Car, Overnight, With $15 Worth Of Radio
Shack Parts.

He had an idea about using a wireless transmitter to connect to the
car and talk with the vehicle over the CAN bus. He got to a local
Radio Shack, spent around $15 on a circuit board, transmitter, and
other bits, and then spent the rest of the night creating a “smalltongue_in_cheek
robotics project” made from easily available parts.

Thankfully Radio Shack is closing down. Problem solved.

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It’s not the Tablets That Are Rotting Kids Brains

No, Tablets Aren’t Necessarily Rotting Kids’ Brains. There’s a huge
range of things kids need to learn to thrive in real life. Toddlers
need to watch faces, talk to people who are listening and can talk
back, manipulate actual three dimensional objects, and so on. All
kids, like adults, need to keep their social skills limber and be
able to focus on tasks and learn good time management. So, while
tablets aren’t as bad as television, kids still need to develop
these real-world skills.

Kids who spent time at a no-screens-allowed camp showed better
social skills after just five days. While this was widely reported
as a strike against screen time, the results may have more to do
with what the kids did do than what they didn’t: They spent time
interacting with teams of their peers.

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NSA and British Governments Break Into Billions of SIM Cards

gemalto_logoU.S. and U.K. intelligence agencies have reportedly hacked into the computer network of giant SIM card maker Gemalto and taken smartphone encryption keys potentially used by customers of hundreds of mobile phone carriers worldwide.

The British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), allowed the two spy agencies to monitor a large portion of the world’s mobile phone voice and data traffic, according to a story in The Intercept.

The hack was detailed in a 2010 GCHQ document leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the story said. About 450 mobile carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and Sprint, use the company’s SIM cards.

With the compromised encryption keys, the surveillance agencies would be able to monitor mobile communications without the approval of the carriers or foreign governments, The Intercept story said. The encryption keys would allow the agencies to intercept mobile traffic without court-ordered warrants or wiretaps, the story said.

GCHQ also said it had access to billing servers of mobile carriers, allowing it to manipulate customer charges in an effort to hide surveillance on phones, the story said.

Representatives of the NSA and Gemalto did not immediately respond to requests for comments on the story.

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