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.

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.”

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.”

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.

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.

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

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

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

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Olloclip’s Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens: Up close and personal | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog

Olloclip’s Telephoto + Circular Polarizing Lens: Up close and personal

Olloclip for iPhone 4

I’ve been using Olloclip’s lenses for a couple of years to help improve my iPhone’s camera.  Very nice lenses, but there’s been something missing — the ability to take true telephoto shots.  Sure, the iPhone can zoom in, and the minor magnification that the old Olloclip lenses provided certainly helped things.

Now, Olloclip has come out with a new Telephone and Polarizing Lens.  Although it’s still in pre-order, I’m looking forward to getting myself one of the new lenses!




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From Yuupon and iStopOver to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association – What’s Up in Travel?

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With this week’s show we cover Travel Technologies from where to book a deal through what the airplane manufacturers, air traffic controllers and owners are doing to help improve our travel.


Mary Song the CEO of Yuupon joins Craig to talk about getting the best travel deals available at some great resorts worldwide.  When you sign up for Yuupon you will be kept up on available deals — many of which are good for up to 4 months out.  These are not last minute deals but actual travel opportunities that you can take advantage of.

Travel: iStopOver

Anthony Lipschitz the CEO of iStopOver joins Craig to talk about finding unique accommodations around the world when you travel whether you are staying a weekend or a month. They have homeowners who rent out space in their homes or even their entire home to travelers giving you the opportunity to live like a local.  The interaction and rental process takes place directly between the host and Guest.

Travel: Solairus Aviation

Dan Drohan the CEO of Solairus Aviation joins Craig to talk about business aircraft charter services and aircraft management services for corporate clients.  Their primary goal is to deliver exceptional charter flight service that exceeds the expectation of their clients.  When you have to travel, having a solution that is tailored to your specific requirements can save you valuable time and dramatically reduce the stress related to the trip.

Airline Tech: AtmosAir

Have you ever worried about getting sick from traveling on an airplane.  Well Craig’s next guest this weekend is Steve Levine the CEO at AtmosAir who will talk about their solutions to this problem.  Their unique and proven air purification process can eliminate mold, control bacteria and the spread of airborne viruses and reduce airborne particles and germs that get past normal filtration solutions. Their  technology involves an all-natural process and produces no harmful by-products such as ozone or ultraviolet light, commonly found in many other products.  Best of all, their systems can help drastically lower operating and maintenance costs.

Travel: TripIt

We have all done it.  Try to save time and money by handling our own travel arrangements — booking the airline, car, hotel, getting the maps and then finding things to do and places to eat — in a word travel chaos.  Gregg Brockway the Executive Vice President at TripIt joins Craig to discuss a new travel app that eliminates travel chaos by organizing every part of your trip with a master online itinerary.  Technology that simplifies the internet travel experience.

Airline Tech: AvJet biotech

Craig is joined by Don Evans the CEO at AvJet Biotech who have developed a remarkable new fuel refining technique with the Applied Energy Research Laboratory at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  This refining process produces “drop-in” (identical performance) military JP-8 jet aviation fuel, arctic diesel fuel or premium grade gasoline.  The fuels are developed from triglycerides (fatty acids) derived from micro-organic algae or non-food feedstocks. Currently they are focused on production of 20 liters of JP-8 per hour (roughly 5 gallons) and that will increase within the next eighteen months. A move off campus will allow them to produce up to 40,000 gallons per month before launch of a 10 million gallons per year model plant that may be replicated in strategic locations nationwide.

Airline Tech and Security:  Professor Jeff Price

Craig will be joined by Jeff Price a Professor of Aeronautical Science at the Metropolitan State College at Denver.  They will be discussing airline and airport security 10 years post 9-11 and the future technological challenges to aviation security as well as air traffic controller and Pilot fatigue.  An interesting interview for anyone who has to fly.

Airline Safety: AmSafe

Airbags — our cars now have many of them but what about when we travel by air — Well Craig’s next guest is Joe Smith a Vice President at AmSafe.  They are the world leader in safety and security for the aerospace and defense transportation industries.  Their new benchmark in air safety is the inflatable restraint.  AmSafe is ready to meet passenger seat restraint needs with the most advanced technology available.

Fractional Ownership of Airplanes:  AvantAir

For all of us time is a non-renewable resource. Fractional ownership provides an air travel experience that will save you time and even enjoy.   Other pluses are no check-in, no TSA/Security checks with no layovers and no lost luggage.  Have an airplane where and when you want it.  Steve Santo the CEO of Avant Air joins Craig to discuss their services that can be used by anyone not just the rich and famous.  With no hourly fees and their unique monthly billing program that combines all yearly management fees and flight hour charges into one total payment, and then breaks it down into equal monthly installments. The result is virtually the same bill every month, with no budget-breaking surprises.  With fuel costs soaring, Avantair is able to provide the lowest fuel surcharge in the industry, which allows you to keep your travel costs down and use your dollars more wisely.  Check it out — it might just be the way for you to travel.

Aviation Weather: WSI

One thing that has been in the news lately in Weather and Weather related catastrophes.  Craig’s next guest is Paul Devlin a Aviation Decision Support Mgr at WSI whose job is to help deliver the most accurate, extensive aviation weather data on the market today in a format designed specifically for your area of expertise. They provide corporate flight departments, air carriers, fixed base operators and airports with innovative products that allow our customers to make proactive, decisive and confident decisions – keeping pilots, passengers and ground crews safe and operations running smoothly.

Airline Safety – National Air Traffic Controllers Assoc.

It has been all over the news — Air Traffic Controllers have been falling asleep at their desks putting airline travelers and crew in jeopardy.  Craig is joined by the Director of Safety and Technology at NATCA about what they are doing not only about this current issue but about what is required of those who control our skies.  They have to juggle a variety of variables and complex scenarios and adapt to ever-changing situations while keeping their composure.  This results in our aviation sector being the safest in the world.

Airline Safety: Near Field Communications

Ajay Paul the North American Head of MindTree‘s Travel and Transportation Industry Group joins Craig to discuss Near Field Communication and the services it can offer to the airline industry.

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