Show Notes, June 9th, 2014

We are joined by David Cravit to talk about
a very cool sounding conference
Martin joins Rose and Lena to talk about tech
we talk about surveillance
and uber / lift
and airbnb
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New smartphone chip will beam high-definition holograms as early as 2015 Just imagine: a smartphone that projects 3D holograms into thin-air. If you can wait until the end of next year, and if you can believe the claims being made by a well-funded company called Ostendo, then your next handset could be capable of just…
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ASUS shows off a 14-inch USB touchscreen monitor ASUS is demoing quite a few alleged “world firsts” at its Computex booth. In addition to a 32-inch curved LED monitor, there’s a 14-inch USB touch monitor on hand here in Taipei. We’re used to seeing USB monitors here — ASUS had one at this same…
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MIT’s robotic limbs pave the way for real-life Doc Ock (video) Two groups of MIT scientists are working on robotic limbs, which when worn together can make you look like one famous comic book villain: Doctor Octopus. Unlike prosthetic limbs developed to replace real ones, the teams’ (from MIT’s d’Arbeloff…
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Bitcoin rival rewards you for archiving history instead of doing useless math Other than generating lucre, Bitcoin mining does nothing but waste of time and energy. That’s why researchers from Microsoft and the University of Maryland have developed “Permacoins” which reward you for actually doing something useful: backing up…
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SiME Google Glass knock-off is held together with Scotch Tape It’s not exactly a good sign when your product’s being held together with Scotch Tape. But that’s actually one of the main points of distinction between the SiME Smart Glass and Google’s version of the wearable — that and a much lower price point,…
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This $295 battery-powered unicycle could replace your Segway Ah, the sweet memory of learning to ride a bike with training wheels! My hands are sweaty, and my ego a bit damaged after spending a half-hour learning to ride a battery-powered unicycle called the Pinwheel. This $295 gadget is one of the more…
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Keurig’s coffee copy protection should take just months to crack Much like printer makers barring cheap ink, Keurig is using elaborate methods to block third-party coffee pods; its upcoming Keurig 2.0 machine will have cameras that read tags and limit you to official brews. Think of it as K-cup copy protection….
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The man behind Words with Friends is creating a VR game, partnering with Oculus It looks like dogfighting in spaceships isn’t the only virtual reality experience being co-published by Oculus VR. The creative lead behind mobile hit Words with Friends, Paul Bettner, has a new studio, and that studio is creating a “made-only-for-VR…
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Gun company figures out how to shoot around corners using Google Glass TrackingPoint is a startup that’s building smart weapons, like rifles with targeting scopes that’ll turn a rank amateur into a crack sniper. Now, the company is working on ShotView, a system that’ll separate the user form the sight entirely, which is…
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Amazon’s likely announcing its new phone on June 18th (update: yep, it’s a phone) What has six cameras, a large screen and tracks your head? Amazon’s new phone, probably. The company’s first handset has been long rumored and occasionally leaked, but now the company seems ready to make it official: Jeff Bezos is hosting a hitherto…
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Verizon slaps Netflix with cease and desist letter over error message (Update: Netflix responds!) In this digital age, it can be nice to receive a letter. Not so much if you’re Netflix, and the letter is a cease and desist from an angry Verizon. The contents of said letter are in relation to claims from Netflix (as published on Quartz) that error…
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Aereo finally brings live television to your $35 Chromecast Heads up, cord-cutters: those of you who own Chromecasts and live where streaming startup Aereo operates can now use both to bring live TV to your, well, TV. All it takes (besides the prerequisite hardware and Aereo subscription) is the newly updated…
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Healthcare.gov revamp promises simpler sign-ups It’s almost universally accepted that Healthcare.gov’s launch was an absolute nightmare. The next iteration may very well not be, thanks to the new blood that’s been working tirelessly on a redesign since last November. As Wired tells it, once the…
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Google Play Movies & TV gets offline viewing on Chromebooks, info cards in Chrome browsers Google has unleashed a Chrome add-on for the video on-demand arm of its Play store, a move that also to combat the notion that Chromebooks die and wither away from internet connections. Just as promised, the add-on lets the ChromeOS devices store…
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Happy 30th birthday, Tetris It’s been 30 years since Alexey Pajitnov crafted the world’s most popular game of all time, while as an employee of the Soviet Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Tetris spent the next 10 years bouncing onto every computer and arcade machine, including…
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The world’s largest video game collection just went up for auction Meet Michael Thomasson. He’s a 41-year-old video game historian who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest video game archive. Now he wants someone else to have it. Thomasson admits that he’d rather not sell his 11,000+ game collection,…
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Tesla may soon resume New Jersey sales after ban is overturned Tesla needn’t be furious with New Jersey anymore after a new bill has passed that could lift of a ban on direct-to-customer sales in the state. After Governor Chris Christie assisted the Motor Vehicle Commission in putting the kibosh on its electric…
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After 54 years as vaporware, the web’s oldest ancestor is released In 1960 Ted Nelson, the man who coined the term “hypertext”, began work on his magnum opus — Xanadu. In late April, after 54 years of development, the complex document builder and viewer was finally released with little to no fanfare at a Chapman…
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HP’s Leap Motion keyboard to be sold separately for $99 The Leap Motion controller is currently present in three forms: a $74.99 standalone dongle, inside the special edition HP Envy 17 laptop and inside an HP keyboard. The dongle — with almost half a million units sold since launch — and the keyboard…
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Your smart TV can be hacked over the air, but it’s not likely It only makes sense that putting a TV online theoretically exposes it to hackers, but it’s now clear that those hacks don’t have to go through conventional internet pipelines. A team of Columbia University researchers has published details of a…
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UK to introduce new road laws allowing the use of self-driving cars Not to be left behind by developments in the US, the UK government is set to rewrite road laws to allow self-driving cars on Britain’s roads. According to Mail Online, science minister David Willetts has already opened discussions with the Department…
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Kim Dotcom offers whistleblowers $5 million to help Megaupload’s case The basic facts of how Megaupload was shut down in 2012 are public knowledge. But the founder of the file-sharing service, Kim Dotcom, believes there’s a subtext to what really happened — and he’s looking for your help to prove it. In essence, he…
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Minecraft maker’s newest game blends cliffs, horses and Dogecoin Markus “Notch” Persson is mainly known as the man behind Minecraft, but he’s quickly developing a reputation for eccentric games that cover everything from speed typing to existential drama. If there’s any doubt, you just have to look at his latest…
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‘The Sims 4’ launches this September on PC You like playing with people’s lives, right? When The Sims 4 hits this fall, you’ll be able to take that to an entirely new level. Your virtual people will have “heart,” can die of laughter and you can import someone else’s custom person (or house,…
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Amazon takes on PayPal with subscription-based payments With plenty of third-party sellers populating its online store, Amazon is well accustomed to playing the middleman for processing transactions. Now the e-tailer’s taking that middleman role one step further; it will now manage monthly subscription…
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Sony Dinged $400,000 By FCC Over Hearing Aid Compatibility The Federal Communications Commission today said that Sony Mobile will voluntarily make a $400,000 payment after it was found to violate U.S. law requiring devices to be compliant with hearing aids. The FCC discovered that Sony sold non-compliant devices during a 12-month period in 2011 and 2012. In addition to the payment for selling devices that don’t work with hearing aids, Sony agreed to name
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Millions of Smart TVs Vulnerable To ‘Red Button’ Attack An anonymous reader writes “Researchers from Columbia University’s Network Security Lab discovered a flaw affecting millions of Smart TVs supporting the HbbTV standard. The flaw allows a radio-frequency attacker with a low budget to take control over tens of thousands of TVs in a single attack, forcing the TVs to interact with any website on their behalf — Academic paper available online.&quo
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Microsoft’s vision of the ‘smart home’ from 1999 was stunningly accurate Back in 1999, Microsoft released a promotional video detailing its vision of a futuristic “smart home.” Clips from the past like these are usually good for some laughs as the predictions presented typically prove to be way off the mark but this particular video from Microsoft is so incredibly spot-on…
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Google planning to spend $1B on Internet satellites, says WSJ Google is planning to spend more than $1 billion on low-

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