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Weekly Tech Roundup

5 new Tesla vehicles coming by the end of the decade – Tesla has long been a 1-car company. From when it first started production of the Roadster in 2008 to the end of the program and the start of Model S production in 2012. [electrek]

The Fatal Mistake That Doomed Samsung’s Galaxy Note – After reports of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire spread in early September, Samsung Electronics Co. executives debated how to respond. Some were skeptical the incidents amounted to much, according to people familiar with the meetings, but others thought the company needed to act decisively. [wsj]

iFixit’s Pixel teardown shows us the innards of Google’s latest phone – Google started shipping its its Pixel and Pixel XL phones earlier this week, and the team at iFixit documented their teardown, showing off the insides of the company’s new device. [the verge]

7 drone-based business ideas for 2017 – Drones have arrived. We’ve seen a plethora of ideas springing up around drones and their potential uses for business – aerial surveying and reporting, real estate assessment, wedding photos, sports action photos, to name a few. [venture beat]

Flight of the Brexit Bankers – Where in Europe will they go? If London loses its luster, Dublin and Frankfurt look like winners, but places like Warsaw—yes, Warsaw—stand to gain, too. [bloomberg]

The iPod is now 15 years old – Fifteen years ago, on October 23, 2001, Apple cofounder and former chief executive Steve Jobs unveiled the iPod, nine months after Apple introduced its iTunes music software. [venture beat]

Google quietly made a major privacy policy change — and barely anyone noticed – For almost 10 years, Google promised to protect users’ privacy from advertisers by keeping personally identifiable information about its users, gleaned from Gmail accounts and other Google services, separate from its subsidiary DoubleClick’s database of web-browsing records. [business insider]

Apple Adds ARM Support to macOS Sierra Kernel –  Apple has added support for an ARM chip to macOS Sierra 10.12, reports Techtastic. [iClarified]

Bill Gates: He eats Big Macs for lunch and schedules every minute of his day – meet the man worth $80 billion [telegraph]

How massive DDoS attacks are undermining the Internet – On Friday morning, I awoke to find that our company-wide single sign-on and cloud storage was disrupted due to the massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against domain host Dyn. [tech crunch]

The Weird Economics Of Ikea – Ikea is a behemoth. The home furnishing company uses 1 percent of the planet’s lumber, it says, and the 530 million cubic feet of wood used to make Ikea furniture each year pulls with its own kind of twisted gravity. [fivethirtyeight]

Siri compared to new Google Assistant in extensive video, holds her own – With the release of Google Assistant, supplanting Google Now on the new Pixel with Android 7.1, Google’s speech recognition/AI engine is supposed to be more personable and less robotic. [9to5mac]

Instagram appears to be testing live video – Facebook’s all-out embrace of live video appears to be heading to Instagram. A new report from a Russian news site shows live functionality embedded into Instagram stories. [the verge]

Pokémon Go made you walk 25 percent more than you used to – In a month, America walked an additional 144 billion steps, a new Stanford/Microsoft study says. [recode]

Full(er) House: Exposing high-end poker cheating devices – In 2015, I stumbled upon a post in an underground forum, discussing how someone was ripped off at a poker table by a very advanced poker cheating device. From what I understood at that time, the post being in Chinese, the device was able to remotely read card markings to inform the cheater who will win the next hand. [elie]

What Does Nevada’s $35 Billion Fund Manager Do All Day? Nothing – Steve Edmundson has no co-workers, rarely takes meetings and often eats leftovers at his desk. With that dynamic workday, the investment chief for the Nevada Public Employees’ Retirement System is out-earning pension funds that have hundreds on staff. [wsj]

Weekly Tech Roundup

I must apologise for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been very busy making an app called Hey Jude get up and running. Now, on to the tech news roundup.

Cell C offers the best Apple iPhone 7 deals in South Africa – Cellphone bill optimisation company Tariffic has released its list of the best iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus contract deals in South Africa. [mybroadband]

Samsung is adding some of the Note 7’s software features to the Galaxy S7 – Like it or not, the Galaxy Note 7 is gone for good. However, you’re getting a small treat if you switched from the Note 7 to another Samsung phone. [engadget]

Samsung expects to lose $3.1 billion in profits over Note 7 recall – Samsung has already revised its earnings forecast for the current quarter, estimating that it will lost $2.3 billion in profits over the discontinuation of the Note 7. [android central]

The iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack has turned out just fine – Remember when Apple’s decision to ship the iPhone 7 without a standard headphone jack was a big controversy? [recode]

It is now a federal crime to bring a Galaxy Note 7 onto an airplane – The Federal Aviation Administration officially banned Galaxy Note 7s from being brought onto airplanes earlier this week, and under a new Emergency Restriction / Prohibition Order, it’s now a federal crime to fly with the device. [the verge]

Uber’s Ad-Toting Drones Are Heckling Drivers Stuck in Traffic – Drivers stuck in traffic in Mexico City lately have found themselves being buzzed by a fleet of sign-toting drones. [mit technology review]

Instagram arrives on Windows 10 PCs and tablets, still not on iPad – Facebook is expanding the availability of its Instagram Windows 10 app to both PC and tablets. While Instagram first debuted on Windows 10 Mobile back in April, the app was restricted to Microsoft’s mobile phones. [the verge]

BMW’s motorcycle concept is so smart you won’t need a helmet to ride it – Motorcycles aren’t exactly safe, but BMW envisions a future where two-wheel vehicles have enough onboard intelligence to make it possible for drivers to use them without protective clothing. [tech crunch]

Here’s a first look at Microsoft’s new Paint app for Windows 10 – Microsoft is completely overhauling its Paint app, and the new version is designed to be a Universal Windows app with pen- and touch-friendly features. [the verge]

A new device approved by the FDA could radically change the lives of diabetics – The life of a type-1 diabetes patient is not easy. The disease affects every minute of your existence, and can reduce your life expectancy by as much as 15 years. [qz]

Ditching the office to work in paradise as a “digital nomad” has a hidden dark side – After launching NomadList and RemoteOk, Pieter Levels became something of a common name in the burgeoning digital nomad community. Online he could be seen posting photos from Hong Kong one day, and tweeting from Thailand the next. [qz]

Two Undiscovered Dark Moons Appear to Be Hiding Near Uranus – Best. Headline. Ever. [gizmodo]

Android Devices That Contain Foxconn Firmware May Have a Secret Backdoor – Some Android devices that contain firmware created by Foxconn may be vulnerable via a debugging feature left inside the OS bootloader, which acts as a backdoor and bypasses authentication procedures for any intruder with USB access to a vulnerable phone. [softpedia]

South African online shops on credit card skimming list – An investigation by Dutch developer Willem de Groot revealed that thousands of online stores, including numerous South African websites, have been compromised and are stealing users’ credit card details. [mybroadband]

The iPhone 7 is out in South Africa – here are every major network’s contract deals – Want an iPhone 7 with 150MB of data per month? Cell C has your back. [bwthblog]

2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan to be first car with wireless CarPlay built-in, coming in February – The 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan will be the first car to hit market and support wireless CarPlay. [9to5mac]

How to watch porn on PlayStation VR [NSFW] – Playstation VR has finally arrived, and so of course you might be asking the important questions. Like whether it’s possible to access porn while using it. [vrheads]

Google Pixel: Why controlling both software and hardware matters – Cough, iPhone, Cough! [android central]

Apple News Doesn’t Support Video Embedding

I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Apple News platform as I think it can be a great tool for publishers. At the moment, it pulls an RSS feed from my site (and any other site included on Apple News) and formats it nicely for the iPhone and iPad.

Earlier on this evening, I posted two articles with Youtube videos embedded in them. One was a Tim Cook interview and the other was that 5k iMac getting obliterated by an anti-tank cannon.

Shortly after I posted those articles, they both showed up in Apple news. Minus the videos. That is quite a big problem. Those articles are pretty shitty without the main video content. There was no indication that the video was missing, it was just gone.

Missing Video

So far I am loving Apple News but I feel this is quite an oversight at best. Lets hope that Apple has a solution to this sooner rather than later. They have indicated that they want to move away from pulling in feeds to publishers actually creating their content within Apple’s News Publisher section on iCloud. They could possibly have a solution once that happens.

Another interesting thing is that Apple offers no analytics on the views/reads you get through Apple News if your article is pulled from a feed. They also remove embedded adverts and have no way of monetising feed content. They have indicated that both advertising and analytics will be available when using News Publisher once it is released.

With most iOS content blockers blocking Google Analytics and no analytics info from Apple News, I wonder how many publishers will be seeing a dive in their analytics shortly?

As always, I’ll keep you updated…

The War on Online Advertising Has Started

Between Apple allowing content blockers on iOS and Google blocking flash advertisements, the whole world of online advertising is set up to change.

Google has announced that they will be lowering the search ranking of sites with large popup adverts pushing you to install their app.

Google Preferred Adverts

I know those apps are really annoying and I’m happy that Google will be pushing sites to remove them.

Apple is understandably okay with blocking web adverts as they don’t supply, use or make money from them. Google however does. So why is Google blocking certain types of adverts and trying to discourage others?

Well I think the rise of content blockers is forcing online advertisers to adapt. If they make their adverts less intrusive and less annoying, you might be less lightly to install a content blocker. That will enable them to still provide (and make money from) adverts.

I think this could be a big win for consumers. And just remember, if all else fails, just install a decent content blocker and be on your way.

Design Flaw vs Idiot

You may have seen in the news that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a “design flaw.” Android Police has widely publicised this with both that article and a YouTube video.

The so called “design flaw” is that if you insert the S Pen backwards it breaks. Either the phone stops detecting the S Pen or the S Pen gets stuck.

Some poor guy at Samsung actually had to respond to this:

We highly recommend our Galaxy Note 5 users follow the instructions in the user guide to ensure they do not experience such an unexpected scenario caused by reinserting the S-Pen in the other way around.

Very rarely do I side with Samsung on something but this is complete bullshit. It is one thing to expect companies to make a device that is reasonably safe to use but to expect them to recall millions of devices because they aren’t idiot proof is a bit of a stretch.

This is kind of like expecting Apple to recall their Ear Pods because they can get damaged when inserted in wall socket.

FFS people, this isn’t a design flaw. Calm down, be careful and I’m sure you won’t fuck it up. I’ve gone my entire life without inserting the wrong thing into the wrong hole or inserting the right thing backwards into the right hole. But you say “What about the kids, they won’t know better!” well I say, “don’t give your kids your phone.”

Okay, I’m glad we had this talk. Now be safe out there in this dangerous world filled with backwards inserting S Pens.

Update

At least Wired seems to agree with me! They just have some more tact.

[Android Police]

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