The Spin-Up Show Episode 8 Show Notes (4/9/17)

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This week for NAI:

  • 55 subscribers on YouTube
  • Two new articles: April Fools’ Day Pranks and Should you get a VPN
  • New video: Is Google Cardboard Still Worth It?
  • Live unboxing on the show

 

Articles:

 

 

  • Apple will begin making all its own GPUs: https://www.wired.com/2017/04/apples-making-gpu-control-destiny/
    • Previously partnered with Imagination Technologies to make GPUs
    • Siri uses machine learning which GPUs run much more efficiently than CPU’s
    • Apple already makes all their own CPUs
    • Imagination Technologies: “Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination’s technology, without violating Imagination’s patents, intellectual property, and confidential information.”

 

  • Microsoft reveals Xbox Project Scorpio specs: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/6/15204264/project-scorpio-specifications-microsoft-xbox
    • 6 teraflops, PS4 Pro has 4.2
    • 12GB GDDR5 RAM
    • Custom Jaguar-based processor, not Ryzen
    • Scorpio’s GPU runs at 1172 MHz, Xbox One runs at 853 MHz and PS4 Pro runs at 911 MHz
    • Microsoft says all Xbox games should run at 4K native on Scorpio
    • No dedicated Kinect port, but HDMI, 4K Blu-ray drive
    • HTRF audio developed by HoloLens team
    • Design will be revealed at E3

 

  • Apple has updated the specs of the Mac Pro and is working on an entirely new one: https://www.cnet.com/products/apple-mac-pro-2017/preview/
    • Six cores in lower-end version, eight in higher-end version, each up two cores since 2013
    • Can now be configured up to 64GB RAM and two AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB VRAM each
    • Still no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3
    • Phil Schiller says Apple is “completely rethinking the Mac Pro”
    • iMacs and new Apple displays are also in the works

 

 

  • Arduino’s new CEO may have faked his academic record: https://www.wired.com/2017/04/arduinos-new-ceo-federico-musto-may-fabricated-academic-record/
    • Federico Musto is the new CEO of Arduino
      • Owns 50% stake as of last October
      • Listed as having a PhD from MIT and an MBA from NYU
        • Neither university has records of him attending
        • Musto told WIRED the degrees listed on his LinkedIn page were wrong
        • Musto: “It’s true, it’s my fault, sometimes I try to squeeze and say, yes I got the MBA”
        • Claimed not to have written the LinkedIn or Facebook bios
        • Musto’s LinkedIn profile now only shows his kindergarten

 

 

 

  • Amazon launches Amazon Cash: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/03/amazon-launches-amazon-cash-a-way-to-shop-its-site-without-a-bank-card/
    • At participating stores, users can transfer cash to their Amazon account
      • Show barcode with account details at register
      • Available at CVS, Speedway, Family Fare, etc. with more stores to be added in the future
    • Similar to PayPal’s My Cash Card
    • Good for kids who get paid allowance in cash or don’t have a credit or debit card
    • Users visit amazon.com/cash to get their unique barcode
      • Can also be printed

 

  • Google’s AI video classifier needs work: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/4/15177512/google-youtube-content-ai-fooled-tricked
    • Video classifier uses the frames of the video to make tags for the video
      • Eg: A video with animals might be given the tags “animal,” “wildlife,” “zoo,” or “nature”
    • When a one-frame image of a car was added every two seconds, one suggested tag was “Audi”
      • This method could be used to get around YouTube finding out about illegal content on the platform
    • This system is currently not being used on YouTube

 

 

  • Nikkei reports Apple bought 70 million OLED panels from Samsung

 

    • Display on iPhone 8 expected to be about 5.8 inches

 

 

  • Netflix’s Chief Product Officer is leaving: https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/08/netflix-neil-hunt-leaving/
    • Neil Hunt is leaving in July after being with Netflix for 18 years
    • Greg Peters, who has worked in various business and product development within the company for nine years, will be replacing Hunt
    • Chief Talent Officer Tawni Cranz who has been with Netflix since 2007 is also leaving

 

  • Alcatel Flash announced with dual selfie cameras: http://wccftech.com/alcatel-flash-dual-camera-both-sides/
    • Has Helio X20 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage
      • 10 core processor is faster than Galaxy S6 and Note 5
    • One selfie sensor is color (8MP), other is monochrome (5 MP)
    • Back cameras: Dual Sony IMX258 13MP sensors with F/2.0 aperture
    • Portrait-like mode like on iPhone 7 Plus
    • “Super Selfie Mode” and “Super Fine Mode” images exportable in RAW
    • 3,100 mAh battery and fingerprint sensor on rear

 

  • FBI paid Geek Squad to search computers for child porn: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/3/15163750/fbi-best-buy-geek-squad-informant-child-porn-case
    • Multiple Geek Squad techs received “hundreds of dollars” from FBI
    • Geek Squad will notify FBI if illegal material is discovered
    • Talk about Fourth Amendment, illegal search and seizure
    • Several employees received either $500 or $1000 from FBI
    • One employee said they were working on software to automatically detect child porn on computers
    • Another employee said he was “extremely reluctant and irritated that the FBI gave [him] money, and [he] tried to give it back”
    • According to a Best Buy spokesperson, “Any decision to accept payment was in very poor judgement and inconsistent with our training and policies.  Three of these employees are no longer with the company, and the fourth has been reprimanded and reassigned”

 

  • Tesla is now worth more than Ford: https://www.recode.net/2017/4/3/15160462/tesla-ford-deliveries-record-sales
    • Tesla delivered 25,000 cars in the first quarter of 2017
    • Worth $47 billion vs. Ford’s $45 billion
      • Ford sold 237,000 cars in March, but Tesla’s cost more
    • Tesla suffered a loss of $773 million last year
    • Tesla is aiming to deliver 50,000 cars in the first half of 2017 and 500,000 cars by end of 2018
    • Elon Musk on self-driving features in the Model 3: “I think it would be morally wrong to withhold functionalities that improve safety simply in order to avoid criticisms or for fear of being involved in lawsuits”

 

  • A mega-telescope is trying to take a picture of a black hole: http://tcrn.ch/2nngEOs
    • Event Horizon Telescope, a “global web” of telescopes
    • Wants to capture the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy
    • Observations will run until April 14

 

 

 

  • Twitter Lite is a faster, leaner mobile web version of Twitter: http://www.theverge.com/2017/4/6/15203736/twitter-lite-mobile-web-data-saver
    • Focusing on emerging markets and users with bad internet
    • Takes less than a megabyte and shows images at low quality until they are tapped
    • Loads “to the point of interactivity” in under five seconds on 3G devices
    • Saves up to 70% on data and loads 30% faster
    • Progressive Web App (PWA) developed in cahoots with Google
      • Can send push notifications on Android
    • Available at mobile.twitter.com

 

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Alex Bulanov

I have always been passionate about technology! My parents used to say that I was born with a hammer in my hand (Russian saying). I make up half of the New and Improved team, along with my good friend Zach.

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