[TiG] Tech Talk 015: SOE, Smart TVs Are Spying On You, and Waze

Join Matt, Shane, and Yousef for episode 15 of Tech Talk, where we discuss this week’s tech news. On this week’s episode, we cover smart tvs that spy on you, net neutrality, science, and Waze.

Show Notes:

Tech / Consumer

  1. Obama’s executive order urges companies to sharecyberthreat data
    1. http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/13/obama-cybersecurity-order/
  2. Xiaomi, the biggest tech giant you’ve never heard of, is coming to the US
    1. http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/2015/0213/Xiaomi-the-biggest-tech-giant-you-ve-never-heard-of-is-coming-to-the-US-video
    2. http://www.mi.com/en/events/launch-jan
    3. http://en.miui.com/
  3. Ipad case that builds a physical, liquid-filled keyboardon screen
    1. http://www.cnet.com/products/tactus-phorm/
    2. Get ‘Phorm’ Now – https://www.getphorm.com/
  4. Raspberry PI 2 taken out by camera flash
    1. http://www.neowin.net/news/a-camera-flash-will-make-the-raspberry-pi-2-freeze-and-reboot
  5. Smart TV’s are spying on you
    1. Ads being insertted into ad free content: https://gigaom.com/2015/02/10/samsung-tvs-start-inserting-ads-into-your-movies/
    2. Admit to recording sound: http://www.cnet.com/au/news/samsungs-warning-our-smart-tvs-record-your-living-room-chatter/
    3. Shared with a third part: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31296188?ocid=socialflow_twitter
    4. LG requires spying to use their smart tv: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140511/17430627199/lg-will-take-smart-out-your-smart-tv-if-you-dont-agree-to-share-your-viewing-search-data-with-third-parties.shtml
    5. Stopping the spying could be illegal: http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2015/02/10/samsung_s_smarttv_disabling_its_eavesdropping_could_violate_dmca.html
  6. Sprint admits net neutrality is good for customers
    1. http://bgr.com/2015/02/11/sprint-vs-att-t-mobile-net-neutrality/

Video Games

  1. Daybreak Game Company Laying off San Diego and Austin Studios
    1. https://www.thatsitguys.com/news/daybreak-game-company-aka-sony-entertainment-online-laying-off-san-diego-austin-studios
  2. Panasonic entering the VR headset world
    1. http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/13/panasonics-vr-headset/

Stupid News

  1. GoogleHelpouts is shutting down
    1. https://support.google.com/helpouts/answer/6167468?authuser=0
  2. Applemay be making electric cars
    1. http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/13/apple-titan-electric-car/
    2. Could be self-driving – http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/14/us-apple-autos-idUSKBN0LI0IJ20150214?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews
  3. Car hacked via internet/GMOnstar and taken over
    1. Video autoplay warning: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/car-hacked-on-60-minutes/
      1. Also of note, Michael Hastings’ death
        1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Hastings_(journalist)#Allegations_of_foul_play.2C_and_assertions_to_the_contrary
  4. Tesla working on home-battery business
    1. http://www.cnet.com/news/tesla-to-make-battery-for-in-home-use-production-to-begin-in-6-months/
  5. Google stink-o-meter helps stinky people
    1. http://www.engadget.com/2015/02/14/google-patent-omg-whats-that-smell/
    2. Google’s patient: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/8950238.pdf
  6. Miami cops try to floodWaze with bad data.
    1. https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150209/12580529961/miami-cops-flood-waze-with-bogus-speed-trap-data-dont-understand-how-crowd-sourcing-works.shtml
  7. Facebook rejecting Native American names
    1. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/native-americans-blocked-from-using-facebook-when-using-fake-indigenous-given-names-10038142.html

Most Certainly Science & Laser Shit

  1. Virus simulation
    1. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150208152758.htm
  2. Zooming contacts
    1. http://newsrule.com/scientists-create-contact-lens-magnifies-blink-eye/
  3. Laser mapping Amazon to look for ancient civilizations
    1. http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-31467619

Shane Paris

​Shane is the founder and Technical Editor-in-Chief here at That's It Guys. He enjoys Star Trek, 80s and 90s action movies, and everything tech related. Shane is highly skilled with computer hardware, software, and electronics.