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What the Tech App of the Day: uConsent – KFDX

KFDX What the Tech App of the Day : uConsent KFDX WHAT THE TECH - There are hundreds of apps in both app stores that are built to bring two consenting adults together for an intimate relationship. This is not one of those apps. uConsent is an answer to recent allegations of sexual misconduct that have ...

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FCC documents reveal unannounced Samsung HMD Odyssey+ VR headset with same resolution per eye and field of view as the first Odyssey, new…

Ben Lang / Road to VR : FCC documents reveal unannounced Samsung HMD Odyssey+ VR headset with same resolution per eye and field of view as the first Odyssey, new “AMOLED+SFS” display   —  The Entire VR Industry in One Little Email  —  The Daily Roundup is our comprehensive coverage of the VR industry wrapped …

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Netflix signs exclusive deal with ‘Black-ish’ creator Kenya Barris

Netflix just announced a multi-year deal with Kenya Barris, creator of Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish. While Barris will remain an executive producer on those shows (and on the upcoming Besties), he will be exclusively developing new series for Netflix. The deal only covers TV, as Barris (who was one of the writers of Girls Trip) has a first-look movie deal at Fox. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter , which also cites sources who say the deal is for three years and is in the “high-eight-figure range.” “When my agents reached out to me about this little garage start-up called Netflix, I wasn’t sure what to think,” Barris said in a statement. “But after I talked to Netflix executives Ted Sarandos and Cindy Holland, I started to believe that maybe this mom-and-pop shop with only 130 million subscribers might just be something… so I decided to take a swing… a leap of faith if you will, and take a chance with the new kids on the block.” In the past year, Netflix shook up the television industry by signing big deals with Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy — Rhimes’ deal was reportedly worth $100 million, while Murphy’s was for $300 million. In each case, Netflix isn’t just betting on one big show. Rhimes and her production company Shondaland, for example, recently announced seven projects in development for the streaming service.

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Anki unveils Vector home robot that can detect your face, answer questions, and play games, shipping in October for $249.99, says it has sold 1.5M…

Sean Captain / Fast Company : Anki unveils Vector home robot that can detect your face, answer questions, and play games, shipping in October for $249.99, says it has sold 1.5M robots   —  If there's a robot uprising anytime soon, it seems unlikely to start in our living rooms.  Robotic vacuums like Roomba sell well because they are so handy.

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Everything is … less terrible

To hack: to study a system’s flaws and emergent properties, and use them for your own ends; to instil your own instructions into a computer’s memory, and coerce its microprocessor to run them. To pick at the air gaps and missed stitches in the many overlapping layers of software from which our modern world is woven. Et voilà , an entire industry, employing countless thousands. Information Security a.k.a. infosec. It is said that there are four PR people for every journalist in America, which seems high, but I expect the ratio of infosec people to actual hackers is higher yet, even if you count the proverbial script kiddies. For a long time it was where the counterculture techies went, the curmudgeons, the renegades, in black boots and leather and tattoos and colored hair. By no coincidence they also tended to include many of the smartest ones. (I’m a CTO and to this day I find interview questions about security are the best way to delineate the merely good from the excellent.) And by no coincidence they also included many angry, wounded, and/or terrible people. That was when the Internet was something people used from time to time, rather than the fundamental substrate of half of human activity. It was OK, as far as its users were concerned, for its walls to be built and defended (and only very rarely womanned, courtesy of infosec’s default oppressive, exclusionary, and often predatory sexual culture) by a cohort of … well … cranky assholes. Not all of them, I hasten to stress. But definitely a disproportionate number. That was part of its appeal, in many ways. Bad boys in leather who could spin up hard drives and ransom data from across the planet with a few opaque, wizardly shell scripts, in green text on black, using knowledge they’d won the hard way from online duels and grimoires — that was the Hollywood myth of the hacker, and the much-less-romantic real hackers loved it, as you’d expect, whatever color their notional hats might be

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Jack Dorsey defends Twitter on Sean Hannity’s radio show for not taking action against Alex Jones, denies Twitter "shadow bans" users based…

Sean Wolfe / Business Insider : Jack Dorsey defends Twitter on Sean Hannity's radio show for not taking action against Alex Jones, denies Twitter “shadow bans” users based on politics   —  - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey briefly called in to right-wing commentator Sean Hannity's radio show on Wednesday.

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ICO fundraising accelerated in 2018, but as regulatory scrutiny increases many blockchain projects are shutting out small investors and turning to…

Justina Lee / Bloomberg : ICO fundraising accelerated in 2018, but as regulatory scrutiny increases many blockchain projects are shutting out small investors and turning to private sales   —  - Initial coin offerings have raised a record amount this year  — Shift is taking place amid rising scrutiny from regulators

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Baidu says its DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100M devices, up from 50M just six months ago, and 200+ partners have launched 110…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Baidu says its DuerOS AI assistant is now installed on 100M devices, up from 50M just six months ago, and 200+ partners have launched 110 DuerOS-powered devices   —  Amazon's Alexa.  Microsoft's Cortana.  Apple's Siri.  The Google Assistant.  They're among the world's most popular voice assistants …

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Roku beats estimates in Q2 with revenues of $156.8M, up from $99.6M in Q2 2017, and net loss of $100K, as platform revenues grow 96% YoY to $90.3M;…

Janko Roettgers / Variety : Roku beats estimates in Q2 with revenues of $156.8M, up from $99.6M in Q2 2017, and net loss of $100K, as platform revenues grow 96% YoY to $90.3M; stock up ~9%   —  Ad-supported streaming continues to lift Roku's results: The company solidly beat market expectations with its Q2 2018 earnings …

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Roku brings The Roku Channel, its free ad-supported streaming video offering, to the web and updates navigation on devices to add Featured Free…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Roku brings The Roku Channel, its free ad-supported streaming video offering, to the web and updates navigation on devices to add Featured Free section   —  Roku's homepage also expanded to include ‘Featured Free’ content  —  Roku is today bringing its free, streaming entertainment destination …

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Apple says iOS’ Health Records, which improves patient data portability, now has 75+ different health institutions on board, up from 12, and uses open…

Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat : Apple says iOS' Health Records, which improves patient data portability, now has 75+ different health institutions on board, up from 12, and uses open standards   —  Apple's initiative to enable iPhone users to securely access and carry their own medical records has continued to expand …

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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile video startup NewTV closes on $1 billion

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new mobile video startup NewTV, now headed by CEO  Meg Whitman , has closed on a billion in new funding in round led by Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the company has confirmed. WndrCo, Katzenberg’s tech and media holding company, officially  announced the round’s close on Tuesday, following last month’s report from CNN which had first leaked the news of the billion-dollar investment. CNN’s report had attributed the funding to investors like Disney, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros, Entertainment One and other media companies, noting they had put in a combined $200 million. The company has now confirmed the investor lineup includes Hollywood studios 21st Century Fox, Disney, Entertainment One, ITV, Lionsgate, Metro Goldwyn Mayer, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, and Warner Media. On the technology side, it say Alibaba is invested. In addition, the round was led by strategic partners The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Liberty Global, and VC firm Madrone Capital. “More so than ever, people want easy access to the highest quality entertainment that fits perfectly into their busy, on-the-go lifestyles,” said Meg Whitman, CEO of NewTV, in a statement. “With NewTV, we’ll give consumers a user-friendly platform, built for mobile, that delivers the best stories, created by the world’s top talent, allowing users to make the most of every moment of their day.” NewTV had not shared much detail about its ambitions ahead of this fundraise, beyond its bigger goal of reinventing TV for the mobile era. Specifically, it’s interested in taking the sort of quality programming you’d find on a service like Netflix, broken up into smaller, bite-sized videos of 10 minutes or less – designed specifically for mobile viewing. In an interview with Variety , the company has now disclosed that NewTV will launch later in 2019 with a premium lineup of original, short-form series where each episode is 10 minutes long. The service will include both an ad-supported tier and an commercial-free plan, similar to Hulu. Its original content will include both scripted and unscripted shows, like sitcoms, dramas, reality shows, and documentaries, but not live TV like you’d find on Sling TV or YouTube TV, for example. NewTV will partner with producers to license their programming, but it won’t own or produce shows itself. Katzenberg also positioned NewTV – which the company says is only the “working title” for now – as something that’s not a direct competitor with Netflix, Hulu, or HBO, but is rather “a different use case.” As he told Variety, the difference isn’t just the length of the content, but that the NewTV platform itself will be built from scratch for the mobile viewing experience. In terms of distribution, NewTV will look to telco partnerships.

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Study shows how millions of customers in the US with very slow broadband speeds are paying the same price as those with much faster speeds (Karl…

Karl Bode / Motherboard : Study shows how millions of customers in the US with very slow broadband speeds are paying the same price as those with much faster speeds   —  Most Americans pay roughly the same price for their internet connection, even if their service is painfully slow.  —  Despite the ample hype …

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