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  • Tech News Today 1775: Drone FUD

    Tech News Today (Video-HI)

    The New York Times reported on a document that shows how the Trump administration is asking Congress for the ability to capture or destroy any drone from the sky that they deem a threat to a "covered facility." The report also absolves any of those people from any legal action that might result from the capture or destruction of those drones.

    Google can now prove to advertisers that you're buying stuff, even if you're buying it in a brick and mortar store. The company announced a new tool that uses credit card receipts to track purchases in physical stores, and they're using machine learning to do it.

    Intel announced plans to make the Thunderbolt 3 specification royalty-free, removing a barrier for hardware manufacturers that want to use the data transfer spec in their products. Intel is also integrating Thunderbolt 3 into its CPUs, which it hopes will help drive adoption of the protocol in devices and peripherals using Intel's chips.

    We also talk about DJI's new $500 Spark drone, malware in subtitles, walking on water, and the debate that never dies: GIF VS GIF.

    Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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  • Windows Weekly 519: It's Brad's Fault

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    New Surface Pro leaks, and leaks again, and is then announced. The biggest news? Now, it's a laptop. Creators Update: 18 percent of all Windows 10 PCs are now running the latest version - and Microsoft announces that the rollout is on track. Windows 10 China Government Edition: Microsoft bends over backwards for the government with the largest body of consumers on earth. Windows 10 S: those with assistive needs can get Windows 10 Pro upgrade for free, no support for Linux subsystem. Comparing Google I/O to Build 2017: Microsoft offers dreams, Google is rooted in reality. Xbox One S bundles are $50 off right now.

    • Tip of the week: Surface Pro 4 is now on sale.
    • App pick of the week: Duolingo
    • Enterprise pick of the week: Microsoft Introduces Low Priority VMs to Cut Batch Processing Pricing - price reductions up to 80%
    • Codename pick of the week: Jasper or Jupiter, @timedrifter found the name on msft website
    • Beer pick of the week: Rhinegeist Cougar

    Hosts: Leo Laporte, Paul Thurrott, and Brad Sams

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  • All About Android 319: Camp Google

    All About Android (Video-HI)

    This week, we'll be discussing everything Google announced at Google IO, an interview with a trio of Android's executives, standalone Daydream devices, ASUS Zenfone AR, and more!

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    Hosts: Jason Howell, Florence Ion, and Ron Richards

    Guest: Joshua Vergara

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  • Security Now 613: WannaCry Aftermath

    Security Now (Video-HI)

    This week we examine a bunch of WannaCry follow-ups, including some new background, reports of abilities to decrypt drives, attacks on the Killswitch, and more. We also look at what the large StackOverflow site had to do to do HTTPS, the Wi-Fi security of various properties owned by the US president, more worrisome news coming from the UK's Teresa May, the still sorry state of certificate revocation, are SSDs also subject to RowHammer-like attacks? Some miscellany, and closing the loop with our listeners.

    We invite you to read our show notes.

    Hosts: Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte

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  • Tech News Today 1774: Toss Your Dongles

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    Microsoft introduced the new Surface Pro with configurations including Core m3 and Core i5 models up to Intel's seventh generation Kaby Lake processor. They utilize an improved hinge design, offer 13.5 hours of battery life, and support for the Surface Dial, but no longer include the Surface Pen inside the box.

    Microsoft is also making inroads with the Chinese government by creating a version of Windows 10 that's just for them. It's called the Windows 10 China Government Edition and it's based on Windows 10 Enterprise Edition.

    The Chaos Computer Club demonstrated how to fool a Samsung Galaxy S8's iris scanning technology to access the device. The process includes taking a digital picture of the owner's face from up to 15 feet away using the night mode setting, printing that photo onto paper, dropping a wet contact lens onto the eye ball, and flashing that in front of the phone to gain entry.

    Also in the news today, Google's AlphaGo beats the Go champion in their first round of play. The Netflix of China is failing and has pivoted to focus on the Chinese speaking community in the US, and Robocop has come to Dubai to detect your emotions.

    Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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  • MacBreak Weekly 560: My Special Tipple

    MacBreak Weekly (Video-HI)

    Tim Cook's wearable blood sugar monitor: will the Apple Watch soon save thousands of lives? WWDC is two weeks away, and we talk about the rumors and announcements we're hoping for. Apple's self-driving car is spotted on a Silicon Valley freeway. Apple Pay expands its reach. Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine explains why Apple Music will never have a free tier: music artists come first. iPhone NFC jailbreak lets iPhones talk to any NFC device. Apple vs Microsoft and Apple vs Google. Apple settles one patent dispute, but it might have much better luck with its next patent fight thanks to the Supreme Court.

    Hosts: Leo Laporte, Andy Ihnatko, and Rene Ritchie

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  • FLOSS Weekly 435: NPM

    FLOSS Weekly (Video-HI)

    npm is the package manager for JavaScript and the world's largest software registry. Discover packages of reusable code — and assemble them in powerful new ways. Use npm to install, share, and distribute code; manage dependencies in your projects; and share & receive feedback with others.

    Hosts: Randal Schwartz and Guillermo Amaral

    Guest: Isaac Z. Schlueter

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    Here's what's coming up for FLOSS in the future.

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  • Know How... 313: EPROM, X-Point, and a Dirty PC

    Know How... (Video-HI)

    How to save conditions on an Arduino for a sprinkler project, is X-Point worth getting for a home PC, first look at the Acer Predator z271t, and why you should clean your PC once in a while.

    Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

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  • Tech News Today 1773: Yes We Have No 1.7 Million Bananas

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    According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon has given away 1.7 million bananas. Bezos wanted to offer a free healthy snack to workers and non-workers around the company's headquarters, but now the company is disrupting the fruit economy with their freebies.

    The Guardian posted parts of Facebook's manual for its moderators that details how the social network handles potentially bad behavior on the network, revealing the complexities of how the company enforces its own ethical code.

    Microsoft co-founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen are just two of the big wigs investing 29 million dollars in Echodyne, an autonomous tech company behind the radar vision used in drones and self-driving cars. Echodyne's sensors are designed to work through the rain, snow, and other adverse weather conditions.

    Plus, The Supreme Court change how patent trolls do business, Ford replaces its CEO with the head of its autonomous car division, Bill Gates has a few books for you to read this summer, and Steve Kovach from Business Insider reveals what Google's experimental ATAP group has been up to since Regina Duggan left for Facebook.

    Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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  • iOS Today 346: Vacation Apps for your iPad

    iOS Today (Video-HI)

    Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone discuss the best apps for vacation planning. Leo likes TripIt and Google Trips. Megan likes SkyScanner and Destigogo. Plus, we compare Siri and Google Assistant for the iPhone.

    Hosts: Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone

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