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If you are making security focused Linux devices it makes sense to have encryption.

Hardware & Technology / It's snowing again where is my robot?
« on: January 29, 2018, 07:54:11 PM »
Still not there and it costs $4k.  I want it to do steps on the sidewalk and spread salt as needed.

Traffic / Google:Bulletin
« on: January 28, 2018, 02:16:48 PM »
Google testing and building hyper local news app of citizen journalists.

Google is building Bulletin, a hyperlocal community news service

I've always said the future of news was to go hyperlocal.

Water Cooler / You are being watched by The Man
« on: January 27, 2018, 01:09:07 PM »
ICE is now tracking where you drive.

ICE Gets Access to License Plate Recognition, Tracking System

Water Cooler / Resistant carbs
« on: January 02, 2018, 01:04:43 PM »
We may have already discussed these.  Allegedly you can eat these and not gain weight.

Eat This Carb and You Won't Gain Weight

Web Development / Do Blogs still matter?
« on: November 26, 2017, 01:30:42 PM »
Let's say you have knowledge on a topic that you concider pretty good. You write a series of how to articles on a new Blogger blog and publish.  You do little or nothing to promote the content, no swapping links with other bloggers, no advertisements.

Is that content ever going to get found?

Hardware & Technology / Plug in hybrid vehicles
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:50:24 PM »
Amidst all the talk about self driving and electrics, the plug in hybrid is getting overlooked.  Sure it's an interim solution but we are going to see more of these on the road before electrics become common.  Let's face it, if you have to drive 500 miles pretty regularly over a weekend to check up on aging parents a pure EV isn't going to cut it.

Water Cooler / Mazda makes breakthrough in engine technology
« on: October 25, 2017, 11:43:01 AM »

Traffic / Qwant privacy search engine.
« on: October 16, 2017, 12:03:00 AM »
Qwant is primarily a metasearch engine. Outside of France and Germany it draws most of its results from Bing.  It does have it's own crawler. It keeps no record of you, or your searches.  This is all very much like, except Qwant is based in France so unlike DDG it is outside of American law.

Qwant has an Android app and may have an ios app.

Hardware & Technology / 2017 One more try for a Linux phone
« on: October 11, 2017, 10:03:28 PM »
I'd love for this to succeed but without apps I don't see it gaining traction. But good luck to them.
Librem 5 smartphone hits its $1.5 million crowfunding goal - Liliputing

Hardware & Technology / Vivaldi working on Android browser
« on: September 29, 2017, 11:49:43 AM »
Good news.  Vivaldi is in the very early stages of developing an Android version of their browser.

I was getting worried that they would ignore the mobile sector.

Hardware & Technology / Tablets in 2017
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:11:32 PM »
Okay, fess up, how many tablets do you guys and gals have and what one do you use most: where, why and how?

I have an iPad.  Itís like 3 years old, still running like it was new, I use it everyday. I just updated it to iOS 11 and nothing broke.  I have no real justification for getting a new tablet other than Iím getting that antsy feeling like itís time to try something new.

Iíve been looking at Android tablets, anything standout there?

Iíve not looked at Windows 10 tablets.  Should I?

Traffic / Apple sells out starts using Google for Siri and Spotlight
« on: September 25, 2017, 11:33:44 PM »
Apple drops Bing starts using Google search for Siri and Spotlight searches.  The End is Near.

Hardware & Technology / 2017 Rumor: Amazon working on new Fire Phone
« on: September 24, 2017, 01:13:50 PM »
I'm forking this off from a previous thread about Cortana.

> Amazon Fire

I'm thinking it's just a matter of time before Amz comes out with a phone again.  They seem to be quietly building all the cloud infrastructure for it, photo storage, cloud storage, App Store, talking assistant, marketing outlet with increadable eyeballs, their own music and video streaming stores and their own OS.

Make low to mid price phones, build both Alexa and Cortana in, good speed, battery and screen and go.  Add instant coupons when you walk in a Whole Foods.  Bang.

Amazon appears to be coming out with a new Fire Phone designed for emerging markets.

1. Use current Android OS with full access to Google play store.
2. Target India and their high end market.
3. Focus more on the needs of the users not Amazons needs.
4. There is some disagreement among sources if the phone will be built around Alexa or not.  My gut hunch is Amazon would be a fool NOT to build the phone around Alexa.  Currently, Alexa is not ready, it needs to be able to open phone apps and do things with those verbally on Android.  I suspect that capability is coming.  Soon.

What about the high end developed market?  That market is owned by Apple and Samsung and a few others and it would be foolish for Amazon to try to go head to head against those players.  But maybe we get a hint here:

Andy Rubin wants Essential Phone to work with or play nice across different platforms.  Amazon is an investor.  So, when it is ready, maybe add Alexa to high end developed world phones?  And not just Essential, HTC already has Alexa in its U11 model and Huawei has it in it's Mate 9.  The point is get other phone manufacturers to fight your battle for you by building phones around an increasingly more capable Alexa.

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