Rapid-fire tech news!
1- Is CyanogenMod about to become Lineage Android Distribution?
2- AirPods unboxed: Apple’s other new wearable of the future
1- AMD crests Summit Ridge with Ryzen CPUs
2- AMD Introduces Radeon Instinct Machine Intelligence And Deep Learning Accelerators
3- Tile-based Rasterization in Nvidia GPUs
1- Android Things is the new IoT OS from Google, taking over from Project Brillo
2- Twitter update adds live video integration from Periscope
3- Hack Brief: Hackers Breach a Billion Yahoo Accounts. A Billion.
Uh-oh. That is a Billion, with a B folks. It was bad when it was 500-million back when Yahoo announced a hack in September. The tricky thing with these Yahoo hacks is that the actual hack event occurs much earlier (sometimes years) and investigations bring them full circle to the present day (whenever they announce). And the hits just keep on coming. More here.
4- Amazon Prime Air: First delivery by air
Air-mail has reached the last mile. Although Amazon deliveries aren’t your conventional snail mail, that makes this all the more significant. The twist here is that this is from the moment the user clicked “order” to delivery. Want to be blown away? It was with an autonomous drone. The showcase is 13-mins long. This is an historic event.
5- Here and Microsoft extend mapping deal, expanding into connected car data.
Microsoft integrated Here maps functionality into Win 8.1 as Microsoft wants to have something for everything in the handheld world. Here was that ticket and it seems this extension is aimed squarely at SatNav for cars but with added traffic updates and location services.
6- Microsoft fixes broken Windows 10 update that blocked Internet connectivity, broke DHCP
You need an update to restore your ability to update which was broken by an update. A reboot was a temporary work around. Microsoft seems to have released an update to fix this though.7- Microsoft releases new AI chatbot.Oh Tay. Zo will take it from here. Tay was nifty until it (she?) was turned racist. A.I. is “A” after all. Now Microsoft want to have another shot at this as the idea isn’t without uses (Telemarketing? yikes!). Zo might be coming to Skype (and others) soon.
1- First offshore wind farm in US waters delivers power to Rhode Island
1- Curiosity finds tantalizing clues as it ascends Martian mountain
2- Researchers create a tiny tractor beam that totes bacteria around
Tractor beams were a great (albeit not entirely fictional) tool in the Star Trek universe. Back in the 60s (!) the original series featured it prominently. IRL, a group of eggheads seem to have managed to build one, but all it can do so far is manipulate bacteria. One small step for man. Why you ask? Well, living cells don’t like to hold still and say cheese for the cameras. Smearing ruins the cells and therefore the shot.
1- As Uber Launches Self-Driving in SF, Regulators Shut It Down
2- Twitter cuts Dataminr access for law enforcement fusion centers
3- Google just published eight National Security Letters
4- Tom Wheeler to leave FCC on January 20 when Trump becomes president
5- California adopts first energy-efficiency standards for PCs in US
1- Two teens built this Lego robot to sign Christmas cards for them
Lego snaps into Christmas. There is something poetic about the dot-matrix style of the of the finished cards but hey, this is great. Using Lego-MindStorms, this project is a great example of what good tools in the hands of creative youngsters can do.