b3podcast-logoPut on your tinfoil hats, because Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM have created an Artificial Intelligence Consortium! Also, we talk about iOS 10’s poor encryption, Samsung “fixes” 1 million Note 7’s (unlike their exploding washing machines), record labels are suing again, drilling holes in your iPhone 7, and the phenomenal YouTube growth of Zoie Burgher, the scantily clad and controversial Twitch streamer.

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Show Notes

Google, microsoft, facebook, amazon, and IBM create “AI Consortium” – http://www.tomshardware.com/news/google-microsoft-facebook-ai-consortium,32774.html

  • The consortium will accept other members in the future, including non-profits and activists, and they will get equal membership roles in the group along with the corporations. Other important AI players in the industry who seem to be missing from the group right now are Apple, Baidu, and OpenAI.
  • Stated Goals: The group wants to support research and recommend best practices in areas such as ethics, transparency, interoperability, privacy, reliability, and robustness of technology. It also aims to increase awareness and understanding about AI for the public, presumably so the public keeps seeing the rise of AI as a positive evolution, rather than a negative or dangerous one.
  • Privacy concerns(?)

MOBILE
iOS 10 features significantly worse encryption – http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/09/23/researchers-say-ios-10-backups-can-cracked-2500-times-faster/

  • Relates to locally encrypted iTunes backups
  • Secondary feature that bypasses a several security checks
  • Allows for hacker to brute force up to 6,000,000 passwords per second

Samsung announces 1+ million now using “Safe” Note 7s – http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-announces-1-million-customers-are-now-using-safe-Galaxy-Note-7-units_id85974?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+phonearena%2FySoL+%28Phone+Arena+-+Latest+News%29

  • They state that “hot” replacements are not a “safety concern”

Samsung has Exploding Washing Machines – http://gizmodo.com/feds-beware-of-samsungs-exploding-washing-machines-1787197589

  • the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that it was looking into some of Samsung’s top-loading washing machines because of “safety issues.”
  • Samsung, for its part, said it was in “active discussions” with CPSC over the issue, and released a very similar-sounding statement to the agency today.
  • “In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items,” the company said in a statement. “Samsung is recommending that consumers with affected models use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials. There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle.”

Blackberry officially stops makign hardware in-house (Will rely on outside vendors) – http://www.androidpolice.com/2016/09/28/blackberry-stop-developing-hardware-will-rely-manufacturing-partners-instead/

  • Focusing on software and security now

Secret Hack to Get Headphone Jack on the iPhone 7 – http://newsfromtheweb.com/please-dont-drill-new-iphone-7/

  • TechRax’s YouTube channel has over 5 million subscribers.
  • Drills a hole into the side of the iPhone as a gag and people appeared to have ruined their phones from it.  

SOCIAL
YouTube-to-MP3 Convert Site Sued by Major Record Labels – http://gizmodo.com/youtube-to-mp3-converter-site-sued-by-major-record-labe-1787166928

  • A group of major record labels—including Universal, Sony, Capitol and Warner Brothers—is suing YouTube-mp3.org, which rips audio from YouTube videos, for every single instance of piracy the site allegedly facilitated.
  • The plaintiffs claim YTMP3 provides and “facilitates…means for its users to engage in copyright infringement, while profiting from the infringement,” as well as violating YouTube’s terms of service. The record labels are suing for $150,000 in damages for every single case of alleged piracy—the site has over 60 million users per month. The BBC reportsthat they’re also requesting “a court order that would forbid web hosts, advertisers and other third parties from facilitating access to youtube-mp3.org.”
  • As evidence, the court document includes 300+ names the songs downloaded from YTMP3. Here’s a sampling: You’re Beautiful – James Blunt, All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor, Timber – Pitbull, etc.

Zoie Burgher is destroying YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5CMMrrX30w
GAMING
Integrating Touch controllers into Vive/Unreal Project took 10 minutes – https://twitter.com/machinimated/status/780884992696037377

  • Jonathan Perry – CEO of Ractive, VR Developer.  Former Cinematic Director at Bioware.  Mass Effect 1,2 | Dragon Age 1-3.

Sony Playstation 3 “Other OS” Class Action Settlement – https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/345512-sony-playstation-3-os-class-action-settlement/

  • After six years of litigation, Sony Computer Entertainment America (Sony) has reached a class action settlement with a reported 10 million PS3 console owners over its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3.
  • Sony locked out support for this feature in 2010
  • Plaintiffs claim that they and other Class Members were not informed that Sony retained the purported right to disable the advertised OS functionality feature of the PS3 and disclosure of this would have been crucial in their decision to purchase the “Fat” PS3.
  • Under the terms of the Sony Fat PS3 class action settlement, Sony has agreed to pay as much as $55 to as many as 10 million PS3 owners.
  • To get the full $55, gamers need to “attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality.”
  • Alternatively, gamers can get the $9 if they “attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010.”
  • Only gamers in the US who bought a “Fat” PS3 between Nov. 1, 2006 and Apr. 1, 2010 are eligible for the settlement offer.
  • Additionally, there is $2.25 million provided in the settlement in attorneys’ fees for the legal counsel that brought the claims against Sony.
  • Sony denies that it did anything wrong.
  • Class Members who wish to object to the terms of the settlement or wish to be excluded from the settlement must do so by Dec. 7, 2016.

Dualshock 3 Now Compatible with Windows PC version of the PS Now Application – http://www.keengamer.com/article/14238_dualshock-3-now-compatible-with-windows-pc-ps-now-app

  • Sony has passed through a new update for the Windows PC version of the PS Now application, now enabling users to use their DualShock 3 controllers with full functionality.
  • Previously, gamers could only use the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller to play games via PS Now. As it stands now, however, players will be able to use their DualShock 3’s as they would have done on their PlayStation 3’s for games with SixAxis motion support.
  • As I’ve tested it out, it seems as though it’s only able to work with a wired connection for now.  

Picky Typist Builds a custom keyboard out of Concrete – http://gizmodo.com/picky-typist-builds-a-custom-keyboard-out-of-concrete-1787179496

  • At a whopping 12 pounds it’s even heavier than IBM’s classic keyboards that typing purists obsess over, which means that no matter how furious you pound on its keys, it’s not going to budge.
  • Redditor made it.  There’s “how i made it” photos as well. – http://imgur.com/a/vuvZr

MISC
Solar Power Cost Down 25% in five months – https://electrek.co/2016/09/26/solar-power-cost-down-25-in-five-months-theres-no-reason-why-the-cost-of-solar-will-ever-increase-again/

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Passengers were signing their lives away – http://gizmodo.com/uber-s-self-driving-car-passengers-were-signing-their-l-1787108328

  • A new report from the Guardian, citing documents obtained under public record showed that until June, Uber required anyone riding in one of its self-driving cars to sign a legal document that kept the company free of liabilities in case of their injury or death.
  • The report shows that a senior Pittsburgh police officer had signed the waiver that said:
  • “I acknowledge that some or all of the [autonomous vehicles]in which I ride are in a development phase, are experimental in nature, and that riding in an [autonomous vehicle]may involve the potential for death, serious injury, and/or property loss.”
  • The document also said:
  • “Risks associated with riding in an [autonomous vehicle]may include, without limitation, those caused by equipment failure, development vehicle operators or other safety drivers, actions of other motorists, weather, temperature, road conditions, negligence or human error.”
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