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December 9th, 2016 - The WAN Show Document

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Pewdiepie Vows to Delete his Channel at 50 Million Subscribers - JK, Doesn’t Delete his Channel

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/704353-pewdiepie-not-deleting-his-channel/ OP: alizaidi2000

Source 2: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=http://www.forbes.com/sit


Steam Users Enraged Over Intel-Exclusive Content in game, Inspiring Quick Reversal

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703624-a-new-type-of-shill OP: zMeul

Source 2: http://www.polygon.com/2016/12/8/13883486/arizona-sunshine-intel-content-unlocked

  • Developers of Arizona Sunshine for the HTC Vive

  • Controversy over two pieces of content in game began with a post on the game’s Steam page

    • Asking why one machine the player owned could play the horde mode in single-player, and the other could not

    • The developer explained that the Horde setting and Apocalyptic mode, were locked to machines running Intel’s i7 chip until March of next year

  • Vertigo Games wrote that “Working with Intel allowed us to create even more content than we originally planned, including these modes and the physics systems in the game, making Arizona Sunshine one of the richest VR experiences possible”

  • “We want to give 5th, 6th, and 7th gen Intel Core i7 owners first glimpse into these additional modes, but they’ll be available March 6, 2017 to everyone who owns the game

    • Fans revolted to this, most asking why this hadn’t been mentioned before launch

    • Vertigo games then apologized and unlocked the locked modes to all players


Ubisoft Executives Fined $1.2 Million EU for Insider Trading During Watch Dogs (2014)

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/704397-ubisoft-exe OP: zMeul

Source 2: http://www.kitguru.net/gaming/matthew-wilson/ubisoft-executives-fined-e1-2-milli

  • In Mid-November, a French finance regulator had accused five Ubisoft executives of insider trading back in 2014

    • Including the head of Ubisoft Montreal

  • The Autorite des marches financiers (AMF) handed down the fine earlier today

  • Ubisoft has told Kotaku that the publisher will be appealing the judgement

    • They believe those involved didn’t intentionally commit any crime

  • The AMF is specifically accusing these execs of having prior knowledge of the Watch Dogs delay, and then taking advantage of that privileged information to sell their shares before the value dropped

    • The delay announcement caused Ubisoft shares to drop 25% in value back in 2014

  • Ubisoft is arguing that due to the processes and timetables involved in game development, those involved couldn’t have known about the delay at the time they sold shares


South Korea Makes Game Modding Illegal

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703207-south-kore OP: zMeul

Source 2: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/286852/South_Korea_cracks_down_o

Source 3: https://pvplive.net/c/south-korea-passes-bill-to-directly-punish-hack-ma

  • South Korean gov’t has passed an amendment into law with intent of shutting down video game hacks and modifications

  • Based on the law, manufacturing and distributing programs that are not allowed by the game company and its Terms of service are directly illegal

    • Would include aimbotters, hacking programs, scripters, or anything not allowed by the ToS

  • Punishment is a maximum of 5 years jail time, or $43,000 (USD) in fines

  • Overwatch in particular, has seen hacking run rampant in South Korea

    • With Blizzard fighting back against players utilizing the hacks

    • Now they’ll have the backing of the Korean gov’t


Rapid Fire

Fitbit Formally Announces That is is Buying Pebble

Source 1: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/7/13867158/fitbit-buys-pebble-smartwatch-

  • The acquisition excludes Pebble’s hardware products

  • Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park said in a release that the company “sees an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category”

    • “With this acquisition, we’re well positioned to accelerate the expansion of our platform and ecosystem to make Fitbit a vital part of daily life for a wider set of consumers,” Park continued

  • The deal was closed December 6th

  • According to a report from Bloomberg, Fitbit bought Pebble for less than $40 million

    • Offered jobs mostly to software engineers at Pebble

  • Pebble founder and CEO Eric Migicovsky will not be staying on with Fitbit after the acquisition

  • Acquisition is largely a grab for Pebble’s software assets and platform

  • Pebble detailed in a blog post on their set that they “are no longer able to operate as an independent entity”

    • Pebble will be issuing refunds to eligible backers over on Kickstarter

  • Fitbit will maintain services so that existing Pebble devices continue to work as normal

Intel’s i7-7700K Kaby Lake Overclocked and Reviewed at Tom’s

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/699290-intels-i7-7700 OP: It’s me!

Source 2: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/intel-kaby-lake-core-i7-7700k-overc

Apple Hints Self-Driving Car Plans in Letter

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/702077-ap OP: Surferconor425

Source 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-38199880

  • Apple has acknowledged for the first time that they are investing in self-driving car tech

  • In a letter to US transport regulators, Apple said it was “excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation”

    • Added that there were “significant societal benefits of automated vehicles” to be realised

  • Apple has registered several car-related internet domains, including apple.car and apple.auto

  • Company spokesperson for Apple said the letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was prompted by its “heavy investment in machine learning and autonomous systems” and that it wanted to help define the best practices in the industry

  • The five-page letter, written by Apple’s director of product integrity Steve Kenner, urges the regulator to not introduce too many rules on the testing of self-driving cars

    • Saying that “established manufacturers and new entrants should be treated equally”

  • It also proposes that companies share data from crashes and near-misses in order to build a more comprehensive picture

  • Also adds that an individual’s privacy should not be compromised by the sharing of data

    • Suggesting the industry and regulators “address privacy challenges associated with the collection, use, and sharing of automated vehicle data”

  • Apples letter doesn’t state whether they intend to build a self-driving car, perhaps instead focusing on creating an autonomous system that could be used by others

Windows 10 Now Runs on ARM, MS Demos Photoshop Running on Snapdragon 820

Source 1:  https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703713-windows-10-now-r OP: AlexGoesHigh

Source 2: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2016/12/microsoft-pushes-f

  • At its WinHEC hardware conference in Shenzhen today, Microsoft announced a range of hardware-driven initiatives to modernize the PC and address two big goals

    • 1. Expanded support for mixed reality

    • 2. Produce a range of even more power efficient, mobile, always-connected PCs powered by ARM processors

  • Qualcomm-powered Windows 10 PCs will hit the market in 2017

  • A full desktop Windows 10 variant is coming to ARM

    • Will be a 64-bit version, running on Qualcommès latest and greatest processors (probably the Snapdragon 835)

  • The way Microsoft describes it, it will offer a full Windows experience

    • With the ability to run not only Universal Windows Platform apps from the store, but regular Win32 desktop applications

  • It will also include built-in emulation for 32-bit x86 applications

    • Emulation will be used only for application code, but the OS itself and all system libraries being native 64-bit ARM binaries

  • Devices will offer cellular connectivity using a virtual/embedded SIM, with data plans sold directly within the Windows Store

Antec Cube (Designed by Razer) ITX Case

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703606-antec-cube-itx-case/ OP: NumLock21

Product Page: http://store.antec.com/cube_razer

Microsoft Finaliizes $26 Billion LinkedIn Acquisition, Reveals What’s Next

Source 1: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/8/13882622/microsoft-linkedin-acquisition-fina

  • In a LinkedIn note, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says he’s “enthusiastic about the common mission” of both Microsoft and LinkedIn

    • “As our two companies’ leadership teams have spent time together these last few months, I’ve gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for LinkedIn’s relentless focus on its members”

  • Microsofts goals for LinkedIns integration:

    • LinkedIn identity and network in Microsoft Outlook and the Office suite

    • LinkedIn notifications within the Windows action center

    • Enabling members drafting résumés in Word to update their profiles, and discover and apply to jobs on LinkedIn

    • Extending the reach of Sponsored Content across Microsoft properties

    • Enterprise LinkedIn Lookup powered by Active Directory and Office 365

    • LinkedIn Learning available across the Office 365 and Windows ecosystem

    • Developing a business news desk across our content ecosystem and MSN.com

    • Redefining social selling through the combination of Sales Navigator and Dynamics 365


AT&T to Cough up $88 Million for ‘Cramming’ Mobile Customer Bills

Source 1: http://www.networkworld.com/article/3148319/mobile-wireless/atandt-t

  • Some 2.7 million AT&T customers will share $88 million in compensation for having had unauthorized third-party changes added to their mobile bills, the FTC announced Dec 8th

  • These refunds will represent the most money ever recouped by victims of what is known as “mobile cramming,” according to the FTC

Legacy WoW Returns This Month

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703464-legacy-wow-re OP: GaWran

Source 2: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/12/after-blizzard-shutdown-legacy-world-of-

  • Spiritual successor to Nostalrius, Elysium is set to launch later this month

    • Containing the same “Vanilla” PVP and PVE experience found in the classic version 1.12 of World of Warcraft, circa 2006

  • After a few stress test over the last few weeks, Elysium announced this week that it is ready to launch publicly on December 19th

    • Players will be able to revive accounts from Nostalrius, or start over in Elysium

Some Audi Cars Now Talk to Stoplights in Vegas

Source 1: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/infrastructure/audi-car

  • Audi’s cars now tell drivers how many seconds remain until the traffic light turns green

    • It’s the first commercial offering of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication in the United States, Audi says

  • The feature is testing the waters, with bigger applications in view

  • Recently manufactured A4 and Q7 models signed onto Audi’s prime connection service - communicate with the Las Vegas traffic management system using 4G LTE

  • Countdown appears on the dashboard or HUD, then shuts off a few seconds before the light changes

  • Audi manages the transfer of data with the help of its partner , Traffic Technology Services (TTS), or Beaverton, Ore

  • Plan is to eventually give drivers the information they need to make fairly ambitious predictions

    • Like choosing the right speed to go sailing through several green lights in a row

    • Or shutting down the engines “start-stop” system, and then starting up just before a light goes green

    • Cities could use the tool to fine tune their traffic management

Jimmy Fallon Debuts the Nintendo Switch

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703868-jimmy-fallon-d OP: Simurgh

Source 2: http://www.polygon.com/2016/12/8/13890950/jimmy-fallon-nintendo-switch-details

Source 3: https://www.reddit.com/r/NintendoSwitch/

  • Plays Zelda: Breath of the Wild with both the controller, and then undocking the tablet and playing through the handheld device

Congress Votes to Ban “Bots” From Snapping up Concert Tickets

Source 1: https://www.reddit.com/r/Music/comments/5h9784/congress_votes_to_ban_bots_fr

From @umbra0007

Source 2: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/12/congress-passes-bots-act-to-ban

  • Using software to buy concert tickets will soon be illegal, thanks to a bill passed by Congress

  • The Better Online Ticket Sales (BOTS) Act makes it illegal to bypass any computer security system designed to limit ticket sales to concerts, Broadway musicals, and other public events with a capacity of more than 200 people

    • Violations will be treated as “unfair or deceptive acts” and can be prosecuted by the FTC or the states

  • Bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent last week

    • House of Representatives has passed it as well, it heads to Obama for his signature


Vesper Grabs $15 Million in Funding to Build a Durable Low-power Mic That Listens Forever

Source 1: https://techcrunch.com/2016/12/09/vesper-grabs-15m-to-build-a-durable-lo

  • Current microphone tech has been too power hungry to keep permanently enabled

    • Vesper is aiming to keep mobile devices more tuned into their surroundings through the startup’s VM1010 piezoelectric MEMS microphones

      • Which generate electricity from the very sound waves the device receives

      • The microphone seeks out the frequency characteristics of a human voice

      • Company boasts that this technology decreases the standby battery consumption of the microphones “by a factor of 100”

  • They’ve announced that they’ve closed a $15 million Series A round led by Accomplice with participation coming from Amazon’s Alexa Fund, Hyperplane, Miraenano Tech, and other undisclosed investors

  • Steve Rabuchin, VP of Amazon Alexa said in a statement that they “see potential for Vesper’s technology to unlock compelling use cases for Alexa”

    • “Such as portable electronics where dirt and moisture resistance is an important attribute for microphones, and we are excited to be supporting the company with our investment”

Super Mario Run is Online Only to “Combat Piracy”

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/704375-super-mario-run-is-o OP: Pyrii

Source 2: https://www.engadget.com/2016/12/09/super-mario-run-no-offline-mode-piracy-c

  • You’ll need a constant internet connection to play the game

    • In an interview with Mashable, Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed the due to piracy concerns, the latest installment of Mario doesn’t have an offline mode

  • Company is worried about piracy because the game will be available in 150 countries on devices that it doesn’t have direct control over

  • “For us, we view our software as being a very important asset for us”, Miyamoto explained

    • “And also for consumers who are purchasing the game, we want to make sure that we’re able to offer it to them in a way that the software is secure, and that they’re able to play it in a stable environment”

  • Constant network connection will not only be used to save progress, but to sync that info across devices

  • Super Mario Run arrives for iPhone and iPad on December 15th

    • Free to download, but you need to pay $10 to unlock all of its levels

Samsung may Permanently Disable Galaxy Note 7 Phones in the US as Soon as Next Week

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/704271-14-of-a-mil OP: zMeul

Source 2: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/8/13892400/samsung-galaxy-not

  • Samsung appears to be planning to permanently disable Galaxy Note 7 units in the US

    • With an update that would prevent the recalled phone from charging

  • According to an image obtained by The Verge, an alert went out to at least one Note 7  owner on US Cellular today stating that, “As of December 15th, Samsung will modify the software to prevent the Galaxy Note 7 from charging. The phone will no longer work”

  • Samsung declined to comment, and US Cellular did not respond to a request for comment

  • Not clear whether Note 7s will be disabled across the major US carriers as well, but it seems that will be the case

  • This week Samsung has been detailing more severe measures to get the final phones out of customers’ hands

    • In Canada, it’s rendering the phones mostly useless by disabling Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as cell and data service

  • Samsung is still offering Note 7 owners the ability to return the phone or exchange it for another Samsung device

    • The first recall happened in mid-September

  • Below is an image of the text sent from US Cellular



(RUMOR) Samsung S8 Will NOT Have a Headphone Jack

Source 1: https://linustechtips.com/main/topic/703415-samsung-s8- OP: goodtofufriday

Source 2: http://www.sammobile.com/2016/12/06/exclusive-galaxy-s8-is-not-going-to-fe

Source 3: http://www.tweaktown.com/news/55348/samsung-galaxy-s8-include-headph

  • Sources have confirmed to SamMobile the Galaxy S8 will remove the 3.5mm headphone jack

  • If you want to use existing headphones, you’ll require a USB Type-C adapter

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5 minutes ago, deXxterlab97 said:

I wish I got featured but then I only post useless tech news like Fitbit bought Pebble that no one cares much

well, I hope next time Pebble buys FitBit xD

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46 minutes ago, LinusTech said:

(RUMOR) Samsung S8 Will NOT Have a Headphone Jack



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I hear you can get the headphone jack back on the Galaxy S8 by drilling a hole into the phone :)


Anyway, there is always a chance that they will decide not to annoy their customers since they already lot a lot on the note 7, and if they help but forget how to add a headphone jack, we should start a social all help remind them.


Find or make tutorials on how to add a headphone jack to a device, for all of the major PCB design applications, then send them to Samsung as a subtle reminder to not forget the headphone jack.

It could very well be the case that the reason they are considering not including a headphone jack, is that everyone at samsung forgot how to add one using using whatever PCB design software that the company supplied them with.

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@LinusTech During the WAN show the streaming computer was playing stuttering notification sounds. Same stutter as the intro/outro, so perhaps your have an audio hardware/software issue causing the intro/outro to be bad.

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Jon, please get winter tires. I am assuming you are running on all-seasons since you are from the US and living in Canada, but all-seasons are more like no-season tires.

Look at this video: 


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So it has finally fallen in to place...


I'm sure this has been posted elsewhere, but, was the original idea for the WAN show naming the "Weekly Analysis News and Knowledge" Show?


Maybe I'm just reeaaaaalllllllly slow, been watching for over 2 years now...

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