Episode 464 – Aussie Tech Heads Shownotes

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YouTube Kids

Description

The official YouTube Kids app is designed for curious little minds to dive into a world of discovery, learning and entertainment. This is a delightfully simple (and free!) app, where kids can discover videos, channels and playlists they love.

We work hard to offer a safer YouTube experience, but no automated system is perfect. If you ever find a video you’re concerned about, please flag it. This helps make YouTube Kids better for everyone. For more important notes about the app, please see below.

DESIGNED FOR KIDS

To make exploration easy, videos in the app are split into four categories: Shows, Music, Learning and Explore. We also took out the complicated stuff to make an app even little ones can navigate — that means big buttons, easy scrolling, and instant full-screen. And when the whole family wants to enjoy their favorite videos together, everyone can watch on the big screen with Chromecast, Apple TV, game consoles, or smart TVs.

VIDEOS KIDS WILL LOVE

Kids can enjoy favorites like Sesame Street, Thomas & Friends and Talking Tom, online hits like Mother Goose Club, TuTiTu and Stampylonghead, plus anything else they’re into — sports, animals, gaming, crafts and more.

GROWN-UPS ARE IN CONTROL

We know that every family is different, so we’ve included features that let grown-ups tailor the YouTube Kids experience to their family’s needs. Settings are found behind a grown-ups-only lock where you can turn off search for a more restricted experience or set a built-in timer to let kids know when it’s time to stop watching so you don’t have to.

For more information about the app and settings, please read our Parental Guide.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE APP

– Parental setup is needed to ensure the best experience possible for your child.

– YouTube Kids contains paid ads in order to offer the app for free. Your child may also see videos with commercial content from YouTube creators that are not paid ads. For more information, please check out our Parental Guide.

– Videos in the app are selected by our automated systems. Please note, no system is perfect, and it is possible that your child may find something you don’t want them to watch. If your child finds a video that you feel is inappropriate, please flag the video and it will be reviewed as soon as possible.

– You can restrict your child’s experience by turning search off in the set-up flow or by accessing the settings behind the “grown-ups only” lock. This means your child can’t search for content, which reduces the chances that they will encounter a video you don’t want them to watch.

– Whether search is on or off, the app will recommend videos selected by our automated systems from the broad set of videos accessible in YouTube Kids.


MOQdigital assists in body monitoring for construction workers.

involve sweatbands incorporating sensors that can be fitted to an ordinary hardhat, monitoring the wearer’s heart rate and temperature, outside temperature and humidity.

The hardhat also has a GPS unit and accelerometer and is designed to determine the impact of vibration and shock. The wearer is alerted to vibration and sound.

Data is collected via Zigbee radio by a separate “gateway” for storage. The gateway uses a 3G M2M industrial router for remote access and alerts can be sent via email and SMS.

The system uses a “store and forward process” to put the data into the cloud, and uses Microsoft’s Power BI platform.

MOQdigital provided the hybrid cloud expertise in connecting the gateway with Azure Analytics, through their Cloud Data Manager product suite.


David Hasselhoff changes name for Optus reseller

Amaysim has hired David Hasselhoff as an ambassador, with the US actor changing his name to spruik the Optus 4G reseller.

On Friday morning Australian time, the Knight Rider and Baywatch star posted a video on social media to announce his new name “David Hoff”, to the bemusement of his fans.

“Big news today and a massive relief for me. I hope everyone can understand… it feels great!” tweeted the actor nicknamed The Hoff.

Within the video, he said: “I’ve been wanting to drop the ‘Hassel’ from my life for years.”

Australian mobile virtual network operator Amaysim later declared its interest in the marketing move, to apparently symbolise the simplification of its customers’ lives.

“This is part of a broader campaign we’re launching today to remind Aussies that taking at least one hassle out of your life can be as simple as changing your mobile phone plan,” Amaysim chief commercial officer Andrew Balint said.


Men of tech strip down for Movember calendar

Men from ASX-listed tech firm LiveTiles along with Microsoft and Apple have stripped down for a humorous “Sexy Men of Technology Calendar” to raise money for Movember.

Among those pictured in various stages of undress is chief executive of Microsoft SharePoint LiveTiles, Karl Redenbach. LiveTiles was spun out of Australian Office 365 consultancy nSynergy and sells a Sharepoint interface tool.

The photography “plays off each individual’s personality” and the relevant season for that month.

Printed calendars are being sold for $35 and digital downloads for $20, with the proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.

Redenbach said: ”As a company operating in an industry that is predominately male we were looking for a creative way to make some noise around men’s health and to encourage men to go to the doctor and take their health seriously.”


Microsoft pushes Windows 10 to enterprise with major update

Code named “threshold 2“, the update for the operating system also contains multiple, system-wide improvements and bug fixes, similar to service packs for prior versions of Windows.

Also known as build 10586, threshold 2 was selected as the final version after testing by volunteers in the Windows Insider program starting early November.

Microsoft also released two new free services for administrators.

IT departments can use Windows Update for Business (WUB) to control update deployments in organisations. This includes setting up device groups for staggered deployments and scaling updates with network optimisations.

Microsoft also introduced the Windows Store for Business (WSB), which allows organisations to manage and distribute custom and Windows Store apps.  

New device management capabilities allow admins to control systems running Windows along with apps and data stored on them, in bring your own device (BYOD) scenarios.

While Microsoft’s personal digital assistant Cortana will now be available in Australia as well as Japan

US customers can use device pens to write phone numbers, email and physical addresses in Cortana Notebook, which will recognise them for reminders, event and move bookings and booking and tracking Uber cars. However, this will not be available in Australia.

The Edge web browser has been tuned up with better performance, with users now able to preview the contents of a tab and sync their favourites and reading list collections across devices.

Edge did not get support for browser extensions in threshold 2 however, despite users clamouring for the feature. Extensions for Edge are expected to appear next year in the ‘redstone’ update.

As signalled in October, Microsoft is pushing ahead with the deep integration of Skype into Windows 10.

The update also sees improvements to numerous Windows 10 apps, including Mail, Calendar, Photos, Groove, Xbox, the Store, OneNote and Solitaire.

depending on system will take a little time – win will look at your computer useage and determine when to install – you can overide – but best to let it happen overnight as the update can take 20 mins or more depending on system


Build-your-own smartwatch raises $1.5m

A customisable smartwatch with removable sensors has smashed through its crowdfunding target.

The Blocks project had hoped to raise $250,000 (£164,000) but backers pledged six times that amount.

The creators say the modular design, which lets wearers choose which sensors they want on their wrist, makes the device future-proof and upgradeable.


Anonymous ‘declares war’ on Islamic State

claimed to have disabled thousands of IS-linked social media accounts.

Dan Simmons from BBC Click and Charlie Winter, a security analyst specialising in IS

“It means we’re likely to see attacks on the IS website, any related websites, recruitment sites, social media and if Anonymous goes down the hacking route this time, it could mean communications disrupted too,” says Dan.

“They’ll also be reporting accounts sympathetic to IS to social media firms and they’re encouraging members of the public to help,” he adds.

Charlie says it’s all about “disrupting” IS.

“In the past its been limited to getting accounts suspended, getting content taken down, identifying IP addresses,” he says.

“But it’s disruption rather than meaningful challenge. It won’t solve the problem. It’ll be interesting to see if it goes further than they have before.”

Anonymous video still


Apple Pay makes Australian debut

Apple Pay will be available in Australia 19 November

While American Express cardholders will be the only ones able to use the service initially, Apple is confident that its frictionless payment platform will be a game-changer. Users won’t need to unlock their phone or open an app, they simply hover it over an EFTPOS terminal, and the iPhone or Apple Watch screen then lights up, displaying which cards are available. Users then press their finger or thumb against the home button to activate TouchID, and the payment is made.

Apple Pay will be available for Australians with an Amex card issued directly by American Express — not an American Express card issued through a bank.

Though Apple Pay only links with American Express cards for now, it’s understood Apple has signed up with over 1,000 banks globally and is keen to gain similar traction in Australia.

In the US, Apple Pay already accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards from most major banks.

According to Associated Press, Apple’s vice president for Apple Pay, Jennifer Bailey, said the company is starting with American Express in Canada and Australia because it’s both the card issuer and the payment-network operator, so co-ordination is easier.

With Visa and MasterCard on the other hand individual banks issue the cards, and each bank has its own way of verifying a customer’s identity when setting up Apple Pay, for instance.

With the latest update to iOS, the Passbook app is now called Wallet. To set up Apple Pay, go to Apple Wallet and hit on the plus symbol. It can use your default iTunes card if it is an American Express card, or you can add a card by using the iPhone camera to take a picture of your card.

It’s worth noting as well Apple Pay will be available for Australians with an Amex card issued directly by American Express — not an American Express card issued through a bank.

Shayne

Chinese and Russian Hackers Tried to Steal Australia’s Future Submarine Plans

  • Australia will be enhancing its fleet with a few new submarines, and according to reports from The Australian, the three companies that are currently submitting bids to win the project and build the subs, are seeing a barrage of cyber-attacks against their IT infrastructure.
  • Three companies have come forward to take up the project, German-based ThyssenKrupp, the Japanese government, and France’s DCNS.
  • These three shipbuilders are currently working on their initial bids, which will be submitted to the Australian government by November 30.
  • The three shipbuilders that embarked on this project are now reporting constant cyber-attacks on a daily basis.
  • German shipbuilder ThyssenKrupp has even said that its IT department detects and blocks from 30 to 40 cyber-attacks per night.
  • All three companies declined to formally point the finger at one specific party, but rumors have it that most attacks come from Russian and Chinese sources
  • Interest in Australia’s submarine plans is high since the Aussie government will be building a totally new model, instead of using technology it has from its allies.

Fast broadband for all by 2020 pledged by David Cameron (I think we did this last week)

  • All UK homes and businesses will have access to “fast broadband” by 2020, David Cameron has pledged.
  • The PM is to introduce a “universal service obligation” for broadband, giving the public a legal right to request an “affordable” connection.
  • Jeremy Hunt defined high-speed broadband as offering a download speed of greater than 24 megabits per second (Mbps) in 2012. Communications regulator Ofcom defines it as 30Mbps.
  • Mr Cameron’s latest announcement is aimed at ensuring consumers have access to a broadband connection with a speed of at least 10Mbps, no matter where in the country they live or work.
  • Officials said that more than 83% of homes and businesses in Britain currently have access to a superfast broadband connection – 24Mbps – with that number set to rise to 95% by 2017.

Nine Out of Ten of the Internet’s Top Websites Are Leaking Your Data

  • Tim Libert, a privacy researcher with the University of Pennsylvania, haspublished new peer-reviewed researchthat sought to quantify all the “privacy compromising mechanisms” on the one million most popular websites worldwide. His conclusion? “Findings indicate that nearly 9 in 10 websites leak user data to parties of which the user is likely unaware.”
  • Libert used his own open source software called webXray—the same program he’s used in the past to analyze trackers installed on health and porn websites—and he found that not only were most siphoning user data, they were sharing it all over the place.
  • When you visit a website—say, Airbnb.com, Yahoo.com, or Motherboard.tv—that site will likely forward your user data to nine other, outside websites. These include Google (through its analytics software, which is installed on a colossal number of sites across the web—46 percent, per Libert’s research), Facebook, and WordPress.
  • Libert found that “more than 6 in 10 websites spawn third-party cookies; and more than 8 in 10 websites load Javascript code from external parties onto users’ computers.”

Microsoft Will Guess Your Emotion In A Photo (is this an old one too ?)

  • Earlier this year, Microsoft unveiled a tool that couldguess your age from a single photograph. Now, it wants to guess how you’re feeling too.
  • Announced at Microsoft’s Future Decoded conference in the UK, the software will take any photograph you hand it, identify the faces, and then give each one a score on a series of different emotions. It attempts to quantify you on metrics for anger, contempt, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise.
  • The new software is part of a larger update of what Microsoft is calling theProject Oxford Face API. It contains a series of software tools — including image and speech recognition tools, as well as smart spell-checking technology — that developers are able to use free of charge.

EBF

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 has a slightly better screen than the iPad Pro

The Surface Pro 4 (left) has a better display than the iPad Pro (right).

DisplayMate has published a report examining the quality of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro’s display across key areas, including colour accuracy, screen reflectence, and viewing angle performance. Overall, the iPad Pro scored an A- with ratings from “Very Good” to “Excellent.”

The company has also published a report on the quality of the new Surface Pro 4’s display. Across the same range of tests, the Surface Pro 4 gets an A grade meaning that it beat the iPad Pro.

This is significant as the two devices are aimed at similar markets: on-the-go professionals. DisplayMate acknowledge that the difference is slight, but this loss just adds to the alreadymuddied launch of the Pro.

Apple has talked up the iPad Pro’s creative capabilities, arguing that it is for the creative professional. However, the iPad mini 4 has a “textbook perfect LCD display,” beating the Pro and coming in alongside the Surface Pro 4, according to the report.

Which is the TRUE laptop replacement: Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 or Apple’s iPad Pro?

Things change in the rapidly advancing tech space faster than most places, but even here, where progression and innovation are the name of the game, some things stay the same. Chief amongst them? Old rivalries. Those things die hard. Microsoft and Apple are two of the tech space’s old guard and the rivalry between them is long standing, it’s a bit like Ridley Scott’s The Duellists, the two go off and do their own thing for a bit, but then come back and have a scrap every now and then.

Microsoft and Apple have been at each other’s throats for a long time, but way back when it was the PC vs the Mac (and more recently, actually, remember the “I’m a PC, I’m a Mac” ads?). But it’s fair to say that for a long time Apple has had Microsoft well and truly on the backfoot when it comes to mobile devices – for Apple, this war was being fought against Google’s Android. This situation is turning now though, with the advent of Windows 10, Microsoft is re-entering the arena under new leadership, and with a few new tricks up its sleeve.

It’s the 1980s all over again. But this time Microsoft and Apple are battling it out on a new device front – the prosumer tablet niche. Each has released its respective powerhouse tablets in recent weeks. For Apple, this is the iPad Pro and for Microsoft, the Surface Pro 4. But more than being JUST a tablet, each device also purports to be the only device users need – that’s right, each claims to kill the need for an additional laptop or desktop.

Here’s what KYM’s sister site, Alphr, had to say about the iPad Pro in its full review, which you can read here:

“It is expensive: add it all up and you’re spending more than £800 for the the full set of tablet, Pencil and Smart Keyboard. But despite this, the iPad Pro is not bad value at all. For your money you’re getting a fast, capable laptop running on iOS, and an eye-poppingly good tablet with ear-tingling audio to boot.

“The iPad Pro marks another major inflection point: it ends the whole “iPads are only for consumption” debate. The only people who can’t use the iPad Pro as a creation tool are those who need really high-end performance: professional graphic designers, professional video editors, the kind of people for whom 16Gb RAM is table stakes and think nothing of going a lot, lot higher.

“Most people don’t fall into that category, and for most people the iPad Pro is more than enough creation tool. For some – anyone who sketches or loves using a stylus – it’s actually a better creation tool than the average PC or laptop.”

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 is arguably in a better position to live up to such bold claims. It runs a full-fat desktop OS in the form of Windows 10, while Apple’s iPad Pro — despite the Pro branding — still runs on the company’s mobile OS, iOS 9. Both feature keyboards and stylus-support, but they also differ in quite a few other ways — the Surface is very much a PC for a post-PC world, while the iPad Pro looks to build on what users are already doing with tablets just in a more professional environment. Apple wants people editing videos and images on the iPad Pro and has been very vocal in its dissent for Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4. Tim Cook has even been on TV bashing the Surface Pro 4, claiming Microsoft is trying TOO HARD… whatever that means. This is kind of weird though, considering Apple has borrowed not one, not two BUT three key features from Microsoft’s Surface and its Windows software — the keyboard, the stylus AND the split screen mode in Windows 10. Guess Mr. Cook is feeling a little insecure about his BIG iPad?  

But does that claim bear out in real life? And just how do the two tablet hybrids compare against each other? Let’s take a look.

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Design and Specs

Microsoft Surface Pro 4

  • Display: 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 pixel at 267 pixels per inch
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • Processors: Intel Skylake Core M3, Core i5, or Core i7
  • RAM: 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB
  • OS: Windows 10 Pro
  • Cameras: 8MP front, 5MP rear
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, microsSD
  • Size: 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.45
  • Weight: 786 grams

iPad Pro

  • Display: 12.9-inch 2732×2048 pixel at 264 pixels per inch
  • Storage: 32 and 128GB
  • Processors: 64-bit A9X and M9
  • RAM: 4GB
  • OS: iOS 9.1
  • Cameras: front 1.2MP 720p HD camera and a rear 8MP 1080p HD camera
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, optional 4G
  • Size: 305 mm × 220 mm × 7 mm
  • Weight: 710 grams

Look, I’m going to be honest from the get go and say I’m a HUGE Apple fan. I think the iPhone and the Mac are some of the best computing devices you can buy. That being said, from a quick rundown of the specs alone it really does look like the Surface Pro 4 handily beats the iPad Pro if you are looking for a tablet/hybrid device that will allow you to do away with carrying around a separate laptop.

The biggest difference between the two is that the Surface Pro 4 comes in many more options than the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro essentially gives you three options: one 32GB sized model and two 128GB sized models (one without 4G and one with). All three models have 4GB of RAM and the same A9X chip (although that is supposed to be INSANELY fast).

But the Surface Pro 4, on the other hand offers three chip options (a relatively weak Intel Skylake Core M3 or Core i5, and a much more powerful Core i7). The Surface gives you the option of an insane amount of storage to: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB. And RAM? You’ve got the option of 4GB, 8GB, or a crazy 16GB.

The Surface Pro also gives you plenty of more ports including a full sized USB 3.0 port and a microSD card slot. However, the downside is that what the Surface doesn’t give you is a cellular connection–yep, there’s still no 4G option. But still this is hardly a deal-breaker. My Chromebook doesn’t have one either and that’s never really bothered me.

Finally, on the camera front, both the iPad Pro and Surface Pro 4 have 8MP rear cameras, but the Surface Pro also offer a 5MP front camera where the iPad Pro only gives you 1.2MP. I also generally prefer the overall look, feel and design of the Surface Pro. It feels like a machine you can get stuff done on — mostly because it is just that. The iPad Pro, conversely, looks and feels like, well… a big iPad.

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Display

The display of the iPad Pro is physically larger at 12.9-inches, compared to the Surface Pro’s 12.3-inches. Both come in at a similar pixel density of 264 and 267 ppi, respectively. But the iPad Pro has a slightly higher resolution at 2732×2048 pixels versus the Surface Pro’s 2736 x 1824. Overall there’s not a lot in it, but you could argue the Surface is a bit more portable, while the iPad Pro has that bigger, ever-so-slightly sharper display for presenting things to people. Swings and roundabouts.

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: OS

This is another area where–if you are comparing the iPad Pro and Surface Pro as hybrid “we don’t need no laptops anymore” devices–then the Surface Pro wins hands down. That’s because it runs Windows 10, a full desktop OS along with desktop-class apps. The iPad Pro runs iOS 9–while there’s a lot of apps for that, it doesn’t compare to being able to run a full desktop OS like Windows 10 or OS X on the Mac.

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Accessory Support

Again, we’re looking at these two devices as laptop replacements–and again the Surface Pro wins here. That’s because it supports an insane amount of accessories. The iPad Pro works with Apple’s new Pencil Stylus and Smart Keyboard Cover (both will cost you extra), but that’s it. The Surface Pro includes the stylus when you buy it and also offers an optional keyboard cover. However, it’s keyboard cover also features a glass trackpad–meaning you can use the Surface as you can a laptop, that is: how you’re used to. The Surface Pro also supports mice (just plug it into the USB port or connect via Bluetooth).

iPad Pro vs Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Price & Verdict

As a laptop or desktop replacement, the Surface Pro 4 blows away the iPad Pro. It is a TRUE laptop replacement because it runs a desktop class OS and apps and offers a wide range of accessories and ports.

On the flipside, if you opt for a Surface Pro 4 over an iPad Pro you’re going to be paying for it.

The iPad Pro costs £679 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model, £799 for the 128GB Wi-Fi model, and £899 for the 128GB Wi-Fi + Cellular model. That’s without the keyboard and pen though, add those on top and you’re looking at just over a grand all-in.

The Surface Pro ranges from £740 for the relatively weak entry level model (128GB, Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM) all the way up to £1799 for the top of the line model (512GB, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM). For that amount of money, the Surface better be both a true top of the line tablet and also a laptop replacement.

 

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