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Tonight! Google IO: it's Android everywhere! the Supreme Court tells Aero NO, and police now need search warrants for cell phone data
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This is Tech News 2Night Episode #116, for Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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I'm Sarah Lane, today's top story is... Facebook app Slingshot is now available worldwide! Juuuust kidding that's not our top story. It's Google's I/O developer conference of course, which kicked off this morning in San Francisco. and here to discuss all the fun in studio is the one and only Jeff Jarvis, host of This Week in Google.
long show. where do you want to start?
- Android 'L and “Material Design”. ""trusted environments"" for unlocking phones. secure?
- Google Fit - product manager Ellie Powers says it's a single set of APIs for all health products, so all devices technically work with all health/fitness software
- Android Wear: LG G, Samsung Gear Live available to order today, & Moto360 coming this summer
- Google previews Android apps running on Chromebooks - says it's ""early days""
- Android Auto - coming to cars ""later"" this year
- Chromecast and Android TV
- Android One - initiative, partners launching sub-$100 Android One smartphones starting in India this Fall, with more countries to follow
What was missed or left out?
- Google Glass
- Nest and Android Home
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And now, straight to the tech feed our other top stories of the day.
Let's start with bad news for Aero. The Supreme Court ruled against the TV streaming service today, effectively killing the model as it exists today. In a 6–3 ruling, the court found that Aereo's service violates the Copyright Act by playing back recordings of broadcasters' TV shows — Aero has always argued it legally captures programs over the air and offers individual copies for each viewer, providing technology that its subscribers were renting in order to watch TV. Going forward, Aereo will likely have to pay licensing fees to broadcasters if it wants to continue operating, but that's an expensive addition for Aero, which charges just $8 per month to its users.Earlier this year, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement following the ruling "We’ve said all along that we worked diligently to create a technology that complies with the law, but today’s decision clearly states that how the technology works does not matter. This sends a chilling message to the technology industry." Broadcasters fighting with Aereo up to this point included Disney, NBC, Fox, and CBS, and The White House had also argued Aereo was a threat to copyright.
The Supreme Court also ruled today that police must almost always obtain a warrant before searching mobile devices seized when arresting someone, extending constitutional privacy protections to the data Americans keep on their smartphones, cellphones and other hand-held digital technology, which is obviously growing. It was a unanimous ruling delivered by Chief Justice John Roberts, who said both the quantity and quality of information contained in modern hand-held devices is constitutionally protected from police intrusion without a warrant. "Modern cellphones aren't a technological convenience," Chief Justice Roberts wrote. "With all they contain and all they may reveal, they hold for many Americans 'the privacies of life."
Amazon has been rumored to launch a local services marketplace this year, and now Techcrunch reports the company is now rolling out a food takeout service, described it as “a direct competitor to GrubHub, Seamless and DeliveryHero,” according to a source who worked on the service at Amazon. If true, the offering is initially going to be part of Amazon Local, the company’s Groupon-like service that offers people daily deals, coupons and discounts from merchants around where they live.
Barnes & Noble will officially split its unprofitable Nook digital business from its consumer bookstores. The split is expected to occur by March, and will make Nook Media a separate public company housing both Barnes & Noble's Nook e-book and e-reader business along with its college stores. Nook's struggling retail-stores business is still profitable - Retail stores earned $354 million in fiscal Q4 of 2014. On the other hand, In the two fiscal years through May, Nook's digital businesses lost about $700 million, almost equivalent to the profits of the consumer stores over the same period.
Finally, want to try out them fancy schmancy Virtual Reality headsets, but can't justify the price on most existing models? Google showed off an inexpensive solution following its I/O keynote: Google Cardboard, an app that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets with DIY cardboard viewer. The Cardboard app lets users watch YouTube, check out Google Street View or Google Earth, along with other immersive demos. But you have to put your own cardboard viewer together. Google provides directions to put together the viewer, which is made from cardboard, velcro, magnets, and lenses.
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