Tech News Today for October 5, 2016
Tech News for October 5, 2016
Amazon’s Prime service continues to add features for its users, and the latest perk is the newly announced Prime Reading feature which gives subscribers access to “over a thousand” books, comics and magazines. Similar to Amazon Prime Video or the Netflix model for video content online, Prime Reading will offer up a rotating selection of titles for subcribers to read with some titles dropping out of the library and others being added regularly. Read more at venturebeat.com.
Oliver Stone, don't rule out a sequel to Snowden just yet. The Washington Post reports that back in August the FBI secretly arrested an NSA contractor after finding classified materials in the defendent's home and car. 51 year old Harold Thomas Martin III is a former decorated Navy lieutenant, worked for Booz Allen Hamilton and has been charged with theft of government property and unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials. The FBI is investigating whether the contracter is responsble for leaking the NSA hacking tools EpicBanana that we reported last month. Read more at nytimes.com.
Earlier this year, Google and LG touted the release of the first consumer Tango phone, the Lenovo Phab 2 Pro, a 6.4” phablet with the unique depth sensing camera technology that drives Tango devices to allow for 3D scanning of real world environments. It was originally slated for a summer release but that deadline has come and gone with a later delay of sometime in Fall. Google has confirmed to CNET that the device is now slated for a November release, costing $499 unlocked in the US. Read more at cnet.com.
Its been a year since Jack Dorsey jumped back into the driver's seat at Twitter, and all signs point to the fact that the company is still a mess. Sources tell Bloomberg that the board at Twitter is consulting advisers on how to deal with internal disagreements between Dorsey and Ev Williams about selling the company. Bloomberg's report says CFO Anthony Noto has seized control of the company because Dorsey is so passive. Read more at bloomberg.com.
Megan Morrone and Jason Howell are joined today by Russell Holly from vrheads.com about his thoughts on the PlayStation VR headset. Tech News Today streams live weekdays at 4PM Pacific, 7PM Eastern at twit.tv/live. You can subscribe to the show and download it on-demand at twit.tv/tnt.