Tech News 2Night 167 (Transcript)

[Top TN2 Animation ] It’s the night before Apple’s big event and we have more last minute goodies to share, Uber claims to have added 50-thousand new jobs per month, and shopping via Tweet rolls out Tech News 2Night is Next! [TWiT Open] [Main TN2 Open] This is Tech News 2Night Episode #167, for Monday September 8, 2014 This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by Personal Capital. With Personal Capital, you’ll finally have all your financial life in one place and get a clear view of everything you own. BEST OF ALL IT’S FREE. To sign up go to I'm Sarah Lane, Let's get right to the Tech Feed! It may get headlines for competitive mudslinging with rival car-ride service Lyft, but on stage at the Techcrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick claimed the company is creating 50,000 jobs per month as it continues to grow globally. The company's last round valued it at $17 billion, its new API will let developers earn free rides by adding “Request an Uber” buttons and referring customers, and Uber is experimenting with a courier service called UberRush, as well as UberFresh meal deliveries. / Apple's latest event starts tomorrow at 10 am Pacific, and the rumors keep flying in... the latest? Apple customers interested in the larger, 5.5-inch version of the iPhone 6 may be able to snag one on September 19th, along with the 4.7-inch version, though quantities could be limited at launch. Previously it was thought that the larger "phablet" sized iPhone would not be available until later this year. This rumor comes from, which has accurately revealed product release dates in the past, but it's still very much a rumor. Alleged hardware leaks show the new iPhones may also have slightly tapered glass edges, round corners, larger volume buttons, a newly placed lock button, and redesigned camera. Allegedly. is reporting that Apple will be utilizing both near field communication (or NFC) and tokenization technology in the new iPhone 6 and iWatch as a part of its payments initiative, citing anonymous sources. Bank Innovation also notes that Apple has patents dating back to 2009 related to the tokenization process. Financial institutions also prefer token technology because it replaces 16-digit card numbers on the front of credit and debit cards with complex codes that are easily transmittable over the air and between devices and only used once. Apple can potentially use tokenization technology for sort of things beyond just paying at a cash register - think transit, building access, and hotel keys. But wait a second, isn't Apple in a data privacy crisis? Last week Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would be beefing up iCloud security measures in response to the recent disclosure of compromised celebrity accounts, and Apple has begun sending out alert emails when iCloud accounts are accessed via web browsers. The alerts are being sent out even if the specific browser has been used previously to access iCloud. Password change and login alerts had previously only been sent when the event took place on an unknown Apple device. / Amazon announced today it's dropping the Fire phone’s price in the US to $0.99 with a two-year contract. One year of Amazon Prime is still included in the package. The Fire launched at a $199 price tag two months ago. The company also announced the Fire phone is coming to Germany and the UK. The device is available for pre-order now and will start shipping on September 30th. / Facebook hit a milestone today - the company's market value surpassed $200 billion dollars, to put it at #22 in standings of the world’s biggest corporations. As membership growth in the U.S. slows, Facebook is looking to emerging markets to add new users, particularly those who access the service via mobile devices. North American users increased 7 percent to 152 million in June from a year earlier, while Asian users increased 26 percent to 228 million, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this summer. Facebook today said that it has 100 million monthly active users in Africa, more than 80 percent of them on mobile phones. Coming up, if your regular Tivo box is not enough, how about a turbo version that'll record years of TV shows? Up next Donna Tam from CNET is here to explain Twitter's new "buy" button. But first... 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Personal Capital gives you total clarity and transparency to make better investment decisions RIGHT AWAY. [[OFFER]] To set up your free account go to Personal Capital is FREE and the smart way to grow your money. And we thank Personal Capital for their support of Tech News 2Night." [Segment #2] Donna Tam Staff Writer, CNET Article today: ""Shop in 140 characters: Twitter tests ability to buy products in tweets"" - How will this work? - When will this roll out? - What can folks buy? - Twitter has advertising as a revenue stream. How will they make money from the buy button? - Is this something people will like or will they find it annoying? - What are other social media with shopping services? ///Thanks Donna Tam Staff Writer, CNET [Kicker!] Finally, if you have a spare $5000 laying around, and who doesn't... the new TiVo Mega is a server-sized TiVo containing 24TB of storage in a RAID 5 arrangement with hot-swappable drives... which gives you enough space to store 26,000 hours of Standard Def footage. TiVo says, that works out to about three years of TV. But even recording TV in HD,i it still works out to 4,000 hours — about five months. The TiVo Mega also features six tuners for recording, which should at least prevent the dreaded live TV conflicts and trying to save other programs for later. [good bye] That's it for this edition of Tech News 2Night. Subscribe to this show at, and write us at Don't miss our morning news program, Tech News Today, tomorrow and every weekday at 10am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern. I'm Sarah Lane, thanks for watching.
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