Tech News 2Night 174 (Transcript)

[Top TN2 Animation ] Tonight! iOS 8 is released and there are some issues, the Chinese hack military contractors, and more WiFi for those who fly. Tech News 2Night is Next! [TWiT Open] [Main TN2 Open] This is Tech News 2Night Episode #174, for Wednesday September 17, 2014 This episode of Tech News 2Night is brought to you by NatureBox. NatureBox ships great-tasting, healthy snacks right to your door. Forget the vending machine, and start snacking smarter with healthy, delicious treats like Asiago & Cheddar Cheese Crisps! To get your free NatureBox sampler go to That’s I'm Sarah Lane, Anthony Ha Writer TechCrunch iOS 8 released - What are the new features? - The thing is huge: almost 1Gb, need at least 5Gb and up of free space to install - New Keyboards (SwiftKey, Swype, Minuum...) - Several issues: HealthKit delayed due to bug, Apple removes some health Apps from the App Store till a fix is released. (What kind of bug? 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Stay strong. Start snacking smarter. Go to And we thank Nature Box for their support of Tech News 2Night" [Segment #2] now onto more top stories of the day in the tech feed... A U.S. Senate panel called The Senate Armed Services Committee has found after a year-long probe that hackers associated with the Chinese government have infiltrated the computer systems of U.S. airlines, tech companies, and other firms involved in the movement of U.S. troops and military equipment. The probe which ended in March but was made public today, also found that the military's U.S. Transportation Command, or Transcom, was only aware of two cyber intrusions out of at least 20 in the year. Democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, who's also the committee chairman, said in a statement "These peacetime intrusions into the networks of key defense contractors are more evidence of China's aggressive actions in cyberspace." The investigation found that a "Chinese military intrusion" into a Transcom contractor between 2008 and 2010 "compromised emails, documents, user passwords and computer code." In 2012, another intrusion was made into multiple systems of a commercial ship contracted by Transcom. / Hey Kindle users, new Kindles look imminent! Several listings spotted on Amazon's German site showed a new "Kindle Voyage" e-reader with a 6-inch high-resolution display and a release date of November 4th. An image of the Kindle Voyage was also found in a user manual, with specifications that suggest it'll have a new page press sensor to turn pages, and "intelligent front lighting." Amazon has since removed the German listings, but appears the new Kindle Voyage will ship in both 3G and Wi-Fi versions. A cached page at Amazon Japan also lists the Voyage models as 8mm thick and 186g in weight, which is thinner and lighter than the current Paperwhite. Amazon lists the Kindle Voyage at 189 euro, and the 3G version at 249 euro, also pricier than the Paperwhite. Amazon is not officially commenting. / Verizon Wireless is jumping on the Wi-Fi calling bandwagon, announcing it plans to offer the service in the middle of next year. However, company executives are stressing that when a call goes onto a WiFi network, Verizon can't guarantee the quality of service on that call, which is a major reason it took so long for Verizon to launch its Voice over LTE service - call quality. Last week AT&T announced it too would launch Wi-Fi calling in 2015, but that the carrier will use it only as a complement to Voice over LTE or 3G-based calling. Both T-Mobile and Sprint had previously announced wifi calling, and T-Mobile is the first US carrier to support wifi calling on the new iPhone. / Speaking of wifi, let's all refresh Twitter for 11 hours the next time we fly intercontenentally! Virgin Atlantic has announced a partnership with Gogo, and will equip its entire fleet with Gogo's new 2Ku in-flight Wi-Fi service, which offers shared connections of up to 70Mbps via satellite link, which could allow limited live-streaming video for some passengers. Gogo‘s current ground-based wireless broadband provides a shared 3.1Mbps speed, which, for anyone who's used Gogo on a US domestic flight, is not fast enough. England-based Virgin Atlantic is the first European carrier to sign up with GoGo, and the service should be up and running sometime next year. / The Wall Street Journal reports that despite major Apple assembler Foxconn hiring more workers to assemble the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models at its largest production site in Zhengzhou, China, demand is overtaking production, according to people familiar with the matter. The company has more than 200,000 workers in the Zhengzhou site, just making new iPhones and key components such as metal casings. Last year, Foxconn was the sole assembler of the iPhone 5S, but Taiwanese contract maker Pegatron was assigned to be the major assembler for the 5C, the cheaper model. An anonymous source tells teh Journal, “We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders." The current waiting time for the iPhone 6 Plus is around three-to-four weeks, while customers can get an iPhone 6 within seven to ten business days, according to estimates in Apple's online store. [Kicker!] Finally, is it cheaper to just get rid of your car and Uber everywhere? Kyle Hill, the founder of a startup called HomeHero, crunched some complicated numbers and found that if you drive less than 9,481 miles per year, it's cheaper to take UberX everywhere. Hill notes this only works with UberX instead of regular Uber, and you'll have to use half your time in the back of the car doing work, boosting the productivity you'd lose driving in the front seat of your own vehicle instead of emailing or making phone calls in the back. Assuming a daily commute of 25 miles that lasts 25 minutes, the cross-over point is 9,481 miles. At that point, says Hill, the cost of ownership and the cost of riding UberX everywhere is the same: roughly $12,000. Cut out a few miles, and Uber may be cheaper than owning. [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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