Tech News 2Night 178 (Transcript)

[Top TN2 Animation ] Tonight! Several tech big-wigs launch new startups- including the new Talko App, Home Depot's forner security head had a history of sabotage, and can you really hack TouchID with glue? Tech News 2Night is Next! [TWiT Open] [Main TN2 Open] This is Tech News 2Night Episode #178, for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Enhance your work flow- send files of almost any size easily and securely with Citrix ShareFile. Try ShareFile today! For a 30 Day Free Trial, go to, click the microphone and enter TN2! I'm Sarah Lane, Let's get right to the Tech Feed! The Information is reporting that Apple's Former SVP of Retail chief Ron Johnson is launching a gadget delivery service, citing people who spoke with Johnson on the project. The service is said to be an on-demand delivery service for electronic devices, taking on Amazon and Google and even Uber, which has begun experimenting with food order deliveries. Johnson has apparently hired on former Apple employees to help with the new venture, including Vice President of Retail Jerry McDougal, who left Apple in 2013. Johnson is best known for creating the Apple Store concept. He left the company in 2011 to take on a position at J.C. Penney, but was fired in April of last year. / Home automation is becoming a crowded market with Google buying smart thermostat maker Nest, Microsoft partnering with SmartLabs INsteon, Apple's HomeKit, and Samsung's purchase of SmartThings last month. But New York-based startup called Wink which launched in June with a $79 box, promises to tie together devices across competing standards, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee, and Z-wave. Honeywell, Philips, Chamberlain, Schlage, GE and other large brands are already creating Wink-compatible products, while big merchants like Home Depot and Amazon are marketing the Wink brand. Today Wink has announced its second big product, Relay: a $300 wall-mount touchscreen that acts as a command and control center for connected devices. The Relay connects to standard wiring on any light switch, has a touch screen where you can program your devices to work in sync and and two physical buttons that will execute programs like shutting the house down for the night or powering up everything in the morning. / Google Search results are getting more and more factual. Earlier this month, SearchengineLand noticed that Google testing a form of knowledge graph data within the search results snippet, and the feature has finally been confirmed by Google on its Research Blog. Google calls these “structured snippets,” where Google will show snippets of data, relevant to the query, within the snippets of the search results. Google says the data is “powered by the Knowledge Graph and other data sources.” For example, a search for a nikon d7100 camera now includes Sensor resolution, Weight, and Display size in its snippet results. / PayPal is warming up to Bitcoin - the company has announed partnerships with three leading Bitcoin payment processors in the US and Canada: BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin. PayPal, which is owned by eBay, wants to help merchants accept Bitcoin payments, and a PayPal spokesperson tells the Next Web that “We are considering expanding to other markets." PayPal says it chose to integrate the third-party functionality directly in the PayPal Payments Hub all three Bitcoin payment processors already offer customers protections when dealing with the virtual currency. PayPal isn’t adding Bitcoin as a currency to its own digital wallet, though, or processing Bitcoing payments on its own payments platform: everything is being handled by the third party services. Even if it's baby steps, the price of Bitcoin jumped up around $50 today following the PayPal news, after hovering between $400 and $500 since April. Coming up, can you really hack Apple's TouchID on the iPhone 6 with superglue? up next I'll chat with Roberto Baldwin from The Next Web about the new app from former Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie [AD] At work, we send countless emails all day long to communicate with clients and coworkers And most of the time we’re attaching files for reference or review Like: Contracts, spreadsheets, presentations, photos and more… But sending them as regular email attachments is not the way to do it anymore No more bouncebacks, file-size restrictions or clogged inboxes – Citrix ShareFile eliminates all of the hassles of email attachments We use ShareFile – and you should start using it too! 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Tell us about his new venture Talko. - Recording conference calls is not something new but this let’s you bookmark parts of the conversation. What kind of bookmarks? - What if someone jumps into the call late? - The App can tell you a lot about the folks on the other end of the line. (whether they are in a car, walking, battery level) - Storing conversations brings up privacy concerns. How is this addressed? - It is primary for business but what are some other uses? - Is this one of those game changing Apps? - Is this available now and on what platforms? ## Thanks Roberto Baldwin, Reporter The Next Web [Kicker!] With Apple selling a record number of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets in their initial weekend, 10M, more folks than ever have access to Touch ID to unlock the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus via a scanned fingerprint. After hacking TouchID last year, security firm Lookout has tested the security of Touch ID and unlocked an iPhone 6 using a fake fingerprint made of glue. However, it's pretty unlikely many consumers need to worry about this. As Read write points out, Not only does a hacker need a clear print from their target that can be lifted by using super glue fumes and fingerprint powder, but then they need access to lab equipment to photograph, print, and then cast the fingerprint using chemicals and smearing it with glue. Accessing a device the way Lookout did takes significant skill, time and effort. Through the experiment, Lookout researcher Marc Rogers discovered that there’s no measurable improvement in the fingerprint sensors between the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6, except that he got fewer “false negatives,” on the iPhone 6, meaning the reading was clearer. [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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