Wednesday, February 21, 2018

YouTube cuts out valuable assets - channels without many viewers




"As you probably heard, we recently announced updates to the YouTube Partner Program (YPP). We made these changes to address a spike in abuse on YouTube by bad actors like spammers, impersonators, and re-uploaders. Our goal is to ensure a healthy ecosystem where original creators can grow and thrive."  -  

In other words, 'your screwed if you're a small time video producer, we just want the big fish..




Youtube is getting to be a behemoth, a monster that is bent on gobbling up everything in site, and leaving the little guy to muse on his or her own, about what to do next.


Brin and Company, a scary bunch a times...


Specifically, Youtube has cut out smaller audience broadcasters and Youtube channels from collecting revenue from it's Adsense for Video platform. The recent advent of Youtube Red, which is a pay service probably is the reason for this 'cost cutting move'. But what expense will it mean to Youtube? A lot of 'smaller' broadcasters who earned meager amounts from putting content up on Youtube will no longer earn even that.. so what's the point of still uploading to Youtube?

For many, Youtube is another repository for their online creations, not necessarily a way to make money. It was very cool while it lasted for the 'smaller audience' makers. These people are almost the way I like to look at podcasting. A lot of podcasters list their shows on Apple iTunes, but Apple has never shared revenue with the podcasting community, be it a bigger show or smaller.

So it goes.. another move by a web giant that could care less, you don't have 1,000 Followers? Well too bad.. Don't have over 4,000 hours of videos viewed? If this means you, now you won't be getting any more adsense revenue for your video channel.  

Is it a Drone, a flying helicopter or what?



Is it a drone? No, not really...

Is this an airplane.... No, not really...

Is this really cool? Yes, it is!



Saturday, February 03, 2018

Segway offers a glimpse to the future of personal transportation

Here is a personal 'uni-cycle'





And here is the mini Pro seated Segway



Segway miniPRO



Segway miniPRO | Personal Transportation Will Never Be The Same
The age of the “hoverboard” is over. The Segway miniPRO is the next evolutionary step of two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporters. Segway and Ninebot utilized decades of combined industry knowledge to create smarter software, stronger hardware, and safer features. The miniPRO’s precision sensors automatically react to the rider’s movements and maintain stability over a variety of indoor and outdoor terrains. The knee control bar provides innovative steering precision that allows you to maneuver more effectively than two-wheel hover boards.
The Segway miniPRO is the first personal transporter, before any hoverboard, to become UL 2272 Certified for the highest standards of electrical and fire safety requirements established by Underwriter Laboratories. Not only does it come with the highest fire and electric safety certification, but it also integrates with the Ninebot & Segway phone app to give you access to a wide array of premium features and functions. From the app, you can remote control the miniPRO without riding it, view dashboard performance, customize lighting on the unit, and enable a tamper-proof security alarm.


Embrace the Evolution of the Hoverboard
Many electric two-wheel scooters with “hover board technology” will try to claim the Segway name, but none can match the high standards of the Segway brand. Our patents, parts, and engineering design deliver the top-tier technology and premium production quality that Segway is known for. The miniPRO offers a unique and exciting ride experience for recreational, outdoor, and on-the-go consumer lifestyles.
  • Learn to ride in minutes
  • Bluetooth phone app
  • Road adaptive engineering
  • Customizable LED safety lights
  • Durable magnesium alloy frame
  • Lightweight and transport-ready
  • Comfortable ergonomic fit
  • Anti-theft security alarm

Friday, February 02, 2018

Making computing fun with Windows Ink - computing's next big thing?


Press the link below for more info!

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/04/22/a-closer-look-at-windows-ink/







High tech is a funny thing, this Windows Ink product came to market roughly almost 2 years ago.. due to many factors, many people that use computers have probably not heard of it. It's Windows Ink, the new way to use your computer and have some fun at the same time!

An artists canvas on the computer screen! What, no more paint and paint brushes? Well for some this will be the case. Works of art made on a Windows Ink machine will be what perhaps the future holds for artists all over the world, especially those who cannot get to a store to get their artistic supplies!

It's Windows Ink - another great innovation from Microsoft.

Monday, January 29, 2018

NOAA kicks off 2018 with massive supercomputer upgrade | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOAA kicks off 2018 with massive supercomputer upgrade | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:



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Who says the government isn't ahead of the curve when it comes to computers? Well, the NOAA, better known as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - forecast the weather will a nice computer upgrade for 2018.


http://www.weather.gov



Check out the article from NOAA.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Apple headquarters is open for business in Cupertino



The behemoth that is the corporate home for Apple is open and it's a technical marvel that still holds a lot of mysteries. Why such an opulent building? Well, I guess that's just Apple. 

What would have Steve Jobs said about this? After all, he and Woz started out in a garage, so for them, this may have been a little over the top. But Jobs did say that this 'campus' would hold 12K employees at that facility. The project was first announced by Jobs himself in 2006 as the Apple Campus 2 as you see in the video below.

Steve Jobs proposes Apple 2 Campus to City Council in 2006 at Cupertino, CA




The 'spaceship' style headquarters in Wired magazine perhaps a little over the top? Apple has nothing but cash though, at least they are spending some of it. 

News yesterday was made by the company as they were bringing $350 billion back into the US economy? Where was all that money sitting at, and why didn't Apple bring some of it back to invest in the US a long time ago? Corporate politics? Different business decisions? Apple has always been a hardware first company - are they changing their mode of business?

To me, the project looks like a futuristic stadium with trees and a country setting in the middle... rearrange the foilage on the inside of this building, add some seating and you have a luxury stadium... Maybe the bay area is in need of a new NFL stadium? What ever the case, I am sure as time goes by, we will be seeing more of this magnificently designed 'state of the art' headquarters that the folks from Apple are synonymous for.




Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Net Neutrality means Internet Service Providers should be careful



from CNN.com on December 14, 2017

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve a controversial plan to repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections. The repeal passed 3-2, along a party-line vote.
The vote came amid mounting protests from the tech industry, consumer advocacy groups and even some Republican members of Congress who'd urged the FCC to delay or cancel the vote.
In what may be a sign emotions running high on the issue, the net neutrality vote was briefly interrupted due to a security threat. FCC commissioners and the audience were forced to evacuate the room.
"Sorry for the interruption," Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, said after returning to the room. "We were acting on the advice of the federal protection service. Where was I?"




What does Net Neutrality actually mean?


Well, if you're a company, it means that you can't discriminate on the content that you send over the internet. Yes, this still means that the internet is open and free. But what is free? Freedom of expression, and the ability to write what you feel is a freedom that a lot of people take for granted in the USA. It's a freedom that a lot of others around the world enjoy too.

Talk has been how a Net Neutral environment will change how the ISP will do business, but that is very much in flux at the moment. An ISP wouldn't want to make it's customers uneasy with the throttling of services or capping of data that they all have enjoyed for years now. It could affect the way they do business, and healthy competition should carry the day to ensure that this is the case.

Now in the way of regulation, is this an open door for additional government regulation of the internet? Should ISP's be allowed to send certain content over their wires? That is yet another difficult but interesting topic. When you know that most internet traffic has been to adult websites since the creation of the modern internet, you'll have an idea how this 'candy store' approach to letting the 'average American' or European waltz into the nastiest dirty book stores that you can think of. But, that isn't necessary to walk in there on the internet, it's all there and many times you don't even have to pay for it to view the acts that previously were relegated to seedy smoke and tobacco shop 'back room' dens with beaded entrances to be able to view. Shopkeepers had to make sure that underage people didn't get past the beads, nor did many underage people even try to go beyond those beads let alone enter that shop.

Apps that allow the transfer of images that would be considered illegal by most standards are free to disseminate via mobile phones, as the shift from the PC to mobile has taken these same very ills of society so to speak on a mobile platform. And who has a smartphone these days? Yup, you guessed it, they are just about ubiquitous - very common. So maybe Net Neutrality will regulate some of this traffic as well, or maybe it won't. What's the common good for society?

Net Neutrality, it's an interesting subject.


Monday, January 01, 2018

Happy New Year! Tech is in a mini-revolution at the moment and 2018 should be a fun year


It's 2018 already.. wow, time is flying isn't it? You barely look up and another year has clicked by, but the internet has a lot going on with the new year that we just ushered in. In the US, Net Neutrality will become a reality, what does it mean for consumers? I've spoken to many educated people who have no idea.

But, there is a lot of other things going on as well within the tech world. Privacy, which is always an issue continues to be largely ignored by most Americans. Edward Snowden has made his bold announcement and it didn't seem to phase the ordinary American, who probably has taken the news in stride and doesn't understand either what these things could be used for.

The book 1984 spoke of privacy and surveillance - a telling take on a land where your every move is watched. Video, audio, and GPS tracking devices have been creeping into toys now for the holidays. Robot toy dogs with video monitors, paying for you check on devices that have cameras and essentially microphones can home in on you at the dinner table when you are out. Refrigerators, TV's and more.

Have we become a little too complacent with what we allow to be recorded by unknown entities for unknown reasons? Maybe, maybe not. One thing is for sure, it's a strange new world we are about to enter into as VR headsets and robots are about to transform tech.

Self driving cars are proposed? Will they take over the streets? Probably not, but again, just a few years ago, the book 1984 seemed like a far fetched notion of science fiction and was open to conjecture. The future? We may already be inside that future right now.

Take this story for example, Face ID technology IDs Family Who are not alike? Say what?


https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/face-id-shown-unlocking-for-family-members-who-aren’t-alike/ar-BBHA4Ex?li=AA4Zoy&ocid=spartanntphttps://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/face-id-shown-unlocking-for-family-members-who-aren’t-alike/ar-BBHA4Ex?li=AA4Zoy&ocid=spartanntp 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Facebook algorithms 'will identify terrorists' - BBC News

Facebook algorithms 'will identify terrorists' - BBC News:





Not so sure this headline captures the spirit of the announcement by Zuckerberg, but when the news media gets a hold of a topic, they can add their own 'spin' to it.



More and more, we have to be vigilant in attempting to sift through the news that is stretched at the truth and the sources from which we trust that news. Facebook especially has news that is shared on it from dubious sources.



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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Tech Companies Protest Trump Immigration Order - ABC News

Tech Companies Protest Trump Immigration Order - ABC News:


Google founder Sergey Brin is all smiles at Davos, but company doesn't support latest move by President Donald Trump



The policy change this week by the US instituting a 90 day ban from certain countries in the Muslim-majority countries to the USA has made some tech companies mad.


That was a campaign promise by Trump, he wanted to bolster up the vetting process of allowing people from certain countries in the this country.


Many in the tech community and outside of it have been critical, here's a quote from the article, and Elon Musk:



Tesla Motors and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who has recently appeared to be cultivating a relationship with Trump, tweeted that "many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US" who don't "deserve to be rejected." Musk is an immigrant from South Africa.





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Monday, January 23, 2017

Every Chromebook released in 2017 will support Android apps

Every Chromebook released in 2017 will support Android apps:





I would have thought that Chromebooks would have always supported Android apps, having not used one ever, that was obviously not the case.

Interesting that now, in 2017 the apps will now be supported. Google does have a way of letting certain projects want for more, and other projects really needing updates.