This week the guys are back, talking tech & tech news (what else is new?). Listeners Kye & John write in with some helpful tips on using two-factor authentication via SMS & why you should be wary of that and if you’re running Symantic AV there’s a critical bug that could allow your machine(s) to get infected without you even doing anything. Keep your apps updated & patch, people!
Samsung’s new memory format
Samsung has created a new flash storage scheme; Universal Flash Storage (UFS) to try to take on the microSD memory market. UFS is expected to introduce significant performance enhancements when compared against its predecessor, microSD.
Set to be available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 32GB all the way up to 256GB, UFS cards are capable of offering more than five times faster sequential read performance. The UFS cards will be able to handle 530MB/s, which is similar to that of a PC SSD. The new cards will also offer a random read rate of 40,000 IOPS, more than 20 times that of microSD. So – yay – another standard to adopt for certain hardware. *cough*Memory Stick*cough*
iOS 10 Public Beta
Jacob bit the bullet and upgraded his iPhone – his daily driver – to the iOS 10 Beta that dropped a few weeks ago. Generally stable, there is some app whackiness that you’ll get when a new version of iOS drops. Developers will need to tweak their apps in anticipation of the fall release.
There are some really nice changes coming – the new way Apple is handling notifications and the lock screen is pretty awesome. It’ll take a little getting used to, but once you have adjusted to the new way of interacting with the lock screen widgets and notifications in general, it’s really much nicer.
The photos app updates are a welcome addition; the new Memories feature is downright amazing (if not original, but it definitely has that Apple polish). The iMessages updates are… updated? We’re sure they’ll appeal to a very specific demographic (teens) more than others.
As far as betas go – this one seems pretty stable. If you’re willing to put up with some fairly (so far) minor inconveniences it’s worth giving it a go to try the cutting edge of iOS builds!
Watch out for that truck!
Tesla’s Autopilot has had its first deadly crash. A Model S driver using the car’s semi-autonomous Autopilot feature died when the car hit an 18-wheeler, the first known fatality involving technology that remains in beta testing. Apparently the car’s sensors couldn’t detect the all-white semi trailer against a bright blue sky & the brakes were not automatically applied.
Tesla doesn’t bill this technology as a true autonomous driving system – they advise that drivers stay behind the wheel and alert at all times. They system has already taken heat from drivers posting videos online of them riding in the back seat, playing games, and more. We can barely trust drivers who are actively driving a vehicle; give them an illusion of autonomous features & they’re gonna’ zone right out.
Life in two dimensions?
Some physicists believe that the universe we live in might be a hologram. The idea is that even though we appear to live in a three-dimensional universe, it might only have two dimensions. It’s called the holographic principle.
The thinking goes like this: Some distant two-dimensional surface contains all the data needed to fully describe our world — and like in a hologram, this data is projected to appear in three dimensions. And, the laws of physics seem to make more sense when written in two dimensions!
Breakthroughs in aging
Michael West, known as the father of regenerative medicine, gave a talk last week that historians will remember as the world’s first look at the biotechnology that changed everything forever. At the annual meeting of Mensa, he reported on the progress of regenerative medicine—from the stem cell breakthroughs that he pioneered to his current research.
West’s presentation—despite his calm understated manner—is frankly staggering. It is a roadmap to the development of a biotechnology that can cure the worst diseases and traumas. It can even reverse human aging.
What we love
Todd loves 3 Floyds Brewing Company in Munster Indiana: http://www.3floyds.com/
Jacob loves the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman http://amzn.to/29V2Qmz
Jeff loves the movie The Conjuring 2