Thursday, June 22, 2017

TechTalk with NEXA June 20, 2017

We love tech and there is so much happening every day that it is hard to keep up with what is hot and what is not. For an hour we give you our take on what you want to be thinking about this week in the world of tech.

Dream Team.

The Show Notes.

Huwawei Watch2 1079aed
-Nice was wearing the sport model
-water resistant not water proof
-google assist
-Android wear
-screen is a bit small
-2 day battery life
-this is a good a good device would I buy one? No waiting for the waterproof model and a bit bigger screen

Looks like it might be an amazon show!

-ok this is very cool

And this is a cool link up also the online smart fridge!

Amazon just bought 341 prime locations in the US

Smart move again amazon
Amazon has announced something of a curveball acquisition today, as the internet giant revealed plans to snap up healthy supermarket chain Whole Foods Market in an all-cash deal worth nearly $14 billion.
Founded out of Austin, Texas in 1980, Whole Foods Market specializes in natural food that doesn’t have artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, or sweeteners.
“Millions of people love Whole Foods Market because they offer the best natural and organic foods, and they make it fun to eat healthy,” said Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, in a press release. “Whole Foods Market has been satisfying, delighting, and nourishing customers for nearly four decades — they’re doing an amazing job and we want that to continue.”
Whole Foods Market has been a public company since 1992, and its shares hit an all-time high of around $65 in 2013. Its stock has been hovering around the $33 mark for the past few years, however, with the shares closing at $33.06 yesterday. Amazon is offering $42 per share for the company, a premium of around 27 percent on yesterday’s closing price, for a total value of $13.7 billion.
“This partnership presents an opportunity to maximize value for Whole Foods Market’s shareholders, while at the same time extending our mission and bringing the highest quality, experience, convenience, and innovation to our customers,” added Whole Foods Market’s cofounder and CEO, John Mackey.
The deal still has to attain shareholder approval, of course, as well as passing the usual regulatory and closing conditions, which the duo expect will happen in the second half of 2017. Assuming the acquisition is seen through to completion, Whole Foods Market will continue as is under its own brand, with Mackey remaining CEO.

Online books to brick-and-mortar groceries

Amazon has long transcended its roots as an online bookstore and today offers everything from video-streaming services to on-demand restaurant deliveries. While its decision to effectively merge with Whole Foods Market may seem like an oddity on the surface, it’s not entirely out of line with Amazon’s recent initiatives in the grocery realm.
In fact, Amazon has offered a grocery delivery service for a decade already. First launched in beta back in 2007 in Mercer Island, Washington, AmazonFresh later expanded across the U.S. into Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York, and Philadelphia, among many other U.S. cities. Last year, it also launched in London, which represented its first international market. Whole Foods Market, as it happens, also operates seven stores in the U.K. capital.
AmazonFresh delivers a range of domestic goods and produce — including fruit, vegetables, and meat — on the same day or the next day, depending when they’re ordered. The service is available to $99/year Prime members, who must pay an additional $15 per month to access the grocery delivery service.
Amazon has also been pursuing own-brand brick-and-mortar stores, including bookstores, the most recent of which opened in New York City. And late last year Amazon debuted its own grocery store in Seattle, as the company sought to shine a light on a futuristic new “checkout free” shopping experience.
So Amazon has made no secret of its aspirations in the grocery realm.  But why buy Whole Foods Market? Well, the internet behemoth is every bit as much a delivery and logistics company as it is an online marketplace for buying USB memory sticks, books, and cheap mobile phones. And as a result of this acquisition, Amazon is entering the grocery fray in a major way. As things stand, Whole Foods Market offers one-hour deliveries via Instacart, but once this acquisition is complete, you can bet your bootlaces that Amazon will be placing groceries front and center within its online ordering and delivery network.
This acquisition also helps highlight the growing convergence between the offline and online worlds.  Last August, Walmart revealed it was buying fledgling online retailer for $3 billion in cash in what many viewed as a direct swipe at Amazon. Now, Amazon is hitting back by buying Whole Foods Market outright, grabbing a direct conduit into more than 400 stores across North America and the U.K., which should lead to some interesting offline/online cross-pollination.
Finally, this acquisition shows that to compete effectively in the grocery market, you need a strong, local on-the-ground presence — and that’s what Amazon now has with Whole Foods Market.

A new patent appears to hold the key to help brick and mortar stores fight what has been dubbed as the 'retail apocalypse.' There's only one caveat, it is owned by Amazon.

The world's largest online retailer has just been granted a patent for a system that stops brick-and-mortar customers from comparing in-store prices to competitors' online offerings--a move that's been largely viewed as head-scratching at best. After all, the retailer has constructed a vast empire by putting many a brick-and-mortar retail shop out of business with its lower prices.
The patent, which was first reported by The Verge, is called 'Physical store online shopping control.' It describes how a retailer can monitor customers' Internet use--while on the store's WiFi--and deter them from checking competitors' prices. A practice that occurs so frequently, people have given it a name: 'showrooming.'

This is good!

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 19th June, 2017: Huawei Consumer Business Group has announced plans to open its first 'Experience Store' in the UAE fully equipped and dedicated to offer customers a complete hands-on product experience. The store will be strategically located at The Dubai Mall and is slated to cement Huawei’s position as one of the leaders in the smartphone market. In line with Huawei's global consumer centric strategy, the new store will offer its loyal customers an immersive experience where they will be able to engage with a range of Huawei products. The sleek and modern store layout will allow customers to test devices, resolve issues, and even shoot cover shots with the latest flagship devices - such as the P10 and P10 Plus. The date for the opening of the outlet is yet to be revealed, but expected over the course of the upcoming months.

CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, Richard Yu commented, “The United Arab Emirates is a key market for Huawei globally and the company sees Dubai as a city that is strategically located to reach consumers in and around the region. With the store’s strategic location, we aim to provide our consumers a compelling space to connect with the Huawei brand, our latest technologies and products at a more personal level."

Currently, Huawei has 47 service centers in the region with two dedicated service centers in the UAE – one in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi – where customers receive VIP assistance and shorter service cycles for their devices. The experience store is set to compliment Huawei’s existing service centers offering customers a full retail experience.

Over the coming months, Huawei is expected to reveal further details of the store. It is expected to carry all of Huawei’s latest flagship products and technologies. For more information, stay tuned to all Huawei’s social media pages.

Stop Motion Animator is a free Chrome app for creating stop motion videos. The app is free and easy to use. It does not even require students to create accounts in order to use it.

To create a stop motion video with Stop Motion Animator launch the app and grant it access to your Chromebook's webcam. Then you capture a series of pictures with your webcam and play them back at various speeds in a stop motion style. You can add audio to your video in Stop Motion Animator. Your completed video must be downloaded to your Chromebook as a .webm file which you will have to upload to either YouTube or Google Drive to playback outside of Stop Motion Animator.

Love of social media as a news source may be falling!

Cool use of mobile phone to id things

Google released MobileNets as open source software on Wednesday, opening up a neural network of computational imaging for other programmers to incorporate into their apps. The programming is designed specifically to run on the smaller hardware of mobile devices, overcoming some of the biggest obstacles in bringing computer imaging to smartphones through a design that maximizes the power of mobile processors. The program does not create new capabilities but brings computational imaging into a package small enough to run off a mobile device without storing data on a cloud, which means apps using the programming would not need an internet connection.
The programming gives smartphones and tablets the ability to recognize objects and people, along with even recognition popular landmarks. Google even lists fine-grain classification — like determining what breed a particular dog is — among the possible uses for the program.

Good to see Google cracking down on content, even though this can eat into its advertising bottom  line

Interesting to see the FB data on E3 conversations and what this tells us!

Have you used a site that your passwords may have been breached?

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Privacy Mythbusting #2: My password keeps me safe. (Not necessarily!)
If you've ever used the same password on more than one website, then your accounts may be compromised due to data leaks. Once a hacker gets your login information from a single site, they can try it on other sites. Many hackers use automated tools to cycle through leaked password lists, trying them on many popular websites.
You may have heard of a few of the high profile data leaks in the past few years, such as:
  • LinkedIn
  • Adobe
  • Dropbox
  • Tumblr
  • SnapChat
  • Neopets
  • Minecraft
Believe it or not, there have been over 200 major websites that have had their data leaked over the past few years, enabling your passwords to be used by hackers. Detective emoji
In 2013, Microsoft security research Troy Hunt built the site Have I Been Pwned? that allows you to check if your password has ever been leaked. (Fun fact: "Pwned," derived from owned, is video game slang for when someone is utterly defeated!)
Car getting pwned by Mother Nature
How can you stay safe in a world of data leaks?
  • Use a different password on each website.
  • Use a password manager like LastPass that generates secure passwords and stores them for you safely.
  • Use two-factor authentication (2FA) wherever possible. You can check if major sites have 2FA available at
Proudly Private,

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