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Tech News Today 1753: Heads Will  

SlingStudio is a new production hub aimed at video producers looking to up their game on Facebook Live and YouTube Live. The hub can accept 10 video feeds from wired and wireless cameras and smartphones, and allows for real time video switching from an iPad.

Lyrebird is new software that claims to be able to recreate anyone's voice with just one minute of audio tape. You can also design your own voice and Lyrebirds GPU clusters will generate 1000 sentences in less than half a second for real-time voice generation.

Google unveiled the new Yi Halo, its next Jump VR camera, at NAB that is built with 16 Yi Technology action cameras mounted spherically as well as an additional upward facing camera. The camera rig will release this Summer for $17,000.

We also talk about DJI's new Goggles that will let you control a drone or the drone's camera. And congratulations to astronaut Peggy Whitson for 534 days in space. Plus, Iain Thomson is here to tell us why one company is heartbroken that we found it it was selling the contents of our email account to Uber.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Iain Thomson

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iOS Today 342: Spring Clean Your House and Sell Your Old Stuff with an App  

Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone want to help you with your spring cleaning. Instead of selling your stuff on CraigsList or a garage sale, use a new app to sell everything.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone

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Triangulation 295: Cory Doctorow  

Cory Doctorow's latest novel is Walkaway, a look into the future of mass surplus and mass unemployment. He talks to Leo Laporte about how people reinvent themselves, the difference between disaster and catastrophe, the future of copyright, and his refusal to use DRM.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Cory Doctorow

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Know How... 305: RasPi Alexa  

Digital assistants, and how to build your own RasPi Alexa with voice activation.

Amazon Echo $179.99
"- Better for Amazon Services
- Speaker, omnidirectional
- Better as assistant, supports more services
- Smart home controls
- Streaming (for Amazon services, Spotify, Amazon Music, Audible, etc.)"

Google Home $129.99
"- Better for Google Services
- Works with Keep / Express
- Answering questions
- Streaming (for Google services, Play Music, Youtube, etc.)
- Control multiroom system with Chromecast Audio"

DIY AlexaPi

- Raspberry Pi (Model 3 or Model 2)
- Micro USB cable, and power adapter
- 8 GB or larger Micro SD
- USB Mic
- Speaker
- Keyboard and Mouse

Amazon Developer
Link to site -
Web Settings
- Allowed Origins https://localhost:3000
- Allowed Return URL's https://localhost:3000/authresponse

Terminal Commands

Install Alexa

cd Desktop
git clone
cd ~/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app

Fill in the fields with the information from your Developer account
Client ID

hit CTRL X to save

cd ~/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app

Run Alexa Service
cd ~/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app/samples
cd companionService && npm start

Run Sample App to Confirm Account
cd ~/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app/samples
cd javaclient && mvn exec:exec

Start Wake Word
cd ~/Desktop/alexa-avs-sample-app/samples
cd wakeWordAgent/src && ./wakeWordAgent -e kitt_ai

Custom Wake Word

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

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This Week in Tech 611: Bezel Come Back  

At the F8 Developer Conference, Facebook shows off its hot new augmented reality technology - which looks a whole lot like Snapchat. Apple is secretly working on non-invasive blood sugar detection, which could be a boon to millions of diabetics. Apple also wants to save the Earth by using 100% recycled materials in its products, covering its headquarters in solar panels, and manufacturing its own sweat. Wait, what? Google, which has made billions in ad revenue, is working on an ad blocker. The Samsung Galaxy S8 came out this week and has yet to explode. Bixby, Samsung's voice assistant, seems to be fizzling. According to Qualcomm, the first Windows PC using an ARM chip could be out later this year. in completely unrelated news, Intel has canceled the Intel Developer Forum. HTC's newest phone, codenamed Ocean, will have a squeezable frame and a questionable logo. Steve Ballmer's new site makes government spending more accessible. Another bad week for Uber. And McDonald's new uniforms highlight the techno-dystopia we all live in.

Jason Hiner loves Revolutionary War themed musicals.Serenity Caldwell loves roller derby.Owen J.J. Stone loves his father and cherishes the stories that he recorded before his death.

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Owen JJ Stone, Serenity Caldwell, and Jason Hiner

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The Tech Guy 1383  

Did you know Facebook Camera is now a platform? Everyone is getting on the augmented reality bandwagon, setting up multiple monitors and work spaces for Mac, how to access your mail and forward it to another account or client, Chris Marquardt's tips on talking to your photo subject when doing people photography, Apple Mail replacement app, Apple AirPods as hearing aids? updating Windows from 32 to 64-bit, is HTC U Ultra worth it?, call Leo before you build your own PC, browser malware highjacking, and more of your calls!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guest: Chris Marquardt

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The Tech Guy 1382  

Facebook's future with augmented and virtual reality, is my browser infected? Leo reviews the Samsung Galaxy S8+, troubleshooting slow Wi-Fi, the best headphones for mastering audio, how far can you run an HDMI cable? And more of your calls!

Host: Leo Laporte

Guests: Scott Wilkinson, Johnny Jet, and Dick DeBartolo

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The New Screen Savers 101: S8, F8, and Kart 8 are Gr8!  

Leo Laporte and Florence Ion discuss F8 2017, Facebook's developers conference, and the announcements around AR, VR, 360 cameras, AI, message bots, and so much more. Robert Scoble went to F8 and is here to look into the future. Speaking of AR, we have Ryan Pamplin from Meta with their new AR headset, the Meta2, which competes with Microsoft's Hololens. We'll give it a test drive and find out what is so different about this system. Samsung's flagship phones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are for sale. Flo and Leo show you what's new and give a review. Georgia Dow helps us calm down with the Breathe app on the Apple Watch. Megan Morrone shows us the right and wrong way to keep ear wax out of your AirPods and earbuds. Nathan Olivarez-Giles has a review of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the Nintendo Switch. We'll talk about the best Chromebooks on a budget in Call for Help. And, in the Mail Bag, we'll see which Moto phone is the best.

Hosts: Leo Laporte and Florence Ion

Guests: Robert Scoble, Ryan Pamplin, Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Georgia Dow, and Megan Morrone

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Tech News Today 1752: Please Don't Squeeze the Juice  

Apple's self-driving car technology can control the steering, acceleration, braking, lane changing and u-turning of Lexus SUVs. We learned this from a Business Insider report based on a public records request for Apple's driverless car testing in California. In its testing so far, Apple is using Logitech steering wheels and pedals.

Tesla is recalling 53 thousand cars over an issue with the parking break. The company issued the voluntary global recall on certain Model S and Model X vehicles built between February and October 2016.

Microsoft is working on a Chromebook competitor -- a line of laptops that runs nothing but web-based applications, while also offering the option of touch screens and digital pens. The laptops are being geared for schools and those looking for low-cost laptops. Microsoft is expected to offer more details on its Chromebook competitors in May.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder says he needs more time to investigate Uber's toxic culture, and Apple made two strategic hires to boost its satellite efforts and we make some conjectures about what that means for the company. We also talk to Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk Facebook VR, Rick & Morty, and Starcraft.

Host: Megan Morrone

Guests: Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Sam Machkovech

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This Week in Enterprise Tech 236: Honeypots & Deceptive Solutions  

Ray Pompon, Principal Threat Researcher Evangelist, F5 Labs, will be participating and speaking to the topic of deceptive solutions and honeypots.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ, Brian Chee, and Louis Maresca

Guest: Ray Pompon

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This Week in Law 383: Bunch of Bull  

Is the girl on wall street a derivative work of the bull? Join Mike Keys, Denise Howell, Evan Brown, and Matthew Curtis discuss the latest developments in technology law. What does it take to file for a declaratory judgment? Does the taking of wireless data violate the wire act? How to exit employment with your data? Also, a gorilla trades in his camera for a Fanta, but was there a meeting of the minds?

Hosts: Denise Howell and J. Michael Keyes

Guests: Evan Brown and Matt Curtis

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Tech News Today 1751: Palmer Luckey is Back, Sort Of  

MasterCard is working on a fingerprint sensor that's built into your physical credit or debit card and will work with the chip to verify your in-person purchases.

The Google Assistant built into the Google Home speaker can now recognize multiple different voices and deliver a specific info to the person it recognizes - like plane flight info and calendar entries. Up to six different voices can be recognized by a Google Home speaker, but each voice still has to be tied to a different Google Account.

Toyota and others have invested $45 million in a company called Getaround, which people are calling the AirBnb for cars. You can use an app to reserve, locate, pay for and even unlock a stranger's car so you can drive it for a while.

We also discuss Oculus founder Palmer Luckey's investment choices and the ethics of Instagram influencers. Plus, Rolfe Winkler from The Wall Street Journal is here to tell us how one security company chose to show its clients information in live demos and we talk about Elon Musk's new startup that wants to fuse your brain with AI so we no longer need to talk to share our thoughts.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Guest: Rolfe Winkler

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This Week in Computer Hardware 411: AMD Radeon RX580 vs. The World!  

AMD Radeon RX 500 series GPUS, Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X 375GB, one beast of an Optane drive, Logitech's G413 backlit mechanical keyboard, Facebook wants you to type WITH YOUR MIND, Nintendo's gonna break your heart w/ a Mini Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and more!

Hosts: Ryan Shrout and Patrick Norton

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Know How... 304: Let's Solder! Steampunk Goggles Rev. 2  

Part 1 of building your own Steampunk Goggles revision 2.

Hosts: Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ and Bryan Burnett

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Home Theater Geeks 350: The Future of Cinema  

Video guru Joe Kane talks about what he saw and learned at CinemaCon 2017, the trade show for commercial-cinema owners. Topics include the lengths to which theater owners will go to attract customers, such as augmented-reality lobby posters, first-class airline seating with meal and drink service in theaters, and the Barco Escape three-screen system. He also discusses the potential of direct-LED screen walls such as the Sony CLEDIS and Samsung Cinema Screen, the importance of bias lighting even with projectors, high dynamic range, answers to chat-room questions, and more.

Host: Scott Wilkinson

Guest: Joe Kane

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Ham Nation 296: HN on TV in KC  

What is TV25 and how you can tune in, Tim Duffy is in studio to talk about Contest University, Gordo has a coloring book for ham radio, George shows how to read a resistor, Don's top news of the week with Dr. Skov solar weather forecast, and Amanda asks the chat rooms questions!

Hosts: Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, and Amanda Alden

Guest: Tim Duffy

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Tech News Today 1750: Geek Cred Credenza  

Day two of Facebook's F8 developer conference in San Jose kicked off with a company keynote presentation that's focused on futuristic technologies that are at least a few years off. Facebook's Building 8 division says its hoping to develop sensor technology that uses your skin to send signals to your brain and theorizing that electrodes in your brain will eventually let you type by thinking rather than moving your fingers around.

People familiar with the matter have told Eurogamer that Nintendo plans to launch an S-NES mini this year, which could explain why they chose to break the hearts of millions by discontinuing the NES mini. The rumored console will likely be called the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo is already in the process of developing it.

Google is looking for 10,000 people to volunteer for a study that is mixing tech, science, and health. If you volunteer, you'd be agreeing to share your generic data with the company as it attempts to map out what a healthy human is made up of.

Those $350 dollar Bose headphones you're listening to, might be listening to you and sharing your habits without your consent. Plus, Quincy Larson from FreeCodeCamp joins us to really explain what it takes to learn to code. And we mourn the loss of the to-do app Wunderlist that Microsoft is murdering.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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This Week in Google 401: A New Interface Paradigm for Your Friends  

At Facebook's F8 developer Conference, Mark Zuckerberg and team announced their new focus on augmented reality, hanging out in virtual reality, Messenger bots, millimeter wave radio internet, VR cameras, AR glasses, typing with your mind, and hearing with your skin. Ajit Pai has trouble rolling back net neutrality. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming this week. Amazon gives away the Echo's microphone tech. Google Earth's latest upgrade is amazing.

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Stacey Higginbotham

Guest: Mathew Ingram

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Windows Weekly 514: Bash on Windows  

Q & A with Special guest Rich Turner, Senior Project Manager, Bash on Windows and Windows Console. Windows 10 Cloud. Checking in on Creators Update rollout and Redstone 3. A blast from the past: Charles Simonyi is coming back to Microsoft. Microsoft Authenticator allows Android and iOS users to unlock devices without passwords - but not Windows phone users. Project Cheshire (MS To-Do) is finally hitting public preview. Microsoft will unveil Scorpio at E3, and not sooner.

Tip of the week: Looking to make the switch to Android? OnePlus 3T is your mid-range choice.App pick of the week: Classic Mac on pick of the week: Linux Hyper-V containers are coming!Enterprise pick of the week No. 2: SQL Server next now has a name.Beer pick of the week: Stone Enjoy By 4.20.17 IPA.

Hosts: Leo Laporte, Mary Jo Foley, and Paul Thurrott

Guest: Rich Turner

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FLOSS Weekly 430: ScreenStudio  

ScreenStudio will let you record your desktop in a full HD video files. Overlay some text or even your webcam. It will also let you stream your desktop to services like UStream, Hitbox or Its open source and built around "ffmpeg" that is currently available on all Linux distro and work out of the box.

Host: Randal Schwartz

Guests: Jonathan Bennett and Patrick Balleux

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