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Tech News Today explores the most important stories of the day in conversation with the world's leading journalists live each weekday at 7:00pm Eastern, 4:00pm Pacific, 23:00 UTC. Give us your news and views at 260-TNT-SHOW or tnt@twit.tv, or watch recorded shows on our website at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-today. Records every weekday at 7:00pm Eastern / 4:00pm Pacific / 23:00 UTC.

Episodes

TNT 1850: The Eve of X  

It's the moment Apple fans the world over have been waiting for, an event to see the launch of the 10th anniversary iPhone, the first event to take place at Apple's mega-spaceship campus in Cupertino in the Steve Jobs Theater. Expect a full refresh of the iPhone lineup, a new Apple TV, a new Apple Watch, and Airpods.

Amazon has higher resolution video in its sights as well, and it looks like an upcoming refresh of the Amazon Fire TV lineup will bring 4K HDR 60 frames per second video to the TV. The cubical set top box will not only handle the increased image quality, but it also has far field microphones on board to make it yet another Echo device in your home.

A few months after the European Commission issued a $2.7 billion antitrust fine against Google for what it deemed as abuse of its search dominance in online shopping results, Google is appealing the filing in the lower EU courts. At least for now, Google has not sought to sidestep compliance with the original order that would place penalties on the company if they didn't comply.

Also, PewDiePie gets a bit too loose lipped on a live stream, the SNES Classic will be better stocked than the NES Classic was, and Russ Pitts talks about Take This, his non-profit that offers tools and hope to those in the gaming industry suffering from depression.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Russ Pitts

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TNT 1849: End Times for Privacy  

Yesterday, Iain Thomson told us about the then-breaking news involving a historically bad leak of information after Equifax was hacked. A day later and that hangover feeling isn't gone.

Thousands have taken to the streets in Togo to protest the West African nation's president. And now the Togolese authorities have blocked internet access and texting.

Two factor authentication is key to protecting and securing your accounts online. 2FA via SMS is better than nothing but still has its own flaws. Hackers can hijack SMS codes, many times by social engineering with a carrier call, in order to authenticate as you. The top four US mobile carriers today announced a newly formed coalition called the Mobile Authentication Taskforce to take a look at the current system and its weaknesses, and devise something new in its place.

And Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica is here to talk about Destiny 2, The Fractured But Whole, and PAX West.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1848: EquiFAIL  

A judge in Massachusetts dismissed the case against Techdirt that was brought by Shiva Ayyadurai, a man who claimed that he invented e-mail in the late 1970s. Techdirt had criticized Ayyadurai's claims on its site to the point that the non-inventor of email called it libel. The judge sided with the small but influential TechDirt in the 15 million dollar case.

Amazon is on the prowl for a location to drop its second north american headquarters into. Amazon is looking to support up to 50 thousand employees in the facility when all is said and done, so the deal brings its share of incentives for whatever city is selected. And Amazon is coming out early with the news as it's looking to lock in whatever incentives it can from state and local communities to make it even more worthwhile.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will experience extended supply shortages on the new iPhones that might extend into the holiday season. The new phone iPhone 8 won't come with TouchID and sources say that's what's causing the holdup. Apple reportedly had intended to include the fingerprint sensor, but had to abandon it for new facial-recognition technology.

Also, Facebook has a Tinder-like feature in a limited trial, Star Wars and Marvel will become exclusive to Disney's upcoming streaming service, and Iain Thomson from The Register discusses the monumental hack of Equifax.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Iain Thomson

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TNT 1847: Night Kings Mode  

Starting in the summer of 2015, a Russian company began buying facebook ads to the tune of 100 thousand dollars to stir political uncertainty. As part of an investigation that started earlier this Spring, Facebook found 3,300 ads on its network that did this, all pointing back to the same Russian company.

In other bad Facebook news, an analyst at Pivotal Research Group says Facebook is claiming to reach people who don't exist.

The New York times reports that those sneaky Red Sox used an Apple Watch to steal signals during baseball games against the New York Yankees.

Plus, Brad Sams from Petri.com is here to talk about the next Microsoft Surface Event.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Brad Sams

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TNT 1846: CSI Essential Phone  

Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies have responded now that our President has decided to rescind DACA protection. Apple's Tim Cook sent a letter to employees saying they will advocate for a legislative solution.

WhatsApp will soon charge large scale businesses by offering ways to reach their customers with important and useful information, like flight times and delivery confirmations. Small and medium sized business will have access to a free app integrating similar tools and features so they can better communicate with their customers.

Xiaomi announced its partnership with Google for the Android One program with the release of the Mi A1. The phone has a dual camera, 2x optical zoom, and a 5.5 inch display. It's available in 40 markets and will cost around 234 US dollars.

Plus Rovio is going for an IPO, Verizon wants all your data in exchange for Lady Gaga tickets, and we go hands-on with the Essential Phone.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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TNT 1845: Alexa's Curiosity Killed the Mood  

Does Nest know when you've been sleeping? We'll find out on September 20.

How small social networks helped Harvey victims.

Mikah Sargent from iMore joins us to talk about our favorite Alexa skills.

And pour one out for the $400 WiFi juicer.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Mikah Sargent

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TNT 1844: Dropbox.gov  

Apple sent out invitations for its big event on September 12th. Let's Meet at Our Place, said the invites to the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple Campus.

Robotics company Zipline has begun to use its drones to deliver blood to Rwanda's blood transfusion centers. The FCC.gov site allows pretty much anyone to upload any file to their site which can then be made accessible via the FCC.gov domain. The public API that literally anyone can get allows those who know what to do with it the ability to throw pretty much anything on the .gov website. So, executables, PDFs, mp4 files, which I'm sure you can imagine gets sticky when you consider that this might be a malware artist's dream.

BBC reports that Zipline will soon expand into Tanzania, making it the largest drone delivery company in the world. IFA 2017 is under way in Berlin right now which means an avalanche of hardware announcements.

Plus, two new Star Wars toys from Sphero.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

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TNT 1843: The Revolution of Round  

Uber's board of directors voted unanimously for Dara Khosrowshahi, longstanding CEO of Expedia, to be its new CEO. Former CEO Travis Kalanick said in a statement that he wishes Dara well, saying that casting his vote was "a big moment for me and I couldn't be happier to pass the torch to such an inspiring leader."

Microsoft and Amazon struck a partnership that will allow Cortana and the Amazon Echo to work together in perfect digital assistant harmony. The collaboration will allow users to access Amazon Voice Services via Cortana on Windows 10 PCs when it launches later this year.

Samsung unveiled the new Gear Sport, a sportier iteration of the successful Gear S3 smartwatch, with a round 1.2" display, Bixby integration, and a rotating bezel for navigation through the Tizen operating system.

Plus, Essential botches its customer support communication in a big way, the comment period for the dismantling of Net Neutrality rules is ending, and Paul Warner from InMoment discusses how Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods could affect employees of both companies.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Paul Warner

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TNT 1842: The ARms Race  

Hurricane Harvey help on Twitter, Google Docs, Reddit, and more.

711 million email addresses are sending out malware.

Ahead of Apple's expected September hardware event, Apple is apparently working overtime trying to secure deals with Hollywood studios to bring 4K UHD video content to iTunes. An updated Apple TV is expected at the event that will support 4K ultra high definition video content, and Apple wants to offer movies that support that format later this year at the $19.99 price point.

You might have seen the New York Post headline announcing that the NYPD had to replace 36 thousand useless smart phones because they're Windows Phones. While its all fun and games to make fun of Windows Phones, the truth is that this isn't another story of your tax dollars going down the toilet. The NYPD responded to the New York Post saying that they acquired the phones at no cost with an option of moving off the hardware in two years, also at no cost.

Plus, Russell Holly from iMore and VRHeads is here to discuss the AR arms race between Google's new ARCore and Apple's ARKit.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Russell Holly

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TNT 1841: Free Range Echos  

Uber's replacement for CEO Travis Kalanik, according to Recode's sources, is likely to be Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia since 2005 whose grown that property from $2.1 billion in 2005 to $8.7 billion in 2016. A letter sent to Expedia employees by Expedia chair Barry Diller confirms that Dara has been asked to do so, but that nothing is finalized yet.

Fitbit has a new smartwatch, the $300 Ionic. It's water resistant up to 50 meters and includes built-in GPS and heart rate monitoring. The company also announced new 4130 flyer in-ear wireless headphones to use with the device on your runs.

Microsoft is revealing more details on its upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that will officially usher in the era of the company's Mixed Reality efforts. Microsoft announced a new entry-level tier for its Windows Mixed Reality platform that bypasses the need for high-end graphics cards to power the experience. Microsoft also announced a partnership with Steam VR meaning access to a wide variety of titles from Steam that can be found on competing VR platforms.

We also talk about Apple's Fall Event and Amazon cutting prices at Whole Foods. Plus, Jeremiah Lindemann, public interest technology fellow at New America joins us to talk about how he's using data to map the Opioiod crisis to help solve it.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Jeremiah Lindemann

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TNT 1840: Hard Out There for a PYMK  

The Samsung verdict is in. A South Korean Court has sentenced chairman Jay Y Lee to five years in prison.

Marcus Hutchins, the 23 year old security researcher charged with developing malware to steal banking passwords, has raised over $150,000 dollars to help pay for his legal fees. Now, Buzzfeed reports that his lawyer is refunding all of the donations because so many of them were made with fraudulent credit cards.

Also, We discuss a $700 Smart Lock for your Mansion.

Sam Machkovech from Ars Technica reviews the week in gaming, including Destiny 2, 90's Shooters, and QuakeCon.

Plus, we talk about Kashmir Hill's story on Facebook's creepy PYMK (People You Might Know) feature.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sam Machkovech

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TNT 1839: No Khaki Spacesuits  

Amazon is on the cusp of owning Whole Foods, the premium grocery chain that it is purchasing for $13.7 billion dollars. The deal is expected to close next Monday. Amazon says shoppers will see "lower prices on a selection of best-selling staples across the stores."

The New York Times is here to confirm that the premium iPhone model that will debut at the unannounced hardware event next month will be priced right around the $999 mark. That gets you a larger screened device with minimal bezel design, facial recognition security, and wireless magnetic charging capability.

Evan Blass says the date for the next big Google hardware event will be October 5th, and we'll see the new lineup of Pixel devices that come packing an updated but as-yet-unreleased Snapdragon 836 processor. No word yet on what that improved processor will bring in terms of performance to the next generation of Pixel phones.

Plus, Owen JJ Stone joins in to discuss HTC as it mulls selling off its virtual reality business, Google's new tool for those who search about depression, the SpaceX spacesuit is shown for the first time, artificial intelligence produced an album, and Kentucky Fried Chicken is using the Oculus Rift for training employees.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Owen JJ Stone

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TNT 1838: Free the Hashtag!  

The Note 8 is here and it will cost you some serious cabbage.

Attention Walmart customers, you can now buy stuff with your Google Home. Google Home has partnered with Walmart to compete against Amazon in the race to buy stuff with your voice. Starting in September, hundreds of thousands of Walmart products will be available to purchase using your Google Home device.

DJI announced that it is issuing a firmware update for its new series of Spark drones to address a small number of incidents where the drone suddenly turned off and fell from the sky.

And Happy Birthday Hashtag! We discuss the invention of the hashtag, not by Twitter, but by Chris Messina.

Vidya Narayanan from UrbanAMA joins us to talk about connecting with people to ask questions about anything.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Vidya Narayanan

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TNT 1837: CrashPlan B  

We all know by now, contrary to logic, that unlimited rarely truly means no limits. Case in point is Verizon's announcement that those currently unlimited plans will have three different types of unlimited to choose from, each carrying their own unique limits of course. Not only do unlimited customers have to choose one of these plans, they have a days notice to do so.

Medium has been working towards new ways for publishers on its platform to get paid. One new method takes the idea of likes and turns them into Claps that act as a tipping mechanism.

The popular iPhone weather app AccuWeather is sending location information to a data monetization firm, even when you tell the app not to track you. Security research Will Strafach discovered the behavior and Zack Whittaker from ZDNET confirmed that AccuWeather is sending specific geodata to a third party company called RevealMobile.

Cloud backup service CrashPlan announced that it's shutting down its home subscription service.

And born out of a shortage of sign language interpretors in Belgium, Project Aslan, short for Antwerps Sign Language Actuating Node, is a 3D printed robotic hand that can translate written text as well as spoken language into sign language on the fly.

Sarah Jeong, Senior Writer at The Verge joins us to talk about how history, not science, is to blame for sexism in the tech industry.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Sarah Jeong

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TNT 1836: Insecure Enclave  

Google's next operating system will be called Android Oreo 8.0. The Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Pixel, and Pixel XL builds have entered carrier testing, but with less than 15 percent of Android users on the current build, it might be a while until you get the update.

A hacker by the name of Xerub reportedly obtained the full decryption key for Apple's Secure Enclave Processor, the co-processor on iOS devices that handles Touch ID transactions. The firmware code is posted for anyone to get at on GitHub, and could lead to Touch ID hacks, and other attacks that benefit from that decryption.

Even with the big Android news today, we still have time to slip one iPhone rumor into the news mix today. As we've talked about, Touch ID might be going the way of the dodo, with the newest iPhone featuring a 3D face scanner instead. The newest news is that The Korea Herald says that the iPhone 8's 3D face scanner will be able to scan your face "in a millionth of a second."

Plus, HTC drops the price of the Vive, Microsoft announced the Xbox One Minecraft Edition, and Ant Pruitt from Tech Republic shares his tips on professional looking drone videography.

Hosts: Megan Morrone and Jason Howell

Guest: Ant Pruitt

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