TechSummit Rewind #021: April 25, 2015

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology stories.

YouTube stops working on older smart TVs, iOS devices, some third-party apps

YouTube API upgrade

If you own an older smart TV, iOS device or use a third-party app to use YouTube, you may need to upgrade it to keep getting your fix. Due to changes in the app’s API, It’ll no longer work on a number of models released in or before 2012, including the following:

· Apple TV second-generation

· Panasonic TVs

· Sony TVs/Blu-ray players

· Devices running Google TV versions 1, 2

You’ll know you’re affected if a video showing the notice above plays when firing up the app, though most models released in/after 2013 should be safe.

If you want to continue using YouTube, you’ll need to update your iOS devices to at least iOS 7. Third-gen Apple TVs need to be upgraded as well, while Google TV version 3 or 4 devices need the latest app update available on Google Play. However, still loads on Safari or any flash/HTML5 toting smart TV browser.

GoogleGoogle lets you download your web search history

If you were curious about what you were searching for online a few years ago, you now have an easy way to find out. Google has quietly launched an option to download your entire search history, if you use Mountain View’s search engine, of course.

Aziz Ansari getting own Netflix comedy

Aziz Ansari

Netflix must have liked the response to Aziz Anzari’s latest standup special, as the comedian’s about to get a lot more screen time. The streaming service has ordered a 10-episode series co-created by Ansari and Parks and Recreation executive producer Andy Yang, according to Deadline. It’s not clear what the show’s plot will be, but it’ll be co-produced by some of those who worked on Parks and Recreation and include guests like Homeland’s Claire Danes.

Turing Phone is secure both inside and out

Turing Robotic Industries Turing Phone

Turing Robotic Industries’ Turing Phone puts an emphasis on security, with its own server-free encrypted communication between owners and a fingerprint reader that encourages you to lock down your device. There’s also a magnetic charging system, so you won’t send your phone flying when rushing to take your phone off external power.

However, the real star is in the hardware. Its frame is built from “liquidmorphium,” a metal alloy that’s stronger than steel or titanium. While there’s also aluminum, ceramic and plastic in the body, that exotic structure should increase your device’s chances of survival after a nasty drop.

Performance-wise is a little lagging with last year’s Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen. Its biggest advantages are a healthy up to 128GB of internal storage and the combination of an 8MP front camera and 13MP rear shooter with dual flashes. There’s broad support for North American and European LTE bands, too, so you shouldn’t miss out on fast data.

The Turing Phone should ship on August 10th, according to Turing, and will sell for $740 unlocked with 64GB of internal storage, or $870 for a 128GB variant.

US House passes bill allowing corporations to share your data

US House

The Protecting Cyber Networks Act has been passed by the US House of Representatives (307-116), and is designed to prevent future cyberattacks by allowing corporations to share information with each other and the government.

The PCNA would allow for data to flow between corporations via a government intermediary. There are provisions that would allow the government to use this data outside of cyber threats. The bill is still being finalized as it awaits the Senate’s approval.

Google launches Project Fi wireless network

Google is now a mobile carrier, with the launch of Project Fi for Nexus 6 owners. An early invite program is active now.

“Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible.”

– Google, in a blog post

The service requires its own SIM card, and will work with both new and existing Nexus 6s. During its early access program, Project Fi will not work on other phones.

Google will charge consumers only for the data they use, rather than a flat monthly fee for a preset data amount. If you fail to use the data you pay for, Google will refund you the difference.

If you go over your plan, the company will charge you $10 per GB.

Project Fi will operate as an MVNO using T-Mobile and Sprint’s networks, giving customers access to both networks. The carrier will switch between them and WiFi to maintain strong reception.

“We developed new technology that gives you better coverage by intelligently connecting you to the fastest available network at your location whether it’s WiFi or one of our two partner LTE networks.”

– Google, in a blog post

Project Fi also supports voice calls and texting over WiFi, giving subscribers more flexibility.

Carrier phone numbers “live in the cloud,” according to Google, letting you text and place voice calls from a laptop or tablet without your actual phone nearby. When you are on the phone, calls can seamlessly transition to LTE when you leave a WiFi network.

If you’re interested in being part of this experiment, you can sign up here. Google will send out a small number of invites every week.


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