TechSummit Rewind #035

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

Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet launching in US this month for $1,600

Dell’s Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet is the latest of the Round Rock, TX-based company’s line of Rugged computers. The Latitude 12 is designed to be used from emergency workers to “adventurers” and industrial workers. The device can survive “water spills, sand and dust, drops from over four feet, and extreme temperatures,” according to Dell, while a 12-hour long battery life and options for mobile broadband and a dedicated GPS mean that users don’t have to be near a power outlet to get work done.

The tablet comes with an 11.5-inch touchscreen that works with gloves and comes with the company’s Direct View technology for improved outdoor readability. There’s also a fifth generation Intel Core M processor, up to a 512GB SSD, and up to 8GB of RAM. The Dell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet runs Windows 8.1 at launch, and offers an optional full-size keyboard cover (with dust and water resistance), as well as desk and car dock accessories.

The tablet will be available by the “end of July” for a pricetag between $1,600 and $2,000.

Twitter deleting stolen jokes because of copyright

Twitter HQ

Twitter is now using its legal prowess to crack down on those that copy tweets from other people and act like they came up with the 140-character creation on their own. A number of tweets have been deleted from the social network for copying this joke.

“saw someone spill their high end juice cleanse all over the sidewalk and now I know god is on my side”

-@runolgarun, on Twitter

Olga Lexell, who is an LA-based freelance writer (according to her Twitter profile), filed a request to have the tweets removed, according to this tweet.

Most of the accounts that reused her tweets without accreditation were “spam accounts that repost tons of other people’s jokes every day,” according to Lexell. She has also filed similar requests for other jokes, according to Lexell, with Twitter typically removing the offending tweets “within a few days” without asking Lexell any other questions.

China ends ban on video game consoles

China will lift its ban on making and selling videogame consoles in the world’s most populous country.

New rules will apply to all console makers, enabling them to manufacture and sell them anywhere in the country, according to the country’s Ministry of Culture.

Users hate full-page app ads: Google data

Google full page app ad

The full-screen “interstitial” ads that pop up when a mobile site is loaded, suggesting you to install the app instead actually makes users leave the site and go somewhere else, according to Google. The Mountain View, CA-based company took a look at its Google+ social network, and found that 69% of visitors abandoned the page entirely.

After removing the interstitials, Google found that active users increased by 17%, causing the full-screen ads and banners (for later versions of iOS) has been killed.

Delicious team releases Dmail to make self-destructing Gmail messages

Dmail

If you’ve regretted sending an email or wanted to send it back, Dmail might be for you. The service allows you to revoke access to emails at any time, and stop recipients from forwarding your message to others.

The product works through a Google Chrome extension that you install as the email sender.

Once installed, you’ll be able to turn Dmail on and off using a toggle switch. When on, you can specify ahead of sending an email if you want it to be destroyed in an hour, a day, a week, or “never.” Even if you choose “never,” you can later click a “Revoke Email” button in the sent message to remove access to that email from all recipients.

If your recipient doesn’t have Dmail installed, they’ll receive this email:

“This secure message was sent using Dmail. To view this message, simply click the button below.”

Clicking that button will then redirect you to a web view where they can read your email.

If the extension is installed, they can read your message directly from Gmail.

Dmails are encrypted using a standard 256-bit encryption algorithm, according to the company. When a Dmail is sent, the body of the email is encrypted locally on the user’s machine, according to Dmail product leader Eric Kuhn.

“An encrypted copy of that email is sent to a datastore controlled by Dmail. The recipient of the email is sent both the location of that datastore, as well as a key to view the decrypted message.

“Neither Gmail nor Dmail servers ever receive both the decryption key and encrypted message. Only the recipient and sender can read the email legibly.”

-Eric Kuhn, Dmail product leader

While it only works with Gmail for now, the company aims to expand to other platforms like Google Apps. In addition, a Dmail iOS app is launching in August, and will be followed by a similar Android app to allow users to compose and read Dmails from their smartphone.

Dmail is planned to be a freemium service, where some aspects will remain free while power users and businesses can pay for other features.

Chrome 44 for iOS works natively with Beacons, adds new gestures

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Google is now implementing its Physical Web open source web specification that launched last year with the aim to make interacting with smart devices in the real world as easy as clicking a link intro Chrome for iOS.

Version 44 of the app, which is available now in the App Store, brings Physical Web content to the Today view within the iOS Notification Center.

This gives Physical Web better visibility and increased adoption potential.

The update also brings new swipe gestures to improve navigation within the app.

Technicolor buying Cisco’s set-top box unit for $600M

A Cisco Systems sign is shown at Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Cisco Systems releases quarterly earnings after the market close Wednesday, Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A Cisco Systems sign is shown at Cisco Systems headquarters in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2009. Cisco Systems releases quarterly earnings after the market close Wednesday, Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Technicolor has agreed to buy Cisco’s TV set-top business for $600 million.

Cisco plans to continue selling products to carriers, and collaborate with Technicolor to develop video and broadband technologies.

“We will continue to make decisions to prioritize our portfolio and our investments to accelerate our business.”

-Chuck Robbins, Cisco CEO

Technicolor will pay Cisco about $450 million in cash and $150 million in newly issued Technicolor shares.

Cisco senior vice president and chief strategy officer Hilton Romanski is also expected to join Technicolor’s board of directors after the transaction closes.

AT&T-DirecTV merger OKed by FCC

DirecTV logo

AT&T and DirecTV’s merger has been OKed by the Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recommended the merger’s approval with conditions like the provisions to prevent the company from discriminating against online video services like Netflix and Hulu.

The Department of Justice will not challenge the deal.

“The combination of AT&T’s land-based internet and video business with DirecTV’s satellite-based video business does not pose a significant risk to competition.”

-The Department of Justice

Pakistan shutting down BlackBerry’s secure messaging services for “security reasons”

The company logo is seen at the Blackberry campus in Waterloo

The Pakistani government plans to shut down BlackBerry’s secure messaging services by December 1st for “security reasons,” according to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority.

Nintendo Wii U TVii service shutting down in August

Nintendo TVii

Nintendo TVii, the Wii U service that lets users find, watch, and interact with television content through the console’s GamePad controller, is shutting down on August 11th, according to Nintendo.

“After almost three years of finding, watching, and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015 at 3:00PM PT. At the same time, we will be closing the Nintendo TVii Miiverse community.

“We sincerely thank you for all of your engagement within the community and the Nintendo TVii service. We look forward to your contributions within our many other Miiverse communities.”

-Nintendo, in a Miiverse post

A Wii U system update will roll out next month to remove TVii from the GamePad.

Other Wii U video applications like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and Crunchyroll, will not be affected.

Nike, Apple agree to $2.4M settlement in fake FuelBand suit claim

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Consumers who purchased a Nike+ FuelBand between January 19th, 2012 and June 17th, 2015 might be eligible for a small payment from Nike after the athletics giant, alongside co-defendant Apple, agreed to settle a class action suit alleging the companies falsely advertised the device’s health tracking capabilities.

Under agreed upon terms reached in June, Nike will dish out up to $2.4M to customers who purchased a FuelBand between the aforementioned dates to settle a class action suit first brought between the two companies in 2013. Apple bears no responsibility or liability for attorney’s fees or costs.

Plaintiffs, led by class representative Carolyn Levin, allege Nike’s FuelBand is unable to live up to advertisements touting the ability to accurately track calorie burn, steps, and overall activity represented a “NikeFuel” reading. The suit claims that both companies knew of these deficiencies and continued to sell the device.

Since FuelBand was never able to perform advertised tracking functions, Nike is also in breach of warranty, according to the suit.

Notices were sent out to potential class members on Friday through email, providing instructions on how to file settlement claims for either a $15 payment for $25 gift card redeemable through Nike’s retail and online stores. Those notified can also object or exclude themselves from the settlement.

A fairness hearing is scheduled for November 4th to discuss settlement terms, attorneys’ fees and expenses, and an award for the class representative.

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