TechSummit Rewind 122

This is the TechSummit rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

AWS cuts S3 standard storage prices

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Amazon Web Services has announced changes to the pricing structure for its Glacier cold storage service, and price cuts for the widely used S3 standard cloud storage.

S3 prices are going down as much as 28.13 percent and will be as low as 2.1 cents/GB/month, effective Dec. 1. According to AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr, that price is only available when storing over 500 TB in the service’s U.S. East (Northern Virginia), U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. West (Oregon), and E.U. (Ireland) data center regions.

Glacier users will no longer be charged based on the rate they retrieve data. Instead, there are new Standard, Expedited, and Bulk tiers. Standard is what was always available from Glacier, and generally allows customers to retrieve data in 3-5 hours for one cent/GB and five cents/thousand requests. The Expedited tier, which generally provides data in up to five minutes, costs three cents/GB and one cent/request. Additionally, customers can pay $100/month for provisioned capacity in high-demand periods for at least three expedited retrievals every five minutes with throughput of no more than 150 MB/second. The Bulk tier will generally take 5-12 hours and set you back quarter of a cent/GB and 2.5 cents/thousand requests.

Telegram launches Telegraph publishing platform

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Telegram is branching beyond its self-titled messaging app with Telegraph, a long-form publishing platform drawing inspiration from Medium and Quip. No account is needed, and it’ll be published to the web instantly once you hit the Publish button.

The tool that “lets you create rich posts with … all sorts of embedded stuff” can be used with little restrictions – create a title, enter in your pen name, and begin typing your piece. You can insert videos from YouTube or Vimeo, along with tweets by simply dropping the link. Images from your device can also be developed.

Since there’s no requirement to log in, you can’t catalog your past work or put them in collections natively. Each post gets a dedicated URL at “telegra.ph/[title]-[publish date]”. The only way to edit published work is through stored cookies.

HP Q4 2016 earnings: revenue of $12.51B, earnings of $492M

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HP’s printer and PC business spinoff now expects an adjusted profit between 35 and 38 cents/share for the first quarter.

Revenue from the Palo Alto, Calif.-based company’s printer business fell nearly 8.2 percent in the quarter, compared to a year ago.

Overall, net earnings plunged to $492 million ($0.28/share), in the quarter that ended Oct. 31 from $1.32 billion ($0.73/share) a year ago. Excluding items, the company earned $0.36/share.

The company’s net income rose two percent to $12.51 billion.

Facebook testing feature that shows where to find free, public WiFi

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Facebook has begun early testing for a feature designed to highlight places where you can find free and public WiFi near you. The feature is being rolled out now in select countries.

According to a company spokesperson, the feature will “help people stay connected to the friends and experiences they care about.”

To see if you have it, scroll through your menu options in the iOS app to find “Enable Find Wifi.” If it’s there, toggle the setting on and the app will detect nearby places with an access point. It will show the business offering the free connection, how long it’ll take to get there, and the network you can connect to.

The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company recommends giving the app permission to access your location history to let Facebook “build a history of precise locations received through your device.”

Google Sites redesign goes live

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Google Sites’ redesign is now live to all users.

The drag-and-drop website builder lets you build public facing and intranet sites that’re deeply integrated with the rest of Google’s tools. Multiple users can now collaboratively edit a site (using the same technology from Google Drive).

Admins can choose whether users are able to publish to the web or only able to only able to make their pages available to users on their own domain.

With the update, any pages created in Sites will automatically scale for the device you’re using – and its preview mode gives you an idea of what to expect on a phone, tablet, and desktop. Google has also added six new themes to help you get started with customizable font and color settings.

According to a Google spokesperson, existing sites will have options to migrate to the new version in 2017.

AppNexus bars Breitbart News for hate speech

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Digital advertising service AppNexus has banned Breitbart news from using its ad-serving tools after violating its policy on content that incites violence.

The scrutiny comes after former Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon was tapped by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as White House chief strategist last week.

“We did a human audit of Breitbart and determined there were enough articles and headlines that cross the line, using either coded or overt language.

“We would ban this as quickly as a site that has pornography and violence.”

-Joshua Zeitz, AppNexus spokesperson

According to Breitbart CEO Larry Solov, the site “has always and continues to condemn racism and bigotry in any form.”

Stanford researchers: Young Americans have no idea what’s news

According to a Stanford University study, 82 percent of middle schoolers failed to differentiate between news stories and “sponsored content.”

The assessment of 7,804 middle school, high school, and college students had them evaluate the reliability of news shared on Twitter, identify whether a photo posted on social media was trustworthy, and compare comments on a news story to evaluate its strength. Some of the material included was biased, while others were misleading or were fancily packaged advertised.

According to the study, over two thirds of middle schoolers failed to flag as biased a post written by a bank executive arguing for young adults to pursue more financial-planning help. Likewise, 40 percent of high school students believed a photo and headline that suggested deformed daisies were evidence of toxic conditions near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The photo had no source or location tag.

Researchers found that posts with big, flashy elements tripped students up most, as they tend to command attention more than the story’s actual source.

Doppler Labs delays launch of Here One smart earbuds to February

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According to company CEO Noah Kraft, Doppler Labs’ Here One smart earbuds won’t launch until February. The company has received nearly 10,000 pre-orders for the $299 earbuds. Retail consumers will have to wait until March.

According to Kraft, the hang up is in ensuring consistent quality when manufacturing at scale, with the relationship between the wireless technologies (Bluetooth low energy and near-field magnetic induction) at the product’s heart.

Doppler has decided to do a final validation build before shifting to mass production.

A programming note…

The TechSummit Rewind will be off until Sunday, when we will have a special edition to recap news from the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

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