Sunday, July 02, 2017

Another ‘game’ for Raspberry Pi users.  I can hear my students yelling “Field trip!” 
Researchers Found They Could Hack Entire Wind Farms

A collection of privacy ideas?
Robert G. Young of Bowditch & Dewey writes:
The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) and Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) have launched a new website to provide resources concerning best practices and technical assistance for institutions navigating their obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and other student privacy matters, including data security.  The new website includes official guidance on FERPA and answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  It also includes online training materials, videos and recorded webinars on various topics relating to student privacy.
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Amazon IS retail.  Get used to it.
Nike Thought It Didn’t Need Amazon—Then the Ground Shifted
For years, Nike Inc. was one of the biggest holdouts against Inc., refusing to provide its sneakers and athletic clothing for sale on the hulking e-commerce site.  Its products were so cool, the company reasoned, it didn’t need or want the help.
Recently, Nike reversed course.  Behind that decision lies a dramatic shift in the balance of power between brands and Amazon.
   Lately, the explosion of third-party sellers on the site has led to authentic goods from companies such as Nike, Chanel, The North Face, Patagonia and Urban Decay being sold on Amazon even though they don’t authorize the sales, undercutting their grip on pricing and distribution.
Even though Nike didn’t send Amazon its products either directly or through approved wholesalers, Nike is the most purchased apparel brand on the site, according to a Morgan Stanley survey.   
   One reason for their capitulation is the collapse of a retail distribution network they could better control, as malls flounder and chains like Sports Authority Holdings Inc. shutter.

New toys to entice you to put (always on) Amazon in your home.
It’s Not the Screen That Makes Amazon’s Echo Show Interesting. It’s the Strategy.
The original Echo was already a hit with consumers; with the addition of a display, it comes into its own.  The screen allows for richer experiences for core applications like music (it displays lyrics), communication (it enables video calls), and videos.  Amazon also announced a programming interface to allow for the development of new "skills" that make use of the screen.
The Echo is always plugged in, so the screen is always on. Even when you are not using the device
   The most important aspect of these devices is that they are "cloud-first."
Right out of the box my new Echo Show was pre-configured to my Amazon account.  When I set it up, Alexa already knew who I was, had my favorite "skills" enabled, knew my commute, could control my lights and thermostat, had contact information for people I communicate with, had my music, knew my favorite sports teams, and knew my upcoming appointments.  (And that doesn't include the more well-known Amazon services: Video, Audible, Kindle, and, of course, shopping.)
How?  Because Amazon built its device around the account you likely already have.  The company's pitch to developers is that Alexa, and by extension Echo, is always getting smarter.  "The more customers use Alexa, the more she adapts to speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences."

How do you get people into the “gig economy?”  
Lyft opens up hubs across the country to get drivers on the road in a few hours
Lyft is using some of its $600 million in new funding to open driver-service centers—called hubs —to get drivers on the road in a matter of hours.
The company has centers in nine U.S. cities and is opening a 10th hub in the coming months
   Prospective Lyft drivers who've already passed a background check can get on the road in as little as an hour or two, says Mihir Gandhi, general manager of Lyft's northern California operations.  

Someone sees the imminent death of an industry and its supporting technology.
With the growth of streaming services like Netflix, DVD sales are slipping.  It’s safe to assume that before too long they’ll have gone the same way as VHS and audio cassettes.  Once that happens, DVD players themselves won’t be far behind.
Before we reach that point, it would be prudent to rip all your DVDs onto your hard drive.  By doing so, you’ll be saving them for posterity; you’ll be able to watch them long after DVDs have been consigned to the annals of history.
   In this article, I’m going to explain how to rip an entire DVD onto your hard drive.

“Dog people” are crazy already.  (I’d share this with my wife, but she’s at a dog show.) 
Dogmented Reality is real, and it’s coming to Apple’s ARKit
The term Dogmented Reality was first coined for a 2016 April Fools gag from Meta, but now it’s very much a real thing for some smartphone users.  Follow the Dogmented Reality hashtag on Twitter and you’ll find scores of people touring the world with virtual pets that sit in our reality a little like you’ll find in other apps like Pokémon Go.

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