Dr. Bill.TV #450 – Video – “The My Jacket’s Too Bulky Edition!”

Google Chrome wins the browser wars! Chrome extensions will work on the new Edge (when it debuts,) IPVanish VPN deal, bogus Roku activation scam, a Roku rumor, Chromecast hack, China lands on the Moon’s dark side, Philo deal and Tablo for cord cutters! Go to www.DrBill.TV/VPN to get a great discount!

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Dr. Bill.TV #450 – Audio – “The My Jacket’s Too Bulky Edition!”

Google Chrome wins the browser wars! Chrome extensions will work on the new Edge (when it debuts,) IPVanish VPN deal, bogus Roku activation scam, a Roku rumor, Chromecast hack, China lands on the Moon’s dark side, Philo deal and Tablo for cord cutters! Go to www.DrBill.TV/VPN to get a great discount!

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Tablo Has a Great New Feature Coming!

Coming soon! A “commercial skip” function for all Tablo owners! I am REALLY looking forward to it!

The Tablo Blog reports: “In late March, we’re starting an open beta for our automatic commercial skip feature! (No signup will be required.) This makes it possible for any subscription-enabled Tablo OTA DVR to play most recordings without any commercials.

Tablo’s commercial-skipping magic is a cloud-based hybrid of digital signal processing (DSP) algorithms and machine learning. When enabled, pesky ads are accurately and automatically detected so Tablo apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV can hop right past them.”

Philo Account Savings

Phil AppSo, new year, and I finally cut the cord! I just signed up to the Philo service as well. If you join via this link (below,) we both get $5.00 off our accounts! https://philo.com/refer/RSCRPRTF

Philo is a legit, fully legal, licensed service that gives you the channels that you may want that you can’t get via other methods (legally) without a cable subscription. This is about the best deal I have seen, and it works great!

I was able to quickly and easily install the Philo app on my new FireTV Cube… and it looks good! More on the show, coming soon!

By the way, here are the networks that you get for only $16.00 a month (all fees included)

A&E
AMC
Animal Planet
AXS TV
BBC America
BBC World News
BET
Cheddar
Cheddar Big News
CMT
Comedy Central
Discovery Channel
DIY
Food Network
FYI
GSN
Hallmark
Hallmark Drama
Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
HGTV
IFC
Investigation Discovery
Lifetime
Lifetime Movie Network
MTV
MTV2
Nickelodeon
OWN
Paramount Network
PeopleTV
Science
Sundance TV
Nick Jr
Teen Nick
The History Channel
Tastemade
TLC
Travel
TV Land
Motor Trend
VH1
Viceland
WE TV

China Lands a Craft on the Moon’s Far Side!

Far Side of the MoonThis gives a whole new meaning to the “Far Side of the Moon” memes!

In a world first, China lands a spacecraft gently on the Moon’s far side

The Verge – By: Loren Grush – “This evening, China became the first nation to land a spacecraft gently on the far side of the Moon, according to China Global Television Network America. A Chinese robotic lander and rover, which launched from China in early December, descended into a crater on the side of the Moon that’s always facing away from Earth. The touchdown marks a significant technological feat for the country, and puts China in an elite category of spaceflight achievement all its own.

The landing is part of China’s Chang’e-4 mission — one of a series of planned missions to explore the lunar surface. Prior to this program, China sent a lander and a rover to the Moon, making it the third country to ever softly land on the lunar surface. That lander, part of the Chang’e-3 mission, went to the Moon’s near side, the one we see at all times.

No one has ever been able to pull off a far side landing before, because it’s so difficult to communicate with robots on the side of the Moon we cannot see. Without a direct line of sight with Earth, there’s no simple way to get radio signals to spacecraft on the lunar far side. But China was prepared for that. The country launched a lunar satellite in May, one that will sit in space near the Moon and provide a communications relay between the Chang’e-4 spacecraft and Earth.

While on the Moon, China will get a premium view of its landing spot, the South Pole-Aitken basin. This is a region of the lunar surface that many planetary scientists have been eager to explore. The basin, which is roughly 1,550 miles wide, is theorized to be a super old crater, created when a huge rock slammed into the Moon billions of years ago. Figuring out the exact age of the basin could help us learn more about when this impact event occurred, providing clues about what the Solar System environment was like back then.

Chang’e-4 may not be able to figure out the exact age of the South Pole-Aitken basin, but it is equipped with numerous science instruments that will tell us more about this mysterious part of the Moon. The lander will soon deploy its rover, which will learn more about the composition and the structure of the rocks in this area. The lander, meanwhile, will focus on the sky, collecting data for astronomers here on Earth, who are eager to take advantage of the spacecraft’s unique position on the distant side of the Moon. At night, when the bulk of the Moon shields that area from both the Sun and radio signals from Earth, the lander should get an unparalleled view of the stars.”

Chromecast Hack Promotes a YouTube Channel

Chromecast HackThis is embarrassing for Google! It’s Chromecast is being taken over in a hack that permits hackers to display content on user’s TVs!

From Slashdot: “In what is being referred to as CastHack, hackers j3ws3r and HackerGiraffe are promoting Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg by forcing TVs to display a message encouraging people to subscribe to his YouTube channel. ‘The hack takes advantage of a router setting that makes smart devices, like Chromecasts and Google Homes, publicly viewable on the internet,’ reports The Verge. ‘The attackers are then able to gain control of the devices and broadcast videos on a connected TV.’ From the report:

A website for the attack claims to count the number of TVs forced to show the PewDiePie message and currently says more than 3,000 have been affected. While it’s not clear that this is an accurate number (it has reset several times), a number of people posted on Reddit that the video had appeared on their TV. Google tells The Verge it has received reports from people who had ‘an unauthorized video played on their TVs via a Chromecast device,’ but said the issue was the result of router settings. Both HackerGiraffe and Google told The Verge the best way for affected users to fix the issue is to turn off Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) on their routers.

The two hackers said they were behind a hack in November that forced printers around the world to print out sheets of paper telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie.”

Roku Rumor

And, speaking of Rokus… there is a rumor in Cord Cutting circles that it may soon be possible to watch Roku content off of the Roku app on your phone. If so, that would be a huge deal! A lot of folks watch YouTube on their phones, and if Roku channels could be seen via a phone, that would be amazing! We will see if this is just “pie in the sky” or the real thing, but hey… it would be very cool!

Don’t Get Caught in a Roku Activation Scam!

Roku LogoRoku boxes don’t require “activation!” Don’t let anyone tell you they do! This gets worse when people get them as Christmas presents! Here’s a head’s up from Cord Cutters News:

‘When my friend upgraded from a Roku streaming stick to a Roku Ultra, she had to pay an activation fee. Is this now required for all Rokus?’

Streaming boxes and sticks like Roku are likely to be popular gifts this holiday season. Unfortunately as the popularity of cord cutting increases, so have the number of scams seeking to target less savvy consumers.

Starting in mid-2017 we began to hear reports directly from Tablo customers and other sources in the cord-cutting community saying an official-looking website required them to fork over credit card information to activate their Roku.

Roku does not nor has ever required users to pay fees for setup, activation, or tech support.

Once you purchase your Roku you can use it right out of the box with no additional payments required – unless you’re wanting to hook up subscription-based streaming services like Netflix. And in that case, you’d be paying Netflix, not Roku.

If you want to avoid these ‘scam’ websites, it’s best to contact the manufacturer of your cord cutting device directly or visit an official corporate website for help. Both pieces of information should be on the device’s box or in the documentation that comes with it.”

Super IPVanish VPN Deal!

IPVanishFrom December 21 through January 1, any new customer to IPVanish can sign up for just $3.74/month — billed $89.99 every two years!

That’s TWO YEARS for only $89.99 – lifetime price! (Meaning, when you renew after two years, you still get the deal price!)

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Chrome Extensions Will Work on the New Edge

Chrome ExtensionsEven the Chrome Extensions will work on the new Edge. Wow! Microsoft really has made the conversion!

Microsoft confirms that Chrome extensions will run on new Edge browser

ZDNet – By: Liam Tung – “Microsoft didn’t reveal many details about Edge’s transition to Chromium, announced last week, but company officials have now confirmed it’s aiming for Edge to support Chrome extensions.

A dearth of extensions for Microsoft Edge has become one of the many obstacles to Windows 10 users adopting Microsoft’s modern answer to Internet Explorer.

But following Microsoft’s announcement that Edge will move to Chromium, the company has revealed it may address the add-on gap by supporting the much larger population of existing Chrome extensions.

‘It’s our intention to support existing Chrome extensions,’ Kyle Pflug, a Microsoft Edge project manager, wrote on Reddit in response to users and developers seeking answers about the switch.

Pflug didn’t clarify how Microsoft envisages extensions being installed. As Ed Bott noted, Microsoft is believed to be aiming to allow all existing Chrome extensions to work unmodified on the new Edge browser, but developers will still need to package the extensions for the Microsoft Store.

Pflug also responded to Windows application developers looking for answers about what the switch would mean for Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps and Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) if Microsoft ditched the EdgeHTML browser engine.

Both app categories depend on EdgeHTML and may need overhauling if Microsoft completely abandoned them.

Pflug said existing UWP and PWA apps in the Microsoft Store will continue to use EdgeHTML and Microsoft’s Chakra JavaScript engine ‘without interruption’. Microsoft isn’t planning on adding an interpretation layer for existing apps to run on the new rendering engine.

However, Microsoft does ‘expect to offer a new WebView that apps can choose to use based on the new rendering engine’, according to Pflug.

Microsoft is also aiming to enable PWAs to be installed on Edge from the web, rather than restricting installs to the Microsoft Store as it currently does for PWAs. This move would be in line with Google’s current approach for Chrome.

‘We expect to provide support for PWAs to be installed directly from the browser (much like with Chrome) in addition to the current Store approach. We’re not ready to go into all the details yet but PWAs behaving like native apps is still an important principle for us so we’ll be looking into the right system integrations to get that right,’ wrote Pflug.

Pflug also said Microsoft is in the early stages of bringing the next version of edge to ‘all Microsoft devices’, meaning it will come to Xbox One and possibly also to Microsoft’s HoloLens AR headset.”

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