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Author: Steve and Dave

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If you’re tired of the complicated and drawn-out explanations when it comes to technology, this is the podcast for you! Join us as we discuss and analyze the industry focusing on how it relates to you and influences your daily life. We cover the entire spectrum of technology – business, media, healthcare, government, space, security, education, social media, privacy, e-commerce, aeronautics, and more.
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Spotify announced this week the future launch of a HiFi (high fidelity) subscription service that will deliver an enhanced audio experience to their customers. Silver Sparrow, a mysterious malware, has reportedly infected nearly 30,000 Macs worldwide with a self-destruct feature that has yet to be utilized. NASA successfully landed Perseverance and Ingenuity on the surface of Mars signalling the start of another mission to understand the puzzling planet.
There is a major international shortage of conductors in the global market that is putting a new strain on the production of electronics, vehicles, devices, and systems. Microsoft is increasing their presence in Atlanta, Georgia as plans are shared on their vision of the upcoming 90-acre modern campus. All the buzz in space right now is on Mars as the United States, China, and the United Arab Emirates all explore the planet’s viability for human expedition. During the last year, everything has shifted to online - working, learning, socializing - which demands us to consider how best to create a healthy and sustainable tech/life balance.
Jeff Bezos is stepping down as Amazon CEO in 5 months and Andy Jassy, CEO of Amazon Web Services, is taking the reins in a move that perhaps indicates the future of the e-commerce king. A 90-year old AT&T customer since 1960 took out a quarter-page ad in the Wall Street Journal to voice his displeasure with the company’s internet service. Tech companies’ commercials were front and center during the Super Bowl, highlighting some battles forth coming in 2021. Chowbotics, a robotic salad making vending machine company, has been acquired by DoorDash, signalling a unique partnership in food delivery.
Edge is rolling out a new security feature that will notify users if the accounts or passwords were potentially compromised on third-party sites. Spotify introduced classic literature as audiobooks to their users this week, signalling some attempt to compete in the market. SpaceX made history again as they launched 143 satellites into low Earth orbit during a single Falcon 9 launch. Kroger is introducing smart tech grocery carts, featuring a touchscreen, scale, and camera, to enhance the traditional shopping experience.
As tech companies begin to get anxious about calling employees back into their offices after vaccinations, about a third of polled employees are saying they would rather quit than return to the office. In Germany, the local GDPR agency issued a multi-million dollar fine to a local laptop retail for retaining and utilizing forms of intensive video surveillance on workers and customers. And in aeronautical news, Virgin successfully completed their final test of LauncherOne which sent a rocket into low Earth orbit making it one of the few corporations to do so and paving the way for work with NASA.
We kick off the new year talking about Twitch, tech resolutions, drone deliveries, and CES 2021. Twitch had its best year ever, clocking 17 billion hours watched in 2020 which is leading to the question of how they did it and how and if it can be sustained. Tech resolutions are always fun to consider, and we each share two resolutions this coming year. The FAA has passed their final rules to allow drone delivery, and we dissect these rules and share our thoughts on where the industry is moving and what must change. Lastly, CES 2021 kicked off this week, so we take a quick look at some items that have caught our attention during the first first days.
We are recapping the 2020 tech industry. SpaceX and NASA take the top mention this year purely based on their overall successes in terms of launching from American soil and the number of positive results in space travel. COVID-19 turned the tech industry in a new direction, as education, conferences, production, and more areas resulted in wholesale changes in how business is conducted and orchestrated. Big tech was once again challenged in many respects as executives and corporations felt the pressure from federal, state, and international governments. Apple turned another successful year as they turned to manufacturing their own chips and enhanced their services market. Streaming services continued to battle for money and attention as people’s viewing habits changed as a result of the pandemic and their day-to-day routines. And finally, the rollout of 5G made headlines leaving most users unhappy yet showed promise in terms of capability. SpaceX and NASA Launches
A Very COVID Holiday

A Very COVID Holiday

2020-12-2230:46

Peloton has acquired Precor for around $420 million, which will expand the capacity and manufacturing of in-home cycling equipment to meet the growing demand from Peloton users. After years of failure with making DirecTV viable, AT&T is looking to shed the service from their books as they seek bids to take over the cable offerings. As most 2021 conferences are heading, CES will be an all-digital event featuring plenty of executives and hundreds of tracks for attendees. With the holidays days and weeks away, Zoom and other video conferencing services are confident they can meet the online demand as families and friends shift to gathering online to celebrate with one another.
Major players in the industry like HP, Tesla, and Oracle are packing up their offices, leaving California, and relocating to Texas. Google experienced a major outage causing hours of disruption to personal productivity and enterprise companies. To compliment their current suite of services with a modern communication tool, Salesforce acquired Slack for a mere $27 billion. Amazon is finally rolling out Sidewalk, a mechanism to use small fractions of home Wi-Fi to connect out of range eligible devices.
In a unique play to clean up space junk, the European Space Agency is working to build a claw to grip and direct defunct satellites into Earth’s atmosphere. It’s with some anticipation that we learned Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, is leaving his post in January which opens the doors for restatement of net neutrality regulation. Zoom reported this week that, once again, their revenue soared to record numbers as they continue to experience exponential growth during the pandemic. Apple is new circulating hardware with their latest and self manufactured M1 chip, and we hear a story of the good and bad with one such Apple setup.
We are diving into a bit of a Thanksgiving special this week. With the holidays around the corner, we share what technologies we are truly thankful and appreciative of this year. Google has teamed up with a non-profit organization to build an application to assist blind and visually-impaired runners with technology to safely traverse a course. Lime, an e-scooter company, made headlines when they announced being profitable for the first time in company history and showing perhaps a bright future. Black Friday is just around the corner and we offer up some predictions on what items may be the high sellers this season.
Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture

2020-11-1737:44

Google announced the launch of Google Arts & Culture, a new digital platform featuring numerous museums and artifacts from around the world. Google Photos will soon be limiting storage capacity and will transition users over into using Google One for their storage needs. Customer service continues to be particularly hard hit during the public health crisis and a few stories are shared to illustrate the issues. A former Microsoft software engineer stole millions via their online retail system which landed the individual in federal prison and may result in deportation back to his home of Ukraine.
With the holidays around the corner, a new laptop or tablet is a great gift to consider and we have some options to share. LG has introduced a high-tech designed face mask with filters, batteries, and fans to provide a virus-free breathing environment. Ransomware continues to rise in dangerous fashion with no near end in sight and it is problematic for professionals and business owners. Proposition 22 in California will ultimately decide how app-based drivers are classified and how liable companies will become.
A viral post of a 10-year old student having to walk to school to get internet access went viral and shows the growing gap of digital equity. NASA successfully landed the OSIRIS spacecraft onto an asteroid traveling at 65,000 mph and gathered some surface material for analysis. Tesla is continuing to impress as net cash flow is up and their annual manufacturing goal of 500,000 new vehicles is nearing completion.
NASA handed out another round of million dollar contracts related to battery life, cryogenic fueling systems, and power supply. With Apple making a big splash with 5G enabled phones, the question we are asking consumers is - do we actually need 5G in our life? The United States government indicted six military officers within the Russian government for their involvement and role in the world’s worst cyber attacks since 2015. Amazon is reporting another record dollar amount in sales as a result of Prime Day, netting a cool $10.4 billion in sales.
SpaceX was granted a multi-million contract to build and deliver a satellite capable of tracking missile launches from space via infrared sensors. Under Apple’s bug bounty program, five guys hacked the internal network of the Cupertino-based giant and found 55 vulnerabilities, some of which were critically severe. Amazon’s Prime Day is upon us and thousands of deals from smart home devices, school supplies, Echo products, and kitchen goods. The iPhone 12 is set to be announced this week as Apple tries to grab more of the 5G enabled phone marketplace.
Crew-1, the first official NASA commercial crew rotation mission, is set to send four astronauts to the International Space Station October 31 for science experiments and maintenance. The tech job market continues to boom under the pandemic as major growth is seen in security, retail, manufacturing, and finance. A Canadian artist has created amazing and realistic renderings of 50 plus Roman emperors through the use of machine learning, Photoshop, and historical photos. In true Amazon fashion, the company released 15 new items overnight including new Echo devices, Eero wifi systems, security systems, and much more.
We welcome Anaya Lee, Dave’s wife and Steve’s daughter-in-law, to chat about a few things. Anaya shares her in-depth story of how storage capacity on her iPhone became so problematic that even AppleCare could not diagnose the problem accurately. As a lecturer and supervising teacher at a local university in the teacher education department, Anaya has first hand experience with assisting new teachers in the classroom with distance learning and the overwhelming complications of virtual teaching. She shared her thoughts about where we are in distance learning, how teachers are succeeding, and how everyone is adapting to the difficult scenario we find ourselves in.
Food and grocery delivery services may be threatened in California after a new law is changing the manner in which these companies operate. Samsung earns a potential huge bump in recognition after earning a multi-billion contract for 5G expansion with Verizon. The United States government has determined, after a 11 month court delay, that Microsoft was properly awarded a $10 billion cloud computing contract for domestic defense work. Lastly, we learn of the mental and physical benefits of introducing virtual reality into the routine of senior citizens living in nursing centers.
The battle of ride sharing operations continues in California as we see Uber and Lyft perhaps forced out of California due to a new law. It was 25 years ago that we all experienced the release of Windows 95, so we relive that moment and share our memories. Amazon is expanding their line of Fresh grocery stores in California and are introducing their Dash Cart enabling customers instant check-out. Lastly, the FAA granted approval this week to Amazon to begin testing their drone delivery fleet, but details are limited at this time.
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