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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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We are diving head first into a great conversation about adapting to and surviving during the pandemic. We are finding new tools and resources to cope with our new reality including video applications, live streaming tools, and shifting manufacturing. As expected, scams are on the rise during the pandemic. We provide useful tips to keep yourselves safe and highlight some of the scams in circulation. Employees from Amazon and Instacart organized a strike / walkout to illustrate poor working conditions. A seventeen year old created an amazing coronavirus dashboard that provides real time data of the international public health crisis.
We are back and talking about Apple, Microsoft, and IBM. After an emotional two weeks of recording, we dive into the latest products to debut from Apple - the MacBook Air and iPad Pro. Microsoft accomplished an amazing milestone by reaching the one billion user base for Windows 10. The software giant also quietly teased a possible new user interface to their consumers. In talking about the coronavirus outbreak, we learned this week that IBM’s Summit, the world’s fastest supercomputer, is doing its part to inform scientists of possible usable drug compounds.
Discussion of the impact that the Coronavirus is having on people, community, resources, and technology. In the end, we are learning how much the technology industry is doing to help in this new reality of global pandemic situations. With several million people being quarantined and living on minimal supplies, tech is stepping up. Jack Ma is donating test kits and masks. Facebook and Apple are donating money to relief efforts. ISPs are not terminating service for non-payment and lifted data caps. Education services are providing services for free as millions of children have been sent home. Be safe, stay healthy, and make smart choices.
We kick off the show by sharing a recent experience of integrating application with the hospitality industry. Dragon 1 completed its final space mission this month and is set to retire after 9 years of delivery supplies and experiments to the International Space Station. Lastly, we cover the growing impact of Covid-19 on the domestic and international technology community as several companies do their part to limit exposure and spread.
The death of Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and leader in racial equality, shook the industry. The loss of Larry Tesler, the creator of cut/copy and paste, will be felt as his contributions in computing and user interface were powerful. Mike Hughes died after his homemade rocket crashed in the desert. Lastly, we learned the value of buying personal financial information with Intuit’s acquisition of Credit Karma.
Automation in the cockpit is drawing significant concern in the airline industry after the loss of hundreds of lives due to faulting automation systems. Redbox has jumped into the streaming game with their announcement of Free Live TV, a free ad-supported service. New York state dropped their fight against the T-Mobile Sprint merger leaving few hurdles left for the mega-deal. The courts are injecting themselves in the federal contract process as a judge halted the $10 billion cloud computing contract from the Pentagon to Microsoft.
First up, we are discussing the recent political movement to restructure the Federal Trade Commission so that it is able to meet the needs of consumer protection in a changing business and technology landscape. It was announced this week that China’s Liberation Army is solely responsible for the Equifax hack and it leads into a debate over how prepared the United States is for cyber warfare. Slack earned a big win this week as they will roll out their chat communication features to every IBM employee, a total of nearly 350,000. Lastly, Google may have inadvertently cloud stored your photos to someone else’s account.
We are talking about electric vehicles, numbers, earnings, commercials, and more! Supercharged is a new podcast that investigates the power of Tesla in the automotive industry and takes an honest look at the company’s past and future. Alphabet shared a tremendous amount of previously unreported earnings this week. YouTube Premium and Music is scaling 20 million subscribers, while YouTube is bringing in ad sales valued over $15 billion per year. GM announced plans during the Super Bowl that the manufacturing of the Hummer EV will begin in 2021. Lastly, Verizon made a big splash with their 5G commercials and the system’s capabilities.
Apple announced a new partnership with health clubs and gyms that provides perks and discounts to their users called Apple Watch Connected. Ten year ago, Steve Jobs announced the 9.7-inch iPad that would revolutionize the tablet and portable sector of the industry. Atari has signed a contract with a developer to create multiple video game themed hotels around the United States, providing a go-to spot for e-sports events and tournaments. Lastly, Nintendo announced the end of manufacturer repairs to their ever popular Wii console that will surely cause headaches for their users.
We are talking about the other side of tech and touching on topics not everyone is thinking about. SpaceX successfully completed their second in-flight abort test that demonstrated the ability to launch a capsule into space in the event of a catastrophic rocket loss. Neal Agarwal is a computer scientist and coder that is presenting cool ideas, such as deep sea exploration and size of space, in a fun, creative, and interesting manner. One of the unknown consequences of streaming services is the rise in electric guitar sales thanks in part to a generation that now has access to some of the most iconic and legendary guitarists of all time.
We are diving into some interesting technology topics! Twitter announced their plans to conduct beta testing to allow users to control their replies and responses through filtering settings in an attempt to limit harassment and abuse. Windows 7 technical support and security updates ended this week, signaling the end of an era and the call to upgrade systems. Apple and the United States Department of Justice are at each other’s throats once again as they defend the work each one is doing related to a naval air station shooting.
We kick off the new year not talking about CES (at least not yet) but about some tricks, trends, and taxation. Many Google Maps users are pretty familiar with the basic features, but we are sharing 6 hidden tricks that are not well known. A big push to update technology in the United Kingdom healthcare system is underway and hours of time are set to be saved. An upward trend of paying for tax preparation software and not paying for professional work is begging the question of how well technology can help us. Finally, SpaceX launched another round of Starlink satellites but the astronomy profession is raising valid concerns over the deployment.
We are finishing off the decade with a great discussion on how technology influences every sector of your lives. The new year is a great opportunity to create a better tech-based life which includes focusing on security, data backup, and trimming down the subscriptions. The Consumer Electronics Shows takes over Las Vegas and much of the attention will be on virtual reality growth, algorithmic personalization, digital privacy, and digital health growth. Lastly, Tesla drivers were stuck waiting hours for a charging system in the central and southern coasts of California as a winter storm complicated holiday travel plans.
We continue with sharing some of our top tech stories from the year including the Equifax settlement terms, failed IPOs in the tech space, Amazon’s flops of the year, and FTC’s fine levied on Facebook. In other tech news, a new phishing email scheme is stealing your payment information from gas station systems. Ring’s Neighbors app was found to be leaking the precise location of each camera and allowed Gizmodo reporters to map out thousands of cameras across specific regions.
We take a moment to look back at some of the top stories of this year including the failure of MoviePass, how AT&T hijacked 5G, poorly ran Congressional hearings, and listening in on voice assistant devices. Google announced some details on their latest augmented reality platform known as ARCore, which boasts incredible capabilities and application. An era is ending at Google as Larry Page and Sergey Brin are stepping down as executives within the Alphabet organization.
Rick Limpert - the #1 sports technology writer in the United States, joins the podcast to talk about holiday tech gifts and gadgets. Rick offers up a wide range of tech gift ideas and shares the tech gifts that go well beyond the tablets, phones, and gaming systems. We dive into talking about high tech Huffy bikes, Amazon Echo Flex, Samsung soundbars, the World Almanac, an affordable GPS golf watch, and eco-friendly clothing. So be sure to place these items in your shopping carts this holiday season.
We are looking at the recent focus on the electrification of trucks in the automotive industry. Tesla announced the addition of the Cyber Truck to their model line, much to the pleasure of some and to the displeasure of others. The automotive manufacturers in the United States continue to invest billions in building and developing hundreds of electric vehicles to consumers. We share what the major automakers are creating and when to expect new vehicles. Lastly, after suffering nearly 250 ransomware attacks, Finland orchestrated a nationwide training scenario to combat future attempts.
The California Consumer Privacy Act in set to take effect in 2020 which provides some level of protection and leverage for consumers when it comes to the personal data collected by companies. John Legere is stepping down as T-Mobile CEO after a tremendously successful six year run in which he brought the dying telecom company into relevance. Motorola is set to release a modern version of the Razr, the foldable phone that will tug at the nostalgic heart strings of some listeners. There are some new data points in the latest cord cutting trend that are worthy of sharing and debating.
We kick off the show with a brief reflection on Veteran’s Day and how technology has changed the landscape of military defense. SpaceX continues to create impressive headlines with their fourth launch of Falcon 9 and first time reuse of their payload fairing. Chrome is considering instituting a system for essential grading the speeds of websites as they load in hopes of creating a better user experience. Lastly, Google orchestrated a purchase of Fitbit as the internet giant takes a major set into the wearable market.
This week we dive into Air Force’s super secretive plane that was testing autonomous and unmanned space travel as well as testing a broad range of technologies. A recreational drone grounded firefighting helicopters in California causing deserved discussion on the need for more education and punishment for illegal drone use. Black Friday is already here and has quickly become a month long event for consumers and retailers.
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