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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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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.
California is gripping with power outages and wildfires, and it begs the question over concerns with using an electric grid system built on antiqued technology. By all accounts, Microsoft shocked the cloud computing world when it was announced that the Seattle-based company was awarded a $10 billion federal government contract over Amazon Web Services. Lastly, SpaceX is testing a new satellite internet service to reach half of the world’s population that has no access to an internet connection.
Google Maps is rolling out a new controversial feature that provides users locations of police traps and DUI/DWI checkpoints, something that law enforcement is not pleased with. Astronauts Dr. Jessica Meir and Ms. Christina Koch made history as they became the first all-female duo to conduct a space walk, which includes conversations with the president and live viewers. Tesla continues to make tremendous progress both in vehicle sales and notice on the roadways, but they are terrible at making money and it is catching up with them.
NASA announced a new mission to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, in which a dual quadcopter drone will survey for organic matter and water. A blind engineer has created a smart cane that includes voice assistant, Google Maps integration, and Bluetooth syncing to assist the visually impaired. We breakdown what we know as details surface about Facebook’s own internal Supreme Court that intents to review content after reports of misuse. The NFL is bragging about streaming 4K but that is quite misleading when you read the fine print. Lastly, Google Maps had some fun with the Area 51 with a “We Click in Peace” feature.
A recent worldwide crackdown on email scheming resulted in 281 arrests, the seizing of million of dollars, and the shutdown of an organized criminal organization. McDonald’s is making news with their purchase of a voice technology company with hopes of changing the ordering systems around the world. MoviePass officially closed their doors this week after blowing through venture capital funds and creating scandals and unrest with customers. A United States transportation agency is requiring hybrid manufacturers to install car alert sounds to warn pedestrians and the visually impaired. Lastly, Amazon is coming under attack after their modified their algorithm to favor their own goods and products.
A new European association has formed between seven countries focused on providing standardized mobile payment systems for 25 million users. We visited the Space Shuttle Endeavor and other scaled space units that are on display at a science center in Los Angeles and share some thoughts on the adventure. Another Tesla driver was videoed sleeping while his vehicle continued traveling down the road using autopilot, drawing more criticism around autonomous vehicles. Several State attorney generals are moving forward with a robust antitrust investigation against Google.  Finally, John Deere has stepped up the game for lawn care with a very unique and usable application for home improvement enthusiasts.
France’s 3% digital tax has gained exceptional attention over the past few weeks and continues to make headlines as the United States and French officials find a compromise. YouTube creators and YouTube are hitting the negotiating rooms as video publishers are asking for a seat at the table in terms of moderation, monetization, and decision making. Windows has released a patch twenty years after learning of a bug in their operating system that could cause significant damage if exploited. One of the biggest stories in 2019 is the rush for the common end user of technology to purchase their own VPN service and for very good reason.
Vimeo is beginning to solidify their position as a video partner in the industry by providing resources, tools, and software for businesses to create and manage their own video strategy. Starman is back in the news as the driver of the Tesla orbital vehicle has completed its first complete orbit around the sun. The 3% digital tax the French government has levied on big tech is taking effect, yet the sellers and consumers of Amazon are now absorbing those fees. Wearable data and personal fitness trackers are all the craze, but we are learning that physicians and medical professionals are not overly thrilled about data dumping. Amazon Lockers, which most have not heard of, provide a safe and unique method for consumer goods delivery and pickup.
Big news hit this week as we learned that MoviePass deliberately changed user passwords to prevent users from using their subscription service. Surprisingly, railroad crossings are not a standard feature in navigation tools and certain safety agencies are pushing big technology to change that. Samsung announced their future headlining products will not feature a headphone jack, a major trend in the mobile market. Lastly, Google launched a new flight price guarantee program where consumers may request refunds when prices drop below what was originally paid.
Why a 20 year AT&T customer has decided to walk away after several hiccups from the mobile provider. Apple released some additional details about the highly anticipated Apple Card by sending invitations to select and chosen iOS users. Back to school time means only one thing - HP is back offering a range of discounted computers, laptops, and printers. Finally, we share some options on whether the data breaches will ever end in the near future.
We begin by discussing the news of AT&T reporting a loss of nearly one million customers this last quarter and share our opinions one why this is really happening. If you were affected by the Equifax data breach, now is the time to file your claim for payment. By the end of year, the credit reporting firm is set to pay out $380M to customers. A new electric ride sharing service launches in California aimed at helping to reduce air pollution and assist communities with limited transportation options. Lastly, the City of Atlanta has banned the further issuance of e-scooter permits after two individuals died over a four week span.
Apollo 11 and GDPR Fines

Apollo 11 and GDPR Fines

2019-07-2400:44:20

This weekend we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the first steps on the moon. British Airways was dealt the heaviest fine in GDPR regulation history which shows European agencies are making a statement of their seriousness. The French government passed a new 3% digital tax on internet companies that many U.S entities are calling unfair, untimely, and unjustified. The inventor of the computer password, Fernando Corbato, has passed at the age of 93 and his influence on the industry cannot be undervalued.  And of course, we touch on the FaceApp craze and debacle that ensued over the last week.
We are talking about using technology for good and technology in the non-profit sector. Fay shares her experience in the industry and shares her valuable insights into the role social media plays into organizational agendas, how risk is being taken, and whether experimentation is embraced by others in the field. Challenges facing non-profits include incorporating online transacting for fundraising and diversifying communications methods for members. As an experienced social media strategist, Fay has learned over the years how to mobilize supporters, raise money, and move the media, the public, and decision makers to help nonprofits achieve real and lasting change.
Central and high desert residents of California were hit with major back-to-back earthquakes and social media played a pivotal role in information, safety, and communication. Over the weekend, we experienced how availability of mobile phone data can cause a headache in terms of management, cost, and convenience. E-scooters deserve more conversation because they create an eyesore and public safety concerns along with a tax on public services in terms of enforcement and oversight. And finally, a group of powerful executives and technology movers are investing heavily in the midwest region of the United States which is often outshadowed and overlooked by the industry.
Amazon has announced Prime Day - July 15 and 16 - offering up some new features to entice veteran and newcomers to the sell-a-thon. Tech comes and goes, some faster than others. We take a stab at existing technology that will be dying off by the end of the year and into 2020. After the massive Equifax data breach of 2017, a sentence of four months in federal prison was handled down to a single executive for insider trading. Finally, we learned last week that the brilliant product designer Jony Ive has departed Apple to begin his own company.
A new bill from the United States Senate aims to require some tech companies to disclose the actual dollar amount being made off your data they collect. The very popular and entertaining Drone Racing League has secured another round of venture capital to the tune of $50 million dollars. The Home Depot is celebrating its 40th birthday so we venture down the road of why home improvement stores seem to be void of troubles associated with online shopping and other industry store closures. Microsoft is limited which software their employees can use (including Slack and Grammarly) over concerns of intellectual property protection. Monopoly has gone high tech with the integration of a voice command AI-type smart speaker that tracks money and controls to pace of the game.
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