Labor Day has been here and gone for weeks now, so El Kaiser and JD get back to business with a pile of news, including the new PlayStation and Xbox consoles arriving on November and recap of Apple’s September event. And because the year is only going to get more intense from here, this week’s episode also offers suggestions for science-fiction television entertainment to temporarily make you forget the current state of this world. Come on along for PTJ 344!
- Nintendo Said to Boost Switch Production by Another 20% (Bloomberg)
- PlayStation 5 preorders: Sony reveals release date and price (VentureBeat)
- Microsoft reveals Xbox Series S specs, promises four times the processing power of Xbox One (The Verge)
- Xbox Series X launches on November 10th for $499 (The Verge)
- Microsoft is adding EA Play to Xbox Game Pass (Engadget)
- Microsoft to acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks (Microsoft)
- Microsoft to acquire Elder Scrolls, Fallout, other hit games in $7.5B deal for Bethesda Softworks parent (GeekWire)
- A closer look at Luna, Amazon’s cloud gaming service (Engadget)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick Lite announced, start at $30 (CNBC)
- Amazon announces all-new Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Dot with Clock (CNBC)
- Amazon Unveils Drone That Films Inside Your Home. What Could Go Wrong? (The New York Times)
- Amazon Ring security drone and swiveling Echo Show push the boundaries of surveillance, again (The Washington Post)
- Guitars Are Back, Baby! (The New York Times)
- Windows 10 running Android apps via Your Phone is fully rolled out – and the feature will soon get even better (TechRadar)
- The new Surface Duo (Microsoft)
- Streaming service Quibi explores strategic options, including sale —WSJ (Reuters)
- Mozilla shuts down Firefox Send file transfer service after malware abuse (CNet)
- Google ‘formally’ bans stalkerware apps from the Play Store (ZDNet)
- EU regulator orders Facebook to stop transferring user data to America (Seeking Alpha)
- Twitter rolls out new security features to prevent Election Day chaos (The Verge)
- Improved Account Security during the 2020 US Election (Twitter)
- Facebook Moves to Limit Election Chaos in November (The New York Times)
- New Steps to Protect the US Elections (Facebook Newsroom)
- Facebook to pay users to quit the app as part of election study (Business Insider)
- New Facebook and Instagram Research Initiative to Look at US 2020 Presidential Election (Facebook Newsroom)
- The Washington Post’s Elizabeth Dwoskin (Twitter)
- September 15th Apple Event (Apple)
- Apple Event 2020: Here’s everything that was announced (CNBC)
- Justice Dept. Plans to File Antitrust Charges Against Google in Coming Weeks (The New York Times)
- “Star Trek: Discovery” Returns October 15 (Star Trek)
- Baby Yoda has returned to redeem this terrible year in “The Mandalorian” season two trailer (Lainey Gossip)
- ‘She-Hulk’ Disney Plus Series Casts Tatiana Maslany in Lead Role (Variety)
- Chadwick Boseman’s legacy can be continued (CNN)
- It’s Hard to Make Dignity Interesting. Chadwick Boseman Found a Way. (The New York Times)
- Dame Diana Rigg: Avengers, Bond and Game of Thrones actress dies at 82 (BBC News)
Science-Fiction TV Shows for Escaping Reality
Epic Games has fired antitrust shots at Apple and Google over their app stores, Facebook does a bit of cleaning and fans of Microsoft Fight Simulator can take to the virtual skies again in a glorious new version of the program . Meanwhile, back on the ground, El Kaiser has thoughts on Star Wars: Resistance and J.D. shares some tips on what to do with your old gear after you upgrade to new stuff. All this and more, right here on PTJ 343!
The recent weather across much of North American isn’t the only thing that’s been a little toasty — TikTok, Big Tech and the kids who hacked Twitter last month are also feeling the heat. El Kaiser and J.D. take in the latest headlines from the technology world and also offer more tips for entertaining yourself in a partially closed pandemic city. Come join us here on PTJ 342!
How long until a hacked social-media platform causes real damage in the world? Are TikTok’s days in the US numbered? Is time running out for political ads on Facebook? Is anybody watching Quibi? El Kaiser and JD have questions — and opinions. Also, what local stores and restaurants are still open as the COVID-19 pandemic eases up or crashes down around the country? Just dial up PTJ 341 to find out answers to at least some of these questions!
Stories in This Week’s News Segment
(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
As a boycott from major advertisers heats up, Facebook announces it will finally start taking action against hate and harmful posts. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss The Social Network’s latest moves, along with the other tech news of recent days, like Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference announcements and product updates from Google. J.D. also spins up a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint about searching newspaper archives for mention of your ancestors back in their day. PTJ 340 is right here ready to go!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint / Productive Use of Stay-at-Home Time
Welcome to June here in the year 1918 + 1929 + 1968! El Kaiser and J.D. drop in for a quick roundup of tech news, including rising tensions at social media companies, ongoing pandemic fallout and the newfound popularity of… online word-processing software. Take a break and dial up PTJ 339!
Twitter’s act of adding fact-checking labels to a couple of presidential tweets set off a storm in the social-media world — almost at the same time real-life stormy weather caused officials to scrub the NASA-SpaceX launch to the International Space Station, the first on an United States rocket since 2011. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss it all ahead of America’s rescheduled return to space this weekend. Blast off with PTJ 338!
Are podcasts The Next Big Thing — again? With Spotify, Amazon and Apple all scrapping to get big names and fresh content while throwing around big money, it sure seems like something’s going on. After El Kaiser and J.D. roll through the rest of the week’s headlines, El Kaiser also offers a few suggestions for remote podcasting software. It’s all right here in PTJ 337 from the comfort of your own home!
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VoIP Podcasting Apps
Thinking of spending some of your inside time recording a podcast or your own music? After a tour through the week’s technology headlines with J.D., El Kaiser offers some shopping tips on microphones that make you sound way better than the one built into your laptop. Just click the Play button to hear it all on PTJ 336 — starting with a suggestion for another binge-worthy show to pass the time in the Quarantine Life.
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Shopping for Microphones