El Kaiser and JD finally got out of Avengers: Endgame and are back in the recording bunker to discuss recent tech news – including Google’s I/O conference and a former Facebook founder’s call for the government to bust up his former company. JD also explores the new movement that have some people spending less time staring at their smartphones screens. Episode 308 awaits!
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The winter temperatures in the American Midwest may have plummeted, but in the technology world, it’s Apple and Facebook bouncing off the floor — and into each other over user privacy. El Kaiser and J.D. chew through the events of the past week, and also pause to ponder another question: How many streaming services can one actually have until it feels like paying the same old big bucks for a cable subscription? Click up Episode 299 to hear it all!
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Swimming in Streams
It’s not just the leaves starting to waft through the air here in North America — plenty of lawsuits are swirling as well. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss some of the bigger ones, including legal action aimed at California’s new net neutrality rules and Facebook’s latest woes. And for those who aren’t fans of the new Gmail web design, J.D. has some tips for making the interface feel more familiar. Click on through to PTJ 288!
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- The Trump administration is suing California to quash its new net neutrality law (The Washington Post)
- Facebook’s Massive Security Breach: Everything We Know (WIRED)
- Facebook Faces Potential $1.63 Billion Fine in Europe Over Data Breach (The Wall Street Journal)
- Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Says Job Gave Her PTSD (Motherboard)
- Facebook’s recent ‘bear hug’ of Instagram frustrated its independent founders (Recode)
- Instagram Founders Resign Over Differences With Facebook (New York)
- SEC settles charges with Tesla’s Elon Musk, will remain as CEO (CNBC)
- LinkNYC’s 5 million users make 500,000 phone calls each month i
- Use of internet, social media, digital devices plateaus in US (Pew Research Center)
- Amazon And Snapchat Form A Powerful Partnership (Forbes)
- Google Chief Agrees to Testify to Congress (The New York Times)
- Google Names New Privacy Chief, Offers Framework for Regulation (Bloomberg)
- Google Privacy Framework Document (Google)
- Introducing Google Discover: Discover new information and inspiration with Search, no query required (Google blog)
- Safari’s “Siri Suggested” Search Results Highlighted Conspiracy Sites And Fake News (BuzzFeed News)
- Microsoft reveals huge Windows 10 news ahead of major update (Express)
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update: The 7 best new features (CNET)
- Windows 10 October 2018 Update may be released on October 2 (Neowin)
- Microsoft Whiteboard launches on iOS, hits the web in preview (Windows Central)
- Mouse and Keyboard Support for Xbox One Developers (Xbox Wire)
- Yes, Lakers Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Writing For “Veronica Mars” (LAist)
- “Doctor Who” Returns Oct. 7, 2018 (BBC)
The New Gmail Is Here to Stay
Do you long for the days of the WarGames-era VDT with the black screen and green type? Or do you just hate the glare of a bright white display? Are you coping with vision difficulties? If so, your apps and operating system and some of your programs might include settings that make it easier on your eyes.
For example, If you don’t want to flip your whole operating system around, you can often find a dark or night mode setting in many apps — like Microsoft Edge, Twitter for Android and iOS, the Amazon Kindle and Apple’s own iBooks app, and some apps like Waze and Google Maps might flip to the night mode automatically, depending on the time of day. YouTube’s desktop site just added a dark mode, too.
But if you want things more consistently less glaring, Windows 10 has a Dark Mode available in the Settings app, as well as a High Contrast Mode in the Ease of Access controls. Dark Mode doesn’t make everything dark, mainly just the background of certain apps and system screens, but the High Contrast Mode flips the background and changes the colors of several kinds of screen type to make everything stand out better for those who have trouble discerning different tints. Apple’s System Preferences for macOS has similar controls in the Display area of the Accessibility settings.
And don’t worry — if you get tired of dark mode, you can always come back to the light.