Contact tracing! It’s all the rage around the world as countries try to track the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus though voluntary smartphone apps. In this week’s news segment, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the various approaches these apps take before moving on to other headlines around the tech world. El Kaiser also shares his adventures with cloning a hard drive. All this and more on PTJ 334!
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2020 is here and with it, new laws and other rules that might make life as a technology consumer a little easier. After a quick recap of the recent headlines by J.D., El Kaiser shares his adventures as both an impulse buyer of a brand new iMac Pro, and as the custodian of a trusty old 2008 Mac Pro tower that still has some life in it. Happy New Year, Pop Tech listeners, and here’s Episode 324!
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El Kasier’s Big Upgrade
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
In that quiet time of the year between developer conferences and the back-to-school sales, product announcements are scarce — but the hazy, lazy days of summer are no vacation for the legal world! As El Kaiser and J.D. discover on this week’s episode, court rulings and decisions by lawmakers dominated the news this week, with a few bug revivals thrown in for good measure. J.D. also explores the new Windows 10 Timeline feature in Microsoft’s latest operating-system update, so beat the heat and find a cool place to settle in with Episode 279!
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Windows 10 Timeline
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