El Kaiser and J.D. wade through the highlights of Apple’s big March 25 event, which brought three new subscription services, a revamped TV app and…a new Apple credit card. And for those who don’t care about Apple’s swerve into paid services, there’s always data privacy and drones to talk about! Spin up PTJ 305, where you can also get tips on finding music-theory and instrument instruction.
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Has social media become more trouble than it’s worth? El Kaiser and J.D ponder the topic while discussing virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier’s 2018 book, “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” And as always, this week’s episode of Pop Tech Jam serves up a look at the recent tech headlines. Fire up Episode 302 to hear it all!
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- What’s Next for Smartphones? Samsung’s New Galaxy Line Offers a Few Answers (The New York Times)
- Samsung debuts the Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ (VentureBeat)
- Samsung’s foldable phone is the $1,980 Galaxy Fold (The Verge)
- Galaxy S10’s in-screen fingerprint scanner is ultrasonic. Here’s exactly what that means (CNet)
- Apple Is Said to Target Combining IPhone, IPad, Mac Apps by 2021 (Bloomberg)
- Google to Unveil Netflix-Like Game Streaming Service in March (Fortune)
- Google plans to announce long-rumored ‘Yeti’ hardware at GDC event (9to5Google)
- Facebook reportedly gets deeply personal info from some apps, like ovulation times and heart rate (CNBC)
- Facebook will shut down its spyware VPN app Onavo (TechCrunch)
- Improving Location Settings on Android (Facebook Newsroom)
- ‘Sustained and ongoing’ disinformation assault targets Dem presidential candidates (Politico)
- Russian Hackers Targeted European Research Groups, Microsoft Says (The New York Times)
- Defending Democracy Program (Microsoft)
- How an Investigation of Fake FCC Comments Snared a Prominent D.C. Media Firm (Gizmodo)
- On YouTube, a network of paedophiles is hiding in plain sight (WIRED UK)
- Pinterest Quietly Blocks All Vaccine-Related Searches, Which Is One Solution, I Guess (Gizmodo)
- Ten threats to global health in 2019 (World Health Organization)
- Nike app for self-tying shoe comes undone (BBC)
Is It Time to Dump
As NASA declares its Mars Opportunity rover’s mission to be over, El Kaiser and J.D. raise a glass to the plucky little machine who did far more than what was expected of it — and sent back so much science. This week’s batch of headlines also brings a potential new subscription service (or two) from Apple, Amazon bailing out of New York City and a Tinder-like app for cattle. J.D. also discusses apps to better plan your home renovation. Here’s a toast to Opportunity from PTJ Episode 301!
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Of course, your apps are tracking you! El Kaiser told you that years ago, but The New York Times now fills in the details. J.D. rounds up the headlines from the past two weeks for discussion and also offers a (Hopefully) helpful Hint about recording your family’s history in audio and video this holiday season. Pull up a chair and join us for PTJ 294!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
There’s been a lot of movement in the tech world the past week — Google employees got to their feet to protest the company’s treatment of women, Apple rolled out new hardware and Facebook got slapped officially with a big fine for misuse of customer data. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the tech news from the past 10 days or so, and with the U.S. elections looming, also offer a few resources for voters. Roll on over to PTJ 291!
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Apple possibly giving away stuff for free! A Windows 10 update that ate people’s files! Crackdowns on cyberbullying and political spam on social media! Some surprises are better than others, but then there were things that were NO surprise, like Facebook trying to hoover out even more personal data from users. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss it all, as well as a recent guide to deleting some of your social media accounts for good. Come on in from the cold and have a listen to PTJ 289!
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How to Delete Facebook
Election security — or lack thereof — dominated the headlines this week as social-media platforms moved to boot trolls and industry leaders met to discuss what to do with the U.S.midterms looming. Meanwhile, Walmart and Kobo teamed up on ebooks, rumors about Apple’s fall event popped up right on time, Samsung released its Galaxy Note9 and Google is trying to find regular doses of good news out there. All this and more on Episode 284!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
It’s been a week of heavy legal news, deals and global affairs — almost enough to make you want to escape to a fantasy realm to take a break over a pint of butterbeer. El Kaiser and J.D. sort through the stories of the week before moving on to a discussion of how the Harry Potter franchise is keeping active far beyond the original seven books. PTJ 277 awaits behind that Play button — Alohomora!
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Harry Potter in the Digital World
A judge cleared the way for AT&T and Time Warner to merge, Apple plans to reinforce its iPhone security, Microsoft made a bunch of announcements — but hey, here comes the annual E3 event to bring in the fun. El Kaiser and J.D. sort through it all before a discussion about the VPNFilter malware — you know, that one the FBI was warning about the other week — and how to protect your router from it. Spin up PTJ 276 to hear it all!
Reset Your Router