Can Big Tech get busted up and does Facebook’s pivot to privacy seem legit? El Kaiser and J.D. roll through the recent news, stopping to ponder the “Save the Internet” Act, a slew of new streaming channels and the success of Captain Marvel at the box office — despite concentrated efforts from certain quarters to drag down the film’s ratings. It’s all here on PTJ 303, where we also have our annual guide to helping your friends and family avoid tax-season scams this spring.
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Be On Guard This Tax
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
The year is winding down, but the movie selection at the local cineplex is heating up with several sizzling releases this month. Also in the hot seat: Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, who got to have his belated chat with Congressional members, and social-media companies who missed the massive amount of misinformation spread across their platforms in 2016 and beyond. And for those don’t want to burn a lot of cash on wireless headphones, El Kaiser has a a review for you. Fire up Episode 295!
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The El Kaiser Hardware Review
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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Facebook’s public-relations department probably had another busy week, with all sorts of walkbacks and investigations concerning the company’s products and practices. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss some of the major events, as well as changes to the way Twitter enforces its rules and the State of New York investigating the net neutrality comments wars. J.D. also offers a look at the SmartNews app — which as its name implies — tries to gather online news in an intelligent way. Set your nav computer for Episode 290!
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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
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
Even without the NBA finals in the mix, it’s been a busy time out in California with a fierce net-neutrality bill passing a hurdle in the state senate and Mary Meeker’s mega-slideshow on Internet trends. El Kaiser and J.D. surf through the week’s tech news before stopping to ponder life without Twitter — if only just for a little while. Punch up Episode 274 and have a listen!
Yanny or Laurel? El Kaiser was too busy mixing up podcasts to weigh in, and J.D. thought the whole thing was dumb and tuned into Queen Ida and the Bon Temps Zydeco Band instead — but The New York Times built a handy little tool to demonstrate how audio frequencies factor into the matter. Beyond all that, Episode 273 serves up the week’s tech news, pours one out for Tom Wolfe and contemplates the strange notion of secure and private email. Give a listen!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint