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!
As much of the country continues huddling at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, El Kaiser and J.D. keep themselves busy with a look at the recent technology news — including the Zoom boom (and bust), Apple’s control of the weather and the debut of the new Quibi short-form video app. And for those who’ve now watched everything online, J.D. has a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint about digitizing your documents since you’re already stuck in the house. PTJ 331 is here to keep you company!
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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
On this week’s episode, El Kaiser and J.D. offer their initial impressions on The Mandalorian, the new Disney+ live-action show set in the Star Wars universe. After a quick trip through recent tech headlines, J.D. also supplies a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint about getting started with touch-screen drawing apps. Use the Force and punch the button for Episode 322!
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Brand new iPhones in pastel-candy colors, two deluxe “Pro” models with three cameras on the back and a spiffy new iPad were in Apple’s basket of fall announcements this week — along with an updated Apple Watch and two new monthly subscription services for games and movies. El Kaiser and J.D. wade into the Apple news-stream after a look at other headlines, including new government scrutiny for Big, er, Gigundo Tech. Welcome to PTJ 317!
Apple Event Announcements
As The Summer of 2019 winds down, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss (among other things) the buzz around Apple’s annual fall iPhone event, Twitter’s account security issue with one of its major users, Facebook’s latest attempts at transparency in political advertising and Amazon’s growing video-surveillance network. And, as nerds, we used to always run after the shiny new gadget to have the latest and greatest gear — but have we gotten over that particular fear of missing out? Spin up PTJ 316 to hear it all!
Hoverboard travel is here! In experimental trips across the English Channel, anyway. El Kaiser and J.D. take off through the week’s headlines, including more accusations of retaliatory workplace culture at Google, the move toward “pay with your face” forms of authentication and requirements for getting one of those new Apple Cards. J.D. also hosts a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint about getting more of that notepad program on your smartphone. PTJ 315 awaits!
Pop Tech Jam returns from Summer Vacation Phase 1 to buckets of money from the Equifax data-breach settlement — or alleged buckets of money. While El Kaiser files his Equifax claim online, J.D. serves up the news of the week, including the Fortnite World Cup results, pocket air-conditioners and worrisome multimedia surveillance. And for those who dove headfirst into the Apollo 11 50th-anniversary coverage in July, J.D. has tips on where to find more archival material from that historic 1969 event — and the many other Apollo missions through the years.
Jump on PTJ 314 right here!
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