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
As 2019 winds down, so does another decade of consumer
technology. After a quick tour through recent headlines, El Kaiser and J.D.
reflect on the highs and lows of the past 10 years in the world of gadgets and
services. Come take a trip down geek memory lane here on PTJ 323!
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The Tech of the Decade
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!
On this week’s episode, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the current legal heat on Facebook over data privacy and misuse of its customer’s personal information. Google’s delivery drone program and Samsung’s woes with its Galaxy Fold smartphone are also in the mix. And, on the heels of Avengers: Endgame taking over cineplex screens, PTJ 307 looks down the list of other geekworthy movies headed to theaters this summer.
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Geek Summer Movie
Famous eggs, self-delivering scooters, rabbit-ears making a comeback and YouTube tries to ban stupidity — El Kaiser and JD catch up on a big pile of technology news from the past week or two. And in a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint, J.D. explains how to use a free, pre-built spreadsheet to track your finances. Roll on into PTJ 298 to hear it all!
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- Facebook’s WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumors (Reuters)
- Uber plans to develop self-driving electric scooters and bicycles (The Daily Telegraph)
- Google Maps wants to help you avoid that speeding ticket (Mashable)
- Material Design for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on Web (G Suite Updates Blog)
- Oscars: ‘Roma’ Lands Netflix Its First Best Picture Nom (The Hollywood Reporter)
- Netflix just announced the biggest price increase in the history of its streaming service (BGR)
- Netflix in advanced talks to join major Hollywood lobbying group (Poltico)
- Nielsen: 16M U.S. homes now get TV over-the-air, a 48% increase over past 8 years (TechCrunch)
- YouTube bans dangerous pranks following Bird Box, Tide Pod challenges (The Verge)
- An issue with protected Tweets on Twitter for Android (Twitter Help)
- DuckDuckGo Taps Apple Maps to Power Private Search Results (Spread Privacy)
- Twitter is bringing back the chronological timeline, and in a sensible way (Android Authority)
- Facebook’s ’10 Year Challenge’ Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right? (WIRED)
- Facebook’s own employees appear to be leaving 5-star Amazon reviews for the Portal camera (The Verge)
- Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield (TechCrunch)
- You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It (Tim Cook in TIME)
- Apple Pay coming to Target, Taco Bell and more top US retail locations (Apple)
- Google: data is more like sunlight than oil (Business Insider)
- Who’s ‘Scam Likely’ and why do they keep calling you? (USA Today)
- Roku Removes Infowars Channel Following Backlash (Variety)
- An Egg, Just a Regular Egg, Is Instagram’s Most-Liked Post Ever (The New York Times)
- Ishan Goel tells TooFab why world_record_egg struck such a powerful pop culture chord, and warns about the dark side of viral success. (TooFab)
Early January is here at last and El Kaiser and J.D. are ready to explore all the unique creations launched on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And as with last year’s round-up, the specifications and features on the Kohler Intelligent Toilet amaze. This week’s episode also features a look at recent technology news and a rave review for the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film. Jump into 2019 with Episode 297!
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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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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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