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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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
If it’s September, Apple has a new iPhone to sell you. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss this year’s crop of gear, along with news from FitBit, Amazon and GoPro. And, as election season looms closer, J.D. has some advice and links for those who see misinformation on social-media sites and want to stop it from spreading. Buckle up for Episode 287, y’all!
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Help Stomp Out Fake News
Hot times were had on Capitol Hill at the Senate and House hearings with leaders of Facebook and Twitter — but not with Google, which declined the invitation to come testify about such things as election influencing and political bias on its platform. El Kaiser and J.D. also discuss Apple’s new global portal for law enforcement pros, Amazon’s new tablet and a new study from the Pew Internet Research Center about how people’s feelings have changed about a certain Social Network over the past year. This week’s show also includes a highlight tour of some of the more popular features in Google’s Android 9.0 (Pie) system and Apple’s iOS 12. Jump into Episode 286 now!
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New Mobile Operating Systems
While the tussles between politicians and Big Tech heat up as August sizzles to a close, El Kaiser and J.D. sip fizzy water in the shade and explore the accusations and rebuttals coming from both sides of America’s political divide. Apple’s latest acquisition, Twitter’s recent experiment and a blockchain that few people realized was hiding in plain sight are also in the news mix this week, and J.D. has a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint about hopefully helping friends and family with their computer problems, even when you’re miles away. Crank up the air conditioner and PTJ 285!
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