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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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
El Kaiser and JD finally got out of Avengers: Endgame and are back in the recording bunker to discuss recent tech news – including Google’s I/O conference and a former Facebook founder’s call for the government to bust up his former company. JD also explores the new movement that have some people spending less time staring at their smartphones screens. Episode 308 awaits!
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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)
Congratulations to the sound team on Dunkirk for the Oscars — we here at Pop Tech Jam had a feeling you were going to win!
But now that we know who won the 2018 Academy Awards, life is still full of burning questions: Who am I? What is my place in the universe? Why do the Klingons on Star Trek: Discovery look so different from the Klingons in the rest of the canonical series? This week, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss The Klingon Question after tackling the technology news of the moment. naDev ‘oH Qap!
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Star Trek Continuity
It’s almost like we needed the Justice League to come sort things out with all the disruptions erupting all over the technology scene this week. So, you ask, what happened? Yet another ransomware attack spread rapidly worldwide, the European Commission got all up in Google’s business on an antitrust charge, and Walmart had a slapfight with Amazon over the cloud. Meanwhile, Twitter and some of its pals are teaming up to fight the spread of violent extremism, Facebook wants to do TV and Apple’s getting ready to chuck a bunch of old apps off the iOS 11 wagon. But on the bright side, we’ve now had J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series with us for 20 years now. Come hang with El Kaiser and J.D. as they try to make sense of the week here on Episode 240 of Pop Tech Jam!
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June is Internet Safety Month, but it hasn’t been very safe for the personal information of 198 million people, which got exposed by sloppy data handling. The notoriously private Apple got trolled as well when a top-secret meeting about stopping data leaks got, er, leaked. After wading through the tech headlines of the week, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the merits of RAID, as well as how to turn your smartphone into a handy magnifier for those annoying moments when you actually have to read the fine print. Episode 239 of Pop Tech Jam awaits you.
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• RAID levels explained (PCMag.com)
• Digital storage basics, Part 2: External drive vs. NAS server (CNET)
• How to configure a cheap, secure RAID backup system (Macworld)
(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
Geek hearts around the globe were broken this past week with the passing of Adam West, the actor who created the iconic interpretation of Batman on the eponymous mid-1960’s television show. Dan Greenfield, editor of the 13th Dimension website devoted to comics, joins El Kaiser and J.D. for a discussion about West’s impact as a performer, role model and pop-culture stalwart.
One the tech side of the news this week: Big changes at Uber, big announcements from the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles and big bucks for the Drone Racing League. Join on in — and let’s all pour out a Bat-40 for Mr. Adam West.
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Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference opened this week, bringing a ton of announcements and new-product demos to the faithful. Don Donofrio drops by to sort it all out with El Kaiser and JD. Meanwhile, governments fight with the Internet on multiple fronts and a certain Amazon Princess conquers the worldwide box office. All this and more on Episode 237!
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Love is all around as the unofficial 2017 Geek Summer Movie Season gets ready to roll next week with the arrival of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in theaters ‚ with Wonder Woman, King Arthur, and another Spider-Man right behind. After a stomp through the week’s tech headlines (including the hunt to shoot down fake news and drones you can fly with your head) El Kaiser and J.D. discuss some of the most anticipated films on the way over the next few months.
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Are we ready for the vending machines to silently judge us based on our snack habits? Some New Yorkers will find out soon as new models equipped with artificial intelligence are making their way to town. Meanwhile the disruptors are getting some disruption themselves, Facebook’s F8 conference brings new announcements, there’s a new Star Wars trailer out and El Kaiser and J.D. wonder if it’s time for iTunes to retire. Grab a bag of chips or your favorite meat-stick product and settle in for a listen here on Episode 231!
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