Big Government finally seems to be paying attention to Big Tech, but will anything actually change? El Kaiser and JD discuss some of the assorted bits of legislation aimed at regulating intrusive technology. And, in a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint, JD offers tips for whipping up your own letterhead in case you need to fire off an old-fashioned epistle by post or PDF. Episode 312 awaits!
On this week’s show, JD takes a short break from watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 to round up some news with El Kaiser — including the annual Mary Meeker Internet Trends presentation, legal looks at Big Tech and game-world announcements. El Kaiser, ever on the hunt for good-sounding audio gear at reasonable prices, offers his review of the Mixcder E9 wireless headphones. Have a listen to PTJ 311!
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Freshly returned from spring break, El Kaiser and JD jump into the week’s headlines — including government attempts to regulate technology platforms and robots rolling through Walmart. JD also has a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint for wrangling the massive photo collection stuffed on your smartphone. Push play to hear it all on Episode 306!
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 winter temperatures in the American Midwest may have plummeted, but in the technology world, it’s Apple and Facebook bouncing off the floor — and into each other over user privacy. El Kaiser and J.D. chew through the events of the past week, and also pause to ponder another question: How many streaming services can one actually have until it feels like paying the same old big bucks for a cable subscription? Click up Episode 299 to hear it all!
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Swimming in Streams
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)
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
On this week’s episode, El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the things that are making the tech world shake, rattle and roll — including Amazon’s facial recognition software not passing muster with the American Civil Liberties Union, Facebook’s stock price plummeting and the possibility of the Broadway musical Hamilton coming to Netflix. In the (Hopefully) Helpful Hint, J.D. also describes a new scam going around that shows off an old password you’ve actually used in the past. Ride along with Episode 282!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint
Several companies have now stepped up the fight against fake news — most noticeably, Twitter, as the service finally began to delete fake accounts and return follower totals back to the realm of real people. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the efforts, as well as the state of streaming television, Apple’s latest updates and the things one can find for sale on the Dark Net. In a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint, J.D. has some tips for how to stay charged up when traveling. All aboard Episode 280!
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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint: Power to Go