Fitbit Data In Court And Wine Drones

We mix in some unusual tech topics for the show.  With the holiday season quickly approaching, it’s very important to be cautious about scams and we cover some of the basic.  In an interesting new move, wine country is beginning to use drones as a source of information and for application of nutrients. To finish the show, wearable technologies and the data they collect have now crept into the courtroom and we discuss the court ruling regarding Google’s ability to arrange search results.

Drones and Wine

Drones have grown in mass popularity over the past few years.  At one point, military personnel were the only ones using drones.  Well now, civilians are just as likely to have a drone-type product and use it.  Case in point – wine country.  Vineyards and their owners are utilizing drones to apply nutrients and pesticides to their acres of crops, saving them countless hours of manpower and equipment costs.  Drones are also useful for GPS-based needs and providing aerials for vineyard managers and owners.

Holiday season caution

The Black Friday and holiday deals are just around the corner.  And we all know what that means…the scams are also just around the corner.  So this holiday season, prepare yourself and your family by learning what to do, what not to do, and how to easily protect yourself from financial scams that plague our holiday experience and our holiday spirits.  Check out our suggestions in this segment.

Using Fitbit Data In Court Is Just a Bad Idea

For the first time, the court system will be considering data from a personal wearable tech device as evidence in a case.  The attorneys in the case are attempting to show that data from a woman’s personal FitBit proves a state of inactivity caused by an accident.  This case will eventually set judiciary baseline and precedence for the use of such devices.  Maybe not the best case to make, considering it is easy to create fraudulent data with an app or wearable device.

Google can arrange search results any way it wants

Moving into the courts again, a court in San Francisco has ruled that Google can arrange search results in whatever ways it chooses to, regardless of popularity.  Google won the case based on the 1st Amendment, stating free speech allows the tech giant to arrange results that are beneficial to them.  CoastNews argued that their popularity has been squashed by Google’s algorithm and their ability to filter search results.

 

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