Microsoft Copying Apple and The Year of Podcasting

This week on The Waves of Tech 250, we dive into the ins-and-outs of Microsoft’s Windows 10 announcement and examine some thoughts from the Apple fan boys on the software giant’s move. With the recent sad news of international plane failures, the NTSB is pushing for new flight recorder technology. Finally, is 2015 the year of podcasting? With listeners consuming over 21 million hours per day, there is a strong case for the argument. Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride the waves of tech!

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Microsoft / Apple

Windows 10 is coming soon! It seems to be making a splash, not only for the excited Microsoft users, but also for those who wish to criticize their moves. Case in point, the Apple fan boys. A recent article from cultofmac.com argues six ways Microsoft copied Apple in their formation of Windows 10. These include features like free upgrades and mailbox gestures. We take exception to this article and we tell you why.

NTSB

Recent international events associated with airplane crashes, resulting in hundreds of lives lost, has sparked the interest of the National Transportation Safety Board. NTSB is pushing for the implementation of better technologies into flight recorders and black boxes. Technologies such as battery advancements, satellite-based beacons, and others may be on the horizon…but at what cost to the airplane industry.

Year of Podcasting

Edison Research just produced some very intriguing data specific to audio consumption. The king at the table is now…podcasts, overtaking AM/FM radio and owned music. The research shows that 30% of listeners are listening to podcasts and has become the primary medium for audio consumption. Edison states that podcast listeners consumer over 21 million hours of audio content each day! That is impressive.

$80K loss

In a hard lesson learned, a family lost $80,000 due to a daughter’s Facebook post. After the plaintiff and prep school came to an age discrimination settlement, the daughter posted confidential information about the settlement on Facebook. The prep school argued that the post violated confidentiality provisions and won. Just a great, friendly reminder that posting on social media can cost our families and us greatly.

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