On Episode 425 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving into another wide range of technology topics for you. Over the past 30 years, consumers and businesses have forgotten about a number of tech products ranging from portable music and video technology to mobile tech and connectivity means. Google is having its day in front of the United States Congress as it heads to Washington D.C. to answer questions from congressional leaders. In another major cyber attack, Marriott announces an incident in where 500 million customers’ information was stolen. And in bizarre news, dial up internet still services nearly 9 million people in rural and remote areas. The Waves of Tech is powered by modernlife.network – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions. Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.
Tech Products Forgotten By Many
Over the past 30 to 40 years, we have seen some great and not so great technology products. Some items have a short shelf life and are often forgotten by users and consumers of tech. Products are always changing, always evolving, and always adapting to the latest wants from consumers and the latest big tech companies ideas.
- Betamax, the short lived competitor to VHS technology, was briefly popular in the 80s
- Google Glass was simply awkward, bizarre and did not fit into the times
- Beepers, pagers, PDAs (personal digital assistant), public payphones are gone
- Zune, a great product but did not last in the competitive iPod space
Google Heads to the United States Congress
Last year, Facebook and Twitter executives headed to Washington D.C. to testimony and provide answers to congressional members from both political parties. One major tech giant absent was Google. TechCrunch is reporting that Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, will face the US government in the next coming weeks.
- Google will answer to claims of algorithmic bias, user privacy, data collection
- Republicans will be firing at the claimed anti-conservative bias in search results
- Democrats will be digging into security protocols, user data, harassment claims
- Sadly, most testimony will not result in any tangible outcome or movement
Marriott Customers’ Information Hacked, No Surprise
The international hotel giant announced last week that nearly 500 million customer accounts were hacked, with personal data such as passport information and date of births stolen. A cyber security analysts was quoted as saying, “If you’re accessing the Internet, your expectations for security are pretty low at this point.” That’s about the state of protection.
- Immediately after, US Senators called for robust data protection regulations
- A big question is why Marriott retains such a large volume of customer data
- Another hack, another day is essentially the common theme of 2018
- We know companies invest millions in data protection and security software
Dial-Up Internet is Still Prominent in USA
Would you believe it if we told you that about nine million people in the United States still use dial-up Internet? It’s absolutely true. Companies such as NetZero, Juno, AOL, and Earthlink still offer the slow but inexpensive service to many living in the rural and remote regions of the country. Hard to believe the crawling service is used and embraced by millions.
- Dial-up is low on infrastructure cost and integrates into telephone network systems
- Broadband connection is heavily bound to intense infrastructure and systems
- Today’s modems for dial-up are not what they used to be, simply USB inputs
- Many of us cannot imagine a life still on dial up with video, gaming, and apps
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