Covering Every Angle of Technology

If you’re tired of the complicated and drawn-out explanations when it comes to technology, this is the podcast for you! Join us as we discuss and analyze the industry focusing on how it relates to you and influences your daily life. We cover the entire spectrum of technology – business, media, healthcare, government, space, security, education, social media, privacy, e-commerce, aeronautics, and more.

A World Without Passwords

The technology industry is slowing moving away from the antiquated concept of passwords into a realm of web authentication. We discuss what that looks like and why it is so important. AT&T announced that over the next few years, 5G pricing on their network will take shape and we discuss the implications of 5G data consumption on data plans. Trust is at an all-time low for big tech following misuse of data, congressional hearings, and data hacking loss. Yet, we continue to use their services without holding companies accountable. Lastly, we share news of Amazon testing 1-day free shipping for Prime account holders and Microsoft’s $1 trillion market valuation.

Game Boy Turns 30 And Mobile Payment Outcry

A recent Microsoft Windows patch led to a host of issues for third party anti-malware software, essentially breaking all programs from operating properly. JCPenney ripped Apple Pay from their retail locations nationwide and this caused the Apple Pay fan club to voice their laughable, irrational, and overreacting thoughts on social media. Over 41 million UK users have chosen to use incredibly simply passwords that in turn resulted in data breaches, loss of personal information, and security leaks. The Nintendo Game Boy celebrated its 30th birthday this month and we share to importance of the first handheld device in the gaming industry.

A Data-pocalypse. How Much Data Are We Generating?

We are losing are losing our appetite for downloading apps across all operating systems as developers are seeing limited new downloads and more established apps soaring. In a staggering new infographic released, we dissect the volume of data used globally per minute and annually. The numbers from messaging, video streaming, wearables, and views are downright impressive. Bird is really suffering financial and have adjusted their pricing to stay afloat and respond to more cities placing more fees for use. And talks of banning facial recognition technology are back in the news as the battle for use and protection of civil and privacy rights surfaces.

Verizon 5G Rollout And Apple Original Programming

First, we dissect the issues Verizon is having with their 5G rollout in Chicago and share what the impact could be if they do not figure the technology out sooner than later. Second, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show is back in Las Vegas. The event is packed with plenty to discuss as we have witnessed major shifts over the last decade in the broadcasting scene. Lastly, Apple’s long awaiting spin into the entertainment side of the business has occurred with the announcement of Apple TV+. Time will tell as to whether their new original programming is embraced by the loyal users and if new users are willing to pay.

Safety Tips for Ride Share

After learning of the killing of a university student by a would-be Uber driver, we share some crucial safety tips when deciding to use ride share services.  We learned this week of a security researcher that hacked Vtech, Microsoft, and Nintendo without consequence when a London court released the hacker. California is now one of 30 states that will now be taxing companies for goods provided by out of state companies after a court ruling in 2017 now allows this.  Lastly, Gmail is celebrating its 15th birthday and continues to serve the needs of their users.

CUE Conference 2019

We are featuring conversations from the CUE conference in Palm Springs where technology and education were center stage. CUE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community of connected educators focused on improving education for all learners and is the conference is a must go-to for educators. We talked with Kristina Ishmael (open educational resources expert), Hans Tullman (STEAM technology specialist), Matt Markstone (educator and former instructional technology coordinator), and Adrienne White (Director of Marketing for Ozobot). Topics range from media and information literacy, equity in the classroom, benefits of shifting away from traditional textbooks, importance of educator professional development, creating better citizens through instruction, and various technology in education talking points.

Brand Alignment Strategist Stephen A Hart

Stephen A. Hart – Brand Alignment Strategist, host of the Trailblazers.FM podcast, and founder of Brand You Academy.  In today’s digital workplace and economy, a personal brand is vital to the your success. We cover what branding means and why it really matters for you as an individual. A brand built on clarity, experience, and service is the ultimate goal.  A host of technology resources are available to maximize your ability to create a lasting and memorable brand, such as colors, fonts, graphics, and a website. But don’t neglect task managers, organizational tools, and social media schedulers. Stephen shares personal stories and provides several tips to create a profitable and effective brand.

Happy Birthday World Wide Web And Big Tech Break Up

The world wide web turned thirty years old today! The origins of the web is a great story and spawned a revolution in how we conduct business and communicate.  After two fatal crashes of their 737 Max 8 airliners, Boeing is pushing out a software update in an attempt to remedy some system and design flaws. The movement to break up the big technology companies is hitting the political arena as Elizabeth Warren made waves with comments while at SXSW.  Finally, Mozilla is offer a new file sharing service to users that is easy, convenient, and encrypted.

China’s Social Credit System And France Levies Tax On Internet Giants

We learned this week that the French government is set to decide on implementing a new tax on internet giants that profit on targeted digital advertising and re-selling of personal user data. The Chinese government has a system in place – the social credit score – that ranks individual citizens and that scores provides certain freedoms such as travel, mortgages, and choice of school. Retail stores around the United States and abroad continue to close but it is for many more reasons that simply Amazon and the online shopping spike.

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