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.

Walmart’s Autonomous Vehicle Partnership, Disney Buys Fox Assets, Girl Scouts Add STEM Badges

Waymo has partnered with Walmart to provide their customer base in Phoenix with an option to use autonomous vehicles for grocery pickup. Disney and 21st Century Fox announced a $71 billion deal that could be sending a number of entertainment brands, including Hulu and animation studios, under the Disney umbrella. The Girl Scouts of America are adding thirty science, technology, and engineering badges to inspire and encourage their members to choose a career path in technology. Lastly, Chrome is still working to improve the unencrypted and encrypted web by established a new default setting in their browser.

5G Heads to USA, Apple Faces iPhone Ban, Live Streaming of Uber & Lyft Passengers

We are discussing topics that matter to you in the technology industry.  AT&T is bringing 5G Evolution to 12 United States cities after testing in specific markets for 7 months. 5G brings 10 times the capacity of 4G and offers capacity to fuel virtual reality and autonomous vehicle innovation.  The Indian government is mandating the use of a spam-filtering app on all networks because users are facing major spamming issue the past three years. Apple has until January 2019 to comply by offering the app to users or they must leave the Indian market.  An Uber/Lyft driver live streamed his rideshare experiences with his Twitch channel leading to a major debate in the industry to the legal, moral, and ethical use of video in today’s technology space. Lastly, the results are in from Prime Day 2018. Amazon set a number of new records selling over 100 million products.

Customer Service Woes And Calls to Regulate Facial Recognition

First up, we are diving into the growing issue of customer service in the technology industry as automation and in-store cuts become a common function of business – who is doing it right and who is getting is terribly wrong. An ex-Apple employee has been arrested for the theft of autonomous vehicle schematics and technical documents as he was getting ready to board a plan to his new job overseas with a self-driving car startup venture. Facial recognition technology is growing in popularity for many corporations, but very little is out there in the form of government regulation. Some Silicon Valley companies are saying the tech industry needs guidance on the ethical uses of software recognition now and in the future.

IGTV, Facebook Marketplace, AT&T Privacy Update And AppNexus

Instagram surprised everyone this week with the release of IGTV – a stand alone long-form video application for content creators and consumers. The Facebook Marketplace is a feature of the social media giant that is often under reported on but has some great benefits for buyers and sellers of goods. Following their acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T released a privacy policy update. The FAQ page is one of the most comprehensive pages out there. And finally, AppNexus has been bought by AT&T as the telecom giant pushes into digital advertising to compete with the likes of Facebook and Verizon.

AT&T Time Warner Merger, 21st Century Fox, and General Motors Transformed

A United States federal judge approved the merger of AT&T and Time Warner Cable. In effect, AT&T owns distribution, content, and media rights to nearly 100 companies across the world.  Moreover, Comcast and Disney are battling for the acquisition of a 21st Century Fox stake to add additional content and rights to the asset class. This all may spell trouble for consumers as net neutrality regulations are set to expire thanks to the Federal Communication Commission.  Next, the CIO of General Motors has transformed the Information Technology branch of the company in just under five years by insourcing over 10,000 jobs and focusing on innovation, research, and development. Lastly, we share a personal story of how one single app is changing the life of addiction.

Summit Supercomputer, The Gig Economy, And Astra Labs Apps Are Saving Lives

The United States is now owner to the most powerful supercomputer in the world – Summit. The computer has the ability to compute 20 quadrillion calculations in just one second and is optimized for artificial intelligence specific applications. The gig economy is changing the way people lives their lives, travel, and earn an income. A couple is using Rover and Taskrabbit to earn a living while traveling around the in their RV. In 2015, a young teen struggling with depression and attempted suicides created an app to serve as a resource for others battling the same. Three years later, Amanda Southworth is changing the app space with her purposefully built apps. Finally, the VPNFilter malware infection has moved across international borders and has infected 500,000 devices.

L’Oreal Buys Augmented Reality Company, Chrome’s HTTPS Default Setting, and New iPhone Features

We dive into what the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are and how it is affecting companies, benefiting consumers, and changing the definition of personal data. L’Oreal, the French health and beauty giant, is adapting their digital strategy to include augmented reality to allow their customers the ability to virtually try-on makeup and hair products. The United States’ Senate passed a resolution to reinstate the Open Internet Order, with little hope of it moving forward. Google has made the decision to transition Chrome to the default HTTPS setting in September and October. Finally, iOS 12 was announced and new features such as Siri Shortcuts, Measure, Screentime, and Group FaceTime are here.

Adobe Creative Cloud for Educators, Senate Forces Net Neutrality Vote, and Square Acquisitions

Adobe is offering the suite of Creative Cloud to educators for an absurd discount – $5 per student per year. Students will have access to Lightroom, Audition, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and more. In net neutrality news, the United States Senate has forced a vote on the floor to reinstate the 2015 Open Internet Order. The ongoing battle over net neutrality between the FCC, the federal government, states, general public, and the tech industry is quickly coming to a boil. Square, the popular payment services company, recently acquired Weebly. The companies form a solid partnership providing a comprehensive solution for business owners and individuals growing their brand, business, and income.

Episode 400 Celebration, Twitter Passwords, Android Controls And Microsoft’s Future

We are celebrating another milestone on the podcast – the 400th episode! Over ten years ago, we hit record with no idea of where this podcast would go and it’s been an adventure. First up, we discuss how tech has changed since our first episode and then dive into a celebration of the iMac turning 20 years old this month. Last week, Twitter internally exposed the passwords of their 330 millions users. We tell you what you need to know and what to do to protect yourself. Google is set to announce a new set of controls for individuals to help manage phone use. In Microsoft news, the new Your Phone app for Windows 10 provides a direct mirror of your phone straight to a desktop PC, allowing users to access texts, photos, and notifications. In addition, we dissect the future direction of Microsoft as their position in the tech industry has drastically shifted with CEO Satya Nadella at the helm. Finally, we offer up a 6 minute audio collage spanning the last 399 episodes.

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