Covering Every Angle of TechnologyIf 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.
iPad installation on your new BMW, IBM’s Battery 500 project, more Internet Explorer 9 and Facebook phone is it real?
Need a bracket holder for your new iPad on those long road trips? Do you have a BMW X3 Crossover? If so, you are in luck! BMW is introducing a new holder during their Paris Showroom Event. These optional holders should save the consumer a few bucks and avoid using other misfitted and awkward units.
2. IE 9 review
As discussed in Episode 57, Steve provides an in-depth look into the features and functions of IE 9 Beta. Items such as Pinned Sites, Performance Advisors, and Download Manager are on the table. But what is Steve’s favorite element of IE 9. Listen in and find out. Our listeners provide feedback as well.
From Facebook Fans:
Robert: I have. Tons better than IE8, but still has some quirks. Some pages simply don’t load correctly. Especially pages that have fields that need input.
Mathew: lookin a lot like chrome to me but it looks nice id say it performs better than 8 for sure
WOT: Though I’m on a Mac’s I did test it in a VM. Certainly the best IE yet but what I like is IE finally conforms to W3C standards
Mathew: that is very nice one site fits all
WOT: So true! Eventually no more separate CSS code for IE. Eventually. We still write to e IE6 compatible. Ugh.
The Waves of Tech crew is noticing a trend. Everytime a architect or engineering hits the pinnacle of success at a company, he or she jumps ships to another company. The head IE 9 architect is now employed by Google.
4. IBM’s “Battery 500 Project”
IBM is in the process of using Lithium-Ion battery technology to create a battery with nearly 500 miles per charge cycle. This new battery is called “Lithium Air.” IBM hopes to cash in on the movement in China that calls for 50% of their vehicles to be battery operated by 2020. What do Steve and Dave think of the possibility of this technology being introduced into the US car industry?
5. Facebook Phone?
What is Facebook up to now?!?! There have been questions swirling the tech world that Facebook is getting ready to manufacture a phone. Are they attempting to saturate the social media platform? Steve and Dave discuss the implications of more cell phone options and whether Facebook should really venture into this market.
Word Camp, Boxee Box, Going Paperless and Internet Explorer 9
1. Wordcamp LA
2. Boxee Box pre-order started yesterday
D-Link has signed up Amazon http://amzn.to/theboxeeboxbydlink (in the US)
3. Going paperless
iPad for your home, search ads, IOS 4.1, Google instant and aggressive marketing
2. Aggressive Marketing Campaigns using Technology
6. We are going to Word Camp LA
Technology Leads Park Visitors Into Trouble, Social Networking For Seniors, and Apple’s Announcements.
The National Park Service is experiencing a massive increase in search and rescue calls. Park visitors believe technology, such as cell phones and GPS devices, can be used anytime and without consequence. Visitors are placing themselves in dangerous situations with the assumption that technology will “save” them. We discuss some of the stories in Episode 55.
The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project performed a study on the growth patterns associated with social networking and seniors. The study found that social networking has almost doubled among this population, growing from 22% to 42% over the past year.
Steve and Mikee provide a rundown of Apple’s announcements on Wednesday. With changes to iPods, Apple TV, and iTunes, what did Mikee and Steve like and dislike about the updated products? As expected, Mikee is honest with his assessment of Apple and what it does (or doesn’t) do for him.
Grade betting, RIAA, Intel, IT Morale and e-personation
1. Students Bet on Their Grades…ONLINE!
A new website allows for students to wager on their future grades for the upcoming semester. The potential of earning an extra $50 to $100 for getting a decent grade seems to be working for Ultrinsic.com. Would you place an online bet for your grades? Let us know.
2. Kmart followup letter
Steve provides a followup response from the KMART corporate office regarding his recent “situation” in the store. Did their response provide some answers to our burning questions? Did KMART do enough to bring Steve back to their store?
3. Cell Phones and FM chips? (RIAA)
The RIAA is at it again, but this time they are threatening a much bigger industry. RIAA is lobbying to require FM radio chips to be installed in all cell phones and mobile devices. The Waves of Tech believes the RIAA may be endorsing a course of action that is outdated and unwanted.
How much and how valuable is McAfee? According to Intel, McAfee is worth about $7.68 billion. Intel says that the cyber threat landscape has changed dramatically over the past few years, making this marriage of companies a must. So, what is on the horizon for this dynamic duo? Steve and Mikee break it down.
5. IT Morale
IT job satisfaction is at an all-time low. Many IT professionals work upwards of 70+ hours a week. What can be done to improve morale? What is causing the drop in morale? Mikee and Steve provide some great insight and explanation into the processes and inner workings of the IT field.
CA State Senator Joe Simitian has drafted new legislation about e-personation. Simitian says that the “old laws against fraud or defamation just aren’t cutting it anymore.” The bill awaits Governor Schwarzenegger’s signature. Listen in and check out the show notes link here for more details.
Best Buy shenanigans, Kmart again, Blackberry app and Social Media Billions.
Is your mobile device always in reach?
- Always on my person (58%)
- Always within my vicinity (28%)
- It’s a 50-50 split (11%)
- I’m always having to look for it (3%)
The Waves of Tech crew quickly dissects the poll results. Thanks for your participation everyone. We love the feedback and your willingness to help us out.
2. Blackberry Podcast App
Get free podcasts delivered directly to you with the BlackBerry Podcast app. Subscribe to your favorite podcasts or download new ones. Blackberry has designed a native app that is user based and friendly. Get it! It’s free and the Waves of Tech Media Network shows will be on there soon.
3.The shenanigans of Best Buy continue
What is Best Buy up to now!?!? To optimize or not to optimize using Best Buy services, that is the question. Relive Dave’s story of his recent visit to Best Buy in helping a co-worker pick out a new laptop. Broken manufacturer seals, “Inspected By Best Buy” stickers, and more Tom Foolery.
4. Kmart crap again
How many times have you answered a survey question before paying with your credit card at a store? Probably quite a few and probably without much thinking about it. Steve addresses the concerns about answering these questions and explains how data is being used to the business’ advantage.
We all know that advertising is big business worldwide. Social networks are estimated to bring in arounf $3.3 billion this year with an anticipated increase of 25% in 2011. Where do Myspace, Facebook, and social gaming sites fit into the equation. Listen in and follow the show note link here.
In today’s show we discuss Cell phones and cancer, Thieves, Patch Tuesday and iPad.
INTERPHONE, a European Union funded research study, concluded their 5-year study on the relationship between cells phones and brain cancer. What conclusions did the research find? Should we be worried? Find out if there are clear answers to this question.
There are plenty of benefits to having a hybrid vehicle. Less emissions, lower gas cost, and saving Mother Nature. Well, have you ever thought about auto theft? Tune in to find out what we are talking about!
Microsoft is releasing a mega patch. The update contains 14 security bulletins and a record-tying 34 vulnerabilities in Office, Silverlight, IE, and Windows. Steve and Mike offer their insights. Dave sits back and listens. Finally, we briefly talk about the Windows 7 phone.
4. iPad review. The iPad is a great content consumption device. Don’t think it is a computer, because it’s not. Where do you place it on your coffee table? Listen and find out.