On Episode 510 of the Waves of Tech, we are sharing the news surrounding the technology industry. With the holidays around the corner, a new laptop or tablet is a great gift to consider and we have some options to share. LG has introduced a high-tech designed face mask with filters, batteries, and fans to provide a virus-free breathing environment. Ransomware continues to rise in dangerous fashion with no near end in sight and it is problematic for professionals and business owners. Proposition 22 in California will ultimately decide how app-based drivers are classified and how liable companies will become.
Laptop & Tablet Gifts
The holiday season is just around the corner and it is never too early to start planning for those technology gifts. A variety of tablets and laptops are out now that range from $300-$1,100 and offer a wide bit of performance. Many are working and learning from home and now using portable options to manage distance education, conduct meetings, and connect with friends.
- Apple iPad (8th Gen) – $330, A12 Bionic CPU processor, 10.2-inch screen
- Amazon Fire 8 – $100, 12-hour battery life, 32GB, 2 GB Ram, Media apps loaded
- Dell XPS 13 – $979, 13.3-inch, Dolby Vision HDR, Intel’s 11th Gen CPUs
- ASUS Zephyrus G14 – $1,100, gaming system, 3.5 pounds, two-tone design
LG Unveils Purifier Mask
We knew it was just a matter of time before some tech company came up with a high-end purifying mask. LG has developed a rechargeable battery powered face mask that utilizes replaceable HEPA filters, variable speed fans, and a patented “Respiratory Sensor.” The idea is to provide a high-end product to breathe virus-free air. No price tag presented at this time.
- Mask offers an ergonomic and futuristic design for ultimate fit and comfort
- Charging container also uses UV-LED lights to clean and disinfect mask after use
- No medical certification has been provided to show slowing the spread of coronavirus
- Consumers can expect more of these tech-advanced masks in the near future
Ransomware on the Rise
At the start of 2020, the technology industry anticipated a large increase in ransomware attacks and that trend line has stayed true to form. We are witnessing attacks on private corporations, government entities, and non-profit organizations that have resulted in the pay out of billions and billions of payment or Bitcoin offerings.
- Ransomware is the most common threat facing organizations across all geographies
- Attackers continue to prey on the digitally vulnerable and big pocket books
- The war on cyber extortion continues to plague IT professionals and support staff
Prop 22 in California
With elections around the USA happening this week, a ticket item on the California voting ballots is Proposition 22 which will line out the fate of app-based drivers. The prop would classify gig workers as independent contractors, freeing tech companies of worker liability. On the other hand, a down vote would add more liability and costs to Uber, Lyft, and others.
- Regardless of vote, DoorDash and Postmates will find a way to operate in California
- App companies have spent $202M to pass this proposition, a considerable amount
- This debate dates back to Assembly Bill 5 and in the California Supreme Court
- Many are concerned over rising costs, worker protections, and driver availability
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