On Episode 537 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving into some tech topics worth checking out. A newish app called Swimply is making waves as it offers homeowners the opportunity to rent out the backyards (pool, BBQ, spas, etc.) to visitors looking for a change of environment. The Pentagon has formally cancelled a $10 billion cloud computing contract with Microsoft raising more questions than answers. Virgin Galactic has made history with the success rocketing into space with the help of SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo then returning to Earth safe and sound.
We started this podcast in May 2009 and will be ending the podcast on August 31, 2021. After twelve years, thousands of hours of recording, and countless memories, it is time we walk away from the microphones. We will continue to release episodes until then. Thank you all for the continued support throughout the years!
Swimply – Profit off the Pool
Thousands of people have fun and entertaining backyards with pools, BBQs, sound systems, gazebos, and spas. These same people are now renting out their personal spaces through Swimply – an easy to use app for searching, reserving, and visiting fun backyards. For renters, get ready for a short stay-cation away from home. For owners, be sure to read the insurance policies to make sure what is covered and not covered.
Department of Defence Cancels JEDI
Over the past 18 months, we have covered the back and forth battle over the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract. Recent statements from the US Federal government state that Microsoft’s $10B award is now being cancelled after a few years of court battles with Amazon Web Services. This now opens the door for IBM, Google, and Oracle to get a piece of the contract pie. This decision is a shame because the cloud system infrastructure for the government is drastically out of date and security is paramount.
Branson & Company Prove Successful
Within the past few years, there have been several monumental and historical moments when it comes to commercial space flight. Virgin Atlantic is now part of the conversation as 5 employees of the company – Richard Branson, Beth Moses, Colin Bennett, Sirisha Bandla and pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci – launched into space safely and returned to Earth without issue. It is incredible to see the various ways to get to space and to witness the pace of invention and innovation.