World Backup Day, Toys R’ Us Closures, Ford Dealerships Online, Apple’s Families Page

On Episode 393 of The Waves of Tech, we are diving into another wide variety of topics impacting you are a consumer and user of tech.  Data loss is very common and strikes at inopportune times, causing stress and anxiety. With that said, March 31 is World Backup Day so join the movement!  Toys R Us, an iconic American toy store, is officially closing after 70 years of service after failing to adapt to digital commerce. Ford is making a major change in the way buyers may purchase their vehicles – online dealerships with locked-in pricing, real time inventories, and no awkward sales interactions.  Apple has developed a ‘Families’ page to provide resources to families on data control, website access, and privacy. The Waves of Tech is powered by thewavesoftech.com – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions.  Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

World Backup Day – March 31st

That’s right!  Everything has a day and World Backup Day is coming Saturday, March 31st.  As the organizers state on their website, “It’s not only a day for backing up your personal data, but it’s also a day to talk about the enormous task of preserving our increasingly digital heritage and cultural works for future generations.”

  • Be sure to spread the word and share the news with friends and family
  • Encourage everyone to backup their computers, tablets, phones, and data
  • Data loss due to failure, accidents, and theft is more common than most think
  • Stolen phones, virus infection, and catastrophic loss is a realistic thing

A Classic Shuts Down – Toys R Us Closes

In the age of digital commerce and online ordering, we often experience companies that file for bankruptcy and close their doors for good if they don’t respond to current market trends.  Toys R Us is one of the companies, closing over 900 stores in the USA and UK. A once prominent fixture in the toy and gaming industries has never recovered in today’s market.

  • Other storefronts internationally are set to be liquidated as well
  • The CEO states the company is profoundly sad day for millions of kids and families
  • The company provided memories, toys, gifts, and more for over 70 years
  • This is the final set of large retail stores solely focused on toys and games

Ford’s Big Push to Shifting Dealerships Online

There are several online car dealerships that are tremendously popular – Carmax, Carvana, Enterprise, and TrueCar.  The one thing we haven’t seen is a major domestic car manufacturer make a major push to online dealership options. Ford has finally made that step this year and is now offering a new online sales experience.

  • Customers will see inventory, pricing options, trade-in values, and locked-in pricing
  • This should be popular with those that do not enjoy negotiating and bargaining
  • Online shopping offers those in remote and rural regions an economical buying option
  • Ford may want to consider adding a sales-bot function to enhance the experience

Apple’s Families Page

After some significant negative coverage over the past few years regarding the company’s need to provide better control over devices for children, Apple launched their ‘Families’ page.  The page offers resources to parents and guardians related to privacy, content filtering, location services, and managing in-app purchases.

  • Tools to limit use and duration of use are growing in popularity and demand
  • Website restrictions can be controlled, monitored, limited, and filtered
  • iCloud accounts manage and provide a safe place for photos, music, and movies
  • It’s a step in the right direction to provide direction in a complicated world of technology

CUE Conference in Palm Springs

Dave attended CUE (Computer Using Educators) in Palm Springs last week.  With microphone and recorder in hand, he interviewed a variety of attendees and vendors.  Attendees shared their thoughts on the current state of technology in education, what lessons have been learned at the conference, and what products they intend to use.  Over the next two weeks, you will hear these conversations and learn a lot about educational technology.

Resources

World Backup Day

Toys R’ Us Closing all stores

Ford Dealerships Online

Apple’s New Families Page

CUE Organization & Spring CUE in Palm Springs

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