On Episode 357 of The Waves of Tech, we have a wide variety of topics to cover so sit back and enjoy the podcast! We kickoff the podcast by sharing some of the exciting announcements from WWDC, which includes a new iMac Pro, HomePod, and ARKit. Following up that discussion, we debate as to whether the lack of diversity in the top 5 tech firms is something to be bothered and worried about and whether it spells trouble in the near future. Next, we breakdown a case heading to the Supreme Court as they will decide how law enforcement may collect location data associated with criminal activity from a person’s smartphone. And finally, we share some cool details about collection air pollution data using Google Street View cars and how that approach is changing data and decisions. Thanks for tuning in! The Waves of Tech is powered by thewavesoftech.com – Modern Issues. Modern Discussions. Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.
On Monday, Apple help their World Wide Developers Conference and shared some exciting news products and services that their customer base will be enjoying soon. Here is a sneak peek into what they have planned and what was announced.
- HomeP0d – $349 home entertainment speaker built around Apple Music
- iMac Pro – $5,000 5K display, improved cooling capacity, 8-core Xeon processor 4TB of SSD, 128GB of ECC memory, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and built-in 10GB Ethernet
- New ARKit to let developers build augmented reality apps for the iPhone
- iOS 11 – improved Siri, automatic Do Not Disturb driving mode, iMessage features
Revenue From 5 Big Tech Companies
The debate rages on as to how diverse the large tech firms’ revenue streams are and whether that spells trouble in the future. We dismiss the pessimistic critics and believe companies can thrive on a single or only a few revenue sources. Here is a breakdown and hear our rationale.
- Facebook revenue – 97% Advertising. Alphabet – 88% Advertising
- Amazon – 72% Products, 18% Media, 9% Amazon Web Services
- Microsoft – 28% Office, 22% Server/Azure, 18% Other (not defined), 11% XBox, 9% Windows, 7% Ads, 5% Surface
- Apple – 63% iPhone, 11% Services, 11% Mac, 10% iPad
Supreme Court to Hear Case on Tracking Phone Location Data
The laws of the land typically cannot keep pace with the movement and speed of technological innovation and design. Case in point – law enforcement requests for phone location data on individuals associated with criminal activity. The Court will decide the legality of the action.
- Detroit law enforcement received 12,898 location data points for a robbery suspect
- The data points and locations were gathered in 2011 without warrants
- Court’s decision will set precedent on how police can use technology to gather evidence
- In 2014, the Court ruled cell phones are protected against warrantless searches
A Race to Develop Pollution Sensing Tech Plays Out in Oakland
Scientists in the City of Oakland have taken a few different approaches to gathering, crunching, and digesting air pollution data using various technological ways. One company uses sensors on fixed structures (schools, buildings, libraries) and another has partnered with Google Street View cars to gather mobile pollution data.
- Both options are scalable and could be used by other municipalities & interest groups
- Pollution data can be tracked, mapped, and shared by decision makers
- Data will allow us to track where, when, and how air pollution moves around a city
- Los Angeles and the Central Valley are next on the list of regions to be monitored