Social Media – Your Feed Your Rules

On Episode 475 of the Waves of Tech, we are diving into some interesting technology topics! Twitter announced their plans to conduct beta testing to allow users to control their replies and responses through filtering settings in an attempt to limit harassment and abuse. Windows 7 technical support and security updates ended this week, signaling the end of an era and the call to upgrade systems. Apple and the United States Department of Justice are at each other’s throats once again as they defend the work each one is doing related to a naval air station shooting.

Twitter’s Beta Conversation Controls

During their presentation at CES in Las Vegas, Twitter announced the roll-out of new conversation features that include the option to limit replies. With harassment and abuse rampant, this will solve a major problem for users, verified accounts, and celebrities. However, many are criticizing the beta as limiting the ability to fact-check and debate false claims.

  • “Global” lets anybody reply to your tweets; “Group” is for people you follow and mention
  • “Panel” is people you specifically mention in the tweet
  • “Statement” simply allows you to post a tweet and receive no replies
  • Beta testing ongoing with full rollout of features expected in Q3 or Q4 2019

Windows 7 Support is Over Forever

Everyone knew today was coming, and it is finally here. Windows has formally and officially ended support for Windows 7 in compliance with their Fixed Lifestyle Policy. With the news, the software giant will no longer provide security fixes and updates or technical support. If you know anyone on Windows 7, be sure to have them upgrade today to Windows 10 for $139.

  • The biggest reason to upgrade is security due to vulnerabilities out there now
  • Microsoft orchestrated a free upgrade to Windows 10 but few took that offer
  • Windows 7 played an important and pivotal role in enterprise and personal computing
  • Windows 10 continues to improve with every update with strong security protocols

Apple & Department of Justice at a Crossroads

In the aftermath of the early December shooting at a naval air station in Pensacola, Florida, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) looked to Apple to assist with gaining access into a phone used by a shooter. The DOJ is saying Apple isn’t doing enough. Apple is saying they provided assistance when requested. A very public comment sessions in now ongoing.

  • The two actors are in no way working collaboratively to assist with the investigation
  • Attorney General Barr stated, “Apple has not given us any substantive assistance”
  • Apple commented back that assistance was provided within hours to the DOJ
  • The inability to work collectively is frustrating, infuriating, and reckless

Resources & Links

Controlling Twitter responses
Windows 7 EOF
Apple & DOJ Debate Continues

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