AT&T Time Warner Merger, 21st Century Fox, and General Motors Transformed

A United States federal judge approved the merger of AT&T and Time Warner Cable. In effect, AT&T owns distribution, content, and media rights to nearly 100 companies across the world.  Moreover, Comcast and Disney are battling for the acquisition of a 21st Century Fox stake to add additional content and rights to the asset class. This all may spell trouble for consumers as net neutrality regulations are set to expire thanks to the Federal Communication Commission.  Next, the CIO of General Motors has transformed the Information Technology branch of the company in just under five years by insourcing over 10,000 jobs and focusing on innovation, research, and development. Lastly, we share a personal story of how one single app is changing the life of addiction.

Summit Supercomputer, The Gig Economy, And Astra Labs Apps Are Saving Lives

The United States is now owner to the most powerful supercomputer in the world – Summit. The computer has the ability to compute 20 quadrillion calculations in just one second and is optimized for artificial intelligence specific applications. The gig economy is changing the way people lives their lives, travel, and earn an income. A couple is using Rover and Taskrabbit to earn a living while traveling around the in their RV. In 2015, a young teen struggling with depression and attempted suicides created an app to serve as a resource for others battling the same. Three years later, Amanda Southworth is changing the app space with her purposefully built apps. Finally, the VPNFilter malware infection has moved across international borders and has infected 500,000 devices.

L’Oreal Buys Augmented Reality Company, Chrome’s HTTPS Default Setting, and New iPhone Features

We dive into what the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are and how it is affecting companies, benefiting consumers, and changing the definition of personal data. L’Oreal, the French health and beauty giant, is adapting their digital strategy to include augmented reality to allow their customers the ability to virtually try-on makeup and hair products. The United States’ Senate passed a resolution to reinstate the Open Internet Order, with little hope of it moving forward. Google has made the decision to transition Chrome to the default HTTPS setting in September and October. Finally, iOS 12 was announced and new features such as Siri Shortcuts, Measure, Screentime, and Group FaceTime are here.

Adobe Creative Cloud for Educators, Senate Forces Net Neutrality Vote, and Square Acquisitions

Adobe is offering the suite of Creative Cloud to educators for an absurd discount – $5 per student per year. Students will have access to Lightroom, Audition, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, and more. In net neutrality news, the United States Senate has forced a vote on the floor to reinstate the 2015 Open Internet Order. The ongoing battle over net neutrality between the FCC, the federal government, states, general public, and the tech industry is quickly coming to a boil. Square, the popular payment services company, recently acquired Weebly. The companies form a solid partnership providing a comprehensive solution for business owners and individuals growing their brand, business, and income.

Episode 400 Celebration, Twitter Passwords, Android Controls And Microsoft’s Future

We are celebrating another milestone on the podcast – the 400th episode! Over ten years ago, we hit record with no idea of where this podcast would go and it’s been an adventure. First up, we discuss how tech has changed since our first episode and then dive into a celebration of the iMac turning 20 years old this month. Last week, Twitter internally exposed the passwords of their 330 millions users. We tell you what you need to know and what to do to protect yourself. Google is set to announce a new set of controls for individuals to help manage phone use. In Microsoft news, the new Your Phone app for Windows 10 provides a direct mirror of your phone straight to a desktop PC, allowing users to access texts, photos, and notifications. In addition, we dissect the future direction of Microsoft as their position in the tech industry has drastically shifted with CEO Satya Nadella at the helm. Finally, we offer up a 6 minute audio collage spanning the last 399 episodes.

Apple Leaked Memo, Amazon Prime Rate Hike and T-Mobile & Sprint Merger

Apple has issued a memo (which was in fact leaked) warning employees that the leaking of confidential and sensitive information is punishable with termination, fines, jail time, and more. The cost of your Amazon Prime membership has been increased by 20% after Amazon executives stated that more digital, shipping, and delivery options are rising in cost. T-Mobile and Sprint announced a multi-billion dollar merger that would instantly rank the new company as the second largest mobile provider in the nation. With the promise of 5G investment and better capabilities, the industry may be in for a major shakeup.