We dive into international data protection laws, cover domestic issues on fake news, and share new unlimited data options. In the United Kingdom, the government is intending to enhance and improve personal data protection laws by making deep and sweeping changes. Forty years ago, NASA sent Voyager into space with a Golden Record that contains images, sounds, and voice recordings. Forty years later, we can send our own messages to Voyager. Facebook and Google are considering additional measures to control fake news. Fake news continues to make headlines globally. In closing, we break down T-Mobile’s new Unlimited 55+ Plan and share how the demographic are an essential component of today’s technological business and operation.
We dive into some tech platforms that are being sent to the grave and some that are being resurrected. First up, we share the ease and need for Anker Box – a new phone charging rental unit available in the metropolitan Seattle area. With the announcement that Apple would be soon discontinuing their line of iPod Shuffles and Nanos, we trace the history of the iconic portable media player and relive the meaning of the product line in music evolution. In similar fashion, Adobe Flash will be phased out over a three-year period as Adobe has seen an exponential drop in several industries using the media platform. Wrapping up the podcast, we explain why Pandora is experience exceptional growth due to the large influx of in-home voice activated speakers. Thanks for tuning in!
We kickoff the podcast sharing some quick tips to be aware of to avoid being scammed in your mobile app stores. Trust us, it’s a real thing. The rest of the podcast is dedicated to Amazon. Amazon Web Services handing out 19 grants for funding to improve city’s and businesses’ cloud based tools to improve public and transportation services. Amazon filed a trademark for a Meal-Kit that created a drop in Blue Apron’s stock by 12%, setting up a potential major move based on Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods. All this discussion leads to a question – Are there antitrust concerns with Amazon at this point?
Fox Sports main website have removed all written content, transitioning to a video only based format. Best Buy’s stock dropped 7% after Amazon announced a competing in-home network of installation professionals for smarthome devices to their consumer base. Amazon Prime Day is here and you can make the most out of the experience by checking out our recommendations. After seeing Blue Apron listed and valued as a technology company, we ask the not so easy to answer question – what makes a company a tech company? In an attempt to compete more directly in the cloud services industry, Microsoft is reorganizing their sales division to focus on large enterprise and small and medium sized businesses. Finally, a net neutrality day of action and protest is scheduled, where 170 companies will deliberately slow down their service to protest the FCC’s proposal and education their users on the impacts of that proposal.
The FCC announced a $120 million fine to a robocalling agency for using “neighborhood spoofing” in an attempt to scam nearly 100 million people into buying exclusive travel packages. Snapchat’s newest feature – Snap Maps – is location based function where users can share their location in real time with their friends. The feature is coming under attack from personal privacy and child safety groups. Sears, J.C. Penney, and many more companies are closing hundreds of brick-and-mortar stores as they attempt to reduce costs, become more profitable, and adapt to the online shopping experience. And finally, BioCatch is using personal biometrics and specific user behavior to fight fraud and authenticate user behavior, a trend that is growing in the changing world of cyber threats and security.
On Episode 359 of The Waves of Tech, it is all about unpacking and breaking down Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods for $13.7 billion in cash. Amazon is now directly positioned to heavily influence the grocery and market industry by owning nearly 500 brick-and-mortar grocery stores. Amazon may immediately look to introduce integration with their distribution channels and offer up delivery services for fresh foods and produce. Amazon has tinkered with highly automated store fronts, which means less jobs and a new look and feel to the stores. We are all anxious to see how the shopping experience will be transformed and whether that means lower prices at the checkout counter. We conclude the podcast by discussing the tech leaders that went to Washington D.C. to consider cybersecurity, failing infrastructure, and future tech trends and by sharing our stories of how a recent email migration went.