Amazon Echo Show, Ransomware Attacks And Apple R&D Investments

We kick off the podcast with Amazon’s announcement of the Amazon Echo Show, their newest in-home entertainment devices which may drive smart home technology integration, shows you news video highlights, allows you to make hands-free video calls, and much more. Kaspersky Labs, a Russian cyber-security firm is being unfairly questioned by US Senators about their reported role in Russian attacks. Following that discussion, we dissect another ransomware attack that hit Russian, British, Korean, and French systems last week. We change direction and discuss how we can get back to the basics of human interaction and emotion, relying less on computing technology and communication. And finally, Apple is investing heavily in US manufacturing, jobs, products, and salaries which all spells to a future of quality mobile computing devices.

Landline phones, Mother’s Day Flowers, Microsoft in Education, and USA Today Fighting Bots

Mother’s Day options, Microsoft’s education initiative, and fighting bots on Facebook. We kick off the show by discussing a major milestone in the United States – for the first time, cell phones as the primary device in the home have now surpassed landline use. We debate the need for one, the other, or both. Next, don’t forget about Mother’s Day. We found out Amazon Prime members has access to their Floral Delivery service which is a great gift for mothers and grandmothers. We then venture into education, where the battle between Microsoft and Google continues. Microsoft released Windows 10S, which will prove beneficial in their quest to remain dominant in education, capture new users, and compete against Chromebooks. And finally, USA Today has discussed the issues of bots and fake user accounts on Facebook with the FBI.

Healthcare Fraud, ESPN Layoffs, Webroot And Facebook Targets Youth

On Episode 352 of The Waves of Tech, we are discussing a wide range of topics including healthcare fraud, ESPN layoffs, Webroot problems, and Facebook targeting youth. To kickoff th show, we share recent and personal experiences in dealing with questionable statements from healthcare providers and the steps we can all take to keep ourselves, our finances, and our personal information safe. ESPN laid off hundreds of workers again, bringing into questions the path the sports media giant has chosen to take both in traditional and digital media. We dissect how cord cutting, high cable subscription fees, and TV rights factor into the equation. Webroot, the popular antivirus program, rolled out an update that identified Windows programs and files as threats and quarantined many of them! The issue lasted only 13 minutes, but that’s enough time to hit social media. And finally, Facebook and a hired research firm are being questioned about collecting emotional data from young users and then engineering that data for marketing purposes. Thanks for tuning in! Enjoy the podcast and continue to ride…The Waves of Tech.

Email Migration, ShotSpotter, Bye Bye Passwords And Yahoo Execs Out

We dive into the world of email migration, as Dave and his office move from GroupWise Novell to Office365 Outlook. There will be bumps and roadblocks along the way, but ultimately the migration will be worth it. ShotSpotter Technology was used last week in the City of Fresno, to geolocate gun fire resulting from an individual’s attempt to take several lives. The technology triangulates gun fire and provided law enforcement with actionable, real-time data. Microsoft is moving toward the elimination of passwords with the introduction of their Authenticator App, which enables the second layer of two-factor authentication and smartphone approval so that a password is not used at all. And finally, several Yahoo executives are being fired as a result of the Yahoo-AOL merger known as Oath (a Verizon Company). Marissa Mayer and other top senior executives will be leaving their offices comes June.

Facebook Murder Video, Burger King Ads, Newspaper Tech, and HP at Coachella.

In terrible and difficult news, a man videoed himself murdering an elderly man and then posted the video to Facebook, calling into question Facebook’s policies and our roles as social media users. Next, Burger King is trying to capturing your Android device’s attention by using “OK Google” to tell you about their Whopper burger line. Over the weekend, we picked up a newspaper (yep, a newspaper) and share the stories of tech that covered the headlines of the business section. And concluding the podcast, HP took over the Coachella Music and Arts Festival with a 60-foot dome, product displays, and a 360-degree portrait concept. Thanks for tuning in!

MBAs For Hire, Hackers Sound Alarms And FCC Says No Cell Phones

We touch on the growing retail business of Apple as they venture deeper into Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. The tech industry is investing heavily in a new type of hire – MBAs from prestigious business schools from across the US and it is having an impact around the business and tech fields. Hackers in the Dallas area sounded 156 emergency alarms late at night, causing fright, stress, and reaction from Dallas city officials and residents. And finally, the FCC is moving to ban a 2013 proposal that would allow passengers to make Wi-Fi enabled mobile calls while in air.