On Episode 312 of The Waves of Tech, Facebook’s latest feature Safety Check is activated in response to the Orlando tragedy. Safety Check allows users to notify loved ones and friends that they are safe. There were plenty of cool announcements during Apple’s annual WWDC event, including updates to watchOS, tvOS, and more. Not to be outdone, Microsoft announced the purchase of LinkedIn and unveiled the new Xbox One S consoles.
We share a positive Ticketmaster customer service experience through the use of their online chat function. WalMart boosts their online presence through the introduction of their online grocery delivery service with a partnership with Uber, their WalMart Pay app, and statements from their CEO regarding the future of online retail. We also talk about a company we often do not discuss and that is eBay. eBay is making some very smart and insightful business decisions that may surprise you. And finally, the former Verizon “Can you hear me now?” guy has jumped ship to Sprint!
We consider Memorial Day, we also report on the number of opportunities nonprofits and entrepreneurs are creating to provide those returning from service and the battlefield with jobs in the tech industry. With Memorial Day just past us, we dive into the tech gadgets we are now using during holiday weekends and show how times have changed. Rounding out the podcast, we celebrate knowing that Podcasts was a category on Jeopardy and discuss the future TV licensing battle brewing between Roku and Google.
Microsoft, Google, and Amazon! Microsoft has committed itself to generating 50% of the energy used in their data server farms with renewable energies, like solar, wind, and hydropower. We tell you how are actions as consumers have made tech companies consider the renewables approach. Also, Microsoft is using some interested tactics to force users into upgrading to Windows 10. Google introduced a new device, Google Home, to compete directly with Amazon Echo. Home has very similar features as Echo but one major component is missing and we let you know. And finally, we discuss the new Kindle Oasis from Amazon. The latest line of Kindle products boosts over a month battery life and a new ergonomic design.
UPS is launching Follow My Delivery, which will bring us live mapping to track our packages. Twitter continues to struggle with stock prices, grabbing new users, time in app, and so much more. We examine why and how. On the other hand, Facebook continues to gain in popularity and we tell you how much CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes per day. And finally, Windows 10 is doubling it’s promoted apps in their Anniversary Edition.
On Episode 307 of The Waves of Tech, we dive into the battle surrounding Uber & Lyft in Austin. Voters took to the booths to vote on whether the ride-hailing companies can operate in their city. The decision may have some ripple effect through other cities. Also, The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway is a good insight into an online startup and what young and older workers bring to the workforce. A new browser is out, Brave, and it is super fast and removes malvertising that is designed to harm your system and your identity. Finally, Steve checks in with his latest tech toys – Echo Dot and a new drone. Thanks for tuning in and continue to ride…the waves of tech. And don’t forget to Keep on Techin’