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 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.
Chevrolet and Shell have partnered to provide drivers to ability to pay for gas inside their vehicle via the infotainment center. With a modest rollout in three cities, look for the nationwide announcement soon. The state of California is moving forward with their own version of net neutrality in response to the FCC’s rollback of internet protections earlier this year. The Hubble Space Telescope celebrated 28 years in orbit this week. The telescope has amazed scientists, astronomers, and enthusiasts with its brilliant and stunning photographs of the depths of space. Google plans to introduce an app across its systems, Chat, to compete with and eventually end SMS messaging.
Facebook Messenger is a great way to communicate, and in this story Steve shares how the application brought together friends that haven’t spoken in 25 years. Apple Music continues its accelerated growth in the streaming service market, boasting a subscribing base of over 40 million, and becoming more and more competitive with Spotify. In Australia, a 57 year old victim’s Apple Watch data was used to solve her 2016 murder. ESPN has entered the digital content streaming business with ESPN+, which will offer a variety of sports content to users that do not have a traditional cable package. Finally, the end of passwords may be on the horizon with the introduction of WebAuthn, a global effort to bring simpler yet stronger web authentication to users.
Google has removed the ‘View Image’ function, safeguarding image rights and limiting image piracy, after after facing an antitrust lawsuit filed by Getty Images. The State of Oregon has signed a bill enacting their own form of net neutrality that prohibits state agencies from working with internet providers that choose to throttle websites, limit access, and treat traffic unequally. Dubai is running a test program for digital license plates that is being aimed at reduced emergency response time and quickening fee collection. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg sat in the hot seat during his Senate testimony this week and earned major points with his responses and genuine message.
The Facebook data mishandling is still at the top of the discussion list as we share our thoughts on the matter, how that fits into their business model, and why things will not change. A number of technology companies played pranks on April Fools’ Day, creating some fun and entertaining concepts on social media that had customers laughing. A UK-led experiment is tackling the problem of the millions of items of space junk floating in orbit causing several safety and hazard situations. And finally, we feature four exhibitor interviews from the CUE18 conference including discussions on adapting devices into powerful learning tools, flexible seating, creating engaging presentations, and classroom management software.