Combating Technology Addiction, Corporate Social Activism And New Generation Text Messaging

A group of former executives having formed a advocacy group to combat the growing teen smartphone and social media addiction issue. After the Parkland shooting, students are taking to social media to demand change regarding gun policy and organizing marches. Corporations are now denouncing and ending their relationship with the NRA as an act of corporate online social activism to a degree which we have never seen. Over 40 companies are pushing the latest in messaging technology – Rich Communication Service – that provide a richer experience overall. And finally, we take a look at Steve Jobs’ 1973 job application that is up for auction for $50,000.

Intel’s Olympics Drone Show, Olympians Train Using VR, Falcon Heavy, Equifax Hack is Back

First up, Intel’s impressive drone show during the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony caught the attention of many by setting a new World Record with 1,218 drones flying simultaneously. In preparing for the Olympics many athletes, including the US ski team, utilized virtual reality technology to train and prepare for their events. Falcon Heavy launched last week to much fanfare and celebration, proving that space exploration and scientific discovery is still only in its infancy. To those affected by the Equifax security hack, more troubles may be on the horizon as we learned the breach is more significant than previously reported.

Tesla’s Supercharger Stations And Why Alexa Didn’t Light Up During Super Bowl

The US Justice Department is charging two individuals for their involvement in a highly organized ATM jackpotting scheme for being in possession of over $9,000 cash and devices using for hacking. On the way to Vegas, Tesla has constructed another massive Supercharge power station for its consumers and they continue to build a network of electrical infrastructure. If you are curious why your Amazon Echo or Echo Dot did not trigger during the Super Bowl ad it’s because Amazon uses digital fingerprinting and audible command filtering technology to fix the potential interruption. During the Super Bowl, social media ruined a lot of the buzz, enjoyment, and entertainment. We share our thoughts on the state of social media and the negatives consequences of the platform. And finally, a Russian spam kingpin is being held in Federal court after Apple assisted agents with information from the hackers iCloud account.

Microsoft Emergency Update, Amazon HQ2 And Jackpotting

Microsoft issued an emergency update to their softwares after Intel’s buggy Spectre fix caused spontaneous rebooting, data loss, and complete PC failure. In their search to find the perfect location for HQ2, Amazon has narrowed the list of cities to 20. But, many are concerned about the e-commerce giant coming to their city and growing the housing crisis, increasing income inequality, and changing the real estate and affordable housing market. Jackpotting, the hacking scheme that spits out money from an ATMs as you walk by, is a growing trend in the United States. Financial institutions using outdated Windows XP software are being targeted. This is a growing concern since some banking companies are neglecting to upgrade their information technology infrastructure.

Spectre And Meltdown Explained. Amazon Go Opens.

We chatting about the major implications of Spectre and Meltdown. Both of these vulnerabilities in computer security are critical to understand, both from a technical side and a user security side. Spectre and Meltdown tear at the fundamental core of how we build and operate our computing systems over the past twenty years. Amazon Go opened in Seattle with much praise and excitement, showing that a grocery store can function without checkout lines and workers. Microsoft is attempting to capitalize in the classroom by introducing new laptops for educators and students. The question remains – why are they so late and why are they so behind. Montana introduces the first ever state based net neutrality regulations for ISPs to follow, a first major step in protecting equal access to information, data, and services

UberEATS Banned from School, Roku’s Smart Home Investment, and Facebook’s News Feed Change

We are back after a brief hiatus! We dive right into the decision from a high school to ban UberEATS from delivery food to students after it disrupted the classroom setting and created headaches in the office. Roku announced two new technologies that creates a new whole-home integrated home entertainment ecosystem made up of smart TVs, soundbars, voice assistant, and smart speakers. Facebook Pixel is causing major headaches for some users and we breakdown what you can do to fight back against advertisements and sponsored posts. And finally, Facebook has announced a major change to their News Feed function. The change is being touted as a win for their users but we are less than optimistic about the true end result.