When a personal health issue arises, we look to technology to help us out. In this specific case, sleep technology is advancing the ability to monitor and improve overall health. If you are a Dish Network customer, beware that blackout may be occurring across the stations of CBS and the two battle through a contract negotiation process. Honda and Facebook are teaming up to reach drivers that have yet to replace their faculty airbag systems by using targeted advertising and matching up encrypted email addresses. The AT&T and Time Warner merger is being halted as the Department of Justice sue to block the move, citing lack of technological innovation, antitrust concerns, and lack of consumer savings.
We are diving into all things tech this week sharing the stories and experiences affected the lives of consumers and users of technology. We begin by sharing some personal victories and nightmares of travel tech – including cool apps, nightmare customer service with Hotels.com, and traffic camera technology. Many tech companies and a former CEO, Bill Gates, are investing heavily in a new smart city in Arizona that will be designed from the ground up with high-speed networks, autonomous vehicles, high-speed digital networks, and autonomous logistics hubs, shortened commutes, and safer streets in mind. And finally, the increase from 140 to 280 characters has some users up in arms and we try to explain what is happening and why.
We are very excited to have Matt Markstone, an Instructional Technology Coordinator and history teacher, join the podcast as the three of us dive into a great conversation about educational technology (EdTech) – what it’s like to be in the trenches of the industry and what it takes for educators and students to succeed. Technology has the ability to dramatically alter the manner in which we teach, learn, and grow. Educators are finding new methods to innovate lesson plans, incorporate educational standards with technology, and create a vibrant learning environment. Students are using technology and learning to improve their social, writing, critical thinking, and communications skills. Hear first hand from Matt Markstone about the amazing events happening in EdTech.
Amazon Key was announced by the online retail giant, which allows customers to authorize access to their homes for the delivery of packages. Letting Amazon into your home could either be safe or completely insane. New advancements in the smartwatch industry are offering those with visually impairments an opportunity to own and operate a Braille integrated device. As customer service continues to take a downward spiral in some tech fields, we are sharing recent service disaster and where it’s going from here. To wrap up, the Sprint and T-Mobile merger talks have been tabled for now with very little promise in the future.
We have you covered from Wi-Fi attacks to Initial Coin Offerings, from rewards programs to walking while texting. The Krack Attack last week, which focused on hacking a level of Wi-Fi encryption, should not affect many of us but it is good to be educated and understand what happened and how to protect ourselves. The latest trend in startup investment is Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). ICOs are designed around the creation and purchasing of a new cryptocurrency as an investment technique that is proving to be embraced and controversial. Loyalty and rewards programs are beginning to boom again thanks to changes in customer behaviors and companies realizing the power of app-based rewards programs. And finally, walking while texting in a crosswalk will leave your pocketbook a bit little in Honolulu to the tune of a $35 citation.
We are exploring the reality of social media backlash as a restaurant in Tucson is forced to permanently close its doors after sharing politically charged statements on Facebook. With an ever growing subscriber base, Netflix is set to spend $6 billion in 2018 for original programming, creating an increase in pricing and a hand full of questions from us. Samsung is the latest electronics firm to invest heavily in online TV, putting them in the conversation as telecom firms continues to tighten up relationships with on-demand service providers. And finally, another telecommunication merger is on the horizon and could spell a small shakeup in the industry.