On this special edition of The Waves of Tech, we are featuring conversations with organizers and attendees from the 2017 California STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Symposium. With these conversations you will learn a lot about the symposium from a variety of perspectives, such as the importance of collaborating in the educational tech space and the power of professional development. We cover a variety of relevant topics in education – preparing the future workforce, shaping lessons around existing real world problems, the power of creativity and imagination, problem solving, the changing landscape of science and accountability standards, and focusing on partnerships to advance education for students.
Over the weekend, Dave attended the STEAM Symposium with microphone and recorder in hand. Hear about the event and what’s coming the next two episodes. The net neutrality vote is this week and we are all bracing for what the future holds as it is expected that the FCC will rollback regulations governing the access to information and control data via the web. In a juggernaut battle, Amazon and Google are fighting which is hurting the consumers that use both their products and services. We cover details on what products and services are being blocked. In what should not be shocking news but many are seeing it as that, Netflix is collecting, analyzing, and using our viewing habits information. We explain why people momentarily freaked out about the news.
Blue Apron is continue to struggle with costs and profits since their technology IPO filing. The meal kit provider is losing customers but existing customers are spending more on average. The shift from traditional PC to hybrid devices continue. As industries shift focus, so does the market for laptops, detachable Windows-based devices, and Android tablets. With the holidays upon us, we share some fresh ideas for the tech or non-tech lover in the family. Gifts range from set-top boxes, VR headsets, smart speakers, and video doorbell devices. Lastly, texting turned 25 years old this week. A two-word text sent in 1992 has revolutionized the means in which billions of us communicate.
We are diving into some relevant stories hitting the tech headlines this week. In the biggest news this week, the FCC filed draft papers to essentially kill off existing net neutrality regulations. We provide a very in-depth look into what net neutrality is, what this means for users and business owners, and how our bottom lines may be affected. We share the story of a recreational drone pilot arrested for flying a drone over NFL stadiums in an attempt to drop politically charged leaflets. The Dish and CBS negotiations limited viewership over the Thanksgiving holiday for many customers and share a different side of the negotiation table that many have not. And finally, we shares some ideas on how you can be a technological resource this holiday season when around family and friends.
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.