Donovan announces ending WGR’s run.
The full gang is back with Shae even in studio this time around to talk about a study that finds if you own an iPhone or iPad, then you’re rich, some California malls may be sharing their license plate tracking data with ICE (inadvertently), wearing a tie could be dangerous to your health, Amazon may be releasing a toy catalog for the coming holidays and a story that brought up the discussion of how we should be prepared and prepare others for handling our “digital identifies” after we pass beyond the rim (i.e. our digital legacy).
Sam and Donovan hold down the fort while Shae is away. Topics of discussion: Brave browser repeals and replaces ads, Facebook Groups testing a subscription feature (NO FACEBOOK ISN’T GOING TO A PAID SERVICE!), the world’s smallest “computer”, a win-win for privacy from the Supreme Court concerning your cellphone location data, YouTube adds a subscription model (hmmm…this sounds familiar) and a Gartner prediction that Microsoft will eventually make businesses opt for Office 365 (a subscription) instead of buying a one-time license.
Sam also talks about the ending of We Have Concerns podcast.
After a short hiatus, the entire gang is back! They start off the show discussing Amazon ending the Mayday live video support for Fire tablet devices; Facebook removing the Trending section on their site; new lifesaving features in iOS 12 will securely send your location data to 1st responders; Microsoft buys video discussion site Flipgrid (and makes it free); the WHO adds “gaming disorder” to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD); kids that almost ran their families into financial ruin with video games; Plume WiFi mesh routers can only be purchased with a yearly or lifetime subscription; Sam’s weird file; Donovan’s “Get Off My Lawn” segment dealing with Anchor; Netflix picks up Lucifer for it’s 4th season and Donovan recommend’s Stephen Fry’s The Great Leap years podcast.
Due to potential illness and job change, we won’t have an episode this week. Hope to be back next week!
It’s Sam and Donovan for this episode as life gets in the way for Shae (but he’s ok!). Donovan’s getting tired of the entire Samsung versus Apple patent lawsuits, Apple first accepts then rejects an app from Valve, third-party merchants are killing it on Amazon – but they’re also on Walmart (of all places!), Alexa records a private conversation and sends it along its way, some Windows 10 users are having problems with the 1803 update, Edge is still better at battery conservation, check your router — it may be hacked, some serious concerns about new EU proposed regulations — Donovan’s concern that something like them could happen here, Vermont takes charge against data brokers, if you loved SciFi in the 90s then you definitely loved Babylon 5 and it’s coming to Amazon Prime Video (if you don’t think it’s the best SciFi show from the 90s, don’t talk to Donovan), Pandora adds a family plan, the science (maybe) behind why an upcoming appointment makes us less productive and cryptocurrency mining may use up all the power!
The gang is back to discuss Google removing the “secure” indicator in Chrome (because the web SHOULD be secure or, at least, that’s what Google thinks), Google announces yet another name change/product change with YouTube Music and YouTube Premium, Google removes their famous “Don’t Be Evil” moniker from their code of conduct (but, really, it’s still there), did Google fake their Duplex demo? Be wary of Kickstarter projects as one just shut down that had almost $5 million dollars in funding (and no, supporters will NOT get their money back), Zuckerberg goes to the EU and wastes everyone’s time…again, and Microsoft is blocking Flash, Shockwave and Silverlight in Office 365 subscriptions because, well, you shouldn’t have those in your documents anyway!
On the security front, Amazon is selling facial recognition services to law enforcement, a Comcast bug let basically anyone get your Xfinity WiFi name and password and a company’s services was allowing law enforcement to bypass getting a warrant and immediately looking up where a person’s location was via their cell phone. Yay!
The show is rounded out by Donovan’s pet peeve of rating and comment sections of podcasts, a CBS show (Instinct) that he recommends and Sam alerts everyone to Doctor Who streaming on Twitch!
- Google to remove “secure” indicator from HTTPS pages on Chrome
- Cell phone tracking firm exposed millions of Americans’ real-time locations
- Google announces YouTube Music and YouTube Premium
- How a “location API” allows cops to figure out where we all are in real time
- Google Removes ‘Don’t Be Evil’ Clause From Its Code of Conduct
- Did Google Fake Its Duplex AI Demo?
- A company that raised over $3 million through crowdfunding has shut down, and nearly everyone who paid for its $200 headphones lost their money
- Comcast website bug leaks Xfinity customer data
- Zuckerberg’s EU meeting was mostly a waste of time
- Microsoft to Block Flash in Office 365
- Amazon is selling police departments a real-time facial recognition system
- CBS Show: Instinct
- Doctor Who Streaming on Twitch Starting May 29th!
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Donovan, Samuel and Shae discuss the latest quandary to hit the Internet — is it Yanny or Laurel? IBM decides to prohibit USB thumb-drives, SD cards, etc. from their offices; light could make computers faster; Verizon launches a new cell service; Google wants OEMS to do better at patching; old photocopiers have hard drives that hardly ever get wiped; Snapchat’s new unskippable ads; Tinder has a new albeit creepy location based feature; PGP flaws; Google One; how Microsoft has screwed up Skype; the moral implications of Google’s Duplex technology; Rick and Morty get more episodes; and the use of social media to try and get shows “uncanceled”. Plus a weird file from Sam!
- Google will soon require OEMs to roll out ‘regular’ Android security patches
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With a slightly new name and new recording time, Donovan, Sam and Shae dive into Microsoft wanting to do away with our need for passwords and Sam mentions how Steve Gibson has already been working on this (at least for websites – Microsoft is working on this for the desktop), the continuing controversy on should you have one or two spaces behind that period at the end of a sentence (and Donovan admits he’s old school, won’t change and two spaces is the ONLY RIGHT WAY to do it) – you can just imagine how this discussion went among the three, the Apple iMac celebrated its 20th birthday back on Sunday (May 6th) and the guys discuss how much of a game changer this was and the funny commercials that had Jeff Goldblum fronting for Apple. Pirate Radio on YouTube? Yep, it’s a thing as some folks have figured out how to play/beat the YouTube algorithm and make up to $5k per month streaming their very own 24/7 audio feed of various musical styles (pirate radio lives!). Were you aware that those “Warranty Voided if Removed” stickers were illegal? Yeah, neither did the guys, but they do now!
There’s a quicks story about someone buying a brand new 26 year old copy of Sonic 2, Google is creating/backing something called Arcade and Sam talks about some Big Finish news with River Song! Enjoy!
The guys are back to talk about the 25th anniversary of the birth of the web, or rather the first popular browser, Mosaic, which gave way to Netscape, etc. Amazon introduces another way to deliver, this time to your car; Amazon ups the cost of Prime, again; tech support scams see an increase; a mobile driver’s license trial in Delaware; Uranus does stink and Ben Brode leaves Blizzard. There’s some other stuff as the guys go off the rails, as they typically do, so enjoy!
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