This Week in Tech 673: The Prozac Dash Button

Reinventing Microsoft, Amazon’s push into healthcare, new Apple Maps, and more.

–Apple vs Samsung settled: our long international nightmare is over.
–A proposed US law has patent trolls jumping for joy.
–Amazon jumps into the healthcare business by buying online pharmacy PillPack.
–Foxcon’s new Wisconsin plant breaks ground.
–Yet another Facebook security breach, but this time a bug bounty program catches the leak.
–Twitter’s new Ad Transparency Center opens new avenues for journalists.
–The sky is falling in Fortnite.
–WPA3 could make Wi-Fi a lot more secure.
–California follows Europe down the data privacy road.
–Christina Warren knows all the Andromeda secrets, but she’s not talking.
–AOL Instant Messenger is reborn! –StumbleUpon is not. 😦

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This Week in Tech 670: Go Theranos or Go Home

–A New Tech Manifesto by Baratunde: how to reinvent social media to improve all our lives.
–Apple’s WWDC announcements: Screen Time restores balance to your life, memojis avoid the uncanny valley, ARKit 2 might (might) actually have usefull apps, Siri Shortcuts might (might) make Siri useful, macOS Mojave makes much-needed improvements to the Finder, tvOS gets Dolby Atmos.
–Gmail’s improved design is headed your way.
–Microsoft buys GitHub: how MS went from a Windows monolith to an open-source champion.
–Computex’s big announcements: Intel fudges some numbers, AMD’s new Threadripper 2, and ASUS put a computer in your computer so you can compute while you compute.

This Week in Tech 669: 15 Minutes of Fun

–Apple’s WWDC this week looks like it may be a disappointment for anyone hoping for new hardware.
–Facebook is killing its “Trending Topics” section.
–Teens prefer Instagram and Snapchat to Facebook; close to half are “almost constantly” online.
–The Atari VCS is coming soon for expensive retro gaming.
–Scooters and bikes are becoming a problem for San Francisco.
–The new emoji are coming!
–A Canadian Hacker gets 5 years for his part in the Russin-linked Yahoo breach.
–Microsoft is worth more than Google.
–Self-driving technology picks up speed as California ok’s free autonomous taxis.

This Week in Tech 667: Give Me your History Hat

Microsoft’s new Surface Hub 2. Google Duplex freaks everyone out. GDPR shouldn’t freak people out – unless you work in adtech. Fortnite is coming to Android. Apple caves in to China again, pays some Irish taxes, and goes shopping for a new campus. Washington D.C is full of Stingray spy devices. Yanny or Laurel: depends on your speakers. US Copyright laws may be extended to protect Mickey Mouse for 144 years.

This Week in Tech 666: Leave John Legend, Um, Alone!

ZTE shuts down, but help is on the way from an unlikely tweet. Google I/O shows off creepy robocallers and helpful directions. Microsoft Build brings Cortana/Alexa integration and the return of Kinect. Congress releases over 3500 Russian Facebook election ads. Cambridge Analytica “dies,” is reborn as Emerdata. Robocaller gets $120 million fine. Tesla hits a firetruck and sheds execs. You will be able to buy a Boston Dynamics robodog in 2019.

This Week in Tech 656: A Camel With Your Name on It

Surprise: young people use social more than the oldsters. Some of them even use Vero. Samsung Galaxy S9 takes top marks for display and camera. Google Fiber didn’t go quite as planned. Feds in your iPhone? It’s more likely than you think. Amazon buys Ring, can now see and hear everything. US vs Microsoft II: The Revenge of the Irish. GitHub gets gotten by the biggest DDoS EVER.

This Week in Tech 640: Stand Clear of the Closing Doors

DOJ suggests that phone encryption kills people. Facebook wants to see you naked. Apple gets ready for its best holiday ever. Twitter gets 50 character names to go with its 280 character tweets. XBox One X is the best game system out there. Bill Gates will build his own city. Car ownership will be a thing of the past in 5 years. Intel and AMD team up. Alibaba sells $25 billion worth of stuff in one day while America’s retail sector is tanking.

The New Screen Savers 130: The New Xbox One X

-Leo Laporte and Fr. Robert Ballecer, SJ check out the new Xbox One X. Samit Sarkar, Senior Reporter from Polygon joins us to talk about the new games, 4k with HDR gaming, and if it’s worth it without a 4K monitor.
– The holidays are approaching quickly and we’ve got not one, but two Holiday Gift Guides! Padre and Leo will fill your suitcase with travel gadgets. – Plus, Tim Stevens from CNET’s Roadshow has his top six car picks!
– Megan Morrone introduces us to Gitanjali Rao. She’s 11-years-old and won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. We’ll learn about the challenges to make her invention.
– In Call for Help, Padre explains how the Raspberry Pi Pi-hole adblocker works without slowing down your internet connection