Odorless and Weightless Hackers – This Week in Tech 687

Chinese Spy Chips, Microsoft Highs and Lows, Pixel 3 Event Predictions, and More! Bloomberg reports that China used tiny chips to spy on Apple, Amazon, and the US government. Apple and Amazon deny it. How do we know who is right? All the news from the Microsoft Surface event, plus some rumors of what was supposed to be there but wasn’t. Windows 10 update deletes people’s files. What we expect this Tuesday at Google’s Pixel 3 Event. Amazon raises its minimum wage to $15/hr, kills stock options and bonuses. Facebook hacked by “odorless and weightless hackers.” CA passes new laws restoring Net Neutrality and banning bots that pretend to be human. Presidential Alert hits phones nationwide.

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Older Than the Mini Jack – This Week in Tech 686

Facebook breach, Elon’s costly tweet, Google turns 20, and more.

–How to tell if your Facebook account is one of the 50 million that were hacked this week
–Why the founder of Instagram left Facebook
–“Funding secured” tweet costs Elon Musk his chairmanship and $40 million
–Google turns 20 –More leaks from Google’s upcoming October 9th event
–Amazon gives $1 million to Wikimedia
–FCC fines robo-caller $37.5 million
–Did you register to vote on Snapchat?
–Web creator Tim Berners-Lee has a plan to fix the Internet

This Week in Tech 685: Emotional Support Ham

Apple Watch and heart health, Magic Leap first look, your future Amazon House, and more.

• iPhone XS and XS Max are flying off the shelves (especially in Santa Rosa).
• Pixel 2 camera beats the iPhone XS.
• Why the dual-sim iPhones are a bigger deal than you think.
• (Heart) doctors hate it! Apple Watch’s one weird ECG trick.
• Elon Musk introduces the first SpaceX moon passenger, DOJ introduces a criminal investigation to Musk.
• Amazon introduces a slew of new Alexa devices in its continuing mission to control everything in your home (including you).
• Magic Leap One first look: nobody should buy it, but it is absolutely the future.
• Happy 10th anniversary, T-Mobile G1! We have come full circle: the first android phone didn’t have a headphone jack, either.
• Google’s plans for China, and China’s plans for the world.
• John Hancock won’t sell you life insurance unless you strap on a fitbit or Apple Watch.
• Coding error scraps Subaru Ascent.
• Salesforce’s Mark Benioff buys Time magazine.
• Freezing your credit report is now free thanks to a new law.

This Week in Tech 679: Hotbox the Waymo

This Week in Tech

Galaxy Note 9, vote hacking, Android Q quandary, robot dogs, and more.

–Samsung Announces the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Home musical cauldron.
–What is AI?
–Self-driving roll-out is increasing.
–Amazon wants you to pick up groceries at Whole Foods, and wishes you would shop more using Alexa.
–Twitter refuses to drop Alex Jones and InfoWars.
–Microsoft preserves Skype Classic.
–11-year-old hacks Florida voting systems at DefCon and other voting security woes.
–Boston Dynamics is pumping out SpotMinis.

This Week in Tech 675: This Show Does Not Care About Humans

Amazon’s juggernaut, HBO vs Netflix, Musk madness, and more.

–Do Apple’s new MacBooks fix the company’s keyboard woes?
–Amazon Prime Day starts tomorrow. Will it be worth the hype? Will it push Amazon’s share of the e-commerce market past 50%?
–Folding tablets. Phones with 9 cameras. What is next?
–Will AT&T destroy HBO by trying to expand it?
–Fortnite takes the World Cup Final by storm.
–Balance is restored to Reddit.

This Week in Tech 674: Go Dung Beetles!

Survival of the Richest, Failing Facial Recognition Tech, /r/thanosdidnothingwrong, and More!

— Billionaires prepare for the coming apocalypse: have you bought your missile silo condo yet?
— London police’s facial recognition fail: pilot program results in 98% false positive rate, zero arrests.
–Amazon expanding its cashierless Amazon Go stores.
–Celebrity impersonators, mob justice, and more reasons to stay off social media.
— Prime Day coming on July 16th.
— Netflix’s 2018 content budget expands to $13 billion.
–Thanos inspires Reddit’s biggest ban ever.

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. 😦

This Week in Tech 672: Meme the Queen

Two HUGE Supreme Court decisions, Apple admits its keyboards suck, Europe’s war on memes, and more.

— The US Supreme Court kills warrantless cell phone location fishing and okays state sales taxes on internet purchases.
— Apple offers refunds on MacBook butterfly keyboard repairs and wants to let you use your iPhone to unlock your car.
— Amazon wants to put Alexa in your hotel room, and everywhere else.
— Professional videogames are going mainstream, with huge stadiums and $100 million prizes.
— A proposed European Union copyright law will declare war on memes.
— IGTV is Instagram’s attempt to jump on the online video bandwagon.
— Plus: transhumanism, Domino’s as an infrastructure company, and IBM’s new debate robot!

This Week in Tech 668: How Many Cups in a Stone?

–The FBI wants you to reboot your router right now. FBI agents have gained control of a huge Russian botnet. If your router is affected you just need to reboot it.
–Facebook and Russian ads – how should government react in the age of cyber warfare?
–Amazon sells facial recognition software to law enforcement officials. Is this an invasion of privacy, or a good example of public/private cooperation?
–Alexa records a couple’s conversation and sends it to a friend. Amazon has a convoluted explanation, but it may just come down to odds.
–Google’s AI can order you food, but Microsoft’s can check in on your feelings, at least in China.
–GDPR confusion takes news sites offline and sparks billions of dollars worth of lawsuits.
–Disney’s bid to buy Fox gets some competition from Comcast. Does this mean that Hulu is doomed?
–Senators call for investigation into fake pro-net neutrality comments
–Three charged in swatting death