Sprint and T-Mobile make it official. Amazon, Google, and Facebook all have amazing quarterly earnings reports. Amazon’s home robot and the battle for smart home supremacy. Facebook’s community guidelines. Golden Gate Killer found with open source DNA site. Who wants Snap’s second generation Spectacles? Apple’s rumored AR/VR headset. What tech brings you joy?
Security conference season in full swing. iPhone X takes over a third of ALL smartphone profits. Google tries to fix messaging again. Who do you trust with your data? IRS servers down on Tax Day. SCOTUS dismisses DOJ vs Microsoft: CLOUD Act makes it moot. Twitter bans ads from Kaspersky.
This week we discuss “DrupalGeddon2”, Cloudflare’s new DNS offering, a reminder about GRC’s DNS Benchmark, Microsoft’s Meltdown meltdown, the persistent iOS QR Code flaw and its long-awaited v11.3 update, another VPN user IP leak, more bug bounty news, an ill-fated-seeming new eMail initiative, Free electricity, a policy change at Google’s Chrome store, another “please change your passwords” after another website breach, a bit of miscellany, a heart-warming SpinRite report, some closing the loop feedback from our terrific listeners, and a closer look at the Swiss encrypted ProtonMail service.
HomePod should have been delayed longer. Elon Musk’s rollercoaster week: Falcon Heavy sends a Tesla to Mars just as Tesla has its worst quarter ever. iPhone boot code leaked online. Chrome will shame insecure websites. YouTube suspends Logan Paul for generally being a horrible human being. Rethinking Facebook and Google. T-Mobile warns of phone hacking scam. Uber settles with Waymo. ESPN’s new streaming service will not show ESPN.
Tech ads in the Superbowl. Elon Musk’s “Not-a-Flamethrower.” Apple, Google, and Amazon quarterly results. What are Amazon’s health plans? What game company will Microsoft buy next?
EVs and self-driving cars at CES and the Detroit Auto Show. The first cashierless Amazon Go shop opens January 22nd. Apple HomePod is nearly here. Apple hands out $2500 employee stock bonuses as part of its huge cash repatriation plan. Google wants your selfies. Facebook wants you to tell it what “high quality” news is. Twitter emails 677,775 users to tell them that they shared Russian scams.
FCC cancels Net Neutrality and Ajit Pai mocks protesters. Apple’s new iMac Pro costs a minimum of $4999 and goes up from there. Disney buys 21st Century Fox, gaining X-Men, Fantastic Four, and A New Hope, along with a 60% share of Hulu. Google cancels Tango as ARCore picks up steam. As public sentiment against it grows, even Facebook admits that Facebook is bad for you. Uber spies on everybody. Tweet storms made easy. Mirai botnet that took down huge swathes of the internet was built by college kids to cheat at Minecraft. Patreon apologizes. Secret Pentagon UFO program revealed.
Cyber Monday was Amazon’s biggest day ever, but Jeff Bezos still lost his $100 Billion dollar crown. Apple fixes an ugly macOS security flaw, but then immediately breaks the fix. Google finally figures out how to make hamburgers and beer. Uber is still incredibly crooked. Bitcoin clears $10,000. Elon Musk is sending a Roadster to Mars and discovering a sunken city in Chicago. The US Supreme Court will decide if the Fourth Amendment applies to your phone.
– It’s a Pixel party! Jason Howell and Leo Laportea have all the new Google gear. We’ll take a look and review the Pixel 2 XL, Pixelbook, and Pixel Buds.
– Jason shows Leo how to record multitrack music with the Spire Studio from iZotope. Find out more about the Spire Studio at http://spire.live/
– In our Holiday Gift Guide, Charlie Hall from Polygon joins us with his picks for best video games.
– The Noon system is a new take smart lights. It uses switches that can figure out what kind of bulbs you have in your house and control them. Megan had them installed in her kitchen, and you’ll see how they work.
– Jason gives us a first look at the OnePlus 5T smartphone – Telsa announces big rig, the Semi, and their new Roadster.
The New York Times clamps down on social media. Twitter will clamp down on hate. Qualcomm drags China into its fight with Apple. Google drags Target into its fight with Amazon. TransUnion drags itself into everyone’s fight with Equifax. Oculus announces a wire-free VR headset. Shell buys into electric charging. Atari 2600 turns 40. US vs Japan giant robot fight go!