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!
The guy who created the like button now says it’s dangerously addictive. Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos says press doesn’t understand how hard it is to prevent voter manipulation. Yahoo admits that hack perpetrated under Yahoo Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos impacted all 3 billion Yahoo users. Google heats up the home voice assistant war, but can it catch up with Alexa? And does Apple even have a chance as Siri turns 6? Google puts another stake in the headphone jack. Equifax gets a $7.5 million contract with the IRS. Kaspersky antivirus, the NSA, and the Russian government. Slashdot turns 20. AOL Instant Messenger is finally dead.
Is the iPhone X killing iPhone 8 sales? How do you turn on the FM chip in the iPhone 8? (You can’t.) How do you turn off the Bluetooth in the Apple Watch (You can , but it’s harder than you think.) How do you turn off Wi-Fi and LTE on the Apple Watch 3? (Just walk into a Starbucks.) Google is about to announce a whole slew of Pixel products. Amazon just announces a whole slew of Echo products. Microsoft and Facebook just laid a 160TB slew of transatlantic cable. Are tech companies’ tax-avoiding ways about to get them in real trouble?
Uber’s new CEO says that there is a “high cost to a bad reputation” after London kicks it to the curb. Apple’s iPhone 8 comes out to less fanfare than usual; Apple Watch has LTE issues. ARKit’s first wave of apps is out, and Robert Scoble is severely underwhelmed. Google aqui-hires HTC’s Pixel team for over a billion dollars. Equifax: what now? CCleaner malware: who was it targeting? Facebook, Google, and Twitter allow ad targeting for racist terms – has the algorithm gone amok? What is the best thing for a nine-year-old to start learning now to keep from being one of the billion people who lose their jobs in the coming decades?
Apple’s new iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X don’t win over the TWiT panel. Will Google’s Pixel 2? Facebook’s election-rigging issues won’t go away. Google appeals a record fine from the EU just as it gets a new pay discrimination suit here at home. Bodega is in the news for the first and only time. The cryptocurrency bubble starts to pop. Equifax is the security story that keeps on giving… your data away.
Apple will release the new iPhones on Tuesday. Thanks to leaks, we already know most of the details – does this spoil Apple’s big day? Red Sox busted for using Apple Watch to steal signals from the Yankees. Moto X4 will be an Android One phone. Google may buy HTC. Equifax leaks 143 million records, wait more than a month to tell anyone. Facebook finally admits that Russians bought $100,000 worth of election ads. Solaris employees laid off from Oracle. Farewell, Jerry Pournelle.
Will Meg Whitman Be Uber’s next CEO? Germany decides when it is okay for self-driving cars to kill people, and which people they should kill. Android Oreo is official. Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 8. Apple might announce its new iPhones on September 12th. Google may announce the new Pixels on October 5th. Nobody really knows when the Essential will arrive. Google teams up with Walmart as Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods goes through and Kale goes on sale. Facebook and Focus feature stream studio movies; Netflix and dispensaries develop new strains of weed. Australian beaches are now safer thanks to shark-detecting drones.
Next week: All the Android you can handle! Google to launch Android O. Essential Phone arrives. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 announcement. Squeeze the Pixel 2. Is “google” the next “escalator”? Jeff Immelt may be Uber’s next CEO. Intel makes Coffee Lake a reality, and hints at the 10nm chip beyond: Ice Lake. The Daily Stormer gets kicked off GoDaddy, Google, Cloudflare, Russia, and more. Katie Roof was not alive for the last total US solar eclipse. Mike Elgan knows the best baker in Barcelona. Matt Cutts is trying to not wear a tie for 30 days.