During the expo and travels, we came across some tech-related things that are worth sharing, including sched.com, broken phone screens, and the Uber/taxi/vanpool conflict. In addition, we breakdown what happened last week when Amazon Web Services broke the internet for nearly five hours taking down several servers inadvertently by making a single typo. A new global technology innovation survey ranked over 800 hi-tech executives and companies based on innovation and overall visionary in the information technology industry. The results, whereas predictable, leave some room for friendly debate. And finally, Microsoft is winning over some longtime Apple users for some very particular reasons as we continue the Microsoft vs Apple debate.
We continue to examine the diversity question in technology and engineering. GE plans to bolster the role of female employees by 36% by 2020, closing the gap of under-representation in the technology sector. In response to WalMart’s move of dropping its minimum shipping fee from $49 to $35, Amazon made the exact move to compete with the growing brick-and-mortar competition of e-commerce. As we spend more time behind digital screens, Computer Vision Syndrome is a growing concern with optometrists. Plenty of preventative measures are available to correct the issue. And finally, a 7-year old girl writes a handwritten letter to Google asking for a job and the CEO responds!
We begin with a strange survey result that shows that your choice of mobile phone may attract or deter potential suitors. Next, a new dating app called Hater is connecting with people that dislike and hate the same things you do. In a bizarre court filing, a now ex-husband is suing Uber because the app eventually led to the wife finding out about his cheating affairs. In other discussion, we share the amazing stories of kindness and generosity resulting from the the Oroville Dam disaster in Northern California. Concluding the show, we share the not so shocking news that Time Warner Cable had been allegedly lying to its customers since 2012 by throttling and controlling their high speed internet.
We dissect Amazon’s move to build a $1.5 billion USA-based cargo hub to control the entire delivery process. The popular movie site IMDB is shutting down their Message Boards because the experience is no longer useful and positive. Another sign of hateful and pointless speech taking over and control a quality website. Lady Gaga and Intel teamed up for the Super Bowl 51 Halftime Show, using 300 drones to wow viewers and demonstrate the brilliant use of drones. Finally, the FCC is blocking companies from providing discounted internet access to low-income families and school districts.
We dive into the ever changing world of technology and share news that means something to you. We start by reviewing the recent Delta outage and how outages are impacting travelers and the airline business. Netflix has a category called Special Interest, where we can find interesting and unique programming that most of us had no idea existed on the video platform. The future of net neutrality is uncertain and we often some insight into what this means for the consumer, the business owner, the content creator, and the Internet service providers. Finally, we dive into the newest two-factor authentication method employed by Facebook – a USB physical security key.
The Waves of Tech, we dive into air flight, space flight, space legacy, and the new FCC Chairman. We kick off the show by reporting the news of why United Airlines had domestic stateside flights grounded for two hours. In the bulk of the podcast, we discuss the legacy left behind by three extraordinary African-American women working for NASA in the 1960s featured in the recent box office hit Hidden Figures. It’s an amazing story of the battle for racial equality and the transition of human computing to electronic computing. We then look at President Obama’s legacy with the space budget, which sent rovers to Mars and commercialized space flight. Finally, we highlight the new FCC Chairman that is not a proponent of net neutrality regulations.