Outrage Moms – This Week in Tech 708

The end of smart-phones, AI fake people, Elon in the ditch again, and more.

— MWC 2019 and the Future of Smartphones and Wearables
— This Person Does Not Exist
— OpenAI and the Text Generator Too Dangerous to Exist
— Outrage Mobs and Twitter
— China’s Social Credit System Could Take Over the World
— Google and Saudia Arabia’s Woman Tracking App
— Silicon Valley and the US Military
— Do We Even Need Facebook?
— Make Elon Musk Stop Tweeting!!!
— TikTok fined $5.7 Million
— Tenn Hacker gets $1 Million in Bug Bounties

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Amy Webb, Brianna Wu

A Christmas Miracle – This Week in Tech 698

The Best Stories of 2018
— Mark Zuckerberg promised to fix Facebook in 2018. How’d that go?
— Apple hits $1 Trillion; Jeff Bezos hits $150 Billion; Amazon warhouse workers hit $15/hr.
— Elon Musk’s ups and downs
— The biggest mergers of 2018
— Net neutrality ends, SESTA/FOSTA, and more legal news
— Bloomberg’s big blunder
— China’s social credit system and CRISPR babies
— Those we lost in 2018

Host: Leo Laporte
Guests: John C. Dvorak, Owen JJ Stone, Alex Lindsay

The Big Leek Cabal – This Week in Tech 697

– Elon Musk is a terrible person to work for.
– The internet is a garbage fire of hate.
– It is not Google’s fault that searching for “idiot” results in pictures of Donald Trump.
– The Chinese are not spying on you with secret spy chips on Super Micro servers.
– The Chinese are spying on you by hacking Marriott.
– The Chinese may or may not be spying on you with Huawei phones and 5G infrastructure.
– Taylor Swift is most definitely spying on you at her concerts.
– The Australian government really, really wants to spy on you.
– YouTube Rewind 2018 is awful.

Reverse Superlatives – This Week in Tech 694

China’s technological totalitarianism, Black Friday winners and losers, social media backlash, and more.
— US government tells allies not to buy Huawei products
— China to fully roll out “social credit” scoring system by end of 2020
— Is Apple bringing back the iPhone X?
— Google News may leave EU over link tax
— Cards against Humanity wins Black Friday, Sears loses.
— For one brief shining moment this week, Microsoft was the world’s most valuable company
— Social media influencers and social media backlash
— Amazon wants to buy Fox sports channels

Host: Leo Laporte Guests: Mike Elgan, Jason Snell, Adam Fisher

Written to Binge – This Week in Tech 688

– Defending Bloomberg’s Chinese spy chip story Google+ killed by a breach that wasn’t a breach.
– Facebook breach that WAS a breach hits 30 million users. In related news, Facebook now sells a video chat device with a camera that can follow your every move.
– Made by Google event: what we think of the Pixel 3, Pixel Slate, and Home Hub.
– Apple’s TV content will be free for everyone who owns an Apple device.

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.

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 678: Popcorn and Brown Liquor

This Week in Tech

Trillion Dollar Apple, Facebook dating, Surface Go review, and more.

–Apple is the first trillion dollar company ever.
–Is Universal Basic Income the fix for poverty in America?
–Alexa is Now the Ultimate in Home Security
–Why you should avoid Chinese phones.
–Facebook Dating is coming soon – will this make you spend too much time on Facebook?
–People still don’t understand blockchain.
–Maybe you just shouldn’t tweet.
–Ed Bott thinks the Surface Go is great!
–MoviePass is going out of business, and it’s Owen JJ Stone’s fault.
–Fortnight doesn’t want to pay the Google Play store.

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.