Snapchat and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Week

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Surprise, surprise. It’s another edition of the Prosumable tech news roundup! This week, we’re covering Apple tax drama, controversial changes at Twitter, and the return of our “car stuff” segment. Here’s what you need to know.

Follow-Up

Apple’s Taxes

Snap Can’t Bounce Back

Car Stuff

Twitter Enrages Everyone (Again)

  • The unimaginable has finally happened. Twitter doubled its character limit to 280 characters for all users this week, and no one is happy about it. The character limit has always been one of the platform’s defining traits, and many users are sad to see it go.
  • The company also increased the number of characters that users can put into their display names, a change that has been used exclusively to make fun of the update.
  • In other bad news for Twitter, two college students have developed a bot-detecting app that’s better at rooting out fake accounts than Twitter’s own services.
  • But there is still some good happening on the platform: Let me introduce you to Cloud Twitter, a place for strangers to share cloud photos with one another.

Chip News

  • I know that computer chips might sound boring, but every once in a while, stories happen in the chip space that are worth telling the world about. This week, two such stories took place.
  • First, Broadcom came forward as a potential buyer for chipmaker Qualcomm. This would be the biggest tech purchase of all time, but more importantly, it could end the ongoing feud between Qualcomm and Apple that might otherwise be disastrous.
  • And in a ground-breaking partnership, rival chipmakers Intel and AMD teamed up to make a Core chip with Radeon graphics. Basically, computer makers will have access to the best of both worlds, with each company focusing on the aspects of chipmaking that they do best. I’m excited to see how these hybrids perform once they’re implemented in real-world machines.

Tidbits

And that’s this week in tech! Thank you for joining us yet again. I hope you’ll come back next week for another roundup. And if you have any questions or stories you want to talk about between now and then, feel free to reach out. See you next Saturday!

iPhone X Reviewed by… YouTubers?

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Welcome to another edition of the Prosumable tech news roundup! Thanks for being here. This week, we’re talking about the iPhone X release, more updates on the Russia investigation, and some fun future stuff. Let’s jump into it with a little follow-up on previous stories.

Follow-Up

iPhone X (“Ten,” not “Ex”)

Tech’s Russia Reckoning

VR, AR, and AI: Acronyms of the Future

Tidbits

And that’s this week in tech! Thanks again for checking out the roundup. If you want to chat about any of this week’s stories, feel free to contact me on any of the social media. See you next week!

Catching Up with Friends

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It’s that time again: time to get informed about what’s happening in the world of technology. This week, rather than looking at big-picture trends and stories, we’re going to zoom in and catch up with all of our favorite companies and services to see what they've been up to. Here's this week in tech.

Amazon

Apple

  • The Amazon/Samsung lawsuit that started back in 2011 is going to get a new trial. For the past six years, the two companies have been arguing over whether or not Samsung owes Apple money for allegedly copying the design of the iPhone. Apparently, this won’t be going away anytime soon, even though the settlement amount would be nothing more than a rounding error for either company.
  • Pre-orders for the iPhone X, Apple’s new bezel-free OLED handset with face-detection technology, began on Friday morning, and the initial set of phones has already sold out. (Side note: There’s a rumor that if you pronounce it “iPhone Ex” instead of “iPhone Ten,” they’ll push your order back a week.)
  • The company seems pleased with the demand, which is encouraging after enduring such a lackluster response to the iPhone 8.

AT&T

  • AT&T is still trying to buy Time Warner a year after the purchase was initially announced. The merger is still pending regulatory approval, though AT&T doesn’t seem too worried about it. The company is already pretending that the purchase has gone through, offering customers free access to HBO (a Time Warner property) with certain mobile plans.
  • This marriage of internet service providers and the content that they serve is disturbing to proponents of the open internet, who worry that these sorts of deals could lead providers to privilege their own content over others’. But given the current political climate, it is unlikely that these practices will receive any pushback on a policy level.
  • AT&T is putting more of an emphasis on providing content and on its internet streaming service as it is losing traditional TV subscribers at an increasing rate.

Facebook

Google

Instagram

Kaspersky

Microsoft

Nintendo

  • Popular simulation game Animal Crossing is coming to iOS and Android next month. Nintendo has been making good on its promise to release more mobile games outside of its 3DS and Switch platforms, to the delight of video game players everywhere.
  • The company also released the highly-anticipated 3D platformer Super Mario Odyssey for the Switch on Friday, garnering unanimous praise from reviewers.

Snapchat

Tesla

Twitter

Uber

Everyone Else

And that's what you need to know! Have a favorite tech news story we covered this week? Did I miss anything? Let me know. I'd love to hear from you. And don't forget to check back next Saturday for another slew of the latest tech news. Until then!

Boycotts and Promises; Exploits and Updates

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It’s that time again! Tech news keeps coming, and we’re here to break it down for you. This week, we’ve got some new promises from Twitter, a devastating WiFi exploit, and more. Here’s this week in tech.

Follow-Up

#WomenBoycottTwitter

KRACK Attack

  • Security researchers have discovered a new exploit in WiFi security, called KRACK Attack. The vulnerability affects all WiFi-enabled devices and routers because it is a flaw in the encryption protocol itself.
  • If left unpatched, the vulnerability would allow a hacker to intercept all data transferred on a wireless network, including passwords, financial information, and website history.
  • It doesn’t appear that this exploit has been taken advantage of in the real world (though there’s no way to be sure), but now that it’s been revealed to world, the potential is certainly there.
  • Device makers a scrambling to patch the issue, and several (including Microsoft and Cisco) have already released updates, with more on the way soon. Keep your software up-to-date, friends.

Events: Samsung and Adobe

Hardware Stuff

Software Stuff

Social Stuff

Tidbits

And that’s this week in tech! Thanks for checking out the roundup. Do you think social media sites are doing enough to keep their platforms safe for users? Are you concerned about the WiFi vulnerability revealed this week? Do you have thoughts on any other stories we talked about this week? Let me know! I’d love to chat. See you next Saturday!

Facebook’s VR Promise

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Happy Saturday, friends! It’s been an exciting week in tech, so let’s jump into it. Here’s what you need to know.

Follow-Up: Race, Gender, and Violence in Tech

Philanthropy and Crisis Relief

More Russia Stuff (and It’s Not Good)

Oculus Is Going Wireless

Tech Isn’t Always Safe

Social Media Check-In

Gadgets All the Way Down

Tidbits

And that’s this week in tech! Have any comments about this week’s stories? I know you’ve got opinions on giving Amazon a key to your house. Hit me up on social media or via email, and let’s chat. And of course, come back next week for all of the important tech stories all in one place. There’s currently a developing story involving Twitter, censorship, and gender, so we’ll definitely be talking about that and a lot more. See you then!