Tech Time Podcast Episode 3 – Russian Fake News

Trump Accuses Google of Rigging Search Results To Favor ‘Bad’ News About Him.  Russia fake news

  • President Donald Trump says Google search results for “Trump News” show only negative coverage about him.
  • Tweet this morning on Tuesday 8/28/2018
  • Trump tweet, “96% of results on “Trump News” are from National Left-Wing Media”
  • He said it’s a “very serious situation” that “will be addressed!”
  • Google denies the claims and says it’s search engine, “is not used to set a political agenda and we don’t bias our results toward any political ideology”.
  • Shares of Alphabet fell 0.8% to $1,245.86.
  • Does google/facebook/twitter alter the way we vote and think about issues
  • YouTube, Apple and Facebook removed content from Alex Jones’ site Inforwars.  Conspiracy theorist. Twitter also temporarily deactivated his account.
  • Fake News out of Russia?  Was mostly pro Trump.
    • Where do you draw the line?  How do you police that?

Xenophobia and automation:

  • As the Trump administration continues to advance its hardline stance towards immigration, legal or otherwise, businesses are increasingly turning to automation and robotics to fill jobs previously held by humans.
  • Japan has a notoriously difficult immigration system.  You have to do a 6 month course in Japanses culture/language before immigrating.
  • Their population is getting older.  Instead of opening up immigration they are turning to robotics.


Rights groups are demanding that google stops production on their censored search system for china:

  • More than a dozen tech NGOs and human rights groups have issued an open letter calling on Google to stop work on a censored search engine project in China.
  • Organizations including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access Now and others released the letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday,
  • The tech giant’s plans to release a censored version of its search engine app to users in China represent an “alarming capitulation by Google on human rights.”


LCD 2018 ‘A12’ iPhone expected to dominate sales, two dual-SIM models exclusive to China

    • Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has slightly refined predictions for the 2018 iPhone lineup
    • reiterated his belief that the two new OLED iPhone models will be available in September. However, the widely anticipated 6.1-inch lower-cost LCD iPhone model will be made available to consumers a bit later.
    • Kuo continues to maintain that the new 6.1-inch LCD and 6.5-inch OLED iPhone models will have single-SIM and dual-SIM versions. At present, it does not appear that the dual-SIM models will be available in the United States.
    • The less expensive LCD model is not expected to have the A11 processor as found in the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Kuo believes that the it will equipped with the “A12,” the same as the OLED model
    • Will the iphone SE 2 come out too? (I love my iphone SE)
    • The 6.1-inch LCD phone is expected to cost around $600-700, while the 5.8-inch model slots in at between $800 and 900, with the 6.5-inch model coming in at least $999.


  • They might also remove 3D TOUCH: Barclays says it’s “widely understood” that 3D Touch will be removed from iPhones with OLED displays in 2019—aka the third-generation iPhone X and second-generation “iPhone X Plus.” However, they caution that the plans aren’t finalized yet, so they could change. (Did you use 3D touch with your iphone?)



XBox all access:

  • 2 year commitment.  22 dollars a month. ($528 in 24 months)
    • XBox One S + XBox Live Gold + XBox Game Pass
  • Comes with an XBox One S [If you want the XBox one X it’s $35 a month ($840)
    • XBox One S is $280 on Amazon.
    • XBox One X is $480 on Amazon.
  • Comes with 100 Games (via streaming)
  • What happens after the 2 years?  Do you need to give the XBox back?  Do you just lose the streaming games?


Speaking of XBox:  Apparently they’ve shelved a VR headset.

  • Have you used the playstation VR?
  • What about occulus?  What did you think?

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