Tech Time Podcast 8 – Facebook Faces Class Action Suit and Every New Android Phone

Facebook Faces Class-Action Lawsuit Over Massive New Tech Hack

* hacker exploited a security flaw in a popular feature of Facebook to steal account credentials of as many as 50 million users.

* a class-action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of one California resident, Carla Echavarria, and one Virginia resident, Derick Walker. “Both allege that Facebook’s lack of proper security has exposed them and additional potential class members to a significantly increased chance of identity theft as a result of the breach,” reports The Verge.

* From the report:The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The complaint alleges Facebook is guilty of unlawful business practices, deceit by concealment, negligence, and violations of California’s Customer Records Act.

* The plaintiffs want statutory damages and penalties awarded to them and other class members, as well as the providing of credit monitoring services, punitive damages, and the coverage of attorneys’ fees and expenses.

FBI Forced Suspect To Unlock His iPhone X Through Face ID

* In what may be a world first, the FBI has forced a suspect to unlock his iPhone X using Apple’s Face ID feature.

* Agents in Columbus, Ohio entered the home of 28-year-old Grant Michalski, who was suspected of child abuse, according to court documents spotted by Forbes.

* With a search warrant in hand, they forced him to put his face on front of the device to unlock it. They were then able to freely search for his photos, chats and any other potential evidence. The FBI started investigating Michalski after discovering his ad on Craigslist titled “taboo.”

Swiss Chalet, Harvey’s, other big chains hit by ‘malware outbreak’
Recipes Unlimited – owns many large canadian restaurants (1,400 locations; Swiss Chalet, Harveys, Milestones, Montanas, East Side Mario’s…) were hit with malwear on Friday.
* The restuarants cannot accept credit or debit (cash only).
Many restaurants are closed a few have remained open but with limited services.
* Can/will malware cause bigger issues in the future?

Here’s every new Android phone being announced in October — it’s going to be a busy month
Oct 3 – LG V40 THINQ, NYC & Seoul Korea.
Small notch and Boom Box speaker.
Oct 4 – Nokia 7.1 Plus, London
Oct 9 – Google Pixel 3, XL & mystery phone? NYC
Oct 10 – Razer Phone 2, Hollywood
Made for gaming.
Oct 11 – Samsung Mystery Phone
4 cameras?
Oct 16 – Huawei Mate 20 & Mate 20 Pro
Water drop notch; In-display fingerprint sensor, triple camera setup.
Oct 17 – OnePlus 6T
Water drop notch, in-display fingerprint sensor, T-Mobile
Google reportedly pays Apple $9 billion per year to stay the default search engine in Safari on iOS
Rod Hall @ Business Insider estimates $9B for 2018 and up to $12B for 2019.
Is this worth it?
Siri already uses Bing when it searches the web.
How would Apple users feel if they get Bing results? Is Google still King?

Some iPhone XS Owners Await Charging Issue Fix in iOS 12
* Some shiny new XS and XS Max phones won’t charge when the screen is off. It only resumes when the screen is tapped awake.
* People have woken up to an uncharged phone after having their phones plugged in all night. This could be bad for people who depend on their phones and don’t have a place to charge.
Some think this could be a simple fix with an IOS update.

Tesla Settles with SEC – Stocks Rebound
Background – Aug 7 Musk tweeted, “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.” Sent the stock soaring 11%.
SEC claimed the funding was not secured, nor was there any talk with anyone about a $420 price. Claim the 420 was a weed reference to impress his girlfriend.
Tesla Stock then dropped 11% and another 14% last friday.
Tesla settled with SEC.
Fined $20m, two new independent board members, Must to step down as Chairman of the Board but stays on as CEO. Doesn’t have to admit wrong doing.
Stock Prices soared 17% almost wiping out any loss from Friday.
Current stock price is $306.5; stock before tweet was $342. 10% less.

Tesla Reports an Upturn in Production

Tesla produced 80k cars in 3rd quarter (53k of them were Model 3s).
Tesla’s goal was to produce 5k model 3’s a week (4,417).

Tesla uses Brand Loyalty to Deliver Record Number of Model 3’s
Tesla has achieved its goal of manufacturing 5,000 Model 3’s a week.
Now 5th fastest selling vehicle only beat by cheaper Camry, Corolla & Civic
Now in Logistic Delivery Hell
Volunteer Model 3 owners helped deliver and orientate thousands of new Model 3 owners on the Weekend to deliver almost 12k cars (8k model 3s) for quarter end (can only count a sale when the car is in the owners hands).
Free labour on delivery and orientation.
Excitement and advice from a current owner.
Tesla is now manufacturing Semi Trailers to ship the Model 3 as there is a shortage.

Half the World Is Now Middle Class Or Wealthier, Says Brookings Institution
Something of enormous global significance is happening almost without notice. For the first time since agriculture-based civilization began 10,000 years ago, the majority of humankind is no longer poor or vulnerable to falling into poverty. By our calculations, as of this month, just over 50 percent of the world’s population, or some 3.8 billion people, live in households with enough discretionary expenditure to be considered “middle class” or “rich.” About the same number of people are living in households that are poor or vulnerable to poverty. So September 2018 marks a global tipping point. After this, for the first time ever, the poor and vulnerable will no longer be a majority in the world. Barring some unfortunate global economic setback, this marks the start of a new era of a middle-class majority.

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Show Transcript:

welcome back to podcast number eight I’m
tech time I wanted to go over today what
we’re gonna talk about Facebook is
facing a huge class-action lawsuit over
a massive new hack the FBI forced a
suspect to unlock his iPhone X through
face ID swished la Harvey’s another big
chains hit by malware outbreak here’s an
every new Android phone beginning in
October that’s going to be announced so
we’re going to talk about each one of
those it looks like Google is paying
Apple nine billion dollars per year to
stay as their default search engine and
some iPhone 10s owners are having some
charging issues so that’s what we’re
talking about today are you doing over
there Matt I’m doing really good you
also forgot the big news of the week
which is Tesla we’re gonna talk about
the the settlement with Elon Musk and
SEC so we’ll try to cover that too I’m
looking forward to it and Hunter we can
go you know what it was pretty good I’m
trying to remember oh man it was really
busy I was up in Fort McMurray and I was
dealing with her condo board and didn’t
get home until like late Saturday night
so you know busy doing community service
how about you then for those of you that
don’t know Matt’s condo burned down in
the great fire of 2017 yes Fort McMurray
and so now he’s still paying a mortgage
but there’s no condo is that right it’s
you know there’s a there’s a lot of
victims and you know it’s it’s I don’t
want to draw parallels to the terrible
tragedies that happened with the
Hurricanes like the ones that devastated
were Tirico but just like the initial
response or reports saying what the the
damage is done from the Hurricanes the
number of fatalities it’s the same as it
grows exponentially over time as the
effects kind of snowball and domino you
I think it went from 37 people or
fatalities from puerto rico’s hurricane
to now thousands well for MacMurray
thankfully there were no fatalities but
the financial devastation is continuing
to roll on and it’s because peoples
insurance deserve running out it’s been
two and a half years and a lot of people
are foreclosing and that’s kind of the
unexpected results from these terrible
tragedies you think you have insurance
and you do it just turns out to not be
sufficient for that level of of a
tragedy and wildfires so you know things
I’m learning but that’s not what this
podcast is about get insurance everybody
and make sure you’ve got lots of it
don’t let your condo burned down well
this weekend I went to a bachelor party
and we played this ridiculous game about
farting have you heard of it it’s like
you know like a board game kind of like
Settlers of Catan but yeah you get
points for farting and it was disgusting
the Yetta isn’t like pull my finger all
the way but Settlers of Catan but hardly
anything about technology there let’s
get into our first story probably just
horse farting dad is there’s this big
risk there’s very big risk just like the
risk Facebook when they got a
class-action lawsuit against them I
guess they had a hack and 50 50 million
users were exposed so some people in
California were pretty angry about this
we went ahead and filed a lawsuit over
did you hear much about this man you
know what I did hear a little bit about
it but I don’t know many of the details
tell me a little bit about that
like you said 50 million users users and
it has something to do with the popular
future and allowed a hacker to steal
account information from 50 million
people now if you think about how many
people actually are on Facebook
I mean billions I literally have a
billion users a month that are active so
it’s a small small pool of people but
you know it could have been you it could
have been me it was apparently one of
these people in California that realized
that their information had been
compromised and you know I think we
forget how much we trust these companies
that are giving us free online things
like Facebook with our private
information that’s right our
conversations with loved ones or
business partners they’ve got all of
that in the messenger or on your walls
so there’s quite a bit of information
that can be compromised well you know
what they say when you’re not buying a
commodity you become the commodity and
if I remember right from when I was
reading about the story earlier it was
tied into the future the feature on
Facebook where you want to view your
profile so I believe they said if you
had clicked on the view my profile to
see what it looks like to other people
within the last year you’re one of those
50 million users that got hacked
how interesting well it’ll be their
stock went down quite a bit a few days
ago and it was exposed the stock really
hasn’t been doing that well in this past
month really a lot of ups and downs but
it’s hovering around 165 this week which
really isn’t that great for a tech
company compared to how they had been
doing in the past I mean they started
out at like $17 a few years ago so I
remember you bought some of that stock
here you still holding it nope increased
so also this week the FBI for the first
time forced someone to unlock their
phone with face ID this is controversial
because before people were screaming and
hollering about unlocking a phone with
your fingerprints and whether or not
that was right for the police to do and
it’s even easier for them to get a
picture of you or just to flash your
phone towards your face and should that
be allowed what do you think about that
well you know I guess it depends on the
state and the promise that they’re in I
I know that different states have
different rules on being able to access
your personal information I don’t know
if you actually need a subpoena or a
court order to be able to open
somebody’s phone it might be considered
the same in some states if not all of
the states is entering into somebody’s
now some people I know certain troopers
have the right to search vehicles and
perhaps cell phones because they’re on
your person can be part of that because
they can also search you as well so I
really don’t know enough about the law
of that the interesting thing about
forcing them to use the face ID face IDs
actually really quite secure on iPhones
because it uses that infrared system
where it shoots those thousands of
little dots all over your face it’s a
three-dimensional scam that it does
instead of just a picture so some of the
less secure ones like I believe oneplus
you somebody was able to hack it with a
I think they’ve gotten better and more
secure but by no means are they as
secures face ID on the iPhone tens well
talking about security I remember when
the when it first came out the face ID
and somebody his mom just pointed it at
her face and even though it was her son
with the phone it unlocked it because
they have learned facial facial
structure I mean this is you know one in
a million kind of things so it is secure
but you know if you have a relative that
looks similar to you you might be out of
luck by going back to the implications
of the police using this in this case
this actually happened in Ohio yeah and
it looks like they had a search warrant
on handle and so that’s absolutely yeah
I don’t see any problem with that as
long as they’re following the laws of
the state and the and the federal laws
if they have a search warrant by all
means if they can open it you’re there
and there’s biometrics involved you
open it or else you will be seen as not
cooperating with the law and it could be
worse for you well it’s just interesting
right because if you instead chose to
have a numeric password you can just say
no I’m not going to give you the
password and they can’t force it out of
you what if you said I forgot yeah and
but if they hold it up see you would say
yeah they’re gonna open it up so if you
have things on your phone that you want
left secure whether it be bank records
or whatever
probably best to do a numeric number one
thing that is interesting is the more
numbers you have the more secure it is
and so really you shouldn’t have a floor
number password mine is about 15 number
they’re all random and it’s it’s not
that there’s anything you know unruly or
unsavory on my phone I just you know if
somebody pulls me over I don’t want them
to go through it so I feel like I have
the right to do that and I choose to opt
out of face ID and now my touch doesn’t
even work on my iPhone yeah you’re
telling me your fight your fingerprint
didn’t work you said that last week so
yeah I totally get where you’re coming
from I personally like the biometrics
because they’re fast um like my
fingerprint is fast and I think the in
the future the way things are going is
actually just might be DNA so they might
be like here lick your phone but as long
as it’s tasty so Swiss Chalet and
harvey’s and other big chains were hit
by a malware outbreak so for our
American users Swiss Chalet is a
delicious place that we don’t have here
that serves quarter chicken meals for
like under $10 yeah any Kenny Rogers
roasters yes still around I don’t know
they are but it’s delicious
I love Swiss and they have great gravy
and and you know people will try
anything to get their gravy to taste
like it but I was shocked there’s no
Swiss Chalet here in the States but what
happened to those chains I mean we have
Barbies here okay we call it Carl’s jr.
I think it’s the same company
honey I’m actually Carl’s jr. was part
of this list so it’s actually a bigger
company an umbrella corporation that
owns all these restaurants and it’s
called recipes unlimited and we don’t
know how the malware affected their
system but we do know that it happened
Friday some time and so Saturday or
maybe even Friday night people tried to
get into their favorites which LA or
Harvey’s and most of them are closed and
what I saw in the news there was like
big signs that were pressed up against
the the doors saying we’re closed our
head off has got hacked but this has
affected over 1,400 locations throughout
Canada that is huge that is a lot of
restaurants and a lot of towns that just
can’t feed those hungry people who want
to eat their chicken
well malware is really scary lately I’ve
noticed here more so they’re attacking
hospitals with electronic medical
now you’ve ever talked to a doctor
before they’re really leery about
talking about private patient
information it’s all protected under
something called HIPAA which is an
agreement that keeps people’s
information safe and so if you could
picture a doctor keeping it secret
imagine how terrible it would be if
millions of patients data their blood
sugar cholesterol levels whether or not
they’re HIV positive things like that if
that gets out that is really a big
compromise yeah that’s that’s really
quite scary I was actually listening to
a podcast the other day and I probably
should have researched the exact name
and which one it was that our listeners
could go listen to it but it was an
expert that was being interviewed on
hacking and he basically said that we’re
seeing more and more hacks we’re seeing
state sponsored hacks that’s a big part
of espionage these days we’re seeing a
lot of just ground grassroots hacking
you know like the kid in the basement
that’s 12 years old it’s trouble and you
know hacking is really gone from its
innocent roots and it’s quite
interesting the roots hacking is quite
innocent it was
kind of like look what I can do and I
can make you computer laugh at you to
something that can now cost billions of
dollars now this one with the
restaurants I don’t think it’s gonna be
worth billions of dollars but what if
the government goes down we know people
have tried to hack the FBI and the
United States government servers and
they have been successful and we know
that some of the state-sponsored hacks
at least the ones that hit Canada
actually shut down the government of
Canada’s websites for a while so this
expert basically said look this is just
the beginning it’s gonna get worse and
he foresaw hacks that will shut down the
entire Internet now that just blows my
mind because the Internet is this vast
nebulous concept of interconnected
hardware software like how can you shut
that whole thing down but he was saying
we are going to see times in the future
when the whole internet will go down and
then what do we do you know I even read
an article today that our information
for Facebook is being sold in the dark
web for $3 a person although that’s
username and password for Facebook
profiles that are active and you know
that’s very lucrative for some people
because if you are able to get ahold of
people you can contact their friends
pretend to be them maybe you could
pretend to be a Prince of Nigeria I’m
surprised it’s only going for $3 a pop
but you know really be careful with your
passwords and this is just a good time
to remind our listeners to change your
password at least yearly I do yeah you
know I I still get a few fake friend
requests I probably maybe one a year but
I got one the other day and it said and
here’s some of your friends that are
friends of mine and I looked at it as
like no they’re not I think that could
be how their
using that $3 a person is there
pretending to be a friend of a friend
and that’s when you let them in and boom
they start grabbing information they
know where your kids go to school I mean
it’s scary stuff so now you you have a
list here of every Android phone that’s
being announced in October and there’s a
lot yeah you want to go over that with
us yeah let’s go through it so October
is the big phone month I mean we’ll get
some more coming up I believe in January
February when they have the big mobile
conference that usually happens in Spain
yeah Barcelona yeah I’ve been watching a
lot of Netflix out of Barcelona Tiffany
drew love to see is good recommended
nobody paid me to say that so here we go
we’ll start with tomorrow October 3rd
LGD four teeth in queue is going to be
released in both New York City in Seoul
Korea at the same time interesting thing
about this phone it’s got a small
teardrop notch we talked a little bit
about that on the oneplus 60 that’s
coming out as well but it’s also gonna
have a boombox speaker so I kind of look
forward to see what that is
speakers on cellphones aren’t known for
being awesome but they’ve definitely
October 4th the next day the Nokia 7.1
plus will be announced in London October
9th that’s the big Google announcement
the one that we’ve been talking about
all the conspiracy theories and
everything going on looking forward to
it yeah me too actually even though we
debunked the theory of the the pixel
ultra we do know that there will be more
than two variants now we know that
there’s the pixel 3 and the pixel 3 XL
that’s coming out but most likely the
other variants will be international
versions and then versions for the
United States but you know stay tuned we
may have a surprise there there will
also be other things like the the pixel
books will be announced and maybe some
more information on Google home and some
new features that they’re doing so I’m
really looking forward to that
October 10th the razor phone 2 is gonna
be announced in Hollywood and then um to
go down you should and if you remember
the first razor phone it was made for
and all the reviews that hey this is a
big chunky foam but if you want a game
on this thing this is the best phone for
gaming and then we’ve got October 11th
this is another one that’s interesting
to me I’m definitely gonna log into it
in it’s the Samsung mystery phone so
they sent out some announcements and
they’ve got that picture of forward like
it’s called a galaxy 4 or something like
that and and four cameras and so they’re
wondering is it gonna be three on the
back one on the front or is it gonna be
two on the front two on the back but you
may be folded in half the photo you know
um I hope we get an update on that I’m
not expecting to see an actual
announcement on Samsung’s foldable phone
but would it be cool if they had a
working prototype and showed us the
working prototype it doesn’t have to
come out this year but it would be
awesome if they showed us something so
that would be awesome
October 16th the huawei mate 20 and the
May 20 Pro are gonna come out and they
actually look really neat this is I’m a
big one-plus fan and I’ve been excited
for the 16 and but this one’s got the
water drop notch it’s got an in display
fingerprint sensor and it will come with
a triple camera setup I really like a
triple camera set up on the p20 Pro that
I was playing around with the low-light
is amazing and you can have a triple
zoom it’s the only phone camera that I
see that has a triple zoom so that was
awesome then on October 17th is the
oneplus 60 I’m definitely gonna log into
that I’m a big fan gotta admit it and
we’re gonna have once again water-drop
notch in display fingerprint sensor and
the neat thing about that is it’s going
to be released on t-mobile that’s
absolutely essential that they they get
a partner in the United States and it
was it Huawei or Xiaomi that was trying
to get released on either Verizon or
t-mobile last year and it got shut down
by the government for security issues
because the company was mostly owned by
the Chinese government and so the fact
that oneplus can come in and get an
America partner that’s huge that’s great
these are a lot of excellent phones
coming out
another thing I wanted to talk about is
how some of the companies make so much
money off of your phone did you know
that Google is going to pay Apple nine
billion dollars per year B billion to
stay as their default search engine in
Safari on iOS and so if you didn’t
realize it when you go search in the
upper right hand corner on Safari just
type something in there you’re making
Google a lot of money and yeah I mean
once again where the commodity so
Facebook where the commodity google
where the commodity they love us
googling because the more that we Google
the more they learn about us and they
the more they learn about what we want
to buy and what we want to know about
and and obviously that’s worth nine
billion dollars for Google to pay Apple
I mean well I’m glad they do it yeah
because I prefer Google search results
over Bing or Yahoo I don’t know about
you but it’s just I’m so used to it now
yeah well speaking of being did you know
that if you use Siri on your iPhone it
actually does the search query through
being instead of Google I find that odd
but yeah it does it uses Bing now my
personal experience with being it isn’t
as good or as targeted as Google now
maybe it’s just that I’m used to Google
and I’m used to the way it presents it
to me but being seems to be a little bit
more new centric but I just I haven’t
enjoyed being as much so what do you
think Dan would it do you prefer Google
Bing Yahoo have you even tried yet who
in the last decade so as far as people
at work love being for their homepage
they’ve had these beautiful pictures
that come up and you type in and they
just love seeing that as their home
screen and they’ll have their you know
email hooked into it and it’s yeses but
as far as the search results go I feel
like it’s the experience is just a
little bit cluttered for me I prefer
Google I mean it’s just a white screen
with some blue letters it’s been the
same for the last ten years it’s easy to
look at yeah I actually do a lot of
things in Yahoo
I do their stocks I do their money their
finance I really like their newest page
I like the way it’s organized but I
don’t search with the I who because I
feel like the relevancy of things I’m
searching for aren’t quite up to par
with Google and but it just could be
because I’m used to that so what do you
think would happen if Google stopped
paying Apple 9 billion in fact they’re
forecasting 12 billion for 2019 and we
should make it clear for our listeners
that this was an estimate there is no
specific report that says I saw this
check get cut and written this is an
estimate that somebody made broad haul
at Business Insider put together and
it’s probably pretty close but what do
you think would happen Deeping Apple
would create their own search engine I
mean they obviously I’m the money for it
but they’re so far behind the queue or
do you think they would just default to
Google because it is the best or they go
to B they tried to do like a Facebook
thing on iTunes a few years ago I forget
the name of it but it totally crashed
and tanked I even set up a user account
for it and it was awful they’ve tried in
the past to do things that they’re not
very good at it’s just not their bread
and butter I think they would pick me
personally I don’t think they try to
reinvent the wheel again even if it did
save them money I think you’re right and
I guarantee you Microsoft would pay them
maybe they’d be rolling in it and they I
guarantee you they’d use that 9 billion
dollars it’s part of their budget for
2019 so yeah Apple might want to use
part of that budget to fix the iPhone
10s because I hear it’s not charging for
some users I was reading online that
some people had plugged it in at night
and you know even with their alarm clock
set and in the morning their phones were
dead they woke up late for work and
because the phone didn’t charge at all
and now the articles that I read said
that as long as the screen was lit it
was charging but as soon as the screen
turned off and stopped charging that’s
no good
it’s actually your year but remember how
expensive these iPhone 10s is and yeah
they’re super expensive so to be able to
plug it in and think you’re gonna have a
full charge in the morning I mean some
people are road warriors or they
constantly are on the move you’re you
take transit to work I mean where are
you gonna plug it in so that can be
really bad for you now a lot of this
information came from trying to remember
his last name but his name is Lou our
listeners maybe we’ll put a link in the
doobly-doo down below here if you if you
watch it on youtube or or in the nose to
our podcast but he was known for
and he’s a video blogger on YouTube out
of Toronto and I really like his style
but he does take a hard anti Apple line
because it made him money and I think he
honestly likes Android better but he
found this issue and since he started
blogging about it more and more people
especially on reddit has said no that
happens to my phone as well so and then
they thought it was just with the ten
and or the 10s and the 10s max and then
they realized some of the older phones
as well have this issue so they think
it’s an issue with the latest iOS
version and hopefully a patch can fix it
for everybody and well I think we’re
avoiding the biggest news of the week
yet Tesla is settling with the sec their
stocks rebounded do you remember when it
totally crashed
oh man the cedar waters gonna happen
with Elon Musk talk to us about that
drama all right so let’s go through the
drama so it all started August 7
actually started before then when he
accused a guy of the tired gave rescue
as being a pedophile but we’re gonna
skip that we’ve already talked about it
so on August 7 you on must put out a
tweet this is I quote what he said and
considering taking Tesla private at
420 dollars funding secured so this is
big news because he’s basically saying
okay we’re gonna take it off the market
it’s gonna be a nine billion dollar buy
actually it probably is even more than
nine billion but I think that’s what I
heard and who had that money right
funding secured what does that mean well
as soon as he sent out that tweet within
a few hours like in the in the morning
when the markets open it had soared
eleven percent that’s crazy
eleven percent so the people who got
really upset about this or the short
sellers and I believe we talked about it
a little bit an earlier in one of our
podcasts but then the Securities
Commission came along and they said hey
it is funding secured do you have proof
the funding is secured you can’t just
send out tweets like this that aren’t
true and then get this huge bump in your
stock price and so when they looked into
it investigated into it it turns out
that funding wasn’t secured Elon Musk
claimed that the country the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia was gonna invest and then
he had a few others lined up but really
there was nothing solid nobody had said
that they were gonna lay that kind of
money down so the SEC sent a claim and
one of the claims and I found this
fascinating is they claimed that Elon
Musk chose 420 dollars or 420 as a
reference to pot oh yeah remember he’s
dating this much younger than like half
his age
singer last name Grimes and she’s big
into pot she actually tweeted so this
goes back to another news report that we
did earlier where it was the whole tweet
back and forth with a zillion banks as
well and I guess she was tweeting sort
of friend Azealia and she said well Elon
figured that in a bio you get a 20% bump
to the stock price and it came up to
$419 and so he just rounded it up to 420
as a joke because he knew I’d like it
well the SEC is like there is nothing
thing about this at all you can’t be a
very public figure who is not only the
CEO but also the chairman of the board
and make claims like this so the
settlement did you read what he settled
for somebody how much well he took a
fine at 20 million okay this is okay
I’ll pay you twenty million dollars
chump change for a billionaire they have
to have two independent board members
and Elon Musk must step down as the
chairman of the board for no less than
three years now you might think that’s
bad I mean their stocks were plummeting
when the SEC sued them and they dropped
hard on Friday and but the he in this
deal he does stay on as the CEO of Tesla
so in other words all the people who
were scared that they were gonna lose
the super powers of Elon Musk still get
him as a CEO they just don’t get him as
the all-powerful chairman of the board
as well and I think this is better for
everybody I think it puts some checks
and balances in place I think that Elon
is crazy tweeting will be taken less
seriously now because he doesn’t control
both the board and the company so I
think in all this will be good and the
stock market agreed so the stock price
soared another 17% which basically wiped
out the the crash that happened last
Friday at 14% now just to give everybody
an idea of the seesaw and teeter-totter
since August 7th they’re still down so
the current stock price when I looked at
this morning was 306 dollars and 50
cents I think it’s dropped some more
since then so they had this huge spike
and then some people are like wait a
minute wait a minute wait a minute let’s
let’s bring it down so I think if
someone around 303 304 but when the
tweet happened in August it was 342
dollars so we’re talking it’s still down
ten percent from its highs that it was
flying with the 420 tweet oh wow that’s
I heard good news though that they’re
really ramping it up with their
production of the model 3 so that’s good
it is and and I think that’s part of the
reason why the stock price didn’t take a
harder hit so Elon Musk had a goal for
the third quarter to have 5,000 model
threes produced every week he didn’t
quite achieve it but he came pretty
close and for a company that constantly
misses its target I think this was
pretty good for a third quarter and I
and I think investors agreed so he got
53,000 model threes delivered and a
total of 80,000 cars all in the third
quarter and it came out to 4400 cars per
week but we do know that the last week
for sure he hit that 5,000 mark and it
looks like he’s going to continue to
hold it if not increase now what was
fascinating about this is in order to
count these cars as sold they have to be
delivered so it’s one thing to be able
to make 5,000 cars a week now you got to
deliver 5,000 cars a week and Elon Musk
actually said he’s gone from production
hell to logistics hell and you know he
used his superpowers again he used him
this weekend did you hear what he did
was he trying to get his own customers
to deliver them that’s exactly what he
did with Elon Musk superpowers he got
his customers so excited and amped up he
said I need your help to deliver and
orientate new customers on the model 3
and people signed up and lined up so if
you needed it delivered to your house
there would be another model 3 owner
would show up at your house in your
brand new model 3 would they get paid or
no this is totally volunteer so think
about it you’ve got free labor when it
comes to delivery now I don’t know if
they control the orientation because I I
mean they’re probably pretty excited
look at this feature look at that
feature but they’re not yet experts I
mean they probably only had their model
threes for Apple
a month right so but still it’s amazing
that they were able to mobilize so many
people and use that brand loyalty and
that super power that musk has to get
people so excited about his product it
made me almost ready to use my thousand
dollar deposit and pay ridiculous money
to go get my model three I’m waiting for
the cheap one so you still have the
deposit in play I do have the deposit in
play I’m still waiting for the cheap one
and also good news for Canadians the
Canadian dollar spiked this last week
actually last couple of days because
NAFTA was finally agreed to they now
call it the US Mexico Canada agreement
oh yeah are you up to 80 cents yet close
we’re really close I think it’s like
seventy nine point five and you know if
we can get over 80 cents I think I’ll be
able to afford the cheaper model 3 but
um you know I’ve also got to take care
of this condo in Fort McMurray first but
speaking of being did you know that half
the world now is middle class or
wealthier I was just reading this
article on a technology website that I
follow and I thought it was fascinating
because you know you always hear about
these developing countries really
struggling but it sounds like according
to this article that people are finally
pulling out of the poverty spell for the
first time since agricultural based
civilization began ten thousand years
ago I thought that was pretty cool I
think that’s awesome you know I like
history I I really enjoy development of
economies and civilizations and and
what’s really neat about this is look at
what happened in the United States and
Canada and and I would even say Western
Europe we moved from an agrarian society
especially here in North America it was
very agricultural based and I would say
up to the 30s 40s and even 50s were
their cities absolutely big cities like
Los Angeles in New York City and in
Toronto I mean these were big cities
even 150 years ago but you look at how
many people in North America have moved
from farms into the city now look at
what’s happening around the rest of the
world so a China huge migration from
rural areas to urban and it’s really
hard for them to keep up with the number
of people’s but compare that to what was
happening in the United States in the
50s and 60s it’s the same kind of boom
as people are leaving the farm I mean
you and I dad left the farm in the late
60s when he decided to go to law school
and I think most people in Canada T
United States can say either a parent or
a grandparent left the farm well we’re
now seeing that in other parts of the
world including China and India which
are the two most populous countries in
the world and we’re seeing it in Africa
as well as they move to the massive
metropolis is like Lagos and this is a
movement that’s happening and it usually
brings greater wealth and pulls people
out of poverty as long as our agrarian
society can continue to feed us all and
I haven’t heard any concerns about that
not since the eighties when everybody
was into doom and gloom I think it’s a
good thing for the world I I think it’s
fascinating economics is really
interesting that there isn’t a limited
amount of money out there you know it’s
not like there’s you know how Bitcoin
has a set number of Bitcoin and you
can’t write any more than that I mean
you can make money out of nothing you
know it’s it’s fascinating that people
are pulling themselves out of poverty
and there’s not some set amount of money
out there that people are being
successful and thriving in all kinds of
economies what I love about it is the
whole interconnectedness of everything
no some people argue that that can be
bad too because it breeds homogeny where
you start
everybody starts looking and acting the
same and enjoying you know wearing blue
jeans and less
the country music not that I listened
well Swedish country music I admitted I
like a couple songs there last week but
it can breed a homogeny but at the same
time that interconnectedness is is
pulling the world up by the bootstraps
and the rest of the world can enjoy a
lot of the comforts and luxuries that
the West has enjoyed for so long and I
feel like it’s a bit of leveling the
field but it’s not a levelling of the
field as in the West is being drawn down
it’s the rest of the world that’s coming
up and and now look at what we’re gonna
be able to do as globalization improves
and we become more interconnected in
these growing economies I think it’s
just gonna be good for the rest of the
world well an interesting tie into
technology is as technology advances you
know what’s going to happen are we gonna
have more time on our hands to be
creative well we have more time to be
artistic is it going to be like Rome and
you know ancient Greece where they had
time to make these beautiful paintings
and statues are we going to spend more
time on on on the arts or are we going
to still focus on the stem you know
science math technology it’s interesting
to see those ships and to see how
society changes as people become more
middle-class and upper-class Amen
well I think that’s about it for this
week it’s been fascinating you know we’d
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Tech Time Podcast Episode 7 – Clouds of Bugs and Donairs

Tech Time Podcast Episode 7:

Gut-Brain Connection Could Lead To a ‘New Sense’

  • In our podcast a new study has revealed a “fast-acting neural circuit allowing gut cells to communicate with the brain in just seconds,” reports New Atlas. Diego Bohorquez, senior author of the study, says “these findings are going to be the biological basis of a new sense. One that serves as the entry point for how the brain knows when the stomach is full of food and calories.” He says it “brings legitimacy to [the] idea of the ‘gut feeling’ as a sixth sense.”
  • Duke university
  • Remarkable new work from a team of researchers at Duke University has now revealed a previously unknown direct circuit between the gut and the brain that could allow for fast sensory communication that doesn’t relay on laborious hormonal signaling.


Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

  • For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive genetic modification through a complex species.
  • The scientists used the revolutionary gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to engineer mosquitoes with a “gene drive,” which rapidly transmitted a sterilizing mutation through other members of the mosquito’s species
  • After mosquitoes carrying the mutation were released into cages filled with unmodified mosquitoes in a high-security basement laboratory in London, virtually all of the insects were wiped out, according to a report in Nature Biotechnology. The mosquitoes were created in the hopes of using them as a potent new weapon in the long, frustrating fight against malaria. Malaria remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases, killing more than 400,000 people every year, mostly children younger than 5 years old.
  • What’s encouraging is that the mosquitos reportedly did not appear to further mutate in a way that would diminish the effectiveness of the engineered mutation. “But the researchers stressed that many years of additional research are needed to further test the safety and effectiveness of the approach before anyone attempts to release these mosquitos or any other organisms created this way into the wild,
  • Matt – What effect would this have on the local ecology?  I hate mosquitos but would birds, bats and other predators starve? Would other insects move in to replace mosquitos?


Uber Drivers and Other Gig Economy Workers Are Earning Half What They Did Five Years Ago

  • According to a new study by the JPMorgan Chase Instittue, drivers who transport people via apps (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, Postmates) made 53 percent less in 2017 than they did in 2013.
  • drivers on average are working fewer hours; demand hasn’t increased to meet the increased number of drivers; trip prices have fallen; or platforms are paying drivers lower rates.
  • The average monthly payments to those who worked for a transportation app in a given month declined to $783 from $1,469. Meanwhile, people working for leasing apps — Airbnb, Turo, Parklee and other apps that let you rent assets like your home, car or parking space — saw their incomes from those platforms rise 69 percent to $1,736 on average.
  • Matt – Outdoorsy – I looked at renting my RV.  A friend of mine said he put his gas Class A on the site just before the May long weekend and had over $10k of bookings within a week.


Apple Completes Shazam Acquisition, Will Make App Ad-Free For Everyone


  • Apple has successfully completed its $400 million acquisition of Shazam, and the company announced it will be removing all ads from the app “soon.”
  • Shazam has been downloaded over 1 billion times around the world and is used over 20 million times every day


Implanted Device Helps Two People With Paralysis Walk Again
* NBC News: At least five people whose legs were completely paralyzed are walking again, two of them with no outside help, thanks to a specialized program of therapy and a pain stimulator implanted in their spines

  • It’s the latest and most dramatic advance in a new approach to treating spinal cord injuries developed at the University of Louisville in Kentucky
  • The reports show that electrical stimulation of the spine, when combined with a very intense and specialized training program, can re-educate the body and help move the legs even though signals from the brain are cut off. The stimulator is implanted into the epidural layer surrounding the spinal cord, and sends controlled signals into the bundle of nerve tissue.


SiriusXM Is Acquiring Pandora in $3.5 Billion Deal To Create the ‘World’s Largest Audio-Entertainment Company’

  • with more than $7 billion in projected revenue in 2018 and more than 100 million monthly listeners, combining SiriusXM’s 36 million subscribers and Pandora’s 70 million-plus monthly active users.


Streaming Accounts For 75 Percent of Music Industry Revenue In the US

The numbers also show that more people continue to join paid subscription services, with subscription rates growing by about one million per month. But while streaming revenue is still on an upward trend, the news isn’t so good for digital downloads and CD sales. Digital downloads have only made up 12 percent of overall revenue so far this year, down from 19 percent last year, and CD sales saw a whopping 41 percent drop in revenue. To compare, during the same time last year, CD sales were only down three percent from the year before. Vinyl revenue, however, is up 13 percent.


First Android phone launched 10 years ago

  • 10 years ago (Sep 24) the HTC Dream was released on T-Mobile.
    • The first phone with Android as an Operating System.
  • Had a screen that slid away to reveal a QWERTY Keyboard.
  • Competition in 2008 was Nokia/Symbian, Blackberry, Palm, Windows Mobile, Apple
  • In 10 years we now have Android Pie (API level 28).
  • 2 billion people are estimated to currently have an android device.
  • Android made its name through
    • being open sourced (fragmentation)
    • customizable (contrasted with Apple’s closed OS)
    • Google Apps integrated (Gmail, Google Maps, Chrome, Docs, Photos)


Pixel 3 Ultra & Leaks Explained…?

  • Brandon (This is Tech Today) and John Prosser (Front Page Tech) the VBloggers who was behind the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour explains the reasons behind the Pixel 3 XL leaks and the Pixel 3 Ultra rumour.
    • Received this information through an Engineer at Google after establishing security protocols.
  • Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were not leaked on purpose.
    • They were allowed to continue to leak to find the culprit.
    • The leak happened at Foxcon where the LG screens are manufactured.
  • HTC was purchased by Google in January.
    • HTC is most likely the team designing the Pixel 4.
    • The Pixel 3 was designed by the old team (most likely their last).
      • Pixel 3 was already 4 months into development when HTC was purchased.
    • HTC has manufacturing power.
  • There is a 3rd device that the HTC team is working on.
    • It may be released in time for Christmas.
    • Possible working with Xiaomi


welcome back we’re here on our seventh
episode there’s a few things we wanted
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alright then let’s get started how was
your weekend well it was really good I
actually just discovered there’s a
Korean market behind my house and yeah
yeah well good food it’s a meat market
so I went got bulgogi marinade sauce so
I’m gonna try that on my chicken today
to see if it tastes any good the stuff
in the store I don’t know it’s just okay
so we’ll see if this is a little more
authentic I live in kind of a Korean
hoping it’s good stuff how about you how
was your weekend oh it was great I took
the kids out to comic-con here in
Edmonton is actually called the Comic
Expo I guess there’s copyright issues
with calling it comic-con it was great
fun unfortunately a lot of the big stars
didn’t show up they canceled last minute
but we still had fun I was dressed up as
Captain Christopher Pike from Star Trek
and the kids all were there geekiest
shirts and we just had fun watching
people and trying to spot celebrities
and of course eating bad food and and
just getting our geek on it was awesome
so did your costume include a leotard no
I didn’t wear the leotard that’s the
next thing I have to buy but I had the
authentic original series shirt that
it’s the exact same color the same
fabric everything that was in the
original series so are you talking
Captain Kirk I miss twitchett captain
you said well Christopher Pike is before
Captain Kirk he was in the pilot in the
original series oh you know I did I said
I saw the first one it’s on Netflix I
think and I thought that’s strange that
isn’t the regular Captain Kirk I’m used
to well the reason why I chose
Christopher Pike is also in Star Trek
discovery season two he’s gonna be the
captain that shows up and starts
interacting with the discovery kind of
that bridging captain into the original
series since discovery takes place just
before it so fascinating stuff and of
course a few people did recognize me and
they said which captain are you so yeah
we got our geek on it
great at Miss Piggy and it’s a good way
to trying to explain the role switch
right freshman Sabella married to a new
person this is just weird
so to start out we’ve got some kind of
cool news I guess there’s a new
gut-brain connection that could lead to
a new sense so there’s a new study that
says that fast-acting neural circuit
allows gut cells to communicate with the
brain in seconds so if you’ve ever had
that gut feeling when you’ve gone
somewhere that something’s odd that
might actually be real apparently
they’ve figured out that the stomach in
the brain communicate a lot faster than
we think and this could actually be used
for a lot of really cool tech uses in
the future this was done out of Duke
University and it really is remarkable
work that they’re doing did you hear
anything about that no nothing at all
I’m just curious I mean I think it’s
great it’s a it’s our six senses I got a
bad gut feeling about this but what do
you think it could be used for
well I’m doing medical reasons I’m
hoping they’re going to be able to check
out the flora and your gut maybe they
could do tests where they use certain
dies they said that they actually used a
mouse and put a certain time at stomach
and found traces of it in the brain
literally milliseconds later perhaps we
could discover different ways to
diagnose and treat gut problems and I
think that’s just scratching the surface
so that I thought that was pretty cool
that is pretty neat another kind of neat
interesting thing going on is
genetically modifying mosquitoes so Matt
growing up in Canada we had a lot of
mosquitoes and a lot of people joke that
in Alberta is the provincial bird yes
and I remember one time I broke
down on the side of the road on baseline
road in Sherwood Park with mom and we
had to walk to the nearest gas station
and I remember there being thick black
clouds of mosquitoes and just running
and you can feel them filtering your
face as you ran through them if you
still have bad mosquitoes like that you
know what every year is different some
years there’s like flocks and hordes of
mosquitoes that will just descend upon
you and your children and just suck you
dry and then other years you hardly see
any it really depends on how wet the
summer is this summer wasn’t too bad but
I gotta tell you as an RV guy and I love
to take my motorhome out my biggest pet
peeve is mosquitoes and I just love
coming and visiting you down there in LA
because you don’t have the same mosquito
problem we do and you know just that
feeling of walking around in the dark at
I’m always cringing because in Tanana
you’re that’s mosquito season like you
just head for home don’t hang out at
night when the sun’s going down because
well this is really cool they actually
genetically modified the species using a
CRISPR technique and what they did was
they were able to make hordes of these
mosquitoes become infertile and so they
weren’t able to reproduce and it really
brought down the amount of mosquitoes in
the next batch for the next year so it’s
exciting but there’s some negative
consequences potentially I mean what
eats mosquitoes right I mean are we
gonna destroy a food chain there what
are you thinking yeah well that’s that
was my thought when you sent me the link
and I started reading about this so
first of all I think it’s great I don’t
know from mosquitoes have any benefit to
ecology other than feeding birds and
bats and other predators and I hope that
if we do decide to eradicate mosquitoes
I mean though prevent malaria and other
diseases get
get sent around in mosquitos what was
that one that was causing birth defects
a while ago yeah I know what you’re
talking about it’s all in Brazil and and
yeah I mean those types of things could
be eradicated and hopefully there’ll be
more less blood sucking bugs that will
sort of fill the neeshub mosquitos but
it does make me wonder a little bit what
would be the effects of eradicating this
past so how many people do you think
died a year from malaria I wouldn’t even
begin to guess did you see any numbers
yeah almost half a million is what the
estimate is so 400,000 a year and most
of them are children under five years
old so I think it might be worth getting
rid of a batterer to to to save all
those people that are potentially
passing away from from the pass on
malaria the one thing I saw that was
fascinating about it is the way that
crispers was eradicating this mosquitoes
is it was sterilizing them it was
basically creating the next generation
after they reproduced sterile and so in
essentially one generation which is
literally days memories yeah the days
are weeks with mosquitoes right you’ve
wiped out that population so it’s fast
it’s it’s a little bit scary to think
that we have that kind of control but
we’ve been doing crispers for a while
now and we’ve been doing gene editing on
plants for a long time for example most
of the plants that we grow and eat are
genetically modified in some way or
another either to be robust and and
prevent insects from eating them they
can handle Hardy or whether they can
grow a lot more wheat and a bushel and
these are great things that genetically
modifying is doing but also these
companies are protecting themselves by
making that generation of whatever is
being produced sterile so I can select
the seeds and
and do your own seating the next year
you want this fabulous new genetically
modified product and what you’re talking
about is quite controversial I know
people in Alberta love the canola plants
which i think is genetically modified a
GMO but you know when I was living in
Hawaii people hated GMOs and we would
constantly have people protesting in the
streets because yeah moustachio or
whatever it’s called that big company
that one said oh yes yeah they were
doing a bunch of testing out there in
Hawaii and so I think I find people that
are very Pro and I think the Pro points
you went over you know it’s more robust
bugs don’t eat it as much you get a
higher crop yield but then there are
some people that are a little bit leery
about eating a plant that’s not natural
and you know could it cause potential
side effects good companies go ahead and
copyright the the plants and say you’re
not allowed to grow this only we are and
would that create a monopoly there’s a
lot of pros and cons to those sides and
you know maybe with bugs and eliminating
mosquitoes we’d have certain
corporations and companies profiting off
of it and other farmers losing out I
don’t know there could be pros and cons
to it too let’s wait and see
so Dan here’s another interesting
article that you found and I’m curious
if you could just talk a little bit
about this
it’s just that side gig economy looks
like it’s not nearly as lucrative as it
was a year or two ago that’s right
you’re talking about Buber they did a
study where they took the average amount
that people earned in 2013 five years
ago and compared it to today and it’s
remarkably lower it’s 53% less this is
what the average uber driver is earning
this year as opposed to 2013 and there
could be several reasons for that it
might be that Buber drivers are working
less hours that demand hasn’t really
increased to meet the number of drivers
the prices have fallen there’s more
competition with lyft and other things
people are doing the scooters now are
they doing school
Simonton I haven’t seen any scooters no
they’re pretty cool when you come out
here to LA next time we’ll go to Santa
Monica yeah it’s full of people on
you know Millennials out everywhere
outside of their cars in the community
it’s fun to watch but that’s
controversial too a lot of people are
trying to get rid of them because
they’re living on the sidewalks well
everywhere you go there’s these scooters
that are electronic and people don’t put
them away nicely they just throw them on
people’s lawns they throw them on
business sidewalks and they’re just
literally everywhere I mean there’s a
new Segway you know remember what
everybody was whipping around on segways
now with scooters and well what you’re
saying is true I mean it’s a fad
obviously people love it and it’s funny
I just went to church this morning and
walked outside and there was you know
maybe 20 of these scattered right on
like near the lawn right in Monaca and
it’s just funny to see that but I mean
the positive things are people are out
in the community more I mean when you’re
behind a car in Los Angeles you don’t
talk to each other at least you can make
eye contact with people and it’s fun I
see people out on dates to people on a
scooter they’re going up and down the
path you know on the ark it’s a lot of
fun so I’ll have to show you that next
time you’re here that’d be great maybe
you can tweet out a picture of those so
to get back to the side gig and how it’s
being affected is the fact that it’s
harder to make money in a side gig
because prices are getting more
competitive is that better for the
consumer like myself if I wanted to go
get an uber am i seeing that the price
of an uber is dropping or is it really
just the amount of money that’s going
into the uber drivers pocket because
they’re getting less fares you know
perhaps but you’ll find what surge
pricing you know there’s times of the
day where it really is more expensive so
I don’t really know how much you’re
saving as a consumer it’s it’s
frustrating I mean the taxi drivers that
were here 20 years ago
have been working ever since some of
them have switched over to Ober and I
just feel like their paychecks keep
getting cut and I think maybe even in
the next five years we might see robots
take over and have self-driving Ebers
and so you know it really is frustrating
that you know the robots are coming for
our jobs and robots are coming it might
be good for the consumer in a way but I
think you’ll find that if you looked at
the data you’re probably spending just
as much as a consumer I don’t really
know how much you’re saving since 2013
so I think the big businesses are
probably winning here that’s my opinion
so I think it’s interesting just from
reading this article and your notes on
it it looks like it’s really because
this decline in them making money is
because there’s more and more people who
are driving for uber or lyft or some of
these other side gigs meanwhile you’ve
got a very fascinating note in here that
says leasing apps like Airbnb Turbo
partly outdoorsy where you can rent your
RV those seem to be on the move and on
the increase in fact the statistic you
have here it says 69 percent revenue has
increased by people posting things that
could be rented like that no numbers guy
yeah if you look at the numbers back in
2013 monthly on average people doing
Airbnb and other other things leasing
out their properties they would get 783
dollars a month and now it’s 1469 so
it’s you know it’s almost doubled and
Airbnb is huge here because people love
to come down here and experience the
sunshine and you know people are taking
more advantage of that with their
properties so that’s positive but I
think when it comes to over and other
ride-sharing apps things are just going
down it seems to me that it’s the
service industry that first had this
spike in popularity like uber and lyft
and we also have skipped the dishes as
another side hustle you can have so is
that like uber it’s ER
yeah it’s like uber eats it maybe a
Canadian thing but basically restaurants
that normally don’t deliver you can go
through skip the dishes and they’ll have
a minor fee to deliver you food I used
it all the time when I was working out
at an industrial site during night shift
and I wanted to feed a bunch of angry
construction workers and so it’s like Oh
donators for everybody so that everybody
knows that Donaire is actually a year
amazing it’s got this white sauce that’s
made out of sweetened condensed milk
it’s not available in the United States
the second you go to Canada get off the
plane and get it on there ask you to go
there yeah sweet white sauce you’ll be
in heaven
so anyways they I use skip the dishes
ooh it would be exactly like uber eats
so that’s the service industry and it
looks like it’s spiked and now a lot of
people are into the service industry and
it’s harder to make money meanwhile on
the rental industry Airbnb partly Turo
and the one I want to talk about is
outdoorsy that seems to be on the rise
as more and more consumers are
comfortable with using these apps I
think that actually lyft and uber paved
the way once people got in there first
uber and realized this isn’t a scary
person who just signed up and is trying
to make some money it might murder me
right which does happen like we talked
about last week it does happen but it
looks like people are becoming more
comfortable and starting to trust these
services for example outdoorsy is an app
that I’m looking at using next summer I
have a motor home that sits and doesn’t
get used all the time and I’d like to
make some money off it and on outdoorsy
people can rent my classe which is a big
bus and it’s a diesel pusher now I’ve
got a friend who has a gas class eight
lights a bus not nearly as nice as mine
and he listed it just before the May
long weekend this de spring
and he said within a week he had over
$10,000 worth of people booking his RV
and I thought 10,000 you know just think
of the amount of money you could make
how many people have trailers or
motorhomes just sitting in storage or in
their backyards that could be out making
them money so perhaps we’ll see this
spike as we talked about with the
service industry and maybe we’ll see a
drop-off as more and more people get
into things like Airbnb and Turo and
outdoorsy but still it’s an opportunity
to make some money on the side
that’s not really exciting also for our
American listeners the main long weekend
is Memorial Day a lot of people know
that is I’ve tried that a few times it
is the next thing I want to talk about
is that Apple actually just bought
Shazam do you ever use Suzanne I choose
them all the time
so I remember when Suzanne first came
out and I tried to show some friends how
cool it was it’s the app where you stick
it next to a speaker and within a few
seconds it knows what the song is and I
had a lot of friends push back at first
and say why would I do that I can just
hear the words in the song and then type
it in a Google search well you know
there’s some times where you can’t
understand what it is or maybe you’re
listening to a song that’s just a beat
so it’s been quite popular and I think
it’s actually driven the sales for a lot
of streaming downloads and it’s been
quite profitable and I think that’s one
of the reasons why Apple wants to own it
now they claim that they’re gonna take
away the advertisements for it and they
actually spend 400 million dollars on it
now here are some of these numbers I’m
kind of a numbers person so did you know
that Shazam has been downloaded over 1
billion times I mean I see people even
live on the earth 7 8 billion by that’s
1 7 that’s insane right that 1/7 of the
people of the earth have it and they say
that it’s used over 20 million times a
and so if you take the population of
like the Southern California that’s
everyone here using it once a day that’s
insane yeah it’s absolutely insane to
think how many people use it I love
using Shazam I even had the the little
the app on my phone where I could just
push it and and oh here’s the song and
then I could click on it I get
downloaded from iTunes I could watch it
on YouTube I mean all these things were
a fantastic way to get this music onto
my phone so I think that’s why Apple
says we don’t need advertising Shazam
needed the advertising and it considered
itself a little bit of a radio player
I’m guessing and that’s why advertising
naturally fit in with the Shazam model
however apples gonna benefit hugely I’m
sure it’s already benefited hugely by
having people Shazam and then instantly
going to buy like what does this mean
that people that aren’t Apple will have
a harder time recognizing songs is this
mean Samsung phones or you know other
kinds of Android tablets maybe wouldn’t
have the opportunity I’m sure they’ll
still be able to download Shazam but so
to get to your question I’m a little bit
concerned about that as well
I don’t think it will be harder to
Shazam a song and know what the song is
or even have access to its lyrics and
all the fun things that Shazam is known
for but what I’m concerned about is it
may not be as simple to go to youtube
and say I want to watch the video of
this in youtube so that’s what my
concern is I think they may try to push
Google and YouTube out by making it more
of an apple centric service interesting
one other cool article that I wanted to
talk about before we get into the geeky
stuff is did you hear that they actually
have an implant that has helped to
people with paralysis walk again so this
is pretty cool this is based out of I
believe it’s Tennessee so in NBC News
that at least five people whose legs
were completely paralyzed are walking
again two of them with no outside health
thanks to a specialized program of
therapy and a pain stimulator implanted
in their spines um so this is kind of a
big dream right to help people that are
paralyzed walk again and we’ve seen a
lot of things like exoskeletons we’ve
seen you know muscle stimulation but I
think this is really exciting this is a
cool advancement it’s the latest in most
dramatic advancement in the approach to
treating spinal cord injuries and yes
aluminum University of Louisville in
Kentucky actually that that is working
on that I look forward to seeing a
little bit more about that I’ve seen
exoskeletons used for people with spinal
injuries I think that the sky’s the
limit with what they can do
I mean cyberpunk is coming usually what
we see in science fiction from 20-30
years ago are a reality today I mean
Captain Kirk had an iPad so we’re going
to see similar things happen I think
this is even greater than the
exoskeleton because you’re actually
doing some repair to those those nerves
I look forward to seeing what happens I
also wanted to talk really quickly about
Sirius XM acquiring Pandora three point
five billion dollar deal recently that
happened and this is creating the
world’s largest audio entertainment
company now when I read this I was
fascinated because number one as a
millennial I don’t use Pandora and
number two as a millennial I don’t use
Sirius XM I’m on Spotify amount Apple
music I’m on YouTube those things they
seem kind of like people use them 10 15
years ago do you know a lot of people
that use Sirius XM in their car still or
no actually I don’t
and if I do it’s usually a free service
that comes with the car
they have it for a year the only people
I know that used to subscribe to Sirius
XM were people who worked out in the
bush out in the boonies didn’t have
access to regular radio so if you’re way
up in the Northwest Territories
underneath the Arctic Circle they’re
perfect you can get radio and you can
listen to Howard Stern in a way you go
but I said you can really get serious XM
up in the Northwest Territories oh yeah
yeah because it’s satellite based so I
think that there will always be a market
for satellite based radio you know and
perhaps it will grow in areas like the
second world instead of the first world
places where people are becoming more
affluent but maybe they don’t have
access to radio and Internet like we
have here however I absolutely agree
with your insight as to Millennials and
even myself I’m a generation Xer and I
don’t listen to regular radio I don’t
watch regular TV I use streaming
services like Netflix and I would use
Hulu if we could get it here in Canada
because I sure don’t know we actually
can’t even get Pandora here but I use
Spotify and I’m seriously thinking about
going to youtube music because I am an
Android person and a Google user and
that’s just one more service that falls
underneath the umbrella of Google and so
to me that just seems like a no-brainer
to just migrate that way but I think
you’re right this could be a bad buy but
I think Sirius XM realized that on the
way out they’re seeing a drop in
subscribers they see the Internet as the
savings to their to making money and
this is something that they could afford
seven billion is a lot of money
wait a minute 3.5 billion is good
Towson’s yeah chump change right
but that being said I I think that it’s
it’s they’re betting on the wrong horse
now what’s interesting to get into that
streaming media business there’s another
article here that you posted that says
streaming accounts for 75% of music
industry revenue now that’s in the US
alone but that’s huge then I think that
really shows they’re betting on the
wrong horse by going with radio based
listening to music so Pandora although
when it first came out was neat because
it would say oh you like this song and
here’s a radio station I’ve created
well Spotify does that and Spotify makes
recommendations and says hey I think
you’re gonna like Swedish country music
and I was like Swedish country music I
don’t think so and then I listened to it
and I was like this is great this is not
ABBA meets Willie Nelson like it’s it’s
alternative it’s cool and guess who knew
I would like it Spotify
really oh yeah okay you know one of the
most fascinating things in this article
about the streaming music is that did
you know that vinyl is 13% of the sales
now and that’s almost as much as CDs or
more that’s insane right I have a few
friends that listen only to vinyl and
you know it’s kind of a thing where you
go into their house and they have the
vinyl on yeah do people do that up there
oh sure I mean it’s an audiophile thing
and it’s it’s retro and it’s kind of
cool it’s kind of a hipster and maybe
the sound is a little bit better but
really CDs are retro too so to be able
to say he knows CDs or 12% they used to
be a hundred or or 95 percent and to say
vinyl is 13 it used to be a hundred
right until cassette tapes came out so I
still see yeah vinyls increasing because
of its audiophile appeal
it’s retro appeal but it’s not gonna
grow much more than that it’s not gonna
take over the music industry we are
going digital and I think what we’re
gonna see in the future is streaming
apps that are going to get their packets
of music in better quality smaller
chunks so we’re not using all of our
data and when 5g networks come out it’s
just gonna be that much easier to stream
that’s true you know I have a funny
story yesterday a patient was telling me
she wanted to get me this DVD for me to
watch yeah and you know there I guess
there’s this DVD store somewhere in Los
Angeles about she was gonna get it for
me and I told her I don’t have a DVD
player I mean what have you have your
playstation before I don’t have a
Playstation yeah literally my laptop
doesn’t have a DVD player my Roku
doesn’t I mean I couldn’t play it if I
tried so it’s interesting how we’re all
shifting away from physical media and
now you know that streaming music is 75%
that’s fascinating now you had some
articles about Android I can’t believe
it’s been 10 years than it’s been out
yeah actually so yesterday was the 10
year anniversary of when Android made
its first debut on t-mobile actually so
t-mobile had a phone called the g1 which
was also known as the HTC dream so HTC
was the manufacturer and Android was the
OS that was on it and if you see
pictures of this phone I should tweet it
out but it it looks like a really thick
and chunky blackberry that’s all screen
and then you can slide the screen out
and there was a QWERTY keyboard
underneath the screen and I remember
seeing this phone come out and I
remember thinking that’s awesome now at
the time I was a Palm Pilot user and I
had actually just migrated from palm
into Windows OS and I was into these
Windows phones and then to see a screen
slide and have a blackberry type quarter
QWERTY keyboard it was amazing I
remember thinking this is the future
is so cool and also Android started
putting cameras on the front of their
phones not necessarily on the HTC dream
but it was like wow we can get video
cameras now that’s science fiction
that’s crazy and it’s gonna be in my
cell phone
so Android change things now you could
argue Apple actually started to change
and I would agree with you
Apple put the internet in your pocket
that’s what made Apple cooler than
blackberry and cooler than Windows OS
because you actually had the internet in
your pocket it was much better than the
browser’s that the other phones gave you
but Android brought customisation it
brought the Google apps were all
integrated so you have Gmail Google Maps
then later came chrome Docs and photos
and so that’s all totally integrated
into Android so what I like about
Android is how much more customizable it
is you can do a lot more with it you can
tweak it a lot more it’s easier to you
know get under the hood and do things
you want to do with my iPhone I’m
basically stuck with the way it is and I
think it’s a great model but you know I
went to Android for three years you
remember that when I switched over and I
really enjoyed being able to do whatever
I wanted you know live backgrounds I was
able to change and tweak things for my
apps that I was developing it was just a
whole lot easier
yeah so it is it’s great it’s
customizable I really enjoy Android but
now the elephant in the room is the the
many different fractured types of phones
out there right you cannot make Android
as smooth and as seamless as what you
get with the iOS experience and iPhone
because the software is made to work
directly with the hardware so it’s still
great interesting to see so more numbers
so nowadays there are 2 billion people
they’re using an Android device today so
those good memory so anyways it’s
fascinating to see where we’ve come so
to go along with that some other
interesting things in the phone news
this last week we’ve been talking about
the conspiracy theories about the pixel
3 and the leaks that have been happening
with it have they been intentional and
then there was rumors about the pixel 3
ultra another phone that would not have
this terrible ugly notch and so we
finally got some answers this week and
the the answers came from two video
bloggers so the first is Brandon from
this tech today and the one that made it
really famous is John Prosser from
front-page tech and basically they were
the ones talking about these rumors and
and really spreading it and they said
they finally got to talk to an engineer
that works for Google and is actually on
the team for designing the pixel 3 well
first they had to lock down all these
security protocols you know using VPNs
and any messaging we do has to be on an
app that will delete everything within a
few seconds so that there was really no
trace but they said the leaks were not
intentional we thought they were you and
I talked about it as a way to drum up
buzz but it turns out that the leaks
were not intentional it came from Fox
Khan’s Factory in China where they
install the lg screens and that that’s
where some of the prototypes or a bunch
of prototypes were stolen and so that
the leaks happened but then Google
didn’t try to stop the leaks they
actually allowed leaks to continue to
happen so that they could find who is
the source of the leaks and fried or
topples so according to their inside
source they weren’t on purpose but then
they didn’t try to stop it but
unfortunately that means that
it’s gonna have a beastly notch at the
top right it’s not gonna be notice so to
get to the pixel 3 ultra which is this
bezel list notch list foam that we’re
all hoping was gonna show up and save
the pixel brand doesn’t look like it’s
coming so if you remember back in
Google purchased HTC and it purchased
their phone design team and so now
essentially they had two teams they had
the original pixel team and then they
have this HTC team and and the original
pixel 3 team so when they purchased it
the pixel 3 team was already four months
into development and you can’t just
bring a whole new team with all their
tools and all their equipment into the
lab and say use these guys so basically
what they did is they said according to
this inside source
HTC team with all the bells and whistles
and cool equipment you’re now working on
the pixel 4 which is coming out next
year current team you continue with the
pixel 3 and pixel 3 XL and if people
aren’t gonna like it it won’t matter
because you’re done when this is over
anyways interesting so apparently this
engineer was on the pixel 3 team doesn’t
expect to stick around for the pixel 4
looks like he’s already been replaced by
this new team that was purchased with
HTC so I guess we’ll we’ll look forward
to see what happens that is really
interesting now we’ve gotta go but
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Tech Time Episode 6 – iPhone XS, XR, XMax and Lard Sandwiches

iPhone Xs, Xs Max, Xr,

Price! Up to $1,500 USD ($2k CAD). This is crazy.
Tim Cook Defended the Price of the Xs Max by saying, “most people make a deal with their phone carrier and pay about $30 a month for the phone. That’s only $1 a day.”
What do you think? Is it really just $1 a day? If you keep the phone for two years, isn’t it $3.70 a day.
Apple Watch Series 4
$399 – ???
Larger screen, smaller bezels, new UI
Battery extended to 18 hrs – Is this enough?
Do you need 24 hrs? I often find myself traveling.
Easy to charge a phone but a watch….?

Trump Tariffs on China Exclude Apple & Components that go in Apple Products.
Tim Cook suggested that Apple may be too big to tax.
“I don’t want to speak for [the Trump administration], but I think they looked at this and said that it’s not really great for the United States to put a tariff on those types of products,”
After Trump’s Tax cuts Apple’s US back taxes dropped from $78B to $39B; almost on par to Ireland’s taxes where Apple currently is “Headquartered”.
Trump went after Apple about it’s Ireland Headquarters but he appears to happy as Apple announced earlier this year that they were moving their money back to the US (thanks to the Tax Cuts).

Google Remotely Changed Settings on Android Pie Phones.
Google accidentally changed the settings on Android Phones with Android Pie.
They switched on the feature “Battery Saver”.
Went to Reddit to apologize and explain.
“an internal experiment to test battery saving features that was mistakenly rolled out to more users than intended… We have now rolled battery saver settings back to default. Please configure to your liking”.
What do you think of major Corporations having the power to remotely change the settings on your phone?
Not new, Apple has done this with slowing down phones.

Security Experts are Warning Android Users of Fake Apps (Fortnite to blame).
Top10VPN commissioned a study of the most common Malware found on Android devices.
Google play is cracking down on apps to their store (tetris)
Found the malware is coming mostly from Digital Marketplaces outside of Google’s Play Store such as Amazon.
Majority of these Apps are tied to Fortnight which choose to sell it’s app outside of Google’s Play Store to avoid paying Google fees.
These Apps were found to have the ability to spy on the users by turning on their cameras & microphones, record and upload phone calls, reading their contacts & accessing their files, photos and emails.
Dan – As a developer of mobile games, do you feel Apple’s and Google’s store are worth the fees or is Fortnight correct by avoiding them?

Online divorce service says ‘Fortnite addiction’ cited in 200 divorces (lol)
Data mining of divorce hearings show that Fortnite is being increasingly referenced.
Digital addiction is now being added to the three most common causes of divorce (addiction to drugs, alcohol & gambling).

Google Accused of Political Censorship after Pulling Videos of Putin’s Biggest Critic.
Advertisements of Alexei Navalny were taken down at the request of the Russian Government.
Navalny was calling for demonstrations on Sunday to protest the raising of the Russian retirement age (Women to 60 and men to 65; life expectancy is 71).
In Russia it is illegal to campaign more than 24 hours before an election (election was Sunday).
Russian Government considered the Youtube Ads to be campaigning.
Navalny called it “getting the message out for a demonstration”.
Google sided with the Russian Government.
What do you think? Was Google right to side with the Government’s claim it was campaigning or was it political censorship?


welcome back we are now on Episode six I
can’t believe we’ve made it this far are
you doing that I’m doing pretty good
yeah so six this is good we’ve made it
past the average number of podcasts when
they stop it’s five all right so how’s
it going Kenneth are you guys freezing
you know what has been really cold we’ve
had snow on the ground I’ve been
traveling for work and last week I went
to Fort McMurray and it was nicer in
northeastern Alberta than it was an
Edmonton yeah we’ve had this Arctic
front that came down from the Yukon it
dropped into northern BC and then just
shuffled out east towards us so it looks
like we’re gonna be out of it soon but
welcome to Canada September and freezing
cold well I’ll tell you today I had a
pretty good time I actually went to a
lake in Hollywood I don’t know if you
know this but over by the Hollywood sign
there’s a giant lake only eight people
have a house around and they have a
hiking trail so I went into that and
there’s a suicide house there that’s
really interesting what’s the scene it’s
this old Japanese house that has you
know kind of that really cool tile on
the top and it overlooks the lake and
the Hollywood sign and the last person
that owned it committed suicide and so
it’s been on the market now for two
years nobody will buy it and then we
found us we found out from a neighbor
that the people before that committed
suicide and the people before that as
well as those three people in a row they
didn’t know each other they were all
owners of the property killed themselves
in the house like within the last 20
years so that they’re not burial ground
poltergeist was filmed here in the
valley so maybe there you go
but I’m jet technology man we have a lot
to talk about the new iPhone XS and XS
matter tenants
sorry that’s right yeah it is the 10
look at me I sound like I’m 5 years
behind but holy cow that price is crazy
I heard for the best one for the max
that’s gonna be like $1500 American
right what is that equal in canadian
dollars it is one dollar shy of 2,000
bucks it’s almost like Apple chose to be
just under that like 1999 Canadian
dollars that’s just crazy Dan so you’re
gonna spend $2,000 for a phone not me no
that’s like tuition for one semester at
a university in Canada right it’s a
little bit more expensive now but yeah I
mean that’s a lot of money and you know
like how much did you pay for your
computer for your MacBook I need some
that flip that into a phone I feel like
that’s that’s just too much but what’s
interesting is Tim Cook started
defending himself the the day after they
announced the 10s max and this is what
he says he says most people will make a
deal with their phone carrier and he
figures that you pay about $30 a month
to your phone carrier for the price of
the phone and then on top of that
they’ll add whatever services you’re
buying from them and he says that’s only
one dollar a day now I don’t know how
how team cook does math but I broke it
down I thought the average person keeps
their phone for two years
and I personally keep it a little bit
longer but I think it’s probably two
years and when I did the math 1,500
bucks comes out to about three dollars
and 70 cents a day that’s insane that’s
like a McDonald’s meal every day just
for your phone right
or super grande I just drink water I’m
just gonna say no that is really
expensive and if you think about it it’s
a lot like leasing a car right like it
seems like oh I’m gonna have this
Mercedes and it’s only $300 a month
well it’s not really yours right I mean
you drive it off a lot it’s really
you’re renting the car from the car
company and you can’t do over a certain
number of miles and it’s it’s terrible
you’re getting fleeced right so just
like this with the phones you think it’s
yours you drop it in the toilet guess
what you know you’re out fifteen hundred
bucks unless you have AppleCare hey
they’re waterproof now so that’s good
but just thinking about leasing the
phone I mean that’s ridiculous maybe the
next step is a mortgage all right we
should take out 30-year mortgages maybe
they’ll let us fix the interest rate and
4.5% yeah $2,000 is a lot of money for a
phone especially because by the time you
pay it off in two years the next biggest
thing is going to come out you’re not
even gonna want it anymore so I agree
now Dan I know you love BSE and I saw
this coming the SE is dead the iPhone 6
and the 6s is gone the net is gone to
buy the 10 I think that was wise of them
because that’s what I was going to do I
don’t know about you but I like to buy
last year’s model for a cheaper discount
well guess what you can’t do that
anymore because it’s not there to buy
unless you go on eBay but you can’t buy
a new one from the source anymore and
that’s why they did the are the XR is
based or the 10r is basically our answer
to that so what do you think you’ve now
seen it you’ve seen videos you probably
haven’t held one but since your next
phones gonna be an Apple phone are you
happy with the form factor now you’re
gonna have to deal with the knotch
there’s no getting away from the notch
unless you buy a7 which I believe they
or maybe it’s the eight they’re still
selling so would you go with a
clunkier older phone that’s notch less
or a phone that’s the exact same height
and width but a little bit thinner and
way bigger screen real estate which but
you deal with the notch what do you
think oh man I’m gonna have to deal with
the knotch I’ll tell you what Matt two
days ago I was dealing with notch L
because I was trying to reprogram my
game my mobile game for the knotch
and I thought it would be easy I mean
I’m sure there’s a ton of developers
online that have run into the same
problem I have using unity and then
needing to do space at the top for a
notch so I thought it would be an easy
fix maybe a patch I could plug into
unity that’s the program I used to
program my games it took me six hours of
complicated math I was doing the
Pythagorean theorem because all the
screens are so different and it’s funny
one thing that we’re not talking about
is the aspect ratio of the 10 is
actually different it’s a little bit
skinnier than the other ones and so all
of my tiles for my game wouldn’t fit
properly on it not just a notch but just
the shape of it if you’ve noticed the
aspect ratio of the iPhones ever since
the the 5s it’s always been the same up
until the 10th and so everything’s
really changed am i frustrated yes would
I buy a new one of course of course
we’re gonna donate money were to the
cult of Apple I’ll tell you one thing I
would be interested in buying though is
that new Apple watch for 399 a little
bit bigger screen smaller bezel longer
battery life I think they look pretty
slick I like the idea of being up work
and just looking and glancing at my
watch and seeing a text met up being
defective by pulling out my phone I
think that would be needs you’ve got a
bit bit right are you pretty satisfied
with that
I do have a Fitbit um you know what I do
have a Fitbit I like what it does it’s
very simple I think it does an amazing
job with their software as far as the
health app side of things I also really
like the challenges that they have and a
lot of people I know have fitbit’s way
more people that I know have fitbit’s
than they have Apple watches but I gotta
tell you Dan I think the star of the
announcement that happened last Thursday
was the Apple watch series 4 I even and
I wouldn’t say I’m an apple hater but
I’m not an Apple lover like I used to be
I’m almost like that spurned lover that
now is kind of anti Apple if that watch
is hot I’m gonna tell you it’s beautiful
I love the screen on it I think it would
be great I also love how it’s got
speakers it’s now 50% louder than the
series 3 and it’s like a Dick Tracy
watch where you can now actually carry
on a conversation a phone conversation
on your watch without having to bring
your big giant 10s Mac’s phone with you
when you’re going to the gym or working
out however that being said I got a
question for you okay say the battery
life is even better and it’s now 18
hours Wow hours enough I mean as long as
you’re plugging it in every day right
yeah you got to plug it in every day and
here’s the problem with that though and
we could talk a lot about how to extend
battery life when you’ve got lithium ion
in your watch or your phone it’s
actually not healthy to leave your watch
or your phone plugged in once it’s fully
charged and if you’re gonna do that
you’re gonna plug it in overnight and of
course it’s gonna stay plugged in and so
you wake up and take it off so I think
that’s part of the reason why we replace
our phone so much at least for me and
we’ve talked about this in the past its
battery life now 18 hours I’d love to
see 24 i rare
stay up 18 hours but it’s not unheard of
24 is a little bit harder to do but if
you’re traveling if you’re flying across
to Europe or something like that you’re
gonna want something that’s got a little
bit more staying power than 18 hours my
Fitbit last four days now granted I
don’t have a beautiful color display
with Retina display on it or anything
like that but at least I can get four
days out of it and I don’t have to worry
and you can still get your text messages
with the two I do I get text messages I
get notifications and somebody’s calling
I can’t reply on my Fitbit I know the
Aria which is the the latest version
that came out and it’s it looks a lot
like the the old pebble watches because
they purchased pebble I think it’s a
great watch I probably think it’s one of
the better watches you can buy right now
as long as you’re okay with not having
GPS in it it’s a great price and of
course it’s got the Fitbit ecosystem but
Dan that Apple watch series 4 is a sexy
beast well I’d be my favorite story from
you about your Fitbit is that lady that
you know that lost like 50 pounds
because she was competing with you so
let’s say story about that and about how
she’d wake up yeah she’s a good friend
of mine and she was extremely
competitive and she did she lost a lot
of weight it wasn’t like she was
overweight to start with but she just
got trim and we would get in these
Fitbit competitions which I know you can
do with just about any kind of health
device and I would usually sync at the
end of the day and all my data would go
to the Fitbit servers and if it was 11
o’clock at night my phone would start
buzzing because my friend would get on
the treadmill at 11 o’clock just to beat
me that’s great well what’s all I like
about Fitbit those that you can do it
with your Android friends you can do it
with your iPhone friends I mean with the
Apple watch if you’ve got friends on it
it’s just in the Apple ecosystem right
absolutely.i I like that about Fitbit I
hope they can be competitive with Apple
I hope Android can be competitive with
Apple we have these new Qualcomm trips
that are coming out for Android wear and
if those chips don’t make great
I think Android wear it could be dead I
think Apple and Fitbit will grab just
about everything out there they can
Android wear is great from what I can
tell and what I’ve seen it’s just that
it’s got that Android problem of having
so many people making devices for it
that it’s hard to get the coverage the
advertising and I think they’re in
trouble unless these koala comm shifts
can make something special that can at
least match the iPhone series for in
specifications or give me a better
battery you can give me a battery that
will last two days and give me something
equivalent to the series three I’ll
choose that over a series four well it
wasn’t it interesting to find out that
Google was kind of backing off of making
even Android tablets for a while and we
thought forever that it was going to be
neck and neck between them and Apple and
they just said this isn’t profitable
anymore and they don’t really release
tablets anymore wonder if the same thing
is going to happen for the watch yeah
isn’t that interesting
because we used to have was it called
the Nexus phones and then their their
tablets and you know we thought they
were pretty good but then they just
backed off and the tablet has
disappeared in fact even Samsung doesn’t
release as regularly their tablets
I feel like tablets are dropping off I
don’t have any empirical data to back up
that statement right now maybe it’s
something we can follow up with next
week but it really looks like even iPads
are dropping off and apples not focusing
on them the attentions all on these
phones getting bigger so maybe these
phablets are replacing our iPads
exactly what’s happening I mean I I
really never understood the point of a
tablet unless you wanted to watch
Netflix on it you know I mean you can do
everything on your phone and if your
phone has a bigger screen why would you
want to pay for another device that just
gets old in two years and then you have
to replace again I’ve never understood
it yeah I remember when my phone was so
small an iPad was great I Wow look at
all this real estate and I was taking my
iPad to meetings so school board
meetings church meetings things that I
wanted to take notes on and it was like
a little computer well now we have
computers that are basically the size of
a tablet just like I have my windows
surface pro and now we have cell phones
they’re as big as a small tablet I think
as you mentioned I think the tablets
going out and including the iPad so
let’s talk a little bit more about some
news that came out today would you see
the tariffs that President Trump placed
on China
oh let me get political so yeah it
sounds like there are a ton of tariffs
but nothing on Apple how is that
yeah I find that fascinating so Donald
Trump announced 200 billion dollars of
more tariffs on China
but Apple products and the components
that go into them are going to be
excluded and I wondered for a little bit
why this love affair from President
Trump and Apple because Tim Cook’s
actually a well-known Democrat he is not
a Republican and I don’t think he’s
funded president Trump’s campaigns
anywhere in the past so why this special
favor for Apple well I started doing
some research and I was reminded of some
changes that happen just recently so
Apple had been technically headquartered
in Ireland and I think they technically
still are and Ireland has had very low
his business taxes and so it was a good
business move for Apple to be
headquartered in Ireland well president
Trump accused them of being non-american
for being this very American company but
yet headquartered in Ireland and so he
was calling out Apple and saying you’re
an American you’re unpatriotic what are
you doing in Europe and then on the tiny
little island and with the announcement
of the tax cuts that came into effect
earlier this year for businesses it
actually dropped the back taxes that
Apple would pay by 50% so that’s big
they went from owing 78 billion dollars
in back taxes to the American government
to 39 billion dollars and so it now
makes economic sense I think that’s
almost on par to what they were paying
in Ireland and for moving back to the
United States that says okay President
Trump I’m now an American and I’m proud
to be an American and they’re bringing
that money back to the US and so that
ingratiated apple into president Trump
and his administration’s graces and now
look at the break they’re getting huge
break big tax break do you think that’s
going to make them a lot more
competitive on the international stage
and is it fair right so President Trump
is all about renegotiating NAFTA and
trade deals all across the world and
he’s pushing hard and hitting companies
and countries I should say with tariffs
is it fair that his American company is
spared the same tariffs that he’s
placing on non-american companies what
do you think I do know that’s hard to
say I can tell you it’s exciting to go
to other countries and to see people
using American products like Apple
unlike the iPhone I don’t know if it is
fair and
the whole business tax thing I mean I
think it’s good in a way because it
makes it a lot more competitive to to do
business here in the states and I do see
a lot of people going overseas alive but
it’s at the same time you know I know my
taxes this year are going up because of
it really fill that gap they are yeah
and that’s all personal taxes guy
personal taxes are going up not by a lot
just by about $3,000 it’s complicated it
has to do with a change that they did
and the way that the property tax relief
works at the end of the year anyway I
calculated it out and with these tax
drops I’m actually paying 3,000 more so
that will go towards Apple’s pocket I
guess they’re the ones that are saving I
know what you could do with your $3,000
what’s that an iPhone 10s max and a
series for Apple watch it is a little
strange to put money in pockets of big
big businesses and take it away from
property taxes here in California but I
you know it’s if it helps the economy I
guess it’s good I’m pretty neutral on
that I don’t have any strong opinions
either way all right well let’s get some
more strong opinions and let’s get
political political okay that was bad
I’ve been trying to want to do that all
week so Google has gotten political with
Russia and what they’ve done is the
government of russia has asked them to
pull some videos of putin’s biggest
critic and they argued that they pulled
it because it’s campaigning there’s a
law in russia that says you’re not
allowed to campaign earlier than 24
hours before the election i guess that’s
to save on money and bothering people
with so much or perhaps to help that guy
who’s in charge right now but any case
it’s illegal and so the government of
russia claimed that their biggest
competitor this
was campaigning meanwhile the individual
his last name is novel Ani
he stated look I’m just doing these
YouTube advertisements trying to get
people out to protest against Putin’s
latest rising of retirement age he’s
raising women’s retirement age to 60
years old and men’s to 65 and that’s
pretty much on par with what we’re
seeing here in North America but keep in
mind life expectancy in Russia is still
only at 71 so yeah it’s significantly
lower so it’s kind of like saying okay
you’re not allowed to retire until
you’re at 90 percent of your life
expectancy so what do you think do you
think Google was right to side with the
government and say okay you know this
looks like he’s campaigning let’s pull
it or do you feel that with freedom of
speech you should be able to get on
YouTube and call on your supporters to
demonstrate an issue that you feel is
relevant absolutely I think you should
be able to call on supporters to help
you out it was fascinating Matt that
there are only up to 71 years old
yeah that’s terrifying is it just the
the labor that they do or is it the
types of food that they’re eating or the
lifestyle yes so I was surprised too I
actually thought it was more like 65 and
the reason why I thought it was 65 is
when I was living in Russia that’s
actually where it was in the mid 90s so
I did some research on it and you can
see a graph where they actually went to
their lowest since the 60s in the mid
90s understandably that was when the
government was collapsing and being
replaced over and over again it was a
very politically unstable time the Mafia
was running a lot of the show and I
could get in a lot of details of crazy
things I saw with mafia there but also
there is a very unhealthy lifestyle I
don’t know how many large sandwiches I
eat right like ecology it’s is
now I can’t even speak English it’s it’s
a delicacy that’s the English word I was
looking for right it’s it’s basically
meat jello with chunks of knuckle in it
I can’t be healthy so heart and stroke
issues are a big part of the life
expectancy in Russia there’s a lot of
heavy smoking if you look at the smoking
percentages in Russia versus the West
North America by far is actually ahead
of even Europe I’ll have to confirm that
by doing some research but just my
personal experience walking around
Europe versus North America we just
smoked less also vodka is a huge deal in
Russian culture in fact it’s how you
shake hands and do business you drink a
hundred milliliters of vodka to seal a
deal sure they’ll shake hands but when
you drink that 100 milliliters of vodka
you’ve agreed
that’s your stamp on the document so
with the way that alcohol is ingrained
in the culture and cigarettes and eating
a lot of fatty foods heart and strokes a
big issue so it’s great to hear that at
least they have some kind of a form of
Social Security though I wasn’t aware
that they did and so you’re saying that
that’s that’s what they’re waiting for
is is the payment from the government
right like you could just retire any
time if you wanted to if you’re rich
enough over there right so this is when
you could start collecting your pension
and that’s actually exactly what they
call it they don’t call it old-age it’s
actually just called pension and when
you retire you’re called a pension year
that’s the direct translation of what it
is and it’s a big deal because during
the Soviet era of course all pensioners
were taken care of and it was a much
earlier age I believe it was in your
early 50s men maybe 55 I’ll have to
double check that and then you could
collect your pension so it’s a
significant bump and of course the
Putin’s critics are trying to to rally
and cause them some issues to just talk
about Google real quick I know you have
back them up with Russia did you hear
about how they’re actually changing
settings remotely on people’s phones
without their permission yeah so this
has to do with Android PI and some
people still have it in beta some people
actually have the official rollout but
it looks like what Google was doing is
they were testing some settings and
accidentally released it to a lot of
people in fact they went to Reddit to
explain what happened and apologized and
this is what they say quote and internal
experiments to test battery saving
features that was mistakenly rolled out
to more users than intended we have now
rolled battery saver settings back to
please configure to your liking so your
battery saver came on but that can be
bad what if you rely on apps that are
shut down when battery saving gets set
on or and then that can affect you not
getting your notifications it could
affect your job
it could affect anything where you need
immediate communication but I guess the
bigger question is is that scary it is
that Google goons shut you down yeah if
they can change your settings on your
phone are they also looking at where you
what’s your texting to your friends I
mean no no evil oh right I forgot you
are you told you know how hoover has a
god mode right we’re at their company
they can look and see where all of the
uber drivers are where all of the their
patrons are and you know and they can do
that what if Google could do that and
just see where all has been doing the
same thing for years especially when
they’ve been throttling your speed to
save on battery life right it’s no
surprise that they
can do this is it scary sure are we
putting a lot of trust in these
companies that we’re giving them
thousands of dollars for phones
absolutely how do we feel about it if we
keep buying these devices I guess we’re
okay yeah I guess we’re slowly letting
them take over our privacy which kind of
bothers me honestly I’d like it to be a
hands-off approach I think once you’ve
purchased you their equipment I think
they should leave you alone well okay
this brings up the next topic and I’m
really curious to what you think about
this as an app developer so a lot of
companies are trying to get away from
that ecosystem that both Apple and
Google have created specifically around
their stores and fortnight’s
specifically was the big one in the
press this last month where they chose
not to put Fortnite on Google Play and
instead you have to go to their servers
and download it directly from them and
then that way they don’t have to pay
Google the extra fees that they normally
would have to unfortunately they’re
stuck with Apple because Apple has a
much more enclosed ecosystem and you
can’t really get around it but I’m sure
they would have done the same thing with
Apple if it was an option yeah okay
first of all the Google Play Store is
getting a lot more intense just the
other day I was submitting an
application to it and they had someone
actually go through my game screen by
screen and they wrote me an email and
said you need to change this this and
this and I’ve never had that come back
from Google before so I like that
feedback I I didn’t like the feedback
most of it had to do with their privacy
policies and other things and they had
some other things they wanted me to
change but I was just shocked there was
somebody in Mountain View that was going
through my app and had the time to take
a look at it so they really are upping
their security in the Google Play Store
just like Apple did years ago and so I’m
shocked that Andrew
it’s letting for tonight just install it
using their own ecosystem Oh apples not
I’m sorry Google Play yeah and that begs
the question well things like steam
suddenly get on our phones now without
having to go after an app store because
it really is a lot of money that you’re
giving these companies I believe it’s
like 30% of whatever they purchase right
now I do freemium things where I make a
game for free and then you can purchase
items in it but it’s still 30% goes to
them and so mostly I like to get my
revenue from advertising which still
gives a chunk to Google so either way
you can’t get away from it
but if I was a large corporation that
had created fortnight I mean they’re
gonna make a lot more money this way and
there’s a lot more Android users than
you’d think because a lot of people in
Korea play for tonight a lot of Android
users over there in that countries so I
think that was a smart business move on
their side and I think this is a
slippery slope for Google I think if
they don’t get in an elastomer
though this also brings up another issue
that was actually in the news this week
is some security experts are actually
quite concerned about people leaving
that safer ecosystem of Google Play to
go and get apps and I know on a
jailbroken phone and maybe you don’t
even need to jailbreak iPhones anymore
you can still go get apps okay so you
have to jailbreak which removes your
warranty but you can still go get apps
outside of that protected space so talk
to nvp n actually commissioned a study
about malware found on Android devices
and surprise fries most of the malware
that’s affecting devices right now are
tied to fortnight and yeah I mean in
fact that’s what they found in fact I
think I don’t think it was most I think
it was all the malware that’s causing
grief right now is people going looking
for for at night looking for fortnight
apps that can maybe give them an edge
the game and they’re downloading these
apps onto their phone and giving them
access to record and upload their phone
calls read their text messages read
their emails access their photos I mean
this is scary stuff I mean that’s
exactly what malware is there to do is
to steal your personal information and
then benefit from it by selling it or
blackmailing I mean it’s it’s scary
stuff well not just that but they could
also put a bit minor on your phone and
take away all of your processing speed
and just you know mind their own
bitcoins while you’re trying to use your
phone and you’d have no idea why it’s
going so slow and your data goes through
the roof you have that protected
ecosystem I remember even when we had
Windows 95 windows 3.1 and you know all
the time people at school were telling
me hey Dan can you come over and fix my
computer because I have a virus and so I
would constantly be formatting people’s
hard drives and reinstalling Windows I
mean that was a big problem in the late
90s early 2000s you would have just
people coming up to me all the time and
asking me to do that the problem was all
the time they were downloading stuff but
they shouldn’t and it would install the
malware and it looks like we’re seeing
that again with bones this time I have
one more thing I wanted to bring up
about for tonight before we finish did
you hear about the divorce statistics
this is just an article I found that I
thought was hilarious and there was a
company that started mining data from
divorce courts and was looking at the
reasons why people are getting divorced
they found over 200 divorces within the
last year or so
blamed for tonight addiction as a reason
for divorce
it is hilarious I mean they specifically
said a game they didn’t say
Oh my spouse spends too much time
playing video games they said my spouse
spends too much time on fortnight so I
wonder how many of them were women maybe
2 out of 200 so this is interesting now
digital addiction is a real thing I mean
I hadn’t heard of fortnight being to
blame for in the past four divorces but
I actually do know people who have
gotten divorced over digital addiction
video games pornography these are things
that you can definitely be addicted to
on your technology and it’s now actually
been added digital addiction has been
added to the 3 so it’s now the four most
common causes of divorce so right up
there – addiction to drugs alcohol and
now it’s addicted to digital media
fascinating well that was a great
podcast Matt we will see you guys next
week check us out on YouTube you can
also check us out on Twitter at Tech
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you up next week talk at you next week

Tech Time Episode 1

Notes for Tech Time Episode 1


  • Google continues to track you through services like Google Maps, weather updates, and browser searches — any app activity can be used to track you.
  • By turning off Location History, you’re only stopping Google from adding your movements to its Timeline feature, which visually logs where you’ve been.
  • But there is a way to get Google to actually stop tracking you: by digging through settings to turn off “Web and App Activity.”
  • Tech companies make money by tracking us.
  • Are all of these features worth your privacy? (Zuckerberg tapes his camera)
  • Companies know more about you than you think.


Red (Hydrogen one) Phone Specs and Release date

  • 5.7” Holographic display (No need for glasses)
  • 8K 3D camera attachment
  • 1600 titanium version (priciest), cheaper alluminum version 1200.
  • To be released in the fall of 2018


Magic Leap Specs and Reviews

  • Augmented reality goggles.
  • 2.3 billion and 8 years… still haven’t released goggles.
  • Pre-order $2300 ( you could buy 2 Iphone X’s with change to spare)
  • Reviews pretty mixed.  Seems to be geared towards developers.
  • How does it compare with microsoft’s holo lens?
  • Talk about pokemon go (Santa Monica water pokemon)



Pixel 3 Leaks

  • Apparently it has a very small battery for the screen size
  • Android P has ‘machine learning’ based battery optimization and chipsets become ever more efficient, but apps and games also become ever more demanding
  • Galaxy Note 9 has a 4000mAh battery tmah (Large Pixel 3 @ 6.7 Inches is only  3,430mAh)
  • Battery life is my most important factor


19:55 Note 9 Release (Crazy Price)

  • 128GB of storage in the standard model, a little bit of artificial intelligence, and a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen you can use as a remote control.
    Tesla Stock YoYo
  • 1000 bucks. (Same as iphone X).  More expensive than the Pixel 2 XL ($849)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor (or Exynos 9 if you’re outside the US),
  • a whopping 4,000mAh battery
  • 6 GB of Ram (That’s almost as much as my 1800 dollar new mac book pro)
  • I like the curved glass. I don’t think I’d use the stylus

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Top 5 reasons to get an iPad Pro


It’s finally out!  Apple’s largest tablet to date.  Put away your iPad Air 2 and your MacBook Air.  Here are the top 8 new features for the iPad Pro.

#1. Really large screen


The iPad Pro has an enormous 12.9-inch screen.

Samsung has a few competitors to watch out for.  The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro is 12.2 inches and the new galaxy view is an astonishing 18-inches.

Why such a large screen?  To take advantage of multi-tasting mode.

I’m surprised it has taken until 2015 to get true multi-tasking on a mobile apple product.  Now, you can actually have applications running side-by-side a-la-windows 3.1 (Sorry DOS). </rant>

Previously, audio content could playing while using other apps.  I tend to use this a lot when I’m listening to podcasts or music.  I look forward to the day when I can watch Netflix and chill and brows the Internet at the same time with my tablet.


#2. The Pencil

apple pencil

There is a new pencil that you can get for about a hundred bucks.  It can detect the position, force and tilt.  For example if you were to push hard onto the screen, the strokes are much more pronounced.

This idea is not new, and to be honest it is a bit disappointing.  One thing that has always impressed me about apple products is that they typically don’t need accessories to use them.  I applauded apple when they got rid of the original disk-drive and then  again when they got rid of the super-drive.  Less seems more simple to me. </rant>

Hopefully there will be a niche market of artists and designers that will be able to take advantage of this feature.

Another disappointing fact is that the pencil needs to be charged and will most likely get lost a time or two.


#3 Desktop-style performance


That large screen needs to be fast and efficient.  The new iPad pro comes with the A9X processor, it boasts twice the memory bandwidth of the older A8X and double the storage performance.

It’s a 64 bit processor, which probably is a bit overkill since that is only really necessary if there are over 4 gigs of ram.  I suppose it’s good to lay the groundwork for future tablets with over 4 gigs of ram. </rant>

Make no mistake about it, the iPad Pro has a lot of competition.  The new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 actually runs full desktop applications and mobile apps.  Hopefully the “desktop-style” performance can keep this tablet up with the pack.

#4. Awesome speakers


Let’s face it, the speakers for the iPhone and iPad really have lackluster performance.  The new iPad Pro on the other hand has four internal speakers.  It also has a new feature that balances the sound based on how you hold it in your hands.  This sounds like a great feature for the beach.


#5. The Smart Keyboard


The new larger screen gives lots of space for the virtual keyboard, but when it comes to creating content I prefer a physical keyboard.  The new keyboard is about 170 bucks and it comes with a smart connector to hook onto the iPad Pro.

Honestly, I think $170 is a bit steep for a keyboard.  Most chrome books sell for the same price.  As with any Apple product, you pay for the gourmet.

Please comment below and let me know your favorite new features for the iPad Pro.