EdTech Situation Room Episode 76

Welcome to episode 76 of the EdTech Situation Room from December 6, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the viability of antivirus software on client computers and the prospects for brain implants (mind-computer interfaces) as described by a current neurosurgeon. Additional topics included Windows 10 ARM laptops, the public health risks posed by Facebook and Google, digital distractions, and Amazon Prime video finally coming to AppleTV. Google-related topics included the current spat over selling products on Amazon.com, which is leading to the blocking of YouTube on Amazon streaming devices, YouTube’s redoubled efforts to address child exploitation online, and the need for AI / machine learning consultants to help companies utilize these technologies to support their business practices. The prospects for privacy in the United State being further eroded by a Supreme Court case focusing on the need for a warrant for cell phone location data and the best selling products during CyberMonday rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included Android battery management strategies, the Windows re-imaging tool Ninite, a science fiction book written by a neuroscientist, and Amazon’s new “Transcribe” service for audio and video files stored on the Amazon Cloud. Please check out all our shownotes (including articles we did not have time to address in this week’s show) on http://edtechSR.com/links and follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechSR for updates.

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Security Guidelines for Congressional Campaigns (TechSolidarity, November 2017)
  9. The Surgeon Who Wants to Connect You to the Internet with a Brain Implant (MIT Technology Review, 30 Nov 2017)
  10. NeuroLutions
  11. Neuralink
  12. Secrets of the Brain (National Geographic, February 2014)
  13. These are the first Windows 10 ARM laptops (The Verge, 5 December 2017)
  14. Qualcomm Is Building Awesome Windows PCs Out Of Smartphone Parts (Wired, 5 December 2017)
  15. How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy (The Guardian, 11 Nov 2017)
  16. Digital Distractions by Jason Neiffer (Classroom 2.0 Live, 11 Feb 2017)
  17. Amazon Prime Video comes to Apple TV, finally (The Verge, 6 December 2017)
  18. ‘We could build something revolutionary’: how tech set underground music free (The Guardian, 22 November 2017)
  19. Google Lashes Out at Amazon by Blocking YouTube (Fortune Magazine, 5 Dec 2017)
  20. Here’s What YouTube Is Doing To Stop Its Child Exploitation Problem (BuzzFeed News, 4 Dec 2017)
  21. Google, Amazon Find Not Everyone Is Ready for Artificial Intelligence (Wired, 1 Dec 2017)
  22. The US could be on the verge of dismantling digital privacy as we know it (Quartz, 29 Nov 2017)
  23. Chromecast & Samsung tablets among best-selling items on record Cyber Monday (9 to 5 Google; 28 November 2017)
  24. Jason’s Geeks of the Week: Take Control of your Android Battery! and Ninite
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: RedDevil 4: A Novel by Eric C. Leuthardt and Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS (TechCrunch, 29 Nov 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 75

Welcome to episode 75 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 29, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed rumors on other edtech podcasts that they are “a bit nerdy,” recent Apple security issues with the default root user account, and YouTube with respect to protecting kids and restricting content. Additional topics included the state of email in 2017 and useful apps / email workflow strategies, the amazingly fast new FireFox browser from Mozilla, exciting new announcements for more Android apps on Chromebooks, and the continued march of automation via AI, especially involving trucking. Geeks of the week included the upcoming December 15-31 “Ditch that Textook Digital Summit” (from Wes) and Google Voice (from Jason.) Refer to our podcast shownotes for all referenced news articles and links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain most weeks on Wednesday night. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Wes and Jason called “a bit nerdy:” EdTech Take Out, Episode 35
  9. Anyone Can Hack Macos High Sierra Just By Typing “Root” (Wired; 28 November 2017)
  10. Apple releases update to fix critical macOS High Sierra security issue (The Verge, 29 November 2017)
  11. YouTube is not for kids (TechCrunch; 29 November 2017)
  12. YouTube advertisers quit over predatory child videos (USA Today; 24 November 2017)
  13. Jellies is a kid-friendly, parent-approved alternative to YouTube Kids (TechCrunch, 27 Nov 2017)
  14. YouTube Kids app (for iOS and Android)
  15. Block YouTube Ads in your Browser: UBlock Origin for Chrome and for FireFox
  16. YouTube Red
  17. Turn on YouTube Restricted Mode for Kids
  18. Email sucks, right?  Email Is Broken. Can Anyone Fix It? (Wired; 27 November 2017)
  19. Hop for Email: https://gethop.com
  20. Google/Apache Wave
  21. David Allen’s Getting Things Done
  22. InBox Zero [VIDEO] (Merlin Mann at Google Talks in 2007)
  23. Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum (Mozilla, 14 Nov 2017)
  24. Ciao, Chrome: Firefox Quantum Is The Browser Built For 2017 (Wired; 25 November 2017)
  25. Firefox Quantum Isn’t Just “Copying” Chrome: It’s Much More Powerful (How-to Geek; 25 November 2017)
  26. https://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php
  27. Chrome is the most popular web browser of all (ZDNet, Jan 2017)
  28. Nearly 60 Chromebooks now have Android apps enabled with more on the way (9 to 5 Google; 15 November 2017)
  29. Microsoft Office Lands on Chromebooks Everywhere (Chrome Unboxed; 22 November 2017)
  30. Will Tesla’s Automated Truck Kill Trucking Jobs? (Wired, 17 Nov 2017)
  31. VIDEO: How job surveillance is transforming trucking in America (Vox, 20 Nov 2017)
  32. Automation could kill 73 million U.S. jobs by 2030 (USA Today; 28 November 2017)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 74

Welcome to episode 74 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 24, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent news articles addressing Apple’s MacBook in our post-PC computing environment, net neutrality and the FCC’s upcoming plan to roll it back, as well as various security news reports from the past two weeks. These included WikiLeaks release of CIA cyber weapon source code, the reported impersonation of Kaspersky by CIA hackers, Uber’s $100,000 cover-up of a large cyber breach, and the dangers posed by a WiFi Pineapple. The 10th birthday of the Amazon Kindle was also discussed, including its history of iterative design and function improvements. Geeks of the week included What’s App (from Wes) and fakespot.com (from Jason), a helpful website to identify fake product reviews on Amazon, Yelp, TripAdvisor and the Apple App Store. Refer to our podcast shownotes for all referenced news articles and links. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain most weeks on Wednesday night. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Why the new Macbook Pro took 4 Years to Develop (CNET, 27 Oct 2017)
  9. In the loop – Jony Ive on Apple’s new HQ and the disappearing iPhone (Wallpaper, 9 Nov 2017)
  10. Why Apple’s next laptop should run iOS (MacWorld, 23 November 2017)
  11. VIDEO: Apple’s What’s a Computer Ad
  12. The FCC has unveiled its plan to roll back its net neutrality rules (Washington Post, 21 Nov 2017)
  13. Trump’s FCC has revealed plans to wipe out net neutrality (Recode, 21 November 2017)
  14. Net neutrality could spur the next big political movement (CNet, 24 November 2017)
  15. EFF provides tool to allow you to instantly lobby Congress to protect net neutrality (9 to 5 mac; 23 November 2017)
  16. WikiLeaks Releases Source Code of CIA Cyber-Weapon (BleepingComputer, 9 Nov 2017)
  17. Wikileaks release reveals CIA impersonated Kaspersky Lab while hacking people (SiliconAngle, 9 Nov 2017)
  18. Dark Cloud: Inside The Pentagon’s Leaked Internet Surveillance Archive (Upguard, 17 Nov 2017)
  19. How a Wi-Fi Pineapple Can Steal Your Data (And How to Protect Yourself From It) (Vice, 20 Nov 2017)
  20. Uber Concealed Cyberattack That Exposed 57 Million People’s Data (Bloomberg, 21 Nov 2017)
  21. How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You’ve Ever Met (Gizmodo, 7 Nov 2017)
  22. You’re Browsing a Website. These Companies May Be Recording Your Every Move. (Wired, 16 Nov 2017)
  23. We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself (NY Times Editorial, 19 Nov 2017)
  24. How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into chaos (The Guardian, 19 Nov 2017)
  25. The Lawsuit that Could Shine a Light on Cambridge Analytica (NoteToSelf, 21 Nov 2017)
  26. Quick guide to asking Cambridge Analytica for your data (Medium 15 Feb 2017)
  27. By year’s end, you’ll know if you liked a Kremlin-created Facebook page (ArsTechnica, 22 Nov 2017)
  28. Facebook will identify what Russia-linked content you liked (CNet; 22 November 2017)
  29. 2 big innovations that made Amazon’s Kindle a success (CNet; 24 November 2017)
  30. How the Kindle was designed through 10 years and 15 generations (TechCrunch; 23 November 2017)
  31. Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders (Agilebits on 1Password, 18 May 2017)
  32. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Fake Spot – Spot fake reviews! www.fakespot.com
  33. Wes’ Geek of the Week: What’s App

EdTech Situation Room Episode 73

Welcome to episode 73 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 8, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed how to run Windows software on newer Chromebooks using CodeWeavers’ CrossOver, recent congressional testimony by Silicon Valley leaders, and Twitter’s expanded 280 character limit. Additional topics included the EPA’s recent approval to release genetically modified mosquitoes in 20 U.S. states and the rise of global “Net States.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Chromebooks Get Windows Software Via CodeWeavers’ CrossOver (Android Headlines, 8 November 2017)
  9. Run Windows Apps On Your Chromebook With Crossover – Sort Of (Chrome Unboxed)
  10. Sen. Al Franken torched Amazon, Facebook and Google for using their algorithms to maintain their massive footprints (Recode, 8 November 2017)
  11. It’s not just a Trump problem — we all have to take responsibility for Twitter (Recode, 8 November 2017)Twitter is rolling out 280-character tweets around the world (The Verge, 7 November 2017)
  12. Twitter’s 280-Character Limit Is Here to Stay (PC Magazine, 7 November 2017)
  13. EPA approves ‘good guy’ mosquitoes to battle Zika (Engadget, 8 Nov 2017)
  14. Facebook and Google Are Actually ‘Net States.’ And They Rule the World (Net States Rule The World; We Need To Recognize Their Power) (Wired, 4 Nov 2017)
  15. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Jelly!
  16. Wes’ Geek of the Week: [VIDEO] Saroo Brierley: Homeward Bound (3 min) and 2016 movie “Lion” (s/o to Google Maps)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 72

Welcome to episode 72 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 1, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the unfortunate limitations of USB-C cables, the slowing of Moore’s law and the growing importance of AI for smartphone sales and function, and iPhone X pre-order sales numbers. Additional topics included survey results about Americans’ opinions of Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft, the U.S Congressional hearings with representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, the need to address online anonymity in light of U.S. Presidential election revelations, and the ways social media is used today to divide our nation rather than unify us. Samsung’s opening of its codebase for the Galaxy S5 has led to some remarkable DIY hacking projects, and Facebook may start requiring publisher to pay to make articles visible in user news feeds. All these topics and more were discussed in this week’s episodes. Jason’s geek of the week was a collection of Google related IFTTT recipes and a helpful beginner’s guide to IFTTT. Wes’ geek of the week was Screen Cloud, a Google services connected digital signage platform which is extremely robust and awesome. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The impossible dream of USB-C (Marco.org; 14 October 2017)
  9. Google and Amazon are spearheading a quiet gadget revolution, and it’s going to put pressure on Apple most of all (Business Insider, 29 Oct 2017)
  10. A dormant chip in the Pixel 2 will soon let developers write better camera and AI apps (TechCrunch, 17 Oct 2017)
  11. Here’s how many minutes you had to score a first-day iPhone X (Business Insider, 27 Oct 2017)
  12. How Americans really feel about Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Google, Twitter, and more (Verge, 27 Oct 2017)
  13. Russia’s social media meddling could spell the end of online anonymity (The Verge, 1 November 2017)
  14. Apple CEO Tim Cook says social media is being used to manipulate and divide us (The Verge, 1 Nov 2017)
  15. Four Questions For Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Everyone Else (@DFRlab, 1 Nov 2017)
  16. Publishers might have to start paying Facebook if they want anyone to see their stories (@Recode, 23 Oct 2017)
  17. Samsung turned 40 Galaxy S5s into a Bitcoin mining rig (Android Authority, 30 October 2017)
  18. Google’s Home Mini needed a software patch to stop some of them from recording everything (Verge, 10 Oct 2017)
  19. Federal Court Ruling: USG Is Free 2 Seize Your Fingerprint 2 Unlock Your Apple Devices (@AEGISAllianceTM, 21 Oct 2017)
  20. Wait Until 8th (
  21. Jason’s Geek of the Week:  Reminder… IFTTT and The Beginner’s Guide to IFTTT (LifeHacker)
  22. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Screen Cloud (Digital Signage)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 71

Welcome to episode 71 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 25, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Microsoft’s play to offer its universe of applications (including the Edge web browser and the Cortana assistant) on Android phones, upgrade woes with iOS 11, and Coda’s efforts to create a new document format merging word processing documents and spreadsheets. Security articles included a shout out to Nicole Perlroth’s September 11th interview on cybersecurity on the World Affairs Council podcast, Facebook security issues and the Facebook privacy checkup, and new attacks including “BadRabbit ransomware” and “The Reaper Botnet.” Jason Snell’s recent article hoping for / predicting a forthcoming Mac Mini update, the incredible learning speed and accomplishments of AlphaGo Zero, SeeSaw’s addition of “Activities” to its classroom app, and new/updated clear solar cells were also discussed. Jason finished out the week’s articles talking about “containers on Chromebooks.” Geeks of the week included discounted Amazon Echos on Woot, the BBEDIT text editor for batch-editing documents, and Storyspheres from Google. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR to stay updated, and join us LIVE for a future show at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain. Check all our shownotes on http://edtechSR.com/links

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Microsoft Edge browser preview makes its way to Android (Engadget, 13 October 2017)
  9. Two Google alums just raised $60M to rethink documents (TechCrunch, 19 Oct 2017)
  10. Google launches native add-ons for Gmail (The Verge, 24 October 2017)
  11. G Camp OKC coming on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City (@gcampOKC)
  12. The Cyberthreat with Nicole Perlroth @nicoleperlroth (World Affairs Council, 11 Sept 2017)
  13. Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World’s First Digital Weapon by Kim Zetter (@KimZetter)
  14. Wes’ Twitter list of Security experts
  15. What’s the [FACEBOOK] Privacy Checkup and how can I find it?
  16. Facebook Security and Login Settings
  17. BadRabbit ransomware attacks multiple media outlets (CSO, 24 Oct 2017)
  18. The Reaper Botnet Could Be Worse Than the Internet-Shaking Mirai Ever Was (Wired, 20 Oct 2017)
  19. A new Mac mini: I want to believe (Six Colors, 23 October 2017)
  20. AlphaGo Zero: Learning from scratch (Demis Hassabis and David Silver of DeepMind, 18 Oct 2017)
  21. Soon We Won’t Program Computers. We’ll Train Them Like Dogs (Wired, May 2016)
  22. Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America’s Power (Science Alert, 24 Oct 2017)
  23. Small Montana firm lands Puerto Rico’s biggest contract to get the power back on (Washington Post, 23 Oct 2017)
  24. SeeSaw Adds Activities to its Classroom App (SeeSaw, 5 Oct 2017)
  25. Containers And Chromebooks: The Future Of Chrome OS (Chrome Unboxed, 22 October 2017)
  26. Chromebooks Capture Canada’s K-12 Educational Tech Market (Chrome Unboxed, 25 October 2017)
  27. Samsung To Launch Chromebook Pro With Better Specs (Android Headlines, 23 October 2117)
  28. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Woot is clearing out Amazon Echos!
  29. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: BBEDIT (backstory: The Podcasting Legacy of Bob Sprankle and The Scholars of Room 208) and Storyspheres (A tool for enhancing 360 images that lets you position audio within a scene, to easily create interactive experiences) via @alicebarr

EdTech Situation Room Episode 70

Welcome to episode 70 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 18, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Google’s new “Advanced Protection” security mode, hacker threats in several US states to parents of students, Microsoft Windows 10 “Creator Updates,” and reports that our solar system has a mysterious “Super Earth” 9th planet well beyond the orbit of Neptune. Additional topics included several updates to Google Earth and Google Maps mashups, recent Amazon advertising mistakes, the importance of media literacy education, and the emerging narrative of how Russian operatives appear to have subverted democracy in the U.S. 2016 Presidential election using Facebook targeted ads. “Speed round” article topics included a new Russian cryptocurrency, Netflix’ push for original movie and show content, Equifax hack blame falling on “one IT guy,” RSA encryption hacks, the cost of product placement advertisements, Eli Pariser’s “Filter Bubble,” and the secrets of Yahoo search. Geeks of the week included a $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” and the weather website and app “Dark Sky.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Google’s ‘Advanced Protection’ Locks Down Accounts Like Never Before (Wired, 17 Oct 2017)
  9. Google Safety Center
  10. Google Advanced Protection Program
  11. Dark Overlord hacks schools across U.S., texts threats against kids to parents (CSO, 9 Oct 2017)
  12. Desktop Outlook will get a redesign with the biggest changes happening on Macs (ArsTechnica, 16 Oct 2017)
  13. Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update is now available (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  14. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update: the 10 best new features (The Verge, 17 Oct 17)
  15. NASA press release says our solar system has a 9th planet (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  16. The Super-Earth that Came Home for Dinner (NASA JPL, 4 Oct 2017)
  17. NASA’s new ion thruster breaks records, could take humans to Mars (Futurism, 13 Oct 2017)
  18. Space out with planets in Google Maps (Google, 16 Oct 2017)
  19. Nukemap: An Interactive Simulator by @wellerstein
  20. MISSILEMAP by @wellerstein
  21. Google Tour Builder for any Subject by Eric Curts (@ericcurts)
  22. Amazon is telling customers that people bought gifts for their non-existent baby (The Verge, 09/19/2017)
  23. Is Amazon recommending bomb ingredients? (BBC News, 19 Sep 2017)
  24. What Facebook Did to American Democracy (The Atlantic, 12 Oct 2017)
  25. Media Literacy Resources by NewseumEd
  26. Teaching Media Literacy by Rene Hobbs (Media Education Lab)
  27. NPR Show “On The Media”
  28. Authoritarian Cryptocurrencies Are Coming (Bloomberg, 17 Oct 2017)
  29. Putin green lights launch of the CryptoRuble (Russia Today, 17 Oct 2017)
  30. Netflix plans to spend $8 billion to make its library 50 percent original by 2018 (The Verge, 16 October 2017)
  31. Former Equifax CEO Blames One IT Guy for Massive Hack (NBC News, 5 Oct 2017)
  32. Falling through the KRACKs (@matthew_d_green , 16 Oct 2017)
  33. KRACK mass Wi-Fi attack: Who is to blame? (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  34. As devastating as KRACK – New vulnerability undermines RSA encryption keys (ZDNet, 17 Oct 2017)
  35. Here’s how much social media stars get paid to post ads (ReCode, 14 September 2017)
  36. “The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web Is Changing What We Read and How We Think” by Eli Pariser (2011)
  37. TEDTalk: Beware Online Filter Bubbles by Eli Pariser (2011)
  38. Verizon Open Sources Yahoo! Search: Verizon Reveals The Secrets Of Yahoo Search (Wired, 26 September 2017)
  39. G Camp OKC – Saturday November 4, 2017 (@gcampOKC)
  40. Geek of the Week (Jason) Best cross platform weather app: https://darksky.net
  41. Geek of the Week (Wes) $10 “FIDO U2F Security Key” (compatible with Google 2 Step Verification)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 69

Welcome to episode 69 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 11, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Twitter’s plans to double the character limit to 280, Microsoft giving up on Windows Phone, Google’s Investment in Neverware, and the emerging details about Russian election hacking and Russian company Kaspersky. Additional topics include the role of social media in distributing news today, “what happens in an Internet minute in 2017,” and podcast hosting services going offline (Opinion and AudioBoom). Gene therapy for Leukemia, Dropbox innovation, Tim Cook’s surprising comment about AR computing hardware, and Facebook’s new VR headset rounded out the week’s articles. Geeks of the week included Facebook Messenger Lite and Podiant for podcast hosting. Teachable Machine from Google was also shared by Ben Wilkoff in the chat room. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Twitter Considering a Daily Double: More is less: The case against 280-character tweets (CNN, 27 September 2017)
  9. Wes on Mastodon: https://mastodon.cloud/@wfryer
  10. Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile (BBC 9 October 2017)
  11. Google invests in Neverware, a startup that’s turning dead PCs into Chromebooks (THe Verge, 11 October 2017)
  12. Jason’s Review of Neverware CloudReady
  13. Israeli spies ‘watched Russian agents breach Kaspersky software’ (BBC 11 October 2017)
  14. How Israel Caught Russian Hackers Scouring the World for U.S. Secrets (NYTimes, 10 Oct 2017)
  15. From TV to Twitter: How Americans Get News Now (@pewresearch, 29 Sep 2017)
  16. What happens in an internet minute in 2017? (World Economic Forum, 31 Aug 2017) via @pgeorge
  17. Opinion Podcasts discontinuing free hosting 1 November 2017
  18. Audioboom is ending its free service. Here are some free mobile audio tools you can use instead (Online Journalism Blog, 9 Oct 2017) via @joedale
  19. Dropbox’s quest to win your heart, and Wall Street’s too (CNet, 3 October 2017)
  20. FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Leukemia (Genome Magazine, 2 October 2017)
  21. Tim Cook says the tech ‘doesn’t exist’ for Apple to make good augmented reality glasses (The Verge, 11 October 2017)
  22. Facebook-owned Oculus built another VR headset: the $199 wireless ‘Oculus Go’ (Recode 11 October 2017)
  23. Podcast hosting options listed on http://showwithmedia.com/radio-show/
  24. Alice the Magician (amazing work extracting scents for cocktails, food, and VR worlds)
  25. https://teachablemachine.withgoogle.com/ (via @bhwilkoff)
  26. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Messenger Lite Now Available in the US
  27. Wes’ Geek of the Week: Podiant for Podcasting (background: Podiant – A Great Platform for Podcasting and Migrated Podcasts

EdTech Situation Room Episode 68

Welcome to episode 68 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 4, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed today’s exciting Google event and product announcements, with (as always) an eye toward the educational implications of the news. Discussed Google product announcements included the new Pixel2 smartphone, Pixelbuds supporting real-time translation in 40 languages, the updated Pixelbook, the Google Clip Camera, and new Google Home products including the Home Max and Home Mini. Geeks of the week included the Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso (from Jason), an update on the cross-platform video projection option Via Connect Pro, and Google Maps Treks (from Wes). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. The 5 biggest announcements from Google’s Pixel 2 event (The Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  9. Here’s everything Google announced today by (@TechCrunch, 4 Oct 2017)
  10. Behold The Pixel 2, Google’s New Flagship Android Phone (Wired, 4 Oct 2017)
  11. Google’s Pixelbook Is The First High-end Chromebook In Years (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  12. Up Close With Pixel Buds, Google’s Answer To Airpods (Verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  13. Google Clips: A mini camera from Google that costs $249 (9 to 5 Google, 4 Oct 2017)
  14. The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens (@verge, 4 Oct 2017)
  15. New Google Homes: Google Beefs Up Home Lineup With Home Max, Mini (PC Mag, 4 Oct 2017)
  16. VIDEO: A few new things made by Google (1 min)
  17. VIDEO: TWIT Live Specials 326 – Made By Google (2+ hours)
  18. Google Hardware Is No Longer A Hobby (The Verge, 4 October 2017)
  19. Geek of the Week from Jason: Chromebook Comparison Chart from Zipso
  20. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro update,  Google Maps Treks (Example: Pyramids of Giza in Egypt!)

EdTech Situation Room Episode 67

Welcome to episode 67 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 27, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed prison time given to a Volkswagon engineer who wrote the emissions test dodging car code, updates to Google Slides, Team Drives for G Suite users, and G Suite’s new File Stream app for offline file access. Additional topics included the recent war of words between Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, Doug Belshaw’s post about why he deleted all his past Twitter likes/favorites as well as most of his tweets, and an alleged $5 million purchase by Mexico of Israeli technology which permits monitoring of anyone’s cell phone location, text messages and phone calls by just using their phone number or phone IMEI number. (This article prompted Wes’ tin foil hat for part of the show.) The possible risks of biometric smartphone security was discussed, along with a slew of new product announcements from Amazon bring the menu of Alexa-powered devices to eight. (Wes is still not ready to purchase any of them for home use, however.) It’s Happy Birthday time for Google, and apparently time for the U.S. Congress to fire the current chairman of the FCC,Ajit Pai. Geeks of the week included Gazelle (a smartphone reseller to consider using when upgrading), the free iPad app “TextingStory Chat Story Maker,” and the upcoming “Google Camp OKC” $25 PD event on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in Oklahoma City (@googlecampOKC). Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and reach out to us if you listen to the show! If a particular article or topic is especially thought provoking or interesting to you, please let us know. The EdTech Situation Room is produced live each week (almost) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain time. Thanks for tuning in. Stay safe and stay savvy!

Shownotes:

  1. EdTech Situation Room Listener Survey: wfryer.me/edtechsr
  2. Follow @edtechSR on Twitter!
  3. Audio podcast feed (Subscribe with iTunes or Stitcher)
  4. Video version on YouTube
  5. Check out our video podcast feed and subscribe to our YouTube Channel (episodes also in this YouTube playlist)
  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Tin Foil Hat (English WikiPedia)
  9. VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code (The Register, 25 Aug 2017)
  10. Happy Birthday, Google! Here are 19 random facts about Google on its 19th anniversary (ReCode, 27 Sep 2017)
  11. Present like a pro: these new updates in Slides are designed to make you look good (GSuite Blog, 27 Sep 2017)
  12. Copyright for Educators (from 2009 by Wes)
  13. Team Drives for G Suite!  What Can You Do with Team Drives?
  14. Google File Stream Released at last for GSuite Users! Choose and deploy a sync solution –  Install Google File Stream
  15. Using Google Team Drives to Create and Share Lesson Plans (by @NKeithBlend, 24 Aug 2017)
  16. Mark Zuckerberg hits back at President Trump’s claim that Facebook is against him (Verge, 27 Sept 2017)
  17. Why I just deleted all 77.5k tweets I’ve sent out over the last 10 years (by Doug Belshaw, connect with him on Mastodon – subscribe to his co-hosted Today in Digital Education – TIDE podcast @TIDEpodcast with Dai Barnes @daibarnes)
  18. Fav Cleaner by Twoolbox (Delete Twitter likes / favorites)
  19. Did Mexico Drop $5 Million On This ‘Unlimited’ Uber-Stealth Spy Tech? (Forbes, 25 Sep 2017)
  20. Why you shouldn’t unlock your phone with your face (@ossia, 12 Sep 2017)
  21. Average iPhone user unlocks device 80 times per day, 89% use Touch ID, Apple says (AppleInsider, April 2016)
  22. Here’s everything Amazon announced today (TechCrunch, 27 Sep 2017)
  23. Amazon’s Echo and Echo Plus are hiding a lot of new tech (The Verge, 27 September 2017)
  24. Amazon announces new Fire TV with 4K and HDR for only $70 (The Verge, 27 September 2017)
  25. Comparing all 8 Amazon Echos (TechCrunch; 27 September 2017)
  26. EFF Resigns From W3C After DRM In HTML Is Approved In Secret Vote (TechDirt, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. An open letter to the W3C Director, CEO, team and membership (@EFF and @doctorow, 18 Sep 2017)
  28. It’s time for Congress to fire the FCC chairman (The Verge, 27 Sept 2017)
  29. Geek of the Week from Jason: Upgrading? Check out Gazelle!
  30. Geeks of the Week from Wes: TextingStory Chat Story Maker (free for iPad) and Google Camp OKC Sat Nov 4, 2017 (@googlecampOKC)