EdTech Situation Room Episode 27

Welcome to episode 27 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 2, 2016, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed a variety of announcements from both Microsoft and Apple from recent PR events. Topics included Microsoft’s Surface Studio, Apple’s refreshed MacBook Pro, AppleTV updates, and the changing identities as well as customer niche foci of Microsoft and Apple. Jason and Wes discussed the wisdom or folly of Apple going “all in” for the USB-C port in new MacBooks, and the possibility that laptop innovation has plateaued across platforms today. They also talked about the massive and unprecedented cybertattacks from two weeks ago, the role of hacked IoT (Internet of Things) devices in the attack, and the implications of this hostile cyber-environment for consumers as well as schools. Wes gave a big shout out to Brian Krebs, his security blog, and 2014 book “Spam Nation – The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door.” Geeks of the week included the WorkFrom App for iOS (from Jason) and political messaging games on GOParcade.com (from Wes). Check out past episode shownotes on https://edtechsr.com/links and be sure to follow @edtechSR for updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/edtechsr as well as on Facebook. If you listen to the show, please submit our listener survey using the shortened link http://wfryer.me/edtechsr which forwards to a Google Form. Your feedback and suggestions on the show are appreciated!


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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach)
  7. Wesley Fryer (@wfryer)
  8. The 2016 K12 Online Conference has started!
  9. Microsoft unveils Surface Studio in bid for creative professionals (Guardian, 26 Oct 2016)
  10. VIDEO: Introducing Microsoft Surface Studio (2:13)
  11. The Bizarre Role Reversal of Apple and Microsoft (@backchnnl, 28 Oct 2016)
  12. Everything Apple Announced at the MacBook Event that Actually Matters (Lifehacker, 27 October 2016)
  13. Apple’s new MacBook Pro kills off most of the ports you probably need (TechCrunch, 27 Oct 2016)
  14. This is why Apple killed the SD card slot on the new MacBook Pro (The Next Web, 2 November 2016)
  15. Here’s why Apple kept the headphone jack in the new MacBook, but not the new iPhone (Business Insider, 2 November 2016)
  16. ‘Minecraft’ is coming to Apple TV (Engadget, 27 Oct 2016)
  17. Apple quietly kills non-Retina MacBook Pro it sold for four years (ARStechnica, 27 Oct 2016)
  18. What Last Week’s Internet Shut Down Really Means (Backchannel by Susan Crawford, 26 Oct 2016)
  19. Dyn Analysis Summary Of Friday October 21 Attack (Dyn Blog by @wscotthilton, 26 Oct 2016)
  20. Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage (Brian Krebs @briankrebs, 21 Oct 2016)
  21. DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say   (Guardian, 26 Oct 2016)
  22. Book: Spam Nation – The Inside Story of Organized Cybercrime-from Global Epidemic to Your Front Door by Brian Krebs (per Wes: should be required reading for anyone studying computer science, coding, or the Internet today)
  23. ‘Internet Of Things’ Hacking Attack Led To Widespread Outage Of Popular Websites (NPR, 22 October 2016)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the week: WorkFrom App on iOS
  25. Wes’ Geek of the week: “Bomb the Right Place” by @GOParcade (more background)
  26. Tomorrow/Thursday night: #k12onlineconf live panel!

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