EdTech Situation Room Episode 125

Welcome to episode 125 of the EdTech Situation Room from February 13, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the death of NASA’s Mars Opportunity rover, cybersecurity incidents in K12 schools, weak U.S. government enforcement of privacy laws, and criticism of both Apple and Google for allowing Saudi men to use apps to track and oppress women. Controversy over developer use of iOS screen recording capabilities, the unlimited powers of Israeli officials to surveil and utilize personal information of citizens without judicial oversight, and Cisco’s push for privacy regulation were also addressed. The upcoming March 25th Apple event, Amazon’s purchase of mesh router company Eero, and Flickr’s extension for users to upgrade to Pro accounts or face image library deletion were other article headlines mentioned in the show. More analysis of Spotify’s podcast company purchases and the implications that could have for openly syndicated podcasts and a variety of ChromeOS updates from Jason (including forthcoming “virtual desks,” new themes and native PDF annotation rounded out the show. Wes’ Geeks of the Week were the Great Questions list / website from Storycorps and a new Google Phishing Quiz, great to share with your colleagues, students and family members. Jason’s Geek of the Week was “The Wirecutter.” Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights if you can (normally) at 10 pm Eastern / 9 pm Central / 8 pm Mountain / 7 pm Pacific or 3 am UTC. All shownotes are available on http://edtechSR.com/links.


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  8. NASA set to hold funeral for silent Mars Opportunity rover (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  9. The Opportunity Mars rover’s greatest shots and discoveries (TechCrunch; 13 February 2019)
  10. A New Cybersecurity Incident Strikes K-12 Schools Nearly Every Three Days (EdSurge, 7 Feb 2019)
  11. Government watchdog finds weak enforcement of US privacy regulations (CNet, 13 February 2019)
  12. Apple, Google face criticism for app that lets Saudi men track women (13 February 2019)
  13. Apple tells app developers to disclose or remove screen recording code (TechCrunch, 7 Feb 19)
  14. Israel needs new laws to limit intel services’ powers to eavesdrop online (Times of Israel, 7 Feb 2019)
  15. Cisco, like Apple and other tech giants, now wants new federal privacy law (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  16. Apple reportedly holding special Services-focused event at Steve Jobs Theater on March 25th (9 to 5 Mac, 12 February 2019)
  17. Amazon is buying home mesh router startup Eero (TechCrunch, 11 Feb 2019)
  18. Why Amazon buying Eero feels so disappointing (Verge, 12 Feb 2019)
  19. Flickr gives free accounts a few more days to save their pictures from destruction (ArsTechnica, 7 Feb 2019)
  20. Spotify’s Podcast Aggregation Play (Stratechery, 7 Feb 2019)
  21. ‘Virtual Desks’ are coming soon to Chrome OS, here’s an early glimpse [Video] (9 to 5 Google, 13 February 2019)
  22. Chrome Gets A Handful Of Official Themes (Chrome Unboxed; 12 February 2019)
  23. Native Pdf Annotation For Chromebooks Is Live In The Dev Channel (Chrome Unboxed; 8 February 2019)
  24. Jason’s Geek of the Week: The Wirecutter
  25. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Great Questions from Storycorps and Google Phishing Quiz

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