EdTech Situation Room Episode 148

Welcome to episode 148 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Jason’s favorite smartphone weather app (Dark Sky,) the wide range of pricing available now for iPhones from Apple, whether the telephoto lens on the new iPhone 11 Pro justifies the cost, expected announcements from Google about new Pixel smartphones, and announced arcade game support on AppleTV for 3rd party controllers. An identified LastPass password manager identified security vulnerability, an update from the cell phone robocall wars, and the hoopla as well as social-media inspired responses to the podcasting app and platform PocketCasts announcing updates with a paid tier subscription. Resources from the recent podcasting conference in Oklahoma City, the incredible revenue of Chinese podcasts (which are entirely subscription-based), the (likely) predictable demise of MoviePass, and the story of a Macedonian hacker takeover of a pro-Trump Veteran focused Facebook page rounded out the show. Wes also shared a story about a malware / social engineering trick which (sadly) tricked him this week. Geeks of the Week included screencasting tools Loom, SnagIt, and Screencastify. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as Facebook Live via StreamYard.com and Restream.io . 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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  6. Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) – blog: blog.ncce.org
  7. Wes Fryer (@wfryer) – blog: speedofcreativity.org
  8. Dark Sky Weather App (Jason’s fav)
  9. Cheapest iPhone will cost you $449 vs. $1,449 for top of the line (USA Today; 10 September 2019)
  10. iPhone 11 Camera: That’s An Awful Lot of Cash for a Camera (Washington Post, 11 Sept 2019)
  11. iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Review: Thinking Differently in the Golden Age of Smartphones (New York Times, 19 Sept 2019
  12. Verge [VIDEO]: iPhone 11 Pro review: the BEST camera on a phone (17 min, 48 sec)
  13. The Best Budget Phone You Can Buy In 2019 (The Verge; 16 September 2019)
  14. What is HEIC? (MacWorld, 25 June 2019)
  15. Pixel 4 announcement set for October 15 at Made by Google 2019 (9 to 5 Google; 16 September 2019)
  16. All Apple Arcade games with controller support (iMore, 18 Sept 2019)
  17. LastPass fixes bug that could let malicious websites extract your last used password (The Verge; 16 September 2019)
  18. Most of the robocalls you get aren’t coming from AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile numbers (USA Today; 16 September 2019)
  19. Press Release: Pocket Casts Now Available for Free (PocketCasts Blog, 18 Sept 2019)
  20. We Heard You. PocketCasts Blog, 19 Sept 2019)
  21. Pocket Casts is making its podcast app free and launching a subscription service (Verge, 27 Sept 2019)
  22. Who Tells Your Story? Podcasting OKC Conference Resources
  23. US Podcast Industry Is Picking Up Steam but it’s Nothing Compared to China (Time, 9 May 2019)
  24. [VIDEO] Inside the Pocket Casts Acquisition (TWiT, May 2018)
  25. MoviePass is shutting down September 14th (The Verge; 13 September 2019)
  26. The Facebook page ‘Vets for Trump’ was hijacked by a North Macedonian businessman. It took months for the owners to get it back (Washington Post, 17 Sept 2019)
  27. Super Tricky Phishing / Malware / Social Engineering Example from Wes
  28. Wes’ Geek of the Week: ScreencastifyWes’ Class HowTo Videos
  29. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Loom / Snagit

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