EdTech Situation Room Episode 152

Welcome to episode 152 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 23, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the demise of Nest smart thermostat installations by contractors following Google’s acquisition, the Pixel 4 smartphone, Google fees for GMail storage, and Google’s new “digital wellbeing” experimental apps. Enhanced genetic editing via CRISPR Prime / Prime Editing, the retirement of 8 inch floppy disks from the U.S. Air Force’s nuclear arsenal control systems, the importance of home router firmware updates, credit card skimming software deployed on over 18,000 websites, and the poor password habits of Equifax network administrators were also highlighted. Meme culture and the PSAT, and the potentially contentious copyright bill just passed by the U.S. House of Representatives were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the Week included the video “Scams That Should be Illegal” by @theodd1sout, the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online” by Wes, the free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users offer, and Jason’s relative’s kickstarter campaign for Cardshark! Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com. 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. Home builders ditch Nest products after Google takeover (ArsTechnia, 18 Oct 2019)
  9. The Pixel 4 Is More Like An iPhone Than Any Other Android Phone (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  10. Gmail Hooked Us on Free Storage. Now Google Is Making Us Pay (Bloomberg; 22 October 2019)
  11. Google just launched a handful of clever apps to help you spend less time on your phone (The Verge; 23 Oct 2019)
  12. The newest gene editor radically improves on CRISPR (MIT Technology Review, 21 Oct 2019)
  13. Unnatural Selection on NetFlix
  14. Air Force finally retires 8-inch floppies from missile launch control system (ArsTechnica, 18 Oct 2019)
  15. Is Your Old Router Still Getting Security Updates? (How-To Geek; 12 October 2019)
  16. Darknet Diaries – True stories from the dark side of the Internet (@darknetdiaries)
  17. How meme culture changed the PSAT (ArsTechnica, 20 Oct 2019)
  18. Over 18,000 Websites Infested With Magecart Card Skimming Malware (Forbes; 11 October 2019)
  19. Safety first: the short, simple guide to securing all your passwords (The Guardian)
  20. Equifax used ‘admin’ as username and password for sensitive data: lawsuit (Yahoo Finance, 18 Oct 2019)
  21. House overwhelmingly approves contentious new copyright bill (The Verge; 22 October 2019)
  22. Scams That Should be Illegal by @theodd1sout (9 min) – accompanies the lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online”
  23. Free Google Home Mini for Spotify Premium Users!
  24. Shameless Family Promotion: CARDSHARK!
  25. StreamYard (@streamyardapp)

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