EdTech Situation Room Episode 163

Welcome to episode 163 of the EdTech Situation Room from January 29, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed recent revelations that the Avast Antivirus software program is a dragnet for user browser history sold to interested buyers, Google’s announced extensions to ChromeOS support updates, and Google’s forthcoming AirDrop clone, “Fast Share.” A bizarre but newly validated story of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince (MBS) hacking Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ cellphone via a video link shared privately with him through WhatsApp, controversy over Sonos legacy products and available security patches / software updates, and a variety of Election 2020 resources from a Paul Allison webcast (via Peggy George) were also highlighted. Quick headline shares included the new “Star Trek like” logo of the U.S. military’s newest branch, Space Force, the release of more than 150,000 different art images from the Paris Museum into the public domain, and a New York Times feature article on Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri who is working to “take away the likes” (or at least partial visibility of them in certain cases) on the platform to purportedly help user wellness. Geeks of the Week included Rebble for Pebble (a crowdsourced operating system for the discontinued Pebble smartwatch) and a recent Today Explained podcast about new security researcher reports concerning the alleged Saudi Arabia initiated hack of Jeff Bezos’ smartphone. NOTE NEXT WEEK’S SHOW WILL BE ON THURSDAY NIGHT INSTEAD OF WEDNESDAY! 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 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.orgWes’ Media and Digital Literacy Curriculum / Classroom Website
  8. Leaked Documents Expose the Secretive Market for Your Web Browsing Data (Vice, 27 Jan 2020)
  9. Google announces 8 years of Chrome OS software updates for all new Chromebooks (Updated) (About Chromebooks; 21 January 2020)
  10. Citing Longer Lifespan, Google Bumps Price Of Chrome Management License (Chrome Unboxed; 23 January 2020)
  11. Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video (ArsTechnica, 27 Jan 2020)
  12. U.N. report: Saudi crown prince was involved in alleged hacking of Bezos phone (Washington Post, 22 Jan 2020)
  13. Wes’ student lesson “Don’t Get Tricked Online
  14. Apple: EU can’t make us use your stinking common charging standard (The Register; 24 January 2020)
  15. Sonos CEO apologizes for confusion, says legacy products will work ‘as long as possible’ (The Verge; 23 January 2020)
  16. Election 2020 (educational resources from KQED)
  17. Future Voters Project
  18. Letters to the Next President
  19. Last week’s conversation about YouthVoices and Election 2020
  20. Space Force, We Have a Seal (Air Force Magazine, 24 Jan 2020)
  21. Paris Museums Have Released More Than 150,000 Images of Artwork Into the Public Domain (LifeHacker, 15 January 2020)
  22. This Is the Guy Who’s Taking Away the Likes (NY Times, 17 Jan 2020)
  23. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Rebble for Pebble
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: The Crown Prince and the Amazon King (Today Explained Podcast, 24 Jan 2020)

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