EdTechSR Ep 198 – We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions

Welcome to episode 198 (“We Loved Thee, Google Expeditions””) of the EdTech Situation Room from November 18, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed FCC changes to United States bandwidth spectrum affecting WiFi and automotive emergency communication, faster Google Chromebook chips and Google Product Black Friday specials, and the benefits of YouTube Premium. The depressing demise of both Google Expeditions and Google Tour Creator in Summer 2021, Google Pay’s impressive upgrade, GitHub’s decision to support fair use, and favorable reviews of Apple’s new M1 chip powered laptops which are convincing Jason to return to the Apple user fold were also highlighted. An alarming revelation about the poorly perceived reach of Facebook’s economic surveillance methods was also discussed. Geeks of the Week included Wes’ preview video for the December #digiURI Media Club meeting (discussing the March 2020 TED Radio Hour, “IRL Online” and the case for remote learning at home with TWO monitors. Our show was live streamed and archived simultaneously on YouTube Live as well as our Facebook Live page via StreamYard.com, and compressed to a smaller video version (about 100MB) on AmazonS3 using Handbrake software. Please follow us on Twitter @edtechSR for updates, and join us LIVE on Wednesday nights (normally) 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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  8. FCC takes spectrum from auto industry in plan to “supersize” Wi-Fi (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  9. Google Store Black Friday 2020 deals: $649 Pixel 5, $149 Home Max, $20 Nest Mini (9 to 5 Google, 16 Nov 2020)
  10. Mediatek Unveils 6nm Cpu Designed Just For Chromebooks (Chrome Unboxed; 10 November 2020)
  11. Here’s Why Mediatek’s New Chromebook Arm Processors Are So Important [Video] (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  12. Why MediaTek’s new chips for Chromebooks are more exciting than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7c (About Chromebooks; 12 November 2020)
  13. Youtube Premium Is Actually A Great Deal And Google Wants You To Know It With A New Benefits Overview (Chrome Unboxed; 11 November 2020)
  14. Google’s virtual reality Expeditions app is going away, but it’s not bad news (Mashable; 14 November 2020)
  15. Google Tour Creator being killed off too 🙁
  16. Google Pay relaunch transforms it into a full-fledged financial service (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  17. GitHub agrees RIAA claim is bunk, restores popular YouTube download tool (Arstechnica, 17 Nov 2020)
  18. Facebook’s tracking tools are even worse than we feared (Input, 13 Nov 2020)
  19. Mega Review Page: Apple M1 Mac reviews: Impressive performance and battery life, iOS apps are a mixed bag (9 to 5 Mac; 17 November 2020)
  20. Apple Silicon M1 Emulating x86 is Still Faster Than Every Other Mac in Single Core Benchmark (Mac Rumors; 15 November 2020)
  21. Microsoft wastes no time making Universal Office app for Apple M1 Macs (Eric Abent; 13 November 2020)
  22. Reliable Leaker Says Apple Plans to Introduce ‘Christmas Surprise’ (Mac Rumors; 14 November 2020)
  23. Apple drops its cut of App Store revenues from 30% to 15% for some developers (ArsTechnica, 18 Nov 2020)
  24. Wes’ Geek of the Week: 8 min [VIDEO] Preview of “IRL Online” Discussion of #digiURI #MediaClub Dec 7tth (Tweet)
  25. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Why two monitors are better than one when working from home (NetStar; 14 April 2020)

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