EdTechSR Ep 231 Epic Apple Show

Welcome to episode 231 (“Epic Apple Show”) of the EdTech Situation Room from September 16, 2021, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed virtually every aspect of the September 14th Apple Event. (Seriously, this is our most egregious Apple fanboi episode to date…) New iPads, new iPad Minis, new iPhones, new Apple Watches and other updates were all highlighted and analyzed. The introductory video to Apple’s September 14th event really is stunning and amazing, so if nothing else be share to check that out. Overall the cinematography of these events (this one had more drone shots / footage than ever before) is pretty spectacular. Apple’s announcement of an “emergency security update” was discussed on the security front. In addition to the Apple Event, other topics addressed included the court ruling last Friday on the Epic versus Apple lawsuit, which included mixed results that promise to be positive for consumers. In Microsoft news, what to expect from their upcoming September 22nd event was highlighted, along with Microsoft’s announcement that users can now go “passwordless” using their second authentication factor exclusively for authentication. The limitations of Spotify as a podcast “podcatcher app” for power users was also explored. Geeks of the Week included “Track My Subs” from Peggy in our chat room, a Media Literacy certification opportunity from PBS, Wes’ video and resources for a recent presentation on “Why Care About Privacy and Surveillance Capitalism,” and Jason’s recommendation to “Download Your Twitter Data.” Please see our shownotes for links to all these articles and resources! 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. Stay savvy and safe!


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  8. Apple’s iPhone 13 event: the 8 biggest announcements (The Verge; 14 September 2021)
  9. Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw (New York Times; 13 September 2021)
  10. Epic vs. Apple ruling revealed: Apple must allow App Store devs to redirect users to other payment systems (9 TO 5 Mac; 10 September 2021)
  11. The Epic v. Apple ruling could put a serious dent in Apple’s $19 billion App Store business (The Verge; 10 September 2021)
  12. The future of the App Store depends on the difference between a ‘button’ and an ‘external link’ (The Verge; 10 September 2021)
  13. Epic will appeal the Epic v. Apple decision (The Verge; 10 September 2021)
  14. What to expect from Microsoft’s Surface event (The Verge; 13 September 2021)
  15. Microsoft accounts can go passwordless, making “password123” a thing of the past (ArsTechnica, 15 Sept 2021)
  16. Comment: Spotify is focused on podcasts, but its app falls short for power users (9 to 5 Mac; 12 September 2021)
  17. Peggy’s Geek of the Week: www.trackmysubs.com (Video Demo by DottoTech)
  18. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification with @KQED and video / article resources for his presentation this Week: “Why Care about Privacy & Surveillance Capitalism?”
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: Download Your Twitter Data!

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