EdTechSR Ep 249 AirTag Dangers

Welcome to episode 249 (“AirTag Dangers”) of the EdTech Situation Room from February 16, 2022, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed “the technology correction” (the intersection of “Big Tech” / social media and regulation,) Microsoft, Google, Apple, Meta / Facebook, security, and miscellaneous topics relating to educational technology. Geeks of the Week included “5 Free Online Video Editors Without Watermarks or Other Hidden Limitations,” the “Search Smarter by Dorking” resource page by “Exposing the Invisible,” and the Google Chrome extension Tag-a-Doc. Check out our shownotes for links to all the articles we discussed, and subscribe to our Substack to receive all the links we discussed and also didn’t have time to talk about in this week’s show in your email inbox! 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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  9. Does banning extremists online work? It depends. (Re/Code; 3 February 2021)
  10. TikTok says it will strengthen policies in effort to prevent spread of hoaxes and dangerous challenges (CNN Business; 8 February 2022)
  11. TikTok is thinking about letting its creators charge subscription fees (The Verge; 20 January 2022)
  12. Facebook Has a Superuser-Supremacy Problem (The Atlantic, 10 Feb 2022)
  13. Windows 11’s first big update arrives with Android apps, taskbar changes, and more (The Verge; 15 February 2022)
  14. Chrome OS Flex brings the Chromebook experience to PC and Mac for free (Chrome Unboxed; 15 February 2022)
  15. Google Drive’s new filters that make search easier are rolling out to everyone (The Verge; 15 February 2022)
  16. Google Docs getting AI-generated summaries, collaborative email templates, and more (9 to 5 Google; 15 February 2022)
  17. Gmail’s redesign is rolling out now for regular Google Account users and here’s how to use it (Chrome Unboxed; 14 February 2022)
  18. YouTube video streaming now using A.I. that mastered chess and Go (Fortune, 11 Feb 2022)
  19. I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move (The New York Times; 11 February 2022)
  20. An update on AirTag and unwanted tracking (Apple Newsroom; 10 February 2022)
  21. Apple launches AirTags and Find My detector app for Android, in effort to boost privacy (CNet; 13 December 2021)
  22. Facebook renames its News Feed to just ‘Feed’ (Yahoo Finance, 15 Feb 2022)
  23. Peter Thiel to Exit Meta’s Board to Support Trump-Aligned Candidates (The New York Times; 7 February 2022)
  24. No, that email from Equifax is not a scam. You are entitled to free credit monitoring for four years. (Washington Post, 11 Feb 2022)
  25. Senators: CIA has secret program that collects American data (Washington Post, 11 Feb 2022)
  26. The hacked account and suspicious donations behind the Canadian trucker protests (Grid News, 8 Feb 2022)
  27. Jason’s Geek of the Week: 5 Free Online Video Editors Without Watermarks or Other Hidden Limitations (Make Use Of; 11 February 2022)
  28. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: Search Smarter by Dorking (Exposing the Invisible) and Tag-a-Doc

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