EdTechSR Ep 194 – Yes Another New iPhone

Welcome to episode 194 (“Yes Another New iPhone'”) of the EdTech Situation Room from October 14, 2020, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Apple’s new announcements about iPhone12 and HomePod Mini, actions taken by social media companies to curb election-related misinformation and malinformation, and some proposals by tech correction advocates for technology company anti-trust legislation advocates. Developments in fast battery charging technology, the CRISPR / CAS9s discovering female scientists recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, the promises of faster bandwidth over both cellular 5G and residential cable modems, and the mindblowing power of the average smartphone today were topics rounding out this week’s show. Geeks of the Week included a call to audit your own autopay subscriptions, a great opportunity for high school students to learn about AI from Stanford alums and grad students, and the podcast “In Machines We Trust” from journalist Jennifer Strong of the MIT Tech Review. 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. iPhone 12 (MacRumors; 13 October 2020)
  9. The 14 Juiciest Quotes From the House Antitrust Report (Wired; 8 October 2020)
  10. Former Facebook manager: “We took a page from Big Tobacco’s playbook” (Ars Technica; 24 September 2020)
  11. Google Chrome could be sold off in US government break-up plans (11 October 2020)
  12. Twitter, Facebook face blowback after stopping circulation of NY Post story (ArsTechnica, 14 Oct 2020)
  13. How to Deal With a Crisis of Misinformation (NY Times, 14 Oct 2020)
  14. Engineering a battery fast enough to make recharging like refueling (Ars Technica; 11 October 2020)
  15. Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing (NY Times, 7 Oct 2020)
  16. Comcast says gigabit downloads and uploads are now possible over cable (ArsTechnica, 8 Oct 2020)
  17. iPhones Have 100,000 Times More Processing Power Than Apollo 11 Computer (Mac Observer, 17 Jul 2019)
  18. Verizon “nationwide” 5G ready for iPhone 12—don’t expect a big speed boost (ArsTechnica, 13 Oct 2020)
  19. Jason’s Geek of the Week: It’s Time to Audit Your Autopay Subscriptions (Lifehacker; 9 October 2020)
  20. Wes’ Geeks of the Week: AI Scholars 2020 (Intensives for high school students by Stanford PhD students) and PODCAST “In Machines We Trust” by @StrongReporter of @techreview