EdTech Situation Room Episode 66

Welcome to episode 66 of the EdTech Situation Room from September 19, 2017, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wes Fryer (@wfryer) discussed Facebook’s struggles to define standards for censoring advertisers, Facebook “Pixel” tracking, expanded T-Mobile data caps, recommended action steps for Equifax hack victims, and the CCleaner anti-malware software hack. Additional topics included tips G Suite admins can take to prevent phishing attacks, a great free Chrome extension which can help that effort (Password Alert), iOS 11 updates, tvOS updates, and Google’s forthcoming event featuring an expected Pixel 2 smartphone announcement. A speed round of CRISPR and genomics headlines rounded out the show, with geeks of the week including a new 2D to 3D facial modeling program and useful wireless device mirroring solutions: The Via Connect Pro and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2. Check out the shownotes for links to all these articles, which are also listed on edtechsr.com/links. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @edtechSR and tune in (usually) on Wednesday nights at 9 pm central, 8 pm mountain, or 2 am GMT. Until next time, stay safe and stay savvy!


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  8. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  9. Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ (ProPublica, 14 Sep 2017)
  10. Getting Started with the Facebook Pixel (Facebook Developer Info)
  11. T-Mobile increases unlimited data cap from 32GB to 50GB (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  12. Tester Demands Answers From Verizon After Montanans Receive Termination Letters (Website of Senator Tester)
  13. Bamboozled: Why the Equifax hack is a really, really big deal (NJ.com, 14 Sep 2017)
  14. Credit Freeze Information by State by TransUnion
  15. Use www.annualcreditreport.com (free) not www.creditreport.com (commercial site)
  16. Avast reckons CCleaner malware infected 2.27M users (TechCrunch, 18 Sep 2017)
  17. Alternatives to CCleaner
  18. 7 ways admins can help secure accounts against phishing in G Suite (Google, 8 Sep 2017)
  19. Hackable Podcast Episode 3: Locked Out ( on Ransomware, by McAfee, 29 Aug 2017)
  20. Paper ballots are back in vogue thanks to Russian hacking fears (USA Today, 19 September 2017)
  21. How To Update Your iPhone To iOS 11 (Wired, 19 September 2017)
  22. PSA: Your Older 32-Bit Apps Won’t Launch After Installing iOS 11 Tomorrow (MacRumors, 18 Sep 2017)
  23. iOS 11 Review: 10 Things to Try (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  24. Apple updates Pages, Numbers, and Keynote with new iOS 11 features (9to5 Mac, 09/19/2017)
  25. tvOS 11: tvOS 11 update for Apple TV is now available, here’s everything new (9to5Mac, 09/19/2017)
  26. iPhone 8 Vs iPhone 7: What’s The Difference? (Forbes, 18 Sep 2017)
  27. Review: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (Wired; 19 September 2017)
  28. Google sets Pixel 2 launch event for October 4th (Verge, 14 Sep 2017)
  29. Google Pixel 2 Event Could Bring More Surprises Than The iPhone X (Valuewalk, 18 Sep 2017)
  30. Google Pixel 2 Official Teaser Video: “Funny you should ask”
  31. Google Pixelbook leak reveals a high-end Chromebook with stylus support (The Verge, 19 September 2017)
  32. CRISPR reveals genetic master switches behind butterfly wing patterns (Nature, 18 Sep 2017)
  33. Geneticists Have Used CRISPR Gene Editing to Create Crops That Grow More Food (Futurism, 14 Sep 2017)
  34. Doubts raised over validity of CRISPR-edited human embryo study (Chemical and Engineering News, 18 Sep 2017)
  35. [VIDEO] Are GMOs Good or Bad? Genetic Engineering & Our Food (9 min – by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell)
  36. Watch as streaming TV services are increasingly winning the top Emmys (Recode, 18 September 2017)
  37. Geek of the Week from Jason: 3d from 2d Using AI, from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University: Verge, 09/19/2017; Jason’s Test
  38. Geeks of the Week from Wes: Via Connect Pro ($800) and Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter 2 ($44), Password Alert extension for Google Chrome (free)