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This week’s show is mostly about CES 2021, starting with an array of interesting devices that were launched. We covered a lot of them here, but we also mentioned a $3,000 pet door, an energy harvesting NB-IoT modem demonstration, and Kevin’s take on where we are with the smart home based on what he saw. We also discussed Ring’s encryption news expl…
 
A look at Sea-shanty TikTok! How Twitter, YouTube, Parler, Amazon, and AirBnB responded to DC insurrection Jeff Jarvis talks about Parler and Trump on BBC Angela Merkel does not agree with Twitter deplatforming Trump Is Leo missing anything by not being on Twitter? Mike Masnick weighs in on Twitter's Trump ban The cybersecurity scenario from the DC…
 
A look at Sea-shanty TikTok! How Twitter, YouTube, Parler, Amazon, and AirBnB responded to DC insurrection Jeff Jarvis talks about Parler and Trump on BBC Angela Merkel does not agree with Twitter deplatforming Trump Is Leo missing anything by not being on Twitter? Mike Masnick weighs in on Twitter's Trump ban The cybersecurity scenario from the DC…
 
This week Kevin and I discuss Allegion’s acquisition of Yonomi, and what it means for those of you using the cloud service or consumers using the app. We then turn to a mention of the rebranding of GE Lighting after its acquisition by Savant last summer before talking about Singapore’s about-face on the use of contact-tracing app data by police. Al…
 
Google employees move toward unionizing. Facebook and Twitter remove President Trump's speech. Google Nest has new security cameras coming in 2021. Nest Hub will likely have Soli radar functionality. Amazon is prepping a sleep apnea device using millimeter-wave radar. Leo is getting the Bose Sleepbuds II. Twitter buys social audio app Breaker. Rata…
 
Google employees move toward unionizing. Facebook and Twitter remove President Trump's speech. Google Nest has new security cameras coming in 2021. Nest Hub will likely have Soli radar functionality. Amazon is prepping a sleep apnea device using millimeter-wave radar. Leo is getting the Bose Sleepbuds II. Twitter buys social audio app Breaker. Rata…
 
This week’s podcast starts with an update on the Project Connected Home over IP standard promulgated by Apple, Amazon, Google, and Samsung. Then we talk about Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s letter to the Department of Health and Human Services asking what privacy rules are in place for protecting consumers’ health data. Google killed Android Things and new l…
 
Boston Dynamics robots do a little dance. Google brings TikTok and Instafram into its video carousel. TikTok Ratatouille musical tickets are for sale. Reddit is buying Dubsmash to compete with TikTok. Amazon is buying podcast network Wondery. An album entitled "Okay Google Play Music" How trustworthy are news sources anymore? A debate around the ro…
 
Boston Dynamics robots do a little dance. Google brings TikTok and Instafram into its video carousel. TikTok Ratatouille musical tickets are for sale. Reddit is buying Dubsmash to compete with TikTok. Amazon is buying podcast network Wondery. An album entitled "Okay Google Play Music" How trustworthy are news sources anymore? A debate around the ro…
 
It’s time for the end-of-year question and answer episode where Kevin and I tinker, search Google, and ask companies for help answering your questions about the smart home. We start with a broad category of questions related to your needs outside that mostly require some kind of low power wide area network to work. Then we focus on Wi-Fi by answeri…
 
Leo Laporte takes us through some of the best moments from the past year. 2020 highlights include: "Brand Twitter". Coronavirus guidance recommendations. All kinds of great pies. Getting magnets stuck up the nose. Jeff's interview of the voice of Steak-Umms. God tries to strike Jeff Jarvis dead. Screaming on rollercoasters. Happy birthday Jeff. Tax…
 
Leo Laporte takes us through some of the best moments from the past year. 2020 highlights include: "Brand Twitter". Coronavirus guidance recommendations. All kinds of great pies. Getting magnets stuck up the nose. Jeff's interview of the voice of Steak-Umms. God tries to strike Jeff Jarvis dead. Screaming on rollercoasters. Happy birthday Jeff. Tax…
 
This week’s show kicks off with us discussing a fascinating interview with the head of the LoRa Alliance about its efforts to bring Amazon’s Sidewalk network into compliance with the LoRaWan standard. We then discuss Apple’s app privacy labels, a similar option for Google users, and the nutrition-style label for connected device security. Then it’s…
 
Google outages, Facebook ads against Apple, Google WFH, Blob Opera The Blob Opera. Facebook goes after Apple in newspaper ads. Facebook is a Doomsday Machine. Apple's big mobile ad industry change. Facebook's new TLDR service to summarize the news. Facebook's Super to compete with Cameo. Two big Google outages and how it affects business. Google's …
 
Google outages, Facebook ads against Apple, Google WFH, Blob Opera The Blob Opera. Facebook goes after Apple in newspaper ads. Facebook is a Doomsday Machine. Apple's big mobile ad industry change. Facebook's new TLDR service to summarize the news. Facebook's Super to compete with Cameo. Two big Google outages and how it affects business. Google's …
 
This week’s podcast starts with good news. Samsung’s SmartThings platform will once again work with Google devices starting in January. We discuss SmartThings a bit more to cover how sensor company Aeotec is launching a new smart home hub that will work with SmartThings before we move on to Logitech’s new HomeKit-enabled video doorbell. Wyze has la…
 
Facebook antitrust charges, Google search in 2020, Election ad ban The firing of Google AI scientist Timnit Gebru. FTC sues Facebook on charges of antitrust. Google's look at the year in search for 2020. Google will lift its election ad ban. Facebook's Supreme Court is underway. WhatsApp going after Apple regarding privacy labels. Stadia is letting…
 
Facebook antitrust charges, Google search in 2020, Election ad ban The firing of Google AI scientist Timnit Gebru. FTC sues Facebook on charges of antitrust. Google's look at the year in search for 2020. Google will lift its election ad ban. Facebook's Supreme Court is underway. WhatsApp going after Apple regarding privacy labels. Stadia is letting…
 
This week’s show kicks off with a lot of detail about the news coming out of Amazon’s Re:Invent event happening over the next few weeks. We talk about the new ML services for manufacturing, the deal with Research in Motion for car data, and Amazon’s Proton service and container plans. We then discuss the new Wyze Watch which is available for $19.99…
 
Salesforce buys Slack, Amazon hiring spree, Microsoft and workplace surveillance Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The latest word on Tony Hsieh. Amazon looking to buy Wondery. Salesforce is acquiring Slack. Amazon is hiring like crazy. Amazon is in trouble with a workers union. Inspiring kids to follow their passion. Google Authenticator for iOS gets…
 
Salesforce buys Slack, Amazon hiring spree, Microsoft and workplace surveillance Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The latest word on Tony Hsieh. Amazon looking to buy Wondery. Salesforce is acquiring Slack. Amazon is hiring like crazy. Amazon is in trouble with a workers union. Inspiring kids to follow their passion. Google Authenticator for iOS gets…
 
This week’s podcast is full of gift suggestions from our annual gift guide, many of which are aimed at those people on your list who have a green thumb. We then discuss my disappointment with Wemo after almost a decade of using its devices, and Kevin shares his plans to eliminate data-mining services from his life. On a related note, we do a deep d…
 
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