The Great Hack and the Government Want to Spy on Us More.


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It’s happened again. Another company hacked. A hack or hacking is a  factor in business. No business is immune to it. However, Acer was the worst. A tech company not aware their system was compromised is pretty bad. A whole year! The hackers also got a lot of data too. Businesses have a duty to protect customer data. If they want to be in business. Businesses need to take these acts seriously and beef up their security. Another shameful act is from the government. They always want to spy on us more. They claim its for our safety, but, they have never made us safe. In fact, they were powerless to stop someone from killing 49 Americans. The government is never going to stop either. They know little about technology and still do. It’s time they cared about the 4th amendment. It’s time they start acting like they care about too.

Find out more about what I say about these issues on this episode of Digital Coffee!

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Today is all about the good and bad of E3 2016

E3 2016

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E3 is always a hype train running on extreme hype. E3 2016 is no exception. There were many memorable moments, as well as, forgettable ones. Publishers and developers spend countless hours creating the best demos and trailers for gamers to consume. Some are great, others, need some work. Publishers spend large sums of money to make their shows extravagant, or overdone is a better word. The shows become their own concerts and, at times, lose their focus. When E3 should be about the games, Publishers find new gimmicks to throw at gamers. The good things are, even with all the bright lights and marketing speak, some gems stand out above the crowd. It’s still a great time to be gaming. This is shaping up to be the best year in gaming. We are seeing more diversity in the genres, especially first person shooters. New techniques and new technology coming out.

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Pinterest buys Fleksy and Why you should care about Local Search.


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Do you ever feel like marketing is becoming a daily event of catching up with new features, rules or programs coming out? I know I sometimes feel like that. The good news is, there are places like this to help. I also found businesses like Buffer and Hootsuite to be great resources too! It’s great to see Youtube creating apps for small businesses. This allows them to create their own videos or ask for help. Sometimes, SMBs do not have the time or energy to put in videos. Even though it is the most popular media consumed on the internet, it does take a lot of time. However, businesses should be figuring out how to do it well. There are so many apps out, you have options.

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Microsoft is in the business of social media with LinkedIn


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Tech buyouts, they happen. Tech companies see they cannot compete with the big guys, or are offered a great package. Either way, the user is forced to with find another app. LinkedIn was acquired yesterday, and it seems like a good/puzzling move. LinkedIn is a social network refusing to die and Microsoft is taking advantage. This is a great acquisition for Microsoft. It will push them into the business sector even more. I do hope they help LinkedIn’s website. That site needs some love. It looks like, but, there are some things that need a change. Twitter has an odd update. They are letting users retweet themselves. I have never been of fan of this. Facebook has allowed users to do this for a while. It’s a terrible idea. Twitter, do use all a favor and stop. the. madness!

In other news, the FCC won their court case! This is great news for net neutrality. The FCC can regulate internet service providers and hopefully, make them upgrade their network. I will not hold my breath on that. However, the lawsuits are not done yet. The internet companies will file an appeal, so, I’ll let you know of any more updates. Anyways, on with the show.

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Reviewed: Hitman and Witcher 3 Blood and Wine, plus E3 predictions


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E3 is right around the corner and that means games are going to announce for the first time to the public. This is usually the preemptive strike for holiday games. We all know that Call of Duty is going to be released in November, that is always a given. However, there are plenty of games we do not know about yet. This is an exciting E3 because Bethesda is doing another show. They did say last year that it would be on a year-to-year basis, but they seem to have enough games to make another show. I’m interested in seeing what they are cooking up. They usually make great games. The next thing I want to see is what Ubisoft is going to do with The Division, Ghost Recon, Watch_Dogs and Rainbow Six. Some were better received than others and I would like to The Division be a better game. I’m hoping CD Projekt has some announcements for everyone too. Other than that, August cannot come soon enough! Now the show begins!

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Facebook Pages get an update and Pinterest is great for shoppers!


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Social media designs are always changing. Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook all go through it; some are better received than others. However, it is a fact of technology. Another fact is how much traffic each site brings. Some are better than others and some drive awareness better than others. Ads are another industry that is going to change. Many people do not like ads. Digital ads have been terrible for years and now companies are starting to take notice. Ad blockers and some browsers are going after these bad practices and it’s going to hurt companies. The problem is, it’s our fault. We let this happen and now we pay the price for it. People can only take some much before they start taking action. It’s always better to make great ads and take your time with them. Throwing ads out there is not going to cut it anymore. We have to make the best ads possible if we want people to buy our products. Final thought, there are many tools out there pick the right tool that you are comfortable with. Tools are meant to be used.

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Digital Coffee has a new redesign, no wait, that’s Twitter


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New things are coming. In the age of technology we all want shiny new things. Twitter redesigned its Android app and it is great. Twitter finally realized it was better to use the strengths of Android. I do like the new design. Switching accounts is a lot easier. It’s better in general. Even though Twitter is not as popular as it once was, it is still a better platform. The problem is, it still has not reached it’s full potential. Snapchat came out with a new Discovery Tab and it looks interesting. It gives more information on what people may be clicking on. It also allows users to follow the publishers. Them there’s Swarm. Swarm is interesting. It was once Foursquare, but Foursquare didn’t want Swarm, so, they split it up. That didn’t go over well and we have slowly seen Swarm become the old Foursquare again. I’m not sure if the strategy to split up Foursquare was a good one. It’s proving to be a mistake. Anyways, on with the show!

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Cheaters hate Overwatch, Battlefield 1 was almost not made

BF 1

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History is not our strong suit. That seems to be the reason why BF 1 was considered to be risky. EA thought that younger people did not know we even had a World War 1. Yes, the reason for the war is complex and many complicated reasons for why this war happened. I am glad that DICE convinced EA to make this game. It looks great and may be one of the best games of 2016. I don’t know for sure, but, it could be. Another weird announcement was for Sims 4. Maxis released a statement talking about inclusiveness and all the SJW rhetoric. They did not need to do a full-on media blitz for this, but, the news reported it anyways. That does include me. This may not be a popular opinion, but, if you hate there are only two sexes, then blame nature. This whole, you can be anything you want has gotten out of control and transgender is not a gender. I’m sorry, but, that is completely made up.

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Instagram changed it’s relationship status and it means business


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Today’s Instagram is finally getting their business together… er releasing business pages for its platform. Instagram business was unveiled yesterday and most brands are going to love it. It’s a long time coming and should help brands understand how their content is doing. The only problem is this signals the end of organic reach for Instagram. We are going to see a shift to Facebook telling you what you want to see. This is mostly because they want businesses to pay. It has worked very well for Facebook, so why not do the same to Instagram. The problem they could run into is the community. Most people went to Instagram because what Facebook was doing. Now, they will have to deal with it, or move on. We are also in an interesting time for businesses doing business on the internet. Facebook wants websites to be dead. They want everything to be through Facebook. The problem is businesses have no say on the changes to Facebook. They have to deal with it. Business websites are going nowhere and Facebook needs to get that.

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Talking about why social media companies are not for free speech

social media companies

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Social media companies have a problem. They were once the champion of free speech and no they only give it lip service. I am fine if they do not adhere to the strict code of free speech, but, claiming you are for it and then not backing it up is wrong. The problem with social media is that no one forgets what you said. Even the companies that run it are tied to this. These tech companies need to stop saying they are for free speech and then police it somewhere else. The bad side of free speech is people are allowed to say things others do not like. The alternative is to police what we say, but, that will not make the unsavory nature of human nature go away. People will be less aware of it, until, something bad happens. This is, for the most part, how ISIS got started. Another odd thing in tech is Atari getting into the Internet of Things industry. It’s an odd move for them, but, they are not the once renowned game developer anymore. They have been looking for a way to stay relevant. This may be their way in, but, it’s still an odd move. Scroll down to hear my show. Continue reading “Talking about why social media companies are not for free speech”