Today’s Episode

There always seems to be a lot going on in tech these days. Microsoft is going to stop bugging you to update to Windows 10. The biggest drama is Facebook silencing conservative views. Facebook has denied these charges, but, I would not be surprised if it was doing that. Tech companies are at an impasse right now. They all seem poised to be more liberal. For better or worse, this can become a headache. The government is looking into why it takes so long to get updates for phones. This is a big problem for consumers since there are some vulnerabilities that can cripple phones. Rendering them useless and a security threat. This is interesting for one reason, the government has said it wants weak encryption, which means weak security. I feel like the government does not know what it wants and keeps changing it’s mind just because. However, it’s good that the FCC and FTC are looking into this. This is a long show, so enjoy an hours worth of funny lines and rants. Enjoy!

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Today’s Episode

It’s already been an interesting week in tech. We have LinkedIn‘s new app, EFF going after the government, EU fighting with Google and its only Tuesday! I think it’s great to see LinkedIn courting young adults. They really need to figure out a way to convert them over. I know when I was in college, LinkedIn was not a priority. Facebook (because it was still cool) was the priority. Evert college student was on it. Today there are even more choices than I had. I do think LinkedIn can find other ways of courting the younger generation, but this is a good first step. I really hope they push into video and live streaming. I believe they need to find a way to do this if they still want to be relevant. I have said it before, buying Blab is not a bad route to take. Blab has a nice community and it’s geared towards being more professional than the rest. Find out what other tech news I talk about below!

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Digital Coffee is taking over your Instagram feed! It’s finally here. I went to a networking event and did not get this up until today. Sorry about that, but the show must be posted! I have found the best the tech news that you need to know. But first, my ranting is coming!

 

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Digital Coffee needs a new compass! Yes, SXSW is going on now, but I am here giving you the tech news you need!

Ranting:

Online censorship is becoming the norm for governments. Every year we see more and more governments care less about privacy and free speech and look to “protect” it’s citizens. This is going on now. We need to stop now. I applaud Adblocker for doing a campaign on it, even though they are showing ads for it. It is a bit ironic, too. I am concerned for Europe. They are going down a path of censorship and their own people are ok with it. Not to mention, the US, is looking to go that way too. This should be happening, but my generation does not get what free speech really is all about. We do not care about researching the Supreme Court decision on speech and make up our own histories. It’s time my generation educates itself on this. Rant over!

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Digital Coffee has chicken scratch to translate. Yes, I am writing it all down and will get back to you. Chicken Scratch is bad, but, the app Peeple is even worse. The app is all about reviewing people. It has been called, “The Yelp for people.” There was a lot of concerns with what this app is trying to accomplish. It launched and the app is troubling, to say the least. There’s a paid version that allows people to see someone’s negative reviews. The app company will not remove any content that was put on there. I have a huge problem with that policy. The biggest problem is if people use fake Facebook accounts, they can easily say things that are not true. This could be a form of bullying or blackmail. The company does not seem to care about their end-user. We will see what happens with this app. Good thing there’s more tech news to talk about!

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Digital Coffee and the search for the best live stream angle. Facebook has just added the live streaming feature for Android users, so now, we can finally live stream on Facebook. Has a dream come true? There are plenty of alternatives out there, this is just Facebook ruling the internet. I love and prefer Blab over all other offerings, but they all offer something different in a way. I also talk about the never ending wars of words about encryption. It is a hot topic. It’s sad to see that most Americans do not understand what is at stake. We need strong encryption. Yes, that could mean it could be harder to catch a terrorist, but our government has been terrible at it anyways. There’s more I talk about. Scroll down to find out more!

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Digital Coffee wants you to safely trust me. Technology is always changing and not for the best. Luckily, most of the tech news today are great. That is a good thing in my book. Instagram is making your accounts more secure, but that does mean you need to a little work. The two-factor authentication is a great way of saving yourself from a hack. It is a great step for Instagram. However, you are going to have to do some legwork. You are going to have to go in the settings and then add your number and then wait for your phone to get the code. Anyways, other news stories that you need to know:

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Happy Weekend Digital Brewers! Digital Coffee goes Acquisition hunting! Yes, there has been quite a few acquisition of late. We had Microsoft buying Swiftkey and Asics just bought Runkeeper. We also had Time Inc. buy Myspace and Youtube bought BandPage. This is an interesting time in the tech space. This could be great for those companies or they could be folded in and lost forever! Yes, that was dramatic, but still a very interesting time indeed. Here are a few other news headlines I talk about:

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Digital Coffee brings the news to you in one coffee pot. Yes, we made it to the weekend, but, unfortunately, dumb politicians think weak encryption is a good thing. Show your support of bad laws by tweeting Jim Cooper. Strong encryption is needed, not weaker encryption. Anyways there are many more tech stories. This is what I discuss today.

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