Donovan and Samuel are back again, this time discussing 5G spectrum, transcription in Microsoft Word on the web, Netflix calls it quits on ‘Altered Carbon’ after two seasons, Amazon wins FAA approval for their delivery drones, Walmart’s shot across the bow of Amazon with their Walmart+ $98/year service, new rules in Apple’s App store affecting streaming game services (i.e. Microsoft, Google), and the big story: The alarming rise of the technosexuals.
Sam, Oliver, and Donovan are back to discuss Toshiba saying goodbye to the laptop market (and basically the entire computer market), a mom managed to get back almost $20k in Twitch donations her son spent, Windows 10 loses the ability to search online for device drivers (but not really), Microsoft is forcing Windows Defender to stay on (but is it just for Windows 10 Home or all versions?), the Uber and Lyft saga continues in California, and AMC starts back up with 15-cent tickets.
The Big Story: The showdown between Apple, Epic, and Google. The guys weigh in with their thoughts on who is right, who is wrong, and if this is just rich companies doing what rich companies do.
Rounding out the show, Sam has a weird file, one that literally makes Donovan squirm (the guys were on video and Sam took delight in watching Donovan’s reaction).
It all started last week. The highly popular, free to play (but you can buy in game items) video game “Fortnite” was booted off the Apple app store. Then it was booted off the Google Play store. At issue for Epic, the company behind Fortnite, was the 30% that Apple takes for companies to sell services, items, etc. through an iOS app. Epic released a version of Fortnite on the Apple app store that allowed users to bypass the “Apple tax”, which didn’t set well with Apple and they removed Fortnite from their store. Google followed soon after.
There are lawsuits and other legal wranglings that are going on between Epic and Apple, and Epic and Google, but what I find more interesting is how we humans find no end in how we can turn situations like this into potential profit.
If you already have Fortnite on your Apple device, Apple’s not going to remove it (I won’t say they can’t like some articles because who really knows how much control they have over our devices). But if you have an Apple device that doesn’t have Fortnite on it, then you’re SOL when it comes to installing it since it’s no longer in the app store. Enter some folks with that entrepreneurial spirit, specifically on eBay.Continue Reading …
With the full crew in attendance, topics that are discussed (after a bit of just shooting the sh*t) — Internet Archive being sued for posting copyrighted works, Google faces a lawsuit because of Incognito, AMC (and theaters in general) may be in trouble, Sam brings out the Weird file, and a short conversation about Donovan’s recent mixer purchase.
The crew (minus Oliver) are back to discuss warrantless access to your browser, and search history; GE sells off their 129 year old lighting business; the state of social media, Section 230, and Trump; Google admits they have issues with some of their core C and C++ code; and the company that is selling a USB device to protect your from 5G…for $350.Continue Reading …