We survived another Black Friday. Braving fist fights for deals on last year's models, Leo says that traffic was terrible for Black Friday, and there were plenty of deals to be had. Cyber Monday is coming, where people shop for special deals online. Leo wonders if after Net Neutrality rules are tossed next month if ISPs will charge a toll for visiting sites like Amazon next year.
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Leo says that the FCC has decided to completely ignore the comments of the public, which amounted to nearly 50 million, and apparently will toss out existing Net Neutrality rules. Most people just don't care that much about it. We have fought this back time and time again, but Leo says we're probably going to lose this round, and heaven only knows what will happen next.
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is coming to Xbox at the end of December and has been very popular on the PC with Steam for a while now. This is a "Battle Royal" game, which is kind of like Hunger Games. You're dropped into a very realistic, large and vivid world with 99 other people. The goal is to get as many weapons as you can, kill as many other people as you can, and be the last player standing. This is interesting because this is an independent game, not from a big game company, and it's hugely successful.
Tesla founder Elon Musk has announced a new Roadster and an electric semi truck. Elon made a lot of money in his youth by creating an e-payment system that eventually merged with Paypal. He then used that money to fund a couple of other ventures, including SpaceX, with plans for colonizing Mars in the next ten years or even sooner. The other company he founded was Tesla which started with the Model S electric car. He then added other models like the Model X and more recently the Model 3.
Leo says that phone manufacturers like Apple and Google are taking advantage of the hyper-competitive nature of the tech blogging world by only giving out limited quantities of smartphones, and at the very last minute for only 24 hours. This strategy was pretty interesting because it gave bloggers limited hands-on time with their latest phones before they had to publish a review. As such, Leo says they didn't really have time to focus on bread and butter features like battery life or issues like screen burn-in. Instead, they're focusing on the newest features.
There's a botnet called "Reaper" that has been growing at an alarming rate. It's a network of compromised devices, mostly routers, that is likely in the millions. We don't know who is doing this, or who's controlling it, and we can't stop them from doing it. It's sophisticated enough that it could be a nation and not just an individual. We still have no idea what it could be used for, either.
As the first president and CEO of Facebook, Sean Parker had the experience to make the social media network a success. Now, in an interview, Parker is essentially apologizing for letting the genie out of the bottle. Parker says that Facebook has literally changed our relationship with society, our families, and our children. He also says it's a tremendous time suck that impacts productivity.
In the wake of the Texas church shooting, the FBI and the DOJ have discovered that the shooter's iPhone was encrypted. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says that "iPhone encryption costs lives."
Read the full story at arstechnica.com.
One week with the iPhone X and Leo says he's still digging' it. But he's still smarting over the price because he thinks the iPhone X is the phone that everyone should have moving forward. But that cost is staggering. Things he really likes is the Clips app that allows you to put yourself into different scenes, which maps the world around you and sticks you into augmented reality with amazing speed.
Leo's bottom line impression of the iPhone X: "Wow. I didn't expect to like it!" While Apple got their OLED screens from Samsung, it was made to their exact specifications, including no burn in. And he says it's gorgeous. Leo also says the notch doesn't bother him at all. Most of the time it's invisible. Facial recognition works as advertised, but not always. Then again, it does have a backup six digit code to open it. It has an edge to edge screen that's actually smaller than the previous model, but has larger screen space since there isn't much of a bezel.