This Week in Tech News

Apple Announces MacBook Air and iPad Pros

MacBook Air

Episode 1679

Apple announced a new iPad Pro and MacBook Air this week. And Leo says that the iPad Pro costs as much, or more, than a fully equipped MacBook Air. Also, there isn't much difference between the previous iPad Pro and the new model, so Leo isn't sure it's worth upgrading to, and if you're looking at it for a new purchase, the MacBook Air will have more workable apps, vs. the tablet based iOS apps. 

The Internet Will Keep Us Connected During Social Distancing

Social Distancing

Episode 1678

With the Coronavirus outbreak prompting the government to encourage people to practice "social distancing," many companies are letting their employees work from home. Leo says we finally have the bandwidth speeds available to be able to do video conferencing and team applications that can work via telecommuting. Church's are encouraging parishioners to watch services online, and thanks to Google Hangouts, Apple's Facetime and other video chat apps, we can keep in touch with friends and family. So it couldn't be a better time to be facing this.

New Law to Expand Surveillance State

Graham Blumenthal EARN IT Act

Episode 1676

A new bipartisan bill will greatly expand the surveillance state by giving government the power to decrypt anything. Leo says that the Graham Blumenthal EARN IT Act will end any notion of privacy that we have. It's happened in Russia, Australia, Sweden, and now the US. It'll also be interesting how it will affect the new iPhone.

New iPhone coming Amid Shortages

iPhone 11

Episode 1676

A new iPhone will be coming next month, and as of now, most retailers are experiencing a shortage of mobile phone handsets since FoxConn factories have been shut down and retooled to create masks to combat the Corona Virus.

Intuit Buys Credit Karma

Intuit

Episode 1674

Intuit has bought credit reporting app Credit Karma for $7 Billion. Leo says that Intuit isn't really buying the app: they don't care. What they are buying is your personal credit data, which Intuit says is worth about $70 a head. Leo thinks that a person should be able to opt-out or at least get some value from their own personal data. 

Leo Changes His Mind on the Samsung Z Flip Phone

 Z Flip

Episode 1671

After ordering it and waiting 10 days with no sign of the Samsung Galaxy Flip Phone, Leo decided to cancel the order. By the time he would have gotten it, the world would have moved on as other reviews are now out. So he decided to save $1600. Leo also thinks that everyone is getting sick of the mobile phone merry go round, where a new mobile phone comes out every six months.