This Week in Tech News

Amazon's New Idea ... Amazon Sidewalk

Amazon Sidewalk

Episode 1750

Wanting to offer a neighborhood-based wifi network, Amazon has announced Amazon Sidewalk, which uses Bluetooth low energy (BLE) radios to connect everyone from house to house. You can get motion alerts from your security cameras, track your pets if they should run away, and even notifications when the mailman leaves you mail. As long as one device sees the other, it can pass along connectivity with a promised small amount of bandwidth. 

Zappos Founder Passes Away at 46

Tony Hsieh, Founder of Zappos

Episode 1749

Zappos Founder Tony Hsieh has passed away at the age of 46. Having created Link Exchange and Zappos in his 20s, Hsieh transformed e-commerce and made millions with sales to Microsoft and Amazon respectively. Gone too soon.

Leo Gets the M1 MacBook Pro

2020 MacBook Pro

Episode 1749

Leo received the new MacBook Pro with the M1 chip, and he says it runs fast, long and quiet. However, there is a bit of disappointment since not every program can run on it through the Rosetta 2 emulator. But Leo also admits that was inevitable. Every time you move to something new, there's always going to be some of your programs that get left behind.

Apple announces new Macs with Home Grown ARM based Chips

Apple's M1 Chip

Episode 1746

This past week at their "One More Thing" event, Apple officially announced three new Macs containing their new in-house Apple Silicon processors. The new M1 processor promises high performance at low power. Apple announced three new models, two laptops and one desktop. The models include a new 13" Mac Air, new 13" Macbook Pro, and a new generation Mac Mini. But this doesn't mean that Apple has completely abandoned the Intel platform.

Leo Gets the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and It's Heavy!

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1745

Leo got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and he says it's HEAVY. It also has a larger screen for plenty of room. The pixels are larger, too, so he gets better low light performance with the three-lens camera. Leo also says that the camera "bump" is pretty prominent, as well. Leo also says that could cause the camera lenses to scratch over time because the phone will rest on the bump.

How is 5G? Leo doesn't know because it isn't available everywhere, and where it is, it's likely the low band 5G, which is about as fast as LTE.

Apple Announces Silicon Macs, but Big Sur has Privacy Concerns


Episode 1745

Apple announced their M1 based Apple Silicon Mac laptops this week, including the 13" Mac Air, 13" Mac Pro, and the Mac Mini. Leo says it's the first generation, and that's causing many to wait. Leo also says that RAM is limited to 16GB because it has been wired into the logic board. Called Unified Memory Architecture, it's known to be faster. So maybe we don't need as much RAM moving forward as we think.

Federal Judge Blocks US Ban of Tik Tok

Tik Tok

Episode 1741

Judge Wendy Bettlestone blocked the federal government's ban of Tik Tok, saying the judge exceeded its authority. Plaintiffs would lose the ability to influence their followers in keeping with their brand deals.