This Week in Tech News

WWDC: The ARM Mac, and iOS Devices Finally Get Widgets

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Episode 1707

Apple announced this week at their prerecorded WWDC announcement keynote that iOS devices will get what Android has had from the beginning .... widgets. The iPad will also enjoy greater handwriting recognition through SCRIBBLE.

But Leo says the biggest news is that Apple has finally made the move away from Intel to their own in house designed ARM processors called "Apple Silicon." The benefit will be that the new desktops will be able to use iOS apps, as well as existing apps through Rosetta 2. Leo says that Apple is moving towards one OS to rule them all.

Apple to Announce new computers with custom designed ARM Processors

Apple's Custom Processor

Episode 1706

Tomorrow is the virtual keynote for Apple's annual worldwide developer's conference (WWDC). Leo expects announcements of new desktop and laptop computers, but the big news is that Apple is set to announce moving to their own in house designed ARM processors, leaving the intel platform behind. But Leo also expects that the price of these new ARM-based computers will be higher than their Intel models.

Meanwhile, Apple is closing all stores again due to a rise in CoVid19 infections.

New Products Expected on Monday's WWDC Virtual Keynote

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Episode 1705

Apple's Worldwide Development Conference is virtual this year, and Monday's keynote is expected to have new product announecments including a new updated iMac, perhaps an iPhone announcement, and iOS 14, which will have "Car Key," an app that will enable users to open up their car and start it. Leo says that this is officially a bad time to buy Apple Products until we know what's coming. So play wait and see until Monday.

CBS Pays Big for John Krazinski's Some Good News ... Did he sell out?

Some Good News

Episode 1701

Fans are upset that actor John Krasinski has sold his YouTube web series Some Good News to CBS after a furious bidding war. Why are they upset? Because Krazinski isn't going to be continuing as the anchor of the popular youtube series. Many fans are now complaining that Krazinski has sold out. But Leo says that Krasinski is a TV and Movie star, and director, with a lot of other commitments on the horizon. But will SGN thrive without him?

Microsoft Lays Off News Division

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Episode 1700

Moving towards a more autonomous computer-oriented news curation, Microsoft this week laid off all their editors and writers for Microsoft News. Leo says that the news site isn't going away, Microsoft is just going to rely on an artificial intelligence algorithm to curate the stories it posts. Leo also adds that both Apple and Google have gone the other way, believing that human curation increases engagement. Leo also says that Facebook is also relying on an algorithm, and its news page is just terrible.

SpaceX to Launch First Manned Mission to the ISS Today

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Episode 1699

After a rain delay on Wednesday, SpaceX is poised to launch its first manned mission to the International Space Station with DM-2. Leo says that while critics say that money shouldn't be "wasted" on space exploration, Leo disagrees, saying that a tiny fraction of the federal budget goes to NASA and the Commercial Space Program, and the benefits of what we learn far outweigh what we spend, or the risk. And it always has. 

Twitter Announces Employees Can Work from Home Forever

Episode 1697

Twitter announced this week that their employees can work from home and don't ever have to come back to the office. Leo says that this could be a new emerging trend, where companies allow ther employees to telecommute. The result could also be that people will be able to live where they can afford, rather than living in expensive areas. But it may also mean that companies will pay their employees less if they live in cheaper areas. But companies are also battling for the best talent, by offering amenities. Working from home will be part of that.