This Week in Tech News

CES 2019 Comes and Goes

CES 2019

Episode 1557

This week was the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and there was a lot of 8K TVs being showed off. Samsung also showed off a new microLED 75" TV. The price is $50,000! Short throw Projector TVs were also popular at CES. LG's Optima is under $2,000.

There were also self driving cars using artificial intelligence and LIDAR. There was also an electric helicopter and self-driving flying cars. There were also Amazon Dash Buttons, which are designed to instantly order a product at the touch of a button.

5G and IoT to Highlight Annual CES Conference This Year

CES

Episode 1555

AI controlled Air Conditioning, a voice operated toilet, and blazingly fast mobile internet should highlight this year's annual CES. Scott Wilkinson says that there will also be a huge presence for 8K television, even though there's no content for it, and they're going to cost five to six figures.

Apple Stops Trading After Massive Loss

Apple

Episode 1554

Blaming a weakened economy in China for lackluster sales of the iPhone, Apple's CEO Tim Cook sought to explain their huge drop in stock value this week, and as such, Apple has stopped trading until they figure out what's going on. That's not a good thing, but it's pretty clear that the company hasn't really had a good sales experience over the last quarter or two, and Cook expects the next quarter results to be no better. Leo says it was only last August that Apple became the first company to be worth a trillion dollars.

Top Tech Stories of 2018

Facebook

Episode 1552

1. Facebook had a terrible year, starting with leaked information to Cambridge Analytica of up to 87 million users. It lost 19% value, up to $100 billion, the biggest loss in the history of the stock market. Mark Zuckerberg lost $40 billion personally. And there was congressional investivations. All told, Facebook had 21 scandals centered around privacy violations. It was as bad a year as Facebook could get.

2. Apple lost 20% of its value. It went from being the first trillion dollar company to no longer holding that title.

Glitter Bomb Vs Package Thief

Bomb

Episode 1551

Mark Rober, former NASA engineer, got fed up with package thieves and decided to do something about it. So he made a glitter bomb using an Apple HomePod box with a fake mailing label with the name 'Kevin McAllister' from the Home Alone movies. Inside the box, he had four smartphones with cameras that were recording, and an engine that spun with glitter. He also had aerosol cans with odor that would spray a nasty smell. The video of this with the reactions of the thieves has 45 million views on YouTube.

Australia Passes Bill to Defeat Encryption

Security

Episode 1550

Australia has recently passed a bill that would require companies like Signal and 1Password to provide the government with user messages and data upon request. Many companies that offer encrypted communications, however, don't have access to that information themselves because it uses end-to-end encryption. But now that sort of encryption technology is illegal in Australia without a 'back door' being put in. If there is a back door, then access to that data isn't just available to the government, it could be available to any hacker as well.

Smartphone Sales Are in Decline

Episode 1548

In what could simply be a case of hitting a speed wall, the latest sales figures indicate that smartphone sales began a decline in 2017, with sales in the US declining for the first time in 2018. Market saturation is nearing 100%, and everyone who wants a smartphone has a smartphone. Phones are now like cars, which you don't really replace as often anymore, since the new phone won't be significantly better.

More than 250 Deaths Taking Selfies Worldwide

Episode 1547

259 selfie deaths in 137 incident globally, is the latest tech story going. Male deaths outpace females 3-1. With the majority happening in India. Most are falling to their deaths, or getting too close to a dangerous situation like traffic, or wild animals. So much so that parks are starting to carve out No Selfie zones.

The moral here ... be safe.

Australia to Pass Anti-Encryption Law

Episode 1547

Parliament in Australia is pushing through an anti-encryption law that will make it not only illegal to use encrypted communications, but will also give law enforcement and other government authorities the power to use malware to crack an encrypted network. Leo says it will endanger the security of anyone using an online service and obvious violates an individual's privacy rights. Russia has a similar law, as does England.