The president signed a new law called the Traced Act, which will enable the federal government to frustrate and maybe even end Robocalls.
Concerned about how China could take advantage of it, the US is moving to limit exports of artificial intelligence research. But Leo says that China may be ahead of us.
This year at CES, AMD is making some huge announcements. AMD has started to give Intel a run for their money, with the Ryzen Threadripper chips! So Leo is expecting some huge news on Monday afternoon.
Today marks the beginning of the 17th year of the Tech Guy Show, and Leo says it's just plain odd. It's 2020, the distant future is here. But it looks nothing like Blade Runner. In fact, it's not that much different from 2000 or even 1995, except slightly better technology. Science Fiction promised flying cars, living on other planets, and the virtual metaverse (ala Ready Player One). But we're barely starting to crack self-driving cars, and VR is a disappointment so far.
Running on 386 computers for the last 20 years, the International Space Station received a computer upgrade this week.
Chuck Peddle, the creator of the Apple 2 6502 microprocessor and father of personal computing, passed away this week. He was 85. Although the 6502 wasn't a very good processor, it blazed a trail for affordable processors that would eventually become the ARM processor and the Intel 8080.
This is creepy. A hacker managed to hack into a ring camera placed in the bedroom of an 8-year-old girl, and then pretended he was Santa Claus talking to her. RING said it wasn't a breach in Ring's security, but was due to the parent not using a unique user name and password. She used the same one as for other things, making it really easy to breach. Leo says that hackers can read a unique signature for internet enabled cameras and then can use that login to brute force it open. Leo says to stop reusing the same password. That's a recipe for calamity.
With the launch of Apple's new high priced AirPods Pros, a sales record of over $4 BILLION dollars for the recent quarter was announced. Not the year, mind you. BUT THE QUARTER. It's a good holiday for Cupertino.
Meanwhile, Samsung tried to brag that they had sold over a million Samsung Galaxy Fold phones, but when called on it, they pulled the number back. Embarrassing.
The sales numbers are in from Black Friday. Although sales hit a new high, they were below expectations, according to Adobe. $7.4 Billion in online shopping, half of which were for smartphones. Sales of which were up 20%.
Top toy sales were for Frozen 2, LOL Surprise, and then Paw Patrol. Best selling video games FIFA, Madden 2020, and the Nintendo Switch system. Apple Airpods, Macbooks, and TVs topped the electronics list. And over $2.9 billion made on smartphones, constituting 60% of all online traffic. Leo suspects that next year, smartphones will be the #1 way to shop.
Leo says that many are complaining that big tech is far too intrusive and is destroying our privacy. But Leo says that this is largely overblown with people acting like "privacy puritans." A lot of it can be mitigated by Big Tech keeping our data secure and coming out with an accurate and truthful privacy statement for all to see. If we give up some data privacy for free services, Big Tech should treat it as a public trust, and give customers the right to opt-out.