Tech Biz

Can You Trust Your Trusted Sources?

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Whether it’s because of schadenfreude, morbid curiosity, or simple human nature, the journalistic trope “If it bleeds, it leads” never disappoints. And because anyone who creates content – which is now everyone – is in a never-ending battle for everyone else’s attention, the enduring misalignment of incentives and outcomes raises the question: Whom can you trust?

Best Buy shares fall after second-quarter sales miss and looming tariffs on core products weigh on stock

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CNBC is reporting, “Best Buy shares fell 6.5% after its second-quarter revenue and same-store sales growth missed analysts’ expectations and upcoming tariffs on the company’s core products weigh on the stock.” Let’s do a poll. Who has purchased anything at Best Buy (or any other brick & mortar electronics store) in the past 12 months? You got your smartphone from the carrier or DTC from the manufacturer. You bought any accessories you needed online. Unless you were in dire need of printer ink or a charging cable or needed a gift that minute, you had no reason to walk into a store. But enough about me… what about you?

DeepNudes

Deepfakes 2.0: The Sequel Is Even Scarier

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For about 200,000 years, we have relied on our eyes and ears to separate truth from lies and fact from fiction. Even if we ignore the rise of fake news, technology is on the verge of making it impossible to know if what we are seeing and hearing is real or fake. Here’s a roundup of what’s new, what’s next, and what you can expect in time for the 2020 election.

Apple iPhone

Apple Readies Camera-Focused Pro iPhones, New iPads, Larger MacBook Pro

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A new report from Bloomberg hints at what Apple is likely to unveil at its upcoming event. In addition to the launch of Apple TV+ and Apple Arcade, the report says Apple will announce iPhones with bigger screens and better cameras, a new Apple Watch, and maybe even new AirPods... all of which sounds very similar to a hardware announcement I've heard recently... hmm, when was it... oh, right, the past three years of Apple events. Moderate hardware improvements and an accessories refresh? You don't say!

Shelly Palmer on CNN

Google Celebrates 15th Anniversary of IPO

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Shelly Palmer speaks with Richard Quest about the 15th anniversary of Google's IPO and the extraordinary size of the company on Quest Means Business on CNN International. Original Airdate: August 19, 2019

Emotion Detection

Facial Recognition Knows How You Feel

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Amazon says its Rekognition facial recognition software can now identify fear and seven other emotions including, happy, sad, angry, surprised, disgusted, calm and confused. What Amazon is not telling you is that facial recognition when combined with other data will be able, in short order, to take a pretty good guess about lying, cheating, jealousy, and other emotions that you do your best to hide with your "poker face." Lie detectors are so last century.

Red Flag

Digital Red Flags

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The loud knocking jarred him from his online research. Odd to hear a knock at the door at this hour, he thought. It was too powerful to be a friend. Then again, anyone he knew would have called ahead. As he approached the door, the second knock was insistent, and he heard, “Police. Open up. We know you’re home.”

Why You Think Your Devices Are Listening to You

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At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in.

Shelly Palmer on Fox 5

Siri is Listening to You. Should You Care?

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Apple contractors are listening to snippets of private conversations though Siri. Should you worry? Shelly Palmer speaks with Sukanya Krishnan and Kerry Drew about it on Fox 5 New York's Good Day Wake Up. Original Airdate: July 30, 2019