We’ll have an optional synchronous class meeting each week—and an opportunity to earn extra credit!Each Wednesday at 3:00pm, you’re invited to join (via Zoom) the Weekly Class Podcast (WCP). The show will last approximately 15-20 minutes and will be hosted by me, Tyler Mazurek and Cesar Moncada. Each week, we’ll discuss top stories from recent tech news.
The real fun, though, comes in the form of the class’s only extra credit opportunity. Each Wednesday, one of your subgroup prompts will be to share something to be featured on the show. You might share a carefully-considered question, an insightful comment, or a thought-provoking link, any of which can be related to either our lessons for that week or current tech news.
If your submission to the show is featured, you’ll earn a point of extra credit on your final grade in the class, up to two points! As a bonus, if everyone in your discussion subgroup has a submission selected, all of you will earn an additional point of extra credit on your final grade, for a grand total of three points extra credit on your final grade.
The first invitation for submissions will be posted on Wednesday, 9/2, and submissions for the inaugural episode will close Tuesday, 9/8 at 10am. The first episode will be live, but slightly delayed (to allow for the weird Wednesday quizzes next week), starting at 3:25 on Wednesday 9/9. If you’re looking for tips on finding good tech news, check out the steps and resources from this assignment from last year.
S01 E08 Show Notes
- Apple’s M1 Mac design emphasizes continuity over complexity
- Apple’s Shifting Differentiation
- The iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max
- The Verge Guide to the PS5 and Xbox Series X
Alaina O: When and how did Amazon make the leap from selling books to selling virtually everything? Was this one big decision, or did it happen slowly over time? What risks did Amazon face when making this change?
Stephanie L: Apple announced their M1 chip today. Why do you think they chose to only add the M1 chip to the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-inch, and Mac mini and keep the Intel chip for the 16-inch MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, and the Mac Pro for the time being? Also, are there any specific reasons as to why Apple decided to cut ties with Intel?
Caitlin V: When reading this article, it noted that a prediction for the future is that, “With consumers increasingly conscious of the time they are wasting online, we’ll see more people leaving social networks, more tools for digital detox, and more focus on ‘meaningful’ content.” I wonder how accurate this is, and if we really will see a change in how people get their news. Where do you think they will get this ‘meaningful’ content? Will they only read newspapers or will there be a new platform for news?
Stephen E: Do you think channels will move into streaming platforms or will they stay on cable in 50 years?
Katherine C: Apple has been said to intentionally slow down the software of older iPhones when a new one is released. I heard recently that this has now been officially proven and that anyone with a iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, or an iPhone SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later before December 21, 2017 qualifies for a small reimbursement (a whole $25) from the company.
Caitlin C: I saw this on Twitter and thought it was really interesting, especially considering Alex Trebek’s recent death. Do you think there are any other “family members” people have gained due to consistently watching them online? The only other one I can think of is Bob Ross. Do you think the Tweet is accurate in saying that certain celebrities can almost become a part of your family even though you’ve never met them?
- The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
- Netflix is testing a linear channel in France that should help with decision fatigue
- Apple will require apps to add privacy ‘nutrition labels’ starting December 8th
S01 E07 Show Notes
- Apple announces ‘One More Thing’ event for November 10th
- AOC’s record-breaking Twitch stream is the future of politics
- Uber, Lyft drivers aren’t employees after all, California voters say
- Portland, Maine has voted to ban facial recognition
Christine Y: Hey guys! I found this article on The Verge. Apparently Disney has created a, currently skinless, robot that can “imitate human facial movements, specifically blinking and subtle head movements.” Although creepy, this seems like a step forward toward making robots more lifelike. Any thoughts?
Jessie H: Hey everyone! In light of election day, I found this article really interesting and how holograms are reaching voters!
Callen H: In your opinion, what are some of the most well-rounded social media apps based on the honeycomb framework? Where do you see the future of social media going: one of these contemporary apps adapting enough to stay relevant for decades or a new app taking over that encompasses all the best features of the different social media apps we have now? What are some other fun or useful features social media apps have not incorporated to their full potential yet that could be seen in future social media platforms?
Chandler D: What are the implication of using tech with voting? Do the advantages of increased resources to vote outweigh the risk associated with voting fraud through hacking? Will we see more tech based voting applications as time progresses?
S01 E06 Show Notes
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro review: ahead of its time
- The US government has filed antitrust charges against Google
- Twitter, responsibility, and accountability
- The VR revolution has been 5 minutes away for 8 years
Audrey F: Question for the podcast – do you think Apple would be as successful as it is if there were many other strong competitors at that same time creating other versions of smartphones and music devices?
Lauren P: I know a few people who have more than one operating system on their computer. Would this be something that is possible for phones? Why or why not? (How would it work?)
Joseph M: I thought this Radiolab episode about the origins of the Chinese keyboard were very interesting. It’s something I wondered about for a while, so it’s nice to have some answers.
Darby T: This morning, I got a promotional email about Zoomtopia, Zoom’s virtual user conference that’s happening today and tomorrow. Personally, I never heard of this event before today, and I don’t think I would have, if it weren’t for the Zoom account I had to make last semester. Before this year and all of the virtual transitions we’ve had to do, had you ever heard about Zoom and Zoomtopia?
S01 E05 Show Notes
- Apple’s iPhone 12 event: the 7 biggest announcements
- The iPhone 12 Pro Max could be Apple’s biggest camera jump in years
- Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a simple racer that can feel like magic
- Zoom launches marketplace for paid events and new third-party app integrations
Mozan C: Thoughts on 5G vs 4G LTE network speeds on new iPhone and phone networks?
Stephanie L: What do you all think about the colors and design of the iPhone 12? Do you like the square edge design? Personally, the design reminds me of the iPhone 4 and the colors remind me of the iPhone 5c. A lot of people think that iPhones haven’t changed that much in recent years. Do you think it’s worth upgrading to the iPhone 12?
Christine Y: Hey guys, I found this article on the US Army testing AR goggles for dogs on The Verge, and I couldn’t help but click on it. This is the first time I’m hearing about AR technology being adapted for an animal, but I suppose I can see its usefulness in this situation. Any thoughts?
Chandler D: What are the implications of states putting health data through 3rd parties to track medical results? Does the mesh of technology and health records with 3rd party services create a grey area? With past security leaks, should users be worried about privacy with Google?
S01 E04 Show Notes
Caitlin V: I found this really interesting article about how algorithms are helping to design better buildings. The algorithms are helping to interpret regulations and providing calculations for structural evaluations to help make everything more precise. Do ya’ll think these types of algorithms will be needed for the future? How often do you think these types of algorithms will be used?
Jenna G: Considering all of the major social media platforms that there are today, do you think that it is possible to come up with a new platform that is completely different from the rest? when platforms like snapchat and instagram came out they were all very different, but now it seems like all the social media platforms are very similar.
S01 E03 Show Notes
- iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 review: iPhone revolution, iPad evolution, The Verge
- Did any one order one Xbox One X instead of one Xbox Series X?
- Tesla to make EV battery cathodes without cobalt, The Verge
- Super Mario Galaxy’s cursed mushroom, Polygon
Patty L: Apple released the new iOS 14 update. Being a normal college student who spends entirely too much time on TikTok, I have seen this trend where people are showing off their “aesthetically pleasing” lock/home screens on their phones thanks to the new update. Have you changed your screen at all since the update? If not, do you plan on reorganizing your apps to fit a certain aesthetic or will you keep your screen how it is now?
Maddie J: Over the past two weeks, Kaltura has proven to be unreliable when tasked with the support of UGA’s asynchronous lectures, while Zoom appears to seamlessly support an entire nation of remote, real-time meetings. How does Zoom do it? What causes (or prevents) problems and outages in platforms like these?
Nicolas T: With the increase in streaming services like Netflix, some companies are starting to partner / bundle up which is similar to how cable TV was marketed. What do you think the future of TV entertainment is and what companies will last considering the growing amount of competition?
Jackson C: This topic came to me when thinking about mail/couriers while reading ‘How We Got to Now, Pt. II’. It is also relevant again now that USPS is in the news. Should Amazon ramp up development of Prime Air, it’s drone delivery service and consider pitching it as a replacement to traditional mail delivery?
Caitlin V: I have included an article about protecting data from natural disasters. I thought it could be relevant because of our discussion on hardware, and hurricane Sally touching base here in the U.S. How important do you think it is for companies and people to protect their data from natural disasters? Do you think Healthcare companies, like hospitals and doctor’s offices should create a strategic plan for keeping their data safe? Especially, since they have so many patient records on file, most of them are probably digital in today’s world, wouldn’t you think?
- iOS Widgets You Can Try Today, TechCrunch
- iOS 14: How to use iPhone Back Tap, 9to5Mac
- Quibi Is Looking to Sell Itself, Daring Fireball
S01 E02 Show Notes
This week we have three big stories:
- Brief Thoughts and Observations on Today’s ‘Time Flies’ Apple Event, Daring Fireball
- Oracle’s TikTok deal accomplishes nothing, The Verge
- Nvidia’s Integration Dreams, Stratechery
And two fun shorter ones:
- The LG Wing’s twisting screen offers a new spin on the dual-screen smartphone, The Verge
- A years-long effort proved that underwater datacenters are environmentally and economically practical, Microsoft Twitter
Audrey F: Why do you think tiktok shot to fame in quarantine? What makes it unique? do you think it is a dangerous technology considering we could be leaking personal information?
Caitlin V: I have included an article about the loss of landlines and how that is changing families in America. I wonder if not having landlines in homes will impact the younger generation or generations to come. Will it effect how they see they world? I also wonder if landlines not being in homes effects the communication in families and people around the world. Do you think it will have a huge impact on how we communicate in the future? Or do you think it won’t make a difference, since we have cell phones?
Sabrina L: There is a new iphone coming out! Many people are speculating that it will look like the samsung flip phones. Why is it that even though we have progresses passed flip phones, people are still trying to “re-invent” them? What is the significance of nostalgia? We see this in the reemergence of record players, modernized cassette tapes, etc. When does a form of technology become “old” and in need of a modernization?
Grace J: Since we’ve talked all week about how we got from the past to the present, how about a question for the future?
The amount of change and improvement we’ve seen to communication technologies in just the past century–or even just the past few decades!–are astronomical. But there’s always something more and better and cooler to look forward to as technology continues to advance. Now, Im a HUGE movie fan, and I always love to see what movies come up with for made up forms of technology or what they think the future might look like or have.
So whats a communication technology that you think should/might become available in the future? Maybe one you’ve thought of yourself or just one you thought looked cool on a show.
And whats a form of communication technology you think /shouldnt/ come up in the future? Something that maybe is a step too far.
Charlotte S: Do you think it would be more difficult for an individual who grew up with every accessible technology (Cell phone, TV, etc.) to adapt to a world with no technology or vise versa? In other words, do you think it would be easier to adapt to a world with modern technology or adapt to a world without it?”
S01 E01 Show Notes
- Apple announces ‘Time Flies’ event for September 15th, The Verge
- Android 11 review: features by the dozen, The Verge
- Vid2Player: Controllable Video Sprites that Behave and Appear like Professional Tennis Players, via Craig Mod
Grace A: Do you think TikTok will slowly phase out of use or keep its popularity like Instagram? Do you think things would be different if someone like Google or Apple bought it?
Lauren P: Recently I saw in the news an article I found very interesting. It was titled “First Toilet Paper, then Yeast. Now Laptops are Hard to Find”
This article really caught my eye because of all the conversation about COVID-19. With most classes and workplaces utilizing some type of a remote/online format I cannot imagine the number of laptops that have recently been purchased.
However, I also considered the fact that from March to July you could not find a game console in stores.
This in turn led me to the question of whether people where spending more money on all types of electronics or just laptops?
Jackson C: Should the use of Deepfake technology in political advertisements, memes, and other forms of media be feared as we approach the upcoming election? (Deepfakes are synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness)
Callen H: Speaking of podcasts, I am just very interested in them! The appeal, the advertising, the sudden interest in them… what is the deal with them!! It seems like everyone listens to at least one podcast now, where just a few years ago no one really did. Why are they so popular all of a sudden and is this a direction new media could grow towards: entertainment that allows for multitasking and quick information transfers? I just want to know what y’all think about podcasts, why they’re suddenly so popular, and how they could develop in the future. 🙂
Tommy H: What do you guys think of the recent Tesla and Apple stock splits? How do you think this will affect the market in the coming weeks?
Mozan C: I wanted to hear insight on the whole Apple/Teslas tock split. The idea is to invest in those stocks as they will shoot up and raise a huge profit for everyone..or so they think?
Charlotte S: What do you think the reality of life with Covid-19 (or any global pandemic) would have been like without the use of technology we have accessible now? What would it be like 20 or 30 years ago without Zoom, smartphones, or even cellphones?