Podcast: The Tech Jawn

CNN’s Identity Crisis

CNN is shifting its business again.  The Cable news network is laying off 100 employees, disbanding its Race Equity Team, and launching a digital platform similar to the shortlived CNN+ in 2024.  Yes, AI is screwing over Black folks, and, Latin X folks, and, lower middle-income white folks.  Here are a few tips to protect…

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The Internet Is Nothing But Freeware

Multi-Purpose-Tap could make mobile NFC payments more useful and more complicated. The new concept could allow you to tap your phone, pay for alcohol, and get carded all at the same time. Morehouse College launches 3D, AI, Teaching Assistants in its Metaversity.  They probably don’t need to be 3D, a chat interface would suffice, and…

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The FCC Considers Making Unlocking Phones Easier

The Detroit Police Department, after a settlement with a man who was wrongly arrested based on grainy security camera footage, can no longer use facial recognition results as its only basis for an arrest. The Federal Communications Commission wants to change rules that would force mobile carriers to unlock phones for consumers.  Facebook and Instagram’s…

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Broke Influencer

Microsoft Recall was supposed to launch with Copilot+ PCs last week, but Microsoft decided to send the controversial, AI-powered, timeline snapshotting feature to the Windows Insider Program. Social Media Influencers aren’t seeing the sponsorship and brand deal payouts that they once did, possibly because everyone and their momma is trying to become one.  Meta is…

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Tap To Cash Might Make Mobile Payments Too Easy

Apple’s new Tap to Cash feature that allows iPhone users to tap their phones to initiate an Apple Pay transfer makes paying someone really easy.  The question is does it make it too easy? The US Surgeon General wants tobacco-like warning labels on social media. The proposed labels would regularly warn users that social media…

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Apple’s Take On AI

In this episode of The Tech Jawn, we cover Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference Keynote.  Brothech breaks down the new hotness coming to visionOS 2, iOS and iPad OS 18, WatchOS 11, and macOS Sequoia.   TechLifeSteph catches us up with the saga of the phantom system data on her new Macbook Air.  To make a…

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Anybody Else Cancelling Amazon? The Tech Jawn 132

A pair of studies published in the journal Science indicate that predominately older Republican women are responsible for the vast majority of the “fake news”. Spotify is raising its prices for the second time in as many years.  Will the streaming music service be able to maintain the industry’s best churn rate? The social media…

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An Hour With Black, Female, Mechanical Engineer, Cherish Samuels

We’ve got something special in this week’s episode of The Tech Jawn.  We interview Cherish Samuels, a unicorn of unicorns, as she is a Black, female, mechanical engineer. We talk about everything from her journey getting into engineering at a young age, for years being the only face on the job that looks like hers,…

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Deepfakes for Good? – The Tech Jawn 131

Political deep fakes are a thing in India, they generally aren’t nefarious, and most politicians approve.  They probably need to do a better job at making sure folks know they are indeed fake, however. The latest iOS update, version 17.5, appears to in some instances resurface deleted content, including deleted nudes users thought were gone…

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What Aren’t We Using Bots For? The Tech Jawn 130

Developer season is upon us with Google I/O kicking off, and, tech pettiness is on full display.  Apple announced iOS 17.5 and there are rumors that ChatGPT is coming to iPhone. OpenAI took petty to trolling with an event Monday, the day before I/O, with a brand new version of its generative AI bot called…

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