I know. I know.
It has been a long time.
Like many. 2019 has been a bitch of a year. I’ve been behind the 8 Ball so much this year, and the last 3 months are no exception. But, I have been doing my duty and delivering the latest news from the digiwebs on First News 570 with Mark Starling, LIVE, each Thursday morning at 6:43am. You can always listen using the iHeart Radio app.
HUAWEI’S WOES CONTINUE
It’s getting harder and harder for Huawei to win. Ever since the US government announced accusations of Huawei selling encryption technology to Iran, it has just been getting worse. Huawei has been accused of pirating technology from US firm Qualcomm, and now chip manufacturers aren’t supplying the company with microprocessors. Yesterday, ARM which designs chips for the iPhone, Samsung, and other mobile devices has announced it has suspended business with Huawei fearing that it may be under US export laws since some design happens in Austin, Texas and San Jose, California. It’s getting more and more perilous for the company. Further, the UK and Japan aren’t licensing a new 5G phone for their markets.
VIRUS LADEN LAPTOP BEING AUCTIONED FOR OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS
The technology world can be wild and zany sometimes. If you’re in the market for a new laptop you can bid on a Samsung laptop that’s been purposefully infected with 6 viruses, two of which we’ve covered on First News 570. The auction is a performance art collaboration between artist Guo O Dong and New York Cybersecurity Company, Deep Instinct. The current bid is set at 1.1 million dollars and ends this coming Wednesday. Remember, it is illegal to sell malware for the purpose of causing damage in the United States.
IN MOMENT OF EMBARRASSMENT, BALTIMORE IT IS BEING HELD HOSTAGE
It’s hard for me to report on this; especially, after we showcased Baltimore in a shining light for having the first organ transplant delivered by drone. Baltimore has had a tough year, two days after Mayor Jack Young took office after disgraced mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore’s IT networks were shutdown after being subjected to a ransomware attack. Analysts are predicting weeks before the city’s systems return to normal as water billing, payment systems, email, and the phone system remain offline. Baltimore also doesn’t have an insurance policy to cover ransomware attacks, which could have easily covered the $70,000 the attackers are demanding to have their systems returned to normal.
I’m coming out of my cocoon from the first quarter of the year. Like many 2019-ers, it hasn’t been an easy start to the year. If it’s Thursday morning it’s time tech talk with Mark Starling and the First News 570 crew. We talk AI facials, data breaches, and meat this week. You can listen to us every Thursday morning at 6:43am, LIVE using the iHeart Radio app.
AI RESEARCHERS TELL AMAZON TO STOP SELLING ITS FACIAL RECOGNITION SOFTWARE
Amazon, that Amazon, has been encouraged to stop selling its facial recognition technology to police and other law enforcement agencies. In an open letter published online, researchers from Microsoft, Google, and Facebook have asked Amazon to stop selling Rekognition, its facial recognition technology because it has a higher error rate in identifying dark-skinned and women’s faces. 26 AI researchers have signed the letter citing the possibility of increased profiling and bias against minorities and women.
I know it’s been a while.
I’ve been spending my days, night, and weekends wrapping a project, but even though I haven’t been making updates, I’ve still been kicking it with Mark Starling and First News 570 each Thursday on the latest and great tech stories. This week was a busy one for tech and we talk about Apple’s new status symbol and show you glimpses of how AI will take over the galaxy.
WARNER MUSIC SIGNS RECORD DEAL WITH ALGORITHM
Yes, even little old me had to repeat this sensational title. WB didn’t actually sign a deal with an algorithm, but they did enter a record contract with Endel Music. Endel is an app that creates custom tracks to help people relax and operate under a better mood. The software layers ambient and white noise for individuals. Warner Brothers entered into a deal with Endel to create 600 short tracks to be added to 20 albums on streaming services. The tracks themselves were created at the click of a button and Endel will split 50/50 with WB on royalties. And…own their masters.
Happy Valentine’s Day!!
We kick things off on this morning’s edition of First News on 570 with Russia unplugging from the Internet and a new device designed to help millennials further dull their communications skills.
If it’s Thursday, it’s time for Tech Talk with Mark Starling on First News 570. You can always listen LIVE at 643 am.
DOING SOMETHING I’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO FOR WEEKS, RUSSIA UNPLUGS
Russia is considering the possibility of unplugging itself from the Interwebs. That’s right. The Russian government is thinking about performing a nationwide test in which the country will be disconnected from the greater Internet. This means messages and traffic can only be passed internal to the country. The test is to insure that ISPs can function in case a hostile government (not the US) were to perform cyberwarfare against the nation. The test is scheduled to take place on April 1st, hahaha, with no duration time period.
January has been a tough year for me. I hope it was better for you.
Anyway, if it is Thursday, it is time for the week’s top tech stories on First News 570 w/Mark Starling. You can tune ins every week on Thursday’s at 643 am.
UK POLICE GET SERIOUS ABOUT SECURITY FORCING PEOPLE TO SUBMIT TO FACIALS
I was planning to be a little more cheery this week on FNO570, but I need to start with some Person of Interest-esque intrigue. We first reported on the UK facial recognition system before it went into operation last Spring. The system is now in operation and the UK has arrested at least one person who was trying to not be recognized by covering his face with his hoodie. Police stopped the man and questioned him, he told the cops to “piss off” a British cursing colloquialism and the police fined the man 90 pounds for public cursing. We are consistently deploying cameras everywhere and ultimately we’ll be surrounding public privacy in the name of safety. It’s only a matter time before we get this tech stateside.
PRIVACY MIGHT BE AN ILLUSION, BUT SECURITY IS NO JOKE
It’s cold up in Canada right now, and if you’re an investor of the QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptoechange, you’ve been iced out of your virtual funds. The exchange’s founder, Gerald Cotton, died last year and is the only known person who knew the password. The crypto funds are stored in something called, digital Cold Storage. These are virtual vaults with only one password. And in this case, Cotton had the stuff. It is true, crypto-currency thefts have increased dramatically and last year thefts hit $1.7 billion in thefts which is up 400% from the previous year. The moral of the story. You have to trust someone. Quadriga has hired a ringer to attempt to crack the code, but we’ll wait and see. Meanwhile, Quadriga has filed for creditor protection to keep them from getting sued. Also, meanwhile, some people suspect…that Gerald Cotton may not be dead. Despite the death certificate.
NOW THE DISABLED CAN COMMUNICATE IN SHORTHAND WITH APPROVED EMOJIS
A total of 230 new emojis have been added to the Unicode set of emojis people can use to communicate on their smartphones. The changes came after Apple complained that the current emoji set doesn’t speak to the experiences of the disabled. The new set of emojis include wheelchairs, prosthetic limbs, canes, guide dogs, and yes, a drop of menstrual blood. The biggest or most controversial addition is the depiction of a woman on her period. The original drawing included a pair of pants marked by blood but was rejected, resulting in the drop of period of blood being used in the future. These updates should arrive in your tech this March.
It’s December, and it’s time for another Annual Gift Guide.
I’m such a child.
This year, Mark Starling and the crew at First News 570 asked me to share it on the air for iHeartRadio listeners. It’s 2018, and we featured not one, but two, women’s power tools for the list. You can always listen LIVE each Thursday at 6:43am. These are small sample of this year’s gift ideas. For more ideas, check out my Pinterest list.
This morning was the AI show on this week’s tech tag up on First News 570 with Mark Starling. We’re getting closer to Christmas and so far, the only thing I’ve gotten is a pair of fancy drawls for my wife. We talk about AI, my lack of ordering online, and regifting this week on First News 570. You can always listen LIVE on Thursdays at 6:43 am.
I hope you had a Happy Halloween!
Yesterday, I dressed as an angelic cherub, a servant of goodness, but no one bought it. No one really thinks I’m an angel despite all the goodness and caring I spread through out the world. And in that spirit, I’ll be sharing these tech stories with you and the crew at First News 570 with Mark Starling. If it’s Thursday, it’s time for tech talk with Mark. Listen LIVE.
IN SIGN O’ THE TIMES, APPLE RELEASES DRUNK EMOJI
Sometimes, I can’t believe I’m reporting on a story. Last week, I truly, truly didn’t want to report on President Donald Trump’s unsecured iPhone. This week, I don’t want to, but have to report on…Woozy Face. Technically known as, Face With Uneven Eyes and Wavy Mouth, Woozy Face is the 5th newest emoji to be released in Apple’s iOS 12.1 update. This is the emoji of the drunk uncle. He’ll pick you up at 2am in the morning, but you’ll have to drive yourself back home, because he’s drunk.
The last several weeks have been challenging. I like October, but when Venus is in retrograde it can be difficult. It was hard to narrow down this week’s tech stories, but here’s what we talked about on First News 570 with Mark Starling. You can listen LIVE every Thursday at 6:43am Eastern.
APPLE, SAMSUNG: FINED FOR SLOW PHONES
An Italian government regulatory body has fined Apple and Samsung for shipping customers “slow” phones and unfair commercial practices. The Italian government cited Apple and Samsung for shipping software updates that cause “serious malfunctions and reduce performance” of older devices. The suspicion came when Apple admitted to slowing down the performance of older phones through updates to iOS because of diminishing battery performance. Samsung plans to appeal their fine because they’ve always reduced software updates that deliver the best performance possible. This fine comes at the same time the French government is investigating Apple for the planned obsolescence of iPhones.
If it’s Thursday it means tech time with Mark Starling and the crew at First News 570. This week, we talk about AIs that discriminate, Twitter acknowledging Russian meddling two years, too late, and the technology industry’s latest ridiculous gadget. You can always listen LIVE to me and Mark each Thursday at 6:43 am Eastern.
We gon’ whoop that ass…
NOT SURPRISING ANYONE AT ALL, AMAZON AI IMMEDIATELY DISCRIMINATES AGAINST WOMEN
People might not think so, but the people who are writing the algorithms truly make a difference. AIs should not be allowed to make human decisions. That needs to be repeated. AIs should not be allowed to make human decisions. Amazon gave artificial intelligence a try by using a program to assist in rating job candidates. Last year, the stopped using the tool because it was discriminating against women. There are no silver bullets. Amazon thought they could build a tool that would sift through a hundred resumes and hire the top 5. The problem? Amazon tuned the AI to prefer candidates based upon the past batch of successfully hired candidates. Candidates who are mostly male, and probably mostly white. Amazon created an AI that trained itself to prefer male candidates. To me, that doesn’t sound like artificial intelligence.