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.
TIM COOK ASKS FOR FEDERAL PRIVACY LAW BEFORE DATA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX WEAPONIZES DATA AGAINST US
In what is absolutely stunning, Apple CEO Tim Cook called for a federal law that protects user and consumer data from being hoarded by technology companies and then sold on. Cook said that our own personal data is weaponized against us because Internet companies know more about us than ourselves, and then companies turn around to sell the data to third parties. Personally, I think Cook and Co. are being disingenuous and are lobbying for a law that works in their favor. GPDR has been tough for some tech companies to implement and is seen as a strike against US tech company dominance. Facebook and Google both want to join in. It also seems like these companies are fine with making it harder for smaller companies to collect data that can be competitively used while the big have had their fun and don’t anyone else to use these tools.
I WISH I DIDN’T HAVE TO REPORT THE PRESIDENT USES AN UNSECURE PHONE
The New York Times has reported that President Donald Trump uses a personal iPhone to call friends, business partners, and confidants while in the White House. The Times has cited American intelligence reports which have said aides have tried to curb the presidents use of his personal iPhone. US intelligence believes Russian and Chinese intelligence agencies have exploited the phone and are eavesdropping on the president’s phone calls. The main goal is to influence the president by knowing what he talks about and sending in policy makers who are for their goals. Well, that’s not too difficult.