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Thursday - May 30, 2019
amazon has introduced a new 5.5 inch version of its echo show voice-controlled speaker
Amazon has announced the Echo Show 5 and is taking preorders. This third-generation Echo Show is called the "5" because it has a 5.5-inch diagonal display. he Echo Show 5 is available in the line's standard Charcoal and Sandstone colors. It is priced at $90. New Alexa routines are available on the Echo Show 5, such as a nighttime routine that turns off the bedroom lamp and plays soothing sounds. [More...]

Wednesday - May 29, 2019
apple has introduced a new ipod touch with features that appeal especially to gamers
Apple has refreshed its iPod touch line of media players with a faster processor, greater storage capacity and improved communications features. The new iPod is built on Apple's A10 Fusion chip, the same processor used in the iPhone 7. According to Apple, the power upgrade delivers two times faster performance than previous models and three times better graphics. [More...]

Tuesday - May 28, 2019
taking the time to set up your computer ahead of an outage can help ensure a smooth restart after its over
Aside from malware and viruses, nothing has the potential to be more dangerous to your computer's health than power outages. Here is how to ensure your computer keeps it boot on when a power failure turns the lights off. With the approach of the turbulent summer season, it is important to know what kills the electrical lifeline, how to safeguard your digital gear from fatal reboot disease. [More...]

Monday - May 27, 2019
the us government ban of huawei and a recent court ruling against qualcomm could give the 5g market to china
Qualcomm just lost its seemingly no-lose case against the FTC, largely because it seems the judge was only physically in the room during the trial. The ruling makes it look like she and I observed very different trials. In addition, the U.S. apparently declared war against Huawei, which actually could benefit Huawei. The result of both efforts effectively could be to give the 5G market to China. [More...]

Thursday - May 23, 2019
the proposed t-mobile-sprint merger has won fcc approval but the doj may be holding out for stronger concessions
United States Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai this week gave the green light to a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, currently the third- and fourth-largest mobile carriers respectively. The nation's top telecom regulator agreed to the $26 billion merger, but with some conditions -- the most notable being that Sprint would sell off its Boost Mobile prepaid cellphone brand. [More...]

Wednesday - May 22, 2019
usps and tusimple will conduct a pilot project using self-driving trucks to haul mail
The U.S. Postal Service has announced a pilot project using self-driving trucks. It will conduct the two-week experiment in collaboration with TuSimple, an autonomous driving technology company based in San Diego. TuSimple's contract with the postal service calls for one of the company's self-driving trucks to make five round trips hauling USPS trailers between Dallas and Phoenix. [More...]

Tuesday - May 21, 2019
5g wireless infrastructure could interfere with the accuracy of weather forecasting systems
Next-generation 5G mobile communications technology could have a harmful impact on weather forecasting in the United States, based on expert testimony presented before a U.S. House committee during a hearing on the future of weather forecasting. Interference from 5G wireless phones could reduce the accuracy of weather forecasts by 30 percent, said Neil Jacobs, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere at NOAA. [More...]

Monday - May 20, 2019
lenovo accelerate highlighted a line of future products that could change pc design as we know it
I went to Lenovo Accelerate last week and feasted my eyes on one of the most innovative PCs I've ever seen. However, as I absorbed the rest of Lenovo's announcements, I realized I was looking at just the tip of what could be a significant coming change in personal computers -- one that could eclipse every change we have seen so far. Lenovo's "one more thing" is a coming foldable screen laptop. [More...]

Friday - May 17, 2019
artificial intelligence may take over many employee tasks especially if there's an economic downturn
Shoppers soon might see a lot more robots in Walmart stores -- but not toy robots or even human assistant gadgets that are available for purchase. Walmart's new robots will be taking over repeatable, predictable and manual tasks that up to now have been carried out by human employees. At Walmart stores, robots will scan shelf inventory and track boxes as part of its inventory management. [More...]

Thursday - May 16, 2019
patches have been issued for new flaws discovered in intel cpus but they could hamper performance
The high-tech industry once again is in a tizzy over flaws discovered in Intel CPUs -- four new MDS vulnerabilities have come to light. MDS is a sub-class of previously disclosed vulnerabilities that sample data leaked from small structures within the CPU using a locally executed speculative execution side channel. The practical exploitation of MDS flaws is a very complex undertaking, however. [More...]

Wednesday - May 15, 2019
a software bug allowed sophisticated spyware to gain full access to whatsapp users' phones
Many users of Facebook's WhatsApp messaging software are scrambling to patch the program in response to news of a flaw that allowed spyware to be installed on mobile phones running Android and iOS. "This new type of attack is deeply worrying and shows how even the most trusted mobile apps and platforms can be vulnerable," said Mike Campin, vice president of engineering at Wandera. [More...]

Tuesday - May 14, 2019
the us supreme court has ruled that a class action lawsuit charging apple with abusing its monopoly power may proceed
The U.S. Supreme Court has given thumbs up for a class action antitrust lawsuit to proceed against Apple for alleged monopolistic practices at its App Store. In the case, Apple Inc. v. Pepper et al., the consumer plaintiffs maintain the Cupertino, California, company has monopolized the retail market for the sale of apps, and that it used its position to charge higher-than-competitive prices. [More...]

Monday - May 13, 2019
google and microsoft have launched new customer-focused initiatives while apple maintains lock-in strategy
Apple, Google and Microsoft are three very powerful companies. Two of them had big events last week -- Google I/O and Microsoft Build. What I found interesting was that both Google and Microsoft largely were on the same page about focusing on the customer. Both Google and Microsoft have been making massive advancements with AI. Both have increased their efforts to make the world a better place. [More...]

Friday - May 10, 2019
baltimore city computers have been hijacked by ransomware for the second time in less than a year
Baltimore officials have admitted that the city government once again has been victimized by ransomware -- the second such attack in just over a year. City computers reportedly were infected with the RobinHood ransomware virus. Hackers told city officials that they would unlock the computers in return for payment of three bitcoins per system, or 13 bitcoins for the entire system. [More...]

Thursday - May 9, 2019
google has introduced the pixel 3a smartphone with high-end features at a modest pricepoint
Google's Pixel 3a smartphone, launched at Google's 2019 I/O developer conference, has wowed reviewers with the quality of its photos and other features, as well as its low price. "I like the direction Google is taking with the 3a," said Ramon Llamas, research director at IDC. "While it removes some of the features and functionalities of its cousins, it still retains the key ones." [More...]

Will U.S. tariffs have a positive or negative effect on e-commerce?
Positive. Companies will adjust and sell better-quality goods.
Positive. Tariffs will protect U.S. jobs.
No effect. Companies will avoid tariffs by getting cheap goods elsewhere.
Negative. Tariffs will hurt small e-commerce companies the most.
Negative. Higher costs will be passed on to consumers.