Apple's HomePod, Tracking People And Keys And More On This Week's CTRL ALT Delete Segment On CHOM 97.7 FM

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on iHeart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away about what’s going on in the digital world. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry DiMonte morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed: 

  • Terry is back!
  • Last week we talked up Apple‘s big WWDC event. This event doesn’t usually talk up hardware (it’s usually about the software), but the hot talk was all about the HomePod. A bluetooth winless speaker that can also listen and interacts with your voice. Will this disrupt everything from Sonos and Bose to Amazon‘s Alexa? Plus, what else was announced? 
  • How do we feel about tracking our kids like we could track our keys? First came Tile and now Magpie. It’s a great technology that really does help you track things that you lost, but it can be used to also keep an eye on things (like people). There is a lot of tech like this already on the market, but Magpie is not only new, it also has a built-in SIM card. This means it has an unlimited range and can work anywhere there’s a cellular network (over 185 countries). to be exact. 
  • App of the Week: Noizio.