Google Kills Earworms And More On CHOM 97.7 FM

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am on air at CHOM 97.7 FM radio out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 10 minutes every week – to decode the future. We discuss everything that is happening in the world of technology, digital media and culture. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly on i Heart Radio, if you’re interested in hearing more about what’s happening in the transformation of our digital world. I’m really excited about these weekly hits, because this is the radio station that I grew up 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:

  • The iPhones are here! The iPhones are here! Excited? What? No? What happened? Is the iPhone 12 a step forward, sideways? Is it a big deal? Should you upgrade? Did Apple deliver the next  generation of smartphones?
  • What’s that song? I can’t get that song out of my head! Who sings it? I don’t even know the lyrics… but I can hum it! Good news, Google to the rescue. They added a “hum to search” feature to its search tool. Hum, whistle, sing… whatever, and their machine learning capabilities will try to identify that earworm that is driving you crazy. 
  • I’ve always said that Google probably knows more about you than your spouse/partner does. Well, you better be on the right side of the law… or even careful about what you search for. Google is giving data to police based on the words that are searched for. Yes, “keyword warrants” are a thing, and further reinforce what I am always telling people about their data and privacy: anything you say, tweet or search for can – and will be – used against you in a court of law (and/or public opinion).
  • App of the Week: PDF It All – the most-user friendly way to convert documents, photos, messages, contacts, web pages, and emails into PDF files

You can also listen in via I Heart Radio.

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One comment

  1. Interesting you mention angry people. I’ve been noticing a lot more folks, particularly men, mean mugging and glaring in situations that are usually fairly neutral. Will be interesting to see if the facial expressions turn into more physical types of surliness and confrontation. I’ve been going to work by commuting on public transit in Vancouver throughout COVID-19 and some people are nervous, even deer in the headlights, but not edging into displays of anger, yet… We’ll see what the darker months hold as this drags on.

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