Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting 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 to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. 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 and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.
This week we discussed:
- Can someone hack your car? Everything from stopping it (and rendering it dead) to hacking your information, because you connected your phone to the car? How safe are we in our own cars? A warning has been issued from the FBI over the dangers of car hacking. With that, a connected car can be great for us (unlocking our cars, etc…).
- Back in November, I chose Bitmoji as the app of the week. Bitmoji is owned by Bitstrips – a Toronto company that was originally founded in 2007 to help users build personalized digital comics, but in 2014 refocused on customized and shareable cartoon avatars. Users download an app, and then pick from a variety of face shapes, skin colors, and other features that often result in eerily accurate portrayals. These “bitmojis” then can be put into various different poses or with different accessories, and are readily accessible for mobile communications. Snapchat has acquired them for $100 million.
- Jimmy Kimmy enlists DJ Khaled as his Snapchat coach, and this points to a new world of influencers and brands.
- App of the week: Apple‘s new Night Shift mode and check out f.lux for your computers as well.