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 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 i Heart 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 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:
Change your Twitter password. Seriously. Change it. 330 million passwords were affected. Even if you didn’t get an email to change it, you might as well (just in case). It turns out that there was in error in the way that their passwords were handled, and the result is that some passwords were stored in a readable way. This was an internal bug… not a hack, but still.
Not even the Cambridge Analytica scandal can slow Facebook down. Their quarterly earnings were a beast, and just last week the social network held their famed F8 annual conference. While privacy was (obviously) discussed. The two most interesting launches were a dating service to compete with the likes of Tinder. The service will allow people to browse for potential matches at groups and events that they have marked as being “interested in” attending. The service will allow people to message each other using only their first names and start a conversation that will be separate from the Facebook and Messenger app. Facebook is diving into the most personal of personal information it would seem.
The other big Facebook news is Oculus Go. A $200 standalone virtual reality headset. It’s available for purchase now, and some of my Facebook friends are already messing around with it. It will have services like Watch Party, multiplayer games and even live concerts and shows… pushing them into the arts and live performance in a big way. The headset will also have Oculus TV to stream content from the likes of ESPN, Netflix, Showtime and more. Imaging Imax anywhere!
App of the Week – Pzizz. Get some sleep.