Samsung Brand Challenges, Instagram Goes After Amazon and Apple Is A Dongle Company – The 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 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 on iHeart Radio, 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: 

  • If you thought the whole Samsung Note 7 debacle was bad enough, the company just announced that a recall of close to 3 million Samsung washing machines after reports of… wait for it… explosions. Phones, washing machines… if the TVs come next, what is this brand to do? 
  • What is Instagram? Many of us would say that it is one of the largest (and most popular) places to create and share images/videos. Over half a billion people use it. It is owned by Facebook. What if I told you that there’s a thriving global marketplace on Instagram (that the brand has yet to acknowledge)? Now, what if I told you that Instagram is finally waking up to this, and it’s going to start allowing people to both identify and eventually purchase products that they come across in photos from brands in their feed. Can Instagram make a run at Amazon
  • Last week, I told you how excited I was about Apple‘s new line of MacBook Pro computers. I bought mine. I’m still waiting on it. Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that every single connecting cable and dongle that I have won’t work on this new computer? The MacBook Pro only has Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are based on the new USB-C standard, and used for everything from video output to charging the computer. So… I’m not the only one with countless chargers and dongles that are now useless. Plus, buying new ones are quite expensive. Apple’s solution? After hearing enough complaints, they’ve decided to slash the price on accessories that use the new type of plugs. Many journalist are making the claim that Apple is in the dongle and charger business, and no longer in the computer manufacturing business. 
  • App of the week: Must.

Take a listen right here.