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:
- How is it possible that a concert goes on sale and every ticket is sold out within minutes? Welcome to the world of bots, automation and technology. This issue reared its ugly head again this week, when fans who attempted to get tickets to Elton John‘s upcoming Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour noticed that the shows were sold out in a few minutes. What can be done? How is this even possible?
- It was Super Bowl weekend… so, who won (besides the Eagles)? In my world, it’s not just about the teams on the field, but what happens in-between: the TV commercials (and how they extend online). Which brands ruled the mightiest of mighty in the ad industry’s biggest moment?
- Elon Musk does some wild and wacky stuff. It’s not just about commercial spaceships or electric cars. But now, Musk is selling a flamethrower for his Boring company? No joke. Plus, because it’s Musk, he sold 20,000 of them in short order at $500 a pop… that’s $10 million dollars. Not a bad day at the office!
- App of the Week: Google Flights can now predict your delays (before the airlines!).