What Is Apple Up To? Can Walmart Catch Amazon? And More On This 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 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 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 on 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: 

  • This week Pierre Landry sits in for Terry DiMonte.
  • This week will bring the “other” big Apple event and news to the world. The annual WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference) takes place today until June 9th in San Jose. There is usually little talk of hardware (that’s the big annual event that is held in September). Still, we will get Tim Cook‘s overview of business to date. What do we know? It’s Apple… so, not much. There are expectations of the latest iOS software (iOS 11). The rumour mills is thinking that changes will be made to Apple Music, announcement of Apple’s own unique TV programming (a la Netflix), and a lot of love for Siri. The biggest rumour is the launch of a possible “smart speaker” – one that users can not only stream music to, but that they can talk to and interact with it. We shall see… 
  • Walmart is one of the few retailers that can compete with Amazon in the retail space. Still, it’s a massive chasm between Amazon (whose stock rocked past $1000 this past week) and Walmart. Walmart continues to invest heavily in ecommerce and news broke last week that it is trying to turn its army of 1.5 million employees into delivery drivers as well. Good side hustle for employees or is this a disaster waiting to happen? 
  • App of the week: Adobe Scan.