Your Phone Is Listening In On Your Conversations 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 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: 

  • While “To be or not to be”? may have been the big question, now it may well be “is my phone listening in on my conversations… or is it not”? I’ve had some strange stuff happen in this realm. I’ve mentioned something to someone during a call, and it suddenly shows up as an ad in my Facebook feed. Not one… but multiple times. Creepy? You bet. Am I delirious? According to this Vice article, I’m not all that paranoid and it is happening. 
  • Instagram and Snapchat are known for their short video quips. Fun, on the go mobile video content. Why stop there? Instagram is, apparently, in talks to develop long form video content. So, would you watch an hour-long video on Instagram? 
  • We often discuss the big FANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google). What ever happened to MySpace? It turns out that some people (or many…?) are still all-in on MySpace. Why are people still using MySpace? What purpose does it serve and why are they so loyal to it? The Guardian decided to investigate… 
  • App of the Week: Waze.