YouTube announce Thursday that they were changing the way channels were awarded ‘verified’ status, including removing the status from all channels that didn’t meet their new standards. The outcry was immediate and on Friday YouTube reversed their position almost entirely, except now they will verify a channel’s authenticity before granting them the verified status. Seems like that’s something they should already have been doing, right?

iOS 13 has finally arrived and the reviews are in. I’ll summarize The Verge here: no slowdown, dark mode is great, the Photos app is more usable, the volume bar is fantastic, Apple Maps is improved, and the Reminders app is more useful.

Tech pioneers in Silicon Valley are turning to digital therapy to help them with life’s woes; new, app-based platforms are popping up to connect people to their perfect therapist, log their moods, and in some cases provide therapy through the app itself. This has brought in a whole new slew of privacy concerns and data mining, all without direct legal privacy laws to protect consumers. Another tech fad or genuine next-level wave of the future?

Twitter is changing the way users interact with replies by allowing the original poster to ‘hide’ them. The replies will still be visible to viewers if they so choose, but will remain hidden from view if the reader wants to follow the discussion as the original poster intended. Will this tame my Twitter feed or simply strengthen the my bubble?

Google is bringing new features to its Chrome browser; tab name previews, improved skinning for easy identification, a ‘stacking’ feature that allows you to group tabs together on Android devices, and the ability to send tabs to another device running the Chrome browser. All these seem obvious but it’s nice to see Google bringing new ‘features’ to its 77th iteration of Chrome.

ZD Net: Microsoft has launched a new 44-part series called Python for Beginners on YouTube, consisting of three- to four-minute lessons from two self-described geeks at Microsoft who love programming and teaching. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized energy-efficient lightbulbs, saying that the bulbs people are “being forced to use” are more expensive, contain hazardous gases and give off light that’s “not as good” as incandescents. Experts, however, say that’s an outdated and inaccurate description of the current technology.

TechCrunch: Netflix has just scored a major content deal that could help it stem the loss of subscribers as competition among streamers heats up. The company announced it has acquired the global streaming rights to the popular sitcom “Seinfeld,” which will bring all 180 episodes of the Emmy winner to Netflix subscribers starting in 2021.

TechCrunch: “Friends” is getting some new neighbors at HBO Max. The streaming service from AT&T’s Warner Media has signed a big deal, reportedly worth over $1 billion, for the exclusive streaming and syndication rights for “The Big Bang Theory” over the next five years.

Forbes: After its stock market debut two years ago floundered, Snapchat has made a strong comeback: Its shares have risen nearly 200% in 2019, outpacing the broader market and easily eclipsing the rest of its peers in the technology sector.

Apple updated their iPhone line up at last week’s event titled “By innovation only”. Announced were the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, along with the Apple Watch Series 5.

Adobe announced a new “Auto Reframe” effect in Premiere Pro that makes it much easier to change aspect ratios while editing video. Powered by Adobe Sensei, their AI engine, Auto Reframe will intelligently crop video to the preferred aspect ratio keeping the subject in the frame and scaling text overlays automatically.

Google’s Pixel 4 XL is receiving the Apple iPhone treatment in that pictures of the as-yet-unannounced phone are leaking constantly. Three cameras, dual flash, and edge-to-edge screen can be seen in the photos. Still no word from Google on when it will be announced or released.

Continuing with the phone rumors, the OnePlus 7T is rumored to unveiled on Oct 15th. All indications is that this will be an incremental upgrade to the OnePlus 7 Pro series.

Discord, the chat and forum style application aimed at gamers, has decided to phase games out of their Nitro subscription service on Oct 15th. They are offering refunds to players who will not be using the subscription service without the gaming. For those willing to stay on board, Discord is planning to improve other aspects, such as upping the upload file size limit to 100MB.

In an article titled “Would the Internet Be Healthier Without ‘Like’ Accounts”, Wired questions the value of the algorithmically charged pursuit of ‘likes’ and other instant feedback methods on social media.

Last week, Google’s Threat Analysis Group reported on an iPhone exploit that affected all versions of iOS 10 to 12. The exploit, which allowed for the extraction of passwords and personal data, was reportedly corrected by Apple within about a week. Now, according to the website The Verge, there seems to a spin war between Apple and Google on just how impactful the exploit was or could have been.
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia released a statement that there are “clinical similarities” in many cases that have hospitalized e-cigarette users, including three people that have died. While there has been no conclusionary findings, the CDC and FDA are working closely together on the cases and have analyzed as many as 120 samples from different states in relation to the sudden rash of illnesses.
Facebook Dating has arrived in the US. Owen, is this more or Tinder?
Samsung is attempting to launch its Galaxy Fold after a five month delay. The 7.3 inch folding phone was originally scheduled to in the spring but review units sent to media outlets experienced so many screen issues that Samsung pulled the launch and offered refunds for pre-orders. The $2000 phone is now available for pre-order once again.
Amazon announced a soundbar, a new FireTV Cube, and new FireTV editions for the UK and Germany. Bumped up specs, “local voice control”, and OLED screens…is Amazon going to eventually brand my entire house?
Apple will be holding their annual September press event tomorrow and among the expected announcements are three new iPhones, an updated Apple Watch with sleep tracking, and a release date for the forthcoming Apple TV+ service.
Apple will be live-streaming its event tomorrow on YouTube for the first time.
The Beto O’Rourke campaign is demanding that Twitter, Facebook, and other social media platforms remove disinformation after an alleged link between Beto and the Odessa shooter went viral last weekend.
The Department of Justice has requested Apple and Google release a list of users of the Obsidian 4 app, used for live streaming and calibrating gun scopes.
Papua New Guinea is one of many countries with minimal power grids seeing an uptick in personal solar devices used to charge cell phones.
Boston played host to a Straight Pride parade over Labor Day weekend…and was quickly slammed on Twitter as the “oppressed majority” was heavily overshadowed by the 3-to-1 ratio of counter-protesters present.

Porsche stepped up it advertising ahead of the launch of their all-electric Taycan, having driver Shea Holbrook take the sports car from 0 to 90 and back to 0 on the flight deck of the USS Hornet, covering just under 223 meters.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his Twitter account hijacked by a group calling themselves Chuckling Squad. The attack was done using a “SIM Swap” attack where the user’s phone number is swapped to another device which can then be used to intercept a two-factor authentication SMS. This is essentially a carrier-level hack, and Jack Dorsey was just one of several such attacks on the AT&T network in recent weeks.

Dan Patterson of Tech Republic published an edited interview with Charity Wright, if that is her real name, on the inner workings of the Russian Dark Web, cybercrime, and the status of security around the world.

A story from BuzzFeed News broke down the relationship of Amazon and it’s last-mile delivery contractors. The report cites injuries, gross negligence, under- and unpaid wages, and even deaths resulting in service…all separated from Amazon by its contracting practices.

Sales reports from Mindfactory, one of the largest computer hardware retailers in Germany, show AMD’s 3rd generation Ryzen processors vastly outselling Intel’s latest chip about 3 to 1 with an overall 4 to 1 in processors in general. AMD has been outselling Intel for the past year with July and August’s market share jumping significantly with the release of these 3rd gen chips. Is Intel’s dominance finally over?

A new deepfake app called Zao has hit the streets in China. The app will place your face over an actors face in several movie clips using just a single photo of your face. While it clearly has it’s limitations, the app can only use pre-designated movie clips for example, it is definitely a sign that deepfake processing is getting better, faster, and more worrisome…and doing so very quickly.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is due in stores September 20th.

Anthony Levandowski has been indicted for stealing trade secrets from Google and giving them to Uber.

Manny Pacquiao is planning to launch the “Pac” cryptocurrency based in merchandise.

Google abandons the dessert names with the launch of Android 10.

Kerf is a wooden case for your oh-so-precious Apple Card to prevent scratches and discoloration.

I used to read people futures in a former life. That is the reason I’ve been prepping my kid for active shooters since she was about 5. It sounds weird that being said it sounded worse years ago. Now my friends and family think I’m a visionary. The little things matter and I hope more people stat to put stuff in the back of their minds. Something as simple as choosing seats at the movies. I personally don’t think its sad.. I think its preparation and give me a simple peace of mind!

A few weird stars lined up and had us talking about stalkers. We have watched a few shows recently where people are stalked. Some harmless and others more serious deadly situations. I really just like having these loose conversations about hard topics just to see where her head is at. We are laughing but we definitely know that stalking is a serious matter.

This week we are talking about parents being over the top in sports. Lebron James is under fire a little bit for getting to hyped and involved in his sons AAU basketball games. I see both sides of it and a lot of parents could do worse things then what LBJ is doing! At the end of the day he should be celebrated for loving his kids!

Light talk about Avengers End Game with SPOILERS. We also talk about depression lightly. Later on we will dive deep into it. But sometimes it’s important to dip your toe in the water with important topics. I use movies to talk about all kinds of topics and Thor was all Leiyah could think about walking out of EndGame. Leiyah is currently having a hard time with something we are aware of it and the cause behind it. This sadness is not depression but its also something I keep an eye on.

How do you deal with sadness or depression?

I took Leiyah on a road trip to visit some friends we haven’t seen in a while! We had a great drive up and back together. Spending time with good people and some outdoor activities is always a good thing! We also talk about go bags and survival. Be warned Leiyah is a SAVAGE!

Talking to the kid about her having a bad day at a wrestling match. We talk about that moment and how I/we handled it. Some tough love for sure.

Making sure we never get to low and bounce back from mistakes.