In This Episode: This week we go to the dogs. Bulging batteries. Massive email/password breach: what to DO about it? (Not much!) Can robots “love” us? (Eh.) The end of robocalls? (Maybe!) And does “screen time” really “change kids’ brains?”
This Week’s Hosts
- Randy Cassingham, founder of This is True and the Get Out of Hell Free card.
- Leo Notenboom, “Chief Question Answerer” at tech education site Ask Leo!
- Gary Rosenzweig host and producer of MacMost, and mobile game developer at Clever Media.
- Kevin Savetz, web site publisher and Computer Historian at Atari Podcast.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- In the warmup, Kevin talks about his road trip to pick up a new dog — this Twitter thread has details and photos. Gary talked about redoing his design for the MacMost site, and losing two computers to damage: his bulging battery story reminded Leo of his, and Kevin talked about a massive Fail in Apple’s recycling program.
- The return of Breach of the Week is a biggie: a quarter-billion emails and passwords were revealed. Troy Hunt explains, but there’s not much you can do about it — except check your addresses on Have I Been Pwned? — and your passwords, too
- Gary asked, is the killer app for robots Love? The Verge introduces the Lovot.
- Randy says Verizon is implementing STIR/SHAKEN (in March) to combat robocalls — and the tool will be free. This is a follow-up on Episode 46. The acronym is horrible: it means “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited / Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” — Ugh! (Engadget)
- And Gary brought up the idea that phones kill social interaction: ain’t necessarily so. We talked about how this was raised about an earlier technology (see meme below), and Randy blasted the canard about “screen time” has “changed kids’ brains.” Techcrunch says that the science backing all this up isn’t really science.