In This Episode: Dogs falling of cliffs, GPS systems failing, the Zoom privacy issue that wasn’t really an issue at all, different ways of recording the podcast, using AI to make it look like you’re looking at the camera, Europe’s GPS goes down, and some interesting GPS tracking scenarios.
This Week’s Hosts
- 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.
- Longer Bios on the Hosts page.
- We started with the reason Leo’s tired today: a late-night call-out for WASART to help rescue a dog that had fallen off a trail in steep terrain. Leo recounted bringing his ham radio skills to bear in a cellular deadzone. The dog? Rescued, tired, and probably a little embarrassed.
- We use Zoom to host and records these podcasts, and they had a bit of a kerfuffle this week relating to a perceived privacy threat. Our consensus: tempest in a teapot that generated more clickbait headlines than real news. Naturally we griped about discussed clickbait-y news stories in general.
- We talk a little more about Leo’s experiment using Camtasia to create a backup recording of the podcast. (Coincidentally, it’s that recording published this week.)
- An upcoming version of iOS will include a feature in Facetime that will make it look like you’re looking into the camera instead of at your screen. Cute or creepy? We weigh in.
- Europe has its own GPS system — Galileo — and while it’s technically still sort of in “Beta”, it’s also offfline. We discussed the alternative systems available, as well as a little bit about how GPS works.
- Gary has a GPS tracker that he uses when hiking, but it drains the battery and we discuss why. Leo has a GPS tracker in his vehicle from Automatic, which came in very handy for that WASART callout.
- We had to cut the podcast a little short this week as Gary was suddenly called away.