This week, join former The Drill Down co-host Tom Cheredar as we discuss: Spotify buries musicians who aren’t exclusive, Facebook kills the Trending Topics team, What to expect from Apple, is there a spy in your iPhone? How the Clinton Campaign Is Foiling the Kremlin, and have the Russians hacked US voting systems? ..and much, much more this week on The Drill Down.
During the last decade or so, innovations in the field of supposedly “user-friendly”* gadgets have hit the public awareness at a pace that makes Moore’s Law seem glacial by comparison. And as would be expected, most of these gadgets are considered “high-end” – the technical term for things that you and I and most of the rest of the world’s population will never be able to afford, at least for the few months it takes for third-world geniuses to reverse-engineer them, copy them, and sell them for pennies on the dollar on eBay. At that point, some of them are elevated to the status of essential tools. Here are a few that started out being pretty exclusive, but which have since weaseled their way into the life of everyday folks like us. After all, why should wealthy first adopters be the only ones who get to be miserable? Continue reading →
This week, the NSA taps Yahoo & Google data centers without their knowledge, NSA spying makes Germany want to secede from the Internet, Netflix wants to stream blockbuster movies at the same time they’re in the theaters, and Turkey builds an intercontinental tunnel linking Europe to Asia. Then, to celebrate The Drill Down’s 300th episode, we discuss the technology that has personally moved us, from our early experiences to our most recent connections…
The excitement over 3-D printing has gained steam throughout 2013, and 2014 will certainly open everyone’s eyes to the possibilities of this remarkable achievement in technology. And with all of the problems 3-D printing has solved already, is “What’s for dinner?” going to be the next? Continue reading →