37 minutes | Apr 22, 2017
Samsung Wants Your Dog to Live
Ray talks about Samsung, Hackers, and Robotic Lawnmowers. www.technewsnightly.com www.patreon.com/technewsnightly
42 minutes | Apr 18, 2017
Big Props to Burger King
Ray talks about Apple, Phishing Attack, Uber and Burger King
12 minutes | Mar 21, 2017
Android is Showing Us Their ‘O’ Face
Welcome to Tech News Nightly, your source for technology news. I am your host Ray and tonight we have stories about a weaponized tweet, Android O, and Door Dash. Before we get to the news, let’s talk about you. First off, I want to thank each and every one of you for listening to the show. Your loyalty and dedication to helping get the show out to the masses has been showing. Our numbers are climbing each week, and that is all because of you. Secondly, I want to thank you for engaging with me with emails on the topics I give to you. It is awesome to look at the inbox and see an email from a listener that wants to weigh in on a subject. Because of this, starting next week, I am going to start taking a day each week to read and respond to listener emails in a show! So listen to each show and send me those emails to get featured on the show! Last but not least, please keep on sharing the show with others. If they don’t know anything about podcasts, teach them. Direct them to www.technewsnightly.com and let them explore themselves. The purpose of this show is to inform and entertain, so share it with people that you know would enjoy the show. Okay….on with the news! Back in December, Kurt Eichenwald, journalist and author, opened a tweet of an animated image that immediately caused him to suffer a seizure. The tweet also included a message that said “you deserved a seizure your posts” in all capital letters. The image sent To Mr. Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, was a blinding strobe light. The FBI arrested John Rayne Rivello at his home in md on Friday and accused him of sending the electronic file. Rivello has been charged with criminal cyberstalking with the intent to kill or cause bodily harm, a charge that could land him in prison up to 10 years. Dallas police and the FBI led the investigation into Rivello, and the police said he sent the strobe light knowing it would likely cause Mr. Eichenwald, who has publicly discussed his epilepsy, to suffer a seizure. Mr. Eichenwald’s lawyer has argued that the used of the strobe light was akin to sending an explosive or poison in the mail. Investigators found evidence of the plan to attack Mr. Eichenwald from a search of Rivello’s Twitter account. They also searched one of Rivello’s digital accounts and found a screenshot of Eichenwald’s Wikipedia page that had been altered to show a fake death of
8 minutes | Mar 20, 2017
Agent Bixby at Your Service?
Hey folks, this is Ray and you are listening to Tech News Nightly. Thank you for being here and taking time out of your evening to listen to your source of technology news. Tonight we have news stories about Samsung, and Uber, but before we get to that I want to tell you what has been going on with the show. Number one, you may have been wondering where the show was last week, well I have been battling some kind of flu bug that at one point rendered me almost voiceless. I have and still am fighting off some chest congestion which makes it hard to speak, much less record on a microphone. Also, there will be a live show this week come heck or high water. I promise. It will be on YouTube and all you have to do is go to https://technewsnightly.com/tnn-live/ and watch there. Easy enough, right? Alright let’s get into the news! So Samsung, you remember them right? The whole exploding smart phone ordeal? Maybe not, I mean it wasn’t like it was all over the tech news world or anything….they have introduced a new assistant that is along the likes of Siri, google home and Alexa. They call it “Bixby”. Sounds like a butlers name, doesn’t it? So Samsung is calling Bixby an AI agent and it is a bit different than Siri or Cortana. Bixby is your device helper. That’s right, he is going to help you accomplish all the tasks that modern gadgets like smartphones and tablets are capable of. Okay really what Bixby does is help you get around the crappy software and interfaces that Samsung uses. Bixby will first appear on the Galaxy 8 and the phone will have a dedicated button to launch, but Samsung is saying that its initial capabilities will be limited to a handful of preinstalled apps and a fire extinguisher. You can find more at http://www.theverge.com/2017/3/20/14973742/samsung-bixby-virtual-assistant-announced-galaxy-s8 Here is what I am thinking here folks. Samsung is telling us they are introducing this AI agent that is supposed to help you use your phone or tablet. Let that sink in….they are telling you, the consumer that you probably don’t know how to use a smartphone or tablet. Now look…I am not saying Samsung thinks you’re stupid, what i am saying is they have determined that their software and interfaces are not user fri
7 minutes | Mar 13, 2017
Pandora & The Battle for South Korea
Welcome to tech news nightly, your source for technology news. I’m your host ray and today is Monday, which means it is time for some mobile and app news so let’s get right into it. I have some good news for you Pandora users out there. In order to compete with competitors such as Spotify and apple music, Pandora has launched their own version of music on demand. Dubbed Pandora Premium, it offers a combination of radio like listening as well as the option to search and play any track and create your own playlist. At a cost of $9.99 per month, it has priced itself competitively with other on demand music services on the market. Pandora is trying to go head to head with apple and Spotify, but they are also trying to differentiate themselves through user experience and features. Inspired by Rdio, the streaming app Pandora bought back in 2015; Pandora’s now playing screen changes color to match the album art. They have also added a menu for collecting, downloading and sharing. On the user experience side of things, Pandora premium is offering more personalized albums instead of focusing on new releases. Basically if you like a certain genre, you will be shown new albums from that category instead of a broad selection of new releases. Pandora claims it has filtered its 40 million songs to remove “karaoke tracks, knock-off covers, and pet sounds.” A representative said they will continue to offer access to the same content as its competitors, but is using human curation for quality and machine learning for scale to make it easier to locate the right tracks users want. You can find more on this story at https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/13/pandoras-on-demand-music-service-finally-arrives/ This is a big step for Pandora. If you remember they launched Pandora Plus last fall which costs $5 per month. That service offered ad free streaming and a wider feature set, like more skipping and replays. Of course this service had a catalog of about 2 million songs, which is much smaller than what premium is offering. Pandora is a little late to this game, but they will be a major competitor in the market. I think it will boil down to where the listeners’ loyalty lies and the features they crave. Giving me a look at new albums from the same genre is much better than getting a list of songs I wouldn’t l
9 minutes | Mar 11, 2017
Saturday Night Special
13 minutes | Mar 8, 2017
Gaming, Dating, & Advertising
It is Wednesday night and time for some social media news on tech news nightly, your source of technology news. I am your host ray and let’s get started. The verge reported twitch, the live streaming video game website, would be launching a twitter competitor. Named pulse, it is an updating feed that collects photos, images, and text from twitch users. Basically it looks and feels like twitter, but it isn’t. To be honest it never will be. The reason for this, is unless you are a gamer or someone that just hangs out on Twitch to watch other people play video games, you are not going to know or care how to get to this platform. So to call this a competitor to a solid social media platform is kind of ridiculous and downright insulting to both sites. Twitch is a place for gamers to interact with other gamers. They use it to highlight their skills, teach others, and to make money doing what they do best. Some of you may not realize there is a small subset of Twitch streamers that are dedicated and good enough that use Twitch as a significant source of income. Twitch isn’t trying to compete or replace Twitter. They are trying to keep users and streamers active, even while they aren’t participating in a broadcast. With pulse they have the ability to post status updates, highlight clips, and talk crap at each other. I don’t think that pulse is going to replace or disrupt Twitter at all. What I do think is gamers that live stream their gaming abilities now have a place that allows them to interact with each other. It also keeps them exclusively within Twitch and Twitch will probably use this to their advantage later. It also shows that Twitch understands their consumer, and they are trying to expand the site to allow them to be a one stop shop. I have talked about this before, the whole purpose of these large websites is to keep you there. Twitch is on their way to doing that. You can find more on this story at http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/03/twitch-isnt-the-new-twitter-its-even-bigger-than-that.html Let’s move from gaming to dating So Tinder is operating a member’s only version of the platform called Tinder select. Apparently this version only serves the elite users of the app. When I say elite users, I mean CEO’s, super models, celebrities, and other upwardly affluent types.
11 minutes | Mar 7, 2017
Big Brother is Watching
In tonights episode Ray talks about the Wikileaks documents showing the CIA is watching us, and he discusses the status of wearable technology. Host: Ray Rideout, Jr Executive Producer: Mathew Passy
22 minutes | Mar 6, 2017
Oh How Snap Quickly Falls
Tonight's show mentions Google spreading fake news, Fitbit making upgrade features to the Alta, and Snap falling 12% on day 3. www.technewsnightly.com Host: Ray Rideout Executive Producer: Mathew Passy
32 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
Social Media News Frenzy!
No show notes for this one folks!