Episode 296: BL and David discuss Google’s Project Witness that uses virtual reality to generate empathy for jailed children; Amazon’s program to create actual brand voices to play on its Echo smart speaker; ASCII art of refugee programmers; tech titans’ efforts to combat coronavirus misinformation; augmented reality Google Maps; Facebook’s bug bounty program; Chrome’s website security deadline; reviews in Google Search Console; a glaring user experience fail in Adobe Acrobat; Target’s Minnesota Badgers miscue; …and much, much more..
Episode 295: BL and David discuss “Cry Me A Cockroach” vindictive Valentines via San Antonio Zoo; social media savvy Astronaut Christina returns to earth; Seventh Generation’s brilliant State of the Union ad; Spotify’s podcast expansion; flirting with Tinder bots; how Netflix gets to the Oscars; Twitter squashes student’s parody, then apologizes; Planters Baby Nut banned; best and worst Super Bowl LIV ads; the Iowa Caucus debacle; hacking Google Maps; world’s worst job ad and world’s funniest resume; Clearview AI slapped with cease-and-decists; Celebrity Cruises’ clueless commercial; 2020 election disinformation wars; Edelman Trust Barometer…and much, much more.
Episode 293: BL and David discuss why Planters murdered Mr. Peanut; Angelina Jolie producing a BBC show to teach children how to spot fake news; a brewery that put shelter dogs on beer cans to spur adoptions; Verizon’s new OneSearch privacy-focused search engine; Product Hunt’s Golden Kitty Awards; Google podcast time stamping; Apple TV+ Podcasts; Morning Brew’s podcast lessons; fraudulent .gov domains; YouTube moderators’ PTSD; Apple’s encryption back door..and much, much more.
Episode 281: Co-hosts BL Ochman and David Erickson discuss the creativity of the world’s largest display of LEGO art in New York City as well as LEGO’s new Rebuild The World campaign; the five hundred new words that were added to the dictionary; Google’s new in this video search results; John Batelle’s new Daily Recount summary of the day’s political news; the city of Grand Rapids, Minnesota’s 3D crosswalks; Descript podcasting software that lets you deep fake yourself; fears of Chinese propaganda via TikTok; the pros and cons of Echo Auto; Facebook Watch TV watching you; creating a digital will; political contributions via Amazon Echo; Facebook’s app problem;…and much, much more.
Episode 277: BL and David discuss the hacked presidential seal that satirizing 45 as a Russian puppet during a recent speech; a brilliantly creative LinkedIn post that illustrates the power of breaking expectations; OpenAI’s technology that is too dangerous to release; the Washington Post’s securing and publishing of the DEA database that tracks prescription opioid shipments; an AI app that turns your photo into a Renaissance portrait; the emerging career of audio book narration; MailChimp and Vice teaming up on Second Acts; illustrations imagining high tech brands as retro technology; House Wine and Cheez-Its in a box; Influencer scamming; Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s Google Gimmick; and much, much more.
Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.
Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…and much, much more.
Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.