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057: HomePod Sales Slumping!?

4/19/2018
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Don't be surprised. Apple's HomePod, their revolutionary speaker, is having slumping sales after gathering 10% of the market (percentage calculated by analysts). HomeKit simply does not come close to having the amount of integrations that Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant have. Additionally, couple this fact with the higher cost of buying the product -- it makes it less viable overall. While Apple wants to tout this as "speaker first", it's only a true smart speaker for Apple Music while...

Duration:00:03:38

056: Facebook Shadow Profiles

4/17/2018
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Have you ever thought about it Facebook knew information about those who do not have profiles? Denied by Zuckerberg, but the CEO did note that they collect information on nonusers for security purposes. However, the to use "upload your contacts", which is found in many apps can help Facebook create a "shadow" profile, which is an aggregate of data based off of an identifier such as a phone number, email address or IP address. [Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and...

Duration:00:04:32

055: What is Technology?

4/16/2018
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Technology is more than what Apple and Google produce. Technology is all around us from our sewer systems, to ways of building the tallest skyscrapers and more. Anything that is making the human experience better and easier can fall into the category of technolgy. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:03:41

054: Zuckerberg Testifies!

4/13/2018
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10 hours of testimony from Mark Zuckerberg and are we any better? I argue, no. With misinformed senators asking leading questions since they have NO earthly idea what they are talking about, it's clear that there is no resolution to privacy concerns in the near future. I urge you to take control of your privacy yourself and learn the risks and either accept or move on from certain services. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit...

Duration:00:05:19

053: Do I Google?

4/12/2018
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I talk a lot about privacy, with Google sometimes stepping in as a company that is always involved is discussions of "knowing too much" -- I break down my use of Google services and why. Remember, as a consumer you have a choice, you do not have to use a service unless you want to. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:04:29

052: What phone should I get!!?

4/10/2018
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Android, iOS the phones are all over the place....but WHAT phone should I buy? Although, I'll never tell someone what phone they should buy, I'll help you make your decision easier by addressing areas of concern. The big three things to be mindful of are: Don't skimp on price, consider the length of time you'll have the phone and if you choose Android buy from a reputable manufacturer. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit...

Duration:00:04:16

051: Contactless Payments.

4/9/2018
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Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay are just a few of the ways the we can pay just by a tap -- let's not forget Speedpass or credit cards that allow payment as well. Security is at the forefront of Apple and Android pay because each system generates a secure token that stands in place of your real credit card number, which adds a layer of security to each transaction. Are you using Contactless Payments? || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at...

Duration:00:03:48

050: What is machine learning?

4/5/2018
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Machine learning is a field of computer science that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to "learn" (i.e., progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed. Why does Apple, Google and others want to have better machine learning technolgies? We are all giving companies our data to some degree -- but what if the data we provide can turn around and proactively give us things in return? That's what it's all about....

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049: If Google is that bad, stop using their services.

4/5/2018
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Fearmongering from Apple fans is rampant in the technology industry. Those so terrified of what Google knows, yet willing to dump and store any and everything within one of Apple's services. If you truly care about privacy, you wouldn't freely trust any company. This is what you call a bias. There are alternatives and if you dislike and distrust Google so much. Stop using their services. Don't perform a Google search ever again, don't click send in GMail, take all of your files out of...

Duration:00:04:43

048: Make your own cloud!!

4/4/2018
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End your reliance on third party companies! Have you ever thought of hosting your own cloud? If you have an old computer laying around and are wary of companies potentially snooping on your files, this could be a good solution for you. Check out NextCloud (open source) or OwnCloud technolgies. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:03:45

047: Have tech companies earned your trust?

4/3/2018
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With scandals breaking from Panera, Facebook, MyFitnessPal and more...it seems that our data is a hot commodity. Should you trust these companies? I argue no. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:03:48

046: Use a Password Manager!!

3/30/2018
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It seems like every other day we are hearing about a company having a breach of client data. Protect yourself. Utilizing a password manager, whether online or offline can be a huge defense against attackers by differentiating your password across each site you use. Several options are LastPass, KeyPass, 1Password, Dashlane and more....each offering their own unique spins, yet each accomplishing the same goal. See a breakdown here (Source: PCMag) --...

Duration:00:05:07

045: Apple March 2018 Education Event Breakdown Pt. 2

3/28/2018
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If you haven't listened to part 1 of my Apple Event coverage, please do so. In part 2, I take a look at what Apple could've done in terms of pricing and focus with this new iPad. The classroom management features seem to bring Apple's approach up to par with Google; however, the cost to deploy one iPad with Pencil and a case can be almost $450, while a Chromebook will cost one third of that. Did Apple miss the mark? Read my coverage here:...

Duration:00:03:29

044: Apple March 2018 Education Event Breakdown Pt. 1

3/28/2018
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Apple took to the stage in Chicago to focus on education and empower students and administration alike to utilize Apple hardware and services in the education realm. We've now got a $329 iPad with Apple Pencil support, proper classroom management apps and more. Be sure to tune in the part 2 to get my take on how this positions Apple in the education space and if they can truly rival Google. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit...

Duration:00:05:19

043: iPhone X demand down?

3/26/2018
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iPhone X, Apple's $1000 baby, that's set to revolutionize the mobile space.....has falling demand -- and I'm glad. Here's why, there is no reason to charge this much for a smartphone, which places you into a small bubble and puts constraints on how you get work done. How much is a solid laptop these days? With lower demand, will this force Apple to see the error of it's ways? || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit...

Duration:00:04:05

042: Whats new in Android P?

3/25/2018
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Android P developer preview is here!! With updates for HEIF, higher security around Android backups and display cutout (notch) support -- this release will be one of those that'll tighten up the software experience from 8.0! Read more about it here: https://developer.android.com/preview/features.html || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:04:03

041: Spring 2018 Apple Event Preview!!

3/23/2018
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Let's take a field trip!! The title of Apple's latest event has us buzzing. What will we see? New iPads, new Apple pencil devices or extended support? What about a low cost MacBook Air? For a company that's extremely behind in education, Apple hopes to right the ship -- we'll see. Stay tuned for coverage. || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts. Share this podcast with a friend!

Duration:00:04:29

040: Facebook data breach and Cambridge Analytica

3/22/2018
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Facebook has a LOT of your data -- a lot. In fact, you don't even have to be signed in for them to track you and tie information to your personal profile because of Facebook Pixel. Did Facebook do anything wrong? Well, thanks to a whistleblower at Cambridge Analytica, we've found out that 50 million users had their data manipulated and modeled to target their "inner demons" -- can this happen with other companies? || Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at...

Duration:00:04:56

039: All about databases!!!

3/21/2018
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A database is an organized collection of data. And a relational database, more restrictively, is a collection of schemas, tables, queries, reports, views, and other elements. Many just think of a database as a box, but more importantly it is the backbone of any successful IT organization with many needs for management in the realms of security, performance and design. Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to...

Duration:00:03:55

038: Automated Cars, are they here to help?

3/20/2018
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Automation is defined as the automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system. Many things, whether you realize it or not, are automated from payment processing, vending machines, traffic lights -- essentially all things electronic contain automation points to make our lives easier. Can autonomous vehicles help make for safer highways? On the wake of an unfortunate event involving Uber and a pedestrian, I discuss. Let's continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and...

Duration:00:04:41

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