Nov 3rd 2019
This Week in Tech 743
Lying is Bad is a Lie
- Google Buys Fitbit. Will this be like Google buying HTC, or like Fitbit buying Pebble?
- Apple hires a new smart home team. Can they catch up with Amazon and Google? Can they fix what is wrong with HomeKit?
- AirPods Pro review - the best earbuds we've ever worn. However, they are pricy, and they're still earbuds, with all the issues that come with that.
- AppleTV+ launches. Can an Aaron Sorkin wanna-be, wacky Emily Dickinson, and sexy blind people win the streaming wars?
- NBC's Peacock TV may be free with ads when it launches in April.
- HBO Max launches in May for $15. Will it finally kill cable?
- Twitter bans political ads. Facebook thinks they are just fine, even if they lie. How will Twitter figure out what is a political issue? Does Mark Zuckerberg really think "Lying is bad?"
- PG&E cuts power to millions but still manages to start a 77,000-acre fire. Cell service also fails. So does Comcast. Is this the harbinger of all of America's aging infrastructure finally collapsing?
- National Weather Service tweets out some useful tools to track wildfires and smoke.
- It's the emoji season! The controversy this year: non-gendered emoji.
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- Google is buying Fitbit: now what?
- Apple Revamping Smart Home Efforts After Falling Behind Amazon, Google
- AirPods Pro
- Apple introduces AirPods Pro
- AirPods Pro Hands-On — vs. AirPods 2, PowerBeats Pro
- AirPods Pro Earpiece Tip Replacements Will Cost $4
- Apple TV+ launches
- Originals yes, catalog no
- HBO Max launches in May 2020 for $14.99 a month
- NBC Peacock streaming TV may be free in 2020
- Twitter bans political ads
- Facebook says they're great
- Read the Letter Facebook Employees Sent to Mark Zuckerberg About Political Ads
- Facebook launches a tool that will use a person's age and gender to provide preventive health-care info
- California blackouts weren't just power, they were data
- HOW I MADE THE YAWNING FACE AND WAFFLE EMOJI
- Welcome to Macintosh series on Emoji
- Facebook bans eggplants and peaches