This Week in Tech News

Vault 7 Showing How CIA Hacks for Spying

Episode 1370

CIA

Wikileaks has announced Vault 7, a massive collection of documents that show how the CIA uses malware and other hacking techniques to spy online. Some of the techniques includes using smartTVs as a spying device since they use cameras and microphones built into the TVs. Samsung warned of this in their terms of service for their TVs last year. But Leo says that the CIA doesn't really have a switch to turn on all TVs, and if they did, the data they'd receive would be so massive and 99.9% of it would be useless. It could be used for targeted eavesdropping, though.

Leo Reviews The Nintendo Switch

Episode 1369

Leo spent a couple of hours playing with Zelda on the Nintendo Switch and he was lefty pretty impressed. However, for adult hands, he found the controllers to be a bit small and uncomfortable. Battery life is pretty good at about 3-4 hours of steady play. The big problem right now is that the Switch doesn't have a lot of games at the moment, and of what it does have, most are dumb like Milking Cows. But it was launched with Zelda and Mario is coming. So there's plenty of people to play with until games get ported over.

SNAP IPO Launches at $17 a Share, with $34 Billion Value

Episode 1368

Snap's IPO was launched yesterday, selling at $17 a share, with total value of $34 Billion. That's a heck of a lot for a single app called Snapchat. But is it worth more than Marriot? Leo says it's rather over valued. Why is it so high in value? Leo says that people wants to know how to reach young people and Snapchat is where the kids are. Kids don't watch TV anymore, they watch YouTube and talk amongst themselves. And Snapchat is their platform.

Nokia Announces Revival of the Iconic 3310 Phone

Episode 1367

Nokia 3310

Sensing a market for people who just want a phone, or a burner, Nokia announced at Mobile World Congress 2017 this week the return of the 3310 phone, which has over 21 hours of talk time on a single charge. It will cost just $51.

Meanwhile, Blackberry returned with the standard Blackberry keyboard on an Android phone, and Motorola is putting out a new version of the Moto G5 with a 13MP camera and faster snapdragon chips, larger screen, and more. That will retail for $200.

Microsoft To Defer HoloLens to 2019

Episode 1366

Microsoft Hololens

In the hopes of avoiding a repeat of the mistakes made with rushing a product out to market, Microsoft has announced that development of their mixed reality HoloLens device will be deferred to at least 2019. The hope is that they can avoid any similar mistakes that made the launch of the Kinect camera so problematic. Meanwhile, people can still get the current developer edition for $3500.

Read more at theverge.com.

TSA & Customs Are Asking for Social Media Passwords

Episode 1365

TSA

Recently, privacy advocates have become aware that US Customs and the TSA are demanding travelers turn over passwords to their social media and demanding travelers open up their laptops and mobile devices to gain your data. Leo says that is clearly a violation of privacy and the fifth amendment. That passwords and fingerprint ID should be protected. Leo recommends turning off all your devices while you're re-entering the country. But they may detain you until you do. So be ready to call a lawyer.