Coronavirus is leaving our elders alone, lonely, and frightened. In this episode of TechFirst, we dive into the tech you need to stay connected.
I talk to photographer and technologist George Krieger about the tech he's set up for his dad, who built the Iomega Zip drive. It includes a remotely controllable PC, a camera, a TV that shows who he's talking to on a large screen, a wearable device called Tempo from Care Predict, an Echo Show from Amazon, and smart plugs to control lighting.
The result: much more peace of mind. Less stress for seniors, and much more connection and safe socialization, even when you're shut out of the care home thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Instacart is getting record downloads. Uber and Lyft are seeing record lows.
How is Coronavirus impacting the app economy?
Will Coronavirus be the death -- or the savior -- of our digital economy? Welcome to TechFirst with John Koetsier.
COVID-19 is changing everything. When it comes to mobile apps, some industries are way up, and some are way down. With us today to discuss which is which is Adam Blacker from Apptopia.
Airlines are in tough. So are hotels, but the drops are not completely consistent. And Uber and Lyft are experiencing record lows for app installs and usage. Delivery apps like Instacart, however, are way up, breaking download records every day for about four days straight. But ready-to-eat food delivery apps are down, Blacker says.
Is technology making us lonely, stressed out, insecure, and narcissistic? In this TechFirst with John Koetsier we dive into a 2,000-person study on the impact of technology and mobile devices on:
- mental health
- social isolation
The news is not great ...
I chat with futurist Nikolas Badminton and researcher Nick Black to go through their study.
Coronavirus is changing how we work ... most tech companies are now telling their employees to work from home.
Well, if you work from home, you need tools to do that.
One company says it’s going to offer a free productivity suite to everyone. Zoho created a product literally this week called Remotely, which it is offering for free for all.
We’re chatting with Raju Vegesna, the Chief Evangelist at Zoho.
What is it like to be living and working in China right now, during the coronavirus epidemic? What's different?
We chat with James Ren, who’s currently living and working in Beijing, China. He leaves his home every three days for food and hasn't seen his family for weeks, but he's trying to do business, meet clients virtually, and keep working through the crisis.
What we talk about:
What’s the status in Beijing right now?
Are there any conferences that you’re planning to go to? Or, have they been canceled?
Are you restricting your movement? Meetings?
What information are you getting from medical authorities on what to do and what not to do?
How are you continuing with business?
What’s the impact on your business?
How long do you anticipate this continuing?
Ad fraud costs billions each year.
Why does that matter to you … and how can we stop it? Welcome to Tech First Draft, with John Koetsier
Ad fraud is huge ... I’ve seen estimates from $10B to even $40B a year, globally. Just today, Google kicked 600 apps with 4.5B downloads out of Google Play.
Luke Taylor, the founder and COO of TrafficGuard, is going to tell us how it works ... and … how to stop it. And yes … we’ll even talk about how ad fraud impacts you, or any average person.
The types of fraud we'll talk about include:
- App install farms
- SDK spoofing
- Misattribution (i.e. click spam, click injection; where ~80% of ad fraud occurs)
- Domain spoofing
- Cookie stuffing
- Hidden ads/ads stacking
- Bots & servers
- Malware engagement
We now have almost 8 billion people on the planet ... what kind of digital growth are we seeing from those billions on social, mobile, and the internet as a whole?
Welcome to Tech First Draft, with … yours truly ... John Koetsier
Hootsuite just put together a massive series of reports -- 200+ pages -- about everything, basically, in terms of digital growth … social adoption … mobile penetration … top social networks ... emerging trends ... you name it.
So we’re going to dive into all that … we’re going to chat with: Simon Kemp, who wrote the report, and Henk Campher, a VP at Hootsuite.
Fake reviews are killing our ability to google for the truth
Two of the top 9 google suggestions for “fake reviews” are “fake reviews generator” and “fake reviews generator free”
So we know that it’s hard to trust reviews for consumer products
What about reviews for B2B software?
Consumer products might cost $50 to $500
B2B software? Could be $500,000, and easily more with multi-year contracts
Today, we’re chatting with TrustRadius CEO Vinay Bhagat about a new program to kill fake reviews
Are your headphones not providing the quality sound that they might actually be capable of? Can you get audiophile quality sound with hardware that doesn’t cost thousands of dollars?
This company says it can make your headphones better … with software.
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My guest, Matthias, is from Dirac: https://www.dirac.com
My name is John Koetsier, and today we’re speaking with Mathias Johansson, the CEO of Dirac.
He’s fixing crappy audio with software, and we’re going to find out how ...
What we talk about:
- You’re on a quest to fix bad audio. Why?
- What is the problem with most headphones/earbuds sold today?
- You are trying to fix it in software … via an app. How?
- What headphones or earbuds do you support right now? Will you eventually support all brands?
- Your software learns or adjust to different hardware … how? Do you test all different types of hardware in the studio?
- How close are you right now … you’re in beta still, right?
- When I tested, it sounded great. But podcasts had some echo … perhaps because of lower-quality recordings?
Why is technology so important for the next decade of business?
Why is every company a tech company?
And how are expectations changing over the next decade?
I talk about State Farm, NASCAR, Allbirds, and TikTok in an interview with Sean Moffit of FutureproofingNext.
Let’s start with TikTok. It gained over 500 million new users just last year. Why is it growing so quickly?
When you’re on TikTok -- and other, similar social platforms -- there’s an almost compulsive view and flick, view and flick as you scroll through bits of content. What’s happening in the brain while this is going on?
And … what does this do to people? Does it kill their attention span? Does it ruin them for anything requiring deep focus?
As a culture, we have a long history of crying wolf at the next new media platform, claiming it will ruin kids, ruin society, destroy education, kill the future workforce. Contextualize TikTok and other similar platforms for us within this history.
But are digital platforms fundamentally different than previous shifts?
How do you see people changing as we grow up with technology and media like this?
What are the good things that come out of this?
Intro to guest
Christoph Burkhardt is the CEO of OneLife
They’ve developed a revolutionary new air purifier that they’re releasing at CES 2020
We’re getting a sneak peek
What we talk about:
What are the worst problems with indoor air?
What percentage of people even know that they might have a problem?
There’s a lot of existing air purifiers out there … what’s wrong with them?
Replaceable air filters … one reason why people don’t buy purifiers?
Talk about OneLife … what makes your solution better?
PM1 … how small is that, really?
And … those are the most numerous particles, right?
We’re chatting with Apptopia’s VP of Insights Adam Blacker about the top 100 apps of 2019. Which made the cut … what surprised us … what this means for tech giants like Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and all the others in 2020 ...
Mobile app categories we hit:
Food & drink
Music & audio
Health & fitness
Companies and apps we talk about:
YouTube ... Google
We’re talking about autonomous driving ... specifically … how soon we can expect self-driving cars? And what changes will they bring in our economy and our society?
My guest is Blair Lacorte, the president of AEye, a Silicon Valley company that “develops advanced vision hardware, software and algorithms that act as the eyes and visual cortex of autonomous vehicles.”
He says: we’ll have self-driving cars within 3 years.
What we cover:
Many experts say that full self-driving is many years away. Some say we’ll never get there. Talk about how you think we’ll get there in 3 years.
You also say we’ll need to redefine what self-driving means … maybe redo the Levels of Automation. How so?
What’s unique about your technology? You have something you’ve call iDAR … what is it, and how does it work?
Who are you working with right now on this?
Elon Musk says we don’t need LIDAR. Agree?
How important is critical mass of instrumented cars and shared data to accelerate the AI that we need for self-driving cars?
Robotaxis … will we see fleets of personal cars roaming the roads as taxis? Other models?
There are those who say that autonomous cars -- and their development -- is unsafe. How do you respond?
We talk to Robert Scoble about iOS spellcheck: is it really that bad (yes), why it's that bad (privacy?), and how this will impact Apple's competitiveness against Google and Android.
"80% said it got at least a little worse than before than two years ago"
"Swipe is a good new feature that comes with this system, but it's an immature system. It hasn't been trained very well."
"I had dinner with the guy who runs Siri at Apple. He said ... Google is beating us ... we see Google's learning at a faster rate."
You either love Cybertruck or you hate it. Designer Fede Ponce has worked for Nissan and BMW. He's currently consulting with Mercedes, and won awards for his work on the Iron Man and Thor movies. He's worked on autonomous vehicles and heads-up displays. Hear why he's ordered a Tesla Cybertruck.
chat with Amazon VP of smart home Daniel Rausch about:
what’s in HIS smart home
what drives consumer adoption
why voice is better than phones for a smart phone hub
the growth of the Alexa universe
Amazon’s new “Certified for Humans” program, which lets you set up device by voice alone
Alexa’s new “Did You Mean” feature
Making smart homes … actually smart
Alexa Guard, which makes your home look like you’re home … even when you’re away
Adding Alexa to anything
How Amazon grades itself on its progress with Alexa and Echo
Are we wasting billion on smart home technology? 70% of smart home tech that gets returned ... has nothing wrong with it. TechSee CEO Eiten Cohen surveyed smart home owners to find out what the biggest problems are ... and gives us the goods.