Articles By Alex Coop

Platforms key for the future of today’s ‘immature’ smart environments

Most smart environments today, whether that’s at home or at the office, are a hodgepodge of different applications of varying quality, at times collecting information largely unbeknownst to the people nearby. “It’s still

Published on: February 12th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – IBM picks Slack, Samsung Unpacked, robotic workforce stops growing

IBM selects Slack over Teams as its official communications platform, Samsung Unpacked yields a few surprises, and Robots loosen their grip on the American workforce. IBM has officially gone with Slack over Teams

Published on: February 12th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Amazon is watching what you read, crypto scams make billions, Equifax breach update

Amazon is really into our reading habits, scams involving bitcoin and other forms of cryptocurrency brought in at least $4.3 billion from investors in 2019, and the US charges four Chinese military hackers

Published on: February 11th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Google Maps revamp, Airbnb restricts age for rentals, France fines Apple

Google Maps gets a facelift, Airbnb is making changes in Canada, and France fines Apple for $27 million   Google Maps is getting a major update to ring in its 15th birthday. The

Published on: February 10th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Google eats its vegetables, Visa explains Libra concerns, Spotify doubles down on podcasts

Google is engineering a way to encourage its employees to eat healthier, Mastercard's CEO says he withdrew from Facebook's Libra because Libra's leaders wouldn't commit to observing laws, and Spotify doubles down on

Published on: February 7th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Amazon engineer dunks on Ring, Apple and Broadcom in hot water, Avast fallout

An Amazon engineer criticizes home-security camera company Ring, saying it should be "shut down immediately”, Apple and its wifi chip company Broadcom have been ordered to pay $1.1B, and Avast shuts down its

Published on: February 3rd, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Amazon and the climate, Google and law enforcement, Spotify for pets

Amazon staff are criticizing the company’s climate policy, Google is charging law enforcement for access to your data, and Spotify targets your pets because why not. A group of Amazon employees have spoken

Published on: January 28th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – A carbon negative Microsoft, Norwegian Consumer Council slams advertisers, China’s high-speed train

Microsoft says it wants to go carbon negative by 2030, the Norwegian Consumer Council releases a new report highlighting how digital marketing are breaking the rules - a lot, and Twitter can’t get

Published on: January 17th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Ikea closes pick-up and order stores, Google and its cookies, new facial-recognition tech

In today’s episode, we talk about Ikea Canada closing its pick up and order stores, Google cutting web cookies, and the U.S. military’s plans to build long-range facial recognition technology. Citing “urbanisation, technology

Published on: January 16th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Goodbye Windows 7, Uber’s Ontario fight, Microsoft CEO slams backdoors

People say their farewells to Windows 7, Uber drivers in Ontario want to unionize, and Microsoft’s CEO says encryption backdoors are a “terrible idea”.   Windows 7 is no more. The ex-operating system

Published on: January 15th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – AI goes Hollywood, Twitter’s new reply rules, old vs new on the farm

Hollywood thinks AI has the answers to better film management, Twitter users will soon have more control over who can reply to their tweets, and farmers are buying 40-year-old tractors because they’re actually

Published on: January 13th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Political ads on Facebook, TikTok vulnerability, awful photoshop job goes viral

Facebook is sticking to its advertising policy despite it not making much sense, a recently published report highlights a serious TikTok vulnerability that was addressed last December, and someone’s attempt to skip work

Published on: January 10th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – Sony’s new car, Toyota’s new smart city, #boycottCES

The 2020 Consumer Electronic Show continues, and so does the news flow as Sony announces its own electric car, Toyota unveils its plans for a smart city at the bottom of Mt. Fuji,

Published on: January 9th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – More CES, Facebook bans deepfake vids, flying car unveiled

CES hasn’t stopped, so how can we not talk about it, Facebook says it’s going to ban deepfake videos, and Uber and Hyundai unveil their concept electric flying car for the future of

Published on: January 8th, 2020 Alex Coop

Hashtag Trending – CES, Apple gets roasted, outdated IT

CES is underway in Las Vegas, and there are too many things to talk about, Apple gets a shoutout during the Golden Globes - not the one Tim Cook wanted though - and

Published on: January 7th, 2020 Alex Coop