Tech News This Week: March 5 – 10th

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This week included a lot of news in the Tech Industry including the new WikiLeaks! Here the run-down on the tech headlines for this past week.

Wendy’s Kiosks

This week, food chain Wendy’s announced it will be installing self ordering kiosks in over 1,000 of their stores! This isn’t surprising with McDonald’s doing the same. These kiosks will appeal to younger customers who are tech-savy and prefer using tech to order food. The kiosks will also help shorten lines during peak times. However, a con of this new tech is that it could put Wendy’s workers out of work.

This is a popular topic in any industry. Will machines eventually do our jobs for us and put workers out of a job? In society, we are already seeing this happen. For example, with all the fitness technology like fitness bands, and food tracking & fitness apps, who needs to have a trainer in person? This is a topic that will continue to pop-up over the years to come.

Facebook Dislike Button?

Facebook has finally come out with a dislike button, sort of. In the messenger, you can now add emojis to express your mood/feeling. Included is a thumbs down hand/dislike emoji. The reason Facebook hasn’t added a dislike button for posts is because it doesn’t want to get negative reactions. Honesty, having a dislike button won’t make a difference. If a person really dislikes something, they comment and express their opinion. So whether Facebook has the dislike button or not, there will negative reactions to posts no matter what. I mean, look at Twitter! No matter the positive users, posts, and hashtags, there are always those who are negative.

WikiLeaks

On Tuesday, March 7th, WikiLeaks released thousands of CIA documents. This was the largest CIA leak in history. The documents released pertained to CIA software tools used to break into cell phones, internet connected devices (TV), and computers. Described in these documents was how they could target and crash specific computers. The source of these documents was never released nor if the CIA has used these tools against Americans. This brings up the question on many Americans minds: What’s preventing the CIA from spying on anyone’s devices? We have seen bugged phones and computer software for tracking in Movies, which is supposed to be make believe. But now, it is becoming a reality. Are we safe from CIA spying? Who knows!

The topic of spying and recording without one’s permission is a hot topic right now. This past week, President Trump made accusations, without evidence, that former President Obama and his team, bugged the Trump Tower phones during the election. Officials, including Obama, have denied these claims. In my opinion, Trump made these claims to create buzz about a hot topic without cause. If you are going to make an accusation like this about a former President, you better have evidence to make your claim!

Google Play Music Original Podcast

Google Play Music created its first Original Podcast. The name of the podcast is, City Soundtracks, which is available on both Google Play Music and iTunes. With each episode, you are guided through a major city with the music it is known for. The first three episode feature Austin, TX, Los Angeles, and Oakland, CA. The podcast section of Google Play Music is fairly new, only launched last April.

These are some of the tech headlines this week you should be aware of. So, next time you go to Wendy’s, keep a look out for those kiosks! Always stay up-to-date with tech news!

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