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Intellivision is Back; Stop the MuskBros; A New Mr. Rogers, Please; Hey Alexa
 

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May 30 · Issue #46 · View online
Tech stories that matter, Gadget Quests, nerd pursuits, and other things you ought to know.

Intellivision is Back; Stop the MuskBros; A New Mr. Rogers, Please; Hey Alexa

Welcome back from the long Memorial Day Weekend and to the official start of the summer where things slow down, right? Or maybe not. Next week I head off to Apple’s WWDC in San Jose, California, where the company will reveal updates for all its platforms and maybe tease a new piece of hardware or two. I’m also getting ready to host a big round table discussion in London on AI in the workplace. More to come on that, but you can get ready by reading this.
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Nostalgia box. The first gaming console I ever owned was Mattel’s Intellivision. It was a surprise gift from my rich Uncle and I was immediately hooked. Sadly, the rest of the gaming community never took to Intellivision the way they did to systems from Atari and Nintendo. The console was discontinued in 1990, but people really stopped caring in the early 1980s. Now Intellivision has a new life. Veteran game developer Tommy Tallarico is relaunching the company and a nostalgia console that, yes, will play all those classic games. I just hope it will be just as ugly as the original, beloved box.
Intellivision lives: Tommy Tallarico will relaunch 1980s console | GamesBeat
Twitter Mob. I love a good debate on Twitter, but some people don’t know how to argue without becoming bores or worse. Last week, Tesla, SpaceX and Boring Co. CEO Elon Musk took on what he sees as a dishonest media. I called him out on it, as did quite a few other journalists. My post was met with some criticism, but it was all fairly measured. Erin Biba over at the Daily Beast, was attacked in the vilest way by what’s known as the MuskBros, a mostly white male mob who attack female and minority journalists online when they criticize their hero. I don’t blame Musk for this, but do think he could help by calling these jerks out and telling them, publicly on Twitter that treating woman and people of color this way is not cool, at all.
What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You What It’s Like When Elon Musk’s Twitter Mob Comes After You
Won’t you please? I grew up watching Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. His messages of acceptance and basic human kindness were universal and necessary for a young generation growing up in front of a glowing box. Today the box is small, flat and fits in your pocket, but Rogers’ messages are no less necessary. In fact, I think we need someone like him now more than ever.
We need a Mr. Rogers for the digital age – Lance Ulanoff – Medium We need a Mr. Rogers for the digital age – Lance Ulanoff – Medium
Are you listening. Amazon Echo is designed to listen for its watch word, “Alexa,” and then follow your uttered instructions after that. I have one at home and that’s how it works for me…most of the time. There have been occasions where Alexa pipes up when I haven’t actively prompted the voice assistant. My guess is, it heard something that sounds like “Alexa.” Recently, one family took this theory to extremes as an entire private conversation was recorded and then sent as a message to someone in their contact list. Amazon is pretty sure the Echo heard “Alexa” and off she went. Still, it does make you wonder what your Echo is hearing and keeping. Every interaction you have with Alexa is stored in your account, so you can review and, yes, delete. As Amazon works on tightening that listening technology up a bit, you can follow these introductions to do a little voice-assistant house-cleaning.
How to Listen to and Delete Everything Your Alexa Has Recorded How to Listen to and Delete Everything Your Alexa Has Recorded
Theranos meltdown; There are few unicorn rise and crash stories more fascinating than Theranos, the biotech firm that promised to revolutionize blood testing and, more recently, has laid off its staff while founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes faces fraud charges. This look inside the collapse is an excerpt from John Carreyrou’s new book on Theranos, BAD BLOOD: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup. It’ll leave you wanting to read the whole tome.
A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture | WIRED A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture | WIRED
P.S. Saw Solo: A Star Wars Story this holiday weekend. Loved it and think that maybe, just maybe, all the box office naysayers are going to feel pretty silly when it only drops 40% in its second week.
P.S.S. I thought learning to juggle was an accomplishment.
P.S.S.S. Blowing out more candles.
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