In the Weeds with Dexter Johnson

In the Weeds with Dexter Johnson

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Quick, unscripted, deep dives into various topics of the technological world. A DexJohn’s PC podcast presented by Dexter Johnson meant to empower, educate and inform the masses.


253: FaceApp and your privacy!!
Jul 17 • 6 min
You’ve seen it all down your timelines, your friends looking a but older. Let’s talk about what’s happening to your data and if you’re ok with it! Facial recognition and bias is a thing and I certainly don’t want this data to fall into the wrong hands. ||…
252: Be empowered in the technological world!!
Jul 13 • 5 min
YOU — yes, you, can do it. Lots of tech problems or issues arise that I’ve worked on to completion and with that comes experience, but I didn’t gain that experience by shying away, I gained it by embracing the challenge. You too can become better at…
251: Nintendo Switch Lite is coming soon!!
Jul 10 • 3 min
Starting off at $199 the Nintendo Switch Lite may be the gaming system you’ve been wanting. Read more here: https://www.engadget.com/2019/07/10/nintendo-switch-lite-price-launch-date/ || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
250: Apps stealing even after they’ve been told not to?
Jul 8 • 6 min
Over 1000 Android apps are collecting your information even after you deny permission. This is not ok and Google will be fixing this in an Android update. Read more here:…
249: Bluetooth is your friend!! Be safe…
Jul 3 • 4 min
Friends don’t let friends drive distracted. It’s 2019 and we have too much technology at our fingertips that can help us avoid the need of touching our mobile devices while we’re behind the wheel, we just need to practice utilizing it. || Let’s continue…
248: A solar powered car??
Jun 25 • 5 min
Let’s talk about the Lightyear One, more can be read here: https://www.engadget.com/2019/06/25/solar-powered-car-lightyear-one/ . Don’t expect the One to be an answer to all of the world’s problems, but it’s a step in the right direction — we just need to…
247: Class action for AT&T, well deserved!!
Jun 24 • 3 min
Adminstrative frees are for what exactly? We don’t know and AT&T has some explaining to do regarding it. Read more here: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/06/att-sued-over-hidden-fee-that-raises-mobile-prices-above-advertised-rate/ || Let’s…
246: Looking into the Black Mirror of our tech future!!
Jun 19 • 6 min
Technology is great, but it can also be scary, let’s make sure that we reel this in while we still can ensure that there is no bias or any other massive failures baked in to our technological future. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter…
245: Is Sign in with Google that bad? No.
Jun 13 • 7 min
Every since Apple unveiled Sign in with Apple at WWDC, analysts, who primarily cover Apple, are automatically writing off any other option. While I wouldn’t recommend Sign in with Facebook to anyone, Google’s version deserves some merit because they let…
244: Hate speech and online communities
Jun 10 • 4 min
There is no room for hate speech, whether that’s online or offline. YouTube had a run-in with this this week, read more here: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/08/business/the-week-in-business-youtube-oil-mexico-trade.html We have to do better! Communities…
243: Apple WWDC Keynote Recap | Exciting Updates!!
Jun 3 • 17 min
Apple’s Worldwide Developer conference keynotes always provide us with a glimpse into the future for Apple’s platforms. The 2019 keynote did NOT disappoint — Apple TV, Watch, iOS, iPad OS and Mac updates are nothing short of exciting, compelling and gives…
242: Huawei Ban and consumers | What it means for US?
Jun 1 • 9 min
Huawei is in quite the predicament. The US and Donald Trump believes that are a bad entity because of their ties in with China — but are they? What does this mean for consumers and what does it mean for Huawei if they are in fact, NOT a bad company? ||…
241: What are deepfakes?
May 29 • 4 min
Deepfakes are pictures and video that have been superimposed to present themselves as truthful and reliable when the author used a technological means to create them — meaning they are fake and the subject likely has little to no knowledge of it’s…
240: Why are tech companies punished for thinking different?
May 23 • 7 min
There’s always a congressman being open arms, a reviewer upset or someone with an ill-advised post regarding a tech companies latest implementation of a new feature. Can we sit back and try to examine what they want to do instead of largely criticizing…
239: How Trump’s trade “war” affects the technological world.
May 20 • 5 min
Sometimes people think it’s all about them, in this case it’s all about YOUR pockets. This trade war doesn’t just hurt opposing countries, it hurts the consumers in those countries because fit the bill. It’s not right and I want you to see the bigger…
238: Proton Mail stops the phishers!!
May 17 • 4 min
Proton Mail aims a providing a secure, privacy focused email service through the means of end to end encryption but hackers always want to get in on the inside. Let’s talk about phishing and how they managed to stop it. || Let’s continue our discussion!…
237: Practical Smarthome: Say ‘NO’ to smartlocks!
May 14 • 6 min
Smartlocks control access to your home and in an age where vulnerabilities run amuck, please put some thought into whether or not this item is for you. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit…
236: Google I/O 2019 Key Takeaways
May 8 • 10 min
Google I/O 2019 was kicked off with a bang. News about search, devices, Assistant and more with a privacy focused undertone. Good job, Google. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit…
235: Building the practical smarthome!
May 4 • 5 min
Building some smarts into your home can sound daunting, but most importantly — it is fun as long and you do what’s best for you and your budget. I lay out the 4 thought experiments to go on to ensure your smarthome meets your needs. || Let’s continue our…
234: Finally Google let’s us auto delete activity data!!
May 2 • 2 min
It’s been a long time coming, but Google will finally allow us to auto delete location and activity data after 3 or 18 months. More and more companies are stepping up to the plate and giving us control. Read more here:…
233: The Galaxy Fold Crumbled and no one cares!!
May 1 • 4 min
The Galaxy Fold made a stink last week in the tech world, but will people living outside of the tech world care? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my…
232: Google’s Pixel Problem….
Apr 25 • 4 min
An expensive device that simply doesn’t hold up over time. Someone has to call these guys out — sure, the camera is great, but if your device lags why should we pay this premium for it? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram…
231: How tech can make our planet greener! (Happy Earth Day)
Apr 23 • 5 min
In honor of Earth Day, let’s think of ways that we can use tech to do more than just create an app — how about saving our planet? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to…
230: Microsoft rightfully cautious with facial recognition tech!!
Apr 19 • 5 min
Microsoft is thankfully being very cautious with it’s facial recognition technology and opting to NOT hand it over to California police. Good job Microsoft, good job. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson…
229: Here we go again, Verizon…
Apr 18 • 4 min
Verizon raising in-store fees is as fickle as you can be and while it’s understandable, it’s simply another way that carriers continue to undermine and nickel and dime it’s customers at any chance it gets. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
228: Net Neutrality passes the House!!
Apr 15 • 5 min
This is one small step! We must remember that we’re dealing with a regime and FCC that wants to be as hands-off as possible. Let’s hope they understand that some regulation IST bad and it protects the consumers that THEY work for, that pay THEIR salaries…
227: Be happy that humans help Alexa!
Apr 11 • 4 min
Recent reports show that humans listen to voice recordings passed to Amazon’s Echo devices (Google and Apple also allow this) but not for nefarious reasons, they listen to help parse, understand and categorize recordings and understand nuance. We should…
226: Let’s save OUR Internet!! #NetNeutraility
Apr 9 • 4 min
Our current terrible FCC has fought hard to make the internet a business where companies thrive by throttling and prioritizing companies where ISPs should act as a dumb pipe and act as a service for all of us. Today, the Save the Internet Act…
225: Do “they” know how to regulate the internet? Short answer, no
Apr 8 • 6 min
The government has NO IDEA how to regulate the internet and the firms that are on it, which is why we see BS proposal after BS proposal. These proposals are often short-sighted and can stifle innovation due to lawmakers intense lack of understanding about…
224: What peak smartphone means for consumers..
Apr 5 • 3 min
Everyone has a smartphone, but how will creators and the like attack our pockets next? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest blog posts about the…
223: Gripes with Apple TV+
Apr 4 • 7 min
No one hates Apple TV+, in fact, it’s good to see a different take on streaming; however, just because you have big names and a concept does not automatically propel your service ahead of anyone else’s. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
222: Motion Picture Academy upset at Netflix?
Apr 3 • 3 min
Netflix has made a tremendous difference on how we watch movies, for the picture, but is the academy upset that movies that don’t appear in theaters can win awards? Steven Spielberg seems to think so behind closed doors — but he should take a step back…
221: Apple News+, Apple Card, Apple Arcade & Apple TV+, Recap Edition
Mar 25 • 21 min
Apple brought it big and signified that it’s focus will now be on services as these are the markets that it can now capitalize on since the smartphone and tablet market have reached a high saturation point. The services introduced today have a range of…
220: Tech monopolies killing us?
Mar 24 • 5 min
Lack of movement, differentiation and madness causes by only a few companies being viable in the technology space. It’s not good, it’s probably big-business and anti-consumer. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
219: Disc-free XBox easing us into streaming??
Mar 22 • 3 min
We’re months away from a disc-free XBox experience. At this point it makes sense, considering the fact that many games are pure digital downloads. With the introduction of Google Stadia, Google’s game streaming platform, will streaming be the next move of…
218: Google Stadia, a new cloud gaming platform!!
Mar 19 • 7 min
Google Stadia is announced!! Meet Google’s new cloud focused gaming platform without the updates, downloads and hassles of a normal platform. Did I mention that it’s packing more power than PS4 and XBox One X? Read more here:…
217: The new iPads are coming!!
Mar 18 • 4 min
Today, the Apple Store went down — we all know what this means, updates to hardware of some kind. Today, we got a new iPad Air and a new iPad Mini, both rocking the latest A12 processors and featuring Apple Pencil support (albeit 1st Gen Apple Pencil…
216: Tesla Model Y
Mar 15 • 3 min
The lineup is complete. Tesla just unveiled the Model Y, which looks like a cross between Model 3 and Model X. The future of electric cars continues to look better and better. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
215: “Political Correctness” killing online communities??
Mar 12 • 7 min
It’s 2019 and being politically correct in a diverse world is hard. You can’t like, post or suggest something online without the fear of getting reported, blocked or ostracized from a community. Everyone is so stuck in their stupid bubbles that anything…
214: 2019 iPad to still use TouchID?
Mar 11 • 4 min
Costs matter, but why won’t Apple switch all devices to the new hotness. I argue whether FaceID is truly better than TouchID. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay…
213: Facebook focusing on privacy?
Mar 7 • 4 min
Don’t believe it until you see it. Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to increase it’s stance on privacy; however, what reason do we have to believe them? They’ve have breach after breach and scandal after scandal — I suggest you don’t trust them until you…
212: NSA Data Collection to stop? Don’t believe it.
Mar 5 • 5 min
The USA Freedom Act, which allows the lovely men and women of the NSA to harvest Americans call data, will be expiring at the end of 2019. Does this mean there are no alternatives although the NSA claims they haven’t utilized the system in 6 months — I…
211: Can’t opt out of Facebook phone number lookup??
Mar 4 • 6 min
Two factor authentication, which is used to secure accounts, is straight up getting abused by Facebook in a case where they have your number, they are utilizing it for lookup in a way that reminds you of the White Pages of old — this has to stop. Read…
210: 5G Chronicles | Proposed Speed Differences
Mar 1 • 6 min
5G is supposed to top out at being 10x faster than 4G, but will it matter in the real world? Network congestion is still a thing. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to…
209: Nest “Not-so” Secure had a mic?
Feb 28 • 5 min
Why weren’t we informed about this? If there is a microphone in any consumer facing product, especially one connected to the internet, the consumer should be notified — in this case, Google forgot, so that makes it ok, right? Big fat no!! Read more here:…
208: Apex Legends, What makes it different?
Feb 26 • 5 min
Apex Legends is quickly rising in popularity at the expense (somewhat) of it’s counterparts PUBG and Fortnite, what does it mean for this industry of battle royale type games? Do the gamers have to pick sides or will everyone always migrate to the next…
207: Comments to get creators in trouble?
Feb 25 • 4 min
Apparently tech platforms can’t control their comments so the creators are to blame! This is how it is going to be for YouTube creators and I cannot fathom how this makes any sense at all. Read more here:…
206: Samsung Unpacked 2019!!
Feb 21 • 13 min
Folding devices, new Galaxy S devices with NO notch, near wearables and innovation all in one place — what more could we ask for? Read more here:…
205: Amazon buys home wifi company, Eero
Feb 19 • 5 min
Eero is known for being a fantastic home mesh wifi solution with a focus on ease of use and privacy, but what pitfalls are there when a company like Amazon aquires them? Read more here: https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-eero-smart-home/ || Let’s continue…
204: Apple wants 50% from publishers??
Feb 14 • 6 min
In the rumored upcoming Apple News subscription service (I’m tired of subscriptions, too) Apple wants 50% of revenue generated by publishers adding content. Not only is this bad for publishers, think of the ramifications of a walked garden approach to…
203: Spotify makes podcast push with acquisitions!!
Feb 11 • 6 min
Spotify has bought Gimlet and Anchor in an attempt to push itself more into the podcast space. I think that this is great for the companies involved, hopefully giving them more buzz in the industry; however, Spotify better not screw end users by walling…
202: Google v NYPD??
Feb 8 • 6 min
The NYPD is upset because it believes that Waze and Google Maps DUI checkpoints on maps impede and interfere with traffic stops. Does it? Or does it make drivers safer by informing them of a potential interaction with the police? Read more here:…
201: Year of the Linux desktop!!
Feb 7 • 6 min
Let’s claim it Linux fans! Let’s inform others about our favorite open source operating system and show friends and family that they can be proud of free software and provide more exposure to the community. Visit http://www.distrowatch.com to find a…
Thank YOU for 200 episodes!!
Feb 5 • 3 min
In little over a year the In the Weeds podcast has come a long way and I have nothing more than the upmost gratitude and thanks to YOU, the listeners and followers of this podcast. The mission remains the same, to educate, inform and demistfy this…
200: Microsoft won the SuperBowl!
Feb 5 • 4 min
Microsoft actually won this year’s SuperBowl, not the New England Patriots — why? Their new adaptive controller, which was released September of 2018 brings us all together to allow those with impairments to play. This is a beautiful thing, because many…
199: Whats the next “big thing”?
Feb 4 • 4 min
Short story, I don’t know, but I doubt you do either. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest blog posts about the world of technology. Share this…
198: Facebook did nothing wrong!!
Jan 31 • 4 min
We jump at the moment where we feel like we can call someone out over stealing a user’s data — but what about when they’re knowingly giving it up for research and even getting paid for it? I pull your privacy card here. Read more here:…
197: Tim Cook, shut the FaceTime up!!
Jan 30 • 7 min
FaceTime in the latest version of iOS currently has a serious flaw in which during group FaceTime, you can hear the end recipient before they accept the call prompting many viable concerns. However, Tim Cook cannot get off of his privacy soapbox for one…
196: Facebook to unify messaging?
Jan 28 • 4 min
What does this mean for users and most importantly our privacy? Facebook had a rough 2018 and this doesn’t sound like the best way to kick off 2019. Read more here:…
195: Google wants control of the Ads!!
Jan 24 • 6 min
An upcoming major release of Google’s popular web browser, Chrome will break many ad block extensions due to the company cracking down on extensions that execute remote code (eg. Calling a server to determine a list of hosts that serve ads to block on a…
194: Apple, Masters of Deflection
Jan 18 • 6 min
Apple champions user privacy like no other company on the planet, but don’t let that stop you from seeing how they are falling short in so many areas. It is amazing how Apple pundits are not paying attention to the deflecting that is happening. || Let’s…
193: Favorites at CES 2019!
Jan 15 • 5 min
There were smart devices everywhere, displays and things for your car — what was your favorite item at CES 2019? What was mine you ask? The JBL Link Drive, the little plug that puts Google Assistant in your car. Read more here:…
192: 2019 Predictions | Google
Jan 11 • 13 min
Google did a lot right in terms of pushing Google Assistant and Google Home platforms, but what about the state of Android and overall privacy concerns of its users? I say, do better. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
191: 2019 Predictions | The Smarthome
Jan 8 • 7 min
2019 is going to bring a slew of new wifi enabled devices that can interface with our existing digital assistants and make our lives easier, but let’s not forget privacy and ensuring that these devices aren’t mishandling our data. || Let’s continue our…
190: 2019 Predictions | Gaming!
Jan 7 • 8 min
DLC, subscriptions and simply the most beautiful and immersive video games ever created, but does this mean we’re living in the best times for gaming or are these studios just out to siphon money from our pockets all year long? || Let’s continue our…
189: 2019 Predictions | Social Media
Jan 4 • 6 min
2018 was an awful year for social media and things are only going to get worse for them to get better. Consumers have to ban together and fight for change to protect our data and privacy in an age where it’s becoming harder and harder for us to find it.…
188: 2019 Predictions | Apple
Jan 3 • 14 min
Services not being that good, Siri getting better and prices rising. Apple isn’t going to fail anytime soon, iPhones won’t stop being sold, but there are things they need to improve upon. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
187: 2019 Predictions | USB-Type C
Jan 2 • 6 min
USB Type-C is still going to be a dumpster fire in 2019 unless manufacturers come together and define and set standards. This interface has not lived up to the hype and it won’t change in the new year. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
186: The 2018 Tech Year in Review!
Dec 31, 2018 • 8 min
A lot happened in 2018, from privacy concerns to mobile design trends and more. It leaves us with a lot to look forward to in 2019! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to…
185: Don’t block superchargers!
Dec 27, 2018 • 4 min
Reports are coming in across the internet that irrational, childish truck owners are parking in supercharger parking spots designed for electric vehicles, sometimes leaving these owners stranded. Why? Because driving the largest truck on the road is the…
Happy Holidays 2018!!
Dec 23, 2018 • 1 min
I’ll resume normal scheduled programming on Wednesday, the day after Christmas. Until then, listen to some of my backlog! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on…
184: Apple’s billion dollar excuses..
Dec 21, 2018 • 4 min
Bent iPads are defective iPads, end of story. As consumers, we don’t care about your cooking process that causes a bend! The iPad is meant to lay flat, so stop making excuses for poor choices and products, especially when they come in more expensive than…
183: Samsung’s Infinity-O Display
Dec 20, 2018 • 4 min
2018 has been the year of the notch. Apple did it, then suddenly every smartphone manufacturer thought it was ok to burn our eyes with these monstrosities. Now it seems that true innovation may be afoot again. Here’s to hoping… || Let’s continue our…
182: Can tech help your health?
Dec 17, 2018 • 4 min
Fitness trackers, diet apps and more all add to the biohacking craze, but can these things help make you healthier? The short answer is yes, if you let them; however, companies occasionally have to jump through hoops to get that magical FDA approval. ||…
181: Self-driving vehicles are here to help, not hurt.
Dec 14, 2018 • 7 min
Design is an iterative process and everyone needs to understand that about autonomous vehicles. These products from Tesla and others will not save the day in version one; however, through mistakes and shortcomings, we may end up with a revolutionary…
180: Google CEO Testifying
Dec 13, 2018 • 6 min
Sundar Pichai, the leading man of Google had to testify before the House in regard to the Google data breach and a myriad of other issues including a “can you help us” plea since both Democrats and Republicans believe that Google’s search algorithm treats…
179: Trump administration loves fossil fuels..
Dec 11, 2018 • 6 min
Unfortunate. It’s the only word to describe how our current administration is acting in Poland. Fossil fuels will only be around for so long and we need to understand we need to plan to be without them. Instead, we are afraid that working through this…
178: Apple “secret” price drops?
Dec 10, 2018 • 7 min
Apple is offering iPhone XR devices at low prices with a trade in and additionally standing up portals for those serving in the armed forces of the US to receive discounts. Should we be worried? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
177: “Classic” consoles revitalizing retro gaming?
Dec 7, 2018 • 6 min
Retro gaming has been a thing and perhaps these classic consoles being released will inspire new players to pick up and appreciate older games. Time for some nostalgia. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
176: Google is CLUELESS about messaging!
Dec 6, 2018 • 4 min
Google’s “famed” chat app Allo is about to bite the dust in March 2019 and if you’re a user of it, I have no remorse. Google is terrible at messaging and support for their “pet projects” and they’ve shown us time and time again that they cannot create a…
175: Will 5G make everything better? Doubt it.
Dec 4, 2018 • 7 min
5G, the latest and greatest when it comes to mobile computing, promising a lot such as speed, low latency but will it deliver? Read more here: https://www.computerworld.com/article/3310067/mobile-wireless/why-5g-will-disappoint-everyone.html || Let’s…
Podcast problems…hope you get this.
Dec 3, 2018 • 1 min
Distribution seems to be having a few problems, podcatchers haven’t been receiving my feed. Hope you get this.
174: Google needs dragonfly’s wings clipped..
Dec 3, 2018 • 4 min
Censorship in any country must stop. When you have a authoritarian government controlling what people see, it’s already pathetic enough — our tech shouldn’t compound it. Yet, Google is working on a censored version of it’s search engine that complys with…
173: Burst your tech bubbles!!
Nov 29, 2018 • 4 min
Technology is huge and while one cannot know everything, expand your horizons outside of the things you like to help you love and embrace many forms of tech outside of what you’re used to. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
172: iPad IS a computer, sorta…
Nov 27, 2018 • 6 min
Members at The Verge have the internet in the rage because the claim of if you’re working on an iPad, you’re not doing “real” work was put into the ethos. Work is different for everyone, there are lots of things you can do on an iPad that are work for…
171: iPhone XS Sales Slump?
Nov 26, 2018 • 6 min
Sales of the new iPhones have not been following the forecast and it’s rumored that Apple is spinning up production of the iPhone X again — which makes me so happy. Don’t over price devices and expect the market to adjust to your standards, I hope that…
170: Welcome back, here’s what’s coming up!
Nov 25, 2018 • 2 min
Apple foolery with iPhone X, Google is awful at design and privacy, privacy and more privacy are things to expect during the next week’s installments of the In the Weeds podcast! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
169: What keeps you using an app?
Nov 15, 2018 • 3 min
Is it because it’s free? Is it because you paid? Either way, the CHOICE is yours, make your usage and lack thereof felt. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top…
168: Your intro to Biohacking!
Nov 11, 2018 • 7 min
“Biohacking is what you get when you combine biology with hacking. It’s a way for individuals to effectively “hack” their bodies to achieve certain goals.”, Source SupplementPolice. Whether you realize it or not, if your tracking things that deal with…
167: Phones and roads don’t mix!
Nov 10, 2018 • 5 min
Where connected, everywhere all the time, but when your life depends on it — PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest blog…
166: All About Intel Processors!!
Nov 8, 2018 • 8 min
Need help picking out a new computer,but you’re confused by all of the processors that you can choose from? Don’t make a mistake by picking a processor that’ll be outdated in a year or is already on its way out. Read a breakdown here:…
165: Can you trust tech reviews?
Nov 7, 2018 • 6 min
In a world where there is bias at every corner, what tech reviews can you trust — if any? My suggestion is to build a wide array of sources so that you can see the good and the bad while formulating your own opinion before spending your hard earned money.…
164: Smartphone Utility!
Nov 6, 2018 • 4 min
That supercomputer in your pocket is more than just a glorified Facebook machine, it really is meant to make your life easier. What else could you be doing to achieve a simpler, easier life with your smartphone? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me…
163: Employees demand transparency from Google.
Nov 5, 2018 • 4 min
Admist drama in the happy house of Google regarding sexual misconduct involving top level executives, employees are rightfully demanding more transparency from the company. The New York Times had a piece that detailed Google providing large severance…
162: Tackling technology addiction!
Nov 2, 2018 • 6 min
The secret thorn in everyone’s side — your smartphone. The device that causes us so much joy by connecting us with friends and family and making us more productive and efficient than ever; yet, it can cripple us if we rely on it and engage with it so much…
161: Stop screwing with our timelines!!
Nov 1, 2018 • 3 min
When will algorithms stop imposing their will on us? Twitter wants to create a button to show OUR timelines in chronological order when they shouldn’t have been screwed with in the beginning.…
160: Fall 2918 Mac & iPad Pro Event
Oct 30, 2018 • 9 min
The iPad revolutionized the industry the moment Steve Jobs introduced it and it continues to push the standard forward in 2018, slim bezels Face ID, along with a new processor makes this the tablet to beat. Additionally, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air…
159: OnePlus 6T Announced!!
Oct 29, 2018 • 4 min
This OnePlus 6T is the device Android fans have been clammering for! Huge display with an unobtrusive notch, unparalleled performance and an improved camera — all starting at $549. Be excited, available 11/1 at https://www.oneplus.com/. || Let’s continue…
158: iPhone XR, More compelling than ever?
Oct 26, 2018 • 4 min
Starting off at $749 and offering most of the features of the iPhone XS, how can the iPhone XR not be considered during a purchase? There are only slight differences that most buyers may not even be concerned with. However, long term hardware updates may…
157: Turn off Google Location History NOW!!
Oct 25, 2018 • 5 min
Law enforcement asked Google to turn over location history of users within a certain radius, comprising their privacy at what means? Turn this setting off in your activity controls (get even more granular if you want), as I break down Location History and…
156: Face ID and law enforcement
Oct 23, 2018 • 7 min
It’s a sad day when law enforcement believes they have the right to view and see anything they want, but that’s the day that we are in. Protect yourself, understand your rights and understand your tech and how you can protect it from prying eyes, who have…
155: Apple Event October 30th!
Oct 19, 2018 • 3 min
New iPads anyone? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest blog posts about the world of technology. Share this podcast with a friend!
154: Don’t forget about Bill Gates
Oct 19, 2018 • 7 min
Perhaps the greatest philanthropist to ever live, Bill Gates is often overlooked by the likes of other technological greats, who’ve given us smartphones, search and online shopping and while they are ALL great in their own right, we should’nt turn a blind…
153: Google+ Data Breach Fallout
Oct 16, 2018 • 4 min
When you expose users information, whether it’s 10 or 10 million you let them know. Let that be a lesson learned. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my…
152: It’s time for Chrome OS to replace Android
Oct 12, 2018 • 7 min
All good things should come to an end…and Android is that thing. Chrome OS is a mobile operating system cable of running Chrome, Android apps, Linux app and potentially Windows apps in the future. Why are we still pushing Android, which is marred by a…
151: Google Home Hub looks like a winner!!
Oct 10, 2018 • 4 min
One of the more compelling devices shown at Made by Google 2018 was the Home Hub, designed to control and integrate your smart home. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to…
150: My Pixel 3 XL Initial Impressions
Oct 9, 2018 • 5 min
This is the ugliest device of the year (possibly ever) with a pricetag not matching it’s beauty or lack thereof. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my…
149: What to expect from Google?
Oct 8, 2018 • 3 min
With a slew of new products and services slated to be unveiled by Google on tomorrow, October 9th — what are you most looking forward to? Will the Pixel 3 XL be as horrendous as it’s leaks? Probably. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter…
148: 2018 Microsoft Surface Lineup!
Oct 6, 2018 • 4 min
Some of the most compelling devices in the PC market are made by, not Apple, not Google — but Microsoft. If you’re a Windows fan, Surface is an excellent way to go. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson…
147: Close the #ChargeGate
Oct 4, 2018 • 2 min
With every new iPhone there is bound to be a reported issue. Don’t let Apple apologist sites fool you into thinking that issues are not real just because they are sensationalized online. With that being said, new iPhone X and XS owners have reported…
146: Shallow dive into the DARK WEB
Oct 1, 2018 • 7 min
I occasionally get asked, “What is the dark web?” While many things that you hear about it are true, not everything that’s on it or everyone visiting pages on it are necessarily bad. In short if the page you want to visit is unindexed and unsearchable…
145: 50 Million Facebook users hacked…
Sep 29, 2018 • 4 min
Facebook is in the news again for a huge hack….there is no way that anyone should feel comfortable on this platform at this point. Do yourself and a favor and simply delete your account. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram…
144: Privacy implications in latest Google Chrome update!!
Sep 26, 2018 • 6 min
Google Chrome is the world’s leading web browser; however, in it’s latest update if you ever decide to use a Google IP, you’ll automatically be signed into Chrome, which some users do not want. You should be able to have a CHOICE of whether or not you’d…
143: Instagram Co-founders stepping away..
Sep 25, 2018 • 4 min
With the news of Instagram’s co-founders stepping away, what kind of message does this send about the parent company, Facebook. There seem to always be cultural and ideal differences between Facebook and the companies that it acquire, it spells trouble…
142: Amazon’s 2018 Echo Lineup!
Sep 24, 2018 • 5 min
Amazon released a slew of new Echo devices, from a new sleeker Echo Dot to a device meant to put Alexa in your car! What should you get, if anything Read more here:…
141: Why you should be excited about PlayStation Classic!
Sep 21, 2018 • 4 min
Arguably one of the greatest and industry shifting consoles ever, PlayStation, is about to get it’s “Classic” version just in time for the holidays on December 3rd, preloaded with 20 games. Perhaps you should get one!? || Let’s continue our discussion!…
140: Google randomly changed my settings!!
Sep 21, 2018 • 6 min
Cry, whine or don’t bat an eye. Google accidentally changing the battery saver feature on several Android Pie devices is a cause for concern, but does it mean they are evil? Read the article here:…
139: Is Siri Shortcuts NOT for the Average Joe?
Sep 18, 2018 • 3 min
Apple bought the Workflow app a little over a year ago because of all of the automations that could be sequenced together and create powerful workflows. That is now now as Shortcuts and is integrated directly into iOS AND Siri. But how discoverable are…
138: EU Copyright Directive, Internet Destruction..
Sep 17, 2018 • 7 min
How dumb and how unapologetic will these internet laws become. With short-sighted law after short-sighted law being introduced by people, who don’t understand the technology that they are attempting to govern. Big companies are so terrified of things that…
137: Apple 2018 iPhone Event Recap!!
Sep 12, 2018 • 9 min
All you need to know from Apple’s latest event on Apple Watch Series 4, iPhones XS, XS Max and XR. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts.…
136: Tesla Wrong OR Irresponsible Driver?
Sep 10, 2018 • 5 min
When should we take responsibility in an ever evolving autonomous world? Honestly, we aren’t there yet, but some Tesla owners think we are and doing so putting themselves and others in danger. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
135: iPhone XC, low cost at $849?
Sep 10, 2018 • 2 min
Is Apple’s “low cost” device going to cost $699 or $849? Neither is truly low cost, but we’ll find out soon enough. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of…
134: Google Event for October 9th!
Sep 7, 2018 • 2 min
We have a date for Google’s Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL devices. Will they surprise us with something else? We shall see! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of…
133: FCC Demands Transparency from big tech!?
Sep 6, 2018 • 4 min
In an age where large tech companies are accused of silencing conservative voices, the FCC (while it cannot regulate anything else) wants tech companies to be more transparent in how they operate and provide us with data. While this can be a good thing,…
130: Why OnePlus 6T is the real “Pixel”
Sep 5, 2018 • 4 min
The leaks regarding Google’s Latest smartphone the Pixel 3 XL have been a letdown to say the least, with a huge trough of a display notch and an even larger pricetag likely to follow, it may not be the device you want, especially with performance issues…
129: Apple iPhone Event Sept 12th!!
Aug 31, 2018 • 2 min
It’s been scheduled, Apple’s fall event, for September 12th. Will we get all of the goodies we’re expecting? iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watch? We shall see. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and…
128: Price Margins Explained.
Aug 31, 2018 • 4 min
What are margins? We all hear that Apple has some of the best margins in the tech world, what goes into it? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest…
127: Micropayments moving to XBox?
Aug 30, 2018 • 3 min
For a monthly fee you can become an XBox gamer! Is this deal worth it? What does it mean for the future? It might not be as bad as you think as long as we understand the consequences and potential pitfalls of micropayments in our current ecosystem. ||…
126: Google’s Latest WearOS Update!
Aug 29, 2018 • 3 min
It actually looks good! Let’s just hope that Google pushes it and doesn’t change it for the sake of saying they changed it. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on…
125: Throttling the fire department?
Aug 28, 2018 • 5 min
Verizon, you’ve got to do better. When data becomes and limited, non-renewable resource — let us know. Until then, stop acting like it is. Read more here: https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/21/17765682/verizon-california-throttled-wildfires || Let’s continue…
124: Gmail’s “not so safe” Confidential Mode
Aug 23, 2018 • 5 min
Is Gmail’s latest feature for sending secure emails a wolf in sheep’s clothing? The EFF seems to think so. Confidential mode promises a lot but really doesn’t deliver on anything, except providing Google more data.…
123: Nvidia’s expensive new graphics cards..
Aug 21, 2018 • 5 min
The 20 series cards are absolute beasts in terms of performance and prowess; however, what does this mean for the price conscious consumer? Find more information on the release here:…
122: Why does USB Type-C still suck in 2018?
Aug 19, 2018 • 5 min
Apple has “pro” devices that you must spend hundreds of dollars on adapters to actually make useful, companies create cables that don’t properly work — while there are no true standards for USB Type-C. This is the promise and future that simply failed, so…
121: Stay out of China, Google!
Aug 17, 2018 • 4 min
The Chinese government rules in a way that is honestly disgusting for human rights, as it wants to constantly control the messaging that is hitting it’s citizens. This type of authoritarian government has lots of moral issues and large companies should…
120: What is a hardware or software leak?
Aug 16, 2018 • 5 min
Leaks. Thanks to the internet, we can all find out about our favorite devices before they are released. Does this help or hurt the companies that are pushing these products? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
119: The Android Slowdown Paradox..
Aug 14, 2018 • 6 min
It’s happened to us all, on every mobile platform, you tap your favorite app and your phone hangs a few seconds during opening and even drops a few frames during the animations. This is usually much more prevalent on Android and when it happens on Pixel…
118: Galaxy Note 9, no notch required!
Aug 9, 2018 • 5 min
Galaxy Unpacked dropped a few things on us, with the most important and headlining thing being the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. It looks nearly identical to the Note 8, but the internals and upgrades to the S-Pen make this device incredibly appealing. Read more…
117: Fornite and Google Play Store Kerfuffle.
Aug 7, 2018 • 5 min
Epic Games wants to make your device vulnerable to attack simply because want to avoid publishing their popular game, Fortnite. Due to the fact that Google charges a distribution of 30% would mean a technical loss of revenue, but no different than iOS who…
116: Fight fuel efficacy rollback with electricity!
Aug 6, 2018 • 4 min
Calling all electric car manufacturers! Now is your time to shine. Let’s combat the proposed rollback of efficiency standards and actually HELP the environment with cars that utilize less fuel so that we can have cleaner air and a better environment for…
115: Pros and Cons of Subscription Services..
Aug 3, 2018 • 5 min
We are being nickel and dimed in 2018 with our bank accounts begging for mercy at all of the micropayments. Although this is a fact, the subscription model does indeed help bring services to a wider audience while helping the companies at the same time.…
114: Who cares about Apple’s $1 Trillion market cap?
Aug 2, 2018 • 6 min
Apple has revolutionized personal computing, no one can argue that, but we need to address and not overlook the areas that need serious work. Happy $1 Trillion, let’s utilize that to push the market forward and address some technical debt. Read more here:…
113: WhatsApp Ads!?
Aug 2, 2018 • 3 min
The WhatsApp Business API will allow business to insert contextual and noncontextual ads into the application, thanks all in part to it’s parent company, Facebook. I hate to say it, but if you don’t want this, perhaps consider moving to another platform?…
112: What is Right to Repair?
Jul 31, 2018 • 4 min
We’re spending millions of dollars per year on devices that we can’t fix, from cell phones, tablets and even farm equipment — why is it that manufacturers won’t let us repair the devices that WE purchase? Anti-competitive? Perhaps. Read more here:…
111: Google Pixel 3 XL Notch Confirmation?
Jul 30, 2018 • 3 min
The ugliness of a display notch is all but confirmed on Google’s Pixel 3 XL. What other key features can it bring to the table to separate it from the crowd and can it actually build a better Face ID? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter…
110: Apple patches MBP over throttling!
Jul 30, 2018 • 2 min
A missing digital key (likely similar to registry or a configuration file) was causing the new 2018 MBP with i9 to throttle to unacceptable low clock speeds, thanks to Dave 2D on YouTube, Apple got their act together. || Let’s continue our discussion!…
109: EU Antitrust lawsuit over Google’s Android
Jul 26, 2018 • 5 min
The EU is upset over Google forcing Android OEMs to bundle certain apps with it’s mobile operating system, Android. While Google is poised to fight back, let’s take a look at how not forcing regulation on manufacturers creates a poorer user experience and…
108: MacBook Pro Throttlig Explained!!
Jul 24, 2018 • 4 min
What is throttling? Throttling is nothing more than regulation or speed. Throttling of a CPU can be a good thing to help protect the hardware so that it lasts the longest that it can. However, when you have a pro machine, topping out at $6700 perhaps the…
107: Google knows YOUR purchase history?
Jul 23, 2018 • 4 min
The privacy subreddit is open arms about this — rightfully so. While we know that Google collects tons of information and aggregates it, this has stepped over the creepy factor for most users. How is it done? Simple. Do you have a Gmail account that’s…
106: Walmart Streaming Video?
Jul 19, 2018 • 2 min
Meh, meh and more meh or could Walmart entering the streaming video race be a good thing? At this point, Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are synonymous with streaming. Walmart views Amazon as an ultimate competitor, so they are aiming to undercut the market at…
105: Roku Wireless Speakers!!
Jul 16, 2018 • 4 min
Spoilier alert, if you don’t have a Roku TV set you won’t even be able to utilize these things, which is a massive blow to those invested in the platform but instantly ostracized by not owned the actual TV set. In function these seem great, is the…
104: 10 Years Later, iOS App Store changed our lives!
Jul 12, 2018 • 4 min
Google Play, Windows Store, Ubuntu Software Center and the iOS App Store all serve as a central safe haven for us to download and install applications to our computers of choice. The App Store has revolutionized development and consumption on our mobile…
103: Gmail Privacy Blow-up? Get the facts.
Jul 10, 2018 • 4 min
Google is apart of yet another privacy scare. This time, it is over user data in regard to third party developer access. Let it be known, that in order for your third party plugins to work, those that perform automations or manage your account — they must…
102: Location tracking through photos?
Jul 9, 2018 • 3 min
Can your location be tracked through your photos that you take? EXIF data, remember this term. EXIF data holds data about the photo that you take, including time, device and location if you allow it. Knowing that your location may automatically be tagged…
101: Non-Social Media?
Jul 6, 2018 • 5 min
Is social media really driving us apart? From hate groups, to removing us from the real world or looking at the flip side with new real world connections and lasting friendships — how can we create balance? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
100: LOL @ Apple Keyboards
Jul 3, 2018 • 5 min
The butterfly key switches on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro devices have been lauded as being faulty and prone to failure almost since their release. With Apple putting out documentation about how to use compressed air to hopefully fix — a repair…
099: AI, Facial Recognition and Our Biases
Jun 29, 2018 • 6 min
Bias is built into everything, whether you realize it or not and with more services and industries utilizing AI we must be careful with how we implement these datasets and practices, especially facial recognition. Read an interesting article here:…
098: Who are “influencers”?
Jun 28, 2018 • 3 min
Marketing. That’s what it’s all about. At the end of the day, companies want you to buy their things and whether that product or service is in a video, Instagram or Facebook post — reviewed directly or indirectly, it’s all a marketing game. || Let’s…
097: Google Homes down worldwide!?
Jun 27, 2018 • 4 min
It happened, on June 27, 2018, controlling things using our voice on Google Home devices powered by our friend Google Assistant went down for hours on end. With a voice first world vastly approaching, what can when do when this happens again — and is…
096: Increased Wi-Fi Security with WPA3
Jun 26, 2018 • 4 min
Wi-Fi Protected Access, which is a protocol developed by the Wi-Fi Alliance is getting an upgrade allowing for individualized encryption and more. More security in 2018 is certainly a welcome addition. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
095: Is IGTV a Snapchat killer?
Jun 25, 2018 • 5 min
The latest offering from Instagram, dubbed IGTV, is going to shake up mobile video in one way or another. This new platform focuses on the much maligned vertical video and is meant for smartphone viewing. Many have claimed that this is a competitor to…
094: Google Podcasts??
Jun 25, 2018 • 3 min
Google makes multiple attempts at many things, sometimes their apps and services make it, sometimes hey get rolled into another and other times they are separated out into a new app when it’s confusing of how to find that feature in a current app —meet…
093: Law enforcement upset at Apple?
Jun 20, 2018 • 4 min
As usual, law enforcement is exciting fear over what they supposedly cannot do if Apple strengthens device protection by locking down USB access so that Cellebrite and other hacking machines cannot syphon data off of iOS devices. Everyone has a right to…
092: Explanation of Gaming Disorder
Jun 19, 2018 • 4 min
The World Health Organization is officially recognizing gaming disorder as a thing. Addiction to video games is a real problem, with games becoming more realistic and captivating than ever — what could this mean for us as a society? || Let’s continue our…
091: Google AI vs Apple AR
Jun 15, 2018 • 6 min
Lovers of the other side always criticize the other company while there are succinct reasons why each company pursues different avenues which are directly related to what they are inherently good at. Apple is awful at AI — take a look at Siri and tell…
090: Comcast disabled their throttling system?
Jun 14, 2018 • 5 min
Circle back to 2008 when BitTorrent was beginning to take the world by storm and ISPs infrastructure was laughably bad, Comcast created measures so that users would be affected by others….throttling speeds — arguably heavy and light users would balance…
089: Vivo Nex, Truly All-Screen #NoNotch
Jun 12, 2018 • 5 min
Screen notches have become synonymous with 2018 every since iPhone X made this poor design decision ok. Everyone is fighting for the highest screen-to-body ratio. We’ll friends, Vivo has done it…coming in at 91.24%, an in glass fingerprint reader, pop-up…
088: Breach in Bitcoin land.
Jun 11, 2018 • 4 min
In a world that is increasingly online, it only makes sense that one day our currencies should live in an online, secure, decentralized repository — instead of giving banks, who are in bed with the government, all of our assets. The trouble comes when…
087: Google fired a gun, no big deal…
Jun 11, 2018 • 3 min
Google Assistant fired a gun, is what an artist reported to Engadget. Not really. There are no smart guns that are powered by Assistant. What this gentleman did is hooked up a switch to a TP-Link WiFi Enabled Plug then plugged the switch holding the gun…
086: Spotify to work directly with artists??
Jun 8, 2018 • 3 min
Music streaming was largely pioneered when Appld began to flex it’s muscles with iTunes and developed a model where companies with with labels to get music and artists on their respective platforms. Well this is changing now. Spotify wants to work…
085: tvOS 12 Updates from WWDC!!
Jun 5, 2018 • 3 min
Dolby Atmos and zero sign-in headline the features to be released this September in the tvOS 12 update. https://www.macworld.co.uk/news/apple/tvos-12-features-3668703/ || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson…
084: watchOS 5 Updates from WWDC!!
Jun 5, 2018 • 3 min
New workouts, smarter Siri and Walkie Talkie will be coming to your Apple Watch this fall. Let’s get excited! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my…
083: iOS 12 Updates from WWDC!!
Jun 4, 2018 • 7 min
Apple’s iOS 12, the new update for later this year that will be more performant has a lot of exciting features packed in! https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/4/17417730/apple-ios-12-iphone-update-best-features-wwdc-2018 || Let’s continue our discussion!…
082: Google’s Project Maven will NOT renew!!
Jun 2, 2018 • 3 min
After a huge amount of backlash, Google’s Project Maven will not Renew at the end of the year. This comes after employees signed petitions and walked away from their jobs and all of the madness that is come out over the recent week.…
081: What exactly is GDPR?
May 31, 2018 • 5 min
The General Data Protection Regulation is legislation put in place in the EU that puts the privacy of consumers first in this technological world. In a nutshell, if a company wants to use your data in any way — they must explicitly state how and why.…
080: Google Backtracking on government work?
May 30, 2018 • 3 min
Project Maven, the project involving Google and the United States government, prompted fear and outrage from it’s employees rightfully so. Google has now come forward to let us know that it is working on a set of guidelines to ensure that AI will not be…
079: iOS 11.4 Big Features!
May 30, 2018 • 3 min
The long coming AirPlay 2 and iCloud Message Sync features are now here. We’ve wanted to (and should’ve been able to) pair HomePods together into a stereo pair and create logical groupings, now you’ll be able to take your listening experience to the next…
078: Auto Industry Afraid of Electric?
May 28, 2018 • 4 min
It’s apparent. It’s so apparent. The automobile industry is deathly afraid of electric vehicles and is on it’s heels to maintain this deathgrip that it has over many of us, including me. Open your minds to the benefits to the environment and your…
077: What is Google doing with government drones??
May 24, 2018 • 3 min
Project Maven. A project headed up by the US government is one in which AI is needed to help drones discern what objects they see. Google seemingly has been helping out on this project, leading to several employee resignations. The larger issue here is…
076: Paying for Digital Goods & Services
May 24, 2018 • 5 min
Death by micro-payment is a real thing!! With apps and services wanting $1.99 a month, some prices are outrageous and it’s almost sad that we can’t pay one time and “own it” anymore. However, let’s flip this around, without revenue how will these apps and…
075: Changes coming to a Twitter near you!
May 23, 2018 • 3 min
This August expect some changes to third party Twitter clients that prevent real time notifications and background refreshes from happening. This won’t break Twitter, but will make it a little more inconvenient to use. It seems that Twitter really wants…
074: Google News!!
May 21, 2018 • 4 min
Google News might just replace all of your news feeds if you let it. Google’s answer to the “fake news” debate is here in a revised version of Google Play Newsstand, meet Google News. Not only is this app curated to your likings based off of search…
073: What to expect from Apple’s WWDC 2018!!
May 21, 2018 • 4 min
WWDC, Apple’s famed developers conference starts on June 4, 2018! I’m not expecting a lot of hardware to be involved with these keynotes, but certainly more integrations for iOS and new features to help bring subsequent releases into 2018. Also, no Apple…
072: Apple Keyboard Madness
May 18, 2018 • 4 min
Apparently keyboard-gate is a thing folks. You’ve heard the complaints if you read tech blogs, the latest iteration of the MacBook keyboard is regarded as one of the most un-ergonomic, flawed keyboard designs that has ever been put in a laptop. A petition…
Breaking news: Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality!!
May 16, 2018 • 1 min
Senate has had it’s voice heard and in a 52-47 vote, they’ve voted to overturn the FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order, this was all made possible by the Congressional Review Act. Read more here: Senate votes to reinstate net neutrality — but it has a…
071: Are we forgetting about consumers on the low-end?
May 16, 2018 • 3 min
The high-end phones get all of the features, updates, support and software enhancements. Truth is, not all consumers can afford the most expensive flagship devices. Are Apple and Google forgetting about a huge segment of the mobile device market? Should…
070: Google Duplex AI Breakdown.
May 14, 2018 • 4 min
Google Duplex is all over the tech news sphere as of late. Those on the privacy side are clammering stating, “it’s the worst thing ever for privacy” while others love it and think it’ll be a great help, especially for users with speech impediments and…
069: Do you Smartwatch?
May 14, 2018 • 3 min
Many people dub smartwatches as nothing more than glorified notification machines for our wrists — othera view them as ground breaking for their health and fitness breakthroughs. Where do you stand? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter…
068: Net Neutrality Sticking Around??
May 10, 2018 • 2 min
Thanks Senate Democrats, you’ve done us some good. On Wednesday, May 9th, Senate Democrats filed a long-promised petition to prevent the repeal of net neutrality rules in a move that will force a vote of the full Senate by a deadline of June 12. Power to…
067: Google I/O 2018 Full Recap!!
May 9, 2018 • 11 min
Google has done it again, 2 hours worth of blowing us away with Artificial Intelligence being shoved into every nook and cranny of their ecosystem. Google Assistant is smarter, more conversational and in more places. Android P is smarter, looking like…
066: What to expect from Google I/O 2018!
May 7, 2018 • 3 min
Google I/O is a yearly developer conference hosted by Google for it’s products and services. Look forward to changes and details on how the company approaches Android, AI, wearables, home tech and more! || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on…
065: Cambridge Analytica is no more!!?
May 7, 2018 • 3 min
It’s a good day for consumers and privacy advocates alike, Cambridge Analytica is no more!! With all of the claims against them and increased whirlwind of security talks amidst the Facebook blunder, the company is no more and they are even crazy enough to…
064: What will our internet look like in 10 years?
May 3, 2018 • 4 min
Data caps, limitations, throttling, consumption packages, services only available on certain ISPs, VPN extreme use cases…..these are all things I believe that we should expect from our internet in the future. With net neutrality rules being rolled back,…
063: Google Assistant 5000 times!
May 3, 2018 • 3 min
Google’s Assistant can now connect to over 5,000 smarthome devices, ranging from lights, TVs, alarm systems, thermostats and more truly adding a level of complexity and convenience that we’ve never seen before. Not only can the power of Google Assistant…
062: Trouble in Facebook Paradise, Again.
May 1, 2018 • 3 min
Facebook has launched a commerical with an emphasis on friends, this is coming after the debacle with Cambridge Analytica. Additionally, CEO of WhatsApp, Jan Koum is stepping down due to privacy disagreements over the apps use of end to end encryption,…
061: T-Mobile and Sprint Merging!
Apr 30, 2018 • 3 min
This isn’t the first time that T-Mobile has had a deal to merge with another wireless carrier. What benefits could consumers see and will this even go through? || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and…
060: PUBG Phenomenon
Apr 27, 2018 • 2 min
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. Open world’s, shrinking spaces, teammates in a world built for survival. Check out this fun game. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit http://DexJohnsPC.com to…
059: Chat from Google?
Apr 26, 2018 • 3 min
Ever heard of RCS (Rich communication services)? It’s been a technolgy that could long replace SMS and MMS and Google has partnered with carriers and device manufacturers to bring it to you and finally fix messaging on Android! Good deal — except all of…
058: RAM in a nutshell
Apr 24, 2018 • 3 min
RAM or Random Access Memory is a pool of memory for applications, services and operating systems to utilize. When an application is called from the hard drive it gets pushed into RAM so that it is accessible quickly. If too many things are clogging up…
057: HomePod Sales Slumping!?
Apr 19, 2018 • 3 min
Don’t be surprised. Apple’s HomePod, their revolutionary speaker, is having slumping sales after gathering 10% of the market (percentage calculated by analysts). HomeKit simply does not come close to having the amount of integrations that Amazon Alexa or…
056: Facebook Shadow Profiles
Apr 16, 2018 • 4 min
Have you ever thought about it Facebook knew information about those who do not have profiles? Denied by Zuckerberg, but the CEO did note that they collect information on nonusers for security purposes. However, the to use “upload your contacts”, which is…
055: What is Technology?
Apr 16, 2018 • 3 min
Technology is more than what Apple and Google produce. Technology is all around us from our sewer systems, to ways of building the tallest skyscrapers and more. Anything that is making the human experience better and easier can fall into the category of…
054: Zuckerberg Testifies!
Apr 13, 2018 • 5 min
10 hours of testimony from Mark Zuckerberg and are we any better? I argue, no. With misinformed senators asking leading questions since they have NO earthly idea what they are talking about, it’s clear that there is no resolution to privacy concerns in…
053: Do I Google?
Apr 12, 2018 • 4 min
I talk a lot about privacy, with Google sometimes stepping in as a company that is always involved is discussions of “knowing too much” — I break down my use of Google services and why. Remember, as a consumer you have a choice, you do not have to use a…
052: What phone should I get!!?
Apr 10, 2018 • 4 min
Android, iOS the phones are all over the place….but WHAT phone should I buy? Although, I’ll never tell someone what phone they should buy, I’ll help you make your decision easier by addressing areas of concern. The big three things to be mindful of are:…
051: Contactless Payments.
Apr 9, 2018 • 3 min
Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay are just a few of the ways the we can pay just by a tap — let’s not forget Speedpass or credit cards that allow payment as well. Security is at the forefront of Apple and Android pay because each system generates a…
050: What is machine learning?
Apr 5, 2018 • 3 min
Machine learning is a field of computer science that uses statistical techniques to give computer systems the ability to “learn” (i.e., progressively improve performance on a specific task) with data, without being explicitly programmed. Why does Apple,…
049: If Google is that bad, stop using their services.
Apr 5, 2018 • 4 min
Fearmongering from Apple fans is rampant in the technology industry. Those so terrified of what Google knows, yet willing to dump and store any and everything within one of Apple’s services. If you truly care about privacy, you wouldn’t freely trust any…
048: Make your own cloud!!
Apr 4, 2018 • 3 min
End your reliance on third party companies! Have you ever thought of hosting your own cloud? If you have an old computer laying around and are wary of companies potentially snooping on your files, this could be a good solution for you. Check out NextCloud…
047: Have tech companies earned your trust?
Apr 3, 2018 • 3 min
With scandals breaking from Panera, Facebook, MyFitnessPal and more…it seems that our data is a hot commodity. Should you trust these companies? I argue no. || Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit…
046: Use a Password Manager!!
Mar 30, 2018 • 5 min
It seems like every other day we are hearing about a company having a breach of client data. Protect yourself. Utilizing a password manager, whether online or offline can be a huge defense against attackers by differentiating your password across each…
045: Apple March 2018 Education Event Breakdown Pt. 2
Mar 28, 2018 • 3 min
If you haven’t listened to part 1 of my Apple Event coverage, please do so. In part 2, I take a look at what Apple could’ve done in terms of pricing and focus with this new iPad. The classroom management features seem to bring Apple’s approach up to par…
044: Apple March 2018 Education Event Breakdown Pt. 1
Mar 28, 2018 • 5 min
Apple took to the stage in Chicago to focus on education and empower students and administration alike to utilize Apple hardware and services in the education realm. We’ve now got a $329 iPad with Apple Pencil support, proper classroom management apps and…
043: iPhone X demand down?
Mar 26, 2018 • 4 min
iPhone X, Apple’s $1000 baby, that’s set to revolutionize the mobile space…..has falling demand — and I’m glad. Here’s why, there is no reason to charge this much for a smartphone, which places you into a small bubble and puts constraints on how you get…
042: Whats new in Android P?
Mar 24, 2018 • 4 min
Android P developer preview is here!! With updates for HEIF, higher security around Android backups and display cutout (notch) support — this release will be one of those that’ll tighten up the software experience from 8.0! Read more about it here:…
041: Spring 2018 Apple Event Preview!!
Mar 23, 2018 • 4 min
Let’s take a field trip!! The title of Apple’s latest event has us buzzing. What will we see? New iPads, new Apple pencil devices or extended support? What about a low cost MacBook Air? For a company that’s extremely behind in education, Apple hopes to…
040: Facebook data breach and Cambridge Analytica
Mar 22, 2018 • 4 min
Facebook has a LOT of your data — a lot. In fact, you don’t even have to be signed in for them to track you and tie information to your personal profile because of Facebook Pixel. Did Facebook do anything wrong? Well, thanks to a whistleblower at…
039: All about databases!!!
Mar 21, 2018 • 3 min
A database is an organized collection of data. And a relational database, more restrictively, is a collection of schemas, tables, queries, reports, views, and other elements. Many just think of a database as a box, but more importantly it is the backbone…
038: Automated Cars, are they here to help?
Mar 20, 2018 • 4 min
Automation is defined as the automatic operation or control of equipment, a process, or a system. Many things, whether you realize it or not, are automated from payment processing, vending machines, traffic lights — essentially all things electronic…
037: Tech and the government…
Mar 19, 2018 • 3 min
Does the government really want to help pioneer technology or does it simply want to make money off of creating fear from it’s constituents? Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit…
036: Voice, the next Frontier
Mar 17, 2018 • 5 min
How do us and our new found digital assistants interact? Do we just talk and get answers? Are we sometimes interrupted with a prompt to install a skill (meh)? What is the way of the future, who is doing what right and is who is doing what wrong? Let’s…
035: The tech Kool aid!!
Mar 17, 2018 • 5 min
Apple fans (seemingly more so than others, but it also includes Google fans etc.) have a tendency to always offer praise while blindly overlooking aspects of their favorite company that are not up to par and simply lag behind it’s competitors. Stop…
034: 3-D Printing Explained
Mar 15, 2018 • 5 min
3D printing refers to processes in which material is joined or solidified under computer control to create a three-dimensional object,[1] with material being added together (such as liquid molecules or powder grains being fused together). (Source:…
033: How are you tracked across the internet?
Mar 14, 2018 • 5 min
Ever wonder how Facebook seems to know what you just searched for? How about Google and Amazon? All of these companies follow certain guidelines that let them and other aggregate information about you then show it to you in relevant ways — but you can…
032: The State of Android TV
Mar 14, 2018 • 4 min
Set top boxes are everywhere, from Roku to Amazon Fire to Apple TV 4K….but where is Google and it’s once proud creation of Android TV? Is this yet another ecosystem that Google will let die? Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
031: Smartphone screen notches have to go!
Mar 12, 2018 • 4 min
iPhone X started a horrible design trend. Notches on the display. Apple is heralded for their design, yet they release a rounded mess of a display and people swoon. Let me tell you why it’s an issue and why Android OEMs shouldn’t copy. Let’s continue our…
030: The Quantified Life.
Mar 12, 2018 • 4 min
Tracking. We track all kinds of things, steps, sleep heart rate — but for what? Adding numbers, graphs and statistics to these seemingly nominal parts of our life lets us focus on these aspects in order to improve this giving us a better life. Get more…
029: Let’s get more women in technology!!
Mar 9, 2018 • 3 min
Women make up a huge demographic that is honestly ignored in many phases of technology. Whether it’s coding, design or marketing — women and men alike should play equal parts in each process because there isn’t one type of person that the company wants to…
028: The Smarthome Roundtable!
Mar 7, 2018 • 18 min
Smarthome products are everywhere, some of us have one light switch, while others enjoy multiple ecosystems with smart thermostats and automated heaters. Either way, having a smart item with a little automation can go a long way into making your life a…
027: Cord-cutting hardware needs
Mar 6, 2018 • 4 min
Cord-cutting is a big deal! We no longer need to be tied to a cable subscription service with many channels we don’t need. But there are necessities that you’ll have to have in order to have a good experience. The set top box and proper internet…
026: My Favorite Linux Terminal Commands!
Mar 5, 2018 • 3 min
The terminal is the most powerful, exciting and exhilarating tool that Linux has to offer and there are commands that I run every time I open it, perhaps you’ll find them useful too. Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at…
025: What is the terminal?
Mar 5, 2018 • 4 min
White text on black backgrounds, the user staring and typing ferociously to get a task done. Is using the terminal necessary for the average user? No. However, your computer is running the commands in the background regardless and knowing some of these…
024: Don’t click agree if you DON’T agree!
Mar 2, 2018 • 3 min
A part two from the previous episode regarding the terms of service. Clicking agree is completely voluntary and it’s something you don’t have to do. With so many apps that are similar in functionality, but dissimilar in business practice and moral values…
023: Read the Terms of Service!!
Mar 1, 2018 • 5 min
Terms of service (also known as terms of use and terms and conditions, commonly abbreviated as TOS or ToS and ToU) are rules by which one must agree to abide in order to use a service. (Source: Wikipedia). With that being said, these terms while arduous,…
022: What is the “right” computer for me?
Feb 27, 2018 • 4 min
While the definition of a computer has not changed over the years, the form factor and specifications certainly have making it accessible to more people, at many price points and many look and feels. What is right perfect computer? You have to ask…
021: What is this “cloud” thing?
Feb 26, 2018 • 2 min
The cloud, you’ve heard about it and whether you like it or not — you’re using it! Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit DexJohnsPC.com to stay on top of my latest posts.
020: Mobile World Congress Galaxy S9 Announcement
Feb 26, 2018 • 3 min
What is MWC? Mobile World Congress is a yearly event that takes place in Barcelona, Spain where the largest mobile device manufacturers get together and show off their latest contributions to the mobile space. This year Samsung stole the show with their…
019: The “How” of Online Advertising
Feb 23, 2018 • 5 min
Ads are everywhere on the internet. This does not mean that all companies are selling your data, but they are paying for access to you. Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and visit DexJohnsPC.com to stay…
018: Can tech control guns?
Feb 22, 2018 • 4 min
I’m pro gun; however, with so much technology encompassing our lives why aren’t we utilizing it to save lives when we have so many gun related incidents? Partially because the NRA is afraid of relinquishing control due to fear of all guns being taken…
017: Pocket Supercomputers
Feb 21, 2018 • 3 min
Although our smartphones are great for games and fun, don’t take for granted that you’re wielding an incredibly capable productivity tool that can do so much more. Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and Instagram at @dexter_johnson and…
016: About Cryptocurrencies!!
Feb 19, 2018 • 13 min
In this episode I am joined by my local crypto currency enthusiast, Spencer Swindell and we dive deep into Bitcoin, Litecoin and others as we take the veil off of cryptocurrencies, what they are and how to get them. Let’s continue our discussion! Follow…
015: Cord Cutting Phenomenon
Feb 16, 2018 • 4 min
Do you subscribe to the typical cable model where Comcast charges you one amount, then another after a certain period of time elapses plus equipment fees? Cord cutting can have you taking charge of your own entertainment destiny and subscribing to…
014: Mobile Payments!!
Feb 15, 2018 • 3 min
In a world of Apple Pay and Android Pay we can easily tap our phones and pay for items. Why aren’t these technologies everywhere at this point? What came before them? Most importantly, are they SAFE for us to use? Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me…
013: Is Google Listening??
Feb 14, 2018 • 4 min
Is Google always listening to you and saving off your voice data for nefarious reasons? Apple fans seem to think so. With that being said, let me clear the air. At the end of the day, I urge you, do not trust ANY company wholeheartedly with your precious…
012: Apple HomePod Impressions
Feb 13, 2018 • 4 min
February 9th 2018 was the release of the Apple HomePod, the company’s first attempt at making a smart speaker with incredibly rich sound with voice controlling the interface. Is this the right product for you? It could be, understanding the positives and…
011: Downloadable Content!!
Feb 7, 2018 • 2 min
DLC or downloadable content is huge in the video game world today, some hate it, some love it — no matter what side of the fence you fall on on this subject, you’ve likely had to deal with it. Let’s continue our discussion! Follow me on Twitter and…
010: Digital Assistants!!
Feb 6, 2018 • 4 min
Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Siri and Cortana are all here to make our lives easier and better. How do they process queries and what all can they do?
009: What is Linux?
Feb 5, 2018 • 3 min
Breaking down the greatest operating system on earth — LINUX! I explain when Linux was created and by whom while showing the common uses of this alternative operating system that are right under your nose!
008: About Apple HomePod
Jan 31, 2018 • 4 min
What reason did Apple make HomePod? Are we getting it’s purpose confused because it is being released during an era where big companies have released smart speakers? Is it a smart speakers? Will Siri get better? I’ll break it all down for you!
007: What are Chromebooks!?
Jan 23, 2018 • 3 min
Chrome and Chrome OS are made by Google to deliver an affordable and easy computing experience for all. Google owns the education market whether you like it or not, find out why a Chromebook might be right for you!!
006: Smarthome Tech Explained!
Jan 5, 2018 • 5 min
What makes a Smarthome? How do devices talk to each other? Should you be concerned about your security?
005: Apple Battery Woes
Dec 22, 2017 • 4 min
Apple isn’t maniacally killing your iPhone. Although Apple is classically suffering with a lac of communication, this CPU downclocking is actually helping your device.
004: 3-2 Net Neutrality Loss
Dec 14, 2017 • 4 min
Today on December 14, 2017, our idiotic and short-sighted FCC decided to repeal net neutrality. I’m not in a particularly good mood about it and you shouldn’t be in either, since it will affect us all.
003: Apple’s Reality Distortion
Dec 8, 2017 • 3 min
Master marketers, believers of their own madness — yet we continue to buy each and every product!
002: Video Games in 2017
Dec 7, 2017 • 3 min
The video game landscape has changed vastly over the years, instead of picking a game up and just “going” home consoles have turned into monolithic streaming devices that aim to “take over” your living room. Well a little company named Nintendo just wants…
001: A dive into Net Neutrality.
Dec 5, 2017 • 4 min
Deep Dive into Net Neutrality!! Get active and fight back! Tweet me @dexter_johnson to continue the conversation!
Introduction of “In the Weeds”, a tech podcast
Dec 5, 2017 • 1 min
An introduction of the “In the Weeds” tech podcast! #DiveDeep