February 14, 2021 - Episode 587 - Show Notes

February 14, 2021 - Episode 587

Sunday Feb 14, 2021 (01:35:42)


This week, North Dakota wants to ruin the iPhone, Maryland is taxing advertisements, and Australia still wants a piece of Google.


Scott Ertz


Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.

Avram Piltch


Avram's been in love with PCs since he played original Castle Wolfenstein on an Apple II+. Before joining Tom's Hardware, for 10 years, he served as Online Editorial Director for sister sites Tom's Guide and Laptop Mag, where he programmed the CMS and many of the benchmarks. When he's not editing, writing or stumbling around trade show halls, you'll find him building Arduino robots with his son and watching every single superhero show on the CW.


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North Dakota wants to ruin iPhone, according to Apple privacy engineer

Over the past few years, Apple has done a lot of marketing around the idea of privacy. This is likely because they have begun to lose their perceiver authority in security, which only existed because no one used their products, making them a worthless target. These days, however, Apple devices (at least the mobile kind) can be found everywhere, so there's value in attacking them now. So, the company's public perception of a focus on privacy has become its driving goal. However, there is a point where privacy, usability, and ownership collide, and iOS is that place.

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Maryland becomes first state to implement tax on digital ads

Over the years, many new technologies online have managed to go untaxed for long periods of time. In fact, even sales of physical goods managed to go untaxed for years. With time, states changed their laws requiring online sellers to tax any purchases made from stores doing business within those states. Early on, companies like Amazon avoided having warehouses, distribution centers, and offices within states that had implemented online sales taxes. Today, however, that is a thing of the past, as there is no avoiding it. The next online tax battleground has been chosen, and it is advertising.

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