Tech News Weekly

Apr 22nd 2021

Tech News Weekly 180

AirTag: A Boring Product?

Apple's April Event, VR Physical Therapy, FLoC, Teacher-Approved Apps
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Apple announced a slew of new products at its April event. Physical therapists are testing VR programs for their practices. The privacy implications of Google's FLoC. Google and the FTC are at odds over "Teacher Approved" apps.

First, Ian Sherr of CNET stops by to talk about Apple's April event. The company announced loads of new products, including item-tracking AirTag(s) and colorful iMacs with Apple Silicon.

Then, Mikah talks about a recent New York Times article focusing on the rehabilitative effects of virtual reality for physical and occupational therapy.

Then, David Gehring of Distributed Media Lab discusses FLoC, Google's "Federated Learning of Cohorts" technology. He talks about why some companies are reluctant to adopt FLoC, how it works, and the privacy implications of the technology.

Lastly, Jason shares a story about the FTC and Google. The FTC is investigating whether so-called "Teacher Approved" apps in the Google Play Store are potentially misleading.

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