This week, staff reporter Emily Canal speaks about how tech companies, including Amazon, Reddit, Kickstarter, and more, are opposing the Trump administration's move to dismantle "net neutrality" regulations.The protest is designed to oppose the Federal Communications Commission, which is working to deregulate the telecom and cable industries to allow the providers to block, slow, or charge websites special fees to get content in front of users. The opposition to deregulation centers on the fact that all Internet traffic should be treated equally by broadband providers. On July 12, tech companies and organizations will hold a digital rally where they will change their websites to raise awareness about net neutrality rules. (The crew also discusses FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's jumbo-sized Reese's mug, which he loves to show off during press conferences.)
Staff reporter Zoë Henry dissects Apple's HomePod, a Siri-powered assistant for the home. Apple was first to market with its AI helper Siri, but last to market with the home assistant. The HomePod is $349, while the Amazon Echo is $180 and Google Home is $130. Apple's Siri is known for its bugs, but will the HomePod's high-end design beat out Amazon's superior AI functionality and Google's price point?
Lastly, the crew interviews Oliver and Leo Kremer, the founders of Dos Toros burrito chain, about what advice they'd give to their younger selves.