First News on 570 for Thursday, September 27th, 2018

posted by Mark Starling - 

6:13- Bill Zimpfer- A busy day at the White House as President Trump watches the Kavanaugh hearings coming off of his appearance at the United Nations.  Meanwhile there is the possibility of a second summit with North Korea while China is being accused of election meddling.

6:43- William Mapp Top Tech Stories of the Week

NOSINESS ENSUES AS JOHN HANCOCK ASKS POLICY HOLDERS TO WEAR FITNESS TRACKERS 

John Hancock insurance has announced that all policies can come bundled with the ability for the company to track your fitness as part of its underwriting policy.  John Hancock’s CEO isn’t shy about why the company is interested in their policyholder’s fitness, Brooks Tingle said, “the longer people live, the more money they make.”  The more active policy holders are, the more their policy premiums go down, up to 15% of the policy cost, or about $300 a year in payment savings. Of course, I look at this from a privacy standpoint and wonder what aspects of fitness data will be used against you.

THE NEXT TOP TECH SUPER POWER MAY BE THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST POLES 

Telephone poles that is. 5G is a big deal, the next generation wireless technology promises to significantly increase communications speeds making new applications and communications services the best on the planet, and of course provide a huge economic boost to local economies. The smart money is predicting $500 billion in economic gain.  Billion with a ‘B’.  China is throwing up 5G poles like they are day old yeast rolls, where it took 30 years for the US to erect enough poles to support the country’s 4G infrastructure.   In the US building out big telecom is a fight.  Local municipalities often duke it out with the big telecoms to build infrastructure on the cheap, whereas the telcos want profit.  Hopefully, the FCC can lend a hand in accelerating 5G access, but I predict more of the mess we got now.

IN NEWS THAT DOESN’T INVOLVE DATA BREACHES, FACEBOOK GOES ON A NEW QUEST 

Facebook has announced Oculus Quest, a new VR headset it hopes can rejuvenate the virtual reality market.  I’ve always said VR was a passing fad, and with little improvements to the tech since 1999, sales have fallen dramatically. Many companies have passed on using smartphones as VR headsets as Facebook’s Oculus product has been dropping in price.  But the problem is still in the content arena. Creating VR content isn’t easy and requires additional thinking. The Quest works with two hand controllers and also tracks objects in the room around you.  Let’s see what happens.

7:13- Ray Stagich WX

7:43- Michael Bower- The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct will testify on Capitol Hill Thursday.

8:13- Father Michael Divitas- Greek Festival Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

8:23- Local candidate Mark Crawford makes a scene at a candidate forum over being filmed and recorded at a public event.

8:43- Dr. Erin Allgood- Ask a Vet Thursday

8:52- Dr Erin Allgood Ask a Vet Thursday Continued

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