CanCon Podcast Ep. 81: Would you “chip” your employees?

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Folks, it has been a cruel, cruel summer (leaving us here on our own).

To combat that, instead of diving into some of the darker bits of news (tech and otherwise) filling our feeds, this week the CanCon podcast keeps it light – like a sun shining down on a beach in the summer. We also catch up on some stories recently missed as our attention was distracted by the endless wave of tire fires.

New leaks about the upcoming iPhone 8 surfaced through a HomePod firmware release. The code exposed features of the yet-to-be-released phone and has consumers all abuzz. In other smartphone news, Andy Rubin’s Essential phone is now available to order. Can the new entrant displace the iPhone as the tech luxury item of choice?

If you’re someone who thinks that tech hasn’t gone far enough to make your life more efficient, get excited for chipping. A new trend has people implanting RFID tags in their hands to streamline the security process of door access, mobile payments, and even unlocking other tech devices. Just a fad or the start of our (inevitable) cyborg future?

If you listened to last week’s episode, you’ll know that Google has been in the news. This week, the team talks about another big Google story: the Supreme Court of Canada ordered Google to remove global search results for websites selling technology allegedly stolen from a BC company. Google has taken the fight to the US court system in an attempt to make this into a freedom of speech fight. The CanCon team is wondering if this approach to a court ruling will set a new precedent for internet regulation standards.

Tune in as CanCon’s podcast crew – Rob Kenedi, TWG’s Entrepreneur in Residence and host of the amazing #smallrooms podcast, Rose Behar, MobileSyrup Senior Reporter, Jessica Galang, BetaKit News Editor, and Douglas Soltys, BetaKit Editor in Chief – tries to keep things light and not depressing.

Have some hot takes on the topics that we covered? Maybe you want to suggest something for a future podcast! Perhaps you have a burning question about something you read in tech news that we didn’t cover. Email us, post a comment below with the answer or question, or better yet, rate CanCon 5-stars on iTunes and post your thoughts there.

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CanCon Podcast Episode 81 (08/21/17)

Andy Rubin plays for keeps as HomePod reveals some iPhone leaks
HomePod iPhone 8 leaks
iPhone 8 feature leaks
Essential phone: hands on

Chipping: fad or future?
A new phenomenon called chipping
Microchip implants for Employees: One company says yes

Google is pleading the first
Google seeks to use U.S. law to battle Supreme Court of Canada’s order to change global search results
Stanford Law weighs in: Google’s US Challenge to the Canadian Global Delisting Order

Canadian Content music clip (under fair dealing): “Soda” by Gob


Robyn Edgar

Robyn Edgar has a background in computer science, Arctic biology and bioinformatics, but she chose to leave the research world to bring science and tech to the public in the form of broadcast media. She's now BetaKit's resident audio producer. In her spare time, she volunteers at a campus radio station and practices her "old timey" radio voice impressions.

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