Don’t expect any tweetstorms from me this week about the joys of spending time on a plane, a train, a bus or a car: For the first time since 1988, I’m not traveling for Thanksgiving. Instead, my mom and my brother and his family are coming to us. Since I have somehow never cooked a turkey before, Thursday promises to be its own little culinary adventure.
11/18/2019: Expect 5G to Slow Its Roll as It Enters Buildings, Urban Land
You may have read my first piece in the Urban Land Institute’s magazine since 2014 earlier if you got a print copy of the mag, but I don’t know when they started showing up.
11/18/2019: You’re not crazy to feel some insecurity about your security online, Riderwood Computer Club
I gave a talk about computer security–with slides and everything!–to the user group at this Maryland retirement community. My hosts asked some great questions and gave me at least one story idea I need to sell somewhere.
11/20/2019: Qualcomm is talking a big game about 5G—in 2020 and beyond, Fast Company
I wrote up Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon’s presentation at that firm’s analyst day, calling out some inconsistencies in his sales pitch for 5G wireless.
11/21/2019: AncestryDNA Review: DNA Test Kit, Tom’s Guide
I reviewed this DNA-test service and did come away quite as impressed with it as some other reviewers.
11/21/2019: 23andMe Review, Tom’s Guide
The prospect of having this DNA-test service warn me that I had a genetic predisposition for some incurable disease left me a little nervous. But 23andMe found no such red flags, allowing me to complete this review without lingering feelings of existential dread.
11/23/2019: Apple and Google remind you about location privacy, but don’t forget your wireless carrier, USA Today
My editor asked if I could do a recap of the location-privacy features in Android 10 and iOS 13, and I realized that this topic would let me revisit my earlier reporting for TechCrunch about the location data-retention policies of the big four wireless carriers.
11/24/2019: 5G is going to save journalism! Maybe! (Don’t hold your breath), Fast Company
I wrote about a deal between AT&T and the Washington Post to put 5G to work in journalism–which, given the extreme coverage limits of the millimeter-wave 5G that figures so prominently in their announcement, seems a reach. I couldn’t resist reminding readers of a past collaboration between my old shop and AT&T: the doomed Digital Ink online service running on AT&T’s Interchange platform.