Corrupt Database Grounds US Air Travel, NYC Landlords Use Spy Tech to Evict People, CES Gadget Round Up

I’m back on the air with Mark Starling, John, and the First News 570 crew. This week’s hot and fresh tech news: a corrupt DB file grounds the FAA NOTAM, New York City landlords spy on tenants to evict them, and a few ridiculous gadgets from CES. You can listen to me and Mark Starling point and laugh at all things tech every Thursday at 643 am ET live on the radio or the iHeartRadio app.

The $3,000 TV That Can Fall of the Wall


This week’s HUGE news is the FAA grounding air travel across the entire nation. The FAA shutdown the country’s NOTAM, Notice to Air Missions, which communicates ground, flight route, weather, and location hazards and updates to ground crews and pilots across the nation. The NOTAM is essential to safe air travel and enables ground crews to communicate when things go wrong in airspace. Last night, the FAA stated a corrupt database file led to NOTAM’s outage. 1,300 flights were canceled yesterday, 10,000 were delayed.


Yeah. Landlords in high rent cities like New York are using spy technology to evict people. Camera, motion sensors, noise sensors and more are being used to boot people for throwing parties, subletting, and hosting multiple families. Landlords are using these technologies to evict people who are leasing rent controlled, or inexpensive units in a bid to rent to higher earning incomes. Additionally, companies like the spy tech company, Teman, are using facial recognition technology to determine family dynamics and boot renters who host extended stay guests. Housing advocates are crying foul while landlords are turning the screws on people.

A Quick Digest of CES Gadgets

The $3,000 TV

DISPLACE put it’s 55-inch totally wireless, OLED TV on display at CES. The totally wireless TV is powered by 4, rechargeable, hot-swappable batteries.

The $8,000 Bathtub

Kohler announced its $8,000, fog-emitting, ‘Soak Free Standing’ bathtub at CES last week. You can pay a cool $16k this year for the smart bath they unveiled in 2021, or spring for this one this fall. It emits fog.

Disney’s Smart Home Assistant

Disney is bringing home the magic by getting into the smart assistant market. Disney’s Magical Companion is powered by Amazon Echo. The assistant does all the regular voice activated things plus read stories. Look out for it later this year.


Demystifying Computing

Have you ever looked at the screen and wondered what’s going on in there? Coming in time for the holidays, Seven Brief Lessons on Computing is a fast and entertaining read that shares how computers work for the curious.

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