The Lighthouse IT Podcast - October 20th, 2023
This week, Matt & Griff discuss the "Netflix House," the Microsoft Activision Blizzard merger, Tesla's API, X's design decisions, Google's AI, Threads' edits, and more.
"Netflix House" fan experience opening in 2025
By their own words its not a "Netflix World" but instead a modern "Fan Experience."
Microsoft finally gets to pay $69billion for Activision Blizzard
This gives them exclusive access to a number of notable IPs, which isn't really a good thing, but it's a thing alright.
Microsoft set to phase out VBScript - CISO's rejoice
VBScript has been used for all sorts of fun and useful macros, but it's also been used for a lot of malware, so this is probably a good thing in the long run.
Tesla officially releases API documentation for third-party apps
If you've ever wanted to develop your own third-party app for a Tesla vehicle, now's your chance!
There's a formula (one) to rebounding from an attack
MGM Resorts made the tough, but correct, decision to not pay the ransom when they fell victim to a ransomware cyber attack, and after a long recovery they now get to help host the Formula 1 in Vegas.
Keeping up with X
A few more … "questionable" decisions have been made over at X, causing many to be reminded of 2010's web design.
Google's AI-powered search experience can now generate images
Google is starting to catch up to OpenAI and Microsoft in the AI field as those opted into SGE can now generate images through Google's search bar.
Gmail is getting emoji reactions
Some of them will even have special effects enabling full-page animations, although you probably should use them for work emails.
Threads is rolling out an edit button
This is the platforms most requested feature, but it's only available for five minutes after a post is created.