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The Drill Down 559: The Drill Bits – Awards 2018
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TDD Drill Bits Award

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, we put aside current news in order to review the year that was 2018. And this time around, as we did last year, instead of merely having a stack-ranked list of top news of the year, we’re going to make tech news compete for awards, affectionately called The Drill Bits.

So put on your tuxes, get in the limo, and roll out the red carpet, ’cause the show’s about to begin!


Music Break: Every 1s A Winner by Hot Chocolate

The Drill Bit Awards

Wearables space Fitbit Versa Smartwatch space Fitbit Charge 3 space Apple Watch Series 4 space Apple
Smart Home space Amazon Ring Video Doorbell space TP-Link’s Kasa Cameras space Nest: Connect, Detect, and Nest Hello (doorbell) space Amazon Ring Video Doorbell
Best Voice Assistant Device space Samsung Bixby: Galaxy Home Speaker space Amazon Alexa 60k skills and all new hardware space Google Home: Hub and other screen device,partners space Amazon
Sharing/Gig Economy space Amazon Flex: Use your car to deliver packages space Caviar: Food Delivery from anywhere by regular people space Real Real: Sell Your designer stuff on consignment across the world space Amazon
Streaming Video Subscription Service space HBO: Sharp Objects, Barry, Succession, Westworld II space Amazon Prime: Homecoming, Jack Ryan space Netflix: Bandersnatch, Birdbox, & Roma space Netflix
Worst Cybersecurity(Biggest Hack) space India’s AADHAAR system 1.1 billion people exposed space Exactis Ad tracking platform. 340 mm people exposed space Under Armour 150 million people exposed space AADHAAR
Most Significant Hacks space Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica disclosure 87 million exposed | altered course of 2016 US Presidential Election space Strava’s Military Base Leak. No individuals exposed, but myriad countries experienced security leaks as the locations of their military facilities were unwittingly exposed. space My Heritage leak: Personal information, including passwords were taken and it remains unclear if users’s genetic information and/or medical histories were exposed. space Facebook: Cambridge Analytica
Most Significant Gaming Platform space Microsoft: XBox One space Nintendo: Switch space SONY: Playstation 4 space SONY – Access to both popular and exclusive titles: Red Dead Redemption Spider Man God of War Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Most *Impactful* Video Game of the year space Epic Games for Fortnite space Rockstar for Red Dead Redemption 2 space SONY Interactive Entertainment for Spider Man space Epic Games for Fortnite
AR & VR space Playstation VR: Affordable VR on an established platform space Facebook: Oculus GO: Affordable device that gets more people into VR space HTC Vive Pro space Playstation VR: Affordable VR on an established platform
Best New Innovation – Science (in the lab) space Scientists Have Created A Star Trek-Like Plane That Flies Using ‘Ion Thrusters’ And No Fuel space Scientists Developed a Way to Filter Lead Out of Water With Fruit Peels space Man paralysed from waist down makes history by walking again using mind-controlled implant to power his legs space Man paralysed from waist down makes history by walking again using mind-controlled implant to power his legs
Best Use of Social Media space Instagram: The World Record Egg space European Union: The GDPR space Facebook: The,Algorithmic Update space European Union: The GDPR
Worst Technology Fail space Facebook: Unsecure Unethical Unworthy space Google Project Dragonfly: Development of  a new, restricted, Chinese version of Google for renewed access to the Chinese market space Google Project Maven: Applying Google’s expertise to a DARPA AI autonomous drone capable of deadly strikes against enemies of the United States space Facebook: Unsecure Unethical Unworthy
Most Weird/ Creepy Technology Phenomenon space Instagram: The World Record Egg space Deep Fakes via products like Fake App space Clearing Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez with foot fetishists, and a site called Wikifeet space Deep Fakes via products like Fake App

Audible Book of the Week

Music Break: I.G.Y. by Donald Fagen

Last Year’s Predictions (2018)

  • DWAYNE: Twitter Goes into Acquisition Talks NOPE
  • TOSIN: AR is going to blow up NOPE
  • ANDY: Net Neutrality defenders strike back NOPE
  • TOSIN: Disney will announce an Original, unEdited Star Wars trilogy NOPE
  • ANDY: Model 3 *will* finish shipping in 2018 (all pre-ordered reservationists only) NOPE
  • DWAYNE: Clean, green tech will go mainstream in building codes. NOPE
    • SCORE
    • Andy 0
    • Tosin 0
    • Dwayne 0

We all lose

Coming Year’s Predictions for 2019

  • DWAYNE: Lots of integration into the smart home space w/ IOT encryption
  • TOSIN: Major innovate tech from locations unknown (such as Africa), and we’ll see an explosion of embracing tech exploration in undeveloped regions
  • ANDY: I will receive my standard battery Model 3 Tesla in 2019.


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Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.

Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Box product manager Tosin Onafowokan.

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