Top 5 Tech Industry News

1. Zoomtopia 2020 Sets the Stage for the Future of Online Video-Conferencing

Zoom announced the following significant advancements and changes at its annual conference:

  • OnZoom: a new platform for users to host free, paid, and fundraising events.
  • End-to-End Encryption: Offering security and privacy to all users.
  • Customizable SDKEnrich your own custom video-based application with the Zoom. Developers get the freedom of UI and session control.
  • Zapps: Zapps are apps that you can use within the Zoom platform to help improve productivity and create more engaging experiences.
  • UCaaS Enhancements: More immersive, engaging, and collaborative meetings.


Why it matters: According to a Pew Research report conducted in March 2020, 25% of U.S. adults relied on video-conferencing software for work. More and more people are turning to video-conferencing software for everyday interactions and meetings. Zoom’s new features allow for increased workflow and productivity. 

2. Verizon’s “Women in Tech” Mentorship Event is October 23rd

Hosted by Verizon Business CEO, Tami Erwin, this series is meant to empower and mentor women in business. The event discussion will be centered around leadership, mentorship, and advice for women who are reinventing their careers due to the pandemic.

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Why it matters: This event consists of a panel of entrepreneurial women coming together to provide advice during uncertain times. Verizon also has events for Women in Media, Women in Finance, and Women in Sports.

3. Apple Releases iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro Max with 5G Technology

The iPhone 12 features an A14 Bionic, all-new design with Ceramic Shield, pro camera system, LiDAR Scanner, and the biggest Super Retina XDR display ever on an iPhone. Both models are equipped with 5G technology and are available in four colors beginning November 17, 2020.

Why it matters: The iPhone 12 is unlike any phone before it featuring all-new software, hardware, camera, and 5G capabilities. Apple is pushing the boundaries of cellular technology, enabling the user to do much more from the palm of their hand.

4. The Pandemic Pushes the Office Outside with Biophilic Building Design

CNBC reports that architects and office designers are pushing towards a healthier building design including spaces outside and sustainable features such as a cool roof, solar shading, daylight sensors, and an HVAC system.

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Why it matters: As the state of global health is at a standstill, turning to sustainable technology and healthier office space may be the only option for the safe return back to the office, campus, etc.

5. Youtube To Funnel Customers to Company Product Pages

YouTube is testing a similar feature to Facebook, asking some creators to use its software to tag and track products featured in their videos, according to a report from Bloomberg. YouTube can rely on the backbone established by its parent company through Google Shopping in order to funnel shoppers to product pages for checkout.

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Why it matters: Shopping tags may present a new way for YouTube video creators to monetize their content. They could take a commission or sell their own goods by utilizing the feature. 

Top 4 Community & Local Tech News

1. Places You Can Vote Early in East TN, With a Free Ride

The following link has an interactive map of places to vote early in East TN. By clicking on an icon, you can see the hours and dates when a given voting location is open. You can also see the voting method. KAT routes to early voting locations are fare-free, too.

2. Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee Receive $25,000 Spectrum Digital Education Grant

“This grant allows us to purchase new technology and equipment that support virtual learning and academics for more than 150 youth,” T. Ryan Hughes, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Tennessee, said. “The program will also engage family members that need access to work on resumes, apply for jobs, or gain jobs skills and who may not have access to a computer outside one of our clubs.”

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3. Knoxville Area Urban League Providing COVID-19 Relief

The Knoxville Area Urban League is looking for eligible families to give money to from the CARES act. For funding families should fit into the following categories:

  • You are having difficulty paying, or are behind on, your housing payment due to economic issues caused by the financial downturn during the COVID-19 crisis. You may apply even if you are under an eviction/foreclosure moratorium.
  • Your current income is less than $99,000 a year ($189,000 for married couples).
  • You live in Knox, Anderson, Blount, Jefferson, & Sevier.
  • You are US Citizen or Permanent Resident

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4. Women’s March in Downtown Knoxville Saturday

 On Saturday, the Women’s March Coalition began at Krutch Park at 10:00 a.m. and continued throughout the park until 11:30 a.m. 

“This is our last chance to mobilize before the most crucial election of our lifetime. It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for and we need to leave it all on the floor. Together we can energize the country, inspire millions to vote, and finish what we started once and for all,” said The Women’s March Coalition.

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A Good Note

We want to end each Tech Briefing on a Good Note by sharing something to uplift your spirits.

Hum a Song to Google to Search its Name!

There’s nothing quite as annoying as having a song stuck in your head and not being able to identify it. Thankfully, if you can hum the song out loud, Google Search can help you figure out what tune is stuck in your head.

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Until Next Week: Stay tuned each week for another Tech Briefing from RCN! Our goal is to bring you the latest and most relevant information surrounding the tech industry so you don’t have to go searching.