» Microsoft’s ‘erotic schoolgirl’ party

Who the hell approved that idea? It’s since been denounced by Xbox chief Phil Spencer.

Microsoft is clearly in the throes of doing some soul-searching on the sexism in Xbox games. Having picked a naked woman as the persona for its voice software hasn’t quite helped, but I guess at least they’re trying to now makes some changes.

» The Rebound #76: The Apple of Ice Cream

I really think we could have gone longer on ice cream in this episode. I mean, we are so much more than just another tech podcast.

» Flashback

The New York State Attorney General in 2013, chastising Apple and other smartphone makers:

The companies that dominate this industry have a responsibility to their customers to fulfill their promises to ensure safety and security.

2013’s New York State officials had a better idea about smartphone security than 2016’s do.

» Turning This Car Around #101: Civics

No Lex this week so Jon and I dissect some movie trailers and then talk about civics.

» View-Master Virtual Reality Viewer review

That’s a lot of “view”. But over at Macworld, I review the latest View-Master and find myself getting nauseated while looking at swimsuit models.

» The Talk Show #148, With Special Guest John Moltz

I joined John Gruber on this week’s edition of The Talk Show to discuss that Apple FBI thing you might have heard of as well as Firewatch and other topics of note.

» Turning This Car Around #100: The Granny Situation

Sometimes it’s the links we don’t include in the show notes that you’ll be glad about.

» Just this one phone

Buzzfeed’s Hamza Shaban reports on FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee:

“I do think that whatever the judge’s decision is in California — and I’m sure it will be appealed no matter how it ends up — will be instructive for other courts,” he said. “And there may well be other cases that involve the same kind of phone and the same operating system.”

It is not about this one phone.

» The Rebound #74: Terrorists are Bad

This week we make sure it’s very clear that terrorists are bad. In case that was confusing.

» Apple issues FAQ on FBI iPhone unlocking

Apple:

…we strongly believe the only way to guarantee that such a powerful tool isn’t abused and doesn’t fall into the wrong hands is to never create it.

Also, as Rich Mogull pointed out on Twitter, contrary to what we’re hearing from FBI director Comey, security like this plays a vital role in stopping crime. An insecure smartphone is just a crime waiting to happen.