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Digital Trends Live: Conspiracy theories, iPhone 12 leak, and more

On this episode of Digital Trends Live, host Greg Nibler discusses the top tech stories of the day, including 5G and Bill Gates conspiracies, Google scams, an iPhone 12 Pro Max leak, Microsoft and NBA team up, and more.

Sarah Evans

Sarah Evans, founder of Sevans Strategy and Sevans Digital PR, joins the show to discuss drones that disinfect using UV light.

We’ve seen deepfake video, but now there is A.I. that can deepfake your voice. Luke Dormehl takes a look at LOVO Studio’s new technology.

Cedar Anderson

Nibler then speaks with Cedar Anderson, co-founder of Flow Hive, Indiegogo’s most successful campaign and the most successful campaign ever launched on any platform outside the United States, about how they’ve taken 95% of the labor out of beekeeping and getting honey.

Finally, we have Tech Briefs with Ken Yeung, editor at Flipboard, who wraps up this week’s biggest tech news, including the iPhone SE, the Google/Apple team up, and the successful release of Trolls World Tour.

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