Daily Archives: February 17, 2015

Ep. 16 – The Curious Case of Barrett Brown



How big is the Android Wear market? Probably not as big as you might have thought. Out of 4.6m activity bands and smart watches shipped in 2014, only 720,000 were Android Wear devices. Ouch! Can Apple upset yet another industry when the Apple Watch launches in April?

Speaking of Apple… Apple Pay is in the air. Jet Blue is going to be accepting aPay this year on JFK->SFO and JFK->LAX flights for in-flight payments. Want that vodka and tomato juice? Go ahead and whip out your iPhone. It’s just a thumb-press away.  Maybe though; Jeff talks about his experiences with Apple Pay and it ain’t all roses and sunshine!

Need some cloud storage on the cheap? Hurry and sign up for Bing offers – it’s free and if you do so before February 28th, Microsoft will throw 100GB of free OneDrive storage your way. Two years, gratis, go and get yours!

Barrett Brown is a journalist. Barrett Brown has done some dumb things (like going on YouTube and threatening an FBI agent). Barrett Brown shared a hyperlink. And for that transgression – the DOJ sought to make his life just a little worse. Facing time in federal-pound-me-in-the-a$$-prison for the legitimately dumb things he’s done, the DOJ asked that his posting of a hyperlink be considered and extend his sentence. Yep, folks, sharing a link earned him more time in the pokey – and he’s starting a 63-month prison term.  You can thank the White House, because they favor expanding the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) which would make things like sharing your Netflix password a potential federal felony.  Be afraid, people; be very afraid.

Amazon is reporting huge numbers of new Prime customers in 2014 and is committed to investing even more in the now-$99 annual service. More content seems like a no-brainer, but what other treats might they have in store for customers in 2015?

Jacob loves his Swiss+Tech Utili-Key – it’s less than $7, fits on a keyring, and is just an all-around useful little tool. Link: http://amzn.to/1ALjxYu

Jeff loves his Versus Thor Case for his iPhone. Link: http://amzn.to/1CCyxog