Daily Archives: March 31, 2015

Ep. 22 – Down the Rabbit Hole



Jacob finds a modern movie that reminds him of those classic, 80s kids-in-charge movies, and recommends if you’re looking for a blast of nostalgia you check out Earth to Echo (now on Netflix).

Amazon throws down the glove in online cloud storage; offering unlimited cloud storage for only $59.99 a year. Yeah, you read that right… unlimited. No one else comes close, and Amazon will even let you kick the tires for free for 3-months.

Jeff brings an update on the availability of fiber internet & TV in his town. All is not quite as rosy as it seemed on first glance with the postcard.  Poor, sad, Jeff; he has to stay with Comcast (because he loves his TiVos too darn much).

Speaking of fiber, Google is rolling out an ad-tracking test in some of their Google Fiber cities. Interestingly, Google is planning to only charge advertisers when one of their ads is actually watched. And since Google tracks all that flows through their set-top boxes, they know when you’re watching the ads. What does this mean for the future of AD supported television?

Twitter launches its answer to Meerkat; Periscope. The live-streaming wars are heating up! Jacob doesn’t quite “get it”, but Jeff is all about the live streaming (mostly for Disney, ‘natch).

Apple patents a way to split light in its mobile camera sensors to separate red, blue, and green sensors. Is this tech coming in the next iPhone refresh this fall? Maybe. It could give higher apparently resolution with a smaller sensor, and it could give better low-light results with less noise and artifacts. Forget trying to cram a 20mp sensor into the iPhone 6S+, give us three 12mp sensors with their own color filters! Of course, Apple always likes to trend towards slimmer and smaller – so where does the extra space come from to cram the extra piecey-parts in?  Even Apple hasn’t been able to overcome physics… yet.

Lastly, all may not be rosy in Apple Pay land. There are some rumors that fraudulent transactions may be as high as 6%! That’s, like, 300 times the “normal” fraud rate of credit cards. So will Apple and the banks come together to find a way to reduce the potential for fraud, while still making setting up cards on your Apple Pay account a smooth and effortless process for the end user?