Ep. 49 – Volkswagen; Sign and Lie…

Ep49BannerThis week the guys are talking about TiVo’s new 4K ready DVR; The Bolt. It’s an odd little device – looking like a cross between a piece of AV gear and a boomerang. It will stream Netflix and YouTube 4K content, but only records an incoming signal at 1080p and it only sports 4 tuners where their current flagship DVRs feature 6. It also only comes with two drive options; a $300 500GB model or a $400 1TB model. Is this much ado about nothing? Will this curious little DVR be the shot in the arm TiVo needs to shake up the DVR market once again?

Jacob laments being a T-Mobile customer once again when it was just announced that T-Mobile’s partner, Experian, experienced a huge data breach where over 15 million customers may have had sensitive information stolen; including name, address, social security number, and passport or driver’s license ID.  Yikes! T-Mobile is offering affected customers two-years worth of credit monitoring, but at what point will we have had enough and demand more care be taken with our sensitive information?  And we’re concerned that this might not just be isolated to T-Mobile if Experian was attacked. Is this just the only data breach we know of now? Will the other shoe drop in the coming days or weeks that this is just a part of a larger infiltration of Experian’s network?

Jeff laments being a VW owner who’s affected by Dieselgate! Volkswagen has really screwed the pooch by fudging the emissions data in their TDI equipped vehicles and it looks like it’s going to cost them dearly. With over 10 million vehicles affected, and upwards of 30% of their inventory off the market, this is going to cost billions of dollars in lost sales, fines, and likely lawsuits brought by owners of affected vehicles who’s resale value is tanking. Given the scope of the problem, could this be the end of Volkswagen?

The guys talk about a new display from Japan Display – a company that somehow managed to cram an 8K video panel into a 17″ display. Sporting a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels at 510 pixels per inch, it’s an odd little piece of tech that doesn’t have a clear purpose. So of course we both want one!

The guys touch on a bunch of other topics as well; crowdfunded moonshots, Google’s new neural network to improve speech recognition, and the first steps in enabling paraplegics to control their legs via wireless links from their brains!

Jeff loves his Etekcity Lasergrip 1080 Non-contact Digital Laser IR Infrared Thermometer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMI632G

Jacob loves his BUBM Universal Cable Organizer: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PZS0T4O

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