Ep. 55 – Long Quickies


This week the guys have a bunch of quickies, that quickly turn into almost a full episode! Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Someone crashed their drone into Seattle’s Great Wheel – this is why we can’t have nice things
  • Rumors are swirling that Apple is working on a peer-to-peer payment system using Apple Pay. No more fighting about who’s picking up the check, just Apple Pay your share over to your buddy!
  • Beats Music is shutting down on November 30th. Apple’s made tools to help you migrate to Apple Music – so it’s now or never, Beats fans.
  • Halo 5 booted XBox One sales to beat out PS4 in October (for the first time ever). Can Microsoft continue the momentum through the holiday season?
  • Bluetooth is getting range and speed improvements next year! The group that steers Bluetooth’s development has announced a 4x range and 2x speed improvement with the same power consumption being used today.
  • A new Android exploit in Chrome can hack almost any handset in one go just by visiting a webpage! We’re sure Google is working furiously to get a patch out, but until then, be aware of where you browse…
  • On Veterans Day they were over 20 laser strikes on airplanes across the country. Again, did we mention that we can’t have nice things because of a few A-Holes? Seriously, stop shining laser pointers at planes, people!

Timex is getting into the wearables/health tracking market with it’s new watch the Metropolitan+. It’s an analog watch with an activity tracker built in that will sync to your phone via Bluetooth.  Once the data is over to your phone, you can share it amongst the most popular activity tracking apps of the day. The Metropolitan+ will set you back about $125 and is available now: http://www.timex.com/metro

Speaking of wearables, Fossil just acquired Misfit (makers of the Misfit Shine) for a cool $260m USD. Fossil is said to be buying Misfit for access to their design team, as well as to a customer base of wearable buyers. Jacob mentioned that he’s noticed a distinct decline in the number of trackers and wearables he’s noticed of late (and, of course, Jeff says just the opposite). Is this the beginning of consolidation? Are fitness trackers and wearables popularity in decline? Should Jawbone and Fitbit be worried?

Google maps for Android has a new offline mode that allows turn-by-turn navigation AND searching to still work! The features (coming soon to iOS) have been in the works since Google demoed them at Google I/O in May 2015. The new offline mode will seamlessly transition between cached mode and online mode as you move in and out of service areas. As someone who is directionally challenged, Jacob is jumping for joy over this one!

Mystery Science Theater 3000 is mounting a comeback! Show creator, Joel Hodgson launched a Kickstarter to bring the show back! If he can raise $2m, we’ll get three new episodes; and if he can raise $5.5m we’ll get an entire, new season of episodes! So go and pledge your support, even if it’s only a couple of bucks! This is something that NEEDS to happen! http://bringbackmst3k.com

Microsoft rolls out their first major Windows 10 update. Among some of the less exciting features, is the promise of better performance. One article Jacob found hints at potentially a 30% performance boost on the same hardware. How very “Apple” of Microsoft!

Jacob loves his 6″ digital calipers. Only $12 from Amazon, cheap! http://amzn.to/1HQx6LH

Jeff loves CBS’s new show Limitless. http://www.cbs.com/shows/limitless/

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