Ep. 58 – It’s (not) so hard to say goodbye…

Episode 58 - It's (not) so hard to say goodbye... - Flash

Hey all you tech podcast fans, the J’s are back with another installment that is guaranteed to be No Better Than Average.


iFixit has torn into the new iPad Pro and revealed its guts for all the world to see.  A teeny, tiny motherboard sports an impressive new chip, 4gb of RAM, and all the other bits ‘n pieces needed to make the iPad Pro sing.  The giant, flat case also packs a whopping 10,307mAh of battery pow-ah to keep everything running.  3M-style removal tabs look to make swapping the batteries easier than ever before, but still, iFixit scores the iPad Pro a dismal 3/10 on their repairability chart.

Google and ASUS have teamed up to release an $85 HDMI “computer” that promises to turn any old TV or compatible monitor into a full-fledged (and cheap) Chrome OS computer.  They seem to be aiming it as a kiosk solution, but it could usher in cheap and easy Internet-terminal-type access for low-income homes and groups.  Either way, cheaper and easier access to technology is always a good thing.

OnePlus releases a $20 iPhone case and each one comes with an invitation to purchase an new OnePlus X phone. A few will come with invitations to purchase a rare ceramic-backed model and even fewer will come with a coupon for a free phone.  The case is made of OnePlus’ “sandstone” material and might actually be a nice case.

An FAA task force releases drone registration recommendations and says that anything heavier than 250 grams (8.9 oz) should be registered so that the bird can be linked back to the owner. There are no details yet on when such registration might become required, but we’re betting on it happening sooner rather than later with the exploding popularity of “drones” and other aerial flight platforms.

Alas, poor Flash! I knew him, Adobe…

Adobe has just announced that they’re recommending that content creators give Flash a pass and just start using HTML5 already (not that most content creators aren’t already doing this).  The CPU-munching, memory gobbling, Flash isn’t going away per se, but Adobe is going to start only updating it from a security vulnerability standpoint. They’re also renaming their animation software to “Animate CC” and making its default output HTML5.  All we can say is, it’s about time, Adobe!

Smile for the camera, kids!

VTech has some egg on it’s proverbial face as news has come out that not only did they have millions of parent’s accounts (and hundreds of thousands of kid’s accounts) hacked, but now they’ve been caught storing pictures and chat logs online – in some cases for over a year – between parents and kids who were using VTech’s Learning Lodge app which lets parents message their children between the parent’s smartphone and the kid’s VTech “tablet”.

The company isn’t responding to any comments about the hack, but they have disabled the Learning Lodge app and dozens of VTech web sites “as a precautionary measure” for a “thorough security assessment and fortification.”  Yikes! We wouldn’t want to be VTech’s CEO right now.

Better late than never…

So they guys were a little slow on the draw to talk about it, but Apple Music is finally available to Android users. The same free, three-month trial applies and according to Apple big-wig Eddie Cue, “It’s a full native app, so it will look and feel like an Android app. The menus will look like Android, you know the little hamburger they use on the top. It’ll definitely feel very much like an Android app.” So rejoice, Android fans, and give it a shot; even if it’s just for the free trial.  Then you can listen to all of the No Better Than Average listener playlists that we’ve featured!

Spooky action at cold temperatures

A science two-fer! Yeah, this should have been in our Sciencepisode, but it’s new news so you get it now.  Scientists have just made two major breakthroughs with science that’s so odd it’ll make your head throb.  First, a group of researchers at Stanford have successfully demonstrated that quantum entanglement works to send messages at a distance of 1.2 miles.  Yep, it’s been theorized, but never done at such a distance before.  Could this be the first salvo into a faster-than-light form of communication due to the weird way particles can become entangled at the quantum level?  Sci-Fi stories have been using it as a plot device for decades, maybe it’s not such a crazy thought after all?

In the same vein, another group of researchers has just created entangled particle pairs at room temperature.  “Big deal!” you’re thinking, but wait!  That’s a lot easier said than done.  Previously to get particle pairs to entangle, scientists had to drop temperatures to almost absolute zero to get entanglement to happen at any sufficient scale.  But now they can make “thousands and thousands of entangled pairs” at normal room temperatures using infrared lasers and electromagnetic pulses. This could also lead to spy-proof security where the nature of quantum physics prevents anyone from observing what you’re doing, so there are very real-world applications that could quickly grow out of this discovery!

What we love!

Jacob loves his Cheeta Articulating TV Wall Mount – just $56 from Amazon (cheap!): http://amzn.to/1Ts8b2t He also loves the birthday present his amazing wife just gave him; a DJI Phantom 3 Advanced quadcopter.  Seriously, it’s amazing.  Go get your own here: http://amzn.to/1XQ2dOM

Jeff loves his new, {PRODUCT)RED iPhone 6S+ case from Apple: http://www.apple.com/shop/product/MKXF2ZM/A/iphone-6s-plus-leather-case-black?fnode=99&fs=f%3Dapple%26fh%3D458b%252B3214

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