Ep. 71 – A case of the mumps!



A Case Of The Mumps

This week the guys are back, talking tech and taking names.  Well, they’re talkin’ tech at any rate!

Quickies!

Didja’ know that AOL still has over 2.3 million dial-up subscribers?  Neither did they guys! Yep, AOL is still bringing in almost $700 million per year on 56K dial-up accounts.  Heck, you can go buy a US Robotics USB mode for just $17 on Amazon.  Don’t you want to feel all nostalgic and relive the good ‘ol days of the ‘Net?  Yeah, neither do we!

Amazon is reading or minds… Or listening to the show… Or just thinking logically.  But the guys prefer to believe that Jeff Bezos himself is a regular listener.  They’ve railed on the Amazon Echo for being a product that is really good, but needs a better way to integration throughout your house.  We’ll Amazon listened and just unveiled the Amazon Tap and the Echo Dot.  From our minds to your house!

NY judge James Orenstein has ruled that Apple doesn’t have to help the FBI break into a phone in a drug trafficking case.  Why is this important? We’ll it could set precedence for the upcoming case where the government is ordering Apple to help them defeat security measures on the phone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.  No matter which side you come down on for this argument, you have to admit it’ll be interesting to see this played out in the courts.

How much is that Phantom in the window?

DJI has just announced and released an update to their quadcopter/drone line; they introduced the Phantom 4 with a bunch of new features to help keep newbies in the air and to hopefully prevent some of the more common pilot-error type accidents and crashes.  Of course there’s a new camera, a new battery (booo, you’ll have to buy all new batteries, but you’ll get a few more minutes of flying time), and some really nifty new software features that should make flying even easier!

For only $1400 it can be yours!

Cold hard iCash

Apple is going to be taking iPhones in for trade and is willing to give you cold, hard cash in the process.  Heck, they’re being so generous that they’re even going to take in your old, broken iPhones and still give you (less) cash-ola.

From Russia… With love?

Some wacky Russian engineers from the Moscow University of Mechanical Engineering have successfully crowdfunded a campaign to launch a solar gathering satellite into orbit later this year which promises to be the brightest object in the sky.  Oh great, they’re not even pretending they’re not going to cook us all alive!  In addition to the frickin’ solar weapon, the team also hopes to construct an experimental atmospheric braking system that would help Mayak (and potentially other future satellites) re-enter the atmosphere and be recovered without the use of retro-rockets.

Way to go, Indiana…

All over the country state legislators are hard at work making sure that the little guy is getting screwed… Er – that is making sure that the “playing field is fair for all”.  At least, that’s how rep Kevin Mahan (R) was spinning his new bill that would ban direct-to-consumer sales of automobiles. Ostensibly written at GM’s behest, the bill was aimed pretty squarely at Tesla Motors which is currently the only auto manufacturer in the state selling cars direct to consumers, without any pesky dealerships to ruin the car buying experience.  Fortunately cooler heads prevailed, and it looks like this bill is dead.  At least for this legislative session.

What we love

Jeff loves his Leather Nova Leather cleaner: http://amzn.to/1puziAI

Jacob loves his TOPS Docket Gold Project Planning Pads: http://amzn.to/1RjZMvh


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