Monthly Archives: April 2016

Ep. 77 – Spirit of the West



Spirit of the West

This week Jacob is bopping his head to an awesome musical suggestion from a listener; the band Spirit of the West.  He’s especially groovin’ on the album Tripping Up the Stairs at the moment. Oh, and don’t forget to nominate the show for the 11th annual Podcast Awards: http://NoBetterShow.com/awards

Topics & such

  • An icky subject to be sure; a Massachusetts court has rejected a child-porn case brought when the FBI used mal-ware to infect PCs and catch people trading the material.
  • Tesla has now received over 400,000 reservations for the upcoming Model 3. Seems people are quite excited about their “affordable” all-electric option.  Jeff still is betting against it coming out in 2017, if ever.  Who will be proven right?
  • If you’re popular, and like actually talking to people, Facebook’s Messenger now supports calls with up to 50 of your friends.  Now if the guys only had 47 more friends, they could test it out!
  • HTC 10 is coming and it looks to be quite the nice handset.  People keep asking if “this” is the handset that can save HTC; the problem is they’ve been asking that question ever since the HTC One M7 came out 3+ years ago.  And – funny enough – HTC seems to still be here.

What we love

Jeff loves his Spigen Apple Watch stand: http://amzn.to/24foUfg

Jacob loves his Lamy 2000 fountain pen: http://amzn.to/1NkmibF


Ep. 76 – Updates are for Sissies!



Sissies!

Hey – you probably like the show if you’re reading this; so hows about you go and nominate us for a Podcast Award over at http://PodcastAwards.com – that’d be just swell!

Hot Topics…

  • Amazon releases a new, $290 Kindle.  Looks pretty nice, but that price tag… Ouch!
  • Sprint airs a commercial where they actually call T-Mobile customers “ghetto”.  Okay, we get that it’s a group of “real people” voicing their opinions, but who on earth thought it was a good idea to let that out to air?
  • Researchers have built a neural net to colorize monochrome photos and – for the most part – they’re amazing. Go check them out and see for yourself at http://www.engadget.com/2016/04/02/neural-net-colorizes-black-and-white-photos/
  • Initial pre-production reviews of Tesla’s Model 3 are out and Jeff is talking about them.  Surprisingly, he’s more bullish on the Chevy Bolt!
  • Moleskine is trying to bridge the digital divide with a new – very expensive –  product line of a digital ink pen (like, a real ink pen) and specially printed notebooks (which they seem to be un-ironically calling “tablets”) that work together to capture notes and transfer them to your digital device du jour (smartphone, tablet, etc.)

What we love

Jeff loves his Story Leather Phone Case: http://amzn.to/1SO6KZP

Jacob loves his TP-LINK AV500 Nano Powerline Network Adapter: http://amzn.to/1SfriAf

 


Ep. 75 – What’s that, WhatsApp?



What's that, WhatsApp?

This week the guys share some mind-blowing factiods, some tech, and a catchy little album that’ll have you tapping your toes!

Quickies

Ellen writes in with a band recommendation to check out: Twenty One Pilots.

Jacob spots a Maserati in his neighborhood, possibly from a generous patron? He can only  wish!

Quick, are there more trees on Earth or stars in the Milky Way? Prepared to have your mind blown by the answer!

Just plain geeky…

Jacob gets a chance to go hands on with the new Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ and test out the color-sensing tech that adapts the screen’s color temperature to match the light in the room you’re in. He concedes that it’s pretty amazing and magical tech.

HP has a new high-end laptop and a new high-end logo.

A newly discovered type of magnetism promises to unlock quantum computing to the masses

Everyone’s favorite, Swedish furniture company, IKEA, is unveiling a kitchen VR showroom.  Now you can see exactly how your new kitchen will look with the help of some VR goggles.  Finally, we were promised this kind of tech back in the mid-1990s!

Jacob thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but no it’s true.  Microsoft is going to incorporate the Bourne Again Shell (BASH) into Windows 10. A long time unix, linux, and OSX utility is coming to Windows.  This is something that we would have never imagined happening even a few short years ago.  Are we in a Bizzaro-universe & nobody told us?!

Mobile gaming is big business!

Didja know that mobile gaming is big business? Sure you did, but do you know just how big? On average, paying players spend $86.50 per year on mobile games; just a little behind the $91.58 that console players spend annually.

But the biggest surprise is that some games are bringing in A LOT more money. Game of War’s paying players are spending an average of $550 per year on the game!  Yes, you read that right… $550 per year on average.

And it’s not the only big money mobile game out there.  Big Fish Casino brings in an average of $232.67 per year from paying players and Boombeach brings in nearly $118 per year.  No wonder so many developers are rushing to micro-payment based mobile gaming development.  It’s an almost $35 billion a year business!

WhatsApp enables end-to-end encryption

In a shot squarely across the FBI’s and DOJ’s bow, WhatsApp has enabled end-to-end public key encryption on their entire platform; effectively turning it into a warentless space for all BILLION users.  That’s right, 1-in-7 people on the planet use WhatsApp, and now no government can demand and receive access to the data that travels across the network.  Google Hangouts and Facebook Messenger are still unencrypted, but Apple’s iMessage platform is.  How long until either Google and Facebook follow suite or the government does something hamfisted and tries to legislate back-doors into the systems?

Huawei’s new P9 smartphone is Leica-endorsed

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has managed to grow into the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer behind Apple and Samsung. And they have a new flagship coming out – the P9 – that sports dual image sensors and is Leica-approved.  What, exactly, that means has yet to be fully explored, but the dual-image sensors is exciting a lot of people in the smartphone photography world (which these days seems to be about every single person with a smartphone).

Can it stand up to the iPhone and Galaxy line? Only time will tell, but Huawei claims the P9 will capture 270% more light than the iPhone 6S and 90% more light than the Galaxy S7.

What we love

Jacob loves the musical Hamilton. It’s available on all of the major streaming services, or through Amazon if you like owning music: http://amzn.to/1TMN6mb

Jeff loves his Fintie iPad Pro 12.9 Inch Case: http://amzn.to/25V8z14


Ep. 74 – Odds ‘n Ends



Odds 'n Ends

This week the guys have a veritable potpourri of stories to talk about.  Odds ‘n Ends of tech that have been building up and gumming the works.  So lets get them sorted and recorded so we can all get on with our lives!

This week’s topic include:

  • A handgun that looks like a smartphone
  • Nielsen totrack which set-top boxes you use for streaming TV
  • TiVo, owner of valuable patents, may be acquired by Rovi, owner of more valuable patents!
  • Pornhub unleashes a Virtual Reality channel to steam up your VR headset [NSFW]
  • Google Maps for iOS adds ride services tab, Spotlight search & more
  • Google reportedly developing iOS soft keyboard with search functions
  • iOS 9.3 brings international WiFi calling to iPhones on AT&T
  • Mathematicians Discover a Prime Conspiracy
  • Johns Hopkins’ drone flies straight from an underwater station
  • Where does your birthday land in pi? Find out at MyPiDay.Com
  • Xbox Live to support cross-platform multiplayer with PS4

What we love

Jacob loves his BalanceFrom Resistance Band Kit. Get in shape, yo! http://amzn.to/1RV3Bdp

Jeff loves his Anker HB005 Bluetooth Keyboard – only $19.99 on Amazon. Cheap! http://amzn.to/1TxzGdx