Ep. 89 – Gotta catch ’em all!

This week the guys can’t seem to stop talking about Jeff’s newest obsession; Pokemon Go! He even has to take a break before the show starts to catch a “rare” Pikachu.

We’ve got a winner!

Jimmy Gandy is the winner of our Android T-Shirt giveaway. Stay tuned for future contests, ’cause everyone likes free stuff, right?


Jacob & Jeff share an iOS 10 beta update.  Both have been rocking it for a while now and find it to be, overall, pretty darn stable. Jeff gives the new notification center setup high marks.

‘Friendly’ GMO mosquitoes have been successfully tested against dengue fever – there are hopes that they might be able to leverage this breakthrough to help combat Zika (which is carried in the same species; the aedes aegypti).

Jacob has a conundrum with his Comcast service – the outside line is kerplunkt.  How to get Comcast to recognize that he doesn’t need to reboot his modem, and a tech needs to come out and replace the coax cable?  Listeners – your thoughts and ideas?

The meat of the show: Mmmmmm…. meat!

Researchers hit record storage density by writing bits with single atoms. A new system has a density of 500 terabits per square inch, but requires being cooled to -333 degrees Fahrenheit and access to a S-T electron microscope.  You know, stuff you probably have handy right on your desk?  The cool thing is that using this storage technique could yield fantastic amounts of data storage in incredibly small amounts of space. How small? A 2D circuit with this technology, the size of a postage stamp could hold data equivalent to all of the books ever written by mankind so far.

Edward Snowden is designing an iPhone case. From the what-the-heck?! Department; this is an on-going collaboration with Andrew “Bunnie” Huang that was detailed during an event at MIT Media Lab. The case is designed to monitor signals sent to the smartphone’s internal antennas to determine whether the device is transmitting data that can put users at risk of detection – particularly people in precarious positions like journalists in embattled areas.  It’s still a prototype design – for now.  Interesting though, since even when your phone is “off” it can still be pinging towers & beaming out information without your knowledge.

Todd gets excited by Pokemon Go – but for the economic and “health” reason, not for the fun of playing the game! Why Pokemon Go is a healthcare and economic breakthrough is an article from Transformation Technologies (http://www.mauldineconomics.com/tech/tech-digest/why-pokemon-go-is-a-healthcare-and-economic-breakthrough) and talks about how video games improve brain function and mental health – and Pokemon Go is getting tons and tons of people out and moving – exercising both their bodies and their minds!

What we love…

Jeff loves the 1993 classic Jurassic Park.  Recently showing at his local “art house” theater, he says it still holds up really well.

Todd loves the Rondo icon pack for Android – free! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.benx9.cactus&hl=en

Jacob loves “Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words” by Randall Munroe. It’s about $11 on Amazon for a nice hardcover copy: http://amzn.to/29PHcjg

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