This week the guys are all back & talking tech. Companies are being sneaky, trying to get around Amazon’s ban of paid-for-reviews (as Jacob experiences first hand). Samsung still hasn’t said why the Note 7 was bursting into flames. It the brand too tarnished at this point to salvage? Should they just rebrand the Note 8 next year; will they? And if they do, what do they call it?
Not to keep kicking Samsung while they’re down; but this week they used the DMCA to try to demand that a mod for Grant Theft Auto 5 (GTA 5) be removed which featured Samsung’s Note 7 as a sticky bomb. In the end the modder was victorious and it’s like a Streisand effect moment for Samsung (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streisand_effect).
AT&T and Time Warner have agreed to a merger that will see AT&T paying a whopping $85.4 billion for Time Warner. It still has a lot of regulatory approval hoops to jump through before it’s a sure thing. Should regulators allow a deal of this magnitude to go through? And where will AT&T get the cash for the half-stock-half-cash deal? They don’t have nearly that much cash-on-hand and will have to leverage a load of debt to make the deal work.
Todd is on vacation this week, but there’s still lots of Android & Samsung news to cover in this week’s episode. Verizon is demanding a huge discount on their purchase of Yahoo because of the 500m user accounts stolen – which Yahoo’s executive team knew about & hid from everyone (including Verizon). Plus Jeff finds a really interesting story about ethanol from CO2 that has scientists excited about the possibility of making lemonade out of… well… carbon dioxide!
This week the guys are celebrating their one hundredth episode! It’s hard to believe that well over 100 hours of No Better content exists in the world. If you’re feeling nostalgic, why don’t you head back down memory lane and check out some of the early episodes? Like this one, or this one, or maybe even this one!
Oh Samsung – even your “safe” Galaxy Note 7’s aren’t so safe after all it turns out. More reports have come in that repaired Note 7 phones are catching fire, and since this episode was recorded Samsung has announced it’s suspending all sales of the Note 7 line while it regroups and reviews what the heck is going on. If you have a Galaxy Note 7 – safe or otherwise – all of the major US carriers are offering refunds and Samsung is recommending you return the device. Yikes! Is this a blow that Samsung Mobile can recover from? At the very least, is the Galaxy brand too tarnished to continue?
What happens when you take a bandsaw to your brand-new iPhone 7? Surprisingly you get something that doesn’t look to darn awful. Maybe some design cues for next year’s anniversary phone??
Finally, not directly related to technology, but cool none the less, Todd encourages everyone to go and watch the following music video. And we concur, it’s well worth a few minutes of your time!
What we love
Jacob loves the web app/mobile app Drone Deploy. An amazing 3D model creation and aerial mapping tool – seriously go check it out: http://DroneDeploy.com
This week the big news is Google’s October 4th announcement; the Pixel phone, Google Assistant, Google WiFi, Daydream View, Chromecast Ultra, and Google Home. Head over to http://madeby.google.com for all of the tech specs and pre-order pages.
A plethora of new products and services to keep any devoted Google or Android fan happy for a while. Some of the highlights:
Google announced their new phone, the Pixel
A new virtual reality headset that fits the Pixel and includes a gyro-controller, the Daydream View
A new WiFi access point/router that will automatically expand and mesh as you add new nodes, Google WiFi
A new Chromecast sporting better picture quality, 4K playback support, and HDR support; the Chromecast Ultra
The new Echo-killer that runs Assistant and ties into your own personal Google to give you a personalized experience, Google Home
Lots to unpack in this episode – so why are you spending time reading show notes? Jump in and listen to the show already!