Monthly Archives: February 2017

Ep. 117 – Apps live IN the watch now?



The listeners have responded – enthusiastically – and AirPods have been given a big ‘ol thumbs-up.  They’re now, officially, on Jacob’s to-buy list.

Also, rumors abound on the next iPhone using some fancy tech called “substrate-like PCB (SLP)” will allow Apple to cram a bigger battery into the non-plus-iPhone, potentially giving it a similar capacity as today’s plus models. There’s definitely nothing wrong with that, but this SLP tech comes at a high cost – potentially 80% more than the traditional PCB tech Apple’s using today – which also helps cement the rumors that the next iPhone may cost as much as $1,000!

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Todd has a rundown on the top Android Wear 2.0 announcements.

Snapchat’s Spectacles are now available to everyone to order online! $129 and no desire for privacy and they can be yours! Fun fact, Snap Inc. has filed for an IPO – to make money – but has also admitted that the Spectacles will likely cost more than they sell for, but they’re going to make up for it in volume!

In just two years Samsung slips from 3rd to 49th in Harris Poll’s US Reputation Quotient poll.  Thanks to the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle, and the recent arrest of CEO Lee Jae-yong, consumers are a little prickly on Samsung.  Will the Galaxy S8 be able to win back consumers’ hearts and minds? Topping the list is Amazon and at the bottom – no surprise – Comcast, Volkswagen, and in dead-last Takata.

What we love:

Jeff loves his Galaxy S7 – it’s new & shiny, what’s not to like?

Todd loves the TV show The Good Place, starring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. https://www.hulu.com/the-good-place

Jacob loves the SSH/VNC/RDP management tool MobaXTerm.  If you need to remotely manage machines, it’s definitely worth a look! http://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/


Ep. 116 – Pow-pow-Powerwall



The music trivia challenge: Without cheating, name Aerosmith’s first no. 1 single?  Jeff pulled the answer right out, but can you?

AT&T has announced they’re trialing their new 5G network – named “Indigo” in Austin, TX and Indianapolis, IN – right in the guys’ backyard!  Yay! The new generation wireless spec uses 28GHz, 39GHz, and sub-6GHz frequency bands to hit speeds up to 400Mb/s and AT&T hopes that by using some technology coupling 5G with their LTE they can even hit 1Gb/s of network speeds – to a mobile device – by late 2017.  There’s no definitive word on whether or not this new 5G network will require a new mobile device, but considering it’s using some frequencies that aren’t currently being used in LTE the odds are good that the shiny new phone in your pocket won’t work on an Indigo network.  Still, it might be worth it to upgrade for 400Mb/s (or faster) right in your pocket!

Game maker & publisher 2K Games has won the right to store your biometric facial data.  A New York federal judge has ruled that the company’s technology that includes scanning your face to build a more lifelike avatar with your console is okay, and doesn’t infringe on your rights.  The real question is, do you trust 2K Games to safely store your biometric markers and to not sell them to 3rd parties or use them in otherwise nefarious ways?

Walmart kills its Amazon Prime-style shipping service and rolls out a free two-day option (on orders over $35) meant to compete.  Amazon still has 20 times the items available for Prime shipping that Walmart has, but Walmart is trying to strike at Amazon’s base and build their own, loyal, customers.

What we love:

Jacob loves his RetroPie video game emulator running on a Raspberry Pi 3+ (https://retropie.org.uk).  You’ll need to find ROMs to play on the emulator, but when you do they work a treat! To control the games, Jacob also recommends the Buffalo Classic USB Gamepad: http://amzn.to/2kiCiOh

Jeff loves his OneTouch Connect blood glucose meter. It sports a Bluetooth connection and loads data right into your phone (and in the iPhone’s case, right into HealthKit).

Todd loves his Klipsch R-10B Soundbar with wireless subwoofer & surround speakers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00M0SQM2U