Monthly Archives: April 2017

Ep. 124 – Planned Obsolescence

This week on the show the guys are back, talking tech.  Did Jacob find and buy a new car? Did Jeff’s connection problems from last week get resolved? Find out on this week’s episode!

Todd has some crazy-interesting Excel facts.  Seriously, if you’re an Excel geek they’ll blow your mind.

Listener John writes in and shares his thoughts on Lenovo and the Superfish debacle from last year-ish with the guys.

After grousing about credit card security in the last episode, the guys find an article where Mastercard is trialing a credit card with a built-in fingerprint reader. If the tests go smoothly, potentially by the end of the year you’ll be able to get a Mastercard that will require your fingerprint physically on the card to authenticate a transaction. It’s probably not the magic bullet needed to prevent credit card fraud, but it should certainly help.

What are the 5 things Android does better than iOS? Todd found a list and the guys discuss them all.  And to be fair to iOS, there’s also a list of the 5 things that iOS does better than Android.  Which side do you fall on?

What we love:

Jeff loves the Disney movie Moana:

Todd loves his Logitech Performance MX wireless mouse:

Jacob loves the movie, Hacksaw Ridge:

Ep. 123 – Car Buying Blues

This week Jacob contemplates the worst possible thing; buying a car and dealing with car salesmen.  Jeff actually likes this nonsense?  Inconceivable!

This week on the show:

  • Jeff and Todd give their rundown between Evernote and One Note.  Which is their favorite?  Which is your favorite?  They give some compelling reasons to give both note-taking platforms a good, hard look.  Depending on your needs, one may be better suited to the way you like to work and organize yourself.
  • The Galaxy S8 is here and it’s absolutely gorgeous.  Todd gives a rundown on specs and the guys generally just drool over it.  You definitely can’t say Samsung hasn’t put out a brilliantly made (and looking) phone with the last few Galaxy generations.
  • Some fun YouTube facts abound.  Did you know that at the current rate YouTube is growing, you wouldn’t be physically able to watch all of the content that was uploaded just yesterday in your lifetime?  Now just ponder for a moment – if you will – that YouTube has 12 years of content online!

What we love:

Jeff loves his Harry’s Razor:

Jacob loves his ThinOPTICS reading glasses:

Todd loves the movie Hidden Figures:

Ep. 122 – Parchment paper with greasy spices

It’s been a few weeks since all three of the No Better Nerds were all present at the same time, on the same show!  What’s on deck for this episode?

  • Early reports from hands-on with the new Samsung Galaxy S8 seem to indicate that the new facial recognition feature on the S8 can be bypassed with a photo.  Samsung did mention that not all features on the S8 can be unlocked with facial recognition; notably mobile payments and accessing the devices secure folder require the use of the device’s other biometric features to access.
  • It turns out that LeEco isn’t LeBuying Vizio after all.  Heck, they’re having difficulties making March payroll for their US employees (all 500 of them)
  • Is Verizon spying on you?  Yes!  No!  Maybe… The EFF originally pointed out that Verizon was going to be installing a launcher called “AppFlash” on their Android handsets that would allow Big Red to monitor which apps you use, where you go on the Internet and more.  Verizon clarified their position saying they were going to be conducting a trial of AppFlash on the LG K20 V and it would be opt-in only.  So… good news?
  • Amazon is partnering with brick and mortar stores to introduce Amazon Cash.  You roll into a store, show them a barcode on your smartphone (or even print it out on a piece of paper) and then give them cash.  The money ($15 to $500 in a single transaction) is instantly available on your Amazon account to spend.  Interesting concept and one Amazon hopes will help them reach an estimated 27% of unbanked and under-banked Americans.
  • Last week, Tesla’s market value eclipsed Ford’s at a staggering $47.8 billion USD.  This week, Tesla’s market value surpassed GM’s as a whopping $51 billion.  The market and investors love Tesla, apparently.  How high can they go?  Fun fact, in the first quarter of 2017 Tesla built and sold 25,000 vehicles against GM’s 690,000.

What we love

Jacob loves the book “Flash Boys” by Michael Lewis (author of The Big Short and Moneyball).  A fascinating look into high-frequency trading (HFT) on Wall Street.

Todd loves the icon theme pack for Android; Velur.  It’ll cost you a buck to re-theme your phone.  Cheap!

Jeff loves his Clockwork Synergy Blue Vintage Leather band for his Apple Watch.