Tech Hangout 2.0 #2: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

Hosts

Ben @benroethig, benroethig.com
Patrice @casual_kitchen brendamour.net
Andrew @Montisaquadeis
Mikel
David @IamDavidVaughan/@vaughan_geek

Discussion

Primary host directs co-hosts to speak

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Comcast and Time Warner call it quits?

  • Comcast and Time Warner Cable launched a $45 billion merger over a year ago
  • #1 and #2 Cable operators in the U.S. would have had 33 of the 50 million cable subscriptions in the U.S.
  • Comcast also own content provider NBC Universal
  • FCC and Justice Department reportedly are leaning to oppose merger with FCC reportedly recommending it for public hearing
  • Comcast has also had several missteps in customer service since the merger

Verizon goes a la carte for FiOS TV, networks not happy about it.

Additional coverage

  • Verizon is launching custom a la carte bundles for its FiOS TV service
  • new service includes broadband internet, 36 basic channels, and two of their interest based packs
  • $65 bundle $10 for additional packs
  • similar in a way to programming offered by Sling TV
  • some networks disagree
  • Disney has said that moving its ESPN sports networks to a pack is unauthorized and breaks the carriage agreement
  • Verizon disagrees that it needs permission
  • Fox Sports and NBC Universal also voiced objections

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Apple developers get chance for early shipped Apple Watch

  • Developers given option to get Apple watch early
  • Silver sport with blue watch band
  • would ship April 28th
  • chosen by random selection
  • developers will be notified today.

App store for Apple Watch launches

  • Apple Watch App store has launched
  • over 3,000 apps available
  • first apple watches delivered tomorrow
  • many iPhone apps have been updated the last couple of weeks to work with their Apple watch counterparts

Google

News About Google and Android

Google launches new MVNO, FI

  • Google has launched its own MVNO called Project FI
  • initially only for Nexus 6 owners
  • works on a combination of Sprint and T-Mobile networks
  • automatically connects to the fastest network be it Wi-Fi or LTE cellular
  • $20 connection charge, $10 per gigabyte used.
  • Google pays you back if you don’t use all your data
  • user’s can sign up for access at Google’s website

Android Wear gets massive update

  • Major update for Android Wear smartwatch platform
  • introduces some always on apps such as Google maps with black and white mode
  • can work semi-independently with new Wi-Fi mode
  • flick wrist to scroll through messages
  • updated emoji library

YouTube discontinued on older platforms

  • Google has updated YouTube API
  • means loss of support for older devices released prior to 2012
  • includes iOS 6 and older, Apple TV 2, Google TV 2 and older, and some smart TVs and BluRay players

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Microsoft adds killer app for Win 10, Solitaire

  • Solitaire has returned in Windows 10
  • important and well used productivity app

TV, Web, and Comics

If something happened in hollywood or print, talk about it here.

Galaxy Quest Returns as a TV show?

  • Cult Sci-Fi comedy Galaxy Quest might be returning
  • 1995 film starred Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, and Alan Rickman.
  • parodied actors in a Star Trek-like program that were placed in real space aboard a replica of the ship.
  • would return as a tv show based on the movie

Daredevil Renewed for second season

  • Netflix series for Marvel
  • well received and very popular
  • Has been renewed for season
  • will come out in 2016 before Iron first and the Defenders in 2017

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Japanese Maglev train sets new record

  • Maglev Train (magnetic levitation)
  • from Japanese central railroad
  • new speed record of 366 mph
  • old record of 361 set 12 years ago
  • hopes for 372mph service by 2027
  • twice as fast as bullet trains

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Ben

Yahoo’s Other Space

David

Reflector 2

Patrice

Skillshare

Mikel

MagicPlan

Andrew

Used Lenovo Thinkpad T420

That’s it for this Week’s Tech Hangout. See You all next Week!

Tech Hangout 2.0 #1: Back and Better Than Ever… Maybe

Hosts

Ben Roethig
Patrice Brend’amour
Mikel Potts
Paul Gans
Andrew Rouch

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

USPTO invalidates troll’s patent on Podcasts

  • Personal Audio had a patent related to referred to as the “Podcasting patent”
  • Demanded licensing fees from host Adam Carolla, How Stuff Works, Togi Entertainment, Ace broadcasting, and smaller podcasters
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation launched a crowd funded legal review to the patent
  • USPTO ruled that patents should have have been issued and invalidated them
  • Effectively kneecaps personal audio’s

LinkedIn Buys Lynda.com

  • Education site Lynda.com bought
  • By Business social network LinkedIn
  • Price $1.5 billion
  • will tie into LinkedIn job search capabilities with users able to take relevant courses for job opening
  • LinkedIn plans to keep Lynda.com open

Apple

News about iOS, Macs, Apple TV, Apple watch, etc

Apple sets Date for WWDC

  • June 8th through 12th
  • “Epicenter of Change”
  • Moscone West
  • Developer Tickets on Sale April 17th 10am Pacific

Apple Watch Pre-order estimates

  • Estimated 2.3 million pre-orders
  • will be fulfilled by end of May
  • From Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities
  • about 1 million pebbles sold and 720k Android Wear watches
  • about 85% Sport, 15% Watch, 1% Edition

Apple Buys phone camera maker, Android keyboard

Additional Coverage
* Apple acquired a pair of small companies: LinX and Dryft.
* LinX promises “DSLR-like” performance using multi-aperture technology.
* technology could lead to enhanced iPhone cameras
* Also bought Dryft, an Android keyboard maker, last year.
* Former Dryft CTO and Swype co-founder Randy Marsden is now leading Apple’s keyboard efforts.

Google

News About Google and Android

Chinese manufacturer Letv coming to US, Rips off HTC and Apple

  • Chinese phone maker LETV plans to enter U.S. market with “high end” Le Superphone
  • 64-bit snapdragon 810 cpu, 4GB of memory, 21mp cameras
  • Uses USB-C connector and has Wireless HDMI
  • 5.5 and 6.3” sizes
  • No word on resolution
  • styling looks like a complete copy of the HTC One series.

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

New Windows 10 preview brings new features to phones

  • Build 10051
  • primarily for phone support
  • introduced Spartan Browser
  • also brings universal apps such as Maps

Linux and Open Source

News about Linux, Unix, BSD, and open source software

Dell to offer XPS 13 in Linux flavor

  • New XPS13 debuted at CES
  • very well received and well made
  • Dell now offering Linux version
  • runs Ubuntu
  • $949 – $1849 price range

Apple releases ResearchKit as OpenSource

  • promised during last months Apple event

Misc Tech

Anything that doesn’t fit above

Nokia to buy Alcatel-Lucient… sell HERE Maps?

Additional Coverage
* Nokia has agreed to buy Alcatel-Lucient
* $16.6 billion price tag
* communications chips, network equipment, and Bell labs
* does not include Alcatel phones, those are owned by TCL
* more than twice what Microsoft paid for Nokia’s Lumia division
* company has also stated that it may sell its HERE mapping division

TV, Web, and Comics

If something happened in hollywood or print, talk about it here.

New teaser for SW EP7

  • set on a Desert World called Jukku
  • Pits the First Order vs the Resistance, the decedents of the Empire and Rebellion
  • New characters include Rey, Ex- stormtrooper Finn, X-Wing Pilot Poe Dameron, Droid BB-8 and Dark Jedi Kylo Ren
  • Returning characters include Luke, Han and Chewie, and R2-D2.

Also a New Trailer for Terminator Genysis

  • Reboot of the original terminator continuity with multiple terminators
  • Ahhhhnold returns as an aging terminator called pops
  • will revisit elements of the original terminator in 1984 and Terminator 2 as well as some time traveling
  • also stars Emilia Clarke of GoT fame as Sarah Connor, Jai Courtney as Kyle Reese, Jason Clarke as John Connor, Lee Byung-hun (from G.I. Joe) as a T-1000, and Matt Smith from Doctor who
  • big twist is that future John as been turned into a Terminator like Marcus Wright

And an Ant-Man Trailer as Well

  • Ant-Man features first live action footage of Villain Yellowjacket
  • Stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/ Ant-Man 2, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/ Ant-Man 1, Evangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne, and Corey Stoll as * * Darren Cross/ Yellowjacket
  • Seems to mix humor in action in a similar to to GotG

Gaming

Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news

Spiderweb Software stops development of iOS Games

  • Spider Software has decided to stop all iPad development
  • includes almost ready Avernum 2: Crystal Souls
  • game had serious issues with iOS 8.3
  • combined with the bug, owner Jeff Vogel said that iPad games don’t make enough money to justify the effort.

Picks

Each brings an item, app, device, show, etc they want to talk about

Ben:

Daredevil on Netflix

Paul:

A nifty and free simple screen capture – MONOSNAP

Mikel:

HamShere: Ham radio simulator, without the cost of equipment or license

Patrice:

The Mac Show on the British Tech Network
The Pinch

Please Join us for the Next episode of The Tech Hangout

Tech Hangout 2.0 Coming April 16th

We’ve taken this week off to retool for the launch of the new show format next week. We did this for a couple reasons. First, Its very apparent that my ISP wasn’t going to cut it anymore. I’ll have my new ISP next week with much better bandwidth. I also wanted to discuss the Apple watch in the more formal setting of the new show. We’ll see you next week on the new and better Tech Hangout

-Ben