Tech Hangout 2.0 #8: Showtime for Thunderbolt

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@BenRoethig
BenRoethig.com

Patrice Brend’Amour

@casual_kitchen
Brendamour.net

Mikel Potts

@TwerpPoet

Andrew Rouch

@Montisaquadeis

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Thunderbolt 3 Combines Thunderbolt and USB Type-C, and Cranks it up

  • Thunderbolt 3
  • PCI-E 3.0
  • 40GBps throughput, 4 times faster than USB 3.1 or Thunderbolt 1
  • Uses USB Type-C connector and backwards compatible with USB-C devices
  • 100w of system power and 15w for bus powered devices
  • 8 Displayport lanes for twin 4k displays at 60hz on a single port
  • Official support for external graphics cards
  • 10 Gig ethernet and Thunderbolt peer to peer.
  • Coming with Intel’s Silverlake platform

Intel Finally Outs Broadwell Quad-Cores- New Broadwell quad cores for mobile, desktop, and server

  • Include new Iris Pro 6200 or P6300 (xeon) integrated graphics
  • 65w for desktop cpus and 47w for mobile
  • replacement called skylake planned for fall.

AT&T drops subsidies at Retailers

  • AT&T will begin phasing out traditional contracts at retail partners like Apple and Best Buy
  • will instead favor NEXT payment/ upgrade plans.
  • part of a shift started by T-Mobile

Apple

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

Apple Watch to show up in stores, more countries

Additional Coverage

  • Apple will sales will expand to Italy, Switzerland Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, and Taiwan
  • will go on sale in store and online
  • Will go on sale at US Apple stores in approximately two weeks
  • at that time backorders will have been fulfilled
  • Space Black Stainless steel with link bracelet still backordered.

Woman drops Apple I for recycling… worth $200k

  • Vintage Apple I was dropped off at a recycling firm in the Bay area
  • Recycling firm sold the machine for $200k
  • they are offering the owner half the sale price, $100k
  • Owner did not give her name, but it was in her garage

First HomeKit devices arrive, Apple TV required for Internet control

Additional Coverage

  • First HomeKit devices have arrived.
  • include Ecobee 3 thermostat, Elgato Eve sensors, hubs, and smart plugs
  • Can also use 3rd generation Apple TV to control homekit devices remotely.
  • Requires iPhone running iOS 8.1 or later.

Google

News About Google and Android

Android Pay details

  • some additional details were released on android pay
  • Can use pin code, pattern, or password in addition to the fingerprint sensor.
  • Tokenization is done through the cloud instead of a secure element. Limited number of tokens on phone.
  • Includes a rewards program

What Patrice mentioned

Google adds privacy dashboard

  • Under “My Account”
  • Centralized security settings for YouTube, Maps, search, etc
  • Allows you to try Security and Privacy checkups
  • also new privacy site at privacy.google.com

Samsung flip phone runs Android

  • Samsung SM-G9198
  • High End Android Flip Phone
  • 4.6” screen
  • Snapdragon 808 cpu
  • 16mp rear and 5mp front cameras

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows 10 Release Date announced

  • Windows 10 will release July 29th
  • Windows 7 and later will get free upgrade
  • $119 Home, $199 Pro edition

Microsoft buys To-Do list app Wunderlist

  • Microsoft has bought 6Wunderkinder
  • Maker of to-do list app Wunderlist
  • adds to list of popular mobile apps that Microsoft has acquired including Sunrise Calendar app and Acompli which became the new Outlook
  • Microsoft promises no changes for now

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

Typo Keyboard the Way of the Dodo

  • Keyboard maker Typo has come to a settlement with Blackberry
  • will discontinue keyboards for devices smaller than 7.9
  • Typo was backed by TV host Ryan Seacrest

TV, Web, and Comics

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

Showtime to Launch Standalone Service in July

  • Showtime streaming service
  • Just called Showtime
  • Premium network owned by CBS
  • Competitor to HBO; doesn’t require subscription
  • Cheaper price than HBO at $10.99 opposed to $14.99
  • Starts in July with limited Apple exclusivity
  • 30-day free trial when signing up on an Apple device

Netflix experiments with ads, but promises they’re not coming

  • Netflix began testing pre and post-roll ads
  • only on Netflix original programming
  • will display is specific test markets
  • no firm plans to add ads to mainstream netflix anytime soon

Picks

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

Ben

Afterpad.com

  • Most Complete Site for iOS MFi controllers and games.

Mikel

Fantastical 2 for iPhone

  • Calendar and Reminders by Flexibits Inc.
  • Adds Apple Watch app and glance.

Patrice

Blink

Thanks for watching see you all next week.

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