Tech Hangout 2.0 #13: In Memorandum of Satoru Iwata

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@benroethig
BenRoethig.com

Mikel Potts

@TwerkPoet

Editorial

Issues Affecting The Tech Community

Don’t Do Software Reviews Using Beta Operating Systems

  • Notes when making app store reviews of beta and developer preview OSes
  • Do not use beta operating systems if you are aren’t prepared for a bumpy ride
  • The Operating system is not finished and will be buggy
  • Third party software will likely not have access to beta features.
  • Its unfair to rate developers poorly for things not under their control.

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Neil Young Keeps on Rockin’ in the Old World, Pulls Music from Streaming Services

  • Neil Young has pulled his catalog from streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play music, etc
  • says move is about music quality, not the financial aspects of streaming music
  • Young argues that quality of streamed music devalues his music
  • says he is preserving his life’s work by dropping streaming
  • is open to return if quality improves to acceptable levels

T-Mobile Launches Free Roaming in Canada and Mexico

  • T-Mobile has introduced Mobile Without Borders
  • Part of new Simple Choice plans
  • Offers free voice and LTE roaming and calling to and from Canada and Mexico
  • free for existing Simple Choice customers

Apple

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

Apple updates iPod Touch with A8 CPU

  • new iPod touch
  • first update since 2012
  • Upgrades from A5 to A8 CPU
  • Gains 8mp pixel iSight Camera similar to iPhone 5S and updated facetime camera as well
  • also gains AC Wireless
  • Same 4” form factor, but without
  • No Touch ID
  • Space Grey, Silver, Gold, Blue, Pink, and red
  • $199 for 16GB, $249 for 32GB, $299 for 64GB, and $399 for 128GB
  • iPod Nano and Shuffle also updated in same colors
  • Nano and Shuffle not compatible with Apple Music.

The Challenges Apple Could Face in Streaming TV Service Negotiations

  • Apple is rumored to be talks with TV networks about a streaming TV service
  • reportedly the sticking point is the Broadcast Networks’ Regional Affiliates
  • Apple would have to negotiate with individual affiliates and/or their parent companies
  • Apple may be trying to enlist the networks to have the affiliates give the networks the right to negotiate on their behalf
  • Deals would also be complicated by existing cable deals and sports contracts

    iBooks Author 2.3 Includes Support to Export to ePub

  • New iBooks author allows export to ePub 3
  • Allows Books to be distributed in Open ePub, but later converted to Kindle and other store formats as well
  • will not work with iBooks exclusive widgets and features

Google

News About Google and Android

Google Map Maker to Reopen

  • Google Map Maker was taken offline in April after several users misused the service
  • Google will reopen the service to the public in August
  • regions will be overseen by trusted regional community moderators who will approve changes
  • some changes will still be restricted to approval from Google

Google Gets into Bluetooth Beacon Game

  • Google is introducing its Eddystone Bluetooth Smart Beacons platform
  • similar to Apple’s iBeacon
  • provides local contextual data to mobile devices via bluetooth
  • Cross platform and open
  • supports both iOS and Android

ZTE Launches Axon Flagship phone on US market

  • Axon
  • from Chinese phonemaker ZTE
  • 5.5” Quad HD screen
  • 2ghz Snapdragon 810
  • 13mp rear camera with 2mp secondary depth camera
  • 8mp front camera
  • $449 street price
  • Unlocked for AT&T and T-Mobile

Commodore Name Returning…Via an Android phone

  • Commodore was a computer company in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s
  • Known for its Commodore 64 and Amiga Lines
  • Name is coming back for an Android Phone
  • Commodore PET
  • Will run a custom version of Lollipop
  • Coming to large european markets of Italy, France, and Germany as well as Poland with plans to expand to the US
  • Starts at roughly $300
  • Comes with Commodore and Amiga emulators

Gaming

Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news

Nintendo President Passes Away

  • Nintendo President Satoru Iwata died on Saturday the 11th
  • Age 55
  • Due to complications from a bile duct growth
  • Formerly game developer and later President of game designer HAL Laboratory
  • worked on the Kirby games among others
  • Joined Nintendo in 2000
  • Hand picked by longtime Nintendo President Yamauchi to become Nintendo’s President in 2002
  • Became CEO in 2013.

Thanks for watching the Tech Hangout 2.0. We’ll see you all again next week.

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