Tech Hangout 2.0 #15: We Gotta Get Monti a Mic and Patrice Some Internet

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Ben Roethig

@BenRoethig
BenRoethig.com

Mikel Potts

@twerppoet

Andrew Rouch

@Montisaquadeis

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Rite Aid Reverses Course, Accepts Mobile Payments

  • Rite Aid Blocked NFC Payments last October
  • Part of MXC Consortium for the CurentC Payment system
  • Company announced that it will accept Apple & Google Wallet on August 15th as well as Android pay when it launches.
  • Multiple CurrentC members have announced plans to offer other NFC including Best Buy and Target

Verizon Debuts New T-Mobile like Plans, Drops 2-year Contracts & Subsidies

  • New simplified plan choices
  • Small = 1GB for $30, Medium 3GB for $45, Large 6GB for $60, an X-Large $80 for 12GB. $15 per overage GB.
  • shared with up to 10 devices
  • $20 connection fee for smartphones, $10 for tablets, $5 for connected devices
  • Not available with 2 year subsidized contract. Full price for device or payment plan only.

UK Makes Your Music Library Illegal

  • a ruling by a British High Court overturned copyright exceptions
  • the exceptions were implemented last year by British Government
  • ripping CDs or importing music into iTunes library is now again illegal.
  • While a crime, it is one that the UK government has never prosecuted anyone for.

Apple

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

MacKeeper Owes “Customers” Money

  • ZeoBIT, the developers of questionable cleaning program MacKeeper have lost a class-action lawsuit
  • Will create a $2 million fund, but not admit wrongdoing
  • customers who paid for the software before July 8th of 2015 are eligible for a refund if claimed by November 30th
  • ZeoBIT sold MacKeeper to Kromtech in 2013.

Google

News About Google and Android

Google Becomes Subsidiary of Alphabet… BMW Might Have Something to Say About That

Additional Coverage

  • Sergei Brin and Larry Page have started a new holding company called Alphabet
  • Page will be CEO and Brin President
  • New company will own Google as a wholly owned subsidiary and assume all Google shares
  • Google will be refocused with some business units like X-Labs spun out under the Alphabet umbrella
  • Google product chief Sundar Pichai will become new Google CEO
  • full extent of Alphabet restructuring not yet known
  • BMW also own a company called Alphabet and they are exploring whether the announcements infringes on their trademarks

Android to Receive Vulkan Graphics API

  • Google has announced support for Vulkan
  • Vulcan is a low level graphics API from the Kronos group
  • Meant as a successor to OpenGL
  • Similar in function to Apple’s Metal and DirectX 12
  • Google has not said what release this will be part of

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows RT to Receive Final Update

  • Windows RT devices will not receive Windows 10 update
  • Instead will receive Windows 8.1RT Service Pack 3
  • Will launch in September
  • will see a Windows 10-like Start menu and updates to the Start Screen.
  • exact changes are still a mystery

Lenovo Announces First Thunderbolt 3 Mobile Workstations

  • Lenovo has announced 15” P50 and 17” P70 mobile workstations
  • optional 4k UHD display
  • Powered by Skylake Xeon E3-1500M v5 CPUs
  • E3s are typically unchanged from consumer Core chips except for ECC memory support
  • up to 64GB of ECC memory and 1TB of PCIe SSD storage
  • First device to feature Thunderbolt 3 using the new USB-C connector. One or two ports
  • will ship in Q4 starting at $1499.

TV, Web, and Comics

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

CBS Finds Millennials Watch TV. Neglects to Offer Programming on Devices They Use

  • CBS found that Millennials do watch TV, but in different ways than older generations
  • Between 65-70% of Millennials watched their TV via traditional broadcasts compared to roughly 85% of Gen X and over 95% of Baby Boomers
  • Computers, Smartphones, and tablets made up approximately 1/3rd of Millennial views
  • Data does not say how programs views on TVs via set top devices are counted
  • CBS currently only network that does not offer programming via Hulu
  • offers CBS all access for $6mo.
  • service works on Roku, but not Apple TV, Fire TV, or Android TV

Picks

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

Ben

Mission Impossible: Rouge Nation

Mikel:

Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon
Fire with Fire by Charles E. Gannon
Raising Caine
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