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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Tech Hangout 2.0 #7: Are you TWiTing me?

Tech Hangout 2.0 Runsheet

Introduction

Ben or Replacement Primary host introduces the show
Additional Co-Hosts

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@benroethig
www.benroethig.com

Patrice Brend’Amour

@casual_kitchen
brendammour.net

Mikel Potts

@twerppoet

Paul Gans

Classified

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Charter to merge with TWC, promises net neutrality

Additional Coverage
– Charter has announced a merger with Time Warner Cable
– $78.7 billion valuation or $195 a share
– Charter also announced the purchase of Brighthouse Networks for $10.4 billion
– TWC just came from a failed merger attempt with Comcast
– will still require a FCC review
– Charter has vowed to avoid data throttling or data caps
– FCC chairman Tom Wheeler says that there is no merger ban and the merger will be judged on its own merit
– Combined Charter/ TWC/ Brighthouse will be called the new Charter
– will be 2nd largest cable company with 23 million customers behind Comcast’s 27 million

Verge parent Vox Media buys Re/Code

  • Vox Media is buying Recode
  • Vox’s flagship site is the Verge
  • Verge will focus on consumer tech while Recode will continue on with business news
  • Recode’s review arm will become part of the Verge
  • Walt Mossberg will also contribute to the Verge in addition to recode

TWiT to discontinue chat and behind the scenes coverage

Additional Coverage
– TWiT will make changes to its chat and live programming
– Will discontinue IRC chat June 1st
– Due to threats from troll activity
– will look for a more secure and manageable chat service
– will now run Pre-recorded version of most shows, but will still live stream some
– will continue live coverage of major events
– Live New Years Eve will not be continued

Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Increasing data traffic, Torrents down

  • Netflix traffic up from 34.9% of web traffic in 2014 to 36.4
  • HBO Now and Go account for 4.1% of web traffic
  • up 300%
  • File sharing like Bittorrent traffic down

Apple

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

Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer

  • Jony Ive promoted to Chief Design Officer
  • will be responsible for all design from devices to interface to stores
  • will hand off management responsibilities to top lieutenants
  • Richard Howarth will become VP of Industrial design
  • 20 year Apple design veteran
  • Alan Dye VP of User Interface Design
  • 9 year Apple employee
  • key part of team for iOS 7, iOS8, and Apple Watch

Google

News About Google and Android

Google i/O Keynote

  • Announced Android M
  • No version number available
  • iOS like individual permissions and OS-Wide fingerprint scanner support
  • USB-C recommendation for devices with bi-directional power capability
  • Doze power mode almost doubles battery life

  • Android Pay

  • Works pretty much exactly like Apple pay in form and function.
  • virtual account numbers
  • both in-app and in-store support
  • support of all 4 credit credit card issuers
  • works in store with most Apple pay stores
  • also works with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile

  • Project Brillo

  • stripped down Android for internet of things
  • Weave communication protocol for Brillo devices
  • cross-platform

  • Google Photos

  • new stand alone web service and apps
  • stores unlimited photos up to 16mp and 1080
  • can edit photos with apps
  • advanced facial recognition
  • coming to the web, Android, and iOS today

Periscope shows up on Android

  • Periscope has come to Android
  • App has new features like return to broadcast after phone call
  • Designed by Sara Heider who was previously working on Vine
  • will work with Android KitKat and above

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

MS to offer Cortana apps and integration with Windows 10 for iPhone and Android

  • Windows 10 companion for windows 10
  • Connects to MS services apps on your phones
  • Cortana app for iOS and Android
  • will interface with cortana notebook on other devices
  • not all the functionality of Windows version
  • new xbox music app with free playback of your files and syncing with OneDrive

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Guy takes drone hoverboard to new record

  • Catalin Alexandre Duru of Montreal broke the hoverboard distance record
  • flew 905ft 2in
  • 5 times longer than previous record
  • 15ft of height above Lake Ouareau in Quebec

Picks

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

Ben

Spark by Readdle

Patrice

New Roost Laptop Stand

Mikel

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

Tech Hangout 2.0 #6 : Tales From Monti’s Bunker

Introduction

Our Hosts for today

Ben Roethig

@BenRoethig
BenRoethig.com

Patrice Brend’Amour

@casual_kitchen
ThePatrice.com

Paul Gans

REDACTED

Andrew Rouch

@Montisaquadeis

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Court rules samsung did not violate Apple trade dress

  • Federal Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Samsung violated Apple patents, but did not violate trade dress
  • $930 million judgement will have to be revisited
  • Samsung will not be granted a retrial

Spotify to get major update with video clips, spotify, smart playlists

  • streaming market leader Spotify has launched a major update to its service
  • Spotify running – smart playlists based on your workout temo
  • will have integration with Nike+ and RunKepper
  • Adds video support for audio and video podcasts
  • Rollout starts with iOS app, will rollout to other platforms soon

Netflix to get Major update as well

  • Netflix rolling out new web layout
  • abandons the carousel design for something similar to tablet app
  • faster and less errant clicks
  • Rolling out randomly to users

Apple

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

iCloud suffers outage

  • sustained outage of iCloud since last night
  • occured from 2:30am to about 9:30 am EDT
  • 40% of iCloud users were affected

Apple Updates 5k iMac, 15” Retina MacBook Pro

  • 5K iMac and 15” MacBook Pro Retina updated
  • New low end model. 3.3ghz Quad Core i5 CPU. Radeon R9 M290 graphics and 1TB mechanical hard drive. $1999
  • original version given $200 price drop to $2299
  • Force Touch Trackpad, PCI-X4 SSD bus, and Radeon M370X graphics in higher end model
  • Slightly larger battery with longer life.
  • Maintains same 4th generation Core i5 Haswell CPUs and Iris Pro 5200 IGPs. Quad core parts not available from Intel.
  • 13” models were upgraded to 5th generation Broadwell Dual Core CPUs in April
  • Pricing and general configuration remains $1999 for IGP model and $2499 for model with discrete graphics card

Apple Buys Coherent, renews mapping contract with TomTom

Additional Content
– Apple has bought an iGPS company called Coherent
– Technology uses both mid and low orbit GPS satellites
– could make GPS technology accurate to just a few inches
– Apple also extended its mapping data contract with Tom Tom
– length or detail of contract not available

Google

News About Google and Android

YotaPhone to come to US via Indiegogo

  • YotaPhone 2 can be pre-ordered in the U.S. via Indiegogo
  • From Russian Telecom Yota
  • Combines a 5” AMOLED color screen with a 4.7 black and white e-ink rear display
  • released worldwide back in December
  • $550 price
  • will ship in August
  • Yota version of Android Lollipop coming in summer

The 3 faces of Android

  • Article discusses the 3 different types of android
  • From Jerry Hildenbrand of Android Central
  • The first Android is the Android Open Source Project
  • Completely open and free to use and modify
  • Can be used to create custom implementations of Android for both tinkerers and companies alike
  • Then there’s the “Popular Android”
  • This is the end user version
  • From Google to Samsung, takes the open platform and mixes it with proprietary source software and services. Skinned version
  • The third is the device itself
  • Jerry notes that there isn’t a whole lot of difference for the end user since most Android devices can run the same apps

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Microsoft adds paid path to legitimacy for pirates with Windows 10

  • Microsoft will allow pirates to upgrade to Windows 10
  • But not for free
  • Pirated copies of Windows 10 will operate normally, but will include a watermark on the desktop
  • will have some “very attractive offers” once Win 10 is released

Microsoft to take back update control from carriers?

  • Windows Phone 8.0 and 8.1 have faced some carrier interference in the upgrade path
  • that may change in Windows 10 mobile
  • All phones will be part of the Continuous upgrade program of win 10
  • Microsoft will have full responsibility for updates
  • carriers will receive builds early
  • Carriers still have to push out upgrade builds from Windows Phone 8.1 mobile on existing devices

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

LG makes paper thin OLED panel

  • New 55” OLED TV concept from LG
  • 1mm thin and less than 2 kilos
  • mounts via a magnetic mat
  • OLED is thought to eventually replace traditional TVs
  • Still extremely expensive

Oculus Releases VR system requirements, Pauses Linux/ Mac Development

  • Oculus has released the recommended specs for its Rift VR system
  • GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290 graphics
  • Intel Core I5-4590 quad core
  • HDMI 1.3
  • twin usb 3.0 ports
  • Roughly modern mid level gaming PC
  • almost all laptops would have trouble meeting that kind of performance, even gaming ones
  • Development of OS X and Linux has been paused in favor of focusing on Windows

KFC to deploy Keyboard Tray liner

  • KFC Tray Typer
  • Part of an advertising program by KFC’s Germany arm
  • replaces the traditional paper insert with a rechargeable bluetooth keyboard
  • connects to your smart phone and keeps you from typing on your phone with greasy fingers.
  • Designed to be reused by restaurants, but all the keyboards were taken home by customers within a week

Picks

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

Mikel Potts (via absentia)

Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card: First book in a science-fiction trilogy with an interesting take on both space colonization and time travel.

Ben

Marvel Future Fight (iOS) (Android)

Patrice

Sonos Play:1 Bundle
Patrice’s Withings Aura Review

Andrew

His Bunker

Tech Hangout 2.0 #5: Its All about Verizon… and Absolutely Nothing

Hosts

Ben Roethig

@Ben Roethig
www.Benroethig.com

Patrice Brend’amour

@casual_Kitchen
http://brendamour.net

Mikel Potts

@twerppoet

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Verizon buys AOL for $4.4 billion

  • Verizon Communications buying AOL for $4.4 billion
  • Deal is all cash for $50 per share
  • Main target is AOL’s ON Networks video and advertising arm
  • AOL sees it as a $600 billion growth industry
  • also receives AOL’s editorial arm in Huffington Post, Engadget, Techcrunch, Autoblog, and more
  • Could create conflicts of interest with Editorial independence
  • Engadget says they’re keeping control
  • Parent company CBS forbade CNET from giving the DISH Hopper a Best of CES 2013 award when it conflicted with corporate interests

Verizon, Sprint to pay huge fines over billing

  • Under a settlement with FCC, Verizon and Sprint will pay heavy fines
  • Related to an unauthorized third party texting charge practice called cramming
  • Carriers would receive 30-35% of fraudulent charges
  • Verizon will pay $90 million while Sprint will fork over $68 million
  • $120 million of the $158 million will go to victims of cramming
  • AT&T and T-Mobile already settled for $105 million and $90 million respectively in 2014
  • Carriers must now get clear consent from customers for third party charges

Apple

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

Apple Watch water performance

  • Apple watch proven to be more waterproof than Apple stated
  • Certified to IPX7 for water resistance for splashes
  • Far exceeded those limited in tests by Triathlete Ray Maker
  • withstood a 1200m (close to 4000ft) swim, and 32ft platform dives, and simulated submergence up to 40m (~130ft)
  • watch doesn’t have swim tracking capabilities and wrist detection does not work underwater
  • Water ratings are typically conservative for liability reasons

Google

News About Google and Android

Google fit update adds features, fixes Samsung incompatibility

Additional Coverage
* Google’s Fit software has been updated to version 1.51
* Now calculates distance and calories burned in app
* Uses just gender, height and weight
* activities now can be grouped by days, weeks, or months on timeline
* update also introduces Google Fit widget and Android Wear watch face
* Update also fixes an incompatibility with the Samsung GS6 and Note 4’s sensors and Android wear

Immature users cause Google to temporarily close Map Maker

  • Google Map Maker has been made temporarily unavailable
  • Due to users misusing the service
  • Most well known misuse was a picture of the Android logo urinating on an Apple placed on a map in Pakistan
  • Team originally discontinued automatic approval of map edits in favor of manual review, but that became unmanageable
  • Google hasn’t said when it plans to reopen submissions.

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows to become a service?

  • Microsoft developer evangelist Jerry Nixon has stated that Windows 10 will be “last version of windows”
  • Does not mean windows is going away
  • company will update Windows 10 via regular updates instead of major point releases from now on

Microsoft Announces official editions of Windows 10

  • Microsoft has released information about the editions Windows 10 will come in
  • the standard edition will be Windows 10 home for consumer desktops and tablets
  • Windows 10 Mobile will be on phones and tablets between 3 and 7.99 inches in size
  • Windows 10 Pro will be for power users and includes some business feature control
  • Microsoft will offer enterprise versions of Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile. Will give IT the ability to stagger releases. Will not have free upgrade, but will be part of existing licensing programs
  • There will also be a Windows 10 edition aimed at the education market.
  • Still no date of release

Linux and Open Source

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

CHIP Brings computing power for only $9

  • Ultra affordable micro computer called CHIP
  • offered for as little as $9 on Kickstarter
  • Similar to $25 Raspberry Pi
  • 1ghz ARM cpu, 512mb of memory, 4gb of onboard storage
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi and BT 4.0
  • composite video auto
  • runs Linux
  • add on options includes batteries, VGA and HDMI outputs, and pocket CHIP enclosure
  • Designed for open source maker projects
  • $1.2 million in funding out of $50,000 goal. Almost 24k backers
  • still 3 weeks to go

TV, Web, and Comics

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

CBS, CW Release trailers new DC shows

  • Legends of Tomorrow will launch in 2016 on the CW
  • Third show set in the Arrow/ Flash universe
  • will be set around a team of time traveling heroes and villains who battle a new and great threat
  • Will include Arrow/Flash characters including Brandon Routh as Ray Palmer/ ATOM, Victor Garber as Martin Stein/ Firestorm, Wentsworth Miller as Captain Cold, Dominic Purcell as Heatwave, and Caty Lotz as the resurrected Sara Lance/ White Canary
  • New characters include Doctor Who alum Arthur Darvill as time traveler and team leader Rip Hunter, Ciara Renée as Kendra Saunders/ Hawkgirl, and Franz Drameh as Jay Jackson
  • Oliver Queen and Barry Allen will play a part in at least the pilot

Supergirl

  • Premieres on CBS in November
  • also from Berlanti Productions who handles the Arrow-verse
  • Follows Glee alum Melissa Benoist as 24-year old Kara Zor-El/ Supergirl, the cousin of the more famous superman
  • Origin story will Kara becoming Supergirl
  • working as a Personal Assistant and trying to live a normal live
  • a plane disaster that would have killed her adoptive sister Alex Danvers causes Kara is out her powers and find herself as a hero
    shows a more down to earth, vulnerable hero
  • also stars Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Mehcad Brooks as veteran photographer and Superman ally James Olsen, Calista Flockhart as media mogul Cat Grant, and David Harewood as government operative Hank Henshaw.

Picks

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

Mikel

Absolutely Nothing

Ben

USB-C Hub+ for MacBook launches on Kickstarter

Patrice

Anthony Bourdain – Parts Unknown: S5 E3 Scotland

Tech Hangout 2.0 #4: Patrice Has the Power!

Hosts

Ben Roethig
Patrice Brend’amour
Mikel Potts
Andrew Rouch

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Uber Hacked?

  • Hackers may have access to Uber accounts
  • Multiple accounts have been used by unknown person to book rides in unknown using their credit cards
  • one user was Stephanie Crisco who provided evidence of people using her account for rides in London
  • Uber denies there was a breach

Big Winner of the Mayweather-Pacquiao Fight: Periscope

  • Hundreds of Thousands watched the big Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight on Periscope
  • Fight cost as much $100 to watch on Pay Per View
  • Twitter received 66 DMCA notifications and shut down 30 streams during the fight
  • some feeds had up to 100,000 watchers
  • Top Rank Boxing is considering action not only against Periscope owner Twitter, but against users who illegally watched the fight as well

Home Depot blocks Apple Pay… Then Announces its coming to its stores

  • Earlier this week The Home Depot blocked Apple Pay from its PayPass NFC terminals
  • it issued a press release supporting Partner PayPal
  • Then they did an complete about face
  • The Home Depot announced they would be updating their software to formally support Apple Pay in their 2000 home improvement stores

Apple

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

Phablets blow up, iPhone 6 Plus leads the way

  • Large phones over 5.3” called Phablets have soared in the US market
    • First Phablet introduced at IFA in Berlin back in 2011 in the form of the Galaxy Note
  • Made up 6% of US mobile phone sales in Q1 2014
  • Has ballooned to 21% Q1 2015
  • 44% of Phablet sales went to the iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus already make up 18% of all iPhones in use
  • 43% of iOS users and 47% of Android users reported screen size as primary reason for buying a phone

Apple Released Rules for Third Party Bands, service port usage not among them

  • Apple has released its set of rules for third party bands
  • Does not include official use of the service port for charging
  • bands also cannot mate to magnetic chargers
  • companies can either make their own fast connect lugs or buy them from apple
  • adjustment pitch must be less than 7mm for heart rate sensors to work
  • also has recommended materials for lugs
  • Will be part of a “Made for Apple Watch” Program

Google

News About Google and Android

Google+ Launches Pinterest -style Collections

  • New Google+ feature called Collections
  • Allows users to Group posts around specific interests
  • Somewhat similar to Pinterest, but maintains the Google Cards look
  • Users can create collections and choose whether or not to make them public
  • Initial support on web and Android. iOS will be coming at a later date

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows Chief offers Android smackdown

  • Windows Chief Terry Myerson delivered some disparaging remarks on the Android update process
  • Calls Android a “Big Pile of Code with no commitment to update your device”
  • Also said that it leaves Android devices vulnerable to attacks
  • Microsoft has had its own Mobile issues
  • Windows 7 phones did not receive windows 8 update, neither will Windows RT to Windows 10

Win 10 Gives Everyone the Middle Finger

  • Windows 10 has gone juvenile
  • has middle finger emoji in six skin tones
  • We roll our eyes

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

Drop Box to Allow Greater Collaboration ahead of Office Editing

  • Dropbox 3.9 of iOS
  • Allows collaboration and mentions on comments
  • also has recents option
  • easy 1Password vault extension
  • will be able to create and edit Office Documents by the end of the Month

TV, Web, and Comics

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

Supergirl Series Coming from Arrow Creators to CBS

  • New Supergirl series coming in CBS in the fall
  • From the creative team behind Arrow and the Flash
  • Rumored to also share that universe
  • Stars Melissa Benoist as Kara/ Supergirl, Calista Flockhart as Cat Grant, and David Harewood as DC Villain Hank Henshaw

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Freightliner/ Daimler Trucks given License for Self Driving Truck

  • An autonomous Freightliner Inspiration truck has been licensed in Nevada
  • Uses Daimler Trucks Highway Pilot system
  • Allowed Daimler to to test system on open roads
  • Based upon existing Cascadia Evolution platform
  • Optionally drivable, but allows driver to cede control to autopilot in highway conditions
  • Must operate under manual control off highway

Picks

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

Coming Soon

Tech Hangout 2.0 #3: Did Ben Get Kicked Off the Internet?

Hosts

Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Discover, coming to Apple Pay

  • Discover is joining rivals Visa, MasterCard, and American Express with Apple pay compatibility
  • will include both Credit and Discover Debit cards
  • Apple pay purchases will be eligible for all Discover benefits.
  • implementation will begin this fall

Best Buy Coming too

  • CurrenC member Best Buy has announced it will add Apple Pay support
  • Previously disabled NFC in stores to prevent Apple pay because of CurrenC commitments
  • has already added Apple Pay support to its mobile app
  • will add support to brick and mortar stores at a later date.

CurrentC loses CEO

  • Merchant Customer Exchange has a new CEO
  • MCX is known to the consumer as CurrenC or would be if it was out in the wild
  • Previous CEO Dekkers Davidson has “left to pursue other opportunities”
  • Former Bank of America executive Brian V. Mooney will replace him
  • He ran BoA’s Merchant services arm

Apple

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

Apple Watch report by Patrice

  • Patrice’s thoughts about his newly delivered watch.

Apple Again Makes all the Money in Q2 2015 results

  • Apple Q2 Results
  • $58 billion in revenue, $13.6 billion in profit
  • 61 million iPhones sold (43 million Q2 ‘14). Up 40%
  • 12.6 million iPads (16.3 last year) down 23%
  • 4.5 million Macs (4.1 last year) up 10%
  • Majority of revenue from iPhones with $40 billion, Macs $5.6 billion, iPads $5.4 billion, and services (iTunes, app stores, iBooks, Apple Pay) just under $5.0 billion. Other products (iPod, Apple TV, Beats Products) make just under $1.7 billion
  • Americas still make up largest market for Apple Products. Greater china replaced Europe for #2.

Dark Tats don’t work with Apple Watch

  • customers with Dark tattoos are having issues
  • would lock in tattooed areas
  • sayed unlocked with bare skin
  • natural skin color had no effect
  • darker tattoos which more ink saturation had more issues than lighter colored tattoos
  • can be “fixed” by turning off wrist detection, which also disables Apple pay
  • Apple’s heart sensor users a series of 4 leds 2 visual light and 2 infrared

Google

News About Google and Android

LG G4

  • New flagship Android phone from LG
  • 5.5” IPS screen 2560×1440
  • 25% brighter, 50% better contrast, 20% better color and 11% more power efficient than screen on last year’s G3
  • 8-core snapdragon 808 cpu
  • leather wrapped back in colors
  • 16mp camera with f/1.8 lens
  • only available with 32GB of internal storage, but up to 128GB card
  • June availability. Pricing TBA

Tag Heuer Prices Android Wear watch at $1400

  • New information revealed by Tag’s chief executive Jean-Claude Biver
  • Intel powered
  • 40hr battery life
  • design and name not yet revealed
  • $1400 price tag

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows Brings tools to port iOS, Android apps to Windows 10

  • Microsoft had its BUILD conference Keynote this week
  • New developer tools announced
  • OS X version of Visual Studio (and Linux as well)
  • software can compile Objective-C code for easier porting of iOS apps
  • Also supports Java/ C++ apps for bringing over Android Apps
  • will have access to Windows APIs
  • will also have options to port Win32 and .NET code into universal apps

Gaming

Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news

Valves allows paid Steam Mods… then changes its mind

Additional Coverage
* Earlier this week Valve added paid mod support to Steam Workshop
* developers were able to set their own prices
* started with Skyrim
* after negative feedback from users, Valve removed the paid mods

Picks

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

Mikel

Patrice

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

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