Tech Hangout #8 – The Reversed Reality Distortion Field

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Melissa ‘Mac Mommy’ Davis

Zynga cuts jobs, studios

http://www.engadget.com/2013/06/03/zynga-layoffs-nyc-los-angeles/

Is Microsoft THAT desperate? The latest Microsoft Surface Ads target iPad directly

http://www.tuaw.com/2013/05/23/microsofts-new-ad-slams-siri-hard/

(Ubuntu) Linux as a data recovery tool

http://www.ubuntu.com/

WWDC Predictions

WWDC is starting next week (Monday). Here are our predictions:

Patrice:
– iOS 7 and Mac OS 10.9.
– Plus maybe a new Mac Pro.
– Nothing else on the Hardware side.

Melissa:
– Concerned that iOS 7 will drop support for the 3GS

Ricardo:
– Maybe something with the Apple TV?

Ben:
– Everything is said.

Tech Hangout #7 – Summer Blockbusters 2013

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Melissa ‘MacMommy’ Davis
  • Patrice
  • Andy
  • Ricardo Garza (Tubemaker41)
  • Paul ‘CIA’ Gans

Apple vs. Amazon: The eBook case Amazon is paying $13.99 to publishers and selling them for $9.99? DoJ suspects price fixing

http://www.theverge.com/2012/4/11/2941053/inside-the-dojs-ebook-price-fixing-case-against-apple-an-analysis http://www.tuaw.com/2013/05/16/the-steve-jobs-email-that-has-the-dojs-interest/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competition_law

Google Glass always-on mode

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/24/4363490/google-glass-always-on-listening-mode-revealed

MonoPrice cheap 27/30” IPS displays

http://www.monoprice.com/products/search.asp?keyword=ips

Ghosts at Prime Minister’s residence? (Fun)

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/26/4366540/japanese-government-unaware-of-ghosts-at-prime-ministers-official-residence

Summer Blockbusters 2013

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_in_film#2013_films http://gawker.com/5906868/johnny-depps-tonto-is-based-on-a-white-mans-painting-of-an-imaginary-native-american http://www.themacmommy.com/2013/01/introducing-bloodline-wired-new-video.html http://www.youtube.com/user/JennaMarbles http://www.youtube.com/user/SourceFedNerd

Tech Hangout #6 – Live Event Edition

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig (Host)
  • Patrice
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Paul ‘CIA’ Gans
  • Andrew Rouch
  • Melissa ‘MacMommy’ Davis

XBox One

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-event-roundup/

Computer issues and why they always happen so suddenly

Is it just a perception thing?

Google I/O

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/16/google-io-keynote-youtube/

http://www.engadget.com/2013/05/15/google-i-o-2013-opening-keynote-roundup/

Tech Hangout #5 – Families and Tech

Introduction

  • Melissa ‘MacMommy’ Davis (Host)
  • Shawn ‘Doc Rock’ Boyd
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Steve ‘TUAW TV’ Sande

Mobile Gaming with your kids

GameCenter/ Google Equivalent for families and how to keep scores across multiple devices

Pitch Perfect

Rewritten second edition.
http://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Perfect-The-Promoting-Your/dp/0321917618/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1368568978&sr=8-1&keywords=pitch+perfect+sande
http://www.amazon.com/Pitch-Perfect-The-Promoting-Your/dp/0321917618/ref=pd_rhf_ee_p_t_1_VQVZ

SnapZoom

http://snapzooms.com/

Pirate Planet

http://www.themacmommy.com/2013/05/app-review-maxs-pirate-planet-board.html

Apple TV vs. Roku 3

What are the advantages/disadvantages of either one.
How do they fit into a family.

Tech Hangout #4: Fanboys vs. the ‘Apple Tax’

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice Brend’amour
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Shawn ‘Doc’ Boyd
  • Ricardo Garza
  • Melissa Davis

“Fanboyism”

What is a fanboy? Why do tech people care so much about it? And is it a good or bad thing?

Apple “Tax”

Does it really exist? If so, what is it?

Online shopping and payment platforms

Squarespace Commerce, Paypal, Amazon and creating your own e-commerce website. Why brick-and-mortar stores are a thing of the past.

Taxes in general

Introduction of sales tax for online retailers:
http://www.zdnet.com/u-s-senate-passes-bill-to-collect-internet-sales-tax-7000015002/

Sales tax in different states.

Tech Hangout #3 – The past and the future

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts
  • Patrice
  • “CIA” Paul Gans
  • Steve Sande

Microsoft Windows 8 / IE10

Draconian measures or last ditch attempts to grab user.
Regarding the methods employed to upgrade win 7 users to IE10 and the default settings blocking Google Ads and forcing users into a OS not ready or even remotely resembling how desktop users use a PC

iOS7/ OS X 10.9

see 9to5Mac articles:

WWDC 2013: Sold out in 2 minutes

Your first Computer

What was it? Why/how did you choose it? How did it change your live?

Tech Hangout #2 – Kelly and Doc Rock visit us

Introduction

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice
  • Doc Rock
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts?
  • “CIA” Paul Gans
  • Kelly “Verso” Guimont

USB 3 vs. Thunderbolt

Especially in the light of the latest announcements: http://www.tuaw.com/2013/04/08/intel-announces-faster-next-gen-thunderbolt/

App Store pricing

  • How much is too much? The value of a developer’s/designer’s work
  • Is Apple actively encouraging low pricing?

Picks

Kelly:

Doc:

Status Board: http://panic.com/statusboard/

Patrice:

Moneyviz: http://www.silverwiz.com/

Paul:

Can I Stream It? http://www.canistream.it/

Ben:
SecondBar http://blog.boastr.net/?page_id=79

Tech Hangout #1: The inaugural Event

Introduction (The Tech Hangout Panel)

  • Ben Roethig
  • Patrice
  • Steve ‘Kinetic’ Roberts

SSD vs Hybrid drives vs HDDs

  • Best bang for your buck?
  • Other considerations (like: use-case, storage requirements, reliability)
  • SSD and HDD prices: http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/marketreport/when-will-ssd-have-same-price-as-hdd-priceg2

Backups and Sync

  • What are you using?
  • Online vs. offline