Tech Hangout 2.0 #4: Patrice Has the Power!


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


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


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


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

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