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


Ben Roethig

@Ben Roethig

Patrice Brend’amour


Mikel Potts


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


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


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


  • 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.


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