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


Our Hosts for today

Ben Roethig


Patrice Brend’Amour


Paul Gans


Andrew Rouch


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


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


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


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.


Marvel Future Fight (iOS) (Android)


Sonos Play:1 Bundle
Patrice’s Withings Aura Review


His Bunker