Tech Hangout 2.0 #11: Stars, Stripes, and Tech!


Ben Roethig


Patrice Brend’amour


Andrew Rouch


Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Facebook to Share Ad Revenue For Videos

  • Facebook will be offering revenue sharing with video creators
  • Facebook Previously offered a place for video, but kept all the money
  • Will entice creators to use Facebook instead of just YouTube
  • Like YouTube it will be a 55/45 Split in favor of the creators
  • Only applies to Suggested videos
  • videos are chosen based on your watching habits

T-Mobile, Sprint Bring Updated Plans

Additional Content

  • T-Mobile has updated its Jump payment plan with Jump On Demand
  • No fees if you update your handset at least once every 18months
  • Rest of payments spread out over 18 payments
  • Phones are leased, but may be purchased by paying all 18 payments or remaining balance
  • Requires Initial Trade-in
  • iPhone $15mo
  • Users can upgrade to a new phone up to 3 times a year
  • Includes top phones like the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, GS6, GS6 Edge, Note 4, and LG G4
  • Sprint Introduced All-In Plan
  • $20 phone lease and $60 unlimited data plan
  • $10 for early upgrades
  • $0 down, but $36 activation
  • Campaign very reminiscent in tone to T-Mobile’s Uncarrier.


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

Apple Music Launches, OSes and Apps See Updates

  • Apple Music has launched
  • Built Upon Beats Music.
  • Requires OS X with iTunes 12.2 or iOS 8.4
  • OS X 10.10.4 also released
  • Apple’s all-access streaming service
  • 3 months free.
  • $9.99 for 1 user, $14.99 for family
  • Access to 30 million songs and music videos
  • Can add files offline via iCloud music library (Apple’s files have DRM since you don’t own them)
  • separates your music from Apple Music
  • Curated playlists, radio, and live Beats 1 Radio
  • Radio algorithms are some of the best I’ve seen, especially with lesser known or regional artists
  • Also includes connect, a quazi-social network
  • also spurred updates to iBooks/ iBooks Author, and Garageband


News About Google and Android

New, Better BlueStacks Released for the Mac

  • New version of Bluestacks released for OS X
  • replaces Alpha version released in 2012
  • Android emulator
  • compatible with 96% of Android Apps and 86% of games
  • Can also run Android TV apps
  • can pass-on your Mac’s multi-touch gestures, pointing devices, cameras, and Mics
  • previous versions of Bluestacks have been used on the old incarnation of this show to demo Android apps

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

Windows 8’s Failure is Complete

  • New numbers released for desktop OS market share
  • About a month before the release of Windows 10
  • Most common operating system is Windows 7 with almost 61% of the market
  • Windows 8/ 8.1 has 16%. 4/5ths of those made the upgrade to 8.1.
  • 13 year old Windows XP has 12% marketshare
  • Vista has been mostly phased out at 1.62%
  • Windows 7/8/8.1 PCs make up 3/4s of all desktop PCs
  • They are eligible for free upgrade to Windows 10
  • Windows XP PCs are most likely nearing end of service lives
  • bodes well of Windows 10 adoption.

Linux and Open Source

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

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

Scientists Create Way to Make Better, Safe Lithium Batteries

  • Scientists have found a way to make a better Lithium batter
  • Lithium batteries have had issues in the past, both in consumer devices and more famously on the 787 Dreamliner
  • Shorts and battery fires are caused by formation of lithium growths called Dendrites
  • Dendrites will pierce into the cathode layer of the battery and start a chain reaction.
  • new formula adds a mixture of lithium polysulfide and lithium nitrate.
  • leads to safe flat growths on the top of the lithium anode instead of dendrites
  • mixture also adds longevity to the battery
  • test batteries retained 99% of capacity through 300 cycles
  • other batteries were less efficient after 150 cycles
  • Discovery made my team at DoE’s SLAC lab
  • could be combined with other improvements to lithium for longer lasting batteries

TV, Web, and Comics

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

Tom Holland cast as MCU Peter Parker

  • 19-year old Tom Holland has been cast as new Spider-Man
  • new franchise is a collaboration produced by Marvel Studios for Sony
  • This incarnation is set in the same Marvel Cinematic universe as the Avengers, Daredevil, and Agents of Shield and will focus on a teenage Peter Parker
  • stand alone film will be released on July 28 of 2017
  • Director Jon Watts will helm the movie
  • Previously directed movies Clown & Cop Car and worked at the Onion
  • 3rd reboot of the franchise in 15 years
  • Follows 3 Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire from 2002 – 2007 and w Amazing Spider Man movies with Andrew Garfield from 2012-2014.
  • Reboot canceled plans for 4 announced sequels included Amazing Spider Man 3&4 in 2016 and 2018, Sinister Six also in 2016, and a related superheroine film in 2017.

Cord Cutters Continue Growth

  • streaming services are becoming increasingly more popular
  • Over 8% of cable subscribers cancelled their service according to TiVO
  • 45% reduced their level of service
  • 44% dropped premium channels
  • 71% of respondents though prices were too high for cable service
  • 54% said they subscribed to a digital content service with Netflix being the most popular
  • Price, selection, and convenience were primary reason to use streaming services
  • answers ratios of these changed very little when asked the last surveys years across nearly 3 years.
  • Speaking of digital service, Showtime and Hulu have reached an agreement to carry Showtime programming on Hulu. Service is $8.99 above standard Hulu subscription. That’s a $2 discount over Showtime’s standalone service by itself.


Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news

Transportation Tech

Cars, Planes, Ships, Rockets, ETC

Samsung Makes Trucks Transparent

  • Samsung is bringing a concept for a see-through semi from Russian firm Art Lebedev
  • combines a series of outdoor displays arranged on the trailer’s gate with a wireless camera in the front
  • camera transmits what’s in front of the semi to the screen
  • Samsung has solved glare issues and the technology is reliable
  • Next step is working on field trials with regulators
  • may not see the road anytime soon due to the expense of the screens.


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


Nothing Much





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