Tech Hangout 2.0 #16: Patrice Strikes Back


Ben Roethig




Mikel Potts


Andew Rouch


Big News

Most important news stories of the week

Comcast Invests $200 million in Vox Media

  • Comcast’s NBCUniversal Division has invested another $200 million Vox Media
  • Vox Media’s properties include The Verge, Recode, and more
  • Comcast also has another stake in Vox through its Comcast Ventures Arm
  • Comcast/ NBC will not have editorial control over Vox.
  • Move follows the recent Acquisition by AOL by Verizon

Amazon Stops Accepting Flash Ads

  • Amazon Advertising no longer accept ads with Adobe Flash
  • Move is in response to moves in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari to minimize Flash
  • Use of Flash competitor HTML5 has become more mainstream since the widespread adoption of mobile devices, most of which do not support flash
  • Flash has been known for security and performance issues


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

AppleTV falls to pack in streaming device market

  • Apple has fallen to 3rd place in streaming devices according to Parks Data
  • Roku is the by far the most widespread with 34% of the market
  • Google chromecast is second in a tight race for 2nd at 19% followed by Apple TV at 17% and Fire TV at 14%
  • accounted for 86% of all streaming devices
  • 20% of US household own at least one streaming device
  • 8% own a stick based streamer


News About Google and Android

Samsung Launches 30 Test Drive for iPhone users

  • 30 days free test drive.
  • Only $1

Android 6.0 to be Marshmallow

  • Google has announced final details of Android M
  • will be called Android 6.0 with the codename of Marshmallow
  • Google has launched the Official SDK and final preview of the OS
  • Devs are asked to ready their apps for Marshmallow
  • suggests the OS’s launch could be soon.

Google Updates Android Wear with Interactive Watch Faces

  • Google has added interactive watch faces to Android Wear
  • can now access different functions with a single tap
  • options include faces for Bits, Under Armour, and Together
  • rolling out to Android wear watches over the next few weeks

Google Tries to Fix the Router with OnHub

  • Most consumer internet routers pretty much suck
  • Google is partnering with TP-Link on a new router
  • called OnHub
  • Designed to be functional and elegant for home use
  • automatically adjusts for optimal wi-fi bandwidth
  • controlled by smartphone app
  • can also work as a hub for smart devices
  • $199.99 and on pre-order from Walmart, Amazon, and Google
  • google will also partner with other manufacturers for OnHub devices.

Windows Corner

News Microsoft Products

VAIO Returns to US

  • VAIO used to be Sony’s computer division before being sold to Japan Industrial partners
  • JIP is bringing the VAIO brand back to the US
  • will be sold online and in Microsoft stores beginning in October
  • will focus on high end PCs starting at $2200
  • could also expand into other areas.

Misc Tech

anything that doesn’t fit above

Thunderbolt 3 Prototype Shows Power of Connector

  • Inventec has designed a prototype Thunderbolt 3 hub
  • features 3 USB 3.0 ports, 2 HDMI, 2 Displayport, a USB-C out, and an external Radeon R9 M385 GPU.
  • can drive twin 4k displays
  • They also demoed a full-size desktop radeon CPU external over Thunderbolt 3
  • intel suggests retail thunderbolt graphics solutions are under development.

ARC Could Bring Practical Fusion Power

  • New magnetic fusion reactor designed by MIT
  • named ARC after the power source that powers Iron Man
  • could make small, practical fusion reactors with a decade
  • can generation 3 times the energy used to sustain the reaction and can boost that by 5-6 fold
  • design allows for reliable output
  • generates the same amount of power as the ITER reactor at half the diameter
  • uses commercially available magnets and liquid cooling.


Computer, console, mobile, or tablet top gaming news

Nintendo Reduces 2DS Price to $99

  • price dropped on 2DS from $129 to $99
  • 2D version of 3DS
  • member of Nintendo DS family


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


Final Fantasy 7 for iOS




He Got Nothin’


Fallout Shelter