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278: Tesla And Samsung Deal With Disasters

278: Tesla And Samsung Deal With Disasters

Explosive Disaster

This week Tesla and Samsung deal with disasters that happened last year. A report showed that Tesla’s vehicle did everything it could to avoid a fatal accident. Samsung’s report showed that their batteries were the cause of the explosion and they have a new 8-point safety check to avoid it in the future.

We also talk about the improvements of the Raspberry Pie computer, how micro-software companies are the future, Airbus getting into flying cars, and how Google discovers malware. See below for all the stories.

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276: A Pineapple Express Of Consumer Technology

276: A Pineapple Express Of Consumer Technology

Prototype Base

Did you know that Pineapple Express is a non-technical term for describing a deluge of rain? It’s usually associated with the Hawaiian Islands, hence the pineapple. Since this is CES week, we got a deluge of consumer tech.

There were a few trends this year. For example, Amazon’s Alex played a huge role in helping make devices smart. Just wait – you’ll be able to talk to everything in the future. 4K TVs are normal now and the next big battle ground is over HDR content. PCs are also making a comeback with some really interesting options. One gaming PC has 2 screens that slide out to give you 3 screens at once! Cars are also getting smarter and automated driving creeps closer to reality.

See the whole list below of the cool products from CES this year.

BTW, the picture is the tripod thing Matthew was talking about during the show.

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275: Exactly What Will Happen In 2017

275: Exactly What Will Happen In 2017

2017

To kick off 2017 we spend over 3 hours talking about our predictions for the year. We cover the big guys: Apple (big expectations for the 10th anniversary of iPhone) Alphabet (AI. AI. AI.), Facebook (VR & M), Microsoft (keep kicking butt and taking names) and Amazon (Echo refresh, something crazy and new). Then we move into the smaller companies like Uber, Twitter, HPI, Tesla, Space X, and Snapchat. We then talk about broader topics like gaming, AI, IoT, AR/VR, and autonomous vehicles. It’s a jam packed show!

There aren’t any show notes to go with this show. So sit back, get comfortable and enjoy.

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274: 2016 Postdictions

274: 2016 Postdictions

2016

This in special year-end episode we look back at what happened during the year. Specifically, we look back at our predictions for the year and grade ourselves. Honestly, it’s shocking how well we do. Below is a reference for all the events we covered from 2016. It was a busy year!

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273: San Francisco Has A Message For Uber

273: San Francisco Has A Message For Uber

Message from SF

Uber started testing their driverless cars in San Francisco last week. It turns out that they didn’t get proper permission from the DMV, who sent Uber a nice message asking them to stop. Uber didn’t listen and the justice department got involved. This is Uber’s MO: seek forgiveness instead of permission. The rest of the stories, and their links are below.

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270: The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

270: The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

The Local Maximum Of Gratefulness

Showing our gratefulness, James and Matthew offer a new and interesting way to look at innovation and the world of technology. We also discuss James’ experience with the HTC Vive, an interview with Marc Andreessen and how Google will end humanity with AI. Also, we take a short look at Tesla’s solar power installation and how GPS is killing us, probably.

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269: Putting A Camera On Everything

269: Putting A Camera On Everything

Camera Needed for Eyes

Machines are already smart and getting smarter. One way they’re getting even smarter is by putting cameras on everything so they can easier track us. Don’t get scared! This is actually a good thing. The show notes are below with lots of examples of how companies/machines are getting smarter.

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267: An Open Letter To This Week In Tech

267: An Open Letter To This Week In Tech

an open letter

It started out as a normal tech week… and then Slack wrote an open letter to Microsoft – an unforced error. We dive deep into why it’s a mistake. Plus, we talk about a new vigilante app, Deepmind playing Starcraft, Apple’s lack of a vision, Toyota’s cool toy to turn on your car, Xiamoi’s goal of selling phones in the US, the future of voice activated devices, and VR. See below for all the show notes.

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263: #MadeByFurloBros

263: #MadeByFurloBros

madeby google event

This episode focuses almost entirely on the #MadeByGoogle event. So naturally, we talk about all things tech: phones, platforms, home automation, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, exploding phones, wifi networks, and much more. It’s a great show. Check out all the show notes below.

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261: Ephemeral Hardware. Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer.

261: Ephemeral Hardware. Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer.

snap spectacles

The big news this week is that Snapchat is changing their name to Snap, Inc and they’re releasing new hardware: a pare of sunglasses with a camera called Spectacles. See that story and many others below.

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