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62. It Could Be Really Cool

CES 2018 was a all about hyping the future, but Razer's Project Linda concept has Andrew skeptical about the practicality of phones as computers. Meanwhile, Ian explains the iPad, but different... which is still basically an iPad, and Chase starts 2018 by listening more. CES Robot StrippersRazer PhoneRazer Project LindaSamsung DEXMotorola Atrix 4GA Window into Another World - the rise of screensThin ClientMicrosoft CourierTeenage Engineering OP-Z


61. A Missing Feature

Chase is unhappy with how iOS 11 has changed some previously expected behaviors. Now his wifi might be on, or might be off, or might just not be connected right now. Ian makes assumptions about how people probably don't know how to use their iPhone. Andrew thinks it all makes sense, but he's a power user… 🤷‍♂️ John Gruber on the iOS 11 wifi/bluetooth togglesiOS 11's "new" Control Center


60. I Still Have No Idea How This Works

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Ethereum... it all sounds like stuff out of a 90's Sci-Fi movie, but it's a real thing, and it has the potential to change the way computing, finance, and identification are done in the future. Special guest Glenn Kunzler (@TheGlennja) joins Ian to discuss the ways this next wave of technology is (potentially) shaping the future. What is BlockchainThe Truth about BlockchainEthereum - Distributed Consensus (A Concise Ethereum History)CoinbaseBitMiner -...


59. The Showroom Idea

Amazon has spent the last few years slowly killing off the traditional bookstore (and many other stores along the way). Now Amazon has opened a physical bookstore to help those indecisive buyers find books that might enjoy. Nordstrom is doing the same, allowing you to shop online, and have a personally tailored shopping experience in store. The question is, do people actually want to shop like this? Amazon BooksCrabby old media complain about Amazon BookstoresNordstrom's New ConceptAmazon...


58. Supplementing Your Reality

Chase can now have a Tesla anywhere he goes. The problems is, it's invisible unless he's looking through his iPhone's camera. Meanwhile, Andrew has been experimenting with AR simulated board games and loves the shaky cam battle scenes. Also, Ian has a cold. Sorry. Tesla ARAR tabletop gamingAR measuringAR filmmakingAR baseballingGoogle Earth timelapsingDazzle camoingIR camera avoidingCV face recognition avoidingPaparazzi avoidingRacetracking laser mappingiPhone studio lighting


57. How Much is Somebody Worth?

On the face of it, $10/month seems like a great deal for unlimited movie theater tickets. That is, until you realize that there is a hidden cost to seeing every new Marvel or DC movie to hit the cinema - incessant advertisements in your email promoting every new action figure, poster, video game, kids toy, or special Spiderman themed food item at Walmart. In reality, you are subsidizing your movie habits with personal information that advertisers are buying at a premium, just to get their...


56. Etsy for Things in Development (S2E02)

Ian pledged $50 to get a glorified selfie stick, but only half of it has been shipped. Chase spent $100 on a video game that may or may not actually be made one day. A combination of physical and phycological factors lead to successful campaigns on crowdfunding platforms, but sometimes even the most convincing sales pitches turn out to be much less impressive - so what makes people willing to hand over their money? Tactics for Effective CrowdfundingPsychology of Kickstarter Campaign...


55. A Thumb Drive Full of Cat GIFs (S2E01)

Don't call it a comeback, we've been here for months! That's the song that introduced me to hip-hop, and I listened to my mp3 of it over and over before the bitrate degraded too much for WinAmp to play it anymore. It was my copy, but every time I put it on a new hard drive it got a little fuzzier. I don't know why I'm explaining this; you know how DRM works. Eventually I farmed out enough spare CPU cycles that I could afford another copy, but by that time (of course) I was just buying the...


54. Minor Differences in Creepiness

There is a fine line between creepy technology and helpful technology. Amazon, Google, and even Facebook ride very close to that line. But does that line shift? Do you know when it's been crossed? And what drives these artificially intelligent machines? Could Google Influence a Presidential ElectionSearch Engine ManipulationFacebook Manipulates Your Emotions


53. Operation: Stolen Thunder

Chase graduated, and some of his family members shared the news on Facebook before he had the opportunity to do it. Now he feels petty for wishing he owned that content. Social Media is Ruining Your LifeDiscuss the Episode on RedditLike us on FacebookTweet at us


52. The Background Music of Your Life

Some people take tens of photos every month. Other people take thousands. With the immediacy and accessibility of photography in the modern world, is a photograph as meaningful or valuable as it was when you paid for film? And what do we do with out 10,000 photos once we've collected them? Loss aversion - WikipediaArtifact Uprising | Custom Photo Books & GiftsDronies!Silhouette - WikipediaClay BavorThe Technium: Better Than Free


51. Open Offices Never Work Like That

After a week of celebrating our 1-year Birthday, the trio is back with a look at working remotely - that is, embracing the home office and still working on things that exist within the traditional business sense. It takes skill, focus, and self-motivation, but it can be a wonderful reprieve from the traditional office, especially when replacing your coworkers isn't a viable option. Top 10 Benefits of Working From Home (Survey Results)Telecommuting Trend: Remote Work Becoming...


50. What is TV?

If you've been a long time listener, you might recall episode 7, where we discussed TV consumption and streaming TV. Now, in 315-day-old follow-up, Chase has cancelled SlingTV and Ian is testing out the recently released YouTube TV. The question is, outside of sports, does anybody watch anything live? And is the TV (as in the panel on your wall or entertainment center) becoming a relic of the past? Interface Episode 7: Push Button, Receive TVYouTube TV review: The cord-cutter's dream is...


49. Subscribing My Life Away

Andrew borked the recording this week, so now you have to hear his crappo Skype version. Ian is happy, though, because it means less editing for him. oi, vinyl me, m9iannofoodget a csa, ya dingus;)@isis/help me fire the maidi want this subscription service


48. A Definitive List of "The Best"

Andrew and his wife just bought a house, but now they have some renovations they'd like to do. The problem is, Andrew doesn't have a large tool collection, and he's not entirely sure where to start. The SweethomeThe WirecutterMN Tool LibraryTragedy Of The Commons


47. Paying to be Advertised To

Okay, Google, turn off the lights. Here's what I found for "turn off the lights." Hot, single electricians in your area! Only ten dollars a minute. Call now! Did you want new lightbulbs? Your preferences indicate a desire for the maximum possible savings. Placing an order for 50,000 lightbulbs to save you one half a cent per bulb compared to a five-pack. Users who bought lightbulbs also bought 30,000 feet of knob-and-tube wiring. Did you know that 13% of structural fires in the United...


46. Is Copying Actually Bad?

I've definitely seen this one before. I can't quite put my finger on where — Facemash? Soundjammers? Twibbles? Show me again, website. Yes, I'm sure I've watched this before. I remember making it. We marinated the chicken in mayo, which made it extra juicy! (Ed: this actually works.) Here's the thing. When I saw it, there was a person there, more than just hands. A face and a personality, you know? And yet here we are with a twenty-five second portrait video compressed to hell and claiming...


45. Switch Anxiety

After roughly 6 years of flings with various Android devices, Chase has found true love and happiness with an iPhone 6S. Moving from Android to iOS can't be without pain points, though, right? Changing apps, different content providers, a keyboard that is hard to punctuate... how will he adjust? And what's the cost of switching platforms in the current state of technology? Nexus 6Switch to iPhoneHow to Switch to iPhone: A GuideWould moving paid apps make switching easier?Social and...


44. The Blue Light Generation

When we were kids, we rode bikes and played outside. Today's kids are buried in their devices, and experiencing the world through a tiny glass window. But what happens next? How does it change the way they interact as they grow up? What dependencies does it form? Nomophobia - WikipediaAnother podcast called InterfaceSnapchat by the numbersTeens talk about Finstagram accounts - Business Insider'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens : All Tech Considered :...


43. Play More Like This

We've created a playlist of songs we (the algorithm) think you'll love, based on a mysterious set of features. Here's a preview: Are you excited? ...No? ...but the algorithm. How could it be wrong? Andrew's Special Playlist on Apple Music or Spotify How to master Apple Music liking system to influence ‘For You’ recommendations The magic that makes Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists so damn good — QuartzGroupLensHow does the Netflix movie recommendation algorithm work? - QuoraThe...