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TWB 180: Google Duplex AI speaks for you, Self-driving semis, Sound-adapting headphones

5/10/2018
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On today’s episode: The Google Duplex AI system has shown an incredible ability to mimic human speech, almost to perfection. Is this technology exciting, or does it cause concern? Also, self-driving trucks are being put to use, drone testing regulations were just relaxed and we’re joined by Danny Aronson, CEO and founder of EVEN. Today’s podcast cast includes: Danny Aronson, Juliana Jara, Caleb Denison, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:46:01

TWB 179: Google Home in 5K devices, Apple Watch saves life, Mammoth resurrection

5/3/2018
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On today's episode: Google Assistant is compatible with over 5K devices; Are you more likely to choose it, over Amazon's Alexa? Also, an Apple Watch helped save a woman's life, Oculus Go may bring inexpensive VR to the masses, and Scientists plan to resurrect the Woolly Mammoth. Plus Caleb and Rick, recount their test run of a new Airstream. Today's podcast cast includes: Hanif Jackson, Rick Stella, Caleb Denison, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:40:21

TWB 178: Amazon trunk deliveries and home robots, TCL 6-series, M-R Touch

4/26/2018
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Amazon has plans to deliver packages to your trunk, provide kids with their own echo, and an Alexa-enabled robot. Are you ready for a Home Assistant robot? TCL has some of the most impressive TVs we have seen in a long time, at an incredible price. Snap is giving the Spectacles another go. Microsoft Research shows off the latest HoloLens developments with Touch. Today’s podcast cast includes: Juliana Jara, Kim Wetzel, Caleb Denison, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:26:58

TWB 177: Blockchain

4/19/2018
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Blockchain is one of of the most exciting developments in technology we have seen in a long time. Digital Trends has released several articles featuring Blockchain and how it can potentially change security, medical records, gaming and much more. We are joined by Brian Krogsgard of Ledger Status, and Mitchell Opatowsky of CryptoPets to help explain it. Today’s podcast cast includes: Mitchell Opatowsky, Brian Krogsgard, Matt Smith, Drew Prindle, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:36:12

TWB 176: ESPN+ vs cable, 'Minority Report' becomes reality, AR Virtual Wearables

4/12/2018
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Will ESPN+ be enough for you to quit cable? On this week’s installment of Trends with Benefits we’ll cover ESPN+ and the Spotify/Hulu bundle announcement and what it could mean for streaming services, India tests ‘Minority Report’ style AI to predict crime, Leap Motion shows off the potential of ‘Virtual Wearbles’, and we take a look at what blockchain is and how it will change everything. Today’s podcast cast includes: Drew Prindle, Marie Pardo-Garber, Caleb Denison, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:32:33

TWB 175: Facebook's data breach reaction, Apple iPhone touchless display, AR for cars

4/5/2018
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Are you upset by Facebook’s data breach? On this week’s installment of Trends with Benefits we’ll cover the reaction to the ongoing revelations regarding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, Apple’s rumored iPhone touchless screen, AR windshields, and Fribo the robot cat designed to combat loneliness. Today’s podcast cast includes: Juliana Jara, Caleb Denison, Greg Nibler, and via Double the telepresence robot, Julian Chokkattu.

Duration:00:32:33

TWB 174: Airpod iPod Nano, Samsung Note 9 rumors, QLED vs. OLED, Beer Bot

3/29/2018
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What feature would you most like to see in your next smartphone? On this week's installment of Trends with Benefits we cover the latest patent for Apple AirPods which suggest it could be like an iPod Nano, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors, QLED vs OLED and TCL's latest and greatest TV, a Ford vehicle vending machine in China, and a beer delivering robot. Today's podcast cast includes: Caleb Denison, Rick Stella, Parker Hall, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:36:49

TWB 173: Facebook's response to privacy issues, Face ID at LAX, Atari VCS

3/23/2018
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Have you considered deleting your Facebook account? On this week’s installment of Trends with Benefits we discuss the issues of privacy with Facebook and social media, Face ID may be implemented at LAX soon, a Chinese company figures out ways to trick Face ID software, Uber has a major setback with self-driving cars after their accident, Atari VCS, and Pepper the robot takes pizza orders. Today’s podcast cast includes: Ryan Waniata, Dan Gaul, Adrien Warner, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:30:49

TWB 172: Best Streaming Music Services, Flying Taxis, Drone Highways, Uploading Your Brain

3/15/2018
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What is your go to music streaming service? On today’s episode we discuss the variances between Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, I Heart Media and Google. One of the founders of Google is lending his support to Cora, a flying taxi in New Zealand. Switzerland is laying the groundwork for drone deliveries and virtual highways. A company called Nectome wants to save your brain for future upload. Today’s podcast cast includes: Jeremy Kaplan, Juan Garcia, Marie Pardo-Garber and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:27:28

TWB 171: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus hands-on review, Amazon Alexa issue, Tesla Semitrucks

3/8/2018
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We have a hands-on review of the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. What is your dream phone? On this week’s episode we’ll also delve in to the Amazon Alexa debacle that had the AI randomly laughing at people, Tesla’s latest autonomous semitrucks hit the road. Plus, Pizza Huts new Pie 2 pizza shoes are out. Combine that with the booze-ordering fridge magnet and you’ll never need to leave home. Today’s podcast cast includes: Juliana Jara, Nicole Raney, Rick Stella, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:24:42

TWB 170: MWC Recap, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, 5G, and Amazon buys Ring

3/1/2018
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What smartphone announcement were you most excited about from Mobile World Congress? On this week’s episode we’ll recap Mobile World Congress, Samsung vs. LG, the future of 5G, and DT’s Best of 2018 MWC. Amazon purchased Ring, giving it a clear advantage in Smart Home door locks and security. Also, a Chinese AI can emulate your voice, and the ISS gets a floating space brain. Today’s podcast cast includes: Kim Wetzel, Hanif Jackson, Ryan Waniata, and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:28:46

TWB 169: Samsung Galaxy S9 and MWC preview, Apple AirPods updates, Hyperloop TT Chicago route

2/22/2018
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What features do you look for in a smartphone? On this week’s episode, we’ll preview the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and in particular, the anticipated unveiling of the Samsung S9. Bloomberg is reporting that Apple has some big improvements planned for the next AirPods release. Hyperloop TT is looking at a Chicago to Cleveland route, and we’ll take a look at a unique VR experience. Today’s podcast cast includes: Rick Stella, Caleb Denison, Juliana Jara and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:32:04

TWB 168: HomePod flops, 4K at Pebble Beach, Boston Dynamics robot, 3D printing your pet

2/15/2018
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This week’s episode features a review of the Apple HomePod with what it does and doesn’t do, when compared to the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Live sports are now finally being broadcast in 4K HDR. Boston Dynamics has a new robot that is more Black Mirror than ever before. Robot Skiers are being tested at the Olympics. 3D Printing goes to a new level with a company that will make a model of your pet. Today’s podcast cast includes: Jeremiah Coughlan (comedian), Caleb Denison, Adrien Warner...

Duration:00:36:20

TWB 167: SpaceX triumph, Spotify v. Apple Music, Apple Watch health

2/8/2018
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SpaceX has reinvigorated space exploration: There can be no doubt that putting a cherry red Tesla Roadster into space, as part of the Falcon Heavy X rocket launch on 2/ 5/18, captured the world's attention. It showcased what vision, ability, talent and a whole lot of money, can accomplish. The question now is what will Elon Musk do next? One would imagine that investors are clamoring to pour more money into future projects. This was also the world's greatest ad campaign for Tesla, for...

Duration:00:27:16

TWB 166: Amazon Echo v. Google Home v. Apple HomePod, Outdoor Retailer, Galaxy X

2/1/2018
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Amazon Echo v. Google Home. v. Apple HomePod: Home Assistant and smart speaker sales are expected to increase substantially in 2018, as more consumers adopt them in some way. On today's episode we are joined by Home Editor Kim Wetzel, to help us break down the advantages and disadvantages of each one of the big names. Many people jumped on the Amazon Alexa bandwagon early and they are attempting to keep that name in everyone's minds, with a big budget Super Bowl ad. However, it's hard to...

Duration:00:28:35

TWB 165: iPhone X discontinued?, Galaxy S9 first look, 50 Cent's Bitcoins

1/25/2018
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Apple iPhone X discontinued: After a week of rumors, it seems that Apple may indeed be discontinuing the current version of the[internal-link post_id="1306127"] iPhone X[/internal-link]. KGI Securities predicts that this will occur later this year, when potential replacements for the X make their way into the market. This would be the first outright discontinuation of an iPhone since the 5c. The speculation is based around less than stellar sales, combined with a general consumer...

Duration:00:31:51

TWB 164: Best TVs of CES; Emerging tech; Amazon/Apple 2nd HQ; Falcon X

1/18/2018
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Best TVs of CES: From the LG Roll-up OLED, to Sony’s 85-inch 8K, to the Samsung 146-inch MicroLED, there was no shortage of impressive televisions at CES 2018. Caleb Denison will give us a highlight of some of the most impressive ones he was able to see. Are you ready to buy an 8K television? Emerging tech: Our emerging tech editor, Drew Prindle got to spend some time with some of the more ‘fringe’ technology being showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show, this year. While there is of...

Duration:00:30:24

Live at CES 2018: Rollup OLED TVs; MicroLED; Amazon v. Google

1/11/2018
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Live from the Digital Trends booth at #CES in Las Vegas we bring you our wrap up, some of the products we thought stood out and what we think some of these tech trends mean for the future. We'll talk the Sennheiser Speaker, Underglass Fingerprint Readers, LG Rollup Televisions, MicroLED, Amazon v. Google Home and much, much more! Each week, we gather a round table of tech experts from the Digital Trends staff, along with the occasional celebrity guest, to discuss all things tech. Topics...

Duration:00:29:25

TWB 162: CES preview; LG 8K television; Home assistant takeover

1/4/2018
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CES is almost here!: We look forward to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas every year and we are never disappointed. With 170,000 attendees, this is the premier event for the world of technology and beyond. On this episode, we'll give a brief preview of what we expect from the event, what to expect from the exhibiting companies and what all of it means for you. From our live broadcasts through the event and our constantly updating reporting, Digital Trends is your hub for all that...

Duration:00:32:45

TWB 161: iPhone Price Cut Rumor; Smart Home Hack; Delivery Robot

12/28/2017
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How do you feel about Apple offering iPhone replacement batteries for $29? Also: Apple lawsuits and possible iPhone price cut; Smart home devices that are hackable; Autonomous delivery robot. This episode of Trends With Benefits features: Adrien Warner; Brandon Widder; Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

Duration:00:33:59

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