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Is Virtual Reality just 2017's Google Glass (with guest Rachel Metz)?

2/28/2017
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After hearing that Oculus Rift is retreating from almost half of its Best Buy locations, we were wondering if VR was a fading fad. We invited MIT Technology Review's Rachel Metz to chat with us. And here's the article she wrote about this: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603615/oculus-closes-many-in-store-demo-stations-as-vr-headsets-prove-a-hard-sell/

Duration:00:21:47

Is Virtual Reality just 2017’s Google Glass (with guest Rachel Metz)?

2/28/2017
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After hearing that Oculus Rift is retreating from almost half of its Best Buy locations, we were wondering if VR was a fading fad. We invited MIT Technology Review’s Rachel Metz to chat with us. And here’s the article she wrote about this: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/603615/oculus-closes-many-in-store-demo-stations-as-vr-headsets-prove-a-hard-sell/

Duration:00:21:47

The 9 best movies you've never seen (with guest Christian Toto)

2/21/2017
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With the Oscars around the corner and after recently talking about streaming services and cable cutting, this week we welcome special guest film critic Christian Toto for a roundtable discussion of our 9 favorite, underrated movies. These are great films to watch this weekend or whenever you need something that is awesome but not necessarily the latest blockbuster. The films we discussed on this epsiode: The Fountain Full Moon and Blue Water Go 12 Monkeys Best Worst...

Duration:00:37:51

The 9 best movies you’ve never seen

2/21/2017
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With the Oscars around the corner and after recently talking about streaming services and cable cutting, this week we welcome special guest film critic Christian Toto for a roundtable discussion of our 9 favorite, underrated movies. These are great films to watch this weekend or whenever you need something that is awesome but not necessarily the latest blockbuster. The films we discussed on this epsiode: The Fountain Full Moon and Blue Water Go 12 Monkeys Best Worst...

Duration:00:37:51

6 essential productivity tools

2/14/2017
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THis week Dave and Rick share their three favorite producivity tools (and why they love them). Here are the various apps and services discussed on this show: LastPass https://www.lastpass.com/ Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/ OneNote https://www.onenote.com/ Evernote https://evernote.com/ Scannable https://evernote.com/products/scannable/ Office...

Duration:00:17:51

Do you need a fancy router to fix your home's Wi-Fi?

2/7/2017
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This week, we discuss mesh wifi routers like the Eero, Google Wifi, and Netgear Orbi. They have some real advantages over traditional wifi routers, but a huge downside: They're a lot more expensive. Dave recently tested Eero and he discusses the pros and cons with Rick. Products mentioned in this podcast: https://eero.com/ https://madeby.google.com/wifi/ https://www.netgear.com/home/products/networking/orbi/

Duration:00:17:02

Can you save money by cutting cable TV?

1/31/2017
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This week, we take a hard look at cord cutting -- can you save money by cutting cable and just subscribing to streaming services? Or is there more ere than meets the eye?

Duration:00:14:07

Fake news: Where it lives and how to avoid it

1/24/2017
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Fake news seems to be everywhere these days, so how do you tell when something is fake? And is it possible to avoid it to begin with? That's the subject today. Some of the tools we talked about in this episide: Web of trust https://www.mywot.com/ This is Fake https://www.thisisfake.org/ B.S. Detector http://bsdetector.tech/ And here's the Onion article we mentioned from way back in 2000 which linked Harry Potter to...

Duration:00:14:41

CES 2017 wrapup!

1/11/2017
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Recording our second CES epsiode "amost live" from CES, we wrap up the show this week with conversations about Circuit Scribe, Lego Boost, the Sevenhugs universal remote, Plantronics headphones, the terrifying iPal family robot, and some utterly inexplicable Vinci headphones from Inspero.

Duration:00:15:56

The best and worst of CES (so far)

1/6/2017
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Reporting almost live from CES, we talk about the most interesting things we've seen on the show floor this year, including great stuff (like VR, drones, and smart home gadgets) and some head scratchingly misguided gadgets like "smart" hairbrushes and sticky note printers.

Duration:00:13:56

Download movies from Netflix (and the frustrating glut of streaming services)

12/20/2016
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Joining us once again this week: Special guest tech journalist Melissa Perenson. We talk about downloading movies from Netflix for offline viewing. We also talk about the glut of streaming sites (did you know YouTube has its own premium subscription service?) and the coming reckoning that will bring. Join us for this last episode of 2016. See you in 2017 live from CES.

Duration:00:10:44

Last minute holiday tech shopping (with special guest)

12/13/2016
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Christmas and Chanukah are just 2 weeks away--so with the urgency that only comes from being out of time, we offer a slew of tech-y gift ideas for all the people on your shopping list. We also lament toys of old that were seemingly designed to murder children, and discuss the pros and cons of cream cheese holiday cookies. Oh, and we welcome special guest tech journalist Melissa Perenson.

Duration:00:26:41

Download movies to your phone with PlayOn

12/6/2016
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Just this week, Netflix started to allow users to download movies for offline viewing. But did you know there's a way to download video from ANY service--Netflix, Hulu, HBO, whatever--and watch it on a phone or tablet where there's no Internet access? We talk all about that this week.

Duration:00:08:27

Kickstarter: The best and worst thing ever.

11/29/2016
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Kickstarter is where you go for your $200 cooler with a built-in blender, your battery-powered umbrella, and your gyroscopically stabilized one-wheeled skateboard. It's a hotbed of innovation, it's a wild west where you can lose a lot of money if you're not careful, and it's the subject of this week's podcast.

Duration:00:15:43

Tech toy and gadget gift suggestions for kids of every age

11/22/2016
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With the holidays approaching like a highly tinseled freight train, Dave and Rick make tech toy recommendations for kids of all ages. They recommend an awesome artifically intelligent robot, a few inexpensive stocking stuffers, subscription boxes, drones, affordable virtual reality, and more. And they argue about Festivus and the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond along the way.

Duration:00:14:30

Google Auto prevents your phone from trying to murder you when you drive

11/15/2016
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Since the dawn of the smartphone age, your phone has actively tried to murder you while you drive. Last week, Google made an app called Android Auto available, and it's a real game changer -- it tames your phone so it's safe to use your phone while driving. We've got the scoop on this cool app, and we talk to the app during the podcast as well.

Duration:00:10:29

Set your cash on fire, digital credit cards are here

11/8/2016
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It's a contentious day at One Cool Thing as Dave tries to convince Rick and guest tech journalist Melanie Pinola that using digital credit solutions -- like Coin, Plastc, Android Pay, and Apple Pay -- are better than tried-and-true credit cards.

Duration:00:12:43

Monkeys and dolphins are stealing our iPads

11/1/2016
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Motivated by YouTube videos of animals making off with iPads, this week we discuss if tablets are worthy replacements for laptop computers--and if not for you and me, what about for our parents? We're joined by special guest Sarah Jacobsson Purewal. Here are the animal videos Dave, Rick, and Sarah discussed: https://www.techwalla.com/articles/animals-love-ipads-apparently

Duration:00:13:30

Why your smartphone battery might explode (and should you worry?)

10/25/2016
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is just the latest in a line of gadgets that have batteries with a tendency to explode. With guest Melanie Pinola, we talk about the real risk of exploding batteries, laptops that cause house fires, Star Trek phasers on overload, Rick's asbestos pocket Kickstarter, and much more.

Duration:00:12:28

One Cool Thing goes to Mars!

10/19/2016
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Last week, President Obama gave an important speech about sending Americans to Mars. Elon Musk unveiled his own plan to populate the red planet. So this week, let's take a break from the usual topics and chat about going to Mars, with special guest David Isaac.

Duration:00:16:20