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Digital Trends has long been the best online source for technology news and reviews. Now, each week, we gather a round table of tech experts from the DT Staff to discuss all things tech. Topics range from the big tech stories of the week to predicting the future, all while maintaining a somewhat civil decorum.

Digital Trends has long been the best online source for technology news and reviews. Now, each week, we gather a round table of tech experts from the DT Staff to discuss all things tech. Topics range from the big tech stories of the week to predicting the future, all while maintaining a somewhat civil decorum.


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Digital Trends has long been the best online source for technology news and reviews. Now, each week, we gather a round table of tech experts from the DT Staff to discuss all things tech. Topics range from the big tech stories of the week to predicting the future, all while maintaining a somewhat civil decorum.






TWB 292: Should Amazon be broken up?

Should Amazon be broken up? It’s a question the antitrust hearings are trying to answer. However, with their record profits and control in so many industries, the correct question may be; Can Amazon be broken up?


TWB 291: Mission to Mars

Do you want to live on Mars? The Mars 2020 Perseverance launch is coming up soon, and on today's episode we'll talk about what they hope to accomplish. Will we find evidence of life on Mars? Also there is now a space race to get there. We'll discuss what this means for the future of Mars habitation.


TWB 290: Can tech save education?

On today's podcast we'll go in depth with how schools are utilizing technology to facilitate education, what is working, and what isn’t working. Will these be permanent changes? Can tech save education?


TWB 289: What is going on with TikTok?

Should TikTok be banned? On today's Trends With Benefits podcast, we'll take a look at what is happening with TikTok. The app has 100s of millions of users, yet bans are being implemented, or discussed by governments worldwide. Are the concerns legitimate? Should you be wary of your privacy, or is it the same as every other platform? We'll attempt to answer those questions and more. Join us at 2:30 pm PT for our live round table podcast and let us know how you feel about TikTok.


TWB 288: Is Food Delivery Cannibalizing Itself?

Are you ordering more food online than you did before? Whether it's Uber Eats, Door Dash, Postmates, Grubhub, Instacart, or any of the others, the numbers show you probably are. Now that consolidation has started though, what will it mean for us going forward? We'll analyze where the state of the industry is now and what it will mean for food deliveries going forward.


TWB 287: 50 Years of Video Calls

It's hard to believe, but it's been 50 years since the first ever video phone call. As ubiquitous has it now seems to have this ability, it wasn't always the case. Today we'll take a look at where it all started, why it's so important during the time of a pandemic, and where it could all be headed.


TWB 286: The Streaming Wars: Pandemic Edition

How many Streaming Services do you subscribe to? The Streaming Wars have been ongoing for several years now and today we take a look at the state of the industry. From the 'Origin Story' to success stories, to some...less than successful stories, there is a lot to cover. Are there too many? What is HBO called again? We'll cover that ane more.


TWB 285: Protecting Your Tech in a Protest

With protests and demonstrations happening worldwide, the importance of technology has never been more present. Smartphones provide communication, documentation, verification, and coordination of all of these efforts. On this episode we'll go through some suggestions on best practices to keep yourself and your technology safe.


TWB 284: Algorithmic Discrimination

The use of artificial intelligence, predictive policing technology, facial recognition software, targeted search engines and the like, have proven to be biased on many ocassions. On this episode we dig into the technological side of discrimination, and how these algorithms are being used in inappropriate ways. How did things get this way, why are they being used, and how can it be changed?


TWB 283: Should Social Media moderate content?

Twitter and Facebook have both made their stances known recently, when it comes to content posted on their site. This comes after the President threatened to remove protection for social media platforms via Article 230. But what would that really mean? Who should be regulating content, or should it be moderated in any way? We'll discuss the actual ramifications and what it could mean for the internet as a whole.


TWB 282: SpaceX launch will change everything

SpaceX will be launching the Demo-2 mission to the ISS on May 27th, marking the first time since the Space Shuttle launches, that human have been sent into orbit from the US. It's also the first time that a private entity has contracted with a governmental organization to send people up. We'll talk about what they are doing, and how it could change everything.


TWB 281: Data Caps Have Got To Go

Long-distance phone calls used to charge money, but mobile phones have pretty much made that a thing of the past in domestic markets. The internet is available anywhere that lines are connecting computers, so why do we have data caps and tiers that cost more? On this episode we'll talk about the history of it and why it's time that ISP's change their ways.


TWB 280: Predicting the Post-Pandemic World

When will you be ready to go to a theater again? That's one of the questions we'll be answering ourselves today. Something we do know as we come out of this pandemic, is that nothing is going to be quite the same again, for a long time. Today we'll take a look at tech's role in the post-pandemic world. How will our offices look? What about public transportation? Even our entertainment and definitely large events are going to change in some way. Maybe we'll all just carry about in Zorbs,...


TWB 279: Animal Crossing: New Horizons to Black Market

No game has been more of a phenomenon during the time of coronavirus, than Animal Crossing: New Horizons. From holding graduations and birthday parties in it, to even interacting with celebrities, it has helped a lot of people feel 'normal' during quarantine. But...there is also a seedy underbelly popping up with a sort-of black market, including scammers, bouncers, and villager traders. Whether you play the game, or not, it is a fascinating study of our times.


TWB 278: Spring Cleaning Your Digital Life

Do you have boxes of cables lying around to old printers? What about 100s if not 1000s of unread emails in your inbox? If you have anything remotely like this then you're probably in need of a solid spring cleaning of your tech. On today's episode we'll walk through some good tips, have a little 'old tech show and tell' and hopefully help you go into summer a lot more 'digitally slimmer'.


TWB 277: YouTube's 15 Year Anniversary

The 15th anniversary of YouTube is almost upon us and today we cover exactly how influential that is. From inspiring creators, to changing the way we view entertainment, there is a lot to cover in one episode. We have a Top 5 from Adrien, the history from Professor Prindle, the influence of YouTube from Caleb, and Greg provides a little context of where we are now.


TWB 276: Cooking Tech for WFH

Working from home has a lot of people turning to technology to help them cook their meals. On today's show our experts discuss what tech they use, how they apply it and what some of the options are out there to make your cooking experience easier and more enjoyable.


TWB 275: Conspiracy Theories go Pandemic

There has never been a shortage of conspiracies theories in the world, but it is fascinating how they are propagating now in the era of the pandemic. Does 5G cause COVID-19? NO. But somehow this rumor and many others are prolific on social media. On this episode we'll examine the role that tech has in it and what is being done to help stem the tide of misinformation.


TWB 274: Esports Evolution

With coronavirus shutting down all events, including sports, it's an interesting time to see how things are adapting. Traditional athletic leagues are turning to Esports to provide entertainment and keep engagement going. It leads to the question of what is the future of 'sports'? Basically we all want mech-battles, but until then we cover what is happening, and what is happening in this constantly evolving world.


TWB 273: Quarantine Streaming

As we all transition to working from home, the taxation on our internet infrastructure grows steadily. Is it strong enough to handle all of the streaming TV, movies, concerts, and gaming we're now adapting to? We'll discuss that and of course what we're watching and how we're handling isolation, while still maintaining an internet connection.