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56. Etsy for Things in Development (S2E02)

8/14/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:41:38


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

8/7/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:43:26


54. Minor Differences in Creepiness

6/19/2017
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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

Duration: 00:26:43


53. Operation: Stolen Thunder

5/30/2017
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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

Duration: 00:28:17


52. The Background Music of Your Life

5/8/2017
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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

Duration: 00:38:50


51. Open Offices Never Work Like That

4/24/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:46:05


50. What is TV?

4/10/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:33:34


49. Subscribing My Life Away

4/3/2017
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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

Duration: 00:35:40


48. A Definitive List of "The Best"

3/27/2017
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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

Duration: 00:18:50


47. Paying to be Advertised To

3/20/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:23:01


46. Is Copying Actually Bad?

3/13/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:56:15


45. Switch Anxiety

3/6/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:39:54


44. The Blue Light Generation

2/27/2017
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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 :...

Duration: 00:39:19


43. Play More Like This

2/20/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:31:46


42. You Lose Money if You Don't Buy It

2/13/2017
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Chase has been keeping his eye out for the latest Toyz2Lyfe game (inspired by the Dreamworks Pictures animated Toy Story rip-off), and he's found some great online tools to track the best deals. Unfortunately, he's been sucked into the consumerist trap of online deal sites, and now has a garage packed wall-to-wall with HDMI cables and women's pants. The internet is weird. SlickdealsCheapCharts for iOSCamelCamelCamelMacRumors Buying GuideWootMeh…

Duration: 00:29:18


41. Do People Really Not Know Where They're Going?

2/6/2017
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Why is it that every car radio, CD player, or fancy infotainment system sucks? Maybe it's a disconnect with customers, maybe it's just a lack of care... or maybe it's because there is no incentive to make it better when the competition all sucks, too. Either way, we don't like it. When the device in our pocket can do almost anything, why can't it be the center of our automotive life? Chevy partners with LG for in-car entertainmentApple CarPlayIgnition (CarPlay on iPad)Android Auto

Duration: 00:41:38


40. I Already Have a Working Relationship with Amazon

1/23/2017
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It's been a long week, and it's my night to make dinner. I know the fridge is basically empty, but going to the store seems like too much work. Fortunately, I can shop a virtual grocery store, pick a delivery window, and know that my day just got 10% easier - but at what cost? Amazon Fresh - Save $25 on your first orderInstacartPeaPodPostmatesPlowz/MowzMagic Personal Assistant Service

Duration: 00:27:28


39. Face Down on a Table

1/16/2017
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So we missed — PING — our projected sales for — BZZZ BZZZ — the fifth quarter in a row. I know — PING PING — that you've been — ZIP POW — leading that division — BEEP BEEP — as best you can but — RING RING, RING RING — are you going to get that? Hello? Yeah. Yeah. No. Yeah. I told him no. He had it yesterday! Yes, he did. No. Okay, see you tonight. Sorry, kids, you know? Sure. So, like I was saying — BZZZ BZZZ — you're a great leader — PING — and you've been in charge of — WHISTLE BUZZ — a...

Duration: 00:45:57


38. Pen and Paper People Eaters

1/9/2017
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You're in a meeting and you need to remember some key details of the conversation. Do you write it on a sheet of paper, or punch it out into the notes app on your iPad or iPhone? Then you are asked to attend a meeting - can you check what your calendar looks like, oe is it sitting on your desk? After work, you remember you need to stop at the store - do you have your list? Paper (by 53)OneNoteGoogle KeepTextWrangler

Duration: 00:38:25


37. The Best Game Nintendo Could Make on iOS

1/3/2017
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I don't even remember what we talked about. Video games, I guess? Like a low-budget Idle Thumbs. It doesn't matter, I'm just going back to Mario. Gotta collect those souls, amirite? This game, it's like those auto-scrolling levels of Olde only now they're even harder (and maybe they're crappier as a result). I'm just glad someone took the time to hand-craft all of these coins. Like I took the time to hand-craft the coins I paid them with! Hah! But for real, no nickle and diming here. Just...

Duration: 00:36:23

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