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TWB 159: Net neutrality ends; Disney buys Fox; Star Wars tech

Net Neutrality is dead: With a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially repealed the the 2015 internet regulations, commonly referred to as Net Neutrality. This change could fundamentally change how everyone from corporations, to small businesses, to the average consumer, accesses and interacts with the web. On today's episode we walk through where we're at now, what we think could happen and take live questions/comments regarding this landscape-changing...

Duration: 00:39:30

TWB 158: Bitcoin; DT Best Tech Products of 2017; iPhone 2018 rumors

Bitcoin: The incredibly rising value of Bitcoin is causing some significant changes for some companies and what they will accept for payment. Drew Prindle also shares his tale of Bitcoin and what he could have right now. DT Products of the Year: The staff at Digital Trends had the arduous task of picking what they consider to the best tech products of the year, in a number of different categories. There debates and there were difficult decisions, but the list is now posted on the site....

Duration: 00:40:40

TWB 157: Alexa at Work, Amazon's Disintegrating Drones, Bionic Arms

Alexa at Work: Amazon is already making a huge push to take over the digital assistant market place, with all of their Echo devices. Now, they have launched Alexa for Business, with the goal of having these placed all over offices. Are you ready to be around Alexa all hours of the day? Or would you prefer Siri, or Google? Disintegrating Drones: On the other end of Amazon's empire, delivery drones are sure to some day be a reality. One of the biggest worries, is what happens if they...

Duration: 00:29:03

TWB 156: Amazon Key hack, iPhone X Face ID, Google Pixel Buds

Google Pixel Buds: Ryan has written up a full review of the new ear budsand will tell his thoughts on today's show. In particular, the unique feature of translate, could be something that truly sets them apart from their competitors. But, do they sound good? Amazon Key Hacked: Despite the convenience factor, there still seems to be overwhelming hesitation for general adoption of something like the Amazon Key home delivery system. Now, with news that there is a small, but real, chance the...

Duration: 00:31:42

TWB 155: Driverless shuttle accident; Uber air taxis; A.I. citizens

Uber Flying Taxis: Announced at the Web Summit in Portugal, Uber has added Los Angeles as a test city for it's "Elevate" flying taxi program. The goal is to deploy the aircraft on top of buildings, so that they essentially never touch solid ground. Will you ride in a driver-less vehicle?: Las Vegas has been touting it's impending use of an autonomous shuttle for a while now. It's finally debuted into an accident within one hour. Digital Trends had a reporter riding in the...

Duration: 00:31:31

TWB 154: iPhone X release is here; Roku Stick; Robotic Dog; AI Scary Stories

Are you getting an iPhone X?: Unless you pre-ordered, or plan to wait in line at an Apple Store all night, the chances of actually getting an iPhone X on the official launch date are pretty slim. However, plenty of reviews are out and we'll go over what we've seen and whether we think it's worth the $999 price tag for the base version. Roku Streaming Stick+: We're always looking for the next best way to stream the newest tv shows and movies. The Roku Streaming Stick+ may just be the best...

Duration: 00:39:18

TWB 153: Amazon 'Key' delivery, Echo Plus, Noise-Canceling Noodle Fork

Amazon Key In-Home Delivery: At some point, I'm sure we've all had a package stolen. Amazon now hopes to keep this from happening to their home deliveries, with the Amazon Key. It's an all-in-one solution to allow secure access to your home, by delivery drivers, or service providers that you specify. However, "secure" is really the key word here. How can they verify that this system can't be hacked? Will you be purchasing an Amazon Key? Echo Plus: Amazon is continuing it's plan to...

Duration: 00:29:18

TWB 152: iPhone 8 issues, Home Awards, security drone, robot war

iPhone 8 not so great?: Multiple sources are saying that Apple has cut back on the production demands for the iPhone 8, because of anticipated demand for the iPhone X. Verizon is reporting that despite the $1000 price tag, people are still expressing interest for the phone as the Oct. 27th pre-sale date approaches. Are we entering the era of $1k plus cell phones as a new standard? DT Home Awards: The Digital Trends Home Awards were announced this week, with some amazing advances in...

Duration: 00:31:13

TWB 151: Alexa Voice Recognition; Google Recordings; Disney Movie App

Alexa Voice Recognition: Google Home announced Voice Match last week, as a service that can distinguish between individual user'svoices. Amazon has now followed suit with an Alexa update that can do the same thing. Google Home Mini recordings: Google is now in hot water, after a user reported that a glitch in his Home Mini, allowed it to record everything he said and store the information. They have since sent out a software update to address the issue, but this really plays to the worst...

Duration: 00:40:30

TWB 150: Google takes on Amazon & Apple; Quadcopter Commute; Mars City

Google takes on everyone: Google had their turn at big announcements this week, revealing two new Pixel phones, the Pixel Buds, Home Mini/Home Max and a new lifelogging camera called the Google Clip. How do they stack up against Amazon, Apple and all of the competition? Is this no-headphone-jack trend something that we'll see more of? We'll give you a run down of where they're at, what we think and take your opinions, as well. CityAirbus Quadcopter Transport: It sounds like it's straight...

Duration: 00:35:23

TWB 149: Amazon Echo for all; Fire TV vs. Apple 4K TV; Google Ultra Pixel

Echo Everywhere: Amazon is determined to provide an Alexa-enabled device for anyone and everyone. They have just revealed 4 new/2nd-generation home assistants that might help them further take command of the burgeoning market. However, is it enough for you to buy one, or say...switch from Google Home? Amazon Fire TV vs. Apple 4K TV: Both Apple and Amazon want to take corner the cord-cutting market, in addition to advancing streaming 4K television devices. We'll take a look at each one,...

Duration: 00:38:50

TWB 148: iPhone X delayed?; Fall TV buyers guide; Voltron technology

Big Delay for the iPhone X?: Are you one of those folks clamoring for the brand new, top of the line, iPhone X? Well, you may have to wait quite a bit. It is rumored that Apple has [internal-link post_id="1012335"]yet to begin production[/internal-link] and delivery time could be a long way out. Fall TV Buying Guide Preview: We may very well be in the golden-era of OLED televisions and Caleb will let you know what to expect for the Fall and what some of the best deals are out there. Have...

Duration: 00:33:23

TWB 147: Apple Event Recap - iPhone X, Series 3 Apple Watch, Apple TV 4K

The iPhone X: The device is being touted by Apple as the smartphone that will define the industry for the next 10 years. It is very impressive, with seamless OLED, Face ID and an admittedly, aesthetically pleasing design. However, a lot of this technology has already been out there. Is the phone revolutionary enough for you to pay $1000 for it? Series 3 Apple Watch: The big reveal of this watch at the performance was pretty incredible in appearance. A full LTE connected watch, ‘infused’...

Duration: 00:29:29

TWB 146: Apple Roundup, Driver-less Lyft, High-Tech Helmets, E-skin

Apple Rumor Roundup: In case you didn't know, the big Apple Special Event in Cupertino will be on September 12th and we already know we'll be seeing a brand new iPhone. We'll give a roundup of what the other rumored products are and where you can catch all of the action as it unfolds. Autonomous Lyft: Bay Area folks may be able to take a ride in a powered autonomous car, in conjunction with Lyft. Users will need to opt into the program and if chosen, the ride will be free. Uber...

Duration: 00:31:13

TWB 145: Star Wars AR, the LG V30, iPhone 8 rumors, and Alexa everywhere

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges AR: Lenovo has debuted a standalone, smartphone-powered headset utilizing Mirage AR at this years IFA event in Germany. They partnered with Disney to create the game Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, in which you can fight foes with your lightsaber in augmented reality. It’s pretty impressive and at under $200, could be a huge hit. Alexa, Alexa, Alexa: Amazon is continuing it’s mad rush to put Alexa in every known device, announcing several more at IFA. Microsoft and...

Duration: 00:30:19

TWB 144: Galaxy vs. iPhone vs. Pixel, Icelandic Drones and Elon's Spacesuit

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 vs. iPhone 8 vs. Google Pixel 2: All three of these phones are slated to be released, if not in stores, over the next 60 days. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is already a known commodity, but with the iPhone and Pixel, we don't know all of the features. Good thing is that we have a lot of [internal-link post_id="1012335"]rumors[/internal-link]. With price as a factor, which one of these three phones would you purchase? Iceland Drone Delivery: Reykjavik has become one of...

Duration: 00:28:29

TWB 143: Apple Oled TV rumors, iOS 11 'Cop Button' and Bio-Robotics

Apple Oled TV Rumors: With a grainy, leaked photo, the rumors of an [internal-link post_id="1228429"]impending Apple Television[/internal-link] have started back up. It's been years of speculation, but with $1 billion already being invested in original content, could we finally see this almost mystical product become a reality? iOS 11 'Cop Button': A new security feature in iOS 11 will allow a user to quickly [internal-link post_id="1228974"]disable the Touch ID[/internal-link] function...

Duration: 00:28:54

TWB 142: With Disney & Facebook, are we reaching streaming content overload?

Disney splits from Netflix and Facebook turns on Watch: Further fracturing and additions to the streaming content world happened this week. [internal-link post_id="1224804"]Disney announced[/internal-link] that it will be taking it's massive amount content off of Netflix, in order to start up possible multiple streams of their own, including ESPN. Now, Facebook has announced Watch an original content channel on their network. We have all wanted ala carte service for a long time, but are we...

Duration: 00:33:40

TWB 141: YouTube Red/Google Play Music merger & iPhone 8 rumors

YouTube Red/Google Play Music merger: The two streaming music services (and much more) have announced that they will be joining forces under one umbrella. Will this be enough for you to switch to the setup, or are you happy with the service you're currently using? iPhone 8/X/10/Edition update: Another week and yet more rumors about the next iPhone. With all of the competition it faces, it now appears that the phone may have wireless charging capabilities according to an image from...

Duration: 00:32:40

TWB 140: Comic-Con, Return of Atari, Elon Musk and the Hyperloop

San Diego Comic-Con: Star Wars news, Stranger Things 2, The Defenders, Wonder Woman! So many things will be revealed at [internal-link post_id="1213995"]Comic-Con[/internal-link] this weekend, but we'll touch on a few headlines we've heard so far. What are you most looking forward to hearing about from Comic-Con? Return of Atari: The sudden resurgence of Atari is surprising to some, but they've apparently been working on new products, for quite some time now. They have a huge...

Duration: 00:34:19

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