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PTJ 303: Fire in the Troll Hole!

Can Big Tech get busted up and does Facebook’s pivot to privacy seem legit? El Kaiser and J.D.  roll through the recent news, stopping to ponder the “Save the Internet” Act, a slew of new streaming channels and the success of Captain Marvel at the box office — despite concentrated efforts from certain quarters to drag down the film’s ratings. It’s all here on PTJ 303, where we also have our annual guide to helping your friends and family avoid tax-season scams this spring.

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Be On Guard This Tax Season

PTJ 302: Social Disorder

Has social media become more trouble than it’s worth? El Kaiser and J.D ponder the topic while discussing virtual-reality pioneer Jaron Lanier’s 2018 book, “Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now.” And as always, this week’s episode of Pop Tech Jam serves up a look at the recent tech headlines. Fire up Episode 302 to hear it all!

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Is It Time to Dump Social Media?

PTJ 301: Golden “Opportunity”

As NASA declares its Mars Opportunity rover’s mission to be over, El Kaiser and J.D. raise a glass to the plucky little machine who did far more than what was expected of it — and sent back so much science. This week’s batch of headlines also brings a potential new subscription service (or two) from Apple, Amazon bailing out of New York City and a Tinder-like app for cattle. J.D. also discusses apps to better plan your home renovation. Here’s a toast to Opportunity from PTJ Episode 301!

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Home Improvement

PTJ 300: Close Comfort

As Pop Tech Jam hits the canonical 300-episode mark, El Kaiser and J.D. ponder the skill (or lack thereof) needed to create a good grilled-cheese sandwich — before discussing the week’s technology news and a roundup of public-safety and information apps. Cook yourself up a toastie and have a listen!

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Apps for Public Safety and Civic Duty, plus Grilled Cheese Recipes

PTJ 299: Tumblin’ Down

The winter temperatures in the American Midwest may have plummeted, but in the technology world, it’s Apple and Facebook bouncing off the floor — and into each other over user privacy. El Kaiser and J.D. chew through the events of the past week, and also pause to ponder another question: How many streaming services can one actually have until it feels like paying the same old big bucks for a cable subscription? Click up Episode 299 to hear it all!

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Swimming in Streams

PTJ 298: Over Easy

Famous eggs, self-delivering scooters, rabbit-ears making a comeback and YouTube tries to ban stupidity — El Kaiser and JD catch up on a big pile of technology news from the past week or two. And in a (Hopefully) Helpful Hint, J.D. explains how to use a free, pre-built spreadsheet to track your finances. Roll on into PTJ 298 to hear it all!

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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint

PTJ 297: Yes, It’s Time for Our Annual Smart Toilet Update

Early January is here at last and El Kaiser and J.D. are ready to explore all the unique creations launched on the floor of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. And as with last year’s round-up, the specifications and features on the Kohler Intelligent Toilet amaze. This week’s episode also features a look at recent technology news and a rave review for the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse film. Jump into 2019 with Episode 297!

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Consumer Electronics Show 2019

PTJ 296: “Ring Out the False, Ring In the True!”

As 2018 comes clanging to a close. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss Amazon’s healthy holiday sales, Instagram’s effects on people, Snapchat’s “dog lenses” and a new essay that wonders just how much of the Internet is real anymore. And in the last (Hopefully) Helpful Hint of the year, J.D. offers a guide for preserving your one-of-a-kind family photographs and slides in the digital realm.
Ring up Episode 296, right here!

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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint: Digitize and Fix Your Ancient Photos

PTJ 294: Location, Location, Location

Of course, your apps are tracking you! El Kaiser told you that years ago, but The New York Times now fills in the details. J.D. rounds up the headlines from the past two weeks for discussion and also offers a (Hopefully) helpful Hint about recording your family’s history in audio and video this holiday season. Pull up a chair and join us for PTJ 294!

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(Hopefully) Helpful Hint

The Udoq Charging Dock: A Luxury Gadget You Didn’t Know You Needed

I’m a slob when it comes to charging my various and sundry electronic devices, I admit it. I plug everything into an industrial-strength power strip, toss it all on the floor while whispering a short prayer to the gadget gods that my children don’t break any of them them during their frequent bursts of manic energy.

Quick sidebar. My kids can’t be the only ones that suddenly tear through the house like cats after a visit to the litter box?

Anyhoo…

Despite the occasional gadget trampling by the young ones, I never felt the need to switch-up my power game. Then — as if on cue — the good folks at udoq rocked my charging world by sending me their 400mm docking station, the udoq400, for review.

The udoq was developed, patented and designed in Germany by Marcus Kuchler who envisioned these docks as one-size fits all, simple, flexible and sustainable charging stations for smartphones, tablets, digital music players and e-readers.

The killer feature of the udoq is how easy it is to customize. I was able to swap the proprietary Apple Lightning connectors that came with the demonstration model I tested and add a USB-C cable to charge a Nintendo Switch.

The udoq also comes in Android flavors and their shop sells  Apple 30-pin connectors and the aforementioned USB-C adaptors to cover pretty much any slate-like device you’re looking to use.  The cables slide into the docking station’s rail to let you mix and match your gizmos.

Now here comes the part where I pump your brakes a little. The price of udoq ranges from $89 dollars for just the 250mm rail to $248.50 for the tricked-out 700mm Apple version.

That’s some serious dinero, even for an impeccably designed brushed aluminum charger that’s designed to last for decades.

By the way, have I mentioned how good it looks? Well it does. The udoq400 I was putting through its paces was very, VERY snazzy. It’s definitely a luxury gadget for people who concern themselves with both aesthetics and function.

The tangled mess of cables, tablets and smartphones strewn all over the floors of Casa Kaiser was how I always did things. It never occurred to me that there was a better way until I spent a few days with the udoq400. I was almost immediately struck by the realization that this high-end docking station was everything I never knew I needed for my beloved gadgets.

To put it as succinctly… my doodads and geegaws have never looked better while juicing up!