The Consumer Electronics Show is over for another year, leaving a pile of press releases, product releases and demo videos in its wake. El Kaiser and J.D. discuss the highlights of the 2017 mega-gadgetfest, and sample a few other stories in the tech headlines this week. Also on the show, J.D. points NASA fans in the direction of the new movie Hidden Figures — and the apps and sites celebrating these inspiring women. Through hardships to the stars, indeed.
Links to This Week’s News Stories
• I have seen the future: Alexa controls everything (Ars Technica)
• All the cool new gadgets at CES 2017 (CNET)
• Battle of the CES 2017 coffee and tea robots (CNET)
• Nokia 6, Asus ZenFone AR and Other CES 2017 Launches, Vodafone’s Rs. 499 Plan, More News This Week (Gadgets360)
• Marissa Mayer is resigning from Yahoo’s board (Business Insider)
• After Verizon deal, Yahoo to become ‘Altaba’ and Marissa Mayer to step down from board (The New York Times)
• United State Securities and Exchange Commission Form 8-K
• Facebook is going to start showing ads in the middle of its videos and sharing the money with publishers (Recode)
• Cybersecurity vulnerabilities identified in St. Jude medical’s implantable cardiac devices and Merlin@home transmitter (FDA Safety Communication)
• Commission proposes high level of privacy rules for all electronic communications and updates data protection rules for EU institutions (EU Commission press release)
• Our continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10 (Windows blog)
• One place to manage your privacy (Microsoft)
• Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15002 for PC (Windows blog)
• Coming Soon to Windows 10 (Microsoft)
• Facebook, Google face strict EU privacy rules that could hit ad revenues (Ars Technica)
• KGI: 3 new iPads to debut next quarter will slow decline in sales, 10-10.5 inch model wildcard (9to5Mac)
• Apple releases fix to MacBook Pros in response to Consumer Reports’ battery test results (Consumer Reports)
• Subject: The iPhone turns 10: a visual history of Apple’s most important product (The Verge)
• Phil Schiller on iPhone’s launch, how it changed Apple, and why it will keep going for 50 years (Backchannel)
It’s the first week of January and the streets of the Big Apple, the city that (allegedly) never sleeps, are quiet. The Holiday tourists have gone home. Perpetually grumpy New Yorkers are enjoying our short respite from the out-of-towners we love to hate.
But the streets of another sleepless city tell a different story this week. Las Vegas is jam-packed with thousands of gadget nerds reveling in the consumer technology bacchanal that is CES. This year the event features 3,600 exhibiting companies and over 200 conference sessions.
We’ve girded our loins for the onslaught of hyperbolic press releases and breathless on-the-scene reports to bring you the latest news from the desert party.
Also on the show, J.D. shares tips to help us budget our money using online data and El Kaiser gives us his take on the goings on in Nevada this week.
It’s 2016. The podcast revolution continues!
Samsung unveils their flagship Galaxy phone line at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain to oohs and aahs but the lovefest didn’t last long.
A small but vocal minority of their users, El Kaiser among them, have taken to the Intertubes to decry the South Korean electronics giant’s decision to eliminate the MicroSD card slot and removable battery on the new Galaxy S6.
Also on the show, journalist Laura Holson joins us to discuss the intersection of style and functionality featured in the next wave of wearable technology.
And, of course, we crack-wise about the top tech news of the week. It’s what we live for!
The annual electronics shindig in the Nevada desert comes to a close and JD takes a look at what new products featured at CES 2015 brought us closer to a Star Trek. Also on the show, El Kaiser reviews new microphones and audio interfaces from IK Multimedia. Yes, we do discuss the latest tech news but we made this a shenanigans free episode.
Nah, just kidding! We couldn’t do that if we tried…
It’s our very first crossover episode as comedian Mike Robles of the Robles & Rosado podcast stops by to help El Kaiser while J.D. is away. Mike reveals the details of the very special relationship he shares with his smartphone and tries his best to understand what drives Pedro’s notorious gadget lust.
In the news, Target’s CEO takes the bullet for the department store’s recent data theft mess. Gregg Steinhafel steps down after a 35 year career with the retailer.
Antivirus software is dead according to Symantec, manufacturers of Norton Antivirus, one of the top selling anti-malware software in the world.
Fresh on the heels of their announcement of a merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast gets into the video game business with the announcement of a streaming arrangement with EA Games for the cable giant’s new X1 platform.
And finally, if you’re anything like El Kaiser #AmazonCart Might be just what you have been waiting for. The new hashtag lets you add items to your Amazon shopping cart directly from your Twitter feed.