Episode 125: The only Glasshole left

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We pour one out for Google Glass, which is no longer being sold.

Google claims it is graduating from the explorer program and getting a new team and all that. But is it really? In theory the plan sounds great. Tony Fadell, the creator of Nest and the iPod, is bringing Glass under his team. If anyone can rescue it, perhaps he and his team can.

Jeremy is going to keep using Google Glass in the classroom, but now he won’t be able to get a replacement if something happens to it.  We discuss what went wrong with Google Glass, how it could have been more successful and if products like Oculus Rift and HoloLens are better routes to go with head-mounted technology.

We also discuss the big net neutrality news. We did not expect to see the FCC come out so strongly in favor of net neutrality.

And we also have a quick update on my wifi problems (that may be better now). We provide some quick tips for how you can improve your wifi performance.

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Episode 124: We welcome our streaming future

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We take a deep dive into Sling TV, the first major streaming TV option available that includes a package of popular cable channels.

What makes this option so compelling is that it includes ESPN and several other channels for $20. With ESPN now available without a cable subscription, the landscape for over-the-top video has changed dramatically.

It’s one thing if a niche channel like HBO allows for streaming without cable, but it’s quite another if the heavyweight in cable, ESPN, is willing to go cable free.

We discuss whether or not we would describe to an entire year of a service like Sling TV or HBO Go or would we do it only for certain shows?

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Episode 123: Rolling Stone UVA rape story

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We deconstruct the Rolling Stove UVA rape story.

It was a crazy story about a freshmen student being gang raped as part of a fraternity initation. Now Rolling Stone has walked back some of its reporting, engaged in victim blaming and in general deeply tarnished its reputation. We discuss how monumental of a f-up this really is for a journalism organization.

We also discuss the impact this will have on other rape victims and the culture on college campuses that leads to sexual assault.

As the show title suggests, we also talked about Uber.

We’re trying our best to get on a regular schedule. We have a new recording time that shouldn’t be interrupted by infants anymore.

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Episode 122: Interstellar review (and the future of theaters)

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We review Interstellar, the blockbuster of the year. You should probably see it.

We also talk about Interstellar’s place in the cinema world, and how there should be more movies like it and less 3D movies. There are no gimmicks in Interstellar. It’s just great movie making.

It’s also one of the last movies we’ll ever see in 70mm IMAX. I highly recommend seeking out 70mm IMAX for the full experience.

We also discuss/rant about 3D movies.

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Episode 121: HBO Go without a cable subscription (above board this time)

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HBO Go will finally be available without a cable subscription.

This is huge news for cord cutters.  HBO is one of the big reasons that many people keep cable. But how much will it cost? I don’t think it will be cheap.

We also discuss the merits of CBS also offering a streaming service now as well. CBS is free, after all. So will people pay to be able to stream it as well on different devices?

We also discuss how streaming a la carte could work. We then discuss if this could be the catalyst for sports leagues getting rid of blackout restrictions?

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Episode 120: Everything in my queue is no longer available on Netflix

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We review the iPhone 6 and iPhone Plus. Which one is right for you?

Jeremy has a very strong opinion about this. I was also surprised with my opinions of the two.

We’re not small guys, and we think the iPhone 6 Plus is a lot of phone. But, the iPhone 6 Plus may be a phone for other markets.

We also further discuss the Apple Watch, and how much it will cost. The gold Apple Watch may be out of our price range.

We also briefly kick off the show by discussing shows leaving Netflix.

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Episode 119: Is Bill Simmons going to leave ESPN?

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We discuss editorial independence at ESPN and the three week suspension of Bill Simmons from ESPN.

Bill Simmons was suspended a week longer than Ray Rice was initially suspended. Ray Rice knocked his fiancé out cold, and Simmons criticized the NFL’s handling of the Ray Rice situation and suspension. Should a podcaster be able to call a sports league commissioner a liar? What if your own reporters show that he is lying?

We also discuss if Simmons will be leaving ESPN next year and taking the Grantland staff with him. Also, has 538 taken a step back since moving from The New York Times to ESPN? We discuss.

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Episode 118: Apple Watch initial impressions

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Last episode, we said that fashion was really important to making any wearable, well, wearable. Did Apple deliver?

Or did Apple coming out with the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2.0, or worse, Google Glass 2.0?

One of us is probably going to buy an Apple Watch. One of us isn’t going to. Find out why.

We also talk about the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the future of smaller smartphones.

Pat’s quest to keep smaller smartphones going may be coming to an end.

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Episode 117: Wearable fashionistas

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This is first of our podcasts on wearable computing. This one focuses on fashion, and how that is important to getting people to want to wear technology. Hello Google Glass!

Our next episode is all about the Apple Watch and our impressions of it.

How important is fashion to wearable devices? People wear watches mostly because they look good. Any smartwatch will have to at least look good, let alone work well.

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Episode 116: Brienne of Wisconsin

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We discuss the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and what it means for philanthropy and whether or not you should feel obligated to donate to it.

Neither of us has taken the challenge. Find out why.

We also discuss the celebrity photo hacking scandal and what users and phone makers can do to help secure data better.

This show has not one but two encore endings, so stick around.

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