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Episode 128: Game of Thrones season 5, episode 1 recap

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We welcome everyone back to Westeros by way of recapping the first episode of season 5.

This gives us a way to discuss HBO Now, the new standalone streaming service from HBO that does not require a cable subscription.

Jeremy has already signed up for HBO Now. Have you?

We also discuss how much better HBO Now is than the old HBO Go. The big difference is that HBO has a new streaming partner to provide high quality video and service.

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Episode 127: Series A funding for chicken wing and baby wipe business

Jeremy has way too many baby wipes at his house thanks to his automatic online orders.

Jeremy has way too many baby wipes at his house thanks to his automatic online orders.

We discuss subscription services: Diapers, baby wipes, tooth paste, coffee, whatever.

Unlike our parents, we don’t really go the store. Do we have a problem? Do you have a problem? Jeremy has too many baby wipes.

The main event of this show is Pat’s car search. He has a kid now and needs a newer, safer, bigger car. Also, he likes tech. What kind of tech should he get in his car? How is modern tech making cars safer?

Pat goes off on a rant about the state of in-car navigation systems in cars. This also leads to a discussion about the sad state of Apple’s CarPlay.

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Episode 126: Jeremy gets a new camera (and maybe a smartwatch?)

Not Jeremy's new camera.

Not Jeremy’s new camera.

Jeremy had been talking about getting a new, nice digital camera for awhile. What did he end up getting and why (Pat also got a new camera).

We talk about the effects that recording early in the day is having on the show. But we also talk about smartwatches and how we hope the Apple Watch is a lot better than what is already out there (or this segment is in big trouble).

Jeremy told his class that he is considering getting an Apple Watch. What were their reactions? Jeremy also got a new DSLR camera, the same camera that his classes will be using. How does he like it?

We also talk about mobile payments and how awful the new retailer-backed CurrentC is. Apple and Google have mobile payments that are pretty decent, but a bunch of retailers want you to use their own systems that tie directly into your bank accounts. The system is awful, isn’t secure and doesn’t work with NFC. Other than that, sure it’s good.

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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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