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Episode 133: Covering mass shooting stories in real time

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We discuss the WDBJ shooting and how it was covered by news media and social media.

News sites all over the U.S. and world were covering this story in real time. News websites and social media were autoplaying videos of the murderer shooting people. Is this ethical?

What kind of warnings should users be given? Did too many news orgs cover this story in an effort to chase clicks? Was sharing the shooters social media profiles before he was caught ethical?

We end with a discussion about how news organizations often lack product people. Editorial does one thing. The business side does another. Rarely do the two sides get together to discuss making great products that users want and that will make money.

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Episode 132: My watch only tells time (Apple Watch impressions)

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Jeremy brags about how awesome his new Apple Watch is. Unfortunately, my watch only tells time.

I also discuss how I can custom my non-smartwatch watch.

We also discuss Fitbits versus Apple Watches.

We also discuss how awesome the Night King on Game of Thrones is.

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Episode 131: Google is a company adrift

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I had an Apple Watch preordered and then I canceled the preorder and now I’m not sure if I should get one or not now that I can just walk into a store at any time and get one.

We discuss how often the Apple Watch will be updated. Should you wait for version 2 or will version 2 be a few years away? Does it make sense for Apple to upgrade the watch every year?

We discuss how Google hasn’t felt a coherent company in years. Self driving cars? Google Glass? Search engines? Maps? How do these fit together?

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Episode 130: Business people should not be allowed to give graduation speeches

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It’s graduation season. So we give our graduation advice to all your high school, college students and other graduates. It’s also our episode of life advice.

We actually have good advice. I swear.

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Episode 129: This might be confirmation finally that I’m a man

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Jeremy discusses why he got the most maverick of Apple Watches, the space gray aluminum one.

We discuss wearable technology fashion. While people care what their phones or computers look like, these aren’t devices that are displayed constantly. How a device looks and the accessories that go with it, is going to be very important for wearable technology.

Remember Google Glass? It was so weird looking that it never had a chance to survive.

Jeremy also explains why he got AppleCare on this Apple Watch.

We also talk what the return rate will be on the Apple Watch. Will it be higher than a typical Apple product?

And of course there is Game of Thrones talk at the end. We talk about how Danny has been making bad decisions left and right.

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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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