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Episode 110: The king of the neckbeards!

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We are really, really late on posting episodes. Why? Because I just had a baby. Maybe baby Cara will make a guest appearance or two on the show.

We have another episode launching very soon too.

We kick off this episode by discussing The Battle of the Wall, which was the most technically-stunning episode of Game of Thrones so far. But was it enough? Was it great?

Should Game of Thrones have more episodes per season? Is 10 hours of Game of Thrones enough Games of Thrones goodness for each year?

On to the tech discussions! We kick off the tech discussion at 14 minutes in about how smartphones will increasingly become the center of people’s homes with the ability to control lights, home security systems, temperature, etc.

We then discuss using smartphones for health and fitness as well. We really think these areas will truly make smartphones personal computers. This is the next big thing with smartphones (that and controlling cars entertainment systems).

And of course, we somehow discuss net neutrality again. Verizon and Netflix are not BFFs right now. Is it ethical to sell users “bandwidth” they are not actually getting? You can pay for 100 mbps on Verizon and still not be able to stream a 5 mbps Netflix stream because of Verizon.

That sounds like a bait and switch to us.

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Episode 109: WWDC 2014

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This episode is all about WWDC 2014.

This was one of the most impressive WWDCs in years. WWDC is Apple’s yearly developer conference.

There are big and exciting changes coming to iOS, OS X and iCloud. What did we like? What didn’t we like? What did we expect?

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Episode 108: Jeremy get your camera

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We discuss Reading Rainbow returning via Kickstarter.

Will we see more classic shows like this come back via crowdfunding? I’ve backed about 15 projects and run two myself. I have a food idea of why Kickstarter works.

We also discuss Jeremy getting a new Macbook Air as his on-the-go computer. He also wants to get a more serious camera. Perhaps a DSLR. I walk him through what to consider. Stay tuned.

Below you’ll find some good photography resources, movies and recommendations.

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Episode 107: Our graduation advice

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We spend this episode giving out our own graduation speeches/advice for new graduates.

Much of our advice is helpful for students who have just entered college or who are about to. It’s also helpful for parents. We want you to get the most out of the college experience.

Enjoy college. Push yourselves. Try things outside your comfort zone. Don’t just party all the time. It’s a once in a lifetime experience.

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Episode 106: HBO I-got-my-password-from-my-parents

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We discuss HBO Go by way of Game of Thrones.

We also discuss net neutrality, and why it’s important. Like Netflix? Want HBO Go to not require a cable subscription? Well, you better start supporting net neutrality.

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Episode 105: Subscription software and education

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We discuss the growing trend of software going subscription only.

Does collecting a monthly fee make it more likely or less likely that a company will continue to improve their software. Does not having to focus on creating new versions to sell make it less likely that software makers create new versions just to have something to sell?

How will educational institutions handle the switch to Adobe Creative Suite going subscription only? How about Office 365? Are the days of owning software coming to an end?

We have a detailed discussion on how the Lehigh University journalism department is attempting to handle this situation, and how much extra money it could cost. The department is considering getting away from Adobe Creative Cloud because of the price.

This is a big change for educational institutions, non-profits, students and others that traditionally did not upgrade constantly to the latest and greatest version of Microsoft Office of Adobe Creative Suite.

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Episode 104: Vox.com vs. FiveThirtyEight

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Spoiler: We kick off the show discussing TV watching and spoilers. Is it possible to have an Internet connection and not get a show spoiled if you can’t watch the show live?

Our main topic is our thoughts on Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight, the two new big journalism startups. There is a lot to like. And a lot not to like.

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Episode 103: I’m being poked in virtual reality

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We discuss Facebook buying Oculus, the maker of the virtual reality headset Rift.

The original Oculus Rift was crowdfunded on Kickstarter, and intended as a way to make playing video games more immersive. Now, we enter into a virtual world where your friends can poke you whenever they feel like it. We think.

Should those original backers get some money from this $2 billion sale to Facebook? Should a company that is eventually going to seek VC money and to be bought out by a large company ever engage on crowdfunding?

We also discuss criticisms that 538 and Vox.com are too white and male.

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Episode 102: Distraction-free classroom

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We follow up last week’s episode about technology in the classroom by talking more about how professors feel about students bringing their own technology into the classroom. We have BYOD in the workplace. Will education embrace this as well?

We also discuss Amazon raising the price of Prime to $99 a year. Is it still a good deal?

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Episode 101: Technology in the classroom

As promised last week, we spend the entire episode talking about technology in the classroom, from both the teacher and student perspective.

There is a lot that Jeremy would like to see happen in the classroom, and the current technology can certainly improve. I ask, why don’t schools invest more in their own tools? Why rely on third parties like Blackboard to deliver solutions that don’t work for teachers or students?

A school like Lehigh, where Jeremy teaches, has the resources and talent to build a robust solution that is really catered to the school’s needs. Why not make their own software to help facilitate learning? Or partner with like-minded institutions?

We also discuss what kind of technology students should bring to college. And is it appropriate to take notes with a laptop in class? Opinions differ!

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