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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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Episode 100: The looming living room wars

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Episode 100 is here.

I don’t think either of us envisioned making it to 100 episodes. But thanks to our listeners, we have pulled through and delivered 100 episodes, and show no signs of slowing down.

We prepared to talk about technology in the classroom, but our early-show banter turned into an episode about a new Apple TV, apps in the living room and video games. A new Apple TV is coming soon, and we think it could really shake up the living room.

Are you ready to start downloading apps straight to your TV? Can a new Apple TV be the spiritual successor to the Wii when it comes to expanding the audience of video game players?

But Sony and Microsoft want to own the living room too. The Xbox One can control your cable box, has tons of streaming services, has world-class games, can do Skype from your couch and more. It’s actually a very compelling product for non-hardcore gamers, but Microsoft, and Sony with the PS4, have not done a good marketing and communication job with their new boxes.

My Mom and Dad won’t be swayed by vide-game centric commercials that focus on first-person shooters. But the TV, movie and Skype capabilities of the Xbox One? That’s something they would use a lot.

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Episode 99: Netflix v. Verizon

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Does your Netflix video quality look terrible? You’re not alone.

We discuss Netflix’s recent trouble with ISPs such as Verizon and Comcast. No matter how expensive of a plan you were paying for, Netflix was slow and looked bad. Because that’s how the ISPs role.

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Episode 98: Tim Armstrong is a distressed human being (and gentrification in the Bay Area)

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We kick off the show talking about AOL — from digital prophets (that man you see above) to its CEO Tim Armstrong blaming “distressed babies” for the need to roll out a terrible new 401(k) plan).

But we actually spend the majority of the show talking about reinvestment, gentrification, tech companies and the Bay Area (particularly San Francisco). There is a lot all sides in this could do to make this situation better from more housing stock to tech companies that are more invested in the communities they are headquartered in.

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Episode 97: Mac OS El Camino (30 years of the Macintosh)

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We discuss 30 years of the Macintosh and what the Macintosh has meant to computing and  to us.

We also discuss if iOS and OS X will eventually become one OS. The Mac is stronger than ever today, and you can see a lot of the original Macintosh in today’s Macs. But will the 50th-year celebration still show that same linage?

Will the Mac be around in 20 years? Would we be where we are today if Apple had gone under in the 90s?

We also start off the show with a discussion about Google Glass and sex.

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Episode 96: Dr. V, Grantland and Caleb Hannan

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We spend the entire episode discussing Caleb Hannan’s article Dr. V’s Magical Putter and the controversy surrounding it and how journalists should write about and cover transgendered people.

Does Grantland and ESPN (the parent company of Grantland) bare culpability for a transgender person committing suicide for fear of being outed?

This should become a journalism school case study that all students learn about. Neither of us encountered a story and some of the issues raised here during our educations.

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Episode 95: Our 2014 tech predictions

We think we'll see more personal data tracking and wearable technology in 2014.

We think we’ll see more personal data tracking and wearable technology in 2014.

The show you may or may not have been waiting for is here.

We discuss some of the things that we believe will happen this year. We try to keep things realistic, and we also discuss devices, such as a dedicated Apple TV, that just don’t make sense.

We also follow up our last episode and discuss if we received any of our favorite things of 2013 over the holidays.

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