March 5, 2015

Trekcast Episode 120: Live Long and Prosper


DTNS 2443 – But I want HBO Now

Veronica Belmont and Justin Young are on the show to help fend off Apple rumors and talk about MLBAM's OTHER opening day, the purported launch of HBO Now in time for the April 12 premier of Game of Thrones.

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Show Notes
Today's guests: Veronica Belmont of Sword and Laser and Justin Robert Young of Night Attack and Jury Talks
Mobile World Congress? Tech reporters are most concerned with how to smuggle jamón iberico out of the country in their pants. GDC? Hungover. BUT This coming Monday is an Apple announcement. And so the rumors are flooding in to fill the gap! Here. We. Go.
Bloomberg says the never announced 12.9-inch screen iPad will be delayed until September for manufacturers. Some people call the delay of rumored products "starting."
The WSJ adds the imaginary product will have a more power-efficient Oxide LCD screen and a USB 3.0 port. The WSJ adds the imaginary product will have a more power-efficient Oxide LCD screen and a USB 3.0 port.
WSJ ALSO says a 12-inch MacBook Air will be announced Monday.
And 9to5 Mac reports Apple will NOT announce a new live streaming music service Monday.
TechCrunch says that mythical service will debut at WWDC in June
I can confirm from asking myself that Apple will also not announce a car, a television, or a space rocket or Monday.
The Verge reports that Office 2016 for Mac is about to catch back up to Windows. The last version was released in 2010. Microsoft today announced a preview program for the new Office 2016 for Mac. Major points: Cloud services will be integrated directly into the suite of programs, Word will get co-authoring, and Excel keyboard shortcuts are now consistent between Mac and PC versions. Microsoft wants it ready in time for summer. The company has not yet announced pricing or exact availability dates, but a standalone version is expected.
The Verge reports Imgur has launched a new iPhone app that gives viewers an endless row of swipeable pictures with titles. To comment, like or dislike, or read comments just double tap the picture. When you first open the app the most "viral" images are shown to you first but there are also options for random and latest submissions as well. You can't upload through the app yet, but that feature is in the works. A new version for Android is also coming soon.
Fit-solidation is official. TechCrunch reports Fitbit confirmed the acquisition of FitStar, makers of a personal training app that creates customized workouts with celeb athletes like NFL star Tony Gonzalez and yogi Tara Stiles. FitStar has two million registered iOS users. Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park says the company also plans to expand FitStar to other platforms.
Look out Progressive Insurance, TechCrunch reports Google is launching "Google Compare for Auto Insurance" which lets California shoppers compare rates from different insurance providers. The option will pop up after a consumer does a Google search for "car insurance" or by going to Google plans to offer it other states later in the year. While the move could help bolster revenue for Google through commissions many high profile insurance brokers like Progressive, State Farm, Allstate and GEICO have declined to work with Google. TechCrunch speculates that Google might also be doing this to learn about pricing risk in advance of self-driving cars.
Engadget reports that 2009 is back! I mean, RockBand is back! Rock Band 4 is coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 later this year. Harmonix says all previous songs will work in Rock Band 4. The company wants to make old peripherals work but there will also be new peripherals. Also no news on Rock Band Network. This will be a platform for DLC it seems. Harmonix will talk more about Rock Band 4 this weekend at PAX East in Boston, and in June at E3 2015.
News From You:
ccastro425 posted the Engadget story about a laser from LockHeed Martin that can stop a car from more than a mile away. The fiber-optic laser called ATHENA burned through the engine manifold of an F150. It works by "spectral beam combining which involces taking multiple laser modules and pointing them to the same place. Like the death star. And no the truck didn't explode, just stopped running.
AB-ee-CHWAY-lah-con-DOOL-say submitted the PC World report that Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, said Microsoft is opening up app development for the Xbox One. Windows developers will be able to port their apps to the Xbox. Microsoft wants to make Xbox Live accessible through the API to all game developers no matter how big.
Michsineath submitted this topic. The Cost of eBooks in France and Luxembourg won't be going down anytime soon reports Reuters. Judges at the European Court of Justice today, dismissed arguments by both countries that ebooks should be treated as goods not a service. EU rules allow member states to set lower VAT rates on printed books, however the European Commission decided that France and Luxembourg's application of those rates to electronic books was illegal. Statista predicts ebook sales in Europe are expected to account for a fifth of book sales in Europe by 2017 up from 4.5% in 2013.

Discussion Section Links:  HBO NOW?

Pick of the Day: Mohiomap via Michelle
Dear Tom, Jennie, today's guest and behind the scenes DTNS team,
I would like to recommend Mohiomap, to DTNS followers. This developing site is a visual cloud based, free, curation tool, currently combines, Google drive, Evernote and Dropbox, with more services in the pipeline to be added.
Certainly helps to visualise and manage all the resources one has stored across these various platforms. IMHO A new service worth checking out, supporting, testing and giving feedback too.
Thanks for the great show.
Michelle not from lovely Cleveland
Also Podcast Awards! Remember yesterday, and the day before, when we told you how you could vote for your favorite podcast in the Podcast Awards? Well guess what, you can vote again today! For example, you could vote for DTNS in the technology category, but you can also support Night Attack in the "Mature" and "Video" categories. Also you can vote for The Instance, Film Sack and our good friends at The Morning Stream and Night Attack. I guess you could also vote for Serial. But only once. Vote once a day at until March 24th.
Friday's guest: Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta


TMS 779: Pre-Print Figures

Coming up on TMS: We look back at 1996. Ben and Jerry smoke week every day. Independance Day 2 is happening. MTV movie awards are still a thing. Avengers gets a new trailer! Therapy Thursday and more on this episode of The Morning Stream.


Episode 54: How Could This Have Been Done

The guys stumble upon a poorly animated video revealing a magic trick, they read another chapter of Lincoln Express and we announce our Candidacy for Best Video Podcast of 2015.


SMRpodcast #246: Vacation Days

SMRpodcast episode #246 is online and ready for download.  This week, we've got a full crew and a jam packed show with everything from Curt Shilling and cyber-bullying, the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, Google+ being stripped for parts, to Apple Pay kinda-sorta getting hacked, the Lumia 640 and 640XL, and Xbox gaming coming to PCs.

We've got all this, our picks, and more in episode #246 of the SMRpodcast.

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Rod Simmons — @RodSimmons
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March 4, 2015

Coverville 1070: Celebrating Girl Group Week 2015!

Let's celebrate Girl Group Week with covers of some of Billboard's Top 40 Girl Group songs of all time! (89 minutes)


Title Artist Album Original Artist More
  • 1 Eternal Flame Oratory Interludium Bangles
  • 2 We Got The Beat 南波志帆 (Nanba Shiho) Choice Go-Go's
  • 3 Say My Name Superchunk Guilt By Association Destiny's Child 
  • 4 Stop! In The Name of Love Bang Gang Something Wrong Diana Ross & Supremes
  • 5 Chapel of Love Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers Back in Your Life Ronettes/Dixie Cups 
  • 6 Venus Southern Culture On The Skids Star Power! Shocking Blue
  • 7 Lady Marmalade Os Digitalistas, Xoanna Guilmary Bossa N' Disco Labelle
  • 8 Don't Cha The Baseballs Strike Pussycat Dolls
  • 9 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (acoustic) Amy Winehouse Bridget Jones The Edge Of Reason Shirelles/Carole King
  • 10 Someday We'll Be Together Frederick Knight Stax Sings Songs Of Motown Records Johnny & Jackey/Diana Ross & The Supremes
  • 11 Slow Hand Jerry Lawson & Talk Of The Town Jerry Lawson & Talk Of The Town Pointer Sisters
  • 12 Soldier Boy The Last Names 52 Covers Shirelles
  • 13 My Boyfriend's Back Bracket Oldies But Goodies! Angels
  • 14 Wannabe The Thurston Lava Tube Further Beyond the Sea Spice Girls
  • 15 My Sweet Lord (He's So Fine) Brainpool Stay Free Chiffons/George Harrison
  • 16 No Scrubs The North La Brea All Star Conquistadors Live At Room 5 June 20 05 TLC
  • 17 Hold On Big Daddy Cutting Their Own Groove Wilson Phillips
  • 18 Waterfalls Beebs and Her Moneymakers Wurst Album Ever TLC
  • 19 Walk Like an Egyptian The Cleverlys The Cleverlys Bangles
  • 20 Independent Women Part 1 Jaymz Bee & The Deep Lounge Coalition Sub Urban Destiny's Child
  • 21 Best Of My Love Sly & Robbie The Sing-Off: Season 3: Episode 9 - R&B Emotions


DTNS 2442 – AR We There Yet? Yes, VR

Jonathan Strickland joins the show to give us some more insight on VR as we see new announcements from Sony' Project Morpheus, Valve's Vive and more.

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Show Notes
Today's guest: Jon Strickland,  writer, howstuffworks  and host of

Ars Technica reports Sony Worldwide Studios president Shu Yoshida announced that the Project Morpheus VR headset will come to consumers in the first half of 2016. Morpheus will have a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 OLED display with a 100-degree field of view and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The headset will also have 9 LED trackers for 360-degree tracking. Separately Sony announced it has sold 20  million PlayStation 4 units worldwide as of March 1, making it the fastest selling game console the company has ever made.
Ars Technica reports Nvidia announced the Shield game console, running Android TV on a Tegra X1 chip capable of handling 4K video. It can also access games from Nvidia's GRID cloud-gaming service which should come out of beta in May. Users can choose a subscription tier at 720p 30 fps or 1080p 60fps and starting in June buy or rent additional games from the GRID store. Users with a GeForce-powered PC can also stream their entire Steam library to a Shield on the same network. Shield will be available in early May for $199 including one gamepad.
As the Verge tells it, in a surprise appearance at Epic Games' GDC 2015 event, NVIDIA co-founder Jen-Hsun Huang announced the Titan X, Nvidia's most powerful GPU to date. The GPU will contain 8 billion transistors and 12 GB of VRAM. Sites like Anandtech have speculated the GPU to be an enlarged Maxwell processor possibly featuring a 384-bit memory bus. Nvidia's own GPU technology conference happens in two weeks and more details about Titan X are expected then.
Engadget reports on Valve's announcement of a VR input System and Lighthouse, a room-scale tracking system that will work with Valve VR headsets like the Vive coming from HTC later this year. The system can integrate into TVs, monitors, headsets, input devices or mobile devices and will be made available freely to hardware manufacturers. Valve will make a developer version of their VR headset available this spring.
Polygon reports Valve will release Steam Link in November, for streaming games from computers running Steam at 1080p and 60 Hz. It will cost $50, the same price as the Steam controller. . Steam Machines will also launch in November. Valve also introduced a successor to their Source game engine Source 2 for free. A special version will be compatible with the Vulkan 3D graphics API. No release date though.
The Verge reports Oculus Chief Technology officer John Carmack said that Oculus will go forward "as hard as we can" to sell the next version of the Samsung Gear VR. While Carmack couldn't say the date he said they had one and pointed out Samsung has two big announcements per year. The next one of those would be an autumn announcement when a new Galaxy Note is usually unveiled. No word on the PC version of the Oculus.
Cnet reports that Instagram is expanding the types of ads it shows, introducing a "carousel" that allows advertisers to post a sequence of photos and a link to a website. Instagram said the goal is to make it easier for users to interact with a brand. No word on actual Instagram users getting a carousel.
GigaOm reports a study from the Alliance for Affordable Internet shows that for more than two billion people, fixed-line broadband costs 40% of monthly income and mobile broadband 10%. The UN affordability target is 5% of monthly income. Almost 60% of global households are unconnected. Women and the rural poor have the hardest time affording Internet. Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru received top marks for having solid affordable infrastructure rollout plans. Policy areas that need attention include competition-friendly environments and good spectrum allocation.
Yesterday, Patrick and I were wondering if former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton was using AOL or Yahoo for her personal email account that she used while in officer. Turns out she was much smarter than that. Engadget reports the former Secretary of State ran her own email server while in office. The Associated Press learned that Clinton used an email server registered to her home. It's not clear where the server was or who ran it. If the server was in her house, she would have even had the Secret Service offering physical protection.
Mashable has a story up covering Uber's acquisition of mapping start-up deCarta. deCarta focuses on location-based features, including mapping, local search and turn by turn navigation. 30 out of 40 deCarta employees will remain with Uber once the deal closes, including the CEO and President Kim Fennell. deCarta will continue to operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Uber, but will still use its own name. The mapping software will be used internally according to Uber.

News From You:
Singularity alert! Ajax-Rex sent us this mind-blowing Gizmodo report. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts." DARPA director Arati Prabhakar announced the breakthrough at the first Future of War conference and said, "Jan's thinking about controlling the airplane directly. For someone who's never flown—she's not a pilot in real life—she's flying that simulator directly from her neural signaling."
habichuelacondulce sent us this story from Mashable about a preview version of Google Contacts that merges Gmail and Google Plus contact info. The app automatically pulls info Google + profiles and adds contextual information like meetings or email exchanges. The new Google Contacts also has a redesigned tool to fix duplicate contact information and quickly merge multiple entries. Google will roll out the updated Contacts to Gmail users over the next few weeks.
Hurmoth pointed us to the Verge article about Sling TV adding new channels to it's $20 a month Internet TV service. AMC and IFC are comign to the basic plan. Sling also announced a new "Hollywood Extra Plan" That includes 4 movie channels from Epix, plus Sundance TV for $5 a month. Meanwhile the International Business Times says "sources familiar with their plan" say HBO will launch its Internet-only service, called HBO Now next month for $15 a month. Game of Thrones premieres April 12.
And Jonathan Strickland sent us the Next Web story that Maxis shut down its Emeryville studio. EA said that the changes "do not impact our plans for The Sims" as it is "consolidating Maxis IP development" to other studios Maxis employees will be given "opportunities to explore other positions within the Maxis studios and throughout EA

Discussion Section Links:

Pick of the Day:
Greeting Tom, Jennie and Jonathan:
I wanted to pass along a podcast that I have been listening to, The Star Wars Minute. As of this email, they are on minute 33 of Return of the Jedi and it is the second most entertaining podcast I listen to. The premise of the show is that the host break down each original trilogy, one minute at a time. As a bonus they also did a couple of shows of the infamous Holiday Special.
You can get the podcast at
I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I have.
Sent from a mobile device

I've been thinking about Pebble doing another Kickstarter and the reason's behind it. Certainly it's an easy way to drum up media attention, and pays lip service to fans who want to feel some kind of "ownership" over the product's success. But what if another reason is to give developers some raw sales numbers just prior to the Apple Watch launch. Pebble recently crowed that they've sold one million watches, now they can show that they can bump their marketshare substantially just on a presale announcement of a new product. As of today they've got pledges for about 75,000 Pebble Time products, that's a 7.5% increase in user base in 7 days (probably less because of repeat buyers, but still impressive growth). Now instead of having to wait until the Apple Watch launch to start talking about how well the product sold, they can directly point to hard numbers of watches. While its hard to imagine the Apple Watch not being a sales success, the estimate of how many will sell is pretty variable, giving Pebble critical time now to make their case to developers as a growing viable platform. I think the people at Pebble are pulling a brilliant move to get customer and developer support prior to actually releasing their product – admittedly I type this with a Pebble on my wrist and I'm biased in this regard.
Rich from Lovely Cleveland

Hi Tom,
I have enjoyed your discussions on the possible future for Smart Watches, and thought I would give my limited insights.
I bought a pebble that was reduced in last year's black Friday sale, more out of curiosity than anything else. My wife was horrified when she saw me wearing it, as there is it certainly couldn't be accused of being a thing of beauty.
There are some things it does really well:-
(1) Allows me to have my phone on silent, and alerts me of calls with the caller id by a vibration on my wrist. You can reject calls with a press of a button which is great for the mountain of "caller unknown" spam calls I get.
(2) The notifications of new e-mail, text messages, or even CNN breaking news are nice to have, and again let me know if there is anything urgent I need to react to while I am not at my desk.
(3) Music / Podcast / 'Economist audio' control. I am often out running with my phone in one of those arm cases. When I need to pause audio the pebble is just great.
(4) The Misfit step counter app is great, allowed me to replace my Nike Fuel Band (yes I can pick the winners!), nice to have sleep tracking too. An always on display with the time also showing is great – this Misfit screen is my default screen
(5) The battery life is not bad.
Some down sides:-
(1) Almost all of the Apps are terrible – I installed a number of them and quickly found them useless. If I need to browse evernote a watch interface is not the way to do it. This is probably why Pebble are moving to the timeline approach.
(2) The build quality of the original pebble is a bit toy-like. I scratched the plastic screen early on, something I had never done with any other watch.
(3) The watch can disconnect from the phone, and suddenly stop sending notifications – this problem has improved with O/S patches.
(4) It is big and ugly.
I think the Apple Watch (or at least version 1) will struggle:-
(1) A watch is for information you can get at a glance, I will be surprised if any killer apps that are more than glorified notifications emerge. (even maps on a watch seems limited use, especially as you need your phone with you)
(2) It might be made of high quality components, but it is not a thing of beauty (no matter how many pages Apple buy in Vogue).
(3) ApplePay (or NFC based tickets for something like the London Underground) might be nice, but not really a huge time saver to have them on your wrist as opposed to your phone.
(4) It is not cheap.
(5) If you are trying to monitor your steps and sleep patterns when will you charge it?
My my 2cents worth,

Hi Tom(and Patrick as he was there for the discussion),
I just wanted to write in about the discussion on yesterday's show about the whole treason/no treason issue. There is a very clear legal definition of treason(well actually a couple different levels), that while most people may or may not be aware of, all cleared US government employees and contractors have explained to them upon receiving their clearance. By that definition, Edward Snowden absolutely, positively committed treason. The real discussion should be is: "Was it justified?", and/or perhaps, "what punishment if any is deserved?"
The best analogy I can think of is Robin Hood vs Bonnie and Clyde. Both absolutely committed armed robbery, but we don't say that Robin Hood didn't commit armed robbery because we are happy with the results…
Love the show.

Thursday's guest: Veronica Belmont


TMS 778: The China Bundle

Coming up on TMS: We get totally legit emails. Pipe cleaner followup! Blade Runner sequel gets Harrison Ford. SNL and other stuff streaming soon. The normal weiner is now known. China also likes SNL. Recomentals. Tom's Tech Time. Your emails and more on this episode of The Morning Stream.


Episode 5: 3 Jokers in 1

Episode 5: 3 Jokers in 1

Welcome to the Small Screen Spoiler Show episode 4, recorded February 26, 2015! I'm CJ "More complicated, less fun" Boat, he's Jarred "Apology Edible Arrangement - heavy on the pineapple" Azevedo, and we're here to spoil you on the shows you are invested in! Just as a reminder, we are going to spoil the listed shows and anything prior to the show! For example, if we talk about season 2 episode 21 of a show, anything 20 and before are up for debate. We will try to not spoil the "Next time on" that most shows do. If you haven't watched, or don't want to be spoiled, on the following shows, please come back later.

Today's shows are:
Better Call Saul
Season 1 episode 3: "Nacho"
Agent Carter
Season 1 episode 6: A Sin to Err
Season 1 episode 17: "The Blind Fortune Teller"

The second part of the show, going forward, are our "Challenge Shows" Jarred and I will challenge each other to watch what is immediately available (at least) to watch and catch up, and do a spoiler discussion of the shows we watched.

Jaz's Challenge to CJ: True Detective
CJ's Challenge to Jaz: Arrow

The washing hands episode
Sun spots on her boobs
Makeup and a Mullet
Knock out boner
3 Jokers in 1 // CJB // JAZ
Just a little bit of Bruce


The Geek I/O Show: Episode 95: "If anyone can flip a horse, The Rock can"

This week on The Geek I/O, CJ and Jaz are all by their lonesome, but the geek still comes hard and fast! That's what she said.

We discussed disease spreading carrier monkeys, effing centaurs, the Amazonian stick of fire, Apple Pay feels like the future, itty bitty controller, wifi coffee, Lady Hawkeye, how to hack Hacking the System, and Budlong isn't blue anymore! Plus! Spoiler alert! Thanks to sickness and schedule conflicts, the show gets hijacked by Small Screen Spoiler Show again!