October 24, 2014

Current Geek 31: Covered in ping-pong balls

On this edition of Current Geek, that Avengers 2 trailer is really pretty special. Franz Kafka gets some screen time. Google gets even smarter. Time to get that hover board! The good Doctor is back. Inbox aims to replace your inbox. 8.1 brought a lot of fun to Yosemite! The Pop Quiz! VR is the future of podcasting? Emails and more!

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173719489-scott-johnson-27-currentgeek-31.mp3

DTNS 2351 – Come McFly with Me

Sean Hollister rode the Hendo Hoverboard and chats with us about what the tech might actually be used for and what it was like to be Marty McFly for a moment. Also Len Peralta is hear to illustrate the episode!



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Episode: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173698284-tom-merritt-dtns-2351-come-mcfly-with-me.mp3

TMS 703: Sun is Setting

Tonight, on TMSPM: Ebola might be going away again. Christian Bale did not have to do much to get the Jobs job. Kyle Chandler has a new show on netflix! Hitler Coffee Creamer is not popular. Adorkable is finally in the dictionary. Chit Chat with Dan! Your twitter questions and more on this episode of TMSPM

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173684497-scott-johnson-27-themorningstream-703-pm.mp3

#26 - Into the Nexus: "How does Valerian fight?"

On this week's ITN, there's data-mining madness going on. Many lines of dialogue have been found in Heroes eluding to many other potential heroes. Garrett and Kyle talk about some of the potentials that they're most excited for, Halloween in Heroes, the benefits of learning to stutter-step, free to play combos, MMR, and emails from ITNcast@gmail.com. Into the Nexus is supported by our wonderful patrons via Patreon! If you would like to help support the show go to http://Patreon.com/ITN. Follow http://Twitch.tv/amovetv for the live show and game streams. All VODs of the live recording can be found at Youtube.com/starcastshow.

Episode: http://thestarcast.com/shows/itn/itn-26.mp3

October 23, 2014

Episode 10, “Countdown to Lens Flares”

We take a look at IDW’s “Countdown to Darkness”

Episode: http://media.libsyn.com/media/worldofwarcast/PulpPhaserEpisode10.mp3

DTNS 2350 – Ello is it meet you’re looking for?

Nate Lanxon is on the show today. we’ll talk about Ello making it illegal for themselves to sell ads, Facebook’s attempt to recapture the message board spirit of 1999 and the future of community on the Web.


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Show Notes
Today’s guest: Nate Lanxon, editor of wired.co.uk, ed-in-chief of Ars Technica UK

Facebook launched another independent app from their Creative Labs called Rooms. TechCrunch reports the app will allow users to set up Rooms devoted to a particular discussion topics. While users can choose any screenname they wish, participants must be invited by QR code. also moderators can ban users by device. Facebook will also have the ability to unilaterally delete posts ban members or take down entire rooms if they violate its community guidelines. Rooms will be available for iOS only in the US, UK ad a few other countries, with an Android version coming in 2015.

Ello raised another round of funding, $5.5 million this time, but made a more unusual move. The company has filed as a Public Benefit Corporation in Delaware. This means the company is not only beholden to its stockholders return but also to benefitting the public. Transit agencies, port authorities and government entities like the US Post Office and Corporation for Public Broadcasting are examples of Public Benefit Corporations. Ello made its investors sign a letter committing to never taking ads, never making money from selling user data and forcing any new owners that might acquire Ello to do the same.
The BBC reports that Mark Zuckerberg was in Beijing and gave a speech in Mandarin during a meeting with students at the Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management. The reviews are in: Quartz said he sounded “like someone was stepping on his face”. Isaac Stone Fish at Foreignpolicy.com wrote “he can communicate like an articulate seven-year-old with a mouth full of marbles.” Zuck himself said “The Chinese language is difficult, and I speak English, but I like challenges.” Zuckerberg set a goal in 2010 to learn Mandarin, in order to better communicate with his in-laws. And maybe also China’s 641 million internet users. And the Chinese government, which does not currently allow those users access to Facebook.
GigaOm reports Amazon launched its sAWS region in Germany, its second in Europe, the other being in Ireland. The region is run out of Frankfurt. The location will improve reliability and latency for many customers and also make it easier for Germany companies to use AWS. Germany has the strictest data protection laws in Europe.
TechCrunch reports Google has hired by acquisition the teams behind deep learning startups Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory which both spun out of Oxford University in the UK. Google will also partner with Oxford on wider research efforts int he area of AI. The teams will join Google DeepMind which Google acquired in January. The teams specialise in natural language understanding algorithms that help robots process 3D objects and movement.
Engadget reports that Canonical released Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn today in celebration of 10 years of Ubuntu. The update is very minor featuring a developer tool center that makes it easier to write Android apps, as well as support for zero-setup printers and 64-bit ARM chips. So enjoy your ‘humanness’, you 25 million Ubuntu users–it’s your special day. (If you want to read more about the ten year history of Ubuntu Ars Technica has a great writeup)
If you, like me, and almost nobody else were following the story of China cornering the market on rare Earth minerals, you can rest easy. Vox has a story showing that a combination of stepped up production in the rest of the word and reduction of dependence on the minerals in manufacturing has combined to avoid a crisis. Rare Earth minerals like Neodynium and Dysprosium are used in the manufacture of many electronics. In 2010 China produced 97% of the world's rare earth minerals and began restricting exports.
TechCrunch reports Microsoft earnings are in and they are good! Revenue was $23.2 billion in the fiscal first quarter with earnings per share of 54 cents. That beat analysts expectations of $22.02 billion and 49 or 50 cents a share. Surface revenue was a bright spot with $908 million. And the phone line was $2.6 billion a rise from Q4.Office 365 for consumers grew to 7 million subscribers, up 25 percent from the preceding quarter. Devices and Consumer revenue was up 47 percent to $10.96 billion. Its Commercial revenue was up 10% to $12.28 billion. Windows.

News From You
KAPT_Kipper pointed out the Ars Technica article that driver update deployed through Windows Update for USB-to-serial chips made by FTDI is causing some Arduino microcontroller to become unresponsive. Bricked. The twist is the drivers actually only affect counterfeit chips. This may be an accident, it may be a side effect that FTDI doesn't mind, or it may be on purpose. FTDI has recovery software that enables chips to be reprogrammed, and when used with some older drivers, it appears possible to reset the bricked chips.
swiftpawz sent us an Android Central report that Chromebook shipments increased by 67 percent in the second quarter of 2014. ABI Research, the company that rounded up the data, predicts total 2014 shipments will double those of the previous year. The US accounted for 78% of Chromebook purchases. In emerging markets, especially in Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe, business-purchasing entities account for 75 percent of Chromebook sales.
In space, no one can hear you scream, but on Soundcloud, you can now hear the sounds of space. Or at least the sounds from things that flew into space. thisisnotjr sent us the BBC report that NASA has released 60 sound samples of historical audio from NASA missions on Soundcloud, including the immortal words of Neil Armstrong when first stepping onto the moon, and Apollo 18’s “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Commencing download in 10, 9, 8…

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I used it when I had an android phone. Now I have a Lumia 930, and the sucker is more locked down than an iPhone.
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Friday’s guests: Sean Hollister, Reviews Editor at Gizmodo and Len Peralta, DTNS artist in residence

Episode: http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173544655-tom-merritt-dtns-2350-ello-is-it-meet-youre-looking-for.mp3

Nerd Parents 39: Annoyingly Festive

Kerry, Nicole & Eric talk about decorating for the holidays, pumpkin patches, parents that act worse than their kids, riding the bus, school dress codes, helping kids handle stress, family game night and solicited advice on handling our kids behavior!

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/NerdParents39AnnoyinglyFestive/Nerd%20Parents%2039_%20Annoyingly%20Festive.mp3

SMRPodcast #229: Chicken Wings And Beer Part 26

Show Details
  • Recorded: October 21st, 2014
  • Published: October 22nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 56min 00sec
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Big stories we covered this week
  • Rod is out this week so we flip the shows format over
  • Apples iPhone sales numbers are through the roof and we discuss it
  • Tesla loses its battle to sell direct to customers in Michigan
Other stories we covered this week

  • We discuss the new shows we are watching and HBO offering an online streaming service next year
  • Sub 200 dollar laptops are starting to hit the market, we talk about how that will compete with Chromebooks

Picks of the Week

Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/simplemobilereview/SMRPodcast_Episode_229.mp3

TMS 702: Watch the food go down

Coming up on TMS: VR podcasting might be in our futures. The WORST place to seek refuge when zombies are a foot! Marvel gives us something rad, and early. Goodfellas' actor does not like the Simpsons. Cigarette maker bans smoking. Therapy Thursday and more on this episode of The Morning Stream.

Episode: http://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/173501205-scott-johnson-27-themorningstream-702.mp3

October 22, 2014

Episode 34: We Make Cake the Old Fashioned Way

This week, Brian and Justin unveil their plans for Night Attack 3: Too Old to Talk, JuRY went to an Outkast Concert and Andrew Zarian stops by to play Secrets or BS.

Episode: http://captain.nightattack.tv/downloads/NA034/NA034_audio.mp3