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Netflix Downloads, Apple Drones, iPhone 8 Rumors, OLED fabric, Nike HyperAdapt self-tying shoes.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Holly Smith, Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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Our topics this week:

  • Netflix Downloads: Netflix has made no secret about it's desire to dominate the world's online entertainment market. This week they announced the ability to download their content to watch offline. Should we expect another big announcement from them soon?

  • Apple Drones: In an effort to get a leg up on Google, Apple may be launching their own drones over crowded roadways. The drones will relay construction information, read street signs and more. What's next in the battle for map supremacy?

  • iPhone 8 rumors abound: Apple appears to be gearing up to make big changes with the next iPhone and we discuss the newest rumors in this semi-regular show topic. OLED screens, wireless charging, the absence of any ports? What would you like to see in the next generation?

  • OLED fabric: Two research teams in Korea, KAIST and Kolon Glotech have reportedly developed a fabric that will work with OLED technology. While this could be amazing for wearable tech, would you be interested in becoming a walking television? 
  • Nike self-tying shoe: The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 "E.A.R.L." shoes are now on sale in New York. There are inspired by Marty McFly and are a mere $720 a pair. Will you be picking up a pair?

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Facebook Fake News, SpaceX Satellites, Google Earth VR, iPhone 8 AR and Glasses, Black Friday preview.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Rick Stella, Ashley Zagst and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Facebook Fake News: Mark Zuckerberg is facing a backlash with how Facebook curates it's news sources. While Facebook is essentially the world's largest media site, their algorithms continue to promote fake news sites. Will they need to make some major changes soon?

  • SpaceX wants to cover the globe: Elon Musk's company just filed a request with the FCC to launch 4,425 communication satellites, in order to create a global-wide internet network. This ambitious and costly plan would make competition pretty sparse for this type of delivery. Is it safe to have so much power in the hands of one company? Or, is it worth it to just have someone other than Comcast?

  • Google Earth VR: Google sprung a surprise on everyone, by launching a Virtual Reality version of Google Earth. It's free to play via Steam, on the HTC Vive. It's an all encompassing experience and hopefully it will land on other platforms soon!

  • iPhone 8 rumors and AR Glasses: Apple is working on making a big impression with the anniversary edition of the iPhone next year. Rumored to be in the works are a new system of integrated Augmented Reality. In addition a set of "Apple" AR Glasses are reportedly in development to go with it. Is this truly forward-thinking, or is it just following the lead of other tech companies?

  • Black Friday preview: Is this going to be the best time to pick up that TV you've been eyeing? What about a new laptop? We'll give you a preview of the extensive DT Black Friday guide. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Google Daydream challenges Samsung; Snap Inc goes live with Spectacle; DT Outdoors and NASA inspired insulation; LED E-Sneakers; Drone Sausage Delivery

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Marcus Yam, Brendan Hesse and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Google Daydream VR challenges Samsung: Samsung's Gear VR system has had a stranglehold on mobile systems, but Google is now ready to challenge. Not only have they introduced the Daydream platform, which other manufacturers will surely develop for, they also have the Daydream View headset. 

  • Snap Inc puts Snapchat on your face: Snapchat is looking to increase the amount of pictures you post with their new Spectacle glasses. They just went on sale at unique kiosks around the country and the resale prices is skyrocketing online. 

  • Digital Trends Outdoors and NASA Jackets: Marcus lets us know about the ways tech is incorporated into Outdoor gear and the great section at DT. Then he shows us a cutting edge jacket by Oros Apparel that uses Aerogel for insulation. Aerogel was designed by NASA and is even used in a new Water Bottle from Crio.

  • LED E-Sneakers: Vixole's product is billed as the "world's first customizable mid-top E-Sneakers. You can put virtually anything on them and are available for a pretty reasonable price. Will this soon become the a vehicle for walking advertisements?

  • Sausage Drone Fiasco: An Australian man is in big trouble, after filming a drone-sausage delivery to his friend awaiting in a Hot Tub. This sounds like the greatest possible use of technology, however there are a LOT of laws and regulations that need to be worked out. How soon can we expect our own grill-to-Hot Tube drone deliveries?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

Uber upgrades their app to be an 'Entertainment Portal'; Google's Tango Augmented Reality gets a phone; Orbi Prime 4K sunglasses; Amazon Police Drones.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Rick Stella, Holly Smith, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Uber app gets an upgrade: Uber has constantly been expanding their options for travel, but now the company wants to be known for more. Their new upgrade has some valuable additions, but also plans to include a Yelp section and even an Uber Snapchat filter. Is it becoming too much? (Be sure to stick around for Drew's pitch for the all new "Druber" service.)

  • Google's Tango Augmented Reality: While Pokemon Go may have brought the concept of AR to the masses, Google plans to take it to the next level. The Tango platform looks to be the start of an Augmented Reality revolution.

  • Orbi Prime 4K Sunglasses: A new product launching on Indiegogo appears has taken the concept of Google Glass and turned into more of a GoPro. The Sunglasses are designed to shoot 4K 360 Degree video and provide up to 90 minutes of recording per charge.

  • Amazon Police Drone Concept: Amazon has made no secret of their desire to have drones on virtually every telephone poll. Now they have received a patent for a tiny 'Assistant Drone' that would dock on the shoulders of Police Officers and help them in the line of duty. One question; do they get to name them?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm PST

We cover all the announcements from both Apple and Microsoft on this show. From the OLED Touch Bar on the MacBooks and Apple TV, to Microsoft's new Surface Studio and 3D mantra, we've got it all.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Brad Bourque, Brandon Widder, Matt Leong and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • OLED Touch Bar and the new MacBook: Apple's event this week was titled "Hello Again" and featured the return of the MacBook. One of the key features they touted, was the addition of the new OLED Touch Bar. Will this update be enough to bring the MacBook back to it's former glory?

  • Apple TV and the "TV" App: Apple seems to have abandoned any plans for original content on it's platform and is now presenting a new App called "TV". This is a move to content curation, instead of content creation, which doesn't seem to have the "wow factor" that used to be a hallmark of Apple innovation.

  • Microsoft Surface Studio with Surface Dial: The new Surface Studio is designed to be an all-in-one PC for creative professionals. It's got a unique stand and a new way to interact with a computer, with the Surface Dial. Will this be enough for creatives to shell out for the high-price?

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft seems fully invested in the concept of "3D". It's a bold move forward and they are doing everything they can to sell the idea. They've even reinvented MS Paint into Paint 3D, as they push their cross-platform innovation.

  • Windows Gaming: In a move to cater to it's extensive base of gamers, Microsoft is introducing more ways to provide synergy between PC's and the Xbox. They've added a more efficient way to stream content and an easier ability to initiate custom tournaments.

  • HoloLens and Mixed Reality: Microsoft seems primed to take advantage of the burgeoning AR/VR market. With a HoloLens demonstration that shows a very interactive way to incorporate their 3D concept, they show the potential of where they are heading. We think it's exciting, but is it something that consumers would actually use?

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Nintendo Switch review; Tesla goes driverless; SolarCity pay Airbnb Hosts; Google signs CBS; Apple Rumors ahead of product launch

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Dan Gaul, Ashley Salter, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

Nintendo Switch hybrid console details & Tesla goes fully driverless
  • Nintendo Switch console revealed: Nintendo announced it's newest hardware system today, due to be released in 2017. We'll detail everything we know about this new device that will be a hybrid of both console and mobile gaming! Are we entering another golden age of gaming?

  • Tesla goes fully driverless: Elon Musk has doubled down-on his dream of completely autonomous vehicles, with the proclamation that all future Tesla models will include a full package of autopilot hardware. With all of the public trouble Tesla has had, is this too soon?

  • SolarCity pays Airbnb Hosts: SolarCity announced a unique plan of paying Airbnb hosts $1,000 to convert their house to run on their solar panels. Will that be enough on it's own, to convince someone to shell out $20,000 to $30,000?

  • Google prepares a streaming network: Google has signed on CBS to it's yet-to-launch streaming network. There are also reports that they are in negotiations with Fox, Disney and Viacom. With this addition, is the Streaming TV market becoming too saturated?

  • Apple Rumors: Macbook OLED toolbar: Apple has another mysterious event scheduled for 10/27 called "hello again" and rumors are circulating as to what that means. One speculation is that they will be introducing an OLED toolbar, called "Magic Toolbar".

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Samsung Note 7 fallout; PlayStation VR Launch; Atari founder's starts Modal VR; Google Home vs. Amazon Echo; Facebook "Trending" issues; Fighting Mosquitoes with science.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Naomi Vo, Caleb Denison, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

Samsung wants to pay you for your Note: As Samsung struggles with the fallout from the Note 7, they are offering to pay customers a credit to return them. What does this mean for the Note line of phones how can they win back your trust?

PlayStation VR launch: The new VR system from PlayStation is receiving some pretty stellar reviews. What does it included and is this the system that finally brings Virtual Reality to the masses?

Atari founder's adventure into VR: Noah Bushnell is one of the founders of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese (who knew!?) and has just come out with brand new VR system, called Modal VR. The goal is to create a multiple player VR experience that can work with up to 900,000 square feet of space!

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Google seems primed to sweep into a number of burgeoning tech markets, including the Home sector. Google Home is a prime competitor to Amazon Echo and we go into the facets that may put them over the edge.

Facebook "Trending" algorithm gets fooled: After removing the human factor in curating news stories for "Trending", Facebook is facing a backlash regarding fake articles. Can their algorithm be adjusted, or is a human editor necessary?

Stopping Mosquito bites with Science: If you are one of those people that ALWAYS gets bitten by Mosquitoes, you will understand the excitement here. Scientists have taken the first steps toward determine what "flavor" humans are to mosquitoes, in order to make us invisible.

Don't forget to enter our great contest for a chance to win an Acer Predator 17 X gaming laptop!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Google takes on everyone, as it attempts to become your life assistant; Oculus Connect 3 debuts the Oculus Touch; Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media; Nike fulfills the wishes of Back to the Future fans everywhere with self-lacing shoes.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Brendan Hesse, Matt Smith and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Google wants to become your Life Assistant: Google came out swinging at it's Made by Google Event on Tuesday, with Pixel phones to take on Apple/Samsung, Google Home to take on Alexa and Daydream to shake up VR systems. Can Google swoop into these emerging markets and become your go to service for....well, your life?
  • Oculus Connect 3: Oculus is in the middle of their Developers conference, leading to some big announcements regarding the VR Platform. The Oculus Tough was the highlight, with the release of the highly anticipated controllers coming soon.
  • Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media: It was only a matter of time before Facebook began including VR options for interacting. In addition a company called VRChat just received funding for a cross-platform, avatar based VR app. Is this the beginning of a newer, more immersive version of Second Life?
  • Nike brings us Back to the Future: Nike has finally announced that the Marty McFly-based Mag, self-lacing sneakers have been produced! You'll need to win a raffle, but it's worth the entry. What kind of movie tech would you like to see come to fruition?!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Samsung deals with more issues of exploding products; Virtual Reality heads to Vegas; Space-X has big plans for a Mars Colony; Fast Food Drone Delivery could be coming to a place near you; The Retro Gaming Expo returns to Portland.

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Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Art Santana, Pete Jacobs, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • More Samsung products with reported problems: It's been a rough year for Samsung, with the recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 still playing out. Now reports are emerging that some Samsung Washing Machines are also exploding! What is going on and how are they handling it?
  • Virtual Reality gets the Vegas treatment: Virtual Reality is entering a bit of an identity crisis, as innovators try to find ways to make the platform more interactive with multitudes of people. Now a company called Gambit Gaming is bringing in a new form of betting, involving a group viewing of VR competition.
  • Space-X plan for Mars Colony: Elon Musk has long said one of the goals of Space-X is to establish a human population on Mars. This plan is being pushed forward with the announcement of the Interplanetary Transport System. Would you sign up to go live on Mars?
  • Fast Food Drone Delivery: Chipotle has announced they will be delivering burritos to college students at Virginia Tech. At the same time Dominoes has been experimenting with delivering pizza, in the same fashion. Would you be willing to try out drone-delivered fast food?
  • Retro Gaming Expo: Art Santana from Ground Kontrol was our special guest today. He filled us in on the Retro Gaming Expo, taking place at the Oregon Convention Center from October 21-23. Their goal is to educate, preserve and inspire gamers of all ages!

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Yahoo reveals a major hack, Apple looks to advance Project Titan by possibly purchasing McLaren and/or Lit Motors, Alexa is going everywhere, Google's Jigsaw would like to control trolls with AI monitors, Nintendo NX rumors and what they need to do, to be different.

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Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Jeffrey Van Camp, Caleb Denison, Holly Smith and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Yahoo reveals a MAJOR hack: It's been uncovered that up to 500 million email accounts from Yahoo were hacked and being sold online by a hacker named "Peace". This is a huge security breach and we wonder what this means for Verizon's upcoming acquisition of Yahoo.

  • Apple shifts focus to McLaren & Lit Motors: Project Titan has been shrouded in mystery over the last few years, but it's been clear that Apple has plans to get into the automotive market. Now rumors are circulating that they are looking to jump start this by purchasing McLaren and possibly a bizarre motorcycle-like car.

  • Alexa pushes third-party development: Amazon has been encouraging third-party developers to create apps for it's platform for a while and it seems the market has responded. From adaptable watches, to push-notifications, to plans to have Alexa initiate conversation, we discuss where Amazon is heading and how it will compete with Siri and Google Now.

  • Google's Jigsaw looks to control trolls with AI: A branch of Google's parent company has developed a program called Conversation AI. It's touted as being able to accurately and quickly filter up to 92% of comments on sites that are deemed as offensive. Can this possibly control trolls?
  • Nintendo NX rumors: The new system from Nintendo is rumored to be some sort of a bridge between mobile and console gaming. What will they have to do, to stand out in a market dominated by Sony Playstation and XBox?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:30pm PST