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Trends With Benefits


Sep 9, 2016

Recap and reaction to the Apple Announcement, including the absence of a headphone jack and the revamped Apple Watch; PlayStation previews the PlayStation Pro with some noted omissions; Caleb provides a recap of IFA; A new Chinese theme park will include balloon rides to space.

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

Our topics this week:

  • iPhone 7 headphone jack and the Apple Watch: After all that anticipation, Apple finally unveiled the new iPhone 7. The lack of a headphone jack was widely predicted, but there were still some surprising developments. We also go in depth with the new Apple Watch and whether it is now more appealing.

  • PlayStation Pro goes VR: PlayStation held their annual "Meeting", finally revealing details about the newest version of their iconic console. One of the biggest additions will be Virtual Reality. Will it be good enough to convince Gamers to make the switch to Sony?

  • The Best of IFA: Caleb gives us a recap of his week-long trip to Berlin for IFA. It seems like a lot of companies refrained from big announcements this year; What does this say for the upcoming CES?
  • China is building a balloon to almost space: A new $1.5 billion theme park being created by KuangChi Science will include a unique "ride". A special high-altitude balloon ride will take passengers 15 miles up into the air. Would you be willing to be a test rider?

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