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Everyone of a certain age has fond memories of mashing buttons on a Nintendo controller as a kid, but is anyone anxiously awaiting a new console from Nintendo? If our panel is any indication, not really. But we’re all pretty ready to hand out cash for some classic characters on our smartphones, which Nintendo is also ready to embrace.

Facebook doesn’t just want to link to articles anymore, it wants to publish them. And while they might load milliseconds faster, it’s probably not good for readers or publishers in the long term.

In the distant future, we’ll cure chronic pain with sound waves and protect vehicles from explosions with force fields. Except both of those technologies are here today. Wait, what?

This week’s podcast features Digital Trends managing editor Nick Mokey, computer editor Matt Smith, staff writer Drew Prindle, and host Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:54pm PST

In this week's episode, Caleb Denison, Ryan Waniata, Drew Prindle, and Nick Jaynes join host Greg Nimbler to discuss the week's hottest tech topics. That was the plan anyway, until the whole thing was derailed over ... get this ... toilet paper.

nineteenth century patent indicates the inventor of the TP roll sides with under in the over/under debate. Our group of tech experts begs to differ ... emphatically. Except Greg, who's just plain wrong.

Nick teases Caleb over his constant use of 90's slang, even though 90's slang is the bomb.

Sony Playstaion Vue rolled out this week in 3 cities, and we clown the service because it costs $50 to $80 a month. With Vue, Sony aims to compete with cable companies by delivering cable TV over the Internet, but without any real cost savings and no ESPN, what's the point?

Join us in bidding Internet Explorer goodbye, as we learn the browser will not be part of Windows 10. Spoiler alert: None of us is sad about it.

Elon Musk thinks driving will someday become illegal. Maybe in San Francisco, but not in Dallas, or Russia. Delphi's planned autonomous cross country trip could(n't) be a milestone toward this.

Superfast 3D printing is a reality now thanks to a totally cool (and kind of creepy) new 3D printer that looks like it comes straight out of Terminator.

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Direct download: dtpodcast022.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:18pm PST

A magnet won’t stick to solid gold, but will Internet hatred stick to a $17,000 solid-gold Apple Watch? Yes, yes it will.

With Game of Thrones season approaching, Ian restarts his HBO subscription (apparently he only keeps it for three months) and the rest of the panel ponders whether Apple’s exclusive on the HBO Now streaming app will give it a leg up. Meanwhile, Showtime piles on with its own streaming app, and Sony wanders off into the weeds with a streaming service that costs as much as a cable subscription.

The story of an enraged mom who shot her own TV when her kids wouldn’t stop watching it raises more questions than answers … mostly about the Primus music video they were apparently watching when it happened. Which video? How did a 16-year-old in 2015 discover Primus? Which channel was showing music videos?!

Google designed a fan that detects body odor and dispenses fragrance to stem your stench, but Caleb has other plans for it. And no one is ever sitting in his desk chair again.

This week’s panel includes Digital Trends’ CEO Ian Bell, managing editor Nick Mokey, A/V editor Caleb Denison, staff writer Drew Prindle, and host Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:28pm PST

Will the Apple Watch flop or fly? The staff of Digital Trends debate the merits of Apple’s upcoming, highly contested smartwatch. From the good (“I can keep my phone in my pocket while I’m talking to people.”) to the bad (“You’ll forget to charge it because you’re an irresponsible idiot.”) we talk through the merits and pitfalls of this contentious release, and Apple in general. Does Cupertino still have it? Ian suddenly seems unconvinced.

Meanwhile, HBO Go is headed to your smart TV for $15 a month, but is that actually a good deal? Game of Thrones fans won’t bat an eyelid, but toss in $8 a month for Netflix, $8 a month for Hulu, $20 a month for Dish Sling TV, and the cable subscriptions we’re abandoning aren’t looking so bad after all.

In other news, France has a solution for a problem Caleb isn’t sure actually exists: short-lived appliances. And Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is edging closer to reality. Scary? Yup, but pretty much anything seems better than getting a plane. Caleb wants to ride it before he dies, but after revealing his speed fetish, none of the editors are in a hurry to climb into a tube with him.

We also answer another reader question! Dan’s answer: “Why don’t you get a magnetic pole and just stick it down there?”

Direct download: dtpodcast020.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm PST

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