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Today's episode features a full cast of Jeffrey Van Camp, Brandon Widder, Matt Smith, Ben Lundin & Greg Nibler.  We got "nerdy" right off the bat, with an indepth review of Windows 10!  As usual, we were also live on Periscope taking your questions.

Matt Smith, Computing Editor at Digital Trends (self-proclaimed Abacus expert), has been hands on with Windows 10 from the beginning.  There is a lot of excitement about the new OS from Microsoft, but I think a little apprehension (see Windows 8 users).  Matt lets us know the ins and outs and whether or not it would be enough to convince an Apple user to make the switch!

Next we switch gears and talk about another tech product that Lexus is working on.  It's called Luminor paint and it is a paint like substance that responds to electrical current.  They strapped up a driver with a wireless heart monitor and all of a sudden you've got paint that changes colors and patterns based on your heartbeat!  What does this mean for future endeavors and actual use of this product on the roads?  Also, how soon before you get ads popping up on it.....

Then we moved on to the always popular topic of drones.  Amazon has been advocating the use of drone deliveries for quite some time and they are now taking it to another level.  In meetings with NASA, they have come up with a proposal on how to regulate drone vs. human airspace.

Finally, we get into another selfie drone being devloped by Samsung.  Are drones going to take the place of actually talking to real people?

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Direct download: dtpodcast041.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Nick Mokey & Greg Nibler.  Today we covered ESPN woes, the advent of drones and flying cars.  We also broadcast live on Periscope at 2:30 every Thursday, taking your questions!

In the first topic, we cover the recent woes of ESPN.  They've reportedly lost over 3 million subscribers recently.  Is it because of their lack of a standalone streaming App?  Or is it because they've stretched themselves too far? 

Next we jump topics and switch to drones.  In particular....DRONES WITH GUNS.  An 18-Year Old in Connecticut recently posted a video of his drone firing a gun.  The FAA is investigating, but is it really illegal on his private property?  What does this mean for the future of home-modified drones and how could you stop it?

In the less terrifying, but maybe a little more lazy, we discuss the AguaDrone.  This drone comes with a Fish Finder, a camera and the ability to take your line out over the water and drop it right where the fish is.  Kind of cheating...and probably annoying to fellow fishers.  Maybe drones with guns do have a purpose...

Taking a question from Periscope, we cover the Amazon drone deliveries.  There is a lot of potential for this.  What if you could get a burrito delivered in 10 minutes?  Assuming it didn't have a gun, we are in!

Finally, the future promised in the Jetsons may be on the horizon!  Terrafugia (sorry if we mispronounce it) has developed an actual hybrid flying car/plane.  Will flying cars going to lead to Air-Rage?

Also, Caleb gives his thoughts on Paragliders and don't chug the raspberry beer.

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Direct download: dtpodcast040.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Ryan Waniata & Greg Nibler.  We covered a lot of Kickstarter and DIY products.  We also broadcast live on Periscope at 2:30 every Thursday, taking your questions!

To begin with we do clarify that while Greg did get a speeding ticket, he is not in fact a serial killer.  Supposedly.

In the first real topic, we cover the saga of The Dot.  The Dot is a tiny bluetooth in-ear headphone that actually is quite incredible.  However, despite surging to a huge amount of support on it's Kickstarter debut, it was quickly taken down.  Was the feedback legitmate, or was this another example of trolls ruining good things?

The Pacific Northwest (where this podcast is recorded) has been in the news a lot, in relation to the potential of a huge earthquake.  Brinco is a company that claims to offer a bit of help in preparing for the inevitable.  

Taking a question from Periscope, Caleb and Ryan discuss the "best TV on the market", per their expert opinions.  The TV's they discuss sound amazing!

Drew fills us in on Boeing's new patent for a laser-powered nuclear fusion engine design.  While it's just a patent, if this were to go forward, it could revolutionize....well, everything.

In at potential triumph for a DIY project that no one knew they needed, we then discuss the Hot Tub Hammock!  It is exactly as it sounds and we all want to give our money to them.

To round out the show, we discuss the virtues of Bacon-flavored Seaweed.

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Direct download: dtpodcast039.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00pm PST

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Dan Gaul, Matt Smith & Greg Nibler.  As usual, the show aired live on Periscope and covers a little bit of everything.

We started off talking about the "Ring" Video Doorbell.  Is the advantage of being able to see who is at your door before you answer it, worth the cost?

Next, we cover the developments of Google Glass 2.0.  The marketing appears to be towards "professionals", but will the new design be enough to overcome the bad publicity version 1.0 received?  Also, Microsoft Hololens finally revealed a teaser video of the application in action.  It has a smaller view, but the tech behind it is still really exciting.

From Augmented Reality, to Actual(?) Reality, we cover a research group working on GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces).  It's essentially malleable display screens that you can touch and  feel, to go along with the content you're viewing.

We then discuss the creepiness of Google Deep Dream and the nightmares that it can instill in you.  Trust us....it's pretty creepy.

Finally, we talk about NASA's potential plan to terraform the Moon.  Is the advancement of this kind of technology a good thing?

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Direct download: dtpodcast038.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Grape Crush and sugar rushes fuel this episode, featuring Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle, Dan Gaul, Jack Phan & Greg Nibler.  The whole show aired live on Periscope, with multiple feeds!

Starting topic covers the launch of Apple Music!  Caleb has been testing out the new music streaming service and gives us the ups and downs of it.  Plus, he has a secret that you'll need to know to avoid accidentally opting in for payment.

From there, we cover the topic of drones, privacy and the tale of man named Brett and his shotgun.  Drones are going to be an ever-present part of our lives soon, but how do we balance the great possibilities of them with...the problem of unwanted "eyes". (hint: Brett's shotgun theory isn't the answer)

We then cover a brand new Kickstarter campaign called "MotorMood", which is essentially Emoji's for your car.  Caleb let's us know that he his NOT a fan.  

The show rounds out with an admission of complete nerdom by Greg.  

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Direct download: dtpodcast037.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:14pm PST

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