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Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Jenny McGrath, Matt Smith, Malarie Gokey & Greg Nibler.   We also broadcast live on Periscope taking your questions throughout the show!  Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 6s in San Francisco on September 9th.  While there is naturally excitement about a new phone, improved camera, etc., we also speculate about what else they could announce.  The Home Kit is definitely something they are expanding into and there is a good chance we could see some developments in this.  Matt let's us know there is also the possibility of some new MacBook announcements.

Everyone is also gearing up to head to Germany for IFA, which is taking place September 4th-9th in Berlin.  In addition to an in-house Oktoberfest, there is sure to be a lot of new tech debuted.

The Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch is projected to be on display.  Malarie fills us in on why it's exciting and how it's running on Samsung's proprietary Tizon OS. 

Caleb tells us about the values of Ultra HD DVD's and some new releases for 4k OLED TV's.  However, something he's most looking forward to investigating the advancements in Wearable Fitness Tech.  This is a burdgeoning market and there is a lot of potential for some cool new products and the innovation happening is impressive!

Finally, one of the biggest things to see at IFA are the advancements in the Smart Home and interconnected household devices and appliances.  Jenny is the Home Editor at Digital Trends and lets you know about some fascinating products from overseas, plus the vulnerabilities of Samsung Refridgerators.  

All along the way we take questions and comments from live Periscope viewers, as well!

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm PST

Today's episode features Nick Mokey, Matt Smith, Jack Phan & Greg Nibler.   We also broadcast live on Periscope taking your questions throughout the show!  Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

We started by letting you know that our building in Portland, Oregon was undergoing Fire Drill/Alarm testing.  It became a constant theme throughout the show.  You'll hear.

The major topic of the day however, was Data Storage and how safe or unsafe it is.  Ashley Madison experienced a major leak of data at the hands of a hacker group.  While we may not all have sympathy for the intent of the users, there are real concerns for all of us here!

From there we talked about Google and their new approach to Routers.  It's a tech item that a lot of people overlook, but it's an area that is in need of some evolution.  Their approach with OnHub may be headed in an innovative direction, but is it something that is good for consumers?  Or is it something that's just unnecessary or unneeded?

All along the way we take questions and comments from live Periscope viewers, as well!

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Direct download: dtpodcast044.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Today's episode features Ian Bell, Caleb Denison, Kyle Wiggers, Eric from Pear Buds & Greg Nibler.   Of course we also were live on Periscope taking your questions throughout the show!  Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

We started off with Kyle updating us on the biggest news from Samsung Unpacked.  The Galaxy Note 5, the viability of Phablets and the new Samsung Pay are all discussed.  

Then we have a special guest!  Eric from Pear Buds (peardesigns.io) talks about their new incredible product.  Bluetooth ear buds are something we all want, but no company has succesfully been able to bring a great product to the market.  It sounds like Pair Buds has figured it out!  He goes into detail about their new Kickstarter campaign.

Next we switch gears to Robots.  iRobot has received permission from the FCC to use radio signals in it's new Lawnmowing Robot.  Seriously.  A Robot with moving blades running around your lawn.

Also, MIT has developed a slightly less threatening, mobile Robot Bartender.  It will take your orders and bring you your drinks in a crowded bar, all on it's own.  Could iZac from Futurama be a reality?

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Direct download: dtpodcast043.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30pm PST

Today's episode features Bill Roberson, Drew Prindle, Brad Bourque, Rick Stella & Greg Nibler.   Of course we also were live on Periscope taking your questions throughout the show!  Follow @DigitalTrends to be alerted when we go live or send in questions ahead of time to podcast@digitaltrends.com.

Following up on last week's release of Windows 10, we discuss some of the issues that some people are having.  (Those people with issues include Greg)  Brad tells us why this is happening and the answer is actually pretty surprising.

Is someone watching you via your webcam?  Be paranoid!  Or not.  More and more people are reporting scams and hacking of cams though.  There is a simple solution to make sure you're safe from unwanted viewers when you aren't using your webcam, if you don't mind looking a little dorky.

Next, Lexus finally unveiled a full video and picture set of their new hoverboard.  You can see it all at digitaltrends.com and it looks impressive!  But, is this anything that can actually turn into a product?  Or is it just a great publicity stunt for something else?

Airbus has taken out a patent on a commercial hypersonic jet that they claim could take you from New York to London in 1 hour!  We may not ever see it in action, but the idea is fantastic.

Finally, we wrap it up with some good old-fashioned drone talk.  A drone was recently caught dropping illegal drugs into a prison rec yard.  Of course chaos ensued, which leads us to think about what else drones could be used for.

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Direct download: dtpodcast042.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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