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On this episode we discuss Black Friday deals, drone regulations, Star Wars/Google and Amazon lands a rocket.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here and Digital Trends has covered all the great deals. We get into a few of them and ask the all important question: Are you willing to go out and shop in the madness?

The price on drones has come down and looks to be one of the biggest "toys" for sale this year.  That's right. Kids are going to be drone owners. What does this mean for the rest of humanity? Also, why do kids seem to have the greatest toys now?

 The FAA special task force has just announced new set of recommendations on how to create a drone registry. In addition to assigning an actual drone number, they may require an educational segment to the registration.

Star Wars has teamed up with Google for a massive crossover. Once again, Star Wars has found a way to invade every aspect of our lives. Pete goes into more detail on how the deal actually works and who is likely paying who, in this massive marketing outreach.

Finally, there was a surprise development on the front of landing a reusable rocket. The surprise was that Elon Musk, Paul Allen and Richard Branson were not involved. Instead, it was a fellow Billionaire, in Jeff Bezos of Amazon. Blue Origin successfully landed the rocket and then Bezos sent out his first ever tweet to announce it.

Today's episode features Marie Pardo-Garber, Pete Jacobs, Nick Mokey, Ryan Waniata and Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PST

Today we cover 55k Seinhauser Headphones, Vudu 4k Streaming TV, Bio-Printed Organs, Brain Implants & Sous-Vide Turkey.

After discussing the virtues of Sous-Vide Turkey, Ryan let's us know about his trip to LA. He was there to check out the new $55,000 Morpheus headphones from Sennheiser. No, we probably won't know anyone that will actually own them. However, the technology involved could eventually make it's way into something a little more affordable.

The online world of streaming television is constantly evolving and VUDU is the latest to make a splash. They will be offering 4K UHD titles in Dolby Atmos surround with Dolby Vision HDR. 

NBC also makes a move for streaming with Seeso. Seeso will stream classic NBC comedies like The Office, as well as standup specials and sketch comedy series such as Kids In The Hall.

Bio-printing technology may have taken a leap forward, with a Russian firm called 3D Bioprinting Solutions. They claim to have created a thyroid gland for a mouse that actually worked. This, of course,leads to a discussion of the possible "printing" capabilities that could be on the horizon.

Neurologist Phil Kennedy is known as the "father of the cyborg". He took that to heart, by traveling to Belize and having an electrode implanted into his brain! Caleb let's us know that you can apparently get away with a lot in Belize.

Finally, Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars! You can't avoid the commercials, video games, product placements, etc. Even for the hardcore fan though, is it getting to be a bit much?

Today's episode features Drew Prindle, Ryan Waniata, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Today we cover a variety of topics, including T-Mobile's Binge On, YouTube Music, internet privacy and wireless Bluetooth earbuds.

What is like to attend a T-Mobile Press Conference? We find out today from Nick Mokey, as he was at the Binge On announcement earlier this week. Binge On will allow you to stream a number of content providers without it effecting your data cap. It appears to be a bonus for consumers, but it has some Net Neutrality advocates very concerned about the move.

Comcast seems to be going in the opposite direction with the slow roll out of data caps on "unlimited" accounts, starting in Tennessee. They are positioning it as a way to protect customers, yet it potentially could cost existing customers an additional $35 per month. If you take a look at your current Comcast bill, it may already be on there and just not enacted...yet.

YouTube came out with their new YouTube Music app this week, as well. It seems like a good idea, but also something that should have existed years ago. How will they compete in the saturated streaming music market?

Windows 10 seems is frequently mentioned as an operating system that is constantly "spying" on you. The problem with that theory is that it's simply not true. As Brad stated in his article at digitaltrends.com, Microsoft is really not as sinister with data collection as they have been accused. There are other companies that are far more blatantly collecting information about your online habits.

Finally, a company has actually managed to bring wireless Bluetooth earbuds to market! Earin started off on Kickstarter and is now (possibly briefly) available at Best Buy. Caleb has a pair on hand and gives us a preview of his upcoming full review.

 

Today's episode features Brad Bourque, Nick Mokey, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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

Today we cover a variety of topics, ranging from home internet control, Reddit, bio-clothing, robots, to the "impossible" EmDrive.

Parents now have a new tool to control home internet usage with Circle with Disney. It's a little white box that works with your existing router and allows you to see everything that is happening on your home internet connection and control (or deny) usage for any device. They seem to have thought of everything and this could be a hugely successful device in the making.

Jumping to a typically "un-PC" website, Reddit has decided to get into the original content game. They are releasing a six-part documentary series on future tech, called Cyber Nation. There is a lot of debate about how good this will actually be and whether anyone outside of regular users will watch it.

How would you like your clothing covered with moisture-reactive "ancient" bacteria? MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has pioneered some BioLogic research into just that. It's designed to be active wear and is another example of the fashion industry adopting tech.

Two former founders of Skype have started up a company called Starship Technologies that has nothing to do with Starships. What they do have is a plan to change household deliveries with a fleet of robots. They essentially look like coolers on wheels and they're launching next year.

Finally, in the biggest story of the week, we discuss the incredible and seemingly impossible EmDrive. It violates the laws of physics, yet it could provide limitless, propellant-less energy!

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Rick Stella, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:15pm PST

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