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Should Amazon share Alexa's information with Law Enforcement, the Amazon Mothership patent; CES 2017 Preview

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Ashley Zagst, Nick Mokey, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Should Amazon share Alexa's information with Law Enforcement?: A murder case in Arkansas is garnering national attention, due to the use of Smart Home devices. Police are petitioning Amazon to release information from an Echo device because it may harbor information relating to the crime. Should Amazon comply?

  • Amazon patents a flying warehouse: It's no secret that Amazon wants drone deliveries to happen. They have now added a patent for a flying blimp-like warehouse that would float above events, sending down drones for order-to-hand delivery, within minutes. Is this plan actually plausible and would you order from it?

  • Preview of CES 2017: Every year, the Consumer Electronics Show brings us some surprises in tech. We'll give you our rundown of what to expect, what could be the breakout technology and a preview of the extensive coverage you'll get from Digital Trends.

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Uber's California woes; Waymo teams up with Honda; iPhone 8 and the OLED shortage; Revenge on a Phone Thief; DT Holiday Guide

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

Our topics this week:

  • Uber's California woes and Waymo/Honda: Uber has decided to go the legal route with their California tests and seek the actual permits needed. Waymo is rumored to be partnering with Honda to bring their autonomous project onto the streets. Are you ready for the self-driving car revolution?

     

  • LG Factory Tour: DT's Caleb Denison and Jeremy Kaplan went behind-the-scenes at LG's Headquarters in South Korea and the verdict is...it's incredible. Caleb will let you know what he saw and what it may mean for CES 2017.

  • iPhone 8 and the OLED display shortage: Another week and another iPhone 8 rumor. This time it has to do with the apparent lack of OLED screens available. However, what kind of upgrade would it actually take for you to consider buying a new iPhone?

 

  • Revenge on a Phone Thief: A Phone Thief in China received swift justice this past week. A Truck Driver had it swiped, but was able to track down the perpetrator and kick him of his scooter, Double Dragon-style!

     

  • DT Holiday Gift Guide : Don't forget to check out our extensive holiday gift-guide for tech to get you through any situation. We each put together our list of what one item, we would recommend. What would you suggest people buy?

     

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:55pm PST

Star Wars meets Columbia; Amazon Echo in The Wynn; Amazon Drone deliveries; Apple Airpod live review; Yahoo data hack; Uber hits SF; Uber 'God View'.

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

Our topics this week:

  • Star Wars meets Columbia: The Star Wars franchise has become a master of marketing and their newest cross-promotion involves Columbia Sportswear. Their new line of jackets replicates Rogue One costumes, in a perfect match. Which one would you choose?

  • Amazon Echo in The Wynn and Drone deliveries begin: The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas has announced that every room will soon be equipped with an Amazon-enabled Echo speaker. It's a step toward creating a "Smart" Hotel room, but is that what you would want in Las Vegas? Also, the their first Drone delivery service has begun, in England. A video was posted of a 13 minute, click-to-arrival order.

     

  • Apple Airpod live review: The Airpods are finally here! Truly Bluetooth, wireless headphones from Apple. We cover the battery life, how they sound, how they work, how far they can go and more. Caleb will answer all of your questions.

 

  • Yet another Yahoo data hack: This is not a repeat from September. Yahoo has announced now that a possible BILLION accounts were hacked in 2013. What does this mean for Yahoo's trustworthiness and how will this affect Verizon's $4.8 billion offer?

     

  • Uber driver-less cars hit SF and using 'God View' to track celebrities & exes : Uber has gone ahead with putting driver-less cars on the streets of San Francisco, albeit with an engineer in tow. However, they were caught on camera running a red light and now face legal action from the California DMV. In addition, they are receiving more heat from using 'God View', which allowed many Uber employees the ability to track the location of customers.

     

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Category:general -- posted at: 4:23pm PST

Amazon Go Store, Samsung without a headphone jack, Microsoft Chatbot, Jetpack Giveaway, DT Holiday Survival Guide

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Ian Bell, Naomi Vo, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

Today's show is sponsored by MailChimp. Send Better Email, Sell More Stuff.

Our topics this week:

  • Amazon Go Store: Amazon has launched a test version of a new convenience store called Go. No clerks are present and no checkout is required, as customers simply walk out out of the store and their account is charged. Could this concept catch on?

  • Samsung to drop the headphone jack?: A report from SamMobile is stating that, like the iPhone 7, the new Galaxy S8 will ditch the standard headphone jack. After all the backlash against Apple for their lightning jack headphone, is this the direction all phones are heading?

  • Microsoft Chatbot: Microsoft's last attempt at an interactive AI Chatbot on Twitter, 'Tay', fell short of expectations due to trolls. They have now gone to a different app for their latest venture. If you are a Kik user, you can now chat with 'Zo'. What is the best way for companies to teach their AI programs to interact with people?

  • Jetpack Ride Giveaway from DT: Enter now, for your chance to fly around in a real jetpack! The JB-10 from JetPack Aviation is pretty incredible. Would you be willing to fly the pack over open water?

  • DT Holiday Survival Guide: Digital Trends has put together a great guide to get you through the Holiday season! Whatever situation you find yourself in, we'll help you match the right tech to each one.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Netflix Downloads, Apple Drones, iPhone 8 Rumors, OLED fabric, Nike HyperAdapt self-tying shoes.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Holly Smith, Caleb Denison, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

Today's show is sponsored by MailChimp. Send Better Email, Sell More Stuff.

Our topics this week:

  • Netflix Downloads: Netflix has made no secret about it's desire to dominate the world's online entertainment market. This week they announced the ability to download their content to watch offline. Should we expect another big announcement from them soon?

  • Apple Drones: In an effort to get a leg up on Google, Apple may be launching their own drones over crowded roadways. The drones will relay construction information, read street signs and more. What's next in the battle for map supremacy?

  • iPhone 8 rumors abound: Apple appears to be gearing up to make big changes with the next iPhone and we discuss the newest rumors in this semi-regular show topic. OLED screens, wireless charging, the absence of any ports? What would you like to see in the next generation?

  • OLED fabric: Two research teams in Korea, KAIST and Kolon Glotech have reportedly developed a fabric that will work with OLED technology. While this could be amazing for wearable tech, would you be interested in becoming a walking television? 
  • Nike self-tying shoe: The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 "E.A.R.L." shoes are now on sale in New York. There are inspired by Marty McFly and are a mere $720 a pair. Will you be picking up a pair?

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:45pm PST

Facebook Fake News, SpaceX Satellites, Google Earth VR, iPhone 8 AR and Glasses, Black Friday preview.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Rick Stella, Ashley Zagst and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Facebook Fake News: Mark Zuckerberg is facing a backlash with how Facebook curates it's news sources. While Facebook is essentially the world's largest media site, their algorithms continue to promote fake news sites. Will they need to make some major changes soon?

  • SpaceX wants to cover the globe: Elon Musk's company just filed a request with the FCC to launch 4,425 communication satellites, in order to create a global-wide internet network. This ambitious and costly plan would make competition pretty sparse for this type of delivery. Is it safe to have so much power in the hands of one company? Or, is it worth it to just have someone other than Comcast?

  • Google Earth VR: Google sprung a surprise on everyone, by launching a Virtual Reality version of Google Earth. It's free to play via Steam, on the HTC Vive. It's an all encompassing experience and hopefully it will land on other platforms soon!

  • iPhone 8 rumors and AR Glasses: Apple is working on making a big impression with the anniversary edition of the iPhone next year. Rumored to be in the works are a new system of integrated Augmented Reality. In addition a set of "Apple" AR Glasses are reportedly in development to go with it. Is this truly forward-thinking, or is it just following the lead of other tech companies?

  • Black Friday preview: Is this going to be the best time to pick up that TV you've been eyeing? What about a new laptop? We'll give you a preview of the extensive DT Black Friday guide. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

Google Daydream challenges Samsung; Snap Inc goes live with Spectacle; DT Outdoors and NASA inspired insulation; LED E-Sneakers; Drone Sausage Delivery

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Nick Mokey, Marcus Yam, Brendan Hesse and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Google Daydream VR challenges Samsung: Samsung's Gear VR system has had a stranglehold on mobile systems, but Google is now ready to challenge. Not only have they introduced the Daydream platform, which other manufacturers will surely develop for, they also have the Daydream View headset. 

  • Snap Inc puts Snapchat on your face: Snapchat is looking to increase the amount of pictures you post with their new Spectacle glasses. They just went on sale at unique kiosks around the country and the resale prices is skyrocketing online. 

  • Digital Trends Outdoors and NASA Jackets: Marcus lets us know about the ways tech is incorporated into Outdoor gear and the great section at DT. Then he shows us a cutting edge jacket by Oros Apparel that uses Aerogel for insulation. Aerogel was designed by NASA and is even used in a new Water Bottle from Crio.

  • LED E-Sneakers: Vixole's product is billed as the "world's first customizable mid-top E-Sneakers. You can put virtually anything on them and are available for a pretty reasonable price. Will this soon become the a vehicle for walking advertisements?

  • Sausage Drone Fiasco: An Australian man is in big trouble, after filming a drone-sausage delivery to his friend awaiting in a Hot Tub. This sounds like the greatest possible use of technology, however there are a LOT of laws and regulations that need to be worked out. How soon can we expect our own grill-to-Hot Tube drone deliveries?

Please subscribe and share Trends with Benefits, visit digitaltrends.com and send in YOUR questions to podcast@digitaltrends.com. We also broadcast the show live on YouTube every Thursday at 2:30 pm PST.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:00pm PST

Uber upgrades their app to be an 'Entertainment Portal'; Google's Tango Augmented Reality gets a phone; Orbi Prime 4K sunglasses; Amazon Police Drones.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Rick Stella, Holly Smith, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • Uber app gets an upgrade: Uber has constantly been expanding their options for travel, but now the company wants to be known for more. Their new upgrade has some valuable additions, but also plans to include a Yelp section and even an Uber Snapchat filter. Is it becoming too much? (Be sure to stick around for Drew's pitch for the all new "Druber" service.)

  • Google's Tango Augmented Reality: While Pokemon Go may have brought the concept of AR to the masses, Google plans to take it to the next level. The Tango platform looks to be the start of an Augmented Reality revolution.

  • Orbi Prime 4K Sunglasses: A new product launching on Indiegogo appears has taken the concept of Google Glass and turned into more of a GoPro. The Sunglasses are designed to shoot 4K 360 Degree video and provide up to 90 minutes of recording per charge.

  • Amazon Police Drone Concept: Amazon has made no secret of their desire to have drones on virtually every telephone poll. Now they have received a patent for a tiny 'Assistant Drone' that would dock on the shoulders of Police Officers and help them in the line of duty. One question; do they get to name them?

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm PST

We cover all the announcements from both Apple and Microsoft on this show. From the OLED Touch Bar on the MacBooks and Apple TV, to Microsoft's new Surface Studio and 3D mantra, we've got it all.

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Brad Bourque, Brandon Widder, Matt Leong and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

  • OLED Touch Bar and the new MacBook: Apple's event this week was titled "Hello Again" and featured the return of the MacBook. One of the key features they touted, was the addition of the new OLED Touch Bar. Will this update be enough to bring the MacBook back to it's former glory?

  • Apple TV and the "TV" App: Apple seems to have abandoned any plans for original content on it's platform and is now presenting a new App called "TV". This is a move to content curation, instead of content creation, which doesn't seem to have the "wow factor" that used to be a hallmark of Apple innovation.

  • Microsoft Surface Studio with Surface Dial: The new Surface Studio is designed to be an all-in-one PC for creative professionals. It's got a unique stand and a new way to interact with a computer, with the Surface Dial. Will this be enough for creatives to shell out for the high-price?

  • Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft seems fully invested in the concept of "3D". It's a bold move forward and they are doing everything they can to sell the idea. They've even reinvented MS Paint into Paint 3D, as they push their cross-platform innovation.

  • Windows Gaming: In a move to cater to it's extensive base of gamers, Microsoft is introducing more ways to provide synergy between PC's and the Xbox. They've added a more efficient way to stream content and an easier ability to initiate custom tournaments.

  • HoloLens and Mixed Reality: Microsoft seems primed to take advantage of the burgeoning AR/VR market. With a HoloLens demonstration that shows a very interactive way to incorporate their 3D concept, they show the potential of where they are heading. We think it's exciting, but is it something that consumers would actually use?

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Direct download: dtpodcast106.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Nintendo Switch review; Tesla goes driverless; SolarCity pay Airbnb Hosts; Google signs CBS; Apple Rumors ahead of product launch

Our latest weekly episode of Trends with Benefits features Dan Gaul, Ashley Salter, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

Our topics this week:

Nintendo Switch hybrid console details & Tesla goes fully driverless
  • Nintendo Switch console revealed: Nintendo announced it's newest hardware system today, due to be released in 2017. We'll detail everything we know about this new device that will be a hybrid of both console and mobile gaming! Are we entering another golden age of gaming?

  • Tesla goes fully driverless: Elon Musk has doubled down-on his dream of completely autonomous vehicles, with the proclamation that all future Tesla models will include a full package of autopilot hardware. With all of the public trouble Tesla has had, is this too soon?

  • SolarCity pays Airbnb Hosts: SolarCity announced a unique plan of paying Airbnb hosts $1,000 to convert their house to run on their solar panels. Will that be enough on it's own, to convince someone to shell out $20,000 to $30,000?

  • Google prepares a streaming network: Google has signed on CBS to it's yet-to-launch streaming network. There are also reports that they are in negotiations with Fox, Disney and Viacom. With this addition, is the Streaming TV market becoming too saturated?

  • Apple Rumors: Macbook OLED toolbar: Apple has another mysterious event scheduled for 10/27 called "hello again" and rumors are circulating as to what that means. One speculation is that they will be introducing an OLED toolbar, called "Magic Toolbar".

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Direct download: dtpodcast105.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST