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On this episode we discuss Elon Musk's Hyperloop, Driverless Taxis & Google cars, Esports and Space-X launches attempts to land another rocket.

We start today off, discussing Elon Musk's Hyperloop One project. Rick Stella was one of the lucky journalists invited to see the first-ever demonstration of the mag-lev train. He journeyed to the middle of the desert, North of Las Vegas, to witness their presentation. It's truly impressive how far they've come in such a short time and they claim they'll be ready for cargo shipments within 3 years. It also shows the amazing effect that Elon Musk has on the world, merely by voicing his ideas!

In a slightly more tangible transportation topic, we move on to the rapid advancement of driver-less cars. A company called Nutonomy has announced plans to unleash driver-less taxis, upon Singapore. If it's successful, it could revolutionize how we travel.

Google is now advertising for a $20 an hour job as a "vehicle safety specialist" in Phoenix, to help test their driver-less vehicles. The contracts are reportedly going to be 12, or 24 months long at 6-8 hours of day. How long would you last at a job, where you have to sit in a car for that long?

Esports has also been garnering a lot of publicity lately. TNT and the Pac-12 Network will now be broadcasting competitions. ESPN even has an entire division devoted to Esports. With all of this coverage on Sports websites, should Gamers now be called athletes?

Space-X has been having an incredible year, attempting to develop a stable, reusable rocket. Their 25th flight was actually planned during the recording of this podcast. Once again, Elon Musk is proving he changing the world in a million ways. (Spoilers: the launch was scrubbed after we recorded this episode) 

Finally, we ask a question of everyone; If you entered in an Esports competition, what game would you choose to play? Declarations are made regarding Mario-Kart and we will let you know who wins!

 

Today's episode features Marie Pardo-Garber, Rick Stella, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode we discuss Case of Bass, Green Century Electronic Recycling, Google I/O and Smart Contact Lenses.

On this episode we are joined by tech innovators Ezra Cimino-Hurt, of the company Case of Bass and Chris Regis of Green Century Electronics Recycling. Ezra has created an amazing combination of tech and art, by turning old luggage, into cool retro-inspired Boomboxes. Chris and Ezra talk about the origins of Case of Bass and how much work it took to create a quality product that not only looks good, but functions well. You can also check out Ezra in his DT Innovators and Essentials Video Series.

From there, we discuss the state of Tidal, the Jay-Z founded streaming music service. There was a lot of hype when it first started, from the star power backing it, to the idea of higher quality audio. With competition from Spotify and so many other services (in addition to the consistent firing of executives), we talk about how it's holding up.

The Google I/O Developer Conference is in full effect this week, as they announce new services and apps. One of their focal points has been the addition of new chat applications. They will now have 6 different way to chat and they seem to be very redundant services. 

Duo is one of their most interesting additions, being a one-to-one video chat service. It's designed to bring video chat to virtually all smartphones. However, it's most interesting feature is that it will allow the call recipient to see live video of the caller, before they answer. This could bring on a whole new level for receiving unwanted "Chat Roulette-like" prank calls....

Google also announced the addition of a new VR platform that will be entrenched in their new Android N update. Day Dream is the successor to Google Cardboard and will provide fierce competition to established VR providers like Oculus.

Surprisingly, one group that has voiced concern about the proliferation of VR, is the porn industry. There are some that believe Virtual Reality could lead to the end for traditional, multi-camera productions. The industry truly has contributed to the innovation and advancement of technology, in part because of the fact that everyone consumes their "product". We discuss what their concerns are and whether there really is a threat to traditional productions.

Finally, in what seems like a Sci-Fi story come-to-life, Sony has announced plans for a "smart" contact lens. The lens would allow you to take video, enhance eye sight and basically turn humans into cyborgs. If people were concerned about Google Glass, how are they going to react to this!?

Today's episode features Ezra Cimino-Hurt, Chris Regis, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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On this episode of Trends With Benefits, we step outside of our normal format, to take a look back at the early days of Digital Trends with a Throwback Podcast. From "behind-the-scenes" moments at CES and E3, to celebrity encounters, to company-wide Dawn of War battles, there's a little of everything.

The panel on today's show includes Nick Mokey (Managing Editor), Greg Mombert (Content Director) and Leif "Icebreaker" Iverson. Leif was the host of DT's original adventure into Podcasts, where he had to crank out an incredible amount of content, in a short amount of time. We open up the Digital Trends vault and play some clips from such past podcast episodes as Tech for Cats, DT Weekly Burger King and Relationship and Dating Text Messaging Etiquette. Listen for the Cat Tech, stay for the techno music beds!

CES and E3 are always a big part of DT's coverage and while conventions are a lot of fun, but they can also be extremely stressful. With quick deadlines and little sleep, things can go off-the-rails, very quickly. Nick and Leif let us know about some of their adventures at the many events, including a full sleep-deprived breakdown and the many things that have been left behind in random hotels. Leif will also let you know how to get free lemonade at Press Conferences, although you may not want to try it yourself.

Without spoiling the rest of the show, I'll just let you know that there are tales of MC Hammer, water-proof phone flirtation and a Street Fighter battle projected on the side of a Vegas Casino. We'll probably be doing some more of these Throwback Podcasts, so let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Direct download: dtpodcast082.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:30am PST

On this episode we discuss the Flyboard Air, World Password Day, World Record VR Session, Live VR Concerts and Live-Streaming YouTube and Hulu.

We are rarely, if ever, wrong about anything on Trends With Benefits, but it appears some of us may have been incorrect regarding a possible hoax. A video of the the Flyboard Air Hoverboard from Zapata Racing being flown over water, took the internet by storm a few weeks ago. While the original video sparked a huge debate as to whether the product was a hoax, the newest one effectively put this to the rest. Franky Zapata used his incredible product to break the Guinness World Record by flying just over a mile, while 50 feet in the air! It's well documented and the video is amazing, proving it is not a hoax. We all agree we want immediately and that we would also probably crash it, just as fast.

Today is World Password Day (it's a real thing) and it helps to remind everyone to consistently change your various login passwords. A Russian Hacker, known as "The Collector" has stolen 272 million Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail passwords, prompting some panic from providers. While most accounts are overseas, it's probably time to beef up those passwords you've been using for everything.

Our 2nd Guinness Record topic of the day comes from Virtual Reality. Filmmaker Derek Westerman spent 25 hours wearing an HTC Vive. He was required to only play one game and he chose Tilt Brush. The entire account ends with Westerman vomiting and feeling sick, which is not surprising. However, would you be willing to go 26 hours, to break his record? 

NextVR has teamed up with Live Nation, with a plan to bring live concerts to home users. The idea will be to eventually sell virtual tickets to the events. There are some aspects of this that could be pretty cool, if it's done correctly. Will users be willing to sit still with a headset on for a 2-3 hour concert?

Following on the heels of Hulu, YouTube now has plans to jump into live-streaming television. The service will be called Unplugged and would sell for around $35 per month. It's starting to feel like we're reaching a plateau for live-streaming television. With so many services, cord-cutters could end up spending more than they did with actual cable.

Today's episode features Drew Prindle, Matt Smith, Caleb Denison and Greg Nibler.

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Direct download: dtpodcast081.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:00pm PST

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