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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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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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Samsung Note 7 fallout; PlayStation VR Launch; Atari founder's starts Modal VR; Google Home vs. Amazon Echo; Facebook "Trending" issues; Fighting Mosquitoes with science.

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

Our topics this week:

Samsung wants to pay you for your Note: As Samsung struggles with the fallout from the Note 7, they are offering to pay customers a credit to return them. What does this mean for the Note line of phones how can they win back your trust?

PlayStation VR launch: The new VR system from PlayStation is receiving some pretty stellar reviews. What does it included and is this the system that finally brings Virtual Reality to the masses?

Atari founder's adventure into VR: Noah Bushnell is one of the founders of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese (who knew!?) and has just come out with brand new VR system, called Modal VR. The goal is to create a multiple player VR experience that can work with up to 900,000 square feet of space!

Google Home vs Amazon Echo: Google seems primed to sweep into a number of burgeoning tech markets, including the Home sector. Google Home is a prime competitor to Amazon Echo and we go into the facets that may put them over the edge.

Facebook "Trending" algorithm gets fooled: After removing the human factor in curating news stories for "Trending", Facebook is facing a backlash regarding fake articles. Can their algorithm be adjusted, or is a human editor necessary?

Stopping Mosquito bites with Science: If you are one of those people that ALWAYS gets bitten by Mosquitoes, you will understand the excitement here. Scientists have taken the first steps toward determine what "flavor" humans are to mosquitoes, in order to make us invisible.

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Google takes on everyone, as it attempts to become your life assistant; Oculus Connect 3 debuts the Oculus Touch; Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media; Nike fulfills the wishes of Back to the Future fans everywhere with self-lacing shoes.

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

Our topics this week:

  • Google wants to become your Life Assistant: Google came out swinging at it's Made by Google Event on Tuesday, with Pixel phones to take on Apple/Samsung, Google Home to take on Alexa and Daydream to shake up VR systems. Can Google swoop into these emerging markets and become your go to service for....well, your life?
  • Oculus Connect 3: Oculus is in the middle of their Developers conference, leading to some big announcements regarding the VR Platform. The Oculus Tough was the highlight, with the release of the highly anticipated controllers coming soon.
  • Virtual Reality incorporates Social Media: It was only a matter of time before Facebook began including VR options for interacting. In addition a company called VRChat just received funding for a cross-platform, avatar based VR app. Is this the beginning of a newer, more immersive version of Second Life?
  • Nike brings us Back to the Future: Nike has finally announced that the Marty McFly-based Mag, self-lacing sneakers have been produced! You'll need to win a raffle, but it's worth the entry. What kind of movie tech would you like to see come to fruition?!

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