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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?

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Direct download: dtpodcast108.mp3
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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Direct download: dtpodcast107.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51pm PST

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