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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.

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: 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?

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.

Please don’t forget to check out our other live-streamed shows, Between the Streams and Close to the Metal!

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

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