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On this episode we discuss Apple v FBI, Top Tech of Mobile World Congress, Star Wars Drones, Boston Dynamics & The Oscars.

Apple vs. the FBI is the most prevalent story in technology and consumer privacy. Tim Cook of Apple is refusing to acquiesce to the court orders they have received, going so far as to say it is the equivalent of being asked to develop cancer. There is a lot of confusing information being disseminated right now and we attempt to clarify some of the specifics of what is at hand. You'll also be surprised to find out which company did not do a good job of protecting their consumers.

Mobile World Congress has wrapped up in Barcelona and the Digital Trends crew was all over it. The Top Tech of MWC 2016 awards have been given out and some true game changers were included. LG's G5 was Best of Show, bringing their exciting modular cell phone to the marketplace. In addition, the Avegant Glyph just shot up to top of every home-theater fanatic's wishlist.

It's hard to do a show and not bring up a drone story and this one comes from the set of Star Wars. Filming in Dubrovnik (which we hear is a wonderful city), Disney has hired a set of drone operators to combat other drones attempting to fly over their sets. They are worried about fans capturing behind-the-scenes footage of the movie, as it's being shot. You know this "anti-drone" crew will be put to the test and we can't wait to see the drone on drone action.

Boston Dynamics put out one of their most fascinating videos yet this week. It showcases the Next Generation Atlas humanoid robot. The best part is they are putting the robots to the test, by making them withstand some abuse from human bullies. We're sure our future robot overlords will use this video as an educational piece for why they conquered us.

Finally, the Oscars are this weekend and Caleb gives us some of his predictions. The best reveal? There is an 8 bit video game called Red Carpet Rampage that someone has put out. If you feel like taking a half hour to play as DiCaprio avoiding Paparazzi while chasing his Oscar, click the link.

 

Trends With Benefits is a weekly tech podcast and live video broadcast. It brings together experts from Digital Trends to discuss the tech topics of the day and beyond.

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Brad Bourque, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

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 Periscope and YouTube every Thursday at 2:30pm PST.

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On this episode we discuss Apple v FBI, Everlasting Hard Drives, Space Archaeology, Cybathlon and Kanye West vs. Dr. Drew Prindle.

Today's episode starts off strong, with Drew Prindle issuing a declarative statement regarding Kanye West. He's instantly challenged on this, which results in a one-of-a-kind performance that is destined to go down in Rap History.

Then, we get into one of the biggest public tech debates in recent years. The FBI has asked Apple for their help, in order to create a "back door" into a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. Essentially, this would be a work-around for the data encryption that Apple's consumers have come to expect.

The implications of this are far and wide, when it comes consumer privacy. Apple CEO Tim Cook, flatly denied the FBI's request and now everyone from Edward Snowden, to Google has begun weighing in.  We discuss this monumental issue on the show. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

The ultimate, everlasting hard drive has just been created and it sounds like something out of Superman. It's a tiny glass disk that can hold 360 terabytes of information and can last up to 13.8 billion years at 190 degrees Celsius! The idea is that scientists could potentially store all of human knowledge on the device. However, are there actual benefits for the general population? Or, is this just the ultimate vanity project for humanity?

Have you ever heard of Space Archaeology and did you know you could be the one? In addition to being a Space Archaeologist, Sarah Parcak is a 2016 Ted Prize winner. Essentially, she uses satellite images to find ancient archaeological sites that aren't necessarily noticeable on the ground. She will soon be launching a platform called Global Xplorer, which will allow everyone to participate in the field.

Humans are increasingly being outfitted with bionic limbs and robotic enhancements. Now there is an athletic competition taking place in Switzerland, called the Cybathlon. Per it's website, the Cybathlon is a championship for people with "disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies." It's bound to be more exciting than the Olympics, but no word on if it will be broadcast when it takes place later this year.

 

 

Finally, there is no possible description worthy of how today's show ends. No need for a subscription to Tidal though, this release is free for everyone.

Trends With Benefits is a weekly tech podcast and live video broadcast. It brings together experts from Digital Trends to discuss the tech topics of the day and beyond.

Today's episode features Drew Prindle, Jenny McGrath, Matt Smith and Greg Nibler.

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 Periscope, Facebook and YouTube every Thursday at 2:30pm PST.

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On this episode we discuss Google Autonomous Cars, VR Arcades, Drone Sentinels and Hoverboards.

It seems inevitable that autonomous cars will be joining their human counterparts on roadways. How these vehicles will be regulated is being debated right now. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has said the Google self-driving car could even be considered a "driver" under federal law.

Google is even suggesting that there should be no manual system available to take over driving. How would you feel about this kind of system in the event of an emergency? Also, would you use this system for the obvious convenience, or is the lack of control too big of a barrier?

Virtual Reality is a common topic on our show and today is no different. The Wall Street Journal reported that Google may be preparing to launch a standalone VR system, independent of any phone of computer. This kind of device could lead to a resurgence of the classic arcade, where gamers join in group VR sessions. Essentially we could be on the verge of Holodecks!

In the world of drones, a Swiss firm has developed one capable of recognizing and following hiking trails. The potential uses include finding lost hikers, or missing persons. It would seem that this is a great example of putting AI to use, for the benefit of humanity. Conversely, we could be witnessing the origins of the Sentinels from The Matrix.

Finally, the Hoverboard has long been the dream of anyone who grew up watching Back To The Future. We're not talking about the faux-Hoverboard that explodes in flames. The ArcaBoard looks like a giant air mattress, but it does actually hover, powered by 36 high-power electric ducted fans. It only works for 6 minutes at a time but, as of now, it won't set you fire. 

Trends With Benefits is a weekly tech podcast and live video broadcast. It brings together experts from Digital Trends to discuss the tech topics of the day and beyond.

Today's episode features Dan Gaul, Nick Mokey, Rick Stella and Greg Nibler.

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 Periscope, Facebook and YouTube every Thursday at 2:30pm PST.

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On this episode we discuss Super Bowl 4K broadcasting, 360 video, Hololens, FAA Drone warnings, HULU and Robotic Exoskeletons.

The Super Bowl is the pinnacle of live entertainment and cutting edge tech is involved more than ever. With the brand new EyeVision 360 cameras shooting in 5K resolution, there will be some unique new ways to view replays.

There has also been a pretty vocal backlash to CBS, regarding the lack of 4K broadcasting. There is actually a good reason for this and we discuss why that anger may be misplaced.

Microsoft HoloLens has released a Russell Wilson-heavy video, showing how they envision the future use of AR for live sporting events. We have to say, it's pretty amazing and you can check out the video here: Microsoft Hololens.

What won't be allowed at the Super Bowl are drones. The FAA has promised that any drone within 36 miles of Levi Stadium can be taken down with “deadly force”. We'll discuss what that means, as well as the Dutch plan of using actual anti-drone Eagles!

HULU users may have reason to worry, with the report this week that Time Warner, Inc., is looking into acquiring a stake in the streaming television service. If this happens, one of the greatest benefits of using HULU, may be at risk of disappearing.

Finally, there is a company called SuitX that has come up with a revolutionary way to assist people with mobility issues. Their robotic exoskeleton, the Phoenix, could potentially improve the quality of life for people around the world.

 

Trends With Benefits is a weekly tech podcast and live video broadcast. It brings together experts from Digital Trends to discuss the tech topics of the day and beyond.

 

Today's episode features Caleb Denison, Ryan Waniata, Drew Prindle and Greg Nibler.

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 Periscope and YouTube every Thursday at 2:30pm PST.

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