DTNS 2684 – 1.51 Gigabits!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comCan you ever have too much bandwidth?Patrick Beja has a revelation after getting fiber in his new home in Finland.Tom Merritt discusses.

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DTNS 2683 – Ek-cellent

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comEklund joins us to help explain why the NHL switched streaming in the middle of the season and why it had so many outages even with MLBAM involved.

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Weekly Tech Views – Feb 6, 2016

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Real tech stories. Really shaky analysis.

First, thanks for stopping by for the Weekly Tech Views. Now that you’re here, definitely go ahead and read it; what the heck, you may get a few laughs. But if you want a lot of laughs, get over to YouTube when you’re done here and search “Bob & Ray.” Bob Elliott passed away this week, but left behind a treasure trove of comedy that achieves the remarkable feat of remaining hilarious over the span of nearly seven decades. I watched some more today and laughed out loud more during a five minute bit than I do during a month of most sitcoms.

Do yourself a favor and check out some Bob & Ray. Unless you hate laughing. Which would be weird.

Now, back to our regular program…

The next four days may be the most party-intensive time of the year, with the Super Bowl, Carnival, Mardi Gras, and, headlining the celebratory stretch, and, frankly, making the other events wish they could reschedule to avoid the inevitable shadow cast by such a spectacle, a new Weekly Tech Views! Who wants some beads!? (Don’t worry, all you have to flash is the questionable judgment to keep reading.)

For the week of February 1 – 5, 2016…

What Wizardry Is This?
Nostalgic first-person shooter fans rejoice, Bethesda announced May 13th as the release date for the next entry in the Doom franchise, twelve years after Doom 3. “Twelve years between games? What kind of performance-enhancing drugs are you guys on?” said the Duke Nukem development team.

Thank God For All Those Suds
Microsoft is planning a submersible data center called Project Natick that would sit on the ocean floor. “We really should have seen this coming,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s parents, showing off home videos of young Satya at bath time, happily splashing about with a Lego-encased Busicom LE-120A calculator anchored by three bars of soap to the bottom of the tub.

No, Sir, “Up To 150 Mbps” Means We Promise Not To Exceed That
A Comcast Internet customer has devised a way to creatively complain when his promised 150 Mbps speed drops below 50 Mbps. He has a Raspberry Pi run an hourly speed test and automatically tweet when the result is below the 50 Mbps threshold. In three months of use, his speed has reached the 67% drop sixteen times. “He’s getting above 33% of the promised speed an average of six days a week?” asked a Comcast technician, who then jumped up on his desk and yelled, “Hey guys! We’re getting our bonus!”

Prediction 2: “Rogue Drone” Will Soon Be A Series On Syfy
Law enforcement in the Netherlands is training eagles to take down rogue drones. Prediction: Pilots start disguising their drones as eagles, which proves fairly effective until mating season, which doesn’t end well for anyone.

Think I’ll Go Watch “Draft Day” Again
In other drone news, unmanned aerial vehicles will not be permitted within 36 miles of Levi Stadium in Santa Clara on Super Bowl Sunday. “Makes sense; why should drones get any closer to a Super Bowl than us?” said the Cleveland Browns.

How Many Friend Requests Can You Send Before Facebook Finally Asks You To Face Reality?
Friday was Friends Day on Facebook. I think I held up fairly well, knowing others were celebrating, spending the day watching their friend-filled videos, while I searched in vain for a People You May Know section in my barren News Feed. But then I used the day as a learning experience, to appreciate what it’s like for my Jewish acquaintances (I’d call them friends, but, if that were the case, I’D HAVE A VIDEO TO WATCH, WOULDN’T I?) on Christmas Day. So I ate Chinese food and went wherever I wanted on the internet–with no crowds!

One Less Lonely GIF
Some Android users noticed a GIF button temporarily in their Twitter app. Asked by a reporter for comment, Twitter management sent an email reading “Here’s our statement,” accompanied by a GIF of Justin Bieber shrugging, marking Justin Bieber’s most likeable appearance in the last five years.

You’d Better Update Before I Get My Belt!
Microsoft has recategorized Windows 10 from an “Optional” update to “Recommended.” This is certainly understandable to any parent who has realized the optional method (“Okay, you don’t have to eat your vegetables if you don’t want to be big and strong”) isn’t going so well, and has to kick things up a notch (“I recommend you finish that broccoli or you can go to your room and forget about ice cream for the next year”).

Expect “Recommended” to soon become “Mandatory” (“We’ve had to listen for years to you whining for a Start menu; you’re damned well going to use it!”).

Is My Tin Foil Hat On Straight?
A study shows that, at any given time, sixteen apps are running on an Android phone, eight of which the user is unaware. “I knew it!” said every AM radio overnight talk show host.

Yeah, We Know, But Trust Us, This Is Better Than Being Able To Edit A Tweet, Even If None Of You Asked For It
It was mentioned a few weeks ago that Twitter was considering a non-chronological method of displaying tweets, and now it appears that the change is imminent. You might say that I’m overreacting to something just because it’s different, without giving it a fair chance, but based on what little I’ve heard discussed, providing my timeline according to some new “Al Gore rhythm” seems an outdated idea, at best.

Also, “Organic Malware” Is My Favorite Band; I’m Sure You’ve Never Heard Of Them
The Internet Archive has launched The Malware Museum, where you can see the resultant messages from computer viruses prevalent in the eighties and nineties, without, of course, your computer being infected. In independent coffee houses across the country, hipsters huffed and downloaded actual viruses on Windows 95 desktops.

Like That’s The Worst Thing That’s Happened To It
Word is that Apple will be allowing iPhone users to trade in damaged phones for credit toward a new phone, the credit ranging from $50 to $250, depending on the device. I’d be willing to accept significantly less if, just once, they’d take my phone back without feeling compelled to incessantly grill me about what led to the problem: “Do you work around industrial vats of peanut butter? How else could you get so much so far inside every crevice? Seriously, do you realize at this point this is more peanut than phone?” Sheesh.

Whoa! That was some party! Am I right!? Hope you saved a little hell-raising for the secondary celebrations.

Till next week,

Mike Range
@MovieLeagueMike

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DTNS 2682 – Just assume it ends in doom

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Scott Johnson and Molly Wood fill in for Tom Merritt and talk VR and Len Peralta illustrates the day.

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DTNS 2681 – We Don’t Need Another Hero

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It’s fanmail Friday on Thursday! We’ve got great thoughts and expert takes from folks in the audience about Amazon shipping, Apple’s rumored iPhone 5SE, Yahoo prospects and more!

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A Look at Facebook Earnings

This was sent to us by Brian Henry, Assistant Professor of Finance at Benedictine College and listener to the show. Thanks Brian!

At the end of 2015, some of your shows discussed more content from the community possibly showing up. I don’t know exactly what you meant by that, but I got bored the other day and was looking into Facebook’s earnings. Thought I would send you a quick written summary mostly from their earnings call, on how they had such a good quarter. If you want it for anything it is yours:

Facebook had a heck of quarter to finish out 2015, which has seen their stock price soar along with expectations. If you dig into their reports a lot of the discussion is on growth of their people. Lots and lots of people are using Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, etc. While MAUs (Monthly Active Users) are great, I wanted to look at how Facebook said they are converting their users into large profits.

Advertising is the vast majority of Facebook revenue, it made up over 97% of their total revenue last quarter. If you listen to the earnings call they go into detail about how they grew ad revenue by almost 32% from their 3rd quarter results. Both more impressions (more ads served up) and higher price per ad were cited.

More ads are the typical path for Facebook, or like revenue models online, to grow. Cost per click and different ad approaches tend to decline in per click/impression revenue over time. For instance, in the earnings call Facebook reported that ads on the right hand side of the PC browser page are decreasing in value per impression as people have learned to ignore them. When is the last time you looked over there when you were on Facebook? So they tend to depend on growing the user base, or increasing user engagement to grow revenue.

In this case though, Facebook seems to have started taking advantage of mobile in a way that no one else seems to have figured out. Mobile ad revenue was up 81% year over year and now makes up 80% of Facebook’s ad revenue, so the browser value of ads just is not as important to them anymore. They also said it was Facebook mobile and Instagram that were driving most of this. Also, price per ad went up 21% overall because the mobile ads are getting more per impression. That may follow other ad types downward over time, but for now it is working well. They highlighted a couple of ad campaigns including one for Shutterfly during the holidays as creating the higher value per ad on mobile.

Important things said during the call highlighted how well the shift to mobile is going. Of their top 100 advertisers, 98 are on Instagram. After that discussion they stated, “If we have high quality ads, those create a good user experience.” It seems as if Facebook will try to create high quality mobile ads, with high relevance. They feel that it will keep ads from hurting user experience even if they increase the number ads shown. This in turn will improve results for advertisers, and is increasing demand so far.

There are factors working against this success continuing, like the typical price decreases to ad types online over time. Plenty of ad blocker discussion has been had in recent months, and other apps are always trying to come in and steal away eyeballs, but for now Facebook seems to be firing on all cylinders.

Brian Henry
Assistant Professor of Finance
Benedictine College

DTNS 2680 – Amazon gets Physical, Physical

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comA mall CEO says Amazon may open 300-400 bookstores in the US. Warby Parker and Bonobos have done similar things. Are malls the last mile for online retailers? Scott Johnson and Tom Merritt discuss.

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DTNS 2679 – Landscape Mode, Baby!

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comWant to take great pictures with your phone’s camera? Myriam Joire is here to tell Patrick Beja and Tom Merritt the differences between hardware and software, tips for good photos and whether two lenses are better than one.

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DTNS 2678 – You Must Construct Additional Pylons

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comThis weekend was the first competition to build Hyperloop pods. Could we really travel by high-speed vacuum tube someday? Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt discuss.

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Weekly Tech Views – Jan 30, 2016

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Real tech stories. Really shaky analysis.

Another month comes to an end, but the Weekly Tech Views rolls on.

But Do You “Like” Like It?
Facebook is adding companions to the Like button, called Reactions. You can now also choose from Ha-ha, Wow, Love, Sad, and Angry (which, coincidentally, is the outline for every reality show, ever). This is the second go-round at fame for these five reactions, who originally anticipated movie stardom years ago, before Disney’s Snow White and the Twelve Dwarfs ran into budget cuts.

As a warm up for the arrival of Reactions, how about a quiz? Which reaction would you choose for each of today’s Weekly Tech Views stories? Keep track, and we’ll see if you’ve gotten the hang of it at the end of this post. Good luck!

So You’re Saying People Buy Some Of The Stuff We Make?
Sony is merging Sony Computer Entertainment with their PlayStation businesses to form a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment. The move doesn’t officially take effect until April 1, giving the company time to put the employees of the computer branch through an intensive eight-week program designed to acclimate them to the concept of being part of a profitable company.

And That’s Without The Pencil
Apple is recalling some wall plug adapters because, in rare cases, the adapter could break and cause a shock. Apple has not identified the degree of shock, but electricians estimate it could range from “shaking hands with someone on shag carpeting” to “learning the price of an iPad Pro.”

Tuesday, 6PM: Come And Knock On Our Door
Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant, Cortana, will soon be able to automatically create reminders for you, based on information in your emails and calendar. For more on this story, we take you to 1977 and an episode of Three’s Company

Stanley Roper: “So it’s going to constantly nag me to do something without me telling it to? You sure it’s not named Helen?”

(Mr. Roper spends a full ten seconds smiling a very self-satisfied smile directly into the camera)

Helen Roper: “Maybe if you had some initiative and did something on your own, I wouldn’t have to nag.”

Stanley: “I do plenty! I just fixed their sink!”

Chrissy: “It’s true. It looked like real good duct tape, too.”

Stanley: “Never mind that. (To Helen): “And what have you ever done on your own?”

(It’s Helen’s turn to stare at the camera, eyebrows arched, and the audience snickers, knowing damned well what’s coming)

Helen: “Believe me, I have to do something on my own every night.”

(Audience howls)

Stanley: “I wish you were Cortana so I could push your button to make you be quiet.”

Helen: “If you would push my buttons I’d let you call me Cortana or Wonder Woman or whatever you want!”

(Huge, ridiculously long laughter from the audience, during which Jack does three double-takes, a spit take, and falls over six separate pieces of furniture.)

Want Some Pants With Those Pockets?
Apple is rumored to be introducing a new phone in March, the iPhone 5se. It will be a return to the four-inch form factor, which comes as a blow to a fashion industry that was finally coming to grips with the needs of the 6 Plus. You can bet they are scrambling now at Oscar de la Renta, desperately trying to decide whether to go ahead with their Prodigious Pockets line of ladies evening wear.

C U L8R
There was an exodus at Twitter this week as the heads of Media, Product, Engineering, and Human Resources all left the company, just days before Twitter’s two-day leadership summit. Also, panels at the summit covering leadership in Media, Product, Engineering, and Human Resources have been cancelled due to irony.

Check It–A Triple Popcorn Combo!
Periscope is integrating with the GoPro Hero 4, allowing users to stream and record video through the app. I’m sure there will be plenty of X-Games types sharing adrenaline-fueled, death-defying exploits with live Periscope audiences. For viewers who think athletes performing back-to-back-double-cork-1260s off of 22-foot walls of ice are just showing off and would rather find some cultural use for this technology, you are welcome to check out our stream, where you get to see which snack my wife and I have chosen for each episode of Jessica Jones.

A Phone In The Hand Is Worth Hours Of Laughs
Microsoft is beta testing the Word Flow keyboard, which is designed to make one-handed typing more convenient. Finally, our national nightmare is over! No longer will I have to put down my hot wings in order to tweet that I’m enjoying hot wings! And I’ll have plenty to watch while tweeting and eating, with YouTube executives projecting–during just the first month of widespread Word Flow use–a 350% increase in “Texters Obliviously Walking Into A Large, Immovable Object” videos.

I Love The Smell Of Union Strife In The Morning
French taxi drivers took to the ring road around Paris and burned tires to protest Uber’s continued operation under different rules than those governing taxis. This was a stroke of strategic genius, because, as history has shown time and again, nothing unites a divided public behind your cause like filling their city and lungs with the world’s most toxic potpourri.

Live Lint Look-In
Facebook has made live streaming available in the U.S. to iPhone users. Friends will be notified that your video is available and the feature will allow unlimited replays of all videos, including what is sure to become the platform’s most frequent post, “Inside of Pants Pocket.”

Grab On To Something
Asian Uber competitor GrabTaxi is changing its name to simply Grab, because they are no longer just a taxi service. There is the private car service GrabCar, motorbike taxis GrabBike, delivery service GrabExpress, and carpooling GrabHitch. They have even made their first foray into the U.S., providing tourists donkey rides in the Grand Canyon via GrabAss…

[Bells ring, a marching band begins playing, confetti falls from the rafters…]

“I’m humbled to accept, on behalf of the Weekly Tech Views, this Low Hanging Fruit Award for making the 10,000th GrabAss joke in response to this story. I guess, contrary to the doomsaying of my high school guidance counselor, a sense of humor that stagnated at the seventh grade level is good for something. Bless you all.”

Facebook Reactions Quiz Answers:

They’re all Ha-Ha. If you didn’t answer Ha-Ha to all of them, you’re doing it wrong. You shouldn’t even be allowed near Facebook, since you’re obviously a liar looking to hurt people’s feelings. Not that I care what you think.*

* Also would have accepted Love.

Remember 2015? Of course not, nobody does. Oh, some of your finer colleges may offer history classes that cover it, but those cost thousands of dollars and require getting out of bed. Instead, for the next week (through February 6), you can relive that bygone year’s biggest tech stories and their accompanying severely flawed analysis for only 99 cents! That’s right, the Weekly Tech Views compilation The Internet is Like a Snowblower (And 200 Other Things I Got Wrong About Tech This Year) is 67% off for one week!

That’s just half a cent per inaccuracy! You won’t find that kind of value outside of a presidential debate.

Amazon, here I come!

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Back next week with a special February issue that will be… pretty much like the January issues.

Mike Range
@MovieLeagueMike

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