DTNS 2142 – The fungi at CES 2014

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comTom chats with Lamarr Wilson about what’s happening at CES 2014 in las vegas.

Multiple versions (ogg, video etc.) from Archive.org.



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Show Notes

Pebble turning heads at CES:  TNW reports Pebble will launch an app store by the end of January. Developers should submit their apps by Jan. 9. We also got a peek at the new luxury model, Pebble Steel smart watch for $249 shipping Jan. 28 in brushed stainless or Black Matte.

Intel unveils RealSense:  Engadget reports Intel’s making a big deal about RealSense at CES. The first product with the name is a 3D camera that Intekl promises helps devices see depth much like the human eye, and can even read emotions in faces. The RealSense 3D camera will come to tablets, Ultrabooks, notebooks and all-in-ones, from the likes of Acer, ASUS, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo and NEC in the second half of this year.

Has AT&T  sparked a net neutrality war? Ars Technica reports the US carrier confirmed a plan to allow content providers to pay in order to exempt their content from a user’s data cap. As an example, Netflix could pay AT&T and any Netflix video watched on an AT&T phone wouldn’t count against the users cap. To find out more users or businesses can go to att.com/sponsoreddata. Jon Brodkin who wrote the article for Ars Technica will be on the show tomorrow.

News From You: 

BBC reports Zynga is now taking Bitcoin as a payment option.  Zynga has partnered with BitPay to allow the purchase of virtual items in some Zynga games using BitCoins. (Submitted by KAPT_Kipper)

Roku announced Sunday it has partnered with TCL and HiSense to release TV’s with Roku’s software built in starting in the autumn of 2014. (Ars Technica, submitted by WhoEver63)

Engadget has leaked the 12 partners for Valve’s Steam machine. iBuyPOwer and Digital Storm were already known, but Engadget says Alienware, Falcon Northwest, CyberPowerPC, Origin PC, Gigabyte, Materiel.net, Webhallen, Alternate, Next, Zotac and Scan Computer will join the party tonight. (Submitted by Splendor78)

The Verge reports on Vizio’s first consumer grade 4K TV. Called the P Series, models will be will be available between 50 and 70 inches and priced “aggressively”.  (Submitted by Webitube) 

Engadget explores  Corning’s anti-microbial Gorilla Glass that inhibits algae, mold, mildew and fungi as well as bacteria. The glass uses an ionic silver coating for the germ-killing, but claims it’s intrinsic to the surface meaning it will last for the lifetime of the device.  (Submitted by tsluss07).

More CES links from the show: 

First LG Smart TV running WebOS goes public at CES:


Google unveils the Open Automotive Alliance to in collaboration with Audi, GM, Honda, Hynudai and Nvidia:


Wearables at CES include LG’s Lifeband fitness tracker: 


Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils the 192-core Tegra K1 mobile processor for Android devices at CES: 


14 thoughts on “DTNS 2142 – The fungi at CES 2014”

  1. My wife and I are already missing your face on our TV (iTunes + Apple TV). When can we expect to see a HD video feed from you? We enjoy your lighter delivery of serious news. The Tech News Today although okay is NOT the same. We will probably replace Leo’s show with yours when you are fully up and running. 🙂

    Paul & Rena

  2. The built-in audio player is perfect. Works great. I actually think have only two individuals (Tom as host, and one guest host) is idea. This allows Tom to better control the flow of conversation and tighten up the show length as needed quite a bit. Having heard Mike on the “other” network, I now fully appreciate how difficult it is to keep the energy level up while you are the host of the show, something that Tom is truly excellent in doing. The huge differences in on-camera presence between Mike and Tom is dramatic.

  3. One minor glitch.

    When the audio is playing, the time “stamp” in the audio plug-in player disappears, so it is not possible to see how far you are along currently in the podcast. Instead, only the title of the show / file name is shown.

    Tom, can you fix that?

    1. It’s Archive.org’s embedded player, but even so, I don’t have that issue. Maybe it’s the browser window size scrunching it?


  4. Tom, this was an excellent episode! I never thought I would enjoy CES coverage as much as I did this episode. 🙂 The yes/no idea was brilliant. I really appreciate how you discuss the stories with your guest and don’t just read the news. The Roku/TV discussion in particular brought up some interesting insights that I haven’t seen in other reporting.

  5. I need a daily show with Tom Merrit on my commute to work. Is there a way to make a donation? I would like to see this show continue and grow.

  6. Random comment – the mp3’s being fussy about downloading via the iTunes subscribe (this morning anyway) – I’m happy to watch it online, just wanted to pass that on.

  7. Any idea how I can watch or subscribe to your new show on my older Roku 2 equipped TV that doesn’t have a Youtube channel? I’ve been watching on DTNS and Cordcutters on my phone or tablet but it’s not as convenient as that “other” network’s Roku app to watch your shows on the “big” screen.

    Great to see you back in action….

  8. Best of luck with the new show Tom. I liked the back and forth between yourself and Lamarr at the beginning.

    Looking forward to seeing how the show will evolve over the next few weeks, just like Tnt did.

    Finally, I’m delighted you’re continuing to do a daily tech news show. You’re the voice of tech news for me.

    Go n’eiri an bothar leat,

  9. Tom, you’re doing great. This show makes me wish Google had a podcast ad platform.

    In this episode you took your guest to task for saying that germs are good. Maybe you should listen to this latest episode of Science Friday that was on NPR today:

    Without germs we don’t have beer, cheese, wine, bread, pickles, and probiotic yogurt.

    I know that one bad apple spoils the whole bunch, but why be against all germs?

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