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"Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Samsung is soon going to join Apple and allowing owners of its smartphones and some other devices to make their own repairs. Samsung recently announced it will launch a program to support owners of its galaxy smartphones, as well as some other devices who want to make the fixes themselves. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. Samsung is going to collaborate with the online repair community iFixit and this program is going to apply to Galaxy S 20 and S 21 devices, as well as the galaxy tab S 7. So what is it you can repair here? Device owners will initially be able to replace display assemblies, the back glass and charging ports. Then they'll take those older parts and return them for recycling. If this sounds familiar, you will call last year Apple introduced its own self service repair program. If you own an iPhone 12 or 13, you can fix your device, they'll send you the manual, they'll break down the instructions. You can get the parts and tools from Apple, make your fix, send back the old parts, and those will get recycled. One important thing that apple notes though in its program is that it's aimed at consumers who have background repairing electronics. They say for the vast majority of customers, they're going to want to go to a repair provider and have technicians actually fix their parts. Or fix their phone, excuse me. This program is going to be interesting with Samsung. And I'm assuming it's very likely going to be a similar setup where if you have background electronics and repairing them, then yeah, you can go forth and do this. If you're someone that is not as tech savvy, then you're still going to probably rely on take it to Apple take it to a phone a store that can specialize in these type of repairs and you get it done there. The thing I worry about is folks that think, oh yeah, I can do this and they try to fix their phone. And it almost becomes like that home do it yourself thing where it's like, you start out thinking you can do it, then you can't do it. And then do you pay more money because you can't make the fix. That's something to think about with these programs. But again, it's a step in the right direction. And whether this expands and it allows more people, maybe who aren't as experienced with tech to be able to make those fixes. That'll go a long way in allowing them to keep their phones for longer. And that hopefully that's a lot of benefits, obviously. You save money, but then it also, in terms of the environment, you're not dealing with a lot of waste related to these older phones. So a lot of benefits here. You can read more about.
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"There listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Before we begin, quick shout out to our listeners specifically, JC chose B, who wrote a wonderful review on Apple podcasts. This is what they say. Quote, Brett knows his stuff relatable and personable, love this podcast and love the fact that it's short. Thank you so much, JC. Love your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. And we'll talk more about how you can share your own thoughts and reviews and stuff on the puck. But let's get to this today's pod. Wurtele, because we never talk about it on this podcast at all. Obviously, world has been a huge hit. And a lot has happened since we first the buzz around this game first started in January. It's been acquired by The New York Times. We've seen a ton of different spin offs. Obviously, with the acquisition by The New York Times, there have been some concerns and worries about how much is the game going to change. Luckily for us, there have been a lot of different versions of this game that have popped up. And I break a lot of them down for you. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. Basically looking at ten spin offs of wurtele. Now, I know there's some that we have talked about here already. So I'm not going to address those again because there are episodes about that. So I'm going to focus on the ones that are new that maybe I haven't talked about here that I think would be fun and I think are worth checking out. The first one is crossword, which it kind of almost broke my brain at first, but it is a really cool concept. Basically what it does is it takes an almost turns it into a crossword puzzle. So the way the puzzles set up is you have four rows of 5 letter guesses or words. The final word is at the very bottom. So it's all in green. And what you see above it is every row above it has 5 letter options there, but each in each place is a blank square, and they have different colors. So say the winning word is about at the very bottom. You might see a row above that with one green square and one yellow square and a couple that are grayed out. To tell you, basically this, if it's a green square, that means it's in the final word at the bottom, and it's in the same place. So you know that if it begins with an a and that first square is green, then you know they both start with a yellow ones yellow tiles suggest that the letter is in the word, but it's in the wrong place. So it's one of those letters in the final word. It's just not in the right spot. So you have to figure that out. And it's really just about kind of figuring out what all the words are in this crossword. It's really fun. Honestly, the way I'm describing it, it feels really complex, but it's tricky. But it's a really cool game, and it's for someone that wants something that's a little more complex. It's a really great option. Another game to consider is called absurd, which is interesting. I describe it as whirl, but mean, because the idea is it's trying very hard to make sure you can't guess the word. So every time you answer, it tries to tell you as little about it as possible. And there are ways it does this. Like I've tried this game out. Sometimes it will throw you a lot of words with a letter used multiple times. There's so many different ways it goes. But the idea is it's trying to work really hard to make sure you can't guess. So it's a lot harder. It takes a lot longer to figure out what the word is. Luckily, you get unlimited attempts at the word. So it's not like you have 6 guesses and you're done. You can guess as many times as you want. On the game's website, it says the best score you can get is a four. That's how challenging it is. There is also a hard mode too, so if you're feeling like absurd is not that hard or it's easier than you thought then you could give that a shot. But I can't imagine that's going to be a problem. And it's definitely something where you're going to be just fine. Another really cool game is word master. And I think of all the games that I've played, this is one of the closest to the actual wordle experience. Plays exactly like where it'll if you've played world then you know how it works. The most important difference though is you can play as many rounds as you want. So you know with wurtele, you play once every day, and then you're done. This lets you keep going. So you can just keep going, pick a new puzzle and keep moving through. The other thing is that's cool too, as you can adjust the difficulty level. So if it feels like the words are too easy, you can go to something harder and it'll give you some really complex words. But again, the premise is exactly the same. You can read more about all these different games..
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"Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Guess what? We have another spin off of wurtele. As if we didn't have 20 of these. This one's actually pretty cool though. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. It's called hurdle, what makes it really cool is it's a musically based version of wurtele. If you remember where it will, you know, you have a 5 letter word, you got to take 6 tries to guess it. The colors of the letters changed. How close you are and it works your way down. Here it all is different because it's like, I don't know if you remember the game show name that tune. But it's kind of like that where you hear one second of a song and you have to try to figure out what the song is. The game itself has its own list of a bunch of different songs that you can choose from. And you have to guess what it is. So if you can guess it in one second, that's great. If not, you'll play the next segment, which is another second. So then you'll hear two seconds of the song. And it works its way down. The one I played today was about a 15, 16 second clip in total. If you got all the way to the end. But you basically have 6 attempts to try to guess what this song is. And like I said, it feels like name that tune. I remember it back in the day where it was like, I can guess the song and four notes or whatever. It's kind of like that where you get a couple seconds of the song and you have to try to figure out what it is. And it's got all the same elements and cool things that world has you, you'll get a kind of a breakdown of how you did. The interesting thing about here at O two is you can actually skip a guess because if you're just stomped because some of these are really tough, especially if you don't know the song and you only get one second of it. You can skip if you don't have a really good guess and move to the next thing until you get to the answer you want. So it's really fun. I highly recommend it. It's a very cool different twist on wurtele, which, again, we can't seem to stop playing, apparently. And again, I've mentioned this, I think, in previous podcasts, but it's gotten to the point where people now have a routine of the 5 or 6 different world and world variant games that they play. Between the main wordle, there's the version where you play two puzzles at once. There's chordal, which is four wordle puzzles at the same time that you have to solve. I've been a big fan of world oil, which is a geography based version. It's also proof that I'm really bad at geography and I need to study maps more. But there's a lot of really cool versions of this. And it's fun seeing all these different things come together. And it's great seeing people who have basically 5 or 6 versions of this game and they're playing it every morning. It's become part of their routine. Here's another one that might be for your routine here at all. Again, I've only tried it out briefly. So I don't know a ton about it, but it looks really cool. It looks a lot of fun. And again, if you just love word on can't get enough of it, it's another great option. If you want to read more about wordle, if you want to learn more about just everything, more games that are like wurtele, if you remember the world of archive, where you can play every other older puzzle, you.
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"Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. I feel like we're just going to you need to start a weekly segment on wordle, because it is still all over the place. There's tons of news about it. There are a zillion different spin offs popping up that people have been drawn to. It's funny too because I saw a few tweets related to wordle. And it's gotten to the point where people now have four or 5 different variations of world that they play every day, and that's pretty much their routine. They go to world and they go to the different ones. But if you think for any reason word it was too easy, try chordal, which is a version of wordle, but you have to solve for puzzles at the exact same time. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. So here's how it works. We all know how word will work so you have to guess the 5 letter word in 6 tries, the letters change color to let you know how close you are to the answer. In chordal, you essentially get four of these puzzles at once. They're all stacked together, and you have to guess for correct words. The trick here is every time you type in a guess, it applies to all four puzzles. So the results are going to look different. You may have one puzzle where you have three green letters and you're really close. That exact same word in another puzzle might just give you like one yellow letter and that's it. It varies. You only have 9 guesses this time compared to 6. To get all four words before you run out of time. So it is definitely a challenge. I tried this a couple days ago and it's tough. You know, because sometimes what you want to do is zone in on one puzzle and get the one word. And you may be using too many guesses to get to the other three. It's a different way of thinking where you really want to figure out, you know, you want to try to get that first word or two as early as possible in order to allow you to get the next guesses in place to be able to get the rest of the puzzles done in time. It's definitely challenging. It's also another example of how many people love world to the point where we are seeing a zillion different knockoffs. In other versions, there's quartal. There's another game, the name is escaping, but it's essentially a variation on world instead of four puzzles. You get two, so you basically side to side if you want to do kind of like a double whirl. So many different there's world, which we talked about, which is the geography based version. I've gotten sucked into that a lot lately and I've learned a lot more about geography than I ever thought I would. But there's a lot of fun stuff there. It's nice to have this diversion. It has really been fun. What's great about it is you just go to the site and you play and you're done and it's just a fun little kind of 5 minute brain break. That's what I love about it. There's no ads. There's none of the stuff that you've come to expect. You don't have pop ups asking you to spend money to do stuff. It's just you guess the word you get it right, you don't. You come back tomorrow. Super simple. I really wish a lot more mobile games were like this. But anyway, I think that's why world has been so fun. But check out quartal, let me know if you think it's as hard as a much tougher challenge compared to wurtele. Talk about it on Twitter. You can find me at Bret melina 23. Don't forget to if you have any comments questions or show ideas. Hit me up with those two. Please don't forget to subscribe and.
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"It's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. Leaving a music servant music. Leaving a music service isn't exactly a harmonious process. I experienced this firsthand. I think about a year or two ago, I was on Spotify. And I had gotten an offer to try to Apple music for 6 months. I think it was through Verizon. I got a free 6 month test drive basically of Apple music. So I decided, all right, I'm going to cancel my premium plan. I'll check out Apple music for a bid. And as part of that process, Apple music was fine. I eventually went back to Spotify, but one of the things I learned as I did that was if say you have playlists of a lot of music that you really enjoy, those are really carry over when you change subscriptions. I would say it's probably the biggest pain of trying to switch music services if you decide to do that. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. You know, it's not like albums where you know the album you love the album and you switch services, the album's still there. Playlists are personal. You know, you might have themes. Different tracks you love and you have in a certain order and they haven't for whatever reason say you have one for working out. One for work, whatever it is. These are very personal things. And so when you switch music services, it's a lot because some of these playlists can get pretty big. And so that has a lot of music that you give up when you switch over. Unfortunately, a lot of these services don't offer a native solution to transfer your playlists because of course they don't want you to leave. But there are some third party options that are available so if you do decide to switch, you can bring your playlists over and the transition isn't as bad. I'll go over a couple of them with you right here. There's one called song shift. It's available on iOS and what you do is you log in with the music service that you're currently on, you then log on to the service that you want to transfer your music to. And then song shift will ask you to transfer any songs or playlists from one service to the other. The way that works is interesting, you'll match everything up, you'll review all your matches. If there are any songs that look like they're mismatched, you can remove those, and then you can finish transferring and then everything's there. There's a pro version of this app too. It's $5 a month. You can share your playlist with friends and it automatically works no matter what service they're on. The song matching is faster, so you don't have to wait as long if you're transferring stuff. And then you get notifications when transfers are done. There's also tuned my music, works the same way, again, you're transferring music. You can keep up to two playlists always synchronize so say you have a couple services. You can automatically sync everything. And the free plan will let you convert up to 500 tracks and explore export your playlist to text files. There's also a premium version which automatically syncs and you get an unlimited number of songs that you can convert. I think for these plans, a lot of these services are set up assuming that you might be on two different services and continuing to use two different services. If you're pretty sure that you're ready to move on from one to the other, say you're deleting your account on one to go to the other fully. I think going free seems like the pretty simple solution here where before you delete that account, you try these services, you log in, you move all your music over, then when you're sure all your music's there, you can delete your account and then you're ready to go. But again, it relieves a really big headache when it comes to, say you want to leave Apple music or Spotify or title or whatever it is you use. That is one less huge headache that you have to deal with as part of the process. You can read more about this in my story on tech USA Today dot com. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments, questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address. You can find me on Twitter at Bret Molina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify, stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You can listen to talking tech, we'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech..
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"Hey there, listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Big changes if you plan on getting a smartphone or other device that runs on Verizon's wireless network. You might have to lock in for a longer term contract. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. I checked this out in the app and some Verizon website. When you're shopping for a device, including a smartphone, consumers are given two options when it comes to paying for it. You can pay for the device fully, so whatever the full cost of the phone or tablet or whatever you're buying, you pay for it, or you pay over 36 months. So you're basically kind of locked in to a three year contract. Previously, and I was able to verify remember this about a month ago because I was looking at upgrading my iPhone, Verizon offered payment options a stretched for either 24 months or 30 months. So if you wanted to get a paid pretty quickly, you could go for the two year option, or if you wanted to stretch it out a little bit if you bought a pricier phone and you wanted to expand those payments, you could go for 30. Users of course with this change still have the choice to pay off the remaining balance of their device at any time. So say, you're 6 months into a deal and you decide I want to pay off my phone. You can just pay off the rest of the balance whenever you want. According to Verizon's website, the 36 month plans applied to devices like smartphones tablets, smartwatches, and mobile hotspot devices to name a few. There's a full list that you can read on Verizon's site. Verizon says, if you had a 24 month or 30 month agreement before February 3rd, your contract terms will stay the same. So you don't have to worry if you already have a device and you're already into an agreement. It's not going to reset and force you to pay for a longer period of time. There's two thoughts about this. First off, we're obviously holding on to our phones a lot longer. So a three year contract doesn't seem that long because I had an iPhone 7 I had for about four years. I went a long time before I needed to trade it in. The other thought though is it feels like a really long time to lock in three years on a device. Two years kind of felt like that sweet spot where, okay, two years in. And the two year plan has been around for as long as I can remember buying cell phones. You locked in for two years and then after two years, you were probably thinking, oh, I need to upgrade my phone. And three years, again, we're holding on to our phones for a while, but it still feels like a really long time to be locked in to a wireless contract and have your phone. But again, that is probably part of the appeal for Verizon is people are locked into their service for a longer period of time this way. What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel like three years is too long? Do you feel like it really doesn't matter because we're holding on to our phones anyway? Let me know on Twitter. You can find me at Molina 23. Don't forget, you can also send any other comments, questions, show ideas, whatever you got on your mind..
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"Hey there, listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. This is a question that you probably think to yourself once you hear it. Is this really something I can do? Is it time to delete your Amazon account? Yes, it sounds like a wild notion. It feels like everything within our Internet lives is intertwined with Amazon on some level. And this is especially true as we have lived through the COVID-19 pandemic. You know, Amazon has served as a vital lifeline for getting everything we need. We were all hunkering down at home. We were trying to avoid catching or spreading COVID, which meant not going to the grocery store, not shopping like we normally do. And as a result, it was all about ordering from Amazon and having it shipped directly to our home. But there was another lesson from the pandemic, and that is other businesses decided to beef up their online shopping tools as well. We saw curbside pickup really take off a lot of different retailers started to offer that. And as a result, Amazon now has a lot more competition in this space. So yes, as crazy as it sounds, you can live life without Amazon. Maybe you want an alternative shopping destination, maybe just had a really bad experience with Amazon or whatever your reasoning is. There is a way to live life beyond Amazon. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. It's about how to permanently delete your Amazon account. Now this isn't the first time we have talked about different tech services and how to delete your accounts. We've talked about Facebook, Instagram. You name it. If you're just finally done with these services, we take you through the process. So this is what you need to do. It's a very straightforward process as far as deleting your account. There is some important stuff you have to consider though before you do it. You want to double check everything that you might have access to. If you delete your Amazon account. So we obviously know Amazon mostly for shopping, right? But there's a lot more to it. If you bought movies or TV shows from Prime Video, if you use Amazon music and you bought songs, if you bought books from Kindle, you're not going to have access to a lot of that anymore. Now, I believe I'm not a 100% sure on this, that if you have downloaded books on your Kindle, those might still be available. I am still trying to find info on that to confirm it. But it's best to operate under the assumption the possibility that those books might not be there either. So you're losing a lot of stuff that you may have purchased over the years. If you have a gift card balance, double check and make sure that you spend that because if you delete your account before you spend it, you lose that gift card money. So double check that before you even think about trying to delete your account. It's good though, because when Amazon does take you through the steps, you can look at all the services you have tied to Amazon so that you know for sure, this is what's going away. And Amazon has a list on their website detailing. All the services that are impacted if you delete your account. The other thing to note too, once you delete your account, there's no returning. A lot of sites will allow you to delete it, and then there's a grace period where you can think it over and maybe you decide. I wish I hadn't done that. I want to get my old account back. Can't do that here. Once it's gone, it's gone. You have to start over from the beginning. So you have to be really, really sure you don't want Amazon before you do this. But the steps are easy, you go to Amazon's website, go to the link that says close your Amazon account. And you just go through the steps. It'll ask you why you're quitting, so you'll pick from a dropdown of different choices. And then you'll want to click a box to confirm that, yes, you definitely want to permanently delete your account. Once that's done, you'll get an email or text that confirms that you actually do want to delete the account. And you have within 5 days to confirm. So I think that's an extra step so that that way Amazon knows for sure that you really do want to delete your Amazon account. We take you through all the steps, all the links you need to go to and the.
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"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. So how often would you say you use Google? We personally, I use it. Obviously, every day, I feel like I use it a lot. Multiple times a day I'm always looking up something. And I feel like a lot of people are in that same boat. I mean, there's always something you have to look up, whether it's, you know, a recipe, you know, a score, you're looking up a certain story, whatever it is maybe you're probably on Google a lot. So of course, it's nice to know some tips and tricks on how to search effectively and find what it is you're exactly looking for while you're on Google. Tech columnist Kim commander writes about this in a story you can read on tech USA Today dot com. She offers ten Google search tricks to help you find what you're looking for. We'll offer three right here. We're not going to go through all ten. We'll have you. If you want to get all ten, you can go straight to USA data dot com and get more. But let's focus on three that she puts out right away that I think are super useful. First, let's start with filtering search results by date. So this is pretty interesting, basically you want to find specific stories or topics or information from within a certain time period. One of the things you can do is you start by typing in whatever it is you're looking for. You'll see a tiny marking for tools. You click on that and then it'll show you can click anytime. And basically what that does is it allows you to click within a certain time period so you can look at any time you can look at within the last week within the last month or you can customize it. So if you want to look say for certain search results from like 2018 and 2019, you can do that and it gives you start and end dates and it'll give you results specifically to those dates. So really useful if there's something you're looking for from a couple of years ago, but you're not exactly sure where to find it. The other tip that she offers is excluding keywords. So you might be searching for a topic, but there are certain words you want to remove from that search. What you can do is whenever you do that, you place a minus sign right before the word that you want to exclude. So, you know, again, very simple, you type in your search, also type in then type in a minus sign in the word and what it'll do is it'll search for that specific thing without searching for the word that you have highlighted. The third thing you can do is search for files. So this is an interesting one. Anytime you go to search on Google, it'll pull up a ton of different stuff. So obviously web pages documents everything you need. Let's say you're looking for like a PDF of something specific. You put in your search, and then you type in file type all one word. And then whatever it is, the file is. So if you're looking for a PDF, for example, you would type in your search, then type in file type PDF and you pull it up. And you can do it for any kind of file. If you have an excel sheet, if there's a word document, whatever it is, maybe you can do that specifically, and it'll help you find exactly what it is you're looking for..
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"Tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes. One brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey, listeners, it's Brett Molina. Welcome back to talking tech. This has been sort of a Rite of passage anytime we decide you want to upgrade to this new smartphone. It's probably one of the first questions you ask when you make that decision. What do I do with my old phone? Of course you have plenty of options. Lots of different things you can do. Among them is trading in your phone. It doesn't just have to be to a business either. It's not just about trading it in to save Verizon or your carrier, or to Apple or Samsung, or to just another third party that accepts trade ins. Or even if it's just a family member, say it's a close friend or someone in your family that is looking for a phone and you want to pass it along. Lots of different ways you can trade it in. One big reason though, that many of us consider trading in is because we want to save money on a new device. That worked for me. Last year I got an iPhone 12 mini. And I got a great deal on it because I was able to trade in my iPhone 7, which at the time was a pretty old phone, but I got a really good deal on it and I saved a lot of money on my new phone and it worked out really well. But the important thing is you don't want to just hand over that phone as is. There are several steps you need to take to protect your privacy and your security. I write about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com on steps to take before you trade in an older smartphone..
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"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey their listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. More news out of Spotify, as you recall, we told you a couple days ago about an update from Spotify, which allowed you to review the lyrics of songs while you're still in the app. I got a chance to use it briefly over the weekend. It is delightful. It is long overdue. It just makes looking up lyrics on songs so much easier. Now we have another update from Spotify. This time, Spotify confirmed that it has rolled out an update for its premium users, which removes the shuffle option is a default when you play an album. How did we get to this point? It has to do with pop singer Adele. We'll tell you about this in a sec, but first let's get to the feature. Previously, when you would pull up any kind of album on Spotify, you would see the shuffle icon right next to the green play button. So what that meant was anytime you hit, you found an album on Spotify that you liked. You press play. Instead of playing the album at the very beginning, it would just automatically play songs at random. So if, you know, you had a favorite album and you enjoyed it start to finish as it was intended to be played. Initially, you weren't getting that on Spotify. It would just pick a random song on the album and then jump around. Now when you go to play an album, you'll notice that it's just the green play button and you no longer see the shuffle option. That shuffle option still exists on playlists, so if you have playlists and you still want that shuffle option, it'll automatically shuffle when you press play. In a statement, email to USA Today, Spotify said you can choose still choose to shuffle an album by going to the now playing view and turning the shuffle toggle on. So that's still available. The big difference is now it's automatic. It'll play start to finish as opposed to randomly choosing songs. This change was made in response to request by Adele, who just released her fourth album called 30. Here's what she wrote about on Twitter off this news. Quote, this was the only request I had in our ever changing industry. We don't create albums with so much care and thought into our track listing for no reason. Our art tells a story in our stories should be listened to as we intended. Thank you, Spotify for listening. End quote. So I personally like it. There are several albums that I have, and I'm sure others do as well that are personal favorites. And you might remember them hearing from start to finish. It's weird sometimes when I was jumping into albums that I remember from my youth. And it would just randomly start a song in the middle. And I'm like, this doesn't feel right. And you want to circle back and start it over and begin at the very top of the album. I think it's a really cool change. I think it's nice, obviously, listen to Adele. And of course, for Spotify benefits that benefits them greatly. She's one of the biggest artists out there and so, you know, making sure that that was something available to her for her album, but also for other artists, goes a long way for them. And I think for listeners to it's great as improving the listening experience. But you also still have the choice too. If you like shuffling through albums and you prefer that, you still have that option as well. So good on Spotify for just giving people and artists, the choice of this matter. Listeners, let's hear from you. Get any comments, questions or show ideas? What are your thoughts about this update? Do you like it? Do you not like it? Tell me about it on Twitter. I'm at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit.
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"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey there listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. So you've likely heard us talk about ways to delete the different apps in your life, whether it's you're done with Facebook, you're done with Instagram you're done with Twitter. Now it's SnapChat's turn. Let's say you are done with all the different dog filters or you're just tired of clicking through all those memories that pop up in your SnapChat feed. So maybe you're thinking to yourself, hey, it's time that I delete SnapChat. We're going to show you how to delete it. You can read more about this in a story that's on tech USA Today dot com. Fairly simple steps that you have to take. It's similar to what a lot of the other apps do will break it down for you a little bit here. So here's what you want to do. You'll go into the accounts portal of SnapChat's website. You got to do this on a browser on a computer. You log in with your username and password of the account that you want to delete. You'll go to this landing page to manage your account and then you'll select delete my account. Once you're there, you're going to put in all your user info again. So it'll be a username and password. And of course, they'll say, are you sure you want to do this? The other thing to keep in mind as well if say you have requested your data, wait for that all to download first. Because if not, you might lose some of that. So if say you want to delete your SnapChat, but you want to keep all the data with it. Make sure you do that downward first, then go through all the steps to delete your account. Once you've confirmed that you've deleted your account, you'll get a message that confirms that your account has been deactivated. And it'll stay that way for 30 days. So friends that you have on the app won't be able to get ahold of you. Once that 30 day window passes your accounts gone completely. The 30 day window is important because maybe you decide to do this and then within a couple of weeks. You're like, you know what I want to keep SnapChat after all? You can go right back in and reactivate right within the app. You just sign in with your username and password, you'll get an email confirming, hey, you've been reactivated, and it'll, again, alert you to make sure that you really want to reactivate your account. And then you're all set. So there you go. If you're looking to delete SnapChat, that's how you do it. If you want to learn more about how to delete SnapChat, as well as other apps like Facebook or Twitter, be sure to visit tech USA Today dot com. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Any tech problems you want us to try to address. You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher. Anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. We get support from bionic shoes. One thing I've vowed to.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Hey their listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. If you or any of your kids have used TikTok or the musically app, which was what TikTok was before it actually got its name, you could be entitled to money from a class action lawsuit settlement. My colleague Kelly tyco writes about this in a story that you can read on tech USA Today dot com. According to court documents, a proposed $92 million settlement is pending, involving TikTok. The lawsuit alleges the company, quote, violated federal and state law by collecting and using end quote, personal data in connection with the use of TikTok. The federal lawsuit claims the TikTok broke a biometric privacy law in Illinois, which allows suits against companies that harvest consumer data without the permission of its users. That includes stuff like facial and fingerprint scanning, Illinois, by the way, is the only state with a law that allows people to seek monetary damages for unauthorized data collection like this. If you feel like you're eligible to get money from this settlement, you need to have been using the app by September 30th and you need to submit a claim by March 1st, 2022, according to court documents that Kelly unearthed in her story. Parents can submit claims for minors. So if they have kids that use TikTok during this time and they want to request a claim, the parents can do that. If you live in Illinois and you use TikTok to create videos, you may be entitled to 6 times the payment according to court documents. In order to submit a claim, you go to the website. This is all one word by the way. TikTok data privacy settlement dot com. Listeners, let's hear from you. Do you have any comments? Questions or show ideas? Do you use TikTok? Do you have fun with it? Do you like it? Let me know your thoughts. Also, any other tech problems you want us to try to address. You can find me on Twitter at Bret melina 23. Please don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on Apple podcasts, Spotify stitcher anywhere you get your podcasts. You've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world attack. We get support from ionic shoes. One.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Talking tech is supported by ionic shoes, innovation and technology touches every aspect of our lives, even in ways we may not think about. Like shoes, one brand that really has innovative tech figured out is ionic. Stay tuned after the show to find out about their special offer for our listeners. Either listeners, it's Brett Molina, welcome back to talking tech. Holiday season is maybe not technically upon us, it's getting close to especially if you've already started holiday shopping. And one of the items that has been the toughest to find is a video game console. Whether it's a PlayStation 5, an Xbox Series X or S or a Nintendo Switch. Both the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox series S and X launch last year as expected with new consoles. They are tough to find 2021 is going to feel like deja vu all over again. As even a year out, it is still really difficult to find both these video game consoles. But we now have a new retailer that is offering them. Verizon, you can read more about this in our story on tech USA Today dot com. Verizon is the latest to offer video game consoles for sale. If you're a subscriber to Verizon, you can purchase a PS5 system with a disk drive that costs 4.9999 or the digital edition without the disk drive for three 9 9 9 9. I check both listings earlier before recording. Both sold out, not surprised. A spokesperson told the text I'd seen at that the company plans to sell quote a very limited quantity end quote of PS5 systems online. They're also going to have a handful of consoles at pilot stores, Verizon hasn't really detailed which stores might have those PS5s, but it is worth checking out if you're near a Verizon wireless and you really want a PS5. They might have them there. So this again illustrates what has been a common thing, whether it's Verizon, GameStop, whichever retailer you go to. It is very challenging to find these consoles. I guess one of the biggest tips I would offer for someone that is looking to get one for themselves or if you have a family member, you're a parent, whomever, and you're looking to buy one for a loved one or for yourself, one of the best outlets I've found is Twitter. There are several accounts that will keep track of all the updates to supply and win a different retailer has a supply of a PS5, or even the new Xbox. That's also been tough to find as well. And it's great because it's immediate. It's really quick way to get a sense of when they're available, and you can get right to your computer when you need to and try to get one. It doesn't guarantee you'll get one because obviously there are a lot of other people trying to get it to. But at least that gives you your best chance. You can obviously set up alerts as well with retailers where they can let you know when they're in stock. I haven't found those to be as helpful so much because it's not as immediate. If you want to get this, you got to jump on it right away. It's one of those things. They sell out just as quick as they end up in stock. And it feels like it's gonna be that way for a while now, not just because we're dealing with the demand of new consoles, but we obviously are dealing with the supply chain issues that have been affecting several industries, as well as a shortage in semiconductor chips. So between all that, obviously, these consoles are now become really sought after, but they've also been really tough to get. So we'll see how this unwinds once he gets past the holidays and all these other issues and see hopefully if these become more available soon..
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Forty nine ninety nine and as of last year went up to sixty four ninety nine. Now you'll recall when youtube tv. I launch it was thirty five dollars. Which is if you're looking compared to the start versus current that's a pretty significant jump But it is something that we have obviously grown accustomed to in the streaming landscape. We're seeing more quality programming showing up on these platforms more original programming showing up so as a result. We're paying a little bit more for these services now. One of the benefits of course is that we can cancel any of these services at any time. It's not like cable re might be locked in and you have to kind of stick with it until your contract runs out with a lot of these streaming services. You can quit at any time. So what's going to be interesting to see is as some of these prices continue to creep up which services stick around which become the critical services. That streamers really want in which are the ones that fall on the wayside. So that's going to be something to watch over the next year or two. Of course we'll have you covered. Be sure to listen and be sure to read everything. We've got related to streaming on tech dot usa today dot com listeners. Let's hear from you. Do you have any comments questions to show ideas. Are there any tech problems. You want us to try to address. You could find me on twitter. At brett molina twenty-three please. Don't forget to subscribe and rate us or leave a review on apple podcasts. Spotify stitcher anywhere. You get your podcasts. You've been listening to tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world of tech. Slow is just right when you're on vacation but if you're trying to grow your business that kind of pace just won't cut it. You can't get slowed down by manual processes integration difficulties.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
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Big Changes Coming to Twitter
"Listeners. It's mike schneider here and i'm brett. Molina welcome back to talking tech. So there are changes coming soon on twitter. That's right brit. The social media platform has many new features of writing including spaces. Which is it's take on the audio chat app clubhouse clubhouse by the way no longer requires an invite so if you were interested in that you can check it out but back to twitter. Twitter is also starting to show up a feature called tip jar which allows users to send money directly to their favorite accounts. So there might be someone you see on twitter. You want to pay them. you know. Support them kind of like patriotic. Without going through victory on. I guess I guess i'm not a favorite yet. 'cause i tried to add this to mind. You know to supplement my income and no dice. so twitter's also seeking users to test it's super follows feature which will allow you to charge a monthly subscription fee for extra interactivity and content and another charging option ticketed spaces or you could charge for exclusive audio content. Now what's interesting here is that the company will take a cut based on the amount of money user makes until the user makes fifty thousand dollars. Twitter's cut his three percent after that twitter fee will increase to up to twenty percents on future earnings now. These are moves. Obviously increased revenue as the platform has grown from one hundred ninety nine million to two hundred six million monetize -able daily active users or another description. That is twitter users who could see ads when they're on the platform also in the works is something i and many other twitter's of ask for for a long time and undo tweet function. You ever sent a tweet and then you're like oh god i'd like to undo that will you can't delete it but you know a new tweet might be more elegant Twitter's testing blew a new subscription service. Let you undo tweets. That's being tested in canada and australia. how bad do i want to undo tweets. Bad enough to pay twitter. We may find out also in the early stages of testing is a down vote button which showed up for some users testing the upcoming apple. Ios fifteen now. This isn't a dislike button but sounds more like the upa vote option on. Read it and it's only on reply. So i guess you can vote or download replies on yours and others tweets now. Twitter says it's testing to understand the
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Listeners. It's brett molina on mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech big news for users of tick-tock the social video app. That's been huge hit among younger smartphone. Owners tap announced plans to expand the link video. Yeah that's right. On thursday tic tac announced it will allow its users to post videos up to three minutes long currently tick tock users can record videos that lasts up to sixty seconds. The update is going to roll out to all users over the coming weeks. Tick tock product manager drew kirchhoff wrote in a blog post that some creators already have access to the expanded videos and have been testing them out prior to its wider. Rollout of the philosophy behind this is giving creators just more flexibility and a little more room to get creative to do some fun things. And you know. I've been i've been. I don't have a tic tac account. But i really don't do anything with it. I just watch videos. It's it is a really i. It's a fun app. I feel like right now. Talk has been the one social app where it's just i just enjoy. I have fun with. It reminds me of vine for some people might remember from fears back but yeah. It's just very entertaining. It's really funny and I yeah i really. It's it's a nice diversion from all the other social media out there mike. I don't know what your experiences tick-tock but how much have you dovan into that app. I'm sure the tick-tock community is very sad to say here. That i have not done much on diktat in fact i i. I started checking out to talk when it when it was concerns. The trump administration that concern because it was headquartered in china. I believe You know. I've been watching the euro soccer tournament so i haven't had really much time to look at diktat but i do know it's influential Maybe not for myself As a a i guess had fallen the baby boomer category though i love to think of myself as a generation x more like mindset But you know it's it's not much my life right now though. It's warm my life as a reporter. You know writing developments and things like that. I have a feeling it's going to get become even bigger and become Especially with this increased linked videos. You can get more messaging And i think entertainers are really going to make a lot of use of this. Yeah absolutely a listeners. Let's.
The Aftermath of That Global Internet Outage
"Listeners. Mike schneider here i'm brett. Molina and welcome back to talking tech. If you were up early tuesday morning than likely noticed. Several big websites like amazon read it twitch even usa. Today were down as part of a massive global internet outage the roughly hour-long disruption has been linked back to the cloud content company. Fastly saying it was caused by service configuration. That they've since disabled. That's right bread so most of us have not heard of fastly. But it's a san francisco based content delivery network or cdn now. Other big cd ends are amazon. Miami cloud fair and what they do companies such just the new york times. Usa today get hub. Pinterest and others is a thousands of computer servers around the us and around the globe where they cash or store content so when you click and want to read a story or page or watch a video. It's faster than if you had to go to new york or wherever the online site is in the physical world now. It's likely interruptions like this. What happened again and again. Because so much of what we do now involves cloud computing with everything from the software with which we communicate with our coworkers to our entertainment systems to on online delivery. And all these things we do on our phones now redundancy of networks having backup systems probably prevent outages from happening more often in the experts. I talked to about the situation suggest. That's a lesson we should all take personally for instance. If you only have important files on your computer or they're stored in the cloud you might want to add. Another layer of redundancy. So maybe a second computer holds copies of the files and they're encrypted or perhaps you store them on an external hard drive or usb memory stick and keep them somewhere not at your
Facebook, Instagram to Hide "Likes"
"And the listeners. It's brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech co host. Mike snyder is off today. So if you're a user of facebook or instagram you have a new option. You can choose to hide. Likes on your posts. The post of other people so after testing two of the world's most popular social media apps which have combined four billion users will start letting its users decide whether they want to hide the number of likes on their posts. They can also hide the number of likes on other user's posts or if they just enjoy facebook and instagram. The way it is they can leave it alone and leave all the likes. They want you can also do this on a per post basis so if instead of a universal switch that turns off all the lights on your posts you can do it on a per post basis. So if there's a post that you put up and you feel like like aren't appropriate. You can turn it off specifically for that and you can do all that within the settings menus of both facebook and instagram. My colleague terry collins wrote about this and you can read his story on tech dot. Usa today dot com. He heard from adam mosseri. Who is the head of facebook and instagram. And he talked about how during testing The a lot of users that were involved in this was pretty polarizing on the one hand you had people who enjoyed it because it took the pressure off you know. There's that social comparison where you see your posts in wanna see if it's getting as much likes as your friends or things like that and having those likes turned off of that pressure
Amazon to Buy MGM in $8.45 Billion Deal
"Listeners. It's brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech co. Mike snyder is off today. So how's this for a summer. Movie blockbuster amazon confirmed on wednesday that it will acquire movie studio. Mgm in a deal that's valued at eight point. Four five billion dollars in a statement amazon said they will help preserve. mgm's heritage a films which includes more than four thousand titles including a lot of names. That i'm sure many of you are familiar with james bond. The magnificent seven raging bull rocky legally blonde a lot of very popular very well known films. Mgm also owned several popular tv shows including the handmaid's tale which is currently in the middle of its fourth season on hulu. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval amazon. Didn't say when they expect to steal to close and when they would officially own mgm but clearly. This is a pretty significant step on several factors it highlights a lot of consolidation that we're noticing in the streaming market These there are a lot of these Different services out there and it's getting very competitive and we're seeing a lot of consolidation here. One example of this is a t and t. They announced that deal earlier this month to combine its media business with discovery so that brings together stuff like. Hbo max and then cnn tbs tnt with discovery networks like food network hdtv now if you are a subscriber to amazon. This is an interesting proposition because now if you have a subscription to prime video you have this new collection of movies and tv shows the you can draw from if you subscribe to other services. I don't know exactly which. Mgm movies are available in one which services. But it's possible. Maybe some of those movies. We'll transition
Apple Watch Is Becoming More Accessible With 'Assistive Touch' Features
"Either listeners. It's brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech apple watch users know that can use their device hands free. Thanks to siri but soon you can use your watch by performing simple hand gestures. That is correct. Apple introduced this feature. That's coming out later this year. Call the system touch and it's been added to help users with limited mobility Basically this is how it works. It uses several different components of the watch including the gyroscope and accelerometer to detect. How your muscles and tendons move on your hand and wrist so for example it will recognize if you clench your fist. Or if you pinch with your thumb and index finger and it'll tie that to specific functions that you want so one example that they showed a
Roku Channel Adds Quibi Shows
"They listeners. Mike schneider here. And i'm brett molina and welcome back to talking tech so mike whatever happened to that video app funny mentioned that i think folks will remember the short live video service that launched in april twenty twenty by former dreamworks animation ceo. Jeffrey katzenberg and former ebay ceo. Meg whitman it got. Its name qube from quick bites or video snacks of eight to twelve minutes ideal for riding the subway or bus or in newburgh or waiting in line unfortunately justice launch the nation shut shutdown with the corona virus and started binging seasons of long form content. So could be shut down six months later in october. Twenty twenty then. In january twenty twenty one roku announced it was acquiring quibbles content for its own growing roku channel and now brokers gonna make a huge chunk of that library thirty shows available may twentieth which roku celebrate to streaming day. That's the day it shipped its first streaming player back in two thousand eight back then. It was called the netflix player by roku because roku he don't know began as a part of netflix and then was spun out of the company. Now some folks have seen this content because qube has more had more than one million downloads tap when it launched initially but for most of this. This is going to be new stuff. One of the shows hashtag free. Ray sean has already won short-form creative arts emmy awards for stars laurence fishburne and jasmine separate jones. There's also show starring sophie. Turner of game of thrones and liam hemsworth of the hunger games and christoph waltz specter. There's also documentaries Called ball and big rad wolf. And there's reality shows. I like christie's court where chrissy teigen presides and the revived punked hosted by chance. The rapper. also. Come into roku this week. A double helping of kevin hart who die.
12 Minutes: A New Time-Loop Thriller Video Game
"Learn more at atlassian dot com. Hey listeners mike schneider here and i'm brett molina and welcome back to talking tech so mike i hear you got to check out a new video game recently. That's right but i haven't gotten to see a lot of games lately covering all kinds of other stuff but it's going to be that time of year when we see a lot of games being revealed and a lot of games coming out. So i'm assuming. I'm gonna have more gaming in my future but the game we're talking about today is called twelve minutes. It's an upcoming game from independent publisher and a puna interactive They have a good history of indie games. Including what remains of edith finch florence outer wilds and sayonara. Wild hearts The premise of twelve minutes is kind of scary. A husband and wife sit down at the dinner table. There's a knock on the door in intruder claims to be a police officer. We don't know what's happening yet really Interrupts evening puts handcuffs. Claims wife is guilty of murdering her father. The wife's take it away but the husband wakes up in kind of groundhog day fashion with the events about two replay. But he remembers what happened. So it's the players job plan as the husband to figure out how to prevent his wife's abduction and the attack the resulting in getting knocked out. Now what adds to the mind. Bending mystery here is that everything occurs in a small apartment. So you have an open room. That's a kitchen dining room sitting room. You have one bathroom and bedroom and the point of view is top down so you know this isn't like a gigantic open world type game. You know like grand theft auto or anything like that. It's very small so you're kind of thinking. How am i gonna be able to solve this. And that's what kind of has kinda got me and shouldn't be able to play this game when it comes
Hands on With Apple's AirTags
"Either listeners. It's brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech. Add one more device to apple's growing roster and it might come in handy if you tend to lose your stuff yeah. Recently apple released its airtags which is a tiny device. Similar to tile or samsung's galaxy smart tags. It's about the size of a game piece from the game checkers and what it'll do is help you track your keys wallet anything else that you're worried about losing each airtags cost twenty nine dollars or you can get a four pack on apple's website or retailers for ninety nine dollars you can also purchase a variety of different holders and key rings the range between thirteen dollars to around forty I have been testing them out for a little while. Now and i've tried them on a couple of different items. Try them on a backpack. I've tried them on my keys. i also tried them on a stuffed bunny in our household name buttons who is a treasure here and often gets lost The setup for this is pretty straightforward. You know you put a little plastic tab on the back that activates the airtags. You'll then get a prompt on your phone to connect then you'll go in and label what this airtags connected to see a lot of different options. It can be your keys your wallet. Your bag whatever. It is And when she pick that you're good to go so if you do lose your keys or you lose buttons and buttons and keys actually have an airtight equipped. How do you find so the cool. Addition they have here is This option call precision finding so iphones have the find my app. Which is what we use to locate our iphone or whatever devices we have connected to our accounts but with precision. Finding you'll go to a section that is for items and once you've reached a certain distance from the item. You'll notice on fine. My it'll shift from directions to find and what it'll do is that there will be a green display the pops up see an arrow. And it'll show you the approximate distance. You're away from your item. So and it's weird because it's kind of like you're playing that hot or cold game In the way it works is as you move through and get closer. Your iphone will start buzzing really lightly and then it gets stronger and stronger the closer you get
Google vs. Roku Over the YouTube TV App
"Either listeners. It's brett molina here. Welcome back to talking tech by co host. Mike snyder is off today now. I thought one of the benefits of switching from cable to streaming was. We'd avoid a lot of these carriage deals you're about you know the case where you see an ad maybe for your carrier from channel saying you're gonna lose this channel by the end of the month. Let your cable provider no familiar with all that messaging will it seems like that kind of stuff has carried over now into the streaming world and the latest example of this is roku versus google roku has warned users of its devices who are also subscribes to youtube tv that they might lose access to the app citing quote unfair terms and quote from google according to a copy of the email that was obtained by usa today which you can read about tech usa today dot com the company behind the popular media streaming players told users that recent oceans with google to continue to carry youtube tv broke down because roku cannot accept what they call google's terms as we believe they could harm our users The email also says it roku is committed to reaching a deal so that they can keep youtube tv on the players. Now of course. Google has responded to this day in in their statement. They say they're disappointed that they chose that roku has chosen to make these kind of claims while they continue to go and that they are trying the best they can to offer a deal that benefits the viewers of tv as well as everyone that owns a roku Now this isn't the first time we've heard with roku hosting other apps as you recall when hbo max launched in may twenty twenty. It wasn't on the platform for quite a while. I think it was several months. Wasn't until december of that year ahead of the
Meet the 'Tactical Gramma'
"Listeners. It's brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech my co host. Mike snyder is off today. So when you think about video games you're likely thinking about younger people. You know kids who play video games like mario kart or maybe you know kids that are in high school or college. They play older games like call of duty and madden and other stuff like that. Maybe it's your kids. Maybe it's your grandkids who knows but that's typically the audience we think of when we think about video games but something interesting is happening though which is a lot more. Seniors are starting to get into video games or have been playing for a while and they're continuing to do it even as they get older case in point A story. I wrote on tech dot. Usa today dot com about michelle stadium. Who is a grandmother of two in washington state. she goes by the nickname technical. Grandma she when she's not taking care of her grandkids. She is a budding video game. Streamer the fifty eight year old has cultivated a following on platforms like tiktok worship post highlights of her adventures in games. Like the first person shooter call of duty warzone. If you're not familiar with this game it is basically they take one hundred players and they drop them into one area and the last person to survive wins So stadium goes on different platforms such as facebook gaming and twitch and she has a really solid following there but it's tiktok where she has really blossomed as a recording. This her
Samsung Has a New Line Of Affordable Smartphones
"Listeners. Mike snyder here. And i'm brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Follow me on twitter. You might have seen me rail about companies that are putting out these thousand dollars smartphones and they just seem excessive and ridiculous but that doesn't mean that there are another lower costs phones out there. Might you have some details on some new economically price smartphones. This week right. That is true. Samsung recently announced its galaxy a line of smartphones which have much more palatable price points than the top line galaxy s twenty one phones that hit the market back january now. There's this twenty-one phones range in price from eight hundred to twelve hundred dollars but these galaxy phones started one hundred ninety nine and go up to about five hundred dollars now. What's the difference. Well obviously there's difference and mainly these cameras screens just aren't speedy as those higher end phones and they won't have as much memory but they all do have expanded memory slots so if you're just if you're getting a phone for picture taker you know you can just keep adding it can add up to a terabyte you know of card you gotta by the card and you slip included in the models. Are the galaxy. Eight thirty to five g. Which started to seventy nine and it's the lowest price five g phone. Samsung has available. It has a six and a half inch display. And that's the same size display fifty to five g. which is four nine but that phone has a full. Hd plus super amyloid. One twenty megahertz display. That's the first a series model. Have that speedier refresh rate. Which as
NFTs and the music business
"Listeners. Mike snyder here. And i'm brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech. Recently you may have heard us talk about. Nfc's and they are still going strong bread. I think in a ps are here to stay as you reported two weeks ago. We've had all kinds of teas after you just hearing about them enough. Tease stanford non fungible tokens. That's a fancy way of saying something that is unique and irreplaceable digital ledgers. Or blockchain are used to authenticate whatever the nf is or whatever the collectible it is time to now. Some of the wild things we've seen purchased are nba video. Highlights jack door. She's i tweet. A piece of digital art for seventy million dollars and the rock band kings of leon did an nf t special vinyl copies of its latest album now other artists are getting into into the to lindsay lohan. Who i have to admit i forgot. She had put out some pretty popular music in the past is oxygen in often. New single called lullaby snoop dogg in the weekend of tweeted up there looking at music in peace but i just did a story on an artist named shantelle. She hails from barbados. She might remember her. R&b pop hits impossible t shirt while she's making a comeback after her record label contract expired and she's hoping us enough t as a way to maintain some power and control over her music. For her new single has party she's auctioning off the ability to have your name included in a special recording of the song and you could be one of three bidders to have your likeness included in special versions of the cover art of the single which will be signed an authenticated in
Tesla Will Accept Bitcoin as Payment, Elon Musk says
"Can now buy a tesla with bitcoin. ceo elon. Musk said in a series of tweets on wednesday that his electric car company will begin accepting the crypto currency as a form of payment money and tech editor brett. Molina has more. He says any bitcoin that is used to purchase. A tesla will be retained as bitcoin and it will be converted to fiat currency which is basically a fancy way of saying that it won't be converted into money that is government issued must also said the option of pay by. Bitcoin will be available this year for consumers who are living outside the us Tesla talked about accepting. Bitcoin is a form of payment in a filing last month with the securities exchange commission. So it's a big deal. It gives bitcoin more legitimacy as it grows into this new form of crypto currency. There are still some concerns though with the adoption of bitcoin although more companies are starting to use it a federal reserve chair. Jerome powell recently warned that the us public needs to understand better. The risks center involved with using crypto currencies. And he compares it more gold. It's not necessarily something that equates to a dollar but it's more like an asset like gold
Verizon Joins the Cloud Storage Party
"Listeners. It's mike schneider. And i'm brett molina and welcome back to talking tech listeners. If you're like me you're constantly creating a bigger data profile with the hundreds of pictures and videos on your smartphone not to mention documents and other data on your computer. I can definitely relate read and you have to be diligent to backup those important digital files just in case something bad happens to your phone or computer. There's already lots of cloud services willing to help out and most of the big names offer some pre storage but a familiar name has a new unique cloud storage plan for you to consider and i wrote about it. The stories up on tech that usa today dot com. It's called berezin. Cloud which the nation's biggest wireless providers about the begin marketing widely. But it's available now and you can get an unlimited storage for photos videos any other files for nineteen ninety nine a month. Now you have to verizon wireless or phya subscriber but you can give up to four of the people access to have their own accounts within your overreach and account and they can each create private files you know with a pen or some type of biometric
Video games for good
"Listeners it's mike schneider and i'm brett molina and welcome back to talking tech. As with many other events canceled due to the covid nineteen pandemic. there is no south by south west festival in austin texas. This year. That is true. But there's a virtual south by southwest going on online through saturday march twentieth. And i got a chance to participate. Let me tell you a little bit about it. I've been scheduled to moderate a panel last year gaming for good but the festival got cancelled entirely when we knew there was going to be a virtual festival this year the company that sponsored the panel skills decided to go ahead and do it so we recorded our discussion over zoom in late february and it was really enlightening and very made me very hopeful about things. Here there's a story. On tech usa today dot com. You can read that if you want. If you really wanna watch the panel and do all the other fun things at south by southwest. Has you can still buy a ticket to the festival. There's a link in my story for that too. But here's the basics. I learned from from the panel. The panelists we had three of them. there's a program called gamers outreach that provides video game carts that means it has like a secure tv and a game console on. It's it's either hook to wireless or however they do in the hospital in two hundred thirty children's hospitals around the us the founder zach. Weigel began the program when he was a high schooler halo tournament. The got cancelled He'd organiz the tournament but public safety official voice concerns about the high school cafeteria being used for a hobby. That was quote corrupting the minds of america's youth in quote. The guy said so to show the gamers from it meant well the next year weigel try it again and raise money for a local children's hospital with that resulting tournament part of that he learned. The hospitals often have trouble keeping kids occupied when they're recovering from treatment in their rooms so that led him to begin having online fundraising to get these. You know cards game carts into hospitals all over the country if you wanna get involved gamers outreach as gamers forgiving event online this weekend and there's a lincoln my story or you can go to gamers forgiving dot org also this weekend skills which is spelled s. k. i. l. l. z has a gaming for good tournament to benefit the american red cross. You might have heard about skills. They they became a publicly traded company in december twenty twenty and last month. They signed a multi year deal with the national football league to create a mobile game in any sports community around the game. That's gonna come out later this year. Basically did a crowd source thing to get developer to find a way to create a cool game. Play on mobile devices Anyway what skills does they connect millions of players all over the world to compete on about five thousand mobile games including solitaire. Cube and blackout bingo. These these are on android devices and they've had passed charity online events. Where your entry fees to compete you know go towards Charities such as american cancer society world wildlife fund and the nwa. You can see information about this weekend's events in the app itself against s k i l l z and it's on ios and android or. You could find the lincoln my stories
Fresh off blockbuster acquisition, Microsoft will add 20 Bethesda games to Xbox Game Pass
"Learn more at attleboro dot com slash talking listeners. It's brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech as we look ahead into the video game crystal ball. Many felt that. Sony has the best lineup of exclusive games coming to the playstation five in the months ahead. But it's possible. That picture is changing. Microsoft has officially completed. Its seven point five billion dollar acquisition of cinemax media which is the parent company of bethesda soft works. Anyone who was into playing video games does the name bethesda. It's created such games as the elder scrolls and fallout plus it on several other studios including it software which created doom and wolfenstein. One upcoming game from bethesda studio death loop is in development arcain studios that will actually be a playstation exclusive when it arrives in may but future bethesda studio games will be xbox exclusives. Xbox gamers will still see immediate rewards from this deal. Microsoft is planning to bring additional bethesda games to its xbox game pass subscription service within days said xbox head phil spencer so xbox game pass which has been gaining in popularity will likely get a boost. Out of this I checked it has about eighteen million pain members that they pay ten dollars a month or more for the service. For instance you can also get it for fifteen dollars if you include xbox live which if you play online multiplayer games you need that anyway and the thing with game pass to is. They haven't just been showing off like games. They've also tried to do a lot of microsoft gains day and date so you can actually buy the game or you can try it out on game pass and i wouldn't be surprised if we see that in a similar way with bethesda where we see a lot of their games available maybe day and date on xbox game pass so
Apple reopens all its stores
"European e commerce systems. You used today. Learn more at attleboro dot com slash talking listeners. It's mike snyder. And i'm brett molina and welcome back to talking tech brett. Would you like to hear some good news. Yes please alright. Well so apple has actually open all of its stores for the first time since march fourteenth. Twenty twenty you know that feels like more than a year ago but it was not even a year ago that that happened. And if you remember back then was one of the first signs that this coronavirus pandemic was going to be serious and deal a serious impact retail and the workplace now. You can't just walk into any apple store yet. Some are open only for pickup of orders while others require fifteen minutes shopping session but you could check online and figure out. What's going on with your store and i have a story about that up on tech that usa today dot com has the lincoln. And if you wanted to go there but the fact that these types of the stores are all reopened across the. Us is a good sign that we're on the right track to some semblance of retail. Normalcy hopeful interestingly apple really didn't suffer sales wise during the pandemic in the report of its most recent financial quarter which was october to december twenty twenty the company said quarterly sales records for iphones including the iphone. Twelve and sold more apple watches airpod and homepod speakers on the way to a quarterly revenue. Record of one hundred and eleven point four billion dollars. It also said a new record prescription revenue from services like apple music and apple news and apple. Tv actually it's apple tv plus because apple. Tv is a device and ipad. Sales rose thirteen percent to interestingly Tim cook the ceo of apple. Said the company could've done even better if the stores were open. So hopefully this reopening story will spread to other retailers to in the weeks ahead yet definitely. I still remember when we first started hearing all these different stores that were closing. And that's when. I think hit me that this was really a big deal because obviously never hear stores closing. Even you know even like hurricane type stuff. Maybe that's maybe the only other time and even then you might still stuck open but to see like wholesale all these different businesses just had down was. I've never seen anything like it.
Google makes parking way easier
"Hey listeners since mike schneider and brett molina and welcome back to talking tech so mike. Do you ever use your smartphone to pay for parking. Well when i get to leave the house now. I sure do use it. Well once you leave the house again it might get a lot easier for you Google announced this week. It's rolling out a new feature enabling users to pay for street parking or transit services within the google maps app on android smartphones. So here's how it will work. Google parting with two popular parking services passport and park mobile to let drivers pay for their parking meters. What you'll do is you'll go to park. You'll pull up the google maps app. You'll choose pay for parking. You pick the meter number where you're parked the amount of time you need and then you pay one of the better features that i really really really enjoy about this though. One of the biggest pains about paying at the meter. Is you go somewhere and you realize. Oh your meters about to run out after. Walk back and refill it. In this case you can do it right from the app. You can just tap a couple of buttons and you've refilled your meter if you need a longer time. This new pay for parking feature will be available for android smartphone users in more than four hundred cities in the us including boston. Cincinnati houston l. A. new york and washington. Dc another cool part of this update. Is that google. Maps is also going to let users pay for mass transit fares ahead of time and the feature will becoming than eighty transit agencies around the world. So for example. If you're in new york and you pulled up directions to go somewhere and you decide you want to take the subway. You'll see a prompt on google maps with an mta logo asking. If you want to pay your fair now see just hit the button and you'll pay your fare ahead of time. That feature will roll out more. Broadly in the coming weeks according to google
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"It should come as no surprise that we all of our smartphones which is why anytime a new device comes out while is usually pretty excited always tracks a lot of attention. And we're supposed to be getting that this week right right correct brett later this week on thursday at ten. Am eastern time. Samsung will unveil its new mobile lineup. And this is all kind of part of the cas stuff and everybody can watch that on. Samsung youtube page <hes>. We have links to that. In our recent stories on usa today dot com. And we'll be covering it so far. What we know is were you expect to see new models in the galaxy lineup. Like an s twenty one. Twenty one plus twenty. Twenty-one ultra what we don't know is whether they'll be a new note fablet the sites track samsun news kind of like you and i tracked. Sports teams trades <hes>. Have also found evidence that suggest. This wave galaxy phones might be slightly cheaper at the outset in the twenty was if that is true it could help samsung expand. Its market share in case. You don't know all ready. The global leader in smartphone sales with twenty two percent of the market up from twenty one percent a year ago according to research firm strategy analytics here in the us samsung marketshare actually grew to thirty four percent in the third quarter of two thousand twenty while apples dipped from thirty six to thirty percent. So this could be an interesting <hes>. Smartphone battle coming up here in the months ahead. Anything you're looking to find out from samsung brett. I'm always curious what they're gonna do to kind of push push things forward in terms of innovation on smartphones <hes>. Every year it gets harder and harder. Because there's only so much you can do with the device that you have and even five years ago if felt like you were seeing some some noticeable upgrades and changes to how your phone work and it seems like the further along we get. It's almost becomes harder. It seems to like find new in different reasons for you to own this new latest smartphone. <hes> some really curious what and samsung has always been pretty good about introducing some interesting ways to leverage your smartphone. And i'm really curious what those are <hes>. But yeah it should be fun. I think it's always interesting to see and samsung in particular has always fascinating because of all the android phone makers. They seem to one that. Be the one that has stood out the most as far as being arrival to the iphone <hes>. And any time you hear anyone with an android phone in most cases it's galaxy phone. So i mean they've done a really good job positioning themselves as that rival and i'll be interested to see what new ways <hes>. They can push the smartphone for smartphones as it is