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"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"If you're a fan of pumpkin spice you can finally get pumpkin spice drinks. If you're a fan of technology this is the start of a huge next couple of months Video game industry has a ton of their biggest titles coming out as they get closer to the holiday season which means if you have playstation xbox switch whatever it is you get to see all that stuff but of course what really helps kick this off is the launch of a new iphone and of course as expected apple announced an event for september fourteenth. Where they're going to reveal this so what we're gonna talk about today. Is i want to talk about a couple of the things that i really wanna see from the next iphone. I write about this on tech tot usa today. Dot com Baloney share some of that. Here so the first thing that jumps out to me first thing that i want from the next iphone is a better battery. Which seems obvious because we've phones all the time. Of course we're gonna want better battery right. It almost feels like an annual request but at the same time i feel like you have to make it anyway because every year you get a new iphone it a really good processing chip which means your phone runs faster It can run a bit more powerful apps. Those apps drying war from the processor but it also means are also drawing more from the battery. So you know. Yeah i'd like. I'd really like a better battery. Something a little more meaningful to like. You know a lot of these apple events you hear. Though the battery is ten percent you know has ten percent more whatever I'd like it to be a little bit more. That'd be nice. That's all i'm asking The next question. I have is get rid of the camera notch at the top of the screen. I bring this up because recently samsung announced its new foldable smartphones and the feature that jumped out to me. Were the front facing cameras on these phones that were placed just underneath the display. I love that idea. I love the idea to of getting that. Clean iphone screen. Look where it's just a perfect rectangle. There's not that little notch that kind of gets in the way and is occasionally a little annoying to look at And i would just love to see them. Try to do something like that with this iphone. The next thing i would like isn't technically related to the device itself but it's more about the packaging would love if they put a charging adaptor back in the box. I don't want the little dinky one that you succumb with every other earlier iphone. I want something a little more substantial. I mean ideally. I'd love it. I'd love it if they gave you the one that came with ipads. It's a little bit bigger. Ill charge your phone pretty quickly. The other benefit to that too is have the one that current ipads have that support. The usb see lightning cables. Which again charges your phone faster. And if they already have the you know. They rolled out these new cables. But no new adaptor. I just would like to have the adapter seriously The final thing. I would add to my list of things that i would like to see from. The next iphone is return of touch. Id i'm honestly not a huge fan of using my face to log into my phone or log into my apps or verify my identity. I did really like using touch. Id you just put your thumb over the sensor back when there was a home button and it just unlock your phone or if you had an extra layer of security or whatever like to an app you can just do the same thing. It was really easy. It was just really simply us and i would love if they would bring it back now. It's going to be different because there's no home button but it's apple. I mean they're they're pretty good at making technology. I trust them to figure out a solution to this but again i would love to see touch. Id brought back because it was a nice feature listeners. Let's hear from you. Are there any features that you wanna see in iphone thirteen. If that's what they actually call it re presuming. It's iphone thirteen Do you have any comments questions or other show ideas or any tech problems you want us to try to address you'd 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 talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick kit for 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 org lychee.
"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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"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Facebook has announced some extra steps. The social network is taking for its popular app instagram. To make the platform safer and more private for teens. My colleague and regular talking tech. Guess terry collins wrote about this in a story you can read on tech usa. Today dot com the updates on instagram include automatically enrolling teen users under the age of sixteen into private accounts instead of making them public by default. It will also make it harder for potentially suspicious accounts to find younger users and limit the options advertisers have to reach younger users. This these updates will also take advantage of ai to detect users age so for example if a user is on facebook and shared their age their the will be able to check that if that user also has an instagram account. This update arrives as facebook is discussed exploring whether to launch a version of instagram for kids. The company said it will make safety and privacy a priority and quote consult with experts in child development child safety and mental health and privacy advocates to inform it and quote however several groups and lawmakers are working collectively to stop a potential instagram for kids in may facebook receive more than one hundred eighty thousand signatures in a series of petitions from a group of nonprofit in grass roots organizations urging the tech giant to scrap this plan. Now despite the changes instagram's making now some experts terry spoke with his story. Have race skepticism. About how well these updates will work to protect teens among them is titania jordan. Who is chief parenting officer for bar. Which is in atlanta based tech watchdog group. She said even though instagram appears to be addressing issues such as online predation underage users and advertising standards for teens the platform needs to also be aware of other issues including cyberbullying self harm and also exposure to misinformation. Obviously we're going to hear a lot. More of this on this front as facebook pursues version of instagram for kids and as these updates roll out how they're used over the next few
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
"Now is the time to switch to net sweet. Keep listening after the show to learn about special financing for talking tech listeners listener. Since mike schneider here and i'm brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech. We know that about two thirds of americans have gotten at least one corona virus vaccine shot. That means we're starting to see an end to zoom happy hours as folks emerged from their homes. That's right brett. We're still seeing some backward steps. For instance with los angeles reinstituting a mask mandate and many states seeing covered nineteen infections and hospitalizations on the rise. But where it saves. Some people are getting together with friends and family and our colleague. Terry collins recently took a look at what's happening For many of us myself included online happy hours were a great way to maintain connections with friends near and far away. I also spent more than a year attending joining in on online. Hootenanny held friday nights on zoom. We're starting to have that less frequently now. In and the country we're starting to see a move from these online practices that help get us through the pandemic among the folks terry top to was a woman who's president of a san francisco public relations agency. Who last month hosted the staff picnic with new hires and others who hadn't seen each other face to face since the office had closed since march twenty twenty and then there's the austin texas real estate company that had company happy recently at a top golf. It was the company's first. Happy are event in nineteen months. Yeah i definitely with some around. Everyone can go outside. It seems like everyone's wanting to get out of the house. Obviously but it'll be interesting. What happens is we get in the fall and more of life moves indoors and also how much impact the rise of this delta in the us will have for sure terry also talked to some psychology experts. Who said that even right now. It depends on the person and it's going to be a transition period to you know face to face gatherings and things like that some people are accommodating and really wanna gather while others trying to put the you know the others Are very nervous. Aren't quite ready yet. Said psychologist susan clayton. Who is the chair of the psychology department at the college. Worcester which is in ohio which i did not know Another psychology professor. Terry top two leanna clark at notre dame who agreed with that saying some will be more socially engaged others may not want to give up virtual gatherings just yet because they're uncertain whether vaccines can handle the new covert variants such as the a delta and who knows what will come in happen in the months to come She said there will be extremes. On both ends the hard part is going to be respecting others perspectives. I know i've kept up some zoom happy ours with folks who live far away but have enjoyed several in person. Get togethers with fringe locally. I certainly do like being able to get out from buying a computer. Yeah it's definitely been nice to get out of the house. I think it's gonna be a mix where we kind of have some zoom happy hour. Maybe it's not as much as we've gotten used to the last year so listeners. Let's hear from you. Do you have any comments questions or show ideas. You can find me on twitter at brett. Molina twenty three and i met mike schneider. 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..
"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.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"A brit. You ever show a friend of colleague something on your phone only to have a personal notification show up. you didn't really want in plain view. Yeah definitely and especially it happens with my kids because they like to use my phone. And i'll show him something and then a random text comes up that i don't want him to see so it is. Yeah it's definitely kind of embarrassing can be kind of awkward sometimes Fortunately there is a way to avoid it. Usa today tech columnist. Kim commando writes about this for tech usa. Today dot com. If you have an android phone you're you're in luck because there's a guest mode built in to hide those pop-ups if you wanna share what's on your screen. Although this moat isn't on the iphone there are ways that you can get around the awkward situation of a notification popping up that you didn't want to win a friend or somebody else's looking at your phone for a quick fix you can choose. Do not disturb which hides everything so that no one can view them for something a little more permanent and consistent you can go to settings notifications and show previews then. You can choose whether you want them to appear all the time never or only when your phone is unlocked so if you have an android phone you have four notification options show notifications show all hide silent implications or hide sensitive content specifically. It's all available in settings then apps and notifications select notifications again. You'll see options for notifications on lock screen to make changes. Kim reports the definition of sensitive content depends on your device but should include things like text messages to turn off notifications for specific apps on android. Follow the same steps but go to the specific app then. Hit advanced to make any changes
"brett molina" Discussed on WTOP
"Available because some of the ingredients are missing. At Molina of USA today joined Deputy Opie, Sean and Hillary on Skype to talk about what's going on with your latte. Starbucks says that it's been dealing with a lot of supply chain issues. And so a lot of their customers have been venting on social media about different products. Different many items that they've really been missing Lemonade, mocha different syrups, lots of different things, and it varies by store. Starbucks says that it's not out everywhere, but it just depends on your store. And it depends on the market. People are taking this really personally. Bread. I mean, one Person half jokingly called. The shortage of breakfast sandwich is a national emergency. So you know beyond online venting. Is there evidence this could really hurt Starbucks in the long run? You know it's possible. I think you know what it really illustrates, is how much we love our Starbucks. It's not just going to grab a cup of coffee. I mean, it's like a treat for all of us. And so losing that kind of comfort, especially during this time has been really challenging. I think that this is something that Starbucks can overcome. It sounds like it's a temporary thing, and it sounds like a lot of these items will be back pretty quickly. We are using Starbucks because everybody knows it. But it is really a jumping off point for a problem that's really all over the country with different industry support. Why change issues? Could Starbucks have done something differently to keep these problems from happening? I don't think so. I mean, this is all related to everything going on with the pandemic. Like you said, we've seen shortages across several industries. Most notably, there is the semiconductor chips shortage that has been affecting technology and the way we buy things from cars to laptops to video game consoles. And so it's It's really something that's challenging for businesses to have really anticipated. And just like Starbucks, you know, I don't think it's something that really could have expected, and that is Brett Molina of USA Today. And a red light camera up and running beginning tomorrow in Virginia. It's only a warning for now, but that is going to change. Pay attention. If you're driving through Manassas, there's a brand new red light camera ready to take your picture is that the westbound southbound approaches at the intersection of Liberia and Euclid avenues? Manasseh City Police will just start issuing warnings for now. But in 30 days it could get to a $50 civil penalty. All traffic violations will go through a two step review process with the city's private vendor is then sent to the Manassas. City Police Department, where it is reviewed by a sworn officer. It will then be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. There are no points added to the owner's license, and it can't be used to increase your insurance. Valerie Bank w T O P News. It's 11 43. Virginia voters are about to do something they'd never done before. They're going to elect a female lieutenant governor. The candidates in Virginia's race for lieutenant governor include Democrat Hala Ayala and Republican win some Sears both women, and the state has never elected a female lieutenant governor before this is going to be a landmark in Virginia, Virginia political analyst Bob Holsworth. Whoever ultimately emerges victorious, will certainly have a historical footnote attached to her name. In addition to both candidates being women, they are both women of color, meaning the winner will be only the third person of Color to win a statewide election in Virginia, the other two being current Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, and former governor Doug Wilder. Nika in L A w T O P news and still ahead after.
"brett molina" Discussed on WTOP
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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
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Either listeners. It's brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome back to talking tech now that everyone who listens to talking tech knows you and i like video games. But there's so many games out there. We can't get to them all let alone do a deep dive on them right. Yes absolutely so. One of our editors josh avera came up with this idea of giving readers forum at usa today to talk about a beloved game or anything else in video games. They're passionate about so you can go to tech dot. Usaa dot com. Go to video games and one of the examples of this is a story about microtransactions written by it professional leaf morganson..
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
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"More about tech careers with the network of people who move the world forward listeners. Mike schneider here. And i'm brett molina. Welcome back to talking tech mike. You write a lot about streaming but recently you did a deeper dive on video right. That is true Several months ago as zoom became entrenched in all of our lives. And i was watching a lot of livestreaming concerts. I started doing work on a story and i heard about a company called in crowd. Entertainment which had built this big stage surrounded with a giant zoom wall. That could hold as many as three hundred faces on it and the can actually have a crowd of up to fifty thousand if they they sell online tickets set that many anyway the company had worked with the tech division of zoom to create it and they were primarily using it for stand up. Comedy shows. where you would pay ten fifteen twenty bucks or whatever to watch and a little bit more to be vip person and beyond what's called the wall so if you're on the wall the commerce can hear you laugh and they can call you out just as if you're in a real in personality so i went to a couple of those events and we know i started thinking about this the concept of zoom on steroids. Because i mean we have zoom meetings and we see lots of people and you know why work meetings we have. You know sheets of people you know but in this case you could actually see all the people and really see their faces and things i saw. There's something going on here. And i began watching more and more concerts online and more interactive aspects of these concerts kept going happening and being added and i thought about what will it be like when people begin vaccinated and music and comedy than you started opening up. And i've been talking with my friends about it and and us at work. We're kind of unsure how quickly we will wanna flip that switch to start buying tickets for live shows and sports events so i was talking with our editor..
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
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Hey this is. Brett molina. And i'm mike schneider and welcome to talking tech solicitors. I'm not sure if you know this. But it's twenty twenty one now. You've heard us discuss discuss tech resolutions and how to keep them now. It's time for us to look ahead. Well what do you think we can expect from technology and twenty twenty one. I mean technology was get the kept on giving last year. And what are we. Think's gonna happen this skier while we're going to talk about what we think will be some of the biggest stories About technology for consumers in the coming twelve months. So let's start with a topic that we're going to hear a lot about and we've already heard about because there's already been news in the new year And that's around streaming We recently just learned about discovery plus which is a new streaming service that includes a lot of content from the discovery channel and a lot of its networks stuff like the food network. hdtv tlc A lot of stuff there. There's also this upcoming paramount service. It's coming out later this year. It's safe to say there is no shortage of streaming services out there between netflix. And hulu you name it. It seems like everybody has their own streaming service..
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Here. We go day. One of the new talking tech podcast. I'm your host brett molina and other coach mike schneider and welcome to twenty twenty one and talking with your new polls so mike and i go aways back We've worked together for years covering the video game business And we also covered technologies. Well together so kind of feels like this podcast. We're getting the band back together. I don't think we're gonna be problems with you. Call playmaker ability and rhythm and getting a game. Go and moving it up data court. I i would say. We're like lebron and anthony davis but that might be a little too full myself. So i'd be happy to be Steph curry or even seth curry. Yeah there is a set. There's seth curry right. I may be getting my curry brothers mixed up. There is a steph curry and a steph curry. Yep absolutely since this is our first episode and this is tech podcast. What better way to get to know us by the technology. We can't live without Mike why don't we start with you. What are some devices that you live by day-to-day well since we think people that know us know we've covered the game industry for a long time and we obviously loved video game console. I'm gonna leave that given all right. Then i'll say the tech. I cannot live without is my iphone and i recently upgraded to a twelve pro and i just the photos and my wife who had just gotten a new eleven is coveting it luckily i. It's i call it work. It's my work phone so she can't take it from And it stock with lots of music apps. Because i'm a music lover and got the biggest. You know less storage capability. Get for that. So and obviously over the years i've written about. Tv's i love big tv's and that's you can do a lot of things with that whether it's games whether it's streaming weather which watching live tv or whatever but the one audio via product i would not part with is an oppo disc layer that handles blu rays. Dvd's cds and other high risk dislike essay cd's dvd audio discs. And if you're a little older. I mean little younger. You may not even know what those are but at one point there were formats of fighting to be a high resolution disc that would kind of bring the quality of analog to the compact dislike format. And they actually still do make essay. Cd's right now display or sounds amazing. It seems like he'd covers all your bases. Basically i think it also streams i think it has an ethernet jack in the back but i haven't pulled it out because i have so many other things that stream you know but the fact that you can play you know all these different disk because for instance like the new playstation doesn't play audio cds so if you're someone like me who has thousands of those. You need another player So like mike. I'm big into video game. Consoles between playstation xbox and the switch play them regularly but the recent device that i've really gotten into of late is my apple watch. I've always been a big fan of smartwatches going back to the pebble which came out around twenty fourteen or so. And but i never got into the apple watch largely because the price and because i just felt like it was a little too much for watch i wanted something simpler maybe gets notifications. That's all i needed Fast forward several years later and apple brought down the price of the apple watch offered different flavors of the device and then i decided to take the plunge and i got the apple watch. Se which is kind of their mid range smartwatch It's not as expensive as the series six But it also has a little more bang for your buck compared to the series three which is under two hundred but also the screens little. You get a little less screen space. And there's also some features that you're missing on their compared to the sec. I love it. I really enjoy it. you know beyond just the notifications. There's just so many different Ways that i take advantage of it has one of the nicest wake up alarms. I've ever experienced where. It's a very gentle nudge to wake you up in the morning. I really like it And yeah it's it's one of those devices were last year. I probably would have been okay without one and now i've literally can't live without it. I love it. I enjoy wearing it and using it all the time. That's so funny. You mentioned the wakeup aspect I don't wear any jewelry. I don't wear a watch. I don't wear rings or necklaces or anything so i haven't i thought about getting the watch. Would i have not yet. However as much as i love. My phone alarm goes off in the morning. I wanna fill my phone across the room. Thankfully my watch. I don't wanna do that. It's very gentle. It's very subtle. So i'm i'm very much loving it right now. It's great okay listeners. Let's your what's the tech. You can't live without look for twitter. I'm at brett molina. Twenty three and i'm at mike schneider spelled s. n. i. e. e. r. on twitter. And you've been listening to talking tech. We'll be back tomorrow with another quick hit from the world tech. Let's talk productivity. Chances are you've seen all those myths so called gurus sell on social media totally reasonable things like work in your sleep skip showers. Give your kids up for adoption. But there's a better way. And no you don't have to be super human to be super productive. You can get more done.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Yesterday that i was leaving that it was my last show but i i cannot myself. I'm that one more time but for very good reason to introduce you to your new talking hopeless and you've got two of them. Brett molina and mike snyder. A big hand is good to see you also all right. Tell everybody your plans. What are you going to do with the show bro. You wanna go first You know. I i think we're gonna stick with the overall goal of bringing everyone kind of that. Quick hit of tech news But you know and that's what we really wanna do. We have an interesting background because we we've covered a lot of consumer tech. We also cover video games for quite a while now and so you might see a little more that on talking tech maybe a little more video game talk But really i mean you know. I think you're going to hear us talk a lot more about the tack we use and just what's going on in the tech world and had more of a conversation day to day so we hope everybody likes it all right and mike while your thoughts. Well i think jeff obviously try to build on the great work you've done you know you've done a great job. For how many years to suspend the podcast years old twenty five hundred episodes worth. Yeah that's incredible I echo what brett said. I mean i also am a big fan of tv's And tv technology so we'll be looking ahead to say you know whether you know. Wh there's eight k tvs coming out. Does that even matter. You know this you know. How big is four k. Actually you know things like that and obviously we. We both love games and there's a lot of stuff happening in the game space in the next twelve to eighteen months. So there's plenty to talk about you know and they. We have to have two of us to keep up for all the stuff you've done in the last seven year so well thank you There's always stuff to talk about Let's tell everybody about yourself. to usa. They reported guys. mike. I've been working with mike for eons. I can't i've been so many. Cas is that we all covered with that big Together and mike tell everybody about what you do. Well i started usa in nineteen ninety and and went to my first cas The summer of nineteen ninety-three and as technology became more and more part of people's lives. You know the life section at that time it. Usa to date began building up a home tech Technology team that included you and big was hired along then and i started covering games. I started coming home audio. At that point there was Successors to Cds beginning to work different types of digital tapes that kind of never really survived so and then all along we've had to have allusions with hdtv and dvd. and blu ray and everything. so i've got to cover all that the last years i've Kind of helped the money team do more business writing. So i've kind of spread out my expertise but you know technology's always been. I love mine. I grew up reading stereo review. You know so. This is right in my wheelhouse and brat. Tell everybody about yourself. So i've been with usa today now for eighteen years. I started in news for the first few years. Been around around. I think two thousand eight. Or so i jumped into the tech section I started out covering video games. Most of the time for my first few years before eventually branching out and covering tech business consumer tech things like that And i still cover tech here. And they're right now I'm working with our money and tech team just writing stories about money intact I've always loved technology. I absolutely love video games. I've had i had systems going back to atari. So i have a long history of video games and i just love technology in general. It's so much fun to talk about. Not just what's out there now but what could happen served now. It's just really exciting fun to talk about. I'll just give you a quick little story. As i'm wrapping up my thirty six year career at usa day one of the all-time highlights was i interviewed. Sammy davis junior in las vegas. And he said hey. What are you doing on saturday. You wanna come over to the house and see my camera collection. And i said of course figuring was all go away but he invited me over and i went there and we sat down at his table. Top miss pacman game and we played it and he let me win. It's funny you mention that. That is one of my dream tech items. That i wanna own is a tabletop. Miss pacman. i still on my list speed it up right to speed it up version. Exactly yes absolutely. Tell give everybody a preview of your first episode. Which will be airing tomorrow. What are you guys gonna be talking about. Why think bread. I think we're talking about what. What technology gadgets what products. We can't live without. Yeah you know what better way to get to know the host of talk the new host of talking tech and by the technology they love and the technology they use right now. So that's what we're gonna talk. Okay so i won't ask you what it is because i want everybody to tune in and listen molina mike schneider. The new host of talking tech as of january fourth twenty twenty one. Good lock and the shell is left in great hands. I know you'll do a great job or jeff. We appreciate that and we appreciate all you've done and we will be missed but we'll be.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Graham talking tech this week. We are doing a new series on the number one questions of the year. From you guys and we've got brett molina here from usa. He's gonna help you kick it off with that big question. How can i get a ps five. What can i do brett. Tell everybody. I wish i had good news on this front but it is really hard to get a ps five my strategy. And i think the best way to try to get one is one thing retailers. Done really. well whether it's best buy game stop target. Walmart is when they get a new supply of ps five. They will usually say ahead of time whether on social media or another platform. Hey we have more. Ps fives you can buy one at this time on this date and then you know win they will have some available and so what you can do is and i've seen some places do this where they will save three or four links to the page itself where you could just kinda save them book markham and then when you know when they go on sale go right to that page and just try to grab one as quick as you can again. It's different this year pandemic because you know sony's not selling these in stores you can't just run to the store. See if they have one and go pick it up you have to get online so this is the process. That seems to work the best. It's also the safest because you have some folks who are buying these than selling them places on ebay like ebay. Which is riskier. It's also more expensive because they're trying to mark it up and make money off the sale of but also you run some risks to their scams out there related a. ps five. The you have to watch out for so safest bet. Stick with the retailer. Just keep track of when they have new. Ps fives in. And then just try your luck. And of course i should have noted that. Ps five is the next generation. Video game council from sony. Full name would be playstation five. Tell everybody why we're so excited about. Ps five well again. It's a it's it's the next level for video games One of the cool features it has is on its controller it is. It has haptic feedback. Which is you know the buzzing effect you get on your iphone. You get on this controller. What makes it special is certain actions. You take in the game you can feel them in your hands so you might be ice skating or you might be walking in snow and you can hear and feel you know that experience and it's something we haven't really seen in a video game before And again another benefit to is like smartphones. Where a lot of your older games come with you so you get a lot of that stuff. You have a hint of. What's to come in terms of these new experiences where you can kind of feel the game as well. So there's definitely a lot of buzz around it all right. Keep refreshing your screen says brett molina from usa today. I'm at jefferson graham on twitter brett. Tell everybody your twitter handle it's at brett molina twenty-three already thanks a lot. This is talking tech. We'll be back to you tomorrow with another consumer tech question. Thanks for listening. Everyone would send pro online from pitney. Bowes you can simply and.
"brett molina" Discussed on Talking Tech
"Uh both on a four k tv in a standard tv on the four k set i mean there is a clear difference it it looks way better you get a lot more deep visual detail um lot of the effects like weather effects are much more noticeable uh if you're dealing with the game with a lot of colored the colors which is brighter more vibrant in the four k playing on a four k tv verses not um now microsoft says the xbox one acts will also enhance gains even if you're on an older set it subtle but you can kind of see it um if you're going to get a four ktb any know you want a four k gaming system then you want to go for an ax um if you want to hold out then the ss just find the ss the standard model that still has some four k you can still get some four k out of it it's probably not going to be as good as an axe but you know if you're looking to save money the s might be your option but again the acts as a really powerful device and the games on it look fantastic it's it's just a it's a really solid 4 k experience finally brett what about the sony playstation by last year they just introduced the playstation 4 pro which is their push in the forecast today uh it's also it also works better with vr so they have their playstation vr headset that it it it's gonna make those games look better too um so if you're planning on making a portion of vr and you want to if you want to be way ahead of the game and here's a vr and forecast off the pros really good option as well so again there's no shortage of options for a video game players were looking for consul.