techSlant Over and Out and Thanks! – techSlant

We’re shuttering this technology podcast.  Thank you to everyone that has been listening to techSlant and its various previous incarnations, but we find that tech news reporting would be better served by integrating it into our other podcast, Wide Open Talk Show (WOTS) – something we’ve already been doing anyway.

If you haven’t watched or listened to WOTS, please check it out and join us live each Monday and Wednesday at 6PM ET.

And thanks for being a part of Slant.FM!

 

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techSlant #123 – The Shack is Back! – techSlant

On this episode, Sam and Donovan discuss ID Software’s newest game release, DOOM (yes, that DOOM), Microsoft continues to really want us to upgrade to Windows 10, Reddit launches its own image storage, Microsoft shuts down Project Spark, Windows 7 SP2 (don’t call it a service pack!) – ok, it’s an update roll-up that is long overdue, TeslaCrypt releases its master key, Google is creating some new cool apps, E3 Live Event that anyone can attend, Google wins against Oracle and Radio Shack makes a comeback!

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techslant #122 – There’s No Contingency Plan for Stupid – techSlant

On this episode of techSlant, Sam and Donovan talk about Hulu’s plan to offer a web subscription of on-demand programming from networks such as ESPN, ABC, Fox and FX, Windows 10 doesn’t care if you’re playing and streaming video games or not – it has updates to install!  Amazon attempts to go head to head with YouTube, but Donovan and Sam don’t think they’ll succeed or at the very least, they aren’t targeting the true nature of YouTube. Charter gets dinged for preventing users from using their own cable modems, just in time for the merger that will make them the 2nd largest cable company in the U.S., when using Cortana on Windows 10, you’ll be locked into using Edge and Bing, a new ruling is poised to give the government even more power by allowing them to remotely seize your computer and other electronic devices, and alternative energy wins the day in Germany when enough was produced on May 8th that commercial customers were being PAID to use electricity.  What a world!

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techSlant #121 – You Know Nothing Jon Snow – techSlant

In this episode, YouTube reverses course on copyright claims and revenue, a security flaw that allows eavesdropping on your calls, Intel lets 12,000 employees go, researchers create a battery that lasts 400 times longer than traditional batteries – they just don’t know how, Valve gets into VOD, Chrome 50 ends support for legacy OSes, Google Fiber gets into wireless, GameStop becomes a game publisher, Ubuntu 16.04’s new software installation software has a flaw and HBO Now adds new platforms – just in time for season 6 of Game of Thrones.

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techSlant #120 – Like a Badass! – techSlant

 

In this episode, Donovan and Sam discuss a new study that shows social engineering is not dead in regards to people sticking USB thumbdrives of unknown origin in their computers, a developer that needed to provide high speed Internet to his development and realizing the only way to accomplish it was to roll his own, a hacker found thousands of insecure desktops running VNC, a familiar story of a student releasing millions of research articles to the public – but with a twist, and the FBI apparently paid “gray-hat” hackers to gain access to the infamous iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino shooter case.

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Sources

A Whole Lot of Nitwits Will Plug a Random USB Into Their Computer, Study Finds | Motherboard

Home developer built an ISP because state law restricts muni broadband | Ars Technica

How one hacker exposed thousands of insecure desktops that anyone can remotely view | ZDNet

This student put 50 million stolen research articles online. And they’re free. – The Washington Post

FBI reportedly paid ‘gray-hat’ hackers, not Cellebrite, for zero day exploit in San Bernardino iPhone case

 

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techSlant #119 – Dude! Have You Seen My Password? – techSlant

Sam and Donovan are back on April Fools to discuss one of Google’s most awkward April Fool’s pranks in Gmail (with some disastrous results), the results of a survey of young British people and what they deem essential (hint, it rhymes with Splinternet), software that will allow anyone to make anyone else say whatever they wish, Microsoft released a “teen” bot on the Internet masses and the results were pretty much what was expected, scientist have pushed fiber speeds to 57Gbps, pranksters won’t find jail that funny, what happens when the masses of websites depend on a section of code that’s only 11 lines long and it goes missing – things break, and CNBC’s failed attempt to teach us all about password security.

Warning, the show was almost taken over by Carl and Skip, but be thankful that Skip was hungry.  :)

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Sources

Google’s Gmail April Fool prank backfires in spectacular style

CNBC Tried, and Massively Failed, to Teach People About Password Security

How one programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code

Scientists push a record 57Gbps through fiber optic lines

Microsoft chatbot is taught to swear on Twitter

This system instantly edits videos to make it look like you’re saying something you’re not

YouTube channel Trollstation ‘shocked’ by jail term

Young people prefer an Internet connection to daylight

 

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techSlant #118 – Yes, I Am A Foodie – techSlant

 

After skipping a week due to slow tech news (and Sam’s trip to a comic-con), the boys are back to discuss tech news!  In this episode, they cover Twitch.tv’s latest launch of their food streaming channel (complete with Julia Child’s The French Chef – all 201 episodes!), Comcast being Comcastic yet again, the first “official” ransomware for Mac OS X, Blizzard Entertainment lovers rejoice! as Overwatch’s release date is announced, Google continues their attempt at making Google+ relevant by hiring the founder of 4Chan, and after the death of Ray Tomlinson (the man credited with the creation of email) on March 5th, a discussion of how a little symbol that is taken for granted now wound up in our email addresses.

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Sources

Julia Child is the next PBS star to get a Twitch marathon

Comcast failed to install Internet for 10 months then demanded $60,000 in fees

New OS X Ransomware KeRanger Infected Transmission BitTorrent Client Installer

Overwatch launching May 24, open beta coming in early May (update)

Google hires the founder of lawless site 4chan to help revive Google+

The mystery over the @ sign

 

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Donovan Adkisson

Samuel Lewis

 

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techSlant #117 – Privacy! Privacy! Privacy! – techSlant

Donovan and Samuel are back to talk about AT&T and DirectTV’s plans to offer streaming television packages, those new fancy billboards could be following you and collecting data for marketing purposes, in the middle of the Apple versus FBI debacle, Amazon has decided to remove encryption from Fire OS (or have they?), a company has ripped off 3D printing designs (which are freely available to use for non-commercial purposes) and started selling the end product on eBay and Steam will now cut you some slack if you buy a bundle of which you already own a part of it.  Yay!

Donovan told the story of his second Internet provider, Mediacom, and how the drop-bury contractors cut the main cable feed while burying the cable drop to his house.  All services buried in the yard were marked, with the exception of the Mediacom service itself.  Whoops.

During the show, Sam brought up a hoodie on Teespring that he’d love to have.

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During the discussion about 3D printing, the Producer shared this little nugget –

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One Man Is 3D Printing Models of Every Creature In D&D’s Monster Manual

AT&T and DirecTV to launch streaming TV service later this year

See That Billboard? It May See You, Too

Amazon removes encryption support in latest Fire OS update

3D Printing Company Scrapes Thingiverse And Begins Selling “Free” Designs

Steam now discounts bundles when you own some of the games

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techSlant #116 – Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring, Ring Apple Phone – techSlant

After a week off due to an Internet outage, Sam and Donovan are back to discuss the latest headlines in tech news.  First up, AT&T and Verizon are both testing 5G wireless service, the FCC moves to save consumers a ton of money when it comes to cable set-top boxes, a new study shows that women are better coders, an update for Windows 10 could possibly be resetting your file associations back to their Windows defaults, a hospital in California is held hostage by ransomware and the continuing saga of Apple, an iPhone and the federal government.

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HEADLINES

AT&T to run field trials of 5G wireless in Austin this year

Bernie Sanders And Elizabeth Warren May Have Just Saved Consumers $14 Billion

Women write better code, study suggests

Windows 10 forced update KB 3135173 changes browser and other defaults

Hackers hold Hollywood hospital’s systems for ransom

 

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Tim Cook says Apple will fight US gov’t over court-ordered iPhone backdoor

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techSlant #115 – Emoting the Night Away – techSlant

Donovan and Sam once again meet online to discuss tech headlines from the week before.  On the docket for this episode is Intel’s move to “fix” an overlocking loophole with their Skylake processors, Google continues to try and make the web a safer place for everyone by expanding their Safe Browsing initiative to cover fake download buttons, Amazon Games launches Lumberyard, a low cost (i.e. free) game development platform that leverages their mighty AWS collection of services, the federal government makes noise to prevent states from enacting laws that would weaken encryption on smartphones and the latest information coming from Amazon and Twitch is that people really, really like Twitch clocking in almost twice as many minutes per month of viewing on Twitch vs YouTube.

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HEADLINES

Intel to shut down renegade Skylake overclocking with microcode update

Google Safe Browsing Now Blocks Deceptive Ads With Fake Download Buttons

Amazon Games launches free game engine with native Twitch integration

U.S. lawmakers seek to bar states from mandating encryption weaknesses

 

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Twitch’s Users Watch More Video In A Month, On Average, Than Typical YouTube Users Do

 

 

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