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The Tech Informist - For fans of Apple, Google, Microsoft & other technology
By Kevin Harvell & Brad Whiteside
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The tech news show with two guys shooting the breeze about current tech news and gadgets www.TechInformist.com
Episodes (Total: 193)
Oct. 16, 2017 · 00:47:29
With more and more virtual personal assistants entering our homes via smartphones and other "smart" devices, obvious privacy concerns are sure to rise. This week a prime example of why the concern is still real after Google picked up a Google Home Mini unit in person from a tech reviewer. Also, Hyperloop One picks up another serious investor in Richard Branson of Virgin Group as they become Virgin Hyperloop One moving forward. As always, there was plenty more to talk about, so have a listen and join us in the Tech Informist Community on Facebook to keep the discussion going. Full show notes available at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-192-is-this-thing-on  
Oct. 7, 2017 · 01:11:24
This week Brad and Kevin discuss what Google showed off at their 2017 Pixel event including their new Pixel smartphones, Google Home speaker lineup additions and even their new Pixel Book Chromebook along with a few extra surprises. Also AOL Instant Messenger is finally being put to rest as is the Groove Music service from Microsoft. As always, there is plenty more to talk about, so have a listen and join us in the Tech Informist Facebook Community to keep the discussion going at http://facebook.com/groups/techinformist Full shownotes available at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-191-google-pixel-event-2017
Sept. 29, 2017 · 00:45:10
How would you like to travel from Los Angeles to Toronto in less than 30 minutes? Or how would you like to travel to nearly anywhere in the world in under an hour? Elon Musk is at it again looking to launch a SpaceX service that would help us do just that at a cost that would be similar to a regular flight today. We also talk about the new Amazon devices, Twitter doubling the character limit or tweets, the never released Xbox Watch and when you can get your preorder in for the LG V30 in the United States. Let us know what you think in our new Facebook Group here in the Tech Informist Community or via Twitter @TechInformist or via email at contact@thetechinformist.com. Full shownotes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-190-elon-musk-space-x/
Sept. 22, 2017 · 01:04:03
Back with another episode discussing whether or not the iPhone X is right for you or is the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus the better choice for your needs/wants. We also discuss Google's recent decision to bring on a team of smartphone experts from HTC for a nice sum of money as well as how the company best know for its smart thermostat, Nest, looks to help protect your home in a variety of ways. Let us know what you think either via Twitter @TechInformist or via email at contact@thetechinformist.com.    Full shownotes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-189-apple-iphone-x-comparisons
Aug. 31, 2017 · 01:06:21
In the ultra competitive world of technology and business, who saw Amazon and Microsoft coming together to allow each of their respective virtual assistants, Cortana and Alexa working together? Well that is exactly what is getting ready to happen. On this long overdue return episode, Kevin and Brad talk about this and much more including T-Mobile's new network upgrade, Verizon pushing out Android Oreo to Pixel and Pixel XL devices, the LG V30 unveiling, a 400GB microSD card, the upcoming iPhone 8 event from Apple and much more. Our schedules are still a bit out of whack but we keep checking your favorite podcast app for our next episode and we hope it will be sooner than later. Full shownotes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-188-amazon-microsoft-assistants-living-harmony
Aug. 1, 2017 · 00:51:32
It was a week filled with the pending end of many products and services we have all used at some point in our lives, whether we realized it at the time or not. But Adobe has announced they have given Adobe Flash two years to live along with Apple trimming the fat in their iPod lineup. Microsoft even caused a stir by hinting that MS Paint would be going away only to then confirm it would just simply be available to users in the App Store. Do you think Pokemon Go Fest attendees have a legitimate case in trying to get Niantic to reimburse people for their travel expenses to the dumpster fire that they attended? Let us know via email at contact@thetechinformist.com   Full show notes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-187-adobe-flash-given-2-years-live
July 25, 2017 · 00:52:34
After the success of last years NES Classic from Nintendo, it is no surprise that more companies are either jumping on the nostalgia bandwagon or just simply stepping up their game compared to past retro offerings of theirs. This week we talk about the SNES Classic pre-order status in the US along with talking about the upcoming Ataribox and Sega Genesis Flashback units. Also, Elon Musk says they have the green light for a Hyperloop One run that would connect New York to Washington DC allowing passengers to get from one city to the other in about 29 minutes.   Full show notes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-186-retro-consoles-rage/
July 17, 2017 · 00:49:06
Sometimes things in the world work out in ways that leaves you scratching your head. What we mean by this is that Verizon requested a lower price during their negotiations with Yahoo after confirming Yahoo's own security issues, and now we find that someone within the Verizon organization caused a data breach of their own simply because of human error. The main difference here is that no one outside of Verizon was able to access any sensitive information about their customers. Regardless, it proves that the old carpenters motto of "measure twice, cut once" and double check your work before clicking OK is always a solid idea.   Hosts Kevin Harvell - @KevinHarvell Brad Whiteside - @Holy_Shadows   Full show notes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-185-verizon-wireless-self-inflicted-data-breach  
July 9, 2017 · 01:00:46
With the past week being a holiday shortened week for the United States where we are based, it was a bit of a light news cycle this time around. Tesla kicked off production of its "affordable" Model 3 cars, Splatoon 2 details are out including when the mobile app you'll need to have in order to voice chat with other players will be available and more. Wth Kevin being a longtime fan of Spider-Man, you know he is excited about the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters and will see it asap. Let us know your thoughts on Spider-Man: Homecoming and anything else Brad and Kevin discuss on this and any past episodes!   Full show notes can be found at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-184-tesla-model-3-production-ramping/
July 3, 2017 · 01:04:03
This week we discuss some of the frustrating things that come with testing beta software. From iPhone to Xbox, things can get harry in a hurry. What do you think of testing beta software? Do you love it or just stay away from it entirely? Also this week, the predicted SNES Classic becomes official, Space X plans for another consecutive launch, iPhone officially turns 10, and more LG news. Full show notes can be found at - http://thetechinformist.com/episode-183-beta-software
June 24, 2017 · 00:45:11
It seems that what is old is new again what with Google updating their Google Glass devices for the first time in roughly three years and Sega unveiling their Sega Forever program which looks to make every (their wording is a bit unclear here) Sega game on every Sega System available for free on your Android or iOS devices. Kevin also talks about seeing Cars 3 and more Netflix and Star Wars talk!   Full show notes available at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-182-whats-old-new-google-glass-sega-forever/
June 19, 2017 · 01:00:37
It's Christmas in June for those of us who are gamers. With all of the new games and some new hardware, there is a lot to discuss in the gaming world. What are some of your favorite moments from E3 2017? Any games that you will be picking up this year? Let us know. We also briefly talk about Netflix overtaking cable companies and a new Microsoft keyboard.   Full shownotes, including links to stories for your reference, can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-181-e3-2017/
June 9, 2017 · 01:25:14
This week while Brad is enjoying his well deserved break down in Orlando, follow him on Instagram at @holy_shadows to see what he has been up to, Sam Ventimiglia joins Kevin to talk about the recent WWDC event from Apple along with the upcoming One Plus 5 that is shaping up to look awfully familiar. All this and more on Episode 180 of the Tech Informist Podcast! Full shownotes can be found at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-180-wwdc-oneplus-7-plus
June 1, 2017 · 01:03:03
This week a new Android smartphone challenger entered the ring. Sam Ventimiglia joins us to talk about the Essential Phone and is it really "essential" for the market. We also discuss a recent photo that was unveiled of what is presumed to have been the successor to the Lumia 950 XL Windows Mobile device and also the potential worldwide ban of tablets and laptops in carry on luggage during flights. All this and more on the Tech Informist Podcast!   Full shownotes available at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-179-essential-phone-really-essential
May 26, 2017 · 01:09:29
This week, Kevin and Brad discuss Kevin's recent experience at Six Flags trying out the new VR roller coaster experience. They also talk about the unveiling of the new Surface Pro computer and much more including: Google Pixel smartphones getting blacklisted Microsoft Beam game streaming service rebranded as Mixer Intel pushing Thunderbolt 3 to PCs  
May 20, 2017 · 01:07:06
This week we share our thoughts about Google I/O's day 1 along with the recent unveiling of the HTC U11 smartphone. We also discuss: Huge Xbox Live Gold member game sale Legend of Zelda coming to a mobile device near you? Samsung having Galaxy S8 sales success Instagram has more new features Snap lost a WHOLE lot of money   App, Entertainment & Hardware Picks Trailer for Seth MacFarlane's "The Orville" Alien: Covenant movie is out The Tim Tracker YouTube channel Kevin interviewed Console Wars author Blake Harris on Everything VR & AR podcast
May 15, 2017 · 01:07:05
If you are a fan of Microsoft, there is no shortage of news coming from our friends at Redmond. Did you happen to catch Build this year? Are there any new features that excite you? Let us know. We also talk a little Cortana news, more Echo devices from Amazon, Qualcomm's new processors and an interesting new feature coming to Waze.   Hosts Kevin Harvell - @KevinHarvell Brad Whiteside - @Holy_Shadows   Full shownotes available at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-176-microsoft-build-thoughts
May 8, 2017 · 01:18:00
Another exciting event brings more software and devices. Microsoft shows off what they have been up to and we discuss our thoughts. What do you think of the new Surface Laptops? Will you be picking one up? We also discuss losing weight in VR, the 2017 Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees, broadband internet in space, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe thoughts.   Hosts Kevin Harvell - @KevinHarvell Brad Whiteside - @Holy_Shadows   Full shownotes can be found at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-175-microsoft-edu-event/
May 1, 2017 · 01:10:33
This week we compare the LG G6 and Samsung S8 to each other. We weigh the pros and cons of each to help give you a better perspective of which of the latest Android flagships are right for you. Do you plan on picking up either phone? If not, why not? We really would like to hear from you. The S8 has just launched, but Bixby is missing on Verizon and the independent dev community help fix that. Nintendo launches a new portable console (no not that one), Amazon gets creepy, and much more. Full shownotes can be found at: http://thetechinformist.com/episode-174-lg-g6-vs-samsung-s8/
April 22, 2017 · 01:05:18
This week we discuss Facebook's F8 Event, where they they are looking to innovate and lead in AR and messaging. Do you think Facebook has enough credibility to excite users again? Do any of the new announcements excite you? After just having killed off the NES Classic, rumors swirl about an SNES Classic reportedly releasing later this year. We also discuss "iPhone 8," Samsung teaming up with Amazon with HDR10+, Mastercard, and much more.   Full shownotes can be found at http://thetechinformist.com/episode-173-is-facebook-cool-again/  
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