By Tony Hue and Joseph Chang

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Two nerds talking about the latest in mobile and web technology.
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Nov. 5, 2015
Joseph and I are back after a long overdue retirement stint to bring you the latest and greatest in media streaming devices. None other than the Apple TV 4. Caught in a crowded onslaught of competing devices out in the market, the Apple TV features a completely redesigned touch-based Siri remote and the new tvOS that introduces Apple’s first major step towards a future in which our televisions are powered by apps. How does this new update stack based on our early preview? Will the remote survive a tragic 2-foot drop? That and more in this episode of the PlaceboCast. As always, thanks for listening. Table of Contents Siri Remote – 9:44 Gaming on Apple TV – 17:30 The agonizing, infuriating, miserable, no-good experience of entering passwords 25:56 Aerial screensavers – 34:25 Lack of 4K video support- 36:24 Microsoft Eliminates “Unlimited” Onedrive Storage – 40:44 Mentioned Stories: Impressions: Apple TV 4 (Joseph’s new blog!) Apple TV Remote Loop Breakout Crossy Road Plex on the new Apple TV! ‘Aerial’ brings beautiful Apple TV video screensavers to your Mac Microsoft Scraps Unlimited OneDrive Storage and Cuts Its Free Offering More photos! One more thing… An unboxing video! A new device’s entrance into the world is not complete without its own unboxing video to christen this glorious moment:
Nov. 24, 2014
Undeterred by the Fire phone’s abysmal sales, Amazon has unleashed a flurry of new hardware gadgets including its fascinating new home personal assistant, Echo, and the Fire TV stick (aka Match Stick). How will these products fare and who builds better hardware products: Google or Amazon? As always, thanks for listening and have a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [50 MB] Table of Contents: Black Friday deals – 3:00 Apple Retina iMac – 7:40 Amazon Echo – 16:50 Premium smartphones – 23:53 Amazon Fire TV stick – 32:00 Tony’s iPhone 6 – 34:52 Did Joseph’s iPhone 6+ bend? – 44:10 Mentioned Stories: A Black Friday Campout South Park – Black Friday episode Wal-Mart got scammed into selling PS4 consoles for $90 Apple iMac with Retina 5K display Amazon Echo Kindle Voyage Shoe in a Cup Next iPhone Could Introduce “Biggest Camera Jump Ever” Amazon sitting on $83 million of unsold Fire Phones Google’s Nexus 6 OnePlus Founder Explains Why Its Flagship Killer Is So Hard to Buy Amazon Prime Members’ Newest Benefit Is Free, Unlimited Photo Storage Live Flight Tracker Apple iPhone 6 Tracker My name is Dan and I had a bent iPhone Photo credit: Gotta Be Mobile
July 30, 2014
In this edition of the PlaceboCast, we find out firsthand just how much unfinished work Apple has before Mac OS X Yosemite’s official public release. But with Joseph’s magical audio technician-caliber abilities, you won’t notice anything amiss with this episode. Speaking of Joseph, check out his band’s debut album, Your Call EP. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file (40 MB) Table of Contents: First Impressions of Max OS X Yosemite – 1:20 Joseph’s Debut Album – Your Call EP – 23:05 Amazon Fire Phone – 39:22 Jimmy Kimmel’s iWatch skit – 47:49 Mentioned Stories: Quick Tip: How to prepare for the OS X Yosemite Beta OS X Beta Program Your Complete Guide To The Sim City Disaster As OS X Yosemite beta opens to public, early testers report download problems Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones – Amazon Here’s a quick look and how to enable an early version of OS X Yosemite’s new dark mode Spotlight brings new life to search in Yosemite Alfred – Productivity App for Mac Amazon’s Fire Phone: Solid Device Beneath a Layer of Whiz-Bang Frippery Amazon Fire Phone Review – The Verge Video: What Do You Think of Apple’s New iTime Smart Watch? – Jimmy Kimmel Live Video: First Look: iPhone 5 – Jimmy Kimmel Live
June 19, 2014
Today, Amazon lifted the wraps from their much-rumored smartphone, the Fire Phone. Make no mistake, this phone was built for Amazon Prime subscribers. Firefly could be a shopper’s ultimate companion, with the ability to quickly identify nearly 100 million items in the real world. Jeff Bezos just hopes you won’t be pointing it at a new iPhone in six months. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [29.9 MB] Table of Contents: Amazon Fire Phone – 0:48 Fire OS – 11:55 T-Mobile Uncarrier 5.0 Event – 28:08 Mentioned Stories: Amazon’s Fire Phone Press Conference (Video) People oohhing and aahing at the Amazon Fire Phone (Video) You Shall Not Merge! US Department of Justice to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger The 10 coolest things about Amazon’s new Fire Phone How to set up and use Smart Pause and Smart Scroll on the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary Adobe’s 2014 Creative Cloud update: Desktop upgrades, new mobile apps, creative hardware T-Mobile Will Let You Stream Music For Free T-Mobile announces ‘Test Drive,’ offers free iPhone 5s for week-long network trial How HD Voice Works to Make Your Calls Sound Drastically Better Sprint will reportedly try to buy T-Mobile US in June or July
June 4, 2014
Apple’s annual developer conference kicked things off this week with its much anticipated keynote. CEO Tim Cook and Craig “Superman/Hair Force One” Federighi announced a slew of upcoming updates to iOS and Mac OS X as well as “the mother of all releases.” One thing’s for sure: Apple has had a very busy year. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [22 MB] Table of Contents: OS X Yosemite – 01:35 Messages – 07:05 iCloud Drive – 14:43 Swift – 20:30 Mentioned Stories: Watch the WWDC 2014 Keynote The 22 most important things Apple announced at WWDC 2014 The 3 biggest takeaways from WWDC keynote Apple Has Best Product Lineup in 25 Years, Says Content Chief Apple’s Swift explained: What it is and what it means The Swift Programming Language – iBooks
April 15, 2014
In this episode: Flappy Bird, Nintendo, T-Mobile’s latest moves, Amazon’s Fire TV, and the security bug that sent the Internet ablaze. Thanks for listening! Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file 43.4 MB Table of Contents: Flappy Bird – [01:05] Nintendo’s Smartphone Problem – [09:10] T-Mobile’s $40 Simple Starter Plan – [19:00] Amazon Fire TV Joins the Set-Top Box Battleground – [35:06] OpenSSL Heartbleed bug – [43:57] Google Glass goes on sale for all on April 15th – [50:44] Mentioned Stories: The Flight of the Birdman: Flappy Bird Creator Dong Nguyen Speaks Out Yes, Flappy Bird Will Return To The App Store T-Mobile announces $40 ‘Simple Starter’ plan with unlimited talk, text, and 500MB of data T-Mobile’s next act: Attracting tablet buyers with free data Amazon Fire TV review Microsoft gives Xbox One to developers at BUILD 2014 Google I/O 2014 registration pushed to April 15 Apple Announces WWDC 2014 Scheduled for June 2–6, Ticket Lottery Starts Today Heartbleed Bug Nintendo Confirms It Will Make Apps (AndMaybe Games) For Phones Google Glass Available to Anyone in the U.S. — for One Day Only I Was Assaulted For Wearing Google Glass In The Wrong Part Of San Francisco
March 21, 2014
Android Wear is Google's first major step into extending its mobile OS to the emerging smartwatch arena. With industry giants like Samsung, LG, Motorola slated to release both updated and new smartwatches this year, it's going to be an exciting time ahead. In other news, we discuss the motivation behind Amazon Prime's recent price hike. How will customers react? Also, how awesome would it be to have a drone deliver milk to your door? Thanks for listening! Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [48.3 MB] Table of Contents: Android Wear – [02:40] Amazon Prime price hike – [23:34] Missing Malaysian airplane – [34:04] Cheaper iPhone 5C – [37:15] What's new in iOS 7.1 – [41:00] What was your first tweet? – [47:07] Mentioned Stories: Google announces Android Wear, a Nexus-like platform for wearables Google sells Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91 billion Pebble Steel Smartwatch At $99, is Amazon Prime still worth it? Apple introduces cheaper iPhone 5C Samsung’s Dust- And Water Resistant Galaxy S5 Gets Official With Heart Rate Monitor, Fingerprint Scanner How It’s Possible to Lose an Airplane in 2014 A Wild Idea: Making Our Smartphones Last Longer Apple releases iOS 7.1 with reboot fix, UI tweaks, and CarPlay Tony's first tweet Joseph's first tweet
Oct. 28, 2013
In this episode, we talk about Apple’s product announcements from the prior week – Mavericks, iWork, iPads, Mac Pro, you name it. Also, Joseph unveils the details of his new private cloud service and how he built it. Lastly, we wrap things up by discussing Twitter’s upcoming IPO. Apologies in advance for the audio quality. I forgot to use my headphones during the recording and inadvertently recorded Joseph’s voice on my end as well. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [54.9 MB] Table of Contents: Mac OS X Mavericks – 2:10 iWork – 8:38 iPad Mini Retina and Air (part 1)- 14:30 Mac Pro – 18:58 Macbook Pro Retina- 22:24 iPad Mini Retina and Air (part 2) – 33:45 Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch – 39:50 Building a Web Server – 48:38 Twitter’s Impending IPO – 1:05:50 Mentioned Stories: My Standing Desk Phil Schiller responds to jabs regarding his Batman “Black Night” slip up MacBook Pro with Retina display review (15-inch, 2013) Why Is Apple Still Selling the iPad 2? Because It Can. Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatches have embarrassing 30% return rate Litecoin Twitter Sets I.P.O. Price at $17 to $20 a Share In Twitter’s I.P.O. Filing, Signs of a Start-Up That Has Matured
Sept. 16, 2013
In this episode, we discuss Apple’s two new iPhones, the 5C and 5S. Also, who needs to go outside anymore if Amazon can figure out online grocery? As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [23.7 MB] Table of Contents: Apple’s iPhone Event – 0:50 Visiting Apple HQ – 13:07 Camera – 17:25 Disappointments – 30:22 Kindle Paperwhite 2 – 34:56 Amazon’s Smartphone? – 37:50 Amazon Fresh – 39:00 Mentioned Stories: Kindle Paperwhite 2: The Next Iteration of The World’s Most Popular E-Reader Amazon: We’re not launching a smartphone this year, and it won’t be free either AmazonFresh Is Jeff Bezos’ Last Mile Quest For Total Retail Domination
Sept. 5, 2013
After nearly six months, we’ve finally recorded our tenth episode of the PlaceboCast! Onwards to number 100! In this episode, we talk about some new podcasting equipment (thus the return to our more familiar audio standards), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Apple’s rumored iPhone 5C event, and fixing our various desktop computer ailments. As always, thanks for listening. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe to the RSS Feed MP3 file [23.6 MB] Table of Contents: New podcast equipment [1:29] Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Step Down in 12 Months [12:15] Apple’s Rumored September 10 iPhone 5C Event [19:22] Apple buys indoor mapping company WifiSLAM [32:02] Diagnosing and fixing our desktop computers [35:00] Mentioned Stories: Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone The Tracktor – Amazon Price Tracker LonePlacebo Podcast #0 Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months Microsoft’s $900M Surface RT write-down: What happened? Steve Sinofsky Leaves Microsoft Microsoft Surface Tablet Crashes During Presentation [Video] Bill Gates on Conan O’Brian Rumored iPhone 5S Hardware Leaks Point to Fingerprint Sensor Square Wallet Apple acquires second screen TV startup Aug. 6, 1997: Apple Rescued — by Microsoft Apple buys indoor mapping company WifiSLAM
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