Oliver is back with Sam and Donovan this week to discuss an odd source that was causing broadband service outages in a village; the Z4 is the oldest digital computer that still exists and its manual was lost, until now; Microsoft hasn’t completely given up on perpetual licenses for Office; is it space debris or is it a mini-moon; Google is adding a COVID-19 layer to maps; Windows XP source code and more leaked; and Sam brings up the weird file concerning smartphones – are they making us dumber?
Donovan and Samuel are back again, this time discussing 5G spectrum, transcription in Microsoft Word on the web, Netflix calls it quits on ‘Altered Carbon’ after two seasons, Amazon wins FAA approval for their delivery drones, Walmart’s shot across the bow of Amazon with their Walmart+ $98/year service, new rules in Apple’s App store affecting streaming game services (i.e. Microsoft, Google), and the big story: The alarming rise of the technosexuals.
Sam, Oliver, and Donovan are back to discuss Toshiba saying goodbye to the laptop market (and basically the entire computer market), a mom managed to get back almost $20k in Twitch donations her son spent, Windows 10 loses the ability to search online for device drivers (but not really), Microsoft is forcing Windows Defender to stay on (but is it just for Windows 10 Home or all versions?), the Uber and Lyft saga continues in California, and AMC starts back up with 15-cent tickets.
The Big Story: The showdown between Apple, Epic, and Google. The guys weigh in with their thoughts on who is right, who is wrong, and if this is just rich companies doing what rich companies do.
Rounding out the show, Sam has a weird file, one that literally makes Donovan squirm (the guys were on video and Sam took delight in watching Donovan’s reaction).
It all started last week. The highly popular, free to play (but you can buy in game items) video game “Fortnite” was booted off the Apple app store. Then it was booted off the Google Play store. At issue for Epic, the company behind Fortnite, was the 30% that Apple takes for companies to sell services, items, etc. through an iOS app. Epic released a version of Fortnite on the Apple app store that allowed users to bypass the “Apple tax”, which didn’t set well with Apple and they removed Fortnite from their store. Google followed soon after.
There are lawsuits and other legal wranglings that are going on between Epic and Apple, and Epic and Google, but what I find more interesting is how we humans find no end in how we can turn situations like this into potential profit.
If you already have Fortnite on your Apple device, Apple’s not going to remove it (I won’t say they can’t like some articles because who really knows how much control they have over our devices). But if you have an Apple device that doesn’t have Fortnite on it, then you’re SOL when it comes to installing it since it’s no longer in the app store. Enter some folks with that entrepreneurial spirit, specifically on eBay.Continue Reading …
When I was working for the City of Tifton as the MIS/ Telecommunications Director, we used SouthernLinc radios for the first several years. I always hated those units, especially if you were trying to use them as a cell phone. Yes, they did have a cell phone function even though they were intended to essentially be two-way radios.
Eventually, I was able to convince the powers that be that we should seriously look into replacing everything with cell phones. At the time the carrier of choice in the area was Alltel. My first “company” cell phone from Alltel was the BlackBerry 8830 World Edition. That thing was awesome!Continue Reading …
After a two week hiatus, Sam and Donovan are back missing Oliver and Shae for this episode of SouthGeek News. The guys catch up with one another on what’s been going on in their lives over the last two weeks. Sam won something, Donovan finally got some financial issues resolved (and got stung several times by wasps – fun!)
In tech news, Mulan is coming to Disney Plus for an additional $30. Sam thinks this works for larger families, but not so much for a single dude like himself. Donovan agrees stating he and his wife think they’d just wait until it became part of the regular Display Plus lineup.
Dr. Disrespect, a popular Twitch streamer, is back on his streaming game after being banned and kicked from the Twitch platform (still with no public reason why). He’s going to be streaming on YouTube, Facebook, and his own website.
The format you’re most likely listening to this in is officially 25 years old! Happy birthday to MP3!
7 social media apps that you may have not heard of or you have forgotten about…what are they? Listen and find out!
Popular local network streaming software/service Plex has introduced “live” television. Donovan notes it seems very similar to Pluto.
Mixer’s final day was basically an ad for Twitch. Was anyone surprised?
Would you pay for a social media subscription? Sam explains the reports of Twitter looking at subscriptions isn’t what it sounds like.
Finally, Sam provides a breakdown of the Executive Order concerning TikTok, and WeChat as well as a comparison between Instagram’s Reels and TikTok. Donovan previously had stated to Sam that he thought Reels would eventually kill TikTok, which prompted Sam to do his due diligence and he’s pretty convinced, at least in its current form, TikTok has nothing to worry about from Reels.
Donovan provides an update on the show.
Yay, the show made it to episode 10!!!! This show is all over the place. To be fair, the crew normally record on Saturday mornings, but this time around they recorded the show on a Friday evening, so…well…yeah. I mean, there was some “tech” talk…iOS 13.6 came out and Donovan upgraded his iPhone SE 2, but he’s still waiting for his BMW to arrive so he can use his electronic key on his iPhone. Microsoft had some serious DNS issues. Twitch stopped the US Army from doing some shady stuff. Donovan talked about his experience with trying to get a phone setup with Ting. The big Twitter hack was discussed. Plus, there was a lot of non-tech or lightly tech connected discussions. Oh, and Oliver has a new microphone! I know, shocking!!!
Eh, just listen, it’s fun. It’s just some dudes hanging out talking about tech, life, and other crap. They are you and you are them. Admit it. 🙂
Before the show actually gets started, the guys just shoot the crap from time to time. Here’s the pre-show rhetoric from Episode 9.
With a full crew in this episode, Donovan talks about his experiences with his new Rodecaster Pro mixer as well as using his iPhone SE 2 (2020) for the last couple of weeks. Both devices made him immediately regret the purchase but he eventually came around (mostly). Oliver discusses what his medical facility he works out is going to do in checking peoples’ temps, etc., is the end of Black Friday near (and are we experiencing the new normal when it comes to shopping), Amazon Prime Video finally has user profiles, iOS 14 is in public beta, if you have a GoPro Hero 8 you can use it as a webcam (only on macOS right now, though), and Sam brings up a weird file where an engineer decided to make her own special type of cell phone (listen to find out what it was).
There was a discussion on masks, etc. but don’t worry — the show didn’t get *too* political on the subject.