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 …
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.
Sam and Donovan (sans Oliver and Shae) take on the week’s tech news stories. But first, Sam gives an update on the state of his move-in, and Donovan discusses his new iPhone SE (2020) plus a funny story involving a Crock-Pot.
On the tech news front, they hit on Starlink looking for beta testers, Microsoft shutting down Mixer, Twitter introducing a new feature (for Android only right now) that tries to make sure you’ve read that article before you re-tweet it, Goldman Sachs creates their own font that’s free to use, unless you use it to criticize Goldman Sachs, J.D. Power weighs in on Tesla for the first time, a funny TikTok video dealing with hot tea spawns other funny retorts, no Boot Camp for Apple’s forthcoming ARM-based computers, and yet another attempt by law makers to destroy encryption in the United States.Continue Reading …