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  • Jan 31, 2015

    Google Fiber, Home Automation and CE Compatibility | FULL SHOW | #72


    This week Jason and Gregg discuss the rising tide of Google Fiber in urban centers. Then, we delve into the benefits and challenges of home automation. Plus, the Apple v. PC battle rages on.

    Segment 1: Google Fiber
    Google Fiber is coming to Gregg’s home town in Raleigh, North Carolina. How will Google Fiber change the game for internet providers, attract new start ups, and save you cash?

    Segment 2: Invigorating Effects
    How noticeable is the speed difference for businesses who switch to Google Fiber? Jeff Rorh discusses the invigorating effect Google Fiber has had on Kansas City Start-up Village.

    Segment 3: Squareoffs
    Squareoffs, an online debate platform focusing on sports, politics and entertainment, made the move to a residential area of Kansas City for Google Fiber. Founder Jeff Rohr describes the rocky roll-out process of Google Fiber in the early months.

    Segment 4: Home Automation
    Don’t be scared off by high price tags. You can begin automating your home for less that $100. Richard Gunther of Digital Media Zone shares his favorite products to get connected at an affordable price point.

    Segment 5: Digital Media Zone
    If you’re a hobbyist who wants to set up your own media viewing experience in your home, Digital Media Zone has the information you need. We discuss the lack of official standards in home automation and electronics and how to navigate which standards to trust.

    Segment 6: Wi-Fi Compatible
    Remote sensors and other Wi-Fi Compatible devices bring some piece-of-mind when away from the home. We discuss the benefits of products like Wally Home Sensor and Nest Thermostat and Smoke Alarm.

    Segment 7: WEMO
    WEMO is a home system that plugs into your power sockets and controls aspects of your home remotely, like lights and air conditioners, while leaving the socket available for use. Jason evaluates the usefulness of WEMO in his own home.

    Segment 8: JamStik Trial 2.0
    JamStik, the 16-inch stringed portable guitar impressed both Gregg and Jason while at CES. Gregg’s household puts the JamStik to the test. Will it live up to Jason’s stellar reviews?

    Segment 9: Apple Chargers
    Apple is at the forefront of the technology race, as displayed by their massive earnings, but when will they conform to a standard charger? We debate.

    Segment 10: Apple’s Success
    “Its worse than McDonalds” Gregg remarks in reference to the high turnover/low quality found in Apple’s competitors. We discuss the importance of convenience, quality and price when buying new tech.

    Segment 11: Computers Read Emotions
    Computers are soon to be able to detect emotions and mental disorders. How can these advances help reduce unwanted outbursts and what are the ethical concerns of such monitoring?

    Segment 12: Just Ask Facebook
    Will emotional monitoring be used to help or hinder our relationships?


    Host: Gregg Stebben
    Co-Host: Jason Masters
    Special Guests:
    Jeff Rohr
    Richard Gunther
    Richard Chemel
    Kim Garretson

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