YATS 2: Gopher with Pictures


“I’ll take an order of fresh marmalade and YATS!”

Thanks for listening to Yet Another Tech Show! This is our second episode and what a great one it was.  Take a listen on the link above or hit the read more and follow along with show notes and bullet points. Remember, if you ever have any questions or comments, email TheCrew@YetAnotherTechShow.com or send us a message from the Contact Us page.

First topic of discussion was about how we consume music as well as how the music industry is seeing an 8% increase in digital sales accounting for 31% of their revenues.  Ant discusses how the music services vary in features, but the main point of them is to be convenient and easy to use.  Access to millions of tracks by the online streaming services is popular, but you can’t knock what the music cloud services offer by allowing you access to YOUR music where you want and when you want it.  The popular services include Spotify, Rdio, Google Play Music, and Amazon Cloud.  Does social media influence what music service is used?  Yes.  Integration with Facebook, Twitter, and even Google Plus is a great option for consumers to share their favorite tracks with their peers or public.  Integration with the social networks is just a win/win situation for the music services because this gives them access to millions of other users and potential subscribers. Larry added that Rob Reid discussed the “economics” of music piracy and the effects on the industry. He posted it on aNewDomain.net.

Larry discusses how Blackboard is the dominant player in the university learning-management system (LMS) market and Moodle is the leading open source LMS.  Blackboard announced that they had acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two major Moodle hosting and support companies.  He shared more details on his Google Plus post.

Larry tells how he and his granddaughter attempted to test out the Google Voice integration with Google Hangouts.  He noted that it seemed like it could be a viable option for conference calling for people not able to use video chatting or even a computer.  But his second test failed to allow connection from multiple phone calls.  Sounds like Google is not going to allow all of that bandwidth to be used without costs.

RIP to RIM.  RIM considered to be a pioneer in the mobile email industry has fallen off the rim of the industry.  Mike tells us how the fourth quarter earnings were down, an original founder of the company has resigned from the board of directors, and now RIM has made a statement to put more focus on their bread and butter known as enterprise book of business.  RIP to RIM.

Is technology of today pushing our crazy buttons and rewiring our brains?  Mat points out an article on USA Today that raises this question.  People of today are constantly looking at social media, business email, personal emails, and even text messages.  We ask the question of “what do you do?”  What do you do if you’re at a traffic light and your cell phone chimes with a notification?  Do you pick it up and acknowledge it?  Have you ever been somewhere and thought that you heard your cell phone ringing when it really wasn’t?  Have you thought you felt your cell phone vibrating while in your pocket even though it was not powered on?  If you answered yes to these questions, you’re proving the point of the USA Today article.

Here is the wiki for phantom rings.

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Programming note: We will begin recording Wednesday’s of each week starting April 4th.

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