YATS 22: Look at the Birdy


“You can’t send them outside to take a time out.”

Hello and welcome to episode 22 of our weekly technology podcast, YATS! Mat Lee here back from quite the strenuous trip joined this evening by Mike Rothman, Larry Press, and of course, Ant Pruitt. If you want to hear more about the aftermath of my trip to Mexico, check out the latest episode of BOS and the Hot Box. On tonight’s episode we discuss some Mars Curiosity Rover updates, the Apple VS Samsung lawsuit, why you should be scared about facial recognition, final words on cord cutting the Olympics, talking heads and education, T-Mobile giving back unlimited data plans, Verizon and the cable companies getting into bed together, and so much more. Thanks for listening, please spread the word and if you enjoy the show, donate some cash. We keep this thing going out of our own pocket. I don’t want to put ads on the show or the site, so this is the only other way to pay for the server. If you donate, we’ll give you a shout out on the show!

Sorry about the audio popping. I’m not sure what was going on with that. It seems to be something with Google Hangouts. Hopefully they will have it fixed by the next episode.

Here’s a couple of links to some Mars Curiosity Rover articles. In other space news, have you heard of the Mars One mission? Personally, I really want to go on this one way trip to Mars. How awesome does that sound? Super awesome. I’m ready to go.

Let’s briefly talk about the Apple VS Samsung lawsuit. Here is a great article on the Wall Street Journal showing patent by patent what was infringed on and what was not. What do you think about our patent system? Drop us a comment below and we’ll have a discussion. Here is a great article on Groklaw about the prior art argument.

In response to the Apple VS Samsung lawsuit, we now get to watch and talk about the Google / Motorola VS Apple lawsuit that is just getting started. Who’s sick of lawsuits in our technology?

Are you afraid of facial recognition technology? Should humans be afraid of any technology? It’s the use and corruption of said technology that humans bring with them, not the technology itself. I’m curious what you the listener has to say about this.

Samsung has announced it’s first Windows 8 smartphone, the Ativ S. Are we reading too much into this or does this have anything to do with the lawsuits? Is Windows 8 a safer alternative to Android for these manufacturers?

How many smartphone apps do you use compared to how many apps you have installed? Just curious.

Have you seen the new Nikon Coolpix S800c? It’s a point and shoot camera that runs Android. How cool is that? Does Android belong on your point and shoot camera?

Speaking of Android being everywhere, did you see that NASA is putting Android into space? NASA is putting Android smartphones into some satellites. This is so cool, until Apple sues NASA out of existence. If you want more great Android discussion, check out our weekly Android podcast, Attack of the Androids.

Larry finally finishes up his thoughts on the Olympics. You can read about it here on his blog.

Larry also wrote a couple of blog posts about talking heads and education. Is it better to see the person, or just the concepts you are trying to learn? Larry also wrote a post about talking heads in podcasting, for having normal conversations. Very interesting stuff. Do you have any thoughts about this? Drop us a comment below.

T-Mobile is going to start offering unlimited, unthrottled data plans. Is this enough to save them? Do they still need saving? I’m ok with keeping my Galaxy Nexus on Verizon with my grandfathered in unlimited data plan until the day I die. Maybe one day the carriers will stop trying to screw over the customers. Probably not, but we can dream.

What do you get when you put Verizon and Comcast together? An awesome service that helps we the people? Yeah right. More like the end of net neutrality. Larry Press wrote all about it here.

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