YATS 95: Parasitic Relationship


“Internet Explorer 6 runs fine on it.”

Welcome. It’s episode 95 of #YATS. It’s Yet Another Tech Show with Mat Lee, Larry Press and myself Ant Pruitt. We have a guest host on this week. Our buddy Nick Carroll from the Attack of the Androids podcast. This is tech podcast where we look at the hot stories of the week with our own informative and entertaining twist. After you click the download button up top, follow the show notes to give you a literal highlight of our discussion points.

First we get into the new rate increase for Netflix subscribers. New subscribers will get the increase immediately. Which doesn’t matter because they didn’t know about the old rates, right? Current subscribers are price increase-free for two years. How do you feel about this price increase? I personally have no beef with it as the service continues to be a great experience and we know that 4K will be coming down the pipes. I pretty much expected the rates to go up. That’s what happens with quality services.

We briefly got into the ridiculous arguments between Oracle and Google over java. Briefly.

Image Credit: Ant Pruitt

Image Credit: Ant Pruitt

Next we discuss the so-called “analysis” of cord cutters using more internet bandwidth. Seriously, this is an analysis? Of course cord cutters will use more internet bandwidth than the average consumer as they’re getting the majority of their multimedia entertainment from the internet. Watching YouTube videos, streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus or even online gameplay will chew into network usage meters substantially. Just wait until Google Fiber rolls out to more regions.

In more WTH news, Comcast is looking at offering packages for internet service as long as you don’t use a lot of data.

Flappy Birds is coming back! Did I sound excited when I said that? Nick shares with us his thoughts on the forthcoming Flappy Birds redeux where it’s now multiplayer. The game was insanely popular, but later pulled from the mobile ecosystems by the developer. Did you play Flappy Birds as much as the masses? Personally, I’m glad I didn’t try it out.

Image Credit: The Verge

Image Credit: The Verge

Disclaimer: My next paragraph just may offend you

So it’s looking like Apple is buying Beats. Beats is a headphone company that also has a music service. The acquisition could make rapper Dr. Dre the first billionaire of hip-hop. Question. Why the heck is Apple doing this??? We discuss how this looks like Apple is buying into the headcount of users the Beats brand has and there’s no way it’s buying the actual headphone hardware. The Beats headphones are utter crap. Let me say that again, those $300 headphones aren’t worth it. Larry shares an idea that I think he should patent before Apple runs with it. Anything could be better than Apple buying headphones from Beats.

Here’s the bad idea of the week. 911 can now accept your SMS in case of an emergency. The feature isn’t available nationwide just yet, but it’s coming soon to all mobile carriers. You really want to send an SMS and hope that your message is acknowledged? We all know that having a notification go off that’s not a “ringing” phone isn’t the same priority in our world. We as people are unintentionally conditioned to not answer emails or SMS on our devices promptly. But when it rings, we tend to answer.

There’s a way to hide messages within your tweets. Honestly, I thought it was a little to nerdy for me to understand and decipher. Mat attempted to share a demo of this story in our hangout. It’s cool, but looks like a little too much extra work for plain old social media.

Lastly, we mention the changes in the Microsoft Xbox One pricing and XBox Live pricing. Finally, Microsoft gets its act together.

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  • lpress

    More on Comcast data caps (with no competition in sight) at http://cis471.blogspot.com/2014/05/comcast-expects-to-have-data-caps-but.html

  • Jan

    I’m pretty sure they don’t stare at the phones to receive texts but get them directly in their computer, where it’s treated with equal priority as anything else on that list. SMS is a great thing when you don’t exactly want to be heard that you’re ‘calling’ for help.

    • Ant Pruitt

      Jan I get the “not wanting to be heard” stuff. Good point. My problem is the idiots that will be doing the random 911 sms msgs thinking it’s funny taking the ER team away for that second.
      Thanks for your comment and listening! Keep spreading the gospel of #YATS !

      -RAP, II

      • Jan

        Well by your theory there would be more prank calls to 911 then to any other number. TXTs come with a phone number attached, which is quite easily traceable, either by triangulation or even easier by calling the carrier directly and asking for information. You’ll never prank call emergency after police comes knocking on your door charging you for wasting medics/officers time.
        The unit dispatch center probably gets everything in text already, the call center accepts the call, and forwards it to appropriate department, and it’s the easiest way to write information down, and it can even be color coded. SMS sent by people could also be automatically color coded by included words and could be automatically assigned based on provided location, if Siri/Google now/Cortana can understand ‘navigate to 3rd High Street’ I’m sure emergency department can too 🙂