2018 Predictions Show: Its time to score! (12/29/18 Part 1)

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Its our Predictions Scoring Show! Yes, at the beginning of 2018 we made some guesses (educated, wild, and out of nowhere). The time for reckoning has come, and we’re taking score! Some of our predictions include: 2018 Scorecard – Part 1 Apple will lose or settle the class action lawsuits against them regarding battery life and phone throttling. Space X or Orion will have a successful human launch this year. Augmented reality craze will slow, be a simmer versus boil. Too “faddy” to catch on. 1tb SSD drives will go below $199 on the low-end. USA astronauts will start launching to the ISS from Cape Canaveral this year. Facebook and online political ads will get more trickey and targeted this year, and will come from outside the country. Net Neutrality will not be a significant campaign issue. Optical drives will go the way of the floppy disc and zip: not on laptops, maybe on desktops.

2018 Predictions: How’d we do? (12/29/18 Part 2)

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We continue our mad parade of seeing how good our psychic powers of prognostication are! Predictions we made and covered this hour: 2018 Scorecard – Part 2 AI will be the complete and total fad of 2018 but nothing will pass the Turing Test. Cryptocurrency theft and mining zombies will be this year’s flavor of malware. A caller prediction! Alexa voice files will be hacked, and people will start getting very rude responses. One of the big password managers will get hacked and have to admit it publicly. SSDs will replace conventional hard-drives by the end of the year. One of the top companies (IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc) will report a major data breech. Maybe not in a timely matter, but they’ll report it. Crypto-currency will have a major correction, but there’s so much money it’ll continue. 1st year that energy costs will be a big concern. AMD and Intel’s partnership for CPU/GPU on laptops will be a big hit, but won’t be in anything except Macbook Pros so far as Apple is concerned. There will be no fully autonomous cars on the road this year. Apple will indeed start trying to make easier to develop iOS and MacOS apps, just like Microsoft has been and Ubuntu wanted to. Virtual reality will continue to improve, sell, but will not have explosive growth. 10-15% growth maybe?

Computers 101: Home Computing Peripherals (12/15/18 Part 1)

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Desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets all great! You can go online, do work, play games, and generally do whatever you want. But, their capabilities can all be expanded by using PERIPHERALS! Really, Mostly Printers… A peripheral can be anything from a printer, external storage, streaming-to-TV, or even something fun like a game controller! Jonathan, LD, and Sam talk about these and more!

Its Charity Season! Its Scam Season! Its a 101! (12/15/18 Part 2)

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Its holiday season! Its a time for giving, peace on Earth, and goodwill to your fellow human beings. And sadly, its a time the bad guys try to take advantage of your good nature. Charities and Scams! But we’re here to help! Charity watchdog sites https://www.charitywatch.org/home https://www.charitynavigator.org/ http://www.give.org/ https://www.guidestar.org/ Charity scams https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2017/charity-check-scams.html https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/how-donate-wisely-and-avoid-charity-scams https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/tax-exempt-organization-search http://www.nasconet.org/resources/state-government/

Gifts for Geeks! (12/8/18 Part 1)

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Its the holiday season! Be it family, friends, or coworkers, chances are there’s a geek in your life. Maybe you’re the geek in your life 😀 Geeky Gifts! Here are some ideas we covered! Gift cards! Its safe, its easy, and its even usable immediately! You can get them anywhere, and even online to email to the recipient. Learning! You can check out classes with Q&A as well as UH EdVenture! Raspberry Pi – a small mini computer usable for many projects! For the DIY nerd in your life. And if they’ve never Pi’d before? You can find many books on the subject. Got a creative type? A DIY fixer-upper person? A 3d Printer would be a good idea! Know someone who works on electronics a lot? An iFixit tool kit would be right up their alley. Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers is a great price on a very expensive service. Know someone who is ready to learn?