PC Pick-up Sticks

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PC Pick-up Sticks
Number 2465
Broadcast Date APRIL 6, 2015
Episode Length 43:11
Hosts Tom Merritt
Guests Todd Whitehead

Todd Whitehead is on the show today to talk about the Intel Compute Stick, Chromebit, and the future of PCs on a stick.



Reuters reports Twitter complied with Turkey’s request to remove photographs of a hostage taking by left-wing militants in Istanbul last week, causing a block on the site to be lifted. YouTube is among several sites that remained blocked. An Istanbul judge ordered access blocked to social media sites showing photographs of the slain prosecutor, Mehmet Selim Kiraz. Presidential spokesman said a prosecutor had demanded the block because of concerns the images could be used to spread terrorist propaganda. Twitter says Turkey filed more than five times as many content-removal requests than any other country in the second half of 2014.
CNET reports an LG Display blog post stated Apple “announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year.” So far Apple has made no claim to be releasing an 8K iMac. The highest resolution iMac apple sells currently is the iMac with Retina 5K display featuring a 27inch screen with 5120 x 2880 pixel resolution.
Eweek notes Apple has announced 3:01 AM Eastern Time as the moment when online preorders for the Apple Watch will begin in the US. You can configure the details like which band and model you want ahead of time to speed up ordering. Meanwhile Ars Technica passes along that the Apple Watch won’t come to Switzerland due to an existing trademark belonging to Leonard Timepieces. That trademark expires December 5th. Before then the Swiss will have to travel to Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK or the US when it goes on sale April 24.
The Verge has the lowdown on all the new Roku models available in the US today. The new Roku 3 comes with remote that has a dedicated voice search button that searches across multiple services. Roku also released the Roku Feed, which tells you when movies you select are available to stream online. The Roku 3 costs $99. The Roku 2 is being upgraded to have the same hardware and performance as the 3, but without the voice remote and costs $69. The Roku smartphone app will have voice search capability as of today.
The Next Web passes along a Times of India report that clothing retailer Myntra will shut down its website May 1st and only sell it’s products through mobile apps. 80 percent of Myntra’s traffic and 70 percent of its sales are on mobile. Myntra was acquired by Flipkart last spring. It’s Android app launched in May and iOS app in September.
Tech Crunch reports Hulu is launching a GIF search engine, powered by Tumblr, called “The Perfect GIF” which lets you search for TV-related GIF’s. The GIFs will be branded with a Hulu hash tag. Ugh. The site features 1400 GIFs from current and classic shows.

News From You

Re/Code reports that Sling TV was not quite ready for the madness that is March. Sling TV tweeted an apology to users who saw errors “due to extreme signups and streaming” during the college basketball semi-finals, featuring Duke vs. Michigan State and especially Wisconsin vs. Kentucky. According to Sling CEO Roger Lynch, the issues only affected 1,000 users. Pro tip: Game of Thrones premieres next Sunday, and with HBO coming to Sling, expect more “extreme signups.”
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But they better not get too many signups at Sling because PC Magazine has a story on Sling TV’s Subscriber Cap. It turns out according to Ad Age that Dish Network has put a limit of 2 million subscribers on its SlingTV service. As of last month Sling TV has about 100,000 subscribers. Discovery CEO David Zaslaw said Sling TV is bound by agreements made with content creators which means Sling TV can’t push past its subscriber limit or content companies might start pulling their media from the service.
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Ars Technica reports that scientists from Carnegie Mellon and NC State published a letter describing an unpowered exoskeleton they’ve developed that uses a clutch and spring to fulfill one function of the calf muscles and achilles tendons. The idea is to reduce the energy it takes to walk. The 7.3% increase in efficiency could prove a big help to the elderly and mobility impaired.
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There is an excerpt from John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight where Oliver interviews Edward Snowden in Russia. Oliver pressed Snowden on the responsibility in handing over so much information saying “you have to own that… you’re giving documents with information you know could be harmful.” Snowden said “in journalism, we have to accept that some mistakes will be made.” Oliver also had Snowden explain which government programs could result in the government seeing private pictures of your private parts.
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Pick of the Day

If you want to play computer games without having to install them, keep the game saves on their media (SD Card or USB Thumbstick), or maybe 3D print a NES console and put the microSD card in to little 3D printed game cartridges and pretend like you’re playing on a little retro console. I would give Vmware ThinApp a try.

This application lets you virtualize the game and system’s environment in to 1 folder, which you then place on a USB thumbstick or SD card. With a well placed Autorun.inf file you can make the game automatically play.
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