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The Tech Fetish crew discusses the sale of RadioShack's customer data, Google I/O rumors, and more.
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Andrew Rogers

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I distinctly remember seeing how far we could urinate in elementary school. :)
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I have older brothers, we did that on road trips when I was a kid. 
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Marc G

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Clearly they chose cat head over spoons for hands. The right choice!
 
Explore new places with this #GTA5 mod! http://go.ign.com/nHqdtSg
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Jesús Morales

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Those EM Drives

Now that they made it work in a vacuum there aren't much doubts that it actually works. That is awesome.
#EMDrive #Space #Science  
The NASASpaceflight.com group has given consideration to whether the experimental measurements of thrust force were the result of an artifact. Despite considerable effort within the NASASpaceflight.com forum to dismiss the reported thrust as an artifact, the EM Drive results have yet to be falsified.
After consistent reports of thrust measurements from EM Drive experiments in the US, UK, and China – at thrust levels several thousand times in excess of a photon rocket, and now under hard vacuum conditions – the question of where the thrust is coming from deserves serious inquiry.
Last year, NASA’s advanced propulsion research wing made headlines by announcing the successful test of a physics-defying electromagnetic drive, or EM drive. Now, this futuristic engine, which could in theory propel objects to near-relativistic speeds, has been shown to work inside a space-like vacuum.
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Alaina Yee

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Due to scheduling changes late last week, we weren't able to record on Friday afternoon - so we're just going to pick up with our normal schedule and put out our next episode this Friday.  (I'd love to cram in two episodes this week, but it's a litttttle crazy for me behind the scenes this week.)

Apologies, everyone!  We'll go a bit longer to squeeze in all the news.  Thanks for bearing with!
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Jesús Morales

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I didn't know that. It's still fast enough though.

Ars found that the older 805 processor in the Galaxy Note 4 stayed consistently close to its max clock speed of 2.7GHz for 12 minutes, eventually settling down around 2.0GHz.  The Snapdragon 810 in the LG G Flex 2, on the other hand, only briefly touched on its max 2.0GHz clock speed, throttling after a minute and spending most of the test around 1.0GHz.
Every six months or so, mobile processing giant Qualcomm announces its latest and greatest Snapdragon processor, a piece of silicon that will find its way into the newest Android handset, making your life faster and better and so much higher-resolution than the old, crummy Snapdragon. Only, in the case of Snapdragon 810, that’s not true.
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Fair enough, I did read the Ars Technica article more thoroughly, and it was spot on. My only criticism is that some more clarity is needed for the benchmarks. I was just reading about Intel's System Management Mode (SMM) interrupts and it sounds like the ARM chips have similar ones for similar reasons.

This is a good metric for some of the stability of the chip in regards to thermal performance, but I would like to see a full host of mobile benchmarks if they are going to make a declarative statement. That being said, I have found so far that when people are publishing papers, they also like to use the benchmarks that justify their thesis!
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Brandon Goetz

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Does anyone here refrain from using the Facebook app on their phone or tablet?
I use the mobile site instead, idk why out of all the different apps I have I feel weird about accepting all those permissions for Facebook. 
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You guys ever try to just turn of the permissions in the security settings? Just came across this feature. Pet pretty sure it's standard, maybe I'm crazy though...
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Jesús Morales

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This is for you US living and N6 users out there. #ProjectFi  
Ready for Google's vision of a modern cell phone service provider? So are we. Google Fi isn't quite ready to open its doors, but right now it's accepting s... by Michael Crider in Google, News
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Jesús Morales

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This is one of the main reason smart TVs suck, besides how slow they are. I already saw the notice that the Youtube app would stop working on a Sony TV.

So far, the list of devices that the update puts out to pasture includes older TVs and Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles without support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7. The update also impacts the second-generation Apple TV, requiring users to start videos on their iPhones, iPods, and iPads then stream them using AirPlay.
Like burning down a forest to make sweet nutrients for new growth, YouTube is winding down its service to myriad older devices today. All in the name of progress, of course. In a notice, spotted by...
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I saw this notice on my Sony. Considering the dozen items that can play YouTube videos on my TV... I don't care too much.
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Jesús Morales

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Wow, I didn't know it had that much of an issue, probably quality control. I now feel lucky I didn't buy one.
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We have the 2012 model. While it didn't like stock lollipop, CM 12 runs okay on it.
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Andrew Rogers

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So this is the some of the results of my old android running Tasker. Google+ made the animated GIF. I already have over 200 photos so far and will try to make a movie when it's all done
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Cool!
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Marc G

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My wife also squeezes toothpaste from the middle.
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Andrew Rogers

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Hey everyone! I've been slammed with work and grad school. I've managed to hold off buying the One Plus One for a little while, but I've been noticing that my iPad 2 and my girlfriend's original Nexus 7 are starting to show their age. I have a feeling I need to swap those out before I get a new phone.
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Reading or a second screen for our studio when someone else is on the TV, travel when a laptop is unwieldy
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It's the first padlock that can be opened with the simple wave of a card, fob or ring. (A tap on your smartphone will work, too.)
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Xander Lars

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I use google news to keep track of headlines and such while at work, however, i am noticing more and more that the thumbnails it picks for some stories aren't always quite the right one.  Anyone else get this happening to them?
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When Google Reader left I never found an RSS aggregator that I liked. Google+ kind of became a defacto replacement of sorts
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Andrew Rogers

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Nice little Comp Sci history lesson
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Andrew Rogers

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Someone had referred to this video a few podcasts ago and I stumbled across it again this morning!
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That's a really clever idea. :D
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Andrew Rogers

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GSM network now and the One Plus One?
 
We’ve added some GSM devices to the Ting shop!
Take a look and stay tuned as we continue to add more.
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Alaina Yee

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Sorry about being late in posting the link to last Friday's episode - but in case you missed it, episode 231 is live!
Surprisingly, some of the Tech Fetish crew say yes to the idea.
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+Thanks +Alaina Yee 
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Andrew Rogers

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I had to share +Alaina Yee's article, because it is really great!
Sure, you could buy one, but nothing's as personal as a rig you assemble yourself. It's not hard—all you need is a screwdriver and this guide.
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