This Week in Tech News

Is the New MacBook a Bad Apple?

Episode 1189

Apple MacBook

Users are complaining that the new Apple MacBook is way too slow, way too thin, and that the one connector is just too limiting. The keys on the keyboard make it very difficult to type since they are so shallow, you don't get much of a tactic return. But Leo thinks it's pretty nice at first blush. The fact is, nobody is making you upgrade to a new Mac every time they put one out. It's your choice.

Verizon Buys AOL

Episode 1188

Verizon bought AOL for $4.4 Billion this week, which Leo says is a bargain. The sale includes Huffington Post, TechCrunch and a host of other properties. Leo says that Verizon really wanted AOL's mobile ad platform. With over half of internet searches being Mobile, the mobile ad platform is really valuable. But Leo wonders how you put an ad on such a small mobile screen.

Meanwhile, Google is going to put a buy button in their ads to encourage more commerce.

The Problem with Smartwatches

Episode 1184

Apple Watch

Leo has worn just about every smart watch there is, dating all the way back to the first Pebble watch and he's finally figured out what's wrong with them -- they're too small! A watch is great for telling time, but there's just not enough screen real estate to be able to do anything useful, especially when exercising. Sure, it can be used to answer calls, but you look like an idiot talking into your watch.

Boeing's New 787 Airline Requires a Reboot Every 248 Days

Episode 1183

Discovering a flaw in the computerized electrical system, Boeing has announced that their new 787 Dreamliner must be rebooted every 248 days or face a catastrophic failure that could cause the plane to crash. The flaw is wrapped around it's 32 bit operating system that can reset it's values to zero after a set time, causing the electrical system to simply shut off, which could cause the plane to fall from the sky. So until they can write a software patch to repair it, Boeing is just telling airlines to reboot their planes every 248 days.

A Recap of Microsoft's Build 2015 Conference

Episode 1183

At the Build 2015 conference, Microsoft announced that developers will be able to write an app for Windows 10 that will work on all platforms, including the desktop and phone. And in a last ditch effort to save the Windows Phone platform, Microsoft has begun offering support to mobile app developers to port their programs from iOS or Android to run on it. Candy Crush and Cut the Rope have recently announced Windows Phone versions.

Observations After Day Two with Apple Watch

Episode 1182

Apple Watch

Day two of Leo's Apple Watch adventure has led Leo to the conclusion that the screen is really only a notification center. Sure, it has apps and a touch interface, but the screen is really small. And while it has that crown interface, really, it's just a dial and do we want to go back to dials? It's unusable for most things other than notifications and as a pedometer.

First Impressions with Apple Watch

Episode 1181

Apple Watch

Leo got his Apple Watch yesterday, and he says it's pretty. Still too early to tell about the battery life though, but the wireless battery charging feature is pretty cool. It takes about an hour, and the magnetic charger looks like a stethescope. He says it can charge other watches as well. Leo says it can get you through the day, even though it may not seem like it when you first get it because you'll be playing with it much more. But after a few weeks, you'll see that it will only take about 5% battery life per hour with regular use. The watch will work with iPhone 5 or higher.

Google Launches New 'Google Fi' Wireless Service

Episode 1181

Google Nexus 6

Google announced its own wireless service on Wednesday called "Google Fi." It's very restricted, and only works by invitation and its exclusive to Google's Nexus 6 phone. It uses both Sprint and T-Mobile cellular service along with Wi-Fi, and it switches between those to whatever has the best coverage. It costs $20 a month for unlimited talk and text, including international text. It does not include data though, but it only costs $10 a month per gigabyte. If you don't use all of the data you're paying for, you'll get reimbursed. No contract and its very straightforward.