Tonight on GeekNights, in light of a weakening smartphone market, we consider what truly would be a step forward for these devices. In the news, Rym replaced his near-perfect Xperia Z5 compact with a brand new Xperia XZ1 Compact. It's easily the best Android smartphone on the market, particularly if you prefer a reasonable form factor. Avoid the newer, more expensive, deeply inferior XZ2 Compact: it's larger for some reason. The full story of the PC recycler Microsoft sent to jail is more nuanced than it initially appeared. Comcast is so desperate to say that people still watch traditional TV that they're requiring it to upgrade your Internet service.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the fine art of destroying data. In the news, IoT hackers use a fishtank thermometer to steal some data from a casino, T-Mobile is fined for faking ring tones for failed calls to rural phones.
Tonight on GeekNights, we review a number of different tech items we've purchased recently. USB Cables, the LG Style smartwatch, the Synology + Series NAS, The WD 4TB Passport Wireless Pro, various wired and wireless headphones, and some other miscellaneous tech. In the news, an Uber self-driving car killed a person, and there's a lot going on with the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook data breach.
Tonight on GeekNights, we bring you a tech news roundup for spring 2018! Coin miners are still preventing you from buying a GPU, unauthorized clients were pirating Spotify premium features, multiple LTE vulnerabilities have been announced, Youtube enables live captions, some interesting things are happening with Twitch subscriptions, Twitter's (completely justified) bot purge outraged the far right, Rhode Island wants to charge state citizens for free speech, some ridiculous drama occurred around TLS certificate security, desktop sales continue to fall, and Flash is rapidly coming to an end.
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the M.2 form factor and what it means for you. See also: NVMe. In the news, US states are working to protect net neutrality even if the federal government has gutted it, Uber may have sinister long term plans for self-driving car ownership, the Hawaii missile alert was more than just a bad GUI, and Best Buy was still selling CDs.
Four of our recent appearances are live on youtube! PAX Unplugged 2017 - Learn and WIN: Carcassonne, PAX South 2018 - Balance in Game Design, MAGFest 2018 - The 40 Tabletop Games you Need to Play, and Judge Anime by its Cover - Winter 2018!
Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the crashiness of Scott's computer. In other news, we're back from back-to-back MAGFest and PAX South (there is video from our PAX South and PAX Unplugged panels), after the longest hiatus in GeekNights history, Microsoft finally adds ssh support (RIP Putty), video cards are overpriced thanks to a pyramid scheme, the socio-tech divide grows ever wider, and there may well be no real correlation between stock price and security breaches.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk about one of the most ancient topics in our fanbase: headphones. Earbuds are also included. What kind of headphones should you buy? Are more expensive ones actually worth it? All will be revealed. For reference, Rym uses these guys as the GeekNights monitor headphones.
In the news, HP can never be trusted again thanks to bundled malware, Apple had a ridiculous and embarrassing vulnerability allowing trivial root access, and the next GeekNights Book Club book will be Emily Wilson's translation of The Odyssey.