Tonight on GeekNights, we consider how to not suck at buying a new smartphone. Android or Apple, you actually do have a choice, and there are some basic things to think about. In the news, you can't park there, this program is illegally packaged in 14 distributions, BeReal is pretty cool, this is why schools are banning smartphones, and the lack of transparency in algorithmic CSAM detection is causing harm.
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, in light of the most recent rumor of Apple dropping the old TRS 1/8" headphone jack (the pursuit of which being not without precedent), we talk about headphone jacks (or phone jacks), the importance and history of analog signalling on the universally adopted TRS/TRRS/TRRRS/TRRetc... standards, and the nuances of where to place the smart parts of your devices.our Patreon, and be sure to listen to the show after the credits. I'll be waiting in... Rym's corner.
Tonight on GeekNights, we talk not about Allhambra but the so-called "walled gardens" of technology. In the news, the Zetas' private communications network was taken out and the Mozilla/Google deal might be in trouble.
Be sure to check out our many lectures and other videos from PAX East 2011 and Pax Prime 2012 on the Youtube channel. We will be at Nerd Nite this Thursday presenting an abbreviated version of "Losing Should be Fun," nevermind MAGFest!