DTNS 2443 – But I want HBO Now

Logo by Mustafa Anabtawi thepolarcat.comVeronica Belmont and Justin Young are on the show to help fend off Apple rumors and talk about MLBAM’s OTHER opening day, the purported launch of HBO Now in time for the April 12 premier of Game of Thrones.


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Show Notes

Today’s guests: Veronica Belmont of Sword and Laser and Justin Robert Young of Night Attack and Jury Talks


Mobile World Congress? Tech reporters are most concerned with how to smuggle jamón iberico out of the country in their pants. GDC? Hungover. BUT This coming Monday is an Apple announcement. And so the rumors are flooding in to fill the gap! Here. We. Go.

Bloomberg says the never announced 12.9-inch screen iPad will be delayed until September for manufacturers. Some people call the delay of rumored products “starting.”

The WSJ adds the imaginary product will have a more power-efficient Oxide LCD screen and a USB 3.0 port. The WSJ adds the imaginary product will have a more power-efficient Oxide LCD screen and a USB 3.0 port.

WSJ ALSO says a 12-inch MacBook Air will be announced Monday.

And 9to5 Mac reports Apple will NOT announce a new live streaming music service Monday.

TechCrunch says that mythical service will debut at WWDC in June

I can confirm from asking myself that Apple will also not announce a car, a television, or a space rocket or Monday.

The Verge reports that Office 2016 for Mac is about to catch back up to Windows. The last version was released in 2010. Microsoft today announced a preview program for the new Office 2016 for Mac. Major points: Cloud services will be integrated directly into the suite of programs, Word will get co-authoring, and Excel keyboard shortcuts are now consistent between Mac and PC versions. Microsoft wants it ready in time for summer. The company has not yet announced pricing or exact availability dates, but a standalone version is expected.

The Verge reports Imgur has launched a new iPhone app that gives viewers an endless row of swipeable pictures with titles. To comment, like or dislike, or read comments just double tap the picture. When you first open the app the most “viral” images are shown to you first but there are also options for random and latest submissions as well. You can’t upload through the app yet, but that feature is in the works. A new version for Android is also coming soon.

Fit-solidation is official. TechCrunch reports Fitbit confirmed the acquisition of FitStar, makers of a personal training app that creates customized workouts with celeb athletes like NFL star Tony Gonzalez and yogi Tara Stiles. FitStar has two million registered iOS users. Fitbit co-founder and CEO James Park says the company also plans to expand FitStar to other platforms.

Look out Progressive Insurance, TechCrunch reports Google is launching “Google Compare for Auto Insurance” which lets California shoppers compare rates from different insurance providers. The option will pop up after a consumer does a Google search for “car insurance” or by going to google.com/compare. Google plans to offer it other states later in the year. While the move could help bolster revenue for Google through commissions many high profile insurance brokers like Progressive, State Farm, Allstate and GEICO have declined to work with Google. TechCrunch speculates that Google might also be doing this to learn about pricing risk in advance of self-driving cars.

Engadget reports that 2009 is back! I mean, RockBand is back! Rock Band 4 is coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4 later this year. Harmonix says all previous songs will work in Rock Band 4. The company wants to make old peripherals work but there will also be new peripherals. Also no news on Rock Band Network. This will be a platform for DLC it seems. Harmonix will talk more about Rock Band 4 this weekend at PAX East in Boston, and in June at E3 2015.

News From You: 

ccastro425 posted the Engadget story about a laser from LockHeed Martin that can stop a car from more than a mile away. The fiber-optic laser called ATHENA burned through the engine manifold of an F150. It works by “spectral beam combining which involces taking multiple laser modules and pointing them to the same place. Like the death star. And no the truck didn’t explode, just stopped running.

AB-ee-CHWAY-lah-con-DOOL-say submitted the PC World report that Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, said Microsoft is opening up app development for the Xbox One. Windows developers will be able to port their apps to the Xbox. Microsoft wants to make Xbox Live accessible through the API to all game developers no matter how big.

Michsineath submitted this topic. The Cost of eBooks in France and Luxembourg won’t be going down anytime soon reports Reuters. Judges at the European Court of Justice today, dismissed arguments by both countries that ebooks should be treated as goods not a service. EU rules allow member states to set lower VAT rates on printed books, however the European Commission decided that France and Luxembourg’s application of those rates to electronic books was illegal. Statista predicts ebook sales in Europe are expected to account for a fifth of book sales in Europe by 2017 up from 4.5% in 2013.


Discussion Section Links:  HBO NOW?



Pick of the Day: Mohiomap via Michelle

Dear Tom, Jennie, today’s guest and behind the scenes DTNS team,

I would like to recommend Mohiomap, to DTNS followers. This developing site is a visual cloud based, free, curation tool, currently combines, Google drive, Evernote and Dropbox, with more services in the pipeline to be added.

Certainly helps to visualise and manage all the resources one has stored across these various platforms. IMHO A new service worth checking out, supporting, testing and giving feedback too.


Thanks for the great show.

Michelle not from lovely Cleveland


Also Podcast Awards! Remember yesterday, and the day before, when we told you how you could vote for your favorite podcast in the Podcast Awards? Well guess what, you can vote again today! For example, you could vote for DTNS in the technology category, but you can also support Night Attack in the “Mature” and “Video” categories. Also you can vote for The Instance, Film Sack and our good friends at The Morning Stream and Night Attack. I guess you could also vote for Serial. But only once. Vote once a day at http://www.podcastawards.com/ until March 24th.

Friday’s guest: Darren Kitchen and Len Peralta