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The Drill Down 457: The Drill Bits Awards 2016
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TDD Drill Bits Award

This week, we put current news aside in order to review the annus horribilis that was 2016, and this year, we’re doing something a little different. Instead of merely having a stack-ranked list of top news of the year, we’re gonna make tech news compete for awards, affectionately called The Drill Bits. So put on your tuxes, get in the limo, and roll out the red carpet, ‘cause the show’s about to begin!

Podcast

What We’re Playing With

Dwayne: AmazFit Phase
Andy: Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

The Drill Bits Awards

 

Category Nominee 01 Nominee 02 Nominee 03 Winner
Wearables Pebble Fitbit Apple FITBIT
Smart Home Nest: Thermostat 3 Samsung: SmartThings Amazon: Echo ecosystem Amazon
Gaming Platform PS4 Xbox One Steam Xbox One
Sharing Economy GM Uber Lyft Uber
Streaming Video Service Netflix Amazon SlingTV Netflix
Streaming Audio Service Spotify Apple Music Google Play Music Spotify

In Memoriam

Audible Book of the Week

Music Break: Finding the Pattern from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture by Jessica Curry

Category Nominee 01 Nominee 02 Nominee 03 Winner
Worst Cybersecurity(Biggest Hack) Yahoo Dropbox IRS Yahoo
Most Significant Hacks Panama Papers DNC & Election NSA Linked Group gets hacked DNC
Most Impactful Video Game of the year Doom (ID Software) Pokemon GO (Nintendo and Ninantic) Overwatch(Blizzard) Pokemon GO
AR & VR Oculus HTC Vive Samsung Gear VR Gear HTC
Best New Computer Apple Macbook Pro 13” Apple Macbook Pro 13”/15” w/ Touchbar MS Surface Studio MS Surface Studio
Best New Innovation Reusable Rockets Autonomous Trucks 3D Printed Vertebrae 3D Printed Stuff
Best Use of Social Media Facebook Live Slack Snapchat Slack
Worst Fail Samsung Pebble Apple Samsung
Most Weird/ Creepy MS Teen Girl AI turned Hitler Japanese Holographic Wife AI beating human GO. MS Teen Girl AI turned Hitler.

Music Break: An Early Harvest from Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture by Jessica Curry

Predictions for 2017

  • DWAYNE: Twitter Goes into Acquisition Talks
  • TOSIN: Silicon Valley Vs Traditional Business – BIGLY
  • ANDY: Model 3 Will Not Ship in 2017
  • TOSIN: Nintendo Switch will bring the game company back from the brink
  • ANDY: Net Neutrality Naysayers Strike Back
  • DWAYNE: Bitcoin will be something to watch

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Geeks Of Doom’s The Drill Down is a roundtable-style audio podcast where we discuss the most important issues of the week, in tech and on the web and how they affect us all.

Hosts are Geeks of Doom contributor Andrew Sorcini (Mr. BabyMan), marketing research analyst Dwayne De Freitas, and Box product manager Tosin Onafowokan.

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