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The Drill Down 455: The End Of Time
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Drill Down Podcast: Pebble Watch RIP

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Pebble’s dead, Google goes green, UK’s Snoopers Charter, Amazon Go, a DIY gif bot, some amazing game trailers, and much, much more.

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Review: Google Home – Not The Droid You’re Looking For… Yet
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Google Home

Google Home is a little device that plugs into the wall and responds to your voice. It can play recorded music or the radio through services like Google Play Music and TuneIn, and it can respond to questions based on the knowledge Google has amassed throughout the 21st century. If you’ve got the correct hardware at home, like a Nest Thermostat, Samsung’s Smartthings, or Philips hue, Google Home can allow you to control some of your home’s functions with your voice.

We’ve had some time to get to know the Google Home and there are a LOT of things to like about it. Its voice recognition is robust and its audio is impressive for being a little tiny speaker. At the same time, when one looks at Google Home through the lens of a smarthome, AI, product, one quickly realizes that the device is not quite where the demonstrations were during the 2016 Google IO developers conference, nor is it a device that delivers on the promise of its advertisements.

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The Drill Down 454: How To Hack An Election
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drill down 454 election

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, was the U.S. election hacked?, Facebook compromises censorship to get into China, auto regulators want you off your apps, Google AI makes its own language, and much more.

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Wristy Business: Fitbit Gobbles Up Pebble For A Michael Knight Future
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fitbit 2016

Fitness tracker giant Fitbit has reportedly made a bid to absorb smart watch pioneer Pebble in a deal valued at $34-40 million. On its surface this would mean that two independent wearable tech companies are ostensibly teaming up to fare better against their larger rivals in the wearables and fitness tracking space.

But that’s not what’s happening.

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The Drill Down 453: Interview With Invoxia, Creators Of The Triby
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TDD 453 Invoxia Triby Trio

This week, while The Drill Down celebrates U.S. Thanksgiving with our families, Dwayne DeFreitas brings you an interview with Sébastien de la Bastie, Managing Director of Invoxia, creators of the Triby, a voice-controlled speaker with built-in Amazon Alexa Voice Service.

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The Drill Down 452: If It’s On the Internet, It Must Be True
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Drill Down Trump Facebook

This week’s Drill Down podcast, Silicon Valley responds to the election of Donald Trump, fake news on the internet, Apple wrote the book on product design…and it’s for sale, and much more.

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The Drill Down 451: Trump Trumps Tech?
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TDD-451 Trump

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, Elon Musk says AI can take down the internet, China enacts cybersecurity… and it’s concerning, how a Donald Trump presidency will affect Silicon Valley, there’s something fishy with Amazon Alexa, and much more.

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Experiencing Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ In Dolby Cinema At AMC
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Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel's Doctor Strange

I got the chance to take in an advanced screening on Thursday night of Marvel’s new film Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, at a Dolby Cinema at the AMC Theatres in New York City. Before the movie began, representatives from Dolby gave a presentation demonstrating their Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos technologies, and how their Dolby Total Cinema Experience compares to the standard theater-going experience. And I have to say, I was very impressed. Below are my thoughts on the Dolby Cinema experience and technologies, details from the demonstration, and then my two cents about Doctor Strange itself.

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The Drill Down 450: Holiday Gift Guide 2016
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Drill Down Holiday Gift Guide 2016

On this week’s podcast, Apple refreshes its MacBooks, an October surprise for Hillary Clinton, Tesla launches new products for the home, Google’s AIs are keeping secrets from each other  … and our annual Holiday Gift Guide!

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The Drill Down 449: Microsoft Surface Event 2016
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TDD 449 Microsoft Surface Studio

On this week’s podcast, The Drill Down co-host emeritus Tom Cheredar joins us as Microsoft gets cozy with creators, AT&T buys Time Warner, the Nintendo Switch, is your webcam part of a botnet?, a self-driving beer truck, Young Lando Calrissian, are aliens talking to us from space? … and much, much more!

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