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The Drill Down 460: Nintendo Switches It Up
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The Drill Down 460 Nintendo Switch

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, President Trump’s social media strategy, President Obama’s last act for Chelsea Manning, Nintendo’s new console, crowdfunding’s shaky ground, and much, much more.

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The Drill Down 459: CES 2017 Wrap-Up; iPhone Turns 10
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TDD_459 CES 2017

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, CES wraps us, Yahoo! makes some major changes, Apple‘s iPhone turns 10, and much more.

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The Drill Down 458: CES 2017 Preview
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TDD 458

This week, the US administration is 100% certain the Russians hacked our election…but where’s the evidence, highlights from CES, the electric car to beat Tesla,  and much more.

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CES 2017: Bosch’s Plan For IOT? How About Everything
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Bosch Connect Everything

There are a LOT of companies peddling products here at CES. We’ve got smart cameras that auto-send images to Facebook and double-washing machines that allow you to clean two separate loads of clothes at once without ruining them or taking up more space.

But among all of the keynotes, Bosch stuck out, as board member Werner Struth spoke about their plans for the future. The private company’s leader of North and South American operations managed to speak with certainty not about the next whizbang product or another device was going to be the next big thing, but rather about how combining two mundane technologies (home appliances and internet connectivity) and ending up with extraordinary products. He’s spent the last year “figuring out how technology can do better for all of us.”

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CES 2017: iKeybo: The Light Keyboard (Literally)
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iKeybo Light Keyboard #1

Somewhere and sometime in some imagined future, protagonists in fashionable yet slightly over-fitted clothing have stealthily stolen in to some grand facility, mercilessly protected by a merciless faction, hell bent on doing something dastardly. They access a panel with their device and a keyboard is projected onto the surface in front of them.

Or maybe that was me and a few other reporters gathered around the founder of a Kickstarter campaign here at CES 2017. Serafim Technologies, a Taiwanese-based company led by CEO GZ Chen, has a new toy called iKeybo in store for all those who’ve imagined what it would be like to set words down my tapping nothing but mere light.

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CES 2017: Talk To Your TV: Dish Unveils Integration With Amazon Echo
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Amazon Echo & Dish Hopper

In case you needed another reason to go Alexa rather than Google, the media gods have got one for you. The avalanche of CES 2017 press conferences hadn’t even begun when the news came in from Dish Network. In addition to their Sling Box and their 2014 breakthrough, no-contract live-streaming cable service, SlingTV, Dish decided to take another leap forward in delivering television entertainment to their consumers — support for Amazon‘s Alexa Voice Services or AVS.

Dish users with Hopper DRV devices of any generation will be able to control them using their voice through Amazon’s Echo or Echo Dot hardware.

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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!

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The Drill Down 456: No One Behind The Wheel
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The Drill Down 456

On this week’s Drill Down podcast, driverless ride-sharing is emerging, Russia’s part in hacking the U.S. election, President-Elect Trump meets with tech leaders, Bill Gates leads a fight against climate change,  and much, much more.

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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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