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#85: Smith Knowledge OTG Ski Goggles Review
Mar 22 • 7 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro Smith Knowledge OTG Snow Goggles Men’s: Smith United States 00:21 | My usage case Second Opinion #84: Tifosi Slip Post-Mortem › The Nexus 02:22 | Fit Picture of Ian wearing ski goggles with his bike helmet 03:19 | Reducing…
#84: Tifosi Slip Post-Mortem
Mar 8 • 13 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro 01:16 | Features for Cycling 05:13 | Aesthetic * Pictures of Ian wearing the Slip with different lenses * Not as outrageous as Pit Viper Sunglasses 05:54 | Longevity * Slip lenses Archives – Tifosi Optics * Slip Ear Pieces…
#83: HyperDot Review
Feb 23 • 22 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro * Home – HyperDot 01:00 | Gameplay 03:18 | Enemy types 05:03 | Level modifiers 06:39 | Powerups 07:56 | Controller recommended 09:10 | Level design 11:13 | Soundtrack 13:25 | Visuals 15:32 | Mobile version 16:51 | DRM-free…
#82: Nvidia SHIELD TV 2019 Review
Feb 8 • 19 min
Links * Buy SHIELD Products & Accessories | NVIDIA * Nvidia Shield TV – Wikipedia GOOGLE NEST MINI GIVEAWAY!!! You could win the Google Home Mini that Ian tested for Second Opinion #81! All you have to do is become a patron sometime before February 16,…
#81: Google Nest Mini Review
Jan 26 • 14 min
Episode index 00:00 | Intro * Google Nest Mini – Smart Speaker for Any Room – Google Store 00:26 | Confusion in Branding 02:40 | Physical Build 05:43 | Software 07:24 | Controls 08:56 | Sound Quality 09:46 | Microphone Reliability 10:48 | Final Thoughts…
#80: iPhone 11 Pro Review
Jan 13 • 13 min
Links * iPhone 11 Pro – Apple Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit) Connect With The Nexus * Support us on Patreon * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit Copyright Second Opinion is released under a Creative Commons —…
#79: Podcast Players Roundup
Dec 31, 2019 • 67 min
Episode summary 00:00:00 | Intro * The Extra Dimension #49: “What’s a Podcast?” › The Nexus * Visual Chart of Podcast Players and Features 00:01:41 | Apple Podcasts 00:06:44 | Google Podcasts 00:10:06 | Pocket Casts 00:15:48 | Overcast 00:21:32 | Podcast…
#78: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 1 Review
Nov 30, 2019 • 21 min
Episode summary Watches I don’t like watches, they’re touching me Ambient display is my preference But I get in trouble anyway when I walk away from my phone Samsung included coupon for another Samsung-product in the Note 10+ order in 2019 Couldn’t use it…
#77: AirPods Pro Review
Nov 18, 2019 • 16 min
Overview * AirPods Pro – Apple 00:00 | Intro 00:18 | Features 06:38 | Earbuds Comparison List 15:27 | Outro Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit) Copyright Second Opinion is released under a Creative Commons —…
#76: Anker Soundcore Motion+ Review
Nov 4, 2019 • 12 min
Why not use an Alexa or CC Audio or Home? They’re bad products; not universal Audible, Ryan’s primary audiobook provider, does not function over these proprietary systems (except Alexa) Ryan’s review on Amazon Criteria for bluetooth speaker (2019)…
#75: Apple Watch Series 5 Review
Oct 14, 2019 • 12 min
Overview * Apple Watch Series 5 – Apple 00:00 | Intro 01:08 | New Features 05:40 | New Cases 07:50 | Thoughts 10:36 | Outro Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit) Copyright Second Opinion is released under a Creative…
#74: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Review
Sep 28, 2019 • 57 min
Preordering BestBuy changed their preordering process this year; this was a bummer because I prefer to buy local (economy, returns, etc) Bought through Samsung’s website this year Arrived 2 days ahead of general availability date via preorder so that’s…
#73: Android 10 Review
Sep 17, 2019 • 57 min
Episode Index 00:00 | Intro 01:54 | Dark Mode 06:49 | Gesture Navigation 13:55 | Share Menu 17:32 | Notifications Android 10 playback notification with scrub bar. 26:18 | Focus Mode 27:56 | App Permissions 30:16 | Privacy 33:41 | Emoji 34:58 |…
#72: Sony MDR-v6 Post-Mortem
Aug 31, 2019 • 15 min
Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64: Panasonic ErgoFit…
#71: ATH-M50x Review
Aug 18, 2019 • 22 min
Episode Index 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#70: Corsair Vengeance 1500 Post-Mortem
Aug 5, 2019 • 13 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#69: Pixel 3a Review
Jul 6, 2019 • 19 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro 01:32 | Pricing * Pixel 3a – The phone that gets it done – Google Store 02:11 | Display * Size * Special features 02:54 | Physicals * Look and feel, build quality * Footprint * Weight 03:22 | Battery 04:20 | Charging ports…
#68: Google Pixel USB-C Earbuds Review
Jun 25, 2019 • 16 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#67: Aftershokz Trekz Titanium Review
Jun 10, 2019 • 20 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#66: JLab Fit Sport Earbuds Review
May 25, 2019 • 17 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#65: Anker SoundBuds Slim Review
May 12, 2019 • 38 min
Episode summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64:…
#64: Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds Review
Apr 27, 2019 • 14 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #65:…
#63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review
Apr 13, 2019 • 16 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64: Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion…
#62: Limetown Review
Apr 1, 2019 • 40 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 00:35 | Spoiler-free * Limetown 16:28 | Spoilers 36:44 | Outro Connect With The Nexus * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit * Become a Patron Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)…
#61: Samsung Galaxy S10+ Review
Mar 18, 2019 • 43 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:54 | Pricing Pricing 3 variants S10e – $750 S10 – $899 S10+ – $999 Colors Black, white, flamingo, and ??? Base models come with 8gb ram and 128gb storage Vs Note 9; the pricing is even further out of control; it’s the…
#60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review
Mar 2, 2019 • 15 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro * Wireless Noise-Canceling Headphones | WH-1000XM3 | Sony US 00:18 | The Name 00:40 | Main Features 09:00 | Lesser Features 14:37 | Outro Other headphone reviews * Second Opinion #15: AirPods Review › The Nexus * Second…
#59: OnePlus 6T Review
Feb 10, 2019 • 56 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:19 | Prices * OnePlus 6T – OnePlus (United States) 02:10 | Display 09:38 | Look & Feel 14:31 | Buttons 16:37 | Speakers 17:28 | Battery * Accu​Battery – Apps on Google Play 23:35 | Ports 27:04 | Misc Physicals 29:05 |…
#58: iPad Pro (2018) Review
Jan 27, 2019 • 43 min
Links * 11-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi 64GB – Space Gray – Apple * Shortcuts User Guide – Apple Support * Hearthstone * Paper by WeTransfer | Simple Sketch App * Bear – Notes for iPhone, iPad and Mac * Discover Procreate® * Microsoft Office | Productivity Tools…
#57: Kindle Paperwhite Review
Jan 13, 2019 • 23 min
Links * Amazon Kindle: meet Amazon’s e-book reader * Amazon Kindle 2 review * Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018): Specs, Price, Release Date | WIRED Connect With The Nexus * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit * Become a Patron Attributions * Free Music…
#56: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL Review
Dec 31, 2018 • 72 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:00:33 | Project Fi Update * Second Opinion #13: Project Fi Review › The Nexus 00:02:48 | Pricing * Pixel 3 & Pixel 3 XL – A New Way to See the World – Google Store 00:06:51 | Display * Amazon.com: Spigen Thin Fit…
#55: Google Home Hub Review
Dec 10, 2018 • 29 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:37 | Price * Google Home Hub – Smart Home Controller – Google Store 02:48 | Screen 07:52 | Audio 09:43 | Other Hardware * Correction: Ryan states that the Google Home Mini is powered over USB-C; it is actually powered over…
#54: Password Managers Roundup
Nov 28, 2018 • 86 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro * The Extra Dimension #38: Securing Your Digital Life › The Nexus * Visual Chart of Password Managers and Features 00:03:40 | Features 00:15:12 | Browser Built-In Password Storage 00:20:32 | LastPass * The LastPass…
#53: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing Review
Nov 11, 2018 • 48 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:39 | Spoiler-Free * List of metropolitan areas by population – Wikipedia 23:40 | Spoilers 43:38 | Outro Connect With The Nexus * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit * Support us on Patreon Attributions * Free Music…
#52: macOS 10.14 Mojave Review
Oct 28, 2018 • 37 min
Episode Index 00:00 |Intro * What’s New in macOS Mojave 02:15 | Dark Mode * Dark Mode and CSS • The Breakroom 07:32 | Stacks on Desktop 09:35 | Editing in Quick Look 10:58 | Screenshots 14:40 | Finder 16:26 | Continuity Camera 18:17 | Ports of iOS Apps…
#51: iPhone XS, XS Max Review
Oct 14, 2018 • 48 min
Episode Index 00:00 | Intro 01:33 | Pricing 04:33 | Display 09:29 | Camera 15:02 | Specs * *OS Internals – The Forum • View topic – iPhone Xs, Xr… And, TWO more things… (updated 09/20) * The iPhone XS & XS Max Review: Unveiling the Silicon Secrets 19:29 |…
#50: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review
Sep 29, 2018 • 44 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 00:36 | Pricing/Models * Buy The Samsung Galaxy Note9 | Note9 Price | Samsung US 03:31 | Display 06:06 | Look and feel 10:16 | CPU/RAM/Storage 12:44 | Battery 17:16 | Ports 17:54 | Buttons 20:38 | Camera 25:06 | S Pen 29:00 |…
#49: iOS 12 Review
Sep 17, 2018 • 42 min
Overview Available September 17, 2018. Runs on the iPhone 5s and iPad Air and newer ✨ 00:00 | Intro * iOS 12 – Apple * iOS 12 – Features – Apple 00:50 | Performance Up to 70% faster swipe to Camera Up to 50% faster keyboard display Up to 2x faster app…
#48: Samsung Chromebook Plus V2 Review
Sep 3, 2018 • 61 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro * Samsung Chromebook Plus Chromebooks – XE521QAB-K01US | Samsung US 00:02:28 | Pricing 00:03:15 | Screen 00:11:26 | Build Quality 00:15:13 | Keyboard, Trackpad 00:20:35 | Importing Settings 00:23:28 | Tech Specs 00:25:42 |…
#47: Android 9 Pie Review
Aug 18, 2018 • 109 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:05:01 | Drastic UI Changes 00:07:29 | Overview Page 00:20:35 | Notifications 00:39:38 | Scrubbing Through Text 00:41:30 | Quick Settings 00:46:44 | Physical Button Menus 01:00:52 | Lockscreen 01:06:24 | Do Not Disturb…
#46: Bubble by Maximum Fun Review
Aug 6, 2018 • 75 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:01:08 | Spoiler-Free 00:44:07 | Spoilers 01:08:41 | Outro Links * Bubble | Maximum Fun * Support Bubble with a one-time donation * Twitter – Wikipedia * Chad Douchewitz * LEGO Star Wars Memories – Ian R Buck – Medium…
#45: MacBook Pro 13″ With Touchbar Late 2016 Post-Mortem
Jul 23, 2018 • 54 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 05:03 | Display 08:21 | Build Quality 13:13 | Tech Specs 17:26 | Battery Life 20:11 | Ports 26:03 | Charging 28:52 | Keyboard and Trackpad 43:04 | Weight 44:12 | Speakers * The new MacBook Pro’s speaker grilles are mostly…
#44: Westworld Season 2 Review
Jun 28, 2018 • 62 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:00:34 | Housekeeping * Run An Empire Update 2018-06-26 | Second Opinion #42a – YouTube * Second Opinion #17: Westworld Review › The Nexus 00:02:35 | Spoiler-Free 00:18:26 | Spoilers * ‘Westworld’ Season 2 Finale,…
#43: Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
Jun 10, 2018 • 73 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:01:48 | Spoiler-Free 00:29:36 | Spoilers 01:11:01 | Outro Connect With The Nexus * Discuss this episode on our Subreddit * Support us on Patreon Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit) *…
#42: Run An Empire Preview
May 27, 2018 • 21 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 00:22 | Concept * Run An Empire – A real world strategy running game 01:46 | Update 2018-06-26 Drastic changes were made to the economy balance, multiplayer now exists, and an anti-cheating system has been put in place. 06:34…
#41: MacBook Air 2017 Review
May 12, 2018 • 39 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 02:07 | Pricing/Models * Buy MacBook Air – Apple 02:30 | Display 05:45 | Build Quality 08:50 | Tech Specs 11:38 | Battery 13:31 | Ports 18:37 | Keyboard 22:41 | Weight 24:04 | Camera 25:07 | Software 29:39 | Final Thoughts,…
#40: Samsung Galaxy S9+ Review
Apr 30, 2018 • 54 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:29 | Samsung’s Recent History 03:39 | Pricing and Models 05:25 | Display 10:50 | Specs * Store More Images, Videos and Content with the New 128GB and 256GB Galaxy S9 and S9+ – Samsung Newsroom 16:16 | Battery 20:24 | Ports…
#39: Fire TV Stick Review
Mar 3, 2018 • 30 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 02:32 | Price * Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote – Streaming Media Player * All-new Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote – Streaming Media Player 03:34 | Physical Build 07:24 | User Interface…
#38: Chromecast 2nd Generation Review
Feb 18, 2018 • 44 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 05:14 | Video Platform Fragmentation 10:39 | CEC 15:10 | Volume Control 17:08 | Backdrop 20:47 | Playback Notification 24:58 | Connectivity 27:11 | Price 29:42 | Cons 34:04 | Compare to Chromecast 1st Generation 36:06 |…
#37: Chromecast Audio Review
Feb 4, 2018 • 38 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 06:08 | How Useful It Is 08:14 | Clever Visual Design 09:11 | Micro USB 10:50 | Setup 12:01 | Compare to Bluetooth 18:56 | Cross-Platform Compatibility 23:25 | New Features 26:30 | Compare to Sonos 29:22 | Lack of…
#36: Google Home Mini Review
Jan 21, 2018 • 41 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro * Google Home Mini – Smart Speaker for Any Room – Google Store 03:43 | Hardware Comparison to Original * Second Opinion #14: Google Home First Impressions › The Nexus 12:38 | New Capabilities * Google Assistant 30:39 | False…
#35: Concussion Review
Jan 8, 2018 • 9 min
Links * UPDATE WITH NAMES: 11 vehicles involved in I-380 pile-up | Local News | wcfcourier.com * The Extra Dimension #17: Transportation – The Future › The Nexus Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#34: Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review
Dec 23, 2017 • 68 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:01:26 | Our Past Star Wars Experiences 00:07:15 | Spoiler-Free 00:36:31 | Spoilers 01:07:22 | Outro Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#33: iPhone X Review
Dec 12, 2017 • 80 min
Episode Summary 00:00:00 | Intro 00:02:10 | Pricing * $1,000 64gb *(my option) * $1,150 256 00:03:22 | Display * 5.8” Screen OLED * Edge to Edge Display * OLED blue shift there but a non issue IMO * TrueTone * HDR * True Tone 00:09:47 | FaceID 00:22:06 |…
#32: iOS 11 Review
Nov 26, 2017 • 59 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 02:09 | Device Availability iPhone 5S and newer iPod Touch 6th gen iPad Air, Air 2 iPad (2017) iPad Mini 2 and newer iPad Pro 03:03 | 64-bit only 32-bit apps will not run 06:14 | New visual style Titles in navigation…
#31: Pixel 2 Review
Nov 12, 2017 • 56 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 01:07 | Pricing Start at $650 Add storage for $100 Get XL for $200 more 02:44 | Specs Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM Apps stay in RAM forever, it’s great! 64GB or 128GB storage 2700 mAh (3520 mAh on XL) USB 3.1 Type-C 04:08 | Camera…
#30: Android 8.0 Oreo Review
Nov 5, 2017 • 59 min
Episode Summary 00:00 | Intro 02:22 | Notifications Organized by categories: Major Ongoing, People to People, General, BTW Major Ongoing typically have bold background colors. Looks especially great with media players that implement it. BTW notifications…
#29: iPhone 8 Plus Review
Oct 14, 2017 • 34 min
Episode Index 01:01 | Physical Dimensions * Glass back * Color options-Gold, silver, space gray * Not quite the same dimensions as the iPhone 7, the case is a little wonky 02:45 | Pricing Starting at $800 depending on finish and storage. 04:05 | Specs *…
#28: Apple Watch Series 3 Review
Sep 30, 2017 • 42 min
Overview * Apple Watch – Silver Aluminum Case with Seashell Sport Loop – Apple * Strava Cyclist Profile | Brian M. Features * CPU * LTE * W2 Chip * Barometric Altimeter Performance * Wowza! Battery Life * Damn son! Physical Appearance * 😍 Screenshots…
#27: Nintendo Switch Review
Sep 16, 2017 • 83 min
Hardware 00:01:05 | Switch Specs * Technical Specs – Nintendo Switch™ Official Site – System hardware, console specs 00:01:59 | Storage & File Management Storage space Only 32 GB of storage space. From what I remember, when asked about this, Reggie…
#26: Nexus Player Post-Mortem
Sep 2, 2017 • 24 min
Pros * Google Cast built in * Hockey puck look isn’t bad – nice and low-profile * Remote * Good for old people who can’t understand casting * Bluetooth doesn’t need line-of-sight * Can install apps/games from Google Play or APKs * When you start casting,…
#25: Google Wifi Review
Aug 19, 2017 • 26 min
Pros Good range. Not amazing, but that’s what mesh networks are for Powered via USB type-C Two Ethernet ports: one for connecting to the modem, and one for a device/switch Setup was very user-friendly Install app on phone, scan barcode on bottom and…
#24: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus Review
Aug 5, 2017 • 41 min
Episode Index 1:32 | Price 6:51 | Specs 11:18 | Camera 13:19 | Battery, Charging 16:06 | Display 19:36 | Body 23:56 | Buttons 25:50 | Radios 26:39 | Vibrator 27:19 | Software Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#23: Tales from the Borderlands Review
Jul 22, 2017 • 41 min
This review is spoiler-free until 18:10 Links * Tales from the Borderlands | Gameflix – YouTube * Humble Telltale Bundle (pay what you want and help charity) * ♪♫ Tales from the Borderlands – All Title Sequence Music Videos ♫♪ – YouTube Attributions *…
#22: Google Trips Review
Jul 8, 2017 • 33 min
Overview * Google Trips – Travel Planner – Android Apps on Google Play * Google Trips – Travel planner on the App Store * App for trip planning * Integrates into the rest of the Googleverse * Location info sourced from Google Maps, Wikipedia * Reviews…
#21: Monument Valley 2 Review
Jun 24, 2017 • 28 min
Overview * Monument Valley 2 on the App Store * Nexus Special #52: WWDC 2017 › The Nexus * ustwo games on Twitter: “Interesting fact: Only 5% of Monument Valley installs on Android are paid for. 40% on iOS. There’s a sneak peak of data!” * Second Opinion…
#20: Nvidia SHIELD Tablet Post-Mortem
Jun 10, 2017 • 58 min
Overview 1:14 | Quick Facts * Released July 2014 for $300 * A few months before Lollipop and Material Design, so the box has a different look than I have ever used it with * 8” 1920×1200 screen * Nvidia Tegra K1 * 2GB RAM * 16GB/32GB in LTE model * Micro…
#19: Agents of SHIELD Season 4 Review
May 27, 2017 • 61 min
Index * 2:36 | Marvel News * 13:45 | Spoiler-free * 24:13 | Spoilers Links * This episode on The RAFT * The RAFT RSS feed (paste the link into your podcast player) Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#18: Mr. Robot Review
Apr 8, 2017 • 36 min
Episode Index * 1:57 | Spoiler-free * 21:35 | Spoilers! Overview The show is very much a modern Fight Club, and it knows it. Right off the bat, they present the goal of fsociety as erasing all the world’s debt. Elliot addresses the audience directly as…
#17: Westworld Review
Mar 24, 2017 • 66 min
00:01:43 | Spoiler-free Blend of science-fiction and western Artificial Intelligence Free-for all world What will people do when there are basically no consequences? * Based loosely on the movie from 1973 Lisa Joy – IMDb Jonathan Nolan – IMDb Revamped by…
#16: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review
Feb 9, 2017 • 67 min
00:01:40 | Spoiler-free Plot summary (opening crawl of A New Hope) It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. During the battle, Rebel spies managed to steal…
#15: AirPods Review
Jan 15, 2017 • 35 min
Other headphone reviews: * Second Opinion #60: Sony WH-1000XM3 Headphones Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #63: Samsung Galaxy Buds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #64: Panasonic ErgoFit Earbuds Review › The Nexus * Second Opinion #65: Anker…
#14: Google Home First Impressions
Dec 16, 2016 • 28 min
Overview * Google Home – Smart Speaker & Home Assistant – Google Store Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#13: Project Fi Review
Nov 25, 2016 • 40 min
UPDATE 2018-12-26 Google made some major changes to Project Fi in 2018! * Way back in January: Bill Protection puts a cap on how much money you can spend on data.Bill Protection on Project Fi: data when you need it, and savings when you don’t * VPN is now…
#12: Fog of World Review
Nov 14, 2016 • 31 min
Overview * Fog of World 2 – Brian Mitchell * Fog of World on the App Store Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#11: iPhone 7 Review
Oct 17, 2016 • 49 min
Overview * iPhone 7 – Brian Mitchell * iPhone – Apple Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#10: iOS 10 Review
Oct 11, 2016 • 74 min
Overview * iOS – iOS 10 – Apple * iOS 10: The MacStories Review – MacStories * Pillow: The sleep cycle alarm clock for sleep tracking on the App Store * iPhone 7 – Brian Mitchell * Getting Started with Bolt – Misfit * GitHub –…
#9: Allo & Duo Review
Oct 7, 2016 • 30 min
Things in Common * Available on Android and iOS. * Uses your phone number, your phone contacts to populate its contacts list. * Can only have one device associated with your number at a time. * Problem: I have far more people’s email addresses than phone…
#8: Android 7.0 Nougat Review
Oct 1, 2016 • 51 min
Changes/new stuff * Notifications * Biggest change you will notice. * No longer cards with space between them. Now they are full width of the screen, and have a tiny border between them. * If you have multiple notifications from one app, they will be…
#7: Pebble Time + Pebble Time Round Review
Jun 29, 2016 • 46 min
UPDATE As of December 7th, 2016 Pebble has been acquired by Fitbit. Fitbit is not continuing the Pebble brand with new products, and will not be bringing new features to existing models. Basically, you should not buy a Pebble. But it is still useful to…
#6: Gboard and Google Keyboard Review
May 30, 2016 • 36 min
Overview * Gboard — Search. GIFs. Emojis & more. Right from your keyboard. on the App Store * Nintype on the App Store * Google Keyboard – Android Apps on Google Play Attributions * Free Music Archive: Beat Doctor – Organic (electric edit)
#5: Fenix for Android Review
Feb 7, 2016 • 50 min
Links * Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play * Fenix for Twitter – Android Apps on Google Play * Ryan Rampersad on Twitter: “My sentiments exactly. https://t.co/1aQJjoXC8c” Overview Pros of Twitter (first party Android app): * It’s free * Supports…
#4: Nexus 5X Review
Jan 24, 2016 • 60 min
UPDATE: The Nexus 5X is involved in a class-action lawsuit against LG. This suit claims that the Nexus 5X suffers from a hardware issue in which the CPU soldering cracks under normal use, causing the device to get stuck in a permanent boot loop. Ian R…
#3: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
Dec 20, 2015 • 92 min
Overview Non-spoilers General thoughts * It was very derivative; followed the formula of A New Hope far too much. Feels like the series is stagnating, when I want it to be moving forward. * Starts on a desert planet * Utility droid we have to protect *…
#2: Titansgrave Review
Dec 9, 2015 • 36 min
Links * Titansgrave | Geek and Sundry * Titansgrave – YouTube Overview Titansgrave: the Ashes of Valkana is a video series featuring a group of minor celebrities playing through an RPG campaign. * Setting * Love the combination of science fiction and…
#1: Android 6.0 Marshmallow Review
Nov 22, 2015 • 39 min
Links * Nexus Special #41: Google Nexus Event 2015 * Android – Marshmallow Overview * Keeps the UI of 5.0, and adds a bunch of new features. This is great, because material design is beautiful. * Now on Tap * Removal of swipe up to Now/listening * Doesn’t…