The TR Podcast 172: An Apple on yer wrist and an Oculus on your face

Date: March 16th, 2015
Duration: 1:33:24

Hosted by: Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, and Jeff Kampman

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This episode of the TR Podcast is sponsored by MSI. MSI’s new AG270 3K all-in-one gaming PC is crazy cool. The AG270 features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M graphics card with 6GB of RAM, Intel Core i7 processing power, a gorgeous 3K 27-inch IPS display, and much more for $2000. Be sure to check it out.

Show notes

It’s our first episode without the venerable Cyril Kowaliski… and we’re so, so, lost doing just fine! Join us for a surprising Apple Watch and MacBook conversation, a look at the Shield set-top box, “console-killer” Steam machines, and a lot more. Bonus points if you can hang in long enough to hear Jordan sing (it’s not pretty).

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Tech discussion:

  • Apple Watch starts at $349, ships April 24 – Read more

    Apple introduces new, ultra-thin MacBook – Read more

    Nvidia introduces Shield set-top box with Android TV – Read more

    A peek inside Zotac’s console-killer Steam machine – Read more

    Intel’s Xeon D brings Broadwell to cloud, web services – Read more

    The SSD Endurance Experiment: They’re all dead – Read more

That’s all, folks! We’ll see you on the next episode.

Comments closed
    • d0g_p00p
    • 5 years ago

    Damn man, we are losing Cyril? I’m sad but best of luck to you on your new gig. I hope Scott, Geoff and the rest of the TR staff find a replacement as good as Cyril.

    • anotherengineer
    • 5 years ago

    “It’s our first episode without the venerable Cyril Kowaliski… and we’re so, so, lost doing just fine!”


    edit – gah strike outs to cut and paste ;(

    • llisandro
    • 5 years ago

    Re: Shield, I don’t think $200 is really that high for a stock android SOC that can do H.265/HEVC hardware decode, when $50 is the controller price. I’ve been through 2 streaming boxes- first a Roku 2XS that was slow as heck and crashed all the time, so I got a FireTV, which has a noticeably beefier GPU, but the amazon interface is a little annoying (voice searching is skewed toward selling you things). This thing will last you a long time, based on the specs.

    If my FireTV lit on exploded I’d definitely get one of these over a new Roku, for future compatibility with H.265 decode for Plex, etc., and I think getting a stock-ish android interface to run the native Android apps vs. the platform-specific Roku/FireTV app stores is actually worth some of the price difference.

    They’re pushing Grid, but will GameStream now work @ 4K if your card can handle it? I haven’t seen that explicitly stated.

    • thill9
    • 5 years ago

    I need my podcasts spoon fed to me. Have you made podcast 172 available on itunes?

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 5 years ago

      Both feeds should be updated with the latest episode now. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    • odizzido
    • 5 years ago

    About laptops that is something that has really sucked for a long time. I know exactly what you mean by wanting a laptop that is an upgrade in every way. I am still running an aspire one 522 that released in….2011?2010?. No laptop on the market can beat it in every way which is disappointing to say the least.

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