We need your help

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As of yesterday, YouTube announced that they are changing the terms and eligibility requirements for their monetization program (the part of videos that show an ad in the video and generate revenue for the content creators) – these changes will impact us directly.  We are a small 2 man shop that relies heavily on the kindness of strangers to get our message out there.  These changes YouTube has made will make it even more difficult than it already is to subsidize what is basically a labor of love project that consumes a great deal of not only my time, but Sean P’s as well.

In order to help us reach our goal of educating, entertaining, and informing everyone, you (our audience) plays a vital role.  Please consider subscribing to our YouTube channel (as the new model is based not only on watch time but also suscribers with a 1,000 minimum for enrollment) – the more subscribers we have and the more people we can reach, the longer we will be able to deliver our content and the better content we will be able to provide.  On behalf of both Sean P and myself, we appreciate your support of Silicon Theory over the years, and we hope to continue for many more years to come.

Cheers…and thank you!

 

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Another new video – Tile Style & Sport combo pack overview

I talk about the latest offering from Tile.  The Tile Style and Sport are GPS tracking devices that are designed to help you locate your keys, bags, and other objects if they become lost.  The 2 devices I cover are the Style (a fashion oriented version) and the Sport (a more rugged and outdoor friendly version) – I’ve owned the Tile Mate (the original version) for over a year and really like its functionality and ease of use.  Check out the video to see if you might need a Tile in your life!

 

New video – Best of CES 2018

Sean P and I talk about what caught our eye at CES 2018.  The Consumer Electronic Show always has the best, wildest, and most outlandish tech – some of which actually even makes it to the marketplace.  We cover some of the most interesting hardware as well as important news that came out during last weeks event.  We talk fingerprint sensors, what the heck happened with ATT&T and Huawei, and much much more!

Subscribe and like and all that stuff!  Also available soon as a podcast on all platforms!

LG annouces wide swath of new products at CES 2018

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Now that CES 2018 is winding down, we wanted to take a look at a few products in particular.  That would be a lot easier to do if LG hadn’t introduced a TON of new products, a lot of which are designed to make your home smarter or act smarter.  This years theme was mostly about digital assistance in our next generation products, and LG was no exception.  After the jump you’ll see just a few of the things LG has planned for consumers in 2018.

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UPDATED: AT&T withdraws from arrangement to carry Huawei phones in its stores

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The Wall Street Journal reported earlier in the day that AT&T had backed away from a deal that would have seen AT&T Wireless carry and sell an undisclosed Huawei “flagship” mobile phone in its retail locations.  Sean P and I have discussed that this might have been a solid way for Huawei (currently one of the top smartphone OEMs in the world, but who’s made limited inroads in the US market as of yet) to get a foothold in the very lucrative United States sales territory.

We’ve both argued back and forth during our podcasts in the past about whether carrier support is necessary for sales success, and what it boils down to is how you define success.  Huawei is very large and isn’t having any issues selling phones, period.  But if they want to grow even further, a deal with a US carrier seems likely.  WSJ also reported today that Huawei is seen as a “spy threat” and this may have had something to do with AT&T withdrawing from the deal.  Considering the current US government climate and attitude towards wired and wireless broadband carriers, and its support of the end of net neutrality, it probably wouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that nationalism played a role in this whole dance.

Huawei will have to find another partner in the US carrier market to tango with.

**UPDATE:  9to5Google is reporting that it was indeed “political pressure” that scuttled the AT&T and Huawei deal, with Huawei reportedly suprised by the news.  This makes snese, considering that Huawei was poised to make a major announcent at CES 2018 this week which was presumed to be that they had indeed landed a carrier deal with AT&T.

**2nd UPDATE:  Android Police is now reporting that Verizon may be under similar pressure to end a deal with Huawei that was scheduled for later on this year.

New podcast available – the Moto X4 and LG V30 reviews are up!

The extended audio from our video reviews are now available for your listening enjoyment on your favorite podcast platform – Sean P talks about the pros and cons of each device in our seperate reviews.  Links for the podcast are below.

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud

You can of course still watch the video reviews (and we hope that you do, or did) – you can find all of our video content at youtube.com/c/silicontheory – leave any questions you might have in the comments here or on the videos – and as always, thanks for listening or watching!

What you need to know about the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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You may or may not have heard about the new “hacks” or “vulns” for most Windows and Mac computers – but if you haven’t,  you want to make sure that you find out.  Before you get some bad information and do something that could expose you, your computers, tablets, and smartphones, as well as your data to these exploits.  The most important thing you’d need to know right now is that malware (software with bad intentions) would have to installed locally on your devices to be exposed to these risks.  Either by someone else or you under false pretenses.  So BE CAUTIOUS when installing new software until the proper security updates can be delivered by your OEM of choice (Microsoft, Apple, or any of the smartphone makers)  More details follow after the jump.

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Silicon Theory Podcast – Best & Worst of 2017 in Smartphones

microphone-audio_zyMq_LId_LIn case you missed it, or just plain old didn’t want to watch (and I don’t blame you, Sean P. isn’t pretty to look at) we now have our most recent video available in podcast form – our Best & Worst of 2017 show.  We cover a lot of ground here, and the show is about a half hour long, but if you’d prefer to listen to us ramble than watch us – by all means, feel free to do so.  It’s been uploaded and should be available on all the platforms you love soon.  Links are below.  Thanks for listening, and if you have any questions – leave a comment too!

Silicon Theory podcast – iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud