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One Cool Thing

7
Dec

Download movies to your phone with PlayOn

Just this week, Netflix started to allow users to download movies for offline viewing. But did you know there's a way to download video from ANY service--Netflix, Hulu, HBO, whatever--and watch it on a phone or tablet where there's no Internet access? We talk all about that this week. 

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29
Nov

Kickstarter: The best and worst thing ever.

Kickstarter is where you go for your $200 cooler with a built-in blender, your battery-powered umbrella, and your gyroscopically stabilized one-wheeled skateboard. It's a hotbed of innovation, it's a wild west where you can lose a lot of money if you're not careful, and it's the subject of this week's podcast. 

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22
Nov

Tech toy and gadget gift suggestions for kids of every age

With the holidays approaching like a highly tinseled freight train, Dave and Rick make tech toy recommendations for kids of all ages. They recommend an awesome artifically intelligent robot, a few inexpensive stocking stuffers, subscription boxes, drones, affordable virtual reality, and more. And they argue about Festivus and the TV show Everybody Loves Raymond along the way. 

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15
Nov

Google Auto prevents your phone from trying to murder you when you drive

Since the dawn of the smartphone age, your phone has actively tried to murder you while you drive. Last week, Google made an app called Android Auto available, and it's a real game changer -- it tames your phone so it's safe to use your phone while driving. We've got the scoop on this cool app, and we talk to the app during the podcast as well. 

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8
Nov

Set your cash on fire, digital credit cards are here

It's a contentious day at One Cool Thing as Dave tries to convince Rick and guest tech journalist Melanie Pinola that using digital credit solutions -- like Coin, Plastc, Android Pay, and Apple Pay -- are better than tried-and-true credit cards.

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1
Nov

Monkeys and dolphins are stealing our iPads

Motivated by YouTube videos of animals making off with iPads, this week we discuss if tablets are worthy replacements for laptop computers--and if not for you and me, what about for our parents? We're joined by special guest Sarah Jacobsson Purewal.

Here are the animal videos Dave, Rick, and Sarah discussed: https://www.techwalla.com/articles/animals-love-ipads-apparently
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25
Oct

Why your smartphone battery might explode (and should you worry?)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is just the latest in a line of gadgets that have batteries with a tendency to explode. With guest Melanie Pinola, we talk about the real risk of exploding batteries, laptops that cause house fires, Star Trek phasers on overload, Rick's asbestos pocket Kickstarter, and much more.

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19
Oct

One Cool Thing goes to Mars!

Last week, President Obama gave an important speech about sending Americans to Mars. Elon Musk unveiled his own plan to populate the red planet. So this week, let's take a break from the usual topics and chat about going to Mars, with special guest David Isaac.

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11
Oct

Alexa tells terrible jokes (but is otherwise awesome)

This week we have a special in-studio guest: Amazon Echo, otherwise known as Alexa. She tells us trivia, makes jokes, and starts a timer, all while Dave and Rick discuss the past, present, and future of in-home artificially intelligent assistants like Alexa.

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4
Oct

If you don’t want Snapchat Spectacles, your kids probably do

Are Snapchat Spectacles just Google Glass for people who don't learn from history? This week, Dave and Rick talk about Snapchat's new sunglasses that shoot 10-second video, whether they're right for you, and how its predecessor, Google Glass, started at least one documented barfight. 

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