Just a whole bunch of interesting tech talk this week. We break down some important current tech topics to help you understand tech better. Stick around to the end for Dave’s Tip of the Week and our Picks of the Week.
We start off the podcast trying to remember commercials from this year’s Super Bowl and discussing the faults of the Roman numeral system. Then we jam pack the rest of the show with tech news, pro tips and deep thoughts.
We have often talked about differences between iPhones and Android phones on the podcast. With smartphones most people have a preference between the two and have reasons why they use what they use. At Notnerd we recommend and use iPhones for several reasons but we wouldn’t be honest if we said we haven’t thought about switching. The data shows that there are more people that switch from Android to iPhone, but it does go both ways.
Is the grass always greener on the other side? Which is better? Does it make sense to switch?
Well over at the TWiT network two of their show hosts decided to switch for a month. Jason Howell co-hosts All About Android. Megan Morrone co-hosts iOS Today. Together they do Tech News Today, a daily news show. As you can imagine Jason is an Android user and Megan has been using an iPhone. They spent a month on the opposite operating system and have talked on all three of their shows with the experience.
If you are interested in what it would be like to switch over give it a listen. I watched all three shows and found it interesting but do want to give a few notes:
Megan admits on All About Android that she used Android until she started at TWiT two years ago, doesn’t seem like the best candidate for the switch.
In the iOS Today episode Leo makes several mistakes when talking about iOS, especially apps having access to the accelerometer and other phone data.
Megan used the Google Pixel phone, one of the few phones on the current version of Android, is backordered/hard to get, and costs the same as the iPhone.
Jason used the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple’s latest model.
Today, Google announced a new software product designed to make flatbed scanners a thing of the past. It’s name is PhotoScan.
PhotoScan works in much the same way as other app scanners do, but with a slight twist. Instead of taking a single photo and straightening it, PhotoScan combines a series of shots and stitches them together. This results in a high resolution scan that is free of glare and other image artifacts.
You can download PhotoScan from the Apple App Store, or from the Google Play Store. To learn more about PhotoScan, visit Google’s product page.
The episode starts off with a discussion on when we might be able to do an episode on Mars, courtesy of Elon Musk. Then some news and not news from the last week, finishing up with our new segment, Picks of the Week.