It took a herculean effort, but the Digital Trends editorial team made it through the gauntlet of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, streaming all the way.Although we had already seen most of the things there were to see by the third and final day, that didn’t mean the Digital Trends Live crew got a chance to rest; instead, they brought eight more hours of interviews, discussions, and even presented some awards, all live from the show floor.The day opened with Digital Trends Live hosts Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett sitting down for a chat with entrepreneur and original Shark Tank star Kevin Harrington.At the show looking for products to invest in, Harrington had plenty to say about his love of trade shows, his philosophy of investing, and the products he was partnering with for CES.Every CES, the Digital Trends editorial team sifts through the most impressive gadgets and technologies at CES, granting awards to the best of the best.This year, we gave awards to a truly spectacular array of products, including a smart beehive, an Alexa-enabled toilet, and the next generation of escooters.
For the editorial team at Digital Trends, CES, the annual consumer tech conference in Las Vegas, isn’t just about the products (although we do see plenty of cool gadgets there).During day three of the show, Digital Trends Live hosts Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett sat down with entrepreneur Kevin Harrington, a man who longtime Shark Tank viewers may recognize as one of the “sharks” from the first two seasons of the show.Although his Shark Tank days are long behind him, Harrington is still a prolific investor who comes to trade shows like CES to find the next big thing.Harrington talked to the Nibler and Garrett about his love of trade shows, how he got his start in business, and what he looks for in potential investment targets.As Harrington describes it, entrepreneurship runs in his family.“My father owned restaurants,” he explains, “and I started, when I was 11 years old, working in his restaurants.
The latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, is the last one before CES, the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and Digital Trends Live hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison spent it previewing the many of the things we expect to see on the show floor.There will be 4,400 companies exhibiting products at the show.For starters, beautiful new TVs.We also expect to hear more about HDMI 2.1, a new connection standard which, according to Denison, means that “you get variable refresh rate, high frame rates, more data going down the pipeline, which is great for gamers.Also, better audio coming out of your TV.”In the world of mobile devices, the next gold rush is the race to release 5G phones.
2019 is in effect, and while Santa may be resting for a while, Digital Trends Live returned on Wednesday, January 2, as hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle parked a sleigh full of hot news stories from the world of tech.First up on the docket: Netflix is no longer allowing iTunes users to pay for their subscriptions through iTunes, at least for new or returning accounts.If you currently have Netflix through iTunes, the company’s FAQ states that “If you are currently billed by iTunes, you can continue to use iTunes billing until your account is canceled.” It’s a rational business decision for Netflix to make, as Apple extracts a 30 percent fee from in-app subscriptions.CES beings January 8, and the Digital Trends editorial team is gearing up for the excitement.Emerging Tech editor Drew Prindle talked with Nibler about some of the bizarre, wild products he’s looking forward to seeing at the show, including new 3D printers and drones.In other Netflix news, the company reported that more than 45 million accounts watched its original film Bird Box in the first week after its release.
In our last show of 2018, we discussed a new Netflix choose-your-own-adventure film and the future of smartphone speakers on Digital Trends Live.We were also joined by rapper Brianna Perry to talk about her debut album, Fortune Cookie, and host Greg Nibler and computing editor Matt Smith unboxed three Origin gaming computers.Announced just a day before it’s actual release, Bandersnatch is a new Netflix film based on the series Black Mirror.The film follows a computer programmer in 1984 tasked with turning a fantasy novel into a video game, where the boundaries between fantasy and reality blur.Where this movie differs from others like it is that viewers can interact with the narrative and make decisions for the main character which will alter how the story unfolds.We welcomed rapper Perry to the show to talk about her debut album, Fortune Cookie.
The tech industry never sleeps, and so on episode 41 of Digital Trends Live, relentless hosts Greg Nibler and Caleb Denison rose bright and early to gather the biggest news stories of the day.First up, the convergence of tech giants is upon us, as Apple Music is coming to Amazon Alexa devices.The big clue is that the Apple app store is promoting the Alexa app.It makes sense for Apple, as putting its subscription service on new devices will open it up to a lot of customers it wasn’t previously capturing.As Denison explains it: “Apple HomePod is a one-time purchase, Apple Music is a subscription that keeps feeding the Apple monster every single month, so they want people buying into that subscription service.… And when it realizes that Echo speakers, Amazon’s ‘A-word’ is everywhere, you definitely need to be there.”
For Thursday, December 20, on Digital Trends Live, our host Greg Nibler sat down with the Director of Emerging Tech for USA Today, Ray Soto, to talk about how the news organization is using virtual reality and augmented reality to create compelling interactive stories.Soto started his career as a video game developer, never imaging he would enter the world of VR.“I did not expect to get into creative storytelling within USA Today and news, but when I think about, it’s a perfect fit, virtual reality and augmented reality the tools are very similar to what you find in the video game industry.When you consider my background — video game developer — we are passionate about telling stories.It was definitely a transition, it was a challenge, because when you consider video games being highly creative, in the news space you can’t make stuff up, so there was quite a bit of a learning curve but something that I very much appreciate having the opportunity to make that transition from video games into creative storytelling.The conversation about integrating VR started five years ago and the initial challenge was finding how it would fit in the world of USA Today.
On episode 40 of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending headlines from artificial intelligence that can create realistic portraits of fake people to a rumored rollable OLED TV from LG coming in 2019.We were joined by special guests Ryan Welsh, CEO of Kyndi, and Ryan Chin, CEO and co-founder of Optimus Ride to talk about the future of A.I.Researchers at Nvidia have developed an algorithm based on style-transfer technology to create portraits of fake people.While the real-world applications of such a technology was not detailed in the paper shared by Nvidia researchers last week, the ability to create a realistic image of a person that doesn’t exist raises concerns about the misuse of the technology.We also discussed a rollable OLED TV from LG that is rumored to be released sometime in 2019.The envisioned 65-inch television will retract like a garage door at the touch of the button.
In the world of tech, artificial intelligence is one of the buzziest topics around, particularly the study of “Deep learning,” a technique in which an A.I.industry express doubts about the power of deep learning, however, and one company, Kyndi, has a very specific problem with it.Kyndi CEO Ryan Welsh appeared on Digital Trends Live to talk to host Greg Nibler about his company’s quest to build explainable A.I., and why he thinks predictions about the impending singularity are overstated.Welsh began to think about the need for explainable A.I.“So I have a graduate degree in quantitative finance, [and ] I was working for a law firm during the financial crisis, and effectively we had to read a bunch of information to help our clients unwind a bunch of esoteric credit derivatives, and in three days I had to read an amount of information that [when] I left for business school three years later I was still reading.” He wondered how to “build machines that help us consume that information and ultimately make decisions faster.Instead of taking three years, maybe take three days.”
December 17 was a gray and gloomy day in Portland, Oregon, but that didn’t stop the hosts of Digital Trends Live from diving into the tech news of the day with smiles on their faces.KiwiBots have been in Berkeley, California, since 2017, and have made more than 20,000 deliveries on the University of California, Berkeley, campus and the surrounding area, but on December 14, one of the bots caught fire due to a battery malfunction.A passerby quelled the blaze with a fire extinguisher.Kiwi reacted to the incident quickly, pulling the KiwiBots from operation and implementing new software to monitor batteries in the future.This is likely just a speed bump for the burgeoning robot-delivery service industry; Postmates has already revealed Serve, its own robot.voice actor Charles Martinet has jumped into the Guinness Book of World Records.
On a very special episode of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, host Greg Nibler was joined by Marshawn Lynch, running back for the Oakland Raiders (and formerly the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he won the Super Bowl in 2013).Over the course of a freewheeling discussion, they talked about Lynch’s charitable foundation, Fam1st Family Foundation, his mobile network Beast Mobile, and a new football league where fans control the teams.The Fam1st Family Foundation is a charitable organization that Lynch founded along with fellow NFL players Josh Johnson and Marcus Peters.They launched Fam1st in Oakland, but Lynch says “To be honest with you, it started in Oakland, but everywhere I went, it traveled with me.”The organization’s goal is to help disenfranchised youth in the Oakland area.“For people that grew up the way I grew up, and/or worse, it gave them an opportunity to go ahead experience some of the finer things in life,” Lynch explains, “which is being able to attend a football camp that you didn’t have to pay for.
The number 35 may not seem like an auspicious number, but episode 35 was a momentous installment of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show.First and foremost, however, the news of the day.Although Apple has forsaken the headphone jack on its latest smartphone models, audiophiles with wired headphones may have a savior on the horizon.Leaked images from accessory maker Olixar depict the Samsung Galaxy S10 sporting a good, old-fashioned headphone jack.It’s not as ironclad as an official announcement, but it should give wired headphone owners some hope.Fashion is cyclical; clothes that were cool once can become fashionable decades later, and so it makes sense that, in a time when wearables are becoming popular, Puma is resurrecting its 1986 RS-Computer shoe.
This episode of Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show, features host Greg Nibler and special guest Jeremy Kaplan, Digital Trends’ editor in chief, running through the most exciting news stories from the world of tech.First, a moment of remembrance.December 9 marked the 50th anniversary of “The Mother of All Demos” at the Fall Joint Computer Conference, in which engineer Doug Engelbart gave the first demonstration of a computer mouse.Half a century later, despite the rise of touchscreens, people still use mice.The new Apple Watch, however, got a feature that is actually lifesaving: The ability to do an electrocardiogram (ECG).According to a report verified by Apple Insider, a Reddit user got the new Apple Watch, which notified him of problems with his heart rate.
Winter may be cold, but only the hottest tech news stories make the cut on Digital Trends Live, DT’s live morning show.On episode 32, host Greg Nibler and guest Jeremy Kaplan dove headlong into the news of the day.The trendiest news was the aftermath of The Game Awards, the annual awards ceremony founded by games journalist Geoff Keighley, in which video game luminaries gather to celebrate the best (or at least, biggest) games of the year.Red Dead Redemption 2 had a strong showing, claiming a variety of awards including Best Narrative and Best Score/Music, but God of War walked away with the top prizes, Game of the Year and Best Game Direction.The Game Awards aren’t just a place for the industry to salute itself; it’s also a venue to make announcements and show trailers for upcoming games.Among the reveals were Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order (the latest in the Marvel-themed dungeon crawler series, this time based on the Avengers movies storyline), Mortal Kombat 11, and The Outer Worlds, the latest RPG from Obsidian, which casts the player as an adventurer at the edge of the galaxy.
Digital Trends Live host Greg Nibler welcomed Gee Staughton, the art director at HouseSpecial, to our Portland studio to talk about how his company helped make Digital Trends’ 2018 Holiday Gift Guide come to life.“The vision for [the Holiday Gift Guide] was to try and make a world that would have little scenarios, but then you realize the world itself is built from some of the products,” Staughton said.“There were a lot of conversations, but right from the first meeting, it felt like this was going to be a fun project.”HouseSpecial is an animation company that specializes in all types of animation, as well as storytelling and character design.Originally known as LAIKA/house, HouseSpecial was the iconic commercial arm of the renowned stop-motion animation studio LAIKA before becoming its own independent company.Some of Staughton’s previous stop-motion work includes the award-winning Chipotle short,”Back to the Start,” and campaigns for Planters, Travel Portland, and Dish Network.
Wednesday’s episode of Digital Trends Live saw the launch of Waymo’s self-driving car service, a project to explore the deepest points of the world’s oceans, and coverage of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Event in Hawaii.We were also joined by Liz Dunn, CEO of Pro4ma, to talk about consumer and shopping trends during the holidays.The service launched today in Phoenix, Arizona and will allow users to request rides from autonomous vehicles, much like they would from competing services like Lyft and Uber.The service is launching with Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, with plans to add the Jaguar I-Pace electric SUV to its fleet soon.The cars aren’t completely driverless yet, and have human drivers on board just in case.Emerging technologies editor Drew Prindle also joined Greg Nibler on the show to talk about the Five Deeps Expedition, a research project to see the bottom of all five oceans.
Black Friday has a bad reputation.It’s a day of ludicrous sales, yes, but as its sinister name implies, it’s also been a day of chaos, as crowds stormed the gates of stores, surging into aisles, legions of hands outstretched to grab big-ticket items before someone else does.The times they are changing, however; even though Black Friday still attracts swarms of shoppers to stores, more and more people are doing their shopping online.Liz Dunn, CEO of retail analytics platform Pro4Ma, appeared on Digital Trends Live to talk with host Greg Nibler about the trends she saw over Black Friday weekend this year, and what that means for retailers moving forward.Explaining Pro4Ma’s business model, Dunn says: “What we’re trying to do is really tie together all of the data that’s out there related to retailers and map the ecosystem, as it were.So we’re really trying to help retailers understand the data that’s impacting their performance, and help investors understand how to target retailers that may be on an upswing.”
Representation — an individual seeing themselves represented in a work of art — is one of the biggest topics in media today.In the past, studies have shown that a lack of depictions of women or Black people, or a glut of negative depictions, can have an adverse effect on the self-esteem of children who identify with those groups.The last few years in the film and television industries have seen in upswell roles and stories geared toward historically underrepresented groups, but according to filmmaker Justin Ching, it’s just as important to get more diverse people working behind the scenes as directors, writers, and producers.Ching appeared on Digital Trends Live on Tuesday, December 4, to talk to host Greg Nibler about J-school, a production studio he founded to foster diverse talent behind the camera.According to Ching, J-school’s mission is to empower communities to tell their own stories.“We’re a production company that’s really focused on marginalized groups,” he explains, “i.e., people of color, women, the LGBT+ community, and frankly a lot of others that I don’t think we always talk about; but my goal is to help the voices out there that are not being told, and to give them the ability to have a first-person narrative.”
The number 28 may not seem like the most exciting one out there — until you watch the 28th episode of Digital Trends Live, in which heroic hosts Greg Nibler and Adrien Warner team up for an adventure that involved crazy news stories from the tech world and exciting interviews with some interesting characters.First up on the news docket: Uber may soon expand into the scooter market.Citizens of various cities may have noticed the invasion of electric scooters this year, as rival companies Bird and Lime deployed fleets of scooters that people could rent using apps.This comes after Uber’s main competitor, Lyft, acquired bike-sharing company Motivate.There has been a lot of fretting about robots taking jobs from humans in the future, and if one incident in the past week is any indication, an unlikely group may be facing obsolescence: Getaway drivers.According to reports, police in California spent seven minutes chasing a Tesla Model S whose owner had fallen asleep at the wheel; the vehicle continued moving on autopilot.
Millennials catch a lot of flak in the media for being self-centered, or spending too much money, or not spending enough money (this lower consumption is, according to a report by the Fed, the result of lower earnings and assets, although it’s more fun to blame avocado toast).Despite the stereotypes, Millennials are a generation of go-getters, and one of the most interesting examples of this is the growth of so-called “social entrepreneurship,” in which entrepreneurs create businesses to solve social issues.Director Pete Williams recently produced a documentary on this phenomenon, The New Breed, and he stopped by the Digital Trends Studio to talk with host Greg Nibler about social entrepreneurship, the people he followed over the course of the film, and his next project.“About six years ago I had a TV show called Makers,” he says.Makers “was about young entrepreneurs around the world making things with their hands, and I noticed some of these makers had some kind of social impact built into their business, and I thought, ‘That’s an interesting idea!Maybe that could be something to explore later.’”