Interface: 21. A Lack of Clarity

So you bought a 4K TV. And the new Xbox One S. And you’re paying the extra $2 to Netflix for “Ultra HD.” You fire everything up, and suddenly you realize – there’s not much worthwhile content to take advantage of all those bonus pixels. Finally, you settle on “Smurfs 2” (available in 4K), only to be greeted by buffering every few minutes.

There are many hurdles to 4K right now, but is it a consumer gimmick?


Interface: 20. If You Can Touch it With a Finger, You Can Touch it With a Mouse

After a long weekend, Andrew heads in to work, only to realize that his wireless keyboard and mouse are on his desk at home. After checking around the office, he decides his best option is to just suffer through using the touchscreen of his Surface 4 to work on editing a few pictures in Photoshop.

After an hour of effort, and almost no progress on the task, he downloads Pixelmator for his iPhone, and is able to edit the images in a matter of minutes, leaving him to wonder what good a touchscreen is if you’re stuck using mouse-based apps.


Interface: 19. A Sock You Have to Charge

Chase is a dad of 2, and Ian is about to be a dad, and Andrew was away on business, so this week, we take a quick dive into smart devices for kids (babies).

We also discuss how fitness wearables for adults offer motivation, and the desire for social elements in a fitness tracker.


Interface: 18. Google Loofa

When we were young, we would do and say what we wanted. For many of us, what seemed acceptable in the moment, later seemed like an embarrassing, stupid, or hurtful thing, but rarely had lasting evidence. Now, in an era of “everything online, all the time,” what can be done about the trail of dumb we leave behind?


Interface: 17. Sorry, I’m Going to Be The Liability

I’m not writing anything snarky or goofy about online toxicity. It’s bad, and whether or not you agree with the viewpoints of people who are expressing their opinions, no one deserves to receive constant abuse, death threats, and rape threats. Today, we talk about what can be done and what’s being done to combat online toxicity.

John Gabriel’s Greater Internet _______ Theory (we’re a clean show I guess?)
YikYak is garbage
@nero banned from Twitter forever
xkcd on free speech as a defense (read the alt text)
Periscope’s solution to online harrassment
Racism in Hearthstone
The Elo rating system
Dota2 player realizes he’s being a dick (report at eleven!)
Overwatch more popular than League of Legends in Korea
League of Legends is enormous
Jeff Lin of Riot discusses how they tested eliminating toxicity
Another Jeff Lin talk
Yet another Jeff Lin talk
More on Jeff’s experiments at Riot
A good overview on Riot’s attempts to curb harrassment
Ruining it for the rest of us
Dark patterns as a good thing
Riot using online metrics to deal with toxic, in-house employees
Overwatch is becoming famous for its low levels of toxicity
Online altruism
Overwatch gets one method of avoiding online abusers removed because it was being abused
Overwatch play-by-sound
Radiolab’s Trust Engineers
Everything is a Remix
Remakes that are better than the original