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Digital Coffee Podcast

This podcast dedicated to all things tech. The story of how this came about was ordinary, maybe, but what I want to do with it, is extraordinary. I was working at a coffee shop and pondered my love for coffee and tech. I have also grown up around tech. I also had a new passion for coffee. This idea stayed with me until I figured out the name. Digital Coffee was born. So, with this idea I look at tech as I do coffee. How is the “tech brewed?” In my reviews, I look at it as a taste test, except I don’t drink the tech. I mean, who would? If you do, please let me know how I can! Anyways, if you feel like this is a great space to learn and have fun with tech, then, feel free to support me. I don’t mind at all! If you enjoy my podcast and blog please consider support me here: https://www.patreon.com/digitalcoffee Schedule: Monday: Digital Coffee Friday: Gamer’s Cafe Saturday: Marketing Blend Gaming on the Weekend! Twitch Youtube
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Apr 29, 2016

Today's Episode

No Man's Sky looks poised to become an incredible game. The tech behind it is worth a playthrough. It is interesting that they went with no story in the game. I agree with their decision to not add a story. The whole point of No Man's Sky is to explore the universe. A story, no matter how good it would be, is going to get in the way. We will find out if having no story was a wise choice. Doom is coming out soon and adding a permadeath to the hardest level should make it brutal. The game does go back to its roots. They have eliminated regenerating health and brought back the twitch shooting. I am intrigued if this game plays well and is fun. The new episode of Hitman came out recently and it shows how great the franchise can be. This is the best I've seen of Hitman in a while. Hitman fans should be delighted. There's more I talk about in the podcast. Check it out!

Gaming Topics I Discuss:

  • Doom is so hard the developer has not beaten the hardest difficulty
  • The Division needs a network rewrite says one professional
  • It looks like Steam sales are down from last year, but more games are coming out
  • No Man's Sky does not have a story, but lore
  • Call of Duty is going to remaster COD 4
  • Deus Ex is getting new and better augs
  • Games you should get
  • Hitman Episode 2 review

Games Coming Out In May:

Question:

What are games are you going to play in May?

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Apr 28, 2016

Today's Episode

There's a new trend going on in tech. It has only recently started in the last 2 years. The need to police speech. Social Autopsy is one of those bad platforms. They claim it's to keep people "safe," and making sure people are held accountable for their actions. Except, you can report people anonymously... For business, having your employees on this can be bad. It can hurt your business and maybe keep some bad press. The only solution is to encourage people to have dummy accounts to share their real thoughts without a threat of losing their jobs. In America, we have the first amendment, but we also have people wanting to curb speech. Anything that can be deemed, "hateful," is silenced. The problem is modern society is so thinned skin. We crave controversy too. It speaks to our lives. We are bored, we hate our lives and try to fill it with the next "outrage." Unfortunately, businesses can be caught in the middle. Advertising for a popular show that an actor or reality star says something unpopular. Your business could get the public's ire. On the bright side, there's more Marketing Blend. Find out more below!

Marketing News I Discuss:

  • Google Analytics mobile redesign
  • Katch is no more
  • How to deal with short attention spans
  • Twitter is not doing well and advertisers are noticing
  • Google adds a meeting button to calendar
  • The problem with Social Autopsy

Apps/Programs to try:

Question:

What do you think Google Analytics's redesign?

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Apr 22, 2016

Today's Episode

Cheating, exploits, hacking, they're all a part of gaming. The Division has been in the news lately about different exploits. You can do a quick Google search of any game and find companies offering cheats. It's fine if it's a single player game, but a multiplayer game can be frustrating. Playing someone that can see through walls or do headshots all the time makes any gamer rage. The problem can be a bad anti-cheating system or a lack of admins. I have never been a fan of anti-cheating programs because they do not work. Using admins can be the best way of combating cheating and they can abuse their power too. The other problem is the gaming industry is doing a bad job of limiting exploits. Every new patch comes with a few more exploits. The cycle never ends and I feel most developers are rushing to get patches out. Maybe they do their best to have quality control. It does seem to be getting worse too. I don't know if there is an easy answer, but there needs to be better quality control. Find out more about this discussion below.

Gaming News I Discuss:

  • Mirror's Edge is delayed
  • The Division has another game breaking bug
  • Rocket League gets hoops mode next month
  • Microsoft looks beyond XBox and Windows 10
  • Bethesda gets into the card game
  • Break the Law and gravity in LawBreakers
  • and more!

Gaming Deals:

Question:

What games are you playing next month?

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Apr 21, 2016

Today's Episode

Doing business today can be a complicated mess. That's not to say it has never been complicated. However, businesses have to be careful about what they say, do, think, feel and place. Even employees have to watch everything they do. Snapchat came under fire today for their "blackface." Now maybe, it was not the best idea, but if it was in partnership with the Bob Marley Estate, then, who is to blame? This is the problem businesses face. As a marketing professional ideas are going to have to be thought about. You are going to have to tear them apart and reassemble them. Find out if there is an "outrage" in your idea. I will say, that you cannot make everyone happy. That does not mean you should not just throw up your hands and do whatever ideas comes from your head.  However, businesses should take risks, but, they should be calculated. Be sure you are equipped to handle the outrage. If you need to, update your crisis communication plan. As the boy scouts always say, "be prepared." Now, onto the show!

Marketing News Discussed:

  • Storyful crowdsource video for journalist
  • Facebook is looking to get you paid in your posts
  • You can play podcasts in Google search
  • Google bets on AMP in their news
  • The changing face of search
  • SnapChat is not feeling the love today
  • Why business needs to risk but be aware of the backlash

Apps/Programs to try:

Question:

Is this Bob Marley filter that bad? Or are we just mad about it, to be mad?

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Apr 20, 2016

Today's Episode

It's already been an interesting week in tech. We have LinkedIn's new app, EFF going after the government, EU fighting with Google and its only Tuesday! I think it's great to see LinkedIn courting young adults. They really need to figure out a way to convert them over. I know when I was in college, LinkedIn was not a priority. Facebook (because it was still cool) was the priority. Evert college student was on it. Today there are even more choices than I had. I do think LinkedIn can find other ways of courting the younger generation, but this is a good first step. I really hope they push into video and live streaming. I believe they need to find a way to do this if they still want to be relevant. I have said it before, buying Blab is not a bad route to take. Blab has a nice community and it's geared towards being more professional than the rest. Find out what other tech news I talk about below!

Tech News I Discuss Today (Including LinkedIn):

  • EFF sues the DOJ over encryption
  • BlackBerry allowed the government to spy on its users
  • Shock Clock wants you to be a better morning person
  • Pinterest revamps it's iOS app
  • Intel cuts 12,000 jobs
  • Google says Android is safer than ever!
  • Apple updated its MacBook line
  • Google Play Music has podcasts

 

Apps/Programs to Try:

 

Apr 14, 2016

Today's Episode

Games and gender, it's a tricky subject. Everyone wants to feel like their character is an extension of themselves, but, that means developers have to spend time and resources to make that happen. For big developers, that's not a problem. For indie developers, that's time and money being used that could be used for other things. The simple answer is, you are not going to make everyone happy. Rust came under fire for deciding your gender for you. This is an interesting move. I would not have expected a developer to do this. It's bold, against the norm and people hate it. It's 2016 people! We hate everything. We get offended about the smallest offenses. It will be interesting to see what happens and if other developers will try this. I was a little upset, then, thought about it, and do not care. 

There's that issue and then there's BattleBorn. It's a great game. I am enjoying it. The gameplay is fast, and for the most part, balanced. Listen to my podcast to hear more about BattleBorn.

Gaming News I Discuss:

  • Witcher 3 gets a new picture for their final DLC
  • Rust developers explain gender in their game
  • Guild Wars 2 is getting an update
  • Doom is having an open beta and released a new video
  • City Overhaul makes Skyrim's cities feel like cities
  • Battle.net hit with a DDoS attack
  • Ubisoft fixes bug where characters are erased
  • I talk about BattleBorn Open Beta

 

Question:

Are you going to buy BattleBorn? What do you think of the beta?

 

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Apr 13, 2016

Today's Episode

Welcome to another change is social media. Yes, live streaming is going to be the new "darling" of social media. 2016 is the year that we see brands divert more resources into live streaming. This means most brands cannot sit on the sidelines and watch anymore. You are going to have to choose the platform. There are a select few out there. The live streaming platforms are Periscope, Facebook live, Blab, and Google Hangouts on Air. They are mostly different from each other. Facebook is trying to own everything on the web and they are dong a good job of showing why. Facebook's dominance will be around for years. 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year for marketing and social media.

Marketing and Social news discussed:

  • Snapchat adds emojis to faces
  • Google updates GA with better Adwords integration
  • GA has a new report called User Explorer
  • XHamster and why taking a stand could hurt your revenue
  • Facebook wants bots to be the new 1-800 number
  • Facebook rolls out Instant Articles to all publishers
  • Facebook and live streaming
  • My speculation of what social media could become

Tools to use:

Question:

Where do you want to see social media go in the next 5 years?

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Apr 13, 2016

Today's Episode

Today we get to hear all about how Facebook is going to take over the world! Or, the internet is probably where this is going. Facebook's Conference or the F8 conference is back, and it has nothing to do with Facebook. What? Yes, Facebook talked about VR/AR, Messenger, photo tools, a "save" button, but, there was not mention of cool features for Facebook. Facebook has slightly abandoned its first love... being a place for friends. Messenger is now the Facebook of 2004. It's the cool thing to do. Oh, we all get bots. Yes, bots are the new thing in social media. Instead of talking to a real person, we will enjoy talking to a robot. There's a bright future in anti-social, social media. Facebook, you were once a great social network, now, I think you're just a digital wasteland or a hub. Time will only tell which one is true.

Facebook's Confere and other topics I talk about:

  • Facebook has a 360 camera if you 30k
  • Facebook adds a "save" button to the web
  • Facebook has a live hub, but normal people cannot go live
  • Facebook adds bots to it's Messenger
  • Facebook will add sponsored messages to Messenger
  • Facebook wants you to upgrade your profile pic with their apps
  • Instant Articles is open to all publishers
  • Google ramps up security for those "social engineering" websites
  • Twitter adds playlist to moments
  • Smart homes have terrible security
  • and more!

Apps to try:

Question:

Is there any way Facebook could be saved? Should it be?

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Apr 8, 2016

Today's Episode

Gaming news aside, the Doom closed beta was last weekend and I had fun trying it out. It was great to get back to the old arena shooter feeling. It has been sorely missed. There is some aspect of the game id needs to fix, but I do not think it is game breaking. The Division is another story. The developers need a better fix for the game than what they have been purposing. The main problem is the fact that they keep calling it an RPG. It has some RPG elements, but there's really only one stat that really matters, DPS. Roles do not matter in The Division. It is wasted potential. The Division is running into the same problems Destiny has faced. I do not think they will dig themselves out of it either. The PC community is harsh on boring, bland games. Battlefront is learning from this and, I think, The Division will too.

Gaming news debated:

  • Fallout 4 wins best game at BAFTA
  • Beamdog backtracks on some politically charged dialogue
  • Doom open beta lands on April 15th
  • Battleborn open beta pre-loading begins
  • Fallout 4 updates survivor mode
  • I talk about the Division update
  • Tips on doing the Dark Zone alone
  • My impressions on Doom Closed Beta
  • and more!

Question:

What did you think about the Doom Beta?

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Apr 7, 2016

Today's Episode

It's time to talk about your e-newsletter. Yes, I know, you've got it under control. The thing is, you may not. I talk about what it takes to start one and maintain it. There are few key points to doing an e-newsletter. I would start with a great name. The most important part of this process is if it fits with your brand. My e-newsletter, Digital Brewer, fits well within my brand. It combines tech and coffee. It is the perfect fit. Plus, I can call all my subscribers digital brewers. I do believe starting with a great name is the best step forward. This will help create or maintain that brand personality and build a community around it. Want to know more? Listen to this episode. I also talk about other marketing news.

Time to talk about marketing news:

  • Facebook adds more features to live streamers
  • Kik invests in bots
  • Medium is in a relationship with publishers
  • What's better, short or long tweets? credit: Marketing Land
  • It's time to talk about your e-newsletter

Apps/Tools to try:

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Apr 6, 2016

Today's Episode

It seems like every day, we get more and more bots. Slack was one of the companies that made them popular. Now, other companies are implementing bots. Skype is doing it, and now, Kik. I think we are beginning to see the consumer side of AI take hold. I know, we have had Siri for a while, but this is a much bigger step. Siri was only on one platform. Bots are being implemented on multiple platforms. They are becoming the next "apps." Soon we will say, "there's a bot for that." It will be interesting to see what evolution comes about from these bots. I am excited to see that. I may be the only person to say that, but, it's true. Now, time for the curious case of tech news!

Discussing the curious case of tech.. or the stories I'm talking about:

  • Kik now has bots and it's serious
  • Microsoft is testing out a premium Outlook
  • Etsy launches patterns.
  • Twiter scores a big deal with the NFL
  • Twitter adds a DM button on tweets
  • Microsoft may launch surface phones in 2017
  • Facebook has a new AI to describe pictures to blind people
  • Sawyer wants you to schedule classes for your kids
  • and more!

The Curious Case of Apps to try:

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Apr 1, 2016

Today's Episode:

Diversity. It's all the talk in every group in America. The conversation is usually about the lack of it. Gaming is not impervious to these one-sided arguments. Rarely researched, people throw out diversity for the sake of news. The way most people talk about it is, on a superficial level. There's a mental checklist of what diversity should include. The main points are race, sex, and sexual orientation.  A diversity of thought is always left out. We are not concerned with different opinions. Different opinions are bad. Unfortunately, some developers are riding this train too. Talking about a"lack of diversity," it always revolves around race, sex, and sexual orientation. Writers should be more concerned about the depth of their characters.  

Gaming News I Discuss and You Need to Know:

  • The Division is getting trading, inclusion in next update
  • The backpack bug will be patched soon in The Division
  • Doom gets a live-action trailer
  • Hitman episode 2 release next month
  • Metal Gear and Farcry are getting survivor modes
  • Microsoft explains their universal gaming app
  • Play Unravel for free
  • Rainbow Six Siege gets and update
  • Hyper  X Cloud Revolver price set at $120
  • Tribe: Ascend gets an update
  • and more!

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Question of the Day:

Is there a lack of diversity in gaming?

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