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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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May 27, 2016

Today's Episode

The month of May has seen a few games released. We had Doom, Battleborn, Overwatch, Total War, and Homefront. Then announced this month we had the new Witcher DLC and Hitman episode 3. That's six high-profile games released this month. It almost feels like November, but it's not! I played a lot of Overwatch this week and it's a great game. It's very surprising because Blizzard is not known for making fps games. Yet, it seems they can make any type of game and make it work. The sad news here is No Man's Sky may be delayed. This is an interesting game. The game is all about exploration and has little to no story. I hope it's not, but, it could be. There is no official statement from the publisher or developer yet. Listen below for more gaming news.

Gaming News You Need To Know:

  • No Man's Sky may be delayed
  • Corsair and Asus team up
  • MSI makes an overclocking mini motherboard
  • Prey 2 may be announced at E3
  • New trailer for Ghost Recon
  • New trailer for Deus Ex
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance is delayed until 2017
  • Unreal Tournament gets a new map
  • Battleborn is getting a new character
  • The Division update 1.2 is out
  • Overwatch is getting a competitive mode later in June
  • and more!

Game Sales:

Question:

Are you enjoy Overwatch? What do you think of Battleborn?

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May 20, 2016

Today's Episode

These days games seem to be getting more expensive. Not only do gamers need to by the base game, but there are season passes. The problem is developers and publishers seem to make less content for the game released and wait for the DLC to "add value" to the game. That's not how this is suppose to work. Developers should be making their base game as feature rich as possible. Then, add more content in the future. However, that's not how this is working. They seem to withhold content for the sake of more money. If gamers want the complete experience, they have to buy two games. That sounds absurd, but, its our fault. If the consumer did not rush to buy all those COD DLCs when it began, we would not have this problem. This is our fault in a way, but, some developers get it. Unfortunately, not many do. Next time, maybe we should not buy DLC. There's still more to see below here! 

Gaming Topics Discussed:

  • Witcher 3 Blood and Wine has a new trailer!
  • Hard Reset Redux released system requirements
  • Paragon has a free weekend
  • I talk about what's the best hard drive to buy
  • Fractured Space goes Free-to-play
  • Homefront has a message for you
  • Dates on when players can play Overwatch
  • Batman Arkham Series gets a redux
  • Battleborn gets a new character
  • My review of Doom
  • and more!

Upcoming Games:

  • Overwatch (May 24th)
  • Tota War: Warhammer (May 24th)
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine (May 31st)

Game Deals:

  • Up to 85% off on The Witcher series (GOG)
  • Darker Dungeon 33% off (Steam)
  • Galactic Civilization 3 66% off (Steam)
  • WarGame Franchise 77% off (Steam)

Question:

Are you excited for the new Witcher 3 DLC? What do you think of Doom?

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May 19, 2016

Today's Episode

Google io is here! The best part of it was the announcement of Firebase 2.0. It is shaping up to be a great tool. There are a few great tidbits. One, there is an analytics tool optimized for mobile. Two, it can be used for iOS and Android and it's free! The demo's today show how powerful it can be. Dynamic links will help developers get people to download their apps with fewer clicks. They can also track who's clicking on them too. Messaging users are simple as well. Firebase allows developers to target their customers and hopefully convert mover with some timely messages. Firebase should help developers and marketers find better ways of getting those eyeballs. Let's see if Android developers respond. On another note, I do like the change Pinterest has made to measuring the reach of pins. Instead of only counting what has been liked, repinned or saved from the source. It also counts other's that have done the same through other accounts. Things are looking interesting in 2016. Now, on with the show!

Marketing News Discussed:

  • A study on what people post on Facebook in the summer
  • Facebook is testing out video comments
  • Pinterest changes the metric for likes, repins and saves
  • A new study finds that brands, publishers and celebrities love links in their tweets
  • Twitter might remove links and pictures from their character limits
  • Twitter is going to embed ads
  • Talking about Google i/0 2016
    • A look at Firebase
  • Why you should not be like Google and bring too many similar products to the market
  • and more!

Apps/Programs to check out:

Question:

What do you think about Google Firebase, Spaces, Allo and Duo?

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May 18, 2016

Today's Episode

Open source, it is what drives tech. However, some companies would rather say they "champion," open source only with their words. Oracle is one of those companies. I have never been fond of them, but, their litigation-happy company needs to readdress what it means to be a champion. Their fight with Google is purely for financial gain. I'm all for projecting your properties, but, when you buy a company that made a program/language open to all you're fighting the wrong battle. Oracle knew how valuable Java is to the tech industries and is trying to capitalize on it. Android is one of the most popular mobile OS out there. If Oracle can get a fraction of the money they think they are owed, they will. This is not to save a company, this is them thinking they are owed something. This not the first time Oracle has done something like this, and it will not be the last. However, I hope they lose. Now onto the rest of the show!

Tech News Discussed:

  • Oracle wants the Android pie
  • Google makes a gigapixel camera
  • AT&T upgrades its internet
  • Twitter is testing out a live button
  • Twitter may remove links and picture from its character limit
  • Facebook wants to personalize your emojis
  • FAA is testing ways to detect drones
  • Amazon Fire TV gets Alexa
  • Tumblr updates its GIF tool
  • and more!

Apps to Try:

Question:

What do you think about removing links and pictures from the character limit on Twitter?

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May 13, 2016

Today's Episode

The march to E3 continues! We are less than a month away from E3 2016. However, many game developers have decided to announce their games prior to the big event. Civilization 6 was announced this week and it looks to be another great game. The way they are tackling cities and AI leaders should make the game better than the last one. Western Digital is going to buy SanDisk. That should make SSD's cheaper and, hopefully, better. Doom is coming out tomorrow and I am reviewing it. Let's see if it can capture the best parts of the old game. There is a lot riding on this game. One reason is the old id team is long gone. This is a new id software. Let's see if this new team can continue leaving a legacy that the old id team has left. There's more witty banter and raging going on in this podcast. Listen below!

Gaming News Discussed:

  • Titanfall 2 comes out Q3 of 2016
  • EA says they will make Star Wars games every year
  • Outer Rim DLC For Battlefront free this weekend
  • Battlefield 1 will be digital only in North America
  • Windows 10 UWP gets updated
  • GDDR5X ahead of schedule
  • Western Digital can now buy SanDisk
  • Russia Embassy uses game picture to scare people
  • The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine comes out on May 31
  • Civilization 6 announced and comes out October 21
  • and more!

Games Releasing this Month:

Weekend Deals:

Question:

Are you excited for Civilization 6?

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May 12, 2016

Today's Episode

Chatbots, they are going to take over social media. They are the new customer service automation. Instead of calling a machine, the customer, is going to chat with a machine. It's the natural evolution of automation. Where be canned response should be organic language. They are not yet, but, they will get there eventually. Businesses are scrambling to make the next great hit on social media. Customers and users should except to see more of these. Some will be great, others, not so much. Facebook and Instagram now hearts ads. They have announced plans to use more retargeting ads. This may seem like a win for marketers, but, more people are turning towards adblockers. It is no surprise people are doing this either. We are bombarded by ads. It gets to be too much and people are turning to programs to turn them off. Most ads are not good. Most are annoying and most people would rather skip them. However, this is how a business survives. The problem is, advertising has not changed very much. As technology has advanced, the way we advertise has remained the same. Snapchat is the only social network I know of that is doing something different. Now it's to see what other topics I will discuss today.

Marketings News I Discuss:

  • Periscope new updates and why you should be on it
  • Yoast SEO has a vulnerability and you need to update now
  • Adobe ups it's Martech game
  • Instagram is going to be doing retargeting ads
  • Why retargeting ads may not be the future
  • Instagram's new icon design and redesign
  • LinkedIn is looking to do their own Instant Article
  • The chatbots are taking over
  • and more!

Programs/Tools to try:

Question:

Do you like the Instagram redesign? Do you think chatbots are the next big thing?

Support: 

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May 11, 2016

Today's Episode

There always seems to be a lot going on in tech these days. Microsoft is going to stop bugging you to update to Windows 10. The biggest drama is Facebook silencing conservative views. Facebook has denied these charges, but, I would not be surprised if it was doing that. Tech companies are at an impasse right now. They all seem poised to be more liberal. For better or worse, this can become a headache. The government is looking into why it takes so long to get updates for phones. This is a big problem for consumers since there are some vulnerabilities that can cripple phones. Rendering them useless and a security threat. This is interesting for one reason, the government has said it wants weak encryption, which means weak security. I feel like the government does not know what it wants and keeps changing it's mind just because. However, it's good that the FCC and FTC are looking into this. This is a long show, so enjoy an hours worth of funny lines and rants. Enjoy!

Tech News I Discuss:

  • Dropbox goes to school
  • Samsung wants to hang ten
  • Indiegogo hearts celery
  • Microsoft will stop bugging you about upgrading... soon
  • Periscope adds search, save, and you can live stream from a drone
  • Facebook has some explaining to do with congress
  • FTC and FCC want to know why it takes so long for updates on mobile phones
  • You can roam with T-Mobile in Cuba
  • Google is testing out new colors for its search
  • and more!

Apps/Programs to Try:

Question:

Would you use the Samsung surfboard?

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May 6, 2016

Today's Episode

We are in the month of May. That means several high profile games are coming out. It also is the month of big reveals. Activision has released a trailer for the next Call of Duty and Sega has released a trailer for Dawn of War 3. Tomorrow we will see what Battlefield 5 is all about. This is shaping up to be an interesting year for gaming. First off, there are going to be more Star Wars games; let's hope it is better than Battlefront. The Division is finally going to give better drops, that has been a problem. I am interested to see how Doom is going to be. Luckily for you, I am reviewing it once it comes out. It is interesting to see if the free-to-play model will be around. There have been some games ditching that model for the standard one. Now if only we could get rid of Call of Duty for a year, that would be an even better year! Read further and listen to the full episode below.

Gaming News I Discuss:

  • Doom system requirements released
  • The Division 1.2 update will have better loot drops
  • Total War: Warhammer will have mod support
  • XCOM 2 Alien Hunter DLC revealed
  • Origin Access will have Mass Effect Trilogy and Trine
  • Upgrade Windows 10 before July 29th or pay $119
  • Rainbow Six Siege new DLC pack coming next week
  • OverWatch open beta is going on now
  • Battleborn and Overwatch impressions
  • Respawn is making an action-adventure Star Wars game
  • and more!

Gaming Coming out this month:

  • Doom
  • Overwatch
  • Shadwen
  • Total War: Warhammer

Question:

Which game to you prefer: Overwatch or Battleborn?

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May 5, 2016

Today's Episode

Creating content can be tough. It is, to me, like chasing the sun. We are always trying to find/create the best content to get noticed. However, everyone is doing that. That is tons of competition and how does a small business do it well? I think it all starts with knowing your brand. This is cliche, but important. You, the owner, are the expert on the brand. You know it like no one else. Now, how can you convey that to your audience or future customers? This strategy comes in handy. I would sit down and write three characteristics of your brand. This is the best way to figure out your brand. Then, craft your personality based on that. After all, that is done, create a few samples to show to people. Find out which one best hits your audience. Create about three templates. Once you have a feel for it, figure out your hashtag. Be sure no one is using it. Then create a social media calendar. Then, test and keep on testing. Find out more below!

Marketing Discussed:

  • Vine is on Windows 10
  • Twitter brings log-out ads to the mobile web
  • Instagram is testing out brand profiles
  • Instagram wants more ads
  • Adobe buys Livefrye
  • Google Slides adds real-time Q&A
  • I talk about the basics of creating content

 

Tools to use:

Question:

What tools do you use to create content?

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May 4, 2016

Today's Episode

I learned a valuable lesson this weekend, that is if you want to update your BIOS in your computer, flash it. This weekend I wanted to install a new graphics card; the problem was, the motherboard did not like it. I was not booting to Windows and there was a problem with the motherboard. I searched the web trying to find a fix and found one. I had to update the BIOS. I found the manufacturers new program and it gave me an update. I decided to update the BIOS that way. Well, that was a big mistake. Windows crashed, there was no way to repair it. I had to buy a new SSD and install Windows fresh, which that lead to more problems. There is a happy ending, I did get my new graphics card installed and everything is working fine, but, I lost all my old files. The lesson here, always flash your BIOS. Never, I mean, never do it through a program on Windows. Let's get on with the show!

Tech News I Discuss Today:

  • DISH will repair your iPhone at your house
  • Instagram adds more ads
  • Twitter wants people to be connected with the "Connect" tab
  • Giphy makes a keyboard
  • Google updates its keyboard
  • The smart plug may not be what you want
  • Adblock wants you to pay your favorite publishers
  • Intel kills it's Atom processors
  • Why you should properly update your BIOS

Apps/Bots/Programs to try:

Question of the Day:

Do you build your own computers?

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