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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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Jan 31, 2017

Today's Episode

Starbucks virtue marketing. It's similar to virtue signaling. Too close from what I've seen. This is a way for a company to capitalize on a political controversy for monetary gain. They have done it before and will do it again. The problem with this is the company equates that every customer is a monolith. That is not true. No one agrees with you 100 percent. I do not care how close you are with your friend, there will be disagreements. Starbucks is painting itself into a corner, if they are not careful, their sales could drop.

The reason is my generation. My generation is the best virtue signaling group I have ever seen. It needs to stop. You are not making a change and you are forcing businesses into stupid decisions. Culture is a pendulum. One moment, one idea is popular, then years later, it switches. This is usually because of the next generation coming of age. I hope Starbucks weighs its risks, because this is a bitter fight in American culture, be sure you know what this means.

Show Timeline:

  • Study finds Amazon is the most trusted SMB
  • Twitter NFL stream is huge
  • Branch unveils AMP Deepview
  • Uber gets backlash because of doing business
  • Facebook now ranks video by completion
  • Try content repurposing
  • New Messenger ads make them unavoidable. Don't make them suck
  • Organic Content and Social Media Success
  • Twitter now has an Explorer Tab
  • OkCupid and bias data
  • Why brands still need to be neutral
  • Your customers are not monoliths
  • Starbucks virtue marketing

Apps/Programs to Try:

Highlights from the Show:

Customers are not monoliths and your service is used by people of different thoughts.

OkCupid may have a problem if it keeps doing this.

Virtue marketing. It's like virtue signaling for businesses.

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Jan 28, 2017

Today's Episode

Resident Evil 7, what can you say about it? It was very different from Resident Evil 6. I played and finished the game this week. It scared the hell out of me. I was very gruesome too. If you cannot stand lots of gore, this is not the game for you. It is great to see the survivor horror back in Resident Evil. I talk about why I rather play games than watch movies. Hollywood you really make it easy to skip out on your movies. Your writing is lazy and you do not make new content. Do better. Find out what I think about it and more down below.

Show Timeline:

  • Windows 10 Game Mode is live on the Insider build
  • New microtransaction coming to The Division
  • Pillar of Eternity 2 announced and funded in one day
  • Mass Effect Andromeda updates
  • Overwatch new skins, player count and changes
  • Civ 6 still getting mod tools
  • Ace Combat 7 is coming to PC
  • Former GTA producer is making a new game
  • New Avengers game developed by Deus Ex and Tomb Raider devs
  • Prey release date is confirmed
  • Iron Gaint is in Fallout 4 thanks to a mod
  • More info on BF1 DLC
  • Banner Saga 3 has a crowdfunding campaign
  • Dishonored 2 customize difficulty is now live
  • Resident Evil 7 review
  • Why I rather play games than watch movies

Gaming Deals:

Highlights from the Show:

Not a big surprise that Overwatch released their Chinese New Year skins

Resident Evil 7 not going the zombie route, good move.

Hollywood, if you want to make fun of half the American population, then, I can play games instead.

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Jan 26, 2017

Today's Episode

Facebook is doing it again! They are copying Snapchat, but, really, just taking Instagram stories and putting it on Facebook. So, they are copying, the copy. They are putting new ads in Messenger and doing away with a personalized trending topic. It's an interesting move for Facebook. I really do not know what to think about this. Then we have Ellen K. Pao. If you do not know her, she is the former CEO of Reddit. She's back on the censorship train. She is calling on Jack to ban the President from Twitter. The funny part is she disabled comments on her Medium post. Find out what I have to say about this and more!

Show Timeline:

  • Apple sues Qualcomm
  • Inmoji is the interactive version of emoji
  • Tostitos wants you to no drink and drive.
  • News Feed-like ads coming to Messenger
  • Oh, look! Stories is coming to Facebook
  • Goodbye personalized trending topics
  • Women March and Porn
  • Some Federal agencies stop tweeting and it's normal
  • Microsoft goes after Chromebooks
  • The New FCC and the media hate it.
  • Google Voice is getting and update
  • Snapchat on iOS gets a redesign
  • The media now cares about secure phones for elected officials
  • No, recode, a journalist can interview who they want.
  • The irony on Ellen Pao censorship call for President Trump on Twitter.

Apps/Programs to try this Week:

Highlights from the Show:

Why does the tech media care about an unsecured tech now? Why did not you care when Hillary did it?

I'm telling you Messenger is going to Facebook.

Ms. Pao you care about diversity, except the most important one, diversity of thought.

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Jan 24, 2017

Today's Episode

It happened, LinkedIn update is a great step forward in 2017. They unveiled their new web design and it looks great. They were talking about it for months and now they are rolling it out. I will add that I do not have it yet. It's a really slow rollout. If you have not gotten it yet, just sit tight. The update emphasizes content. This is just the push to be more modern on their website. It needed to happen. It's the best gift for social media in 2017!

I also talk about the need for businesses to stay neutral. It is the best policy. Unless you can guarantee there is no backlash and you are on the side that wins, it's a bad idea. If you want to know, Target paid the price for this. The bathroom policy good or bad had a consequence. Their sales went down 20 percent. It was a bad business move.  Find out why down below.

Show Timeline:

  • Youtube gets access to Google ad targeting
  • People are not happy with Twitter
  • LinkedIn gets a web redesign
  • Pinterest offers ad groups to paid campaigns
  • TripAdvisor gets interesting
  • Staples made a useful easy button
  • DuckDuckGo is getting bigger
  • A new study shows best and words keywords
  • Is progressive web apps the future?
  • Google updates Google+?
  • Business should not say and stay out of politics

App/Programs to Try this Week:

Highlights from the Show:

TripAdvisor needs to step carefully about this new update.

Google still cares about Google+, weird.

Businesses need to stay neutral when we talk about politics.

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Jan 21, 2017

Today's Episode

DICE had some teases for gamers with the BF1 DLC. It was a quick preview of a new tank and maybe a new elite class. I have and I am still enjoying BF1, I wondering what new items this DLC brings.  What is known about the DLC is the French are coming. Probably weapons based on the French army and that's all everyone knows outside of EA and DICE. Halo Wars 2 beta finally reached the PC today. There is only one mode and it's interesting. I played a few rounds and I was surprised how fast and fluid it was. I was not impressed, but, I will give it some time. Find out what else I talk about down below!

Show Timeline:

  • Obsidian tweets about upcoming game
  • Overwatch has some new skins incoming
  • Updates on Overwatch and why there is a PTR
  • Division 1.6 is making the Dark Zone even bigger
  • Last Stand DLC for Division is the Dark Zone again
  • Steam updates adds Xbox controller compatibility
  • Conan Exile looks to up the action
  • Conan will have mod support
  • Strafe is coming out in March
  • Head of Oculus goes to trial
  • Madness is what Call of Cthulhu
  • New heroes coming for For Honor
  • Valve is working on a single-player game
  • Sniper Ghost 3 open beta lands next month
  • You can sign up for Ghost Recon
  • Halo Wars 2 open beta is out for PC
  • Mass Effect crafting is different from Dragon Age
  • Long War 2 mod is out for XCOM 2
  • DICE teases BF1 DLC

Gaming Deals:

Highlights from the Show:

No one is going to win this case of Zenimax and Oculus.

I'm happy Valve wants to explore the Half-life world.

It looks like BF1 will get a new heavy tank and a new elite class.

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Jan 19, 2017

Today's Episode

This week we say goodbye to Vine as a social network. It will only live as a camera app now. It's not surprising given that Twitter did not put enough resources into it after the initial buy. The main culprit was live video. Live video eclipsed Vine as the preferred media for social media companies to invest in. This is Twitter's way of finding a path to profitability. It has not done that yet. Will you use Vine Camera?

Show's Timeline:

  • Assange backing down on his promise
  • Slack gets threading messages
  • Google adds offline search
  • Google Maps now tells you how bad parking can be
  • Vimeo has a new tool for creators
  • School fires employee for reasons?
  • Google and LG launch new smartwatches next month
  • Tired of Evernote? Try Milanote
  • Amazon launches a new Anime streaming channel
  • Youtube is testing out a new messaging service
  • Evernote updates? Do we care?
  • Google acquires Fabric developer
  • Can you now smell in VR?
  • Lecia's gets nostalgic with the M10
  • Mirari bot may have been done by a DDoS protection firm
  • Hulu will offer an offline mode
  • Cortana coming to the Android lock screen?
  • Tech employees mad and protest again. So, the norm
  • Facebook makes Messenger the default messaging system
  • Tidal offers a new hidden feature
  • Laugh.ly offers a new revenue stream for comedians
  • Bye-bye buy button on Twitter
  • Vine is no more. Long live Vine Camera
  • Twitter will loop videos under 6.5 seconds
  • AMD takes on Intel server market
  • Windows 10 is getting an e-book store
  • Gmail users, beware of this phishing scam
  • Samsung security cameras hacked... again

Apps/Programs to try this week:

Highlights from the Show:

The media criticize Assange for not keeping his promise? What about all the celebrities?

The problem with Evernote was it was a little late on the update and treating its customers badly.

The problem with the Windows e-book store is not being available on every platform.

Let me get this straight, you're going to fire a school employee encouraging kids to go to school?

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Jan 17, 2017

Today's Episode

Facebook announced new live features for brands. Now you can live stream through your brand page on the web. This means brands can do better live video with better equipment. My brand page does not have it yet, but, social media companies do slow rollouts. The good thing for users is there is a potential for better content. That's what digital marketers are all about! Also, be aware that more live streaming is going to happen. This could make it oversaturated in a matter of years. That means making a plan and calculating what is going to be the best content for your fans.

We now turn to the demise of App.net. I know many of you may not have heard about this, but, it was supposed to be the alternative to Twitter. It was an interesting platform, but, it was too similar. The problem now is new companies copying another platform. Never do that. Be your own platform. Find out more down below.

Show Timeline:

  • Gen Z more resistant to ads
  • Instagram is testing ads in Stories
  • Facebook adds more live feature
  • Facebook let's advertiser target rival dynamic ads
  • mid-ad rolls are coming to video for Facebook
  • New Pixel is coming.. Facebook Pixel
  • Twitter Dashboard shuts down.
  • Google trying to make simple web builder for small businesses
  • Snapchat releasing universal search
  • link command is dead. Stop using it.
  • What issues were discussed the most on Facebook and Instagram
  • Youtube releases Super Chat and payments options for live
  • App.net is no more
  • The Fake News debacle and how to avoid it

Apps/Programs to Try this Week:

Highlights from the Show:

Fake news affects more than journalism.

Twitter needs to focus on who they are, they don't know that.

Gen Z is all the rage now. Sorry, Gen Y, you're old.

If you want to succeed with Gen Z, do interesting stories, good music and be funny.

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Jan 14, 2017

Today's Episode

Nintendo Switch, am I the only one that things it's Wii U 2.0? or maybe, maybe this is what the Wii U should have been. I talk about PC gaming but this is important to discuss. The relaunch of the Nintendo console is interesting. The Wii U is already out the door. I hope this is a success. Nintendo needs a success in this sector. If not, they will go the way of Sega. You can learn more about what I think about the new console in my podcast. Enjoy!

Show's Timeline:

  • Epic and Microsoft sued for Cole Train... oh good!
  • Mount and Blade2: Bannerlord is still in development
  • Scalebound canceled
  • Star Citizen will permaban cheaters
  • Zenimax and Oculus set for court date
  • People care about who you can bang in Mass Effect...
  • Bioware shows you the Mass Effect ship
  • Welcome to Resident Evil mansion
  • Halo Wars 2 finally launches its beta for PC
  • Dishonored 2 gets a difficulty scaler in new update
  • Beware! Windows 10 new update messes up multiple monitors support
  • So, about Half-life 3...
  • Overwatch PTR has some Roadhog changes
  • Verdun adds the Scots
  • Rainbow Six Siege updates and fixes things
  • Blizzard made nerf the pirates if played too much
  • DA 2 Exalted March canceled because of Frostbite engine.
  • Why I think Nintendo Switch is WiiU 2.0

Gaming Deals:

Highlights from the Show:

This Gears of War lawsuit seems suspect.

I've played Roadhog and his hook is broken.

Am I the only one that thinks Nintendo Switch is the Wii U 2.0?

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Jan 12, 2017

Today's Episode

Twitter is on a roll. Not a good one, though. They announced Twitter dashboard will shut down. Yes, the dashboard app seemed interesting. Allowing brands and businesses to monitor, tweet and schedule all in one app. 2017 is not starting off on the right foot for Twitter. It was a business decision, but, maybe Twitter should focus on Twitter. No more other apps, just Twitter. Let's hope Twitter finds its way.

However, Facebook is finding a way to repair its relationship with publishers and reports. They have launched a new project dedicated to journalism. This gives them tools and a better way to live stream. It should be interesting to see if this pays off.

Show Timeline:

  • Windows 10 testing out a new security feature
  • Microsoft is letting customers lock down their data
  • Trello was acquired
  • Search and sends GIFs in WhatsApp
  • Instagram now shows ads in stories
  • Nokia teases another new Android phone
  • Facebook Live updates
  • Facebook introduces a "Journalism Project"
  • FCC has concerns over zero-rating
  • Android Wear 2.0 is coming... finally
  • VSCO NY office closes
  • Adobe and the AI helper
  • Twitter dashboard is shutting down
  • Yahoo is no more and Marissa Mayer is out
  • Amazon gets hit with a fine
  • Silicon Valley is clueless again
  • AMD RyZen to ship on March 3rd
  • Intel gives hyperthreading to its low-end chips
  • Hackers can steal your fingerprints in photos
  • Verizon hates unlimited users

Apps/Programs to try:

Show Highlights:

I'm so sick of Silicon Valley and not understanding reality

Twitter needs to focus on Twitter.

If you like flashing peace signs, waving or thumbs up in pictures, don't do it.

Verizon, this is sending the wrong message.

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Jan 9, 2017

Today's Episode

Vine is shutting down soon. This is not a surprise to anyone. The social platform was not supported by Twitter and it focused on live streaming. The audience dwindled and it is shutting down. It will live on as a camera, but, take a backseat to Periscope. It's a shame to how this all went down, but, six-second videos did not need a standalone platform. This is the best alternative. It is a reminder that everything can die and build your audience on different platforms is a wise decision. There are other platforms to do short video. There is no shortage of that. Facebook did a short update to brand pages. It's an interesting way to get business to post different content. I wonder if it will be any good. Only time will tell.

Show's Timeline:

  • Taboola changes from widget to platform
  • AOL unveils brandbuilder for your brand's ads.
  • Amazon made more money than any other e-commerce site
  • Alexa a marketer?
  • Google will put local numbers in ads
  • Vine is going offline Jan 17th
  • Airbnb using Twitter 360 video
  • Facebook adds new post prompts for brand pages

Apps/Programs to Try:

Highlights from the Show:

Google has been doing some dumb stuff on the business side.

Alex could be great to getting new customers.

The demise of Vine shows you can not solely be on social media. You need a website.

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Jan 7, 2017

Today's Episode

This episode of Gamer's Cafe sips on CES, Overwatch and more. CES is a big event and sometimes a weird one. However, there can be some great new tech coming out. AMD is releasing some promising new addition to its line and Nvidia's new shield, 2017 looks like a very promising year. Seeing more 4k monitors is a good sign for prices to drop. Dell has an 8k monitor and some many more great game news. It does make a gamer giddy! 

Show Timeline:

  • Korean students make a VR for Overwatch
  • Overwatch nerfs
  • Players are warned not use the ice wall glitch in Overwatch
  • Netgear unveils NightHawk S8000
  • Steam's beta has support for Xbox controllers
  • Razer has a new laptop with 3 monitors
  • Corsair unveils a new keyboard and mouse
  • XCOM 2 gets Long War 2 mod soon
  • dev for Homeworld: Desert of Kharak teases a new game
  • Mass Effect has a short and new tidbits
  • New Linksys router cares about gaming over all others
  • Firewatch sold more than one million copies
  • Just Cause 3 does get a multiplayer mod
  • AMD shows off Vega and Freesync 2
  • Dell has a new 8k monitor for you
  • Elite Dangerous has a close encounter
  • Fallout 4 mod Frost makes the game really, really hard
  • Project Cars 2 may be released in September

Gaming Deals:

Highlights from the Show:

I do not like glitchers, but, fair warning to stop glitching in Overwatch.

I think fixing Roadhog's hook is a good idea.

Freesync 2 could make the monitors more expensive than Freesync

The new AMD Vega cards could overperform the 1080.

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Jan 5, 2017

Today's Episode

It's January and that means CES is back! CES 2017 seems to be about the smart fridges and convincing people about making their homes smart. It's bigger this year. LG and Samsung are trying to persuade people into an always-connected life. Will people buy into it, is the question. There are some grave security questions about always connected devices. None of the companies seem too concerned about it either. This security concern does warrant me to hold off until they address this issue. No one should have their TV or fridge hijacked and told to pay money for it. However, I am hopefully these companies will wise up and invest time and money into it. This is the best way to get more customers and ensure they stay loyal.

Show Timeline:

  • Zuckerberg wants to meet you
  • Happy New Year? Medium lays off some staff.
  • Samsung CES updates
  • Panasonic releases some updates on the GH5
  • Asus announces an AR/VR phone
  • Alexa is coming to your fridge
  • LG unveils a robot and a smart fridge
  • Fitbit, health and a VR bike?
  • Lenovo has an Amazon Echo competitor
  • Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 will make battery life last longer
  • D-Links got your home covered
  • Kingston has a 2 TB flash drive for you
  • Casio's rugged smartwatch is using AndroidWear 2.0
  • New specs for HDMI 2.1
  • Good job Uber and Lyft users. You're helping reduce congestion
  • HP has a weird computer

Some New Tech to Try this Week:

Highlights from the Show:

Zuckerberg is going on a road trip!

If you use Lyft and Uber, you can reduce congestion if you share your ride.

I don't understand why someone would need a 2 TB flash drive at 2 grand.

If you're looking for a great DSLR at an affordable price, the GH5 is your camera.

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Jan 2, 2017

Today's Episode

Happy new year! Well, 2016 is done and now it's time to find the digital marketing future! Yes, I will go through some marketing news and give you my predictions of 2017. The marketing industry is going through a transition and it is a needed one. Now is a great time to tell you what I would like to see in 2017. Live and recorded video is going to be more and more popular this year. There is more, but, you have to find out by listening! I do hope everyone had a great New Years Eve! That you look forward to 2017. Let's all create great content and killer marketing plans.

Show Timeline:

  • Why we should be worried about Map Maker shutting down
  • Hmmm is something wrong with AMP?
  • You may be doing ads on LinkedIn wrong
  • Periscope launches 360 live video
  • Amazon is testing Adwords with product ads
  • Is your website HTTPS? No? It should be.
  • Is LinkTree the answer to your Instagram marketing?
  • Facebook launches live audio
  • Which one, Instagram or Snapchat?
  • Finding the digital marketing future (my 2017 predictions)

Apps/Programs to try this week:

Highlights from the Show:

Google gave small businesses a bigger problem with spammers on its Map app.

In 2017 I think there will be a rise of the marketing journalist.

If your website is not HTTPS, you're in trouble.

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