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Episode 27: 2016 The Year in Review

2016 has been a busy year! We are here to discuss everything that happened in the year – top tech stories, news, highlights, lowlights and everything that 2016 meant to us. So grab your stale champagne and heat it up with your burning Galaxy Note 7 as we mull over “2016 The Year in Review”.


The Biggest Tech Stories of 2016

We begin to talk about the single biggest tech story that happened in 2016. Ben starts with the release of Pokémon GO and what it meant for the mainstreaming of augmented reality (AR) and nostalgia. Ben remembers the first popular AR app, named Layar. He also discusses everything that Niantic could have done better with Pokémon GO. Mark announces his biggest tech story as the mainstreaming of artificial intelligence and machine learning. From self-driving cars to voice assistants, we are seeing it pop up in everything! We talk about what the future can look like when ‘the rise of the machines’ happens, essentially taking over most jobs from us humans.

The Lowest Tech Event of 2016

Both Ben and Mark come to the agreement that the worst event for technology in 2016 was the absolute total failure of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

It instantly became a joke for Samsung:

It hit the pop culture, mainstream media covered it EVERYWHERE. Even every flight would announce that you couldn’t fly with your Note 7 and made it illegal to do so. We both feel this really helped pave the way for mass adoption of the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.

There’s even more people using the Note 7 than other phone models still today!

Report: Galaxy Note 7 Usage Still Higher Than LG V20, OnePlus 3T Usage Combined


Mark discusses the removal of the 3.5mm headphone adapter and how it is changing the game for Bluetooth audio and set the standard for wireless audio, even though it affected the Apple community when it was released.


Tech Improvements in 2016

We saw the future of virtual reality (VR) through the HTC Vive. Although both Mark and I agreed that VR has slowed way down since the summer. It was on all the YouTube gamer channels and on all the morning television shows when it first released, but now we don’t see anyone using it anymore.


The Demise of Pebble

Ben was a backer of the Pebble Time 2 which showed much promise, which was cancelled last month as FitBit purchased Pebble. What this means for the wearable community and for smartwatch hardware developments in the future. Ben, on the other hand, still believes in wearables and has just purchased an ASUS ZenWatch 2. The challenges of wearables are: the price, the battery life, among other factors.


The Demise of BlackBerry and Windows Phone

Mark talks about how the ramping developments of Android and iOS have made BlackBerry and Windows Phones obsolete, with development of new hardware and software set to a near standstill. Mark predicts that Windows 10 will run on phones, not having Windows Phone OS, but just a device that runs native Windows 10, allowing even Win32 apps to run.


2016 for Google

Google released Duo, which was essentially FaceTime but with the video reel starting when making the call. Ben reports that problem #1 was the fact that you needed to install it, and it didn’t come native on the OS. Next, Allo. Allo was highly anticipated with predictive responses, GIFs and a huge selection of emoji. Another similar problem is they didn’t just take the Allo features and bake them into Hangouts, which everyone already uses. Ben wonders if there isn’t a ‘Pidgin’ multi-messaging app for Android, or one that is more popular. Google also killed a bunch of apps and services as they normally do – in combination with their new Alphabet company structure roll-out (Google Fiber, for example).

2016 for Apple

Apple had a similar year to Google where it was more of a ‘maintenance year’ and not a year where a lot of innovation or breakthroughs surfaced, but all-in-all Apple had a good year. Ben does really like the camera of the iPhone 7 Plus, although he is an Android guy. He thinks that they should have had 4 variants of the iPhone 7 with 2 size variants having a 3.5mm headphone jack. We talk about the new AirPods – how they work, how they charge and everything about their connectivity.

2016 for Microsoft

Microsoft had a good year, backing off of the big success of Windows 10 (Editor’s Note: we weren’t sure when it released in the podcast – it was July 2015). They are making lots of great cross-platform changes and cloud operating options. Mark thinks that Microsoft is making lots of steps in the right direction. We both rant about the setting menus in Windows 10 and how certain settings look nice and W10 style, but some look W32 and it confuses us both all the time – a bad user interface decision. Ben and Mark conclude their Microsoft 2016 the year in review about the Microsoft Ribbon and why it never really took off.


2017 Predictions


We predict the Galaxy S8 and all its glory. Mark and Ben don’t see anything coming in the way of a new Pixel phone until late 2017, but Mark believes it will be released some time in the year. Ben noted how Google is working on the final steps of the Android Wear 2.0 update that will feature two Google-branded smartwatch models in early 2017. He also wonders if Apple will release an iPhone 7 S or iPhone 7 Plus S and Mark believes that Apple will release both the iPhone 8 in 2017 because it is their 10-year anniversary as well as an ‘iPhone 7S+Plus whatever-they-name-it’. Saying he always wanted a phone that has a size as big as the smaller tablets of yesteryear, Ben notes the tablet and phone sizes are quickly colliding in the middle.

Smart Cars

In 2016 the year in review covered lots of smart cars throughtout our podcasts. We definitely predict more smart cars – with Tesla and Uber going forward.

Non-technical Predictions

We saw many developments in drugs – with the horrific rise in theranos. Fake news and echo chambers being a huge issue on social media and mainstream media. We want to host another podcast soon to wrap up a little more of the 2016/2017 key points.

Tech in 2017

We also see a huge rise in AI, new Apple desktops, and the continuation of the demise of Intel as their fortunes plummet. How the Google Home and Amazon Echo are in everyone’s homes. Much more weird stuff in the way of cable companies and Netflix and everything digital.

Most of All

The biggest prediction for 2017 is that we foresee more of us. More of The Incoherent Podcast recording soon and more frequently than of late (aiming for more than 3 podcasts in a year!).

Happy New Year!

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Episode 15 – All About The Apple Watch

In this episode, we cover all aspects about the brand new Apple Watch. Mark talks about his recent visit to the Apple Store where he got to go through a fitting of the Apple Watch. Ben comments about what he likes about the Apple Watch and expresses his concerns about it as well. They both then compare the new watch to the existing Pebble smartwatches as well as the Galaxy Gear and Android Wear. Ben also teases us with a look into his mindset of why he has never set foot into an Apple Store, and what was going through his head when he purchased his first Windows Phone back in 2010.



Follow along while listening. Links, photos and videos of everything we talk about in the podcast companion blog below:

Our live video stream on Periscope:


Winnipeg Comedy Festival:

Winnipeg Comedy Festival


Mark’s video of his live-on-location Apple Watch fitting at the Apple Store:


Schedule an Apple Watch Fitting on Apple’s Concierge


Battery Extender for the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Battery Extender - wipowerband


That viral post that everybody was sharing saying that Facebook has the most content and writes none. Airbnb has no hotels and Uber has no vehicles:

That viral post that everybody was sharing saying that Facebook has the most content and writes none. Airbnb has no hotels and Uber has no vehicles


Pinterest is the last big website

Storage space of the Pebble Watch (hint, it’s low… 4k)


Fitting an Apple Watch if you have large (fat) wrists:


Apple Watch’s UGLIEST EMOTICONS EVER, totally breaking the Apple user design guidelines:

Apple Watch's UGLIEST EMOTICONS EVER, totally breaking the Apple user design guidelines


DRAWIN’ PENISES on the Apple Watch


Couple App – Doing a Thumb Kiss:

Couple App - Doing a Thumb Kiss


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Episode 013 – Stop…Pebble Time

In lucky episode 13, Mark and Ben take a look at the newly Kickstarted Pebble Time smartwatch. We look at its new features, the record breaking kickstarter numbers, and why Ben decided not to get one.

Shame Tweet?

Yes, we are currently running a twitter shame-tweet campaign to see if we can get Ben to give in and purchase an Apple Watch. You don’t even have to write anything, just click this handy dandy shame tweet link.

Now down to podcast business.

What is the Pebble Time?

Pebble Time Smart Watch

It’s version three of the Pebble smartwatch series developed by the Pebble Technology, Corp out in California. They’ve sold over One million units so far, which is pretty cool, check them out.

So why cover the it on this Podcast?

Well the Pebble Time just finished a record breaking Kickstarter campaign, and Ben has a Pebble so we thought it would be a good time to talk about it. Also we felt that we had to cover something other than the Apple Watch for once. (Even though we managed to squeeze it in a few times)

Why did Pebble go back to Kickstarter again for the Pebble Time?

For that answer let’s look at their Kickstarter page:

Pebble was brought to life by 68,929 backers who supported our vision three years ago. Even though we’ve grown tremendously since then, we’re still a small company battling some of the largest competitors in the world. We believe that this is the best and most efficient way for us to get our latest product to the people who want it most: people like you.

How did it do in it’s Kickstarter campaign?

The Pebble Time kickstarter was very successful. The campaign broke several Kickstarter records, including raising one million dollars in the shortest amount of time and the most money raised overall. TechCrunch has a nice article that broke the Kickstarter numbers down so let’s take a look at them:

In the one month Kickstarter Pebble raised $20,338,986 USD which translats into a total of 95,906 pebbles sold. That total number can be broken down into: 58,966 Pebble Time sold and 36,940 Pebble Time Steel sold. The Steel is just a more upscale fancy looking version of the watch.

Over all this was a 11.6% increase in the number of Pebble’s sold between the two Kickstarter campaigns, and an increase of 65.8% in the amount or revenue raised. The large increase in the total amount raised and the modest increase in the number of units sold shows a much higher average revenue per user (ARPU) on the second Kickstarter. This increase in ARPU makes sense given the higher price of the Pebble watches in the second Kickstarter and the addition of the also higher priced Pebble Time Steel variant. The original pebble was Kickstarted for either $115 or $120 whereas the Pebble Time Kickstarted for $159 to $179 and the Pebble Time Steel was Kickstarted at $250.00.

What’s new in the Pebble Time?

The big new features in the Pebble Time are:

  • A Colour screen with 30 FPS animation capabilities.
  • A built-in microphone to respond to emails and texts.
  • The new Pebble Timeline OS.
  • Smart bands that let you easily add sensors and other components to your Pebble.

Pebble Time Smart Watch

So why didn’t Ben buy it?

Well for the complete answer you’ll have to listen to the podcast, but in a nutshell he felt that the new features were not worth the upgrade, especially given that the Pebble Timeline will eventually be released for all models.

How does the Apple Watch fit into this? (Mark)

I’m glad you asked, again listen to the podcast for all of the details, but really we look at the Pebble as being something quite different than the Apple Watch and not a direct competitor. In the end we decide that the expected large sales of the Apple Watch will help Pebble sell more smartwatches. A rising tide and all…

Anything else?

Yes, did you shame tweet Ben yet? If not here’s another link:

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Mark Mruss is a computer programmer by nature and by profession. He’s written Android apps, win32 apps (we called them applications back then), apps in python, and even a website or two. He is currently fascinated by all things mobile. He likes computers, beer, and his family (not in that order).
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