Hosted by Steve Kern and Ben Warner, this podcast offers content that examines science, technology and culture in our modern, 21st century world and the way they are changing our lives.
Space Black iPhone 14 Pro Max Unboxing and Apple Watch Ultra Uses
New iPhone season has arrived, and with that, is a traditional unboxing, this time of the Space Black iPhone 14 Pro Max. Steve and Ben discuss the new iPhone 14 Pro Max and using it to record the SciTech Culture podcast in 4K cinematic mode. Steve and Ben also discuss the Apple Watch Ultra and its place in the world of endurance sports and extreme activities, as well as tech trends for the future leading to a technological revolution that will radically change the way we live and move on this planet.
Welcome To Dynamic Island and iPhone 14
Tis the season to buy new iPhones! Like clockwork, Apple has announced its new iPhone line up at its September 2022 event. The regular iPhones now feature a plus sized model, the iPhone 14 Plus, while the Pro models saw the most attention with both the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max receiving a big camera upgrade, a nifty user interface feature called Dynamic Island, crash detection, and more. Apple also announced new Apple Watches, including the new Apple Watch Ultra for extreme users in harsh environments, as well as the second generation AirPods Pro 2 with improved noise cancellation and transparency modes. Steve and Ben examine the announcements from this year’s Apple September event, and they also discuss National Cinema Day in the US where Jaws became a blockbuster hit again 47 years after its release.
The Rings Of Power Meet House Of The Dragon
Fantasy genre fans have a bounty of riches on offer at the moment with the close releases of The Lord Of The Rings The Rings Of Power and the Game of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon. Steve and Ben discuss how high profile streaming content like these two series are now the modern replacement of the exciting Hollywood blockbuster of yesteryear, and how both shows do a great job at executing on their respective source material. Steve and Ben also discuss the faster transfer speeds offered by the new spec for USB4 Version 2, as well as the long gestating retirement of the floppy disk in Japan.
What Next For Batteries?
With the world turning its attention to renewable sources of energy, the conversation has also started to include how long term storage of electricity in the form of batteries factors in to the mix. With traditional lithium ion batteries not suitable for larger scale requirements while also presenting sustainability issues, alternative battery technologies are being explored including those based in salt and sand, amongst others. Steve and Ben discuss the potential for new battery technologies, as well as tech giant Apple facing resistance from its employees to return to work in the office, as well as the post-covid outlook for the tourism industry and the challenges it faces returning to business with a cautious public not rushing back to travel.
Dogs Are Smart and Prey Resurrects Predator
Dogs truly are our best friends, displaying an empathy and intelligence that are truly incredible, leading to a wonderful and depth-filled relationship between the two species. Steve and Ben discuss intelligence in dogs and how we should treat dogs with the respect they deserve given their blind devotion to us as humans and owners. Steve and Ben also discuss the urgent patching of iOS and macOS by Apple to address a significant security flaw in these operating systems, as well as Liz Cheney’s loss in the Wyoming Republican Primary race and potential 2024 Presidential Run, and how the new film Prey finally brings audiences a sequel in the long running science fiction Predator franchise that lives up to the quality of the original 1986 film.
Raid On Trump and Global Supergrids
One of the biggest challenges in tackling climate change and environmental sustainability is how to generate clean, renewable energy for the entire world that is sustainable and does not negatively impact the environment. Global supergrids could be the answer, with its network of connector cables and high volage direct current providing the possibility of transferring electricity from where it is generated to where it is needed. Steve and Ben discuss the potential for global supergrids, as well as Trump making it back in to the news with the FBI raid on his Florida home at Mar-a-lago, and the recent Samsung Unpacked event where the Galaxy Fold 4 and Galaxy Flip 4 were announced.