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.
Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts On Society
The coronavirus pandemic has delivered major impacts to society, shattering norms around how we go about our everyday lives. Will these trends be permanent, temporary, or some combination of both depending on the particular circumstances or activity? Steve and Ben discuss a range of these impacts, including the booming of digital payments and demise of cash, how education and the classroom has changed, the broad adoption of flexible working arrangements for work and the office including how workers are monitored, and to other areas such as the demise of celebrity culture.
Apple M1 Benchmarks and Microsoft Pluton Processor
The new Apple M1 MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac mini are out in the wild now with reviewers testing all machines out and reporting incredible benchmark results compared to their immediately preceding models, as well as some astonishing comparisons to Apple’s current Pro machines. Steve and Ben continue their discussion of the M1 chip from last week to analyse these results. In other tech news, Microsoft announced its new Pluton processor being made through a support agreement with Intel, AMD and Qualcomm to deliver better security for Windows PCs. Through a support agreement between these chip makers and Microsoft to embed the Pluton in to the chips they make, the promise is to further enhance security beyond their existing TPM security chips and to block attacks like those seen in recent years, such as Spectre and Meltdown, which exposed flaws in the existing design.
Apple Silicon Macs Have Arrived
Apple held its One More Thing event announcing its first Macs running custom Apple Silicon in the form of a new MacBook Air, Macbook Pro and Mac Mini. Heralding a new era of significantly faster performance, much better battery life, and tighter integration between hardware and software, these news Macs are a leap forward for the platform, with Apple still to release more Mac products in the coming years based on these new custom silicon chips. Steve and Ben examine the first generation of this new Mac hardware and how they have made the Mac platform exciting again in an era where mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad have taken centre stage for the past decade.
Trump Vs Biden Aftermath
US Election Day has come and gone and it has turned out to be a nail-biter as votes in several crucial key states continued to be counted for several days after the election. With Joe Biden calling for calm as the votes were counted, and Donald Trump making claims of widespread fraud and corruption, the state of anxiety in the United States has reached critical levels with partisanship still a critical issue within the electorate. Steve and Ben revisit their predictions for the election from the previous week through the lens of the aftermath of the election and the results, with commentary on what it all means from the accuracy of the polling to what America has said to the world with the way they voted in the 2020 Presidential election.
Trump Vs Biden Predictions
Well, the wait is almost over and the verdict on the first term of the Trump Presidency is about to be handed down by the US electorate in the 2020 presidential election. With the memory of the 2016 election still firmly in everyone’s minds, which was an abnormal election cycle due to the unpopularity of the candidates and the errors in poling, the 2020 election is shaping up to be one like no other as well, with two wildly contrasting candidates in Trump and Biden fighting it out for votes, while set against the backdrop of a global pandemic, racial tensions, hyper partisanship and a wildly divided populace. Steve and Ben examine the upcoming 2020 election and make their predictions on who will win.
Podcasting And Video Production In 2020
Standard definition digital video production became affordable for the enthusiasts in the mid-1990s which led to a boom of digital filmmakers entering the field in a more accessible way, but it was limited to enthusiasts as the costs were still astronomical for the mainstream user. Fast forward to today and anyone who owns even a mid-tier smartphone will not only have in-built cameras capable of recording 4K, eight times the resolution of SD, but also the ability to edit, sound-mix and upload straight to the internet for broadcast in 4K, all from the smartphone itself. Steve and Ben discuss the changes in video production capabilities in the past few decades, and how despite all the barriers to high end production to the mainstream user falling away, many content creators are still choosing to splurge on high-end set ups for their podcasts and other productions.