Episode 24 - Tech Talk - Friday, December 1st, 2017 -Blackberry Motion, Fast Charging Phones in 12 mins, Google Sees Someone Looking Over Your Shoulder...

by: Adam

Watch Adam Oldfield LIVE on his Facebook page or listen to him on AM900 CHML on the Bill Kelly show every Friday at 11:35 am. Here is the line up of today’s topics:

BlackBerry Motion: Long battery life, strong build quality. The Motion Selling for around $600 without a contract, it combines respectable performance with a whopping 4000 mAh battery and IP67 rated water and dust resistance.


Future smartphones could fully charge in minutes with Samsung’s new battery
technology. The new graphene-based technology could charge a battery in 12 minutes, where the same capacity battery could charge in an hour with standard fast charging.



Scientists have officially developed a flame extinguishing chemical that can now stop a phone battery from overheating and catching fire. This innovation promises to deliver bigger and powerful batteries that can now revolutionize the world. The researchers out of Tokyo have been working on this for the sake of all the batteries we are using for autonomous driving vehicles. These rechargeable sodium-ion units will be protected from this product and that can be easily installed while adding the ability to not allow these batteries ever to overheat and explode.


Remember the days when you used to have to type on a physical keyboard and the buttons would push in. Google has just patented the first laptop with touchscreen top and bottom. When connected it is an extremely powerful laptop and is capable of being detached and used as two separate tablets.


Apple is once again hinting that the world could one day see a foldable iPhone. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office recently published an Apple patent application for “an electronic device [that] may have a flexible portion that allows [it] to be folded.” The patent was filed in September 2016, shortly before the company was granted a patent for a similar foldable product.


Huawei just unveiled a new smartphone called the Honor V10,
and it also announced that it is working on its own version of Apple’s
Face ID technology Huawei claims that its new facial recognition technology is better than Apple’s and it can also be used for animated emojis.


Google can tell if someone is looking at your phone over your shoulder.


What would Canada be like if it ditched net neutrality?  We know that the U.S. is right now in the middle of a debate of having net neutrality reinstated. Here’s of what’s happened in Portugal. One of their main wireless carriers Meo, offers a package that users pay for traditional data and on top of that will pay for an additional package, is based on what data and apps that use. As an example, if they really like messaging for $5.86 a month they’ll get more data for use on Skype and FaceTime. If they want to use social media like Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat that’ll be another $8 a month. Video apps like Netflix and YouTube are also available as an add-on and email and cloud-based services are also an add-on this is what we can expect if net neutrality in the US and in Canada is to come together. If we thought that it was expensive before this will really alter the cost.


We’ve talked about the Apple watch with the capability of having a health feature to monitor your heartbeat and possibility of a stroke. Apple itself is actually going to be investing heavily on creating the Apple watch with the Stanford University of Medicine, to have it create the device with a heart rate monitor to ensure that in the case someone’s having a stroke they will be notified. What makes this story unique is the fact that Apple is working alongside the medical community and even investing in it proving that Apple is committed to Health and Fitness.


As we keep seeing these new gadgets coming out for Christmas, I thought it would be interesting to put the top three most expensive gadgets in the past that are now absolutely worthless.

  1. LaserDisc. It had a lot of potential and complete control over playback and jumping to a specific time.  Unfortunately, it had a lot of disadvantages. The disc was heavy, huge and could break and highly limited capacity the first LaserDisc players were up to $1,000 and a release was anywhere between $35 to $100 by 1998 it had reached its prime and its demise.

  2. PDA. Standing for Personal Digital Assistant which were used primarily to hold your contact information in calendar allowing you to organize your life a little better using an electronic device. The first PDA was a 1984 organizer Nokia came out with a product shortly after that and I remember my first PDA being NEO GEO AES Casio.

  3. The VCR and video cassettes. It’s hard to believe that Betamax and VHS were essential gadgets for Home Entertainment in 1977 fitstar cost $1,280 or around $4,600 in today’s cost blank video cassettes would cost $20 in 1970 or around $70 today

  4. 3D TV it was considered to be the next big thing and without 3D glasses, the cost of the set skyrocketed an example of one of the best 3D TVs was a TCL which cost $20,000. 3D content also was a challenge.