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No, don’t unsubscribe from Byteside! That’s not the experiment!! Seamus has been unsubscribing from all his video streaming services… but he’s still using them all exactly the way he always has. Huh? How’s that work? Listen to find out!

Plus changing NBN plans, those CVC questions, and testing speed upgrades. And playing tabletop roleplaying games over the internet – is there a good way to do it?

All that and Friday Zoom drinks, Audio Technica’s microphone giveaway, and more.

Digital services are blowing up in all kinds of ways, whether becoming the new hotness or collapsing under the weight of all this new work from home traffic. What are we searching for? Efficient work, entertainment or a sense of real connection?

All this plus random acts of kindness, esports replacing real sports, and more.

As the coronavirus crisis continues to worsen, tech has a massive role to play in keeping us together while we’re physically isolating ourselves to avoid the virus.

We look at the places where tech can help, from education to entertainment, and where it is failing. Plus how the world will be different in the adoption of remote presence tech on the other side.

Plenty of that plus a look at the new OS heading to Sonos hardware.

42 years of Megadodo Publications great work, The Hitchhikers Guide, leads off the show with immortal advice for our age.

From there, Nic and Seamus explore the TV adaptation of ‘The Last Of Us’ – Will it be good? And why do we still keep chasing the dream of game-to-filmed-entertainment crossovers when they’ve all been so bad?

Also – should Jack Dorsey leave Twitter? Surely something has to give? Plus we look at the magic of @ Home distributed computing for good, with Folding@Home now working on Covid-19 and SETI@Home closing down (but in a good way).

And finally, what’s the deal with ‘Contagion’ being so popular on Bittorrent right now?

This is the week Seamus loses it over the push to sell us 8K TVs. Don’t miss it!

But first, Seamus and Nic talk about whether Covid-19 will be the moment when remote working and remote presence technologies are permanently elevated beyond novelty or nuisance value. They explore the discovery of fun mobile games and the rediscovery of classic titles and the magic of playing a beloved series again back to back all the way through.

Then Seamus goes spare on 8K, as a long held position based on the science of living room viewing conditions gets added firepower thanks to a Warner Bros double-blind test that leaves nothing to chance. The result? Yes, Seamus feels vindicated and will keep shouting about it as the resolution wars continue.

Melbourne is taking over all the esports. Why is it the one place that sees it’s big business and not just ‘kid stuff’? That kicks off this week’s Byteside with Seamus and Nic, plus so much more.

This week’s Byteside also dips into the Oscars and why we didn’t even watch some of the big movies that have been on Netflix for months.

Plus more serious topics like the growing PTSD issues for content moderators at the likes of Facebook and YouTube, and why these internet giants need to do much better at looking after these staff.

Plus a dash of Safer Internet Day advice!

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This week Seamus and Nic explore ten years of iPad, how Sonos is struggling to kill old products, and the return of the Motorola Razr… all somehow revolving around questions of how our tech is meant to evolve, to last and to be the right tool for the right job.

On the ten years of iPad, we think about how we both dismissed it at launch but have had very different perspectives on it in the years since. Has the tablet market grown? Have laptops changed?

Seamus is a massive Sonos nerd so he’s right in the thick of the tension between the need to kill old tech in the name of new features but the faith Sonos lovers have in the company always supporting its speakers. Is there something unique about audio tech that makes it feel wrong to see it die?

Motorola’s new folding screen Razr hits the market in February so we debate if it’s the right kind of folding screen or not, and whether folding screens really are the future.

Plus a look at Activision Blizzard’s new YouTube deal for its esports broadcasts – is this going to hurt Twitch?

Some links related to our conversations:
https://www.ejectejecteject.com/statistics/24-tablet-market-share-statistics-and-analysis/
https://www.imore.com/history-ipad-2010
https://www.imore.com/10-years-gaming-ipad-how-its-changed
https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/27/21083369/apple-ipad-10-years-launch-steve-jobs-tablet-market
https://killedbygoogle.com/

Plus this great thread from Steven Sinofsky:

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Byteside Prime is back for a new year, nay, a shiny new decade! Seamus and Nic are back together to discuss just how different this 2020 we’re now living in is from the 2020 we expected in our childhoods, plus a whole lot more.

The TV they watched over the holidays, the robotic limbs they don’t have, and why CES is a bit confused about what we actually need in our lives and our homes. Sorry, Ballie – you’re cute, but we’re not your biggest fans.

Plus some thoughts on where we’re going next, from AI to privacy to the fun and free Internet we’ve lost along the way.

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What does Xbox Series X mean for the future of consoles? And why are Michael Bay and Martin Scorsese going direct to Netflix?

Does their latest work compare favourably to the greatest era of television ever – and which shows have had the best single season drops of all time?

All this and more, including Nic and Shay giving a mixed bag of their biggest moments of 2019.

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Find Seamus on Twitter: @seamus
And, as always, subscribe in your favourite podcast apps or via Spotify.

We’ll be back in 2020!