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On this week's episode of MashTalk, the Mashable Tech team talks about a wide range of things happening in the tech world from Android to VR to McDonald's (yes, Mickey D's) to Apple CEO Tim Cook.
I'm joined this week by our Chief Correspondent Lance Ulanoff and for the first time by our tech analyst and editor Adario Strange. It's my first time manning our podcast and I somehow didn't mess it all up!
First up is Google's newly-released Android 7.0 Nougat (2:03), which is now available for Nexus phones and tablets. Nougat's not a complete revamp, but more about inner beauty. We also discuss Android fragmentation and why Android phones that aren't in the Nexus family are so slow to get updates.
We then move to virtual reality — VEE ARRRRR (10:24). It's been about four months since the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive launched and we still haven't heard of any killer experiences that make VR a must-have. With Samsung's new Gear VR and Sony launching its PlayStation VR in a couple of months, it's a good time to take a look at the state of VR and put our bets on which one has the best chance at becoming mainstream.
The most interesting topic involves McDonald's and its short-lived Happy Meal fitness wearable (29:25). The fast food chain distributed a pedometer wristband wearable with Happy Meals last week, but within a couple of days recalled all of them after reports of people getting skin rashes from them.
And finally, we assessed Tim Cook's first five years as CEO of Apple post-Steve Jobs (35:46).
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TimothyH: So Grassley's argument is literally "We made this law because we believed something 30 years ago that, it turns out, was completely wrong". Uh, okay? You through we reached peak oil, we didn't, not even close, we still haven't, so...if the rationale for the law is gone, we should get rid of the law. I don't see why this is hard to understand. If he wants to argue these subsidies are good for some other reason, fine, but the one he gave is baffling. I also love all the local politicians just admitting "I just want wind power and subsidies because it benefits us at the expense of others, obviously!" It really feels like our politicians aren't even trying very hard anymore, they just tell you outright that they want to rob Peter to pay Paul, but it's okay because they have fancy suits.