Episode 61 – Nintendo NX and Punisher Return


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Welcome to another episode of Geek Bytes Podcast.

I’m Ramon Mejia…….and I’m Edgar Acosta

Every podcast we bring you the roundup of the week’s best Geek and Tech news, then we discuss that news and anything else we’re interested in that week.

In Geek News this week, we’ll talk about the Apple Stock drop, Plants that charge your Cellphone, Nintendo’s New Console, the Punisher series, Doctor Who’s New Companion, Trailers of the Week and More…

In Our Discussion Section we’ll talk about

Now let’s Begin our show with Geek News

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Geek News  

 Apple sales down Stock drops

This week Apple reported their quarterly earnings. They posted quarterly revenue of $50.6 billion and quarterly net income of $10.5 billion, or $1.90 per diluted share.

These results compare to last year’s numbers of revenue of $58 billion and net income of $13.6 billion, or $2.33 per diluted share.

Many point to the loss of income from the drop in iPhone sales. Sales were down for the first time. They were 51.2 million, down 16%.

Apple stock dropped over 8.3% after the announcement.


Bioo Lite markets PHONE-OSYNTHES


A Barcelona-based company, Arkyne Technologies, wants to use a single plant to charge your phone.

The company’s product, a pot called the Bioo Lite, uses the energy generated by photosynthesis to charge smartphones. Bacteria in the pot breaks up the compounds, releasing electrons that travel along nanowires. The resulting electricity powers a typical USB port, where you can plug in your phone or tablet cable.

Arkyne Technologies claims the pot allows up to three charges per day at about the same speed the USB port on your computer would charge your phone. Bioo Lite will only work while the plant is alive, so taking care of the plant is crucial. If you kill your little green friend, you’ll have to replace it with a new one.

The pot is available for an early bird special of roughly $112 on Indiegogo. The company already surpassed its goal of raising nearly $17,000 and is estimated to begin shipping as early as December 2016. Like other Indiegogo campaigns, back at your own risk.



Sign Language Translation Gloves


Two students from the University of Washington, Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, have created lightweight gloves that can translate sign language instantly.

The SignAloud glove prototype recognizes hand gesture and placements matching them to the correct American Sign Language word or phrase. Sensors throughout the glove pick up the placement and motion data of the hands which is sent to a computer via Bluetooth. The computer analyzes the data, searching for a correlation in its database, and if it recognizes a gesture, then the ASL translation is played through a speaker. This student project has since won the Lemelson-MIT Undergraduate Student Prize and $10,000.



Nintendo pushes new Console to 2017


With flagging WiiU sales everyone suspected that Nintendo was working on a new console. Turns out everyone is correct, just not for this year.

In the company’s latest financial forecasts, Nintendo formally announced that it “is currently developing a gaming platform codenamed ‘NX’ with a brand-new concept. NX will be launched in March 2017 globally.”

Along with that announcement came word that the next Legend of Zelda game will be a launch title for the NX while simultaneously being released for the Wii U in March 2017. No other details about the NX or its launch titles have been officially released.


Netflix ordered Punisher series


Entertainment Weekly has reported that Marvel has ordered a spin-off starring vigilante character introduced in Daredevil season 2.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as vengeful military veteran Frank Castle, who brings his own lethal form of justice to Hell’s Kitchen.

Writer and executive producer Steve Lightfoot will serve as showrunner.

Marvel’s The Punisher marks the sixth series ordered as part of the collaboration between Netflix and Marvel Television


Nathan Fillion Joins Guardians Of The Galaxy As Wonder Man w


While it’s been known for quite some time that the legendary Nathan Fillion will be make at least a small cameo on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, recent photos from the set give some direct insight into just who he’ll be playing.

Several posters and a marquee reference Simon Williams, a character also known as Wonder Man within the Marvel canon. In the comics Wonder Man is a chemically altered superhuman rival to Tony Stark, due to his similar heritage as the child of a munitions industrialist. He’s been an Avenger and was involved in the Civil War plotline of the comics as well.


Newt Returns in Alien 5qw


The Nerdist reports that Director Neill Blomkamp dropped some new concept art from Alien 5, featuring a badass, grown-up version of Newt, the young girl who survived the events of Aliens alongside Ripley. Newt and Corporal Hicks were revealed to have died when Alien 3 started. However, it looks like Blomkamp is going to ignore the story lines from Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.


Doctor Who’s New Companionq


The BBC announced this week that Pearl Mackie has been named as the new Doctor Who companion alongside Peter Capaldi's Time Lord.

Mackie, 28, replaces Jenna Coleman, whose character Clara Oswald left the show in 2015.

Filming for the next series of the long-running science fiction show will start this year but air in 2017.



That’s it for Geek New

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Now We’ll move on to trailers of the week.


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In our Trailers of the Week section we discuss the best trailers that came out this week. Remember you can watch the full trailers at geekbytespodcast.com; We begin this week with…

The Killing Joke

Based on the 1988 story created by Alan Moore as his own take on Joker's source and psychology, the story became famous for its origin of the Joker as a tragic character; a family man and failed comedian who suffered "one bad day" that finally drove him insane.

To be released July 2016.


X-Men: Apocalypse

The latest trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse has hit the internet. See all the mutant on mutant action and get your first glimpse at Wolverine in the movie.

Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

Release date: May 27, 2016



Cellphone Zombies! What else do you need to know.

When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

In theaters July 8, 2016.



CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

In theaters Sept. 16, 2016

Who knew there was so many explosions and shushing motions in the Edward Snowden story?


That’s it for Trailers of the Week

Thanks for listening.

For the Geek Bytes Podcast I’m Ramon Mejia and I’m Edgar Acosta. Now Go Geek out about something.

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Music Credits

"Happy Bee", "Movement Proposition", "Theme for Harold (var.3) ", "Take the Lead"

Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

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