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The Benefit of the Doud podcast is the intersection of technology, geekery, and all things nerdy. We cover all the top news of the week, plus we go deeper into topics that are important or relevant to you. We interview notable leaders in the industry. It's fun, funny, never too serious, and it keeps you up connected to all the important tech news of the day. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.
 
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Hiatus is one month old, and it's going to get a bit older. Sorry about that. But just to catch up, Cliff and I jump onto a live stream and chat about some changes coming to the show, some devices that will be coming to full reviews in the future, and we talk a bit about some of our tech pet peeves. It's a fun show and a little warm-up to coming ba…
 
This is the season three finale of the Benefit of the Doud podcast, and we're closing things out with Beyond a Doud with Juan Carlos Bagnell. Juan's creator chat episodes were a sort of inspiration for the Beyond a Doud series. We wax philosophic about being a reviewer, what it actually takes to make a smartphone, and the momentum of content creati…
 
This week, we're sitting down with Rene Ritchie to talk about WWDC, Apple's annual developer's conference. Apple unveiled a lot at the show including hardware and updates for all of its operating systems. Which one was Rene's favorite? When is his new Macbook arriving? Find out everything right here! Links to News of the week available at benefitof…
 
The month of May had a lot of non-Cliff content so we were able to recap our top stories of the month in a nice return to the origin of the series. We started off recapping the Elon Musk Twitter saga and the OnePlus Nord N 20 featuring Myriam Joire, and Google I/O featuring Daniel Bader. Finally, we wrapped things up with StreamDeck talk with Giova…
 
This week, we have two looks behind the curtain, closing out that series. First, we answer a very common question in the life of a reviewer. If you read the title, you'll know. Then, Ricky Villacrez comes on to tell us how he packs for a trade show. It's a great conversation filled with some neat gadgets. Links to News of the week available at bene…
 
This week, Cliff and Adam are taking a look at the US phone market and more specifically why it is so terrible. Like, seriously, why are there no phones to buy in the US? Actually, that's not accurate, There are a lot of phones to buy in the US, but they're all made by Samsung and Apple. OnePlus and Moto also make some, but that's about it, and it'…
 
Patreon bonus for this episode: Early Access, Full interview Special thanks to:Giovanni Colantonio - @MarioPrime Gaming Editor, Digital Trends Matt Silverman - @Matt_Silverman Host, Colette and Matt have entered the chat Twitter - @Benefitofdoud Instagram - @BenefitoftheDoud Youtube - http://bitly/botdtube Twitch - twitch.tv/benefitofthedoud TikTok…
 
This month, we're talking to Andy Boxall, technology writer and reviewer from Digital Trends who until just recently worked alongside me. We dive into what makes Andy tick, starting with his origin story. Andy just wanted to write and didn't much care what he wrote about. It turns out, writing about technology works out pretty well. Plus Andy is a …
 
This week, Adam talks to Daniel Bader, Editor-in-Chief of Android Police about Google I/O, the annual developer's conference for your friendly neighborhood billion-dollar search giant. There's a lot to cover - search, Pixels, watches, tablets, and more, and we're breaking it all down. Plus we have a spontaneous Tech Yeah item, the Technics EAH-AZ60…
 
This month, Adam and Cliff recap the OnePlus 10 Pro podcast review and discuss OnePlus's place in the world of smartphones. Then we talked about Jason Howell and the benefits of live recording. As tribute to that talk, Adam did NOT edit this podcast at all except to add the intro and outro music. That's it. He's throwing caution to the wind. It's l…
 
The OnePlus Nord N20 is the latest midrange phone to hit the US market, exclusive to T-Mobile no less. This phone makes a lot of compromises, but different compromises than its predecessors, making the Nord line even more confusing to follow. That's why I have Myriam Joire on to talk about the phone and all the different variants that have come bef…
 
There was basically no other news this week except for Elon Musk buying Twitter for 44 billion dollars and tweeting out a number of changes that he'd like to bring to the platform. So Adam and Co-producer Cliff meet up for a very long conversation about the topic. No cut interviews this week! Plus we have a Tech Yeah item that's actually five items…
 
Motorola returns to the flagship space with the Moto Edge+ 2022 and Cliff has our full review. The Moto Edge+ combines quality insides with not-so-quality outsides, a great camera, awesome software and solid battery life in a package that is priced right. Moto still struggles with typical issues like software updates, cheap build quality, and Veriz…
 
This week, Adam is talking to Jason Howell from the TWiT network. Jason is the host of the All About Android podcast (among others) and there's one key difference between that show and this one - AAA is live. So I wanted to talk to Jason about those differences and how to embrace the faith in the process. This week, Adam is talking to Jason Howell …
 
This month, we're talking to friend of the show Brad Molen. Brad is a former journalist who turned to PR for a number of companies. Just before he appeared on the show he represented TCL. After the show, he moved to MediaTek so, at the time we spoke, he represented only Brad Molen, which is just how Brad Molen likes it. We dive into his origins as …
 
This month, Cliff and Adam continue the new format of discussing stories throughout the month that needed a bit more love. First, we discuss Ships of the Northern Fleet or #SOTNF, the show that never was. Then we took some time to talk about the OxygenOS and the OnePlus 10 Pro. Would you put your ID into your iPhone? E3 got canceled while we record…
 
This week, we're looking at the OnePlus 10 Pro, which is OnePlus's latest flagship. OnePlus has come a long way from its scrappy startup roots, but is the merge with Oppo causing OnePlus to lose its luster? We've got Nick Gray from Phandroid along to talk about it. Plus we have a neat Tech Yeah item, the Ear Fun Free Pro 2 ANC earbuds with wireless…
 
Beyond foldables, another Michael Fisher passion is Star Trek. When the opportunity to take a Star Trek themed cruise came up, he combined his love of space ships and ships of the sea and set sail for seven days. He came onto the podcast to tell us all about it. It's an adventure at sea, and we even work in a Ghostbusters #TechYeah! Patreon bonus f…
 
This week, Cliff and Adam get together to talk about the company that happens to be named Nothing. Carl Pei took to the stage this week and gave us a hint at things to come. Some of them made sense, others, not so much. So we got together to chat about it. Plus our tech yeah of the week comes from Cliff and it features Nothing's only current produc…
 
Adam's voice is trash this week, so there's a shortened news segment. For our top story, Cliff and Adam discuss the Lenovo Legion 5i gaming laptop. This is a real powerhouse of a laptop, but it's not perfect. There are a few peccadillos here and there, but overall this is pretty great. No tech yeah this week either, but hopefully the pipe will be b…
 
This month, we're talking to Domenico Lamberti, a friend and fellow tech reviewer who's been around the block a few times. He's also majorly into 3D printing which is where most our conversation takes place. Dom has been in the 3D printing game for years and is something of an authority on the subject. From different types of filaments to building …
 
This week, Adam and Cliff experiment with a new format. Instead of focusing on top stories of the month, many of which Cliff already participated, we spend the first half of the show focusing on two news stories from the month that needed more love. The first is a fake company in London with dozens of employees around the world. The second is a new…
 
Nick Sutrich sits down with Adam and Clif to talk all about the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. This Galaxy Note successor. Adam, Cliff, and Nick all have the phone and get together to compare notes. Plus we have an impromptu Tech Yeah item with the Galapple phone case which brings MagSafe compatibility to the Ultra, which is also pretty awesome. You can…
 
Cliff and Adam discuss their favorite headlines coming out of MWC. The Lenovo Thinkpad goes mobile, insane 240W charging is coming, OxygenOS is sticking around, Mediatek has some new hardware, Poco's got some awesome hardware coming, and TCL is showing off some neat foldables…again…still…whatever. Plus we have a kinda-sorta tech yeah in the form of…
 
This week, Cliff and Adam look at the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5. This is the second generation of Lenovo's convertible Chromebook. They loved the first generation which provided a great experience for a great price point. This time, the cost is higher, but there are some notable improvements as well. Adam's been using it for a few months now, and he…
 
Russell Holly is the Managing Editor at CNET. Before that, he was a manager at Future and he interviewed Adam to freelance there. So with all this experience managing people, Adam wanted to ask him what he looks for in a candidate. The answer may surprise you. Plus, Cliff and Adam talk about a connected tablet, the TCL Tab Pro 5G. This is a budget-…
 
This month, we sit down with Chris Davies, Executive Editor at Slashgear. Chris started his career at Slashgear and has grown in the industry ever since. During our hour we cover a broad range of subjects from electric trucks that can power your house, to Samsung's latest flagships, to cookie bills (it's a long story). Special thanks to:Chris Davie…
 
Samsung Unpacked introduced three new phones and three new tablets. For the phones, we had the Samsung Galaxy S22, S22 Plus, and S22 Ultra, plus the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8, Tab S8 Plus, and Tab S8 Ultra. Samsung has a ton of power here, but the biggest announcement was that Samsung is building an ecosystem in its devices that could be pretty cool. L…
 
After a shortened January and the introduction of Season 3, Cliff and Adam look back on the half-month that was. We started with CES coverage, and tied in our January edition of Beyond a Doud featuring Nirave Gondhia and moved on into the first of a pair of shows based on Adam's vacations. It's a look at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and museum. Sand…
 
For a long time, but especially since the pandemic, our experience partaking in products and services has been taken over by apps and software. From Amazon shopping to skipping the check-in desk at Disney, apps are pushing humans out of the center of the service industry. We're not sure if we're better off for it. So Cliff and Adam are exploring th…
 
This week Cliff and Adam take a look at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. This is the place where NASA, SpaceX, and more launch rockets into space. It's also a museum dedicated to the space program, its development, how the space vehicles were built, the astronauts and engineers involved, and more. Adam spent a day there during his vacation and came awa…
 
This month for Beyond a Doud, we're talking to Nirave Gondia, CCO of Busy Pixel Media, the parent company of Pocketnow, xdadevelopers, and more. Nirave has his fingers in all those pies and he still writes and reviews devices as well. He's a one-man powerhouse in the tech space. Nirave was one of the few who attended CES 2022, so we wanted to talk …
 
This week Microsoft blew the lid off the gaming industry by buying up Activision/Blizzard which is itself mired in controversy and unionization efforts. This is just a crazy deal overall and Digital Trends Gaming Editor Giovanni Colantonio is breaking it all down for us. What is Microsoft buying, why is Microsoft buying it, what could cause this wh…
 
While the podcast is on hiatus, I took the opportunity to appear along with Enrique Villacrez on the How Tech Podcast, and we had a great time! We talk about the year that was, what's coming up, CES, but then to cap it all off, Ricky found some simply amazing news stories from the year and we all know that's on-brand for me, so we had a blast discu…
 
It's the last show of the year and the last show of Season 2. We've got Phil Nickinson from Digital Trends on to talk about the year in review. We cover EV's, phones, computers, YouTube TV, and the entertainment industry in general. It's a great show filled with fun and laughs as we look back on 2020 (1) and look ahead to 2020 too. Links to News of…
 
This week, we're getting a little weird. Rather than a normal Douding Thomas episode, we've got a normal episode with news, Tech Yeah, and the whole shebang. Then Cliff and I recap the month that was, first talking about David Ruddock and Esper, and then Laurence Moroney and Stargate AI. Our tech yeah item is a simple cable from Plugable that is a …
 
This month we're talking to Enrique Villacrez, or as I know him, RickyVtech. He's been writing for GSMarena for over five years and pretty much started there right out of college. We dive into his origin story. Plus, we talk about CES 2022, our shared appreciation for roller coasters, and bringing Android games to the PC. It's a great way to close …
 
AI and machine learning have given us some of the greatest advancements in tech. But even more important than that, it brought us more new Stargate! Laurence Moroney is the Lead AI Evangelist at Google and he worked with Executive Producer Brad Wright to build an AI model that could create new Stargate scripts by combining the data from 17 seasons …
 
This month was a busy month at the podcast. We started off with our official iPhone 13 Pro review, which is a great phone, but basically the same phone as last year. Next, we looked at the Soundcore Frames, and asked whether Soundcore had solved the problem I was worried about. Next up, we talked to Russell Holly from CNET about Meta and the Metave…
 
This week, we're talking to David Ruddock, former Editor-in-Chief of Android Police. Esper is an Android-powered software as a service company geared toward fleets of single-use tablets. Esper hired David, plus Mishaal Rahman and Cameron Summerson to spread the word about Android and Esper's mission. So what's a story that needs three former EICs t…
 
This week, we're talking to Marty Pirolli who is the owner and operator of Gamer's World, a chain of gaming stores across the Chicagoland area. From trading cards to Dungeons and Dragons, Gamer's World has a little bit of everything. It's not very tech, but very nerdy, so that's why we talked to him. Plus, this week we've got a giveaway from our fr…
 
This week, we're taking a look at the Metaverse, such as it is. Facebook/Meta has made a big deal about the metaverse, and it seems to be the only one. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, other plans are in place, and it's going to take a while to sort everything out. Plus, we've got a long-overdue look at the Swagtron Swagboard warrior Hoverboard, just …
 
This month, we're talking to Jason Howell, one of the OG podcasters out there. Jason pilots the USS All About Android and is very active all over the TWiT network. He's been there for eleven years, and he's been a music maker and producer for even longer. Jason and I talk about music, facial hair, the Pixel 6, and more. Patreon bonus for this episo…
 
This month, Cliff and I get together and talk about our top stories from October. We lead off with some #TeamPixel, #Pixel6 talk, followed by some additional thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Duo 2. After that, we talked about some photography shooting tips from Michael Fisher. We followed that up with some Pixel 5a final thoughts and wrapped it al…
 
The Xiaomi Redmi 10 is a budget phone available in most markets, except of course the United States. That didn't stop us from getting our hands on it. Cliff put the Redmi 10 through its paces and we're ready to talk about it. Is this the best budget phone we've looked at this year? Then, we take a look at the Soundcore Frames. They gave me a chance…
 
This week, Clifton M. Thomas and I get together to chat about the iPhone 13 Pro. Overall, it’s a minor upgrade over the previous generation, the iPhone 12 Pro. The screen size is the same, the notch is a bit smaller, and everything is just a bit better. Is it enough to justify an upgrade? Possibly, but only if you can sell your iPhone 12 Pro for an…
 
Happy Halloween! This is our spooky Halloween show, or at least as spooky as things get around here. I started off the week hanging out in person with Co-producer Cliff and we did a live stream on the YouTube channel talking about the Pixel 6 and a lot of other stuff. I cut out the "other stuff" in this edited interview (the full version is on Patr…
 
This week saw the release of new Apple hardware, new Pixel phones, and new Samsung bespoke options. Plus, reviews of the Microsoft surface Duo 2 dropped which brings us to our top story of the week. Cherlynn Low, Reviews Editor from Engadget dropped by to talk about the Surface Duo 2 with me as we compare notes from our respective reviews. Did Micr…
 
This week we're pulling back the curtain on another aspect of reviewing - photography. One of our jobs as reviewers is to properly evaluate the camera on a phone, and to do that, we often have to put ourselves in challenging photographic situations. So I sat down with Michael Fisher to talk about it, and where he goes to evaluate the cameras he tes…
 
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