Category: Coffee Talk

Coffee Talk: 639: Foursquare is Out of Touch and in Denial

Posted on July 24th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Geek Stuff, Mobile Tech. 1 Comment

After becoming one of the most popular mobile apps over the last five years, Foursquare is looking to reinvent itself in 2014. The company is making some bold moves and taking some big risks, but it’s also alienating many of its users. For those of you not familiar with Foursquare, it’s a social app that blends gamification and location sharing information. Foursquare users “check in” to various locations and have the option to leave tips or ratings on the venue. Users compete for badges and “mayorship” of locations, while the … continued


Coffee Talk #638: The Case Against Dwayne Johnson as Shazam

Posted on July 23rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Comics, Movies. No Comments

In a recent interview with Total Film (embedded below for your convenience), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson gave some hints on a character he’ll be playing in an upcoming movie. The artist formerly known as Rocky Maivia said that he’ll be playing someone with “the power of Superman” and also gave the telling hint of, “Just say the word.” The latter bit has many people speculating that The Rock will be playing Shazam (known for decades as Captain Marvel). For those of you unfamiliar with Captain Marvel/Shazam, he was … continued


Coffee Talk #637: Ford Focus Electric and the Gamification of Driving

Posted on July 21st, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Electric Cars, Videogames. 3 comments

Driving a Ford Focus Electric has a lot of similarities to playing videogames on a home console. In the immortal word of Christopher Cross, “It sounds crazy, but it’s true.” The Ford Focus Electric has a system of achievements, scores, and leaderboards that supplement the driving experience, similar to how PlayStation and Xbox consoles have these features to supplement the videogame experience. For certain drivers (i.e. nerdy ones), it makes driving more fun.

On the “My Driving” page on MyFordMobile.com, Ford Focus Electric drivers can keep track … continued


Coffee Talk #636: Settling on a Chevy Spark EV…Maybe

Posted on July 9th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Electric Cars. No Comments

After being smitten by the Nissan Leaf and impressed by the Ford Focus Electric, there’s a good chance that I’m going to settle on a 2014 Chevy Spark EV this week. This little electric car has a lot to love, but it also has a few drawbacks. On the plus side, the Chevy Spark EV is way more fun to drive than the Ford Focus Electric or Nissan Leaf. This car has a ton of torque and accelerates impressively from 0-45MPH. It’s also cheaper than its competitors, with Chevy … continued


Coffee Talk #635: Miami Heat Big Three and Silly Reporting

Posted on July 3rd, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Sports. 3 comments

The NBA free agent rumor mill is in full effect. This year’s offseason is particularly intriguing since the Miami Heat’s “big three” of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are free agents. Sports fans — particularly NBA fans — love reading about trade rumors, salary cap wizardry, and potential signings. Thanks to the way social media and Internet reporting have evolved, there’s more free agency content than ever. Unfortunately, there’s also some comically bad reporting. ESPN.com has been guilty of posting articles with some…questionable phrases. Let’s take a look … continued


Coffee Talk #634: 2014 Nissan Leaf vs. Ford Focus Electric

Posted on July 1st, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Electric Cars, Geek Stuff. No Comments

After getting smitten by the 2014 Nissan Leaf, but having a mostly lousy shopping experience, I’ve decided to take a look at the 2014 Ford Focus Electric. In some ways, the Ford Focus Electric is a much better car than the Nissan Leaf. In other ways, it’s lacking. Let’s do a binary breakdown of the 2014 Ford Focus Electric vs. 2014 Nissan Leaf. These opinions are fresh off a test drive of the Ford Focus Electric. Since I wrote about the Nissan Leaf last column, I’ll be … continued


Coffee Talk #633: Shopping For a Nissan Leaf…Sucks

Posted on June 30th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Electric Cars, Geek Stuff. 4 comments
As those of you in the RPadTV Google Hangout know, I've been shopping for a 2014 Nissan Leaf. Take away the last month and I haven't driven regularly since college. With that in mind, looking for a car lease is a new experience for me...and that experience pretty much sucks. My first stop was last friday at Nissan of Downtown LA. A nice salesman checked to see that I had the necessary information about the Nissan Leaf. As an Internet nerd, I was well informed and he seemed happy that he didn't have to do any educating on the vehicle. Since the Nissan Leaf is all-electric, there are many things to...continued

Coffee Talk #632: On Samoan Thor

Posted on June 27th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Movies, WWE. 1 Comment
I finally watched Fast & Furious 6 and, as expected, had a marvelous time with the movie. As many of you know, I'm a big fan of the series. The late Paul Walker's acting was mesmerizingly bad, but in a deceptively entertaining way. Vin Diesel gets my support for being the Iron Giant and Groot, as well as for being the biggest Hollywood star that play Dungeons & Dragons. As a lifelong WWE fan, I try to support all of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's movies. In addition to those three talents, the Fast & Furious series is just good, dumb fun. While the vast majority of the movie was predictable, there was one scene that totally caught me off guard...continued

Coffee Talk #631: The Amazon Fire Phone and You

Posted on June 19th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, Mobile Tech. 5 comments
Yesterday, Amazon caused quite the stir with the Amazon Fire Phone. At best, it's a compelling smartphone that offers some great features and backed by unique Amazon services. At worst, it's a smartphone that's exclusive to a mediocre network (depending on where you live) and backed by an ecosystem that isn't broad as what Android or iOS bring to the table. For certain consumers (those that are technologically apathetic or ignorant), the Amazon Fire Phone seems like a great choice; on paper, the hardware compares favorably to other top-of-the-line smartphones and millions of people are already comfortable with buying from Amazon. For others (tech nerds), it's tough to make a case for the Amazon Fire Phone...continued

Coffee Talk #629: Random Thoughts on E3 2014

Posted on June 14th, by raymond padilla in Coffee Talk, PC Gaming, PlayStation 4, Videogames, Wii U, Xbox One. 2 comments
Now that we've all had a few days to absorb the multimedia assault that was E3 2014, let's talk about the show! I was working for two outlets during E3 2014, so my schedule was all over the place. I did see a lot of great games, but it's likely that you guys and gals were exposed to more from reading various articles and watching different videos. The thing that surprised me the most about E3 2014 was that there were a lot of mainstream games that excited me. For the last couple of years, independent games like Journey, Sound Shapes, and The Unfinished Swan were my big favorites. While I certainly enjoyed several indie games at E3 2014, there were a lot of mainstream games I had a blast with too. Here are some random thoughts on the show...continued