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Always On: It's the best of Always On, Season 5!
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Always On: It's the best of Always On, Season 5!

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It's been an incredible season and a great run for Always On. This week we bring you the highlights, including a world-class video streaming venue from one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, the best of our unforgettable torture tests, and Molly rants about Google Glass.

-This week on Always On, it's the best of Season 5. Oh yes. -Okay, glass. -Hi, I'm Molly Wood and welcome to Always On, the show where we take tech into the real world and this week, it's the very best moments from Season 5. It has been an awesome season with some really great episodes and we're starting up the show with the behind-the-scenes look at a live streaming concert featuring some top performers. -One, two, three, four. -Laid back in an old saloon with a peso in my hand, watchin' flies and children on the street. -What we said about to do in building this place was to build the ultimate playpen for musicians. -This is how Bob Weir envisions the future of music. The Grateful Dead front man has created a state-of-the art music and streaming studio to broadcast unbelievably high-quality sounding music over the internet to fans around the world. Welcome to TRI. Do you wanna just change the way that people consume music or experience it? Is it for the musicians or for the audience or both? -It's for everybody. Music is for everybody. So for the musicians, we come here, we have a great time. For the audience, we try to make it really easy. -Grateful Dead set the standard back in the 60s of first guy's paying attention to the PA and building it. They stream now at the highest the consumer can receive, but on the internet on a regular basis both audio and video wise and we're only limited now by what the consumer can receive. -So if you're watching at home, this is something comparable to getting to see Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead or some other bands like in a coffee shop, you know, the permanent dream. -It's the closest you can ever get to actually being in the band. It is a studio, but it's a live performance studio. So, it's not sterile like a normal recording studio. It is built for a live performance. The sound is amazing. It's a very relaxed laid back atmosphere and it's in the treacherous from a Grateful Dead. -One-- One-- -The studio is in every sense mind blowing. -This has only been using-- -At the center of it is the constellation. -I could use a little more [unk] version. -A cutting edge sound system developed by audio engineer John Mayer to enhance the sound that musicians here on stage. -When she moved to. They call me the breeze. -All around the sides and back, there are some 80 speakers hanging at soft-- and then hanging down from the ceiling. You also can't see them unless you look real close through a bunch of microphones-- -Uh huh. -for a couple of dozen of those and they take it up in through software and then put it back out through those speakers. -How about this? -To begin with, I could share you that this is how this room sounds all by itself. -It just turned everything up. -A clap. This is room number 1. Clap again. Now, we're in the theater. Again, a smaller theater. -A small theater. Yeah. -We now on a cathedral. -Oh, wow. -Again, this is another cathedral, but on and on it goes, we've got anything living rooms to ball parks and everything in between way up and got the grand [unk]. -So a band can come in here and you guys can play or they can play and they can stream it and make it sounds as other anywhere in the world? -Yeah. -And we're-- What we're trying to do this-- right now, this is all on an iPad here, but we're trying to get it on a push switch. -The heart and soul of TRI is this audio control room known as the inner sanctum. Here, a mix comes in from the studio and then is pushed out to the world. And this is where the show all comes together. The live performance is then switched and streamed out to fans. -We have a switcher, you know. We have also different monitors to see and behind this, we can watch all the different shots and it's basically like a TV studio, but it's for the web. -The one hiccup in the system is that on the other end, a listener has to have a fat bandwidth pipe, and the computer hardware capable of decoding such a high quality signal. Otherwise, the music just sounds like regular old streaming audio. Can you gig out for a minute on how you're doing that and what the limitations are for listening at home which is bandwidth right at home? -Well, it's bandwidth at home to enjoy it, but it started with Bob he had in Grateful Dead fashion. He had an unlimited budget. He far exceeded the unlimited budget by getting every possible new toy that can push the fattest data rate out of here. - After midnight, it's all gonna be peaches and cream. -We built this place with internet broadcast in mind. What we're trying to do is make it so people will be able to gather at a friend's house and everybody will be able to watch basically a concert there without having to drive a long way. -After midnight-- -Now if you want to be part of that virtual venue, you can find it all over at Tristudios.com. It's time for us to take a quick break. When we come back, it's the very best of our torture test from this season. We're stomping wine grapes, mingling with the wildlife and doing some pretty hardcore gaming. -Come on. -Welcome back everybody. Now you know that our show is famous for our torture test where we take the top gadgets and put them through the durability paces. Let's check out some of the best moments from Season 5. Time for our first ever TV torture test and I brought in my good friend, Eric Franklin to help me try to break it. I hope you've been practicing your age quick. -Let's go. Just-- Come on. -So, you broke it already. -I didn't throw that hard. I really didn't throw that hard. And it worked right there? -Yeah. You got it? -Yeah, I got it. -Okay. Oh, look at the bezels come up over there. -Oh man. -The bezel and the screen have shattered, destroyed. -Yeah. -It's a delicate flower. -Totally yes. -And we killed it. Time for our torture test of the Galaxy S4 Active. Okay, so here's what happened. I got in the pool. I swam across the pool. Now, the phone will come on. -You can go. -Here we go. -Oh there you go. -Nice. -Good. -That was fantastic and it's still totally fine. Oh yes, I think I heard some cracking. Our 2-year-old giraffe is standing right on top of the S4 Active. All right. Brandon did all the damage that you might have expected a 1300-pound giraffe to do. Yeah. Time for our torture test of the Nokia Lumia 1020. That is so-- It's crazy. Gosh, they're making Windows phone wine 1020 vintage. It's kind of slippery. Phone is getting a little slippery. You can see splashing. Okay. A lot of water came out that time. No physical damage. A little bit of down right here. It was a valiant effort, but even the pretty tough Nokia Lumia 1020 cannot survive being made into one. Ready. -Oh kidding. -Oh, you did it. -Did I really? -Yo, yeah. -Yeah. That what's I'm talking about. -Yeah. -All right, now we know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini can take just about everything except for the bed and kick, which known to take ever. Now the hype around Google Glass has been huge, but I have a feeling that the reality is very different. Check out the show's first ever mini Molly rant for my 2 cents. Now when Google first announced its glass project, there were a lot of naysayers and mostly what they said was you look stupid wearing that. Okay, I was one of the few who was in favor of Google Glass. I thought it would be awesome to have a permanent heads-up display with mapping and Twitter and information and it's kind of virtual world happening all around you. I am sorry to say that I was wrong. It turns out that Google Glass represents a new frontier in human rudeness in attention and danger. First, there's the human interaction factor. I mean, I'm walking down the street, but I'm living in a virtual world parallel world where I've like got my Twitter and my Facebook and my maps and I don't even care 'cause I'm a glasshole and I personally refused to ever have a one-on-one conversation with someone wearing Google Glass. I mean, it's bad enough that everybody gets out there phone and starts typing while you're speaking to them. Imagine when their eyes start wandering slowly sky-- -[unk] there was a pineapple in your life. Let's buy some pinacoladas. You care about this giant pineapple. It's awesome. -Okay. -And then somebody puts on marking, marking the [unk] bunch and everyone just starts, "Okay, we've got enough." -Oops. Then, there's the mobility factor. People in San Francisco are actually riding their bikes around wearing these things. In fact, I once saw a guy crashed into a curve, dived into a group of pedestrians and then look around in a panic for his glasses, his Google glasses. Does anything about this seem like a good idea? Finally, there's the stuff that should be against the law. West Virginia is considering a legislation that would ban Google Glass while driving. The U.K. is thinking about enacting the same laws and I got say everybody, everywhere should be working on this law. There is nothing about driving while you're distracted by Twitter feeds and maps and all kinds of other crap that isn't a good idea. It's a disaster waiting to happen. Now, I'm not trying to be anti-technology here. I love the idea of Google Glass. I don't think they look stupid. I think I look kinda cute. It's just that when they come about, I think we also need self-driving cars and a whole lot of self-restrain. So, I'm thinking the world is not yet ready for Google Glass. -Okay, glass. And that's it for this week everybody. Coming up next week is my favorite and your favorite episode, the blooper show. But we will have some bonus behind the scenes content too so you can see all the fun and love that goes into making Always On. Thanks for watching everybody. See you next week. -Go ahead to his left. -Okay. And they will serve the deal. Oh, you don't need to clap. That's [unk]. That's just mean. It's muscle instinct like again.
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