Digital Trends Live: Apple rumors, Google gaming, and TerraCycle

On episode 83 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler and Ryan Waniata tackled all the biggest stories from the world of tech.

They kicked things off with Tesla, which recently announced it would be closing its physical retail locations and moving entirely online. Now, the company is walking that move back a bit. Tesla will reopen some of its stores in higher-profile locations, albeit with fewer employees. The physical locations will be there largely so that prospective buyers can test-drive a Tesla if they want to try before they buy.

An Apple event is coming in March, and the next iteration of the iPad may be on the way, according to reports. Those hoping for a revolutionary take on the tablet may be disappointed; the rumors suggest that the 2019 iPad will be keeping the headphone jack, TouchID sensor, and possibly the same size screen as the latest model.

Could Google be planning to step into the gaming hardware business? A recent patent filing hints that it might be. The company filed a patent for “Notifications on game controller,” with diagrams showing a controller and explanations for various features. Given that Google is developing a game-streaming service called Project Stream, it would be fitting to include a controller that can make launching games quick and easy.

Later in the show, Nibler spoke with Tom Szaky, CEO of TerraCycle, a company that wants to recycle “hard-to-recycle waste.” Szaky was on the show to talk about the company’s new program, called Loop.

“What we do is, we are a social business whose purpose is to eliminate the idea of waste,” Szaky said. “Loop is about how do we solve waste at the root cause? Because we realized that while recycling is really important, and making things from recycled materials is important, it’s only dealing with waste at the symptom level, but isn’t going to solve it at the root cause.”

Finally, DT correspondent Pavi Dinamani checked in from South by Southwest (SXSW), where she spoke with David Benzaquen, CEO and co-founder of Ocean Hugger Foods, a company developing plant-based alternatives to seafood. The company’s prime project is Ahimi, a plant-based ahi tuna alternative.

“It stands for ‘the spirit of ahi,’ and it’s made from tomatoes,” Benzaquen said. “We have a special process that eliminates the flavor of the tomatoes, so that acidity is gone, and it texturizes it so you have that meaty, fatty, chewy, delicious texture of raw tuna.”

Digital Trends Live airs at 9 a.m. PT from Monday through Friday, with highlights available on demand after the stream ends. For more information, check out the DT Live homepage, and be sure to watch live for the chance to win occasional prizes.

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