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The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)


While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

Will my next Samsung tablet computer be cooler than an iPad?

Meanwhile, half a solar system away, the largest rover NASA has ever launchedshould touch down on the Martian surface in just a few days.

If a Mars rover isn't winning you over, perhaps smaller home computers will. But you'll have to give up something to keep it small. How about the VGA port that powers your monitor?  Kiss it goodbye...soon... but consider what that means at the office where VGA ports will linger for years.

Friday on Up to Date, guest host Bill Anderson welcomes The Techsperts - Justin Parlette and Dustin Jacobsen - to discuss these topics and other technology news and developments.  We'll check out why so many people are going "old school" with Instagram, and talk about the benefits of Hulu+ coming to Apple TV.

Questions or comments for our Techsperts? You can post on this page or on KCUR's Facebook page,, or Tweet us @KCURUptoDate.

Dustin Jacobsen, Chief Strategy Officer at Flat Square Technology Group, leads the practice on mobile, social and emerging technology projects. Jacobsen holds a BS from Iowa State University and an MBA, magna cum laude, from Baker University. He blogs about all things marketing and technology at and is on Twitter at@dustinj. Justin Parlette is an Apple Certified technician who has supported Apple products for over 15 years. Trained by Apple as part of their crack group of technicians (you call them "Geniuses"), he now works for UMKC as their resident Apple expert. Parlette also writes and directs the critically acclaimed web series "Dead Wait," a zombie story set in Kansas City which unfolds at Follow his escapades on Twitter at @jpar0.

After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.