Archive for January, 2014
TOPIC: Hartmut Esslinger may not be a name that rolls off the tip of your tongue in the same breath as Steve Jobs, Apple Computers, Trinitron TV’s, or defining the evolving design paradigms in technology over the last 50 years – but it should be! Founder of Frogdesign, intimate collaborator and friend of Steve Jobs, Mr. Esslinger shares his wealth of insight and experience with us in this phenomenal interview.
Not to be outdone, Jay Garmon joins us and continues on our Google-themed trivia line.
How long after Google Mail (GMail) went out of beta did they have their first outage?
If you are looking for more about Hartmut, Frogdesign, or an insight into Apple and Steve Jobs’ creative design process, we can’t recommend more highly that you take a look at these books:
- Keep It Simple – Detailed and intimate look at the evolution of design at Apple, complete with over 380 illustrations showing the creative design process of Apple’s iconic devices.
- Design Forward – This earlier book of Mr. Esslinger’s explains how strategic design in business and society can – and indeed must – bring about positive change through innovative creativity.
We leave you then with the podcast only song of the week … “Hit Me Down Sonny” by the Ting Tings!
NOTE: Apologies to our listeners, but Jay and Dave’s speech is somewhat garbled; that is a fault on our end and there is no need to adjust your speakers 🙁
TOPIC: Yes, Target was targeted by those nasty fellows looking for your credit and debit card numbers, but who else? And what can or should you do about it? Listen in and get the unique TechTalk take on the matter!
Jay Garmon joins us for the show, and we spend a good amount of time complaining about how the “freaks” at Chi-Fi got kicked out of their Chicago venue this year … except I think I know who the real freaks are, and it isn’t the cosplayers from Chi-Fi! Jay gives us this great one to think about next week too:
What was the largest purchase by Google of a company that was not a hardware company?
Kids Talk Tech this week from Justin is all about the five star QuizUp social trivia game for iOS!
No way any time for coolsites of the week this week, so you’ll just have to listen to our podcast only song of the week “More Than Life” by Whitley!
TOPIC: No, we’re not talking about Mike, but the Bard of Avon himself, William Shakespeare! He’s known to have invented or inspired over 2,000 words in the English language, including eyeball, birthplace, laughable, hobnob, undress, and even “skim milk”!
Joining us to discuss not just Shakespeare’s works, but how they can be more effectively introduced to teens through mobile devices and media is Nick Brous. Nick is the founder of First Folio Productions, bringing Shakespeare to kids via Movies, Music, and digital Media!
Jay Garmon joins us for the discussion, and also provides this bit of geek trivia for your consideration:
What was the largest financial settlement in history for the hacking of credit card data?
No time for coolsites of the week this week, but make sure and follow up on our story via these:
- Hamlet2014 – The main site of First Folio Productions, and the place to go to for more information about the ebook, music, and upcoming Hamlet movie … speaking of which:
- Hamlet: Son of a Kingpin – The Hamlet movie site has links to trailers and more info about release!
- Hamlet Digital Textbook – Find out more about the digital textbook, or sign up for your copy here.
We finish this great interview off with Sara Tunes’ rendition of Ophelia’s Valentine’s Day from the upcoming movie. Enjoy!
TOPIC: That’s right, this is “Not Just Another TechTalk”! We’ve got Paul Ulreich back in studio, an abnormally clear link to our Canadian cohost Dave “Sparky” Saganaki, and have a great time talking about what wonderful gadgety goodness we got for ourselves or our family this holiday season! Some of the better ones included:
- Motorola Deck portable speakers
- Fitbit Flex quantified self wearable tech
- Amazon Kindle HD tablet (now $30 off with “MAYDAY” coupon)
- Google Nexus 7 tablet
Of course our good friend Jay Garmon joins us and provides this great piece of geek trivia:
What was the first piece of wearable technology that included a modern micro-processor?
We also get another great “Kids Talk Tech” with Justin trying to pick his top game from his “short list” of 13 games, but picks the “BandStars” and “Mystery Crime Scene” iOS apps (both by manufacturer TeamLava) as the best of the bunch!
Other coolsites of the week include:
- Forecast.io – Wonderful, informative weather app with trends, radar, daily and weekly forecasts!
- Meetways – Need to meet someone halfway? This app will help you do it, and make sure you get some coffee too!
- Fax-o-rama – Free faxing, not many pages, but enough to get that one-off done!
- Brain Pickings – Lots of really interesting info and videos, stuff to get you lost for hours!
We end it all with the mellow song of the week “Kicking Me out of the Band” by Sean Nelson!
TOPIC: Mike talks about the trip to MN, braving the arctic cold, bemoans our lack of post production, and Dave shares with us an amazing story for 2014; 3D liver creation for individuals in need of transplants! We also spend some time taking a look at the year in review, and revealing our favorite tech gifts we received this season.
It wouldn’t be a complete show without Jay Garmon providing us this mindbender of course, and an appropriately timed one at that:
What is the only Times Square New Years’ ball drop that the drop did not occur in 60 seconds? (HINT: Does not include the 2 times it was skipped during war time)
Coolsites of the week include:
- 3D liver printing – PC World.
- How to convert your giftcards into cash using Google Wallet (thanks Lifehacker!)
Mike’s pick for top coolsites of the year are:
- TabApp – Makes splitting the restaurant bill easy!
- NavFree USA – Old phone with GPS and wifi but no 3G, 4G or any other G? Use it for getting around, free!
We end with a verrrry special song of the week for WRLR owner Bish Krywko, who happens to share his birthday with this most festive time of year – Spike Jones’ “My Birthday Comes on Christmas”