kids talk tech
The longest, most intense Kids Talk Tech … ‘evah! Listen to Olivia as she discusses history, video games, spelling bees, spelling apps (look out for the big SBC!), and more!
- Superbowl weekend coming up, and there’s lots of ways for us cord cutters to watch …
- Don’t brick that iPhone!
- Bernie’s Tinder supporter crowd is getting left-swiped right out of the election!
- Windows 8 support ending
Cool sites of the Week
- Frontier Heroes – Awesome history-based game for both iOS and Android!
- ColorHexa – Trying to figure out that web color? Need the complementary for design? Check it out!
- Bootply – If you’re working with the bootstrap framework, or designing web or mobile apps at all, you’ll want to check this out – it’s a great place to play and test code without fear of breaking anything!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
A special song just for Olivia: “Monopoly Loser” by Alice on The Roof!
SHOW SUMMARY – Coding adventures, using Google to get what you want, and lots and lots of Star Wars Episode 7 talk with Dave and Jay! Special bonus feature – Kids Talk Tech is back this week with Olivia discussing best sites for free (and fun) math games to play online!
- Samsung ordered to pay Apple $548M
- Swift is opensourced, and IBM lets you program in it on their servers
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What was the content of the very first SMS sent?
Coolsites of the Week
- Math Playground – Play cool math games with (or against) your teacher, friends, or even a penguin!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
TOPIC: “NOT fun” … that’s how Mike describes his last 7-10 days of working through a brutal and frustrating (and surprisingly dumb) PHP injection hack on our website. He shares some of that experience – and a few tips to avoid it yourself – in a very deep tech episode of TechTalk! Shouts out by the way to our hosting provider, DreamHosters, who did a great job of alerting us to the issue and providing enough information that we could sort it out.
(BTW if you sign up for a website at DreamHosters, use the TechTalkWRLR promo code and you will get $10 off the first year, or $25 off if you go for two! That’s more than 15% off, just for listening to our show)
We also talk a little about the Ebola problem, and where you can get more information on your phone:
- About Ebola – This app is exactly as advertised … info and science about Ebola, plus a quiz or two to make sure you’re paying attention!
- Ebola Plague, the game – I’m not linking you to this one, because yuck. In so many ways, just yuck.
To top it off, Justin comes in for a HearthStone “Kids Talk Tech” and dances around to “Lady Java” from the Java Zone!
TOPIC: Intermittent WiFi and Internet drops, no Skype service, occasionally garbled audio and a completely bemused and confounded host (well, moreso than normal anyways) doesn’t stop the show from going on! We may not have the option to call the POTUS directly, as our good friend Mark “Facebook” Zuckerberg does, but we wind up with a pretty darn good show anyways.
Both Dave Sanocki and Jay Garmon joining us for some high tech talk to get our minds out of the low-tech morass of a show we descended into! Jay even pulls this great question out for the week:
What was the most watched PBS show in history? (hint: it’s not Cosmos)
On Kids Talk Tech this week, Justin and Olivia share their undying love of Dr. Who – in 3 minutes or less! Can you guess who their favorite Doctor is?
TOPIC: We have lots of time to explore the fun – and danger – of anonymous chat and texting apps like Yik Yak, and also get into a deep dive on the hows and whys of Uber and other “alternative” ways to get to where you’re going!
Lots of Coolistes of the Week this week, surrounding the many things we talked about and more!
- RelayRides – Leave your car at the airport, and make money at the same time! Or, get a cheap ride wherever you go by borrowing someone else’s car!
- Uber – Always wanted to be a cab driver, but regulations, safety, and insurance all got in the way? Not an issue anymore with Uber!
- Cogi – Cool and free app of the week that allows you to record conversations, lectures, and more to save, highlight and share with a tap of your finger. The best thing is, it saves the last minute of recording at all times so you never miss an important point because you forgot to start recording!
Kids Talk Tech Justin talks about the series “Survive! Inside The Human Body” a Korean Mangha-style comic biology book that brings science and medicine to kids in a very engaging and exciting way!
Podcast only song of the week is “Dvno” by Justice!
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: 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: With the revelation that a popular flashlight app is stealing your data, Mike answers listener questions about how to prevent security problems with your mobile apps. As a reminder, you can submit questions to us via our facebook page, email us at email@example.com or even leave a voicemail at 847/984-0847.
Jay Garmon weighs in with some great geek insight about the cold temps and disposing of your paper books, and then follows up with an answer to last week’s question and gives us this new head-scratcher:
What was the longest distance a wheeled vehicle has driven on a body other than Earth?
On “Kids Talk Tech” this week special guest host Olivia talks to us about the awesomely fun (and educational to boot) Animalia on YouTube, and we finish it all off with the podcast only song of the week Goodbye England (Covered in Snow) by Laura Marling!
TOPIC: Mike almost loses control railing against the evils of the aggressively ignorant anti-vaxxers Jenny McCarthy and Rob Schneider, but somehow manages to bring it back down to earth and talk about Google glass, “OK Google” for chrome, and why everyone needs a little Kimchi with their turkey, or Kalbe in their burrito this season!
Jay Garmon give us his usual phenomenal brain bender, asking:
How many nodes were in the original version of the Internet (ARPANET), which came into being 50 years ago this week?
On “Kids Talk Tech” this week Justin tells us the ins and outs of Clumsy Ninja, and then we close out with the perfect Black Friday, podcast only song of the week “Cheap and Cheerful” by the Kills!
TOPIC: How much do you figure you’re worth? 2? 2 and a half? How about 3 … BILLION dollars!? Well, that kind of money may excite you and me, but the fellas over at Snapchat figure it’s still not enough … We have a lot of fun talking about that, bloatware, XBox vs the PS4 and other tech news before Jay Garmon comes on with this wing-dinger for us:
What generation of gaming consoles was the only one in history that didn’t have a single entry from Microsoft, Sony, OR Nintendo?
“Kids Talk Tech” this week gets back to it’s roots with a review of “Hungry Shark Evolution” – free and fun for iOS!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “Female Robbery” by the Neighborhood!