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 – Preston Smalley takes a break from Comcast X1 app development to share what they are doing today, and how you can keep watching the Cubs (or Bears, or BlackHawks) WITHOUT risking your marriage!
- Holllly Cooowwwwww! Go Cubs!
- Back to the Future week is here!
- Twitter laying off folks
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
When did FORTRAN stop requiring all capital letters in it’s command structure?
Coolsites of the Week
- XFinity.com – Start here to find out what you’ve been missing!
- StudioXFinity.com – Get location and service information from the Chicago flagship, make an appointment, sign up for a demo, and more!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Returning guest Mike Miller joins us to break down the good, the bad, and the ugly of Windows 10. Mike also tells us that if you’ve been waiting, it’s OK to upgrade now, but listen to the caveats he mentions first!
- Ashley Madison hack news and update
- Mike tries to say “problems with Spotify privacy policies” 5 times fast …
- Samsung flip phones are back! (but only in China)
Cool Sites of the Week
- Check out MillerWriter.com for everything Mike Miller! Links to his most recent books here:
Podcast Only Song of the Week
TOPIC: Some really cool stuff is happening, with Google identifying what’s going on in your pictures, everyone giving away free terrabytes of storage, and there’s now a drone kiss-cam at TGIFriday’s (at least in the UK) … but of course what everyone REALLY wants to know is how to pay the lowest price this holiday shopping season – so here are our picks for best mobile apps to help you get teh dealz:
- Walmart Savings Catcher – Use the mobile app to check prices in real time, or you can even wait until you get home and scan the receipt!
- Amazon Scan App – NEVER wonder if you could have gotten that item cheaper online again, just scan the barcode and you can check out pricing and online reviews, and even purchase it immediately from your phone!
- ShopForKids App – Get reviews, warnings, and competitive pricing for all your kid and baby gifts this season! Available for both Android and iOS
And we throw a few “regular” coolsites of the week for good measure too!
- Wikiwand – Turns those dry, boring wikipedia pages into sweet digital encyclopedias!
- Netflix Roulette – Tired of relying on Netflix’s boring or confusing picks for you? Pick a genre and spin the wheel to find some new flicks to watch!
Enjoy our podcast only song of the week “Struggle” by Ringside!
TOPIC: Frustrated with pop-ups, pop-unders, pre-load video ads and more? Worried about inadvertently clicking an ad and winding up in a malware vector site? Today we talk with Ben Williams of AdBlock Plus, arguable the most effective, respected, easiest to use and free-est ad blocker plugin and extension out there!
As an added tech bonus, Mike earns some sort of badge by coordinating a call from a Canadian visiting Panama City (that would be our intrepid co-host and world explorer Dave “Sparky” Saganaki), geek trivia and related great stuff from Louisville resident Jay Garmon, and successfully brings our interviewee in from Germany – all at the same time!
Speaking of geek trivia:
46 years ago this week, the Soviet spacecraft Zond 5 was the first to accomplish a feat often wrongly attributed to the Apollo program. What important spaceflight first did Zond 5 accomplish?
On the coolsites watch today, we’re going to direct you this way:
- AdBlock Plus – What we’re talking about!
A truly podcast only podcast only song of the week is the super nerdy, java loving “Java Life” rap from Oracle!
TOPIC: Great conversation today with Lucion CEO and creator of FileCenter Jeff Pickard! We discuss the ins and outs, and ups and downs of going paperless at home or in business, and whether you can successfully create a business outside of the traditional silicon valley geography (spoiler alert: yes, yes you can).
On top of our awesome interview with Jeff, we also spend time talking to Jay, who presents this brain bender for you:
Who was the SECOND person to achieve astronaut status through aerodynamic flight (that is, without a rocket)?
- Lucion – This is where you can find more about the FileCenter products and Lucion’s other paperless and organizational solutions.
- ABetterQueue – Does a MUCH better job of setting you up with good flicks on Netflix, combined with Rotten Tomatoes ratings!
Podcast only song of the week this week is Ritual Union by Little Dragon. Enjoy!
TOPIC: Have you ever wanted to have more beauty and art in your house, but you don’t have the money (or time) to buy a new print every week, frame it, hang it, trade out the kids photos, yada yada yada? If so, you’ll definitely want to tune in this week when Dave and I talk to Stephen Kahn from Artkick! Stephen shares insight into the origin Artkick, what it is, what’s coming next, and how you can start showing literally billions of dollars of artwork in your home, today, for free!
Not only that, but Jay Garmon finally rewards your patience with an answer to last month’s geek trivia and a new one to be thinking about:
What famous horror film shared casting with the original Star Wars movie?
Coolsites of the week are back and as awesome as ever!
- Artkick – Art for free, on your TV!
- KeepAwake – Chrome app to keep your chromebook from hibernating or going to sleep.
- TechSmith App/Extension – Screenshots, recording, and more, specifically for Chrome and Chromebooks!
And the podcast only song of the week this week is YACHT’s “Psychic City”
TOPIC: Do you run or bike regularly? What about scooter, stride or stumble? Look, if you move at ALL with a smart phone strapped to your side you should go download the awesome Charity Miles app today! Founder Gene Gurkoff comes on-air to tell us about the inspiration for the app, and how it motivates you by supporting worthy charities with every mile, kilometer, and foot you go … you get the chance to not just do something good for yourself, but to simultaneously make things better for others too! As Gene says, Charity Miles is not a fitness app, it’s a purpose app. Turns out that today is the kickoff of Anna Judd beginning her run – Across. The. Country! – all for Charity Miles!
Jay Garmon gives us some great insight into the upcoming live broadcast we’re doing at ConGlomeration in a few weeks, complete with gaming recommendations, and then presents this brainbender:
Gemini 3 was the first mission that resulted in a reprimand for an astronaut in space. What did John Young and Gus Grissom do?
No coolsites needed after that – just make sure and check out AnnaRunsAmerica.com and CharityMiles.org of course – but we do get in an ultra-cool podcast only song of the week Walking Backwards by the Leagues!
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!