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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
- Mike Miller, prolific author and tech polymath shares his insights into Windows 10 and the Internet of Things! Links to his website and all books are included in the notes below.
- Dedicated WRLR Live radio app is coming soon to an android phone near you!
- Canadian Internet still stinks. Also, Idaho.
Coolsites of the Week:
- MillerWriter.com – ALL of Mike Miller’s books, videos, news, contact info and more!
- The Internet of Things – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon).
- Easy Computer Basics, Windows 10 Edition – Direct link to the book by Michael Miller (Amazon)
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
TOPIC: Great show this week with our usual mix of news and views, plus a fantastic pre-recorded segment from Google’s own Roya Soleimani!
Roya gives us a deep dive into the Google I/O revelations, and what we can expect to see coming to a tablet, phone, or car near us in the near future … and shows what a great sport she is, putting up with Mike’s antics.
We finish up with “Crave You” by Flight Facilities.
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: The title pretty much says it – technical issues, phone problems and all! We discuss what little we know surrounding Windows 8, more tablet talk, share some great coolsites of the week and even a visit from Jay Garmon gets squeezed in:
How many women have now flown in space, and what % of space travelers through history have been women?
- Textbooks-R-Us: By my experience, one of the better sites to get good value for your used textbooks!
- 8Tracks: Playlists generated by users make for an interesting take on new tunes!
- Stitcher: I resisted this one for a long time, but it turns out it’s a pretty awesome way of getting your TechTalk on (and any other podcasts that float your boat)!
- RecycleBank: Vouchers, coupons and other deals for being a good Earth resident!
Podcast only song of the week is “Down at McDonnelz” by Electric Six … jamming!
TOPIC: In case you had any doubts, this week proves once again that your passwords and online accounts are anything but secure! Mike gives you some REAL advice on how to protect yourself (when you can anyways) …
To sweeten the pot we bring in awesome returning guest Kraig Lane from iolo Technologies, who talks to us about speeding that computer up, some of the myths and reality of Internet and PC slowdowns (and the software that purports to fix them), what’s in store with Windows 8 and mobile OS … plus some great info on System Mechanic and the newest versions available!
We get in a handful of great coolsites of week too:
- ManualsLib – A great collection of manuals for stuff you have around the house … never be lost without instructions again!
- GasBuddy – Find the cheapest gas around you!
- DuckDuckGo – Alternative, more secure and less intrusive search engine.
The podcast only song of the week is “Youth Without Youth” by Metric.
TOPIC: Quality Warning – the first 15 minutes have some crackle and pops, so don’t adjust your audio. They do go away after that!
Dave and Mike have a great time discussing Spotify apps, and then get back into that whole android vs. iPad discussion, which is particularly relevant to Mike as he anxiously awaits the arrival of his new iPad next week. The Hugo-adjacent Jay Garmon joins us for some intelligent repartee and asks the following question of the week:
What star is the reference for the apparent magnitude scale of celestial brightness?
Coolsites of the week include:
- YourLogicalFallacyIs – Wondering why that argument you’re having online seems to be going in circles? Need a quick way to tell someone exactly why they’re wrong? This is the site for you!
- SpotFlux – Protect your data by using spotflux whenever you’re in a non-protected wifi environment! Free VPN.
The podcast only song of the week is the pleasingly retro “On Board” by Friendly Fires.
TOPIC: Between your favorite porn site storing all passwords and credit card numbers in clear text and PayPal trying to take a bite out of e-book porn, it’s been a rough week for those in the rough trade … not only that but our favorite nemesis Anonymous becomes not quite so anonymous anymore (and with a Chicago connection to boot!).
Jay Garmon attempts to pull us out of the sludge with a great conversation on the relative merits of tablets, and gives us this fantastic trivia question:
Who got lucky (and wealthy) because the US Air Force recovered a hydrogen bomb on St. Patrick’s day – March 17 – 1966?
Dave kicks off our coolsites of the week this week with a great one, and Mike adds a few of his own:
- Unblock-US – Pass your IP through to pretend you’re linking in from another country (great for our repressed friends from those nasty countries with restrictive firewalls!) … note that this may have a fee associated depending on the usage.
- Universal Scale – Lets you dive down from Planck length all the way up to universe sized glimpses, in a beautifully put together and interactive flash app!
- Jelli Radio – A great alternative to the other major streaming radio stations, plus a direct hit into all the best SXSW performers! Both the web and the mobile versions give you social control of the music too … very cool stuff!
The podcast only song of the week is “Always Something” by Cage the Elephant.