Posts tagged christmas
TOPIC: We talk a lot about Sony and “The Interview”, but we also have a GREAT talk with Joe Oddo of Verizon Wireless about the latest and greatest mobile devices for your holiday shopping! Joe comes in-studio to break down the questions you should ask when you are in the store – and what questions you should be asking yourself before even leaving the house!
Mike finishes up by predicting 1,000,000 illegal downloads of “The Interview” by January 15th, and then Jay Garmon asks us a very well timed geek trivia question:
What percentage of the Earth’s population tuned in to the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast?
We don’t have many, but a few themed app usage coolsites for the shopping season seem appropriate:
- RetailMeNot app – Use this app to check deals around you as well as online before you buy!
- Trello – Keep a list, check it twice … never forget what you’re out there buying!
- Google Keep – Like a cross between evernote, onenote, and trello, Google makes it easy to track what you’re doing and any information you need at hand to make your holiday season as organized and enjoyable as possible!
Have wonderful Christmas and New Years this year … and to kick that off you can rock to some very metal XMas with Bob River’s “I Am Santa Claus!” (to the tune of “I Am Iron Man”)
TOPIC: The week before Christmas, come join us as we get our geek on! From Kindles in education to more (yes, really, more) security issues and the big Sony hack, we have a blast!
::NOTE:: MINOR TECHNICAL ISSUES PERVADE THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE SHOW … some skipping and short missed sections.
Jay Garmon joins us to throw his far more than 2 cents in, including this awesome geek trivia gem:
How much power did the world’s first electricity generating nuclear reactor generate, and how did they prove it?
Have a great weekend and wonderful Christmas this year … and don’t forget to tune next week! Also, jam out to “A Very Voldemort Christmas” by Draco and the Malfoys!
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: 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”
TOPIC: Weather woes force us to miss out on Nick Brous and his Shakespearean insight (though we try to fake it for a while) – but stay tuned in a few weeks when we bring him back! And then we get down to business. China lands on the moon, Dave comes up with some great new names for Uranus, and Yahoo! mail is down!
Plus, Dave tries to start an OS flame war for Christmas to make up for Jay Garmon being absent too, and then give us a new tag line for the show “So lame, not even the NSA listens”! Awwww ….
Our cool sites of the week:
- Mummify.it – Freeze a web page, twitter feed, or anything else on the web for posterity on Mummify’s servers!
- CharityMiles.org – Select different charities you want to donate to as you walk, bike, or run! Costs you nothing but your poor health to help out those needier than you!
Finishing it all off is the holiday special song of the week Chiron Beta Prime by Jonathon Coulton!
TOPIC: Dave and Jay and Mike have a wonderful Geekmas together, celebrating new news and reviewing some old stories as well as discussing Psy’s billionth view and the death of the water cooler – but the rise of the meme! We also continue the Dragon Naturally Speaking giveaway … sign up today!
Jay Garmon Provides the thought provoking geek trivia of the week with this whopper:
What historical figure came in to buck up the morale of the crew of Apollo 8 before their pre-Christmas launch?
To top everything off like a star on top of the proverbial tree, we even get some great cool sites of the week in!
- Impact Earth! – Find out what will happen in your neck of the woods when the big one drops!
- Ultimate Gift List – Just what it sounds like, gives you some great suggestions for gifts this season!
- Lekh Diagrams – iOS app that helps with charts and graphs. Cleans ’em up, makes ’em look great!
Just for fun, and somewhat in the spirit, we finish off with Tom Lehr “I’m Spending Hannukah (in Santa Monica)!”
TOPIC: Today we’re joined by Robert Siciliano from McAfee, who provides a great rundown on what you should be worried about going online this holiday season! We cover the gamut from android malware and driveby infections, to wrong transaction email phishing, scareware, and why you may not be as safe with that Mac as you think!
With Jay Garmon and Dave notably absent, Mike takes the opportunity (as usual) to rant. This week, Mike gets freaky about SOPA, and waxes on about what’s required for tablets to really take off in the marketplace.
Somehow, things stay on-track and on-time enough that we get some really great coolsites of the week too!
- McAfee AllAccess – Robert mentions McAfee’s awesome, comprehensive security package on-air in our interview, and it’s definitely worth checking out!
- idTheftSecurity – Robert’s personal website, with tons of great information, software links, video and more. If you ended the show wanting more Robert, this is the place to go!
- 2Houses – Great site for coordinating and communicating for separated parents managing children.
- PDFGeni – Search engine specifically designed to help you research and find complete – and free – pdf books online!
Podcast only song of the week is the jumping and fun “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO!