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Along with a great review of the new Deadpool movie by Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon (hint: DON’T take your kids!), we get a tiny taste of the Conglomeration 2016 convention in Louisville, KY this April – with more detail promised in shows to come. It’s not too late to sign up, but you may want to lock in those hotel spots quick!
Go to conglomeration.info to find out more and get registered.
- Picasa is dead.
- Pandora may be dead.
- Set the date to 1/1/1970 on your iPhone? Yep, it’s dead now.
- Hillary Clinton uses AOL to promote her campaign. Didn’t that die years ago?
Geek Trivia Answer of the Week
What two space vehicles had the official OV designation, but never actually flew?
Cool sites of the Week
- Nikon NX-D – Sad about Picasa going away, and mainly looking for good editing features? Try one of the many free software solutions available for your camera; you just might be surprised at how functional they are. I’ve got a Nikon, so the NX-D is perfect for me, but you can use it for any camera, or grab the equivalent software from Canon or other manufacturers.
- Conglomeration Registration – You can use this link to register for Conglomeration 2016. Don’t forget to tell them who sent you!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
TOPIC: You may or may not heard of this whole Google Wallet and NFC thing, but if you haven’t, Apple is going to make sure you do soon … very, very soon! Dave and Mike give you a rundown on this, some additional things to worry about regarding bank security, and more!
But wait, there’s more! Jay Garmon joins us for some great conversation and this brain bender:
What did Linux Torvald originally want to name the Linux OS, and who made him call it Linux instead?
Cool apps/time-wasters of the week:
- Monster Busters – Apple OS only, a great free “match three” Candy Crush style game that beats the pants of the venerable CC in our opinion. If you’ve got an iPad or iPhone check it out!
- HearthStone – iPad and Windows PC, from battle.net and part of the “World of Warcraft” universe, this deck building battle game is a ton of fun and very social. It’s part of an upcoming “Kids Talk Tech” too!
TOPIC: Zach Sharpe, literal pinball wizard and number 2 ranked player IN THE WORLD comes on-air this week to talk pinball tourneys, history, and strategy! Never enough time of course, but he does give us some great links for more info and where you can go to get involved in some local tournaments today!
- PAPA – Professional and Amateur Pinball Association site has videos, tutorials, and lots of tourney news.
- IFPA Pinball – International Flipper Pinball Association website, with all sorts of great info, news, rankings and more!
- Pinfinder – An app for your iPhone that will help you hunt down those elusive pins!
Jay Garmon also provides us with his usual awesome trivia for all you triv geeks out there:
What other event celebrated it’s anniversary on the release date of the Sinclair ZX81 (3/5/1981)?
Jay also gave us a phenomenal writeup as we are the Featured Media Guests at this year’s Conglomeration sci-fi/fantasy/gaming/fan con! Join us in April for what promises to be a great weekend http://conglomeration.info – hope to see you there!
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!
TOPIC: Just Dave and Mike this time, but we have fun talking Health Care, timetracker (or should we say deathtracker) watches, and more!
Jay Garmon can’t be with us this week, but 11 year Justin comes on for the first of our new series of “Kids Talk Tech” – suggestions for better names can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
Justin’s app of choice this week is called Plague Inc. and he gives it his highest rating!
- Plague, Inc. – Direct link to the Google Play download page. Highly recommended by Justin!
- Great Big Wargame – Dave’s pick for a fun video game, sounds like it has lots of gameplay in store for you wargaming grognards!
- MusicBee – Dave’s pick of the week is a great iTunes replacement that includes automation and MP3 tag cleanup!
- Shazam – On your mobile device, listens to music you hear and tells you what it is and where to get it!
The podcast only song of the week this week is “What the Fox Says” by Ylvis!
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: That’s right, Mike attempts to outtrivia Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon himself this week with an intro that’s all about the 50th anniversary of the world’s first video game! We spend a little time discussing Steve Jobs – the FBI files, but then of course, Jay has a great mindbender of his own in store:
What long awaited space disaster occurred two years ago, and which countries were involved?
We FINALLY get to some real coolsites of the week again:
- LMGTFY.com – Or “Let Me Google That For You” is a rather rude, but definitely hilarious way to let people know they should stop bugging you with dumb questions and let a computer handle it …
- Evernote Hello – If you’ve got an iPhone and Evernote, this visual contact app is for you! Almost makes Mike wish HE had an iPhone! (almost)
- Snooze for iPhone – Want some motivation to either stop or keep hitting snooze tomorrow? Try this “snooze for charity” app for your iPhone (when is mike gonna get an iPhone?)!
- Ms. Tiina Free Fonts – Because Mike loves fonts … and free. And he really loves fonts. Really.
The podcast only song of the week is “Hit ’em Up Style” by Carolina Chocolate Drops (again).