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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!
TOPIC: Dave is here! A surprise visit brings Dave in-house, in person for the first half of the show! We have a blast hanging out and talking news of the day, including what the FAA is going to allow us to do on planes soon, Facebook data leaks, and MORE discussion about the death of Google Reader, and what options you have to switch!
Unfortunately we miss out on Jay Garmon and his most excellent geek trivia, but we’ll catch up with him next time, and it does give us more time to talk to Jerry Henning from Verizon. Jerry and Mike get a little excited about the new S4, but provide an excellent overview of the new features, compare it directly to the S3, and give you some reasons why you should consider this your next phone!
A couple of coolsites for your consideration this week:
- Feed.Ly – Looking for a gReader replacement like me? Look no further! Feedly not only imports your reader list, but gives you mobile and desktop access as well as connecting directly with another of our coolsites, IFTTT (if this, then that). All you gReader lovers should check this out today!
- Everything.Me – Smartphone search engine on steroids … this not only gives you relevant information about what you’re searching on, but also connects you with apps and sites that will add to your experience on your Android phone, whether you have those apps installed yet or not!
- Verizon Wireless – Shouts out to Verizon and Jerry for telling us about the new tech on the block, and letting TechTalk play with an S4 for a few weeks to give you only the best information!
Another LCD Soundsystem hit, “I Can Change” closes us out for the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: Curious about what the NSA is up to, and what – if anything – you can do about it? Siobhan MacDermott, Chief Policy Officer for AVG joins us for a rousing, and sometimes downright frightening, discussion about your security and privacy!
As if that wasn’t enough, we also have a blast talking with Dave about whether Facebook is just a haven for
Mike and Jay narcissists, or if there’s some good to be had out there. We also touch on the PS4 vs. XBox One competition (but just look, Sony’s got three – extra – numbers in their system!). Jay Garmon also brings us the answer to last week’s frightening trivia and this awesome new one:
What was the first US patent granted on something extracted from human physiology?
Get your minds out of the gutter, there’s “absolutely nothing perverse” about the answer according to Jay! With all this great talk, we have no time for our usual laundry list of coolsites, but there’s a couple inline you should consider:
- AVG.com – A cool site of the week many times over, AVG antivirus group’s software is a perennial favorite, and they have a ton of other resources you should check out too. Start here and see what they’re about.
- Free.AVG.com – If you just want to download the free antivirus software you can go directly to it!
A bit of an oldie but a goodie to end things today, LCD Soundsystem closes us out with the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: No Dave, but lots of discussion about the new Verizon iPhone, the Motorola Zoom tablet vs. the soon to be ubiquitous iPad 2, and then our good friend Jay Garmon comes on to not only discuss ebooks and copyright materials for a while, but then zings us with another great trivia question:
What element of retiring space shuttle equipment will any school be able to purchase for less than $50 (including shipping)?
Of course you get some awesome cool sites of the week too:
- SlickScreen – Allows you to put up multiple webpages and applications with just the right size and position!
- Greplin – Searches not just your desktop, it searches the cloud … all your apps and links and social networking at once!
And we end with the podcast only song of “Drunk Girls” off of LCD Soundsystem’s final album (ever)!
TOPIC: OK, there is just no way Mike could hold himself to only 10, but he did stop at 11 so it really wasn’t too bad! In addition we talk about the reported Verizon iPhone, the push of 4g and WiMax tech, plus what to look for in the coming year with mobile vs. TV vs. handheld, and more!
Wouldn’t be a good new year without the inimitable Jay Garmon joining us to talk about his new gig, Backupify, and give a new great geek trivia question this week:
What ingredient of Coca-Cola is still used from the original formula, that would be illegal for any other beverage company in the country to import or use?
OK, so here’s those top 10 (or 11) coolsites of the year:
- Google Voice – I’m sure this doesn’t surprise you; if you haven’t heard us talk about it already check it out today!
- myJobChart – Great way to keep track of your kids and their chores (and rewards)!
- WiseStamp – Awesome signature plugin for Firefox that lets you fully customize your signature(s)!
- Kaseya Free – Manage, control, and troubleshoot your PC’s from anywhere!
- Prezi.com – Kick powerpoint to the kurb and give a REAL Prezi prezentation!
- Microsoft-hohm – Track energy usage in your home!
- Retrevo – Manuals, manuals, manuals! Never forget to RTFM again!
- Hiren’s Boot CD – Tons of useful and easy to use tools and utilities to save your computer or hard drive from any problem you can think of!
- NoReplyAll – Outlook plugin that stops anyone on Outlook from (easily) replying all or forwarding your email!
- NeedToMeet – Less work than Timebridge even, just an awesome way to get people together on a preferred day/time.
- Freeware-guide.com – EXACTLY what it sounds like! Check it out for all your free stuff needs!
Thanks for joining us this year! And our podcast only song of the week is a little old school ditty named “Bustin Loose” by Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers!
(NOTE: Due to licensing issues we instead play The Killer’s “Somebody Told Me” on the podcast – sorry to be confusing!)
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TOPIC: Mike shares some tips on how to save a few bucks on your phone bill – which of course is easy if you switch to cell only, but there’s some good ideas even if you choose to keep your land line! We also get into more texting statistics, and news and views about the weekly goings on in tech!
Jay Garmon weighs in with his ideas on what’s happening in the world of tech, and also provides another puzzler for your geek consideration this week:
What technique did Harry Houdini develop to debunk psychics – even after he died?
After that we keep up with the coolsites push!
- Google Vaccine Finder – Exactly what it sounds like; finds the nearest one to you. Do it now!
- Telegram Sender – Yes, a real old-timey looking telegram sent by you! Not free, but awfully cool.
- Yellow Pages Association – Stop getting ’em! If you hate those giant blocks of dead trees as much as I do, you have to stop here and stop getting the yellow pages.
- Archive.org – Moving and still picture archives, free to look at, free to download, very awesome particularly for those trying to fill in graphics for that school presentation! Lots of great historical stuff.
Great podcast only song of the week this week is Emiliana Torrini’s “Weird Friendless Kid” No comments please 🙂
TOPIC: No Dave “Sparky” Saganaki around to keep Mike in check means you get to hear a LOT about cell phones, cell service, the death of GOOG-411 and everything phone related this week! Why? No one’s really sure what Mike’s hangup is, but Jay Garmon even joins in the fun!
Jay is of course eager to tell us about conglomeration.info (the ultra-hip sci-fi convention happening in Louisville, KY this Easter but we keep him focused on geek trivia long enough to answer the question of the week last week and ask yet another fantastic one:
What unit of measure is used to define the energy output of a supernova?
We’ve got so many coolsites of the week bunkered up we decided to just start throwing ’em out there, so here’s the first “dump” – check back next week for another great grouping too!
- Hiren’s Boot CD – If you’ve ever needed an emergency boot CD, you’ll immediately see the value here, but if not, check it out and all the cool things it will let you do to your “broken” machine; reset passwords, make an image, check viruses, and on and on.
- GroupMe – Got a bunch of friends that you text to regularly, and hate having to pass on the info to everyone? Did you somehow become the elected ‘switchboard’? Not any more! Use a groupme number to send everyone a message simultaneously, or even set up an on-the-fly conference call!
- Aviary – A whole suite of cool online tools for audio and image editing. Make your own music or edit something you’ve already created, no need for an account!
- Fiverr – Got five bucks burning a whole in your pocket? Have something unique or a little crazy you’re willing to do for a fiver? This is the place to go!
- Hanzismatter – How much did you pay for that chinese character on your back? Are you sure it says what you think it does? Get the real scoop here, and see some hilarious mistakes non-Chinese speakers have made … permanently inscribed on their bodies!
We take a little detour with our podcast only song of the week and give you Killing Monsters in the Rain by Steel Train!