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Nov 21

Tech Actually Ep109 – He Got Spun

Hosts: David McVay & Josh Philpott

This is the official tech podcast of geekactually.com. The tech show by geeks for geeks and non-geeks. Accessible tech for everyone is the motto we live by. Tech Actually continues to take a light hearted look at the week’s tech news, this week we have robot snakes, android actresses, Nano watches, more on the R18+ rating for games and we even recommend a few apps for the iPhone and iPad. All this and a little listener feedback as well. So, sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy the show.

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This Week:

in ‘The Impending Robot Apocalypse’ news

Remember the creepy Robot Snake, let’s make it scarier!
http://dvice.com/archives/2010/11/trying-to-kill.php

A robot actress takes to the stage, good lord!
http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/12/geminoid-f-takes-the-stage-for-japanese-play/

I think artist Joshua Hoffine has kinda nailed it.
http://www.geekologie.com/2010/11/a_very_accurate_vision_of_the.php

The ‘Real’ News

The NBN under threat again.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/threat-to-future-of-internet-network-20101115-17uf4.html and
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/pressure-on-gillard-to-table-business-case-for-broadband-20101116-17vz5.html

The Internet Censorship Filter just won’t die!
http://www.itnews.com.au/News/238841,mandatory-isp-filtering-stalled-until-mid-2013.aspx

Even Thailand, a user of such a filter admits it doesn’t work. Die Filter Die!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/thailands-it-minister-admits-blacklists-dont-work/

CERN uses the LHC to trap Anti-Matter – Warp Factor 1 Mr. Sulu!
http://www.news.com.au/technology/sci-tech/large-hadron-collider-traps-antimatter/story-fn5fsgyc-1225956290864 and http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/antimatter-trapped-for-the-first-time/

Facebook rolls out a new emailing system that isn’t email – huh!?!?
http://www.news.com.au/technology/its-not-email-says-mark-zuckerberg-as-facebook-rolls-out-its-gmail-killer/story-e6frfro0-1225954151207

The man who predicted the end of MySpace now says Facebook only has 5 years left.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/jeffrey-cole-says-facebooks-only-got-five-years-left/story-e6frfro0-1225955022297

HP launches iPad killer that has sold out due to extraordinary demand…or has it?
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/11/15/hps-ipad-killer-both-a-flop-and-a-sellout/

Kotaku goes on Sunrise to debate the R18+ rating – Watch the whole video here
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/kotaku-takes-the-r18-gaming-classification-debate-to-sunrise/

The Pope isn’t a big fan of the internet – no surprise.
http://www.news.com.au/technology/the-pope-isnt-a-fan-of-the-internet-make-a-note/story-e6frfro0-1225953656066

Gadgets!

More Nano watches – so cool
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/the-ipod-nano-watches-to-rule-them-all-trust-me-here/

Or a Slap bracelet maybe.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/griffins-ipod-nano-slap-bracelet-has-the-early-90s-confused/

Wireless Shuffle headphones – genius!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/elecom-ipod-shuffle-headphones-pure-wireless/

Don’t try this with an iPhone 4
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/dont-try-to-do-this-with-your-iphone-4/

A Little Piece of History

Following up from last week’s discussion, here are the details on the construction of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-11530905 and http://plan28.org/

Feedback

Northy179 dropped us an email to tell us about the iPad RSS reader ‘Pulse News Reader’ which is available in the App Store.

iOS news and Apps of the Week

Mindcraft App of iOS devices disappears
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/minecraft-for-iphone-briefly-appears-then-disappears-from-itunes/

Want to stay in control of notifications? Try Boxcar
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/boxcar-4-0-is-the-indispensable-iphone-notifications-app/

Our picks of the week in iPhone/iPad apps

Josh recommended ‘AudioNote’ for iPhone/iPad by Luminant ($5.99), ‘Radiant’ for iPhone and ‘Radiant HD’ for iPad by Haxage.net ($1.19 each), ‘Super Laser’ for iPhone by EpicForce Entertainment ($1.19) and ‘Rage’ for iPhone/iPad by id Software ($1.19). David recommended ‘Virtual City HD’ for iPad by G5 Entertainment ($12.99).

As always this episode carries an explicit tag due to some bad language.

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