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Nov 28

Tech Actually Ep110 – Baybots

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 terminator chess robots, cow crap power generators, our hero Kate Lundy defending the R18+ rating for games, NBN wins and iPad projectors plus much, much more. All this and we even have time to recommend a few apps for the iPhone and iPad. So, sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy the show.

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This Week:

The Impending Robot Apocalypse News

Really, don’t use the word Terminator when describing smart robots!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/chess-terminator-robot-arm-faces-off-against-flesh-and-blood-world-champion/

The News

The new iOS 4.2 update came out on Monday, we give you our thoughts.

Are Steve Jobs and Rupert Murdoch collaborating on a new iPad newspaper?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/are-steve-jobs-and-rupert-murdoch-collaborating-on-an-ipad-only-newspaper/

The Key to the NBN, Telstra break up legislation is approved by the senate!
http://www.news.com.au/technology/senate-passes-legislation-to-separate-telstras-retail-and-wholesale-arms/story-e6frfro0-1225961484332

News.com.au has a great overview of the NBN for the non-technical
http://www.news.com.au/technology/all-you-need-to-know-about-the-national-broadband-network/story-e6frfro0-1225961023857

That Attorneys General meeting is getting close but don’t go crazy, Kotaku is hear to help
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/send-a-message-of-support-for-adult-games-ratings-to-your-local-ag-with-kotaku/

She’s my hero, Senator Kate Lundy tables the 89,210 signature petition for the R18+ rating
http://www.kotaku.com.au/2010/11/senator-lundy-tables-record-breaking-petition-supports-r18-rating/
and her speech http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RMQsuoMPKc&feature=player_embedded

Facebook has trademarked the word ‘Face’, are you scared yet?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/please-dont-panic-just-because-facebook-trademarked-the-word-face/

Methane from cows is a problem, let’s fix it with science.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/a-chinese-dairy-farm-made-the-worlds-largest-machine-for-turning-crap-into-power/

Windows is 25 and Microsoft has never been able to market stuff, here’s proof.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/happy-25th-birthday-to-windows-1-0-the-bland-bust-that-started-it-all/

Oh my god, I see disaster written all over this, babies driving robots! Baybots!
http://blog.ncpad.org/2010/11/18/cool-hacked-wii-gadget-allows-babies-to-drive-robots/

Gadgets!

Project your iOS device – Totally Cool
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/want-to-see-what-your-ipad-videos-look-like-projected-at-100-inches/

Or turn your tethered iPhone into a router with no Jail Breaking.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/turn-your-iphone-into-a-wi-fi-router-no-jailbreaking/

Is this one of the the most stupid things I have ever seen? Possibly.
http://www.geekologie.com/2010/11/finally_a_quality_keyboard_sil.php

Haven’t had enough Tron yet, how about a Tron mouse.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/razer-tron-mouse-has-lots-of-whoooosh-potential/

Finally, here is a concept that will surely drive everyone around you insane.
http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/11/22/one-album-band-aid/

A Little Piece of History

A 45 year old working robot.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/robot-built-from-wwii-bomber-still-works-after-45-years/

That Apple 1 computer we told you about last week sold – for around US$200,000!!!
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2010/11/24/apple-computer-gets-320-fold-price-rise/

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iOS news and Apps of the Week

Apple pulls (sorry, bad choice of words) the penis enlarging app, boo!
http://krapps.com/2010/11/23/penis-enlargement-hypnotherapy-iphone-app/

Our pick of the week in iPhone/iPad apps: David recommended ‘Lab Timer’ for iPhone/iPad by OxOc (free) and ‘Dino Cap’ for iPhone/iPad by Triniti Interactive (free). Josh recommended ‘Atomic Web’ for iPhone/iPad by RichTech (.99c) and ‘Pulse Reader’ for iPad by Alphonso Labs (free).

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

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