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Dec 05

Tech Actually Ep111 – Tis The Season To Be Geeky

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 robo massagers, iPhone controlled drones, older gamers, new tablets, geeky Christmas ideas 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 News

December 10th the Attorneys Generals meet for the fate of the R18+ rating, the government’s own study helps our cause.
http://www.itwire.com/it-policy-news/regulation/43618-video-game-violence-link-inconclusive-finds-govt

Proof positive that adults game. Your never too old to game it would seem :-)
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/some-people-really-need-to-stop-playing-games-from-time-to-time/

Love your PS3, maybe you’d like to network 1760 of them together, that’s what the US Airforce did.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/this-stack-of-ps3s-is-the-33rd-biggest-computer-in-the-world/

Handheld devices shuffle market share.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtmlarticleID=228500080&cid=RSSfeed_IWK_All

Is there room for another hand held gaming platform? Panasonic hopes so.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-11-30/panasonic-begins-testing-of-portable-video-game-player-jungle-in-u-s-.html

The FCC’s Net Neutrality announcement – hey America, welcome to our world!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/fccs-net-neutrality-announcement-what-it-means-for-you/

Best Wi-Fi host name ever! Wish I had thought of it :-)
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/maybe-the-fbi-should-have-invisible-wi-fi-networks/

Cyber crime is now considered bigger than the drug trade.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ikPuK5Ri0UnDW2IXwJnA5-fDA7HA?docId=CNG.a00f68010092a06189a0276c763e93a4.131

US Homeland Security’s US Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seizing domains!
http://www.businessinsider.com/homeland-security-is-seizing-internet-domains-left-and-right-2010-11

…and Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde (amongst others) might have the way to stop it.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/bittorrent-based-domains-could-make-sites-invincible-against-seizure/

Gadgets!

Geek girls can now have NASA designed foam in there bras, it even flirts for you!
http://www.news.com.au/technology/shape-shifting-bra-made-of-nasa-space-foam-the-latest-thing-in-biocosmoceuticals/story-e6frfro0-1225961437516

Is there a new competitor in the tablet market? Meet ViewSonic’s devices.
http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/mobility/43609-viewsonic-viewtab-ipad-killer-or-pretender

A robo massager, now we’re talking!
http://www.geekologie.com/2010/12/never_a_happy_ending_lil_robom.php

Sick of your bike getting stolen, here is the bike lock for you.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/a-bike-lock-that-can-climb-up-a-lamp-post/

Geek Christmas Shopping

Need a new amplifier for that iPhone of yours?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/an-iphone-4-amplifier-that-doesnt-need-any-electricity/

Gotta get a pair of Parrot Drones!
http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/en

Turn the iOS device into a pinball machine.
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/11/turn-your-ipad-or-iphone-into-a-pinball-machine/

A Little Piece of History

The creator of the Neutron Bomb dies
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2010/12/now-dead-the-disturbed-man-who-created-the-neutron-bomb/

Feedback

From Tim Hooper, he wants us to buy an aircraft carrier!
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2010/12/the-perfect-christmas-gift-your-own-aircraft-carrier/
“its also a great solution to your aircon woes, podcast carrier style”

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iOS Apps of the Week

Our App recommendations this week: David recommended ‘Pinball 3D’ for iPad by OOO Gameprom ($1.19) and ‘ABC iView’ for iPad by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (free). Josh recommends ‘Bump’ for iPhone by Bump Technologies (free) and ‘Notes Plus’ for iPad by Viet Tran ($5.99).

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

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