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Feb 27

Geek Actually Ep121 – Shields Up!

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Hosted by: David McVay & Josh Philpott

This week on the all new Geek Actually we have new MacBookPros, Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7 updates, IBM’s Watson’s future career, iinet beats Hollywood again, disposable USB flash drives, bigger hamburgers, instant bread and geek music. So sit back, grab a cold one and let’s geek out!

A new year and a new structure, Tech Actually and the Geek Actually After Show have fused like Brundlefly and been reborn simply as the all new Geek Actually. All the Tech and geek goodness that you have come to expect from the old shows wrapped up and made easier to swallow as one simple, little, tasty podcast. DeltaKnight (AKA DAvid Murray) continues to supply us with some of the geekiest stories on the web and Josh and David love to play with the tech news.

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Geek Tech

Impending Robot Apocalypse News

IBM’s Watson heads for a career in medicine!
http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2011/02/15/after_jeopardy/

General Tech

Apple News

The iPad 2 announced is confirmed for next week.
http://kara.allthingsd.com/20110222/exclusive-apple-ipad-2-event-set-for-march-2/
Apple is not playing fair with iTunes pricing.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/apple-using-market-power-to-gouge-aussie-itunes-users-20110221-1b1nq.html
iPad is not only great hardware, but competitors can’t seem to match price, why?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/why-nobody-can-match-the-ipad’s-price/

And to share our time evenly, SP1 released for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/02/22/download-windows-7-service-pack-1-sp1/
Windows Phone 7 update bricks the phones, well done Microsoft.
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/microsoft-windows-phone-7-update-failed-for-one-in-ten/

iinet beats Hollywood again! I love this ISP.
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/iinet-again-slays-hollywood-in-landmark-piracy-case-20110224-1b6a1.html

Whoops! Sony not pulling out of iTunes, Michael Ephraim must be a little embarrassed.
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mp3s/sony-offers-unlimited-music-for-1299-a-month-as-aussie-chief-left-redfaced-20110218-1aypm.html?from=smh_sb

Technology helps beat truancy, or is this Big Brother stuff?
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/middle-schools-are-tracking-kids-with-gps-now/

Disposable, recyclable flash drives, what a great concept!
http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/flashkus/

Geek Stuff

Sent in by listener Tristan: Paintball has certainly changed since my day :-)
http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20110224/mega-hurtz-paintball-robot

Spanish Nun kicked out of convent for Facebooking too much!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/spanish-convent-gives-facebook-savvy-nun-the-boot/

I understand that the Egyptians love Facebook but this may be going too far.
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/02/congratulations_its_awebsite_e.php

Shields Up! Anti-Laser technology is here!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/02/pewproof_scientists_develop_an.php

Vietnam is killing the geeking hours!
http://www.geek.com/articles/games/vietnam-bans-online-gaming-after-10pm-20110222/

Print Your Own Skin… wait I think this is in the wrong section :-)
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/print-your-own-skin/

Oh the irony, the mastermind of the great firewall of China is censored!
http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/02/mastermind-behind-chinese-net-censorship-censored-by-china/

Weird Food!

Is that hambuger not fat enough for you? Then this is for you!
http://www.geekologie.com/2011/02/packing_on_pounds_stuffed_hamb.php

I would have expected this anywhere but France, the fresh bread vending machine.
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/02/the-french-bread-machine/

Geek Picks of the Week

Every week Josh and/or I will give you our geek picks of the week, these could be anything from iPhone apps to a great sandwich recipe (more likely to be an app though).

Josh’s Picks of the week – “Burger Queen” (for iPhone) from Crecat Soft: $1.19 and “Battleheart” (universal for iPad and iPhone) from Mika Mobile: $1.19. David’s picks of the week – “The Oscars” (for iPhone) from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences: it is free and “Helmet Hero: Head Trauma” (for iPhone) from Lowell Duke: it is currently free.

AND TO FINISH OFF…

And to Finish us off, Delta pointed us to this new geek anthem on YouTube. The song is cute but the video is hot as it stars Caprica’s Alesandra Toresanni in a Princess Leia bikini! Oh yeah, Big Bang Theory’s Kunai Nayaar and Richard Hatch are in it too. Here is Tonight I’m Frakking You.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sKFW6QeGvns#at=41

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

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