Ep. 1169: Where we're back in the saddle again Video
Today on Buzz Out Loud, fun kills and companies kill fun. Apple kills all the good boob stuff in the App Store, Google's building its Daemon-Skynet empire by getting into the power business, and Italy thinks 3D glasses can give you pink-eye. Also, Microsoft and Yahoo finally get that search deal done, about a thousand episodes after anyone cares. And Helen calls again and breaks Molly. --Molly
Bonjour, Always On fans! Molly Wood visits the City of Light where the future of technology is being discussed at Le Web 2012. Plus, torture tests are back! Molly takes Apple's iPad Mini along the Champs-Elysees for a Paris-inspired test.
The official Steve Jobs biography commissioned by The Man himself dropped online and in stores today, and apparently the guy was kind of a jerk. Today we'll dive into some minibytes from the 656-page book that you may not have heard yet- details about Jobs' upbringing and relationship with his father, his obsession with Yo Yo Ma's cello, and how a Cuisinart inspired the first design of the Apple II.
Eric Franklin once again invades the Crave podcast and is more than happy to provide his opinion on how unrealistic our latest Lego obsession is. Jasmine, on the other hand, is utterly unimpressed with the DIY power laces that aim to mimic the sweet Nikes from "Back to the Future II." But the tone turns hopeful when we get to Donald's army of beer-o-matic robots, and we're all a little taken with two sweet keyboards that take two totally different tacks.
"Inside Tourette's Syndrome" provides an unsurpassed view into the disorder Gilles de la Tourette syndrome. The documentary features six individuals with TS and is produced by a person with Tourette's. Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by unwanted movements and vocalizations called "tics." However, tics are merely the visible and audible manifestations of a complex and powerful force that cannot be witnessed by an observer. In this documentary, the inner symptoms of Tourette syndrome are revealed and openly discussed by people who experience them every day. How does it feel to tic? Why can't a person stop ticcing? What causes vocal outbursts and other extreme tics? Are motor and vocal tics truly involuntary? What is going on inside one's mind during obsessions and compulsions? These questions are answered in detail and much more is revealed about this mysterious disorder as six indivduals with TS take the audience far into the Tourettic mind.
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, we discuss the future of video games and how students at the Imperial College in London are developing a pair of special glasses that allows players to control paddle movement using their eye movements! The new technology holds particular promise for people with physical disabilities that might soon get the chance to join the gaming community. The glasses are fitted with infrared light sensors and a webcam that links a laptop to the player's eyes, and although the hardware only costs $35 to make, the eye movement system itself costs around $36,000, so don't expect to control Modern Warfare with your eyes anytime soon.
This week's episode is inspired by Natali's incredibly appropriate (if not unintended) comment from last week's episode. Really, if you haven't heard it, check it out. Then listen to today's show where we discuss a wide array of chairs on which to sit. That's right, chairs are the "it". Why, what were you thinking?
Discussion topics today include: Apple approves an app that promises a "cure for homosexuality," .XXX domains are coming to the Internet, and the death of the iPod may be imminent.
The argument over network neutrality. Will business interests kill the future of the Net? Does the FCC know what it's doing? To discuss these topics, and of course the recent Google/Verizon proposal, we're joined by author and frequent CNET contributor Larry Downes and CNET News.com writer Maggie Reardon.
Today we'll book our tickets to the next night at Club Applebee's, brainstorm the sneaky new ways students are using technology to cheat more than ever, discuss a Kickstarter campaign to throw a convention for gay gamers, and discuss a future on the horizon where the absence of a Facebook profile makes you "suspicious."