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
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.
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.
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.
Show topics include Happy Wi-Fi day, everyone! We're celebrating 8.02.11 with the return of Joseph Kaminski on the show today, and he's giving away free Wi-Fi refills all day to celebrate.
At what point does film criticism ascend to manic obsession? Today we'll explore the world of fan theories, highlighting our favorite conspiracies inspired by works like "The Shining," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," and the "Fresh Prince of Bel Air."
On today's show: How Flappy Bird is holding you back from the good life; why the George Zimmerman vs. DMX story is actually a pitch from a failed episode of "South Park;" the story of a modern Jeopardy demigod; and which celebrities we're begging to be on Twitter already.
Topics discussed on today's 404 episode include Nintendo Power calling it quits, a DIY BioShock pinball game, summer hit songs relying on social followings for replay value, and the Internet implodes as Avril Lavigne announces her engagement to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger.
Bridget Carey fills in for Justin Yu today on a show chock-full of NES nostalgia including the games we used to rent as wee little gamers. We'll also talk about the current state of Nintendo and why the company chose to remake Wind Waker for the Wii U.
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.