Ep. 1203: Where we do not pass Go Video
Pluto's in danger of insult again, as scientists decide that anything bigger than a potato should be a dwarf planet. Or something like that. We also dig into why Apple would suddenly disqualify any third-party compilers from being used to make iPhone apps. And the long-awaited iPod Nano scratch lawsuit is settled. Our national nightmare is over.
Two Natali Morris appearances in one week? It must be Friday. She joins us for the first half of today's episode, where we discuss today's top stories in tech and culture, including new terror alerts coming to Facebook and Twitter, a Vatican magazine that says hackers are doing God's work, a study linking physical pain to social rejection, and "LOL" earning its place in the English Oxford Dictionary.
Dr. Todd Sinett is in today to talk about his revolutionary idea about chronic back pain and his book "The Truth About Back Pain: A Revolutionary, Individualized Approach to Diagnosing and Healing Back Pain." Meanwhile, Justin is still out with the swine flu, but Dr. Sinett more than fills the gap left by Justin's absence with his first appearance on The 404. We promise he'll be back again soon.
Leaked from today's 404 episode: The usual suspects help kick off a week of Jeff-less shows while he's away at E3. With zero hockey and video game news to hold us back, we're chatting about a few offbeat stories from the weekend, including preteens on Facebook, Denver ambulances using subwoofers to clear traffic, and a dad whose cyberprank definitely crossed the line.
New York is about to get a lot more scannable, thanks to a law passed by the City Council earlier this month requiring restaurants and bars to post QR codes that lead to more details about health-code infractions. This plus 3D-printed headphones, a device to call your Mom after a bike crash, and a jacket that gives you a hug every time someone "Likes" your Facebook post on today's episode of CNET's The 404!
Facebook knows more about you than your own mother, but who knew its "Frictionless Sharing" algorithm could predict your sexuality and out your secrets? Disturbing stories of Facebook TMI on today's episode.
Even though I definitely messed up the title format and everything else for that matter, today's show is still "Where the cheese stands alone," because you get to witness the pain as I try to record a SOLO podcast. That's right, Jeff is out and Wilson called in sick, so I'm left to fend for myself with the generous help of a few friends along the way.
We kick off today's episode of CNET's The 404 Podcast with a fun story about the Nestle Crunch Hotline number. The company's latest viral campaign offers a series of hidden menus within the prerecorded call center that lets callers choose between English, Spanish, and Pig Latin language options.
Board games go full Inception on today's show with Hasbro and Zynga teaming up to announce IRL board game versions of the popular digital games they created...that are actually based on the original games. Confused? We'll explain it on today's show, and also tell you about Will.i.am and Simon Cowell's latest gameshow idea, the Ninja Turtles' new catch phrase, and much more.
Jeff spent his 31st birthday weekend playing Bioshock Infinite and writing the CNET review. I can't tell if that's fun or really depressing, but check out today's episode for his full report.