Ep. 1233: Where we stick a fork in it Video
We have synthetic life! Craig Venter's new bacterium is alive and is blue... because that's what it's programmed to be. Also, Google says Happy 30th Birthday Pacman by putting a playable game into the Google banner. Tech support calls ensue.
Robots are slowly taking over the world, and a startup in Illinois called Narrative Science is targeting journalists as the next profession to go extinct. Well, maybe just the journalists covering local youth sports and number-crunching quarterly earning reports. We're safe for now, but let us know if they come out with a robot that can podcast and tell dirty jokes. This and more stories, plus listener voicemails on today's episode of The 404 Podcast!
On today's 404 episode, we'll take a look at the early morning meteor that streaked across Russia and one-upped our own asteroid 2012 DA14, code-named "Sharon Stone." We'll also talk about Iceland banning porn from the Internet, One Direction's new singing toothbrush, and a Chubby Checker app that's exactly what it sounds like.
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.
It's Natali Morris's second-to-the-second-to-the-last appearance on the show before her departure from CNET on April 29th, but today she turns the studio upside down when she tells us she disliked Batman Returns. After we finish putting the studio back together, we also chat about the effects of Coldplay on your romantic life and play a couple Calls From the Public.
Three's a crowd and four's a party, but what do you call five tech geeks and an HTC Evo in a frozen meat locker? We'll just call it a 4G (pronounced fourgie) until we come up with something better. It's officially time for another Natali Del Conte Thursday, but we also have CNET smartphone expert Bonnie Cha in the studio to tell us all about her full review of the HTC Evo 4G from Sprint.
Uncle Henry stops by to celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day at the same damn time! Bridget also helps us out with the extra mushy rundown today. We'll tell our worst date stories, talk about a NY restaurant offering a fake "homemade" dinner kit that comes with a pre-dirtied apron and cookwear, and expose a really creepy heartbeat app.
On today's episode, we'll count the days until you'll never have to sign a credit card receipt again. We'll also recount a story of a mailing glitch that shows exactly how much banks know about your life, and discuss the merits of the Agree It app that lets you borrow real money from your Facebook friends.
Today we'll talk about the original Batmobile design and get to more stories from today's news rundown, including Beyonce setting Twitter records with her announcement at this weekend's VMAs, 260mph paintballs making problems for plastic surgeons, a Dominos pizza location on the moon--and we also choose sides in the Chris Brown vs. Jay-Z feud!
Aunt Jill has breaking news to tell The 404! We'll also talk to her about plummeting Apple stock, the Bitcoin bubble, and the usual round of financial questions from our listeners.