Ep. 188: The Mega-Segment Farewell Episode Video
Pre-show discussion from The Recessionista Episode.
On this week's episode we tackle our final questions and some comments but also we bid a fond farewell to CNET Roadside Assistance.
CNET audio expert Steve "Sphere" Guttenberg helps us wrap up a week of shows with an episode that may offend a very niche segment of our listeners. Steve's carefully curated list of talking points includes a pair of custom custom headphones, a primer on John Lennon's jukebox, a tiny $39 amp that makes your headphones sound a lot better, and more!
Before we get into the stories on today's episode of CNET's The 404 Podcast, let's spend a moment on the magic of Lady Gaga. In this morning's pre-show, Jeff admits he's finally fallen for the incendiary pop star, and it's all because of her newest video, "Bad Romance." We all agree that the diva is definitely the most talented pop star, but the nerds inside of us have to ask: does she have to constantly pimp her Monster Heartbeat headphones in every single music video?
Believe it or not, we still have our jobs after welcoming President of CBS Interactive Jim Lanzone on yesterday's show. Today's episode runs down the announcements at the Web 2.0 summit, Google's Infinite Bookcase, new Coke vending machines, and an archive of every live concert, ever!
Due to technical difficulties beyond our control, we're cutting the live stream to free up bandwidth. Our tenderest apologies to the daily live listeners, but be sure to follow @the404 on Twitter for an extremely truncated, liveblogish version of the episode. If you're now wondering what to do from 12-1PM every day, we recommend re-watching old episodes and pretending they're live. On today's show: Sunbathing groundhogs, instant Facebook millionaire David Choe, a CBS pilot show about Groupon, and Reading Rainbow's Lavar Burton strikes back.
The wraps are pull off Google's Wallet and Offers services, but should consumers be excited? The guys discuss the pros and cons Android rooting, locked bootloaders, and DRM, which triggers a friendly shouting match. As always there are plenty of upcoming and rumored phones on the horizon to drool over. And on this special 50th show, Antuan finally admits that he was wrong about something... a lot of things actually. All of that and more on this episode of Android Atlas Weekly.
Today's "Not cool, man" segment once again goes to The Huffington Post, this time for rehashing the Wet Hot American Summer prequel/sequel rumors that first appeared on the Internet years ago. In other recurring segment news, we enjoyed testing Wilson's music knowledge so much yesterday that we're making it a daily thing, and a listener created a legit name for it too, so stick around for the second half to see if Wilson gets full credit.
It feels pretty weird to say it, but we've come to Wilson's last episode as a co-host of The 404 Podcast. It's been an awesome journey with this guy, but we'll send him off with a proper farewell from listeners that have been with us from the beginning. "Uncle" Henry Tapchus joins us as the chat room liaison to help us screen voicemails and get through Adele's "Someone Like You" with our dignity intact.
Since we're not having a show tomorrow for Independence Day, there's a lot to cover today, including a new segment with Beck's Beer and Last.fm, a chat with the winner of our logo design contest, and a hilarious voicemail from everyone's favorite Tina Schwartz.