Ep. 948: Where we're in some deep dish Video
Today a NY tech meetup group rallied hundreds of citizens to gather at the steps of Senators Gillebrand and Schumer. From there, the peaceful demonstrators marched to Times Square, carrying signs and chanting. Once in the square, an Occupy-style "mic check" commenced as attendees decried the bills before congress as dangerous to americans' freedom of speech.
Web sites black out their pages to protest online censorship and SOPA, the Salvation Army is using Square, and Google Music arrives with free online storage, music sharing tools, and a few freebies.
Leaked from today's 404 Podcast: Google Music competes for your ears, Cadillac announces plans for app store, Google Nexus drops on the UK, Gawker puts Fleshbot porn news site up for sale, and porn makers think they're getting jacked by .xxx domains.
Why gadgets aren't safe in hotel rooms, church donations on credit, mobile greeting cards, Barbie gets virtual, and the Netflix treatment for college textbooks.
Whether it's catalogs, new credit card offers or donation solicitations, our mailboxes seem to get stuffed with unwanted paper. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports on two free apps that help you manage your junk mail and be more selective about your catalog shopping.
Sometimes, but not often, The 404 Podcast wades into foreign territory and needs help getting out. Luckily, we have Natali Del Conte on hand to dish out some much needed advice about how to approach someone on public transit. Is it taboo to introduce yourself? Should you offer a business card? Is there some kind of unspoken agreement not to talk to anyone else on the New York Subway?
On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu fear the wrath of Jeff's alter-ego TerrorByte, debate the efficacy of Wi-Fi access in NYC subways, the latest Android Froyo update for the HTC Evo 4G, and more!
The Financial Decoder Jill Schlesinger is back on the show today. Yeah, yeah, it's not technology, but we do mention online banking, so we guess that counts. Anyway, we talk about how credit card companies are like drug dealers, and how to break the habit.
Anyone surfing the Web on Wednesday probably noticed a lot of their favorite sites looked a little different. Wikipedia, Google, and Amazon, among others, all took steps to protest two antipiracy bills that Congress is considering. The bills are known as SOPA and PIPA. Internet companies say that if passed the bills would threaten the "openness" of the Web. CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports.
It only takes a few seconds of Enemies Like This, the title track to Radio 4?s new album, to realize that the Brooklyn-based band has returned with all cylinders fired up and with a rejuvenated sense of purpose. Radio 4 have never been ones to shy away from making a loud noise or issuing a firm statement, but on Enemies Like This, they?ve both streamlined and stretched their sound, they?ve cut the fat, trimmed the filler, and focused on the meat that makes the music, not the spices that can bury it. Enemies Like This is the album long awaited by all those who know that, up to now, Radio 4?s strongest impression has been made from the stage. To this end, Radio 4 stayed out of big studios for Enemies Like This. They recorded the backing tracks in December 2005 in an industrial section of Williamsburg (Headgear Studios), and added overdubs in the basement of a converted factory in Park Slope (the sarcastically named Seaside Lounge). For production, they brought over from London Jagz Kooner, a founding member of The Aloof and Sabres of Paradise known also for his radical mixes for Primal Scream, Kasabian, Soulwax and others. Radio 4 had struck up a friendship with Kooner on their travels, noting his innate understanding of how rock music can groove without getting all cerebral or convoluted about it. Enemies Like This came in ten songs and 43 minutes long like albums used to be back when they were spread over two sides of vinyl and there was no space to bury your mistakes. As much as these ten songs are devoid of filler, they?re also thrillingly diverse. Try and spot the influences ? Anthony Roman is about to openly cop to some of them but dont presume to peg this band. Radio 4 are proud of the scene from which they emerged, but with Enemies Like This, they?ve become very much their own entity.