Tech tAUk January 16, 2010

It’s our first episode of the new semester! (And the new year, and the new decade, etc.) And while we apologize for this episode being released about a week later than anticipated, you’ll agree that it was worth the wait when you see it. We spent a lot of time working on some really awesome motion graphic effects which we’ll be using on the show from now on, including a brand new logo (thanks to Rachel Jacobs of ATV News for designing it), and a new opening title.

Our headlines this week covers the various product announcements and previous from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2010, Google ending its censorship policies in China, the possibility of an Apple Tablet announcement, a phone powered by Coca-Cola, an unusual choice for “tech product of the decade” from Bulgaria, and much more.

We also dedicate an additional segment to focusing on the Google Nexus One, released over the winter break, and discuss some of Google’s goals to redefine how we purchase and use cell phones. And we step back and take a look at the app phone landscape as we enter 2010, with the front-runners be Apple with its iPhone, Google with its Android OS, and Palm with its webOS running on the Pre and Pixi.

Then Douglas interviews Jack Rasmussen, Director and Curator of the American University Museum, about “ReConstructing the Wall,” a virtual 3D exhibit about the Berlin Wall that was hosted at the museum in November-December 2009.

Josh reviews some of the hottest new video games coming out in the early part of this year, ranging from hot titles such as Dante’s Inferno and Kingdom Heart: Birth By Sleep, to titles that perhaps shouldn’t have seen the light of day such as Super Meat Boy and Epic Mickey.

Finally, we close out the show by acknowledging the victims in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, and pointing out some of the innovative ways that organizations have utilized technology to help facilitate donations for the region. You can quickly make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross (deducted from your cell phone bill) by texting “HAITI” to 90999. Plus Google has a wide array of tools and resources to help identify victims, view post-earthquake satellite imagery, share videos, and contribute to a variety of relief organizations and charities. Please make a contribution of any amount that you can spare to help support the victims of this catastrophic earthquake.

And that’s our first episode of the semester! We’ve got lots of big plans in store for 2010, so keep tuning in!

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About Douglas Bell

I live in Washington, D.C., and work as a Broadcast Technician at WAMU 88.5 FM, the local NPR affiliate in the Washington metro area. My primary shift is to engineer the local feed of NPR’s Morning Edition, including local news and weather, long-form features and station breaks… and yes, the shift starts at 5 am, so I’ve got the whole quasi-nocturnal thing going on. I am also the Coordinating Producer for Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie, an independently-produced podcast and public radio program. Extracurricularly, I play cello, and participate in a church choir and a handbell choir. I enjoy discovering new places, and am constantly searching for the perfect cheeseburger. I am also known as a frequent teller of puns.