Tech tAUk September 11, 2010 — Dr. Strangelove Edition

Tech tAUk triumphantly returns for its second season!

On this episode, we begin by catching up on the Apple news that we’ve missed during the summer, particularly considering a little gadget known as the iPhone 4. We run through the gamut of PR nightmares that this device has endured: an early leak by Gizmodo after an employee left a prototype in a bar, and of course the back-and-forth over Antennagate. Then we jump forward to Apple’s annual announcement of new iPods, where we express some disappointment over the decisions Apple made with its latest batch of music players, with the notable exception of the iPod touch, which is looking better than ever.

Our tech headlines this week:

In ATV’s first-ever interview over Skype, Douglas sits down with Jack Douglass, an AU alumnus and Producer of Jack’s Films. Jack discusses how he got into producing viral videos and his thoughts on why they became popular, as well as where he sees viral videos going in the future. (The full, unedited interview will be published soon on our YouTube channel.)

Josh then travels to the Googleplex (via our green screen) to look at some of Google’s crazy home page doodles in advance of the launch of Google Instant, and look at a lawsuit against Google masterminded by Microsoft. And in anticipation of the October release of The Social Network, he launches a new segment: What the Zuck?

Finally, we close out the show with our Viral Video of the Week: The Original Human PAC-MAN Performance.

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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.