Tech tAUk Reloaded #30: Through the Looking-Glass

We can’t decide if hitting our 30th episode is an amazingly-special feat or not, so we roll with the punches anyway. At long last, we take a serious look at Google Glass, and look at a variety of rather interesting practices by certain tech companies.

Our tech headlines this week:

We turn to discuss Google Glass (“Yes, We’re Gonna Attempt to Take This Seriously” Edition), after Google Sold Its Explorer Edition of Glass for one day to interested beta testers with $1500 of disposable income. Josh had the chance to briefly try a Google Glass himself recently, and he shares his reactions.

But Google Glass still has some societal hurdles to deal with; a Google Glass user was attacked in San Francisco recently, specifically targeted because of wearing the Google Glass. Meanwhile, Google may be developing contact lenses with microcameras, which could represent a significant miniaturization of the Google Glass system.

Josh issues a FLUNK to General Mills, for insisting that if you “like” Cheerios on Facebook, you waive your right to sue them. Then in a Be Patient… This Gets Confusing segment, Douglas notes a Georgia Tech study of website Terms of Service agreements for social media services, which they found are written at the reading level of a college sophomore or higher.

Episode Duration: 1:07:38
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #30 (32.5 MB MP3)

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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.