The Oatmeal raises $100,000 in a day, BitCoin’s prices stabilize, and Bill Gates’ legacy will outshine that of Steve Jobs. All this and so much more in episode 24 of Technophilia: Oatmeal All Over My Funny Junk.
MakeUseOf writers live all over the world. Every week, three of these writers virtually get together to talk about the latest technology news and what they’ve been up to. It’s called Technophilia, and while it’s not officially part of MakeUseOf it’s an entertaining way to keep up with technology news.
This week: James outlines what big announcements Apple made this week. The others try to ignore him. Dave tells you about the games he managed to play at E3. Spoiler: none of them were for the Wii U. James also fills in UK listeners about a little-known trick for improving Netflix’s meager offerings in that country – use an American VPN.
But first, as always, the headlines:
- FunnyJunk is suing The Oatmeal for defamation, and demanding a $20,000 settlement. Wait, what? That must be backwards. It isn’t?
- In response, The Oatmeal raised $20,000 in 64 minutes and donated it to charity. Two days later he had raised well over $150,000.
- The RAM in the new Macbook Pro is non-upgradeable. James thinks this is an acceptable thing in a $2,000 laptop, because he’s a fanboy.
- Bitcoin prices are stabilizing. Dave disapproves of BitCoin.
- IE 10 breaks the “Do Not Track” standard by being on by default. Could this be the beginning of the end for the standard?
- In 50 years Steve Jobs will be unknown and Bill Gates will be famous for his charity work, according to Malcolm Gladwell. James thinks Gladwell is just looking for attention; Justin thinks curing malaria is a bigger deal than touch screens.
- Hate paying for textbooks? Better hope this patent doesn’t pick up traction.
- Diablo III opened up its real money market. Dave can’t believe things are actually selling for $250.
- Finally, Dave answers Dom’s question: “How did you get started in tech blogging?“. Feel free to ask any questions of any of us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below.