This week on Technophilia, we have a special guest host: MakeUseOf’s own Kannon Yamada!
Three longtime MakeUseOf contributors – James Bruce, Justin Pot and myself: Justin Pot – have on 70 different occasions sat down from three different time zones and discussed the week’s technology and gaming news. Well, we tried – we got distracted along the way arguing about everything from the proper way to pronounce aluminum to the practicality of weather balloons for Internet connectivity. It’s a good thing you kept us on track: fans provided stories on our Facebook page, and at least one fan made a dubstep remix of the show.
MakeUseOf News Stories:
- Twitter’s tracking you now, but lets you turn it off. Progress?
- New York City gets its own top-level domain. Now everyone is going to want one…
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- Google paid AdBlock Plus to not block their ads.
- Porn films get no copyright protection in Germany.
- France gives up on “three strikes” rule. Only ever applied to one person, for 15 days.
- Nothing new under the son: Lincoln instituted a PRISM-like system in the 1800’s.
- Amazon is cutting back book discounts, having already destroyed most of the competition with them.
- Can Apple and Samsung compete in the biggest growth market for phones: China?
- Microsoft’s WebTV is only dying out now
- Many of the 100,000 Windows 8 Apps are fake.
- Zombie U wasn’t remotely profitable, says Ubisoft.
- 24k Club Nintendo users have phone, address, personal info exposed by hack.
- Microsoft tried to buy Zynga before Xbox head left to be their CEO.
- Not always Good Guy Sony and DRM free PlayStation: Next gen video players should be always online, they say.
- Stupid names Microsoft considered for the original XBox
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Interesting Articles From Around MakeUseOf:
- The importance of following up on email. By Joshua Lockhart
- Most Android malware comes from cracked apps and games. By Chris Hoffman
- Download Windows XP for free, legally. By Ryan Dube
- Working with computers is bad for you. Here’s how to stay healthy. By Tina Sieber