A weekly look at tech news, trends and innovations, with hands-on computing tips, product reviews and a joyful celebration of geek culture. All this and more from J.D. Biersdorfer and Pedro Rafael Rosado.
Technology Headlines 2011
27:53A recap of the year’s major technology headlines and a gear roundup that includes digital-audio amplifiers and a solar-powered keyboard.
Apple Patents and Audio Gear Galore
26:17Nick Wingfield of The Times discusses Apple’s recent legal victory over HTC and Pedro Rafael Rosado samples new headphones and an Android speaker dock.
Politics in Your Pocket and Music in the Air
26:02Sarah Wheaton and Jonathan Ellis of The Times discuss the new Election 2012 app for the iPhone, and Pedro Rafael Rosado takes a look at AirPlay gear for wirelessly streaming media.
Identity Theft and a Happy App
30:54Daniel Mohan of ID Watchdog explains how people’s identities can be stolen (and what to do about it) and Will Lucas discusses Thankyouaga.in, a new social app for positive posts.
Photo Play and Power Shopping
32:27Steve Lohr of the Times discusses new tools that can detect excessive retouching to digital photos and Patrick Carter of Digital Folio explains how his company’s price-comparison application works.
Great Big Privacy Buttons and Platform Power
43:49Tanzina Vega explains how BrightTag’s One Click Privacy solution works for Web surfers and Phil Simon discusses his new book, “The Age of the Platform: How Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google Have Redefined Business.”
App Design and Cloud Work
36:41The author and creative team discuss the new app version of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” and Quentin Hardy finds new uses for cloud computing.
Apps for Kids and Earbuds Galore
40:18Deborah Forte, the president of Scholastic Media, discusses what makes a good app for children and Pedro Rafael Rosado tries out different in-ear monitors for gaming, exercising and commuting.
Google TV Redux and iPhone Battery Woes
37:08Claire Cain Miller discusses the recent update to the Google TV software and Nick Wingfield reports on user complaints about the battery life of the iPhone 4S.
Andrea Electronics; Big Data; stylish hard drives; tech news.
37:06Doug Andrea, the chief executive of Andrea Electronics, discusses his company’s 75-year history in the audio industry. Quentin Hardy, the deputy technology editor of The Times, explains what “Big Data” is and how it’s being used to put online advertisements in front of people. The weekly news roundup includes Nokia and Microsoft’s new mobile phone venture, Netflix’s continued woes, a new round of “Grand Theft Auto,” and computer scientists cracking the cipher of an 18th-century manuscript. The Tip of the Week offers a quick way to clean up old bookmarks in Firefox.