Tech tAUk February 6, 2010 – Snowpocalypse Edition

Courtesy of the double-punch blizzards of 2010 that hit us last weekend, we opted to skip going out to the studio and instead filmed this episode over a Skype video chat. Interesting results ensue.

The long-awaited Apple tablet actually does exist after all. Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad in a keynote press event on January 27. We go through all the details of the product announcement and discuss whether or not the iPad is going to be a big hit among consumers when its released in March/April. Of course we’ll be keeping really close tabs on it over the course of the semester.

Our headlines this week:

Josh and Douglas go to the Newseum and visit the “Internet, TV, and Radio” exhibit that focuses on how technology has affected the media. They interview Paul Sparrow, the Deputy Director of the Newseum and their Vice President for Broadcasting, and have a discussion about how the media landscape and industry has changed with the introduction of new media and devices, and how it will change in the future. Our more complete tour of the exhibit will be released as a web-only exclusive on Tuesday.

Josh talks about some of the weirder stories in tech, including:

And we close out our episode with a look at Stephen Colbert Getting an iPad at the Grammys and a pleading for better weather so we can have our studio and crew back.

So using Skype was crude, but at least we got an episode in amidst the snow! So, kudos to us? Whatever, enjoy the episode!

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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.