Tech tAUk Reloaded #14: Winter is Coming

Tech tAUk Reloaded
Black Friday is coming right up, and with it comes fake deals, long lines, uneaten turkey, and the great potential for violence and carnage at shopping malls. And even though we’re not inclined to partake in this ritual ourselves, and would much rather be psyching out over the awesome ‘South Park’ Black Friday/Game of Thrones/console wars parody trilogy, the official arrival of the holiday season necessitates us to share our coverage of this holiday season’s tech lineup. And so, we reluctantly bring you our comprehensive Black Friday/Cyber Monday special!

Our tech headlines this week:

We take a brief look at the history of Black Friday and Cyber Monday as they emerged as key marketing gimmicks over the past decade.

Then, Josh delves into this season’s console wars between Xbox One and Sony PS4, with a comprehensive comparison between the two. We also preview the Steam Machine for PC gamers, and a new upcoming generation of iPhone game controllers.

Douglas then offers a thorough overview of the hottest brands of personal electronic devices (cell phones, tablets, and e-readers), including:

We also briefly share a few other interesting products to keep an eye on this season:

Finally, Josh shares an interesting viral video: an interactive music video for “Like a Rolling Stone.” Douglas then shares some brief commentary over the tallest building in the world controversy.

Happy Thanksgivukkah, and if you dare enter the Black Friday crowds, stay safe and stay cheap!

Episode Duration: 1:26:47
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Direct Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #14 (45.5 MB AAC)
Alternate Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #14 (41.7 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.