Tech tAUk Reloaded #16: Been There, Drone That

Tech tAUk Reloaded
Perhaps you were wondering why we didn’t pay any attention to the Amazon drones story last week? Well, that’s what happens in the rare instance that tech news breaks on a Sunday night, hours after we record the show. Well, we more than make up for lost time with a thorough takedown of Amazon, the NSA, and plenty of other FLUNK-worthy pubic relations nightmares.

Indeed, we kick things off with a look at “Amazon Prime Air,” previewed by Jeff Bezos on 60 Minutes and shown off in a YouTube video. We review some of the reaction to Amazon’s drones idea, including members of Congress planning to hold hearings, UPS researching its own drones, and the fact that no drones of any kind would be allowed in the Washington, DC area, so so much for The Washington Post being delivered by drone.

Yes, there’s even more NSA news to talk about this week! So in the premiere of our seemingly-never-ending segment, ROCK in the NSA, we delve into how the NSA is tracking the location of cell phones worldwide, and how apparently, morale at the NSA has hit rock bottom what with all of the Snowden revelations coming to light.

We move on to our tech headlines of the week:

Josh brings us a Public Relations edition of FLUNKS:

Finally, for those of you looking for a better way to tweet on the go (and don’t mind paying a couple dollars for it), Douglas reviews Twitterrific for iOS.

Stay tuned (err, subscribed) for our first Tech tAUk Reloaded Holiday Special, coming next week!

Episode Duration: 1:05:47
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
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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.