Tech tAUk Reloaded #25: Flappy Birdbrains

Tech tAUk Reloaded

After a week off, we’re back to catch up on a whole bunch of tech news from the first half of February. And yes, we relent and cover that game with the dumb name that everyone has become fascinated with as of late.

Our tech headlines this week:

In our Bytes of the Week, Douglas explores the concept of the uncanny valley in “Be Patient… This Might Get Confusing,” and Josh tries his hand in the paradoxically-popular and very-frustrating Flappy Bird, which Apple and Google have banned knockoffs of since the developer pulled the game from their app stores.

Episode Duration: 54:35
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Direct Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #25 (27.9 MB AAC)
Alternate Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #25 (26.2 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.