Tech tAUk Reloaded #37: Xbox On, Wiretap In, Swear Out

Josh visits DC for the weekend, and so for the second time we record the show together from our old stomping grounds at the ATV studio at American University. We’re not sure quite what the vibe was in there this week, but boy, did this episode get weird in a hurry. (Fair warning, this episode is not recommended for small children. Or large children, either.)

Our tech headlines this week:

Josh recaps the biggest news from this year’s E3 conference:

On the one-year anniversary of the Edward Snowden leaks that inspired our all-too-frequent segment, ROCK in the NSA, we reflect on the past year of revelations, where the NSA and government officials stand on the leaks. Edward Snowden gives a primetime interview to NBC News, leaving open the possibility of a possible (though unlikely) amnesty deal, while journalist Glen Greenwald says the biggest NSA revelations are yet to come.

Douglas reviews Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock for iOS ($0.99 on the App Store).

And in a mini-edition of FLUNKS, Josh gives a FLUNK to an Xbox One ad that is remotely controlling actual Xbox Ones, and gives an EPIC WOW to the website “Look At All The F#@ks We Give”. (No further explanation necessary.)

Episode Duration: 56:38
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #37 (27.2 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.