Tech tAUk Reloaded #41: Worm-Shaped Amusement Park Electric Trains

Well, this has been a banner week for Apple, hasn’t it? When we recorded this episode a few days ago, Apple had launched a webpage for users to remove the free U2 album from iTunes, and facing media allegations that the new iPhones were prone to bending.

Well, it turns out that the “Bendgate” allegations were overblown, so instead Apple made a MUCH MUCH bigger goof-up: their iOS 8.0.1 update broke cellular reception and Touch ID functionality for up to 40,000 users who installed the update before it was pulled. We would have had so much fun slamming Apple for this screw up, except it happened right after we finished recording this week’s show.

So instead, here are our remaining tech headlines this week:

In a slightly-renamed segment, “Be Patient… Let’s Make This Less Confusing,” Douglas extrapolates one of the points of Tim Cook’s open letter on privacy to discuss the business models of user data, and what they mean in terms of how different companies use your data in digital cloud services, social media, and the specific case of payment management services like PayPal, Google Wallet, and Apple Pay. Josh then acknowledges the 125th anniversary of Nintendo.

Episode Duration: 1:17:19
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #41 (37.1 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.