In a world where corporate overlords try to overtake the Internet for their own ends, Technophilia gives you the news from the people’s point of view. It’s episode 7: THE NEXT SAGA IN THE CONTINUINING BATTLE AGAINST TEH INTERNETZ.
Dave, in his never-ending quest to finally find a friend, hacks Siri to add a conversation mode. Find how how he did this, and how he added Tweeting and various other features to Apple’s famous phone AI. He even makes her swear for you, because he cares about his listeners (and because James told him to.)
James, our corporate sell out, drank Microsoft’s champagne and proceeds to promote Skydrive to our dozen of listeners. Is Microsoft’s cloud service worth checking out for an Apple fanboy?
Justin uses BlockedInChina.net and finds out his rarely-updated personal blog is blocked in the People’s Republic. Why?
And, of course, no podcast is complete without the week’s headlines.
Top story this week: MEGANEWS. Infamous file sharing site Megaupload was taken down two weeks ago, and James thinks he knows the real reason. Hint: it involves a previously-upcoming music service that gave a generous cut to artists and nothing to record labels.
ACTA, SOPA and other acronyms out to destroy the Internet. James points out that the Anti-Coutnerfeiting Trade Agreement is in many ways worse than SOPA, but isn’t attracting anywhere near the same press. What’s going on?
Coming To The Pirate Bay: Real Stuff. Will we be downloading and printing pirated versions of sneakers in the future? The Pirate Bay thinks so. Naturally, we take the opportunity to talk about using Star Trek’s replicator to make whiskey.
Twitter Announces a Cool New Feature: Censorship! The famously free-flowing social network will block particular tweets and users in selected countries. Could $300 million in Saudi investment have anything to do with this? Probably not, but implying so gets your attention.
And, finally, Nintendo is thinking of changing the name of the Wii U. This story is supposed to be brief, but Justin is so excited to talk about video games he knows that that it ends up taking too long. Dave helps; James gets angry.