As we close out the final days of 2011, Andy, Devindra, and Techmeme’s Lidija Davis are joined by Startup Digest’s Christopher Burnor and VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig to review the top tech stories of the past year. After the break, we offer our tech predictions for 2012.
This week, we say goodbye to Steve Jobs as he officially resigns as CEO of Apple, and COO Tim Cook takes over. We also take a look at the possibility that the iPhone 5 will be on all major carriers by the end of this year, Apple is building a cheaper 8GB iPhone, IBM produces chips based on the human brain, Skype acquires GroupMe, an 8-day delay by Fox on Hulu triggers a surge in piracy, Cloud music services score big in new copyright ruling, and Samsung cites ’2001′ for prior art against the iPad.
Later, HP spins off their PC business, sells the TouchPad at a loss, and effectively kills WebOS. Also director Sir Ridley Scott plans another ‘Blade Runner’ film, and Devindra reviews Deus Ex: Human Revolution.
Every year at Comic-Con, Director Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) regales the Hall H audience as only a master raconteur can. Here he talks about quitting the film business and beginning a podcasting empire, lowering your expectations, raising a geek daughter, marketing his film Red State and his personal battle with the Westboro Baptist Church.
WARNING: The following audio contains explicit language and is not for younger or impressionable listeners.