The Drill Down 212 – Holiday Shopping Guide 2011

This week we deliver The Drill Down’s annual holiday shopping guide, a list of the best tech appliances, gadgets, software and media, hand-picked by Andy, Dwayne & Devindra for your perusal.

But first, the tech headlines: Black Friday/Cyber Monday spending is up, Facebook gets slapped over privacy concerns, Google Maps goes inside, Google TV goes X-Rated, GamePro is dead, FCC disses AT&T/T-Mobile merger, and an Android app is logging your keystrokes.

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The Drill Down 210 – The Human Touch

This week, we note the tragic passing of one of the founders of Diaspora, Logitech says goodbye to Google TV, Steam gets hacked, the Kindle Fire is roasted, the DOJ wants to make lying on your profile a felony, batteries get a technological boost, Community is ‘on the bubble’, COD:MW3 & Skyrim make huge debuts, Minecraft comes to iOS, and Black Friday is upon us!

Later we discuss the official launches of both Google Music and iTunes Match from beta, and we rant briefly on the future of interaction design (our hands’ place in that future).

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The Drill Down 203 – From a Kindle to a Fire

This week Andy, Devindra and Dwayne welcome back former TDD co-host Lidija Davis as new semi-regular to the show. We share what we’re experiencing this week, then discuss Meg Whitman’s appointment as HP’s new CEO, new (old) management at Yahoo, Netflix signs a deal with Dreamworks, Dish launches Blockbuster streaming, Amazon’s streaming service partners with Fox, Microsoft will get royalties from Samsung for every Android device sold, Surveys say things are changing, Delicious relaunches, and Zynga’s profits are down 95%.

Later, we talk about Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference announcements, including  Timelines and “frictionless” sharing. Then we review Amazon’s new Kindle lineup, including the Kindle touch and the Fire.

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