On this week’s podcast, media expert Tom Cheredar joins us to check out: a fan-made shot-for-shot recreation of Toy Story 3, News Corp‘s new Knewz site, Facebook cuts back on original video content, …and much, much more.
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.
This week we come to you LIVE from the 2011 San Diego ComicCon International, the premiere convention for comics, movies, television and pop culture. And even though they couldn’t all be in the same room at the same time, Andy, Tom and Devindra still managed to individually bring you their impressions of the ComicCon 2011 experience. We also cover some of the hot headlines of the week, including Apple’s new launches, The Sun hacked by LulzSec, Google’s G+ iPhone app, Microsoft’s secret new social site, and more.
This week Tom and Andrew check out a lab test of YouTube’s new redesign, Major ISP’s agree to a “six strikes” policy, Google introduces their first eBooks e-reader, rumors of an HD iPad, Amazon announces an iPad rival, TechCrunch gets a facelift, and our take on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
Later we discuss Netflix’s controversial new pricing plan, and… A million users isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? Ten million. Or perhaps one hundred million.
This week Tom recaps his recent trip to WonderCon, we discuss April Fools Day on the ‘net, MySpace’s rapid decline, Know Your Meme’s acquisition by Cheezburger, Anonymous’ attack on Sony, Kevin Rose’s new startup, Milk, a grim outlook for The Daily, and Facebook’s initiative to open the development of their servers.
Later, we discuss Google’s aggressive initiatives to kick the company into the social space, and we finish with a discussion of the impact that a government shutdown would have had on IPO development.