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 189 – All Aboard the Lulz Boat!

Ahoy! This week The Drill Down crew discusses Google’s doodles, Google’s answer to SMS, Google voice search on desktop, image search via your own photos & pre-caching of predicted search results. Also, a massive Bitcoin theft, an interview with Bill Gates, Facebook’s impending IPO and Pandora’s recent IPO success, Steve Jobs’ Apple ‘spaceship’ campus, Apple now selling unlocked GSM phones, Apple settles a patent dispute with Nokia, rumors of an iPad 3 later this year, XBOX Live on Windows 8, Duke Nukem Forever is finally released (to terrible reviews), and the IMF is hit by a sophisticated cyberattack.

Later, we discuss bold (and reckless) cyberattacks by merry pranksters Lulz Security, and the exodus of major movie studio presence from Comic-Con.

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