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Robot Underpants: 07.02.14 (160) “Chocolate Skulls”

Posted by Langley at 1:03 AM on July 3, 2014

Baron Mathew “Langley” Luschek and “Starman” Michael Gaines discuss “Boy Meets World” “Girl Meets World” , “Explorers movie” “Sherlock” “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, “Jaws”, “Hocus Pocus 2″, The Redskins, Emoji Social Network, Death Metal and Chocolate Skulls and more!

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* “Explorers” remake
* “Community” on Yahoo!
* Transformers stop motion
* Transformers 4 FAQs
* Sherlock
* Jaws Beer Remake
* Sharktopus vs Pteracuda
* “Hocus Pocus 2″
* Redskins
* Emoji Network
* Chocolate Skull
* Skull Lyre
* Death metal band in a box

Angry Birds Go gets multiplayer mode

Posted by Alan at 8:20 AM on July 2, 2014

Angry Birds, the Rovio franchise that brought mobile gaming to the forefront, has released many iterations of its titles, and all continue to be updated with new levels. One of the newest is Go, which takes a different approach to things, bringing Kart racing to the franchise, and lots of interesting features with it.

Now the game is finally receiving multiplayer mode, allowing gamers to test their skills against others. “This is the first part of Angry Birds Go! Multiplayer, and brings the quick race mode where you’re matched against the performance of three other players. Will you come out on top and leave them in your dust? For an even more personal experience connect to Facebook and you’ll be pitted against your friends to show them who’s the boss”, the official announcement states.

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You can grab the update now, though if you already have the game installed, then you should get it automatically. It’s free, but there are in-game purchases that can be made.

Songza is “Thrilled” to Become Part of Google

Posted by JenThorpe at 3:36 AM on July 2, 2014

Songza logoSongza has announced that they are becoming part of Google. They stated that they are “thrilled” to make the announcement and that they “can’t think of a better company to join in our quest to provide the perfect soundtrack to everything you do”. Not much else was said, other than that no immediate changes to Songza are planned (“other than making it faster, smarter, and more fun to use”, that is.)

Google announced that they, too, are “thrilled” to welcome Songza to Google. In its brief announcement, Google gave users some assurance about potential changes. “We aren’t planning any immediate changes to Songza, so it will continue to work like usual for existing users”.

So, Google is thrilled, and Songza is thrilled. Will current users of Songza be equally thrilled? That remains to be seen.

Time reported that Songza did not reveal the purchase price. Time also noted that The New York Post, “citing unnamed sources”, reported that Google was offering about $15 million for Songza. I’m never certain how much trust to give to “unnamed sources”, but there we are.

Of course, the discussion about Google buying Songza must include a mention about Apple’s announcement (in May) that it would buy Beats Electronics. And, let’s not forget about Google’s ownership of YouTube. It appears that there is a fight going on between Google and Apple as each attempts to capture the attention of music lovers.

GNC #960 Facebook is Experimenting on You

Posted by geeknews at 1:19 AM on July 1, 2014

Facebook is Experimenting on you, and if you think it sounds evil, it really is evil when you get into the nuts and bolts of what these maniacs where doing. Nothing like a good old brain washing to start your day courtesy of the Facebook evil scientist!

I cover the rest of the tech news and update you on my Transformation.

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Apple Discontinues Aperture

Posted by JenThorpe at 12:27 AM on June 30, 2014

Aperture appApple has announced that it is ceasing development of its Aperture and iPhoto apps. Instead, Apple will be replacing them with its new Photos app (that was announced during its Worldwide Developers Conference).

Jim Dalrymple, at The Loop was given the following statement from Apple:

With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture. When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS X.

The Aperture Blog notes that Apple has said they will provide an update so that Aperture will still work with OS X Yosemite. This will give Aperture users some time to make a decision about where to move their photos to.

New Media Show #52 David Plotz Editor in Chief Slate.com

Posted by geeknews at 2:19 PM on June 29, 2014

Rob and Todd have a great conversations with David Plotz Editor in Chief of Slate.com we talk about their new media / podcast strategy. Rob and Todd also talk about signing exclusive deals and the plus and minuses. We cover some recent news in the podcasting space as well that has been called into question.

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Were you Part of Facebook’s Psychology Experiment?

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:17 PM on June 28, 2014

FacebookMuch has been said about how Facebook utilizes the information that its users choose to post. There have been many blogs regarding privacy issues (especially when Facebook makes changes to it). People are aware that their photos or posts could be included in Facebook advertising. Were you aware that Facebook can also use your data for psychology experiments?

Scientists at Facebook published a paper that appears in the current issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The paper is titled “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks”.

The psychological experiment on Facebook took place for 1 week (January 11 – 18, 2012). Participants were randomly selected based on their User ID. There were about 155,000 participants who posted at least one status update during the experimental period.

The experiment manipulated the extent to which people were exposed to emotional content in their News Feed. The scientists were looking for something they refer to as “emotional contagion”. By this, they meant that they were watching for signs that emotional states can be transferred from one person to another without direct interaction between people (and in absence of nonverbal cues). What they discovered is that “emotional contagion” really can happen. From the abstract:

When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts. When negative expressions were reduced, the opposite pattern occurred. These results indicate that emotions expressed by others on Facebook influence our own emotions, constituting experimental evidence for massive-scale contagion via social networks.

It is a very interesting finding. Unfortunately, it was discovered as a result of scientists secretly manipulating some Facebook user’s emotions by tweaking whether they were shown positive or negative posts during the experimental period. It feels like a really horrible thing to do to random people who have no idea they were being used as a “guinea pig” in a psychological experiment.

If you are on Facebook, then you have agreed to be part of experiments like this one when you clicked that you agree to the Facebook Data Use Policy. Part of it says that potential uses of your data include “internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, and service improvement”.

The scientists stayed within those boundaries to do the experiment. They used machine analysis to select positive and negative posts. This enabled the experiment to be done without having human researchers read user data that contained personal information. I cannot help but wonder how many other psychological experiments have happened on Facebook (or if more will happen in the future).

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Posted by Langley at 1:28 AM on June 27, 2014

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Transformers: Age of Extinction wasn’t the worst thing I’ve ever seen. I wasn’t in the mood for any kind of thinkin’ movies, and this one def’ isn’t that. It was fun and full of eye candy and explosions and more explosions and carnage and explosions. Don’t forget the slow mo close-up of a girl w the sun setting behind her. But they did a better job on the Transformers’ faces this time. Like, you know, they had them. The story was fine, we got some new characters, some old, of course Optimus Prime is front and center, but the Dinobots didn’t show up until almost the end.

I always get the feeling, watching these movies, that someone was only just “aware” of the original Transformers. There will be a name or car or ship that’s from the originals but it’s just not quite right. It’s like someone just saw a couple clips from the old shows and went “Yeah, put that in there.. I dunno.. I heard someone was called Prowl, I guess? Use that for one of the guys, I don’t care if he’s good or bad, whatever.” I’m not asking for a lot here, just get the characters and what they turn into right.

So am I recommending this movie after all that? Sure. If you want a good, fun, shiny movie to watch, it’s that. Just make sure you go to the bathroom ahead of time because, yes, it IS almost three hours long. I think if you get there just as the movie is starting, it’s fine. The nonstop action keeps things moving along. But throw in the 20 mins of previews and whatever commercials before that (depending how early you get there), it does start to seem like you’ve been in your seat forever. It could have been chopped down a little, because let’s face it, we don’t really need three hours of Michael Bay in any one sitting.

GNC #959 Supreme Court Rulings!

Posted by geeknews at 11:53 PM on June 26, 2014

I share a sea story on the show tonight, based on a video I saw this evening shared with me by my oldest daughter.. Hope you enjoy it. Supreme Court makes major rulings plus I get deep into a pile of tech stories and update you on my Transformation.

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TGP #163 Aukey T20 QI Wireless Charger

Posted by Gadget at 9:51 PM on June 26, 2014

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