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Computer Guys & Gal

Malware attacks Apple computers. Google ventures into personal cloud computing. And researchers claim alcohol can enhance computer users’ “working memory capacity.” The Computer Guys & Gal are back to explore the latest tech news and take your questions.

May Fun And Games

  1. The recovery of the source code to Jordan Mechner's classic Prince of Persia:
    Long-time gamers may remember Jordan Mechner's original Prince of Persia game for the Apple II home computer. The missing source code for the game was recently discovered when Jordan's father was cleaning out a closet. Luckily, classic computer collector Tony Diaz and software archivist Jason Scott were equipped to help restore the data from the old floppy disks. 

  2. Donkey Kong is ready for his close-up in Disney's "Wreck-It Ralph:"
    Disney's upcoming movie is about the titular Ralph, who's job is to be the villain in a classic fictitious arcade game called Fix-It Felix. Ralph dreams of being the hero, so he travels looking for a more meaningful existence in a different game. Expect lots of video game character cameos in this one. Opens in November. 

  3. Summer is coming and you'll have time to try out the first crop of iBooks!
    Tony Northrup's DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography - integrated video training, free lifetime updates, and classroom-style support. $8.99.

  4. Nancy Duarte's "Resonate" Published Interactive Business Book - integrates video and interactive experiences to teach how to make presentations. $17.99.

  5. Something new that’s old for your laptop or mobile - The Can!
    You can attach The Can to a laptop or Smartphone, and then talk with family, friends and colleagues through an aluminum can sourced from real food products. The Can features what the team jokingly calls "can-over-IP technology," which basically boils down to a microphone and speaker stuffed inside the can’s empty chamber. The device comes in two basic flavors: tomato paste and creamed corn. The team uses tomato paste cans to make The Can Mini, and creamed corn cans to make a larger device, The Can Club Community. The Can Mini attaches to mobile devices through the headphone jack, while the larger can attaches to computers via USB. This was a KickStarter Project that was funded and back by crowdsourcing!

  6. Get your head in the clouds - Now there’s Google Drive
    Could it be the next dropbox? Lets you put your digital stuff in the cloud and access things from any device. It's also integrated into what used to be called Google Docs, which makes Google Drive a hybrid between a cloud storage service and a cloud computing platform. creates a folder on your machine's hard drive called Google Drive, and any files that you store in that folder are automatically synced to Google's server. It’s a 1/4 the price of dropbox, but there’s privacy issues! Beware.

Other Items Heard On Today's Show

  1. Tweets: Who Owns What?

  2. Call2Create: Flashmob Filmmaking

  3. Malware On Macs

  4. Oracle's Link For Updating Java

  5. Can Having A Few Drinks Make You Clever?

  6. New Deal With Textbook Readers

  7. The Personal Cloud And Privacy

  8. The New Modality: Tablet And Cloud?

  9. Wikimania 2012

  10. Vibe

  11. Pinterest's Popularity

  12. The Kojo Nnamdi Show's Pinterest Page

  13. CISPA In A Nutshell

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