WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

The Computer Guys & Gal

A newly uncovered computer virus called "Flame" spooks cybersecurity companies, while new revelations about the Stuxnet virus raise provocative questions about government cyber warfare. And digital activists consider the power of "Big Dada" by turning the tables on online advertisers and intentionally distorting the data they collect about consumers. The Computer Guys and Gal return to discuss the latest news in the tech world.

Computer Guys And Gal Picks

Summer fun in the tech world, and Father's Day and graduation gifts.

Allison

Father's Day gifts for the Computer Guy in your life

  1. Punchfork: A free app for iPhone/iPad

  2. An e-book reader

  3. A robotic mower

Summer fun (in the tech world)

  1. Twitter agrees to do a do-not-track privacy option

  2. Will there be a Facebook for kids?

  3. Activism with big data

  4. It's cyber war!

Scorching hot (tech)

  1. Knowledge Graph

  2. Foursquare redesign

  3. Crowdsourced fact-checking

John

  1. Call the FCC! Kojo used the “Z” word on the air: Zettabyte

  2. Nominee for scam-of-the-month: Viruses move to social media

  3. Allison’s new wallpaper: a lovely shade of block

  4. The Flame computer virus: Your FAQs answered

  5. Oh no! Kojo will have to get a Facebook page in order to go clubbing in London

  6. The Washington Capitals got knocked out of contention, but D.C. is #2 in tech jobs!

  7. It's a walk of shame for Apple: Turns to Kaspersky Lab to point out vulnerabilities.

  8. Good guidance for protecting privacy of listeners

  9. Insight: Web 1.0, Web 2.0, no Web 3.0--it will be called “Mobile”

  10. Everyone is going mobile--payments included--but consumers trust banks

  11. Smart phones tip scale

Bill

  1. Wii U pre E3 announcement

  2. Deeper into US cyber warfare policy

  3. Apple rumors looming before WWDC (June 11th): iOS 6 is expected, and with it are rumors of deep Facebook integration, as well as an overhauled Maps app, one that no longer relies on Google for data. The big feature is supposedly a sophisticated, fully 3D map view, complete with accurately modeled terrain! 

  4. Not to be outdone, Google is also touting their 3D mapping technology, in a preemptive announcement on June 6

  5. IE10 for Windows 8 will default to Do Not Track

Father's Day ideas

  1. Wormhole Switch

  2. Lifeproof case for iPhone

  3. A real keyboard

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