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Computer Guys And Gal

The candidates have made their pitches, now the people will decide: Who will win the battle for tablet computer supremacy? Will Windows 8 prove to be a revelation or a train wreck? The Computer Guys and Gal discuss the latest developments in consumer tech. Plus, after Superstorm Sandy plunges websites and virtual marketplaces into darkness, we explore how news and Tweets echoed around the Web.

Computer Guys And Gal Picks

Allison Druin

  1. Follow the election returns on your mobile device

  2. Forgot where you vote? Looking for election news? Public opinion and reactions? Googles's got election coverage at this site.

  3. iPad Mini reviews

  4. A new University of Maryland study highlights the politics of photos on Pinterest

  5. Understand the election through Tweets

  6. Also from the "Land of Tweets:" The Prezo-Meter, which compares the tone of your Tweets to the candidates' messages.

  7. [Can Facebook change the election](http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506496/how-facebooks-plans-could-affec
    t-the-election/)?

  8. From a Kojo listener: "I got a message from FourSquare telling me I was ousted as Mayor of some place I haven't been a few years ago when I was playing with it. This got
    me to the idea of having campaign volunteers go around to polling places in the weeks leading up to an election, becoming "Mayor" of the location and putting some campaign slogan or something on their page so anyone who checks in while waiting in the LONG lines will see it. I figure this should violate the laws about how close to the polling place candidates can have signs posted but the law might not cover it."

I did check out Foursquare and, no shock, they can connect to the IVoted app.

  1. Find your polling place, get information about what will be on your ballot and see people voting in real-time

  2. The technology of voting machines

  3. Computer simulations of Obama and Romney

Bill Harlow

  1. Election apps

  2. Upheaval in Apple's senior ranks

  3. The iPad mini released was last Friday

  4. Apple's new iMacs and Mac mini feature Fusion Drive

  5. Mapping the Apple/Google/Amazon content ecosystems

  6. Ethiopian kids take initiative and "hack" tablet PC's

  7. Google adds AMBER alerts to Maps and Search as part of their Public Alerts platform

  8. Photographer Dean Holland leaves his DSLR at home and tries taking high quality photos during his trip to Vietnam

John Gilroy

  1. The “muddled mish mash called Windows 8”

  2. Kojo can now drive his expensive Mini with an expensive Mini in the backseat

  3. McDonald's: billions and billions of mobile phones

  4. Survey for listeners: 40 percent of teens (a) Drink on weekends?, (b) Are involved in sports, or (c) Own a _____?

  5. Help desk -- HELP!

  6. Hire hackers? No way ... yes way

  7. Apple seems bulletproof

  8. Walking and “iPadding”

  9. Monetizing Facebook

NPR

'Top Gear' Team Signs Deal With Amazon; New Car Show Set For 2016

The trio left the BBC under a cloud, after Jeremy Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical and verbal attack on a show producer.
NPR

Do Fish Names Encourage Fishy Business?

Legally, a single fish species can go by many names from sea to plate, and different fish can go by the same name. An environmental group says that hampers efforts to combat illegal fishing and fraud.
NPR

For Young Voters, Crushing Student Debt Is Front And Center

Megan Brabec, 24, works three part time jobs with no benefits. "It does really frustrate me when I hear candidates talk about, 'Oh, well, you should have majored in something else," she said.
NPR

Obama Orders Development Of Supercomputer To Rival China's 'Milky Way'

It is hoped that the new supercomputer, expected to go online by 2025, would be the first "exascale" machine — some 20 times faster than today's fastest machine, called Tianhe-2 (Milky Way-2).

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