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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.

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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

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Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.
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Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A factory in Indiana is churning out massive quantities of beverage-grade rye whiskey. A food blogger discovered that many small distilleries are buying it and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."
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House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama

House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."
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Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

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