Buzz Out Loud 1578: Who died to build your iPhone? (Podcast)

On this week's Buzz Out Loud, Brian and Molly take Apple (and others) to task for unsafe and inhumane working conditions at consumer electronics factories in China. It's time for Apple and us, the consumers, to demand better. Plus, Google's privacy policy changes, Netflix's big bounce-back, and Computer Love. And meet Givit, the way to share private videos of your kids or, um, other things.

On this week's Buzz Out Loud, Brian and Molly take Apple (and others) to task for unsafe and inhumane working conditions at consumer electronics factories in China. It's time for Apple and us, the consumers, to demand better. Plus, Google's privacy policy changes, Netflix's big bounce-back, and Computer Love. And meet Givit, the way to share private videos of your kids or, um, other things.

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EPISODE 1578

Interview with Greg Kostello CEO of http://www.Givit.com

NEWS:

-Google announces privacy changes across products; users can't opt out

-FAQ: what the changes mean for you

-In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad

-Whos-most-to-blame-for-poor-conditions-at-apples-chinese-suppliers

-Apple iPhone 4S propels company to massive earnings

-Nokia Q4: Scrambling For A Grip, But Still Falling; 1M+ Lumia Phones Sold

-$1.4b-loss-despite-strong-windows-phone-sales

-AT&T to offer Lumia 900 for $100 on March 18

-Netflix bounces back bigtime, says Amazon is coming

-Netflix: No plans for games, but 3-D streaming possible

-New Xbox coming, fall 2013?

-Rumor: iPhone 5 with 4-inch screen expected this summer

-Motorola sues Apple over iPhone 4S, iCloud

-RealNetworks sells patents to Intel in $120M deal; stock soars

Quick Hits:

-RIM’s co-CEOs step down; insider Heins takes helm

-10 things RIM’s new CEO must do right away

-First video: Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom appears in court

-OpMegaUpload: the aftermath

-Anonymous-goes-nuclear-everybody-loses/

-Anonymous: Facebook is next, on Jan. 28

STEPHEN’S VIDEO PICK OF THE WEEK YEAH!

Hey Stephen,

I’ve been listening to BOL now for more years than I care to admit (I remember the shock of dl the BOL episode with Veronica swearing, my jaw literary hit the floor) and I wanted to share the attached video clip or my 13 month old son Isaac that I took on my phone just before xmas (BTW this is his third word after “”car”" and “”go”").

This is especially aimed at you as you are soon to blessed with having a “”little one”" and you will soon experience the overwhelming feeling of joy when they do something special to melt your heart.

Love the show etc …

Regards,

Nigel
(from London, UK)

VOICEMAIL:

Caller calls in about how we said Android users ae more interested in specs than iPhone users.

Jake from Spokane Washington thinks he knows why video calling has not caught on.

EMAIL:

Happy Australia Day so nice of you to put a show on for us especially for this day,

Keep up the great podcast and for this show can I request for you’re Australian listeners:

All Girls (women) should be “”Sheelas”" (pron: She – la -s) Molly is a great example of a Shela, good brain, good body – and err, well is this a G rating show?

and any Men – “”Blokes”" Pron: “”Blow -k s”" – TONG! come on – harden up – a real Bloke does’t use hair products…

and everyone should be your MATE!

G’Day Mates! from down under

Bryan – MATE!

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Hey Buzz Crew,
In episode #1577 you guys talked about the new iTunes U and what that could mean for schools that want to adopt this technology. My high school in Ohio has been using iPads as digital workbooks since the start of the 2010-11 school year, so I thought I should share a few details about how the system was implemented. My high school is a private catholic school, so I understand that it may not be representative of how public schools could implement it, but I figure the information will be useful nonetheless. As part of the cost of attendance, a $200 fee was added as a “”rental fee”" for use of the ipad for a year. Each year a student attends the school they pay the fee, and get to keep the iPad upon graduation. Students can even keep the iPad on summer breaks and use it however they choose. It’s not a perfect system, since if a student starts at the school as a freshman, the kid is paying $300 extra dollars than paying for the iPad outright, but the $200 annual fee does cover cost of the workbooks apps, and also what amounts to an insurance policy if the student breaks the thing. The system has worked really well here, as the interactive features that the workbooks provide are a significant upgrade over the standard workbook. In regards to your concerns about how tech-savvy some of the teaching staff could be, its actually worked out nicely here, as the students seem eager to aid the staff in becoming tech literate, which in turn has had a positive effect on the relationship between the teachers and students.Like I said, it’s not a perfect system, but its worked out really well here and the revamped iTunes U should only aid that.

-Alex from Ohio

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The same people who did the Eagle Cam last year are doing the same with a momma bear, and her cub. They placed a camera inside a bear den in Minnesota. You can watch live video of the bears, or watch video recorded earlier of the bear cubs birth.
“”Observers report the mother and child communicate using grunts, groans, and squeals.”"

http://www.ustream.tv/jewelblackbear
http://www.bear.org/livecams/jewel-den-cam.php

Maybe the bear should get a Twitter account. I mean if a Senator who speaks in incomprehensible phrases can get 400,000 followers, a bear should be able to get at least a few thousand.

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“Hey guys,

Great work on CES 2012 in Las Vegas. It was totally the year of 3D printing!

Just a quick info. The word SOPA in greek means ''shut up'', just go to google translate if you want! [ ???? ] (the greek word to put)

Coincedence?

Thanks and i love you!

Stathis from Greece”

“WB is pushing netflix releases back to 56 days! FIFTY-SIX DAYS! wtffffffffff

Remember when they originally agreed to 28 days in return for more streaming content?

So it’s now, what, a year later and no new content ANNND they are pushing the dates back to “”maximize the potential”" of its new releases?

What a crock of doggie doo-doo!

WB will never see another dollar from me from today on. Also, I’m calling it: Netflix death march begins.

The consumer just never wins.

Hope you guys are having fun in Vegas and thanks for the super excellent coverage!

Love,
Dr. Karl :)

-Warner-Bros-doubles-netflix-delay

COMPUTER LOVE:

BOL crew

I just found the online equivalent of the girl who doesn’t want you to ask her out so she injects a story about her boyfriend (whether she has one or not) into conversations as soon as she meets you.

I’ve been chatting with a woman at work — trying to let her get to know me. I mentioned some photos I have on Facebook, and she said send me the link. But apparently I’m only in the friend zone. She friended me with a Facebook profile she uses for work contacts only. I realized she had another profile for “”real”" friends when Facebook’s ‘people you may know’ feature busted her by showing me her real profile.

Oh well. Moving on.

Mike
Fort Lauderdale

-Hot’ Rod tops online love connections

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