The 404 1,191: Where you had me at Hello Touch (podcast)

It's my birthday today and Jeff is still making me write the blog, but I'm fine with that because today's episode is exceptional. Not just because Richard "Gems" Peterson lived up to his nickname on two occasions, but also because the stories are exceptionally strange. Join us for talks of Manti Te'o, infidelity phones, overachieving children, dusty donkeys, and adult toys from the future.


It's my birthday today and Jeff is still making me write the blog for today's episode, but I'm fine with that because today is an exceptional show. Not just because Richard "Gems" Peterson lived up to his nickname on two occasions, but also because the stories are exceptionally strange.

First we'll look at how cheaters in Japan are getting away with their infidelity with the help of an older Fujitsu phone, simply because of a layer of stealth security that gives users privacy that would make the Ethan Hunts and James Bonds of the world jealous.

Not that we're suggesting you take tomorrow off and cheat on your spouse, but at least the misstep that leads to you getting caught will be your fault, not technology's.

Next up, Jeff and Richard will get a thrill out of making the birthday boy feel like garbage with a story about a nine year old boy in India that's become the youngest Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in the world.

By diligently studying for eight hours a day for 18 months straight, the boy cashed in his childhood for a lifetime of work and at least a few more years of swirlies. We feel your pain, young Pranav.

Yelp just announced they're going to offer health inspection letter codes and details to restaurants in San Francisco, along with a new hygiene standard for New York coming soon.

Unfortunately, the story is a little stale without Robert Irvine from "Restaurant Impossible" calling the shots, but seriously -- the problem is that the inspections won't update automatically in conjunction with the Department of Health site, so there will be a small window when the ratings will misrepresent the establishments. Not that Yelp isn't comfortable with that already.

If we can't be at AVN this year, we'll at least explore the latest technosexual gadgets coming out of it. The Tenga egg, the Fleshlight, and the Magic Wand (don't pretend like you don't know what those are) are old news--the latest toy from JimmyJane (not the breakfast sausage company, weirdo) is called the Hello Touch, and it's surprisingly affordable for the luxury brand.

It's a silicone fingertip vibrator pod with dual motors on your middle and pointer fingers that you or your partner can control using a dock. It looks suspiciously inspired by the wireless glove mouse in Minority Report, and we have trouble imagining how to put it on without killing the mood, but we're certainly willing to give it a try.


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