The air conditioner in the studio where we record the show might be broken, but we're sweating it out this morning to bring you this Friday's episode of The 404 Podcast.
Yesterday, we talked to Jasmine France about her new Tech Dos and Don'ts column on the MP3 Insider blog and we all left the show convinced there's an online dating Web site out there for everyone's interests, no matter how niche...and we were right!
There's a new e-Harmony-style dating Web site called Cupidtino marketed specifically for Apple fanboys and girls to meet up and share a love for all things Apple...and hopefully each other! The site is still in beta and set to launch next month; everyone's invited, but with a catch--the only way you can access the site is through Safari and iPhone/iPad apps! Apologies in advance for Wilson's silence during this segment--that profile ain't gonna write itself.
Google already occupies a big part of everyone's past and present lives on the Internet, but the company is now setting its sights on predicting the future. It is heavily investing in a company called Recorded Future, a Web application that gathers data from financial markets, geopolitical news, industry changes, public figures, technology news, and others to create a rough sketch of the future.
If it works, Google stands to gain valuable insight into the ever-changing tech industry, but we tend to agree with sites like Mashable, which predicts the app will have the "same level of accuracy...as a weather report. Google Weather, anyone?
The second half of the show is all about predicting the immediate future of the podcast, which is pretty easy when you've been doing it everyday for three years. We have a special treat from today's e-mails from the public from listener Jack W., who sent us a video of his high school's annual lightsaber battle!
Only slightly less nerdy than LARPing, over 400 kids gather every year in the quad at Brophy College Prepatory to bang their light-up sticks together in celebration of their commitment to a movie that came out 20 years before their birth. Happy fighting, kids!
Have a great weekend, and don't forget to call us up at 1-866-404-CNET over the weekend and leave a voice mail. If it's good, we'll be happy to play it on the show!