Today is the 600th episode of The 404 Podcast, and we're celebrating the milestone with Andrew Mager, a close friend of the show and former CNET employee! He's in New York covering Internet Week for ZDNet and gives us the scoop on the latest face-melting announcements from the tech world, including the FUTURE OF PRINTING, with a little help from yours truly, of course.
But before we introduce the stories in today's rundown, some tragic news: After less than a week in action, Jeff's HTC Evo 4G has succumbed to his extraordinary ability to break electronics with a single glance. According to sources close to the victim, the handset is currently suffering from a mysterious haptic feedback malfunction that's left RadioShack employees scratching their heads to find a solution.
Fortunately, this isn't an isolated incident; HTC owners across the country are reporting similar symptoms on their devices that experts can only describe as "a tragedy of Bakalarian proportions." We'll update you on the news as it unfolds.
It's also the last episode of the week, so you know our rundown is overflowing with silly stories from around the Internet, like this pair of intelligent underwear that could save your life someday!
Dr. Joseph Wang from the University of California San Diego has engineered a pair of "tighty whities" (or in the case of the picture, blackies) that can measure the blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs of the wearer just through simple contact with the skin.
Dr. Wang hopes his technology will be used by the military to monitor the health of soldiers in the field. It's currently unclear how such information will travel to remote locations across the world, but Wilson has a great idea for using natural gas to power the system.
Stay tuned for the second half of the show, when Wilson will attempt to predict the future yet again. This time around, we've got a question about the size of future phones and who will play the Riddler in the next Batman movie. Rumors point to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but Wilson and Andrew have their own hilarious picks.
Enjoy the show and have a great weekend, everyone!