The 404 608: Where we score in extra time (podcast)

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu discuss Google Voice coming out of beta, review the new Microsoft Kinect for XBox 360, and USA's win over Slovenia in the 2010 World Cup of soccer.


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YES. WE. DID. The 1-0 American victory over Algeria in the Group C World Cup game this morning caused us to start the podcast a little later than normal, but we're back and feeling proud to be Americans--not even two disallowed goals can keep us from victory!

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, Jeff gives you a First Look at Microsoft's Kinect motion control system , Google Voice is finally out of beta and available to the masses, and we're still reminiscing about toys from the '90s, stuff like the TalkBoy, Duncan YOYOs, and K'Nex!

Google has officially opened Voice to anyone that wants to sign up for the Web-based communication service. It gives you a central number that rings all the phones in your life including your office and cell. Best of all, you don't need to throw away your existing number; you can forward texts to your e-mail, do conference calls, and even transcribe voice mails into text before managing all your calls online.

Google Voice also a safe way to give out your contact information to people that haven't yet earned the right to know your real phone number. And if things don't work out, the service also lets you send a call to voice mail, treat it as spam, or block it out entirely. Are you listening, ladies?

Microsoft Kinect Web User UK

Jeff and Wilson finally got to demo Microsoft Kinect for XBox 360, and Jeff's expert first impression is that it works--sort of. Jeff isn't the biggest fan of motion control games and describes the empty feeling you get from pretending to control a make-believe steering wheel. In addition, the system does experience roughly a second of lag while the camera registers movement that might hinder seamless game play. Check out this CNET TV video of Jeff demoing several Kinect games --trust me, this is the closet you'll get to seeing Jeff Bakalar's fabled dance moves.

Today's Calls From the Public continues yesterday's conversation about 14 trends from the '90s with a crazy story about a serious POG injury, we get a visit from the Ghost of Episodes Past, Wilson's gives a thumbs-up to the new "A-team" movie despite what Mr. T has to say, and Jeff has a mysterious call from a female admirer with a serious case of laryngitis.

Enjoy the show, and thanks for listening!


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