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Buzz Out Loud 1406: Nokia and Microsoft: BFFs (podcast)

Nokia and Microsoft make an intriguing pairing of two companies that frankly need each other more than ever. Apple is working on a cheaper and smaller iPhone and Obama wants 4G to blanket the US. Plus, Donald Bell joins us to flick cockroaches with our monkey toes.

Nokia and Microsoft make an intriguing pairing of two companies that frankly need each other more than ever. Apple is working on a cheaper and smaller iPhone and Obama wants 4G to blanket the US. Plus, Donald Bell joins us to flick cockroaches with our monkey toes.

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EPISODE 1406

NEWS

Nokia, Microsoft becoming Windows Phone bedfellows
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20031468-264.html

RIM Said to Plan PlayBook Software to Run Google Apps
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-10/rim-is-said-to-plan-playbook-tablet-software-to-run-google-s-android-apps.html

Apple Is Said to Work on Cheaper, Smaller IPhones
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-10/apple-said-to-work-on-cheaper-more-versatile-iphone-models.html
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-20031419-37.html?tag=mncol;1n

Sony hints it could pull its music from iTunes in ongoing war with Apple
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/11/02/11/sony_hints_it_could_pull_its_music_from_itunes_in_ongoing_war_with_apple.html

Obama pushes for national 4G-speed wireless
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20031464-281.html?tag=cnetRiver

Verizon iPhone 4 launch day a dud due to pre-orders, analyst says
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/verizon-iphone-4-launch-day-a-dud-due-to-pre-orders-analyst-says/

First Verizon iPhone update already available
http://www.tgdaily.com/mobility-brief/54075-first-verizon-iphone-update-already-available

PayPal’s Micropayment Solution Opens to the Public
http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/paypals_micropayment_solution_opens_to_the_public.php

Twitter Tells Advertisers to Dig Deeper: "Promoted Trends" Get a Price Hike
http://mediamemo.allthingsd.com/20110211/twitter-tells-advertisers-to-dig-deeper-promoted-trends-are-going-to-get-more-expensive/
Samsung 10.1-inch Honeycomb tablet to debut at MWC
http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/38496/samsung-honeycomb-10-inch-tablet-mwc

Galaxy S 2, Desire HD2, Desire 2, Wildfire 2 Full Specs Leaked
http://pocketnow.com/android/galaxy-s-2-desire-hd2-desire-2-wildfire-2-full-specs-leaked

Quick Hits

Microsoft Unveils IE9 Release Candidate
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/111598/20110211/microsoft-ie9-browser-tracking-protection-html-5-google-chrome-mozilla-firefox-safari-apple-opera-ie.htm

Some eHarmony user information stolen
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-20031460-83.html

MacBook Air ‘Sandy Bridge’ update expected in June
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20031434-64.html

Amazon Pulling Out of Texas Over $269 Million Tax Bill
http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/02/11/1653252/Amazon-Pulling-Out-of-Texas-Over-269-Million-Tax-Bill

GADGETS
Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker built from scrap computer parts
http://dvice.com/archives/2011/02/star-warsat-at.php

Science News

Study: Humanity can store 295 exabytes of data
http://news.cnet.com/8301-30685_3-20031295-264.html

Happy Ending
Jeopardy!’ champs compete against computer
http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2011-02-11-jeopardy-champs-computer_N.htm

EMAILS

Hey Buzz Team, I just wanted to say your not alone Brian, when I was in New York with my buddy and we had a terrible bug experience. When we returned to the hotel from a dinner one night my friend told me that there was a huge bug. At first I didn’t believe him, but then I saw it. Their was a HUGE cockroach on the door way between the bedroom and, like you Brian, I screamed like a little girl. It was a terrible experience. Love the show!

-Chase Schaub

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Hi Buzzcrew,

I live on a nearly-uninhabited island in the middle of western Pacific, and I am well acquainted with various large bugs attempting to share my living space. The important thing to remember with roaches is that you should never ever kill one in your house; apparently, the smell of a dead or suffering cockroach is a party-call for its mates, and they will arrive in dozens. Very bad form to squish them with a shoe and get their intestines glued to your bedroom wall. You never get the smell away.

The best way to deal with them is to give them a quick flick with a finger on their head, this will stun them so that you can get them out of the house; when you are far enough, use a big rock to finish them off.

Another approach in the anti-invasive strategies is to allow big enough spiders to live in your house. The 4-inch cockroaches are out of the range for even the palm-sized ones, but they do keep the centipedes at bay.

Love the show,

yoe

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Hey Crew,
I just wanted to remind listeners about Watson playing on Jeopardy next week, starting on Monday the 14th.

I was fortunate enough to work at IBM Research over the summer and actually play against the machine. It beat a collective of 5 or 6 Ph.D. students trying to pool their resources and best the machine. Needless to say, Watson showed no mercy and crushed us. It should be fascinating to watch the best human recall pitted against the best natural language processing, machine learning and probabilistic reasoning algorithms computer science has to offer. Plus a robotic voice playing Jeopardy is hilarious.

a computer science grad student

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Hey Buzz Crew,
When Brian was talking about the 100 touch screen, and head said that he had an opposable toe thumb, this is the first thing I though of.
Please see Attached.

BT feet

Nic

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