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March 8, 2013 at 6:30PM • 1 hour 12 minutes
On a mildly dreary, but exciting day in Austin, Dan and Haddie discuss Carrie Fisher's return to Star Wars, News Corp's new tablet for education, a watch that may beat Apple's to market, new job numbers for the US, SXSW, and the meeting of the 5by5 and Grumpy Cat minds. Jeffery Saddoris and Bill Wadman of the 5by5 show On Taking Pictures drop in to discuss things photography.
March 1, 2013 at 11:45AM • 47 minutes
We discuss Groupon CEO Andrew Mason getting fired, MIT's new machine that lets you see a person's heart beating, Big Dog can now throw cinder blocks, Facebook confirms it will acquire Atlas Advertising Suite, silent email filtering makes iCloud an unreliable option, Dropbox users complain of spam emails reminiscent of last years data leak, Star Wars nestling dolls, Best Buy says it got no offer from founder Schulze, and NASA has discovered a third radiation belt around earth.
January 28, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 7 minutes
We discuss Facebook asking users to submit a photo ID to regain access to their accounts, 'JOBS' falls flat, Exxon passes Apple as most valuable company, Jonathan Coulton gets ripped off by 'Glee', The Lonely Island comes out with an interesting take on YOLO, Disney has confirmed J.J. Abrams will direct the next 'Star Wars', and an Internet Explorer ad that features everything cool from the 90's.
January 15, 2013 at 11:00AM • 47 minutes
We discuss Lance Armstrong confessing to Oprah about his doping, Star Wars live-action series, Dell said to be in talks with private-equity firms, John McAfee life movie in the works, US says Java is still risky, edible iPhone cases from South Korea, cows getting fed cookies, Amazon instant video now available on Nintendo Wii, and a visual compendium of guitars.
November 21, 2012 at 11:30AM • 1 hour 15 minutes
A chart that breaks down what technology kids and adults have on their holiday wish lists, Job's spaceship-like offices to arrive later than planned, T-Mobile exec says iPhone isn't worth the sacrifice, hacker breached AT&T's security, 250 phone booths in New York are getting an iPad-esque upgrade, NTSB may drop Blackberry for iPhone, Star Wars 7 & Beyond: Lawrence Kasdan onboard for sequel, The Oatmeal is getting sued, "white smells" exist for smells as "white noise" do for sounds, a strange beast discovered in Namibia, and Dr. Benjamin Chapman stops by the show to inform us how to keep our holiday food prep clean and our guests from getting sick while severely grossing us out in the process.
November 2, 2012 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 34 minutes
Following up on The Incomparable episode #114, here's a bonus discussion of the future of "Star Wars" featuring our own Dan Moren, along with guests Guy English, Dave Wiskus, Rene Ritchie, and Matt Drance. Directors, cast, crew, stories, traps, heroes' journeys, timelines, themes, theatrics, dramatics, and dreams, no topic is safe when a bunch of tech nerds get their Force talk on.
Special guest Dan Moren.
January 10, 2012 at 9:45AM • 1 hour 41 minutes
John Gruber joins Merlin to talk about blog engines, Lego, bias, credibility, the project triangle, and (duh) Star Wars.
Special guest John Gruber.
December 23, 2011 at 5:30PM • 1 hour 38 minutes
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about low-stakes grammar issues, the continuing debate about partisanship in tech writing, more theories about an Apple TV product, the origins and fate of "friendly" programming environments like HyperCard, plus a little about Lego Star Wars and holiday toys for children.
December 9, 2011 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 47 minutes
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin follow up on a host of topics: what ails Microsoft, the (slow, partial) democratization of corporate IT, the people vs. George Lucas, perpetual copyright, applications as art, Siri backlash, and the evils of Blu-ray.
October 21, 2011 at 1:00PM • 1 hour 32 minutes
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk more about Siri in theory and in practice, and how iCloud is different than MobileMe, with its own set of problems. Plus more complaints about the Star Wars blu-rays, a clarification of the TiVo Premiere Elite's specs, and the long-overdue completion of our tour of the Windows 8 UI.
October 7, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 11 minutes
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin talk about the death of Steve Jobs: personal remembrances, the less-obvious lessons of his life, and the dangers of his deification. Also, misspeaking vs. failing to communicate, Star Wars blu-rays, and John's attempt to politely decline charity.
September 16, 2011 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes
John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin mourn the continuing shameful stewardship of the cultural touchstone that is Star Wars, then dive into the Windows 8 Metro user interface and Microsoft's prospects for the future of its hybrid tablet/desktop operating system.