Some users of Chatroulette behave outrageously and inappropriately, partly from a belief they can engage in the random video chats anonymously.
A new mashup, Chatroulettemap.com (NSFW) calls that anonymity into question.
Guest: Dwight Silverman
Top U.S. electronics retailer Best Buy has unveiled a line of 3D televisions made by Panasonic.
Lots of companies are hoping to cash in on the current enthusiasm consumers showed for 3D movies like “Avatar” and the new “Alice in Wonderland.” ESPN is unveiling a 3D network this summer. Discovery, Sony and IMAX are expected to follow suit next year.
Will 3D TV be a big performer?
Guest: David Carnoy, CNET
Chuck Thacker helped launch the personal computer industry at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He’s a co-creator of the Alto personal computer and ethernet networking. Plus, he worked on tablet computer at Microsoft in the early 1990’s. He’s been named the latest winner of the Turing Award, the top prize in computer science.
Technology news site Ars Technica says up to 40 percent of its readers are using software that strips the site of ads.
Ad blocking denies significant revenue to Ars Technica, according to editor in chief Ken Fisher.
So, just a few days ago, the site ran an experiment designed to call attention to the downside of ad-blocking: It prevent readers who were using a specific ad blocking program from looking at Ars Technica.
Dan Colman of Open Culture joins us to talk about his list,
This story first aired on Nov. 25, 2009
A new smartphone app allows users to set a time limit on the life of text messages. Any message sent using TigerText — which got its name before the Tiger Woods scandal — can be deleted from the phone of the both the sender AND the recipient, as long as both are using Tiger Text. What’s more, the messages never pass through carriers systems,
Guest: TigerText founder Jeffrey Evans
Many United Kingdom libraries and universities are crying foul over proposed legislation that could make them responsible for the actions of people using their wireless networks.
The Digital Economy Bill, winding its way through the Parliament, includes a provision that would suspend Internet accounts of users accused of copyright infringement for the third time. The government has refused to provide exceptions for operators of public Wi-Fi hotspots, including Internet cafes, libraries and universities.
Guest: Lillian Edwards, University of Sheffield
Part two of our interview with clinical psychologist Todd Essig on Internet addiction (or lack thereof)
Some psychiatrists have been pushing to have Internet addiction officially classified in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The DSM is published by the American Psychiatric Association, and provides a common language for therapists, researchers, drug companies, health insurers, and policy makers.
An editorial in Psychology Today magazine argues against Internet addiction making it into the DSM.
Guest: Clinical psychologist Todd Essig, PhD