This is Shera, mascot for the Commonwealth Games, which have started in Delhi. There have been major problems with venues leading up to the Games. Some countries even threatened to boycott. But, the Games are underway, and in this episode of our travel podcast, we’ll find out what’s to see in Delhi (besides netball and lawn bowls, of course).
On this week’s technology podcast, we’ll have an update on Hossein Derakhshan, aka Hoder. Widely considered to be the “godfather” of Persian-language blogging, Hoder is now in an Iranian prison. Reports from his family inside the country say he may be facing the death penalty. We’ll have that story, plus a whole lot more global tech goodness.
They say that everything old is new again. But that doesn’t always ring true with tech. Betamax, anyone? Still, the Optical Organ, or Optigan, is once again catching the ears of practicing musicians. You can find out more about the instrument in this week’s podcast. We’ve also got a story on biometric data in Iraq, and we celebrate video-game hero Mario’s 25th birthday. (Photo: PMDrive1061)
On this week’s technology podcast, we take a look at how spending time online might be altering our brain circuitry. We’ll bring in a real neuroscientist to help sort out fact from fiction. Also, we’ll hear about solar power in Tanzania, things that can speak for themselves, and the world’s fastest texter.
Yep, Episode 300 of The World’s Technology Podcast. For five and half years, we’ve tried to bring you the best in global technology. We’ve also tried to eschew gadgets and gizmos in favor of tech stories that have some meat on their bones. Join us for this Tech Roundup episode, with help from Jonathan Fildes of the BBC, and Cyrus Farivar from Deutsche Welle.
Forget the Tube, the double-decker busses, and the Black Cabs. London’s got a new mode of transportation. It’s called, lovingly, the “Boris Bike,” after the city’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, who also happens to be an avid cyclist. Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall tells you more about London’s new bike rental scheme on this episode of our Talking Travel podcast. (Photo: Mark Boyce)
In this week’s podcast, Iceland says “nei” to boring electricity pylons. The country’s sponsoring a contest for innovative new girder designs for holding up electricity lines. We’ll hear from one of the finalists, whose design calls for giant humanoid shaped pylons to stride across the Icelandic landscape. (Photo: Choi Shine)
Images like this are a stark reminder of how the unusual summer heat and the accompanying wildfires, have seriously affected life in Moscow. In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid says Russia’s a big place, and you shouldn’t let the wildfires stop you from visiting the country’s many tourist destinations. We’ll also discuss air rage, and some animals that seem to want to pack their suitcases and take a holiday. (Photo: Sergei Gutnikov)
Traffic in Delhi, India can be, well, trying at times. The city’s Traffic Police recently started up a Facebook page to give people the latest traffic reports. Turns out, Delhi drivers started using it to out other bad drivers! We’ve got that story and more in this week’s Technology Podcast. (Photo: Enthusiast10)
In our monthly tech round-up, we talk about the latest developments in professor Sugata Mitra’s Hole in the Wall project (pictured). Find out what happens when you let kids in a Delhi slum figure out a computer all by themselves. We also talk about Facebook’s half-a-billion users, and about how you use technology to make sense of information during times of crisis. (Screengrab from the Hole in the Wall website)
In this week’s technology podcast, we take an in-depth look at WikiLeaks, and their decision to release some 91,000 classified documents from the war in Afghanistan onto the Internet. We also have an interview about Google Maps and border disputes, and hear about so-called conflict minerals. We end with an update on the extradition battle of British hacker Gary McKinnon.
Cuban streets might still be filled with American cars, but American tourists have been effectively banned from visiting the island nation for decades now. But the US Congress is now looking at a number of measures designed to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba. In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid and Tom Hall offer their assessments of what increased US tourism might mean for Cuba, and its people. (Photo: Dirk van der Made)
In this week’s episode of The World’s Technology Podcast, we reach back in time to February 2006 for an encore performance. At the time, the mad comedy trio of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington were rocking the world of podcasting with their crazy episodes. The World’s Clark Boyd managed to get himself invited to the party for half an hour.
The Solar Impulse project, based in Switzerland, aims to create a solar-powered airplane that can one day circumnavigate the globe without using a single drop of conventional fuel. They got one step closer this week, after a successful 26 hour test flight. Find out how the solar cells, and the pilot, held up during the night. We’ve also got stories on recent developments regarding Internet censorship in China, and on an early version of the radio that used…the telephone. (Photo: Matth1)
If you love soccer, and you love Lego, then you’re going to want to listen to this week’s Tech Podcast. We’ve got an interview with Fabian Mortiz, a young German who is painstakingly recreating the highlights, and lowlights, of each World Cup match…in Lego. Plus, Estonia’s “Johnny Appleseed” of free wi-fi, and some robots that want to help you choose the right clothes online. (Photo: Fabian Moritz)