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68: San Diego Comic-Con

San Diego is where it’s at this week with all the fanfare and geeky goodness coming out of the annual nerd fest that is Comic-Con. We flip out over the new Justice League teaser, Wonder-Woman doing the splits in her solo movie, Kurt Russell playing a living planet with a “space-dong” (sic), and the Wu-tang-ification of Marvel.¬†Find out if Kelvin really is a Cumber-bitch, and Geoff may or may not try to impersonate Pikachu!

But first, we’ll cover some tech news for the week including the sale of Yahoo, Citymapper finally being directed¬†to Sydney and Melbourne, and Elon Musk outlining his master plan without sounding too evil. This and so much more in this San Diego Comic-Con extravaganza of an episode.

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67: Nintendo, SoftBank, Star Wars

In episode 67, we cover the news of Nintendo continuing their nostalgia run with the launch of a mini NES, Uber reaching 2 billion trips, rumours that Apple will buy Formula 1, Samsung Note 7 to have an iris scanner and Google will build a AR headset to compete with Microsoft. Will it get any crazier? It does. Japanese telco giant SoftBank buys an arm for $32b, not just any arm but chip designer ARM. Their chip designs are found in Apple and Samsung devices and may other devices that connect to the internet.

Our main feature covers the Star Wars Celebration event in London where we look at more Rogue One details and a spoiler, which we didn’t spoil. The event covers all things geeky from the animated series to how they built the cardboard models of all the machines to prepare for the movies. All this and more in episode 67 of the Lazy Couch Podcast.

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66: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

In episode 66, we mix in some local news while we cover the latest news covering robots, AI and social media. We look at how WeChat could have helped the Labor Party win votes in Melbourne. Telstra continues its run of bad PR with cuts to jobs. We discuss the use of robots to kill in Dallas and what that means in the gray area of robot legal policies. Microsoft lets it AI go loose in Project Malmo and explains why its betting its future on AI. A search engine company builds a car, this time it’s Alibaba in China. And lastly Twitter is spreading its sporting repertoire by discussing deals with the NBA and MLS to add to the NFL deal it already has and it also shut down tweet archive service, Post Ghost.

Our feature of the week is the phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. We see kids and adults of all ages playing it and it’s barely been three days! So far, it’s taken US, AU and NZ by storm. Find out why and so much more in episode 66 of The Lazy Couch Podcast.