Computer Guys & Gal

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Computer Guys & Gal

A new year is underway, and the Computer Guys & Gal are back and better than ever.

A new year is underway, and it's time to take stock of which tech-related resolutions we're most likely to break. Is this the year that social media companies up their game on privacy issues? Is it the year you "cut the cord" from your cable company to consume all your video content over the Internet? The Computer Guys & Gal are back in the studio to ponder what's likely to change and what's likely to stay the same in 2013.

Guests

Allison Druin

WAMU Computer Gal; ADVANCE Professor of the STEM Senior Women's Council & Co-Director of the Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland

John Gilroy

WAMU Computer Guy; and Director of Business Development, Armature Corporation

Bill Harlow

WAMU Computer Guy; and Hardware & Software Technician for MACs & PCs at Mid-Atlantic Consulting, Inc.

Computer Guys And Gal Picks

Technology issues and gadgets that will be making news in 2013, a nod to the best headlines of 2012 and tech resolutions for the new year.

John Gilroy

  1. Best Headline Award 2012: “Nefarious Apps Easily Slip Past Jelly Bean Security”

  2. Second Best Headline Award 2012: “Is that a phone in your pants or are you glad to see me?”

  3. Who knew? At the end of 2012, English is the language of 26 percent of Internet users. It will soon be overtaken by Chinese (already 24 percent).

  4. Microsoft, fallen hero? Windows8 slower to adopt than Vista, really?

  5. Microsoft, bold innovator? Touch screens.

  6. The changing world of browsers: Chrome dominates (85 percent to 15 percent). Maxthon from China?

  7. Kojo’s part time job for 2013: Ransomware

  8. The forgotten vote: Power play >> U.N. shouldn’t control the Internet

  9. It’s all about the rage: Droid rage vs. Windows rage

  10. Twitter: do people still think it's just a fad?

  11. Let’s repeat one more time: If the product is free, you are the product. See: LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram.

Alison Druin

Top tech stories to follow in 2013:

  1. MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses -- Are they coming of age with Edx/Coursera/Udacity?

  2. Tablets and e-reader devices are now owned by one-third of the U.S. population 16 and older, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

  3. The saga of Google Maps!

Tech stories that shouldn't be kept private:

  1. Instagram is Instant Scary! This crisis of privacy is only after: Instagram announced in mid-December its decision to amend its advertising policy to allow advertisers to use data and content from its users for ads.

  2. Canadian government lost 5,000 people's data

  3. Facebook Pokes are more than just that

The Computer Gal's tech resolutions for 2013:

  1. Walk while you work on a standing desk treadmill

  2. Properly archive your notes

  3. Break out of my tech indecision and make some decisions. My tech is getting up there in years: my laptop is 3-years-old and starting to have hiccups, my iPhone isn't what it used to be and while I love my iPad3 to read with, I wonder if an iPad mini is easier for nighttime reading. So my new year's resolution is to make some tech decisions! Get the iPhone 5? Or wait 'til the Spring for the newest?. Keep the iPad 3? Or go to iPad Mini? MacBook Air? Or go to the Retina Macbook Pro?

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