Talking Tech

KOPN Tech Radio is a talk radio show that airs live on 89.5 FM KOPN in Columbia, Missouri, every Monday from 6-7 PM (Central Time).  We read and discuss the latest and most interesting stories on technology, science, space, and more.  Our show is also available via internet radio and in podcast form.

We are not so great at the regular blogging, but we tweet our stories throughout the week and our shows are podcasted regularly.

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This Week’s Show (7/30/2012)

On this week’s show, we talked about Olympics-related tech, the BlackHat/DefCon/HOPE conferences, Google Fiber in Kansas City, using 3D printers to make guns, and the fact that Buckyballs have NOT been banned- they’ve only just been recalled so that they can be relabeled.

Links to stories from this week’s show (7/30/2012) are available on Delicious here:

I forgot to post after last week’s show, but links to stories from last week’s show (7/23/2012) are available on Delicious here:

Delicious has decided to do away with stacks, which is how we’ve been grouping our links for each show.  The stacks will be converted to tags instead.  We are disappointed with this development, and we hope our links aren’t going to break, but I will try to fix them if they do.  And we will try to keep posting after each show.

I set up a feeder to send Delicious posts to Twitter, and it’s working very well.  Follow us there and you can keep up to date on the week’s news!  Feel free to send us your own stories, and we may use them on our next show!!/KOPNTechRadio

This Week’s Show (7/16/2012)

On our show this week, we discussed Microsoft Office 2013 (aka Office 15), the new CEO of Yahoo (Melissa Mayer, formerly of Google), EPEAT and Apple, and various other stories from the past week in tech.

Here’s a link to this week’s stack of stories on Delicious:

Stories are now tweeted over on Twitter, if you want to follow us there.  Our podcasts can also be streamed live via links on Twitter, and are automatically posted there when they’re made live.  Thanks to the volunteers who do the podcasting for us!

This Week’s Show (7/9/2012)

A special Pledge Drive Week edition of KOPN Tech Radio!

You can donate to KOPN anytime through the KOPN website.  But during this time of the year, you can donate and receive a special thank-you gift from a local business.  If you listen live to the station this week, you can find out what thank-you gifts they have available at this time.  It’s harder to get the most up-to-date information if you’re listening to the podcast.  But your donations are always welcome, anytime of the year.

KOPN is a community radio station, one of just a few in the country.  A lot of the programming you’ll hear on the station is local and provided by volunteers.  All the co-hosts on Tech Radio are volunteers with regular day jobs who show up every Monday and talk tech for the sheer pleasure of it.  Two of the co-hosts have been on the show for more than a decade each!  In that time, KOPN has added both live streaming through the web as well as podcasting of individual shows.  Tech Radio is available virtually anytime you want it!

While the talent is free, it still takes a lot of cash to operate a radio station over the airwaves.  KOPN needs donations to make it happen.  If you’re a fan of Tech Radio, we sincerely hope that you’ll consider giving some of your hard-earned cash to KOPN so our show can continue to be broadcast.

Last night, in between pledge drive pitches, we talked about the Higgs Boson and Buckyballs, the DNSchanger malware blackout, the release date of Windows 8, and the Sony purchase of Gaikai.

Peruse the stories here:

See you next week!

This Week’s Show (7/2/2012)

We talked a lot about mobile phones this week, as Justin finally upgraded his old Palm Pre  to a Google Galaxy Nexus (just in time before the ban went into effect this week- Justin has great timing).  We covered a lot of the news from last week’s Google I/O developers’ conference, and spent very little time on Apple (despite the fact that this past weekend marked the fifth anniversary of the iPhone… can you believe it’s been five years?)

Abbie also talked a little bit about the scientific achievements of Dr. John Schuder, a Columbia resident who passed away this year.  Dr. Schuder was a longtime activist for peace, but also had many notable achievements as a retired member of the faculty at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.  The first totally implantable, automatic cardiac defibrillator was successfully tested by Dr. Schuder and his team in 1970, here at MU in Columbia.  Dr. Schuder’s obituary with the Columbia Tribune is available here.

Looking for some of the stories from this past week’s show?  We’ve been using Delicious to share our news stories before the show airs.  If you’d like to read up as the week progresses (before the show on Monday), you can follow Justin and see what he’s posting.  Abbie will try to make a post on the blog after the show airs, with a link to each week’s show stories archived in a stack.  Here’s this week’s:

See you next week, when we will talk up the Higgs Boson, and how we intend to build our own particle accelerator to test CERN’s observations.  We’re pretty sure we can do it in the steam tunnels on MU’s campus, but we might need a permit for that, maybe?

Last Night’s Show (4/9/2012)

We’ve been using to track our stories for each week’s show.  You can view the stories that we reported last night in this stack, or you can track next week’s shows as we add them over the next week before our show on April 16.

Last night’s show covered topics such as the Microsoft purchase of AOL and Netscape (mostly for patents), Facebook’s purchase of Instagram (for a billion dollars), the Trojan infection of half a million Macs, the hack of Medicaid servers in Utah, textbook project Boundless Learning, and a bunch of other stuff.

Public service announcement:
There will be free electronics recycling on the University of Missouri campus later in April.  The Sustain Mizzou program will be collecting old electronics on Lowry Mall (look for the trailer by the Student Success Center, across from Ellis Library) and in the MU Student Center (tables will be by the information desk).  This will be available from April 23 – 25 from 10am – 2pm.  More information available at the Sustain Mizzou website.

Join us for our show next week!

Stories from Last Night’s Show (4/2/2012)

Links to last night’s shows available in this stack on  You shouldn’t need to log in to see the links and read the stories.

We had lots of discussion on this year’s April Fools’ Day celebrations around the web, commentary on this week’s Creepy App of the Week (Girls Around Me), flying cars, unauthorized cell phone surveillance, the Visa security breach, and more.

We also gave a plug to a movie opening this weekend: Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope.  This is a hugely nerdy movie starring geeks and nerds and fans in their element at Comic-Con in San Diego, which Tech Radio always loves.  But not only that, this film also has major ties to our hometown Columbia, Missouri!  The film follows Columbia’s own Skip Harvey, a local comic artist and bartender, as he prepares his portfolio for review at Comic-Con.  There are lots of shots in CoMO, including shots of Eastside Tavern’s Geek Night (held on Mondays, conveniently following the airing of KOPN Tech Radio).  The film gets a wide release this Friday, April 6, and we hope you’ll check it out.  Some of us saw it at the True/False Film Fest last month, and it was great!

Last Night’s Show, 2/27/2012

Stories from last night’s show (in no particular order):

Tongue Drive uses dental retainer and tongue piercing to control wheelchair :

GPS spoofers– devices that create false GPS signals to fool receivers into thinking they are somewhere they aren’t– could be used for high-frequency financial trading fraud:

Flowers grown from 30,000-year-old fruit :

Skier saved from deadly avalanche by airbag backpack :

NYT sez: Google to sell Android-based heads-up display glasses this year :

Google and Adobe team up to make Flash Player for Linux :

Nightline’s Foxconn report offers revealing look at factory:

Google Fiber just got better– Google asks permission to provide video service to Kansas City :

iPad owners are far more likely to be able to claim they are considerably richer than you :
– survey conducted by US market watcher NPD
– more than 40% of iPad owners have a household income in excess of $100,000 annually
– only 26% of owners of other tablets (Android, BlackBerry, WebOS, Windows) were as well-heeled

Fraunhover’s Full-HD Voice brings high-fidelity VoLTE to Android smartphones :

Court rules that TrueCrypt user cannot be compelled to decrypt hard disk
(fifth amendment upheld) :

New password-snatching Mac trojan is spreading in the wild :

Facebook started out building its own data centers, and then their own servers. Now they’re building their own storage hardware :
– extends philosophy of ‘vanity-free engineering’
– eliminating any ancillary components around the drive itself, to make it more serviceable

iFixit examines alleged iPad 3 display, confirms doubled resolution :
– iPad 2 has 1024×768
– new display has 2048×1536

Apple patents design for ultra-thin keyboard :

Physicists pinpoint W boson, narrow search for the Higgs :

After US v. Jones, FBI turns off 3,000 GPS tracking devices : – FBI sought court orders in some cases to obtain permission to turn the devices on again briefly, in order to locate and retrieve them

Google+ gets unblocked in China; President Obama’s page flooded with comments

Researchers have developed optical memory devices that could find their way into future all-optical routing devices :
– based on optical cavities that can be switched between light-transmitting and light-blocking states to construct digital signals
– new memory cells use just 30 nanowatts of power, 300x less than previous designs, and can retain data for up to one full microsecond, which is long enough to support processing

Android ‘phablets’ like the Galaxy Note are a big thing a MWC 2012 :

Carrier iQ– remember them?– opens up iQCare diagnostics platform to smartphone end users :

AT&T service in the works to let app developers pay for their users’ data use
– why would anyone do this? :

London Sunday Times is reporting that Facebook read SMS text messages of users who downloaded the FB smartphone app for Android :
– FB admitted to reading text messages as part of a trial to launch its own messaging service
– it’s not clear if FB has discontinued this practice

Three of the four DC lobbying firms Facebook had hired abruptly terminated their contracts
– Politico is reporting that the firms are siding with content providers (Hollywood) in their fight against Internet firms in the growing battle on Capitol Hill

East Africa’s high-speed Internet access is severely disrupted after a ship drops anchor into fiber optic cables off Kenya’s coast :

IBM researchers image electrical charge distribution inside a single molecule :

HTC has signed a deal with Dropbox to better compete against iCloud :

Facebook mobile operator billing opens app economy to the credit card-less :

Prosthetics breakthrough might fuse nerves with fake limbs :

Lego International Space Station built aboard the real ISS :


KOPN Tech Radio on Social Media

Did you know that KOPN Tech Radio has a Twitter account?  Yes, we do!  We are @kopntechradio on Twitter.

That is a great place for you to send us some tech news if you’ve got a story that sounds like it would be up our alley.

We’ve also got it set so that podcasts will be linked through Twitter every time they’re ready to go.  You can stream them right through the web browser.  If you like our podcasts but don’t regularly subscribe to them, this might work well for you.  We’re hoping to use Twitter more in the future, but (despite our predilection for the latest in science and tech) we are not fast movers.

We are also on Facebook, so you can send us your stories there too.

Both of these links are in the sidebar.