Archives for June 2009

Iran editors, iPhone opened and geotagging your music

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Jamillah Knowles | 16:44 UK time, Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Hello all!
The podcast up and ready for a good listening to at your leisure.

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The world has been watching as the situation in Iran became grave following the elections. The amount of information being passed around online is practically at critical mass on video sites, Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the blogs and news websites world-wide.
Reporters have been arrested and expelled this week and so many people are still adding their voices online where they can. Two editors who work with user generated content from and related to Iran join the conversation this week on the show to talk about safety, politics and verification of material.


brian.jpgBrian Conley runs Small World News where people can upload audio files about what is happening around them.

gv.gifGlobal Voices has been collating blog material from across the political spectrum, overseen by the regional editor, Hamid Tehrani.

rl.jpgThe latest iPhone arrived in the UK last week and I managed to reach a couple of those odd people who pitch up in front of the Apple store in the dead of night to get there first.
Richard Lai reviews his user experience.

ifx.jpgiFixit's Kyle Wiens opens his one up to show all the gory innards.

MNot so much what's that sound but where's that sound? Michela Magas is working to create a system that matches music and sounds around the world. Amazing visualisations show that the strangest things in the oddest places can sound very similar indeed. Schubert sounds like Shakespeare?


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jkWe're taking a break next week, but only for one week, so I'll be back with webwise wanderings soon after! - Jamillah

Politics, weddings and social media experts...

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Jamillah Knowles | 02:38 UK time, Friday, 19 June 2009

The Pods and Blogs audio is ready and waiting for you to stream or download as you wish.

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Iran has been making headlines as the post election aftermath turns violent in many places. Those online have seen their networks blocked and tech savvy Iranians found ways of making sure their voices were heard. Mike Klambro is an active netizen who helped pass on news and links from Spain. He followed the notes from friends posted on twitter and helped to pass on information that had been confirmed.

As the dust settles on the European elections, one party that has online citizens talking is the Swedish Pirate Party who managed to get a seat in the European parliament. Rickard Falkvinger, the party leader chats about his hopes for the future.

The term "social media expert" appears to have created a division online. Benjamin Ellis who er, has some expertise in the field as a practitioner, discusses why that particular title is creating such a reaction.

With odd patches of good weather it must mean the UK is hitting the peak of the wedding season. Lavish and expensive usually, the price of locations, gifts and receptions can be prohibitive, unless of course you decide to go for a wedding in a virtual environment. Eddi Haskell the Second Life avatar and photographer and Second Life author Wagner James Au discuss the pitfalls, prices and pleasures of a virtual wedding.

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jk'Til next week!
Jamillah

China, web, a mental institution and outer space...

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Jamillah Knowles | 13:20 UK time, Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Pods and Blogs podcast awaits! This week a variety pack of news, entertainment and online updates.

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The anniversary of the Tiananmen protests brought about comprehensive internet blocking in China. Lonnie Hodge has been online working and blogging for the last four years, he shares his experience of life online, or not as the anniversary took place.

The liberalisation of URL extensions is not far off. What will this mean for citizens, consumers and businesses online? Joe White, COO of Gandi.net dropped by to tell us more.

Books that creep out of their covers? This week sees the release of Personal Effects, Dark Art a twisted tale told via a novel, many websites and more. The story was created by 7th Son podcast novelist JC Hutchins and Jordan Weisman who you may know from campaigns for Dark Knight and Nine Inch Nails' "Year Zero".

A podcast providing great family fun and a variety show to boot, fall into the Holey Void a cabaret club in space with many stellar turns. Bernie Hodge and Suzanna Van Hoylen are the co-stars, writers and producers.

Pods on TwitterIf you have seen a blog or heard a podcast that you think we should know about, drop me a line at podsandblogs -at- bbc.co.uk I'd love to hear from you. Or you can follow us on Twitter.

jk'Til next week!
Jamillah

Cambridge, spies...

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Jamillah Knowles | 04:29 UK time, Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Hop over to the Pods and Blogs podcast for this week's show, chock full of clever clogs at Cambridge University.
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Icon_copy.jpgCambridge University is marking it's 800th anniversary and the computer science history surrounding the halls of academia there is rich, not to mention the ways in which it forges ahead with new technologies.

billthink.jpgTechnology critic Bill Thompson gave a talk as part of the celebrations about a very important presentation that was given fifty years ago. He also gave me access to all of his extraordinary and learned friends at the university and we spent time discussing the past, the future and a possible technological divide.

spymaster_logo.gif.jpgIf you are a member of the Twitter community, you'd be hard pressed not to notice the launch of Spymaster. I caught up with the creators as they unleashed their plots online.

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jk'Til next week!
Jamillah

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