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Touchy, feely, tweety| The playcast 2.0

Touchy, feely, tweety| The playcast 2.0
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First Published: Wed, May 12 2010. 11 40 AM IST

The mysterious phallic shaped HP Swing
The mysterious phallic shaped HP Swing
Updated: Wed, May 12 2010. 11 40 AM IST
Given all that has happened in the world of cricket and the controversy surrounding Lalit Modi, the team behind Livemint’s tech podcast, ‘the playcast’, has decided to completely restructure the format of the show in the interest of greater credibility and trustworthiness.
For one, the show will now have three hosts instead of the usual two. Samanth Subramanian joins Sidin Vadukut and Krish Raghav in a new ‘panel’ format that will, (in their own words) ‘intelligently and sophisticatedly’ discuss new and interesting tech, gadgets and other geeky and time-passy topics.
Secondly, the format of the show will now include two or three wider ‘general’ topics that will be discussed by all three hosts, followed by a segment in which the panelists will each bring up one topic of personal interest.
This week, we begin by examining the influx of sub 10,000 rupee touch phones in the Indian market this year. LG’s “Cookie Pep”, and Samsung’s “Corby” have been doing exceptionally well for their respective companies, with Samsung announcing that touch screen phones now constitute about 15% of their overall mobile sales in India. There are also a number of smaller players introducing touch screen phones. But how good ARE these touch screen phones? In their rush to introduce low-end touch screen models to the market, are mobile phone companies jumping on the touch screen bandwagon before they are ready to do it?
We then move on to Sachin Tendulkar’s debut on Twitter. Twitter tracking site “Twitter counter” indicates that Tendulkar is adding followers at the rate of 1 every 6 seconds, (an admirable feat for someone who has tweeted just 22 times) and may be set to overtake Twitter heavyweight Ashton Kutcher very very shortly. But what can we expect to see from Tendulkar on Twitter? Why has he not been discouraged from joining the service in the wake of the Modi- Tharoor controversy? What is his mysterious link to Atul Kasbekar?
Kicking off our three ‘shorter’ segments, we have Krish Raghav talk about the “HP Swing”, a mysterious phallic device that claims to be a motion-sensing game controller’.
The mysterious phallic shaped HP Swing
Samanth Subramanian urges anyone interested in Longform journalism to try out wwwlongform.org, and in winding up the show, Sidin Vadukut talks about “web clipper” which he also demonstrated in last week’s “playstream” video.
The Playcast team would love to get feedback on its new avatar. Also if you would like our ‘expert’ panel to talk about, break apart or decode any tech related issue, write in to us at sidin.v@livemint.com, or leave us a comment on our twitter account (@livemint) and/or on our blog “http://blog.livemint.com/play-things
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First Published: Wed, May 12 2010. 11 40 AM IST