TECHGEEK Weekly 112: So, why do we need Opal?

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Sydney’s answer to Melbourne’s Myki is here – but someone please explain why does it exist in its current form; while Tim Cook gets interviewed for the first time. And we discuss the under-$250 Windows Phone 8 device – the Lumia 620 – but is it worth it? All this and more on TECHGEEK Weekly.

Terence and Chris are on, Stewart is not – he’s in Melbourne. So any Melbourne people out there, don’t forget to stalk him! Also, programming note, we’re back for our last episode for 2012 next week.

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Show Notes

Stories

Thousands of Myki cards to be “deactiviated” as Metcard is to be scrapped on December 29
Rival cities leave Sydney smartcard in the dust
Talk about New Myspace?
Google+ expands with a communities section
Samsung argues jury foreman was ‘deliberately dishonest’ in Apple trial
Tim Cook says that ‘TV has been left behind’ in TV interview
Foxconn planning North American expansion as Apple looks to bring manufacturing to the states
Apple bringing some Mac production back to the US in 2013
Nokia reveals under-$250 WP8 device, Lumia 620 – coming to Asia Pacific next month
Microsoft to push Surface tablets through retailers in two-phase rollout?
Gmail 2.0 for iOS released with redesigned interface, multiple account support, and more
YouTube iOS App Update Optimized for iPad, iPhone 5
YouTube rolls out a brand new look with video, not subscriptions, the new focus
Spotify debuts new Discovery engine, Collection, and Follow, which lets users follow friends and celebrities
SoundCloud brings its new features, including reposts and enhanced search, to its iOS and Android apps
Twitter Has a New User: The Pope
News Corp’s iPad-Only Newspaper, The Daily, Shutting Down, Brand And Some Staff Folded Into New York Post

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