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Apple vs. Google: Digital Stakes

The chips are down on Web versus apps and who owns the future.

It’s Google’s world, and we just live in it. Or maybe it’s Apple’s world and we just live in it.

Now the two tech giants are battling on a zillion fronts to decide which it is. Will you use Apple TV? Or Google TV?  iPhone or Android? Apple’s iPad, or a Google-powered pad? iTunes for your tunes? Or Google tunes one day soon?

It’s more than battling brand names. The two giants have different ways of approaching the world, of using the Internet. And they’re really fighting.

We look at Google versus Apple.  Steve Jobs versus Eric Schmidt.  App versus web page.  And the world we’ll live in.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Jessica Vascellaro, tech reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Kevin Kelly, founding executive editor of Wired magazine.  His new book is “What Technology Wants.”

Tim O’Reilly, Internet and technology guru, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media.

David Levitt, founder and lead engineer of Levity Novelty LLC, maker of the Alive Albums iPad app.

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Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

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Oct 23, 2014
A screenshot from the interactive game, "Depression Quest," the game at the root of the ongoing #GamerGate controversy. (Courtesy  "Depression Quest")

#GamerGate. Sexism, misogyny and rough stuff in a video game world culture clash.

 
Oct 23, 2014
Specialist Ronnie Howard, center, calls out prices as he works at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Beyond the turmoil shaking financial markets, the U.S. economy remains sturdier than many seem to fear. (AP)

The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

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The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

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Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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