Artman Talks

Exploring the currents of modern China

…. and the Wheel turns: the Artman Talks podcast in 2012

Artman Talks is going through some changes parallel to changes in my personal and professional life.

For China Radio International, I will still be covering technology, but as an commentator and analyst, not as a reporter or feature producer.  This comes as the program I work on, China Drive, is going through some major changes.

Also, I’ve been working fairly regularly with Charlie Custer on our weekly podcast, China Punks, which is turning out much better than expected.  I’m hoping to be able to focus more on that podcast and make into something much better.

All of this is to say that Artman Talks will be taking a bit of a back-seat for the foreseeable future.  I’ll still be bringing quality interviews, however, the focus will be much broader and posts will be less regular.

Please stay tuned.

 

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Xiaomi vs WebOS with Kane Gao

Okay, this took waaay too long to get up.  Actually, I’ve had it edited for the last week or so, but just couldn’t get around to uploading and posting it.

So, if you’ve been wondering where Artman Talks went, well, nowhere.  This is the problem when your passion has to take a backseat to that which enables your ability to provide for your family (ie a job that pays money.)

Anyway here it is.

If you use Twitter and follow China tech, more than likely you’ve seen Kane’s tweets or spoken with him.  Other than a few notable exceptions, he’s probably the most prolific tech-related tweeter and his job has nothing to do with tech!  He should be a blogger, no?

In this eighteenth installment of Artman Talks, I interrogate Kane about why he is using a dead OS, what he thinks of WP7, and the coming fight between Xiaomi and Meizu, both phones and Android forks made in China, for China.

The podcast with No Name #2

Episode 2 of the podcast yet to be christened is here. Update: The No Name podcast podcast is now called China Punks.  Find our new blog here.

We get a better internet connection (kind of) and stay a little bit more on focused when it comes to topics.

We talk about some of the biggest news (no not Euro nonsense) to hit this side of the world: the death of Kim Jong-il. A crazy guy, who apparently wanted to be a movie director, left behind a son only recently declared heir to rule the country. What’s next for North Korea and China? We’re not sure, but we do discuss some of the possibilities.

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No Name podcast #1

Update: The No Name podcast podcast is now called China Punks.  Find our new blog here.

Charlie and I are starting a new podcast series in which we discuss current events in tech, China, and culture (especially books, video games, and TV series.)

For the first episode, we discuss exactly those topics: namely (roughly in this order), child kidnapping in China, the iPhone 4s, Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and the revolt going on in Wukan as we speak.

Wukan is an ongoing story first broken by Malcolm Moore of the Telegraph. As of this writing, this article should be the latest. Charlie is also following it on his blog, ChinaGeeks.org

Download No Name #1  and let us know what you think. Any good ideas for a name? I’m thinking something like We are the Fenqingers 我们是愤青人儿

Baidu Yi is not a Freaking Fork with Kaiser Kuo

For this episode, we are joined by Kaiser Kuo, international communications director of Baidu.

Your truly suspects that Kaiser might actually be a spy (I mean, he DID go to UC Berkeley ), but good for us that doesn’t affect him as the go-to-guy for English speakers interested in what Baidu is up to (maybe it actually helps?).

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