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Season 2012 Episode 06.27.12

Made In The USA, Facebook Charm, and New Blood

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Google proves things CAN still be made in the USA. If you use Facebook you have a new email address. Surprise. And: no lungs, no blood? No problem. All that: coming up after I remind you what this show's called. TRANSCRIPT: ------------------ This week Google announced the Nexus Q, which *GOOGLE* calls "the first social streaming media player". Everyone else is calling it Google's rip off of the boxxee box, or apple TV, or Roku, or whatever… talk your pick. It looks cool and has some pretty interesting features, but that's not the news here. What's REALLY interesting about the nexus Q is that on the bottom it has the words "Designed and Manufactured in the U.S.A." printed on it. I know what you're thinking: we make shit here? What, are the chinese too lazy to make it for us? Well, according to the new york times, the trend of making things in China is showing signs of reversing. It's not just the rising labor costs - even though wages have come up substantially since two decades ago when things started moving to China, or the cost of transporting the goods back to the US. Which has also gotten more expensive recently. And it's not JUST the risk of intellectual property theft, which China seems to not care about - just think about what a common term "chinese knock off" has become. It's a combination of all those things, and in the case of Google engineers working on the Nexus Q, it's also the ability for someone designing a product to be able to get to the factory where it's made, in a 10 minute drive instead of a 16 hour flight. Now… the made in america label might be one of the most expensive parts of the Nexus Q. Will people be willing to buy IT over the cheaper Apple TV because of the cool design and home grown appeal of the Nexus Q. time will tell. The Nexus Q starts shipping in 2-3 weeks. ---------- Up next Facebook has been pulling some crap this week that isn't making people very happy. You might not have heard aboumoreless

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