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Tech Talk Radio is an informative and entertaining talk show heard on free to air radio as well as streamed to the world live, and via podcast.

Each week we present current news and views from Australia and abroad. Were independent, non biased and are now in our third year of providing consumers with valuable information to help make educated decisions when it comes to technology.

Tech Talk Radio originates from the studios of 94.1 3WBC in Melbourne live every Monday night at 8pm.

Join your host Andrew McColm (ABC Radio & Talk 1116) and co host Dr. Ron along with our regulars, Mark Diggins, Graeme Callaghan and Adam Turner - journalist for the Age and SMH.Lidija Davis is our US correspondent based in Silicon Valley California. Tech Talk Radio reports on current technical developments both in Australia and abroad in an easy to digest manner format. Our panelists discuss a wide range of issues and technological gadgets, as well as respond to your dilemmas and feedback. Were passionate about technology and it shows!-The world of technology is an ever changing feast of gadgets and software. When it comes to the world?s most influential technological companies, Microsoft, Apple and Google would have to be those at the top of the list.

Telecommunications companies globally provide the conduit for connectivity, but if it weren?t for the hardware and software vendors then life would not be as it is today.

Some people embrace technology and some treat it with contempt. Such is human nature, but the one thing that is here to stay is the rapid emergence of new and interesting gadgets designed to make our lives easier.

A few weeks ago, I had the privileged of talking to Rico Malvar, the managing director of Research for Microsoft based in Redmond. Today you?ll get an insight into what and how we?ll be doing things around the turn of the next decade.

Rico was a founding member of the Signal Processing research group at Microsoft Research, which evolved into the Communication and Collaboration Systems group and the Knowledge Tools group. His technical contributions at Microsoft include co-development of the Windows Media Audio digital audio format, image compression technologies for Microsoft Office, Tablet PC, Xbox 360 and Flight Simulator X, digital elevation map compression technologies for Flight Simulator X, rights management technologies for Windows Media, new video transform and quantization techniques that were adopted into H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC), ink compression formats for Microsoft Office and Tablet PC, acoustic signal processing technologies for Windows Messenger, Microsoft Office RoundTable, and Windows Vista, and co-development of the HD Photo format for digital pictures, which is the basis for the upcoming JPEG XR standard. His technical interests include audio and video signal enhancement and compression, multirate signal processing, signal decompositions, fast algorithms, coding theory, and electronics hardware.

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Adam Turner talks to ZoHo about giving Google a run for their money
Lidija Davis teaches us how to Digg properly
and Downloads on the Up as CD sales slump

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