Simulcast 115: Happy Birthday Bill

Like sands through the hourglass, so is The Simulcast. We are back as always with more tech news and opinions. We have not one but two listener emails, and a hefty dose of sarcasm sprinkled in.


Kindle App updated to meet Apple’s new policy: No more buying books through the app.
Apple rumored to be developing 15 and 17 laptops in the mold of the Macbook Air
Performance variations found in the SSDs shipping in the new Macbook Airs.
Future iPhones, like Superman, to be powered by the sun?
Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion
Survey: 35% of U.S. Consumers Planning to Purchase Next-Generation iPhone

Bill’s new MacBook Air – thoughts
Walmart taking another crack at challenging Netflix
New Device can test for recent drug use through your fingerprint
Sandybridge processors now in budget end (<$400) HP and Toshiba laptops

Galaxy S2 coming to Verizon first?
Tensions flair as Google deletes Google+ users accounts with fake names
Google Exec calls for US Patent Law reform after Nortel sale loss.

Phantasy Star Online 2 alpha tests to start this summer
Avatar Kinect is up and running

Listener email
Follow-up to last’s week email:

The marketenabler did the job- no trouble. though it needed root access so i had to root my archos also. anyway, theres plenty of other benefits to that also so it would only have been a matter of time. regarding my accent i’m half danish, half inuit (greenland) and i learned most of my english watching american cartoons in the mid and late 80’s so maybe it’s mostly a zentraedi or autobotian accent 😉 my danish accent is definately worse than my english. i’d definitelt be happy if you would send me the new android market anyway, though marketenabler does say it wornt work with the latest version.

anyway, thanks for your advice.


New question:
Greetings from across the pond again here, cheers again for the iTunes voucher thing the other day!  Kids off school so the apple TV is getting a pounding!

Have a listener question/challenge for you!

Now I’ve upgraded my iMac to Lion, i seem to have lost the Time machine client for my Media Smart Server.
It runs and confirms there is a server there but all the options are greyed out for setting a partition etc.
Long story short I don’t have a backup right now!

I looked on some forums and apparently that is a consequence of Lion and the HP Media Smart server team have been disbanded to work on Web OS so there is unlikely to be a new update!

Did you use your MSS as a time machine for your macs or did you have another solution?

I’m about to go out and buy yet another plug in Hard Disk to be a time machine but to be honest I liked the way the HP Server backed up everything in one place.

If you know of a workaround or a fix then I would be extremely impressed and grateful!

PS, Love the Screen video,  and I’m so jealous of the new macbook air that i’ve decided to definitely get one,  Did you get the faster processor?  there was an option to get an I7 or an I5?

Cheers for now


What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave –  Duke Nukem, Sucker Punch
Bill – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
Patrick – Naruto Shippuden (on Season 9) Free via
Steve – Chuck/ The Cuckoo’s Egg – Cliff Stol

Picks of the week
Dave – Beats by Dre
Bill – new 13” MacBook Air
Patrick – 2.7ghz i7 Mac Mini
Steve – Tout

Simulcast 114: Bill’s Revenge

We are back for the another wonderful Simulcast episode. While some of the crew was out on loan earlier this week, we all reconvene.

New Macs hit, Lion released into the wild, so long white Macbook (except for Ed. Institutions)
iUsers brings multiple user profiles to jailbroken iPad
Google Plus now available for iPhone users too
Macbook Air refresh hits hard now Sandy Bridge BOOM!
Mac Mini refresh! Who wants some cake?

Patrick’s appearance on The Gadget Gurus
Bill’s appearance on iPhone Docked
CES registration – who’s going?
Spotify finally available in the US – do we care?
Garmin GPS embraces the Darkside, and so can you for $13
Amazon Prime to stream CBS shows and complete StarTrek series (Netflix Alternative?)

Schmidt: Competitors can’t innovate, so they sue
HTC guilty of infringing Apple’s patents
HTC Status Facebook phone now on sale
Netflix update now brings streaming to 24 android devices and Tablets
Chromium OS running on a Macbook Air (project for Bill’s old Macbook Air?)


Listener email
Hey guys, love the show.
i have a problem regarding my android devices. (a rooted SE x10 and an archos 70 tablet)
i’m danish and have a danish google account, but i live in northern cyprus and use my phone with a local sim card.
the trouble is that my phone sees that i’m on a foreign sim card and will only let me access the free part of android market.
i can remedy that by turning off my phone, putting in a danish sim card, rebooting, find a wifi access point, and logging in to google again.
hardly ideal as my battery cover will only survive that for so long, and going through that while out and about is just not practical.
i have tried two other things to get around the problem without luck.
first i tried creating a turkish google account (phones in northen cyprus is seen by the world as turkish).
and i have tried setting up a vpn to a danish server, but as i still have my cyprus sim in the phone no luck there either.
do you know a way to make my phone and the android market disregard which sim is in use?

i have the same problem with my tablet.
i has no sim card so i guess it looks at which wifi it accesses, and it also only sees the free part of android market.
my only solution is to download a paid app with my phone, back up the apk and send it to my drop box, and then install it from there to the archos.
doable, but still far from ideal.
and since i have an asus transformer wifi on it’s way from the states i’m gonna be in even bigger trouble getting honeycomb and tegra apps.
i could just get pirated apps but i’d prefer to get them the right way.
you don’t get developers to make better software by stealing the current ones right?

thanks for your time and a great show, and i really hope you can help me.


What are we playing/watching this week?
Dave –
Bill – Hall Pass
Patrick – BLOPs/ Stargate Atlantis
Steve – fallingskies
Geoff – DiRT 3 (Xbox 360)

Picks of the week

Dave –
Bill – BlackRapid RS-4
Patrick – Padd App (ipad) / Air Video
Steve -Verizon iPhone/Lion
Geoff – DiRT 3

Simulcast 113: Where’s My Facetime for Android?

We are back for the another wonderful Simulcast episode. We are still gaga over Google Plus, and we give away some more invites! Some fan boys are upset no iOS app for it yet.

Spam filter now preventing unwanted calls in Google Voice
Google updates the Android Market App: Adds Books and Movies Tabs
Xoom getting 3.2 and FCC approves LTE module

TIVO remote app now on iphone and ipod touch
Apple to bring back backlit keyboards on the Macbook Air?
Lion GM build out. Who has it and thoughts?

Windows 8 to bring 360 compatibility?

Netflix (assuming you don’t cancel) coming soon to a Nintendo 3DS near you?
EA announces latest list of games to lose online support

Netflix introducing new rates and raising rates. Boo
Court case may determine if 5th Amendment protects your right to withhold decryption password
Ad-sponsored Kindle 3G announced for $139

Listener email

What are we playing/watching this week?
Dave –  The Rite
Bill – The Lincoln Lawyer
Patrick –  Finishing up Stargate SG1 – then on to Stargate Atlantis
Steve – Hangover 2

Picks of the week

Dave – Lion GM
Bill – Verizon iPhone 4
Patrick – Flipboard
Steve – Lion/Tout

Simulcast 112: Hangout

We are back for the another wonderful Simulcast. The gang’s not all here this week, but we hang out and plus up with Google Plus.

Google Plus – our thoughts (Public Profile requirement)
Federal Judge allows Google “Wi-Spy” lawsuit to continue
Google Maps Transit Navigation beta for Android
Google, MapQuest, Microsoft and Aol sued for allegedly infringing 3D mapping patent
Google+ to require that profiles be visible to all, will boot private profiles after July 31st

Google Plus iOS app already submitted to Apple
PDF exploit leaked then less than one week later releases for all idevices on 4.3x
OS X Lion to allow running of multiple copies of Lion on same machine through virtualization
Apple beats out Google for control of Nortel’s 4G patents


Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PC) receives a Star Wars Mod
Nintendo’s Wii U coming out sometime after April 1, 2012 (One big April Fools Joke?)

Verizon switching to tiered data July 7th
The 3D Chocolate Printer: Food meets Technology
Are Google Music and Amazon Cloud Player illegal?
Facebook release video chat powered my Skype
Amazon throws in unlimited storage if you buy $20 cloud plan

Listener email

Hey guys just wanted to send a quick email.

I think one of my first emails to the simulcast crew was regarding my purchase of a Nexus One. I am sad to say that after 18 months I have now had to move on to something else…Don’t worry I didn’t get an iPhone. Eff that, I’m an android supporter through and through 🙂 Instead I opted for the Galaxy S 2.

So far I’m really impressed with it, I’ve never been a huge fan of Samsung mobile hardware and software but this phone is pretty awesome.
Anyways, I just wanted to share my (albeit brief) story of me and my good friend N1. The next leg of the N1’s journey will be to eBay I think as I try to find a new loving home for it.

Catch you later guys

Chris, Scotland

Twitter – @Gamer_Chris
Hey guys

I’m looking to get an Android phone for my wife to replace her 2 year old Samsung featurephone… however, she’s not a big fan of touchscreens, and would prefer a mobile with a physical keyboard (as opposed to something cutting edge, like the Galaxy S II).

So far I’ve only seen two phones available in the UK: the HTC Desire Z, and the Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro. Throwing out the Sony Ericsson because of the size of the phone (far too small!), does anyone have any experience/thoughts on the Desire Z, and are there any new Android handsets coming out soon with a physical keyboard?

Keep up the good work!

Ian Hamilton (near London, England)

What are we playing/watching this week?
Dave – Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack
Bill – The Last Three Days,
Patrick –  Galactic Warfare (Star Wars Mod of Modern Warfare) / BLOPs Annihilation
Brian – Half life 2 on Steam  Me want Xbox!

Picks of the week

Dave –
Bill – MoboPlayer Android video player
Patrick – Google +
Brian – Podcast Box iOS