Simulcast 120: Jose Valle

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S2 announcements, we get ready for a 3 day weekend, and we don’t have listener mail!

Apple
iPhone 5 to keep screen size, gain metal back?
iPhone 5 icon leaks new design?
Apple employee loses another iPhone 5 prototype in a bar?
iPod touch to be replaced by cheap iPhone?

Google
Samsung SGS II LTE  and Tab 8.9 LTE announced
Samsung Droid Prime launching on Verizon in October?
DROID Bionic releasing September 7
Offline Gmail goes live

Miscellaneous
US files antitrust complaint to block AT&T-Mobile merger
Geoff’s new TouchPad – what does he think so far?-Editing this Google Doc right from the quickoffice app now since they added editing capabilities on Monday.
CM7 booting on the TouchPad
Will Samsung buy rights to WebOS?
Wacom Inkling – Digitally capture drawings on any paper
Dish Network’s Tailgater brings portable satellite tailgating solution

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave -
Bill – Motocross Mayhem
Patrick – Lego Starwars the Complete Saga (360) / “Swing Your Sword” by Mike Leach
Steve Steve Jobs new book- Top Gun
Geoff – The Expendables

Picks of the week
Dave – PC Mover
Bill – Sprinkle for Honeycomb
Patrick – US Dept of Justice
Steve – camera sync
Geoff – HP Touchpad?

Simulcast 119: Unicorn Tears

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the fallout from HP’s webOS debacle, we’re getting hyped for CES, we inch closer to a holiday weekend, and Steve Jobs resigns as Apple’s CEO!

Apple
Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple!! Tim Cook to take over as CEO, Jobs to be Chairman.
Samsung starts with the 2001: A Space Odyssey Defense
Apple wins preliminary ban on all Samsung Galaxy phones in EU?
iPhone 5 to be a dual-mode phone?

Google
Google buys Motorola for $12.5B
Google+ adds Celebrity Verification Policy, apparently forgets The Simulcast staff
First US Galaxy S II coming to Sprint as Epic Touch 4G on Sept 9th?
Leaked AT&T 2nd half of 2011 Roadmap shows lots of Android phones
Asus Transformer gets update and Netflix
Samsung announces its new naming convention for cellphones, everyone goes WTF?

Microsoft
HTC event will focus on Mango?

Miscellaneous
Devs begin porting Android to dead TouchPad
AT&T getting rid of $10 Text Plan for new customers
MP3Tunes lawsuit gives mixed results, possibly good news for cloud music business.

Gaming

Listener email

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave -
Bill – Portal 2 – DONE!
Patrick – Halo Reach, SGU (SG1 10 seasons & SGA 5 season already done)
Steve -
Geoff – Started watching SG-1 again, Sucker punch, Halo Reach

Picks of the week
Dave – ThinkTankDigital Holster 30
Bill – Tab for Google+ (Mac client)
Patrick – CES Press Certified
Steve – HP douchepad
Geoff – iOS 5 Beta 6

PhoneSuit Elite Battery + Case for iPhone 4

PhoneSuit sent over their newest product for the iPhone 4: PhoneSuit Elite. This is a combination battery pack and slider case. They claim that it’s the thinnest, fastest charging iPhone 4 battery case which provides over 100% power.

You’re probably familiar with products such as the Mophie JuicePack Air  which combine an external battery with a case to protect your phone. However, they all seem to have some shortcoming which makes them impractical. After using this battery case for the last week, I’m very pleased to tell you that it delivers on all of the features it promises.

Let’s look at those:

  • Fast 5 Watt/1 Amp charging – fully charges iPhone 4 in less than 2 hours
  • 2100 mAh capacity
  • Charge and sync with iTunes via microUSB connector
  • PhoneSuit Power Saver Technology prioritizes iPhone power consumption to ensure your iPhone always gets the charge it needs
  • ClearAir technology alleviates any potential signal interference (common in competitor’s products)

Construction

The battery case itself is very well made. It has a nice sturdy construction with soft touch paint. The unit I received was black, but they plan to offer a variety of colors soon. Placing the iPhone in the case is very simple. Slide it down from the top until it clicks into the dock connector, then slide the top piece into place. PhoneSuit includes two different top pieces for compatibility with both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4s.

Aesthetics

This case adds a bit of bulk to the iPhone. Overall dimensions of the case are L126 x W62 xH17mm. It does add noticeable bulk to the iPhone, but what you give up in bulk you gain back in battery life. PhoneSuit claims that it will more than double battery life  for all use cases. In my testing with the case, I found that these figures were accurate. At the end of a normal day’s usage, the iPhone 4 would have about 25% battery remaining. I routinely saw the iPhone’s battery meter still pegged at 100% with 1 bar of power remaining on the case.


Do I really need it?

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time on your iPhone, whether it be talking, gaming, or surfing the internet, you undoubtedly know that even though it has excellent battery life, there is no such thing as too much power. I’m the type of person who would not want to give up the slim design of my device all the time in exchange for additional power. However, carrying around a spare battery isn’t an option for iPhone users. I could see using this phone on days where I knew I was going to need that extra power (such as traveling, camping, at a sporting event, etc). This case would give me plenty of confidence that my phone would have the power needed to get me through a heavy day and still have power to spare when I finally made it to a charger.

Conclusion

The PhoneSuit Elite Battery + Case is the best external battery pack case I’ve used. While it adds bulk, it also protects the iPhone and still provides access to all buttons and camera functions. It is an Apple Certified, Made for iPhone product that  is priced at a reasonable $79.95 and it is available directly from PhoneSuit’s website.

Make sure you let them know you saw it here!

Simulcast 118: Breakin’

The best podcast on GGN is most definitely The Simulcast, and we have a great show this week. We continue giving our opinions on tech news and telling you what you should buy.

Apple
Apple testing 4G LTE devices
Starbucks to give away free iOS apps in store via “pick of the week”

Google
Google buys Motorola Mobility
HTC Bootloader Unlock tool live on the web, for international customers
German judge lifts ban on Tab 10.1 sales (Sales allowed in other EU countries, not Germany)
HTC sues Apple for patent infringement
Steve Kondik hired by Samsung

Miscellaneous
Obama joins Foursquare (How is this not a National Security Risk?)

Gaming
Gears of War 3 will be a (fake) 3D title
Xbox going Matte, RIP Glossy?
Kinect Star Wars (Enough said)
PS3 price cut to $250
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3
Hack your Wii : Homebrew

Listener email
Dearest Simulcast,

Thanks for your previous advice. (insert accent as/if desired)
Moving with the android world seems to give me continued need for your help, and since you seem to like listener emails why not keep bothering the **** out of you.
When i wrote you a few weeks ago i was having trouble with my X10 running android 2.1 with 2.2 extentions and an archos tablet with 2.2, but time goes on and 2.3 came out for my phone and My primary tablet is an asus transformer with 3.2…
While both are considerable upgrades it leaves me with two issues:

1. The market enabler doesn’t work with 3.2 for tablets.
Do you know if work is being done to remedy it? Or if there is a comparable alternative elsewhere?

2. It seems my favorite music player Tinyplayer seems to work on none of them now.
I loved it because it was crazy small, simple and based its library off of my file system and not the mess that is the mp3 tags of my files.
Is there a good similar player that works on GB and HC?

Lastly, may I suggest a pick of the week?
It’s a free android app called swipepad, and it makes fast app switching a true breeze.
Basically it allows you to put invisible touch fields on the edge and corners of your screen which stay present throughout the system. Touch the place that you preset and a launcher pops up with 12 shortcuts.
You can set several different fields with different launchers or buy the add-ons that allow for more shortcuts in a launcher, a full applauncher shortcut, on-off widgets, and tasking.
It’s some of the best money I’ve spent in the android platform, and the learning curve is in the minutes range.

Again, thanks for the great show and keep up the good work.

Arne, Cyprus.

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave – Step Up 3
Bill – Portal 2 – yes, I’m still trying to finish it ; Halo: Reach
Patrick – Studying for Ham Radio License / Halo: Reach Rocket Hog Races
Steve – hot tub time machine/Studying for my Technician class license
Geoff – Hobo with a shotgun/New Madden 12 demo. It is garbage.

Picks of the week
Dave – FreeMusic (iOS)
Bill – Do It Tomorrow for Android
Patrick – Scrabble HD (iOS)
Steve – iOS Apps Translate and transfer
Geoff – OSX Lion (late to the game, finally upgraded)

Simulcast 117: Stop or I’ll Sue!

The best podcast on GGN rolls on. We continue giving our opinions on tech news and telling you what you should buy.

Apple
Apple sued for Patent Infringement over OSX’s fastboot feature
Apple releases utility to create Lion recovery USB key
Skype 5.3 brings HD video calling, Lion Support
iOS 5 Beta 5 gets tethered jailbreak (no ipad 2)
Boxee for iPad is out
Vudu now optimized for iPad (SD streaming only & no Disney content)
Kindle Cloud Reader allows Amazon to sidestep Apple’s subscription rules.

Google
HTCDev.com up and running, will unlock bootloaders soon
HTC holding teleconference tomorrow at 11:30am. What could it be?
Google+ now on iPad & iPod Touch
Apple blocks sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe too

Miscellaneous
Barnes & Noble giving away $100 in books & study guides with purchase of Nook & Nook Color
Amazon cloud storage outage downs Netflix, Quora, Foursquare, and others
Happy 20th Birthday World Wide Web – (August 6, 1991)
FCC to review AT&T’s T-Mobile and Qualcomm deals together
Hacker is able to unlock cars (make/model undisclosed) with a text message
Nokia N9 not coming to America?
Acer Aspire 3951 – PC clone of Macbook Air?
Verizon joins AT&T in blocking unlicensed tethering apps

Gaming
Ten-year-old hacker exposes potential iOS and Android games exploit

Listener email
#1
I’ve been listening to your show since before the “Beachbody breakup” and I always listen to your show on Wednesday nights.  The reason for my email is because I am looking for advice on upgrading my MacBook Pro.  I am ripping DVDs with Handbrake and am close to running out of room on my Hitachi 5400 250GB hard drive.  I was looking at OWC and there are so many choices, sizes and brands I have no clue even where to begin.  Also my other question is regarding upgrading my RAM.  I have 4GB DDR3 1066MhZ of RAM in my Mid 2010 13″ MacBook Pro and was wondering if it makes sense to upgrade to 8GB or even more if possible.

Thanks again guys for any advice you can give and keep up the good work,

Rob “Fubaracing”

P.S. I’m glad Steve went back to the iPhone or I myself would have had to convert to Android.  Thanks Steve!!

#2
Hey guys – just an update on an e-mail I sent a few weeks back about the HTC Desire Z. Apparently in the US it was released as the T-Mobile G2 – knowing that, does anyone have any experiences of that handset, and does it change your original opinion to pick the HTC over a similar Sony Ericsson handset?

Second question, my father, who knows of computers, but isn’t terribly computer literate beyond that, is looking to get a computer so he can browse the internet. Which would you say would be the best balance between a safe option and a cheap option? An Android tablet or a netbook? I was thinking an Android tablet as it will browse the internet, and some can output in HDMI (plus you can’t do that much damage just browsing, as compared to on a PC with various hijacked/booby trapped sites) – do you guys have any tips?

Cheers

Ian H (from near London, England – not affected by the riots, but a little too close to them for comfort!)

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave – Case 39
Bill – “Take the Money and Run”
Patrick – 80s movies (Flight of the Navigator/ Something Wicked This Way Comes)
Steve – all of the original Planet of the Apes Movies

Picks of the week
Dave – Optibay knockoff
Bill – PhoneSuit Elite battery case for iPhone 4
Patrick – Moo.com Business card/ Stickers
Steve – Otterbox box commuter for iPhone 4/ Netflix

Simulcast 116: Bomb Unit

The best podcast on GGN rolls on. We continue giving our opinions on tech news and telling you what you should buy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVE!

Apple
Apple blocks sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia (Samsung vows to sell other versions anyway)
Skype for iPad hits App Store
Apple TV update adds streaming TV show purchases
Analyst predicts an iPad Pro will be launched this quarter
Apple iCloud goes live and pricing revealed
Apple to launch iTunes Replay Service?
Patrick’s thoughts on his new Mac Mini

Google
Google cries foul with Apple and Microsoft
Amazon Appstore caught leaving Android App developers unpaid or is that article just ½ the truth?
Newly discovered Android malware records your calls
Android tablets go toddler
Samsung announces new Tab 10.1 Accessories Touchwiz UX OTA update to go public 8/5 but Bill already has it
Logitech Revue – Bill’s take

Miscellaneous
AT&T announces throttling plans, gently reminds us why the T-Mobile acquisition is so great
OnStar Family Link to allow vehicle tracking
HP Touchpad gets first OTA

Gaming
EA Season Ticket to offer pre-release games and cheaper DLC

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave – 30 Minutes or Less
Bill – Take Me Home Tonight
Patrick – Warehouse 13
Steve – Angry Birds Rio on the iPad

Picks of the week
Dave – Bomb Disposal Unit
Bill – Samsung Galaxy Tab Pouch
Patrick – Mac Mini (2011)/ AOL Editions App for iPad
Steve – 8GB of ram for $42.00/ 3G unrestrictor