Simulcast 124: Fire the Horde

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the Amazon tablets, our anticipation for the iPhone announcements, Gears of War 3, we’re all here, and we have even MORE listener mail!Amazon tablet and Kindle Touch zomg!!!1! – what are our thoughts?

Apple
Apple event to be held in Cupertino?confirmed for October 4th
LOVEFilm offers iPad app, Europeans rejoice
Apple killing off the shuffle and classic ipod?

Google
Ice Cream Sandwich to be revealed October 11th
SGS II surpasses 10 million sold
Verizon HTC Vigor pictures and specs leak Bill likey!
HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread OTA Update now available!
Flickr App for Android goes live

Microsoft
Windows Phone Marketplace on the Web
Windows 8 log in via WindowsLive
Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” released worldwide
Microsoft announced Windows Phone Suggestion Box
Geoff’s new Trophy, and Mango!

Gaming
Patrick and Bill beat Gears 3 Campaign.

Miscellaneous
Bill was on the Gadget Gurus Sunday – LISTEN

Listener email
Hi gents enjoy the podcast from up here in Vancouver.

I have an Airport express with reasonably good speakers, is there a way to listen to radio broadcasts live that use in one case Windows Media player through the Airport speakers rather than the laptop speakers?

If I didn’t want to listen live I could wait for the one program until posted on iTunes or listen to the other via my iPhone.

I may have just answered my own question
Bob

Bill: Not sure if this will work? http://thedigitallifestyle.com/w/index.php/2011/09/24/aerodrom-brings-airplay-video-photos-music-and-slide-shows-to-windows/

Email #2
Hey guys,

Seeing that a few of you often throw in video games in your pick of the week selections, I thought I’d e-mail and ask if any of you had any experience with the cloud gaming platform called “OnLive”?

The system launched in the UK last week, and I’ve been lucky enough to try it out after picking up a free console at a video game expo in London last weekend. On paper, it seems like a good idea, but in execution – especially with the state of broadband internet in the UK – it’s not that great.

I’ve written two stories on it on my own blog at www.theianhamilton.com – but it seems that OnLive’s servers have struggled to cope with the high demand created by giving out 12,000 consoles for free on launch weekend. The selection of games, whilst not triple-A level, are pretty respectable, but given the reactions I’ve read in the first few days, it isn’t cut out for the UK just yet.

Is OnLive mainstream at all in the US, or do you think that it’s a niche that will only take off once another company jumps on the idea?
Ian

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Steve – Still stuck on Tiny Wings
Bill – Gears 3 – Horde mode rocks!
Patrick – Gears 3 – Horde Mode Weak Link
Dave –  Gears 3 (Of course)

Picks of the week – sponsored by BrianandDeniseHarris.com
Steve – 240GB SSD Drive
Bill – CyberPower CP625 battery backup
Patrick – Flickr App for Android
Dave – Gears 3 (Of course)
Geoff – Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Simulcast 123: Back with a Vengeance

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the Netflix debacle, Gears of War 3, Steve is back, and we have even MORE listener mail and a freakin’ voicemail!

Apple
Apple event scheduled for October 4th?
iPhone 4s the only planned hardware?

Google
HTC Rhyme, a phone for women who like phones with tentacles
HTC Beat a competitor to the iPod Touch?
Google+ Hangouts on Mobile and now open for all!
Samsung Galaxy S II coming to AT&T October 2nd on contract for $199

Microsoft
Mango confirmed to begin rollout in the next 1-2 weeks
Xbox LIVE outages the day after Gears 3?
Live TV coming to Xbox 360 from Comcast and Verizon?

Gaming
Gears of War 3 released officially, Bill and Patrick go Lancers-on
Sony announces that DC Universe Online (PS3) will be free ( free download & no subscription required ala WOW)

Miscellaneous

Netflix splits streaming and DVDs, comes up with terrible name for DVDs by mail (adds Discovery Content to Streaming Service)

Verizon begins throttling data for top users (4G handsets not included)
Pandora rolls out HTML5 redesign to everyone and drops 40 hour listening cap for free users
Amazon Kindle expands library checkouts beyond Seattle to one of 11,000 library sites near you.
AOC’s 16” USB Powered Monitor could make portable dual screen laptops a workable reality
A use for NFC beyond Google Wallet
Instead of shipping box for broken computer, Sony accidentally has other people’s broken laptops sent to customer’s house

Listener Voicemail!!!!!!
Listener email

Email#1
Greetings from the Cyprus.
Still loving the show and i play it every week without fail.

I was wondering if you have any good recommendations for some starting tech for my daughter.
I’m a little late out of the gate as she is already 3 (months) but hoping to get caught up on it.
Bear in mind that ios products here have no access to the app store, and all ios of them are sold jailbroken here. Other than that, we’re open to suggestions.

She’ll be growing up tri-lingual as my wife speaks turkish, I speak danish, and between us we speak english.
Probably the danish will be of least focus, but I’m hoping to push english early.
I’m heavily into android though hoping my asus transformer will dual boot win8 at some point.

  • Are there any good apps for learning english?
  • And are there any good apps to aid in our new parenthood? Though we have hit an aging 34 already this is our first child.
  • If you still have any invites left for Google+ I’d gladly take one off your hands.

If I may also make a couple of recommendations:
1. the asus transformer with its keyboard dock.

Though the use case is somewhat specific, i really love its abilities as a portable consumption device. I rooted it and loaded a “revolver” custom rom on it, and it runs sweet.

It’s only a 16gig version but stuck a 32gig MicroSD in it, and an old 8gig in the dock (what else use is there for the old cards?)

The real kicker though is a piece of velcro on the bottom of the dock. A short usb cable with on-off switch, and a 500gig usb drive…
Anyway my audiobooks alone would take up most of its internal space not to mention my music.
And I need some of the internal space free for BitTorrent also of course.
For connectivity it relies on my trusty XPERIA X10, using either wifi hotspot, or if I know I’ll be long from a fresh charge I’ll connecting via USB is the way to go. Let the docks battery charge the phone’s while it’s at it.
Granted my use case here is primarily consumption and maybe some of the cloud services in the states might suit you better. But here I need to rely on less than awesome 3g and the only cloud service in the country IS BitTorrent (any dvd you buy in a shop here is a burned torrent file anyway and often enough a cam-rip on top of that- imagine! ).
And the dock is a must, for the connectivity.
As for this, the asus transformer performs quite well.

2. Mortplayer for android is really nice.
By the way: for the last 2 months i’ve been using android devices exclusively, and I was wondering if I am the only one who is just about burned out regarding the way pc’s are used.
Honestly, I’d rather hand feed a lion , rather than go back to the clicke-ti-click of a mouse or a track pad.
Time will tell if the world agrees with microsoft, but at least microsoft agrees with me. The old input methods have got to go.
And it seems Samsung may agree with me also; the current tablet sizes are wrong. 7″ is too big to be truly pocketable, and 10″ is too small to serve as workhorse. 5-6″ would fit any jacket pocket and still be big enough for a good battery. 12-14″ would be much better near the edge of what a hand can hold, while providing excess real estate and information.
I can’t help but drool over the coming galaxy note, and wish I was at the Build conference to, if only to grab the developer edition win8 tablet.

Anyway; thank you again for a great show and keep up the good work.

Arne

Email#2
Hi guys, awesome podcast.  Wanted to give some info to your listeners for next podcast.  I bought the Driod Bionic and laptop dock, which works pretty good with LTE network.  I have the Motorola Photon on Sprint as will which is a great phone.  On Sprint though, they don’t currently provide the laptop dock.  I said what the hell, put the photon in my bionic laptop dock, and it worked.  The phone sticks out a bit from the holder in the back of the dock, but it is snug enough to stay there while using it.  Anyone who has the Photon and wants the doc can buy the bionic dock and put the Photon in it to have a laptop dock, despite Sprint not selling on themselves.

PS. can I get a google + invite please.  Thanks…Jon

Jonathan Burge

Email#3
Hey Simulcast,

I have a question for the show this week.

I am looking for either an app or a setting on my phone that will allow me to see both, then number that is calling me and my Google Voice number. Right now there are only 2 options. I can set it up that I can see the number calling me, but I don’t know that they are calling my Google Voice or my regular cell number. Second option allows me to see my Google Voice number as the number calling me, but I can’t see who is calling me. Like most Google Voice users, we gave that number out when we don’t want certain people to have our cell numbers. I also use it for Craigslist and Ebay transactions.

When my phone rings and I don’t recognize it, I have no idea which caller they are calling. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

Darren
@deemota

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Steve – Portal
Bill – Gears of War 3
Patrick – Gears of War 3
Dave –  Gears of War 3 w/devs (obviously) ←SHOWOFF!
Geoff – Dead Space 2/Halo Reach/Kinect Sports

Picks of the week – sponsored by BrianandDeniseHarris.com
Steve – Booq Mamba Shift L
Bill – Reader HD for Honeycomb
Patrick – ifrogz Earpollution Ronin (headphones)
Dave – Gears of War 3 posters,shirts and game case signed!
Geoff – Pandora HTML5

Simulcast 122: Illegal Bass

This week on The Simulcast we talk about hardware, Steve is absent, but Dave is back, Brian joins us for another week, and Bill is rocking a new microphone and mixer! We have listener mail, and we do have Google Plus invites. Who needs one?

Apple
HTC exec: iPhones are for old people
NBC, TNT, and TBS bring full episodes to ipad apps.

Google
HTC announces Sensation XE with Beats audio
CM7 available for Sensation and EVO 3D
HTC Bliss and Runnymede leak, Bill reminisces about his Nexus One
Google announces flight search service
Gamestop will have an Android gaming tablet next year?
Philadelphia Media Company launches $99. Android TabletSpec Sheet

Microsoft
Windows 8 tablet shown off on video
Windows has 500K downloads of Windows 8* in 12 hours. * Developer Preview

Miscellaneous
Amazon preparing “Netflix for books”?
Logitech announces new bluetooth headphones (with boom mic) and boombox for tablets and smartphones. Patrick wants the headset for his iPad2
Youtube now allows online editing of posted videos (<1000 views and no copyright id claims)
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon processor roadmap, 2.5GHz quad-core devices coming early 2012 if true, this is sick for mobile devices

Listener email
Hey guys – just thought I’d give you an update… after a lot of research, I finally got the HTC Desire Z (aka the T-Mobile G2 in the US) for my wife. She’s been using the phone for about a fortnight now, after some issues with our mobile phone network.

So far, she’s had no problems with it, despite it being her first Android phone. Save for a rookie wi-fi error (forgetting to turn Wi-Fi off in the morning meant that the battery went from 100% to 15% in four hours!), the only problem we’ve found had been with my phone: despite the Desire Z being almost a year old, it can run several apps that my brand new Galaxy S II can’t – such as the new Madden NFL game, and several others. She’s used an iPhone before (casually), and has found the Android a lot more user friendly and a lot easier to use than the iPhone, and the extra customisations are a bonus as well.

It’s just a shame that the Desire Z has now been discontinued in Europe and is getting increasingly difficult to get hold of.

Thanks for the advice guys – one last question for anyone who’s got/used a G2 (Brian…): do you recommend updating the firmware to Gingerbread? What changes does it make to the phone, and will all apps already on the device be lost in the upgrade?

Cheers guys

Ian in London

We take a break to leave a voicemail for the Gurus. F yeah!

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Brian – Sons of Anarchy
Bill – Home Theater Magazine
Patrick – DC Universe Online (Fired up PS3 to make sure it still works)/ Halo: Reach
Dave – Xmen First Class
Geoff – Dead Space 2 and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (finishing up the rest of the achievements)

Picks of the week – sponsored by BrianandDeniseHarris.com
Brian – Has none but will use Ian’s email as pick
Bill – Burn the City
Patrick – Universal Laptop/Ipad Stand (iGobee)
Dave – Juice Defender
Geoff – Power support

Simulcast 121: The Brian Harris Show

This week on The Simulcast we talk about lawsuits, Brian Harris joins us as our September sponsor, and we still don’t have listener mail!

Apple
Confirmed: iPhone 5 takes nice pictures of sushi
Deutsche Telekom offers customer opportunity to reserve iPhone 5
GameStop to carry iOS devices soon, begins trading-in used iPhones, iPads and iPods for in-store credits
Judge (Australia) To Apple: Show Us Your iPad 2 Sales Numbers

Google
Droid Bionic launches tomorrow for $299
Droid Prime and Nexus Prime get certified
Samsung Note fills that gap between phone and tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has super awesome SAMOLED Plus display, unknown pricing
Apple injunction pulls the Galaxy Tab 7.7 off IFA floor
HTC sues Apple with Motorola patents obtained last week from Google
Official Gingerbread update released for HTC Incredible

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Brian – Red Dwarf
Bill – Top Gear USA, Portal 2, COD: BLOPS campaign completed
Patrick – Man vs Food, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Steve – 24 season 1
Geoff – Stargate SG-1, Halo Reach, BLOPS

Picks of the week
Brian – VPN Tracker 6 for Mac, Video Time Machine for iPad
Bill – Lenovo N5902 Multimedia Keyboard
Patrick –  Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
Steve – Carbonite
Geoff – Stargate SG-1, Google+ Photo Gallery