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

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