Simulcast 140: No Introduction Needed

This week on Simulcast 140, MegaUpload may be down, but we’re still talking tech. We’re all here this week, and we have a ton of news to talk about.

Apple
iBooks 2 /  iTunes U (Thoughts?) iBooks Author reaches 600K Downloads, iTunes U nets 3 Million
Dutch court rejects Apple appeal, says Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is legal
VoiceUtils makes your iPhone 4S wish into a Siri command
German court shoots down Samsung’s 3G patent lawsuit against Apple
Rumor: Foxconn source says “iPhone 5″ gearing up for production with Summer 2012 release

Google
G+ finally allows nicknames and pseudonyms
HTC and IBM hooking up to charm commercial clients
Galaxy Note launching Feb 18th on AT&T

Miscellaneous
SITA and Orange develop NFC-based airport check-ins, let you bump the TSA
AT&T and T-Mobile file request for FCC approval of spectrum transfer
KDDI putting ads in the notification bar on Android phones ( This is the shit I DONT want!)
Supreme Court says police must get search warrant to use GPS tracking devices
Verizon reportedly trials VoLTE services in two cities, eyes nationwide rollout next year
HP pays $425K to US Consumer Product Safety Commission to settle defective battery issue
Federal Judge requires that a defendant decrypt laptop in response to discovery request, says does not violate self-incrimination (5th amendment) protections.  

Gaming
Microsoft eliminating virtual currency?
Rumor: New Xbox in Fall 2013?
Blizzard auctioning off retired WOW blade servers to raise money for St. Judes
LEGO has given approval for Minecraft-themed LEGO sets.
BlizzCon 2012 Cancelled, show will resume in 2013

Listener Email
Greetings from southern Europe. Though I love it I’m having some trouble with my nexus s. It won’t let me unlock the bootloader. I’ve tried both the official “fastboot OEM unlock” and the one click unlock, but it simply stops at the main fastboot menu- no question about wanting to unlock. Instead I put the official ICS on it and that runs just fine (ICS runs soooo damed smooth, love it soooo much).

Since I have a 9220 SLCD version, ICS has coursed some trouble for my future messing around in the the bootloader menus. It turns off the backlighting. It is possible to put a LED torch up against the screen and front light it but the dammed thing is made to resist reflections so it’s a real pain. Any good advice? Do you know a fix for the 9220′s backlight trouble? It used to be locked to the carrier “3″ in Denmark. Could they have blocked off the unlock option? Would it help to roll it back to a stock gingerbread build? Love ICS so I’m not in any hurry, but this is a nexus and so the universe is just a bit off as long as it is still locked… Regards, Arne, Cyprus.
PS: I’d like to send you a voicemail and pronounce my name for you but alas, while I DO have a face for radio i don’t have the voice for it. I guess I can’t win them all, and will just have to be content with whichever way you pronounce it

We have our own Google+ page! and an updated Android app!

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Dave –  “First Week In” & MW3
Patrick – DC Universe Online and MW3
Steve – Chuck Season 4
Bill – 50/50 and Killer Elite
Geoff – Uncharted 3 started DC Universe

Picks of the week
Dave –  Tiny Flashlight
Patrick – ZAGGfolio for iPad 2/ CardMunch (iOS)
SteveEVI
BillBooq Boa Nerve M backpack
Geoff – Samsung Galaxy Nexus OEM extended battery

Simulcast 139: Blackout

This week on Simulcast 139, we’re going to talk a bit about SOPA. We’re also going to talk about gadgets, and Geoff has news from a Playstation Vita event.

Apple
Nissan’s self-healing iPhone case
Apple patents clothes that track how you wear them, tell you when it’s time to update your wardrobe
Apple announcing GarageBand tool for eBooks? or A new textbook format?
IK Multimedia iRig PRE to allow use of XLR mics with iOS devices

Google
Galaxy Note could be the Galaxy Journal on VZW
CyanogenMod 9 Alpha 0 brings ICS to HP Touchpad

Miscellaneous
AT&T increases data prices and allowances
T-Mobile, Walmart do another kumbaya with contract-free unlimited family plan for 3G users
Samsung wasn’t interested in buying RIM, still isn’t interested in buying RIM
Kodak joins the party and sues Samsung for patent infringement

Microsoft
Tritton Warhead 7.1 Headset for Xbox 360 brings direct connection to Xbox 360

Gaming
Geoff and the PS Vita
Call of Duty Elite App out for iOS and Android

Listener Email

Email #1

Hello Simulcast crew,
I have a question regarding blogging.  I have a friend that wants to start a blog, and being the local geek, she’s turned to me.  I’ve read blogs forever, but never thought about starting one for myself or anyone else.  From searching around I have seen services like Blogger and WordPress.  Do you guys have any good recommendations and why do you prefer that service?  Thanks for your help, and love the show.

Rob (@brat1475)

Email #2

I was wondering if you could do a compare and contrast on the Roku vs Apple TV. What do i get on the Roku but not on the Apple? What can the Apple TV do the Roku cannot? The old Roku I think had a dual band built in but the Roku 2 does not, is there any loss of value as a result? If i were to dump cable, which would make me happier?

Also, how can I get a better signal from my wireless router? It appears to reach throughout the house most of the time, but does drop off to the back of the house at times.  How can i tell if my problem is placement of the router vs the need for more bandwidth?

Thanks

Frank ‘Butch’ Bruscato

We have our own Google+ page! and an updated Android app!

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Dave -
Patrick – MW3
Steve – MW3for Playstation Infinity Blade II
Bill – Cowboys and Aliens
Geoff – Dragon Age II (catching up), Kingdoms of Amalur Demo, Darkness II demo and Uncharted 3

Picks of the week
Dave -
PatrickDowncast (iOS) (thanks to @colmination for the suggestion)
Steve – Playstation 3, Not the element case Vapor 4
BillCWM Recovery Touch for Galaxy Nexus
Geoff – PS Vita and Pocketcasts

Simulcast 138: Joe has a LELO

This week on Simulcast 138, we’re not at CES and we’re pretty bummed. However, we have newsreaders and we’re ready to talk about all the fabulous news from CES. We have a special guest, and we should have one of our GGN cohorts calling in live from CES!

Apple
Bill bought a Nano/watch
Amazon introduces a touch-friendly web-based Kindle store for iPad users
Ion’s Docs 2 Go & Pics 2 Go scanner docks bring digital scanning to iPad & iPhone 4/4S
Snapseed Photo Editor coming to Mac App Store

Joe Lombardo calls in

Google
OnLive bringing console class gaming to GoogleTV
Motorola and Intel Announce Multi-Year Partnership to Produce Android Mobile Devices
Huawei Ascend is 6.68mm thin. What? 1/4in
Transformer Prime TF700T with a 1080p screen. What?
Sprint Galaxy Nexus with Google Wallet onboard! (Sprint confirms it will have 32 GB storage)
Galaxy Note for AT&T announced with LTE support
Sony wants in on the iWatch/MotoACTV scene.
Polaroid announces 16MP Android powered Smart Camera for 2012
Viewsonic announces 7” e70 Tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich for late Q1 2012 for $170
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 releasing on Verizon with LTE soon (Launching with Honeycomb 3.2)
Verizon announces Purple Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx (bigger battery and 32 GB storage)
Verizon announces launch of Droid 4 with LTE and QWERTY keyboard

Miscellaneous
Vizio has PCs and laptops that are sexy. What?
Warner Bros Studio now has 56 day delay for Netflix (Still 28 days for Redbox (for now))
Dell Announces XPS 13 Ultrabook for $999
RIM bringing Playbook OS 2.0 to the masses in Feb (actually has native email client, gasp)
Canon announces Powershot G1X point and shoot camera with 14.3 MP 1.5” CMOS for $799

Microsoft
Nokia & Microsoft announce ATT Exclusive Lumia 900 (w/ LTE) (Rumor: March 18th Release)
ATT announces HTC Titan 2 bringing LTE and 16MP camera to WP7 (Q2 2012 release)

Gaming
Sony’s Kazou Hirai officially announces there will be no Playstation 4 announcements at E3
Turtle Beach introduces the XP400 gaming headset (brings long awaited 2.4/5 ghz support)
MW3 C.O.D. Elite members to get 20 DLCs in next 9 Months (starting with 2 new maps on 1/24)

Listener Email

Hey Simulcasters – quick question… have you used the Amazon Kindle app on an Android tablet that’s not running Honeycomb/ICS?

We’re looking at getting the Lenovo Thinkpad A1, mainly as a compromise (I want to get a Kindle, the wife wants a tablet that isn’t a slow piece of crap… we’d gotten her mum the Thinkpad for Christmas, and so far so good). I’m just wondering whether it blows up to full screen – i.e. more lines per page – or whether it just has the same number of lines as on the mobile phone app, just in much bigger text?

Cheers,
Ian

We have our own Google+ page! and an Android app!

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Dave –  Columbiana, Straw Dogs
Patrick – Dragon Ball / Dragon Ball Z
Nic – The Hunger Games Trilogy/MW3
Bill – The Help, Halo

Picks of the week
Dave –  Vulkano Flow ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxDRcyl2OB4) And Google TV ( Logitech Revue)
NicTheGadgetGurus.net
PatrickAIPTEK Action-HD HDMI 1080p (iPad CCK & iMovie for iOS compatible)
Billtagsfordroid.com

Simulcast Jr 8: Episode 137.5

In this episode of Simulcast Jr, Brianna and Bill are back after a 10 month hiatus. We cover a variety of topics.

We won’t be gone so long next time. We promise!

  • Happy New Year
  • My Websites
  • briscrafts.com and briannastebbins.com and mirandastebbins.com
  • teacher’s pet
  • Google TV
  • Our new TV Samsung 55” D8000
  • Steve Jobs
  • new mixer for show
  • Dad’s new headphones
  • Kube
  • new iPod4 and iPhone 4S
  • Google Voice, Obihai 110 VoIP router
  • my MacBook Pro
  • Dad’s new MacBook Air
  • Kinectimals for iOS
  • Dropbox
  • NFC tags
  • Galaxy Nexus

Simulcast 137: Overslept

This week on Simulcast 137, nobody bothered to put anything in the show notes. Sweet.

Apple

Apple prepping TVs?
CloudON

Google
Asus Transformer Prime bootloader locked, Asus says to relax, Bootloader unlock coming
ICS coming to Transformer January 12th
Google buys up 217 IBM patents
Galaxy S owners win…… Nothing (No ICS, No 4.0 lite value pack)
Logitech Revue (Google TV)
Bill’s MotoACTV

Miscellaneous
Netflix original series Lilyhammer available February 6th
Roku on a stick!

Gaming
DVR feature in new Xbox?
Vita sales figures drop after first weekend

Listener Email

Hello gentlemen

Several months ago I contacted the Simulcast guru’s to see if there was a solution to using my Airport express in conjunction with windows media player.
At that time you had no answer so this old fart persisted and found a program called “AirFoil”  haven’t been using long but seems to work fine takes a bit to get accustomed to but solved an issue for me.

- Bob

Listener Pluses

Why does the stock Android alarm stop ringing after 30 seconds and not even snooze, even if you don’t respond to it? Slept through the first alarm this morning, woke up 45 mins late. Not too happy… Anyone got any recommendations for another Android alarm clock application that can handle multiple alarms and rings until you switch it off? +The Simulcast and +Bill Stebbins I’m looking at you! :-)

-Ian

Our favorites of 2011

CES 2012 Predictions

We have our own Google+ page! and an Android app!

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Sherlock Holmes 2: A Game of Shadows
Dave – Modern Combat 3
Patrick – Harry Potter 1-8 / Logitech Revue
Steve -Big Bang Theory
Geoff – Alan Wake (beat it), Deus Ex Human Revolution, Cthulu Saves the World

Picks of the week
BillBrowser Plus adds more quick controls to ICS browser
Dave – Browser Plus.. (Yes I’m copying off of Bill)
Steve -Jailbreak for iPhone 4 / Walther P22
Geoff – Panasonic TC-P55GT30 55” Plasma,Playback for Mac/PC
PatrickCaptain’s Blog (iPad) / DBZ.tv (Dragonball, DragonballZ, Dragonball GT)