Simulcast 149: Apple +1

This week on Simulcast 149, we’re seeing a page not found error on the Android update for the Verizon GNex, Apple has a ton of patents, more ICS updates, we’re on Google Plus bitching about Apple, and so much more…

Apple
Apple ready to license its nano-SIM design for free, on one not-so-nano condition
Apple patent app portends gadgets made of glass (Hmm…)
Apple patents ejectable SIM card tray as nano-SIM battle rages on
Apple Claims the iPad’s Charging “Bug” Is Actually a Feature
Apple offers refund to Australians confused over New iPad’s (3rd Gen) 4G moniker
Apple rumored to be bringing a 5” retina display device to the market in 2013

Google
Google rolls out 4.0.4 updates, not found for VZW GNex
Google Voice gets an ICS update, brings visual voicemail to the missed call log
Galaxy Note sells 5 million devices in 5 months
Google drive rumored for April launch
Slick Google Voice integration may not be Sprint exclusive for long

Microsoft
Smoked by Windows Phone: Microsoft makes up lame rules?

Gaming
Angry Birds Space hits 10 million downloads in 3 days
Xbox 360’s Comcast Xfinity TV app in beta testing, won’t count against data caps when it launches

Miscellaneous
Sony to add photo editing to PlayStation 3’s repertoire this week?
Major ISPs agree to FCC’s code of conduct on botnets, DNS attacks
T-Mobile to eliminate 1,900 US call center jobs, says more ‘restructuring’ ahead
Leave wallet at home, pay with Square?

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Listener Email

Email #1
Hi guys,
Question for Bill Stebbins, how in heck does he backup 8TB? Or doesn’t he?
Listen to the show every week, along with the Simulcast! :-)

Cheers,
Jim Fowl

Email #2
I have a bit of unusual question this time.
Do you know of any old style turn-by-turn strategy game for Android?
I was a huge fan of “Master of Orion 2″. Kind of civilizations in space, and I recently got a craving for it again.
but since my primary computer has been an Asus transformer for the past 9 months, I was hoping you knew of something similar.

Also, what do you think of the vergecast doing listener call-ins?
They do some decent blogging, but I’m not sure they should interact with humans.
Their heads, in my opinion, are just too big for that kind of thing…

Keep up the good work.
Arne, Cyprus

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Temple Run, The Hunger Games, Alcatraz
Dave – Battlefield 3/ MW3 New Map Pack, Game of Thrones Season 1
Patrick – Angry Birds Space HD, MW3/ Hunger Games
Geoff – Swordigo, Dead Island, Dexter (finished season 3)

Picks of the week
Bill – Amazon.com
Dave – tTorrent, Temple Run on Android
Patrick – Screen Flow and Reflection App
Geoff – Swordigo

Simulcast 148: Hawtness

This week on Simulcast 148, some of us still have new iPads. Want to know what we think? Stick around and find out!

Apple
Apple announces dividend and share repurchase plan
New iPad is HOT!! (Literally)
Apple A5x vs Tegra 3 with unbiased test
Untethered jailbreak for new iPad shown on YouTube, not quite ready for download

Google
HTC One X heading to Sprint in June
Droid Fighter hits in April
Google gets go ahead to provide video services to all Kansas City residents (Don’t wet your pants!)
Unnamed Samsung exec says quad-core Exynos inside Galaxy S III, LTE on-chip
Samsung Galaxy SIII to Allow for Wireless Charging Up to 2 Meters Away?
CyanogenMod disables root access by default, now requires user configuration
Google Wallet brings back Pre-paid card support
Leaked Sprint memo hints at push to talk direct connect app for Android coming soon
Study says poorly designed ad processes in free android apps might be root of poor battery life.

Microsoft
Microsoft aiming for October 2012 release of Windows 8, tablets and PCs on deck
Microsoft says there will be ‘no talk of new Xbox hardware at E3 or anytime soon’

Miscellaneous
Mozilla caves, will support H.264 to avoid ‘irrelevance’
FAA to take ‘fresh look’ at gadget restrictions on flights
VMware’s WSX promises to bring virtualized desktops to the web browser with HTML5
Seagate promises 60TB hard drives by end of this decade

We have our own Google+ page! and an updated Android app! You can also email us podcast@thesimulcast.com

Listener Questions (from the chatroom)
How long will Apple last without Steve Jobs?

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Puss N Boots, Halo Anniversary
Dave – Battlefield 3
Patrick – Draw Something, MW3

Picks of the week
Bill – Pritect Sensor Cover for Kinect
Dave – Temple Run (iOS) iRunner (Android)
Patrick – Canon Vixia HF R20, Open States (iOS)

Simulcast 147: White Ice

This week on Simulcast 147, we’re enjoying Pi Day and several of us eagerly await new iPads this Friday.

Apple
Apple stores open Friday at 8am for iPad sales
Hague stops any further Samsung suits against Apple for 3G patents if Apple agrees to consider licensing them and grants victory to Apple
Apple buying up old iPad 2s
Verizon CTO confirms that Verizon only releasing LTE handsets rest of 2012
Rumor: Macbook Air Accessory Manufacturer claims 15” Air coming next month

Google
Google I/O pre-sale on March 27th
ICS coming to Tab 10.1 soon (officially)
HTC has 16 devices on ICS upgrade list
Samsung looking into Android powered cameras
Instagram for Android makes appearance at SXSW 2012

Gaming
Black Ice DLC for MW3 released Tuesday
Update for Black Ops Zombies iOS App – 3/16 according to Treyarch Twitter
StarWars: The Old Republic free to play this weekend

Miscellaneous
Twitter buys Posterous
WalMart digital conversion service official
Verizon lights up its 200th LTE market and plans to double their coverage by end of 2012

We have our own Google+ page! and an updated Android app! You can also email us podcast@thesimulcast.com

Listener email
Hey Simulcast.
I’m about a month away from upgrading my phone.
But I’m split between the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Note.
The Note is attractive to me because of its huge screen and battery.
Whichever one I choose, I’ll be stuffing in a double sized battery.
Having 5 amps in my pocket just sounds juicy.
But I am a bit nervous about going back to 2.3 after having 4.0 on my Nexus S for several months.
The Note will fit my pocket and either of them will require two handed use as my hands size limit is 4 inches anyway.
Also the Nexus only comes in 16 gig flavour here, whereas the Note has room for SanDisk’s new 64 gig MicroSD (yes people have tested it with success) on top of the internal storage.
I do sound like a Note buyer don’t I?
Still love your show, and I hope you have some advice for me.

Arne, Cyprus

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – MW3 Black Ice, Halo Anniversary, Scramble
Patrick – MW3, Scrabble (iOS)
Brian – The Walking Dead
Geoff – Mass Effect 3 (a little), Halo Anniversary, Dexter Season 2, Walking Dead

Picks of the week
BillAndroidified Case for Galaxy Nexus from Cruzer Lite
Patrick – Audiotechnica ATR-6550
Brian – gMusic app, iomega Network hard drive.
Geoff – Mass Effect 3 and Zagg (good rant)

Simulcast 146: Marsupials

This week on Simulcast 146, we’re back and we have Apple news this week! new iPad has been announced and iOS 5.1 gives AT&T users 4G!! There’s no limit to what Apple can do through the power of software…

Apple
iOS 5.1
“new” iPad with retina display, voice dictation, and a chunkier beltline
iPad 2 16gb Wifi – $399
Apple TV refresh bringing 1080p video content and new streamlined UI, still $99
Apple now willing to license patents

Google
Google Nexus Tablet to be made by Asus, have Tegra 3
Google’s new Assistant coming Q4?
Google Wallet now showing unsupported on rooted devices
Android Market now allows up to 4GB applications and games
Android Market is now Google Play. It’s a dumb name

Gaming
Master Chief returns this holiday season
Assassins Creed 3 Announced with video trailer
Forza sequel coming (of course)

Miscellaneous
Lightroom 4 released at half price

We have our own Google+ page! and an updated Android app! You can also email us podcast@thesimulcast.com

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – The Ben Heck Show
Patrick – Final Fantasy (PS3), Phantasy Star (360), 11/22/63
Dave
Geoff – Mass Effect 3, Wipeout 2048, Dexter, Motorstorm RC, Walking Dead

Picks of the week
Bill – Nest
PatrickReflection App (OSX 10.6 or higher)
Dave – HHO Dry Cell technology
Geoff – Google Music (Google Play)