Simulcast 153: Drive Me Crazy

This week on Simulcast 153, Google Drive FINALLY launches, Apple makes even more truckloads of money, and the Galaxy SIII is on the horizon.

Apple
Apple Q2 2012 earnings exceed expectations. ($39.2 Billion Revenue, $11.6 Billion Net Profit)
US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge finds Apple in violation of Motorola patent
Rumor: Apple may be cutting the 17” Macbook Pro line
Denver Broncos join an emerging trend of NFL teams shifting to iPad from paper playbooks
New Flashback variant emerges using same exploit (shouldn’t affect patched mac users)

Google
Google Drive take the world by storm, Google raises Gmail storage limit to 10GB free
Samsung teases next Galaxy
Droid Incredible 4G appears on Verizon website
Samsung releases ICS update list for US Carrier devices
Google begins selling unlocked Galaxy Nexus (GSM) for $399 through Google Play Store
HTC One X AT&T pre-orders begin for $199 ($149 via Amazon Wireless)
Verizon axes Galaxy Nexus price, now $199 on contract

Microsoft
Skydrive tiered plans announced 100GB for $50/year. 7GB free
ITC Judge rules Xbox 360 violates 4 Motorola patents and in favor of Microsoft on 1 other patent
Microsoft sells 650 AOL Patents to Facebook for $550 Million
Windows 8 Release Preview scheduled for first week of June

Gaming
Call of Duty announcement coming May 1st
Skype launches for PS Vita, allows in-game video chat*

Miscellaneous
HP announces its first Ivy Bridge Desktops starting at $699 on April 29th
Firefox 12 now available for download, Windows users get silent updates
Amazon opens up AmazonSupply to sell parts and supplies to businesses
Dropbox now allows sharing via link from any folders
US Senate Bill proposes requiring blackboxes for all automobiles come 2015

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Listener emails
Hey guys

I’m seriously thinking of rooting my wife’s htc desire z, as she has been experiencing problems with poor signal and battery life lately.
Will rooting and installing a custom rom help or hinder these issues? On Tuesday her phone battery died by 4pm but today (Wednesday) with exactly the same usage, the battery lasted a whole day.
It’s annoying because it’s a good phone but little niggles like this are becoming annoying!

Ian in London

Listener voicemails
Arne
Clay

Tweets
@fubaracing What do you guys think of this HTC One X on AT&T? I’m stuck on AT&T, is it better then an unlocked Nexus from Google?

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Finished Uncharted 3!
Dave – Battlefield 3 Karkland Map Pack
Patrick – Uncharted, Hunger Games Trilogy, Marvel Collections on Netflix
Geoff – Ghost Recon:Future Soldier Beta, Diablo 3 Beta, replaying Uncharted 2

Picks of the week
BillLOLShirts.com
Dave – UNetbootin ( Multi Platform )
Patrick – Draw Something
Geoff – Diablo 3 beta

Simulcast 152: Holographic Dave

This week on Simulcast 152, we have one lowly piece of Apple news, and a bunch of Google news. Patrick, Bill, and Geoff talk about some Windows 8, a Pax East recap, and Bill has a Verizon rant.

Apple
Logitech reveals ultrathin keyboard/smartcover for iPad2/new iPad for $100

Google
Galaxy S3 annnouncement May 3rd
Sprint Galaxy Nexus lands April 22
HTC OneX hitting AT&T on May 6th for $200
US Acer A100 & A500 tablet owners to receive ICS on April 27th
Samsung confirms rumors of Tab 2 10.1 release delay and quadcore upgrade are FALSE

Microsoft
Windows 8 to have 3 SKUs
Windows Phone 8 upgrade might not be available to existing devices

Gaming
Geoff’s Pax East recap
Halo 4 Coming November 6
Crysis 3 Announced
Drone Gamepad for your phone

Miscellaneous
Pebble E-Paper watch
Holographic Tupac may tour with Dr Dre and Snoop Dog – WHAT?
Verizon offering to sell some of its 700mhz spectrum to get FCC approval on AWS purchase
Amazon Publishing gets exclusive US rights for 10 years on James Bond novels (print & ebook)

We have our own Google+ page! and an Android app! You can also email us podcast@thesimulcast.com – Call us 203-903-CAST

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Uncharted 3
Geoff – Yakuza 4, Halo Reach (BoomExplode Community Event)
Patrick – Halo Reach (BoomExplode Community Event)

Picks of the week
Bill – RANT: Verizon Customer Support
Patrick – Paper (iOS)
Geoff – Nike Fuel Band

Simulcast 151: The Reacharound

This week on Simulcast 151, the three amigos ride again. We recap a rather slow news week and provide our highly entertaining opinions in the process!

Apple

Apple CEO Tim Cook to open D10 conference

AT&T to begin unlocking off-contract iPhones this Sunday, April 8th (update)

Apple publishes support page for Flashback malware, is working on a fix

US sues Apple and publishers over ebook pricing

Google
Major Google+ redesign puts focus on discovery, lets users customize layout
Toshiba unveils new tablets including a 13 inch monster
Amazon App Store now has in-app purchases, we still won’t use it
Google simplifies multiple account interface
Samsung prices the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1″ at $400, Galaxy Tab 2 7″ $250

Miscellaneous
Verizon Wireless introduces $30 upgrade fee            (Follow up:)-Not a Fan of Verizon’s New Upgrade Fee? There are Already a Handful of Petitions for That
Twitter files suit against spam bot distributors
Facebook to Buy Instagram for $1 Billion
Netflix for Xbox 360 updates with better contrast and episode navigation
Samsung rolls out Ultra High Speed microSD cards destined for LTE phones and tablets
Asus readying cloud computing solution to be unveiled in June
500px launches $19.95 image hosting plan to compete with Flickr Pro
Maryland passes law prohibiting employers from asking for social network passwords
Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint team with FCC to track stolen cellphones in the US
Bill’s Gadget Gurus appearance
New Simulcast Jr

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Listener Questions (from the chatroom)

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-Daniel Koos

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Listener Email

Hey Simulcast.
Once again greetings from southern Europe.

Just following up on my last mail regarding the Gnote.
Sorry if I’m a bit long winded here but I am that way :-)

I’m now pretty much settled on the Gnote, and writing to see if you’ll shoot me down on my arguments for it.

It’s good to see the general public is warning up to it, noting that even Micky and Joey over at The Cellphone Junkie think positive of it.

Most positive comments say that it’s actually not as big as it sounds.
Me, I’m opposite and get absolutely amazed at just how big it is in actual life.
In some ways it’s not that it is a great sized phone but rather an (almost) perfect sized portable tablet.
I’ve long thought that 6 inches is the ideal size for a portable one, and 13 is the perfect size for the the lab or table at home.

Next is the battery, which seems closely linked to size.
It’s original is 2500mAh which ain’t all that bad, but all over ebay you find double sized ones with capacities all the way up to 5200mAh.
At 5200mAh you can basically keep this thing on from dusk till dawn (great movie by the way).
And since it’ll power an external 1.8 inch pocket drive I can pretty much have all the media with me as I can consume :-p
Secondarily it can charge my bluetooth headset on the go, and about once a month that ability will come in real handy.

Last there is the storage.
It’s internal 16gig can be augmented with sdcards, external flash drives and even the aforementioned pocket drive.
My though is to keep the internal storage free for torrent downloading and the sdcard I’ll fill with music, music videos and audio and Ebooks.

The extended battery backs can be found with kickstand which is more than a little cool, though at roughly 7 ounces I don’t see many complain about holding this in their hand for extended periods of time.

I’ve been going on for quite long but at least your podcast doesn’t have time limits, though your patience might…

As for coming on the podcast I’d have to get over my stage fright and it’d probably be difficult to do without waking my 10 month old daughter.
Your recording time translates into 5am. locally.

Also I hope you don’t think that I was putting down the verge as a site.
They are pretty smart guys, yes.
And they have exceptional sources.
But on the vergecast they seem nearly obsessed with being heard, rather than actually talking with their listeners.
This week they did tone it down greatly, and I may be proven wrong altogether.
I have been a fan of Dieter and Chris over at the verge mobile since before their verge days.

Have I been doing something wrong, or do you know why beyondpod won’t accept the boomexplode podcast rss?

Thanks for your patience (unless it ran out 5 hours ago) and keep up the good work. Arne, Cyprus

PS: don’t believe the pictures of Cyprus you commented on. They are promotional worthy of Apple.

Arne

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Survivor
DaveImmortals
Patrick - Transformers Prime (Netflix)

Picks of the week
BillMaster Lock Speed Dial combination lock
DaveFrisbee Play Store
Patrick – Screen Flow

Simulcast Jr 9: Episode 150.5

In this episode of Simulcast Jr, Brianna talks about her experience with her Kindle Fire. She discusses the Casecrown case she got for it, and her thoughts on this tablet.

She and Bill discuss/argue about Temple Run, and Bri confesses her love for Android.

They talk about their thoughts on the “new” iPad, and Bri talks about her review of the Accell cable.

You can visit Brianna’s website at http://briscrafts.com or http://briannastebbins.com

Simulcast 150: Instagrammed

This week on this milestone Simulcast 150, Sprint has a new EVO, Android gets Instagrammed, the PS3 gets Amazon Video, and we’re consuming alcohol in celebration of this 150th show…

Apple
Flurry’s analytics: Apple’s App Store revenue still leading, but Amazon Appstore close behind
Seas0npass tethered jailbreak now available for Apple TV 2s running iOS 5.1
Nano-SIM standard vote postponed while RIM accuses Apple of cheating
Is Apple preparing a gamepad for iPad?

Google
Google Drive leaks suggest 5GB free storage, in-app document editing
Instagram now available for Android, iOS fans lose their minds about it, 1m downloads in a day
Google Unveils “Project Glass” – Here are Your Google Powered Glasses with Navigation, a Camera, Music and More
Sprint announces the HTC EVO 4G LTE (that’s a mouthful)(TWSS)
GMail App update brings ICS experience to Honeycomb Users, Performance updates to others
Galaxy Tab 2 release delayed due to Android Ice Cream Sandwich, now should come with ICS
Rogers (Canada) offers HTC One X for pre-order for $170 on contract through April 30th
ICS leaks for Galaxy Note
“Hulu for magazines” Next Issue coming soon

Microsoft
Qualcomm details Snapdragon S4-loaded Win8 notebooks further, will be lighter than Ultrabooks

Lumia 900 Reviews

Gaming
PS3 gets Amazon Instant Video and Prime
PS Vita gets 1.66 Firmware update (minor UI tweaks & a couple functional updates)

Miscellaneous
Netflix snags DVD.com domain, invests in the future of optical media
Plex Media Server beta adds DLNA support, streams to PS3, Xbox 360, WP7 and more ( YES!!!)
Roku celebrates 100 channels on UK & Irish boxes
AT&T announces 3 April LTE Markets & others for May/June
Brianna’s first review

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Listener Email

Hi guys :
Going way back I’ve had several Motorola phones including the V262 or the original Razor V9m and quite liked the Triads ringtone.

Do you have any idea where I can get for my iPhone (s)  tried Google even Motorola no joy.
Any suggestions
Enjoy the podcast up here in Vancouver
Bob

What are we playing with /watching/reading this week?
Bill – Uncharted 3 + Bill’s sad tale of woe about his PS3 controller
Dave – BF3 , Spartacus Season 2 Finale, Game Of thrones
Patrick – MW3/ American Reunion /Hunger Games
Geoff – Swordigo, Dead Island, Uncharted 1, Dexter Season 4

Picks of the week
BillGrowlVoice for OSX
DavePlex DLNA update
Patrick – Dragon Go App (iOS / Android)
Geoff – Amazon Instant Video PS3