Simulcast 201: D311

This week on Simulcast 201, we’re talking about Apple, the Galaxy Note III, Moto X, and more updated Google Apps.

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

This week on Simulcast 201, we’re talking about Apple, the Galaxy Note III, Moto X, and more updated Google Apps.

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

Apple
Tim Cook promises new iOS look at next WWDC
Tim Cook: Apple has no issue porting its apps to Android
Tim Cook: Apple will open up its APIs

Google

YES!!!!! Samsung official reportedly confirms Note III in the works, muses on potential camera upgrades

White Nexus 4 on May 29th, LG says no new Nexus from them
LG exec says the company won’t make the Nexus 5
New Gmail inbox coming soon, Calendar
Verizon Galaxy S4 to support AWS-based LTE through software update
Moto X phone confirmed

Gaming
Sony’s Exec Yoshida states that most PS4 games will be playable on Vita via Remote Play

Misc
Foxconn and Mozilla join hands over Firefox OS, may show off new devices next week
Amazon greenlights 5 shows to appear exclusively on Amazon Prime

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Listener emails
Hi Guys,

Faithful listener here. Keep up the great show. I wanted your opinion on something.

I have been using a Samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 for the last year (I bought it before the Nexus 7 came out). I just saved up for a Nexus 7 as I want that pure android and nexus experience right out of the box. I was hoping this past Google I/O was going to announce an updated version coming out which I was going to pull the trigger on, but it never happened.

What’s your take on buying the current Nexus 7 now? It still seems to be the top 7 inch android device. (I did look into a iPad mini as I could have used it for reviews also for the iOS blog I contribute to, but the bang for the buck and features is definitely with the Nexus 7. I use iOS still on my original iPad, but I Iike the mini size).

Thanks,

Louis Senecal

Email #2

Hey guys,

An article you may want to go over in tonight’s Simulcast: http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-sony-mandates-vita-remote-play-for-ps4-games

Sony have confirmed that almost all PS4 games must be able to be remotely played in the Vita, unless they require extra hardware (such as the PS Eye or other peripherals).

It’s a bit like what the Wii U was trying to do with the larger game pad, but this will be for virtually every game. It should be good for a) people who regularly fight over watching TV or playing games and b) for Sony shifting Vitas.

Slight advantage Sony? Roll on E3!

Ian

Casting Couch
Bill
– Overhaulin’, Can’t wait for TUF 18 with Miesha Tate!
Patrick – Game of Thrones
Dave –  Troll Hunter (Netflix)

Picks of the week
Bill
– Light Manager
Patrick – Google Now Desktop (Chrome)
Dave –  Printer Share

Simulcast 200: The Big One

This week on Simulcast 200, we’re talking about our 200th episode, the Xbox One, our 200th episode, and did we mention it’s our 200th episode?

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

This week on Simulcast 200, we’re talking about our 200th episode, the Xbox One, our 200th episode, and did we mention it’s our 200th episode?

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

Google
Galaxy S4 Active leaked
New Nexus Q at the FCC?
Hangouts is “The future of Google Voice”
Verizon GS4 bootloader hacked, release imminent
Gmail “send money” feature is live, and Bill has it!

Microsoft
New Xbox!

Misc
Flickr updates, give 1TB of storage and an awesome new Android app

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Listener Tweets
@SteveTrotto: Great getting on the @TheSimulcast to celebrate episode 200. Congratulations guys keep up the great work!

@BrianHarris: Congrats to @TheSimulcast on 200 shows and to all who made those 200 happen.

Listener Chats
@ClayRussell: You guys were the first podcast I ever listened to on my iPhone. Still listening 200 episodes later. Thanks for the education, the laughs, the jokes and the memories. Cheers fellas!! Here’s to 200 more! Sorry. No drunk voicemail.

Listener Voicemails
@ChrisOldroyd

Casting Couch
Bill
– nada
Geoff – nada
Patrick – Star Trek: Into Darkness
Dave – nada

Picks of the week
Bill
Floating Notifications
Geoff – His broken new laptop (shouldn’t have made fun of Apple)
Patrick – Google Play Music All Access
Dave –  Note 2 son <—-his hustle is STRONG!

 

Simulcast 199: All teh Googles

This week on Simulcast 199, we’re talking about Google I/O, Android, Google All Access, Hangouts, a Google Experience GS4, and tons of other Google news.

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

This week on Simulcast 199, we’re talking about Google I/O, Android, Google All Access, Hangouts, a Google Experience GS4, and tons of other Google news.

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

Google
Google Hangouts, available today on Android, iOS, and web! and Gmail
Google Search/Now updated – location based reminders, new release cards, etc
Google Play Music All Access
Google selling GS4 with stock android, nexus experience
Verizon GS4 available May 23rd
Facebook phone discontinued after 3 weeks
Google combines Gmail, G+, and Drive storage
Cydia is now on Android

Gaming
Twitch app available on Xbox 360

Misc
HueNotifier turns your Phillips lights into notifications
Amazon creates their own currency that no one wants
BBM goes cross-platform, no one really cares

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Casting Couch
Bill – The Great Gatsby
Geoff – Defiance TV
Patrick – Merlin, Lego LOTR, Blue Dragon
Dave – Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, IP Man ½

Picks of the week
Bill
PicsArt
Geoff
Patrick – Google Hangouts
Dave – All Access , Windows 8 Controller

Simulcast 198: Talladega Night

This week on Simulcast 198, we’re talking about Google Hangouts, Jelly Bean 4.3, small Windows 8 tablets, and Apple’s carrier troubles?

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

This week on Simulcast 198, we’re talking about Google Hangouts, Jelly Bean 4.3, small Windows 8 tablets, and Apple’s carrier troubles?

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.scastlogosquare

Apple
Apple having trouble signing new carriers due to high subsidies

Google
Google Babel to be launched as Hangouts
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean showing up in web traffic
Google releasing code to devs to make Chrome integration with iOS apps easier
Discovered code may hint at Google Now for Mac Desktop (Notification Center)

Microsoft
Amazon leaks small form-factor Windows 8 tablet

Misc
Nike Fuelband follow up to add Heart-rate Monitor, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android App
OUYA gets a 9/10 repairability rating from iFixit
Regal Theaters equipping ~6000 theaters with Sony closed-captioning glasses
EA’s Next-Gen Games won’t be coming to WiiU

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Casting Couch
Bill – Talladega Nights, The Other Guys
Geoff – Finales of The Following, The Americans, Defiance PC, Starcraft 2
Patrick – Iron Man 3, Lego LOTR

Picks of the week
Bill – AOKP for Nexus 7
Geoff – PC Monitor Mobile
Patrick – Iron Man 3 (IMAX 3D FTW!)

Simulcast 197: We’re the Hasselhoffs of Podcasting

This week on Simulcast 197, we’re talking about the Nexus 11, Google Now, iOS7, and we have some listener emails and voicemails!
We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.

This week on Simulcast 197, we’re talking about the Nexus 11, Google Now, iOS7, and we have some listener emails and voicemails!

We’ll talk about it all, right here, on the Simulcast.scastlogosquare

Apple
Google Now hits iOS devices
iOS7 rumored to be delayed, flat

Google
Nexus 11 specs rumored
Google left Glass unlocked intentionally
AT&T Galaxy S4 has a locked bootloader, promptly hacked
HTC M4 rumored, smaller HTC One
Paranoid Android has Halo, think Chat Head for all apps

Microsoft
Microsoft releases app to help Android users switch, and it lies

Gaming
COD: Ghosts coming November 5th (including on next-gen consoles)

Misc
We are on Google+ page and Twitter
We are now on Google Currents, and the Windows Phone Store!
You can also email us podcast@thesimulcast.com
Call us 203-903-CAST

Listener emails
From Ian:

Hey guys, I managed to get hold of a Galaxy S4 pretty soon after launch day (got it on Monday – launch was pushed back a day to Saturday in the UK, although some people got theirs on Friday), and thought you’d be interested in my take on the new Samsung flagship. I was upgrading from a Galaxy S2, and the wife has a Galaxy S3, so this wasn’t the same sort of groundshaking change as my last upgrade (from an iPhone 3GS to the Galaxy S2), but my initial impressions have been extremely positive.

I had upgraded my GS2 to Jelly Bean weeks before getting this handset, so was familiar with plenty of the features that I hadn’t used as much. You’re familiar with Google Now, which is surprisingly useful in London (especially when the Underground breaks, knowing which buses to get and where will end up being a lifesaver).

Touchwiz is the same as before; not too overbearing, but the omission of weather notifications on the lock screen is puzzling, given that the GS2 and GS3 had this. A job for DashClock, then! The settings screen has been redesigned, but some of the new additions, such as Air Gesture are hit and miss – Smart Scroll doesn’t like people who wear glasses, it seems, whilst Air View is like the pop-out video gimmick from the S3, in that it only works in certain applications.

One of the coolest features is one of the least hyped in my mind. If you’ve ever gone through the hassle of editing a certain part of a song to use as a ringtone or alarm tone, then those days are gone. “Auto recommendation” automatically selects the best part of a music file if you want to use it as a ringtone – with a pretty good success rate. No more will you have to wrestle with Audacity. Unless you want to.

In terms of an upgrade, I’d say the screen is the only major difference between the S3 and S4, with the processor and memory being a slight bump, but if you’re upgrading from any older handsets, you’d be a fool not to pick this, unless you happen to be a fan of HTC’s Sense overlays.

You can quit here, but longer explanations follow…

TouchWiz hasn’t changed too much from previous devices – one main change is in the settings screen, where things are split into four sections – “Connections” (for Wifi connections, Bluetooth, NFC, etc), “My device” (customise lock screen, notification sounds, power saving), “Accounts” (to manage sync options) and “More” (location services, app manager, battery, etc). For a novice, this seems to be a good idea for helping people not get lost in a sea of options.

Part of the distinguishing features are the Samsung “S apps” – stuff like S Voice, S Health, S Translator, S Memo. I’ve hardly used these before (S Memo seems to be best for keeping notes of things, like a large food/drink order at a bar when watching the game). S Translate seems like it would come in useful when you’re abroad, especially if you’re nowhere near a Wifi hotspot and don’t want to get hit by data fees (the S apps don’t use any data whatsoever), but this is very limited by the voice recognition aspect of it. Unless you fancy spending a lot of time typing out stuff, you’d better hope that the Samsung “gets” your accent. For people from the north east of England like myself (and Chris Oldroyd, for example), this will be a struggle. This technology is used again the Optical Reader app, which will translate individual words based on what the camera sees, but it’s not great at huge chunks of text, so translating, say, a menu will be strictly a word-for-word experience.

Overall, I’d say the S4 is a worthy upgrade for just about anyone – and the fact that the UK model is 4G ready (only one network in the UK, called EE, currently offers it, but Vodafone and O2 will be rolling theirs out later this year) means that you’re not upgrading to a handset that’ll be out of date by the end of the year.

Listener voicemails
Chris Oldroyd

New Nexus 4 – app recommendations? Google calendar sharing?

Casting Couch
Bill – UFC 159, The Following
Geoff – The Following, UFC 159, Defiance PC, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, Defiance TV
Patrick – Iron Man 3!, Lego Lord of the Rings

Picks of the week
Bill – Glow Hockey 2
Geoff – Beans ROM 14 for VZW Note 2
Patrick – Stargate SG-1 Unleashed (iOS)