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 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

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

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.


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

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

Simulcast 133: Hell or High Water

This week on The Simulcast 133 we have recovered from our turkey hangovers, we have listener email, it’s Dave’s birthday, and we have lots of the week’s tech news!

Apple seeds 5.1 beta to devs
Apple approves subscription based iPad gaming service
Rumors starting to surface that Microsoft Office may be coming to the iPad
Converting protected iTunes songs through iTunes Match starts iPad2 a day giveaway (Today – Dec 31)

AT&T releasing LG Nitro on December 4th
Google Catalogs released for Android tablets
Google Maps 6.0 update brings indoor navigation
CM7 lights up the Kindle Fire
Samsung wins a patent battle to sell Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, war with Apple not over
Apple seeking to ban sales of Modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Update on Bill’s home phone number porting to Google Voice and Obihai 110
Crapgadget: ‘you really shouldn’t have’ edition
Verizon and Cricket proposing Spectrum Swap to FCC
Spotify unveils developer platform to allow 3rd party apps using its service
Facebook settles its FTC privacy complaints
AT&T and Deutsche Telekom now talking joint venture partnership (Plan B?)

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

Email #1
Hi Guys,

Need your help again!

Have an Uncle in Canada who has just been over to us here in the UK.
While he was here I lent him a MiFi of mine so that he wouldn’t get shafted with using his iPhone on data roaming charges and to be able to use his laptop.

I used a “Pay as You Go” sim card on a Data only deal (similar tariff to those for the iPad) and in fact the £15 credit i put on lasted him all month!
He was very impressed with the MiFi and the way it works.
Now here’s where I need you!

He’s off to Phoenix at the end of the year for 3 months and would like a Mifi to use there in the same way.

Q1 Can he buy a MiFi outright in the US that would still work when he brought it back to canada. (or even the other way round)
Q2 What are the deals (and are there any) on  Pay as you go basis for Data only rather than signing up for a contract.
Q3 What are the best networks?
Q4 He does have an iPhone with Telus.  Would tethering be an option, I would doubt it myself as once he uses in the States he’s going to get charged international rates I assume??

Anyway I think you get the picture!
Any suggestions?

Email #2
Hey Guys,

Great podcast, love listening every week; even though Steve is the only one with anything decent to say (Bloody Android Fanbois!) Anyway I have a question about Sling Player, specifically the iPad app.

My setup is quite simple; I have a Slingbox Solo HD connected to a Sky HD satellite box via component connections. The SlingSolo is wired with Cat5E to a Netgear 5GHz N access point which is only there for the Sling Box.

Watching Sling via the PC the picture is perfect and the iPhone app is pretty good too. My complaint is with the iPad app, it looks like shit, its jerky and just plain bad. I actually use the iPhone version on my iPad in 2X mode as it is way better than the iPad app.

My question is do you think this is just another crappy job from Sling or is it a problem with my setup, the app shows great bandwidth so I thinks it’s the former. What does the Android tablet version look like particular with fast moving sports action? Would be interesting to know what you guys think!

Cheers guys
Chris Oldroyd

What are we playing with/watching/reading this week?
Bill – Shadowgun, Boardwalk Empire
Dave –  Misfits (Tv Show)
Patrick – How I Met Your Mother, Game of Thrones
Geoff – Walking Dead, The IT Crowd and Skyrim
Steve – Walking Dead

Picks of the week
BillQuick settings app for iOS –
Dave –  CM7 for LG Optimus
PatrickNoteshelf (iPad)
Geoff – GrooVe IP for Honeycomb Tablets
Steve – ifrogz Backbone for iPad 2

Simulcast 117: Stop or I’ll Sue!

The best podcast on GGN rolls on. We continue giving our opinions on tech news and telling you what you should buy.

Apple sued for Patent Infringement over OSX’s fastboot feature
Apple releases utility to create Lion recovery USB key
Skype 5.3 brings HD video calling, Lion Support
iOS 5 Beta 5 gets tethered jailbreak (no ipad 2)
Boxee for iPad is out
Vudu now optimized for iPad (SD streaming only & no Disney content)
Kindle Cloud Reader allows Amazon to sidestep Apple’s subscription rules.

Google up and running, will unlock bootloaders soon
HTC holding teleconference tomorrow at 11:30am. What could it be?
Google+ now on iPad & iPod Touch
Apple blocks sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe too

Barnes & Noble giving away $100 in books & study guides with purchase of Nook & Nook Color
Amazon cloud storage outage downs Netflix, Quora, Foursquare, and others
Happy 20th Birthday World Wide Web – (August 6, 1991)
FCC to review AT&T’s T-Mobile and Qualcomm deals together
Hacker is able to unlock cars (make/model undisclosed) with a text message
Nokia N9 not coming to America?
Acer Aspire 3951 – PC clone of Macbook Air?
Verizon joins AT&T in blocking unlicensed tethering apps

Ten-year-old hacker exposes potential iOS and Android games exploit

Listener email
I’ve been listening to your show since before the “Beachbody breakup” and I always listen to your show on Wednesday nights.  The reason for my email is because I am looking for advice on upgrading my MacBook Pro.  I am ripping DVDs with Handbrake and am close to running out of room on my Hitachi 5400 250GB hard drive.  I was looking at OWC and there are so many choices, sizes and brands I have no clue even where to begin.  Also my other question is regarding upgrading my RAM.  I have 4GB DDR3 1066MhZ of RAM in my Mid 2010 13″ MacBook Pro and was wondering if it makes sense to upgrade to 8GB or even more if possible.

Thanks again guys for any advice you can give and keep up the good work,

Rob “Fubaracing”

P.S. I’m glad Steve went back to the iPhone or I myself would have had to convert to Android.  Thanks Steve!!

Hey guys – just an update on an e-mail I sent a few weeks back about the HTC Desire Z. Apparently in the US it was released as the T-Mobile G2 – knowing that, does anyone have any experiences of that handset, and does it change your original opinion to pick the HTC over a similar Sony Ericsson handset?

Second question, my father, who knows of computers, but isn’t terribly computer literate beyond that, is looking to get a computer so he can browse the internet. Which would you say would be the best balance between a safe option and a cheap option? An Android tablet or a netbook? I was thinking an Android tablet as it will browse the internet, and some can output in HDMI (plus you can’t do that much damage just browsing, as compared to on a PC with various hijacked/booby trapped sites) – do you guys have any tips?


Ian H (from near London, England – not affected by the riots, but a little too close to them for comfort!)

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave – Case 39
Bill – “Take the Money and Run”
Patrick – 80s movies (Flight of the Navigator/ Something Wicked This Way Comes)
Steve – all of the original Planet of the Apes Movies

Picks of the week
Dave – Optibay knockoff
Bill – PhoneSuit Elite battery case for iPhone 4
Patrick – Business card/ Stickers
Steve – Otterbox box commuter for iPhone 4/ Netflix

Simulcast 111: Sellout

We are back for the another wonderful Simulcast. Bill is in the great state of Texas and broadcasting live from his hotel room. Dave is working and Bill took long enough getting set up that Geoff had to take care of some things for his job.

iOS5 = no more untethered jailbreaks and downgrades?
Singapore Army’s lastest equipment issued – iPad 2
Could Apple’s MusicMatch be used as a tool to catch infringers?
Steve’s iPhone 4

Nexus Prime will be a Samsung pure Google phone with Ice Cream Sandwich?

Microsoft part of effort to develop white space spectrum recapture to solve spectrum woes

Gamers can apparently now add “Art Aficionado” to their resumes and bios.
Geohot hired by Facebook.
For Bill – R2D2 Operation – Nuff said.

Sony announces their own (non-Mac) Thunderbolt integration.
Interesting developments in wireless computer docking technology.

What are we playing/watching this week?
Steve – Nada!
Bill – Cut the Rope
Patrick – BLOPS (New Annihilation Map Pack)

Picks of the week
Steve – iPhone 4 and iFrogz case
Bill – Fring
Patrick- Blogsy

Simulcast 110: Deep Shot Your Admin

We are back for the 10th Simulcast north of the centennial. There is plenty of juicy information about our favorite tech giants plus what we’re playing, and picks of the week! Skype was not our friend this week, so bear with us!

Apple Mac Pro and Mac Mini Refreshes coming in August with Thunderbolt?
iPhone 5 will have radical case design?
Apple announces Lion Server Option along with Business and Educational pricing.
Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, and Compressor 4 now in the Mac App Store.
FCC Filing shows new AirPort Extreme refresh coming soon.
Broad multitouch patent granted to Apple seen as ‘huge blow’ to rivals
Geoff left AT&T and went back to the iPhone

Bill’s new Galaxy Tab 10.1 – his thoughts – and it’s already rooted
Android 3.2 coming this summer with 7inch tablet support and bugfixes
Google buys Sage TV – GoogleDVR, anyone?
Deep Shot – Think Chrome to Phone and throw in a camera.
Google bringing WebRTC integration to Chrome.

Could Microsoft and the DMCA spell the end of 3rd party gaming peripherals?

Redbox now has video games Been…?! in some areas (what normal people call test markets). now nationwide
Black Ops Annihilation Map Pack (June 28th on Xbox 360) (This is bullshit)

Verizon tiered data plans July 7th
New Federal Law in the works to make illegal streaming of copyrighted material a Felony
With all the hacking going on, CNET has a handy dandy chart to keep it all straight.
Dropbox’s Security Glitch – Check your files.

What are we playing this week?
Steve –
Dave – Infamous PS3 and Battlefield 2 Bad Company
Bill – businessman
Geoff – Dead Space, Illusia
Patrick – DC Universe Online/ BLOPs (getting practice in before the new map packs hit)

Picks of the week
Steve – Weatherpro
Dave – vTok, Splashtop RDP
Bill – WiFi File Explorer Pro
Geoff – Illusia and Airport Express
Patrick- ZigZag Board App (ipad)

Simulcast 109: This is Geoff’s Next

This week’s show covers what is traditionally called “a slow news week”. We cover some news from our other favorite mobile devices plus what we’re playing, and picks of the week!

Apple finally releases unlocked iPhone 4’s . Starting at $649 (buh bye AT&T)
Apple and Nokia patent dispute ends with license agreement, Apple pays
iCloud Communications sues Apple for obvious reasons
Apple removes password stealing app from App Store
NO free iPod with new mac this fall.

Google voice search/Instant Pages
Desire is/isn’t getting Gingerbread HTC pulls a 180, now says Gingerbread is coming to Desire
Nexus 4G Revealed

KinectShop concept is ready to televise your shopping revolution (video)

TouchPad, pre-order available June 19, $499


Miscellaneous starts trial of 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home internet in California, asks just $70
No DVD playback on Nintendo Wii U? Boo

The Liz Money After Party Challenge

If you listen to the After Party, you know that Nic and Liz sometimes tend to go off on tangents while doing their podcasts. Usually they center around celebrity gossip, or super geeky topics or how Liz has too small of hands to handle the newer larger screen smartphones. One of their tangents has sprung up a new challenge, The Liz Money After Party Challenge. This all started when they went on some tangent about small phones and that Mobile Mike’s buddy fit the HP Veer into his mouth.  After hearing that, Liz, of course, tried to fit her phone in her mouth. Repeatedly.

So this is where you come in, After Party People. We are taking suggestions for Liz to fit things into her mouth. This will be included in the extras section of their shiny new Android app! You can send in your suggestions to Liz or Nic via email:, or twitter: @Liz_Money @NicBall @GuruAfterParty and we will pick what Liz tries to fit into her mouth. Within reason, of course.

So, grab their new app from the Android App store and send in your suggestions for the Liz Money Challenge!!

What are we playing this week?
Steve – nada
Dave –  Resistance PSP
Bill – Kinect Labs
Patrick -Infamous (Free*  *In return for getting PSN info hacked, thanks Sony)

Picks of the week
Steve – Google music
Dave – Dock4droid, DropSnap
Bill – Simi Folder widget
Patrick- Netflix (new cartoons shows ie. Heman (original), Spiderman, Iron Man, XMen, etc)