Simulcast 244.1: A Reboot Fixes Everything

This week on Simulcast 244, we are talking about iOS8, Android One, more Chromecast stuff, and Bill gets his own personal cellspot.

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

This week on Simulcast 244.1, we are talking about iOS8, Android One, more Chromecast stuff, and Bill gets his own personal cellspot.

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





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Casting Couch

Bill – Houdini, SOA, Ultimate Fighter

Patrick – Neighbors

Picks of the Week
Bill – Moto 360
Patrick – AntiPick – Slingplayer Chromecast no Solo or Pro HD Support

Simulcast 211: Choking Jony Ive’s Chicken

scastlogosquareThis week on Simulcast 211, we’re talking about the Galaxy Note 3, the Samsung Smartwatch, Xbox One, Windows 8.1, and Robert Downey Jr.

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

Apple iPhone event rumored to be scheduled for Sept 10th

Note 3 rumored to have 3GB RAM, 5.68” display
Samsung smartwatch rumored for September announcement
Google rolling out user specific search functions to Google Search
Google Play refunds outrageous Nexus 7 Sleeve shipping charges & offers 3.99 “saver” option
Google ditching Messenger for Hangouts

Call of Duty: Ghosts Prestige Edition to include 1080p “Tactical Camera”
XBox 360 Season Passes will carry over to XBox One
Xbox One launch markets reduced to 13 instead of originally planned 21
Kinect is no longer required to run the Xbox One
Microsoft confirms that XBox One controller will be PC compatible (eventually)
No Cross-Platform chat between Xbox One and Xbox 360 users

Windows 8.1 release date officially set for October 17 (7AM ET)
Surface RT declared “unmitigated disaster” and prompts shareholder suit

HTC is rebranding with Robert Downey Jr

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Casting Couch
– OitNB, Breaking Bad
Geoff – Breaking Bad, The Bridge, Elysium, Low Winter Sun
Patrick – Breaking Bad, Duck Dynasty
Dave– Pain and Gain, Fast 6 (x2) G.I Joe Retaliation, BREAKING BAD BITCHES!!

Picks of the week
– Anti-Pick: Amazon Prime shipping
Geoff – Samsung Wireless Charging Pad
Patrick – Chromecast, Nexus Media Importer
Dave– Microsoft Surface Pro Anti-Pick: Amazon Prime shipping


Simulcast 137: Overslept

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


Apple prepping TVs?

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

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

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! 🙂


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) / (Dragonball, DragonballZ, Dragonball GT)

Simulcast 134: Failure to Launch

This week on The Simulcast 134 we are Steveless and filled with anticipation rage. Geoff has a new phone, and we will try our best to contain our excitement rage.

Siri ported to other iOS devices [guide]
Apple hiring more Siri engineers – what features would we like?
Did Apple rig eBook prices?
Flipboard for iPhone launched

10 Days of $0.10 Premium Android Apps to celebrate 10 Billions Downloads
More evidence of December 9th
VZW Galaxy Nexus won’t support Google Wallet
Verizon announces 2 new LTE tablets and a white Droid RAZR
Blind Type is the ICS keyboard
Logitech Revue getting Honeycomb update

Listener Email
Hey guys, just got a quick question on a week where the show’ll be full of Android users.

Does using CyanogenMod void any warranties on your handset? The HTC Desire Z that I got for the wife a few months ago has been working fine, but ever since we updated it to Gingerbread (OTA) there’s been plenty of annoying bugs on the phone, not to mention the fact that the handset is stuck on the old Android market.

Pretty much every time the home button is pressed (to exit Market, e-mails, browsing, some apps), the screen flashes white with the HTC logo, before the phone performs a mini reboot and goes back to the home screen. Downloading app updates is hit and miss too; the Market says it’s updating, but an update for a 6Mb app claims to take overnight (although it’s downloaded and installed in a minute according to the notifications bar, the Market app insists it’ll still be downloading and updating the following morning).

It’s to the point where using the phone as a smartphone is pretty annoying – would rooting void any warranty on the handset, and would I be able to keep any apps bought on the Google market after rooting?

Thanks for your help guys, I always go out of my way to grab the show on Thursday mornings to listen to at work.

By the way, if anyone wants to attempt to do an accent for myself or Chris Oldroyd, they’re both pretty similar (although my Sunderland accent is apparently better). Just say: “Haway the Lads!” and you’ll sound like someone from the North East of England!

Ian Hamilton

Listener Voicemail
Thanks Clay!

Xbox 360 update – who got it and what do you think?
Xbox 360 gets new content partners

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

What are we playing with/watching/reading this week?
Bill – 30 Seconds or Less
Dave – Walking Dead Season 1
Patrick – MW3
Geoff – Limitless, Skyrim

Picks of the week
BillChristmas HD Live Wallpaper. 10 cents in the Market
Dave – Go Launcher
Patrick – Xbox Live App (iOS)
Geoff – Xbox Live Update

Simulcast 124: Fire the Horde

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the Amazon tablets, our anticipation for the iPhone announcements, Gears of War 3, we’re all here, and we have even MORE listener mail!Amazon tablet and Kindle Touch zomg!!!1! – what are our thoughts?

Apple event to be held in Cupertino?confirmed for October 4th
LOVEFilm offers iPad app, Europeans rejoice
Apple killing off the shuffle and classic ipod?

Ice Cream Sandwich to be revealed October 11th
SGS II surpasses 10 million sold
Verizon HTC Vigor pictures and specs leak Bill likey!
HTC Thunderbolt Gingerbread OTA Update now available!
Flickr App for Android goes live

Windows Phone Marketplace on the Web
Windows 8 log in via WindowsLive
Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” released worldwide
Microsoft announced Windows Phone Suggestion Box
Geoff’s new Trophy, and Mango!

Patrick and Bill beat Gears 3 Campaign.

Bill was on the Gadget Gurus Sunday – LISTEN

Listener email
Hi gents enjoy the podcast from up here in Vancouver.

I have an Airport express with reasonably good speakers, is there a way to listen to radio broadcasts live that use in one case Windows Media player through the Airport speakers rather than the laptop speakers?

If I didn’t want to listen live I could wait for the one program until posted on iTunes or listen to the other via my iPhone.

I may have just answered my own question

Bill: Not sure if this will work?

Email #2
Hey guys,

Seeing that a few of you often throw in video games in your pick of the week selections, I thought I’d e-mail and ask if any of you had any experience with the cloud gaming platform called “OnLive”?

The system launched in the UK last week, and I’ve been lucky enough to try it out after picking up a free console at a video game expo in London last weekend. On paper, it seems like a good idea, but in execution – especially with the state of broadband internet in the UK – it’s not that great.

I’ve written two stories on it on my own blog at – but it seems that OnLive’s servers have struggled to cope with the high demand created by giving out 12,000 consoles for free on launch weekend. The selection of games, whilst not triple-A level, are pretty respectable, but given the reactions I’ve read in the first few days, it isn’t cut out for the UK just yet.

Is OnLive mainstream at all in the US, or do you think that it’s a niche that will only take off once another company jumps on the idea?

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Steve – Still stuck on Tiny Wings
Bill – Gears 3 – Horde mode rocks!
Patrick – Gears 3 – Horde Mode Weak Link
Dave –  Gears 3 (Of course)

Picks of the week – sponsored by
Steve – 240GB SSD Drive
Bill – CyberPower CP625 battery backup
Patrick – Flickr App for Android
Dave – Gears 3 (Of course)
Geoff – Windows Phone 7.5 Mango

Simulcast 122: Illegal Bass

This week on The Simulcast we talk about hardware, Steve is absent, but Dave is back, Brian joins us for another week, and Bill is rocking a new microphone and mixer! We have listener mail, and we do have Google Plus invites. Who needs one?

HTC exec: iPhones are for old people
NBC, TNT, and TBS bring full episodes to ipad apps.

HTC announces Sensation XE with Beats audio
CM7 available for Sensation and EVO 3D
HTC Bliss and Runnymede leak, Bill reminisces about his Nexus One
Google announces flight search service
Gamestop will have an Android gaming tablet next year?
Philadelphia Media Company launches $99. Android TabletSpec Sheet

Windows 8 tablet shown off on video
Windows has 500K downloads of Windows 8* in 12 hours. * Developer Preview

Amazon preparing “Netflix for books”?
Logitech announces new bluetooth headphones (with boom mic) and boombox for tablets and smartphones. Patrick wants the headset for his iPad2
Youtube now allows online editing of posted videos (<1000 views and no copyright id claims)
Qualcomm announces Snapdragon processor roadmap, 2.5GHz quad-core devices coming early 2012 if true, this is sick for mobile devices

Listener email
Hey guys – just thought I’d give you an update… after a lot of research, I finally got the HTC Desire Z (aka the T-Mobile G2 in the US) for my wife. She’s been using the phone for about a fortnight now, after some issues with our mobile phone network.

So far, she’s had no problems with it, despite it being her first Android phone. Save for a rookie wi-fi error (forgetting to turn Wi-Fi off in the morning meant that the battery went from 100% to 15% in four hours!), the only problem we’ve found had been with my phone: despite the Desire Z being almost a year old, it can run several apps that my brand new Galaxy S II can’t – such as the new Madden NFL game, and several others. She’s used an iPhone before (casually), and has found the Android a lot more user friendly and a lot easier to use than the iPhone, and the extra customisations are a bonus as well.

It’s just a shame that the Desire Z has now been discontinued in Europe and is getting increasingly difficult to get hold of.

Thanks for the advice guys – one last question for anyone who’s got/used a G2 (Brian…): do you recommend updating the firmware to Gingerbread? What changes does it make to the phone, and will all apps already on the device be lost in the upgrade?

Cheers guys

Ian in London

We take a break to leave a voicemail for the Gurus. F yeah!

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Brian – Sons of Anarchy
Bill – Home Theater Magazine
Patrick – DC Universe Online (Fired up PS3 to make sure it still works)/ Halo: Reach
Dave – Xmen First Class
Geoff – Dead Space 2 and Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (finishing up the rest of the achievements)

Picks of the week – sponsored by
Brian – Has none but will use Ian’s email as pick
Bill – Burn the City
Patrick – Universal Laptop/Ipad Stand (iGobee)
Dave – Juice Defender
Geoff – Power support