Simulcast 121: The Brian Harris Show

This week on The Simulcast we talk about lawsuits, Brian Harris joins us as our September sponsor, and we still don’t have listener mail!

Confirmed: iPhone 5 takes nice pictures of sushi
Deutsche Telekom offers customer opportunity to reserve iPhone 5
GameStop to carry iOS devices soon, begins trading-in used iPhones, iPads and iPods for in-store credits
Judge (Australia) To Apple: Show Us Your iPad 2 Sales Numbers

Droid Bionic launches tomorrow for $299
Droid Prime and Nexus Prime get certified
Samsung Note fills that gap between phone and tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 has super awesome SAMOLED Plus display, unknown pricing
Apple injunction pulls the Galaxy Tab 7.7 off IFA floor
HTC sues Apple with Motorola patents obtained last week from Google
Official Gingerbread update released for HTC Incredible

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Brian – Red Dwarf
Bill – Top Gear USA, Portal 2, COD: BLOPS campaign completed
Patrick – Man vs Food, LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Steve – 24 season 1
Geoff – Stargate SG-1, Halo Reach, BLOPS

Picks of the week
Brian – VPN Tracker 6 for Mac, Video Time Machine for iPad
Bill – Lenovo N5902 Multimedia Keyboard
Patrick –  Parallels Desktop 7 for Mac
Steve – Carbonite
Geoff – Stargate SG-1, Google+ Photo Gallery

Simulcast 119: Unicorn Tears

This week on The Simulcast we talk about the fallout from HP’s webOS debacle, we’re getting hyped for CES, we inch closer to a holiday weekend, and Steve Jobs resigns as Apple’s CEO!

Steve Jobs resigns as CEO of Apple!! Tim Cook to take over as CEO, Jobs to be Chairman.
Samsung starts with the 2001: A Space Odyssey Defense
Apple wins preliminary ban on all Samsung Galaxy phones in EU?
iPhone 5 to be a dual-mode phone?

Google buys Motorola for $12.5B
Google+ adds Celebrity Verification Policy, apparently forgets The Simulcast staff
First US Galaxy S II coming to Sprint as Epic Touch 4G on Sept 9th?
Leaked AT&T 2nd half of 2011 Roadmap shows lots of Android phones
Asus Transformer gets update and Netflix
Samsung announces its new naming convention for cellphones, everyone goes WTF?

HTC event will focus on Mango?

Devs begin porting Android to dead TouchPad
AT&T getting rid of $10 Text Plan for new customers
MP3Tunes lawsuit gives mixed results, possibly good news for cloud music business.


Listener email

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave –
Bill – Portal 2 – DONE!
Patrick – Halo Reach, SGU (SG1 10 seasons & SGA 5 season already done)
Steve –
Geoff – Started watching SG-1 again, Sucker punch, Halo Reach

Picks of the week
Dave – ThinkTankDigital Holster 30
Bill – Tab for Google+ (Mac client)
Patrick – CES Press Certified
Steve – HP douchepad
Geoff – iOS 5 Beta 6

PhoneSuit Elite Battery + Case for iPhone 4

PhoneSuit sent over their newest product for the iPhone 4: PhoneSuit Elite. This is a combination battery pack and slider case. They claim that it’s the thinnest, fastest charging iPhone 4 battery case which provides over 100% power.

You’re probably familiar with products such as the Mophie JuicePack Air  which combine an external battery with a case to protect your phone. However, they all seem to have some shortcoming which makes them impractical. After using this battery case for the last week, I’m very pleased to tell you that it delivers on all of the features it promises.

Let’s look at those:

  • Fast 5 Watt/1 Amp charging – fully charges iPhone 4 in less than 2 hours
  • 2100 mAh capacity
  • Charge and sync with iTunes via microUSB connector
  • PhoneSuit Power Saver Technology prioritizes iPhone power consumption to ensure your iPhone always gets the charge it needs
  • ClearAir technology alleviates any potential signal interference (common in competitor’s products)


The battery case itself is very well made. It has a nice sturdy construction with soft touch paint. The unit I received was black, but they plan to offer a variety of colors soon. Placing the iPhone in the case is very simple. Slide it down from the top until it clicks into the dock connector, then slide the top piece into place. PhoneSuit includes two different top pieces for compatibility with both AT&T and Verizon iPhone 4s.


This case adds a bit of bulk to the iPhone. Overall dimensions of the case are L126 x W62 xH17mm. It does add noticeable bulk to the iPhone, but what you give up in bulk you gain back in battery life. PhoneSuit claims that it will more than double battery life  for all use cases. In my testing with the case, I found that these figures were accurate. At the end of a normal day’s usage, the iPhone 4 would have about 25% battery remaining. I routinely saw the iPhone’s battery meter still pegged at 100% with 1 bar of power remaining on the case.

Do I really need it?

If you’re someone who spends a lot of time on your iPhone, whether it be talking, gaming, or surfing the internet, you undoubtedly know that even though it has excellent battery life, there is no such thing as too much power. I’m the type of person who would not want to give up the slim design of my device all the time in exchange for additional power. However, carrying around a spare battery isn’t an option for iPhone users. I could see using this phone on days where I knew I was going to need that extra power (such as traveling, camping, at a sporting event, etc). This case would give me plenty of confidence that my phone would have the power needed to get me through a heavy day and still have power to spare when I finally made it to a charger.


The PhoneSuit Elite Battery + Case is the best external battery pack case I’ve used. While it adds bulk, it also protects the iPhone and still provides access to all buttons and camera functions. It is an Apple Certified, Made for iPhone product that  is priced at a reasonable $79.95 and it is available directly from PhoneSuit’s website.

Make sure you let them know you saw it here!

Simulcast 118: Breakin’

The best podcast on GGN is most definitely The Simulcast, and we have a great show this week. We continue giving our opinions on tech news and telling you what you should buy.

Apple testing 4G LTE devices
Starbucks to give away free iOS apps in store via “pick of the week”

Google buys Motorola Mobility
HTC Bootloader Unlock tool live on the web, for international customers
German judge lifts ban on Tab 10.1 sales (Sales allowed in other EU countries, not Germany)
HTC sues Apple for patent infringement
Steve Kondik hired by Samsung

Obama joins Foursquare (How is this not a National Security Risk?)

Gears of War 3 will be a (fake) 3D title
Xbox going Matte, RIP Glossy?
Kinect Star Wars (Enough said)
PS3 price cut to $250
DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket on PS3
Hack your Wii : Homebrew

Listener email
Dearest Simulcast,

Thanks for your previous advice. (insert accent as/if desired)
Moving with the android world seems to give me continued need for your help, and since you seem to like listener emails why not keep bothering the **** out of you.
When i wrote you a few weeks ago i was having trouble with my X10 running android 2.1 with 2.2 extentions and an archos tablet with 2.2, but time goes on and 2.3 came out for my phone and My primary tablet is an asus transformer with 3.2…
While both are considerable upgrades it leaves me with two issues:

1. The market enabler doesn’t work with 3.2 for tablets.
Do you know if work is being done to remedy it? Or if there is a comparable alternative elsewhere?

2. It seems my favorite music player Tinyplayer seems to work on none of them now.
I loved it because it was crazy small, simple and based its library off of my file system and not the mess that is the mp3 tags of my files.
Is there a good similar player that works on GB and HC?

Lastly, may I suggest a pick of the week?
It’s a free android app called swipepad, and it makes fast app switching a true breeze.
Basically it allows you to put invisible touch fields on the edge and corners of your screen which stay present throughout the system. Touch the place that you preset and a launcher pops up with 12 shortcuts.
You can set several different fields with different launchers or buy the add-ons that allow for more shortcuts in a launcher, a full applauncher shortcut, on-off widgets, and tasking.
It’s some of the best money I’ve spent in the android platform, and the learning curve is in the minutes range.

Again, thanks for the great show and keep up the good work.

Arne, Cyprus.

What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave – Step Up 3
Bill – Portal 2 – yes, I’m still trying to finish it ; Halo: Reach
Patrick – Studying for Ham Radio License / Halo: Reach Rocket Hog Races
Steve – hot tub time machine/Studying for my Technician class license
Geoff – Hobo with a shotgun/New Madden 12 demo. It is garbage.

Picks of the week
Dave – FreeMusic (iOS)
Bill – Do It Tomorrow for Android
Patrick – Scrabble HD (iOS)
Steve – iOS Apps Translate and transfer
Geoff – OSX Lion (late to the game, finally upgraded)

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 115: Happy Birthday Bill

Like sands through the hourglass, so is The Simulcast. We are back as always with more tech news and opinions. We have not one but two listener emails, and a hefty dose of sarcasm sprinkled in.


Kindle App updated to meet Apple’s new policy: No more buying books through the app.
Apple rumored to be developing 15 and 17 laptops in the mold of the Macbook Air
Performance variations found in the SSDs shipping in the new Macbook Airs.
Future iPhones, like Superman, to be powered by the sun?
Apple Charges Customer 122 Times for Lion
Survey: 35% of U.S. Consumers Planning to Purchase Next-Generation iPhone

Bill’s new MacBook Air – thoughts
Walmart taking another crack at challenging Netflix
New Device can test for recent drug use through your fingerprint
Sandybridge processors now in budget end (<$400) HP and Toshiba laptops

Galaxy S2 coming to Verizon first?
Tensions flair as Google deletes Google+ users accounts with fake names
Google Exec calls for US Patent Law reform after Nortel sale loss.

Phantasy Star Online 2 alpha tests to start this summer
Avatar Kinect is up and running

Listener email
Follow-up to last’s week email:

The marketenabler did the job- no trouble. though it needed root access so i had to root my archos also. anyway, theres plenty of other benefits to that also so it would only have been a matter of time. regarding my accent i’m half danish, half inuit (greenland) and i learned most of my english watching american cartoons in the mid and late 80’s so maybe it’s mostly a zentraedi or autobotian accent 😉 my danish accent is definately worse than my english. i’d definitelt be happy if you would send me the new android market anyway, though marketenabler does say it wornt work with the latest version.

anyway, thanks for your advice.


New question:
Greetings from across the pond again here, cheers again for the iTunes voucher thing the other day!  Kids off school so the apple TV is getting a pounding!

Have a listener question/challenge for you!

Now I’ve upgraded my iMac to Lion, i seem to have lost the Time machine client for my Media Smart Server.
It runs and confirms there is a server there but all the options are greyed out for setting a partition etc.
Long story short I don’t have a backup right now!

I looked on some forums and apparently that is a consequence of Lion and the HP Media Smart server team have been disbanded to work on Web OS so there is unlikely to be a new update!

Did you use your MSS as a time machine for your macs or did you have another solution?

I’m about to go out and buy yet another plug in Hard Disk to be a time machine but to be honest I liked the way the HP Server backed up everything in one place.

If you know of a workaround or a fix then I would be extremely impressed and grateful!

PS, Love the Screen video,  and I’m so jealous of the new macbook air that i’ve decided to definitely get one,  Did you get the faster processor?  there was an option to get an I7 or an I5?

Cheers for now


What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Dave –  Duke Nukem, Sucker Punch
Bill – Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2
Patrick – Naruto Shippuden (on Season 9) Free via
Steve – Chuck/ The Cuckoo’s Egg – Cliff Stol

Picks of the week
Dave – Beats by Dre
Bill – new 13” MacBook Air
Patrick – 2.7ghz i7 Mac Mini
Steve – Tout