Simulcast 131: Fire Extinguisher

This week on The Simulcast 131 we talk about Google’s new music store, the Amazon Kindle Fire, Halo Anniversary, and more listener emailsGoogle
Google Music launches 11/16, free song of the day?
Netflix updates app for Android tablets
Dave’s new Tab 10.1 LTE
Lenovo launching quad-core, 2GB RAM ICS-wielding tablet monster?
Droid RAZR launches
Adobe releases Photoshop Touch for Honeycomb
Xoom Family Edition
Amazon Kindle Fire released, Bill goes hands-on
Kindle Fire already rooted
Samsung says “Game On” for modified Tab 10.1N sales in Germany
New Nook tablet has only 1gb of 16gb internal storage available for non B&N content

iOS 5.01 released, still doesn’t fix battery issues
iOS 5.02 coming soon? 5.1 to bring more Siri integration to 4S?
Siri hacked to work on any device
Gmail iOS app back in the App Store
Steve Jobs wanted to create his own MVNO
Levinson named Apple chairman and Bob Iger (Disney CEO) joins Apple Board

Xbox 720 at CES 2012?

Halo: Anniversary released!
Infinity Blade II for iOS release date confirmed for Dec 1

Researchers increase Lithium Ion battery life and charging speed to 10x current technology

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

Hey guys,
It seems like the Pogoplug has fallen out of favor with you, as far as online storage is concerned, and since mine just up and died the other day , I’m curious as to what y’all use for cloud storage, and/or what you would recommend.  I could probably get away with 50GB or so and free would be great, but most importantly ease of access of the information, with streaming being a possibility.  An Android app (like Pogoplugs) would be nice
As a side note, I don’t hear much about the Acer Iconia A500 tablet and I just wanted to tout it’s exceptional performance.  I have Transformer and Galaxy tablets in the house (and of course the obligatory “Dumb-pad”) and it easily outperforms them all.  Plus it was only $299 on sale!  Just my 2 cents,  Thanks for the info-tainment!

What are we playing with/watching/reading this week?
Bill – Halo: Anniversary, Kindle Fire, Adobe Photoshop Touch
Dave –  MW3
Patrick – MW3, No Ordinary Family (Netflix)
Geoff – Halo Anniversary Edition, Battlefield 3, Home front, Walking Dead, Hell On Wheels, Breaking Bad

Picks of the week
Bill – Polk Audio Monitor 70 Series II home theater tower speakers
Dave – Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE
Patrick – Nothing!
GeoffMotorola Xoom Family Edition and Halo AE

Simulcast 130: Bi-tech-ual

This week on The Simulcast 130 we are joined by Brian Feldhaus, we talk about the HTC Rezound, the death of Flash, Modern Warfare 3, and more listener emails

No plans for Siri on older devices  May be linked to 4S’ unique proximity sensor GREED?
Amazon buys voice recognition startup Yap to counter Apple’s Siri
Australian court forces Apple to hand over private operator iPhone business terms

HTC Titan to hit AT&T shelves on November 20 for $199
Tango video calling app now in Windows Phone Market
Microsoft planning to combat Windows Phone app piracy with new encryption

Modern Warfare 3 – our review and thoughts
Apple’s iOS & Google Android command 58% of US portable game revenue

Verizon offering a double data promotion
Barnes & Noble announced Nook 2
Fedora 16 comes out and brings a heavy dose of cloud processing and storage support

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

Hi guys, me again!
On holiday this week so in a chilled out mood and had time to put a question to you

Firstly, a big thanks to all you guys as you’ve helped me out again.  I started by just listening to these podcasts and it’s amazing that it feels like I know you all personally now.  You’ve all dug me out out the crap on various occasions and I just wish I could return the favour somehow?  This time it was Dave and all I have to say is having a rummage in Daves Dropbox i felt like a kid in a sweet shop!

Having said all that, I do actually have a question.  On these holidays I like to send pictures and videos during the week mainly to make my mates who are still at work jealous !!

I would love an app or service (for iOS of course!) that I could post a photo or video clip and it sent it to twitter, Facebook, Google+. blogs etc.   I use pixelpipe and it comes close but only stills and not compatible with Google+.

Any ideas would be most welcome!

Gotta go, my beer has just arrived!

Sent from my iPhone

What are we playing with/watching/reading this week?
Bill – Modern Warfare 3
Dave – Modern Warfare 3 duh
Patrick – MW3
Brian – L.A. Noire The complete edition/ B&B

Picks of the week
Dave – Modern Warfare 3
Patrick – Inheritance (Final Book of Eragon Series)
Brian – Nexus S & iTap Keyboard

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

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)

Simulcast 99: #SWIMMING

In this episode, Dave is mad at Bill, Geoff is swimming at his new house, and Steve thinks Apple is “magical”

Untethered jailbreak for 4.3.1 released
Apple asks Toyota to pull their jailbreak theme
Apple reject dev’s iAd app, then releases its own version

Developers: Android Fragmentation is a problem
Nexus S on Sprint today?
New Android market and music app leaks
HTC Pyramid to launch on April 12th under the name of HTC Sensation? YES! (Dave may get one)

You can now run Android apps on Windows

Leaked touchscreen-only Palm phone

Gamestop buys Impulse

What are we playing this week?
Steve-  Contract Killer
Dave – BLOPS
Bill- COD Black Ops
Geoff- SOCOM 4 Beta, Crazy Taxi, Dragon Age (beat it Sunday), Battlefield Bad Company 2, Biggest Loser, Phantasy Star Portable 2.
Listener Email
Hey guys,

Any thoughts concerning the rumors that Apple may be moving towards capacitive home buttons on the iPod Touch 5th gen?

Does this suggest that the next iPhone (assuming its called iPhone 5) may make the switch as well?

What effect, if any, do you see such a change having in regards to custom case replacements and modding?

Love the show by the way.


Patrick Virgadamo

Picks of the week
Steve-  Jailbreak of IOS 4.3.1
Dave – MLB At 2011 for iPad
Bill- Phonesuit Primo Power Core
Geoff- SOCOM 4 and I was on G4

Simulcast Jr 7: Episode 96.5

In this episode of Simulcast Jr, Bill and Brianna discuss Bri’s iPod Touch 4. They also gush over the iPad 2 (ok, Bri does that). They catch up on all of the tech they have been using over the last 4 months including some new Android phones like the Nexus S, Inspire 4G, and ThunderBolt. Bri explains how their new media center setup is working, and they put a nice, kid-friendly spin on it all.