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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.

Apple
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

Google
10 Days of $0.10 Premium Android Apps to celebrate 10 Billions Downloads
VZW Galaxy Nexus December 9th? FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE MAKE IT SO!
More evidence of December 9th
NOOOOOOOOOOO!
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!

Cheers
Ian Hamilton

Listener Voicemail
Thanks Clay!

Gaming
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 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

Apple
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

Microsoft
Xbox 720 at CES 2012?

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

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

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

Email
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!
Bruce

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 127: Ice Cream Sammiches

This week on The Simulcast we talk about Ice Cream Sandwiches, Galaxy Nexus, new Motorola hardware, and 1 week with iPhone 4S
Voicemail!!!
What are we playing/watching/reading this week?
Steve – iWoz
Bill – Gears 3, Portal 2
Dave – Green Lantern
Geoff- Duke Nukem Forever, Sonic 4 WP7, Breaking Bad (started season 2), Red State

Picks of the week – sponsored by BrianandDeniseHarris.com
Steve – gmusic
BillObihai 110
Dave – Box.net
Geoff – Scribblenauts Remix for iOS