Posts tagged cell
- Nick Bilton loses his credibility
- Microsoft loses it’s IE
- Teens lose their ability to rock out in the family car (unless dad says so)
- Elon Musk gets misquoted (but it’s still cool)
- 3D printing looks just like T2!
- Everybody hates homeopathy
Geek Trivia Question (care of Jay Garmon):
What major industrial disaster was largely attributed to user interface design?
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
“Something Good Can Work” by Two Door Cinema Club
TOPIC: We talk a lot about Sony and “The Interview”, but we also have a GREAT talk with Joe Oddo of Verizon Wireless about the latest and greatest mobile devices for your holiday shopping! Joe comes in-studio to break down the questions you should ask when you are in the store – and what questions you should be asking yourself before even leaving the house!
Mike finishes up by predicting 1,000,000 illegal downloads of “The Interview” by January 15th, and then Jay Garmon asks us a very well timed geek trivia question:
What percentage of the Earth’s population tuned in to the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve broadcast?
We don’t have many, but a few themed app usage coolsites for the shopping season seem appropriate:
- RetailMeNot app – Use this app to check deals around you as well as online before you buy!
- Trello – Keep a list, check it twice … never forget what you’re out there buying!
- Google Keep – Like a cross between evernote, onenote, and trello, Google makes it easy to track what you’re doing and any information you need at hand to make your holiday season as organized and enjoyable as possible!
Have wonderful Christmas and New Years this year … and to kick that off you can rock to some very metal XMas with Bob River’s “I Am Santa Claus!” (to the tune of “I Am Iron Man”)
TOPIC: Some really cool stuff is happening, with Google identifying what’s going on in your pictures, everyone giving away free terrabytes of storage, and there’s now a drone kiss-cam at TGIFriday’s (at least in the UK) … but of course what everyone REALLY wants to know is how to pay the lowest price this holiday shopping season – so here are our picks for best mobile apps to help you get teh dealz:
- Walmart Savings Catcher – Use the mobile app to check prices in real time, or you can even wait until you get home and scan the receipt!
- Amazon Scan App – NEVER wonder if you could have gotten that item cheaper online again, just scan the barcode and you can check out pricing and online reviews, and even purchase it immediately from your phone!
- ShopForKids App – Get reviews, warnings, and competitive pricing for all your kid and baby gifts this season! Available for both Android and iOS
And we throw a few “regular” coolsites of the week for good measure too!
- Wikiwand – Turns those dry, boring wikipedia pages into sweet digital encyclopedias!
- Netflix Roulette – Tired of relying on Netflix’s boring or confusing picks for you? Pick a genre and spin the wheel to find some new flicks to watch!
Enjoy our podcast only song of the week “Struggle” by Ringside!
TOPIC: Joe Oddo joins us in-studio today to talk mobile devices, and how to make that tough decision about which one you should get for your pocket! Unfortunately, Mike, Dave, and Jay are so chatty we barely let Joe get a word in edgewise! There’s a lot of news, a lot of great geek trivia, but a LOT less Joe than we wanted so he’ll be coming back next month!
Speaking of geek trivia, try this one on for size:
What was the connection speed of the world’s first Internet router?
As an extra bonus, you get to listen to us try to decide:
If you could only pick one OS (Windows, iOS, Chrome, Linux, etc.) for all your devices, which would it be?
A surprisingly difficult question to answer, that results in some very surprising answers!
TOPIC: I promise, it only seems like most of the show is spent talking about how excited we are to be heading to Louisville next week! There’s still ample opportunity for us to complain about failing laptops, share tales of how easy it is to install and use a flashdrive Chromium OS boot to create a bespoke Chromebook, and discuss the relative merits of pure Android. Not to mention our ongoing discussion of the loss of XP support and how Windows 8.1 is looking better and better every day!
Jay joins us too, talks about presentation philosophy, answers last week’s trivia and gives us this new one:
What was the mark-up Steve Jobs added over break-even cost of the original Apple 1?
Not much time for coolsites, but if you are looking to do a Chromium install, check out these sites:
- Hexxeh’s Vanilla Chrome – The original Chromium site, with very easy to use instruction to get you running right away. Note that the builds here are quite old however, and are not being updated. For more current builds, go to:
- Arnold The Bat – Very active site dedicated to providing the newest builds, and help people to use it! Supports 64bit builds and desktop installs.
Next week, you’ll be listening to us straight from @ConGlomeration convention in Louisville! Tune in live at www.wrlr.fm or via the links at http://facebook.com/techtalkwrlr
TOPIC: Paul comes in from Verizon to talk to us about gadgets, droids, phones, Motorola, home automation and security, the impending death of blackberry and more! We have a blast with our rare in-studio visit, and even get some of the usuals out of the way too …
Jay Garmon comes back and we remember to get a trivia question out of him this week:
What is the original Einstein formulation of the concept we know today as E = mc2 ?
We even get an awesome list of coolsites in too!
- Verizon Wireless: We’d be remiss if we didn’t send a special shout out to Verizon for giving us Paul and some cool gadgets to check out and tell you about! You can find their stores pretty much everywhere!
- Tab Bill Splitter: This app for iPhone and Android lets you easily take a restaurant receipt and split it among your guests evenly, identifying who had what, how much the tax and tip should be and makes sure there’s no more fighting over “who had that coke, no ice!”
The podcast only song of the week this week is: “Vaporize” by Broken Bells!
TOPIC: Dave is here! A surprise visit brings Dave in-house, in person for the first half of the show! We have a blast hanging out and talking news of the day, including what the FAA is going to allow us to do on planes soon, Facebook data leaks, and MORE discussion about the death of Google Reader, and what options you have to switch!
Unfortunately we miss out on Jay Garmon and his most excellent geek trivia, but we’ll catch up with him next time, and it does give us more time to talk to Jerry Henning from Verizon. Jerry and Mike get a little excited about the new S4, but provide an excellent overview of the new features, compare it directly to the S3, and give you some reasons why you should consider this your next phone!
A couple of coolsites for your consideration this week:
- Feed.Ly – Looking for a gReader replacement like me? Look no further! Feedly not only imports your reader list, but gives you mobile and desktop access as well as connecting directly with another of our coolsites, IFTTT (if this, then that). All you gReader lovers should check this out today!
- Everything.Me – Smartphone search engine on steroids … this not only gives you relevant information about what you’re searching on, but also connects you with apps and sites that will add to your experience on your Android phone, whether you have those apps installed yet or not!
- Verizon Wireless – Shouts out to Verizon and Jerry for telling us about the new tech on the block, and letting TechTalk play with an S4 for a few weeks to give you only the best information!
Another LCD Soundsystem hit, “I Can Change” closes us out for the podcast only song of the week.
TOPIC: Mike talks healthcare and mobility and more with Steve Rosen and Jeremy Hillman of Proximiti Communications! This doesn’t happen of course until after we get a rant in about why not to get a satellite radio, how Mike supports the Pats and a sad update regarding Micron’s CEO Steve Appleton’s tragic Plane crash.
Jay “Encyclopedia Garmonica” saves us from ourselves with not only the answer to last week’s question, but a great (and tough) new one:
Of the people that stand to make the most from facebook IPO, 3 people besides founders stand to make millions. Who are they?
We have such a great conversation there’s no time left over for coolsites, except these:
- Proximiti Consulting – Steve and Jeremy’s home! If you’re looking for more detail on what we discussed on-air, or ways that you can more effectively integrate mobility solutions and mobile device management into your organization, Proxmiti is a great place to start – You can contact Steve Rosen at 847-512-7896 or via email email@example.com.
- NFL.com – One of the only legal sites to watch the big game this weekend 🙂
The podcast only song of the week is “Hit ’em Up Style” by Carolina Chocolate Drops.
TOPIC: If you’ve been debating whether to pay an arm and a leg for some mobile loving, there may be other options – and Andre Smith of Boost Mobile shares his unique perspective on the mobile industry, how consumers are driving pricing, and more!
In addition, Mike whines about how no one else showed up for the show (we’re missing both Jay Garmon and Sparky this week), but enjoys the freedom to complain about RIM and sneaks in tons of great Spotify coolsites to keep you occupied:
- Spotibot – Connect your spotify with Last.FM and get custom playlists ready to drag and drop right into Spotify!
- Spotiseek – Type in an artist or style, and out comes a playlist!
- Spotify Blog – Where better to find music to put into Spotify but the gents (and ladies) themselves?
- Equalify.me – Adds a very functional equalizer to your Spotify setup.
The podcast only song of the week is “Machines Can Do the Work” by Fatboy Slim (and a few others).
Recently I was given the opportunity to test drive a phone and service – Boost mobile’s newest pay-as-you-go offering (with shrinkage), and the newest android phone in their lineup, the Samsung Galaxy Prevail.
I’ve separated the review into two parts: Phone vs. Service, and given separate ratings to each.