Posts tagged phone
SHOW SUMMARY – Paul Ulreich from Verizon comes back on-air to discuss home automation, the new data plans, and more! IFTTT your lights? You got it! Everything you never thought you could use your phone for, and then some 🙂
- Google drive is DOWN! (but find out why neither Mike nor Dave care)
- Have you backed up your data yet?
- Security chat
Jay “Geek Trivia” Garmon Trivia Answer
What Int’l treaty keeps our Mars rovers from exploring the newly discovered water areas?
Coolsite of the Week
- EBCD (Linux version, on USB) – You don’t realize how much you need this until you have it!
Podcast Only Song of the Week
Geek Trivia with Jay Garmon:
What was the actual communications device installed on the red hotline, between the coldwar era US and Soviet Union?
Podcast Only Song of the Week:
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: 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: We have a great time this week deciding whether to celebrate 4th of July or Canada Day with Dave, and then some good old-school traditional TechTalk! Nothing fancy, but lots of tech news, views, reviews, and even some time with good friend Jay Garmon who gives us a two-parter!
What was the first “platform” video game created, and … what gameplay dynamic did Donkey Kong add to make it the first “true” platform style game?
We even have time for some great coolsites of the week this week:
- Life360 – GPS location mapping, private chats and more just for you and your family on their smartphones!
- 50 Top ELearning Courses – Learn something new this week, come here to find the best places on the web!
Another great podcast only song of the week – “Truth” by Alexander!
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: << NOTE – the final minutes of audio were cut off on this recording >> Dave and Mike wax on about mobile phone technology, and the lack thereof at CES as well as talking about how one guy lost his phone – but got it back by playing the oldest trick in the Internet playbook … pretending to be someone he’s not!
No Jay Garmon this week, but we’ll surely hear from him next time! On the flip side, that gives us tons of time for some great cool sites of the week:
- CellSwapper – Lets you trade your cell contract with others who have one you’d prefer! Not as crazy as it sounds .. and well managed too.
- Zapier – Automate all the ins and outs of your cloud services!
- Trello – The absolute BEST organizational system I’ve run across so far! Allows sharing, management, teaming, and more!
Due to the audio cutoff, there is no podcast only song this week. Sorry music lovers!
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.