CrowdGadgets Episode 12
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Tune in to this week’s episode of CrowdGadgets to hear the latest on Nokia’s long-awaited Lumia smartphones, flexible device designs, new handsets from HTC and Samsung, and much more. We also discuss upcoming tablets, device security, and Apple patents.
00:00:24 – CrowdGadgets holiday giveaway announcement!
00:02:18 – Nokia unveils its first Windows Phones: Lumia 800 and Lumia 710
00:04:07 – Nokia flexes its design muscles with new phone concept
00:05:45 – Amazon now selling purple HTC EVO 3D for $49.99
00:06:20 – HTC offers first look at HTC Rezound
00:06:50 – HTC Radar 4G hitting T-Mobile next week for $99
00:07:56 – AT&T to start selling the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash on November 6
00:09:10 – LG Doubleplay unboxing
00:10:27 – Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 review
00:11:17 – Dell’s new tablet: designed for professionals
00:11:56 – HP keeping PC division, hopefully webOS, too
00:12:58 – BlackBerry PlayBook update not coming until February
00:13:37 – RIM confronted with class-action lawsuit over network outages
00:14:16 – If you buy two BlackBerry PlayBooks, you can get one free
00:15:04 – ITG xpPhone 2 to be released in January, will run Windows 8 later
00:16:19 – Yet another huge security hole uncovered on all HTC EVO devices
00:19:07 – Find my iPad gets a workout, works surprisingly well
00:22:45 – Prepare yourself for more ugly Apple lawsuits
00:26:08 – Ubuntu running on an Asus Transformer
00:27:48 – Zune Music coming to Australia on November 16
00:31:37 – Sprint sends final issue of Sprint Premier Connection
00:32:48 – Sprint blocks free tether applications from the Android Market
Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: William Devereux
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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network, which includes Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, and StreakSmart. Read the latest news from the network below.
News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network
It’s been a big week for Nokia, what with the long-awaited announcement of the company’s first Windows Phone handsets. The Finnish manufacturer is also working on an interesting flexible device concept. Sadly, the Nokia phones won’t be released in the US until sometime in early 2012. AT&T will, however, begin selling the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash on November 6. Meanwhile, the HTC Radar 4G will go on sale on T-Mobile starting November 2.
The Brainwavz B2 is finally in stores, and Anythingbutipod has an in-depth review.
This sub-$200 pair of in-ear headphones is pretty good for the price, producing a clear, precise, and analytic sound. The bass and build quality, however, are not the highlights. In other news, the Zune Music Marketplace and Zune Music Pass are coming to Australia on November 16. Subscribers will have access to the same features as their US counterparts for $11.99 per month.
Good and EVO
Shortly after HTC issued a patch for that huge security bug, yet another hole was uncovered on all EVO devices. However, if that doesn’t deter you from buying an EVO, you should know that the purple EVO 3D is no longer a Best Buy exclusive and that it is available on Amazon for around $50. Finally, we recently discovered that Sprint has joined AT&T and Verizon in blocking free tethering apps from Android Market.
Nothing But Tablets
RIM has announced its BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0 update, but with a February ETA, it’s going to be a long wait. Dell has announced its new Windows 7 tablet, the Latitude ST. With USB ports, HDMI out, and SD card support, it should be one to watch if you want a somewhat complete and portable system. Meanwhile, Ubuntu has been seen running natively on an Asus Transformer. But don’t DIY, as it could end in tears.
We reviewed the Samsung Galaxy S WiFi 5.0 over at Pocketables this week. We managed to pick it up for a mere $170, but its regular price costs an extra Benjamin. Was it worth the price tag? Read our review to find out. We also unboxed the LG DoublePlay, a new Android phone from T-Mobile that has not one, but two screens. Finally, ITG has announced the xpPhone 2, which will arrive in stores in January.
Minecraft recently came out for all Android devices, and StreakSmart decided to check it out on the Dell Streak 7. With its NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, the Streak 7 ran the game incredibly smoothly, even with the settings cranked up to high. Unfortunately, there were quite a few things missing on the mobile version that make the desktop variant worth playing. For the full details, check out StreakSmart’s review of Minecraft for Android.