CrowdGadgets 29 | Rebrand and Refresh

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As one might expect, Apple’s announcement of an iPad refresh managed to take the tech industry by storm. Google, meanwhile, quietly rebranded the Android Market as Google Play, making it the go-to destination for entertainment and apps. Tune in to the latest episode of CrowdGadgets to hear our thoughts on all this and more!

00:57 – Apple new iPad announcement
03:55 – iOS 5.1 update
05:36 – Google rebrands Google Market as Google Play
07:47 – Windows Phone update details
10:43 – Nokia announces it will bring PureView tech to Windows Phone
11:59 – Microsoft will kill Windows Marketplace for WinMo 6.x
13:04 – Google patents landmark photo-recognition
14:29 – Windows 8 Consumer Preview experiences
19:24 – iRiver releases the E40 and B100

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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, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network

Anythingbutiphone

In a surprising move, Google quietly rebranded the Android Market as Google Play. The search giant hopes this will become the go-to destination for apps and entertainment of all sorts, from streaming music and video to books. Meanwhile, the Windows Marketplace for Mobile 6.x—not to be confused with the Windows Phone Marketplace—will finally be shut down in May. Also, be sure to check out our review of the HTC TITAN OEM kickstand case.

Anythingbutipod

Portable media player manufacturer iriver is back with the E40 and B100. The former isn’t all that impressive, with a relatively small touch screen and a limited number of supported video formats, but it has an outstanding 51 hours of battery life. The B100, on the other hand, is much more interesting. It features an unusual 3:2 aspect ratio, an interesting UI and chassis design, the usual audio and video codecs, and ebook support.

Nothing But Tablets

The iPad 3 is finally official, sporting a higher resolution screen, but its 70% battery increase is offset by greater power requirements. Furthermore, is failing to include Siri a smart move on Apple’s part? Nothing But Tablets also released a troubleshooting video for those having issues with the USB/BT Joystick Center. Finally, Android users might want to check out TexTab, an app that allows you to send an SMS from your phone via your tablet.

Pocketables

The Motorola DROID 4 is, as one might expect, the fourth iteration of Motorola’s popular line of Android smartphones. This device brings a fresh take to the classic DROID style, which has remained fairly similar throughout the years. Pocketables has an unboxing of the Motorola DROID 4, as well as a great guide on how to easily and quickly root your new Sony Tablet P, courtesy of one of our forum members.

StreakSmart

StreakSmart is basically all about the developer community these days. In fact, the Streak line itself has, for the most part, become focused exclusively on developers. One such developer recently released CyanogenMod7 and MIUI for the Streak 5, and we have a guide to help you learn how to flash the ROMs. If flashing a device isn’t your thing, consider the Streak Pro 101DL or GS01, which come with Baidu’s Android-based Yi operating system.

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CrowdGadgets

CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network. It brings together the latest news and tech updates from Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, Pocketables, StreakSmart, and Zune Boards. In September 2012, it became the official newsletter of Pocketables.