CrowdGadgets 30 | iPads and More

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The new iPad is on everyone’s mind–well, almost everyone–but that doesn’t prevent the hosts of the CrowdGadgets podcast from digging into the latest tech news like the floating touch screen on the new Xperia sola and the Amazon App Store for Android’s first birthday.

00:28 – Pocketables announcement
00:40 – April 6th Microsoft event in Santa Clara.
01:21 – New iPad first impressions
09:46 – The New iPad’s 4G only works in the US
10:40 – AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile roll out some more 4G networks
11:01 – Google Nexus tablet rumor
13:02 – Are quad-core processors needed in phones?
16:32 – Sony Xperia sola’s Floating Touch technology
17:56 – Nokia Lumia 900 to launch on April 9th?
19:29 – Audible Windows Phone app
20:20 – Amazon app store celebrates its first birthday
21:39 – Good and EVO data usage survey

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

News from around the CrowdGather Gadget Network


The Sony Xperia sola will feature floating touch technology, and an upcoming game will allow players to save their progress on Xbox 360 and pick up where they left off on Windows Phone. 4G is all the rage, with AT&T adding twelve new markets, Verizon adding seven, and T-Mobile adding eight. Plus, Cricket and Clearwire have inked a 4G deal, Everything Everywhere’s LTE network has been green-lit, and NTT DOCOMO has passed 60 million subscribers.


Anythingbutipod has a very special review of the V-Moda M80 headphones, courtesy of forum member Jörgemeister. This piece looks at the stylized closed-back headphones in-depth, and the result is somewhat surprising. V-Moda’s latest pair of headphones actually sounds quite good, despite the Hollywood-based company’s reputation for style over substance. With interchangeable ear pad covers and removable cables, the stylish V-Moda M80 is definitely something to consider the next time you’re shopping for a pair of headphones.

Good and EVO

Check out Good and EVO’s new tutorials, including how to return your EVO 3D to its stock, S-ON, unrooted condition; how to update your EVO 3D radios if you’ve got S-ON; and how to downgrade your EVO 3D bootloader. Then get caught up on the state of the EVO root world and take a look at our latest ROM pick for the EVO 4G. And don’t forget to vote in our monthly data usage poll!

Nothing But Tablets

The third generation iPad has hit store shelves, and we managed to pick one up. Unfortunately, the 4G-enabled iPad was found to have “4G” incompatibilities in some countries. Barnes & Noble has removed the 1GB personal data limit on the NOOK tablet, so customers can take it in for memory reallocation. USB/BT Joystick Center has become even better, thanks to Wii motion control support. Finally, we’ve put together a walkthrough for those curious about customizing Android.


Motorola’s original DROID line is still going strong, with the manufacturer only recently releasing the fourth iteration in the series. But after four devices, has Motorola’s original iPhone-killer become a run-of-the-mill smartphone? Read Pocketables’ review to find out! If you’re not a smartphone fan, but love Sony’s Tablet P, you should check out two of our guides. One is an easy rooting method for the tablet, while the other is a fix for the battery bug.


Still love your Dell Streak 5? We’re sure you do, but it’s probably getting a little stale by now. Luckily, developers have come up with a new Streak 5 style called “Ultimate iPhone Theme” which makes the Streak look like an iPhone. But if even that won’t help, and you bought your Streak 5 from Best Buy with the store’s insurance, you might be able to switch it out for a Samsung Galaxy Note.

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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.