CrowdGadgets Episode 39: A Look at the Windows 8 Release Preview

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The new Pocketables is already filled to the brim with great reviews, previews, tips and tricks, giveaways, and much more from Good and EVO, Nothing But Tablets, and StreakSmart. How thin can a smartphone get before it’s too small? Are fermium games taking over app stores? Why is Google Wallet having issues? What’s the Windows 8 Release Preview like? And are carriers too controlling? Tune into the CrowdGadgets podcast to hear our thoughts on all this and more!

00:25 – Pocketables relaunch
02:01 – Win a Seidio Active case for your HTC EVO 4G LTE from Pocketables
03:53 – HTC EVO 4G LTE launch date
05:22 – Oppo Finder is the world’s thinnest smartphone
09:27 – Google completes acquisition of Motorola Mobility
12:50 – Google Play supports in-app subscriptions
13:57 – Are freemium games getting to be too much?
16:47 – Google Wallet is having issues
22:38 – Windows 8 Release Preview released
28:41 – If you purchase a new Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st, you can get Windows 8 Pro for
$15 30:36 – Steve Ballmer has an 80-inch Windows 8 “tablet” on his wall
33:05 – Android, iOS versions of Microsoft Office coming November 10th?
33:57 – Are carriers too controlling?

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

Anythingbutiphone Photosynth, Microsoft’s three-dimensional panorama app, has finally been released on Windows Phone. The app is very easy to use, and it allows you to share your panoramas on social networks,, and Bing Maps. Buddy Platform has also come out of beta, helping people develop apps for all sorts of platforms. Lastly, BlackBerry somehow managed to receive the title of “Coolest Brand Overall” in South Africa’s Generation Next Brand Survey Awards. Who saw that one coming?

Anythingbutipad The Windows 8 Release Preview is now available for download. This near-final version of Microsoft’s next big operating system represents a major developmental milestone. In addition to a wide variety of enhancements and bug fixes, the Release Preview includes a selection of new and improved Metro-style apps. Additional hardware requirements have also been uncovered. Amazon, meanwhile, has added a “clear furthest page read” option to its Kindle settings, taking the annoyance out of reading textbooks.

Anythingbutipod MP3 players come in all shapes and sizes, but one of the most unique form factors is a design student’s in-mouth contraption. Similar in shape to the retainer you probably wore when you were younger, the “Play-A-Grill” features tongue-based controls and plays music through vibrations in the skull. Innovative or insane? If you’re into a more traditional form of entertainment, JetAudio Player is now available on Android, lending the platform its trademark sound enhancements.

Good and EVO Even though the HTC EVO 4G LTE was only officially released last Saturday, we’ve already got quite a few mods for you to try out, including custom recoveries, an advanced power menu mod, and a particularly interesting hardware mod for those of you who are especially brave. There’s also still time to enter our Seidio ACTIVE case giveaway! But if you’re still sporting an EVO 3D, our latest ROM Pick is just for you.

Nothing But Tablets Are you jealous of your friends with Siri or S Voice? If so, check out our tutorial for creating your very own tailored personal assistant on Android using Tasker. Nothing But Tablets also has instructions on how to set up a proxy server on a tablet running iOS or Android. Finally, why in the world would a self-proclaimed “die-hard Android lover” switch to an iPad? Bryan explains why he made the switch.

Pocketables The new Pocketables is full of great content. We have reviews of the CueTab iPad case and the ZooGue iPad Leather Case Genius, as well as an in-depth look at Windows 8’s new Music app and a Google Voice wishlist. Also, be sure to check out our tutorials for fixing Skype and bringing back Windows Media Center on the Windows 8 Release Preview. Finally, enter now for a chance to win one of six CueTab cases!

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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.