CrowdGadgets Episode 49: Will the Microsoft Surface succeed?

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What exactly does Microsoft need to do in order to ensure the Surface’s success – will the tablet/notebook hybrid launch with enough apps? Will the price be right? Will consumers be able to find it in stores? How will the Surface affect other PC manufacturers? William, John, Calob, and Stuart discuss their thoughts about Microsoft’s upcoming gadget, along with HTC’s latest woes, the somewhat surprising launch of Voice over LTE on Metro PCS, and more. You definitely don’t want to miss this week’s episode!

00:23 – HTC may be bailed out by Taiwanese Central Bank
07:31 – MetroPCS becomes first carrier to launch VoLTE
12:54 – What Microsoft needs to do to make the Surface a success
29:51 – Microsoft’s new branding strategy
30:06 – Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Mohjang coming to Xbox
30:18 – Apple Stores matching retailer/carrier iPhone pricing to move inventory

Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: John Freml

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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network: Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Pocketables, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

Features

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Follow Calob’s tale of buying a new solid state drive in order to put off purchasing a new computer, including how this purchase allowed him to resurrect an old and dying MacBook Pro. Windows 8 might also breathe new life into an older machine, so be sure to check out William’s latest reflections on the new OS from Microsoft after living with it for the past ten weeks. Additionally, find out why Andreas dropped Carbonite and instead opted for Dropbox.

Reviews

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Looking to try out some fresh, new Android apps on your phone or tablet? Find out why Aaron thinks that Better WiFi On/Off is a lot easier to use than Tasker for managing your WiFi connections, and whether or not the Hipstacast podcast player is a suitable replacement for Google Listen. And If you’re looking for more ways to customize your home screen, check out Andreas’ impressions of the Fresh Leaves live wallpaper.

Good and EVO

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With HD voice launching soon, this might be the perfect time to pick up a brand new HTC EVO 4G LTE – especially since it’s a penny right now from Amazon Wireless. If your new EVO is rooted, be sure to check out Google Now, as well as the latest Enoch Sense Kernel v0.1, which enables under- and overclocking on the EVO 4G LTE. Our latest ROM Pick is Strike 1.0.2 for the original EVO 4G.

Timely Tips

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As any tech enthusiast knows, gadget obsessions can be quite costly. That’s why Pocketables is always looking for the latest deals in technology, and here’s just some of what we’ve found: Sprint has knocked $50 off the iPhone 4S, T-Mobile has taken $50 off the HTC One S, Apple reduced refurbished iPads by $50, and Virgin has reduced the price of the EVO V 4G by $60.

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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.

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