CrowdGadgets Episode 50: Will OnLive live on?

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On the latest episode of the CrowdGadgets podcast, the hosts discuss Windows 8 and Windows RT tablet pricing, the troubles at OnLive, ASUS’ PlayStation-certified tablets, HP’s new Mobility division, Google Play gift cards, and much more. Also, will John make the switch from SugarSync to SkyDrive? Listen to episode 50 to find out.

The CrowdGadgets podcast will be taking next week off, but keep an eye out for your regularly scheduled newsletter on Monday, August 27.

00:24 – Episode 50!
01:38 – Windows 8 available for TechNet and MSDN subscribers
02:37 – Lenovo VP says Windows RT tablets will cost $200-$300 less than Intel devices
10:48 – OnLive sold to new company
14:11 – ASUS tablets now PlayStation certified
15:15 – HP creates Mobility division to focus on mobile tech
16:55 – Google to release Play Store gift cards
22:03 – Microsoft releases updated SkyDrive, will release Android SkyDrive app
25:55 – Sprint gives away Galaxy Nexus extended batteries
33:08 – High-tech dog collar monitors your hot dog, sends you text message warnings

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: Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Pocketables, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

Features

The final version of Windows 8 has begun rolling out, and William has his initial impressions of the OS. Calob, meanwhile, wrapped up his two-part series on how adding an SSD is a great way to resurrect your 2010 MacBook Pro and Paul has a helpful custom ROM checklist. Finally, Andreas speculates on what the next iPhone will be named and John lists what he thinks HTC needs to do to turn itself around.

Opinions

A new rumor claims that the Microsoft Surface tablet will cost just $199. While this is theoretically possible, William finds it highly unlikely. Aaron believes that the Google Drive app on iPad is practically worthless without document editing and he has a few complaints about the horizontal navigation buttons on the Nexus 7. And in this age of cloud computing, Andreas has come to the realization that he doesn’t care about any one device in particular.

Good and EVO

Paul has a quick rundown of where we’re at with Jelly Bean on the HTC EVO series, as well as a great explanation of the difference between root, S-OFF/S-ON, and locked/unlocked bootloaders. If you have an Apple Bluetooth keyboard, you’ll be pleased to know that it works with an unrooted HTC EVO 4G LTE. We also have a healthy dose of ROM coverage, including Paranoid Android Experience v0.9.0, Fresh ROM, MIUI 2.8.10, BlackBean, and ROM Cleaner v1.0.

Great Apps

There are a lot of great things available for download on the various Android, iOS, Windows, and Windows Phone app stores. Here are a few great recommendations: Feed Reader (Windows 8), Splashtop 2 (iOS), Animoto (Android), FreeMyApps (iOS), and the Humble Bundle (Android, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux) which includes Fieldrunners, BIT.TRIP BEAT, SpaceChem, Uplink, and Spirits.

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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.