SMRPodcast #218: Chicken Wings And Beer Part 22

Episode #218 of the SMRpodcast is online and ready for download.  Robb is back from vacation, but, Rod is still on the road.  Since it’s just a two man show with Chris and Robb we hit you with Chicken Wings and Beer part 22.

We start the show off with talks of Jamaica and where you can get the best Jerk Chicken.  Short of someones grandmother cooking Jerk on the side of a mountain, Scotchies in Montego Bay is on point…
There was a lot of new out of Microsoft starting with comments from Satya Nadella last week about the 12,000 plus layoffs and continuing with Microsoft’s earnings call.  It looks like Microsoft is going to refocus on on cloud and is merging all of it’s Windows versions in to a single version.
Rumor has it that Apple has put in a massive order of 80 to 90 million iPhone 6 devices for the end of this year.  It’s no secret the each iPhone release has been bigger than the one before it, but, such an increase for Apple takes things to a whole new level.  Increased screen sizes are going to either be a hit (highly likely) or a bust.  This many devices ordered leaves no room for middle ground.
Chris tells Robb how easy it is to re-screen a patio sliding door, Microsoft kills the Surface Mini, and Google Chromebook education sales skyrocket.  We’ve got all this, our pick, plus a tangent on new TV shows in episode #218 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: July 22nd, 2014
  • Published: July 24rd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 00sec
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SMRPodcast # 217 : The Upgrade

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SMRpodcast episode #217 is online and ready for download. With Robb on vacation and Rod out on travel, the show takes a serious upgrade when it is joined by Allison Sheridan from the Nosillacast Podcast and Terrence Gaines from BrothaTech.com.

There was not a bevy of exciting news this past week however, we still have fun talking about the stories that caught our attention. Microsoft’s WPC conference is going on and has brought information of cheaper Windows devices as well as the success of Office 365. Everyone is impressed with the fact that Apple is, by far, outpacing all other platforms when it comes to keeping their devices updated and on the same OS version. Even though RIM is seeing some excitement from BBM on other platforms they are still on the list of companies to disappear next year.

We have all that and more on this weeks Episode of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: July 15th, 2014
  • Published: July 18th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 26min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #216: Chicken Wings And Beer Part 21

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SMRpodcast episode #216 has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download.  This week it is just the big fella and Robb so with hit you with Chicken Wings and Beer Part 21.

We start the show off this week with talk of Chris’s new battery powered lawn mower.  He was so excited to pick his new gadget that he headed over to Home Depot to grab it within minutes of returning from vacation.
We talk a bit about the rumored 4.7 inch iPhone 6 screen which is made of sapphire crystal glass.  This is the same material which protects the camera lens on the iPhone 5s, and, according to Apple, is more scratch resistant Gorilla Glass.
BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) hits the Windows Phone Store.  Robb thinks that if there is to be any future for BlackBerry, it will be in software and not handsets.  3rd party OEMs are now making BlackBerry 10 handsets and Robb wouldn’t be shocked if BlackBerry eventually stops making their own hardware.
Google Drive 2.0 comes with a fresh new interface, Microsoft ponders making Windows Phone run Android Apps, and, and a Samsung facility in the Brazil gets jack for $36 million dollars worth of merchandise.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #216 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: July 08th, 2014
  • Published: July 09th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 40min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #215: When Lightning Strikes (Fixed)

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SMRpodcast episode #215 has been recorded, is online, and ready for download.  This week it’s just a two-man show Robb and Rod as Chris Ashley is sitting on a beach somewhere in North Carolina. 

We start this weeks show off a a recap of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, which took place last week.  At nearly 3 hours long, the first day keynote had quite a few announcements.  The big ones being the announcement of Android L, the next generation of the Android operating system, Google Fit, Android’s new health and fitness tracking service, and a showcasing of smartwatches.
We also talked about Google TV, which neither Rod or Robb thinks will do better than Google TV unless someone comes out with a set top box or HDMI dongle that can plug into existing televisions.
There were a couple of tech related Supreme Court rulings over the last week.  The first was Aereo losing and being told that its business model of providing consumers free, over-the-air, broadcasts via a physical antenna which consumers rent from Aereo violates the copyrights of the broadcast networks.  The second was that police do need a warrant to go through a suspects cell phone.
Google buys Beats rival Songza, Google Apps are now directly compatible with MS Office apps, and Microsoft adds Perfect Forward Secrecy for Outlook.com and OneDrive.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #215 of the SMRpodcast.

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SMRPodcast #215: When Lightning Strikes

SMRpodcast episode #215 has been recorded, is online, and ready for download.  This week it’s just a two-man show Robb and Rod as Chris Ashley is sitting on a beach somewhere in North Carolina. 

We start this weeks show off a a recap of Google’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, which took place last week.  At nearly 3 hours long, the first day keynote had quite a few announcements.  The big ones being the announcement of Android L, the next generation of the Android operating system, Google Fit, Android’s new health and fitness tracking service, and a showcasing of smartwatches.
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We also talked about Google TV, which neither Rod or Robb thinks will do better than Google TV unless someone comes out with a set top box or HDMI dongle that can plug into existing televisions.
There were a couple of tech related Supreme Court rulings over the last week.  The first was Aereo losing and being told that its business model of providing consumers free, over-the-air, broadcasts via a physical antenna which consumers rent from Aereo violates the copyrights of the broadcast networks.  The second was that police do need a warrant to go through a suspects cell phone.
Google buys Beats rival Songza, Google Apps are now directly compatible with MS Office apps, and Microsoft adds Perfect Forward Secrecy for Outlook.com and OneDrive.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #215 of the SMRpodcast.

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SMRPodcast # 214 : She Aint no refrigerator

SMRpodcast episode #214 is online and ready for download. Even though Rod is with Chris and Robb, this episode is a lot like Chicken Wings and Beer, particularly because we start the show off talking about chicken wings.

Amazon is about to unveil the long rumored Amazon phone and we’ve learned that it will initially be sold exclusively on AT&T. The entire crew believes that the exclusive launch will ultimately hinder sales. Time will most certainly tell.
China reveals Microsoft’s secret Android Patents. This is probably not too big a deal in the short run, however, OEM’s will undoubtedly try to steer clear of infringing patents where possible and renegotiate licensing deals with MS next time around.
The Amazon App Store is coming to BlackBerry, Rod plants the seed in Chris’s mind to buy an electric lawnmower, and Google strong arms independent music labels on YouTube. We’ve got all this, our picks, and more, in episode #214 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: June 17th, 2014
  • Published: June 18th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 44min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #213: A bear enters the room

SMRpodcast #213 is online and ready for download.  This week Chris and Robb nearly put Rod to sleep while they debate who had the better showing at E3.  Chris’s says it was a draw between MS and Sony while Robb gives a slight edge to Sony and what they have going on with the PS4.
We also talk a bit about some of the moves that Amazon is making in the way a marketplace for local businesses and a payment system that can take on the likes players like Google Wallet, Amazon, and Square.
TrueCrypt is going away, Rod and Robb are anxiously awaiting the next tablet from Google, and, everyone thinks Coin is a really cool idea, but, question if it is worth the cost.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #213 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: June 10th, 2014
  • Published: June 11th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 44min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #212: Twice in one show

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SMRpodcast episode #212 is online and ready for download.  This week we talk WWDC with Allison Sheridan from the NosillaCast Podcast over at http://www.podfeet.com.

There was a lot of news out of Apple’s developer conference and Allison jumps right into it with a run down on the coolest things coming in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Some of the biggest enhancements appear to be iCloud, 3rd party keyboards, and iOS apps gaining the ability to talk to each other.
We also talk a bit about Tizen, Samsung’s new smartphone OS and how it will compete with Android, and, 7″ smartphones and whether or not they are too big or just tablets that you can make phone calls from.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #212 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: June 03rd, 2014
  • Published: June 04th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 45min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #211: Caught a beating

SMRpodcast Episode #210 is online and ready for download.

This week finds the show at half-staff however, still full of entertainment and tech talk with Brent and Chris. We start the show recapping all the fallout from the many Surface conversations we were engaged in after last week’s announcements. We also had to mention a very interesting tidbit that Paul Thurrott picked up on where it would appear Microsoft is attempting to make a new market.

Unfortunately there were some unfortunate news events this week with two companies and hacking issues. We discuss the story of a few iPhone users that are having their phones hijacked and are now being forced to pay to unlock them. Also on the topic, Spotify had a weird hacking issue which is requiring Android users to reset their passwords.

Finally, we had to discuss Apple’s possible entry into the home automation field which surprisingly has Chris excited. And a little different twist on today’s show has us talking about a pretty cool story where a paralyzed teen will be kicking the first ball to pen the World Cup. This is made possible via an exoskeleton connected to the brain.

All this and more on this week’s episode of the SMRpodcast

Show Details

  • Recorded: May 27th, 2014
  • Published: May 28th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 14min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #210: It Won’t Fit

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SMRpodcast Episode #210 is online and ready for download. We’ve got a full crew this week and it was our first live stream on Alpha Geek Radio.

We kick things off this week with a bit of Microsoft news and their launch of the new Surface Pro 3 tablet/ultrabook. Opinions on this devices range from it being exactly what Microsoft needed to do to Microsoft continuing to display it’s complete and utter lack of understanding of what the market wants when it comes to tablets and ultrabooks.
AT&T announces plans to buy AT&T for $48.5 billion. The entire crew is a bit against the merger as these mergers in general are great for the companies merging, but leave consumers with less choice, less innovation, and higher prices.
The E. U. ruling against Google opens the floodgates for requests for information that is true and accurate to be removed from search engine indexes even though the actual websites being indexed remain online.
GoPro Files for a $100 million IPO, YouTube may buy Twitch for $1 billion, and Gmail for Android now saves attachments directly to Google Drive. We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in Episode #210 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: May 13th, 2014
  • Published: May 14th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 31min 00sec
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