SMRPodcast #206: Welcome Home Brent

SMRpodcast #206 has been recorded, is online, and is ready for download. Rod Simmons is traveling this week, however, Chris and Robb are joined by Terrance Gaines, a.k.a, Brothatech, and, Brent Harmon, who makes his return to the show after about 16 month hiatus.

This week we kick the show off with talk about the Aereo Supreme Court. Aereo is the tech start-up that offers local over-the-air broadcasts via the internet by allowing customers to lease a mini HD antenna. The networks are fighting this tooth and nail and the courts ruling could have drastic ramifications to services offered over the internet.
Windows Phone 8.1 Preview has been available for about a week and most folks that have taken a look at it believe that it, especially the voice assistant Cortana, is a strong step in the right direction.

WhatsApp Messenger reports that it now has over 500 million active users, 50 million of whom have been added since being acquired by Facebook. The entire crew is kind of amazed at the opportunity Microsoft squandered with Skype by not focusing on mobile soon enough.
Apple opens OSX Beta to all, Google updates the Hangouts mobile app to version 2.1, and Motorola sings a patent agreement with Microsoft for Android. We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #206 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: April 21st, 2014
  • Published: April 22nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 35min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #204: My Girlfriend Cortana

SMRpodcast Episode #204 is online and ready for download.  This week we are back to a full crew as Robb returns from vacation.

There wasn’t a lot of tech news over the last week, however, Cortana, Microsoft’s new Siri-like personal smartphone assistant was unveiled and Rod was completely mesmerized by it’s features.  Cortana comes out next week and Rod is waiting with the anticipation of a school aged child with just a few days until summer vacation.
Amazon has launched Fire TV, a media streaming box to join the ranks of Roku, Wii, XBOX, Apple TV, Chromecast, TiVo, Slingbox, Belkin TV, smart TVs, and a bunch of other streaming sticks and boxes. Needless to say, Amazon has entered a crowded space with the Fire TV, so it will be interesting to see how the company fairs with its $99 device.
 
Windows 8.1 Update 1 was released, Gogo increases in-flight WiFi to 70 Mbs, and we stray off into a tangent about window seats and sleeping on planes.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #204 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: April 08th, 2014
  • Published: April 09th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 35min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #203: Digging Holes

Episode #203 of the SMRPodcast has been recorded. posted an is ready for your consumption. This weeks finds us limping a little as our third leg Robb is on vacation however, Rod and Chris still give you a good show.

We start the show recapping our hole digging adventures which found Chris and Rod using a pretty big power tool but not very well. As soon as we get into tech we discuss the new Office for the iPad then immediately go into the revelation of the dealings between RSA and the NSA.

After getting into some conversation about the battle between Aereo and CBS, we also have some fun talking about the worse movie Chris has seen in a long time. We have all this and more on this weeks episode of the SMRPodcast.

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  • Recorded: April 01st, 2014
  • Published: April 02nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 47sec
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SMRPodcast #202: “Real Enterprise Talk” With Mary Jo Foley

Episode #202 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, is online, and ready for download, and, this week we’ve got a full crew and are joined by special guest host Mary Jo Foley from All About Microsoft on ZDnet, and Windows Weekly over on the TwiT network.

This week we talk a lot of enterprise Microsoft and discuss the move to the cloud that big company in Redmond seems to be making. MS has been pushing SaaS like Office 365 for some time but they are starting to talk about features of their back office servers like SharePoint that will only get the coolest new features in their cloud based solution.
It looks like Microsoft Office is finally coming to the iPad, however, its looking like users will need to have an Office 365 account, as, Microsoft simply isn’t willing to give Apple 30% of sales of the solution in the App Store.
HTC has announced the the second generation HTC One (M8), and, less the gimmicky third camera, sounds like it will an awesome Android device.  The big question is will it be able to compete in a market dominated by Samsung and it’s Galaxy S5?
Microsoft removes Windows branding from its Azure cloud hosting solution, the Nokia X is in high demand, but, probably not as high as is being reported by Chinese carriers, and we talk a lot about beer…  A whole lot about beer…  We’ve got all this plus our picks in this episode of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: March 25th, 2014
  • Published: March 26th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 47sec
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SMRPodcast #201: Whatever You Like

Episode #201 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, is online, and ready for download. Its a full crew this week and we cover lot in this episode.

We start the show off with a little TitanFall talk.  Robb, Chris, and Terrance (BrothaTech) played in some epic battles over the weekend and had an absolute blast.
Windows XP has an end of life date of April 8th  The entire crew questions why some in the tech press have such a problem with Microsoft telling consumers that XP is well over a decade old and it is time to move on.
Google’s Sundar Pachai announces Android Wear and a line of Google Smart Watches that will be coming out soon.  Although the Google Watches look infinitely better then the original Galaxy Gear, Watch Snob Robb, is still not buying it.
Amazon raises the price of Amazon Prime to $99… The entire crew believes that $99 isn’t going to cause mass defections from Prime, but, agree that the next hike will have cost conscious shoppers truly looking at the number of items they buy of Amazon and if the saving are truly worth it.
Tesla gets banned from direct sales in New Jersey, Google Drive gets a big price drop, and Amazon is coming out with a set top box / gaming controller. We’ve got all this, our picks and more in episode #201 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: March 18th, 2014
  • Published: March 19th, 2014
  • Duration: 02hr 07min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #200 : First Learn To Swim, Featuring Brandon Watson

After a little over 4 years in the making, episode #200 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, is online, and is ready for download.

For our 200th episode we have a full crew and are joined be special guest and fan of the show, Brandon Watson.

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  • Recorded: March 11th, 2014
  • Published: March 13th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 47min 42sec
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SMRPodcast #199: Southern Prison Sweatbox Mode

Episode #199 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download.  We’ve got a full crew this week as Rod has returned from the RSA conference.

We start this week off if just a bit of home automation talk.  Although Robb tuned Chris and Rod out for much of it, he did install a couple of Nest thermostats since the last show.
One of the big news items of the week was Gartner’s Tablet report which shows Android in the lead, significantly so, over iOS for the first time.  Apple still makes most on tablets with the iPad, however, the question is will developers start to mover for Android because of the sheer volume of users.
Microsoft’s Siri/Google Now style virtual assistant “Cortana” is making the rounds.  It looks like Cortana will be able to do more than simply answer questions, but, also make suggestions base on information it gleans from sources like Outlook.
BBM adds ads,  Facebook kills desktop versions of Facebook Messenger, and there a heck of a lot of people that seem to have become WhatsApp Messenger users over the last week or so.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #199 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: March 04th, 2014
  • Published: March 05th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 00min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #198: Chicken Wings And Beer Part 19

SMRpodcast #198 has been recorded, posted online, and, is ready for download.  This week its Robb and Chris, so, we hit you with another edition of Chicken Wings and Beer.

There was a lot of tech news this week, the biggest story probably being the $19 billion Facebook acquisition of WhatsApp.  Robb and Chris both ponder how Facebook will make money for the cross platform mobile IM application which serves no adds.
Mobile World Congress is underway in Barcelona Spain and a big focus of the show this year is inexpensive SmartPhones, including the new Android powered devices from Nokia.  Nokia, on the 20th also launched the 5-inch Lumia Icon on Verizon.  Mr Simmons picked this device up day one so we will get his review when he returns to the show.
Ford is quitting MS for BlackBerry when it comes to Ford Sync.  Chris and Robb are both excited about 24 coming back to Fox. WhatsApp will add voice calls in the next few months.
We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode 198 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: February 25th, 2014
  • Published: February 26th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 46min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #197: Most Prized Possessions

It was a pretty light tech week with nary a major announcement dominating the news cycle, however, lack of tech news didn’t keep Rod, Chris, and Rod from rambling for two hours on topics ranging from Kid’s youth league basketball, to Insteon Garage door opener installation, to Titan Fall for XBox in Episode #197 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: February 18th, 2014
  • Published: February 20th, 2014
  • Duration: 02hr 00min 00sec
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