SMRPodcast #222: You Just Need One Reason

SMRpodcast episode #222 is online and ready for download.  We have a full crew for the second week in row and Chris, Robb, and Rod jump right into it.

Time Warner Cable had a massive nationwide internet outage on Wednesday that affected more than 11 million residential and business customers.  If there is a problem with the internet, chances are Robb will be affected by it, and this time was no exception.
Facebook is going to start displaying less “click bait” which takes it’s users outside of Facebook’s walled garden.  Everyone agrees that a less crappy feed is better for users and for Facebook, but, Robb and Rod debate how much work users are willing, or, not willing to put into making their feeds better.
The Coolest cooler has displaced the Pebble smart watch as the must successful Kickstarter ever, with over 50,000 backers and more that $10 million raised.  Let’s just say that there are differences in opinion on how good of an idea the Coolest is, or, isn’t’.
WhatsApp Messenger crosses the 600 million monthly active user mark, a Windows 9 preview is coming out soon,  Apple is coming out with a 12.9 inch iPad, and NC State students invent nail polish that detects drugs.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #222 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: August 27th, 2014
  • Published: August 28th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 53min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #221: It’s Wonderful

SMRpodcast episode #221 is online and ready for download. We’ve got a full cast this week as Mr. Rod Simmons is back from 7 straight weeks of being on the road.

We start this week off with a story of how Chris Ashley is somewhat antisocial, while, at the same time, willing to go out of his way to help just about anyone out at any time.

Robb is quite perturbed at the way the media is spinning Facebook Messenger permissions as a full assault on user privacy.  The mobile Facebook app has needed many of the same permissions which are required for the features in Facebook Messenger for years.

Android and iOS increase their smartphone market share while Windows Phone slips to just 2.5%.  Robb and Chris ponder if there is anything Microsoft can do to get more Windows Phone handsets into consumers hands.

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board, Tesla offers an 8 year,  infinite mile warranty on the drive unit, and, Sprint offers $100 shared Family plans for up to 10 users with 20GB of data for $100 per month.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and more in episode #221 of the SMRpodcast.

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  • Recorded: August 19th, 2014
  • Published: August 20th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 53min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #220: Driving In My Caddy

SMRpodcast episode #220 is has been recorded, is online, and ready for download.  After a week long hiatus Chris and Robb catch you up on some of the biggest tech stories of the past week.

We start the show off with talk of how Chris caught a picture of his baby girl up on the jumbo tron at the Washington Redskins pre-season game this past week.  There are a lot of folks that would argue against Nokia’s Purview Cameras in the higher end Lumia smartphones being the best in the industry.
Verizon is closing a loophole on their discontinued unlimited data plans.  Starting August 24th, customers with grandfathered unlimited data plans will no longer be able to buy new smartphones on an additional line with a $30 per month data charge, cancel the data plan, and, add a feature phone to the additional line bringing the price of the additional line down to $9.99 per month.  Customer how buy phones with data plans will be required to maintain the data plan through out the term of the contract.
Windows 9 (Threshold) beta is expected out by the end of the year.  Chris and Robb discuss if Windows 8 is a bigger bust than Windows Vista.  Adoption rates indicate that it just may be.
The Xbox One is getting a digital tuner in Europe, iOS loses market share in the enterprise to Android, Netflix pass HBO in subscriber revenue.  We’ve got all this, our picks and more in episode #220 of the SMRpodcast…

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  • Recorded: August 12th, 2014
  • Published: August 13th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 26min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #219: Chicken Wings And Beer Part 23

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SMRpodcast #219 is online and ready for download, and, for the second week in a row, Chris and Robb hit you with a Chicken Wings and Beer episode, part 23.

 

We start the show off with talks of Chris’s new stainless steel grill and the outdoor home projects he’s taken on this summer. As for tech tech news, there wasn’t a lot of big news, but, there was a lot of news.
We talked a bit about the new MacBook Pro and how Robb’s daughter is debating between the Pro and the Air before she heads off to College.
Hilton is rolling out Check-In by phone in multiple properties throughout the world and eventually will offer the ability to use your phone as your room key… This is an awfully nice feature, particularly for Road Warriors.
We haven’t heard any Amazon Fire Phone numbers, but,reviews and anecdotal stories from a few AT&T stores lead us to believe that it is doing precisely the opposite of what the iPhone does when new versions launch.
Microsoft has a new Windows Phone coming out with those who like to take selfies in mind. The new phone aimed at the mid to lower end market will sport a 5 megapixel front facing Camera.
Facebook is stripping Messenger out of the Facebook App, EA creates a new subscription service on top of Xbox Live, and Motorola is making a 5.9 inch Nexus Phablet. We’ve got all this, our picks, and a heck of a lot more in episode #219 of the SMRpodcast

 

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  • Recorded: July 29th, 2014
  • Published: July 30th, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 45min 34sec
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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.

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  • 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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