Posted April 23, 2014
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.

Show Details

  • Recorded: April 21st, 2014
  • Published: April 22nd, 2014
  • Duration: 01hr 35min 00sec

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Big stories we covered this week

  • We welcome our pal Brent Harman back to the show
  • The AEREO court case could have a huge impact on the future of technology and we weigh in.
  • One week in and the haters are starting to pop out against Cortana

Other stories we covered this week

  • Chris's daughter was talking to the Xbox
  • Netflix increasing their price as AT&T announces a new streaming service
  • What's app reaches 500 million active users

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