BOL 1074: Forget the tablet, let's hype the Courier Video
iCloud, it's what Jesus would use, right? Well, as with all things Apple, maybe it's not quite as good as the hype.
Microsoft is working on a tablet PC called the Courier, Google gets under the hood of Internet Explorer, and how to use a mapping program on your cell phone to find a bathroom in the mall.
Steve Ballmer talks about Apple's niche, Zune's app potential, and what's up with that Courier tablet.
Today's show begins with a history lesson about the fate of the Microsoft Courier tablet and its possible reincarnation with a modified version of the Windows 8 operating system.
Is there such thing as too much of a good thing? Verizon comes out swinging with superphones galore, we take a look at the next gen of Windows Phone handsets, and have a good old-fashioned rant against a very very weird phone. All that and more on today's Dialed In.
RIP Holo-Pac. 2Pac fans hoping for a worldwide holographic tour are out of luck as its parent company Digital Domain ironically filed for bankruptcy on the 16th anniversary of the artist's death. Mark Licea joins us on today's 404 episode to re-cap the Nintendo Wii U and TVii announcements. We'll also talk more about Apple iPhone 5 hype, the worst accessory for your smartphone, and the rise and fall of the emojicon.
We couldn't record today's Podcast without spending a little time on Gizmodo's big unveiling of Microsoft's secret tablet PC. The blog is reporting that even though our first inclination is to call it a tablet, it's really more of a booklet, with two 7-inch(ish) screens with multitouch, a 3MP camera on the back, and a fancy stylus for clicking, writing, dragging, and drawing. In typical 404 fashion, we have to poke fun at the fact that while a long plastic pen is very innovative, we wish it had fully functioning voice recognition, but as we've seen from the Google iPhone app, that technology will likely never be perfected. In the meantime, it looks like the Microsoft booklet will materialize before the fabled Apple tablet.
Turns out the iPhone grip of death is simply a "fact of life" with all wireless phones. If holding your phone makes your iPhone 4 signal drop dramatically, Apple would like you to know you should either hold it a different way or buy a case. From them. That sounds logical, right? Right. No, thanks. Also, introducing Rafe's new side project, oneleggedgoat.xxx. Enjoy.
Leaked from today's 404: The irreparable MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Reddit bans high-end domains for astroturfing, 3D-printing a burrito, and a company taxing users for browsing with Internet Explorer 7!
Rafe and Josh discuss the best mobile apps for finding stuff to do and things to eat near where you are. Also, your questions, answered, including our tips for painting your laptop BMW red.