Gigawhat Ep. 65: CES & Gaming

Posted in podcast on January 27th, 2013 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

This week we catch up on CES. What made best of show this year? We also chat about the new SimCity game which hit beta this weekend.

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Razer Edge: http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/10/the-razer-edge-gaming-tablet-is-the-only-windows-8-tablet-you-should-buy/

Pebble Watch: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/01/ces-2013-pebble-ships

BlackBerry 10: http://allthingsd.com/20130125/rim-hopes-to-score-points-with-blackberry-10-super-bowl-ad/

SimCity Beta: http://www.destructoid.com/your-first-city-in-simcity-will-suck-and-that-s-okay-243049.phtml

App of the Week

Vine (iOS): http://www.vine.co/

Child of the 90s

Posted in advertising, tech news on January 25th, 2013 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

This week Microsoft released a new advertising video for Internet Explorer. Its target? The 90s generation. The commercial speaks to a bygone “simpler” era of square disks, yo-yos, Oregon Trail, cassette players, and even POGs. You have to give the creative shop credit for hitting all the right notes; the video is a great trip down memory lane, even if I recall using Netscape over IE back in those days. At the same time, it’s a bit ironic or perhaps just a sign of old age that the world has become too fast even for the 90s generation.

Gigawhat Ep. 64: CES 2013 Predictions

Posted in podcast on January 7th, 2013 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

CES 2013 is upon us! As the newsfeeds begin to bubble with news from Vegas, Tony and I give our two cents on what we’re expecting from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. We also chat about my new Windows 8 laptop and Tony’s Windows Phone woes.

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Gigawhat Ep. 63: Holiday Shopping

Posted in podcast on November 25th, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

With tech news a bit quiet with the Thanksgiving holidays, Tony and I have a bit more of a conversation about our Black Friday shopping experiences. We also chat about buying tablets for parents and my surprise at the cross play feature on the PlayStation Vita.

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Gigawhat Ep. 62: Black Friday Deals for Wii and U

Posted in podcast on November 21st, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

As we approach the holidays, Tony and I look at some of the hottest deals for 2012 including the new Wii U.

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Wii U: http://www.polygon.com/2012/11/18/3664108/wii-u-everything-you-need-to-know

Wii U IGN Review: http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/17/wii-u-review

Wii U Engadget Review: http://www.engadget.com/wii-u-review/nintendo-wii-u-review/

Wii U CNET Review: http://reviews.cnet.com/nintendo-wii-u/

Black Friday Deals: http://reviews.cnet.com/holiday-gift-guide/black-friday/

Slickdeals: http://slickdeals.net/

Amazon Black Friday Deals: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Friday/b?ie=UTF8&node=384082011

App of the Week

TuneIn Radio: http://tunein.com/

TuneIn Radio (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tunein.player&hl=en

TuneIn Radio (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tunein-radio/id418987775?mt=8

TuneIn Radio (Blackberry): http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/17105/?lang=EN

TuneIn Radio (Windows Phone): http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/tunein-radio/7f7e3f68-ba3a-e011-854c-00237de2db9e

Grand Theft Auto V, Trailer 2

Posted in gaming, tech news on November 14th, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

Rockstar finally released the second trailer of the highly anticipated game “Grand Theft Auto V”, slated for release next Spring. In GTA V, players will find themselves in the lives of three protagonists in the vast city of Los Santos, a fictionalized version of Los Angeles.

Gigawhat Ep. 61: Mini iPad and Surface

Posted in podcast on November 13th, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

After a brief hiatus (due to the loss of power and internet), Tony and I return to give our take on a bunch of new devices, including the iPad Mini and Microsoft Surface. Which one is worth getting? We also talk a bit on disaster preparedness including the reason why everyone should subscribe to Twitter.

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iPad Mini: http://cnettv.cnet.com/8301-13484_53-57545926-10391694/prizefight-apple-ipad-mini-vs-google-nexus-7/

New iPad: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-57538583-256/the-new-new-ipad-lightning-strikes-again/

Microsoft Surface: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/23/3540550/microsoft-surface-review

App of the Week

GasBuddy (iPhone): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/gasbuddy-find-cheap-gas-prices/id406719683?mt=8

GasBuddy (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gbis.gbandroid

GasBuddy (Windows Phone): http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/gasbuddy/c40743d9-8fd5-df11-a844-00237de2db9e

GasBuddy (Blackberry): http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/38289/?lang=en

Gigawhat Ep. 60: Apple Maps Needs a Roadmap

Posted in podcast on October 3rd, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

As we go a week out from the iPhone 5 release, several issues have come out with the much anticipated phone. The Maps issue continues to plague Apple, so much so that CEO Tim Cook publicly apologises. This week Tony and I take a look at each of the “issues” with the iPhone 5. And just to keep it from being all about Apple, we also take a look at the Barnes & Noble Nook.

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Letter from Tim Cook: http://www.apple.com/letter-from-tim-cook-on-maps/

How to Add Google Maps to the Home Screen: http://www.apple.com/ios/add-to-home-screen/

Map Alternatives: http://allthingsd.com/20120928/apple-here-are-some-map-apps-that-actually-work/

iPhone 5 Complaints: http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/303042/top-apple-iphone-5-complaints/1

iPhone 5 Problems: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/09/iphone-5-problems/

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://allthingsd.com/20120925/barnes-noble-takes-aim-at-amazon-with-new-hd-nooks/

Bad Piggies: http://www.badpiggies.com/

App of the Week

Field Trip (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nianticproject.scout

Gigawhat Ep. 59: iPhone 5 Reactions

Posted in podcast on September 24th, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

It’s finally here. We’re talking about the iPhone 5 of course! So has it lived up to expectations or is it just another phone in a long line of fancy smartphones? This week Tony and I look into the new phone as well as iOS 6. We also chime in on the Apple Maps fiasco. Deciding on getting the iPhone? Check us out!

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iPhone 5 Review (The Verge): http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/21/3363238/iphone-5-review

iPhone 5 Review (CNET): http://www.cnet.com/iphone-5/

iPhone 5-iPhone 4S-iPad Benchmarks: http://www.imore.com/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-vs-ipad-3-benchmarks

iPhone 5-iPhone 4S Camera: http://www.imore.com/iphone-5-vs-iphone-4s-camera

iOS 6 Review (Engadget): http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/ios-6-review/

iOS 6 Review (CNET): http://reviews.cnet.com/ios-6/

iOS 6 Review (The Verge): http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/21/3363060/ios-6-review

iOS 6 Passbook: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/20/psa-passbook-supported-apps-now-listed-in-ios-6-app-store/

The Amazing iOS 6 Maps: http://theamazingios6maps.tumblr.com/

Buggy iOS 6 Maps: http://www.theverge.com/2012/9/20/3363914/wrong-turn-apple-ios-6-maps-phone-5-buggy-complaints

App of the Week

Twitter for iPad: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/twitter/id333903271?mt=8

Pocket for Android Reads Back

Posted in mobile, tech news on September 19th, 2012 by ddawg – Be the first to comment

Pocket for Android

Pocket (formerly known as Read It Later) updated its Android app to provide TTS (text-to-speech) functionality.

For those unfamiliar, Pocket is an app on both iOS and Android that allows users to save articles for later (and offline) reading. In the past few years, they have integrated heavily whether other apps such as Zite and Flipboard. One can even download an extension on Chrome to save web pages for later reading.

This new “Listen” feature, however, is definitely a nice new option, especially for those on the go. Surprisingly, the app does a fairly decent job reading back. At times there’s a few noticeable errors that come down to the complexity of the English language, with words that have double meanings and pronunciations, such as “content.” It also seems to have trouble saying words like “eighties” for “80s.”

Still, it’s a nice feature to have if one is too busy to read. Practically, it may be a nice option to use when on the road or during a morning commute when reading may be more difficult. There are even options to increase the speed. The background text will scroll along with what is being read. Additionally, one can hit standby as the reading will continue on.

This new feature is only available for Android devices although the app as a whole remains free on both the iTunes Store and the Google Play Store. It’s definitely worth checking out regardless.

One tip for everyone, the UK English TTS feels much smoother than US English.