Pocketnow Weekly 095: Apple Beats, fleece phones, & the great kickstand war

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You know those weeks where you’re like, “hey – what if we didn’t have a weekly podcast eating up half a day in production time? Can you imagine the kind of boost our review coverage could get from that time?”

Yeah, us either. Because this is the Pocketnow Weekly, and we’re not breaking our perfect streak a month before our hundredth episode. This is podcasting, Jack. Serious business. We’ve even got us an EXPLICIT tag to prove it. We ain’t playin’ around. 

In this week’s installment of the world’s most meandering tech podcast, hot news! HTC dodges a big bass-boosted bullet with their divestiture of Beats Audio, but not to worry: Apple’s been ready and waiting to dive right on top of that big bag of bunk. We’ll talk about that, and about our intense feature and review coverage already underway on one of the world’s highest-end smartphones, as well as increasingly hot rumors from LG, Motorola, and even Microsoft. All that, plus a hearty helping of Joe Levi’s tech wisdom in your (very specific) listener mail on episode 095 of the Pocketnow Weekly! So dive on down and get to listening; like 90s-era ABC always said, “it’s Friday night, and the mood is right. Gonna have some fun, show you how it’s done: Pocket-now-Week-ly.”

Enough nonsense. Go listen. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagramGoogle Plus  to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don’t have to do a telethon to stay on the air. Join our forums to offer topic suggestions and more. And thanks for listening!

Pocketnow Weekly episode 095

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Recording Date

05/09/2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Joe Levi

 

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Announcements (00:02:05)

Sony Xperia Z2 in the house

LG Lucid 3 ain’t great

Pocketnow Power User is here!

HTC Desire 816 review coming soon!

 

iOS (00:16:42)

Apple’s Beats acquisition looks all but confirmed

iPhone 6 dates rumored

 

Android (00:35:11)

Pic reveals possible Motorola Moto E

New LG G3 pics arrive with explanation for rear-mounted “sensor”

LG launches quad-HD isai FL

“Moto X + 1” name, leather backplates make another appearance on Motorola website

 

Windows (01:01:00)

Surface Mini to be powered by Qualcomm, multiple slates expected May 20

Surface Mini might drop one key hardware feature

 

Listener Mail (01:06:45)

Carlos Moreaux asks about cross-platform Windows apps; Eli Kentel wonders why smartphones don’t come with graphics options; Garth Power wants to know why Samsung went with the chips it did for the new Gears; and Alex Dean needs to know whether he should opt for the Lumia 1520 or its more petite, “Iconic” cousin!

 

Music

The Pocketnow Weekly’s transition music (the track used between its News and Feature segments on some episodes) is a track called “Radiation” from the talented Ali Spagnola.

You may recognize the tune as one of the preloaded ringtones from your Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus, or Nexus 4 – but it’s a real song, from a real album. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali’s website here, or visit her YouTube page here!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in again next week!

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About The Author
Michael Fisher
Michael Fisher has followed the world of mobile technology for over ten years as hobbyist, retailer, and reviewer. A lengthy stint as a Sprint Nextel employee and a long-time devotion to webOS have cemented his love for the underdog platforms of the world. In addition to serving as Pocketnow's Reviews Editor, Michael is a stage, screen, and voice actor, as well as co-founder of a profitable YouTube-based business. He lives in Boston, MA.Read more about Michael Fisher!