It’s weird when holidays fall in the middle of the week, because either you’re kicking off a long weekend with the special celebration, or you’re returning to work the next day with a fuzzy brain, a sunburn, and sand in your hair. We’re in the latter situation this week at Pocketnow, the American portion of the team coming down from a day of BBQ and a night of fireworks … but in our case, it’s a good thing. Because today’s the day for our weekly mobile tech podcast, and we love us some mobile-tech podcasting.

We hope you do, too, because today’s Pocketnow Weekly is quite possibly the longest episode ever recorded. Part of that is because we needed to catch up with chronic ‘casting absentee Joe Levi, whose adventures providing crowd-control for last night’s Utah fireworks gave us this week’s show title. Another part is this week’s listener mail section, which runs longer than twenty minutes and contains hardcore advice on how to deal with rooting and installing custom ROMs. And the rest of the extended run-time is due to Michael Fisher’s absolute inability to discuss those latter elements of geek culture without stammering like a seventh-grader asking a high-schooler to the junior-high dance. Or something.

But don’t let that scare you away; we’ve got oodles of tech talk, polite disagreements, hearty guffaws, and no small amount of edited-out Skype failures, after the break. You ate your dinner and drank all your milk; you deserve the frosty Klondike Bar that is the Pocketnow Weekly Podcast. Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Thanks for listening!


Pocketnow Weekly Episode 051

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Michael Fisher

Joe Levi

Taylor Martin



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Announcements (00:06:19)

LG Optimus G Giveaway: We have a winner!


Android (00:09:12)

The Moto X will become a victim of its own hype

Five reasons to turn your HTC One into a Google Play Edition

HTC Desire 200 looks like a sweet low-end phone

Why I might return to Instagram

Why WiFi is so much worse on smartphones than on computers


BlackBerry (00:58:16)

The tale of the lost interview

Does BlackBerry stand a chance anymore?


Windows Phone (01:14:11)

Nokia Lumia EOS/1020/909 press render leaked



Listener Mail (01:30:58)

Ben Chung asks why OEMs name devices the way they do, Maher Dakdouk wonders if we’re bored of WP8 yet, Vineet Mathew asks about the ins and outs of rooting, and John Martin writes in to say thanks – and to tell us about his 20-hour Weekly marathon!

Thanks for listening!

Tune in next week for more!


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