Keeping up with the ‘Lardasses’ | Pocketnow Weekly 179

Update: Who doesn’t like some high-energy Peter Frampton and a touch of EXID to start a podcast, right? See you Wednesday!

Some weeks, even listening to K-pop while prepping the rundown can’t make the work go fast enough. As 2015 races to a close we’ve still got tons of work to do outside podcast-land, like finishing up our Pixel C and Lumia 950XL reviews and leaving the office in time to go see The Force Awakens. So you’ll forgive us if we’re a little pressed for time today. But not to worry: we’re still gonna cover all the critical stuff from the world of mobile technology, like Sprint trying to seduce T-Mobile employees; ‘Kardashian’ vs ‘Lardass’ on your iPhone; and the smartphone with the yogurt-sounding name.

All of the above –plus your listener mail– awaits on episode 179 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 1:00pm Eastern on December 18 (click here for your local time), or check out the high-quality audio version right here, right now. And don’t forget to shoot your listener mail to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air!

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December 18, 2015



Michael Fisher

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Last-minute holiday discounts aplenty: Lumia 950 ($50 off), Moto X Pure Edition ($100+ off), Huawei Watch ($50 off), Nexus Phones ($50 off), Pebble Time Round ($50 off)

Our Pixel C review is up!

HTC One X9 shows its stuff

New Moto phone looks … nothing like a Moto phone

Yu Yutopia has sweet specs to go with its stupid name

Android 6.1 Marshmallow to come in June with split screen

Only two Sony Xperias coming in 2016?

Is Google dropping SMS support in Hangouts?

“Lardass” autocorrects to Kardashian; let’s LoL about it

Sprint tries poaching T-Mo employees

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E-mailed submissions from Linus, Robert and Rangga 

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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!