Welcome to Episode 75 – three quarters of a century! OK actually three quarters of a hundred episodes but it feels good to hit these unique numbers that end in 5 and 0. Just 25 more shows until we hit that really magical 100th episode. With CES 2013 happening this week we of course talk about what we have seen out there but we also discussed some other news items that have popped up in the past week. Some of the things we cover include podcasting predictions for this year; what your next form factor purchase might be; Microsoft gets some big business for Office; the experience of moving from an iPhone to a Windows Phone; Best Buy apparently lost $65K on iPhone sales in discount battle against Walmart; Jump Start training kit for Windows Phone 8 developers; Microsoft not happy about FTC decision on Google Antitrust investigation; dying Trekkie gets to see next Star Trek movie; Amazon begins AutoRip service; Windows Automatic updating FAQ; Nokia Lumia 820/920 phones launch in India; Fast startup in Windows 8 can cause issues in dual boot with other OS’s; avoiding the time suck economy; mobile shopping up 81% in 2012; Microsoft’s Xbox advertising helps crack code on interactive ads; Google restores access to mobile maps for Windows Phone users; check out IllumiRoom from Microsoft Research; consoles set to rebound in sales with release of next gen consoles; learn 5 things about wireless charging; Nokia enters the business infrastructure; see ya later Windows live Messenger; 100 million app downloads and 60 million licenses for Windows 8; Surface RT firmware update; Dropbox is official on Windows 8 now; Surface pro in depth peek; 24 months with Xbox 360 leading console sales in US; Nextgen Reader for Windows Phone getting updated for Windows Phone 8 and a reminder about our Microsoft Wedge Touch Mouse and Mobile Keyboard giveaway. We also apologize once again for missing the first #ObservedTech Weekly Chat and invite everyone to the inaugural chat next week. Enjoy the show and as always thanks for listening!
Welcome to Episode 64. Well we have arrived in October and the General Availability for Windows 8 is just a few weeks away. On this show I talk about the upcoming SpaceX Commercial Resupply Service (CRS) to the International Space Station (ISS) and the fact I will be down at Cape Canaveral to cover the launch this weekend on social media as a credentialed member of the press. It is the first of 12 CRS missions heading to ISS by SpaceX. I also mention my recent road travelling experience with Windows Phone and some of its apps that helped make travelling the byways of America easier. After a quick discussion about Apple’s new iPhone and some consumer end issues and the apparent infighting between companies that are building Windows Phone 8 devices we dove into our stack of news items. Amongst those subjects we covered new spate of spam/scam emails that are using eFax and the IRS to get you to download bad files onto your system; rumors of Microsoft building its own Windows Phone; possible jury member issue in the Samsung vs Apple court decision; the FTC winning their 4 year legal battle with a scareware scam that will cost the perpetrator $163 million; Twitter opts you into several new emails; talking about app store counts for Windows Store; using a standing desk; Facebook bought a lot of consumer purchasing data; student Windows Store developer accounts for free; Twitter will let us download all our tweets by the end of the year; Microsoft patches IE Zero Day flaw and gets criticized for it; HD capture of Endeavor’s arrival at LAX; Microsoft and devs get into Guinness Book of Records; Microsoft introduces YouthSpark program; E*Trade Baby is now on Windows Phone and LastPass introduces a Sentry to keep an eye out for exposed passwords. As usual we wrap up with a look at the past week on WindowsObserver.com.