Pocketnow Weekly 135: Windows 10 phone meets nerdy nostalgia

Sun Feb 15 2015 (01:36:43)

(Special note: we were besieged by technical issues on this week's show, folks; please forgive the bumpier-than-usual podcast!)

Windows 10 phone on a Lumia, a G Flex 2 in the hand, and 4-GB iPhone apps on the way: even on the eve of yet another snowy weekend in Boston, how can we possibly complain about the weather with a tech bounty such as this?

And it doesn't stop there: from Android Wear sales figures to crisp new Galaxy S6 renders, the news block is all asizzle – and we follow it up with some nerdy nostalgia in the mid-show and cantankerous complaining in the return of our Dial F for Fail segment, all of it helped along by our friend Cam Bunton from PhoneDog!

All of the above, plus the usual trio of listener letters, lies ahead; join us, won't you? Pocketnow Weekly 135 is waiting for your participation –either through the live video stream at 12:45pm Eastern on February 13 (click here for your local time), or the high-quality audio version available later on– and shoot your questions to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com for a shot at getting your question read aloud on the air. See you then!

Pocketnow Weekly 135

 

Recording Date

February 13, 2015

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Cam Bunton (PhoneDog)

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

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News

(00:06:37)

What do you want to know about the G Flex 2?

Windows 10 Phone technical preview tour / Windows 10 phone preview is here

Nokia brings significant update to HERE Maps

Motorola gives you a few extra days to save $100

Samsung Galaxy S6 gets its own high-quality leak renders

Apple gives go-ahead for largest iOS apps yet

Android Wear devices make up just a tiny fraction of smartwatch sales

HTC "Petra" smartwatch rumors include possible spec list

 

 

Nerd Nostalgia

(00:43:55)

 

A segment about remembering. This week's installment is motivated by our recent Sony CLIÉ Throwback Review, and it concerns another "first." We've talked endlessly about our first dumbphones, our first smartphones, even our first cars ... but we've never even touched on our first experiences with PDAs. Use the Q&A feature of the Hangouts to join us in recalling the days before integrated wireless connectivity, when "Palm Pilot" was a household name!

 

Dial F for Fail

(1:03:55)

A segment from our top news wrangler about injustice, misdeeds, and general foolishness within the mobile industry. Today’s topic: Microsoft's bungled rollout of the Windows 10 Phone Technical Preview:

Why you'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft hates flagships, or: Why did my friend's crap-phone get the Windows 10 phone preview, and not my 930?

Context: Windows 10 phone preview is here

 

Listener Mail

(01:11:18)

E-mailed submissions from Eli Kentel, Baldwin B., and Greg Vogt

 

Music

It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track ("Radiation") is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali's website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!

See you next week!