Pocketnow Weekly 124: Octagonal Androids, luxury smartwatches and SO MUCH MAIL

Sat Nov 29 2014 (01:58:11)

An octagonal Android smartphone, a lawsuit over the term "Milk," and a phone camera that flips up like a deranged pancake. Oh, and luxury smartwatches. (Luxury smartwatch faces, anyway. Illegal ones. Or something.) Companies have waited until the end of the year to spring all the nonsense on us, it seems – and we're lapping it up like the grateful tech hounds we are. Because, according to the polls, dear listeners, that's what you want to hear.

But like all humans, you also want to hear your own voice. Don't be ashamed; we're all narcissists here. To that end, we're stacking one of the last podcasts of 2014 with listener mail dating all the way back to July: stuff that's been held in the buffer so long it's got a fine coating of Pocketnow archival dust sitting atop it. Today, it's time to blow that coating away and finally get to some of your long-held questions, complaints, and curiosities – the ones that still make sense, anyway.

That's a podcast so jazzy that even the ghost of Joe Levi couldn't resist joining, so what're you waiting for? Seal your port covers, snap on your protective case, and jump in our pocket. Now. Episode 124 of our weekly podcast lies below and you should watch it –either through the live video stream at 2:00pm Eastern on November 26 (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 124

 

Recording Date

November 26, 2014

 

Hosts

Michael Fisher

Stephen Schenck

Adam Doud

 

Producer

Jules Wang

 

Podcast Rundown

 

Sponsor

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News

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(Announcement) Pocketnow's Holiday Shopping Guide and Black Friday Roundup posts are up!

Amazon's Fire Phone drops to $199 off contract

Octagonal Android boasts 80GB storage for under $400

Weirdest smartphone camera yet swings up and over

Luxury brands square off against copycat watchfaces

Samsung getting sued over the term Milk

 

 

Listener Mail

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An absurdly dense smorgasbord of listener mail, some of it dating back to the pre-IFA days. Whether it's thoughts on the Nexus 9, questions on the future of the wearable, rants about keyboard lag, or questions about what phone to buy your mother for the holidays, you'll find it in our super-dense block of reader feedback! This season's extravaganza features letters from the following sweet, sweet listeners:

  • Lizette M.
  • Ed Carden
  • Trevor Reis
  • Vijay V.
  • Sam Ward
  • Chris Cox
  • Diego Lopez Crane
  • Bernard Untalan
  • Kwadwo Boadu
  • Eric Rekut
  • Alex Ong
  • A. Jacob
  • William Li
  • Alif Prakoso

 

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 for Episode 125!