Unwrapping the Galaxy Nexus

Someone must have been a good boy this year because he just unwrapped a Galaxy Nexus! After Chaim paid a small $20 upgrade fee on top of the $299 price tag for the phone, and signed a 2 year 4G data contract with Verizon which included a stipulation that he “not be evil” while using it, he quickly unboxed his precious. Next, he got to Hanging Out on Google+, not using Google Wallet because Verizon won’t allow it, and finding out the battery door is made of plastic as thin as Saran wrap. Then he joined Harry, Justin, and special guest Michael Degusta of theunderstatement.com, to share the thrills and ills of being a proud user of Google’s flagship phone.
We find out if Ice Cream sandwich is as delectable as Google claims and whether or not Chaim’s hands are big enough to reach the outer edges of the Galaxy’s 4.6″ screen. Chaim runs his first 4G speedtest but decides against joining the recording from his phone, and we examine the tug-of-war between Google and the cell carriers.
Should you put a Galaxy Nexus in your stocking? Listen to find out.

Show Notes
Google Galaxy Nexus

Holiday Gift Wrap Up

Holiday shopping is tough, and we’ve just made it tougher as we each suggest three gifts for your most beloved nerd.  Listen in to find out which inThirty host gives the most fun gifts and which might be a little too into Dexter.
All Chaim wants for Chanukah is a Galaxy Nexus, will it be under the menorah? Will he shoot his eye out with it?
This is no Black Friday Sale, folks, everything is marked up, as in HTML.

Show Notes

Justin’s Picks:
Tiny USB Car Power Adapter ($7.99) | ThinkGeek.com

Etymotic MC3 Headphones ($99.99) | Etymotic.com

Wacom Inkling ($199.00) | Wacom.com

Harry’s Picks:

Dexter Blood Spattered Coasters ($19.99) | ThinkGeek.com

Incase Origami Workstation ($29.99) | GoIncase.com

13” MacBook Air ($1299+) | Apple.com

Haim’s Picks:

Buckyballs ($36.95) | Amazon.com

Roku 2 XS ($89.99) | Amazon.com

Sonos Play ($299+) | Sonos.com

What’s Your Carrier IQ?

Either don your tinfoil hat and ditch your smartphone or get comfortable sharing your personal thoughts with the engineer who’s in charge of the datacenter your texts and emails pass through. Guess which member of inThirty chooses which?
We discuss the impact of Carrier IQ and whether asking users to opt in to data collection is essential. We move on to discussing privacy more broadly before deciding to move out to a shack in the woods.
Don’t look over your shoulder, I think someone’s watching you.

Show notes:
Carrier IQ interview: inside the brave new world of carrier phone tracking | The Verge

Apple: Carrier IQ still on iPhone 4, but we don’t read your e-mail and texts | Ars Technica

Facebook FTC Privacy Case Has Been Settled | Huffington Post

GCreep: Google Engineer Stalked Teens, Spied on Chats (Updated) | Gawker

The Mother of All Bloggers

You think you know everything there is to know about Mommy Blogs? Think again.
The Mother of All Bloggers (a title proudly bestowed by the inThirty team) Elizabeth Norton joins us to discuss to how she uses technology to keep in touch with a close nit group of fellow mothers. Elizabeth, without a single pregnant pause, takes us through her method of keeping her offline and online worlds in balance and lets us in on the secret of the best way to get Play-Doh out of a USB port.

Thank you Elizabeth!

Show Notes

ElizabethNorton.com | Website

Elizabeth Norton | Google+

The Evolution of Money

Money, money, money, money…MONEY: We talk with Skyler Fox, an expert in payment processing and customer loyalty about NFC, RFID, CARD and every other financial acronym we can wrap our minds around. Not even Skyler, however, is able to answer the question: Can a Galaxy Nexus use its built in NFC to pay for itself?

Guest
Skyler Fox 

Show Notes
No Red Candy
Interchange Fee | Wikipedia
Google Wallet | Google
Credit CARD Act of 2009 | Wikipedia
RFID | Wikipedia
Dwolla
Square
Salvation Army accepting mobile payments” | El Paso Inc.
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