inThirty 146 – Amazon Fire

Today the rumors are finally true. Amazon finally released a smart phone. None of us thought that this was any big deal, yet we spoke about it for 20 minutes.

At the top of the show we have a discussion on whether the iMac drop in price is something to talk about. Turns out it is.

inThirty 138 – More TV Watching

Three weeks ago, Chaim complained that the Amazon Fire didn’t contain the HBO Go app. Justin chimed in that it is inevitable that it will have it. Turns out, Justin was right. HBO and Amazon signed a deal to show all their back catalogue on Amazon Prime.

Show Notes:
NYTimes | Amazon to Stream Original HBO Content

inThirty 135 – Amazon Fire

Amazon quasi-surprised us today by releasing the Amazon Fire, a set top box, that is a direct competitor to the major set top box markets. Paul and Justin are on board, but Chaim is saying too late. We discuss the features, the need, and the problems all these set top boxes have.

Show Notes:
Amazon Fire, Editor In Chief – inThirty 105

With Jeff Bezos buying The Washington Post, we felt like we had to discuss it.  We focus on how news gets consumed, and the future of news.  We then speculate how this fits in with Amazon’s business model, and their newly minted content creator status.

[We had audio problems with hangouts, hence no video.  Piezo records left/right channels, so you will hear Chaim on the left channel.]

Show Notes:

Episode 69 – Black Friday Blackout

Ready. Set. Shop. On episode 69 of inThirty we take you through Black Friday ChaimHarryJustin style and let you know what we purchased, or didn’t, after giving thanks. We talk about Small Business Saturday, Purple Monkey Dishwasher Sunday, and, of course Cyber Monday and consider whether the retailer or the retailee does better at the beginning of the holiday shopping season. We get classy and discuss the economic, philosophical, political, and technical implications of the “shop till you drop” mentality and decide we’re probably better off sticking to Samsung-versus-Apple type stuff.

Episode 69 Hangout:

Show Notes
Crashplan Black Friday Deal | Better Luck Next Year!
Walmart Workers Threaten Strike |
Small Business Saturday | AMEX
Black Friday ‘Doorbusters’ Don’t Always Hold Up” | Wall Street Journal
Why I Left Best Buy After Waiting In Line For Two Hours...” | The Consumerist

Smartphones Dumbed Down

Motorola Droid Maxx Dunce

Parents, you’ve got to catch episode 57 of inThirty – do you really want your son or daughter starting the school year without being able to explain the differences between the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD and the Motorola Droid RAZR HD? We didn’t think so. Chaim takes us through the ins and outs of Motorola’s new crop of devices while Harry snores. Some are shipping with Android’s latest release, Jelly Bean, but most, unforgivably, come from the factory with the out of date Ice Cream Sandwich. Harry wakes up in time to gush over Nokia’s newest Lumias, all of which sport Windows Phone 8, or at least will, when they ship, but no one knows when that’ll be. Finally, Justin longs for an Amazon based smartphone, even just so he can tear it down. Oh, and wait, isn’t Apple going to announce something in a couple of days? We cover that, too. We don’t want your kid to show up on the first day of school not knowing the specs of the iPhone 5, after all.

Show Notes
Nokia Lumia 920 hands-on preview, pictures and video” | The Verge
Nokia starts over, again: stunning new phones, no release date in sight” | The Verge
Nokia Lumia 820 hands-on preview (pictures and video)” | The Verge
Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx HD hands-on: bigger battery, beautiful display, Jelly Bean onboard” | Engadget
Motorola Droid RAZR HD hands-on: a 720p Android ICS update with 2,500mAh battery life” | Engadget
Motorola RAZR M official: 4.3-inch qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core, hitting Verizon for $99” | Engadget
What could be on tap at Apple’s Sept. 12 press event” | Macworld
Motorola to Offer $100 Credit to Owners of Devices Not Eligible for Jelly Bean Update (Update)” | Droid-Life
Rumor: Amazon to Unveil First Smartphone at Tomorrow’s Kindle Event | Droid-Life