Coming to the Surface

We’ve all played a little Xbox, but how many of you ever got your hands on a Zune, or a Kin? Microsoft’s getting back into the hardware game with the Surface tablet and on episode 63 of inThirty we get into, about, and under the soon to be released device. We talk pricing, features, make predictions on future market share, and add to the overall confusion about the two different versions of Windows, RT and 8, that’ll run on this new entrant to the tablet market.

Episode 63 Hangout: http://youtu.be/6pxvOYZyAJg?t=5m22s

Show Notes
Microsoft Surface Pricing Goes Toe-to-Toe with Apple iPad | Slashdot
Surface with Windows RT | Microsoft
Surface RT: Pricing details, spec updates...” | PCWorld
Microsoft fails to explain Windows 8 vs. Windows RT…” | The Verge
On the Recent Microsoft Surface Announcements | Curious Rat

Honey I Shrunk the iPad

While it’s still a possibility that an iPad with a 7 inch screen may never make it outside of Jonny Ive’s secret industrial design compound, it doesn’t stop us from talking about every inch of the yet to be announced device on episode 62 of inThirty. Whether it’ll be called the Mini, Nano, Small, Little, Micro, or Petite, Chaim, Harry, and Justin conjecture, speculate, and postulate about how the device’ll fit into Apple’s current range of mobile products and analyze the impact of screen size on how users consume their digital diets. Want to find out the best screen size for playing Solitaire or reading the Wall Street Journal or mixing the musical score for a feature film? You better search Google for the answer because we come to no conclusions on this episode of inThirty. Oh, and less is more, sometimes.

Episode 62 Hangout: http://youtu.be/0x8lrwHSMHc

Show Notes
Apple Likely to Unveil “iPad Mini” at October 23 Event | All Things D
7.85-Inch iPad Mini Screen Size Compared to Other Tablets [Diagram] | iClarified
Small iPad, Smaller Minds | CuriousRat.com

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 Some are shipping with Android’s latest release, Jelly Bean, but most, unforgivably, come from the factory with the out of date Ice Cream Sandwich.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

A Conversation with Shifty Jelly Co-founder Philip Simpson

On episode 51 of inThirty we talk with Philip Simpson, co-founder and developer at Shifty Jelly, the makers of great apps such as Pocket Casts and Pocket Weather AU.

Philip shares his Amazon App Store horror story and goes on to tell us the differences between selling apps on the iOS App Store verus Google Play and also lets us know which store’s customers are nicer to deal with.

Want to know what it’s like to develop for both Android and iOS? How Xcode compares to Eclipse? Want to listen to an iOS developer with a killer British accent?

Download Pocket Casts, check out the featured podcast (which one could it be?), and press play.

Show Notes

Shifty Jelly | Website
@ShiftyJelly | Twitter
@GeekyGecko | Philip Simpson’s Twitter
Pocket Casts | Google Play
Pocket Casts | iOS App Store
Pocket Weather AU | iOS App Store
Amazon App Store: Rotten to the Core” | Shifty Jelly Blog

Rumor, Rumor, on the Web

Look into your crystal ball, do you see 3 guys talking to each other about tech rumors via Skype? On episode 43 of inThirty Chaim, Harry, and Justin talk about what’s coming for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android and discuss which rumors sites dish the industry dirt the best and which should be swept under the rug.

Episode 43 Hangout: http://youtu.be/6rnrx124E1g