All Posts by Jim Metzendorf

AC Podcast 481: Google buys North; Chromebook Gaming; Qualcomm Wear 4100
Cooking with Parrots

AC Podcast 481: Google buys North; Chromebook Gaming; Qualcomm Wear 4100

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Russell Holly joins Daniel and Jerry for a chat about Google's purchase of AR glasses company North. Dell's new Chromebooks with 10th Gen Intel processors could gain Steam support, which could help win the hearts and minds of gamers. Qualcomm's new Snapdragon Wear 4100 is on the way. The company says it could provide an 85% performance boost to Wear OS smartwatches, with 25% better...

AC Podcast 479: Xperia 1 ii & When Phones Were Fun, ft. MrMobile
An Opinionated Product

AC Podcast 479: Xperia 1 ii & When Phones Were Fun, ft. MrMobile

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Michael Fisher stops by for a chat about the amazing series of videos on his Mr. Mobile YouTube channel: 'When Phones Were Fun'. He, Daniel, and Andrew also discuss why many developers give preference to Apple's App Store over Google Play, despite Apple's onerous and inconsistent rules. They share thoughts on Sony's Xperia 1 ii, the camera in Huawei's P40 Pro Plus, Jelly 2, Google...

AC Podcast 477: Android 11 beta delayed; Pixel Feature Drop; TV Dongles
The Roku Impasse

AC Podcast 477: Android 11 beta delayed; Pixel Feature Drop; TV Dongles

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Google has postponed its Android 11 event and beta, but there is a feature drop for Pixel phones that brings new features along with vague battery life promises. Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader also examine rumors of a new Android TV dongle and the current state of streaming devices. OnePlus 8 Pro is difficult, if not impossible, to find. So that makes it hard to...

AC Podcast 475: Pixel 4a delayed; Rise of Chromebooks; Huawei in trouble
FreeCell League

AC Podcast 475: Pixel 4a delayed; Rise of Chromebooks; Huawei in trouble

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Ara Wagoner swings by to talk with Daniel and Jerry about the rise of Chromebooks as they become increasingly popular in this era of learning and working from home. The team have a spirited discussion about what's great and what can be improved. Plus, they offer tips on what to look for in terms of specs if you want to buy one. Pixel 4a isn't due until July (or maybe even later). Does...

AC Podcast 473: Crrowd; Best-selling smartphones; LG Velvet
The Rodney Dangerfield Problem

AC Podcast 473: Crrowd; Best-selling smartphones; LG Velvet

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Marton Barcza is here to talk about his new app, Crrowd. It's a community for crowd-sourced tech reviews and questions you might have about a gadget. He also chats with Daniel and Jerry about the best selling Android phones and why they aren't necessarily the ones that get the most press coverage. They discuss what it will take for MediaTek to rise up as a true competitor to Qualcomm,...

AC Podcast 472:  Shipments down, Budget phones; Contact tracing explained
Classic Black Dress

AC Podcast 472: Shipments down, Budget phones; Contact tracing explained

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Daniel and Jerry are joined by Lory Gil of iMore for a chat about global smartphone shipments tumbling. Apple's move to put their flagship processor into a budget phone is a shot across the bow of Qualcomm and all other device manufacturers. They have an in-depth conversation about contract tracing and the technology behind Apple and Google's joint COVID-19 exposure notification API....