Rebecca Black isn't the only one who's got a lock on Friday. Although The Engadget Podcast may not have reached the zeitgeist zenith she did, we'd like to think we have more staying power. Join us...for the long run.
Your host Terrence O'Brien weaves his way through this week's hot topics with the agility of an Olympian athlete, aided by what can only be described as: the cult of Joseph Volpe's personality. Missing from today's podcast is Ben Gilbert, who will be back next week if he can manage to escape the soul-crushing grip of Sin City.
With most of the regular crew away, Terrence decides to call in some heavy-duty reinforcements. Richard joins us with critical insights into HD and theNetflix bottleneck debacle. Meanwhile, Brad is perfect for a providing a rundown of the best fromMobile World Congressin Barcelona, including first-hand insight into Samsung'snewestdevices.
This week, your host Brad Molen is joined by Phil Nickinson (Android Central) and Russell Holly (Geek) to dig into the details ofHTC's newest One smartphone. They've all spent some quality time with the M8 version of the One and can provide insight into the build quality,software performanceand day-to-day functionality.
Ben Gilbert is joined by Engadget editor and formerBest Buy celebChris Velazco, along with our social media guruJohn Colucciwho's managed to drag himself away fromGrumpy Cat and 3D-printed Oreoslong enough to share his thoughts on SXSW.
After a chance meeting withDistiller appco-founder Mikael Mossberg and in-house whiskey expert Stephanie Moreno at this year'sSXSW event, a unique podcast concept was born. In this Very Special Episode, our guests serve as spirit guides, taking us through the business and production end of the whiskey trade.
It's been a long and busy week, leaving a newly nicotine-free Terrence a tad more irritable than usual. Ben's been busy too, but that just means long hours of playingMario Kart 8. Both of these factors seem to cancel each other out and the result is a pleasant stroll through the world of Xbox One, this timesporting a lower price tagand one less peripheral.
Gaming has been scoring big in the headlines lately and Ben Gilbert's been paying attention. The studio that brought youBioShock Infinitehas been dissolved andDoom 4becomes 'Doom'all over again -- which is fine with Terrence since that's how he remembers it anyway. It might beIPO timefor the company behindCandy Crush Sagaand thenumbers behind that reasoningare pretty interesting.
Spring is approaching and change is in the air, not only for the Mobile Podcast, but also for US carriers. Your host Brad is kicking off a new podcast format by interviewing industry analyst Jan Dawson ofJackdaw Researchabout the ins and outs of a potentialSprint and T-Mobile merger.
Things are heating up in the podcast studio this week and its either Terrence's cardigan, Amazon's newFire TVor the residual effects of Joseph's encounter witha real action hero. There's also a pile of news that came out ofMicrosoft's Build conference, which isn't surprising considering how long it dragged on. Redmond's own has released Windows Phone 8.
Net neutrality is still on the table for discussion this week and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler even wants tohearyouropinionon the situation. Ben and Richard share their two cents on the issue and continue to cover all thecozying upbetween companies includingISPs and content providers.
We're taking the elephant in the room for a ride this week and jumping right into Apple'spurchase of Beats, including both its Electronics and Music divisions. Since we're back in cramped confines of our NYC "studio," that scenario is more implausible than usual, especially with our guest Edgar Alvarez adding to the head count.
This week's podcast begins with some behind the scenes perspective of SXSW before Ben's allowed to get allTitanfallon us. That said, there's a melange of topics under discussion, from theGame of Thrones/HBOexperience to tales of a 6-year-old Chelsea Clinton and her kitchen table opinion coaching.
It helps if you'reborn Luckey, but if you also work hard at building Oculus Rift, the rewards are apparently somewhere in theballpark of $2 billion dollars. Not Dr. Evil levels, to be sure, but you could certainly equip a school of dolphins with lasers, or buy a ton of dogecoins. If you haven't guessed, Joseph and Ben focus onFacebook's recent announcementto purchase Oculus VR.
Join us for an out-of-this-world episode with Joseph, @terrenceobrien and Ben (who's Skyping in from the land of blue skies and balmy weather). Experience Mars withSony's Project Morpheus, hear Joseph's pitch for virtual reality installations at arcades around the country, and learn the truth about your pet cat -- spoiler alert:it's an alien.
Stories about net neutrality and slowed connectivity continue to surface, and the FCC chairman hasmade it clearthat preferential treatment will not be tolerated. In other news, merger mayhem continues with AT&Trumored to be buyingDirectTV, and Cox may join thegigabit internet club. Ben and Richard do their best to sift through this towering mess of info and cut through the nonsense.
It's the week of HD content news in its many various guises: streaming,video,award showsandservice cancellations, all wedged in amidst a couple of physical devices. Actually, the hardware is content-enabling as well, with the newRoku Streaming Stickand an N64 mod that gives your classic gear an HDMI upgrade.
While the Northeast is suffering throughsome heavy weather, Ben is getting ready to enjoyCloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2on Blu-ray, from a significantly sunnier locale. Regardless of your local forecast though, there's definitely a deluge of HD news and content to catch up on.