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Engadget Podcast 182 – 02.07.2010

by Jonathan Downin in TechFebruary 8th, 2010 @ 7:21 am
Engadget Podcast

Android has finally received multitouch in a meaningful implementation– on the Nexus One. The Droid and other Android phones will have to wait a little longer, but it is a step in the right direction. In the wake of the iPad announcement, Fusion Garage has started talking about the Joojoo again, but the guys still don’t quite see the appeal.

Former Microsoft VP, Dick Brass, wrote a rather scathing opinion piece about Microsoft concerning their ability to innovate. The Engadget guys have a lot to say about it and this leads into a discussion about the future of computing and approaches to delivering a new computing platform. The tech topics end on dissatisfaction with Verizon’s advertising approach for the Droid and Palm Pre.

Joshua recently made the decision to turn off comments for a few days following a rather nasty turn in the demeanor of commentors. He offers some insight into why it was done and why it had to be done.

What do three bloggers huddled around microphones in frigid locales across the country have on 22 of America’s beefiest athletes gathered on the field in Miami? An iPhone app. Oh, actually, no. But Josh Tops, Nilz, and P-Mill most certainly comprise the universe’s largest repository of JooJoo insight. That’s worth something, right?

01:22 - Nexus One gets a software update, enables multitouch (updated with video!)
05:00 - Motorola Droid gets official multitouch support — in Google Maps, anyway
14:34 - Nook firmware 1.2 ready for download now (Update: video!)
20:05 - Joojoo tablet now in production, will support full Flash at launch
30:15 - Acer not making a tablet, will focus on ultra-thin laptops
42:20 - Former Microsoft VP Dick Brass weighs in on why Microsoft ‘no longer brings us the future’
45:00 - Microsoft responds to Dick Brass: ‘We measure our work by its broad impact’
48:20 - Steve Jobs compares iPad battery life to Kindle’s: ‘You’re not going to read for 10 hours’ (video)
48:30 - Hachette Book Group also pulls away from Amazon
48:35 - Amazon pulled Macmillan titles due to price conflict — confirmed (update: they’re back!)
51:45 - Verizon advertising says Droid is for men, Pre is for women (video)
58:09 - We’re turning comments off for a bit
59:00 - Commenting on Engadget: a human’s guide

Runtime – 1:13:30

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