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Engadget Podcast 299 - 06.22.2012

Trent Wolbe
06.22.12
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Microsoft BOB makes its humble return on the Engadget Podcast this week. It's an "if you don't know, don't ask" situation.

Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater, Dana Wollman
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Orbital - Never

00:03:40 - Microsoft reveals its own Windows 8 tablet: meet the new Surface for Windows RT
00:05:00 - Microsoft announces Surface for Windows 8 Pro: Intel inside, optional pen input
00:06:15 - Microsoft Surface tablets: the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models
00:14:15 - Hands-on with Microsoft Surface for Windows RT, Touch Cover and Type Cover (update: video!)
00:16:00 - Microsoft one ups other tablet 'smart' covers with Surface's Touch Cover and Type Cover
00:19:50 - Microsoft introduces Windows Phone 8 for fall release, incompatible with current devices
00:21:00 - Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 share lots of code, NT kernel
00:23:30 - Microsoft confirms no upgrade path to Windows Phone 8, unveils 7.8 for legacy devices
00:26:14 - Windows Phone 8 to support multi-core CPUs, HD resolutions, SD cards and NFC
00:27:13 - Windows Phone 8 to use Nokia map data with built-in turn-by-turn navigation (update: deals too)
00:29:00 - Lumia 900 owner vents Windows Phone 8 frustrations, Stephen Elop responds
00:30:40 - Windows Phone 8 introduces new Start screen
00:37:15 - Microsoft brings NFC payments and loyalty cards to Windows Phone 8
00:40:12 - Microsoft demos support for NFC-enabled ads, business cards in Windows Phone 8
00:40:42 - Microsoft brings true, background multitasking to Windows Phone 8
00:42:36 - Microsoft unveils Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone, very similar to the desktop
00:43:05 - MS teases Windows Phone 8 enterprise features: Company Hub, encryption, secure boot, IT management
00:52:55 - MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2012)
01:01:40 - RIM reportedly firing up to 6,000 in $1 billion savings drive
01:03:30 - Samsung Galaxy S III is hot: bursts into flames and melts through its own casing
01:05:49 - Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight
01:08:35 - Reading Rainbow launches iPad app, we go hands-on (video)
01:13:39 - Listener Questions



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