Saturday, December 14, 2013

Episode 53: The OS is Always Greener

Episode #53: The OS is Always Greener

If you sense a balance in the world, like working out a popcorn kernel you didn't even know was lodged in a molar, it's because Mr. Phillips has stumbled into a new phone.  Once again the prodigal tech guy returns to the sweet embrace of Apple Care for his handheld device needs. The gents of the iTunes store discuss the new iOS, thumbprint security, the ugliness of Android, and being able to share video files through Google.

and the proper ordering technique at Chipotle, of course.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Episode 52: The Genesis of a New iPod

Show #52 The Genesis of a new iPod

In this show, Ty confirms the underwhelming experience with the iPad Air.  They briefly talk of current Apple sales figures.  Jeff outlines his plan to reinvigorate the iPod line in one brilliant stroke.  They wind up walking through Google's Auto awesome videos features.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Show #51 Rental Store Eulogy

In this crisp, tight, episode, the gents relive the glories of temporary media acquisition in the late 20th century.  Come take a trip to the past with them.  They grieve the loss of what was a way of life.  This trip down memory lane continues with another look at the classic iPod.   Mr. Phillips also shares his nonplussed feelings toward the newer, faster, smaller, thinner, lighter, iPad Air.  Follow Mr. Phillips on Twitter.  Follow Mr. Hayes on the 15 (not too closely though, 'cause he's a twitchy braker). 

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Episode#50 Astroturf: The End of the Podcast

Episode#50 Astroturf: The End of the Podcast 

No, it’s not the end of theedtechreview.  It’s just that Garage Band no longer supports podcasts, so it’s pretty much over man.

They discuss the new Garage Band anti-feature.  Afterward they examine Google plus and auto awesome video using theater of the mind to show their listeners just what tea looks like pouring into a cup.  Jeff tries to get Ty to get a T-mobile iPad Air plan.  Will he bite?  Why are you still reading this? Tune in and find out.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Episode #49 Unapologetically Big

As Google makes new announcements one week after Apple's iPad Air debut, and Ty get's his hands for the first time on a Champagne iPhone 5s, it's the perfect moment to make slow motion videos of a big guy eating Vietnamese food.  

Don't let the pressure of the technarati get a stranglehold of what's really important in education (the joy of a good sammich).

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Episode 48: Big Bezel Enthusiasts in an Uproar

Episode 48 Big Bezel Enthusiasts in an Uproar

The topic is the big announcement

Smooth upgrading for not one-red-cent

iOS look purity

AND better security

make Mavericks loading time well-spent

and iPads

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Friday, October 18, 2013

Episode #47: Say it With Confidence

The EdTech Review Episode #47  Say it With Confidence


iPad center

announcing new minis

excitement leads to disappointment


It's a week before the new announcement.  Are you excited?  They're excited.  They look to the new Mac Pro and the bezel reduced maxiPad.  They trace the devolution of the screen protector.  Finally they return to school talk and champion the airserver application for OSX.

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Show #46 Common Mac Core Pro

Show #46 Common Mac Core Pro

on twenty second

retina minis bring joy 

while core testing looms

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

The EdTech Review #45: The Gold Master

Show #45 The Gold Master

This show deals mostly with coffee.  Mostly they talk about the Mavericks gold master.  Ty mostly complains about alarm notes.  Jeff mostly thinks the Android-only app called Timely is his pick of the week.  Mostly Jeff uses Google play music and is happy it's coming to iOS

They mostly agree that if Pandora is baseline then iTunes scores low.


I hope this helps.

Mr. Hayes

QVMS Language Arts

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

The EdTech Review #44 Make Security Pretty

Show #44 Make Security Pretty

Let us all agree that in iOs7, The lock screen dots are more fun than the boxy old ones.  

Let us declare that the fingerprint scanner makes security more fun.

Let us state unequivocally that iPhone security is security for all.

Let us announce that there is an update and it shall be named iOs 7.0.1.

Let us say that Apple displays cost too much.

Let us read some good words on a Kindle Fire.

and let us sing (preferably Red Barchetta).

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Friday, September 20, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

The EdTech Review #42:Phillips Prime

Show 42: Phillips Prime

For a show coming just after Apple's announcements, they do little talking about phones.  All over the map, they talk about security, bacon, and pickled products.  They do rediscover that Apple cheap doesn't mean inexpensive.

Perhaps next week they will talk about iOS 7. We can only hope.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

The EdTech Review #41: HTC Quality

Show 41: HTC Quality

In the heady break-neck days leading up to September 10th's announcement, top educators Jeff and Ty do an all-over-the-road show with a strong phone theme.  They discuss the Galaxy Note 3 and the leatherback design.  Broken screens and case solutions are on the table.  Of course the Otter Box and the Mophie get their due.  It's all prologue to next week's announcement show.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

EdTech Review #40: Jaw Drop Moment

Show #40 Jaw Drop Moment

For the third episode of the 2013/13 school year, Jeff and Ty look into the potential getability of a champagne-gold iPhone.  They both go out on a limb proclaiming that Apple will have some kind of announcement on the 10th of September.  Ty dares anyone who thinks that Apple isn't arrogant enough to put a 'C'in their cheap phone to remember the past.  They then speculate on why older Apple devices get heavier with time-Do they absorb water?  Jeff makes a case for Apple's need to have a sensational "just one more thing" moment, Finally, they marvel at the 3d Image for Android and actually say something nice about Yahoo.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

The EdTEch Review #39: Googly eyes

Show Number 39: Googly eyes

Picking up steam for the 2nd show of the new school year, the gents discuss how Google Now is becoming a serious Siri replacement and how its sister app, Google Keep, is the note program to beat.  They then try to simplify Evernote and Word for a quick content creating generation and end up discussing Apple's place in the music streaming industry.  How does this tie into education?  Little known fact-portions of each show is produced and recorded in an actual classroom.  Of course the room numbers have been change to protect the technologically innocent.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The EdTech Review #38: Micro SD Music Bonanza!

Edtech Review #38:  Micro SD Music Bonanza

After an extended break in which lessons were learned, tears were shed, and Ty visited a pinball museum, these educators return to match wits with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. They still tout the benefits of the Google Nexus 7 as the bargain class machine.  They discuss the new stuff from Google IO. 

In the end they dream of an iPad with an expandable SD micro card slot.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

The Ed Tech Review #37: Roger. Maverick has the Ball

Show 37 Roger. Maverick has the Ball

TagPro will not do business with any program recorded in Delaware, Puerto Rico, or Nevada.  We've been very clear about that.

In this show, Jeff, Ty, and the magic that is Vegas react to the WWDC keynote.  The topics cover, but are not limited to…


The new MacBook Air

The Pro "Tube"  

IOS 7:iTunes Radio

IOS 7:Siri

IOS 7:Control Center

IOS 7:Notification 

IOS 7:IOS 7:& more

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Friday, May 31, 2013

The EdTech Review #36: Pre-Show Jitters

Ty and Jeff take a look toward WWDC this week.  They keep their expectations low but try to make a reasonable wish list.  Jeff details the killer app for IOS7 that will revitalize new interest in the iPhone.  Look for a new show June 10th. 

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Friday, May 24, 2013

The EdTech Review #35: The Gimp Seems a Pleasant Sort

Show 35: The Gimp Seems a Pleasant Sort

It's quiet.  Too quiet.  I had a strange encounter with Tristen Lumly in the hallway just before going to cubicle central to regale myself in the latest offering of the boys from Phelan.   Lumly has been working nights for sometime, so it was unsettling to see him here.  He tells me that the men upstairs (a euphemism  since we are all on the same floor)  have been less than truthful about the buyout.  He says they have known where Tagpro is going to end up since November, but are trying to keep us on edge.  Lumly doesn't know exactly where our offices are going, but he claims that it is all going to happen in the next three weeks.  I knew I should have come in earlier.

For the show, Jeff and Ty talk over Flickr. The update in their view is attractive and the free terabyte storage is terribly compelling.  Ty apologizes to anyone who subscribed to his feed five years ago and wants you all to know that yes, he did leave Hawaii and his daughter's first day of kindergarten went swimmingly.   

They move to an in depth talk of Adobe's new subscription-only model. They find cons and pros and pros and cons before settling on cheaper 4th party solutions.

The discussion peters out when they talk of software-only grants.  They make you feel like the government is just messing with them.

I know how they feel.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

The EdTech Review Show 34: Web Masters in the Sky

The EdTech Review

Season 2 Episode 12 
Show 34: Web Masters in the Sky
In a morning show soaked in the coffees of a thousand sugars and fried pastries, the two tech pundits square up, face off, and giggle uncontrollably.  
After Jeff's rant over his Nexus phone trying to link up to Starbuck's Wifi when 4G would be better, they get to the crux, the nub, the fulcrum of their podcast-Google's new IO announcements.  They discuss trying to manage multiple Google Plus accounts to near tragic results.  They ultimately come up with the novel resolution of keeping work and personal lives separate.   
I only wish I could.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The EdTech Review #33

Season 2 Episode 11 Show 33: Mad Dog
Too much drama at Tagpro.  Theedtechreview will get a free tag later.  
Nook hd can get Google apps
Google Now for iPhone
Dilemma of the upgrade vs castoff

The EdTech Review #33

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The EdTech Review #32

The EdTech Review

Season 2 Episode 10
Show 32:  I am the Face.  She has to know Me.

Here is the premise.  Take two people who deal ostensibly with all technology, but who clearly have a serious Apple bent.  Have them host a weekly podcast.  Have that podcast be 85% about new Apple products.  Have Apple not make any announcements, or even statements about possible announcements for the past seven months.  Simmer.  Watch them frantically vamp.

The product is so sweet, I half believe Apple itself is deliberately holding off information in order to see Ty and Jeff stretch creatively.  This is one of the podcasts that would crumble like gossamer if dissected, so I will not be the instrument of holding back art.  I say pick up your headphones; get on the mass transit vehicle of your choice; crank it up so high you can actually understand what Ty is saying; and feel superior to those around you listening to NPR.  

Friday, April 12, 2013

The EdTech Review #30

The EdTech Review

Season 2 Episode 8
Show 30: You Just Can't LookAway
In this lunch episode, over a dish of what sounds horribly unappetizing Pad Thai, the gents mull over a disparate collection of topics.  Ty introduces the LookAway app for IOS that brings visions of A Clockwork Orange for education.  In the Mailbag Corner, they read a note from one lucky fan who had some cogent points about last show's dictation topic.  It's all about getting thoughts into print for these two, though.  
They then drift to talk of new iPhone prognostications and conclude with their hopes of a new iPadMini Retina.  
Ground shook=0%
Insights unearthed=1%
Time spent=100%

and that is both the direction and velocity on which they roll.