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The Latest Episode Of The SMRPodcast #151: Grown Man Phone Is Availible

by Rod on February 14, 2013 · 0 comments

by Rod on February 14, 2013 · 0 comments

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SMRPodcast #151 is online and ready for download, and, is the first time in over a month where Rod, Robb, and Chris are all on the show at the same time.

This week we talk a lot about the Surface Pro and how Chris almost didn’t get one day one. Robb and Rod both believe that RIM, err, uum, BlackBerry, isn’t doing itself any favors not offering BlackBerry 10 devices in the U.S. until March. And, we all wonder why Google’s Eric Schmidt dumps over 40% of his stock all at once.
We’ve go all this, plus, Chris tells the story of how Scott Hanslemen’s Amazon account was socially engineered, and our picks, in episode #151 of the SMRPodcast.

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SMRPodcast #146: The Takeover

by Rod on December 19, 2012 · 2 comments

by Rod on December 19, 2012 · 2 comments

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Episode #146 of the SMRpodcast, The Takeover, has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download.  This week Allison Sheridan of the NosillaCast Mac Podcast and Terrance Gaines of Brothatech.com take over the hosting duties of the show.  Chris, Rod, and Robb were still on the show, but, handed the reigns over to Allison and Terrance.

This week we get right to the tech talk and discuss HTC’s cancellation of their 5-inch Windows Phone 8 device, Robb’s excitement about the upcoming launch of BlackBerry 10, and Google dropping support for Active Sync.

We also touch on Google Maps for iOS, Samsung’s new low-end 5-inch device, the Galaxy Grand, and we contemplate the dropping price of Apple stock.

We’ve got all this and more, plus our picks in episode #146 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: December 18th, 2012
  • Published: December 19th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 11min 00sec
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Review Of The iGrill Bluetooth Thermometer

by Rod on December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on December 6, 2012 · 0 comments

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Cons

  1. The iGrill can only pair with a single device. This is a downside of the owner of paired device need to run out to grab ingredients. With a dedicated wireless grilling thermometer this is not an issue
  2. The devices connect via Bluetooth which has a short range than traditional thermometers. For example my Maverick ET732 has a rather long range. I was unable to leave my go to the front of my house without the device disconnecting.
  3. Some type of WiFi connection would have been amazing so you could leave home and still check temperatures on long smokes of thong like pork shoulder.
  4. It does not come with a probe for monitoring the surface temperature of your BBQ.

Pros

  1. Pre set temperatures for alarms one each probe. Think checking temperature on beef and chicken.
  2. When you sit on the couch you are more likely to grab you phone vs a wireless grilling thermometer
  3. The mobile app is extremely easy to read and figure out. While there is a manual it really is not necessary as it is  simple to use.

The iGrill is a useful way to bring technology to grilling or as the dedicated people would say to Barbeque. First and most important the iGrill is not limited to iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users as they have an app for Android and iOS devices. Essentially it turns your mobile phone into one element in a wireless grilling thermometer scenario.

Our friends at AT&T loaned us an iGrill to checkout to setup and usage. IGrill uses Bluetooth to wirelessly send probe temperatures from the sensor to your Android or iPhone and we found the device extremely easy to use. Simply download the iGrill app from the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store then power on the device and pair the device using Bluetooth.

During the initial setup the order in which you do things is important. For example, you should download the iGrill App, pair the devices via Bluetooth, then launch the mobile app. The iGrill comes with two food probes which is nice if for example  you are cooking two chickens or a chicken and pork tenderloin. The downside is if you are Barbequing (smoking) something like a pork butt where you need to monitor the cooking temperature and food temperature over hours. While a ambient temperature thermometer (surface) is an available $20 accessory it makes this device even more pricy.

The simplicity at which you can select you food temperature, set and alarm and cook is fantastic. This is extremely easy to use for short or long cooking sessions. The biggest downside was the use of Bluetooth vs WiFi. Ideally we would love if you had one of two options. Pair via Bluetooth then configure you home WiFi settings so you could have more range. Another option would be exactly the same but the iGrill could connect to the iGrill web server so you could check temperatures when you are away from home like a Nest thermostat. This is really valuable when you are cooking something that takes 14+ hrs.

Bottom Line

The iGrill is fantastic but expensive. You could purchase a dedicated device like the Maverick ET732 for $55 where the iGrill runs $79.99 from AT&T Accessories site or if you prefer, you can get it from Amazon.com. The other downside is the iGrill is rather large especially when you put it next to other dedicated devices. I used it with both my Big Green Egg and cooking in my oven and it worked flawless. The simplicity of the device is the only reason I would recommend the iGrill but if you are price sensitive consider dedicated hardware.

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SMRPodcast #145: You Make Me Sick

by Rod on December 5, 2012 · 1 comment

by Rod on December 5, 2012 · 1 comment

After a week off, the entire cast returns for episode #145 of the SMRpodcast.  This week’s big topics were whether or not the Microsoft Surface Pro, priced at $899, is too expensive, Google Drive integration coming to Gmail, and how poorly the HTC 8X is doing online.

We also touch on the Daily, Newscorp’s iPad only publication, shutting down…
We’ve got all this, plus our picks in episode #145 of the SMRpodcast…

Show Details

  • Recorded: December 4th, 2012
  • Published: December 5th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 11min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #144: Freestyle

by Rod on November 21, 2012 · 2 comments

by Rod on November 21, 2012 · 2 comments

It was a laid backed 144th episode of the SMRpodcast, and, since it was a slow news week right before a long holiday weekend, we recorded unscripted without show notes.  After talking about fried, smoked, and, exploding turkey’s, we finally get into the tech news. We talk a little Windows Phone, Windows 8, and ponder who Google could have omitted the month of December for Android 4.2.

We also talk about Play Lists, the Xbox ESPN app, and dumb features left out of mobile apps.  We’ve got all this, our picks, and, more in episode #144 of the SMRpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: November 20th, 2012
  • Published: November 21st, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 15min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #143: Somewhere on Earth

by Rod on November 14, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on November 14, 2012 · 0 comments

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Episode #143 of the SMRpodcast has been posted on it’s new home SMRPodcast.com so head on over and take the latest technology ride with us. This week we start off with news out of Research in Motion while we also take some time to cover the latest with he Surface RT tablet the new Dell XPS 12 Windows 8 Laptop and early thoughts on Windows Phone 8 and the Lumia 920.

The SMRPodcast is Growing so we decided it is time for the show to stand on its own and that is why we are now putting the shows on SMRPodcast.com. As always feel free to leave your comments as we love them even if you disagree with something we said and of course please take a second to subscribe to one of our automatic feeds so you can get the show on your smartphone without any effort.

If you like to stream the show from the site head over to SMRPodcast.com

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SMRPodcast #142: Smartphone Intervention

by Rod on November 7, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on November 7, 2012 · 0 comments

Episode #142 of the SMRpodcast, Smartphone Intervention, has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download. This week we have Brent hanging with us again and we jump right into a little gaming talk with the release of Halo 4. We also take the time to talk about out Surface tablets and even offer some on the spot tips on how to use it. Of course we have to take some time to beat each other up however we discuss out thoughts on Some cool new Android news coming up and some not so good news for HTC.

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Show Details

  • Recorded: November 6th, 2012
  • Published: November 7th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 17min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #141: Hell Just Froze Over

by Rod on October 31, 2012 · 0 comments

by Rod on October 31, 2012 · 0 comments

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In episode #141 of the SMRPodcast we start off with the iPad Mini and continue our discussion from last week on if the the pricing is too high.  Allison Sheridon from the Nosilla Podcast weighs in with an audio comment.

We also talk a lot about the Windows Surface RT.  Rod and Chris both got their Surface RT devices last Friday.  Robb got to play with one today before, and, even though he is holding out for a full Windows 8 Tablet, he really likes the Surface RT.

We’ve got all this, Borderlands 2 talk, our picks, and more in this weeks episode of the SRMpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: October 30th, 2012
  • Published: October 31th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 25min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #140: That doesn’t sound fun

by Rod on October 24, 2012 · 2 comments

by Rod on October 24, 2012 · 2 comments

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Today was launch day for the iPad Mini, and, in this episode of the SRMpodcast, we dive right in to Apple’s big event.  In addition to the iPad Mini, Apple announce a new iPad which replaces the iPad 3, a new Retinal Display MacBook Air, and, a new iMac.

We also talk Windows 8 and why people will initially find the interface frustrating, Rod talks about his zip lining experience while on vacation, and Robb admits to seeing a Windows Phone device in the wild.  We’ve got all this, plus, our picks in this episode of the SRMpodcast.

Show Details

  • Recorded: October 23rd, 2012
  • Published: October 23rd, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 12min 00sec
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SMRPodcast #139: Where’s my Bike

by Rod on October 17, 2012 · 1 comment

by Rod on October 17, 2012 · 1 comment

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Episode #139 of the SMRpodcast has been recorded, posted online, and is ready for download.  This week we talk Microsoft Surface and Windows 8 RT.  Both Rod and Chris have already ordered their devices, but, Robb is holding out for the full Windows 8 Surface device.

We also go off on a tangent about stolen bicycles from our childhood, the RedBull Skydive, and the ridiculous New York Times article about BlackBerry devices and how their owners feel about having them.  We’ve got all this plus our picks in this weeks episode of the SMRpodcast…

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Show Details

  • Recorded: October 16th, 2012
  • Published: October 17th, 2012
  • Duration: 01hr 23min 00sec
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