Trent Wolbe

    Media Producer

     As a tween, Trent spent his days dialed up to Prodigy (and later AOL) at an average speed around 4800bps. It was there -- inside the internet -- that he found his true friends: message board geeks with an insatiable, fetishistic appetite for British electronic music. Things haven't changed much since then.

  • Engadget Podcast 319 - 12.07.2012

    This Engadget Podcast comes to you cold: that is to say it's notably un-Heater'd, allowing the remaining hosts to tak a dispassionate look at some of the hottest new computers to hit the shelves running this week. Let's do this. Hosts: Tim Stevens, Dana Wollman Guest: Ben Gilbert Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 01:55 - Engadget's New York City meetup wrap-up! 03:20 - Tim Cook confirms one line of Macs will be exclusively US-manufactured in 2013 11:55 - T-Mobile and Apple sign agreement to launch products in 2013 22:30 - Apple iMac review (2012) 34:35 - Samsung ATIV Smart PC review (AT&T LTE) 39:50 - ASUS Zenbook Prime review (UX51Vz): a blazing 15-inch Ultrabook with a lofty price 43:05 - Instagram pulls Cards support from Twitter, favors its own web experience 45:00 - Netflix signs licensing agreement with Disney, will be exclusive US subscription service for first-run films beginning in 2016 47:38 - Eric Schmidt: 'it's extremely curious' that Apple hasn't yet sued Google Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @danawollman @realbengilbert Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget HD Podcast 327 - 12.04.2012

    Welcome to the Engadget 4K Podcast. We're not changing our name yet but if trends continue we may have to slip an "Ultra" in there somewhere as super high-res news flowed forth last week from Sony, Red and Sharp. We've also got some interesting news from Ceton and a preview of Ben's experience with the Echo, as we say a (not-so) melancholy goodbye to rear-projection TVs. With CES closing in it's also time for leaks, and we've seen two different Google TV devices, plus info about the upcoming Redbox Instant streaming service. There's much more within, so go ahead and press play. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:08:35 - Sony's 4K Ultra HD Video Player revealed, COO Phil Molyneux tells us what 'only Sony can do' 00:10:00 - Sony's $25,000 XBR 4K LED Ultra HDTV and tablet remote control hands-on 00:12:50 - Sony unveils price for PMW-F55 and PMW-F5 CinaAlta 4K camcorders 00:13:20 - Redray 4K Cinema Player is ready to pre-order: $1,450 for high-res 00:16:30 - Sharp's first 4K 32-inch IGZO LCD is destined for Japanese workstations 00:18:05 - Ceton releases Windows 8 drivers, Echo set-top box is getting Android inside for the holidays 00:25:50 - Nintendo TVii will launch with the Wii U in Japan on December 8th, IR remote costs $1 00:27:15 - Mitsubishi is ending rear-projection TVs, ceases production of DLP and laser models 00:30:30 - Rovi is shutting down its OTA TV guide service without notice 00:32:10 - Netgear's NeoTV Prime (GTV100) is the latest Google TV box outed by FCC filings 00:33:50 - ASUS Qube with Google TV pops up at the FCC 00:37:45 - Redbox Instant pricing, apps and service details revealed by support site 00:47:10 - Verizon FiOS brings its live TV streaming app to LG Smart TVs 00:50:55 - Verizon and NBCUniversal bring TV Everywhere to even more places 00:51:48 - Sky's Now TV service comes to Roku streaming boxes in the UK 00:54:53 - MediaPortal posts 2.0 alpha media hub and new remote apps, teases 1.3 beta with Titan 00:55:37 - Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One Blu-ray set is back on, ships April 2nd 00:57:12 - Must See HDTV (December 3rd - 9th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Podcast 318 - 11.30.2012

    It's the Border Run edition of the Engadget Podcast: no, Tim isn't sneaking over the US - Canada fence, seeking a better life for his children up north and being hunted by self-appointed Royal Canadian Mounted Border Protection agents. He's just trying to get his paws on the hottest new gaming gear; meanwhile Brian and recently-returned-from-the-wilderness Engadgeteer Barb Dybwad are making a run for the gates of London to get their paws on the hottest new Black Eyed Peas / Zeiss-branded Otterbox. Allow us to explain, won't you, by clicking that play button. Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater Guest: Barb Dybwad Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 02:09 - Engadget's next reader meetup is in New York City tomorrow! More tickets available! 05:30 - Nintendo makes Wii Mini official: currently exclusive to Canada, launches December 7th for $100 11:00 - Nintendo Wii U North American sales top 400K in first week 13:15 - Nintendo president 'very sorry' for the Wii U's frustrating set-up process 21:55 - Microsoft pegs Windows Phone 7.8 update for early 2013 arrival 25:00 - 40 million Windows 8 licenses sold in a month; meanwhile, mum's the word on Surface sales 28:00 - Microsoft selling four times as many Windows Phones as a year ago, won't say what that means 33:30 - iTunes 11 now available to download: fresh design, more iCloud features 36:25 - Acer C7 Chromebook review: Chrome OS on the cheap, but at what cost? 40:40 - Will.i.am launches pricey i.am+ camera add-ons for iPhone, we go hands on (video) Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @bheater @doctorparadox Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 159 - 11.29.2012

    The Engadget Mobile Podcast says fuhgeddaboutit to the traditional two-hour limit on technology podcasts yet again as they sail through new operating systems and iterated operating systems, phones in high demand and phones in low demand, and cameraphones that just are breaking away from their phone roots: it's another week of cellular synergy curated precisely for your ears. Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen Guest: Joseph Volpe Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) 00:02:05 - Nokia Lumia 822 review: the pride of Espoo returns to Verizon Wireless 00:41:18 - Jolla's Sailfish OS promises multitasking, personalization and 'effortless interaction' (updated) 01:06:40 - Microsoft pegs Windows Phone 7.8 update for early 2013 arrival 01:37:45 - Setting aside the smartphone: two weeks with Samsung's Galaxy Camera 01:50:17 - Nokia imaging head Damian Dinning makes 'personal decision' to leave the company 01:53:55 - Huzzah! Some Nexus 4 orders shipping this week, says Google Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com. Follow us on Twitter @tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile @jrvolpe

  • Engadget HD Podcast 326 - 11.27.2012

    The Wii U has only just arrived (with all of its streaming apps) and we're already discussing rumors for the next generation of Xbox. Meanwhile Comcast is letting users view TV on their mobile devices offline, and Verizon has launched live TV streaming to its iPad app. In sports news YouTube has locked up NBA D-League streaming, while ESPN continues to chase the bigger fish of the BCS Playoff games and the lure of TV money is helping shape conference expansion. We've also got news on a few new things to watch, so press play to listen in. We were having some RSS issues after the redesign, but those should be straightened out now -- if you still notice any problems let us know on Twitter or in the comments below. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:11:30 - Rumor: Microsoft preparing set-top box version of next Xbox, to be revealed pre-holiday 2013 00:20:41 - Nintendo Wii U (finally) gets YouTube app, works on GamePad too 00:22:25 - Comcast Xfinity TV Player update adds downloads for offline viewing on iOS, Android 00:25:15 - Verizon FiOS Mobile app for iPad updated with streaming access to 75 channels 00:29:45 - YouTube's biggest sports deal so far will bring live NBA D-League games 00:32:33 - ESPN3 finally comes to Cablevision, WatchESPN 'coming soon' to Optimum TV to GO 00:36:00 - WatchESPN lands on Xbox Live with split screen viewing and more 00:41:30 - ESPN signs dozen year deal for Division 1 college football playoff games 00:46:10 - Big Ten Network carriage agreements may be motivating conference expansion 00:53:50 - Disney to shut down its Online streaming site 00:58:48 - CinemaNow adds Ultraviolet support to some of its movies 01:03:45 - David Attenborough's Galapagos 3D begins airing New Year's Day in the UK on Sky 3D 01:06:39 - Game of Thrones Season Two Blu-ray set arrives February 19th 01:13:00 - Must See HDTV (November 26th - December 2nd) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Podcast 317 - 11.21.2012

    Heeeeyyyyyyy, sexy robot! Classic Engadget Podcasting Duo Tim and Brian share the bounty of knowledge they've acquired on their recent America-traversing expeditions -- it may remind you of a kind of awesome orienteering event starring the two most-connected guys you know. Did one of them find the Holy Grail of technology out there? You'll only have to hit that play button to find out. Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 02:05 - Welcome to the new and improved, leaner and faster Engadget 08:10 - Nintendo Wii U review 11:00 - PSA: Nintendo Wii U day-one patch now live, includes entire online infrastructure 18:48 - The Engadget Interview: RIM CEO Thorsten Heins on BlackBerry 10, QWERTY keyboards and changing cultures (video) 24:55 - HTC Droid DNA review 27:00 - Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile review 30:25 - Amazon Kindle Fire HD review (8.9-inch, 4G LTE) 34:55 - Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 review 40:35 - Willow Garage talks TurtleBot 2 (video) 42:00 - iRobot's RP-VITA mobile telepresence robot iPad app eyes-on (video) 44:00 - 3D Robotics' Chris Anderson discusses a drone-filled future (video) Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @bheater Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 158 - 11.21.2012

    Every once in a great while there comes a phone that the Engadget Mobile Podcasters are compelled to talk about for the better part of an hour. OK, we lied: that happens at least once a month, but the phone du jour this time is a seriously hot little number. The Droid DNA takes center stage in the mobile amphitheater as Myriam and Brad dissect its deepest, darkest genetic code. We wouldn't leave the rest of this week's devices out, of course: a small army of powerful handsets all get their fair share of the limelight, just as they always do on these digital airwaves. Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) 00:04:00 - HTC Droid DNA review 00:48:30 - Nokia Lumia 810 for T-Mobile review 00:58:20 - Nokia Lumia 820 review: a less expensive option for the Windows Phone crowd 01:06:20 - Nokia announces new location cloud service for iOS, Android and others: It's Here (update) 01:23:41 - Samsung Galaxy Camera review: a 21x compact shooter brought to life by Android 01:27:34 - Samsung Galaxy Beam review: stay for the projector, but nothing more 01:32:46 - HTC Desire X review: one last hurrah for a former flagship? 01:33:45 - Xiaomi Phone 2 review: high-end specs in a surprisingly affordable package 01:35:19 - MiFi Liberate review: does the world need a mobile hotspot with a touchscreen? 01:42:05 - PSA: Google Nexus 4, Nexus 10 for sale in US now! (update: Nexus 4 already sold out) 01:44:25 - Android 4.2 update for Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 adds lock screen widgets and multi-user support (benchmarks) 01:49:00 - The Engadget Interview: RIM CEO Thorsten Heins on BlackBerry 10, QWERTY keyboards and changing cultures (video) Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com. Follow us on Twitter @tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile

  • Engadget HD Podcast 325 - 11.20.2012

    Before we take in Thanksgiving and all the football it has to offer, we've got this week's podcast episode. The new Wii U represents Nintendo's official entry into the HD age, so of course we'll discuss it, however with many of its TV-centric features arriving only recently or still awaiting their debut, we still have our doubts. Amazon and Netflix both continue to make moves in subscription streaming, and Google Fiber is finally rolling out across the land. Of course, it's already time for a CES preview and we're ready for the latest Ultra HD news from Samsung (and even a breaking update from Sony.) Press play to find out what's up this week in everything from 4K to Formula 1. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:14:20 - Nintendo Wii U review 00:16:22 - Wii U's Nintendo TVii, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu Plus pushed to December 00:23:58 - Amazon stops testing monthly Prime subscriptions, leaves the results a mystery 00:24:48 - Netflix original series House of Cards gets its first trailer 00:35:17 - Vudu brings HDX 1080p streaming and downloadable movies to PCs 00:40:59 - XBMC 12 'Frodo' Beta 1 appears, includes support for Android, Raspberry Pi, HD audio and more 00:41:55 - Google TV gets voice search and a quick guide to make content discovery easier than ever 00:44:00 - Dish Network's Hopper gets an off-air digital TV tuner, software update packing new features 00:47:04 - Google Fiber installations begin, come with a larger TV channel choice in the bargain 00:48:18 - Elgato EyeTV Mobile ships to the US, brings Dyle live TV tuning to data cap-dodging iOS users 00:55:15 - Samsung bringing 85-inch ultra high definition TV to CES 00:59:29 - Initial projects from 3net Studios include the world's first native 4K TV show 01:03:10 - Formula 1's on-board cameras may switch to HD next season 01:06:20 - Star Trek: Enterprise Blu-ray release next year tipped as fans pick box art 01:09:22 - Must See HDTV (November 19th - 25th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget HD Podcast 324 - 11.13.2012

    After a relatively quiet week, we can take our time on topics like AT&T's U-verse expansion and news that Netflix is accounting for 29 percent of North American internet traffic. We've also got some executive movements at Sony, new HDTVs from Hitachi and the launch of new TiVo features on Virgin Media. For a peek into the future, look no further than a list of theaters supporting 48fps 3D showings of The Hobbit, and the premiere of the new Battlestar Galactica prequel on YouTube before it hits cable and Blu-ray. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 05:43 - AT&T to spend $14 billion over the next three years on broadband 10:22 - Hulu adds Kids section for little streamers, updates PS3 app with renewed remote support 12:05 - Sandvine: Netflix up to 29 percent of North American internet traffic 17:33 - Advanced ticket sales for The Hobbit start, 450 theaters are ready for 48 fps 3D 23:45 - Sony Network Entertainment prez Tim Schaaff retires 25:53 - TiVo TV Anywhere app, multi-room streaming launch for Virgin Media viewers 27:45 - Hitachi intros UltraVision LED TVs with Roku-ready HDMI 31:55 - Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome is coming home any way you want 39:49 - Must See HDTV (November 12th - 18th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Podcast 316 - 11.09.2012

    Couple of questions. Is it Friday yet? The Engadget Podcast tells us that it is. And, where's it at? Two podcasters and a microphone, that's where it's at, which was at AOL HQ in NYC, and is now in your ear via HTTP. Let's do this. If we don't, the hurricanes have won. Hosts: Brian Heater, Dana Wollman Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 03:20 - Nexus 10 review 12:00 - Nexus 4 review 17:37 - Samsung Chromebook review (2012) 27:17 - Nokia Lumia 920 review: Windows Phone 8 and (a little bit of) camera magic 33:15 - Ballmer: Windows Phone 8 'still small', but will 'really ramp quickly' 35:00 - Nook HD review: a high-def tablet with the heart of a reader 39:46 - Kobo Glo review: another illuminated e-reader lights up the market 40:22 - Kobo Mini review: does the world need a smaller e-reader? 44:00 - IDC: Android claims 75 percent of smartphone shipments in Q3, 136 million handsets sold 44:17 - Samsung's Galaxy S III crosses 30 million sold (Update: More stats!) 44:25 - Samsung Galaxy S III dethrones iPhone 4S as smartphone sales champ for Q3 2012 45:38 - Apple: 3 million iPads sold in three days Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @bheater, @danawollman Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 157 - 11.07.2012

    Like a sunny breeze after a brutal storm, the Engadget Mobile Podcast is back again to brighten your otherwise gloomy mobile news week with tales of new phones from different operational dimensions and more spectrum spectulation than you can shake a StarTAC at. Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) 00:01:44 - Nexus 4 review 00:12:25 - Nexus 10 review 01:09:56 - Nokia Lumia 920 review: Windows Phone 8 and (a little bit of) camera magic 01:30:00 - Windows Phone 8 review 01:42:15 - HTC 8X review: Windows Phone 8's compact flagship 01:48:13 - HTC One X+ review: it's the One X, and then some (video) 01:50:48 - Sony Xperia TL Review 01:54:42 - Apple Executive Shakeup: Scott Forstall and John Browett Out Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com. Follow us on Twitter @tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile

  • Engadget HD Podcast 323 - 11.06.2012

    This week we'll take a look at several different approaches to the future of TV, with a review of the Simple.TV box, a quick preview of Ceton's Echo and the state of CableCARD support in Windows 8. The Boxee TV is also hitting the streets, so we'll take a look at that, as well as word of more sales domination by Samsung. We' also got another non-CFF related update from UltraViolet before we check out this week's TV picks. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 12:30 - Simple.TV review: a set-top box that streams broadcast TV to mobile devices 17:25 - Ceton Echo Windows Media Center Extender pre-orders are live, ship November 30th for $179 26:50 - The status of official CableCARD tuner support for Windows 8 30:55 - Boxee TV hits Walmart aisles today, flashes more apps, guide webapp and 3 months free DVR service 41:45 - CBS and Hulu make content deal, stream back catalog shows starting in January 2013 44:46 - YouView software update adds surround-sound, faster boot times and grouped recording 46:18 - XBMC 12 Frodo enters development, beta releases expected mid-November 47:15 - Over 1 million Samsung HDTVs sold in the US last month 49:03 - Seagate now a DECE member, supporting UltraViolet 51:56 - Star Trek: TNG S2 Blu-ray detailed ahead of December 4th release 54:11 - Must See HDTV (November 5th - 11th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget HD Podcast 322 - 10.31.2012

    Hurricane Sandy (and a flood of news courtesy of Google, Microsoft and Apple) pushed our podcast back to a Halloween edition, but for some the scariest thing is news that Disney will take over Lucasfilm and its franchises like Star Wars and Indiana Jones. We'll tell you why we're actually encouraged by the development (hint: Pixar), and dive into the latest news about Xbox 360 and SmartGlass, Media center on Windows 8 and Google's connection to your HDTV with Android 4.2. Of course other standbys like Netflix, Roku and TiVo have news for us to discuss and Ben's new laptop means we can record as long as we want. Distribute the credit / blame for this week's XXL-sized edition as necessary, and press play below. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:21:43 - Disney acquires Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion, plans more Star Wars movies 00:29:13 - Xbox SmartGlass now available in Google Play, brings console integration to Android 00:34:29 - Microsoft offering free Media Center upgrade to Windows 8 Pro users until January 31st 2013 00:50:58 - Google bumps Android to 4.2, keeps Jelly Bean moniker 00:53:54 - TiVo Premiere fall update starts rolling out with more HD menu screens and a few other tweaks 00:58:49 - Tim Cook: 1.3 million Apple TVs sold in Q4, 5 million for 2012 fiscal year 01:02:50 - BBC iPlayer comes to Sky+, Hell reports incoming frost 01:04:43 - ITV Player revamp brings ad-free TV rentals, keeps the free catch-ups 01:05:25 - Roku update adds cross-provider search over Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, Vudu and Crackle 01:09:40 - Boxee hands out free Boxee TVs to its most eager cloud DVR fans 01:10:38 - Netflix Q3 2012 earnings: 2 million more streaming subscribers worldwide, $8 million net income 01:12:00 - Open webOS-powered HDTVs said to be on the way from... LG? 01:13:30 - Samsung 2012 Smart TVs get Amazon Instant Video streaming app, synchronicity with your Kindle Fire 01:22:40 - Barnes & Noble bolstering Nook Video catalogue, bringing UltraViolet to the HD and HD+ 01:24:45 - LG's 84-inch 4K TV goes on sale in the US for $19,999, home mortgage optional 01:26:42 - Warner, Redbox agree to 28 day delay on disc rentals, UltraViolet support for Redbox Instant 01:29:10 - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to receive the Dolby Atmos treatment 01:30:40 - Must See HDTV (October 29th - November 4th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 156 - 10.27.2012

    O hai! Welcome to the 156th edition of the Engadget Mobile Podcast, where we've managed to rope in the elusive, globetrotting device-shaker Richard Lai for his opinions on all the hottest new PadFones in the multiverse. If you're in North America, beware: he sounds much smarter because he's British. Actual intelligence quotient of Richard Lai may vary from continent to continent. Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen Guest: Richard Lai Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) 00:01:44 - ASUS PadFone 2 review: two times is a charm for this phone-in-tablet combo 00:33:45 - Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL review 00:45:40 - Samsung Galaxy Note II for Verizon hands-on 00:55:50 - Galaxy Note 2 Tmo review 01:12:19 - Sony Xperia TL comes to AT&T on November 2 for $99 with a two-year contract Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com. Follow us on Twitter @tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile @richardlai

  • Engadget Podcast 315 - 10.26.2012

    We've stopped calling weeks like these "big" because that gives them too much credit for essentially trying to destroy us, from a journalistic perspective, without actually destroying us. From now on we're only calling weeks "big" if they include the singularity or a human massacre in Pittsburgh, thank you very much. Hosts: Brian Heater Guests: Terrence O'Brien, Ben Gilbert Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 02:57 - Microsoft Surface with Windows RT review 21:13 - Dell XPS 12 review: with the launch of Windows 8, 'convertible' takes on a new meaning 21:30 - LG announces Windows 8 12-inch slider laptop hybrid and all-in-one PC (updated) 22:08 - Apple announces 7.9-inch iPad mini with a 1,024 x 768 display, A5 CPU and optional LTE for $329 23:34 - Apple announces 4th generation iPad packing an A6X CPU, Lightning connector and FaceTime HD camera 28:24 - Apple announces 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display: 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, Thunderbolt and HDMI starting at $1,699 29:15 - Apple unveils next-generation iMac with slimmer design and Ivy Bridge, starting at $1,299 30:52 - Xbox SmartGlass goes live alongside first Windows 8 tablets on October 26 with several supported apps 39:49 - Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD review 44:45 - Robotic butlers, bartenders and receptionists at Carnegie Mellon (video) 48:15 - Robot Hall of Fame inducts Big Dog, PackBot, Nao and WALL-E (video) 50:44 - Message from Me offers dispatches from early education, we go eyes-on (video) 55:14 - Samsung Galaxy Note II for T-Mobile review Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @bheater, @realbengilbert, @terrenceobrien Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget HD Podcast 321 - 10.23.2012

    The Boxee TV is official, so what do we think of its antenna / ClearQAM broadcast-to-cloud DVR aspirations? We'll dig into that, as well as Simple.TV and Aereo's announcements in the past week. A JVC-branded HDTV is launching with integrated SlingPlayer support, and AMC is finally back on Dish Network. We'll also take a peek at the latest happenings in 3D from 3net and Fox's I, Robot conversion, before digging into Syfy and Trion Entertainment's TV show / video game combo, Defiance. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:12:45 - Boxee TV delivers dual-tuners and cloud-based DVR for $99 November 1st 00:28:20 - Simple.TV finally starts shipping to backers, latecomers can still order for $149 and up 00:36:43 - Aereo opens its streaming TV to Mac and Windows web browsers 00:40:00 - MediaPortal posts new beta with new look and CableCARD, teases bigger sequel 00:42:18 - Netflix Watch Instantly is live in Finland, completes Nordic sweep with Norway, Denmark and Sweden 00:46:07 - Lovefilm to start letting users log in with their Amazon info, Kindle owners are up first 00:47:00 - JVC intros 55-inch BlackSapphire LCD TV with 45W virtual surround sound, SlingPlayer 00:48:30 - NPD study finds average display sizes continuing to rise in all areas but laptops and tablets 00:49:50 - CEA officially brands 4K as Ultra HD, gets ready for a flood of new displays at CES 00:55:18 - Dish Network settles Voom HD lawsuit, AMC comes back on the air tonight 01:01:12 - Sony, Discovery and IMAX launch 3net Studios to produce in-house 3D content 01:06:40 - The Expendables 2 Blu-ray ships November 20th and is the first one with 11.1 channel DTS Neo:X audio 01:09:25 - 'Defiance' blends basic cable sci-fi, MMO shooter action when it launches in spring 2013 01:15:00 - Must See HDTV (October 22nd - 28th) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Mobile Podcast 155 - 10.21.2012

    Since we missed you so much last week we have prepared an Engadget Mobile Podcast MAXX Edition for you to feast your hungry ears upon: dial it in and be prepared to have your wildest mobile news fantasies unfold before you. Hosts: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Tycho - Coastal Brake (Ghostly International) 00:02:12 - Samsung Galaxy Note II review 00:41:22 - LG Optimus G review: a quad-core powerhouse with Nexus aspirations 01:02:00 - T-Mobile schedules new product event on October 29th 01:17:25 - LG outs Jelly Bean update itinerary (for the Korean market, anyway) 01:23:05 - ASUS PadFone 2 hands-on in Taipei (updated with video) 01:34:30 - Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD review 01:45:00 - KDDI unveils HTC J Butterfly (HTL21), the first phone with 5-inch 1080p display 01:57:30 - Samsung Galaxy S III mini pops up, we go hands-on (video) 02:09:10 - Hands-on with Google's $249, ARM-based Chromebook (update: video) Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Mobile Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast podcast (at) engadgetmobile (dot) com. Follow us on Twitter @tnkgrl @phonewisdom @engadgetmobile

  • Engadget Podcast 314 - 10.19.2012

    The Engadget Podcast mini. Same wow, more go. Now available in the same colors it's always been available in. Hosts: Brian Heater, Dana Wollman Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 02:00 - Microsoft reportedly building up to 5 million Surface tablets for the fall 16:44 - Microsoft Surface for Windows RT pricing now official: tablet starts at $499, keyboard not included 21:04 - Microsoft turns Surface tablet into a skateboard, Windows chief Steven Sinofsky takes it for a spin 22:11 - Apple announces 'Special Event' for October 23rd -- we'll be there live! 34:20 - Google 11.6-inch ARM-based Samsung Chromebook hands-on (update: video) 38:12 - We have lift off: Felix Baumgartner and Red Bull Stratos launch for record-breaking space jump, watch right here (update: done!) 42:50 - Engadget Eurocast 001 - 10.18.2012 Hear the podcast Subscribe to the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (enhanced AAC). [RSS MP3] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in MP3) to your RSS aggregator and have the show delivered automatically. [RSS AAC] Add the Engadget Podcast feed (in enhanced AAC) to your RSS aggregator. [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace. Download the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC) Contact the podcast Follow us on Twitter: @bheater, @danawollman Send your questions to @tim_stevens. Leave us a voicemail: (423) 438-3005 (GADGET-3005) E-mail us: podcast at engadget dot com

  • Engadget HD Podcast 320 - 10.16.2012

    While we've still got plenty of iPad second screen and streaming video tech to talk about this week, we're leading off with some old classics: FCC rulings, DVRs and Windows Media Center. While the FCC may be helping cable companies kill ClearQAM, is the sacrifice actually worth it? We've also got a look at the final Ceton Echo, and even TiVo is finally opening up its SDK. We reviewed the new Slingboxes this week, and will go over what they got right -- and what they didn't -- before we dig into what's new to watch this week. Get the podcast [iTunes] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in iTunes (MP3). [RSS - AAC] Enhanced feed, subscribe to this with iTunes. [RSS - MP3] Add the Engadget HD Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator [Zune] Subscribe to the Podcast directly in the Zune Marketplace [MP3] Download the show (MP3). Hosts: Ben Drawbaugh (@bjdraw), Richard Lawler (@rjcc) Producer: Trent Wolbe 00:10:43 - FCC to allow encryption of basic cable, with a few strings that Boxee approves of 00:27:57 - Boxee TV streaming / OTA set-top box and DVR pics leak out 00:30:22 - XBMC celebrates 10 years, latest build works in mainline PVR and Raspberry Pi support 00:31:20 - Ceton's $179 Echo Windows Media Center Extender is ready to go on sale 'around Thanksgiving' 00:37:30 - Netflix app for Windows 8 now available for download 00:41:00 - Netflix streaming launches in Sweden, lets you get your Bron on+ 00:41:54 - Netflix to bring closed captioning to all video content by 2014 00:43:55 - TiVo opens up Developer Channel, lets third parties create apps for your DVR 00:46:27 - Comcast quietly updates DVRs with ability to list stored programs from the web, mobile apps 00:49:20 - NextGuide iPad app continues its fight against boring grids, adds Amazon, gestures and more 00:50:15 - BuddyTV Guide app adds Hulu Plus integration 00:51:15 - Google TV v3 demo video teases better search, mini-guide overlay and tablet control 00:54:26 - Slingbox 350 and 500 review: Sling Media finally upgrades its line of media streamers 01:05:38 - New Starz Play website and apps stream only to Cox customers, but you might not need them 01:07:37 - Must See HDTV (October 15th - 21st) Hear the podcast LISTEN (MP3) LISTEN (AAC)

  • Engadget Podcast 313 - 10.12.2012

    If you're looking for the latest news on desktops, hi-fi home stereo components, or landline-enhanced telephonic equipment, you won't find it on this edition of the Engadget Podcast. We're all portable: cameras, phones, and computers that you can take with you anywhere you please are our specialty this week. Oh, except that new Playstation, which is so slim we tried to slip it in our pockets on the way to the gym so we could play Lollipop Chainsaw on the elliptical. Didn't work out so well. Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater, Dana Wollman Producer: Trent Wolbe Music: Orbital - Never 01:20 - iPod touch review (2012) 16:18 - Samsung Galaxy S III mini pops up, we go hands-on (video) 20:39 - Samsung confirms October 24th event is for the US Galaxy Note II, removes what doubt was left 21:12 - Samsung Galaxy Note II review 22:43 - LG's rumored Nexus, the E960 Mako, poses for Belarusian glamour pics 28:08 - LG Optimus G for Sprint hands-on (update: video) 30:25 - T-Mobile makes LG Optimus L9 official, carries big-yet-budget Android this fall 31:53 - Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 13 shipping this month for $1,099, ARM-powered Yoga 11 coming in December 33:05 - Acer Iconia W510 preview: as Acer moves into the Windows 8 era, it returns to its netbook roots 37:52 - Sony Alpha NEX-6 sample shots and video 39:06 - Sony Cyber-shot RX1 sample images and video 40:45 - Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 priced at $649 and up, still on track to ship this month 43:13 - Lenovo IdeaTab Lynx: an 11.6-inch Windows 8 hybrid arriving in December for $600 and up 46:16 - Lenovo announces ThinkPad Edge Twist, a business-oriented convertible coming this month for $849 53:45 - PlayStation 3 Slim review (late 2012): is the third time a charm? Hear the podcast