The TR Podcast 45: Gaming roundup, Swiss Army knives, and Windows Vista II

Plus another netbook news roundup, iPhone vs. Pre, and much more
— 11:55 PM on June 27, 2009

The Tech Report Podcast Date: June 27, 2009
Time: 1:58:54

Hosted by Jordan Drake
Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski, Matt Butrovich
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Show notes
As the month of June comes to a close, we turn off the noisy air conditioning and swelter in our studios to record another episode of the TR Podcast—at least, that's what I did. This episode starts with a variety of gaming topics: everything from the campy and somewhat uninteresting Battlefield Heroes to the acquisition of id Software, the reasoning behind which we discuss at length.

We then talk phones, as the iPhone 3G S has made its way into two of our panelists' hands, and Scott has wandered back into his old Sprint store to check out the Palm Pre. Cyril and Scott go on to introduce the Pocket Swiss Army Knife from the latest TR system guide, and we share our (mixed) feelings about Windows 7 pricing. Later, Scott examines MSI's new consumer ultraportable laptop, we round up the latest netbook news, and we wrap up with high-end Socket AM3 chipsets. What a show!

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Tech discussion:

    Don't miss the TR BBQ on July 18 (0:02:06)- Read more

    Battlefield Heroes opens to the public (0:05:26)- Read more

    id Software bought out by Bethesda parent firm (0:09:45)- Read more

    DICE working on Mirror's Edge sequel (0:25:27)- Read more

    Bad call, Valve, bad call (0:31:48)- Read more

    The guys discuss the Palm Pre and the new iPhone 3GS (0:37:41)

    TR's summer 2009 system guide (1:05:05)- Read more

    Microsoft discloses Windows 7 pricing (1:13:07)- Read more

    Windows XP just won't die, may stay available until 2011 (1:20:02)- Read more

    A quick look at Western Digital's latest My Book NAS (1:24:15)- Read more

    MSI's X-Slim X340 ultraportable notebook and netbook/notebook roundup (1:32:39)- Read more

    High-end Socket AM3 chipsets under the microscope (1:50:10)- Read more

That's all, folks! We'll see you on the next episode.
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