The TR Podcast 63: Hands on with the iPad, the creepy meter, and surround sound gaming

Plus the latest SSDs, the end of consoles, and a new laptop from uh-soos
— 2:47 AM on April 26, 2010

The Tech Report Podcast Date: April 26, 2010
Time: 1:18:48

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Cyril Kowaliski, Geoff Gasior, and special guest Will Smith

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Show notes
While Scott is off on a secret mission, we welcome Will Smith of onto our podcast panel. (Before starting, Will was the Editor in Chief at Maximum PC.) We kick off the episode by talking about Will's new site and his latest piece of content: an in-depth review of the Apple iPad. Our guest covers the pros and cons of the device before answering questions from Jordan, Geoff, and Cyril. More Apple stories follow as we discuss new Gigabyte motherboards that charge running iPads, plus the biggest product leak in the history of Apple.

Next up: our panel is both apprehensive and excited about Crytek's upcoming Crysis 2, and we all have something to say about the platform-free gaming future Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima predicts. Later, Geoff, Will, and Cyril discuss their experiences with the 5.1 surround-sound gaming headset from Psyko, we delve briefly into AMD's financials, and Cyril goes over his latest laptop review. Geoff then concludes our podcast by giving us the skinny about his recently published SSD roundup.

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Tech discussion:

    Apple iPad Wi-Fi review from (0:01:31)- Read more

    Gigabyte: Our mobos can charge active iPads (0:30:14)- Read more

    Gadget blog snags next-gen iPhone prototype (0:33:15)- Read more

    Crysis 2 videos, details emerge (0:39:40)- Read more

    Metal Gear Solid creator foresees end of consoles (0:47:46)- Read more

    A quick look at Psyko's 5.1 PC Gaming Headset (0:52:08)- Read more

    AMD posts $257M profit, increased gross margin (0:59:55)- Read more

    Asus' U30Jc 13.3-inch notebook (1:03:59)- Read more

    A look at new SSDs from Corsair, Kingston, Plextor, and WD (1:11:06)- Read more

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

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