The TR Podcast 72: Back to school, Nile notebooks, and Duke is back

The Tech Report Podcast Date: September 12, 2010

Time: 1:23:14

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Cyril Kowaliski and Geoff Gasior

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Show notes

While Scott is hard at work deep in the recesses of Damage Labs, Geoff and Cyril join us for a classic panel episode of the TR Podcast. We begin this episode with a quick reminder about our latest, MSI-sponsored giveaway. Then, it’s on to our latest TR system guide, the nuances of which Cyril and Geoff dissect.

The podcast quickly kicks into high gear with some news. Our readers have voiced their opinions about USB 3.0 in our latest poll. Zotac’s latest Zbox is a sexy CULV barebone that includes both USB 3.0 and Blu-ray. After over a decade of rumors and delays, Gearbox will complete and release Duke Nuken Forever, a game Cyril and Geoff are both anticipating—and one Jordan is too young to be excited about.

We move on to an assortment of the latest Apple news, including a stunning iPhone game demo from Epic, a new version of iOS, and a new and curiously button-less iPod nano. The show continues as we discuss Cyril’s review of the AMD Nile laptop platform (as embodied in Toshiba’s Satellite T235D), Geoff’s disappointment with modern notebooks in general, new mobile graphics processors from Nividia, and Google’s instant search.

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Tech discussion:

    Check to make sure you haven’t won a copy of Metro 2033 (0:01:21)- Facebook contestphotography contestTR BBQ

    Win one of three Asus Xonar sound cards (0:02:51)- Read more

    TR’s back-to-school 2010 system guide (0:03:58)- Read more

    Poll: How important is USB 3.0? (0:17:44)- Read more

    New barebones Zbox has Blu-ray drive, USB 3.0 connectivity (0:20:13)- Read more

    Gearbox, 2K Games will release Duke Nukem Forever (0:22:54)- Read more

    Gearbox head explains Duke Nukem acquisition (0:25:07)- Read more

    Epic’s iPhone demo hits App Store, looks gorgeous (0:29:21)- Read more

    iOS 4.1 arrives with proximity sensor, Bluetooth fixes (0:38:18)- Read more

    Adobe resumes development of Flash to iPhone tool (0:42:46)- Read more

    Apple brings buttons back to Shuffle, revamps Nano (0:44:52)- Read more

    Toshiba’s Nile-powered Satellite T235D notebook (0:50:35)- Read more

    Lamenting the state of laptops (1:04:27)- Read more

    Nvidia fills out GeForce 400M lineup with seven mobile GPUs (1:15:30)- Read more

    Google begins rolling out instant search (1:19:01)- Read more

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

Comments closed
    • d0g_p00p
    • 10 years ago

    Does Cyril have a robotic filter on his mic or something, what’s up with that?

    • TardOnPC
    • 10 years ago

    Anyone else feel like the guys tried to squeeze in a little more Apple talk than usual since Scott wasn’t there?

    • codedivine
    • 10 years ago

    Well, one laptop brand that you didn’t mention were the Thinkpads. While Thinkpads dont have particular good displays, matte option is often available, keyboards are typically the best and build quality is stellar (excluding some of the cheaper models like the Edge 15). Its not like the PC market consists solely of cheap fragile notebooks.

    Sure Thinkpads have their problems and can use many improvements, but suggesting that only Apple has good quality notebook builds is rather ridiculous. Actually, some of the professional oriented notebooks from other PC makers are also often good though their cheap consumer variants (the kind you would mostly get from Best Buy etc sadly) do suffer from many issues.

    • TardOnPC
    • 10 years ago

    A brisk 2MPH? lol, nice.

    • Silus
    • 10 years ago


    Just a small correction, GTX 460M is actually based on GF106, but it’s using the whole chip (192 Stream Processors, 192 Bit memory interface), unlike the desktop version of GF106 (GTS 450), which doesn’t use the whole chip (192 Stream Processors, 128 bit memory interface)

    • _Sigma
    • 10 years ago

    Canada’s hat eh? LOL. It also pains me to hear Geoff say “zee” instead of “zed”.

    Anyways, great podcast as always. Should keep me occupied for the next few bikes into university.

      • axeman
      • 10 years ago

      How else are you supposed to pronounce the letter that comes after ygreck?

    • odizzido
    • 10 years ago

    I’ve recently played duke3d and it’s a fun game.

    • rodidas
    • 10 years ago

    It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I’m all out of gum.

    EDIT: good podcast

    • swampfox
    • 10 years ago

    Favorite quote:


      • Samlind
      • 10 years ago

      No irony was the ‘graphics as good as a 5 year old pc’, where all the gaming happens still and where you too can love owning the Mac users in TF2.

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