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Engadget Podcast 299 – 06.22.2012

Microsoft BOB makes its humble return on the Engadget Podcast this week. It’s an “if you don’t know, don’t ask” situation.

Hosts: Tim Stevens, Brian Heater, Dana Wollman
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: OrbitalNever

00:03:40 – Microsoft reveals its own Windows 8 tablet: meet the new Surface for Windows RT
00:05:00 – Microsoft announces Surface for Windows 8 Pro: Intel inside, optional pen input
00:06:15 – Microsoft Surface tablets: the differences between Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro models
00:14:15 – Hands-on with Microsoft Surface for Windows RT, Touch Cover and Type Cover (update: video!)
00:16:00 – Microsoft one ups other tablet ‘smart’ covers with Surface’s Touch Cover and Type Cover
00:19:50 – Microsoft introduces Windows Phone 8 for fall release, incompatible with current devices
00:21:00 – Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 share lots of code, NT kernel
00:23:30 – Microsoft confirms no upgrade path to Windows Phone 8, unveils 7.8 for legacy devices
00:26:14 – Windows Phone 8 to support multi-core CPUs, HD resolutions, SD cards and NFC
00:27:13 – Windows Phone 8 to use Nokia map data with built-in turn-by-turn navigation (update: deals too)
00:29:00 – Lumia 900 owner vents Windows Phone 8 frustrations, Stephen Elop responds
00:30:40 – Windows Phone 8 introduces new Start screen
00:37:15 – Microsoft brings NFC payments and loyalty cards to Windows Phone 8
00:40:12 – Microsoft demos support for NFC-enabled ads, business cards in Windows Phone 8
00:40:42 – Microsoft brings true, background multitasking to Windows Phone 8
00:42:36 – Microsoft unveils Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone, very similar to the desktop
00:43:05 – MS teases Windows Phone 8 enterprise features: Company Hub, encryption, secure boot, IT management
00:52:55 – MacBook Air review (13-inch, mid 2012)
01:01:40 – RIM reportedly firing up to 6,000 in $1 billion savings drive
01:03:30 – Samsung Galaxy S III is hot: bursts into flames and melts through its own casing
01:05:49 – Fitter, Happier: an eight week exercise in using technology to help lose weight
01:08:35 – Reading Rainbow launches iPad app, we go hands-on (video)
01:13:39 – Listener Questions

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