On this week’s audio podcast Matt and Kevin discuss the new Google Chromebook and some special deals you can get that effectively pay for the device. Lumia sales are down; could Windows 8 and Surface RT help jumpstart sales? And why Xbox Music sounds good.


MoTR 280 is 53:10 minutes long and is a 33 MB file in MP3 format.

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HOSTS: Matthew Miller (Seattle) and Kevin C. Tofel (Philadelphia)


  • ARM on a Chromebook for $249. Good deal or still a non-starter?
  • Last chance for iPad Mini predictions. Word now is $349 to start
  • Another bad quarter for Lumia sales. How much longer can Nokia last  – will Windows 8 give WP8 a needed boost?
  • Has Microsoft given folks a compelling reason to buy Surface over currently available tablets / other devices
  • Mixed messages on RT / 8 Pro
  • Why is Xbox Music now one of the most compelling music solutions?
  • LG’s Optimus G is here, pre-cursor to the Nexus
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  1. Dennis D. McDonald (@ddmcd) Monday, October 22, 2012

    Is this Commutist [awkward title] or something else?

    1. This is a weekly mobile podcast we’ve been doing for about 4 years now; the Commutist is a much newer, second podcast we do here.

  2. This is off-topic, but since I found no other way to contact you (Kevin) I put it here: before GN2 I was going to switch from iOS to android with a 32GB Nexus 7 and and SIII as tablet and phone, respectively. But now that I see this form factor I am entertaining the idea of getting a single device for my daily work. I read scienctific articles most of the day and till now I was reading on an iPad 2 which is quite heavy to hold for a long time. I’d greatly appreciate if you could review the reading experience on GN2, especially texts/articles that contain math equations (one free source: arXiv.org) on android readers like EbookDroid. It will be a determining factor for me to choose between 5.5 and (7+4.7) size options.

  3. John Han Smith Monday, October 22, 2012

    Microsoft embroiled in a legal dispute in China and may lose the domain XboxMusic.com !

    Microsoft Corporation had won the domain xboxmusic.com disputes in June at the National Arbitration Forum.

    But now, two months has gone, we find that Microsoft hasn’t get the domain XboxMusic.com yet. the whois of xboxmusic.com is still the original registrant information.


    We find that the domain owner had sue Microsoft to the China court, and accuse Microsoft infringed his legitimate rights.

    The China court had accept the complaint.The court will adjourn the case according to the law of China.

  4. 7″ 3G Tablets on T-mobile are what I’m looking for right now. They still have last years models and I haven’t seen any news anywhere about new models for this year. I’m still using my original 7″ Galaxy Tab, which I had to hack Gingerbread on. I need an update that includes Jelly Bean, HSPA+42, 1280×800 display and a microSD expansion slot. Unfortunately, no one seems to want my money.

  5. richardmgarrett Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Kevin, in the past the Chromebook 3G with the Atom processor (maybe the Celeron, too) was offered for an additional $50 or so and included 2 years of 3G access through VZW at 100mb per month. Can you guess if this will be available on the newest Chromebook with ARM? Thanks

    1. Yup, there’s a $329 model that we reported on last week that includes 100 MB of monthly VZW 3G access. I’m assuming you can purchase more mobile broadband capacity if needed.

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