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ZL Podcast #56 - CES 2012, Sprint's Galaxy Note, Logitech C920 Webcam, Roku Streaming Stick,

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Published on Jan 7, 2012

HP teased this upcoming ultrabook we'll probably see at CES 2012, it's called the HP Envy Spectre and we don't really know a whole lot about it quite yet. It's supposed to be extremely thin and light and have a 14-inch screen. We'll see more on the computer at CES 2012. We might even see an OCZ Deneva2 mSATA SSD inside which is the first ever Intel Smart Response Technology SSD that's certified for ultrabooks. Meaning this could really speed up, increase the storage capacity, and lower the price of ultrabooks.

We'll also see the Nokia Lumia 900 and Nokia Lumia 719 at CES 2012. Both are rumored Windows Phones. The Lumia 900 is going to be the flagship Windows Phone from Nokia, Microsoft, and AT&T and together those companies will spend $100 million advertising the smartphone which will arrive in March. It will have 512MB of RAM, an 8MP camera, large battery, and a 4.3-inch WVGA display. And of course it will support AT&T's LTE network. The Lumia 710 will be more of a mid range Windows Phone.

Right now the Galaxy Nexus is only available in the color black but it looks like that's going to change next month at least in the United Kingdom. Just like with the original black Galaxy Nexus the United Kingdom will be the first country to get the white Galaxy Nexus. It will happen on February 6th and you can actually pre order the smartphone from Handtec right now if you want to make sure you have one the day it comes out.

Sprint announced that they will get the white Samsung Galaxy S II to go along with the black version of their phone on January 8th. It costs the same as the existing Galaxy S II since it's pretty much the same phone but it just has different paint on it. Sprint will also probably get a Galaxy Nexus very soon at least that's what a leaked advertisement has been suggesting. The leaked advertisement shows the Galaxy Nexus as Sprint's very first 4G LTE smartphone, Sprint's Nexus would also have a faster 1.5GHz dual core processor. Sprint should also get a Galaxy Note in the near future just like AT&T. AT&T's model would support LTE while Sprint's model would only support Sprint's outgoing WiMAX technology.

AT&T turned on their 4G LTE network in a total of 11 more cities this week making their total number of cities with coverage 26. They are still quite a bit behind Verizon's 190 cities but they are covering 70 out of the 200 million Americans that Verizon covers. So AT&T is working to catch up and they actually plan to complete their network by the end of 2013 which is what most other carriers have also said. Including Sprint who announced their first four cities that will get LTE before the middle of this year arrives. The cities include Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

ClockworkMod released an application which is in beta right now and allows those who own a smartphone running Android to tether their phone to their computer using USB. It's a completely free app that's both undetectable and unblockable by carriers. Which is a pretty nice thing if you don't want to pay your carrier extra for tethering.

ASUS announced that their Eee Pad Transformer Prime which they recently released will get the update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on January 12th. This is good news since right now ASUS has had a lot of issues with their version of Honeycomb on this tablet. And Honeycomb isn't a great operating system in general.

Samsung announced the new 27-inch quad HD series 9 computer monitor. It will retail for $1200 in March and will offer resolutions of up to 2560x1440 which isn't quite what you'd expect with the quad HD name but that's still a pretty nice high resolution. It's also an MHL compatible monitor which allows it to use something like the Roku Streaming Stick which is basically a Roku box put into a tiny little dongle. Using MHL it connects to your TV and is powered and works with the remote you already have. Samsung also announced the Series 7 HDTV monitor.

There are some reports that Apple plans to hold a media related event later this month where they'll show off things other than the rumored Apple iTV or even an iPad 3. And instead the event would be more for publishing and advertising announcements. And there have been some reports this has something to do with iTunes. So we probably won't see any new hardware at this event.

The Logitech C910 webcam arrived a while ago and it brought full 1080p video using an 8MP sensor to computers. It had a price of $100 and just recently the price has started to drop quite a bit, a few weeks ago I saw it for as low as $50 over at Amazon. But now we know why the price of the older C910 was getting so low. Today Logitech announced a new webcam to replace the C910 as their flagship webcam, it's called the Logitech C920.

Topics covered: http://zlnt.co/waiXUq

Music: http://8bitpeoples.com

CES 2012 coverage: http://zlces.com

Blog: http://zlstudios.net

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