Digital Readers, 3D Cameras and Bieber Fever on PCWorld Podcast #84

Tune in to hear PCWorld editors Ginny Mies, Jason Cross and Tim Moynihan celebrate Robert Strohmeyer's triumphant return with a frank discussion of digital readers, Justin Bieber and the future of 3D photography.

Robert Strohmeyer returns from vacation this week and stumbles straight into a raucous debate regarding cross-cultural celebrity diplomacy as PCWorld mobile maven Ginny Mies makes an impassioned plea for a Bieber concert in North Korea. We talk briefly about the power (or lack thereof) of online petitions, the nature of Twitter trend algorithms and notable SNL episodes before slipping into a debate about reading on digital readers instead of printed paper. A scientific study recently published by Jakob Nielsen of the Nielsen Norman Group suggests we read up to ten percent faster from a physical book instead of an electronic screen. Dr. Nielsen is not in any way affiliated with the Nielsen Company or their eponymous surveys, and given the comparatively small size of his study we urge you to take the results with a grain of salt as we consider the positive and negative aspects of using an iPad or Kindle as your primary reading device.

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iPhone 4 issues, Browser Battles and Fourth of July Fireworks Photo Tips on PCWorld Podcast #83: R.I.P. Kin

Join PCWorld editors Tim Moynihan, Mark Sullivan, Nick Mediati and Melissa Peterson as they discuss living in a post-iPhone 4 world before diving into the hottest news of the week.

We spend the first half of the podcast discussing the numerous hardware problems iPhone 4 owners have reported since the device was released last week. From hardware discoloration to antenna interference and a funky proximity sensor, the growing list of consumer complaints (and the looming possibility of aclass action lawsuit) leaves us flabbergasted. Has Apple tarnished their well-earned reputation as the kings of hassle-free computing?

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Smartphone Smackdown on PCWorld Podcast #82

It's a smartphone smackdown between Apple's iPhone 4 and the Android Army this week; listen in as your favorite PCWorld editors discuss the relative merits of the multiple new handsets available this summer.

We waited in line with you all night for the impressive iPhone 4 launch on Thursday, and now that we've had some time to thoroughly put the new phone through it's paces we're ready to talk some trash. Step into the telephone Thunderdome as we break down the debate over whether the Droid X or iPhone 4 is the superior device. Tim Moynihan talks about our testing process to determine which smartphone reigns supreme when it comes to snapping photos or shooting video, and Melissa Perenson digs into some of the issues Apple faced in potentially rushing the iPhone 4 launch before Jason Cross and Ginny Mies bring out the big guns with a frank discussion of the competition between Apple's App Store and the Android Market.

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PCWorld Podcast #81: E3 2010 Discussion with Carlos Rodera

Tune in to hear our thoughts on E3 2010 this week, as web sensation Carlos Rodera returns to join PCWorld's Robert Strohmeyer, Jason Cross and the new kid in a roundtable discussion on the high and low points of each major press conference.

"I don't want to be in my living room waving my arms around like an idiot," says Carlos, who opens this week with an open call for game developers to stop chasing the casual market and start making games with mature storylines. In the interests of time we take a pretty quick run through the highlights of the Big 3 at E3 this year, and pessimism remains high despite an impressive display of motion control and 3D gaming tech from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Are platform manufacturers alienating core gamers in an attempt to make games that appeal to a broader audience?

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Pocket Megazoom Cameras and Windows Tablet Talk on PCWorld Podcast #79

This week Senior Associate Editor Elsa Wenzel joins editors Jason Cross, Robert Strohmeyer and Tim Moynihan to discuss the latest crop of megazoom pocket cameras, the dubious merits of a Windows 7 tablet and the recent rash of employee suicides at Foxconn.

We maintain pretty stringent review standards here at PC World, but today Tim Moynihan discusses the difficulties in choosing a favorite among a few great pocket megazoom cameras. Robert leads a discussion on whether Apple has anything to fear from the Windows 7 and Android tablets coming out of Computex, and we round out the week with some earnest talk about the high suicide rate among workers at Foxconn, China's largest electronics manufacturer. Are we willing to accept poor working conditions in exchange for cheaper products? Tune in this week to find out!

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Google I/O Highlights on PCWorld Podcast 78

Google I/O is in full swing this week, and PCWorld is there. Join editors Jason Cross, Mark Sullivan, and Nate Ralph, and special guest Carlos Rodela as they explore all of this week's big announcements from Google.

Will Google Wave succeed now that it's widely available? Will Android 2.2 (aka "Froyo") give Google smartphones a boost? Does open-source Web video have a future? And what the heck is Google TV? Get the answers to these questions and more in our lively half-hour podcast.

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