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FrequencyCast UK - Show 63

The show notes to go with Show 63 of our online technology radio show.

Listen to, or download, FrequencyCast Show 63 (31 mins)

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Show 63: NEWS

This show's news section covered the following stories:

  • iPhone is watching you: It's been discovered that iPhones have been tracking our locations. Two security researchers have discovered that information about the smartphone's location is stored in a large hidden location file. According to Apple, the data's used to allow the phone to locate your position quickly, and not to spy on users. More on this story

  • Playstation Network Breach: Up to 77 million users of the Playstation Network have had their user details, including passwords, date of birth and home addresses, have been compromised. At the time of recording, the Playstation network is still down. If you're a member, keep a close eye on your credit card statement.

  • FA Cup in 3D: Footy fans will know that the 14th of May is a big day. This year, the FA Cup Final will be available in 3D, thanks to a tie up between ESPN and Sky. If you have a 3D TV and a Sky+ box, the match will be available on Sky's dedicated 3D channel. Silly glasses at the ready.

  • Tesco acquires Blinkbox: Tesco's announced that it's about to enter the video-on-demand market. It's snapped up an 80% stake in the online movie service Blinkbox. The Blinkbox service currently offers around 9,000 movies that can be viewed on a PC, Mac, PS3 games console, as well as some tablet devices and Internet-enabled TV sets. Blinkbox also offer TV shows on their service and have some free content. They've also cashed in on Wedding fever with the William and Kate movie available to rent. More on Blinkbox.

  • Royal Wedding Mobile PhoneRoyal Wedding Mobile Phone: Talking of the wedding, at the time of recording, you can get a collectable Royal Wedding phone on Pay As You Go for £1. It has the couple's picture as a screensaver and God Save The Queen as the ringtone... Seriously. If you want one of these phones, they're still available, for a limited time - Royal Wedding Phone for £1.

  • Return of Virgin Radio? Remember Virgin Radio 1215? The station launched in 1993, was sold to Chris Evans, then to SMG, then to the Times of India to become Absolute Radio. It seems that the station's up for sale again, and Richard Branson's rumoured to want his old radio station back. He's apparently hoping to get the national music station as a bargain.

  • London Switchover: In Switchover news, the date for the big London switch has now been confirmed as the 4th of April 2012 for BBC2, with the other analogue channels set to go on the 18th of April. More: Digital Switchover

  • And finally. A few weeks ago, U.S. Air Force Combat Controller, Ron Walker, was hanging out the side of his aircraft watching for landmarks ahead of a parachute jump. His iPhone 4 fell out of his pocket and he watched helplessly as it spiralled 100 feet to the ground. When he touched down, he was amazed to find that the Find My iPhone app showed the phone was still alive. He tracked it down, and found the phone was still in working order, and unscathed by the ordeal. Who knew the iPhone has a parachute app?


FOCUS: Gadget Show Live 2011

Pete and Carl were let loose at Gadget Show Live 2011 in Birmingham. In this show, we present our round-up and a selection of interviews.

Handy links:


Gadget Show Live NEC Birmingham

Gadget Show Live Hall

Gadget Show Live Review and Pics

Lenovo IdeaPad S1 Tablet

Lenovo IdeaPad S1

Lenovo IdeaPad S1 Details and Full Interview

Steadicam Smoothee

Steadicam Smoothee

Steadicam Smoothee - Pics and Full Interview

iRobot Vacuum Cleaner


iRobot Details and Full Interview

NeuroSky MindWave

Neurosky Headset

NeuroSky Details and the full demo / Interview

Mi Suny iPower iPhone Solar Charger

Mi Suny iPhone Solar Charger

Mi Suny Products, links and full interview

sWaP Watches and Keyring Phones

sWaP Record Breakers

sWaP become record breakers. Interview coming soon. More: sWaP Nova Review , sWaP Watch Range

Freckles and Gilbert Cases

Freckles and Gilbert

Freckles and Gilbert Information

Brasso Gadgetcare

Brasso Gadgetcare

Brasso GadgetCare Review and full interview

Protect Your Bubble

Protect Your Bubble Website

More info and how to get a quote from Protect Your Bubble

Jaybird Stereo Inner Ear Wireless Headphones

Jaybird Headphones

The Jaybird Comfort Fit headphones are available from Advanced MP3 Players

Fanny Wang Headphones

FannyWang Headphones

Fanny Wang Headphones - Review, pics and the full interview


Transcript available: Transcript of Show 63's Gadget Show Live Report



Cast 63: Interactive

Thanks to everyone who got in touch. In this show, we respond to the following mails and calls:

  • Sharing video in the classroom: We heard from Darren, who a teacher. He wants to show a video to a class of 20 student computer screens at the same time. He's tried uploading it to Google video but ran into buffering issues. He was thinking of using the PlayOn PVR as a possible flexible option for such a task. The computers are connected by LAN cables to his school network. Do you have any recommendations for such a challenge? Please let us know and we'll pass it on

  • Digital Radio in Jersey: Mark Shaw asks: "I live in Jersey on the Channel Islands I and we were switched over in November last year - all's well but I had expected that the digital revolution would bring DAB radio here as well. I thought it was the same service. I would like to know if there are any radio receivers that can play the radio channels other than through a TV set?" Well, we've done some digging, and it seems that DAB Digital Radio is coming to Jersey in June 2011 (Source: BBC News DAB to launch in Jersey). If you can't wait until then, consider an Internet Radio set

  • BT Vision upstairs: Next, a message from Mario... "Our BT Vision Box is connected to the TV in the lounge, is it possible to control & watch programmes on the vision box from our TV upstairs in the bedroom?" Yep. If you're connecting via a TV aerial to upstairs, then go for the Triax Tri Link that we reviewed in Show 56, and it works with BT Vision, Sky and Freeview. Otherwise, get a wireless AV sender that supports remote control.

  • Stoway Giveaway: Thanks to Mark, Andy, Graham and Brinsley. For more on the Stoways, see our Stoway Review


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