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AT&T is following in Verizon’s footsteps with its Mobile Share data plans, and the steady stream of Microsoft news continues with an official Windows 8 street date – October 26 – as well as the release of the Office 2013 Customer Preview. The CrowdGadgets hosts also discuss Android ICS and Jelly Bean updates from HTC and ASUS, NVIDIA’s quad-core LTE chips, Google’s acquisition of Sparrow, a UK judge’s somewhat humorous ruling in the case of Samsung v. Apple, and more.

00:26 – Microsoft Windows 8 to be released October 26
03:29 – Microsoft Office 2013 Customer Preview released
06:28 – Microsoft releases new Office Web Apps beta
06:47 – HTC confirms Jelly Bean for HTC One series
07:52 – Sprint holding HTC EVO 3D ICS update until August
09:20 – ASUS announces entire Transformer lineup will receive Jelly Bean
10:28 – NVIDIA getting closer to quad-core LTE chips
11:57 – AT&T introduces mobile share plans
19:00 – Google purchases Sparrow
21:05 – Samsung did not copy the iPad
24:58 – Qantas replaces BlackBerrys with iPhones

Hosts: Calob Horton, John Freml, Stuart Cope, and William Devereux
Podcast Editor: Calob Horton
Newsletter Editor: William Devereux

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CrowdGadgets is the official podcast of the CrowdGather Gadget Network: Anythingbutipad, Anythingbutiphone, Anythingbutipod, Good and EVO, Pocketables, and Zune Boards. Read the latest news from the network below.

Features

Pocketables has unboxed the Nexus 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S III, and we have continued in-depth looks at Windows 8 and the OneNote MX app. We also have a few questions for you, our readers: Would you be willing to pay for FaceTime over 3G? Do you prefer physical or virtual keyboards for your tablet? How is your Nexus 7 build quality? And could the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note on T-Mobile be a mistake?

Reviews

Aaron spent some time with AT&T’s HTC One X for review, and he came away very impressed with the display and design. If you need an accessory to go along with your new device, why not check out Paul’s reviews of the Seidio Desktop Charging Cradle Kit for the HTC EVO 4G LTE, One X, or One S and the Seidio Surface Plus case for the iPhone 4/4S. Finally, William has a review of Nokia Drive 3.0 for Windows Phone.

Good and EVO

Good and EVO has a tutorial on how to access the missing Mirror app on your HTC EVO 4G LTE. Meanwhile, Sprint has delayed the EVO 3D ICS update until August and the latest Google Play update seems to have broken the ability to download apps over WiMAX. Thankfully, Sprint’s new 4G LTE network is online. What has your experience been like?

Anythingbutipod

Sony has unveiled its new line of Walkman MP3 players, one of which is based on Android 4.0. On the smartphone side, Google Play Music has a fresh new look and XBMC is out on Android. Finally, Windows 8 will be released on October 26, AT&T has introduced its Mobile Share plans, and a UK judge has ordered Apple to advertise that Samsung did not copy the iPad.

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