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On episode 48 of the CrowdGadgets podcast, Calob, John, Stuart, and William talk about RIM’s relevancy, Verizon’s free tethering, OS X Moutain Lion, a new name for Windows 8’s UI, and much more. We also discuss the unveiling of the UI-formerly-known-as-Metro-inspired Outlook.com and Calob’s experience with the new and very much improved Google Wallet in a small town.

00:35 – RIM to launch BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE on August 9
02:24 – RIM may license BlackBerry 10 to other manufacturers
03:26 – Verizon to give out free tethering, stop blocking tethering apps
06:17 – Verizon allows Google Wallet through Galaxy Nexus
06:50 – Google Wallet updated to accept all credit cards
12:10 – Using Google Wallet
19:50 – OS X Mountain Lion discussion
21:41 – Windows 8 RTMs
22:08 – Microsoft no longer using “Metro” to describe interface
26:01 – Microsoft launches Community Video Tips program
26:29 – Microsoft launches Outlook.com
31:38 – Sprint HTC EVO 3D finally updated to Ice Cream Sandwich
33:10 – Spotify opens up free radio to Android users
34:52 – Samsung confirms launch of Galaxy Note 2: August 29

Hosts: 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

Google recently updated its Wallet payment system, making it much easier to use and compatible with nearly every major credit card. But how does it fare in a small town? Calob took to the streets of Fremont, Michigan to find out. And if you have a Windows Phone, you’ll want to read William’s piece on how to switch over to Outlook.com. Last, but certainly not least, Bryan looked at what it takes to make a change.

Reviews

The Seidio iPhone SURFACE Reveal with Kickstand is a protective case for the iPhone 4/4S that includes a metal kickstand for times when you want to prop it up. Paul, who reviewed this accessory, found it to be fairly well-made but also quite slippery due to the case’s lack of texture. It won’t offer a lot of protection, but the kickstand and aesthetics make up for it. For the full review, head on over to Pocketables.

Good and EVO

Sprint’s HTC EVO 3D and EVO Design 4G have finally been updated to Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” and Sense 3.6, and we’ve learned that you’ll still be able to root the EVO 3D if you accept the OTA update. We also have a number of ROM picks, including Viper4G 1.0.0 and ICS Tranquility. Finally, Paul explains what he’d like to see in the perfect HTC EVO ROM.

Pocketables Editor Spotlight

Pocketables recently wrapped its weekly Editor Spotlight, which gave readers a behind-the-scenes look at the eight members of the Pocketables team. Editor-in-chief John Freml took the lead, followed by the founder and editor-at-large Jenn K. Lee and managing editor Calob Horton. Microsoft editor William Devereux took the spotlight next, followed by associate editors Bryan Faulkner, Aaron Orquia, Paul E. King, and Andreas Ødegård. Stop by and say hello!

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