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Windows Central Podcast

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Windows Central Podcast

Windows Central Podcast

Daniel Bader

35
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57
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Your weekly source for the best stories and insights from the world of Windows, Windows Mobile, Surface, HoloLens, and Xbox. Hosted by Daniel Rubino and Zac Bowden.

Latest Episodes

Holding Hands and Diagramming Chips

There's a new developer build of Windows 10 available, which features significant changes to the Start menu. Daniel and Zac have the details on that as well as the Arm-based Lenovo Flex 5G. Speaking of Arm processors, they compare Apple's efforts with their own designs with Microsoft's SQ1. The guys also talk about Xbox Series S Lockhart rumors and even touch on wearable computing with devices like the Oura Ring and Google's acquisition of North.

76 MIN2 d ago
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Holding Hands and Diagramming Chips

A Rough Week in Redmond

Zac and Daniel are joined in the first segment of this week's episode by Adam Levenson of Waves Audio to discuss the speaker technology found in Dell's new XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops. From there, the guys mourn the closing of Mixer and all of Microsoft's retail stores. They also touch on the decline of Windows 10 stability and Apple's move to ARM-based processors. Links: Maxx by Waves | Intelligent Audio Processing for Consumer Electronics Microsoft is closing Mixer — what went wrong? | Windows Central Microsoft closing all physical stores as part of 'strategic change' | Windows Central Windows 10 stability is going downhill, and not even Surfaces are spared | Windows Central Apple's ARM switch will be the end of Boot Camp | Windows Central

86 MIN1 w ago
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A Rough Week in Redmond

Nerdy Roots

The Windows Insider program has been overhauled and rebranded from Rings to Channels, among many other significant changes. Zac and Daniel make sense of everything that's going on and how it will be helpful to enthusiasts and developers. There are also some new laptops to discuss, Dell is promising a fix to wobbly XPS 15 trackpads, and Razer has teamed up with THX for a cool spatial audio app. Tune in! Links: Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 20H2 coming later this year | Windows Central Microsoft is rebranding its Windows 10 Insider Preview channels | Windows Central Dell admits to wobbly trackpads on the XPS 15 (9500), will ship improved laptops going forward | Windows Central Review: Razer THX Spatial Audio for Windows 10 delivers awesome headphone surround sound | Windows Central

64 MIN2 w ago
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Nerdy Roots

Spider-Man Sells Systems

Daniel and Zac check out Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal and how it might compare to Xbox Series X. Surface Duo is still on track for a summer release. As they describe it, Microsoft will be shipping a proof-of-concept that will appeal greatly to fans. Daniel also provides his review of the Surface Headphones 2, new UWP apps, fresh Windows 10 Insider build, and more. Links: Sony's PS5 reveal just put Xbox Series X's to shame | Windows Central Launch 2020 brings over a dozen UWP apps to the Microsoft Store Windows 10 preview build 19645 heads out to Fast ring Insiders | Windows Central Surface Duo specs: 11MP camera, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM and more | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review – A lower price and modest improvements make all the difference | Windows Central

77 MIN3 w ago
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Spider-Man Sells Systems

Mercury Leaks

Daniel and Zac briefly address racial injustice in the United States along with Microsoft's work to help affect change in a positive way. They move on to the tech news of the week, including the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the Surface Duo experience, and a review of the 15-inch Surface Book 3. As well, Dell's new XPS 15 (9500) is a complete redesign of their flagship laptop and it looks gorgeous! In the gaming realm, screenshots have leaked of a new Xbox Store for consoles, codenamed 'Mercury'. Links: Windows 10 May 2020 Update Here's what Microsoft's Android apps can do on Surface Duo | Windows Central Surface Book 3 15-inch review: More of the same — and that's (mostly) a good thing | Windows Central Hands-on: Dell XPS 15 (9500) is every bit as gorgeous as you thought | Windows Central Pictures of the new Xbox Store for consoles codenamed 'Mercury' have leaked (update) | Windows Central

77 MINJUN 9
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Mercury Leaks

Build 2020 Recap

Daniel and Zac chat about the most significant announcements from Build 2020 — the biggest news is Project Reunion. They also review Surface Earbuds and discuss expanded availability of HoloLens 2. Links: Microsoft's Project Reunion aims to streamline Win32 and UWP app development on Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft Build 2020: The biggest announcements and sessions to watch | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: All-day comfort comes at a hard to justify price | Windows Central Microsoft confirms plans to bring some Windows 10X features to Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft Lists lets you track and manage just about anything with Microsoft 365 | Windows Central Microsoft Edge Stable channel nabs extension sync, automatic profile switching | Windows Central Microsoft expands HoloLens 2 availability, adds 5G/LTE dongle support | Windows Central

89 MINMAY 26
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Build 2020 Recap

More Surface Duo Specs

Riding the wave of new hardware products, Dan and Zac continue to evaluate Surface Earbuds, Surface Go 2, and Surface Book 3. They also discuss Zac's scoop about Surface Duo's specs. It's not just about what it has, but what it doesn't have as well. They wrap up the episode by pointing out some interesting sessions scheduled for Microsoft Build. Links: Surface Headphones 2, Surface Earbuds preorders now available at Best Buy Surface Go 2 review: Core m3 makes all the difference, but it's just barely enough | Windows Central Benchmarks: Surface Book 3 15-inch with GTX 1660 Ti shows promising boost in performance | Windows Central Surface Duo specs: 11MP camera, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM and more | Windows Central

97 MINMAY 19
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More Surface Duo Specs

New Surface Day

New Surface products are real and available soon! Zac and Daniel cover the announcements and share their favorite features from the devices. They also chat about the future of Windows 10X, the recent and upcoming Xbox Series X events, and the Surface Duo emulator for software developers. Links: Windows 10X will now launch first on single-screen PCs | Windows Central Xbox 20/20 events will show the future of Xbox each month, Xbox Game Studios showcase coming in July | Windows Central Surface Duo Emulator Microsoft's new Surface Book 3 arrives May 21 with new Intel, NVIDIA hardware | Windows Central

103 MINMAY 12
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New Surface Day

Steamrolling Features

There's plenty of news this week in the world of Microsoft! The company generated $35 billion in revenue for Q3 2020, and Build 2020 registration is now open. There's an Xbox event coming up May 7 to showcase upcoming games. Surface Headphones 2 are on the way along with some new Earbuds. Daniel and Zac also discuss why Zoom isn't really a competitor to Teams, and they outline 5 things PC makers should be doing in 2020. Links: Microsoft Q3 2020 earnings: $35 billion in revenue, 'minimal impact' from COVID-19 | Windows Central Virtual Microsoft Build 2020 free registration is now open for all | Windows Central Xbox Series X gameplay showcase coming May 7, Assassin's Creed Valhalla present | Windows Central Surface Headphones 2 potentially spotted online with Bluetooth 5.0 support | Windows Central Zoom vs. Microsoft Teams: Which should you use for your video conferences? | Windows Central 5 key features every laptop should have in 2020 | Windows Central Xbox's 'Project xCloud' starts...

94 MINMAY 5
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Steamrolling Features

Keeping Expectations in Check

Daniel tests RTX Voice from NVIDIA — It provides realtime, AI-based noise reduction for live streaming and other applications. In fact, this week's episode has no additional processing on his voice other than volume leveling to match Zac. New Surface product announcements are coming soon, so the dynamic duo discuss what to expect. Leaked images of the upcoming Dell XPS 15 confirm design changes. They wrap up with a conversation about Apple's likely transition to ARM processors for their macOS-based systems and what that could mean in the Windows universe. Links: How to set up and use RTX Voice on all NVIDIA GPUs — including older GeForce GTX cards | Windows Central Surface Go 2 specs allegedly leak, showing significant internal upgrades | Windows Central XPS 15, Latitude leaked images confirm suspected design changes | Windows Central Why Apple is right to dump Intel for ARM in some MacBooks | Windows Central

75 MINAPR 28
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Keeping Expectations in Check

Latest Episodes

Holding Hands and Diagramming Chips

There's a new developer build of Windows 10 available, which features significant changes to the Start menu. Daniel and Zac have the details on that as well as the Arm-based Lenovo Flex 5G. Speaking of Arm processors, they compare Apple's efforts with their own designs with Microsoft's SQ1. The guys also talk about Xbox Series S Lockhart rumors and even touch on wearable computing with devices like the Oura Ring and Google's acquisition of North.

76 MIN2 d ago
Comments
Holding Hands and Diagramming Chips

A Rough Week in Redmond

Zac and Daniel are joined in the first segment of this week's episode by Adam Levenson of Waves Audio to discuss the speaker technology found in Dell's new XPS 15 and XPS 17 laptops. From there, the guys mourn the closing of Mixer and all of Microsoft's retail stores. They also touch on the decline of Windows 10 stability and Apple's move to ARM-based processors. Links: Maxx by Waves | Intelligent Audio Processing for Consumer Electronics Microsoft is closing Mixer — what went wrong? | Windows Central Microsoft closing all physical stores as part of 'strategic change' | Windows Central Windows 10 stability is going downhill, and not even Surfaces are spared | Windows Central Apple's ARM switch will be the end of Boot Camp | Windows Central

86 MIN1 w ago
Comments
A Rough Week in Redmond

Nerdy Roots

The Windows Insider program has been overhauled and rebranded from Rings to Channels, among many other significant changes. Zac and Daniel make sense of everything that's going on and how it will be helpful to enthusiasts and developers. There are also some new laptops to discuss, Dell is promising a fix to wobbly XPS 15 trackpads, and Razer has teamed up with THX for a cool spatial audio app. Tune in! Links: Microsoft announces Windows 10 version 20H2 coming later this year | Windows Central Microsoft is rebranding its Windows 10 Insider Preview channels | Windows Central Dell admits to wobbly trackpads on the XPS 15 (9500), will ship improved laptops going forward | Windows Central Review: Razer THX Spatial Audio for Windows 10 delivers awesome headphone surround sound | Windows Central

64 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Nerdy Roots

Spider-Man Sells Systems

Daniel and Zac check out Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal and how it might compare to Xbox Series X. Surface Duo is still on track for a summer release. As they describe it, Microsoft will be shipping a proof-of-concept that will appeal greatly to fans. Daniel also provides his review of the Surface Headphones 2, new UWP apps, fresh Windows 10 Insider build, and more. Links: Sony's PS5 reveal just put Xbox Series X's to shame | Windows Central Launch 2020 brings over a dozen UWP apps to the Microsoft Store Windows 10 preview build 19645 heads out to Fast ring Insiders | Windows Central Surface Duo specs: 11MP camera, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM and more | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Headphones 2 review – A lower price and modest improvements make all the difference | Windows Central

77 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Spider-Man Sells Systems

Mercury Leaks

Daniel and Zac briefly address racial injustice in the United States along with Microsoft's work to help affect change in a positive way. They move on to the tech news of the week, including the release of Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the Surface Duo experience, and a review of the 15-inch Surface Book 3. As well, Dell's new XPS 15 (9500) is a complete redesign of their flagship laptop and it looks gorgeous! In the gaming realm, screenshots have leaked of a new Xbox Store for consoles, codenamed 'Mercury'. Links: Windows 10 May 2020 Update Here's what Microsoft's Android apps can do on Surface Duo | Windows Central Surface Book 3 15-inch review: More of the same — and that's (mostly) a good thing | Windows Central Hands-on: Dell XPS 15 (9500) is every bit as gorgeous as you thought | Windows Central Pictures of the new Xbox Store for consoles codenamed 'Mercury' have leaked (update) | Windows Central

77 MINJUN 9
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Mercury Leaks

Build 2020 Recap

Daniel and Zac chat about the most significant announcements from Build 2020 — the biggest news is Project Reunion. They also review Surface Earbuds and discuss expanded availability of HoloLens 2. Links: Microsoft's Project Reunion aims to streamline Win32 and UWP app development on Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft Build 2020: The biggest announcements and sessions to watch | Windows Central Microsoft Surface Earbuds review: All-day comfort comes at a hard to justify price | Windows Central Microsoft confirms plans to bring some Windows 10X features to Windows 10 | Windows Central Microsoft Lists lets you track and manage just about anything with Microsoft 365 | Windows Central Microsoft Edge Stable channel nabs extension sync, automatic profile switching | Windows Central Microsoft expands HoloLens 2 availability, adds 5G/LTE dongle support | Windows Central

89 MINMAY 26
Comments
Build 2020 Recap

More Surface Duo Specs

Riding the wave of new hardware products, Dan and Zac continue to evaluate Surface Earbuds, Surface Go 2, and Surface Book 3. They also discuss Zac's scoop about Surface Duo's specs. It's not just about what it has, but what it doesn't have as well. They wrap up the episode by pointing out some interesting sessions scheduled for Microsoft Build. Links: Surface Headphones 2, Surface Earbuds preorders now available at Best Buy Surface Go 2 review: Core m3 makes all the difference, but it's just barely enough | Windows Central Benchmarks: Surface Book 3 15-inch with GTX 1660 Ti shows promising boost in performance | Windows Central Surface Duo specs: 11MP camera, Snapdragon 855, 6GB RAM and more | Windows Central

97 MINMAY 19
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More Surface Duo Specs

New Surface Day

New Surface products are real and available soon! Zac and Daniel cover the announcements and share their favorite features from the devices. They also chat about the future of Windows 10X, the recent and upcoming Xbox Series X events, and the Surface Duo emulator for software developers. Links: Windows 10X will now launch first on single-screen PCs | Windows Central Xbox 20/20 events will show the future of Xbox each month, Xbox Game Studios showcase coming in July | Windows Central Surface Duo Emulator Microsoft's new Surface Book 3 arrives May 21 with new Intel, NVIDIA hardware | Windows Central

103 MINMAY 12
Comments
New Surface Day

Steamrolling Features

There's plenty of news this week in the world of Microsoft! The company generated $35 billion in revenue for Q3 2020, and Build 2020 registration is now open. There's an Xbox event coming up May 7 to showcase upcoming games. Surface Headphones 2 are on the way along with some new Earbuds. Daniel and Zac also discuss why Zoom isn't really a competitor to Teams, and they outline 5 things PC makers should be doing in 2020. Links: Microsoft Q3 2020 earnings: $35 billion in revenue, 'minimal impact' from COVID-19 | Windows Central Virtual Microsoft Build 2020 free registration is now open for all | Windows Central Xbox Series X gameplay showcase coming May 7, Assassin's Creed Valhalla present | Windows Central Surface Headphones 2 potentially spotted online with Bluetooth 5.0 support | Windows Central Zoom vs. Microsoft Teams: Which should you use for your video conferences? | Windows Central 5 key features every laptop should have in 2020 | Windows Central Xbox's 'Project xCloud' starts...

94 MINMAY 5
Comments
Steamrolling Features

Keeping Expectations in Check

Daniel tests RTX Voice from NVIDIA — It provides realtime, AI-based noise reduction for live streaming and other applications. In fact, this week's episode has no additional processing on his voice other than volume leveling to match Zac. New Surface product announcements are coming soon, so the dynamic duo discuss what to expect. Leaked images of the upcoming Dell XPS 15 confirm design changes. They wrap up with a conversation about Apple's likely transition to ARM processors for their macOS-based systems and what that could mean in the Windows universe. Links: How to set up and use RTX Voice on all NVIDIA GPUs — including older GeForce GTX cards | Windows Central Surface Go 2 specs allegedly leak, showing significant internal upgrades | Windows Central XPS 15, Latitude leaked images confirm suspected design changes | Windows Central Why Apple is right to dump Intel for ARM in some MacBooks | Windows Central

75 MINAPR 28
Comments
Keeping Expectations in Check
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