The TechMemo Podcast (Episode 2)!

This week’s TechMemo podcast is better and built to last longer (well, it’s not necessarily longer), but it is much better, with any kinks from the previous episode annihilated. That being said, we had quite a few epic things to cover this week, including MWC 2012, the upcoming iPad 3 announcement, tons of new smartphones, and then the 3 Epic Things for the week. And just for your information, the TechMemo podcast is recorded by your’s truly and Cam the Techtainian. As always, there is a healthy dose of salt-encrusted rumors and witty comebacks.

Show notes and links after the break.

Uzi Protector With Swiss Movement And Tritium Review

This is a watch (duh). Apparently it (again) is sold by my friends at Thinkgeek (thanks for letting us check this one out, guys!) and contains Swiss movement, thus ensuring you’re always keeping the exact time and is very refined in doing so. Besides that very useful addition to the Uzi Protector’s characteristics, it also has a dose of gaseous Tritium, which is a radioactive isotope of hydrogen, and its nucleus contains one proton and two neutrons. This translates to a process: electrons are put through beta decay, and when they interact with the phosphor material, fluorescent light is created; this intriguing process is called radioluminescence (see: explanation).

Thus, the Uzi Protector can be used at night, and it charges the tritium when you are at a light source, something which you can keep on doing for 20 years until the Tritium has to be replaced, and 3 years for the watch’s time battery. Plus it’s water-resistant to 200 meters. Very impressive stuff.

Uzi Protector with Tritium Gallery

As a watch, it’s fantastic. And it would be perfect for any true geek/scientist. Just keep in mind that the metal-banded version does not fit everyone’s wrist (including mine or Chelsea’s), but for $100, this masterpiece chronograph can’t be beat. And it also has the honor of the “Stef’s Top Pick” award.

Score: 9/10

Available for purchase at ThinkGeek

HTC Says Ice Cream Sandwich Updates Coming At End Of March

Great news! Those sporting an HTC Sensation 4G, Sensation XE, and eventually Sensation XL will find that their Ice Cream Sandwich update(s) are coming at the end of March. As for other handsets? HTC had this to say on their official Facebook page:

In addition, we can confirm Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades will be coming later this year to the HTC Rezound, HTC Vivid, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC Incredible S, HTC Desire S and HTC Desire HD. Stay tuned for more updates on Ice Cream Sandwich releases in the coming weeks.

‘Tis well. Via: HTC (Facebook)

Motorola DROID 4 now available for $200 on Verizon with 4G LTE

It’s official: the DROID 4 is available on Verizon Wireless. It graces the masses with a 4-inch qHD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 8-megapixel camera (paired with a lower-res front-facing cam), 16GB of storage and Android 2.3.5 for an OS, with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) promised for later this year (which is sometimes this year, anyway). Oh, and of course there’s 4G LTE on the Droid 4, which in itself is fantastic. Via: Verizon

World’s First PC Game Now Available On iOS, Co-Written By Bill Gates

This is the world’s first PC game, DONKEY.BAS, co-written by Bill Gates and former Microsoft employee Neil Konzen. The objective is simple: there’s 8-bit sounds, graphics, and the idea that you have to dodge donkeys while switching lanes in a car. However, this game was shipped pre-installed on PC-DOS and the original IBM PC, but in 2012 you’ll have to pay developer XVision a small $0.99 for the universal iOS remake on the App Store. Via: iTunes App Store

iPad 3 to be announced in early March, says All Things D

Once again, renowned tech site All Things D is making a very bold prediction seemingly backed by insider sources: the iPad 3 will be announced by Apple at a press event in early March (specifically in the first week, then launched in the 2nd or 3rd week), which is not too far away. It would have a faster processor, Retina display, and nearly the same design as the iPad 2. We shall see. Via: All Things D

Google Chrome 17 Released With Pre-Loading And Download Screening

20120208-204300.jpgGoogle has just released the Chrome 17 update, which adds pre-loading to the browser. You can now have web pages instantly load when you start typing them out in the Omnibox, and Chrome will begin to understand web pages you visit every frequently and will pre-fetch them as well. This also applies to web pages Google “thinks” you will visit, so they will also pre-load to make your visits faster, per their algorithm.

Also included is download screening for .exe files. Nice stuff for a incremental update.

Via: Google Chrome Blog