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The 404 635: Where we fear the TerrorByte (podcast)

On today's episode of The 404 Podcast, hosts Jeff Bakalar, Wilson G. Tang, and Justin Yu fear the wrath of Jeff's alter-ego TerrorByte; debate the efficacy of Wi-Fi access in NYC subways; the latest Android Froyo update for the HTC Evo 4G; and more.

Jeff left CNET's New York office Friday as an ace tech reporter and returned Monday morning as TerrorByte, a hip-hop lyricist of his own creation who is dedicated to shutting down the haters--one awful tech metaphor at a time. We apologize for the sad attempts to parody Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise" using the nerdiest of storage terms. It's a rather slow news day, give us a break!

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There is actual tech news to report this morning; owners of Sprint's latest Android phone, the HTC Evo 4G, will be happy to learn that the Evo be the first Sprint handset to receive the latest Android software update known as version 2.2 or Froyo.

The phones will start receiving the update Tuesday and users will see a notification on their phone's display when it's ready to install. The phone will install the software over the air, so there's no need to plug it in to a computer to get the update. Anxious Evo users can also check for the update manually by going to the "HTC software update" option in the "System Update" folder in the settings menu.

A few of Froyo's most notable features are Adobe Flash support, so you can watch YouTube videos straight in the browser (unlike the iPhone); voice-dialing over Bluetooth;  better text messaging; and, overall, the new version of the operating system runs faster than the previous version. Sprint isn't the only U.S. carrier getting Froyo.  According to Verizon, it will update its Droid and Droid X phones later this summer, although screenshots have already started popping up online.

After three years of financial troubles, New York may finally have the money to install Wi-Fi antennas in the subway system. Transit Wireless recently received funding to outfit six stations near Union Square and four more for the other 271 platforms in the tunnel for Wi-Fi. Passengers standing on platforms, mezzanines, and even in some of the tunnels will be able to access the Internet via smoke detector-size antennas--all of which will cost $200 million dollars. For every great idea, there's always a hater on deck ready to pull it apart, and guess which host takes issue with the Wi-Fi?

If you had a busy weekend and haven't caught up on the latest episodes of The 404 Podcast, be sure to listen toFriday's show with our hilarious guest Michael Showalter from "Wet Hot American Summer," "The State," and his new "Making of..." Web series. Also, don't forget to get in touch with us via our BlackBerry Message Center! BBM us at 2482F452 for more details. You can also e-mail the404(at), leave a voice mail on our machine at 1-866-404-CNET (2638), send us a message on Twitter, or comment on our Facebook page!

Episode 635


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