Podcast: How to make an iPhone more like a BlackBerry, and why you would want to

Our guests this week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast are Robert and Cody Solomon, the father-and-son team behind a new line of iPhone accessories called “Spike” that let you type on the Apple device using a physical keyboard very similar to the one on a BlackBerry.

Father and son team Robert and Cody Solomon with the Spike keyboards in the KIRO-FM studios. (Erynn Rose photo).

Based near Seattle on Bainbridge Island, entrepreneur Robert Solomon is a hardware veteran with decades of experience in the industry, and Cody Solomon is a graduate of NYU business school who grew up working for his dad but never thought he’d go into business with him.

They’ve already surpassed their $75,000 funding goal on Kickstarter with three weeks still left to go in their campaign. Through their company, Solomatrix, they’re gearing up for production later this year, and long term they’re planning to expand beyond the iPhone to bring physical keyboards to other smartphones, tablets and other types of devices.

That conversation starts at 13:00, following our weekly news roundup. Topics discussed this week include … the unveiling of the new Microsoft Office (see Kevin Lisota’s review here) … the Onion’s parody of HP getting into “that cloud thing that everybody is talking about” … the interesting new Center for Impact and Innovation at the old Masins Building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square …  T-Mobile’s decision to drop its claim that it operates the largest 4G network in the country … and Antonio Banderas dancing with a Bollywood actress on Paul Allen’s yacht.

App of the Week: Vyclone, which automatically stitches together videos by you and your friends.

Name that Tech Tune: The answer to last week’s challenge: Mega Man II. Congrats to our winner, Noah Collins, whose entry was selected at random from more than 50 correct answers.

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