Monthly Archive: January 2010

MapLock is the Club for your GPS unit – CES 2010 0

MapLock is the Club for your GPS unit – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Have you ever had your car broken into and your GPS stolen? You can even take the GPS out and stow it in the glove box or under the seat, but the thief might still see that residue from the suction cup and still break into your car for that device. Well that is where Maplock comes in. This device is “the Club for GPS”. Attach the lock to your Tom tom, Garmin or other device, then lock it to your steering wheel. The bright color will show that your GPS is locked down and not worth breaking into the car for. Todd Cochrane talks with Chris over this great product. Todd’s mother had 2 GPS stolen, so when he saw this product, his eyes lit up. For $49.95 this can save a thief from breaking into your car, stealing...

Fujitsu – High Color E-Paper – CES 2010 0

Fujitsu – High Color E-Paper – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS E-book technology is one thing we’ve been seeing at CES 2010. Most of the E-readers are in monochrome, with a couple in color. Fujitsu has what they call “High color mode”. By using “liquid cholesteric” technology. They use layers – Red, Green, Blue layers. No pixels here. Andy McCaskey talks with Dan about the Full color electronic paper. It has a long battery life and runs off the Windows CE OS. You can view PDFs, ebooks and more in standard color and high color modes. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Another look at the OWLE – CES Backchannel 2010 0

Another look at the OWLE – CES Backchannel 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we were walking though Digital Experience, we started talking to Mike from PocketGPSWorld. We got to see his camera rig, with wheels. During the conversation, he mentioned that he also has an OWLE. We got to see a closer view from it. Of course, we watched Leo Laporte, Cat Schwartz and Dr. Kiki look at the OWLE as well. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Nvidia – ION Graphics for Netbooks – CES 2010 0

Nvidia – ION Graphics for Netbooks – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS A Netbook to run Streaming video? A Netbook to push that video to a larger screen? That’s impossible – Or maybe not. Nvidia Ion might have the solution for you. We saw the ION at CES 2009 and were impressed with it’s small form factor. Now we’re seeing a new generation as the ION is entering into a Netbook. Speed and convenience with a low priced machine. Todd Cochrane talks with Ken (last year Andy talked with Ken) over how the ION has changed and how it works not only in Netbooks, but can improve the usage so you can watch streaming content in higher resolutions. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

TechPodcast Roundtable Ep 55 – Backupify and Mobile Podcasting with IPadio 0

TechPodcast Roundtable Ep 55 – Backupify and Mobile Podcasting with IPadio

This month we have another great Roundtable filled with valuable information. In the show: Andy McCaskey will be talking with Rob May on Backupify – Backing up your Online Life Jeffrey Powers will be talking about ways to Podcast via your mobile device. He will be talking with Mark Smith from iPadio on their business model Todd Cochrane will be talking about what is new in the TechPodcasts area GotoMeeting is the official sponsor of the Tech Podcasts Round Table you can get a free 30 day trial at www.gotomeeting.com/ techpodcasts Free Webcam Chat at Ustream

Sony – Opening up the newest Bloggie – CES Backchannel 2010 1

Sony – Opening up the newest Bloggie – CES Backchannel 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo during CES, we got to test out the newest version of the Bloggie CM5 camera. Rob Blatt and Jeffrey Powers head over to the Sony Booth, where they almost trip over Lady Gaga! Well, we find Sukhjit Ghag from Sony and we get the Bloggie. In this Backchannel video, Rob unboxes the Bloggie and we give initial thoughts. It’s big advantages are that it uses SDHC cards and also records to .mov format. Finally a 5x optical zoom lets us zoom in on Lady Gaga – although we didn’t do that.

Cyberlink – 3D Blu-Ray on a Laptop – CES 2010 0

Cyberlink – 3D Blu-Ray on a Laptop – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Are you ready to get 3-D on your Laptop? Well Cyberlink is working on it. Not only will it be in 3-D, but also Blu-Ray Disc. All in their PowerDVD program. Andy McCaskey talks with Tom about 3-D Blu-Ray. Tom shows a pre-release version of the new drives. The best part is you can get 3-D in the shutter technology and the color displacement technology (red – blue glasses). It will be available on many newer laptops and desktops to get Blu-Ray – especially with 3-D video. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Back in My Day, They Were Called “Data Centers” 0

Back in My Day, They Were Called “Data Centers”

The Guardian documents a case of creeping jargon: The UK is going to create its own “cloud“: By 2015, the strategy suggests, 80% of central government desktops could be supplied through a “shared utility service” – essentially a cloud service resembling Google Docs, which lets people create documents online for free. The move to a “government cloud” mirrors the system used by Google and other large companies, which put cheap “server” computers into huge data centres to provide computing power on demand which is delivered where it is needed via the internet. That would be provided to government departments and local government, replacing the ageing and inefficient systems used in many of the hundreds of data centres presently used – and frequently run at far below their capacity because they are dedicated to one department. Buried in the story, though, is some news I find exciting: they are...

Sonim – Quest PRO Cellphone – CES 2010 0

Sonim – Quest PRO Cellphone – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS O.K, this is the cell phone that was told to be indestructible, but there is a video out there of a reporter who did bust the phone’s screen. Well, we didn’t have that result, but we did get to see the phone pound a nail into wood. Andy McCaskey talks with Christoph of Sonim on this great phone product. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

MyCINQ – 2nd monitor for your Laptop – CES 2010 0

MyCINQ – 2nd monitor for your Laptop – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I love my 2 monitor setup at home. It would be nice to have that on the laptop. While there are solutions out there, nothing has really presented a good answer until now. That is where MyCINQ comes in. MyCINQ is a 10.1 inch USB monitor that can be set on your desk, or mounted to your laptop. You can then use it to watch Twitter, keep up on stocks, run a movie or Hulu program and a lot more. Want another monitor? You can run up to 6 MyCINQ monitors. Jeffrey Powers caught up with Ben just before CES started to take a look at this new startup. The Monitor will be available in Q3 of 2010. There is works in getting it in HD. With a $249 price tag, these monitors can really add to a presentation, or...

zBoost – Cell Phone Booster – CES 2010 0

zBoost – Cell Phone Booster – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Don’t you hate it when you are in a building and you see almost no cell signal? You could be in the heart of the city next to a tower, but the steel beams and concrete hold back a signal. That is why you need the zBoost. Todd Cochrane talks with Ronnie about this great product. You can set up a mini tower in your home, a business or wherever. Best part is it is all for a great price. For $400 a business can cover 2500 sq feet, or if you just need something for a small area, then the $169 zp YX300 is what you may need. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Verbatim – Tuff-N-Tiny USB Sticks – CES 2010 0

Verbatim – Tuff-N-Tiny USB Sticks – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS When we got to CES, Todd handed us some USB sticks. They were small and we thought they were going to be lost by the end of the day. Little did we know that these small drives from Verbatim actually made a big difference in our transfer and storage of files. Todd Cochrane talks with Becky about these new devices, and other new items such as the wireless USB mouse and the Insight portable hard drive. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Callspark – iPhone Phonebook with more – CES 2010 0

Callspark – iPhone Phonebook with more – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS So you are in a new town and you have no idea what is going on – Where do you go to eat, listen to bands, or even get a pedicure? Maybe find out what your friend Ted just said on his facebook before you call him? Todd Cochrane talks with Adriane of Callspark to find out how this great new product adds to your iPhone Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Apple iPad – The Rumor becomes Reality 0

Apple iPad – The Rumor becomes Reality

Well, after weeks of anticipation, the Apple iPad has become reality. The 1.5 lb, 9.7 inch device with a 1 GB Apple A4 processor in 16, 32 and 64 GB models. It’s an e-reader, it’s a photo book, it’s a video display and a lot more. All for a price that blows away Kindle. The base device (running the iPhone software) has no camera, but does have GSM archetecture and possible 3G connectivity. No OLED screen, but from the initial response is it’s fast and looks great. Of course it has no Arsenic or Mercury and is BFR and PVC free. The price list is interesting – 16 GB for $499. 32 GB for $599 and 64 GB for $699. Add 3G for $129. So you can get the base model, or the 64 GB with 3G for $829. Of course it does have WiFi connectivity. The big...

Ooma – VoIP Base and Handset – CES 2010 0

Ooma – VoIP Base and Handset – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS It’s been 3 years since Andy first talked to Ooma and has had the products. Ooma is a Voice over IP solution for your everyday phone needs. Andy Rich about the Ooma Telo and the DEC 6.0 handset. It is designed to be used with HD voice. Any network that offers HD voice will soon be able to use the Telo. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Nuance – Dragon Naturally Speaking v 10 learns your voice – CES Digital Experience 2010 0

Nuance – Dragon Naturally Speaking v 10 learns your voice – CES Digital Experience 2010

I remember using Dragon in the past. It did the job, but sometimes was a real pain. However, that was 5 years ago, and a lot changed since. Think of a program that will not only understand what you say, but will also scan what you have typed in the past to compile the recognition software. Then when you speak a friends’ name or a word that only you say, it will type it. Nuance (the makers of Dragon Naturally Speaking), also created an iPhone application that you can use while mobile. Todd Cochrane talks with Krisi from Nuance. She shows how easy it is to create documents. In fact, part of the CES articles I have created have been done via the program. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Clear – WiMax Steps up the Broadband game – CES 2010 0

Clear – WiMax Steps up the Broadband game – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This year we had a big challenge in finding bandwidth. We had to bring our own solutions to make sure we could upload video. One of those solutions is Clear – Where you can either use a USB dongle, or just get one of the embedded device machines. Wireless in your car, on the go or just in the home – 4G WiMax is available. Andy McCaskey talks with Brian about how this newer level of technology is being cultivated. They talk about the 27 market locations available. They also note one big difference – the lower to ground, the better. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Podcast Ep 123 – Predictions on the big Apple Event 1

Podcast Ep 123 – Predictions on the big Apple Event

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES Videos pumping out 3 a day. Congrats on the CES Winners. Roundtable this Saturday – Conectify confirmed. Will be working on some new ventures in the next week, then FAWM.  Congrats to the Saints and the Colts. Mophie, and ZBoost. Call out to people and making this show better. Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Day Pass $9.95 $69/Month – $660/Year GoDaddy for $7.49 domains use podname150 – 10% off hosting use pod150 Mozy Unlimited Backup – $4.95/Month!Use code “Geek” for 10% off! $50 a Year for Off-site Backup. All Geekazine Podcast Show Notes are also on Delicious To add cool items next week link on Delicious – geekazine podcast 124 Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the show Subscribe: Zune – iTunes – TechPodcasts – Blubrry – Stitcher I – S.U.N. (Straight Up News)...

Compulab FitPC2 – Smallest PC – CES 2010 0

Compulab FitPC2 – Smallest PC – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Computers are getting smaller. With a processor like an ATOM Z530 – that needs no fan – and an Intel US15W chipset, you can have a computer in your pocket. Add Video, keyboard and mouse, your computer is set. Todd Cochrane finds a great box in Compulab called the FitPC2. The device runs at 1.6 GHz and can display an image up to 1920×1080. 6 USDB ports and 802.11g wireless among other cool features. Run Windows XP or Windows 7 and even Linux on this machine. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Popbox – IPTV Media Box – CES 2010 0

Popbox – IPTV Media Box – CES 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS While 3-D and Tablets were the primary discussion for CES, the underlying discussion was IPTV. There were a lot of boxes that showed up during the week. One of the more noticeable boxes was the Popbox – and not because they had popcorn at the booth. This device is what’s called a “Big Screen Everything”. Not only will you get all the shows from the Internet – Revision 3, Netflix, YouTube and even Blip tv (where Techpodcasts Channel is located), but it can also pull from your computer and display pictures, video, audio and a lot more. Jeffrey Powers is talking to John from Popbox about this system. The new appliance will be out in March and will cost $129 for wired, then $149 for wireless. They also have an open API for those content providers that want to develop on Popbox

Magensa – QwickKey and Magtech Fake Credit Card Detection – CES Startup 2010 0

Magensa – QwickKey and Magtech Fake Credit Card Detection – CES Startup 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS If you have a business that needs mobility while taking credit orders, then you might want to check out Magensa and the Magtech for the iPhone. Magensa is a Globally open Database that can check within a swipe whether you have a valid card. The magnetic swipe has a two-factor security login to protect the cardholder and the vendor. You can use it on an iPhone or connect it to a PC via USB to process orders for customers. Jeffrey Powers talks to Tom from Magensa about this great product. Magensa is in all standard products, so if you get a swipe solution, you get the Database information. Don’t forget to also check out No Card Fraud – The campaign to wipe out credit card fraud. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Cloudy Futures 0

Cloudy Futures

I have several times indicated my skeptical take on “cloud computing.” It boils down to this: It’s nothing new. It’s using a big network instead of a small one. Unless collaboration or off-site backup are involved, it doesn’t add value to my daily computer use. Computers break. Storing data on the cloud means storing it on more computers that can break. Further, it conceivably involves companies that might be gone tomorrow, taking my data with them. (I know that Google’s not going to disappear any time soon, but Google’s not the only player.) Last week, Charles Ledbetter, writing in the Guardian, considered another concern: that the untidy anarchic free nature of the internet is increasingly under attack. Ledbetter sums up the dangers he sees in this way:

Zomm – Wireless Leash for Mobile Phones – CES Unveiled 2010 0

Zomm – Wireless Leash for Mobile Phones – CES Unveiled 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Ever loose your phone? Leave it in the cab or on the table as you are done with dinner? Maybe have it stolen? Well this might never happen again, and if it does, you can be aware of it happening. Kara talks with Henry and Laura about ZOMM. The device that pairs through Bluetooth to let you know you are leaving your phone behind. Add to that Call notification and Speakerphone using the Bluetooth option. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Parrot – ARDrone Controlled by iPhone and iPod – CES Unveiled 2010 0

Parrot – ARDrone Controlled by iPhone and iPod – CES Unveiled 2010

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Augmented Reality will be a term you will hear about in the next year. Being able to point the iPhone and see valuable information in what you see. However, Did you know that you could put Augmented Reality and control a device like a helicopter at the same time? Andy McCaskey talks with Michael from Parrot about the ARDrone – a new type of device that not only is cool to fly, but is also to cool to fly with your iPhone. With a WiFi connection on the device, you can remotely control the copter up to 15 meters away. Automatic Flight Stabilization and 2 Augmented Reality games come with this great device. Sponsor:  Try GoToAssist free for 30 days – GoToAssist.com/techpodcasts. Get this content on TiVo, Roku and Boxee

Why an Apple iPhone on Verizon is Bad – Would the FCC Step in? 1

Why an Apple iPhone on Verizon is Bad – Would the FCC Step in?

Right now Apple has the corner on the Smartphone – 40 percent market share, to be exact in the US alone. Apple also has the corner in Applications – 99.4 percent of Applications sold are from the iPhone. So if January 27th comes and they announce a 4G phone in CDMA format working on Verizon, they will have officially pushed the envelope and poised themselves to monopolize the mobile phone industry. That could have a horrible reverse impact for Apple as the FCC will then step in. It is no secret the Apple iPhone is the device to beat. It pretty much wrote the book on smartphones – taking over what Microsoft and Palm couldn’t accomplish. The only real change in the device was the switch from EDGE to 3G, and that became an added feature – have an underlying network to catch what 3G might not. Remember...

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