Yearly Archive: 2014

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Motrr Galileo Robotic Gimbal with GoPro Mount Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I create content – especially as a one person crew – I’m always looking for ways to make my cameras do more. When I saw the Motrr Galelieo last year I thought this would be a great way to do that. But not living in an iPhone world, it wasn’t a device I could use. Now, Motrr has come out with the GoPro mount to the Galelio. This compliments my video as I can now put the GoPro on a table or up on a tripod to pan audiences or get a timelapse of an event. Get the Motrr Galileo Bluetooth at Amazon About the Motrr Galileo Lets look at the unit itself. The Motrr comes white or black and looks like a hockey puck. The Motrr can rotate clockwise or counter and its top can be twisted vertical so you...

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HP Stream 11, Stream 360 Cloud Laptop for Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCloud based laptops seem to be a great hybrid between tablet and computer. HP has come out with a great sub-$200 laptop in the HP Stream 11 – an 11 or 13 inch laptop running Windows software and internal hard drive of only 32 GB. However, with the free 1 TB OneDrive and Office365 (for 1 year), you can run what you need and get things done. HP Stream 11 x360 I got to talk with Bianamarie Carniel about the Stream 11 line of cloud-based computers. The first one was the Stream 11 x360. This laptop can become a clamshell, flip to become a tablet, then open to be its own stand or tent for watching video on a table or in bed. The Stream x360 comes in blue or magenta and you can even get a 13 inch model with...

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Gallery Hotel, Barcelona Spain – Hotel Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt was my first time in Barcelona and I cannot express how memorized I was with the experience. The capitol of Catalonia, this urban area is a mixture of old Roman buildings, designs by Antoni Gaudi and some pretty impressive graffiti. But my focus is on a hotel in the heart of Barcelona – the Gallery Hotel. Going in December means an average high of 55-60 degrees (12-14 Celsius) but a lot of rain. In the week I was there it was only sunny 2 of the days. Coming from a wintery area, the rain smelled more like spring to me and I was fine with that. About the Gallery Hotel The Gallery Hotel is found down the street of one of the major shopping areas in Barcelona on Carrer del Rosselló and only a block from the subway (Metro Station). This...

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How HP Helped “Share a Coke”

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, Coca-Cola had a very popular campaign in “Share a Coke”. So who did they get to help print all the names on the sides of the bottles? HP had that honor. I talked with Doris Brown-McNally from HP’s Graphics Solutions Business about the campaign at HP Discover, the new artwork campaign starting and what that could lead to for businesses. The Target of “Share a Coke” Coke did a survey and found the “Tweeners” (between 8-18 years of age) did not know if they have tried a Coke before. They wanted to tailor a campaign around bringing that demographic in. Coke wanted the bottle to “Visually speak to them”. This campaign did just that. The results of that campaign – According to the Wall Street Journal, Coke’s volumes in the US rose .4% for the summer months whereas sales...

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HP Elitebook Folio 1020 with Core M Fanless Ultrabook

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have and use an Elitebook. Its a great travel machine to work and even create video and more. Yesterday, HP announced the newest version of Elitebook in the Folio 1020. Using the new Intel Core M processor, this laptop is the thinnest because it is fanless. We joked on the video – as thin as a cookie. There are two versions of the Elitebook Folio 1020 with the additional Folio 1020 Special Edition. The Core M-5Y51 or Core M-5Y71 with max turbo can take the processor up to a 2.9 GHz speed. Memory is 8 GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM. Storage options are SSD – 128 to 256. You can also get a self-encrypting drive Opal 2 of 180 or 256 GB. Graphics inside inlude Intel HD 5300.The Folio can come with a QHD (Touch) screen (standard on the Special Edition)....

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HP Omen Gaming Laptop with Beats Audio

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to check out the HP Omen gaming laptop while at HP Discover. This is a lightweight laptop with 15 inch screen and Beats Audio inside. This premium gaming laptop comes with a fourth generation Core i7 processor and NVidia GeForce GTX 860M graphics inside. Many great features for gamers include programmable buttons for quick reactions and a back-lit keyboard that is also programmable to different LED colors. Get the HP Omen From Amazon The Omen is also designed with all USB and display ports in the back of the laptop. That way a gamer can put down gaming mice and not have cables get in the way. Further, the fan also comes out the back so hot air does not blow out onto the hands. The HP Omen also can have 8 or 16 GB inside, along with SSD of...

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HP Digital Context Aware: Connecting Wearable Technology to Enterprise – HP Discover

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at HP Discover Barcelona, I got to talk with Dave Gibson and Cliff Wilke – both Chief Technologists at HP. They are spearheading the next wave in Enterprise with Wearable Technology in what they call Digital Context Aware (DCA). DCA is the ability to work cross-platform on all wearable devices with an API to attach to their program so they can send information on the go. The program checks to see if a device is available, then sends information. If one devices is not available, it will move to the next item. A smartphone, smartwatch, Glass, or other content-aware wearable. A service person could get directions to a job, then instructions on performing duties. A first responder could get to the scene of an accident faster and possibly be able to connect with a doctor if the situation is beyond...

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Daigo and Justin Wong Re-create Evo Moment 37

For the first part of this article, I want to take you back to a gaming tournament called Evolution 2004. At the time, a gamer called Daigo was facing off against Justin Wong in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. It was a top-8 match where the winner could only advance to the next round if they won two out of 3 games. However, it was during this first game that Daigo create what has now become known as Evo Moment 37. Take a look at this amazing footage of this moment in action. As you will see from the grainy footage, it was hands down one of the most amazing things to happen in the history of fighting game tournaments. More importantly, Daigo was able to pull off a solid execution to take that first game. However, he went on to take 2nd place. Fast forward to a...

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Amazon Fire TV Stick vs. Fire TV: A Two TV Solution Under $200

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEarlier this year Amazon announced the FireTV – a competitor to the Roku and Apple TV. Doubling the specs of both devices, this became my goto choice for over the top television. Now, Amazon has come out with their lower cost version in the Fire TV Stick – mostly to compete with Chromecast and Roku Stick. This $40 device plugs right into your HDMI port in the TV, with a combined power USB cable which – depending on the TV you own – can be powered right through the USB port for a cord-free TV. Before we accellerate on the subject: keep in mind you DO NOT need an Amazon Prime subscription to own or use Fire TV. It does enhance the experience with more content. You can easily just run Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and other apps on Fire TV but...

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Motorola Moto-X 2nd Generation with Bamboo Back

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost of my phones that I’ve owned made mostly of plastic – From the Nokia 910 to the Razr, iPhone and even the Nexus 5 I currently own. If I ever wanted another texture, I would buy the case. But a phone with a wood back – Better yet, a Bamboo back? What a change in experience THAT is… I am taking a look at the 2nd Generation Moto X in Bamboo, which is now available on the Verizon network. This is one of three backing plates for the device. Also in leather and plastic, along with a soon-to-be released teak, walnut and ebony models, the Moto X not only doesn’t need a case, it IS its own case. The best part is how well it feels in your hand. In the last year I’ve held onto some small, medium and...

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Taking the Amtrak Train: Walkthrough of the Roomette Sleeper Car

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJennifer and I took a vacation to New York City. Instead of flying out, we did something a little more unorthodox in this day and age – took the train. From Chicago to New York City, we clacked around the Midwest and East coast with the Amtrak Cardinal line, coming home via the Amtrak Lakeshore. An amazing experience that not only let us see the sights but also appreciated the travel. Walkthrough of the Amtrak Roomette Sleeper Car There are three ways to travel via the train – in the coach seating, through a Roomette or the Viewliner bedroom. We stayed in the roomette through our travel, but I was also able to walkthrough the higher end viewliner. The roomette is a 3.5 foot by 6 foot room for two people the two seats turn into a single sleeper bed while...

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HERO4 Black from GoPro: Record 4K or 1080p 120fps

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s been an awesome time here in Vegas – I’ve been covering a conference and during the down time I’ve been playing with this – the GoPro HERO4 Black edition. This is the newest GoPro camera for live action recording. You might have seen skydivers, skateboarders, custom car owners, and other groups create some awesome video and this little device is ususally taking the video. As you can see, its a little larger than a box of Tictacs – with the waterproof case you could easily fit it in your pocket ready for any life moment to happen. There are three buttons on the HERO4 – a power button, shutter button and settings button. Each button has multiple options so you can create video, take stills or continuous shots. The best part is the quality of the HERO4. This camera can...

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Podcast Microphones: Audio-Technica ATR2100 vs. IK Multimedia iRig mic HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe have another podcast microphone showdown as I look at two USB podcast mics that you can use for recording audio. Audio-Technica’s popular ATR2100 USB/XLR hybrid microphone and IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD USB/iPad microphone. I have pitted the 2100 against the 2500 but now we’re looking at podcast microphone vs. podcast microphone. You can use these microphones with all iOS, Mac and PC software. These microphones will not work on an Android phone without 3rd party adapters. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD This is a Condenser microphone only in USB format. The micro USB cord is interchangable with USB, iOS 30-pin and lightning cables. One side of the microphone is a db volume dial and the other is an indicator light. The light is blue during passive sound states, green when signal is coming through and red if the signal is clipping. The...

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The Future of Terrestrial TV with ATSC 3.0 and FUTURECAST

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast night I got to experience something just as amazing as the first television broadcast signal in 1928. Ultra HD content broadcast from a tower only a few miles away. With the new ATSC 3.0 format was a technology developed by LG and Zenith called FUTURECAST. I sat down and talked with industry professionals to find out more about this concept. What is ATSC 3.0 It stands for Advanced Television Systems Commitee. Currently, DTV runs on ATSC 1.0, which pushes a MPEG-2 or H.264 video across airwaves. This is a one-way signal that can get easily interrupted if you have poor line-of-sight with your TV tower. I live less than a mile from towers and my signal was always poor-to-moderate. ATSC 3.0 is the newest revision that improves greatly on performance and bandwidth. In order to do so, it is not as...

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DJI Phantom II Drone: How to Assemble and First Flight

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile in Vegas last week I became a proud owner of a DJI Phantom II quadro-copter drone. An amazing and stable flying unit which can be moved around using a remote controller. Today, the weather was nice enough to really take this for a spin. About the DJI Phantom II I have been excited to use one of these ever since I saw it at NAB and talked with Willis from DJI. The Phantom II is a RC copter that can run for 25 minutes on a fully charged LiIon 5200mAh battery. The 4-blade copter allows for stabilization and can become very static in mid-air. The Phantom II weighs only 2.2 lbs with battery and no gimble. I would expect with a GoPro attached the weight is more toward 2.5 lbs. The controller operates on a WiFi signal – either 2.4...

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Veeam’s Non-Virtualization Tool in EndPoint Backup Free

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSVeeam announced the release of their newest line in Freeware – the Veeam EndPoint Backup Free. This is software for those businesses whom are not completely virtual but still need to tend to critical machines. This can be anyone’s machine from your Boss to your Mother. Veeam started around 2006 with a tool to backup virtual machines in Veeam Backup Free edition. The freemium model has worked well for them, and along with their other software Veeam continues to innovate. The Veeam EndPoint Backup Free is targeted for laptops and desktops running Windows 7 or better. It also backs up Windows Server 2008 and better. I sat down and talked with Rick Vanover during their “VeeamOn” conference in Las Vegas, NV. He was adamant that although Veeam didn’t have a roadmap with this product, it does have a direction. EndPoint Backup...

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Microsoft Makes Project Spark Free on XBox One and Windows 8.1 PCs

Earlier on in the year, you might remember that Microsoft announced a game called Project Spark. It allows players to create their own games and worlds (including a pinball game).  It’s been in beta for a while now, but it has finally become a full, finished game. Better still, Microsoft have released the game and it’s available right now for the XBox One and Windows 8.1. Additionally, I am really glad to report that Project Spark is going to be free to download! Incidentally, there will also be a phsyical version that you can buy with This seems like quite an interesting move in that they already own Mojang(the people behind Minecraft). However, it also seems like they are trying to compete with other games such as LittleBigPlanet. Incidentally, there is also a trend of games that are based around user-generated content so it also makes sense for...

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Hotel Room Walkthrough: Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI go to events year round. During the year I stay in hotels across the country. About two years ago I decided to add a hotel walkthrough videos to my YouTube channel. Today, I am adding them to Geekazine.com as well. After all, we all need to get away and find a place to stay. Additionally, I cannot add photos to the channel (yet). So without any further ado, here is the latest Hotel Walkthrough Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas NV. I have a room in the Terrace Studio in the middle of the hotel. This room overlooks the MGM Grand, New York, New York, and Aria hotels. I can also see the mountainscape as I sit on the balcony watching the nightlife progress. This studio suite is set up with many amenities. The King size bed allows for 1-2 people to...

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Ergotron Workfit-P Sit-Stand Workstation for a Healthier You

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have a Workfit-D desk and I love it. I can adjust the desk at will to my needs and even stand to help stay fit. In a 8 hour work day, we can sit up to 7 hours – not counting lunch. When we stand, we promote positive blood flow and can even lower our blood pressure. Why a sit-stand desk rather than a static desk? You don’t want to stand all the time. Even though it helps with your blood pressure, equal time can help your feet and legs from fatigue. Some of you don’t have the space for the desk. Maybe you have a smaller area for it or it can’t freely raise and lower. Maybe you don’t even want that big of an area for your laptop or even tablet. That is where the Ergotron Workfit P...

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AmpRidge Mighty Mic S: iPhone, Android Boom Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I am looking at the AmpRidge Mighty Mic S. This is a boom style microphone which you can use for your iOS or Andriod device – anything with a 3-pole headset. The microphone is small so it can fit in your pocket. A windscreen is provided to help keep wind noise down and a case is also provided so it doesn’t get pocket lint. The mic also has a headphone jack so you can monitor the recording. AmpRidge doesn’t give any specs to this microphone, but within testing via a Real Time Analyzer, the microphone can reduce the background noise by 5-10 db. That means if you are trying to record that rock concert and someone behind you is talking, you hear less of him and more of the music. Get the Ampridge MightyMic S Shotgun Video Microphone MMS at Amazon...

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Tablift Tablet Stand Holds iPad, Kindle, Surface, Xperia in Bed

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSometimes as an entrepreneur, my work at home life can allow me to do a lot of cool things – no pants days, no commute work week and especially work from bed days. Whats cool is when I have some neat products to review that keep me in bed such as Tablift. What is Tablift This is an adjustable leg device that allows you to enjoy your tablet or phone hands free. Whether watching a movie, surfing through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or any website, you can lie in bed and play Candy Crush in comfort. Tablift has three slots to help in positioning your tablet. If you are lying down or sitting up you can set the tablet or phone in the direction you need. Get the Tablift Universal Tablet Holder by Nbryte at Amazon And it doesn’t matter the tablet! I...

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Jabra Solemate Max: More than a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker-Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s tailgate time! You have your grill, you have your mini-bar. But do you have an awesome audio system to run the music through? Today, I’m going to show you the Jabra Soulmate Max – a speaker system for whatever you need. The Solemate Max is the largest of the solemate series. This 6.6 pound brick is set to blast some sound for long periods of time. This is also a great speaker system for all devices – mobile to laptop and even works well as a TV bar. The Max is a 90 Watt amplifier with 2 tweeters, 2 woofers and a passive bass radiator. This means it can sound even better if you set it on a wood surface but the rubber footed bottom keeps it from vibrating around. The 3 cell 2200 mAh Lithium Ion battery gives you...

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Ninja Professional (BL660) with Nutra Ninja Cups – Unbox

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got a chance to surprise Jennifer. She is into smoothies and healthier eating, but never cared to much for our blender. The pitcher broke a couple months back and so that started the search for a newer – more powerful blender. About the Ninja BL660 This is a higher powered blender which helps in the chopping of harder items (such as ice) to make for better blending. The BL660 comes with a 72 ounce pitcher for big jobs and two single serve cups which convert to on-the-go drink cups. The BL660 can handle anything from creating a great smoothie to making your own Peanut butter or other dinner options. You can even make ice cream with this blender! Get the Ninja Professional Blender (BL660) at Amazon Surprising Jennifer Not only is this an unboxing, but we also get a first look of...

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Dyson DC59 Animal – a Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner with Power

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Dyson DC59 Animal is a versatile vacuum that is lightweight and with an improved battery, it can clean whatever room you need. Like… My house… Dyson believes the DC59 will finally say goodbye to owning the bigger closet space-taking vacuum. With multiple attachments, you can clean the floors, then clean the drapes and finally the couches and chairs. The DC59 also comes with a MAX power button which you can press for those power vacuuming jobs. The V6 motor is 1 1/2 times better than the previous. Without pressing the MAX button, you can get around 26 minutes of cleaning. The charging station can be wall mounted so you have a fully charged vacuum at your fingertips. The wall mount holds the vacuum and attachments, making it a one stop cleaning station. But in all – let’s face it geeks,...

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Comparison: GeForce GTX 760 vs. AMD R9 280 Video Graphics Card

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have a desktop computer that is approaching 5 years now. Yes – 5 years. I remember how I never had a machine for over 18 months. I now have 3 laptops and two tablets that I also use. Add to that the desktop really isn’t as obsolete in power as it would have been in 2004. So I’ve upgraded the machine during the five years to keep it working as best it can. New memory, new hard drives and even the upgrade of the video card. Over the summer I had the opportunity to try out two videos cards – the EVGA 760 2 GB graphics and the ASUS R9 280x 3 GB card. All to find out which one could extend the life of my desktop for another year. The Computer First of all, lets look at the specs...

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