Monthly Archive: March 2014


WallE5 V.2 – Camera Rig for NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I go to most shows, I fly solo. CES and NAB are bigger, which means its a lot better when 2 people are there. But this year I decided to fly solo to the event. It will make things a bit tougher, especially if there is an inattentive patron that could possibly walk right into the camera rig. So I have to make a rig where people notice it as much as the cool new items around. Introducing #WallE5 v.2 Thanks to the modern tools to make cool clamps and other items, I can take a tripod and affix multiple cameras, audio, lights, and more to it. With the addition of the cross-bar and placing 2 cameras on the shoe, people stated it looked like Wall-e or Johnny 5. Therefore, Walle5 was born! I debuted Walle5 at SXSW with a...


Contest: AMD Radeon R7-250 Video Card

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday, I am taking a look at the AMD Radeon R7-250 video card. This is a sub $100 card perfect for those getting into gaming, or just want to extend their desktop computers for another year. Enter below for a chance to win the R7-250 card The MSI R7 250 video card is a PCI-E slot card running Direct X 11.2. The card needs 65 watts of power, so you might not have to upgrade the power supply. The card has a DVI-D, HDMI and VGA interface, but can also be set up to run with another video card. The AMD ZeroCore Power technology adjusts the power usage. Get the MSI R7-250 video graphics card here This card also comes with afterburner so you can overclock the card by up to 85%. Fan speed control will help you keep from overheating...


Atlas Wearables Fitness Tracker Watch – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was heading to another interview, I ran into Peter from Atlas Wearables – a device that will track and identify your activities at the gym. More than steps and more than sleep. The Atlas wearables system will identify if you are doing a pushup, a pullup, a butterfly or other item, and keep reps going for you. It will even help you keep track of strokes in the pool. By keeping track of your reps, they can calculate true calories burned. It also can track your activity on multiple levels so you can see, analyze, and improve your progress in the gym. The wearable will also be waterproof 50-100 meters (30 minutes), which is one of the first devices with a waterproof micro-USB connection. To learn more, or to pre-order ($179), check out

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Absolute LoJack Challenge Winners

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Sleep Pods to Promote FX new TV Show “The Strain” – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWalking the streets of Austin for SXSW does two things – it destroys your shoes and it tires you out. That is why I stopped into this building, which promoted rejuvination and relaxation through sleep. I ended up getting to know more about this area and the new FX TV show called “The Strain” (coming in July). In this video, I talk with Raimy of FX Networks, talking about “the Strain Transformation Station”. About the Sleep Pods Within the quiet area were pods which you could crawl into for 30 minute power naps. Within the pod, you could watch part of the new TV show “The Strain”, you could have listened to a couple chapters in the book “The Strain” by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan. or you could just sleep. When done, you are treated to their branded energy...


Is Office for iPad Too Late in the Game?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This week it was about getting work done and planning the next moves. Sometimes the moves just come to me. Will be heading to NAB from a last minute sponsor, so making plans for Vegas again. Last night’s TWIGG brought David Esquire to the show. He’s been using Glass for photography. Luke and I try to keep the lid off this episode. But karaoke must be sung! The Absolute LoJack Challenge is over. Congrats to Rust and Wendy as they won 1 year subscriptions to Absolute LoJack. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This Week in Google Glass Geek Smack: Office...


Contour Roller Mouse Red for Ergonomic Environment – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe mouse has been a part of our computers for years. Even though its been replaced by touchscreens and pads, there are still many professions that really need a mouse over a touch device. Creating video or music – for example – or even just doing some blogging and more. Contour has been around since 1995 making a mouse that helps elevate the issues.  From the standard mouse design to this Roller Mouse Red, Contour has continually strives to make the most comfortable mouse out there. Roller Mouse Red is a sliding scroll bar rather than a conventional mouse. Your hands stay static as your fingers move the bar left and right while rolling up and down. James notes this mouse is used in a lot of different medical professions, along with Oil rig companies. Check out the Contour Mouse Red...


Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 Smartphone Add-On Camera – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got to try the Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 camera. This is the camera that wirelessly connects to the smartphone and takes over the camera. The 18 megapixel camera can bring higher quality photos into your camera. The add-on lens is one of 2 in the Sony line (QX100 being the higher-end version). The advantages of this camera are you can use your smartphone to capture, then upload photos using the 3G/4G service. You can also disconnect the lens to hold up high while you watch the viewfinder to take the pictures. Finally, the optical zoom of 10x lets you get close-up shots of about 20 feet away. The disadvantages are this lens needs to be charged to use, although you can switch out battery packs for continued photos. The other downfall is how the lens weighs down...


Roku Streaming Stick, WWE Network at SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI caught up with Roku in their streaming lounge where WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter was going to be there later in the day. The hall was decked out with WWE merchandise and videos of classic matches on each of the Roku machines. I got to talk with Kristin about Roku’s newest device – the streaming media stick. This is an HDMI stick which allows you to watch your favorite channels without having a box under the TV. The stick is similar to the Roku 1 – no gaming and no headphone jack – but the stick will have Youtube and the ability to cast videos from your mobile device to your Roku. Also, the smaller size connects and only needs a USB or wall jack to power the device. Roku Streaming Stick will be available soon, pre-orders are happening...

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Absolute LoJack Challenge & My Stolen iPhone Story

NOTE: This is a post brought to you by Absolute LoJack. The Contest part is over. All opinions on software are those of Geekazine. Last week I announced a contest and talked about going #DigitallyDark for the Absolute LoJack Challenge. I have actually had this happen to me, which is a far better story than any “recreation” I could make. That is when I started thinking about better protecting my devices, especially since  I need them to do my job. Remember: A Laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. That laptop could have your vacation or kids photos, tax or other business documents, or even a list of all your passcodes for home and work. Worse yet, Consumer Reports states that 1.6 million smart phones were stolen. 100 devices stolen in 60 seconds! Some of them were NOT from cherry pickers (those who grab phones sitting on a table or bar). Some...


Is Google Hangouts Trying to Get Rid of your Phone Number?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS What an awesome week in Austin TX for SXSW! Of course, we cannot forget the tragedy that followed the event this year. If that would have happened 24 hours earlier, I might have been part of it. That is how fragile life is. I took NAB off the schedule for now unless I find a last minute sponsor. If you would like to help out, let me know. This weekend, Jennifer and I went to her sister’s house. We watched Frozen for the first time. Its interesting how a good movie can change your mindset. Let it go. Two new products in the review bin – the AMD R7 250 video card and the Blue Mic Nessie (which I am using in this episode). I give my thoughts on these products. Show notes are getting a slight change – moving the...


OWC CEO Larry O’Connor on New Office in Austin – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Other World Computing (OWC). They added a second office in Austin to try and tap the startup potential of the area. CEO Larry O’Connor talked with me about the move, the direction of the Solid State Drive (SSD) and customer support, among other topics. OWC Moves to Austin, TX Larry assured me this is a second office – their main facility in Woodstock, IL will remain and work in tandem with Austin. “Every location has very talented individuals that are part of the team.” stated O’Connor. “Every region has talents of their base. This is definitely a team effort and with technology today we’re really not as far apart as the distance might otherwise imply.” OWC added solar to the new building to reduce their footprint and even give back to...


SXSW 2014 in Pictures

This was my SXSW. I had a lot of fun this year meeting new people and creating new interviews. Of course, this was the year of the selfie for me – Since selfies are suppose to be therapeutic. I got a lot of them with some great superstars My Celebrity SXSW Watch It all started at the Roku streaming lounge when I met one of my all-time favorite wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter. He was getting ready to talk about how the WWE was proud to be on Roku, and was gracious to be a part of the photo as I had to run to another interview. While at the Samsung lounge, I was able to get a picture with Dan Harmon (Community). He was singing phallic songs the crew had created. That night, I ran into Ron Pearlman (13 Sins) at an undisclosed location. We met in the bathroom, but I got...


Charles Yim: Breathometer Talks how Indiegogo Lead to Shark Tank – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCharles Michael Yim is an entrepreneur. He had that fully validated when he did something no other had – closed a Series Seed funding round on the hit TV show Shark Tank with all 5 sharks. Now, Yim is going for Class A funding. All because of a crowdfund he started for the Breathometer. The Breathometer is a unit you plug into you smartphone. When someone blows into the opening, the device will read their blood alcohol level. But Yim has other plans than just an alcohol detector. “Our focus is mainstream breathalyzers,” Yim states, “but ultimately be able to diversify the technology so it can focus more than just alcohol. So essentially we see ourselves as the first breath diagnostic platform for your breath print.” How to Get the Breathometer – Only $49 Medical breathalyzers can already detect blood sugar...


Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It will have 2 GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Multiple SD card input and 802.11ac wireless. The first version will be running Android, but within a few months they will be transitioning to a full Linux OS (most likely Steam OS)....


I Play the 3D Printed Steampunk Guitar – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSa few weeks ago I saw this 3d printed steampunk guitar. I thought “man that would be cool to play…” Well, I got my wish. As I was passing by the 3D printing tent, I saw the steampunk beauty sitting I the stand. It was designed by Olaf Diegel of odd? He has made a few guitars using 3D printing technology. The guitar featured Seymour Duncan pickups and a Warmoth Pro telecaster neck. I wasn’t able to play it long because the tent didn’t have a music permit, but I was able to create a short song and play it on the guitar.


ChefJet – 3D Print Candy, Chocolate – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt seems to be the geekiest thing to want to own a 3d printer. Not just any old printer, but one that you can really make useful things with. Like chocolate… While at a SXSW I checked out the ChefJet – a 3D printer that could make chocolate or sugar candies. I talked with Kyle on what it takes to create some 3D confections. The ChefJet can be loaded with two types of cartridges – a sugar/water combination and a chocolate cartridge. Once you find the design you are looking for, simply plot it in the printer and set it to go. Candies can be printed out relatively fast, depending on the complexity of the shape. But who wouldn’t want a chocolate shaped to their name or a candy bride/groom for their cake? The best part is the price of the...


Ray Ferrer Art at the X-Acto Tent – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the X-Acto tent at SXSW to see some of the art of Ray Ferrer. Ray uses stencils to create airbrush on canvases. Caricatures to design art and more, Ray can pretty much make anything. Of course X-Acto and art work hand-in-hand. I have a plethora of blades which I use for art, computer modding or many other uses. He was getting ready to create a Willie Nelson canvas when I stopped by. I looked at the stencil and noticed how many cuts it took to just to make the beard come alive. Other canvas paintings included Jimmy Kimmel (for his show will be live from SXSW this year), abstract items such as a compass and guitar neck, and more. Check out Ray at and


Nest Smoke Alarm Demonstration – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide. The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice the smoke that is actually in the room. The demonstration also showed me how to test the batteries and make sure the smoke alarm is functioning without having to get on a step-stool to do it. The batteries can keep your...

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I’m Taking the Absolute LoJack Challenge

We are at an age where if we lose our connected devices, we feel lost or even violated. Not only is this a gateway to our friends and family through social apps, but it also contains our pictures, documents, lives – all on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Last July I had my iPhone stolen (also known as “Cherry picked”), which put me in a loop. I technically went through this challenge back then unwittingly. I ended up getting a $15 “burner” phone while I was on a 2 day trip, then replaced with an old smartphone to save money. Of course we know that a laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. The price of any iPhone on the black market is a couple hundred bucks – while you spend over $600 to replace it yourself. You might have insurance through renters or home owners insurance, but the...


From Austin, TX and SXSW

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I got to Austin early because travel prices were a lot cheaper. Sitting at a Red Roof Inn off Hwy 35. This last week was simply just getting things ready for this trip. Lots of video and Day in Tech History episodes set up for release. TWIGG last night was a blast. We debuted a new segment called “Glass Miami”. We also answered some live questions. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This Week in Google Glass Geek Smack! episode 292 Tech News: