Yearly Archive: 2015

Kodak CFH-V10 Home Video Monitor Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile I was slightly under 4,000 miles away, I could still keep great tabs on my home using this Kodak CFH-V10 Video Monitor from Kodak. This is a small IP camera that not only allows me to monitor what’s going on at home, it can also record events for my review. The CFH-V10 is an HD camera you can watch or listen to at any time via smartphone or computer. Simply install the iSecurity app or go to isecurityplus.com and login with your credentials. Setup is fairly easy – turn the camera into setup mode, then add your info including home Wifi connection for remote viewing. Get the Kodak CFH-V10 The fish-eye lens captures a great deal of a room. If you need more, such as pan/tilt, you can get a CFH-V15. The camera can detect noise or a person moving...

Easybulb Plus WiFi Light Bulb Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile away from home, I usually set lights on timers to simulate someone at home. This year I used the Easybulb to do that – a 9 Watt bulb that not only can connect to my WiFi for control on my iOS or Android device, but also set timers to turn on and off. This system consists of two parts: the WiFi receiver which communicates between bulb and Internet, and the bulb itself which screws into any standard Edison lamp design. I plugged the WiFi box into the back of my cable box, which was in direct view of the bulb. I can also get a home remote if I don’t want to use my smartphone. The bulb itself is an RGBW – so I can set a mood with color, turn to white and dim it down. Perfect for setting...

Droid Turbo 2, Verizon International Plan

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEarlier this month I got to go to London for a conference. The folks at Verizon supplied me with the Droid Turbo 2 phone with shatterless screen and an International plan while I was there. The best part – it was really a great phone to take to London with me. Let’s start with all the deets on this device. This is a Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor at 2.0 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 430 at 600 MHz. It has 3 MB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal, with a microSD card support of up to 2 TB. The AMOLED Display is 5.4″ and produces a 1440p Quad HD screen, or 2560×1440. The screen is called ShatterShield and many have dropped, ran over, hammered and done other items to the screen. Since this is a loaner...

New Image of Ghostbusters Female Cast Released

If you are like me, you are anxiously awaiting the release of the next generation of Ghostbusters. Thirty years after the original film, the reboot offers your kids the same excitement it offered you at that age. The new version looks to pass the Bechdel test and show that Geeks are more than the stereotypical males such as found in Big Bang Theory. Produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the paranormal fighting quartet. Ghostbusters release is planned July of 2016.

HP Special Edition Star Wars Core i5-i7 Laptop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at HPEDiscover this last week, I got to check out the HP Special Edition Star Wars Laptop. This is a 15.6 inch notebook decked out with Star Wars logos. Inside is a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, up to 2 TB hard drive and GeForce 940 M Graphics processor. Loaded with Windows 10 Home, the PC also comes with a DVD burner, and a 7 hour battery. The laptop is also decked out with images, movie cells, storyboards and videos from the previous 6 movies. You can choose multiple sound effects for Windows events. Over 1,100 images, trailers for the new movie, and the Aurebesh font not only engraved on the laptop, but also as a font inside. Show how geeky you are by writing in Aurebesh! The base price is $699 and is only...

7 Inch $50 Tablet Throwdown: Amazon Fire, RCA Voyager, ProScan 7

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGood tablets are getting more affordable and very useful. Amazon launched the Fire 7 inch tablet in their line of Fire products. While a great tablet, I had to wonder how this stacked up to other $50 7 inch tablets. Therefore I found two tablets you might see during your holiday shopping. The RCA Voyager tablet from Walmart and the ProScan tablet which you can find in many different stores. Keep in mind these are not HD resolution tablets and will show slower results than a Fire HD or iPad Air. Nonetheless, these affordable tablets could become second tablets for some and replace laptops for others. Amazon Fire 7 Inch Tablet The Fire 7 inch has a screen resolution of 1024×600 (also known as WSVGA). The Fire is a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A7 processor at 1.3 GHz, and a Mali-450 GPU....

Monoprice Headphone Amplifier, Cherry Marble Foothill Flat Top Acoustic Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a musician, I enjoy items that work and are low cost. My friends at Monoprice sent me a guitar and personal amplifier to check out. Both I’ve been using regularly to practice and perform. Rechargeable Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar This is a nice little item to have in your case to use in practice when you want to be as quiet as you can. The Monoprice mini-headphone amp allows you to work on songs without bothering anyone else. The one-piece design allows you to plug the amp into the guitar and the headphones into the amp. You can also plug another source (like an iPad or MP3 player) as to play along with backing tracks or learn new songs. The headphone amplifier also has a tone, volume and blend dials so you can mix the music with your sound...

Aria Hotel Room Video Walkthrough: Las Vegas, NV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis last trip to Las Vegas brought me to the Aria Hotel and Convention Center. I stayed in the Deluxe room, a 520 sq. foot room with King bed. The hotel opened in 2009 with 4004 guest rooms and 568 suites. The casino brings over 150,000 square feet of games and includes a 24-table Poker room and high-limit room. The view of the 24th floor was amazing, even though it wasn’t strip-side. I was able to not only get to the convention center pretty easy, I could also access the spa and pools without having to go through the smokey Casino. There is even a “Game Room” which features XBox and PS4 gaming for $12/hour. Aria Hotel Guest Room The Deluxe guest room itself was a little worn. My privacy (do not disturb) button did not work, which they had maintenance come...

D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI own and have used the D-Link powerline DHP series in the past. My DHP 302 has been a life saver when I needed to run an Ethernet cable but couldn’t punch through a wall to do it. The newest D-Link Powerline adapter is the AV2 2000. This can send around 2 GB of data through your electrical wiring to places where Ethernet and WiFi can’t. It’s perfect for when you want to hard wire your Fire TV, XBox or PS4, or even plug it into a switch so you can connect all your devices. Some new additions to the AV2 2000 include MIMO – Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Think of it like the data splitting up and the smaller pieces take the path of least resistance to get to the destination point without any bottlenecking happening. Get the Powerline AV2...

LG G Pad 8.3: An Android Tablet with A Full Size USB Plug

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe latest LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon wireless is ideally designed with 8 inches IPS multi-touch display and full size USB port in data sharing for ultimate tablet performance that you exactly need. It also comes with split screen multitasking through dual WindowTM technology to give you better functionality in the best way possible. LG G Pad 8.3 Specs When it comes to mobile tablet, this model will provide you with rear-facing camera in 5MP and resolution of 2560×19201 for better photo and video quality. The gesture shot will actually help you in taking selfies through simple hand motion. Transitions between preview mode and camera mode in fact automatically work through hand gesture. With this android marshmallow, you get soft light where the screen will perfectly illuminate soft lighting whenever you view photos for more beautiful selfies. The timer will...

Mukava Sit-Stand Table for Tablet, Bed-side

Last month I slipped a disc to the point where I couldn’t work without taking a break every 20 minutes. Because of this, I relied on my mobile equipment more to keep me moving at least at a snails’ pace. That is where the Mukava table really helped. Mukava is an ergonomic sit stand desk for your mobile devices. This stand will help you relax and get the job (or surfing) done.  Mukava furniture allows for not only tablet or smartphone reading, but the device has 2 USB charging units to help keep the device ready for more Facebook. Mukava features Ultimate compatibility with tablet and mobile devices – Mukava actually comes with one cell phone pad and three tablet pads. The clean and open design significantly provides practical use to mobile devices while enabling you to switch devices in just a matter of seconds. No matter which gadget you want...

Star Wars Commander Video Tips to Level Quick

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’m a fan of the 3rd person war base game and Star Wars. So when I was asked to do a quick review of Star Wars Commander, I had no problem with it. This is a paid video, but my opinions are my own. About Star Wars: Commander Available for iOS or Android, this game allows you to fight for you who believe in: Rebels or Empire. Your task is to build a base that the enemy cannot win and attack their bases to gain coin and iron to build more of your base. With iconic Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia or even Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, you can take them into battle to help your cause. Join a group to give and get more forces to use in attacks, along with gain new...

iRig UA for Android versus iRig HD for iOS Video Comparison

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember building my first pedal board out of an old record player. The size was wide enough that I could hinge onto my Peavey Rage amplifier. I had a Wah/Volume, Reverb and Doubler pedals which I affixed to the board and plugged into the power strip. It was crude, but it worked really well. Today, all you need is a smartphone to not only get all those pedals, but a plethora of amps and microphones as well. Digital guitar modeling has majorly progressed in the last 5 years – especially with companies like IK Multimedia who are pushing the boundaries for musicians. A guitar player might just walk in with their ax and a tablet that plugs right into the soundboard. No more amps. No more pedal boards that lie on the ground to get beer spilled on them. The...

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Cachefly: A Little About Geekazine’s CDN for Video, Podcasts

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt doesn’t matter if you are a podcaster, video content creator, app developer or gamer – you need a solid CDN to deliver images, audio and video across your program. The content needs to deliver fast and reliably so your customers don’t move to another website, show or game. When I lost my CDN in August, I did a lot of shopping for a new location. I had over 900 videos that needed a new home and a lot of work changing file names just to get back on track. I have looked at Cachefly in the past and was pretty impressed with their track record. So I moved over to the service. Why Do Podcasters, Video Creators Need a CDN like Cachefly? Sure, you can put all your videos up on YouTube and that can be pretty sufficient. However, some...

Hulu Plus with No Ads AND Showtime?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhenever someone says “Hulu”, people turn and complain about the ads. They have some of the best new content from major networks like ABC, NBC and FOX. But will the enticement of ad-free content, EPIX movies and Showtime bring you over to the service? EPIX Moving from Netflix to Hulu Plus Keep in mind I am saying “Hulu Plus” here. If you use the free Hulu service, you might not get this content. Nonetheless, on August 30th it was announced that Netflix will be losing the movie content from EPIX on September 30th. The next day Hulu Plus announced they signed a contract with EPIX to deliver content to their service. No word on how you will be able to watch the movies in their library just yet, but definitely a hard blow in the Netflix library. Still, Netflix has a...

HP Announcements from VMWorld 2015 San Francisco

This week I have been asked to live-stream from the HP booth at VMWorld. New announcements from HP regarding virtualization, thin clients, storage, and more. Virtualization is a key component in today’s workforce. From being able to access everything you need via the Internet ( mainly a corporate cloud), to giving you a machine that will protect the corporate data if stolen or poached. Even being able to deliver large amounts of data without having to restart because one small piece got lost. Streaming from the HP booth started on Monday, but the main streaming will happen this Tuesday at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST). 15 minute sessions from each area of HP will commence. You can watch it all here on Geekazine below. Feel free to watch the sessions already recorded.

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Is Microsoft Lumia 735 the Selfie Smartphone?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Windows Lumia 735 is a light-weight phone running Windows 8.1 and upgradable to Windows 10 when available. Our friends at Verizon Wireless have loaned me one for the last few weeks to use. The phone comes with multiple color back options to fit your personality. And if you are a fan of the selfie, this phone will help with not only photos, but also video, vines, and whatever your life requires. Microsoft Lumia 735 Specs The phone itself contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and Quad-core Cortex-A7 running at 1.2 GHz. The GPU is Adreno 305 and can handle everyday video and camera use very well. Snap off the back panel to reveal the removable battery, nano SIM card and micro-SD slot (for up to 128 GB cards). Internally, the phone has 8 GB of RAM. The Corning Gorilla Glass...

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ASUS MG279q WQHD Gaming Display with AMD FreeSync

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCheck out the latest in WQHD monitors with this ASUS MG279q 27 inch FreeSync gaming monitor. It’s part of their growing line of gaming gear, but could this also become a great part of your home entertainment gear? On my desktop I run 2 monitors – one in portrait mode for reading and the other with productivity software on it. However, just like when the tech industry introduced 16:9 monitors over 4:3, I could see a lot of 2-screen users switch back to a single screen simply because of the content you can put on this monitor. Specs – ASUS MG279q 4K Monitor with FreeSync First of all, let’s take a look at the specs of the ASUS MG279q. This is a 27 inch WQHD monitor with a planned maximum resolution of 2560×1440 – otherwise known at 1440p in 90 Hz....

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Audio Technica 8004L vs. Sennheiser MD 46 Long Handled Interview Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis video was created with no audio changes. The idea is for you to hear the raw version of each microphone and make your own decision. A few months ago, I compared this Audio Technica vs the SM58 and AT2100 microphones for use in interviews. I got a comment on the YouTube video from CapWKidd asking “What about the Sennheiser MD 46 microphone?” I turned around and tweeted SennheiserUSA, who actually got back to me within 24 hours. They sent me the MD46 long handle microphone. These are two different types of microphones that you can use for getting interviews, capturing speeches or podium announcements, and more. As always, I’ll review each microphone while talking through the microphone. For my receiver, I’ll be using my Sony UWPV6 wireless camera microphone capsule for each, as if I was at a live event....

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Switching out Computer Heat Sink with Cooler Master Hyper T2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS About a month after setting up this new computer, my processor fan started sounding like a single prop airplane. I couldn’t record any video without that noise getting in the way. I tried several ways to pad, but it just made better sense to get a more powerful heat sink. Which is why I bought the Cooler-Master Hyper T2. Why didn’t I go liquid cool? I really didn’t want to have that hassle in my computer at this time. Further, if I have to take my machine on travel, this way works a lot better. Installing the Cooler-Master Hyper T2 The process is pretty simple. This video will explain everything. More than I can. The key takeaways: properly ground yourself turn on the computer for a few minutes to let the thermal paste warm up Generously apply Thermal Paste and...

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Geekazine and the Blip.tv Channel – Blip Closing on August 20, 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you haven’t heard, Blip.tv will be closing its doors on August 20,2015. I have used Blip to host video since 2009, so I have to find a new home for over 900 videos. In the meantime, I put together a little video on what’s going on and what you can expect in the next couple weeks. Will Geekazine become a part of MaxMakers? I have not made that decision yet. They ask for a 2 year commitment, which I get a little weary on. I have put in a request to meet with them, we’ll see what happens. What is Happening to the Videos You Posted? I have to download all 900+ videos and find a new home for them. Yes – Find a new home. Some will be archived at Archive.org. I am still working on a CDN option....

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ZAGG Speaker Case for iPhone 6, Also a Battery Charger

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSZAGG has outdone itself with a new type of iPhone case. The ZAGG Speaker Case is not only that, but also a backup battery that gives you up to 8 hours of charge. About the ZAGG Speaker Case The case itself is technically a bumper you put around the phone. However, there is a detachable speaker you can put on at any time. It just snaps into place and you are off on your adventure. The bluetooth speaker is solid, with 4 different buttons on back. A power/bluetooth discover button, a play/pause button and a mute button. The speaker is on the bottom and is covered by a grate pattern. The microphone on top allows for you to turn this into a conference call – all while the phone might be sitting on its charger across the room. I did say...

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Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Attachment, Case for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have worked with lens adapters for phones and handheld cameras for a few years. Some work well while others fall short. Olloclip is one of those devices that work very well for your iPhone. With the iPhone 6 and 6 plus, they have recreated the clip not only for easy connection, but also for easy storage. The Olloclip is a 4-in-1 lens adapter for your main camera and front-facing camera. The design allows you to flip it around and use how you need it. There are two lenses – a Telephoto and a Fish-Eye lens. The Telephoto lets you get close up without sticking the device in someone’s face. The Fish-Eye captures a larger area in a convex picture. Perfect for group shots or capturing larger buildings. The lens does cause a little distortion, but most photo and video programs can...

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V-Moda Crossfade M-100, V-Moda XS Headphone Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen it comes to headphones, we want functional and we want it to look good. Especially when you have an over-the-ear set of headphones. Portability is a key functionality in these types of headphones. That is where the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 comes in. Foldable, adaptable, comfortable. Those are three things I use to describe these headphones. If you owned the M-80 headphones, these are definitely a step up. So let’s look at the specs of this, and I also have a pair of the XS headphones. About the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones V-moda headphones have been a favorite for DJs for years. The Crossfade M-100 headphones contain a 50 mm dual-diaphragm driver. This patent pending process allows the Bass to stay separate from the mids and highs via an inner and outer ring system. This is a corded headphone only, but...

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Affordable Studio and Video LED Light Solution from Neewer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been a fan of these camera lights for a few years now. I own several Neewer CN-126 and CN-160 camera lights. Some I use for my video shoots, a couple in the studio and one even illuminates me during my solo-acoustic shows. But did you know you can get add-ons that will turn this light into a great studio light? No batteries needed! The Neewer CN-160 Let’s start with this small camera LED light. The dimmable LED comes with 2 filters – diffusion and 3200K light for a warmer look. Take the filters off and you have 5700k lights to brighten any situation. The CN-160 LED can throw over 600 Lumens up to 20 feet. In my 10-12 foot studio (a.k.a. the second bedroom), two of these lights would be more than enough. I am adding a third to...

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