Author: Jeffrey Powers

Dragoon with New Expansion Packs on Kickstarter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDragoon by Lay Waste Games was at SXSW Gaming with their board game, as well as letting people know about the expansion packs now available on Kickstarter. Dragoon is an action strategy board game in which you are a dragon living peacefully until humans decide to show up. You don’t like the humans, but do like the gold they bring. Within the game, you much claim villages and cities. You can choose to let them pay you tribute for gold, or simply take and destroy. Challenge others to dragon-to-dragon combat or just sneak in their caves and steal their gold. This 2-4 player board game is for all gaming levels. Check out the Dragoon Kickstarter with Rogue and Barbarian expansion packs.  

Walking Down 6th Street in Austin for SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo this small walk is not a full representation of what Austin is for SXSW, but it’s a small piece of it. 6th street is blocked off every year as bands play the many bars on this stretch of road. I take you on a 4 block journey to the historic Driskill hotel and give you a small taste of the festival during the early afternoon.

Amazon Resistance Radio Headquarters

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAmazon Prime Video is a great service for cord cutters because they offer not only movies and TV shows to watch, they also create their own award-winning content. Shows like “The Man in the High Castle” or “American Playboy”. Amazon Prime Video is also creating documentaries like “Long Strange Trip” as well as bringing back favorite shows such as “Twin Peaks”. The Resistance Radio took over the Market & Tap room in Downtown Austin, TX during SXSW Interactive. With it’s own secrets, the Market & Tap room is the perfect place to hold challenges to get into the secret room. 5 different levels for different tasks. When you registered and got your wristband, you could enter and start the challenges – starting with a phone booth task. But don’t worry. The tasks were not difficult to do (e.g. who was the...

Hasselblad Moto Mod Doesn’t Live Up to Expectation

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was a big fan of the Lenovo Moto Z with projector Moto Mod. I felt it added something to a phone any business person would want. However, with the Hasselblad camera attachment, it doesn’t go where I would want a camera phone to go. I took this phone to 3 major events for one job – to take photos and video. All three events I switched to my DSLR and iPhone because of how the overall performance was. HasselBlad Moto Mod on Lenovo Moto Z The first issue I had with the phone was simply the power that was behind it. The Moto Z was not as responsive as I wanted it to be. If you had to reboot the device, it simply goes through two videos introductions before the phone finally powered on. The phone had a hard time...

Reviver Brings Digital License Plates to Cars with RPlate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move to the next generation of automobile, you have to ask – what about the license plate? It hasn’t really changed over the years. When does it go digital? Well, now. Reviver is a company working to get the digital license plate to your car soon. Ready to distribute in California, Arizona, Florida, and Texas, the RPlate attaches on where your license plate sits. Working with state government, the RPlate will automatically update your car’s license with the DMV. No more cards in the mail or standing in line to get new stickers. rplate can do much more than just display your car’s license. With telematics and vehicle tracking, along with a display that can send advertising or messaging in a parked state, you can turn your license into more than just a number on the road. It will even broadcast...

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I caught up with Bob Heil of Heil Sound to talk about new microphones. They were showing off the newest version of the Heil PR-781. They are also celebrating 50 years at Heil Sound and they are excited with the next 50 years. Of course, many great artists have been using some of Heil Sound Microphones over the last couple years. the PR-40 is the microphone of the podcaster, while their fin microphone being used by ZZ Top, and can be seen in the Hunger Games and Last Man Standing. About the PR-781 This microphone comes in black or gold mesh on a black body. The XLR based Dynamic micrphone can be used on it’s own, or attached to a shock mount. Frequency response is 50Hz to 16 kHz and has a Cardiod Polar pattern. At 14 oz, it...

How to Create a Powerful Video Title with NewBlueFX Titler Pro 5

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSince I use Wirecast and Vegas 14, I needed a good program to create titles and lower 3rds for my videos. Two years ago I was introduced to NewBlueFX and Titler Pro software. This has completely changed how I have created content online. I’ve been using their newest version – Titler Pro 5 – for a while now. The first couple revisions had some bugs to them, but once they got straightened out, I was able to use without issue. I loaded up on my main desktop, along with my travel laptop to create videos for CES, NAIAS, and NAMM. What is Titler Pro 5? This is stand alone software that can create and edit titles, lower 3rds, and other graphics for your videos. You can make a title from scratch, or simply use one of the templates to build upon....

IOGEAR GTD733 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C Docking Station

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMaking a more versitile computer can mean creating a workstation so you have monitors to view projects, places to put mice and keyboards, and more. Docking your laptop to a device like the IOGear GTD733 also gives you more functionality through the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port. The IOGEAR Docking station gives you 2 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C plugs, DisplayPort, audio, and USB-A plug. The power delivery system allows you to charge devices. A 85W power delivery will be out later this year. IOGEAR also debuted a full range of docking stations, including USB-C for Macbook Pro.

Cubase Pro 9 DAW Brings Customer Enhancements

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCubase music software has been around since 1989 by German musical software company Steinberg. The idea was to help with recording and arranging music. I remember using early versions of Cubase when I was even studying music in the early 90’s. Thee ability to create scores and record thoughts took me to a whole new level with my music. If it wasn’t for Steinberg Cubase, we wouldn’t have many features for recording, including the Virtual Studio Technology (VST). Fast forward to 2017 and Cubase is continuing strong with Cubase Pro 9 series. More gearing toward the laptop with touchscreen capabilities, this ninth symphony of software geared toward incorporating enhancements the customers needed to make the software work for them. Greg Ondo shows me the features at winter NAMM 2017. New Features in Cubase Pro 9 Zoning – The first new feature...

McPherson Carbon Series Guitars Bring Strength, Quality Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHigh end Acoustic guitars have been made of wood to get the body and brilliance. While carbon fiber isn’t the best sounding material in it’s rough state, the folks at McPherson knew they could eventually mold it into something that does not only have the sound quality, but also the strength for any touring musician. About the McPherson Carbon Series Guitar Created in Sparta, Wisconsin. McPherson Guitars builds the Carbon Fiber alongside their other custom wood guitars. The carbon fiber shell is pressed using a special mold and a special proprietary blend is used on the back of the guitar to control sound and give it the mellow tones, resonance, and sustain. The carbon fiber body makes this guitar more resistant to heat, humidity, and the accidental drop. The neck is made with a 57 million modulus truss rod in the neck...

Earin M-2 Wireless Earbud Headphones for iPhone, Android

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we move away from wired headsets, we look for devices that will not only deliver great sound, but also stay in our ears. Last year, Earin came on the scene with a wireless earbud and power capsule to go with your new iPhone 7 or Lenovo Moto Z (both devices without headphone jack). The folks at Earin came on the scene last year with their M-1 earbuds. Bluetooth earbuds with a charging case for up to 9 hours of listening pleasure. This year at CES 2017 Bluetooth Conference, Earin shows off the new M-2 earbuds. These headphones now include a microphone technology so you can take calls, talk to Siri or Android Assistant, or record audio for podcasts or voice messages. The microphone drivers include a proprietary noise removal algorithm technology so you can have a phone conversation in a...

Belkin Debuts Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBelkin showed off their Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock at CES 2017. The dock boast all the features that Thunderbolt 3 USB-C offers – Two 4K monitor support, 40 GB pass-through to other devices with Thunderbolt 3, and of course, an all-in-one station so you can turn your laptop into a powerhouse. What this Express Dock HD also offers is 170W power supply to charge your devices including that 85W laptop power need. This will give you enough power to also plug in hard drives, video accessories, and phones. On the Express Dock you will get 3 USB-A 3.0 jacks (one on front), audio out on front and back, 2x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, Gigabit Ethernet, DisplayPort, and 170W power socket. There is no pricing as of yet and shipping is “Soon”. Check out Belkin for more information.  

NAIAS 2017 Expo Hall Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFrom time to time my friends at Ford Motor Company bring me out to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to check out their new vehicles and of course what else is debuting at the show. It’s a great time to look at new models, concept cars, and new technologies. I got to walk through the expo hall to see what the auto industry is coming out with. In this video you are going to see: – Ford F-150 – Chevy Camero – Smart FourTwo – Cadilac Escala – Alpha Romeo Stelvio – BMW X2 – VW ID Buzz – Lincoln Navigator – VLF Force 1 V10 – Audio R8 V10 – Lexus LC 500 – Aisin Personal Mobility Device – Dodge Challenger – Kia Stinger

Anglr Tracker Records Your Favorite Fishing Spots

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMany fishermen take their hobby very serious. They love to keep track of bait, spots to fish, conditions of the water and surroundings, and much more. Some have notebooks full of data they have to go back to and review every year. Anglr Labs has helped by putting that into a device you attach to your phone. I caught up with Anglr at the Bluetooth Summit at CES 2017 and found out more. About the Anglr Labs Tracker This is a Bluetooth device that sits on your rod and simply collects data. Information like casts and catches are sent to your phone. You can then call up the app and pin spots where the fish bite the most. If you are on a boat, the app also collects GPS data and how fast you were trolling along. Review Your Data on...

Roost Water and Freeze Detector Detects Leaks

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you’ve ever had a leaking or frozen pipe, you know that is not a fun thing to deal with. being able to detect it before the problem gets out of hand is important. That is what Roost Smart Water and Freeze Detector strives to do. We talk with David Henry of Roost at CES 2017 to find out more. Roost is a Wifi enabled product that is placed in an area under the pipes where water pooling could occur. If the device detects any type of precipitation, it will alert you via app to the issue. It will also alert you if the area is too cold or too humid so you can take action. Put the Roost Smart Leak detector by the water heater, under a sink or toilet, or wherever you could expect a water event to happen....

VOX NBX150H Amp with NuTube Technology and Starstream Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last year, VOX has been coming out with great amplifiers with their new NuTube technology. Tubes that take up less space and power while adding great functionality to your sound. While at NAMM 2017, I got to check out the newest prototypes of amp head in the NBX150H. Vox NBX150H The NBX150H is a Prototype amp head that can go all the way down to 5 Watts. The head gives you a high gain amplifier that also gives you the sounds you might need. Inside is the NuTube technology – a flat tube that takes up 30% of a standard tube. It gives you the same drive at 2% power. This design came from the Noritake Company who manufactures high-end televisions. Vox acquired the technology to improve the amp. Vox Starstream Guitar The Starstream provides a wide range of guitar sounds...

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are not tech savvy and still need to set up a small recording studio, then Tascam has a solution for you. Track Factory is an all-in-one solution for you to start recording your songs and more. Jeff Laity of Tascam talks more about it. About Tascam Track Factory Track Factory contains an Intel NUC core i5 computer with Windows 10 and their Cakewalk SONAR professional DAW software. The NUC contains 8 GB RAM, 3 GB cache, a 256 GB SSD, USB 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other devices, Mini Display 1.2 port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and both Ethernet and Wifi inside. This is a system in a box from @tascampro including computer for $1299 #audiorecording #namm #geekout pic.twitter.com/n77kBfQqDy — geekazine (@geekazine) January 19, 2017 The box is rounded up with Bluetooth 4.2, although it’s probably not best to...

AMD on Thunderbolt 3, Vega, Linux Crimson Drivers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAMD has some awesome stuff coming up in 2017. I got to talk with Jason Megit of AMD about their use of Thunderbolt 3 in their systems, but we also talked about Linux use and their newest line of video graphics cards in AMD Vega. AMD and Thunderbolt 3 Even though Thunderbolt is an Intel technology, it’s also a standard for all to use. That is why you will see Thunderbolt 3 in AMD laptops as well. After all, everyone needs the 40 GB data transfer, ability to connect dual 4K monitors and even a way to power the laptop. AMD with Linux on Thunderbolt 3 A lot of Linux systems and STEAM game systems also will benefit from the use of Thunderbolt 3. With the use of AMD’s Crimson drivers, you will be able to utilize your machine and the...

Razer Project Valerie Laptop With up to Five 4K screens Using Thunderbolt 3

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt made news at CES 2017, first as the prototype 3-monitor laptop, then as the demo that got taken at the show. Razer is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will capture the culprit. In the meantime, the laptop is still continuing it’s move forward. The Razer Project Valerie is a triple 17 inch monitor laptop that deploys upon command. This allows for a wrap around experience in your gaming. The machine is currently running a Nvidia GTX 1080. Not much other specs are available for Valerie at this time, as this is a prototype. But we do know one additional spec that really sets this laptop above and beyond… Thunderbolt 3 on Razer Project Valerie By adding the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, you can add another dual 4K monitor setup to your home use. This gives you five 4K...

Kensington Thunderbolt 3 USB-C laptop dock, Fingerprint Dongle Unveiled at CES

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKensington displayed their newest products at CES 2017, including a Thunderbolt 3 docking station, fingerprint reader and new laptop lock station for thinner laptops. Kensington SD5000T Docking with Thunderbolt 3 The new dock will allow for any laptop using Thunderbolt 3 technology to connect to the Internet via Ethernet, connect 2 – USB-A and 2 – USB-C devices, headphones and even an 85w power supply for your laptop including Macbook Pro models. With Thunderbolt 3 technology inside the USB-C, you will be able to run a dual-4k monitor setup without issue. Kensington Fingerprint USB Dongle Another great addition to the Kensington line-up allows for you to add fingerprint functionality to your Windows 10 laptop. The USB-A dongle connects with the protocol already installed in Windows 10 to set up a fingerprint password from a laptop or desktop. With adding a biometric...

LaCie D2, Rugged Mini Drives with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhat is so impressive is how LaCie has one of the most noticeable hard drives our there and they’ve been making it for over 10 years. Now, the Rugged Mini is getting a new upgrade to the fast transfer USB-C Thunderbolt 3. Along with a desktop HD model in the D2, you will be able to transfer files at lightning speed. I talk with Lance Ohara, senior direct product Manager at LaCie/Seagate About the LaCie D2 Hard Drive LaCie D2 is a Hard Drive caddy that can hold up to 10GB drives – with 6 and 8 TB models also available. The D2 also allows for daisy-chaining other USB-C devices, such as other D2 drives. It will not RAID the drive, but if you need more than 10 TB, or just want to plug your Rugged Mini in for transfer,  the...

Dell XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Dell XPS laptop series continues to impress. Dell keeps innovating and learning what the customer wants, then puts out a laptop that can deliver. The XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop they debuted at CES 2017 is no different. About the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop “We made the product a little thinner, a little bit more mobile”, said Randall Heaton, Product manager for XPS notebooks at Dell. “We also changed our ports on the product a little bit”. The XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 convertible has a 7th generation Intel Core i5 (upgrade to i7), Windows 10, 4GB RAM and 128 GB SSD drive (upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD). The “edge to edge” 13 inch screen is touch enabled and comes with Windows 10. USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Inside The Dell XPS also has 2 USB-C ports – one...

Roli Blocks Makes Modular Music in Multiple Ways ???

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Roli came out with a keyboard that disrupted the musical instrument. This year, Roli doesn’t disappoint with Roli Blocks, a modular pad system that allows you to create beats, play loops, or even solo on songs. It’s an easy way to make music on your iOS device. Downloading the Roli App Noise is the first step in this system. The app is free and you can start working the pads right on the screen. Adding the modular pads will bring more functionality, turning the iPhone or iPad into another screen for multi-touch use. You can also connect the pads up to your favorite software for more functionality. At CES Unveiled, they were playing saxophone solos right from the pads. Roli Blocks main pad starts at $179, and additional blocks start at $79. You can get Blocks at your local Apple...

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 Wrap Up

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS My friends at Ford Automotive brought me to Detroit to check out the Auto show and report on the announcements Ford and other car companies made. The day started pretty quick as we were part of the Ford press conference. We learned they were bringing the Bronco back, along with seeing the new F-150, and what they were doing with Chariot – a ride-sharing system they bought in 2016. I got to walk the expo floor, seeing new cars from many auto companies. VW announced the ID Buzz, which brought back the micro-bus as an electric car. Kia announced the Stinger – their new sports sedan which will be released at the end of 2017.

Toyota Concept I Autonomous Car with Yui is a Thing of Beauty

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToyota showed off a concept car at CES 2017 using the Yui artificial intelligence software. This auto will be tested in Japan in the next year as the innovations will be moved to other Toyota vehicles. The car, which looks like R2D2 and C3P0 had an offspring, is meant to learn to your needs and habits. Ultimately making this a better driving experience.

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