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Kodak Playtouch: Kodak Zi8, Zi10 Video Cameras Side by Side

Kodak Playtouch: Kodak Zi8, Zi10 Video Cameras Side by Side

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I have been excited of the Kodak line since it came out 2009. The Zi8 was a camera I could get behind simply because it had all the functionality of a handheld, but also had the ability to connect an external audio source. The only commercial handheld that had that functionality at the time was the Sanyo Xacti HD2000, but the price tag was $600 to Kodak’s $179. Kodak has decided to upgrade the line with the next version in their series – the Zi10, or Kodak Playtouch. The biggest feature is the touch screen to your Kodak camera. Along with some added options, the Zi10, has really evolved, but is it worth selling your Zi8 for? The Advantages There are more options on the Zi10. The two big options are to add Sepia or Black & White video, and to trim...

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV

Why I Choose Roku, Boxee (Application) Over Apple TV, Google TV

330 days from now, TV as we know it will have changed. I’ve been saying that for a long time, but on Sept. 1st 2010, I decided to put it on the countdown. Why? Because Apple and Google came out with their set top boxes (Apple, finally taking it seriously). When companies like Apple and Google get into this game, you know the wind is about to change. The Comparison GigaOM has a nice write-up comparing the applications on the boxes. Each one has their own advantages and disadvantages. For example, if you want the iTunes store, you will have Apple TV and that is it. Expect this playing field to grow. The easiest box to program for is Boxee. If you know XML, you can get a channel on for nothing. The 0ther boxes might have you pay a fee for their SDK kits. There are also...

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational

Madison Social Media Club Foursquare Pub Crawl Entertaining, Educational

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn Wed, September 29th, 2010, the Madison Social Media Club held their first Foursquare pub crawl. Included were 4 venues that were big Foursquare stops in the Madison area. Logans, State Street Brats, Ian’s Pizza and Barriques. We started by an Intro with Wendy Soucie, followed by a little education of Foursquare and how to obtain badges by Marvic. Then it was off to talk with people, eat, drink and check in. It was an interesting night that was spawned by the social networking application. We were able to see everyone that checked in and added them as friends. I didn’t receive any new badges (because I had most of the ones we could get). I did meet some new peers and talked a lot about Social networking. Ian’s Pizza was the most interesting stop of the group. Between open mic...

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying!

Special Guest: TPN Weekly #72 – TV is Dying!

I hosted TPN Weekly, a weekly podcast by different Techpodcast members. The topic this week: TV is Dying! I go into detail on what is happening in the TV space and how television is changing as we speak. A-la Carte television will be here before you know it. Items discussed in the podcast: Sling Media Hulu iTunes Boxee Roku Apple TV ivi TV is Dying on Blog.Techpodcast.com – Audio of the show

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved!

5 Tech Things You Should Know Boxee Application Approved!

Just a few minutes ago, Geekazine’s “5 Tech Things You Should Know” Boxee application was approved. It will soon be in the repository and will be accessible through your applications. The 5 Tech Things is a show – 10-15 minutes in length – that highlights 5 items everyone should know about. It doesn’t get too technical and gives you a glimpse at what’s happening in the space. Out of the 3 shows of Geekazine, the 5 Tech Things has been the most popular. Because of that, I have been working hard on this show to give you every opportunity to watch it. The 5 Tech Things is not a stranger to Boxee. The video is also available via Blip.tv Application and through the TechPodcasts Application. This will just be a more direct way to get the video. The process for the application is pretty straightforward. Future development is in the...

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900

Energizer Brings Qi (Chee): Wireless Charger for iPhone, Blackbery 8900

In the last two years of going to the Consumer Electronics Show, we have seen our share of charging mats – most notably, Powermat. The idea is simple: place your device on the pad and let it charge. Energizer – in cooperation with the Wireless Power Consordium (WPC) – have developed the Energizer Qi. It is a 2 bay mat to place your devices and let them charge. For it’s release in October, it’s only the iPhone and Blackberry 8900 (with other devices coming soon). You slip on the case and set down the device. Once done charging, you take off the mat. On the mat you will see the Qi symbol. Place the device on the symbol and the device will charge using conduction. First Thoughts The one thing I notice is the case covers the dock. I don’t see a way to charge or sync data...

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic

Samsung HMX-T10: HD Video Camera That is Stylish, Ergonomic

There are a lot of handheld cameras out there, but few that can tout being ergonomic. The Samsung HMX-T10 is one of those cameras. With a 20 degree slanted lens, the HMX-T10 allows you to hold the camera without cocking your wrist. Therefore, you can hold the camera up a lot longer to get the baby’s first steps, or to record your buddies band and get the whole song without having to try and switch hands. The camera has a few other features, too. 10x Optical zoom, 5.1M CMOS sensor, image stabilization and 1920 x1080 60i. “The HMX-T10 offers not only a stylish, compact design, but also demonstrates the thoughtfulness and innovation Samsung brings to making movies” said Mr. SangJin Park, President of Samsung Digital Imaging Business, Samsung Electronics. “The HMX-T10’s convenient features encapsulates the innovative and easy-to-use nature of our camcorder range, as well as our aim to...

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers?

Will Clearwire’s A-la Carte pre-pay 4G Service Bring Customers?

When I was in Vegas in June, I had the opportunity to use a Clear 4G card for the week. It was nice – $50 for the week and I didn’t have to suffer from hotel speeds – especially since the hotel charged $14.95 a day to connect ( Which would have cost $90). Today, Clearwire announced a new pricing plan, which would come to $5 a day – $50 a month. The service is called Rover – It’s the first “Pay as you go” 4G plan. You can connect with one device, like a laptop, or for $149.99, you can get the rover puck – their hotspot alternative. You can then connect up to 8 devices and would be perfect for connection to iPhones or iPads when there is spotty 3G and WiFi service. If you want to buy the USB dongle, that will cost $99.99. “Simple,...

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection

Friday the 13th’s Double Rainbow Connection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOK. I don’t know what prompted me to do this, but after getting about 10 hours of very heavy rain and finding that the Geek Studio has a crack in it’s foundation, going outside to see the double rainbow was relaxing. The neighbors were in awe to this calm after the storm. It just got me singing. Therefore, this is a verse of my best Kermit rendition. I would say it’s the only time you will hear it, but this is the internet – It will be played again and again…

Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time

Fireworks Through iPhone – 1 Photo at a Time

Over the weekend the band played a local festival in central WI. At 10PM, they had a fireworks show. I did like anyone else – pulled out my iPhone and tried to take a photo. However, with the new shutter speed of the OS4, I realized I could take a few pictures in a couple seconds. So I kept hitting the shutter button. The end result was 374 pictures recreating the fireworks. It worked so well, there are points where you can see the firework climb in the sky and explode. It was an amazing display. Music by Pimps of Joytime – Bonita.

Zombie Cookies

Zombie Cookies

I don’t concern myself too much with browser cookies, because I’m pretty conservative in my browsing habits. I spend most of my browsing time at legitimate news sites and blogs–I don’t care if the Denver Post or Project Gutenberg leaves footprints behind on my browser and my hosts file blocks most of the sites that like to drop tracking cookies. Also, since I moved to Linux, I’ve drifted away from alt.comp.virus, where the discussion is not limited strictly to viruses, but may address to any form of possible security issues (maybe I’ll resubscribe). Consequently, I had not heard of “zombie cookies” until I saw this story on the BBC website; a privacy activist has filed a lawsuit against a number of websites, including Hulu and MySpace, for using a type of Flash-based cookie that can recreate itself after being deleted: . . . the lawsuit, brought about by...

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week…

That HP x310 Data Vault Saved My Butt Last Week…

7-21 editors Note: Small mistake on verbage. It said backing up is detrimental instead of Fundamental. Thanks to Tom for pointing it out… A few weeks ago, I noticed a small problem with my system. A hard disk issue was afoot. I made some quick changes and got back to stable, while I waited for replacements. However, I did back up with Mozy and I also backed up on the HP x310 Data Vault. Then, it happened. Disk 1 went down. The new disks were here and being prepped, so when it happened, I had to make a quick change. Especially since I had a phone meeting in an hour. I swapped the drives out, reinitialized and got the missing drives back. I then did the restore through Windows Home Server. Within an hour, all 600 gig of active data was restored. The best part was the speed. An...

Rent 4G with Cheetah for Business Trips

Rent 4G with Cheetah for Business Trips

Of course, last week I was in Las Vegas. I was dreading the possibility that I had to do uploading / downloading from a hotel connection. Last year, I paid $14.95 a day for 512 down / 256 up on average. Not great if you need to push video for a major event. Terri from Ivy Worldwide turned me on to Cheetah – a local company that rented 4G cards using the Clear 4G network. Their website – 4G4rent – went through the steps – rent the service (pre-pay), they drop the card off at your hotel. Use the service, then when you check out, you leave the card at the front desk. Pretty simple. What was better, though, was the price. I purchased the service from Sunday to Friday and it only cost me $54.00. That was $9 a day. So how was the speed? Well look...

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour

Inside Ford’s Virtual Manufacturing – Ford Tour

I am no stranger to 3D modeling and motion capture. Thanks to a good friend, I have learned all about it. In fact, he just set up a motion capture studio less than two weeks ago. I saw Motion capture on games, but I never saw it in a different type of production. That is what Ford is doing1 – They are using the Virtual Manufacturing division to test the aesthetics and ergonomics of a car. They can even do it without the car being present. Allison Stephens guides us through the program known as Santos (Jack and Jill). The computer model is used figure out not only if the oil cap is reachable in the car, but how it affects the person who is adjusting it. Santos can help engineers understand the stress of reaching for the oil cap, or maybe something as simple in Getting into and out...

What is in THIS box?

What is in THIS box?

Could it be a puppy? Maybe it’s a new carburetor. Not that I need a new one, but it could be. Then again – like Monty Hall says – It could be empty. Nope. It’s a new device we will be looking at. However, I am under embargo to not reveal what this device is until June 3rd. I will say that it can save you from long hours of worrying if things go wrong. More to come…

HP DataVault X510 Warranty Extended to 3 Years

HP DataVault X510 Warranty Extended to 3 Years

I got some great news from HP today. Apparently, if you purchase a HP Data Vault X510, you now have some great warranty options. Here is the official Press release: HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault Warranty Extended to 3 years PALO ALTO, Calif., March 20, 2010 Hewlett-Packard announced today that the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault, a small business server designed to securely store, share and protect their important information, has extended the warranty duration. The warranty duration for the HP StorageWorks X510 Data Vault has been extended to 3 years, which includes a 3 year limited warranty on hardware and a 3 year technical support warranty on software.  This extension of the warranty includes HP Data Vaults currently in use by customer today. Affected products 1 TB (Q2050A), 2 TB (Q2051A), 3 TB (Q2052A) No other changes to Limited Warranty and Technical Support Statement All other terms...

How to Configure the Mozy Backup

How to Configure the Mozy Backup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last couple months, we have been talking about online backup through Mozy.com. It is a great way to take your pictures and audio off-site. That way if you have a fire or theft, you do not loose your data. It’s not the fastest thing in the world – but the more data you have, the longer the initial backup will take. Also, it is dependant on your internet connection – The initial upload took 4 days for me. They counter it by compressing the file before uploading. It encodes, then uploads the file using 128 bit Encryption. The Data Centers are SAS70 and ISO certified. You can change how fast or slow the update can take by moving the slider during backup. One thing I would love to see on the program would be a “Pause” button. While I...

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better?

Lexware Labs Sleep Cycle: Can I Learn, Sleep Better?

Apparently there is a new iPhone application out there that lets me monitor my sleep cycle by simply sleeping with the iPhone at the corner of the bed. The application is called Sleep Cycle by Lexware Labs. It is currently a $0.99 app in the iTunes store as an introductory offer. The application is simple: Set the alarm for your wake time. For me, I don’t usually set an alarm – When I want to get up, I wake up. Nonetheless, I did setup the alarm for testing sake. I set the iPhone on the corner of the bed. They say you need to plug in the device to maintain power, but I am not ready to sleep with 115 Volts sitting by my head just yet. I had the phone charged up, so I left the cable on the computer. It did go through about 50-60% of...

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEditors Disclaimer: This StorageWorks x510 Data Vault is a review unit sent to me from HP. They asked me to test and report my findings. Although the Data Vault is a review model, my review is based on honest observations. Any questions – please refer to the review policy page for more information When I first pulled this device out of the box, I thought to myself – Wow. It’s not like my last Data Storage device. The last one was 3x the size, held 5 SCSI drives that didn’t even go to 100 GB, had two power supplies and weighed about 100 lbs. I looked like one of those guys in the Worlds Strongest Man Competition trying to haul that puppy up and downstairs when I moved it. All right — Let’s start with the basics. The X510 case doesn’t...

Apple iPad – The Rumor becomes Reality

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...

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar

Debut of the Geekazine Geek Bar

I am proud to announce that the Geekazine Geek Bar is now open! On today’s “5 Tech Things you should know” (to be released soon), I introduce the new location for the Geekazine videos. The Geek bar will be the primary spot for video, while certain segments will be conducted at the “Geek Couch”. With the Geek Bar, we now have the ability to do live Skype interviews. The bar will also be used to give reviews, demo products or just have a drink. There is still more additions to this new area of Geekazine. Feel free to comment on what you like and what you don’t.

The Jabra Stone – Fashion to the Bluetooth Headset

The Jabra Stone – Fashion to the Bluetooth Headset

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe world of Bluetooth headsets has evolved. My first headset seemed like a monster compared to today. Still, there is a level of geekiness that supersedes the functionality the headset can give. That is why Jabra put out the Jabra Stone – a fashion – oriented earpiece for those who don’t like having a microphone stick from their face. The stone touts one big feature – no visible microphone. The headset is designed for fashion over functionality. All black with no visible buttons. The stone is Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR compliant. It works with Bluetooth 1.1 or better. Once charged, the device has an 8 hour talk and 12 day standby time. The headset can answer calls, do voice dialing and last number redial and can change in volume. In the review section, I go through and talk about the functionality of...

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810

Unboxing the Epson Artisan 810

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe pull out and set up the Epson Artisan 810 All in one Printer. This is a fully functional copier / printer / scanner / Fax. We set up the printer to the network and make a couple print samples. **Before we start, I have to say that this device was sent to me by Epson and does not influence my review of the product. It is part of the giveaway on Podcast Madness this month. The Epson Artisan 810 has a few great features to it. The 3.5″ LCD touch panel allows you to move around easily. The 700 didn’t have the touch screen, which was frustrating. This one is a lot easier to handle. The Artisan 810 runs on the Claria ink system. That means the six toners give high-quality reproductions. The ink system is said to help reduce...

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