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First Look at Loop Personal Photo Display

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLoop was a successful crowdfund digital photo frame. While it can show your photos from Instagram, and Facebook, it has other great functionalities that can keep you connected with your family. Let’s go through all the good and bad, then look at the overall picture. The Loop Personal Photo Display is a tablet-sized screen in the design of an old 1960’s television. You know, where the dials changed the channels? Loop presents photos and videos in that same channel format. You can bring photos from Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and soon Google, and Flickr. You can also import items via SD card. Loop also has a camera on-board for you to contact other Loop customers. Therefore, you can have one Loop at home, another at your parent’s house. You will be able to communicate back and forth. Pros: Loop Photo Frame Easily...

Cujo Smart Firewall is the Internet Dog that Protects Your Internet’s Front Door

Some of us have the cable company set up our Internet, which we assume as safe. Maybe you also get a Wifi router, which you think you add even more security to your system. But these devices don’t deal as much with security – only to get you online. you need something that will tell you what is coming into your Internet home and even block the bad. That is where Cujo comes in. The more you have connected to your “Smart Home”, the more a device is needed so others cannot use this door to come in. All you need to do is click a link in an email that looks official. Or maybe you get a new device that you instantly connect to your network, and put all your passwords in, thinking it’s safe. Next thing you know, your computers,smart thermostat, lights,smart TV, and many other...

Wirecast 8 First Look, New Features Explained

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released Wirecast 8 Studio and Wirecast 8 Pro to the public today. Many new cool features, and some enhancements to the software switcher. We’ll look at all that Telestream has fixed, updated, and changed. Get Wirecast Here. Check out the Slideshow Wirecast is a software video switching program that allows you to create broadcast quality shows using your computer. You can create scenes, overlay graphics, and switch to other scenes with the press of a button. You can also record, or stream to Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, uStream, and many more services using the RTMP protocol. So what is new? Wirecast Updates the Render Engine Creating new scenes has been improved with new tools that will help you resize, rotate, and even embellish your scenes. A new Z-Rotation has been added so you can flip video around. If you have...

First Look: Vegas Pro 15 by Magix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMagix has rolled out an update to the popular video editor Vegas Pro, adding in new features including an interface type, which will allow for theme color changes. Along with new updated codecs for 8th generation Intel core technology, and nVidia graphics. This will be the second update since Magix has acquired the software from Sony. Render Faster with nVidia Graphics,  Intel Skylake, or Intel KabyLake Processor One of two major updates is to the main codec of Vegas Pro, utilizing Intel 8th generation Core processors with Intel® Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology. 8-bit HEVC/AVC decoding and encoding will be accelerated with Skylake processors, and 10-bit HEVC/AVC encoding and decoding for Kabylake processors (or better). Also, nVidia cards with the Fermi architecture will get a boost in processing. A NVENC template will appear if your system has the card. This helps...

First Look: Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAny podcaster or musician out there knows – the better the audio, the better chance people will give you. Adding in something that you might not expect can bring some great results. Next thing you know, people are asking you how you made it sound so good. That is where a program like Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac comes in. With a version for Mac and one for PC, you can bring in tracks, or even whole songs, and get all the bumps and bruises out. You can re-organize thoughts, and even extract samples for other projects. Even if you have a multi-track editor or movie creator, a program like Sound Forge Pro allows you to take time away from the whole project and focus on one bit. Most video and audio editors will have a function in the settings...

Is Hulu Live TV Worth the $40 a Month? I Install on Different Platforms to Test

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTVoIP (Television over IP) is really gaining momentum. So much that your cable company might be your Internet provider only and you’ll have many options to choose from. Hulu wants to be one of those to deliver live tv, and they put together a great plan so you can start watching right away. It does come with some limitations, though. What is Hulu Live TV? Hulu.com has added 55 channels which you can stream at any time from your devices at home. Starting at $39.99, you will get favorite cable channels from AMC to USA. In some locations, you will also get local stations. The channel lineup is dependent on where you live, so check with the channel lineup in your zip code. Advantages of Hulu Live TV You can watch on many different devices. It’s in Beta, so more options...

TNP USB-C Hub Adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe TNP USB-C Hub is a dongle you can add to your Mac or PC. It adds 4K HDMI, Ethernet, USB-A, and USB-C for Charging or using another USB-C device. I’ve been using with my HP Elite X2 laptop for when I need a Ethernet connection, 2nd monitor, or extra USB device. Ethernet is a 1 Gigabit and transfers data very well within my network. Sometimes I need the wired connection for video and screen-sharing. Ethernet connections have a lower latency, and less chance of getting bumped off the network if too many wireless devices are connected. In connecting to my Vizio M50 4K TV, I had no problem getting the 2160p signal the monitor can produce. I can then use my x2 to present, or watch a video online or one I created. The Elite X2 also has one USB-C...

Netgear Nighthawk x10 Smart WiFi Router Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Netgear Nighthawk router is an 802.11ad router with a lot of power. In the short while I’ve had it, I have been impressed with the connectivity, along with the fact it actually can pull more bandwidth off my Internet modem. Let’s geek out over all the pros and cons. PRO of the Nighthawk x10 The Nighthawk x10 has a WiFi speed of 7.2 Gbps at the 802.11ac and ad levels. You can connect up to 20 devices, along with 6 Ethernet ports connecting up to Gigabit Ethernet, and 1 10 Gbps LAN port. 2 USB 3.0 ports allow for external drives or other device to enhance the router’s storage and power. 4 High-Performance Active Antennas allow for a large splay so you can access the Internet from a good distance. Performance to your Internet connection might see a small boost....

VIZIO Smartcast M50 Ultra 4K Ultra HD Home Theater Video Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWith a 4K resolution, 4 HDMI port connection, integrated Chromecast, and Android remote control, the VIZIO M50-D1 is an HDTV for families looking to upgrade at a sub $700 price. But with a missing TV tuner, it may not work best in all situations. Pros of the VIZIO M50-D1 Ultra HD 4K Home Theater With 120 Hz refresh rate, a viewable angle of 176 degrees, and 1.07 billion colors, you can get a clean image when watching your favorite shows in 4k or even HD resolutions. The audio speakers in the VIZIO include DTS StudioSound and TruVolume. Therefore, if you don’t purchase a soundbar or connect to a system, you will still get a decent audio experience. This VIZIO has a 64.2 W power consumption and under a .5W on standby mode. The 4K TV powers up and changes resolutions fast, allowing...

Taking the Gillette Sensor 3 Challenge by Shaving my Head

Gillette asked me to try out the Sensor 3 disposable razor They wanted to show me how this 3 blade disposable is better than a 2 blade razor. With the proglide strip, I can do a dry shave without nicks, cuts or razor rash. The Sensor 3 is great for travel. I like to keep a small grooming kit in my car just in case, and it will contain the Sensor 3. The best part about the razor is the cleaning ability. With a few swipes in the glass of water, I was able to clean the blades so I can continue on shaving. During this shave I covered my face and head. Since the video was created, I used this razor for another 2 weeks. That is shaving both face (6 times a week) and head (3 times a week). Get the Gillette Sensor 3 and try...

Epson Expression Premium XP-630 with Cloud Print Service

Being a stylish and compact multi-functional printer, Epson Expression Premium XP-630 has all of the functions that you need. This is functional in a sense that it helps you in your document, photos and more. You are also able to print on stunningly-designed and border-less photos for up to A 4. This can also be used in enhancing photos using the built-in feature of red-eye removal or automatic photo correction. One of the best things that you would love about this product is that it serves its best purpose in customizing only the most creative projects. Archive those special moments with the use of DVD’s or CDs tray for wireless printing or direct printing. The Epson Expression Premium XP-630 simply features the best in wireless printing. Thus, it will be a lot easier for you to manage the task of printing from iPhone, Smartphone, iPad, tablet and more....

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HP Elitebook 1040 Folio G1 Ultrabook: Durable, Secure, Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS“Thinner than a dime”, HP’s EliteBook 1040 Folio G1 is the company’s latest answer to business professionals seeking a lightweight and secure laptop. But this laptop has a lot of great hidden features. You can even watch me dump water on the machine and throw it down! I am no stranger to HP laptops. I’ve had a few in my lifetime, including this G-60 that now sits behind me. Of course that was the day of laptops. Today, we live in the world of Ultrabooks – machines smaller and more powerful than ever before. Is it the best business laptop? HP Elitebook Folio 1040 G1 Ultrabook – Thinner than a Dime Measuring a maximum 1.59 cm at its widest, the G1 truly is thinner vertically than the diameter of a U.S dime. The scarcity of its profile is complemented by the...

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Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast – the Throwdown II

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year when the Chromecast came out, I wanted to highlight the pros and cons of the top set top box devices. That included the Apple TV and Roku. What I called the Throwdown. Yesterday, Amazon announced their entry into the streaming box market. Their set top box made a big splash with the community. Faster than the other media boxes, the Fire TV also plans to compete with the gaming market and an additional wireless controller system. Therefore, I had to bring the competitors back for… The Set Top Box Throwdown II Amazon Fire TV If you have an Amazon Prime account and want to use it more, this box is for you. The Fire TV is  the larger of the four – at 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches. Inside the box is a Snapdragon quad-core processor – just like...

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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...

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Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu Plus – the Throwdown

This week, Amazon mentioned they may be raising the yearly fee by up to $40. This would make the Amazon Prime service $120 a year, or about $10 a month. Netflix and Hulu Plus have their service for $8 a month. While Amazon offers more to their Prime service, is it worth keeping with the price increase. Better yet, if you only had $10 / month to spend on a service, which one would you buy? The Good and Bad of Netflix Netflix has a streaming service and a DVD rental service. They used to be one entity, but were split into two, with hopes to sell the DVD rental side. Once Qwikster fell apart, the company focused on the streaming — especially TV shows. Netflix is great for TV enthusiasts and kids. There are a ton of shows they can watch over and over again. I have...

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Google Glass is Back – Unboxing of my RMA Google Glass

I have already gone through 2 pair of Google Glass. The first pair – the touchpad died. The second pair started acting wonky, but I believe it was a bad power button. Hopefully this pair won’t burn down, fall over then sink into the swamp. [stock GOOG] The RMA Process of Google Glass There are two ways you can get your broken pair of Glass fixed: RMA (Return Manufacturer Authentication Credit Card Authorization With the RMA – they send you a box, you send the broken pair of glass back. This is all done via UPS ground shipping. So expect the transaction to take as long as 15 business days. Once you get your pair back, you will have to log onto the MyGlass portal and setup the new pair. You will also have to connect to Wifi so you can get the current Glass update (XE8). With...

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Apple TV vs. Roku vs. Chromecast – It’s a Throwdown!

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago, Google came out with their newest streaming media device in Chromecast. An HDMI dongle that plugs into the back of your TV to watch applications such as Netflix, YouTube and more. In the meantime, the Parks Associates just released a report stating Roku has 37% share to Apple TVs 24% in the market. So which one do you want to get? Today, I am going to show you these three set top boxes along with their advantages and disadvantages.Then you can make an informed decision to purchase the set top box of your choice. Other Streaming Media First of all I want to state there are many other set top boxes out there. From Boxee, Western Digital and Sony to even gaming systems PS4, XBox One and Nintendo Wii. Certain DVD and Blu-Ray players also come with...

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Orb Audio Speakers Bring Design, Scalibility

Looking to get some new speakers for the home entertainment center? Maybe you want something in your computer room. Something with performance and something that looks good. That is where Orb Audio comes in. Orb Audio is a modular speaker system that can give you simple or complex sound in your home. You can choose 2 speakers, or get the full 5.1 surround system for high definition movies and TV. Designed in the US, these speakers are no bigger than a softball – yet there is nothing soft about them. Connecting to a receiver, these speakers put out some sound. Starting with the Quick Pack – a two speaker system – you can use these at the computer or for a smaller system. However, if you are going to pay for these speakers, you might just get the subwoofer to round out the sound (although I figure the...

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LG Optimus G (Sprint) – Quad-Core Android with 32 GB Storage [Review]

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAbout a month ago I got to use the LG Optimus G on the Sprint network. Optimus G is a newer Android phone that has power and storage to rival the future designs of the smartphone. A phone with enough power to not only get work done or the ability to do two things at once but the battery power to stay functional for the day. The Good – LG Optimus G Let’s start with the processor – a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor. This processor will let you not only record video and pull up your favorite apps but will also allow you to do two things at once. Send a text while a video plays – Email someone while you are in mid-game – then come back to where you were. You can even record a video and snap...

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Record Shows on your PC with Hauppauge Win-TV DCR-2650

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been very busy these last few weeks and have missed a lot of TV. In the past, I would have just shrugged it off and possibly caught it through On-Demand or HuluPlus. Before I left, I set up a Hauppauge Win-TV DCR-2650 to a Windows PC running Windows Media Center and recorded all my favorite shows. About the Hauppauge DCR-2650 Win-TV device The Hauppauge is a unit that connects your cable to a machine running Windows 7 and Media Center. The unit requires an M-Card, which is a card you can get from your cable company (for a rental fee). The DCR-2650 features a dual tuner mode so you can record one show and watch another. Simply connect your coaxial cable to the DCR-2650 unit. Connect the USB cable to the computer and install the driver software. You will...

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One Week with the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD

It is difficult to do a one-size-fits-all review of the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G. Without getting into a huge amount of technical minutia, which can actually be misleading will call this drive “middle of the road” in terms of performance. Whether it is the right drive for you, or not depends on factors outlined next. When I got this drive, I installed it in a few different notebooks, including my Macbook Pro, my older HP G60, and a Dell Lattitude. I even gave it to a friend to use it in some special equipment. Each test brought pretty nice results. The OS would load about 10-20% faster (depending on the machine), the performance would improve (as best it could in an older machine), and I could get work done faster. Pricing the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD Based solely on the Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP),...

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Making of a Legend – Canon EOS 7D

In the days of Clark Kent (Superman) the young photographer Jimmy Olsen got by with a low-cost 35mm camera. It looks like an Argus C3. The more senior photographers ran about with a Speed Graphics and a pocket full of M3 flashbulbs. Subsequently World War II came and the Japanese pilots in their Zeros plied their trade of war craft using Nikon optics. The revenge against Nikon came from within its own nation-state, with Canon. When the 1970s came around ‘old school’ professional photographers used Nikon. The upstart photographers went with Canon. The civil war within professional photographers was and, to this day still is based on the kilo buck expenses (investment) in distorting glass (lenses). The price point of a high-end camera such as the Canon EOS 7D actually becomes almost nothing when you consider the lifetime investment a photographer makes in glass. This begets religious wars....

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Sony Wireless Camera Microphone UWPV6 for Professional Interviews

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS You are stepping up your game as a video blogger, newscaster, interviewer, or just want something that doesn’t have a wire attached to it. The answer – a wireless camera microphone that you can use in any situation. There are many out there, but in this case, going cheap may mean not having the best sound or the interview at all. If you are in a expo hall, there may be several wireless systems competing with yours. That is why I bought the Sony UWPV6 (3032) wireless microphone system. It’s a handset mic and a wireless lavaliere when you need it. Most important, it’s a microphone that adds a professional look to your interviews. I bought it from my friends over at B&H Photo. It’s a great place to go for all your audio, video, and photo gear. Located on...

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Zoom H1 On-Camera Audio Kit Adds Better Audio to Your DSLR Camera

As an old-time photographer I have always enjoyed the Nikon/Canon battle that seems to last longer than the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. However, I’ve also had a keen interest in audio as well. I became enthralled with the performance of Shure microphones which I first became aware of their killer performance when the audio engineer mis-adjusted the gain during an outdoor performance in Woodstock, New York. I noticed that Shure SM 58 microphones were so durable stagehands could make them do double duty as hammers. Throughout my lifetime that became my microphone of choice, until the digital age brought me face-to-face with an audio version of the Canon/Nikon battle. While it is true I am old, I am not an old fart (set in my ways). Slowly I moved away from my veritable analog mic selection and began purchasing digital microphones such as the Samson...

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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold: Applying to New Media [review]

Jeffrey Powers looks at “POM presents the Greatest Movie Ever Sold”. He poses that New Media should look at this model.

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