Category: News

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Hyper Converged Build Day with HC380 LIVE!

vBrownBag Build Day LIVE – April 6th @ 12 PM EST (9 AM PST) On Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdjw-91VDC8 On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vBrownBag/videos/1872085743012467/ Don’t forget to Follow, Like and Share! Welcome to #HC380BuildDay! We will be spending the day at Hewlett Packard Enterprise incorporating the HPE Hyperconverged 380 into our vBrownBag dummy corporation. This will give you a real-world guide for when you have to install for your company. HC380 product page Hyper Converged Systems Home Page A little bit about the DL380 The HPE Hyper Converged 380 is based on the highly configurable HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server combined with VMware vSphere®, for increased storage, network, compute and graphics options, significantly improving flexibility in deployment. Make adjustments to storage, compute and network capacity to meet your business needs. As you grow, simply order identically configured nodes and know your expansion will occur automatically at power up. Optimized for I/O, memory, storage or...

Geekazine New Patreon Page: Be a Part of the Sconnie Geek Nation!

Geekazine has decided to venture into the crowdfunding game by joining Patreon. As we’re approaching 10 years of podcasting and content creation, I have found the last couple years have not been as lucrative as in past. Cancelling a few events I attend for fresh content, I am now in a precarious situation as to the direction of the website and other properties. By joining Patreon, I am asking you – the content viewer – to help out with covering funds for my videos and travel. I have been able to do this for the last 9 years, heading to CES, SXSW, NAB, and more. I have also had some great success with other companies helping in this, but some of the companies are in a recessive year and not able to help out. But I always said that in order to have a funding page like Patreon,...

5 Awesome iPhone Features You Should Be Aware of

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe Apple iPhone can do a lot more than you think. It has to be accessible and usable for many, so there are features that can help you make your iPhone cater to you. From being able to read the screen to usage throughout the day. There are many cool things you can do with your iPhone – I look at 5 different items that help your usage. Check out my Review of the iPhone 6s 5. Change that Passcode You might be using Fingerprint options for the passcode, but some people need something more secure than 4-6 digits. You can change your iPhone to a alpha-numeric style. Simply go to Settings – Touch ID and Passcode (enter passcode) – Change Passcode (enter your passcode) – then choose Passcode Options to set an alpha-numeric code. 4. Set it to the Night Shift...

Verizon Jetpack 6620L MiFi Review Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I was on travel the last few months, I got to take the Verizon Jetpack 6620L Mifi with me. It’s a great addition to any Itinerant’s tech gear as it saves your phone in so many ways.While I didn’t travel Internationally, I was in some spots where the signal was weak and was still able to keep in communication. The Verizon Jetpack 6620L is a 4G LTE mobile hotspot that can connect up to 15 devices. The 4,000 mAh battery gives a usage time of around 20 hours with an even better standby time. Two USB plug types so you can plug it in different sockets to keep the battery charged. The 6620L also is small enough so it can be put in a bag for travel. The Jetpack will work on LTE, CDMA, EDGE/GSM, and HSPA, so the Mifi can...

A Batman vs. Superman Review that May Make Ben Affleck Proud

This review is from Guest reviewer Thomas. After viewing the movie BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice, I have decided that enough hate has befallen this movie. I will, therefore, give as positive a review as possible. (and as spoiler-free as possible.) First off, I want to say; Henry from Eureka created Cyborg! Whoah! Now that I have gotten that off my chest, Director Zack Snyder apparently deduced that DC  fans really wanted a movie based on Superman/Doomsday, The Dark Knight Returns, and World’s Finest. Therefore, he did them all in one shot. The movie opens right about where I expected it – A year or so since General Zod dropped in to give Kal-El a big hug. As the battle left buildings destroyed and people lying dead, the public started to wonder if having a powerful alien floating about is such a good idea. At the top of...

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.

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...

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Choetech 5 Port USB Surge Protector, Griffin Reversible Lightning Cable

Today, I take a look at two USB products in the Choetech Surge protected 5-USB port charger, and the Griffin reversible USB to Lightning connector. Both are great products to have for your USB or iOS needs. Griffin Reversible USB to Lightning Cable Don’t you hate it when you can’t plug the USB cable in, so you think it’s backwards and flip it around only to find out the first way was right? Back in January, Griffin showed their solution to this problem in the reversible USB cable.  Now, the cable is out and ready for use. I checked out the 5 foot cable – a braided nylon cable with a more protective jacket at the plug ends. I put it in a high-traffic room to see how it would fair. Whereas my standard iPad/iPhone cable looked very dirty and sticky after a few days in this area,...

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iPhone 6 Case Hydra from InnerExile, Screen Protector from CINDER

Today I am showing off two pieces to protect your iPhone 6 from scratches and keep the screen looking sharp. First product is the Innerexile Hydra Case – a self-healing case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Second is an IndieGoGo project called CINDER: an iPhone 6 glass protector which the glass wraps around the face of the screen. Since the iPhone 6 is curved, most glass covers come up at the edges. CINDER is designed to fit the contour of the front. Check out CINDER: http://ow.ly/MROli Get an Innerexile Hydra case: http://ow.ly/MROsk

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ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard: Foldable Keyboard for your Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMobile devices have become more powerful, but sometimes their size makes it harder to do things like type up notes, messages and more. ZAGG is helping those who need to use their phones in more of a laptop setting with the ZAGG Pocket foldable keyboard. I have used ZAGG products for a few years now. The Folio on my iPad has turned that tablet into a more powerful machine and I don’t have to bring my laptop to everything. That is where the Pocket comes in even handier – all you need is a pocket to put the keyboard into. About the ZAGG Pocket Foldable Keyboard The Pocket folds up into the size of a pencil case. Unfold it to reveal a slightly smaller keyboard, stand for your phone, and kickstand to hold it at an angle. Bluetooth connection to the phone...

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GigSalad Helps Find Musicians, Speakers and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI am not only a videographer, I am also a musician. My band plays regularly and its always difficult to find the right gig. That is where GigSalad comes in. While at SXSW, I got to talk with Steve Tetrault about GigSalad and how it works for not only a perfomer, but also people looking for those performers. GigSalad is not just for bands. Magicians, Clowns, Face painting and even motivational speakers are on this service. As an artist you can sign up and get listed for free. For an additional fee, an artist can get access to add media, links, banners and a better visibility when being searched for. If you are an event looking for performers, simply browse through the listings. Choose who you want a quote from and work with them on the event. When all said and done,...

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Popular Wearable Tech Trends for 2015?

Would you buy a wristband that continuously purifies the air while you are running? If you like gadgets like this, you are going to love the following ideas. A few of these gadget ideas could possibly make an appearance in the future, so keep your eye out for them. However, some of these devices are already on the market. A Wristband Unlike Any Other Alexandr Kostin, an inventor, designed an air purifier that can be worn on your wrist all day long. You can wear this device while running, or use it while taking a stroll through the mall. The technology behind this wristband is similar to a regular air purifier. It vacuums up the polluted air within its range, and releases the freshly filtered air back into the area. Alexandr’s design comes with a refillable carbon filter and a rechargeable battery. An Anklet to Track Your Running...

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Top 5 Videos of Geekazine in 2014

Its been a fun ride creating videos this last year. I made some major changes with shows, which really paid off in the end. Geek Smack! got a major overhaul to something more manageable. Here are the top videos you watched: Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku Throwdown You guys were very interested in Over the Top Television (OTT) and set top boxes. This video had audio issues but you watched it. I even made another version which corrected the audio issues but you still watched this one. That is the power of Social media! Netflix, Amazon or Hulu – the Throwdown It makes sense this would be the 2nd most watched in 2014. You purchased your set top box, you want to know about the programs you can get for it. I talk over each streaming service and which one you might be interested in putting your...

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Daigo and Justin Wong Re-create Evo Moment 37

For the first part of this article, I want to take you back to a gaming tournament called Evolution 2004. At the time, a gamer called Daigo was facing off against Justin Wong in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. It was a top-8 match where the winner could only advance to the next round if they won two out of 3 games. However, it was during this first game that Daigo create what has now become known as Evo Moment 37. Take a look at this amazing footage of this moment in action. As you will see from the grainy footage, it was hands down one of the most amazing things to happen in the history of fighting game tournaments. More importantly, Daigo was able to pull off a solid execution to take that first game. However, he went on to take 2nd place. Fast forward to a...

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Microsoft Makes Project Spark Free on XBox One and Windows 8.1 PCs

Earlier on in the year, you might remember that Microsoft announced a game called Project Spark. It allows players to create their own games and worlds (including a pinball game).  It’s been in beta for a while now, but it has finally become a full, finished game. Better still, Microsoft have released the game and it’s available right now for the XBox One and Windows 8.1. Additionally, I am really glad to report that Project Spark is going to be free to download! Incidentally, there will also be a phsyical version that you can buy with This seems like quite an interesting move in that they already own Mojang(the people behind Minecraft). However, it also seems like they are trying to compete with other games such as LittleBigPlanet. Incidentally, there is also a trend of games that are based around user-generated content so it also makes sense for...

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi is My Newest Toy

Long before I did video work and music and computer work, I was a photographer. Very amateur photographer. I ran the darkroom in High school and when I wasn’t playing in bands, I used to take my Fuji digital and snap pictures of other local bands around town. I never got into DSLRs because I was trying to work more with video. Even though DSLR cameras became more flexible, I always went with the pro-sumer models. It was important to get the right shot and the DSLR still needed an operator to focus as subjects moved. Last week I was doing some garage saling when I ran across the Canon EOS Rebel XSi model. It was the body only, but the price was so good, I couldn’t turn it down. It had a battery so I knew it worked well. I just needed a lens. I had my...

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You Can Play The New Unreal Tournament Now!

In case if you missed it, the folks over at Epic Games have published the pre-alpha build of the new Unreal Tournament. At the time of publishing, there are no official servers so if you want to host your own, then there will be a lot of work to do if you want to do that. In this build, you get access to a few maps and a lot of weapons. You also get the ability to play against bots. However, there are a few caveats here. As this is a super-early version of the game there are going to be a lot of bugs. Additionally, there is a lot of place-holder artwork in the maps that are included. Therefore, this will not be representative of the final version of the game. Additionally, you will also need to sign up for an account at the unreal tournament forums...

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Gaming Fun Comes To Wikimania 2014

Full disclosure: I am in the core organising team for Wikimania. For one evening only at Wikimania 2014, there will be a huge gaming event known as the Wikimania Games Corner. For one night, there will be a dedicated space to play a variety of games. As far as electronic games go, you will expect to find Mario Kart Wii(Nintendo Wii), OpenArena(PC/Linux/Mac) and Streets of Rage(Sega Mega Drive) to name but a few of the games that you can play. If you’re really lucky, you might be able to get your hands on the Elite: Dangerous beta and get a taste of the game before anyone else. There are also going to be tabletop games including Chess, Imperialism in Space and Once Upon a Time. Of all the various sessions and talks etc. going on at Wikimania, you should be really excited about the Wikimania Games corner. This...

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Sustainability Blues: Drinking Water Issues Around the World – Further with Ford

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you live outside the US, you might be very aware of the drinking water issues. Inside the US – you might not know this but in the next 10-20 years you will be faced with a drinking water shortage. While at the Further with Ford conference in Dearborn, MI I learned about how the world deals with getting clean drinking water. The Sustainability Blues also opened my eyes in the fact this resource is getting taxed. There are 7 billion in the world with expectations of hitting 10 billion people in the next decade. We all need water to survive. This panel features Sheryl Connelly or Ford, Christoph Gorder of CharityWater.org, George McGraw of DigDeep.org, Rob Frederick of Brown Forman, and Todd Walton of Ford as they talk about the environment and the concerns of the water issue.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on Sale for $4.99 (£2.49)

As part of the Steam Summer Sale, one of the huge deals of the promotion is Skyrim.  The game is normally £9.99 but has been reduced to £2.49($4.99). At the time of publishing, there is only one hour left on this deal. So if you’ve been waiting for a good discount on this game, then now is the best time to jump on it. And jump on it now because this is a great game with a metascore of 94/100. For the record, I never actually played Skyrim. I wanted to do so but could not afford the hefty price tag when the game came out. However, now that the game is at a superb discount, I have already pulled the trigger. If this metascore rating is anything to go by, then it clearly is a great game and one you should download for PC. In case if...

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Game Sale Alert: Steam’s 2014 Summer Sale is Live

It’s that time of the year again folks. Valve has started it’s annual Steam Summer sale as of today. As of today, a lot of games on the Steam Store are going to be heavily discounted. There will be some daily deals which last for 24 hours, flash deals which last for up to half a day and deals voted for by the steam community. There will be new deals every single day. For me, the best deals to be had on day one are Mirror’s Edge(£2.45), Skyrim(£4.99) and The Witcher 2(£2.99). With new deals every day, it’s important to keep an eye out to see if you find a game you like on sale. If you see game that you like, jump on it! There is a good chance that you won’t see a good deal like this one on steam until around Christmas time. Some these...

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I Upgrade my Macbook Pro with SSD, 16 GB Memory from OWC

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have a 2011 Macbook Pro which has been on many travels across the country. I use it for streaming, creating video, storing images from the cameras, and more. Since Mavericks was installed, the computer has been a little sluggish. My friends at OWC have noticed my pain, so they sent me a package including SSD drive, memory upgrade, along with the Data Doubler drive and external enclosures to put my old hard drive and DVD player. This is a multi-part video showing you how I upgraded the machine. If you have an older Macbook, you can do the same thing. Get OWC 480GB Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD 2.5″ Serial-ATA 9.5mm Solid State Drive Get the 16.0GB OWC Memory Upgrade Kit Speed Increase I ran a reboot test before and after the SSD and memory was installed. It was shocking how much...

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Game Sale Alert: GOG.com’s 2014 Summer Sale

Hot on the heels of E3, GOG.com have started their own summer sale across their library of PC games both old and recent. Best of all, these games are DRM-free, meaning that you can put them on as many computers as you want. To give you an idea, the majority of their catalogue has been discounted by at least 50% and some games have been discounted by as much as 90%. Long story short, there are some great deals to be had right now. There will be some flash deals which will come and go pretty quickly, so if you see a game you like at a good price, then jump on it. Personally, I am going to make sure that I buy Unreal Tournament (Game of The Year Edition). I am really into first-person shooters at the moment.  Since the new unreal tournament is being developed, I...

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Sony’s E3 2014 Game Announcements

Sony held their E3 press conference to show off some of the games that are releasing on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4. Some are new games, some are new iterations of existing games and some are exclusives. Without further ado, here is a comprehensive list of all the Games that Sony announced at E3 along with release dates. Destiny -available September 9th for PlayStation 4(PS4) with an alpha available Thursday and a beta available 17th July White PlayStation 4 with Destiny on 9th September Entwined – Available right now for PS4, PS3 and PS Vita The Order 1886 – available 20th Februrary 2015 only on PS4 Bloodborne – Only for PS4 LittleBigPlanet 3 – November 2014 for PS4 Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – only on PS4 Ratchet and Clank – available first half of 2015 on PS4 inFAMOUS: First Light – coming to PS4 in...

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Nintendo’s E3 2014 List of Announced Games

Rather than doing an E3 press conference in a big hall or cinema, Nintendo opted to do an edited video that they would stream live called “Play Nintendo – Nintendo E3 Digital Event . During this announcement they announced a whole slew of various games. Without further ado, here is an extensive list of the titles that they announced. Super Smash Bros. (coming to Wii U and 3DS in November 2014) Amiibo The Legend of Zelda (coming to Wii U in 2015) Yoshi’s Woolly World (coming to Wii U in 2015) Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (coming to Wii U in the holiday season of 2014) The Legend of Zelda (coming to Wii U in 2015) Bayonetta 2 (coming to Wii U in October 2014) Hyrule Warriors (coming to Wii U 26th September 26th 2014) Kirby and the Rainbow Curse (coming to Wii U in 2015) Xenoblade Chronicles (coming...

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