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AndroidIn 2005, Google purchased a company called Android Inc. They were making a Linux – based OS entitled Android. Google then took the idea and made it Open Source. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) was created to further the development of Android. Android code is licensed under the Apache license.

Android is a mobile OS. It is part of the Open Handset Alliance, which is a group of 80 hardware, software and telecom companies. The OS is written primarily in Java. Android development is free, just download the Android SDK. There are several apps for Android, with more coming daily.

Other mobile devices are the Android Tablet (in development by multiple companies) and Android television, which is an Over the Top Television (OTT) system. Since Android is Open Source, anyone can create new ideas with this Operating System.

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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...

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...

Arlo Home Security and Arlo Q Cameras from Netgear

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHome security is growing in the IoT space. You want to keep tabs on your home when you are away, then have anything bad get recorded for police, insurance, and maybe that occasional viral video. The Arlo Security Camera system from Netgear can help. Let’s go over the Pros and Cons, then I’ll give a more in-depth review after. This is a review of the Arlo Security 2 portable camera system with Arlo Q Plus indoor camera. PROs – Arlo Camera System The 2 camera side of this system is portable and weatherproof. The cameras can be set anywhere you choose indoors and out. With an additional magnetic base or ability to place on a tripod mount, you can get video from anywhere and have it sent back to the base-station via WiFi. Once joined to the base station, these cameras...

Moto-Z Force Droid with Insta-Share Moto Mods

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s been a while since a phone had a cool addition that one can get behind. The New Moto Z Force Droid has magnetic modular add-ons including a speaker, battery and the item we’re going to look at – the Moto insta-share projector. Next. My thanks to Verizon for supplying me with this device. This is a review model, so I do not keep product. All Opinions are my own. Read about it over at Geekazine.com/review About the Moto-Z There are Two Versions of the phone: Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid. We will be looking at the Force Droid, which is the more powerful of the two. The difference is the internal battery – 2600 mAh vs. 3500 mAh, both with a turbo charge option – and the Rear Camera – 13 MP vs. 21 MP. Get Moto-Z...

How to Get HBO, Showtime, or Starz Without a Cable Contract

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIt’s a new age for watching TV. Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have been growing while premium TV channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz sat behind cable contracts. Last year the premium channels started to break free and offered TV and movie content without the cable subscription. You can watch on your Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, XBox One, PC, Mac, and other devices, ultimately saving you more and possibly cutting your cable. Let’s look at some ways you can get these services. **Note: prices and offers can change at any time.** HBO Now through the App In order to subscribe, you need a provider. Companies like Roku, Apple, Google Play, XBox Store and Amazon can act as the provider over your cable company. Once you get the HBO Now app, simply choose which method you want to subscribe. Fill out...

How to Run QSC Touchmix App on Windows

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am a big fan of the QSC Touchmix. Keep in mind, this device really marks the change in Live sound mixing. Sound professionals would haul in a heavy box consisting of a mixer, compressors, gates and EQs to do what this mixer the size of a laptop can. And it can also multi-channel record with only an SSD drive! I do have one problem with the mixer. While I can use iOS and Android to mix channels, there is no Windows app to do it. With a Windows app, I can use the Keyboard, mouse and other USB ports to control the mixer. Most important, I can set up a macro program to change multiple items. But worry not, because there is a way! An Android Emulator on Windows. Get the Touchmix 16 AMIDuOS After reviewing the versions of emulators...

Does the Blackberry PRIV Give You the Blackberry Experience?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackberry phones were popular because they were meant for business. Their security features were better than any other phone at the time. Some CEO’s would lose their minds if they didn’t have it. Even President Obama had to have a Blackberry over an iPhone 10 years ago. Fast forward to today. Blackberry broke down and created the Android version called PRIV, hoping it would bring those CEOs back. I got this phone from my friends at Verizon Wireless to find out if they accomplished the job. Let’s look at the specs. This is an Android phone running the Qualcomm 8992 Snapdragon 808 Heza-Core processor at 64-bit. An Adreno 418 GPU at 600 mHz and 32 GB Flash memory, upgradable to 2 TB. The phone runs a display of 2560×1440 – or 1440p. The screen size is 5.4″ and has a 24-bit...

Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows...

iRig2 for iOS, Android – Time to Rock on Your Guitar – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been a big fan of IK Multimedia and the iRig. However, since I moved to Android devices, it got tougher to use these great musical additions. At CES 2015, they changed that with the new iRig 2 guitar interface which now supports Android devices. I talked with Derek of IK Multimedia about the new iRig 2 adapter for your guitar. Along with the Amplitude for Android you can now add pedal effects to your guitar for practice or performance. With the additional bluetooth pedal board, you can preset your sounds and have them ready at a touch of a button. Of course you can also use your iOS device the exact same way with the Amplitude for iOS. The iRig 2 includes a amplifier out, headphone out, gain control and FX-through switch so you can even connect to your existing...

FlirOne Thermal Imaging for iOS and Android – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStopping at the Flir booth at CES, I learned about how Flir has improved on their new FlirOne thermal imaging system for iPhone. They retooled the device and made it an attachment working for all iOS devices. Further, they added an Android version. I talked with Travis Merrill from Flir. Now there is a new iOS platform, they decided to go with a more portable connector – for iOS anything with a Lightning connector, and Android with micro-USB connector. Flir made some enhancements to the first generation FlirOne. The major enhancement is this device is four times the resolution. The camera has two optics – one with thermal imaging and a regular camera so you can overlay the two. Auto shutter gives you a constant temperature and no manual calibration. Finally, the FlirOne has a 1,400 mAh battery, giving it a...

Portman Wills Talks Big Data from Mobile Gaming – GSNGames.com

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPortman Wills is the head data monger at GSNgames.com (Game Show Network). Brought in via acquisition in 2011, Portman’s job is to collect data to make the games better. GSN games is a more laid back game that caters to an older female audience. Portman talks about how they work different than games like Farmville or Angry Birds. They have famous games like  Steve Meretzky who leads a team of designers that come up with the next cool game. GSNgames is a support organization behind it. If they have two ideas on how a game should play out, Wills team A/B tests the games and comes back with the feedback for the direction to go. We continue to talk about in-app purchases in “The Pinch” – where you make the game difficult enough where some would pay .99 to get out...

Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou’ve seen it before – You’re running to get to a destination, maybe get to the next flight, walk the street to your next meeting. You run into that one person looking down at their smartphone, oblivious to the world and slowing everyone down. You would like to curse at them, but you know you do it yourself. Are smartphones slowing us down? I just read an interesting article on Dineability.com. A popular New York restaurant noticed the service to be slow. They decided to bring in a group to see why. This group reviewed the surveillance system and noticed a trend that not made the servers slower, but the customer. The group had the restaurant pull up tapes from 10 years prior to figure out the problem. What they found was that the customer was slowing the process down because...

Acoustic Stream is a Bluetooth Wireless Guitar and Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSImagine a device that can send your guitar signal and vocals to the amp, then give you a wireless in-ear. That is what Acoustic Stream is all about. Acoustic or electric guitar – Acoustic stream could be the bluetooth wireless alternative. Backed as a Kickstarter, Acoustic Stream was able to raise the money to continue development to this device. The Bluetooth dongle pairs with an iOS or Android device to turn into a recording unit, tuner, or push the signal to an amplifier. Best part is you don’t need a pickup on the guitar – the Acoustic Stream will become that pickup. I talked with Bob Bean – creator of the device. He has been working on this project and plans to turn this into your 4-in-1 wireless device. That means you will be able to also connect a microphone and...

Deja Lets You Turn Your Face Into Personal Emoji – TCDisrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNormally when I send a text I get a smiley face or a kitten frown from someone. Imagine if those Emoji would be of your face. That is what Deja is all about – turning your face into its own Emoji. With Deja you simply download the app, take a picture, align the facial features, then let the app do the work. It creates different icons for happy, sad, angry, confused, and other Emojis. Deja is available for iPhone, Android, Symbain, J2me, and even Blackberry devices. An API is available for companies to add those personalized icons in their app. Otherwise, use Deja’ chat to display your pictures. The app is free. Another interesting feature is these icons can be animated. The following is Kitty Purry (Katy Perry) on Deja with ROAR (above) by KatyPerry’sNo.1Fan on Youtube. For more information, check...

Voycee: Your History Free Social Network – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe easiest way to say it – it’s Snapchat for social networking. Voycee is an incognito social network. You create your post and send it. People read the post then it disappears into the night. I talked with Ilfan Radoncic of Voycee – suited up like the Men in Black – who showed me the network. He states there are certain celebrities and sports stars that want to post something and not have it blow up on social networks. With Voycee, there is no timeline, no archived posts. Nothing to say that post existed. You can say something that people can read in the moment and then let it go in the wind. Voycee is available now for iOS with an Android app coming soon. Sign up, post away. Or DID you? For more information, head to Voycee.me or you can Download Voycee...

Streambox Video Streaming Service with Google Glass App: NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI checked out Streambox, an alternate live stream service for those looking to stream an event. They have services for everyone from the podcaster to those expecting thousands of views. For simple streaming, Streambox has the iOS and Android app that can turn a phone or iPad into its own camera. Of course you can always use a computer and streaming software to send video to the masses. An embed code will allow you to post on your website or other locations. Streambox also has broadcast production gear including the Avenir Mini 2 – a HD/SD encoder with network bonding. You will be able to connect to Wifi, 3G, 4G, and Ethernet to get the strongest and most reliable signal possible. To help you understand the signal better, Streambox also has a Google Glass app available. This app is for the...

The Mobile Payment: Is It Safer than the Credit Card?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Hope you had an awesome Easter weekend. The temperatures took a swift kick and spring all of a sudden was here. Bought a firepit to enjoy in the backyard – along with some new found bicycling trails around the area here. Catching up on everything – the NAB videos are starting to wrap as I have some new products to review. TWIGG was a laid back show last night as we talked news of Google Glass.   Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – Stitcher – YouTube You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 – This Week in Google Glass Geek Smack: The Mobile Payment. Is it Safer Than a Credit Card? In the...

Is Google Hangouts Trying to Get Rid of your Phone Number?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS What an awesome week in Austin TX for SXSW! Of course, we cannot forget the tragedy that followed the event this year. If that would have happened 24 hours earlier, I might have been part of it. That is how fragile life is. I took NAB off the schedule for now unless I find a last minute sponsor. If you would like to help out, let me know. This weekend, Jennifer and I went to her sister’s house. We watched Frozen for the first time. Its interesting how a good movie can change your mindset. Let it go. Two new products in the review bin – the AMD R7 250 video card and the Blue Mic Nessie (which I am using in this episode). I give my thoughts on these products. Show notes are getting a slight change – moving the...

Netflix courts Cable. Roku, Apple TV Should do the Same?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Monday was a long but productive day. At Midnight, we launched the TPN at CES crowdfund – a crowdfund project for our trip out to CES. I talk about why we need it. Last night on TWIGG.TV we talked with Kathi Browne about Google Glass and Healthcare. It was a great hour worth of content about what the medical profession is planning for Glass. I’m also in the hunt for a new computer. Its time to get a newer processor so video can be processed faster. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 279 Tech News:

Android Getting Ready to Overtake iOS as Most Popular App Store

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Thanks for all who downloaded Ep 1 of This Week in Google Glass. I got the repercussion of a popular show on the Internet with a large bill from Amazon. Wow! It’s not going to deter the show, though. Numbers have settled a little. Also completed the 10,000 steps challenge for May. Actually, I hit over 350,000 when it was all said and done. Now this month is about changing some eating habits. No more soda for now. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 265 Tech News: Skype Virus It happened mostly in Latin America – within a few days,...

MP3’s Cannot Be Resold – Is that A Good Thing?

MP3’s Cannot Be Resold – Is that A Good Thing?

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The website has finally calmed down as Geekazine and other websites have been moved to a new server. As of 3 AM the errors stopped. Thanks to all who sent messages letting me know of the downtime. Next week I head to NAB and MMS – Two conferences in the same week! Crazy! Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! episode 257 Tech News: Were You Fooled? Some of April Fools Jokes around the web. Amazon Cloud Drive Upgrades Amazon competes with Dropbox with their new File Sync update Facebook Android HTC launching a Facebook phone, but Samsung also may...

AMD Shows the Case Mod Still is Alive With Ben Heck Creations – SXSW 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDuring the first night of SXSW I was able to catch the AMD party. Upstairs on Congress avenue we were treated to an old idea reborn. The computer case mod. Modding a computer was something I thought was extinct but AMD showed us otherwise. They had about 10 case mods – mostly from Madison native Ben Heckendorn. We started with Chris Hook from AMD. He showed me an old gas pump turned into an Android controlled MP3 station. The player had screens on both sides of the Texico Fire Chief pump. Complete with the lighted bulb sign on the top. It wasn’t SXSW without some musical instruments. A bass drum and a guitar both were fixed up with AMD computers inside. The guitar was even playable (once the strings were put back on). It was pretty amazing the AMD boards inside...

Neat Digital Filing System: Digitize Your Paper Documents – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The Neat electronic filing system assists you arrange your invoices and files. It is a complete system including both software and an equipment scanner. There are a lot of means you can easily receive the information into the Neat system. You may scan the information in. You may email digital invoices using your Neat e-mail address. You could make use of the Neat app on your iPhone or android phone and take a picture of the slip and upload it to the Neat Cloud. If you want you can send out a box of slips to Neat and they will certainly procedure them for you. The Neat system enables you to sort and arrange the info for tax functions. It is completely searchable and with lengthy search it will certainly additionally search such apps as Evernote and Dropbox. You may...

From PCs to Tablets and Google Glass

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS This last weekend was full of birthdays and car work. Catching up this week and having a hard time doing so. Next week is SXSW so I have to get the final plans put together. Also got another GoinSXSW and HP TechCast episodes up. Hotline – 608-205-4378 – geekazine (at) gmail.com Download the audio version Subscribe to the podcast via: iTunes – TechPodcasts – Stitcher You can catch me on Twitter @geekazine – Facebook Group – About.Me Other shows: Day in Tech History – Geekazine Special Media Feed – iPad365 Geek Smack! Part I: Goodbye Cookies How Firefox wants to reject 3rd party cookies Windows 7 Gets IE10 Microsoft lets Windows 7 users get the latest version of Internet Explorer Real Tingline Spidey Suit Outfit that uses ultrasonic reflections to make a suit ‘tingle’ $132 Twitter Client Falcon Pro Android app...

Energenie ChargeGenie: Universal MicroUSB Charger for Smartphones – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Energenie makes Energy saving devices. From remote controlled sockets to portable chargers. Energenie was at CES showing the ChargeGenie – a universal microUSB charger. The ChargeGenie is a 1400 mAh or 2000 mAh power pack. A sticky surface on the ChargeGenie allows you to stick it right on the device – Blackberry, Android or even an old flip phone with a microUSB connector. When done charging, retract the cable back and keep the charger on your phone – or just put the charger away. (Energenie UK site) [cessponsor] TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews and Jaime Davis, The MedicCast Podmedic.

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