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New Kenmore Connected Washer/Dryer and Dishwashers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKenmore wants to connect the appliances in our homes and to that end, they have unveiled some new smart appliances. The Kenmore smart washer and dryer will be available in February of this year. A smart app will allow you to remotely monitor your washer and dryer. This allows you to put your laundry in and run the actual load anytime you want. Kenmore Smart Washer/Dryer If you do a load of wash when you leave for work in the morning, you are going to come home to your clothes having a mildew smell, but with this system, you can run your load just before you get home from work and then put it in the dryer at that time with no hassle at all. You can even download customized cycles so you can do your laundry the way you like....

The Hive View Indoor Camera For Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHive is the UK’s largest smart home provider, and they launched in the states last year. Their latest offering is the Hive View, which lets you keep on eye on all of the goings on in your home. This is not only a stylish indoor camera, but it also comes packed with some very cool features like HD live streaming and person detection. You can also set it to ignore your pets, making it all the more handy. It will live stream to your Hive app in 1080p HD, or playback videos from the last 24 hours if you need to review something. About Hive View The Hive View starts recording when it detects motion or sound, and sends a notification to your smartphone so you can check it out. Was it just a family member coming home unexpectedly or do...

LG Ultrafine Monitors with Nano IPS Technology

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, CES may have had a blackout, but they couldn’t keep the monitor technology down. At LG, we got to see some of the best screens yet. From the “LG Cavern” – a room with curved monitors showing different scenes, making it look like you were walking through a cave, forrest, and more – to their flattest TV yet – the Signature OLED W8 TV. ? I talked with Matthew on this new technology, and got to see the TV’s and monitors myself. With a large viewing angle, 600 nits of light, and DCI-P3 technology, these monitors were crisp, and showed so much detail that I will start to notice from older monitor technology. The 32UK950 monitor is also a Thunderbolt 3 connected device, so you can daisy chain multiple monitors for a bigger and better view. It’s hardware calibration...

Meet Kevin: Your Noisy New Roommate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS? Sometimes you come across a good idea and a young entrepreneur that is thinking outside the box. Step in Julius from Mitipi, and his roommate, Kevin. What is Kevin? Kevin is a theft deterrent. Most thieves don’t want to bother a home if they think someone is inside. Kevin allows you to simulate that with a simple device that sits on your table. You control Kevin with your smartphone to simulate lights, a TV running, and more. Add in sounds like people talking in the kitchen, doors closing, footsteps, and more to the speaker making it sound like people are home. This crowdfund will start soon. For more information, check out Mitipi.com

Kohler Konnect Smart Mirror with Alexa to Control Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI guess we will have a magic mirror in our homes soon. The bathroom mirror is a central point during your day. It only makes sense that it should also become your personal assistant. Kohler is adding Alexa to the mirror so you can get your day started the right way. ?? I talked with Kohler at CES Unveiled about this new smart mirror. The Kohler Konnect is a series of smart devices in the bathroom and kitchen. Use Alexa, or use your phone app to start the shower, turn on the lights, and even start the coffeemaker. All from the one place you start at during the day – your bathroom mirror. The app also shows you stats so you are not wasting water. The app will be connected on the Kohler Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. The...

Geekazine Gear Roundup for Covering CES, NAMM 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt my first CES, I had a small budget, but needed to try and get as much interview content as possible. As the years progressed, I worked on better cameras, microphones, lights, and more. Nine years later, I have the most powerful video system that I’ve ever taken with me. I can’t wait to start recording some of the events for you – this year going full 4k. Here is the gear I am using. You can find it all at Geekazine.com/ces18gear Sony AX700 4K Camera I have been going back and forth between Prosumer and DSLR cameras. While I was happy with last year’s videos, I needed something that could work with less effort than a DSLR. Therefore I went back to the Sony brand of video cameras. The Handycam FDR-AX700 is the latest 4k video camera. It has a...

Contour Unimouse WL Ergonomic Mouse Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI still use a desktop, so I need a mouse. I also use a laptop and sometimes could use a mouse over the trackpad. The Contour Unimouse is an Ergonomic mouse that I can use wired or wireless, so I can move between computers without issue. About the Contour Unimouse WL This is an ergonomic mouse that can adjust to your hand for more comfort. 6 programmable buttons allow for whatever you need – gaming, video editing, or something else. The 2.4 GHz wireless mouse has a battery life of 3 months (although I haven’t had it that long to test), but does recharge within 2 hours. The Pros of the Unimouse WL Not only is it comfortable, it adjusts quickly for your need. It’s got a smooth movement to it, and it works well with more than one computer. I...

Google Pixel 2 Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhat do you desire in a Smartphone? Better camera, more storage for apps, or simply a device that makes phone calls? Smartphones are getting more sophisticated and more expensive. You might just want a phone that can do the job, but not break the bank. The Google Pixel 2 is a great Android upgrade at a more down to earth price. Right now, you can get either the Verizon version with payment plans, or pay full pricce for the unlocked phone for your carrier. About the Pixel 2 This is the Pixel 2 XL, which means a slightly larger display, better resolution screen at 2880 x 1440, and 3520 mAh battery. The Pixel has a 1920×1080 screen, 2700 mAh battery, and is smaller. Weight is a 1.19 ounce difference. Pixel 2 at 5.01, and 2XL at 6.2 oz. Of course, there...

Avatar Hotel in Santa Clara, CA Walkthrough to see How Geeky it is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOn a recent trip to Sunnyvale, CA, we stayed at the Avatar Hotel – a themed hotel that screams geek. But was it geeky? Was it even a hotel? Hotel vs. Motel – What’s the Difference? According to the dictionary, a Motel (or Motor Hotel) is a place where the room doors face to the outside. A Hotel is where rooms are down a hallway. Now while the Avatar has doors going outside, the whole area is enclosed in a security gated area. While the security is better than a Motel, and the Avatar has more amenities, it still falls under that classification. But you make your own judgement. What Makes the Avatar Hotel Geeky? When you walk into the lobby, you are greeted with little wind-up toy robots. One even has a look of a certain orange-ish faced president. All...

Sonos One is your Alexa, and soon Google Home, or Siri with Spotify

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart speakers have come into our homes in the last year. Something that can play music, become a hub for your other smart devices, and even be a personal assistant. Sonos One is a speaker that not only connects with Amazon Alexa, but is focused for the music lover. With 50 music services available, Sonos One allows you to play music, podcasts, and other audio right from the unit. Attach your Amazon account, and say “Alexa, tell me a joke”. Multiple Sonos devices in different rooms can enhance your experience. You can even mix in services with the Echo series, although you might lose out on some of the music services if they are not skills. Sonos One Can Be Part of Your Sonos Theater System Sonos Play and One devices are pairable, to create stereo sound. If you purchase the...

Storyblocks – Video, Audio, Graphics Footage for your Video, Podcast or Website

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are looking to progress your website, your videos, or your podcasts, then adding high-quality stock footage can be the jolt you need. Stock items can help tell a story with content you either might not be able to get, or don’t have time to make on your own. It doesn’t diminish your vision – but instead may help others engage with your content. Storyblocks is split into 3 parts: Videoblocks – High quality video stock content. From 1080p and 4K content, to 360 VR, After Effects stock, background video, and more. Audioblocks – From background music, loops, sound effects, and other audio gems. Add stingers to enhance the mood of your show, podcast, and more Storyblocks (formerly Graphicstock) – High quality images, illustrations, and vectors that you can use to help tell your story. Perfect for inspirational Instagrams, creating...

FreeNAS and TrueNAS from IXSystems

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI talked with the folks over at iXSystems about FreeNAS, and TrueNAS, along with their line of hardware at VMWorld. For a SMB, the ability to re-purpose old hardware for something as important as network storage, is a great way to keep costs low. To also have a community of help is an important part. What is FreeNAS With Enterprise-grade features, and an Open source license to create a RAID storage array for backups, replication, and file sharing. You will be able to set it up for internal, or external use. FreeNAS is meant for small home business, or anyone that would like to back up their devices onto one machine. From work documents, to movies, music, and more. You can even share with family and friends. What is TrueNAS TrueNAS is for businesses where accessing information is more critical. TrueNAS...

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...

NewTek NDI Connect Spark First Look, Setup in Wirecast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIP video can be easy, and difficult at the same time. Especially if you are trying to record or stream 1080p 60fps. In the last year, NewTek has come out with the NDI protocol, which allows you to send video across an IP network with less pixelation and latency. The Connect Spark was released so you can send any camera video signal – from a Go Pro, DSLR, or even a commercial grade camera – over a network to the recording computer, or even a series of monitors. The NDI Connect Spark This device comes with HDMI or 3G-SDI connections, for whatever video system you use. The box itself can be connected to Ethernet, or a WiFi signal (5G Wifi recommended). Two USB ports and a micro-SD card slot are available for recording from the device. The Spark also allows for...

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: 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...

Blackmagic Web Presenter for Live Streaming First Look

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBlackmagic Design sent me a web presenter and ATEM Television Studio HD to test out and assess. I’ve been excited for this unit ever since NAB when I interviewed Blackmagic. Within an hour, I was hooked on the web presenter and all it can do. What is the Blackmagic Web Presenter This is a box that will let you use your DSLR, GoPro, or prosumer camera to send video to YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, and many other online sources. The box also has the ability to switch between two video sources – even if the resolutions are not the same! That means if your GoPro is at 720p and your other camera is at 1080p, the web producer will switch without issue. I connected my iPad, then switched it to my iPhone, the device brought back up the signal and continued on....

TBD Broadcasts Internet Based Video Content to Over the Air TV Channels

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf there was a channel on air that brings YouTube and other Internet creators forward, would you watch it? TBD believes you will. I sit down with Kyle Hill to talk about TBD, which markets it’s available in, and how you can watch it online. TBD is at VidCon! Come to our booth in the industry lounge and hang out. We have stuff to give you! #TBD #WhatsNext #VidCon2017 pic.twitter.com/3IMpZrJOLT — TBD (@TBD) June 23, 2017 Check out TBD.Com to watch the channel live, or check out the many great shows, such as TableTop, FailArmy, Emma Approved, and more.

Stikbot Stop Motion Animation Figurines and Sets for Video Creators

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere are a couple different ways to create stop-motion animation: The 24 frame – move characters ever so slightly style, and the 1-2 second record style (where you are not looking for fluidity). Whatever your style, Stikbot has a way to get you into this genre. It was so easy, I made my own animation within seconds at Vidcon! What is Stikbot Stikbot is a series of characters that can be posed in many ways. Using plastic bodies with an elastic cord running through legs, arms, and head – along with suction cup hands and feet – you can pose your characters in different ways. Make small or bigger moves to simulate the animation. What Do You Get with Stikbot There are many different types of products, from the main studio – with 2 characters and a chroma-key background – to...

The VR180 Video Owl: Recording Stereo 180 Degree VR

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at Vidcon, I ran into Mark W. Gray, and his daughter, Fiona, along with a very interesting owl. It is not really as much a prop as what it can do – create stereoscopic VR180 Video. YouTube Announcement at Vidcon – VR180 Last week I reported on YouTube announcements. One announcement dealt with VR180 (video link queued up for you). This is a form of video where you only see the front side of 360 video. Just like if you were there. Looking behind you won’t matter, as you see nothing past the first 180 degrees. For creators, this allows a focus on the important content – an interview being conducted, a race being run, band playing, etc. Stereoscopic VR180 If you own a VR unit such as Google Cardboard, Oculus, or another headset, you will be able to set...

Prynt Pocket Helps Print Out iPhone Photos with Augmented Reality

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDigital photos are easy to store and care for, but not as easy to display. A printed photo can be put into a scrapbook, on a wall, or just given to friends. That is where Prynt comes in. With a thermal-based printer you can attach to your phone, you are able to take photos right away, with an added Augmented Reality bonus. The Prynt Pocket This is an adjustable iOS device that allows your iPhone 5 and better to connect and print out any photo on your phone. You can also import photos from other devices to have printed onto the Pocket. The Prynt Pocket adjusts to the phone so you can dock in. A small cartridge filled with the ink-free paper will create photos in Black and White and Color. Within 30 seconds, a print will be ready for you!...

LumaFusion is a Pro Video Editor for iPad, iPhone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCreating content on the go can be tough, simply due to the amount of gear you have to bring. In years past, I would need a powerful computer to mix down an Interview, put in music, and titles. Now, Luma Touch has given me a solution to create a more professional looking video using only the iPad. This includes custom titles and transitions. LumaFusion Offers More Options than iMovie LumaFusion gives you 3 video tracks to mix on. For basic interviews (such as this one), I can put the main interview on the base track, then use track 2 and 3 for graphics. One audio track for music. This program can also customize titles and graphics. You can start from scratch, or use a template to edit for your needs. All titles created in this video are based off the template options....

Famebit: Adam Hendle Talks Sponsorship, Google (Youtube) Acquisition, and Site Changes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFamebit is a great way for YouTube creators, Twitter, Instagram channels, and more to make extra sponsorship dollars. Simply browse the listings and send proposals to those companies looking to promote their products. I sat down with Adam Hendle, General Manager at Famebit, at Vidcon. We talked about the Google (YouTube) acquisition, and if that affected how Famebit conducts business. The service is going through some changes, including a new website, iOS, Android, and a more pro-active sponsor search service. Adam also talks about the extensive community this service has around it. Creators collaborate, help out, and embrace the group. I can tell you first-hand that is true, for I have used Famebit to get sponsors myself. For more information, check out Famebit.com

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