Tagged: computing

Datrium DVX Open Converged Build Day

Want to know more about Open Convergence? Want to be able to install a DVX into your data center? That is where Build Day Live comes in. We’re in Sunnyvale, CA at Datrium to install the DVX into our vSphere environment. As always, we’re here all week dry running the installation to find out what works and what doesn’t. Then we wipe the system clean and install in front of your eyes. Our friend Keith Townsend (CTO Advisor) is also here to interview the execs, so you get the full picture. About Datrium Datrium focuses on Open Convergence for private clouds. They coined the term to break free from Hyperconvergence, due to how they address limitations in virtual infrastructure. Open Convergence allows for high-performance apps to get the resource it needs, while giving customers an easier budget to work with building their systems. About Build Day Live Build...

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Coffee Talk with Manish Goel of HP Storage – HP Discover

Earlier this year, HP Storage hired a new Senior Vice President in Manish Goel (NetApp) after David Scott (who came over from the 3PAR acquisition) retired last year. Manish sat down with the top Enterprise bloggers who wanted to ask the hard questions as to the new direction of HP Storage. Of course, Goel had some pretty big shoes to fill, and the bloggers wanted to know what his direction is for storage. Along with Siamak Nazari, Brad Parks, and Ivan Iannaccone, the group answered questions about infrastructure and hardware technology, storage management, and the direction of 3PAR. One hot topic in the coffee talk was the direction of flash and flash-array storage. As 1-out-of-3 arrays are all-flash, the bloggers were really interested in Manish’s vision. Following is the full video for this coffee talk. Note that the first 15 minutes we had wireless interference, so you might...

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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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HP Z1 G2 All-In-One Workstations for Powerful Editing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAB 2015, I checked out the powerful Z desktops and the Z1 G2 All-in-one workstation. This is a 27-inch touchscreen all-in-one. Inside is an Intel – i3,i5, i7 or Xeon E3 processor – DDR3 non-ECC RAM at 1866 MHz, Intel or NVidia graphics and more. The HP Z1 G2 is easy to open to fix or replace parts. Simply slide it down, and open the top up from the latches in the front. The hydraulic arms keep the unit from crashing down. Green tabs show you where you unlock-and-pull to take out hard drives, memory, fans, and more. Other features include an internal USB for wireless mice or any special dongles that need to be locked up. Speaking of locks, a Kensington lock option not only keeps the workstation on the desk, but also prevents unauthorized users from opening...

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Kinoma Create: JavaScript-Powered IoT Construction Kit

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Andy Carle, Ph.D. about Marvell’s Kinoma Create. This is a device that allows you to create and learn hardware and software through the “Internet of Things” (IoT). We stood in front of a Labyrinth as Andy controlled the marble using the Kinoma. This device does a lot more than that. You can learn how to create and setup many different things. We saw a LED light change colors with the interface and a basic Red Blue Green toggle. Another Kinoma was set up to unlock a door. Sensors attached to another Kinoma could tell the temperature and time. The Kinoma create comes with a capacitive touchscreen, Wifi, Bluetooth, speaker and microphone unit, USB, micro SD card, battery compartment (AA Batteries) and a serial console port. Projects are found through Kinoma, or...

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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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Ergotron Workfit-P Sit-Stand Workstation for a Healthier You

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have a Workfit-D desk and I love it. I can adjust the desk at will to my needs and even stand to help stay fit. In a 8 hour work day, we can sit up to 7 hours – not counting lunch. When we stand, we promote positive blood flow and can even lower our blood pressure. Why a sit-stand desk rather than a static desk? You don’t want to stand all the time. Even though it helps with your blood pressure, equal time can help your feet and legs from fatigue. Some of you don’t have the space for the desk. Maybe you have a smaller area for it or it can’t freely raise and lower. Maybe you don’t even want that big of an area for your laptop or even tablet. That is where the Ergotron Workfit P...

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HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone Throwdown Part 2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast week I showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all its glory. This week, we turn the tables and look at the HTC One M8. These phones are loaners from Verizon, so I thank them for allowing to use for comparison. Next up is the HTC One M8 phone. This device has a definite feel difference since its got a metal back design. You even have color options in gun metal grey, champagne, gold, and now red – which is a Verizon exclusive. The HTC One has added the UltraPixel module for depth of field. So if you are a shutterbug, this device not only will get you the best pictures, but also some great selfies. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core at 2.3 GHz. The screen is 4.7 inches with 440 ppi. The HTC One also...

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I Replace the Macbook Optical Drive with OWC Data Doubler

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn part one I showed you how I replaced the Macbook hard drive with an OWC SSD. Because of this, I now have an extra hard drive lying around. But what’s more interesting is I have a DVD drive that I don’t even use anymore in my Macbook taking up space. OWC has a solution that will give me more hard drive space in the Macbook. It’s called the OWC Data Doubler – a metal cage that forms to the specs of the DVD drive but allows me to put in my old hard drive, or another SSD. In this video, I go through the steps to take the old DVD drive out of my Early 2011 Macbook Pro and put the Data Doubler in with my old hard drive. Get the OWC Data Doubler Of course, this information is going to be...

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Knotable Organizes Email for Collaboration – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all get the email threads: Someone gets praise or lands a new job and 50 replies of “Congratulations!” follow in the email. What if you were to export that thread to an area where people can collaborate and clean up the posts? That is what Knotable is all about. Created for those in email groups that need to collaborate better, Knotable (pr. note-able) will take over the thread, clear out the repetitive nonsense and previous replies, then set your post into the queue. Others can then vote it up and down or it can even get removed if a post is not accepted. The idea is to move the important parts to the top. In video collaboration (for example) you can have the popular remarks toward the top so the final product includes those. It also avoids two people asking...

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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...

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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...

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I Went to New York with Google Glass. No One Hates Them Here…

You might have heard the hate issues associated with Google Glass. Well I would like to tell you my story of how someone either put me down or caused physical violence – but I can’t. And I went to one of the most populated areas in the world. I thought for sure with my recent trip to New York I would get a hater, an accausting of, or at least a “can you please take those off?” Yet all I got was the same questions people in my city would ask. When I arrived in NYC (and after attending part of a conference I was there for) I stopped into 5 Napkins restaurant. Located at 690 9th street in Hell’s Kitchen, this is one place I highly recommend you have a burger at. I arrived at the restaurant and the first person to notice Glass was the host...

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Mobilizr – Get Paid for Your Selfie – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI found a great way to make money off my selfie. That is with Mobilizr – a company that helps you promote your favorite brands and get rewarded for it. Lets say you like Geekazine. Simply send a picture through the app to promote it. This is a beta service for use. There are some campaigns up on the site right now which you would download the iOS or Android app to participate with. Earnings on Mobilizr depend on what the campaign offers. You can even set up your own campaign for other people to like. For more information, check out Mobilizr.net  

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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Recap

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got into New York at about 10 AM and headed right to the event. Hackers have been working over the last 24 hours. I am sad I couldn’t get to watch them in action but happy I got to see the end results during the hackathon. The presentation itself was well done. They only had 60 seconds to present and the MCs kept them to that – only giving extra time to technical issues. Some presenters were well oiled machines while others didn’t do that well. A couple presented a pitch but didn’t show a product. In a Hackathon you have to show your work at the end. I heard some tweets where presenters were not allowed to show their hack because of the rating of their presentation. This was to avoid the problems from last year presentations. There are...

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LiveU Streaming Packs LU400, LU500, Smart Grip Stick – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSVideo streaming is a great way to get a show out to the public right now. LiveU has been giving us ways to stream video to a streaming service or back to the station for live coverage. Using packs that have multiple wireless endpoints working in tandem, if one carrier cannot send the signal another one can help out. I talked with Avi Cohen, COO of LiveU about the newest versions of streaming devices. Avi showed us the LU500, a smaller backpack solution that has 6-8 4G cards inside to get the action. The LU500 is only 2.2 lbs and with the backpack allows for a cameraperson to be on the go. The LU500 battery will run for around 3 hours – depending on how you use the pack. You can connect a camera, computer, or used the quick editing feature inside...

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Livestream Unveils Google Glass App: My Livestream of NAB 2014

This week, Livestream announced their Glass app to stream directly to their services. I talked with Livestream and found that anyone with Glass and a connection to their servers can create video. I had to test it out of course. As I was heading into NAB, I turned on the stream. It was not without issue, though. The process to Livestream from Glass is as follows: Download the software to your Mac or PC Put your Google Glass into Debug mode Plug into the computer and run the Livestream software When complete, unplug Glass and turn debug mode off Go back to the computer and call up to Pair an event It will create a QR code to use Put on Glass and say these commands: OK Glass Livestream Tap to start a new stream Tap to agree Tap one more time Point Glass at the QR code...

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Day 3 – 360 Heros, Live Streaming, Sony A7s – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I took the long walk to upper south hall of NAB. I found the Intel innovation lounge with an interview theater made up of recliner seats. You could kick back and watch as new guests were interviewed by the crew. Wish I would have been able to kick back, but I had to get to work. I spent the morning learning about streaming media options. The first one was with a company called Streambox. They have an alternate streaming service for all broadcasters. You download the software (free) and send to their cloud. The plan works with the concurrent connections and bandwidth used for the stream. For $99, you can stream an hour of media for around 200-300 viewers. LiveU LiveU was at the show. I learned about their newest devices in the LU500, LU400 and streaming stick. The stick...

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Day 2 – Streaming, Vocalbooths, Video – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI spent day 2 of NAB expo in the lower south hall of LVCC. Before I headed there, I stopped by the NMX lounge to watch Don Baine stream his event live. Andy McCaskey was there, which was a great surprise. I got to talk with him, Rick Calvert and Patti Hoskins from NMX. Lots of big booths and great products to be seen in south hall. I started at Vocal booth where I found out how I can put a soundproof booth into any room and not disturb the neighbors. Guy Coleman mentioned these booths are even used in prisons as one-on-one video conferencing between inmates and lawyers, family, or other visitors. I stopped by the OWC booth as we talked about their new media solution in Jupiter – a SSD array that could fit on a desk or in...

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Day 1 of NAB 2014 – Cases, Lights and Streaming Boxes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDay 1 of the NAB show expo was informative and eye-opening. As a video podcaster, I checked out a lot of great items and new ways to create content. My first travels went to the North hall which saw a lot of broadcast specific items. These were hardware and software solutions which would cost broadcasters $10,ooo or more. While these are not things a normal podcaster would invest in, I still got to understand how things like closed captioning, satellite feeds, multi-studio broadcasting, and more worked. Central hall brought products I could sink my teeth into. I started with a company that produces camera teleprompters. This is something I see more home creators get into. You can set up an iPad with software, then place it in this device to read during your show. Control the speed with an app or...

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Amazon Fire TV: What This Streaming Device Needs to Win

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Did you get fooled today? Lots of April Fools jokes out there, so make sure you read through the whole article before you buy into it. Finished all the SXSW videos this last week except for one (and there is a reason why – more later). Now it’s time to get ready for NAB! I’ll be heading out on Friday. Last night was a laid back one for TWIGG. Luke and I talked about Android Wearables and how that affects Google Glass. We also debuted Chroma-key shirt, and debuted the Glass app – Beetlejuice. Download the code here 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...

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Contour Roller Mouse Red for Ergonomic Environment – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe mouse has been a part of our computers for years. Even though its been replaced by touchscreens and pads, there are still many professions that really need a mouse over a touch device. Creating video or music – for example – or even just doing some blogging and more. Contour has been around since 1995 making a mouse that helps elevate the issues.  From the standard mouse design to this Roller Mouse Red, Contour has continually strives to make the most comfortable mouse out there. Roller Mouse Red is a sliding scroll bar rather than a conventional mouse. Your hands stay static as your fingers move the bar left and right while rolling up and down. James notes this mouse is used in a lot of different medical professions, along with Oil rig companies. Check out the Contour Mouse Red...

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Absolute LoJack Challenge & My Stolen iPhone Story

NOTE: This is a post brought to you by Absolute LoJack. The Contest part is over. All opinions on software are those of Geekazine. Last week I announced a contest and talked about going #DigitallyDark for the Absolute LoJack Challenge. I have actually had this happen to me, which is a far better story than any “recreation” I could make. That is when I started thinking about better protecting my devices, especially since  I need them to do my job. Remember: A Laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. That laptop could have your vacation or kids photos, tax or other business documents, or even a list of all your passcodes for home and work. Worse yet, Consumer Reports states that 1.6 million smart phones were stolen. 100 devices stolen in 60 seconds! Some of them were NOT from cherry pickers (those who grab phones sitting on a table or bar). Some...

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Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It will have 2 GB of DDR3 memory, USB 3.0, Multiple SD card input and 802.11ac wireless. The first version will be running Android, but within a few months they will be transitioning to a full Linux OS (most likely Steam OS)....

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I’m Taking the Absolute LoJack Challenge

We are at an age where if we lose our connected devices, we feel lost or even violated. Not only is this a gateway to our friends and family through social apps, but it also contains our pictures, documents, lives – all on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Last July I had my iPhone stolen (also known as “Cherry picked”), which put me in a loop. I technically went through this challenge back then unwittingly. I ended up getting a $15 “burner” phone while I was on a 2 day trip, then replaced with an old smartphone to save money. Of course we know that a laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. The price of any iPhone on the black market is a couple hundred bucks – while you spend over $600 to replace it yourself. You might have insurance through renters or home owners insurance, but the...

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