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Dyson DC59 Animal – a Lightweight Vacuum Cleaner with Power

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe Dyson DC59 Animal is a versatile vacuum that is lightweight and with an improved battery, it can clean whatever room you need. Like… My house… Dyson believes the DC59 will finally say goodbye to owning the bigger closet space-taking vacuum. With multiple attachments, you can clean the floors, then clean the drapes and finally the couches and chairs. The DC59 also comes with a MAX power button which you can press for those power vacuuming jobs. The V6 motor is 1 1/2 times better than the previous. Without pressing the MAX button, you can get around 26 minutes of cleaning. The charging station can be wall mounted so you have a fully charged vacuum at your fingertips. The wall mount holds the vacuum and attachments, making it a one stop cleaning station. But in all – let’s face it geeks, it...

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Craftsman Surelink: Worlds first Internet Connected Garage Door – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSalvatore Parlatore from Craftsman joined us at the TPN CES Live coverage. They have over 6,000 products, and a lot of gear that is improved by technology. Craftsman Surelink is no different – It’s the world’s first internet connected garage door. If you’ve ever left in a hurry, you start to think 5 minutes later if you closed the garage door. Now, with this new device, you can check with your mobile device. It will tell you if it’s open, so you can close the door. Craftsman Surelink app is available for Android and iOS devices. When you log in (password security), you choose the garage door and find out if it’s open or closed. The best part is you don’t need to be around when the repairmen need to come in. You don’t need to hide a key, and you don’t need...

Sony Has New Google TV Blu-Ray, Set Top Box – CES 2012 0

Sony Has New Google TV Blu-Ray, Set Top Box – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSony is coming out with the next generation of set top boxes. Of course, Sony was the first to market with GoogleTV. The new media player and Blu-Ray player are being introduced. The simplified remote control has a touchpad on the front, with the home button. On the back side, there is a full QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is only active when facing upwards. That way, you don’t accidentally hit a button. “It all comes down to getting your content” Said Bill. “You’ve always had that content from your cable or satellite provider and from your disc media. But you also have that content people are looking for from Netflix or on the internet. What this does is bring all of that into one organized area. So you don’t have to switch between devices.” Sony focuses on separate boxes because consumers already purchased a...

LG Styler: Steam Removes Wrinkles, Odors – CES 2012 0

LG Styler: Steam Removes Wrinkles, Odors – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAt CES, we saw LG Styler. The LG Styler is the size of a refrigerator. You hang the clothes and start the cycle. Your shirts and pants will shake back and forth, as “True steam” penetrates the garments, remove the odors, wrinkles and freshens shirts and slacks up. The process takes about 39 minutes – a lot faster than it takes to wash the clothes. LG Styler is only available in South Korea and Japan. They want to bring it to market correctly, so expect to see it very soon. The price looks to be around $2000, but if you think about how much it costs to wash these clothes on a regular basis, you would end up saving money. The process also takes less water and not much energy. You would still need to dry clean and wash from time to time, but...

Setting Up My New Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z 0

Setting Up My New Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z

I had been warned that FedEx was on the way. The package arrived yesterday. I waited until both of us were present to open it find a Lenovo ThinkCentre M90Z, from a benefactor (I don’t know whether he wants to be named–I will leave that to him). So I was up until much later than I am used to setting it up. I love setting up a new computer and I had been wondering for some time what strategy to adopt to learn Windows 7 without spending gobs of money, so this was double the fun. I took it up to my computer corner and dug out a hub and couple of cables, since the existing hub was full; the box has built-in wireless, but I prefer cables when I can use them. I moved the printer to another location to make room on the walnut desk I...

ActionTec MyWirelessTV HDMI Adaptors Include Cavium’s PureVu 1

ActionTec MyWirelessTV HDMI Adaptors Include Cavium’s PureVu

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou might not know about ActionTec, but you may have their products in your home. They are the leading provider of routers and switches to 3rd party companies. Now they are coming to the consumers with a great product that gives you 1080p wirelessly within 150 feet. ActionTec announced a new line of HDMI products using the Cavium PureVu processor that allow you to push video across a wireless signal. Not only video, but full 1080p video. This can push even a 3D signal across the air to your TV with HDCP 2.0 Encryption. No wires to bury in walls, still have a great picture. Now you won’t need to have a Set Top Box or Blu-Ray player next to a TV. ActionTec HDMI Adaptor will be available soon for $200. You will get one transmitter and one receiver. Interview by Tom...

Moneual: Robotic Air Purifier, Moves Room to Room 0

Moneual: Robotic Air Purifier, Moves Room to Room

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMoneual makes PC cases – Moneual Home Theater PC cases to be exact. However, they were at CES with a new product. A Robotic air purifier that can move room – to – room. They actually had 6 items that all won innovation awards this year at CES. The air purifier – called Rydis H1004 Silvercare – can move room to room to purify. It will enter the room and work until pure, then move to another room. It is also a monitoring system for the elderly. The tablet on top and internet connection could also allow you to Skype someone while it’s purifying the air. A true multifunction device. So it’s like a robotic pet that can purify the air. Interview by Carissa O’Brien Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy....

ASP: Anti Sleep Pilot Keeps Drivers Focused on Road 0

ASP: Anti Sleep Pilot Keeps Drivers Focused on Road

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWe’ve all done it. Tried to get home, but our eyes just cannot focus on the road. Need sleep, but also need to get to your bed to do so. If we only had a coach to help us get home safe. That is what ASP is all about. It is the Anti Sleep Pilot that tells you if you are too drowsy to drive. Interestingly enough – There are ways to counter and get you home in one piece. Todd talks with Jesper about this interesting product. You start by taking a simple 2 minute survey. As you drive, this item helps you calculate your drowsiness. Throughout the drive, it will make a sound where you have to touch the device. By doing this, it can determine if you need a break and even refocus you on the road. ASP will...

Wilson Electronics Amplify 4G LTE, WiMAX, AWS with in-Home, Mobile Booster 0

Wilson Electronics Amplify 4G LTE, WiMAX, AWS with in-Home, Mobile Booster

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs a smartphone user, I know that there are great spots to get phone signal and poor spots. Add in the brand new 4G standards (LTE, WiMAX and AWS bands) – You might get frustrated with your signal. Wilson Electronics has a range of in-home and soon mobile boosters that will help you amplify your signal. The mobile boosters will be out later in the year, but if you live in an area that is farther from a 4G signal, this device will help boost. The boosters will allow multiple phones and data cards to be used simultaneously. They also support CDMA, TDMA, GSM, AMPS and 1x and 3x data protocols HSDPA, EVDO and EDGE. Since the booster is installed in your house, there is no need to connect straight to your device. The booster also includes a gain, so you can...

HP Data Vault x510’s Little Brother x310 Home Servers Side by Side Review 2

HP Data Vault x510’s Little Brother x310 Home Servers Side by Side Review

Jeffrey Powers Talks about the Data Vault x310 and compares to the Data Vault x510

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office 3

HP StorageWorks x510 Data Vault Perfect for Any Home or Office

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEditors Disclaimer: This StorageWorks x510 Data Vault is a review unit sent to me from HP. They asked me to test and report my findings. Although the Data Vault is a review model, my review is based on honest observations. Any questions – please refer to the review policy page for more information When I first pulled this device out of the box, I thought to myself – Wow. It’s not like my last Data Storage device. The last one was 3x the size, held 5 SCSI drives that didn’t even go to 100 GB, had two power supplies and weighed about 100 lbs. I looked like one of those guys in the Worlds Strongest Man Competition trying to haul that puppy up and downstairs when I moved it. All right — Let’s start with the basics. The X510 case doesn’t even...

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick 2

16 Tech Innovations that didn’t quite stick

You might remember the products. You might remember the hype. Then, you are tooling down highway 41 years later and all of a sudden you think to yourself – “Hey, whatever happened to…” Failed ideas. Maybe it was a great idea, but wasn’t made right, or design errors brought it down. Maybe it was just a bad product. Well, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see if we cannot repeat these errors again. Oh yeah, why 16? Well because we could. The Computer Watch: Whether it was the Ruputer, the MSN Direct ‘Smart’ Watches, the Timex Data Link Watch or another gadget watch – BTW – I remember having a “Transformers watch”. It was awesome! Still, the Dick Tracey style communication watches, the “Computer on a wrist”, never really hit it off. I even remember a watch that gave you directions. You would put in the...

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go? 0

Ramblings 6-28-09 – Where’d the Week Go?

Busy Week Thanks for coming to the site. We had another great week – busy week. It was a lot of fun and really productive. Post – HPTF Of course, we went to Vegas the week before to cover the HP Technology Forum Expo. Andy McCaskey, Kara Karsten and myself were working hard with interviews, product reviews and more. This week was planning to get some of the videos out to you. So far, we’ve posted the HP POD video on Friday and have a lot more coming soon. Summer of Podcasts – Podcast Carnivale This is what really took up the majority of the week. The last month I have been working hard in getting prizes together. Now it’s time to put a contest together. That is where the Summer of Podcasts comes in. Each week, Podcasters will be giving out codewords during their shows. We will...

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas 1

Ramblings – 6-21-09 – Las Vegas

Day Off – Sort of A late Ramblings this week as I decided to stay offline last week. It was a long week and I was playing all weekend. It has been a while since I last took more than 24 hours off a computer, so that is a big feat for me. HP Tech Forum I had a fun time talking and working with Andy McCaskey and Kara Karsten with SDRNews. We had such a blast. We also put forward the mobile interview booth rig. We call it the “MacGyver” rig. Nonetheless, it was connected to uStream and we were able to conduct a few interviews for the event. Check out all the info on the Twitter log at #HPTF. Great to meet some new bloggers: Shane Pitman of Neowin, John Obeto of AbsoluteWindows. We had a great week along with Halley, Tom, Calvin and Rebecca from...

March Techpodcast Roundtable 0

March Techpodcast Roundtable

Saturday March 21, 2009 – 4pm Eastern – 1pm Pacific We have three presentations * United Plastics – Soundproofing the Home Theater and Podcast Studio * OReilly Technical School – Online Certification Programs thru University of Illinois * Geekazine Podcast – Jeff Powers Secrets of Microphone Placement and EQ Free TV : Ustream

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs? 0

Will Customer Service Suffer from Layoffs?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBrought to you by Citrix’ GotoMeeting – Free 30 day trial – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. You’ve been working at your job for years. You’ve made lots of money for the company and are the most loyal employee they know of. Yet, tough times are ahead and the company decides you are one of the 10% they have to let go to stay afloat. It’s a frustrating thing to have happen, but what are you gonna do? Now let’s flip that: You are at your job and survive the cut, but now you are in the position to take up a part of that person who was laid off. As companies like Intel and Google are looking at trimming the fat, it makes the average consumer wonder – what will our customer experience be without 10% of the workforce?

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle 0

LIVE Show – 12-29-08 – Rob Greenlee from Zune, Gary Leland from PodcastPickle

Wow. What a great LIVE Show to end out the year. We had 2 great guests that are both in the Podcast range, therefore we talked a lot about Podcasting. Rob Greenlee is the Podcast Content Director at Zune, and Gary Leland runs the website PodcastPickle.com. We talked a lot about Podcasting, how Zune is running podcasts, associations of Podcasts to iTunes, if MP3 players are stepping aside for Smartphones, if a Zune Phone will be out and a lot more. We also talked about Twitter, Microsoft Home Server, Vista, Quad-core Laptops and a lot more. Hour 1 Hour 2

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True? 0

Did the Geekazine 2008 Predictions Come True?

Wow. It was about a year ago I asked for people to send in thoughts as to what to expect in 2008. I also made some Technology predictions. But the real question was – How far off was I? This is actually part 1 of a 2-part story. This first part reviews the predictions I made last year and how far off I was. Part 2 will have this years predictions, including predictions from CEO’s CTO’s TechPodcasters and even a Psychic. So without any further ado, let’s pick apart my idiocy from last year: OLPC will have some growing pains. The first part of OLPC will be the easiest. Maintaining the machines will be the trick. Microsoft coming onboard will muddy the water, but they might be able to do things like offer a better support network to third world countries.

Weekend In Tech History – 10-24-08 – The Internet 0

Weekend In Tech History – 10-24-08 – The Internet

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBrought to you by: Online meetings made easy. Try GoToMeeting FREE for 30 days! www.gotomeeting.com/techpodcasts In the Weekend edition of Week in Tech History, the Federal Networking Council, along with the DoD, NSF, NASA and others, officially coin the word “Internet” on Oct 24th, 1995. The Resolution names TCP/IP and other IP related protocols to create “accessability to publicly or privaely high level services layered on the communications and related infrastructure”. Other events include Mac OS 10.3 release, the Playstation 2 is released in the US, The Osborne Vixen and Encore computers are announced and Windows XP Home and Professional editions are released. This, along with the Colbert Facebook app hitting 1 million followers and a lot more make up the weekend edition of the Weekend in Tech History Podcast.

Can Technology help Stabilize us Financially? 0

Can Technology help Stabilize us Financially?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAudio Podcast Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – Download FREE Practice Tests. Use Code Geek08 for discounts. The Economy is in Danger. Banks and Institutions are in a financial pickle. With the fall of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because of bad business decisions and a Blind eye to investors building more homes than Americans need, financial institutions could collapse upon themselves. To protect their money, they could make it harder for Businesses to get loans.

What if Microsoft went Open Source? 0

What if Microsoft went Open Source?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOpen Source seems to be a growing movement. Not everything is part of the “GNU General Public License” though.  Some have even gone as far to make their own Public License standard. Microsoft does have some Open Source to them, but what would happen if they took their Operating System to that standard? Would people accept the Microsoft OS, or would they finally make the switch to Linux? Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – 25% off Training materials if you use code “Geek08”.

Dell Buzz on Possible Phone? 0

Dell Buzz on Possible Phone?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGigaOM’s OM Malik talked with Michael Dell about the company a couple weeks back. Michael made some statements whose predictions at times were no easier than determining Nostradamus’ writings. Yet other websites interpreted it in saying that Dell is hinting on making a phone to rival iPhone. While it’s not an impossibility, will Dell get into the market or are they playing on the media to ilicit a response from the public? The Quickcast is brought to you by Gotomeeting. Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days at GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. No credit card needed.

The Computers in My Life 1

The Computers in My Life

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt was a Commodore Vic 20. We were up North at our Grandma’s house for Christmas in 1981. Our cousins had a Vic20 and we played some cool games. When we got home at the end of the week, we opened our presents and low and behold, we had a Vic 20. I swear I got up early every day of Winter break to play on this new machine. I did have to fight for use with the rest of my family, but I think I got some good time on it.

It’s the End of the DVD As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) 0

It’s the End of the DVD As We Know It (and I Feel Fine)

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThat’s great, it started with video tapes, movies in the home at 8, Lenny Bruce is still not afraid. I remember when we got our first VCR. It was a Betamax and we had some of the coolest movies. Of course, the Beta went the way of the do do bird. Then it was VHS. Come and almost gone. Now it’s the DVDs turn. Earlier in the year the big question was “Who was going to replace DVD’s: HD DVD or Blu-Ray?” Now we know that answer – but does it matter? Blu-Ray players really haven’t been selling like hotcakes and if you have one, you know that it’s not the fastest thing on the planet. The ultimate irony is that Sony owned Beta and lost to VHS. Now Sony won with Blu-Ray, but will that only...

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage? 0

Do We Need Comcast to Cap Bandwidth Usage?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt would be interesting to see how much bandwidth I go through a month. Uploading shows, ustream channel, downloading software updates and media content.  All of it legally. There are some that decide to use their internet connection without abandon. They download movies, music and computer programs without legally paying for it. I have seen many downloading 4 to 5 items at a time, which at gigabytes at a pop, it’s a lot of data that passes through. And with programs like bittorrent, not only does it download the items, but it turns your computer into a “Seed” in which others can use to pull from. Comcast is working on a model to cap bandwidth per month. For some it won’t be noticeable. For the internet Zealot, they might find it tougher to work and or play....

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