Tagged: iPhone

The iPhone debuted in 2007 as Apple’s answer to the new emerging category of “Smartphone“. Steve Jobs announced the new phone and all it’s capabilities, which pretty much changed the phone market. The first version of iPhone ran on AT&T and used the Edge network for internet access. Since then, Apple has come out with a 3G model and expanded to Verizon network. The iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 have been released. iPhone 5 is expected in Q3 of 2011.

Using an iPad, Tonebridge, Tabs, and iRig Stomp when Playing Your Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you’ve played guitar, you’ve seen other’s guitar pedal rigs. A big box filled with pedals and power cords so they can get the right sound for a song. But what if you could jam that all into one pedal? What if I said you can with an iPad, two apps, and a single pedal? You can then play your guitar and make it sound as close to the actual artist as possible. My guitar setup Simply put, I have an iPad Pro 10.5 (2017 model). Inside are two apps: Tonebridge, and Tabs. Both of these apps are made by Ultimate Guitar. Tonebridge App A simple app that turns the tone of a song into a simple pedal. Want to play “Stairway to Heaven”? Maybe some “Back in Black”, or “Purple Rain”? Just choose the pedal from the list. Each pedal allows...

Switcher Studio Uses Your Phone for Facebook Live Cameras

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis is not a new idea, but it is a newer innovation. Systems have tried to incorporate mobile video in their production switchers, but there has normally been a fail, especially when audio is involved. Switcher Studio has worked out that problem and turned their program to all mobile devices. I first saw this program at SXSW when a one-on-one interview was being conducted. Two phones, one iPad (for switching the video content). The phones would connect to the iPad via WiFi, then the iPad would not only swap out the video, but also add lower 3rds, graphics, and pre-recorded scenes. I grilled Switcher Studio on the latency issues. The biggest issue being lag from a phone to the audio track being supplied. I was assured that as long as audio came into the iPad via Lightning or headset, it will match...

Earin M-2 Wireless Earbud Headphones for iPhone, Android

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 noisy...

Rowkin Bit Charge Wireless Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWith the iPhone 7’s loss of headphone jack, you might be looking at wireless headphones for your music or movie listening needs. While I was on travel last week, I checked out the Rowkin Bit Charge. This is a Bluetooth headset that will give you about 2 hours of music and recharge in an hour. I can even use this for phone calls and as a headset microphone. While the latency won’t let you create music in Garageband, it will let you listen to music and watch TV or movies without issue. Pairing the headset is easy and it can pair with multiple items. The headset also has a microphone, so it can be used to answer phone calls, talk to Siri, or even record on Facebook Live, YouTube, Periscope and more. I recorded a couple Instagram stories using the headset in...

How to Facebook Live Through iOS Using Wirecast Go, Teradek Live Solo

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFacebook Live is a great way to run video, but you have no options for a lower 3rd, overlay graphics, watermark or anything else. There are two iOS apps out there that allow you to do that from Wirecast and Teradek. I show you what you have to do to set up the Live from your profile, and then each app. What You Need for iOS Setup The common RTMP url is: rtmp://rtmp-api.facebook.com:80/rtmp/ Set up the RTMP security key, if you streaming from a Facebook Page, go to Publishing Tools (top of page) -> Video Library (left of page) -> “+Live” Button (top of page). If you are trying to stream from your own profile, you will need help with the setup. iag.me set up a button. Get the LINK here. iOS Apps to accomplish extra options like lower 3rds Get Wirecast Go Get...

Sampletank 2 for iOS Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToday I’m looking at Sampletank 2 – an iOS app that allows you to create grooves and samples for your DJ or acoustic rock shows. With over 1,900 high quality samples, you can create, save and play your works through your iPad or iPhone. Connect up a iRig Keys or iRig Pads for more control. Sampletank can be run in 2 modes – recording (Song) and live. In the live mode, set up your instruments and patterns you plan to play. You can change or mute them upon a touch. You can also adjust pan, volume, EQ, and reverb to get the right sound. Layer mode allows you to assign items to your MIDI controller, then recall by simply hitting a button. In Song mode you can create loops or samples. Create new patterns or choose from the pre-programmed patterns to spruce...

Star Trek Divergence: This Isn’t Your Father’s Star Trek

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThis week we talk about the Divergence in Star Trek and how the franchise grew from it. We also have images from Comic Con from Amanda Blain, Calvin Lee, and more! I also talk about the HP Pavillion x360, ToughTested USB Charger and the issues I had with copyright when trying to do this Facebook Live Video! Morning Geeks! Episode 13 show notes: – Goodbye Gary Marshall We start on a somber note as we pay tribute to a geek of film, Gary Marshall. This man shaped our viewing habits in so many ways. From Dick Van Dyke Show, Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, to Pretty Woman, the new Odd Couple, and even the upcoming movie called “Mother’s Day”. There is a bad joke out there saying Scott Baio took him over the line after the announcement that he...

The Fanaticism that is Pokemon Go

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt’s all about that Pokemon-Go app, isn’t it? Not really, but we will be talking heavily about how this game has changed the mobile rules. If you think it can’t get better / worse, you are grossly mistaken! Morning Geeks! Episode 12 Show Notes: – Check out C.C. Chapman’s instagrams of Mark Hamill at Star Wars Celebration – Looking at the Monoprice 25 Watt Hybrid Tube Amp: – The smallest Nintendo system – Google updates the mobile search – We get to see Kid Flash for the first time – New Live streaming deals on Facebook and Twitter – Daleks can take over your phone? EXTERMINATE! – A mesmerizing string clock – Battle Simulator app – New Movies in Ghostbusters and Phantom Boy – StarWars Rebels – Preview of A Monster Calls

Cool Things You Should Have During a Power Outage

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSso your summer is going well, but that big storm hits and you lose power in the house. Sometimes it’s for an hour. Other times it could go all night. But fear not, because there are some simple things you can do to get through a hot, sweltering night and still have some creature comforts of home! Most items can be found at the store: http://geekazine.com/stormready USB chargers I get a lot of these at conventions – seems to be the new swag. The idea is to use these things to charge your phone when it’s down to 10%. Some can get you back to 50%, some can fully charge your phone 2-3 times. I have used many chargers. One in particular is the MyCharge Razor. 6000 mAh will allow you to keep a phone charged, and also turn it into a...

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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iRig Mic Field Improves iPhone, iPad Audio from IK Multimedia – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIK Multimedia showed off a stereo/mono audio device for your iOS device that allows for cleaner audio in the iRig Mic Field. Perfect when capturing that song you love at a concert or even when capturing video of your kids playing outside. The iRig Mic Field connects to the lightning jack of your iOS device. With the iRig Recorder, you can capture and edit your audio easily. Turn the Field to a landscape mode and record in stereo. Flip it the other way for a mono recording. The lighting plug allows for digital recording of up to 24-bit with a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. The mic contains two condenser capsules that have a 115 dB SPL rating and built in low-noise preamp. This will help keep the live recordings sounding a lot clearer than from your iOS microphone. iRig Mic Field is available...

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Motorola Droid Turbo Give Battery Life to Your Phone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn today’s mobile world, we want one thing from our smartphones – the ability to hold battery life. The Motorola DROID Turbo is the latest in high-end battery smartphones that not only holds charge, but can recharge 30% within 15 minutes. On the Verizon Network it becomes the workhorse you need for when you need it. Now usually I take a week or two to get to know the phone then review. Every now and then I like to slow a review period down to really get to know the phone. Would it become a phone I could use for the next two years? I also took it with me to the biggest battleground I know of. The Consumer Electronics Show. If you’ve ever went to a major event like this, you know two things – at the end of the day your...

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FlirOne Thermal Imaging for iOS and Android – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 good...

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Motrr Galileo Robotic Gimbal with GoPro Mount Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I create content – especially as a one person crew – I’m always looking for ways to make my cameras do more. When I saw the Motrr Galelieo last year I thought this would be a great way to do that. But not living in an iPhone world, it wasn’t a device I could use. Now, Motrr has come out with the GoPro mount to the Galelio. This compliments my video as I can now put the GoPro on a table or up on a tripod to pan audiences or get a timelapse of an event. Get the Motrr Galileo Bluetooth at Amazon About the Motrr Galileo Lets look at the unit itself. The Motrr comes white or black and looks like a hockey puck. The Motrr can rotate clockwise or counter and its top can be twisted vertical so you can...

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Podcast Microphones: Audio-Technica ATR2100 vs. IK Multimedia iRig mic HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWe have another podcast microphone showdown as I look at two USB podcast mics that you can use for recording audio. Audio-Technica’s popular ATR2100 USB/XLR hybrid microphone and IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD USB/iPad microphone. I have pitted the 2100 against the 2500 but now we’re looking at podcast microphone vs. podcast microphone. You can use these microphones with all iOS, Mac and PC software. These microphones will not work on an Android phone without 3rd party adapters. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD This is a Condenser microphone only in USB format. The micro USB cord is interchangable with USB, iOS 30-pin and lightning cables. One side of the microphone is a db volume dial and the other is an indicator light. The light is blue during passive sound states, green when signal is coming through and red if the signal is clipping. The iRig...

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AmpRidge Mighty Mic S: iPhone, Android Boom Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToday I am looking at the AmpRidge Mighty Mic S. This is a boom style microphone which you can use for your iOS or Andriod device – anything with a 3-pole headset. The microphone is small so it can fit in your pocket. A windscreen is provided to help keep wind noise down and a case is also provided so it doesn’t get pocket lint. The mic also has a headphone jack so you can monitor the recording. AmpRidge doesn’t give any specs to this microphone, but within testing via a Real Time Analyzer, the microphone can reduce the background noise by 5-10 db. That means if you are trying to record that rock concert and someone behind you is talking, you hear less of him and more of the music. Get the Ampridge MightyMic S Shotgun Video Microphone MMS at Amazon But...

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Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 the...

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Knotable Organizes Email for Collaboration – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 the...

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

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 out...

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Mimi Smart Hearing Uses iPhone to Improve Hearing – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSEver been in a location where you cannot hear the other person because of the bounce of a room? MIMI has a solution – throw your headphones on and adjust the room sound so you can hear the other people. I personally have a hard time hearing female voices due to the fact I am a drummer. Even the noisy bustle sound at Disrupt and the quieter voice of Eva Maria Zoll made it tough to hear. The best part was I put my headphones on and ran the app – I was able to hear her voice better. The app brings you through a quick hearing test which can tell you where your loss is at. Switch over to the active part and adjust the levels so you can hear the conversation. MIMI is also working on a Bluetooth LE headset...

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Apple Beats: What is Tim Cook-ing up at Apple?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Last week I was in New York for TechCrunch Disrupt. I got some great videos and tons of awesome footage of Times Square. However, when I returned my back decided to rebel from carrying 40 lbs throughout the city. Its been a tough weekend of recouping. Before the back siezed up I was able to hit some Friday garage sales with my brother. We hit an ultimate score – 2 totes full of in-box Spawn and Star Wars figures. We got it for a deal and are figuring out the next steps. If anyone wants to buy some, let me know. Last night’s TWIGG had a lot of great news. The Glass teardown found the device cost $150 to make – $200-250 with software and R&D. We had to ask why Glass was still $1,500. HP sent me 2 new devices which...

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Motorola Droid Maxx vs. Motorola Moto-X – Android Throwdown

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThere are a lot of Android, Windows and iOS phones out on the market. Old and new, it gets really confusing to try and find a phone that will work for you. I talked with the folks at Verizon and they agree – they want to get you a phone that works for your needs. That is why we are running a series of videos putting different phones together. I will be talking their good points and bad. In this video, I take the larger Motorola Droid Maxx and pit it with the Motorola Moto X. Both phones will go through a few tests with battery and software usage. I’ll report on their results. Motorola Droid Maxx The price right now is $99.99 with 2 year contract or $499 out of contract. But this Android device is really for those of you...

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A More In-Depth Look at Amazon FireTV

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Lots of great stuff this week as I prepare for NYC and TechCrunch Disrupt. Finishing up the NAB videos this week. Also catching up on some products I had in the wings for a couple months. The studio is getting a spring cleaning so it may look a little different. My office is a mess with boxes and gear I set to the side. I can barely walk through the room anymore! Still waiting on the Aereo vs ABC supreme court ruling. I’ll keep you updated if anything changes. TWIGG was awesome last night but I am having a hard time trying to really understand Google Hangouts. The service took my microphone sound and clipped it. Since I can’t hear my own voice, I had no idea until it posted. I’ll have it fixed by next show. Thanks to all that emailed...

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