Tagged: smartphone

‘Block’ Connection Blocking Phone Case

As much as technology has improved our lives, it has also had some unintended side effects. People find it hard to tear themselves away from their phones. Sometimes they even ignore those in the real world in favor of what is going on on their device. It is especially annoying when you are talking with someone and they are constantly checking their phone. Some people have even walked into traffic and been killed by cars because they were glued to their phone screen. It’s a real problem that proves that too much of a good thing can be very bad. So it is important to disconnect now and then and be a part of the real world. That’s where “Block” comes in handy. It is a connection-blocking case with a sleek appearance. If you want to prevent messages, calls and notifications from distracting you, just place your mobile...

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...

Google Pixel Phone Video Review: Pros and Cons

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGoogle nixed their Nexus line to start Pixel – a next generation Android device that focuses on display and VR. But there are a lot of other cool reasons you might get this phone. Our friends at Verizon Wireless have loaned me a phone for review, but I have not been compensated for this review. All opinions are that of Geekazine. Let’s look at the Pros and Cons, Followed by a full review of the phone. There are two types of Pixel phone out there – the 5 inch Pixel, which I have here, or the 5.5 inch Pixel XL. The Pixel contains a 2770 mAh battery, Full HD screen at 441 ppi, talk time of 26 hours, and standby time of 19 days. Both Pixel and XL have a Snapdragon 821 chip-set and Adreno 530 GPU inside. RAM is 4...

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...

5 Awesome iPhone Features You Should Be Aware of

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe Apple iPhone can do a lot more than you think. It has to be accessible and usable for many, so there are features that can help you make your iPhone cater to you. From being able to read the screen to usage throughout the day. There are many cool things you can do with your iPhone – I look at 5 different items that help your usage. Check out my Review of the iPhone 6s 5. Change that Passcode You might be using Fingerprint options for the passcode, but some people need something more secure than 4-6 digits. You can change your iPhone to a alpha-numeric style. Simply go to Settings – Touch ID and Passcode (enter passcode) – Change Passcode (enter your passcode) – then choose Passcode Options to set an alpha-numeric code. 4. Set it to the Night...

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...

Saramonic Smartmix for iPhone, Android, DSLR Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI always try to find a good solution for audio when recording out. When I am portable, I need a rig that has a small footprint but can do much more. When I first saw the Saramonic Smartmix, I thought it could be a great video companion for my smartphone. Yet, it does a lot more. The Smartmix is a microphone preamp that allows you to record up to 3 microphones to your camera or smartphone. The mixer also gives those DSLR cameras a headphone jack so you know what type of sound is coming out. The Unboxing First part of the video is the unboxing, which unveils the main unit, clamp and handle for most Smartphones (iOS or Android), two position-able microphones, mini XLR to XLR adapter cable, and two cables to connect to your smartphone. The Specs: Saramonic Smartmixer...

iRig UA for Android versus iRig HD for iOS Video Comparison

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember building my first pedal board out of an old record player. The size was wide enough that I could hinge onto my Peavey Rage amplifier. I had a Wah/Volume, Reverb and Doubler pedals which I affixed to the board and plugged into the power strip. It was crude, but it worked really well. Today, all you need is a smartphone to not only get all those pedals, but a plethora of amps and microphones as well. Digital guitar modeling has majorly progressed in the last 5 years – especially with companies like IK Multimedia who are pushing the boundaries for musicians. A guitar player might just walk in with their ax and a tablet that plugs right into the soundboard. No more amps. No more pedal boards that lie on the ground to get beer spilled on them. The...


iPhone 6 Rumors Dissected – Why is it Called iPhone 6 Anyway?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSeptember 9th, 2014. That is the date of the upcoming iPhone event. The quintessential reset to the world of smartphone technology. But what are we going to see? Will a watch be part of it? “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” That came from the man who helped bring the iPhone into our world, Steve Jobs. It wasn’t the first Smartphone – they have been around before any iPhone ever came out. Nonetheless, it was the iPhone that made the smartphone. With Jobs vision, the first device was both mesmerizing and confusing. Fast forward...


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...


Mimi Smart Hearing Uses iPhone to Improve Hearing – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

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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...


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

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...


Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 Smartphone Add-On Camera – SXSW 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got to try the Sony Cybershot DSC QX10 camera. This is the camera that wirelessly connects to the smartphone and takes over the camera. The 18 megapixel camera can bring higher quality photos into your camera. The add-on lens is one of 2 in the Sony line (QX100 being the higher-end version). The advantages of this camera are you can use your smartphone to capture, then upload photos using the 3G/4G service. You can also disconnect the lens to hold up high while you watch the viewfinder to take the pictures. Finally, the optical zoom of 10x lets you get close-up shots of about 20 feet away. The disadvantages are this lens needs to be charged to use, although you can switch out battery packs for continued photos. The other downfall is how the lens weighs down...

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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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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...


Why Apple, Google Bested Coca-Cola as Top Global Brand

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Was proud of iPad365 – not only on “New and Noteworthy”, but also on “What’s Hot” in Technology. I broke down and joined Empire Avenue. My stock jumped to $58.51 in the first two days. Does that mean I’m rich?  Spent the weekend relaxing – on Sunday we did Tandem Kayaking on Lake Monona. Not an easy task at times. Last night’s TWIGG we talked on XE10 and the upcoming GDK for Google Glass. I also tried Google Hangouts with Q&A. While I liked how it worked, in the end the quality wasn’t there. Not sure if the problem wasn’t as much Google as it was my Macbook Pro. I really need to find a way to upgrade my computer so that doesn’t happen again. CES planning is underway. This year – we’re doing a Crowdfund! Expect it to start Oct...


Plantronics Voyager Legend UC Bluetooth Headset

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA few weeks ago I got to talk with the folks at Plantronics. They showed me this neat Bluetooth headset in the Voyager Legend UC. It has the ability to connect up to your computer, smartphone or tablet. Best part – you can have the device connected to two computers at the same time. About the Plantronics Voyager Legend UC The Voyager Legend UC is an earpiece Bluetooth headset that is also a smart headset. you can press a button and speak a command. You can also activate your smartphone’s voice commands, speak to text and more. A CES Innovations award winner, the UC headset can be paired with your smartphone, tablet or PC. For those computers without Bluetooth, the UC also comes with a USB dongle. The UC Legend also comes with 7 hour talk time battery and 11 days...


LiveStreaming from YouTube, It’s Geek Smack!

Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Last week Google announced people will be getting livestream ability to their YouTube account. I am not a big LiveStream fan on my podcast because its just another thing to go wrong. I decided to stream and record this episode. A couple glitches but overall not a bad job. Did record episode #2 of This Week in Google Glass with new Co-Host Luk Wallace. Check out the news of Google Glass on this new show. My 10,000 step challenge has taken some new turns as Drumming and lawn mowing really help. I ran out of gas so I have a half-mown lawn. Will Finish later today. 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:...


Viotech Communications eHome: Multi-Play in Your Home – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe are getting to an age where a central hub pushes video and more from one device to another. Viotch Communications is one of those companies working on new ideas in this field. Viotech eHome is a set top box that will push content from one device to another and even another. With Viotech’s HomeB box, you can send to a TV, computer, tablet or smartphone and even send to more than one device at a time. That way Mom can watch her shows in one room, the kids can grab the tablet and watch in the play room and Dad can be in the Garage watching from his computer. (Viotech.net) [cessponsor] Video by Scott Ertz of F5 Live.


Lowes Iris: Modular Home Security – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe smartphone is changing security monitoring and home automation  – with consumers demanding the ease of use of app based display and control. Smartphone connectivity and apps permit Lowe’s to offer packages like the Smart Kit and Safe and Secure are basic security systems in a box.  In addition to hardware  such as plant monitors, smoke detectors, instrusion alarms, medical alert or area coverage monitors, Lowes now offers a variety of monitoring services that that can trigger alert or safety alarms. Integration of pet doors, sprinkler systems and other sensors all combine to observe the daily routine of seniors and alert via SMS is less than $15 per month. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com [cessponsor]

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Worth Avenue Group Protects Your Electronics – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe’ve talked with Worth Avenue Group for the last few years about insurance for mobile devices and other electronics. Everything from your smartphone to that 50″ TV and more. Nick and I am joined on the Live TPN CES action with Quang Ha about what Worth Avenue Group is all about. They cover theft, vandalism, fire and more. Worth Avenue Group is about unlimited incidents which makes it cheaper than Apple care plus. [cessponsor] If your device gets damaged, contact Worth Avenue Group and they will help in finding a local company to fix your devices so you get it back as soon as possible. It only takes one time to break a device and the need to get it fixed as soon as possible. Video by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live and Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine Watch me smack an iPhone with Worth Avenue Group

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Nikon D5200, Wireless Adapters WU-1a, WU-1b Connect to Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Nikon introduced 2 new adapters that allow a camera to connect to a smartphone via wireless. The adaptors – WU–1a and WU–1b – can be used with new models of Nikon cameras. Nikon D5200 Nikon’s newest line of camera is the Nikon D5200; a 24.1 megapixel single lens reflex digital camera with 14 bit RAW, JPEG at 1:4, 1:8 or 1:16 compression. ISO sensitivity range is 100 to 6400. The D5200 interchangable lenses can find you the right shot anytime. Nikon starts at $796 – body only. If you are getting into photography then Nikon 1 S1 ($499) mirrorless camera and Nikon J3 ($599) mirrorless might be your style. Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.


MyCharge Adds Lightning Connector to Devices – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBattery recharging units are a necessity for some. I remember when there were one or two companies – now there are several trying to help charge your smartphone or tablet. Take MyCharge for example: They unveiled a whole new line of portable charging solutions. Different colors and designs to fit your lifestyle. MyCharge has the cords built-in. They also have the ability to charge 3 items at once. Of course Apple changed to the Lightning connector. MyCharge is working to bring that 9-pin version to you, expected around spingtime. Depending on the charger you decide on, the price can range from $39 to $129. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network [cessponsor]


Hercules Holder Turns Cup Holder into Smartphone Stand – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I do this all the time; I pull my smartphone out of my pocket and throw it upside-down in the cup holder. When I need to get to the phone it’s always in an odd place. Well the crew at HerculesHolder.com might have the solution. These fit in the cup holders and look like hands that hold on to your smartphone. If you are using it for music, turn-by-turn directions or just trying to charge the phone the Hercules Holder will hold your smartphone for you. Hercules Holder can also sit on a desk to keep your phone upright. It works in any type of cupholder so the kids can use it to play games or watch videos. [cessponsor] TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews