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Marvel Offers Free (Digital) Comics Today

Posted by Langley at 9:55 AM on July 22, 2014

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In celebration of reaching over 7 million Likes on Facebook, Marvel comics is offering free digital comics throughout the day today.

New York, NY – July 22nd, 2014 – Marvel is excited to announce that it now has reached 7 million+ Likes on the Marvel Facebook page. In order to celebrate this massive social achievement, Marvel is offering all visitors to the Marvel Facebook page exclusive and unlocked first-looks at upcoming Marvel projects and FREE digital comics throughout the day.

Starting at 12PM EST, with new content unlocked every other hour, Marvel Facebook fans and visitors will be the first to see exclusive content and be offered FREE digital comics for a very limited time* to read through the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone ®, iPad ®, iPod Touch ® & Android ™ devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

Marvel has been shoveling out tons of announcements lately, and will no doubt have more once San Diego Comic Con starts later this week.

Stay tuned to Geek News Central for photos and news from SDCC.

GNC #966 T-Minus 34

Posted by geeknews at 11:56 PM on July 21, 2014

I want to thank all the new GNC 1000 supporters listed below. Great mix of content tonight and the new battle for municipal broadband projects get real. Also update on my Transformation. Discounts are still available by using promo code podcast or visit mypurium.com/podcast

GNC 1000 Announcements:
Big Kahuna Robert
Big Kahuna Todd
Big Kahuna Dale
Warrior Gary, Michael , Denise, Bo & Andrew

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Turn Photos of Your Lunch Into Real Meals

Posted by JenThorpe at 6:33 AM on July 21, 2014

Virgin Mobile logoHave you ever taken a photo of your lunch, or dinner, and posted it to your favorite form of social media? Some of your friends might like your photo, but that’s about all that can happen with it. Virgin Mobile is giving people in Australia a way to turn their food pics into real meals. This may influence people to post food photos more frequently than usual – but that isn’t a bad thing!

You can turn a photo of food into a real meal for someone else. It is very easy to do. First, take a photo of delicious food. Next, share it on Twitter with the hashtag #mealforameal. OzHarvest will feed someone who is in need every time a person shares a food photo with that hashtag attached to it. The entire thing is being run by Virgin Mobile. You must be in Australia in order to participate in this interesting and helpful campaign.

OzHarvest is the only food rescue organization in Australia. They collect surplus food from fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, restaurants, delis, cafes, film and TV shoots, and more. They deliver that food directly to 500 charities in Australia (free of charge). The charities can use it to feed people who are in need.

There is some “fine print” to be aware of. First, as I mentioned, you cannot participate if you aren’t in Australia. You cannot submit more than 3 food photos, with the hashtag, per day. (Well, you could, but they won’t accept more than 3 per day). Participating gives Virgin Mobile permission to re-share any content in your submission “including a perpetual, royalty-free and worldwide license to use any works under the Copyright Act”.

The campaign began on July 9, 2014, and will continue through November 3, 2014 (unless they decide to end it sooner). Their goal is to share 400,000 meals. I am looking forward to seeing the food photos that my Australian friends post to Twitter with #mealforameal. I like that this campaign is free to participate in and that it makes it easy for people to help others.

New Media Show #53 Dan Franks of Podcast Movement

Posted by geeknews at 4:18 PM on July 19, 2014

Rob and Todd have a great conversations with Dan Franks about the upcoming Podcast Movement conference in Dallas August 15-17. We also cover some exciting trends we are seeing in the podcasting space.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:50 PM on July 18, 2014

samsung1One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot.

The first thing that comes to mind in using the Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 is that it is light and the screen is simply stunning with a 1600×2560 resolution @ 359DPI my eyes just eat this thing up. Everything is crisp clean. Battery life is great I got about 10 hours out of it with heavy usage.

Having only used a Nexus 7 prior to this in the Android category the Samsung Tablet is like driving a BMW. The difference is stark and performance is off the chart. My advice is head to the closest retail and check on out your going to fall in love.

I have up to this point been a pretty die hard Apple iPad user, that has officially changed after I have used this device. The price point on this tablet is retail $329.00 but I found them cheaper if you look around a bit.

If the 8.4 inch size is to big for you, the folks at Samsung have smaller sized Galaxy tablets and even larger screen sizes as well..

Magellan SmartGPS 5390 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:21 PM on July 18, 2014

magellanThe folks at Magellan really blew me away this time. It has been sometime since I reviewed a GPS and the folks at Magellan have knocked it out of the park with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390. When they say this GPS is smart they really mean it. By far this is the best GPS I have ever used.

Let me start and say that we used the 5390 for 14 days exclusively while in California on Vacation. In preparation for our trip we pre-programmed locations of hotels, attractions, restaurants and other spots we knew we would be stopping at.

My wife and I both downloaded the companion App (iOS and Android) and sync’d to the device via BlueTooth. While on the trip we used the GPS to find cheap gas, food, and alternate routes around traffic. As we found locations we wanted to visit on our phones we just sent the location via the App to the GPS.

But most impressive was the road trip from Disneyland to San Francisco. From the very start the GPS gave us an estimated arrival time, and it was accurate from start to finish within 4 minutes of the original estimation on what was almost a 6 hour drive! It knew of delays and we where amazed by the accuracy of the device.

We thought it was a fluke but it was equally as accurate on the return trip. I am not sure what kind of logic they use, but someone has this thing dialed in to be accurate within minutes of the original estimation on a 6 hour drive is incredible.

The Magellan SmartGPS also acted as a Hands Free device and warned us of countless red light cameras and speed camera alerts which kept us safer while in our rental car.

I activated a hotspot on my phone, and let the GPS Wifi connect to it. The GPS kept us up to date on everything in our surrounding area there where Yelp and Forsquare reviews etc.

Let me talk about the map, have you every been using a GPS and come to a highway junction and taken the wrong exit. Well the junction view of the map feature kept us on the correct highway, and not once did I swear at this GPS unlike others I currently own. By far best feature of the device when your in heavy traffic is the Junction view.

Overall I am not going to lie, I do not want to send this unit back. It’s that good. Here is the shocker. It comes with lifetime map updates, and only retails for $200.00. If you are or are not in the market for a new GPS this is the one to buy and put on the dash. Whether it be around town or on a road trip leave home with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390.

Case Logic 17.3 Laptop and Tablet Briefcase

Posted by geeknews at 6:51 PM on July 18, 2014

caselogicI am notoriously hard on computer bags, I typically travel close to 200,000 frequent flyer miles a year, and that is a lot of bag drags, drops, rolling etc. In the past I have had to replace a computer bag no less than once a year.

Bag manufactures love me for my repeat business. No wheels on this bag review so I cannot vent about bag wheels so we will save that for another time. When Case Logic sent me their 17.3 inch Laptop and Tablet Briefcase it was my first non-rolling bag in a number of years. So in good fashions I dumped out my old bag and loaded this one up.

When I mean load it up, I packed it to the gills. 17 inch Mac Book Pro and charger, iPad, Samsung Tablet, mifi, business cards, pens, business cards, extra glasses, shades, 2 external batteries, cable and a small bag of stuff that goes where I go.. Not to mention a legal folder of papers

On any bag, I worry I will have enough pockets, I like to keep things organized. The Case Logic ANC317 did not fail to disappoint with no less than 4 internal pockets and 2 front loading pockets plus plenty of room for the laptop and charger.

My key test on any bag is the zippers. When I stuff a bag these babies are under duress. The Case Logic bag zippers did not fail nor did they hang. I used this bag as my dedicated bag for over a month. Where I went, it went, on the floor, back seat of the car, on the plane you name it. In just a month it still has that new look shine and has not shown any fraying or wear points.

I am not a 100% ready to give up my roller, but this bag has the standard strap in the back to allow it to be secured to the roller handle.

Some will say a bag is a bag, but when you beat the crap out of bags like I do its nice to see that someone has made a bag to last a season or two. This bag will not break the bank either. It retails for $49.99 at most major big boxes and at CaseLogic.com

My only concern on this bag is that wish it had a little more padding around the edges where the laptop resides. Protection of the laptop inside is Job #1 no mater what and while there is a cushion I wish it had just a little more.

PAPAGO GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Posted by geeknews at 6:22 PM on July 18, 2014

tpms2When I was asked to review the GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System it was the first time I have reviewed a aftermarket accessory for a vehicle. My every day drive vehicle is a 2009 Mazda CX9 and even though the vehicle is feature rich it did not come with a TPMS.

Installation of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System literally took about 15 minutes. It comes with a receiver, power plug 12v, 4 tire pressure sensors, Anti Theft Nuts, and Anti Theft Wrench. Plus you communicate via an Smart Phone app which communicates via bluetooth. There is a syncing process during setup and then you simply install the tire pressure sensors.

I spend a lot of time in my car each day, and it was cool to track tire pressure on the fly. I was able to make small adjustments to get the pressure in each of my tires exactly the same, which over time will reduce tire wear and improve gas mileage.

tpms1The sensors job is simple, it lets you know when the pressure is low or too high and give you a quick check for actual pressure. My wife is always nagging me saying a tire pressure looks low, this system allowed her to quickly look on her phone to check the pressure.

This product is a great aftermarket product, I found though that we did not need to leave the receiver plugged in all the time. We pulled it out of the glove box when we wanted to do a quick check.

This aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system is priced at $200.00 on various websites. For peace of mind and to keep track of tire pressure this is a very cool aftermarket product to extend the life of your current vehicle and add a level of safety to a loved ones vehicle that may not be used to checking the tire pressure like they should.

GNC #965 Announcing the GNC 1000

Posted by geeknews at 1:03 AM on July 18, 2014

Tonight I talk about all the latest tech and I introduce the entirety of the GNC 1000 and the different support levels. I am hoping the resonates with the audience and falls in line with the show history and heritage of producing it here in Hawaii.. I also will share a secret with you on the next show..

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TGP # 165 – Transporter Sync

Posted by Gadget at 6:51 PM on July 17, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
Transporter Sync turns any external USB drive into your own private cloud. Featuring all the same sync, access, share and protect functionality of the Transporter in a compact form-factor starting at just $99 with no monthly fees. Mobile Camera Auto-Upload-Mobile phones have become the camera of choice for capturing life’s special moments, but this convenience has resulted in phones that are constantly running out of storage space. The camera auto-upload feature allows you to pick your favorite location (home, office, etc.) and anytime your phone connects to that network, newly added photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Transporter. Special Folders
Most cloud storage solutions require you to move all your files to a
specific folder to sync across devices. This can be a real hassle with applications that save files to default locations. The Transporter Special Folder feature allows you to sync files directly from popular desktop, documents, movies, music, and picture locations.

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