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Archive for January 28th, 2011

Dish Offering HD Satellite TV on the Road

Posted by Andrew at 2:29 AM on January 28, 2011

Jeffrey chats with Marcel at the Dish Network about HD satellite TV for RVs and tailgate parties. With thousands of channels on offer, even in the wilderness you can still get your TV fix.  The new pay-as-you-go subscriptions also mean you only have to pay while you are travelling and not sign up to long-term contracts.

And with the latest Winegard aeriels, it’s even possible to watch HD while the vehicle is in motion. Drivers, keep your eyes on the road, please!

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast.

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Zigbee Alliance: Helps You Control Your World

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:22 AM on January 28, 2011

Zigbee logo

Andy talked to Kevin at the Zigbee Tech Zone. Zigbee tries to help people centrally and remotely control the devices in their homes and businesses. Zigbee creates a wide range of devices that work together intelligently to help you control your world. The devices work wirelessly together in a mesh network and are made to work in most western homes. They work either through ac outlet or batteries and use little power.

The devices are also created to work with the new smart meters. They include sensors/smart plugs, and displays. You can monitor your electric usage in almost realtime. This allows you to control your usage and save money over time. Zigbee not only creates products that can be used to control electric usage, but also home security, medical monitoring, home entertainment and even blind, drapery and shade controls. Zigbee continues to work with all levels of government and other industries to create a standard for these types of device.

As we use more and more devices in our homes and businesses, we need an easy way to control them both in the home or business and remotely. this is where Zigbee fits in

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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WOWee One Portable Speaker Uses Flat Surfaces To Create Bass

Posted by tomwiles at 2:16 AM on January 28, 2011

Scott Friedman presents the WOWee One (www.woweeone.com), a portable speaker that when placed down on a flat surface uses that surface to create extra bass from what is a very small portable unit designed to be used with portable playback devices such as iPods and other MP3 players.

Interview by Jeffry Powers of Geekazine and Esby Larsen of MrNetCast.com

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Technocel PowerPak and BatteryBoost for Mobile Devices

Posted by Andrew at 2:00 AM on January 28, 2011

Andy McCaskey talks to Technocel about the PowerPak XT, an external powerpack for mobile devices. It’s a 1600 mAh battery giving around 4.5 hours of extra use. Works with over 95% of all smartphones via different adaptors. $49.99 and available now from Best Buy or Sprint

The BatteryBoost is a keychain-sized rechargeable battery for emergencies, charging and recharging via microUSB. $29.99 and available from the same locations.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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Mobeo iMovee Brings Mobile TV to Smart Phones & Tablets

Posted by tomwiles at 1:41 AM on January 28, 2011

iMovee Mobeo (www.i-movee.com/mobeo1.html) brings mobile TV to smart phones and tablets. iMovee Corporation launches the entire range of Mobile TV products including SKY TV (USB Dongle), Mobidik (WiFi Dongle for Iphone, Ipod, Blackberry, PC, MAC etc), Telly MOBO (7″/9″ Portable DVD & TV), Touch Telly Series (Media Player & Portable TV 4.3″ ,4.7″, 7″), Telly NAV (portable Navigation Device with ATSC MH) and CAR Telly (Automotive Set top box). iMovee is also launching various ATSC MH & T DMB modules for manufacturers to readily integrate to their consumer devices and thus reducing the time to market.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of Slash Dot Review News and RV News Network — RVNN.TV

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Bigstar.TV Streaming TV Service Spans Multiple Devices

Posted by tomwiles at 1:34 AM on January 28, 2011

Emerald Brooke of Bigstar.TV (www.bigstar.tv) presents the Bigstar.TV streaming service, which has a lot of independent films and older TV shows available to stream to many different devices including iPhone, iPad, Roku, Palm Pre and Android devices.

Interview by Jeffry Powers of Geekazine and Esby Larsen of MrNetCast.com

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Keyboard Covers by KB Covers

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 1:27 AM on January 28, 2011

Esbjorn Larsen interviewed Bruce with KB Covers. KB Covers offers customized keyboard for the full Apple keyboard line, including desktops and lap tops. KB make over 300 different types of covers. There are simple clear covers for both the full and lap top keyboard. They also make preprinted special-purposed keyboard covers for showing the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop.

If you are learning or any of these applications, these keyboards will show you all shortcuts that are available. They also make covers for specific languages such as a Japanese, Arabic and Hebrew keyboard. They even offer a keyboard cover for the World of Warcraft game. The covers feels silky and smooth and helps to quiets the keys. The covers can be cleaned with mild dish soap. If you are looking for a keyboard cover for your apple product, then KB Covers will have what you are looking for.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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BodyMedia Armband Activity Tracker

Posted by Andrew at 1:25 AM on January 28, 2011

Esby talks with Nic the Intern from BodyMedia about their range of products all designed to get people back into shape. The BodyMedia Armband is a Bluetooth-equipped monitor that measures, records and transmits your activity and sleep pattern, which is an important factor in weight loss.

The armband measures galvanic skin response (how sweaty you are area), temperature, heat loss and motion through a three-axis accelerometer. Depending on the model, the information can be uploaded to your personal web dashboard either via Bluetooth and your smartphone or by plugging it into a USB port your PC.

Apps for Android and iOS are part of the package and these both show the results of your activities, but also lets you log the food that you’ve eaten as you go.  Consequently, it’s very easy to see calories burned v. calories eaten.

MSRP is $199 for the non-Bluetooth version and $249 for the Bluetooth armband. A monthly subscription is also required starting at $6.95 per month for 12 months.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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