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So what is Podcast Dedication?

Posted by geeknews at 9:02 PM on September 16, 2012

I don’t want to brag.. But you all know I am dedicated to putting out a show so that you are always in the loop of what is happening in the tech space.

Tomorrow I record show 800 of my podcast. I am proud to have been at this now close to 8 years mid October will be my 8 year anniversary.

So consider this. I record 2 shows a week here are the hard numbers!

If you think about it there are 52 weeks in a year 52 wks per year * 8 yrs = 416 * 2 shows a week = 832

So if I am about to record show 800.. 832 Possible Shows – 800 actual show = 32 I missed / 8 years = 4 shows per yr missed on average!

Yes I have only missed an average of 4 shows a year. Tell me that is not dedication to my listeners.

I am doing my part now I hope you will do yours, I encourage all of my Ohana to become an GNC Insider, get access to the private insider mailing list and be part of the team that drives this show forward.

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Apple Excitement? Not So Much.

Posted by tomwiles at 8:41 PM on September 16, 2012

I have a number of Apple products and I’ve been a bit of a fan in the past. Apple products of the past represented genuine value. Not only would the operating system continue to work well on aging hardware, but Apple products used to be repairable.

I’ve had a Sprint HTC Evo 4G for about two and a half years. The original Evo is still a great phone, but it obviously cannot work with Sprint’s new LTE network, so it was time to upgrade.

About a month ago I was seriously considering an iPhone 5. However, the details about the new iPhone 5 screen size began to emerge and I didn’t like what I was hearing – it was only a 4” inch screen. My Evo had a 4.2” inch touch screen, and I didn’t want to go to a smaller screen size – if anything I wanted an even bigger screen.

The original Evo was admittedly a battery hog – I knew that would be the case with it going in. Fortunately, the original Evo has a user-changeable battery. I changed batteries twice in two years. The way I use my phones, I destroy batteries – I MUST be able to easily replace them myself. So besides the smaller 4” inch iPhone 5 screen, it has a sealed battery. (Incidentally, the latest HTC Evo LTE also has a sealed battery, also making it a non-starter for me.)

So, I ended up getting a 16 gigabyte Samsung Galaxy S3 from Sprint. The S3 has a gorgeous AMOLED 4.8” touchscreen along with a user-replaceable battery, which tipped the balance for me in the end. I have the unlimited data “Simply Everything” plan, so I am able to use my phone as my podcast aggregator as well as the playback device. I transferred the 32 gigabyte Micro SD chip from the Evo to the S3 and can even go to a 64 gigabyte chip if the need should arise.

Apple revolved around Steve Jobs and his innovative brilliance. Steve Jobs had some serious personality flaws, but he was able to succeed in spite of those flaws. Now that Steve is gone, I fear that Apple as a company has embraced Jobs’ personality quirks as if they were the source of innovation.

Having high-priced products that cannot easily be repaired for me is a deal-breaker.

By the way, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an awesome device and I could not be happier with my choice.

GoDaddy GNC Sponsor since 2005!

Posted by geeknews at 8:27 PM on September 16, 2012

As I prepare to record my 800th show tomorrow, all of this would not have been possible without GoDaddy as a sponsor. A great deal of the gear and innovative things that I have developed in my show would not be possible without GoDaddy supporting the show. This site runs on a GoDaddy server that I pay for, and save money on by using my own promo codes.

They would not have stayed on as a sponsor had you not supported them in return and for that I am very grateful.

The story of how GoDaddy became a sponsor of the show is one I have told many times, and will likely tell again tomorrow during show 800, but the impact they have had is incredible. Things like the Podcast Awards would never have been possible without them, as I bank rolled the site back end from GoDaddy sponsor money. The CES coverage in the early years was largely paid for by GoDaddy and the list goes on and on.

I have often said that GoDaddy has kept the lights on and fed my family, and while we have had other sponsors GoDaddy has been the most consistent year after year. So as we head into show 800, I ask that you consider supporting the show by buying a GoDaddy product or service by using one of the promo codes on the linked page.

Whispersync for Voice Saves Your Place

Posted by JenThorpe at 9:58 PM on September 15, 2012

People who love to read will take the opportunity to squeeze in another chapter, or a few more pages, any chance they get. Today, many people are reading books on their Kindle, (or other tablet device). Or, they are listening to the audio version of a book that they got from Audible.com. Whispersync for Voice is something new that connects these two options in a unique and time-saving way.

In order to use Whispersync for Voice, you will need a Kindle. You also will need to get the free Audible app for the iPhone, iPod touch, or Android. As the name implies, Whispersync for Voice will sync up your audio book with your ebook. You can put one device down, pick up the other one, and the book will continue exactly where you left off. No more wasting time trying to figure out where one version left off when you switch to the other one.

Start by purchasing an ebook for your Kindle. There will be a button that allows you to “Add Narration” for a few dollars more. Making that purchase is what enables your Kindle and Audible app to sync up with each other. There are about 15,000 books at Audible.com that work with Whispersync for Voice right now.

The latest generation of Kindle Fire, and the Kindle Fire HD 7” and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” will let you do something called Immersion Reading. It will let you add the professional narration to your Kindle so you can read the book and listen to it at the same time.

Apple Store Robbery Gone Wrong (Video)

Posted by Alan at 5:06 AM on September 15, 2012

Perhaps the only light side of crime is when robberies go horribly wrong and end up as amusing stories.  It’s even better when there is video of the failure, which is becoming more common given the prevalence of surveillance cameras in our society.  Such was the case recently when three would-be thugs attempted to rob an Apple store by smashing their BMW SUV through the front window.

In-store cameras captured the mess as it unfolded.  Getting into the store wasn’t a problem and the thieves grabbed as many display products as possible.  However, a security gate closed behind the vehicle, blocking the getaway path.  After multiple attempts, the BMW eventually smashed it’s way out but, in the process, lost it’s license plate and gave the vehicle two flat tires.

After realizing his license plate had been left at the scene of the crime, Equonne Howard returned to the store to reclaim it and was promptly arrested.  On Wednesday he plead “not guilty” to charges of attempted burglary and parole violation.  Given the video and license plate though, he may have a tough time beating this rap.

TGP- #73 CLOUD SERVICES – STORAGE – BACKUP – PHOTOGRAPHS – WHATEVER

Posted by Gadget at 7:47 PM on September 13, 2012

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GNC-2012-09-13 #799 Wirecast Idiocy

Posted by geeknews at 7:27 PM on September 13, 2012

Upgraded to the latest version of Wirecast and little did I know but they delete your custom recording profiles. So I recorded in a 4:3 format versus a 16:9 which really sucks.. This is one of the severe limitations of using software like this it is unpredictable and unreliable. Ok back to Hawaii for Show 800. Should be a lot of fun..

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Apple Doesn’t Need Heroes

Posted by Andrew at 3:24 PM on September 13, 2012

Apple LogoThe iPhone 5 was launched yesterday with the usual Apple pizazz. It looks like a good solid update but there’s the inevitable criticism about the lack of NFC, wireless charging, average screen size, etc. Much as I’d like to see a high-end device, Apple doesn’t need a hero phone based on hardware features and it doesn’t take much analysis to figure out why.

First of all, the Apple fanbois is not your average iPhone user. The vast majority of iPhone owners I know are comfortable with technology but they’re not techies, geeks or nerds. If you ask them why they got the iPhone, it’s quite often because they’d heard about on TV or because they’re friend had one. It certainly wasn’t because it had a Retina display or an 5MP camera. Fundamentally, it was “you can’t go wrong with an iPhone” and the specific features are largely irrelevant.

Secondly, let’s assume that the majority of Apple iPhones are sold on a 2 year contract. No-one wants a new phone of a model they already have so there has to be an upgrade path hence there has to be a new phone has at least every two years. This is self-evident. But on the other hand, at upgrade time, the upfront cost of the phone cannot be too high as to put people off. If Apple suddenly put a whole pile of new features into the iPhone, the upfront cost is likely to jump. Consequently, I would suggest that generally Apple will only introduce one significant or costly improvement with each iteration of the phone. And with the iPhone 5, it’s the new screen.

Similarly, people tend to like what they know and the iPhone is well-liked. Apple isn’t going to introduce an iPhone with a 4.8″ screen. Why not? Because a big screen is sufficiently different that lots of people will not want to buy the phone and if we bear in mind the previous point, there has to be a viable upgrade for those on 2 year contracts. Apple is then into the situation of having a range of different devices and having to keep them all fresh.

Finally, this argument wouldn’t be complete without mention of the ecosystem. In many ways, this is the killer feature of the iPhone and Apple needs to keep the apps and the media fresh and exciting. Apple very much knows this – it doesn’t trumpet the AppStore numbers for nothing, though Apple has taken it’s time over the iTunes refresh.

In summary, Apple simply needs to provide an upgrade path that offers better phones than last time and doesn’t alienate existing customers by being too different. Only one or two cutting-edge features are needed to maintain the iPhone’s lead; there’s no need for it to be the best at everything. Much as we might want a hero phone, it’s incremental improvement that will continue to bring in the cash.

I Want a Clumsy Ninja of My Very Own

Posted by JenThorpe at 1:39 PM on September 13, 2012

The coolest thing about the Apple Keynote Event, at least for me, was Clumsy Ninja. I want one! Clumsy Ninja is a new game that was created by NaturalMotion Games. It features a cute, cartoon, ninja character that isn’t very good at being a ninja. You have to teach him to become a better, more skilled, (but still adorable) ninja. To do this, you must play with him, and teach him how to play with a variety of objects.

NaturalMotion Games describes the Clumsy Ninja as follows:

“…Clumsy Ninja showcases the first artificial intelligence (AI) character based on real-time simulated body and central nervous system, rather than canned animations”.

In other words, the game includes a real-time simulation, and uses advanced artificial intelligence. This means that when you play with Clumsy Ninja, he will behave differently each time. It also means he can learn from his experiences, improve his skills, and be curious about his environment. Clumsy Ninja was described as “self-aware”. In some ways, this reminds me of the tamagotchi (but much more fun).

Clumsy Ninja will become available on the new iPod Touch, (which is the fifth generation of iPod Touch). The new iPod Touch will run on a dual-core A5 processor. It will also have a 4 -inch Retina display. The battery life will last for 40 hours.

The new iPod Touch will be available in October of this year. It will cost $299 for the 32GB version, or $399 for the 64GB version. It looks like I will have to wait a bit before I can get a Clumsy Ninja of my very own to play with.

If you missed the Apple Keynote Event can check out the Clumsy Ninja in action in this video:

Jimmy Kimmel Shows Off the “iPhone 5″

Posted by Alan at 1:18 PM on September 13, 2012

Alright, I realize that based on my rant yesterday, and now this, I look like an Apple hater and I can assure you that I am really not.  I am, however, upset about the previously mentioned connector issue that caused my daughter to decide she no longer wanted the new iPhone, and I also have a sense of humor, which is why I found last night’s Jimmy Kimmel bit very amusing.

The segment has been making the rounds today for good reason.  The show sent a reporter out on the street to ask people what they thought of the new iPhone 5 but, since the handset isn’t yet available, what these unsuspecting passers-by were actually shown was the iPhone 4S, the previous model of the Apple phone.  As the saying goes, hilarity ensued.

The video was certainly edited to weed out the more knowledgeable users, but it still made for some entertaining TV.  I won’t give anything away, just check it out for yourself below.