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A Review of Glyde

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:33 PM on November 25, 2012

Glyde This is the time of year that you maybe getting some new gadgets. The question is what do you do with the old gadget you already have. You could try to sell it on EBay but if you are like me you don’t want to deal with the hassle. If you have an Apple product or a few Android products to sell then Gazelle is a great option. With Gazelle you indicate what item you want to sell and its condition. Gazelle then tells you how much they are willing to pay for it. The price they give is good for 30 days. They send you a shipping label and often a box to ship it in. You can get paid by Amazon gift card, through Paypal or by check.

This works fine if you are selling an Apple product but what about a tablet, eReader or phone that is not made by Apple. For example I decided I wanted to sell my second generation Amazon Kindle, Gazelle wasn’t an option and as I said before I don’t like dealing with EBay. So I started to look for another option and I found Glyde. Like Gazelle, you indicate the item you want to sell and its condition, Glyde then tells you what it is worth. This is where Glyde starts to differ from Gazelle. Unlike Gazelle with Glyde you are selling to an individual, Glyde is simply acting as the middle man. Once you put the item up for sale you then have to wait until someone agrees to buy it. Once there is a buyer Glyde then sends a box and shipping label out to you. As soon as you have the box you then have 24 hours to ship it out.  When the buyer receives the package, they have 48 hours to accept or reject the item. If they accept the item the money is then deposited into your Glyde account. You can then with drawl the money and get a check or have it electronically transferred to your bank account. I put my Kindle up for sell on October 29. It was purchased on the November 6 for $29.00 and I had the money in my bank account by the 23rd. As a seller I was very happy with how Glyde worked.

I have not brought anything from Glyde at this time, however most reviews by buyers that I read were positive. If you have a tablet, phone, dvd or game to sell I would definitely check out what it is worth on Glyde.

Buffalo MiniStation Air Review

Posted by Andrew at 5:58 PM on November 25, 2012

Buffalo LogoThe Buffalo MiniStation Air is “wireless streaming storage” for smartphones and tablets that provides 500 GB of extra space. Simply, it’s a 500 GB portable hard drive with wifi and complementary apps for Android and iOS. The idea is that the MiniStation Air connects to your PC or laptop via USB 3 and gets loaded up with stacks of music and video which can then be played via an app when out-and-about. It’s a great idea, but how does it stack up against “the cloud” and other solutions such as Pogoplug? Let’s find out.

Buffalo MiniStation Air Box

The MiniStation Air itself is a small black and grey unit, 130 x 84 x 23 mm. The top is a polished black surface with four pinprick status LEDs embedded in it and the sides and bottom are a silvery-grey with buttons and connectors on two of the sides.

Buffalo MiniStation Air

This is a USB 3.0 device which is immediately apparently from the shape of the connector. (Apologies for using stock photos but my own photos were all rubbish).

Buffalo MiniStation Air USB3

Connecting the MiniStation Air to the PC was simply a case of plugging it in with the device appearing as a removable drive. Copying media files took no time at all thanks to the USB 3 connection. It works with USB 2 as well, things just take a bit longer.

Once the Air is loaded up, it can be disconnected from the PC and then powered up on its own. At this point, the MiniStation Air is broadcasting a wifi signal (802.11n/g/b) and it’s easy to connect to it using the SSID and passkey details provided on the bottom of the Air.

Browsing the MiniStation Air

To get the MiniStation Air to work fully with smartphones and tablets, Buffalo provide an app for both Android and iOS which can be downloaded from the application app store. I was only able to test out the Android version, but once installed, it’s easy to browse the files and folders on the Air.

Music PlayerPlaying music or watching videos is just a case of tapping on the file. Photos and music are handled within the app, but videos are handed over to the default video player on the device. Movies started up within a couple of seconds (if that) and music started almost instantly. The music player is basic and as with many of these devices, doesn’t correctly pick up track tags, so albums are arranged alphabetically rather than in track order.

There isn’t a full “HD” app for the tablets, but there is some differentiation between tablets and smartphones. For example, on a tablet, pictures are previewed alongside the folder but this doesn’t happen on a smartphone, even when rotated to landscape. However, the four expanding arrows in the toolbar at the bottom shows that this isn’t a native tablet app.

Tablet Preview

The Edit part of the app allows files to be up- and downloaded from the MiniStation Air. It’s the usual check-box / select operation affair but for the small numbers of files that are likely to be transferred this way, it’s fine.

The Settings area provides access to the SSID and passkey plus other details such as hostname and workgroup. Nothing particularly unexpected here but the MiniStation Air has one last trick up its sleeve. The Air can be connected to another wifi network, preferably one that has a connection to the Internet. This means that although the smartphone is connected to the Air’s wifi, an onward connection to the Internet is provided for other queries or web surfing while listening to music. It’s pretty slick and very handy. It’s also something Buffalo should make a bit more obvious.

Performance-wise, it says that the Air can support eight simultaneous connections with three HD streams. I tested two HD simultaneous streams and it worked flawlessly. Battery life is claimed to be “up to 4 hours” and I wouldn’t disagree – I saw over three hours with a mix of video and music. The Air is powered and recharged via USB so it’s easy enough to hook it up for extended operation.

Any problems? Not really. A couple of wishes, though. First, a Windows / Mac app to use the MiniStation Air wirelessly would be good. Second, some kind of security on the device would be handy as being portable, it’s going to be awfully easy to lose. Finally, an SSD version with longer battery life but perhaps less storage would be interesting but probably too expensive to be considered.

Overall, the MiniStation Air is a good product that will appeal to those smartphone and tablet users who need more-than-average storage…much more than average. The Air is available now from all good retailers with a street price of £100-£120.

The MiniStation Air app was tested on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and a Motorola Xoom 2 ME tablet.

Thanks to Buffalo for the loan of the MiniStation Air.

 

TMS-2012-11-24 #68 Phones and Things

Posted by geeknews at 11:44 AM on November 25, 2012

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NuWave Oven

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 7:29 PM on November 23, 2012

There are only two of us and heating an oven always seems like a waste of energy. Not to mention you heat up the whole kitchen something I hate doing in the middle of the summer heat. Still there are times when you need to use an oven. In fact often during the holidays one oven doesn’t seem like enough. What we wanted was something that could take the place of an oven, but it had to be small, convenient and not to expense. After do some research my husband, (who is a bit of a kitchen gadget geek) decided to purchase the NuWave Pro Infrared Oven at Sears for $97.00.

He said it was really easy to assemble, it was just a matter of getting the top connected. The first thing he did was brown a turkey breast. He did it without reading directions and said it worked fine, although in his opinion it was a bit overcooked. Due to this he said it would probably have been better if he had read the directions. According to the book that comes with the NuWave Pro Oven you can bake, broil, air fry, grill, barbecue, steam and even dehydrate in it.

I asked him what he would change about it. The one complaint he has is with the temperature read out. The read out doesn’t show temperature, but instead shows power numbers from 1–10, with each number representing a temperature range. He thought it would be better if the actual temperature was shown, that way you could control the temperature more precisely.

Despite this complaint, he said he would buy the NuWave Pro Oven again. I think that this would be a great gift for someone who doesn’t have an oven, like a student or perhaps someone living alone for whom heating up a big oven doesn’t make sense.

An Airbus A380 Flew Over My House

Posted by JenThorpe at 5:24 PM on November 23, 2012

My husband has been using a really fun app called Plane Finder. Today, he discovered that an Airbus A380 flew over the house. He heard a loud plane outside, and wondered what kind it was. Plane Finder had the answer!

Plane Finder picks up ADS-B plane feeds that are used by both commercial and private planes to transmit information. It has the name of the plane, its position, callsign, status and more. Plane Finder’s own servers then add some more information. They give you the departure airport that the plane came from and the destination where the plane is headed. Select one of the little planes on the map and you will get a picture of what the plane looks like.

The Plane Finder app is free, and is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. There is also a version that works with Android devices. If you have an interest in planes, then this is the app for you. Right now is the busiest travel season of the year, so there should be plenty of opportunity for you to use Plane Finder to find out what kind of plane is flying over your house.

Pinkfroot is the company that makes Plane Finder. They also make a free Ship Finder app that tracks ships. Both Ship Finder and Plane Finder update when Pinkfroot has more stuff to add to it.

Have You Seen Google Fiber TV? You Should

Posted by Alan at 4:01 PM on November 22, 2012

You may recall that a while back Google held a contest for cities around the United States to compete for a new fiber network installed by the Mountain View company. You may also recall that Kansas City was the lucky winner of the super-high-speed broadband service. But, have you seen Google Fiber in action?

The service went live last week and it is showing some amazing promise. Recently Rich Greenfield and Walt Piecyk of BTIG Research traveled to the city to test out the service and what they found was truly stunning — as in next-generation, science-fiction cool.

Not only did the duo record almost one GB up and down speeds, but they show off the new TV service that comes along with the $70 per month package and to call it stunning would be an understatement.

Okay, there are only about 100 channels which may be less than some cable and satellite packages, but wait until you see the mobile integration and user interface.

Google has not, at this point, said if they will roll the service out to any other locations. For the moment, it is only a test. But, given the success and the need, it seems that demand will force the company’s hand.

Black Friday Deals – B&H Photo – Video – Audio

Posted by geeknews at 7:00 AM on November 22, 2012

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Robot Underpants #76 – 11.21.12

Posted by Langley at 2:13 AM on November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Langley, Eric and Mike battle technical difficulties from start to finish, but manage to bring you the latest in Star Wars news, Robocop news, Real Life Real Steel, Chicks who sleep with skeletons news and more!

* Carrie Fisher in VII?
* Robocop News
* Star Wars news
* Woman Sexts Pix with Skeleton
* Robot Combat League
* Hobbit Kills Horses

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RawVoice Podcast Statistics Update!

Posted by Don at 4:20 PM on November 21, 2012

The team at RawVoice have released their new Podcast Statistics Interface and new features to their 13,000 podcasters. As one of the podcast producers that have been exposed to this new interface for a few weeks, and the data that it brings to table I find the insight into my show pretty incredible.

I have relied on their stats now for over a year, and while the old interface was good this new interface and the additional data points they are sharing is worth the $5.00 a month premium charge.

Let me be frank I am probably biased here a bit due to my relationship with Todd, but the team over their has done a hell of a job with this. RawVoice in my opinion is very much under appreciated in what they do. They provide an awful lot to the community to help them build their shows, so I encourage podcasters to do as Todd says, please support the company that is supporting podcasters.

My show here is hosted on their high performance CDN, I run my audience surveys, advertising, distribution onto Boxee, Samsung Smart TV, Google TV, Roku, and probably more that I am unaware of. That’s only part of it, they have the PowerPress plugin as well. See for yourself what they have done with the new stats interface in the Video that Todd released earlier today.

Booking Appointments for CES Now!

Posted by geeknews at 10:36 AM on November 21, 2012

It’s time to get your CES 2013 Interview applications in, we have started booking companies for our Live Broadcast and our Floor Interviews.

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Our Live Broadcast Studio located just outside North Hall book very quickly. We have roughly 120 total live interview spots for the entire show. It is essential if you want to appear in front of our 100,000+ live viewers, that you book early. Average viewers watched 14 hours of our coverage in 2012.

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