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Nikon D7000 DSLR Camera Bundle Deal

Posted by geeknews at 12:06 PM on December 20, 2012

The folks at B&H have pulled out all the stops and come up with a great and I mean great bundle for those of you looking to upgrade your camera to a Nikon D7000.

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NASA debunks 12-21-12 myth one more time

Posted by Alan at 12:03 PM on December 20, 2012

Author’s Note: I am half afraid to write about any web video after yesterday’s embarrassment! However, given that this one comes from NASA I will trust it is real. With that said, if the world does end I guess at least nobody will be around to laugh about me looking stupid!

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s move on to the big subject of today — the supposed end of the world tomorrow. Yes, an era of the Mayan calendar does in fact come to an end on December 21, 2012. Although, much as our calendar ends every December 31st, it is only a turning of the page. Honestly, if the Mayans were such great prognosticators then why did they not see those Spanish ships coming? If you can’t predict your own doom then how can you predict that of the world?

NASA has had to spend way too much time and energy dealing with this myth and debunking the crackpots that seem to abound on the internet. Conspiracy theories surrounding tomorrow have taken all sorts of shapes, none of which I will waste the time and effort to even make fun of.

Below is NASA’s latest, and hopefully final, crack at this. This one was brought to my attention by the folks over at Universe Today who specialize in truth and science and who I highly recommend you follow in your RSS reader of choice.

Robot Underpants #80 – 12.19.12

Posted by Langley at 3:16 AM on December 20, 2012

It’s the end of the world show.

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Golden Eagle caught on video trying to snatch a child

Posted by Alan at 9:30 AM on December 19, 2012

Update Fake Sorry we got Pwned

Eagles are big birds. They have no problem snatching up large fish, rabbits, squirrels, cats and even small dogs. However, one overly zealous bird recently tried to grab a toddler. The moment was captured on video and is in the process of going viral after being posted to YouTube yesterday The video has already been viewed more than one million times.

The incident took place in a park in Montreal, Canada. A passerby was filming the eagle as it soared overhead. However the raptor suddenly turned and swooped in on the child, who was sitting on the ground with his back to the incoming danger.

The video was posted by MrNuclearCat and, in addition to the huge amount of views, also has more than 8,000 comments. The child appeared to be unhurt, likely due to a thick winter coat that prevented the eagle getting its 750 pounds per square inch of talon power into flesh. It’s also unlikely the bird could have successfully carried the child off since they generally can carry no more that roughly 15 pounds into the air. The bird certainly gave it his best shot though, dragging the child several feet as it attempted to get airborne.

UPDATE: It looks the the web got hoaxed on this one. Wow! That never happens!

Portable Google Nexus 7 Desktop Stand Review

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:00 PM on December 18, 2012

I was asked to review the Portable Google Nexus 7 Desktop Stand by MobileFun.co.uk. When I received the package, I unboxed it and then tossed the box across the room. This was a mistake, since the instructions are on the sides of the box. After trying to figure it out without the instructions for a couple of minutes, I had to walk across the room to get the box. Once I read the directions, I had one of those “of course moments”. The stand comes fold in a carrying bag. To unfold it you have to push the center button at the top of the stand and then pull out the legs to angles you want. You can extend the legs out to increase the number of angles. There a two small feet at the bottom that you pull out to set the tablet on.

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The stand is black and silver. It feels sturdy and well made. It is made of hard plastic and metal. I do have a couple of complaints about it. The first is I wish the feet that you set the tablet on were a little wider. The second is occasionally the stand gets stuck at an angle and you have to pull a little harder on the legs. These are two small complaints and wouldn’t stop me from recommending the purchase of this stand. It is perfect for anyone who is looking for a sturdy stand that you can easily carry with you.  MobileFun.co.uk also has a lot of other accessories for the Nexus 7 including the Nexus 7 case  which are worth taking a look at.

Google releases 2012 YouTube year in review

Posted by Alan at 8:18 AM on December 18, 2012

Every year around this time web sites begin publishing their year-end lists. Top tens in search and social media across every category imaginable. We have seen lists from Google, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook. Now Google has released its official YouTube top ten trending videos and a retrospective video to accompany the list.

It will come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that Korean pop star Psy topped the list, as his video quickly approaches the magic one billion views mark. The video is not only tops for 2012, but also all time.

The announcement from Google also contains some stunning numbers – over 4 billion hours of video are being watched each month and millions of people are uploading video. Perhaps the most mind-boggling numbers would be storage space and bandwidth, but Google does not release that information.

You can see the top ten most trending videos globally at the link above. If you want to see an individual list for your country then head over to the YouTube Rewind channel. You can check out the video below.

GNC-2012-12-17 #825 Very Tired Geek!

Posted by geeknews at 1:09 AM on December 18, 2012

Pretty tired geek, hope you enjoyed the 24hr Podcast.. Thought it turned out decent, I will be publishing the segments in section over the next week.

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U.S. Post Office App Tracks Your Package

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:37 PM on December 17, 2012

U.S.Post Office App PMThis is the time of year when a lot of people are going to be shipping Christmas presents out to friends and family. Have you ever wondered just where on Earth that package went to after you dropped it off at the post office? There’s an app for that!

The U.S. Post Office has an app called USPS Mobile. You can get it for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. There also is a version of the app that is compatible with Android devices. Each can be downloaded for free.

The app includes a Track & Confirm tool that you can use to check the status of Express Mail shipments and packages sent with other services. You can also use the app to look up a zip code for any address in the United States. I can see where that would come in handy! If you forgot to put the zip code on a letter or package, you could look it up while you are waiting in line at the post office.

Another handy feature of the app is that it will let you calculate a price so you can discover exactly how much postage you will need for the letters or packages you are about to ship. This can help you avoid potential family drama when the Christmas card you sent to grandma is returned to you because it didn’t have enough postage attached to it. Anything that reduces stress and drama during the holidays is a good thing!

The apps themselves have been around for a while, but it is possible that you hadn’t heard about them. Each has had a relatively recent update. The iPhone version was updated on October 17, 2012, and the Android app was updated October 18, 2012. It would be reasonable to presume that the apps have been improved since last Christmas.

This isn’t the most exciting video presentation an app. However it does a good job of describing all the useful things that the USPS Mobile app can do.

Thank you for Attending 24hr Podcast

Posted by geeknews at 1:34 PM on December 16, 2012

Thank You to everyone that attended the 24hr Podcast. As always it was a monumental undertaking and I appreciate everyone’s participation. I will get the totals and report on the Wounded Warrior Project donations in the next few days..

Todd..

Identity Theft Made Easy

Posted by Andrew at 3:30 PM on December 15, 2012

Viz Top Tip… Make identity theft easy by posting a picture of your credit card on Twitter or other social media.

Credit Card

(The airbrushing is mine)

Quite unbelievably, this young lady posted a picture of her new credit card on Twitter – “Ahhhhh my first credit card buzzing aint the word my friends” - and it was retweeted to me. I was tempted to DM her and ask for a picture of the back but that seemed churlish. Dumber than a box of hammers, if you ask me.

Miss Alex Mathewson, congratulations on acquiring your first credit card but you might want to check your new statement for some unexpected purchases.