Lenovo shows off the Thinkpad Helix ultrabook

Lenovo, the company that bought out the IBM PC business, has become a favorite of businesses, as its Thinkpad and Thinkstation can be found in offices everywhere.

Now the company, in keeping with the times, is moving into the realm of Ultrabooks, which is the latest catchphrase in the tech world. The Thinkpad Helix is an 11.6-inch notebook that packs an Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 1080p display and 256 GB SSD for storage. Those are all impressive numbers, but that is not really what the Helix is about.

The real magic, providing everything works as expected, is that this ultrabook separates to become a tablet. When in laptop mode Lenovo claims 4 four hours of battery life, but when it is converted to a tablet the company is touting six hours. It can also sit backwards in that keyboard base, making it a tablet stand.

The price starts at $1499 and the Thinkpad Helix will be available in the first quarter of this year.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network

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Ford Sync is Moving Ahead

Ford Sync Developer Program Ford has been busy this year with Sync. It now includes apps like the Wall Street Journal, Aha Radio, Glympse, Amazon mp3 and USA Today. Newspapers like the Wall Street Journal and USA Today are read to you. Ford has open up Sync to developers and is excited about what they will bring to the Eco-system. The Tech Podcast Network is working on their own Ford Sync app.

Ford does it’s updates via a USB stick which they provide to Ford drivers free of charge. According to the Ford representative most users where able to do the update themselves.

The majority of new Fords now being sold have Ford Sync in them. One of the great things about Ford Sync is that it works in a noisy environment. You can use it in a convertible with the top down going down the highway. Ford believes that listening to their customers and developing and maintaining a quality product is key.

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Zooka Bluetooth Speakers

Zooka Anyone who has a tablet, or smart phone knows that their one weakness is their speakers. One solution is to use a speaker dock. The problem with this solution is that it requires an outlet to plug the dock into. This is not very useful if you are in a park or on a beach, the other solution is to use Bluetooth Speakers. This is where the Zooka speakers by Carbon Audio Inc come in. They are Bluetooth speakers made of medical grade silicon. There are no mechanical moving parts and no dock. It slides on to a tablet or top of a notebook. It was designed so it doesn’t hide the iSight camera. There is a kickstand which tucks away into the side and screws into the back. It includes:

  1. Two 30 mm speaker drivers at either end of the Zooka
  2. 30ft Bluetooth Range
  3. Rechargeable battery, providing up to 8 hours of playing
  4. Frequency response of 150 to 20,000 Hz

The Zooka is available at Target, Best Buy Amazon and at Carbon Audio Inc. It comes in a variety of colors and is priced at $99.00

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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LG Uses NFC to Connect Smartphones to TVs

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NFC has been a solution looking for a problem for some time, but products using NFC to solve real world issues are finally beginning to appear. Todd speaks with Brad from LG about how NFC is helping get video off smartphones and onto TVs.

Most people wanting to show video from their smartphone on their TV would automatically reach for a cable and then probably spend the next 10 minutes hunting around for the adaptor to plug the TV’s HDMI cable into the phone’s much smaller socket. NFC eliminates all this by wirelessly providing the information needed to stream the video to the TV using Miracast and all the person has to do is place his or her smartphone on the NFC tag. It’s not limited to sending video to the TV from the smartphone as the reverse is also possible: they can view what’s on the smart TV on their smartphone. Watch the video to see it in action – it’s very cool.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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LG Optimus G Android Smartphone

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Regular listeners of GNC will know that Todd has been rocking an LG Optimus G Android smartphone (on loan from LG). Impressed with this device, he finds out more from Amy.

The LG Optimus G is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor which takes everything in its stride, with super smooth graphics and slick multitasking. Todd rates the camera, too, with both stills and video footage looking fantastic. Overall, it’s a great package that’s worth checking out if you are in the market for a new smartphone.

Available through AT&T and Sprint in the US on range of contracts.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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YubiKey Neo

YubicoYubico the maker of the YubiKey introduced a NFC version at CES 2013 . YubiKey is a One Time Password dongle. It provides a strong two factor authorization to any site or platform.  All versions of YubiKeys use best practice security process. YubiKey works with various password managers such as Last Pass and PasswordSafe. You can also integrate with a VPN and software tokens. The traditional YubiKey works with multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac, along with browsers like Chrome and Firefox. The new NFC version, theYubikey Neo can be used by simply tapping the YubiKey on to a NFC enable device.

The standard YubiKey is $25.00 and is available now. The YubiKey Neo which includes USB and NFC is $50.00. Right now there is a 7–9 week delay in shipping for the Yubikey . If you are looking for a way to keep secure then you may want to look into various Yubico products including the new YubiKey Neo.

PhotoFast offers an easy solution for getting mobile pictures

These days everyone has a camera in their pocket at all times. Heck, it is not even just smartphones these days — as annoying as it sometimes seems, there are even people in front of you at events who are holding up iPads and snapping images. PhotoFast has a solution to the problem of saving those precious pictures, but it is only for iOS devices at this point.

In fact, PhotoFast has the only officially licensed Apple iOS flash drive on the market at this time. You can then plug the device right into your PC or Mac to grab the images or videos. It goes both ways too — you can also move images and videos from a computer to the iPad or iPhone. In addition, there is a dedicated app, AirPlay support, security and contact backup.

Sizes start at 8GB and range up from there, meaning prices also head up, with a starting point of $99 for the 8 GB model. It will be available through Amazon and a number of other retailers “shortly”.

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The Form 1 3D Printer

FormlabsFormlabs is introducing a 3D printer for the pro-consumer market. Unlike most consumer 3D printers this printer uses Stereolithography. The process uses Formlabs resin which is cured by UV laser. The laser traces out a cross-section which then hardens and each layer is built upon the lower layer. The item is printed upside down, so if you are printing the Eiffel Tower the base is printed first. Most other 3D printers use the plastic extrusion method, where plastic is melted and formed, which is less accurate. Stereolithography allows precise details to be printed. Each layer is about 25 micro thick and you can print about 1.5 centimeters per hour on average.

The Formlabs 1 software works with an STL file from any CAD package. The program allows you to rotate, scale and move parts around. You can print multiple pieces at once from different models. The Form1 printer is available for preorder for $3299, which includes the printer, the software, one liter of grey resin and a finishing kit.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and RV News Net.

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iSpO2 by Masimo

iSpO2 If you are a mountain climber, private pilot or hiker  you know how important it is to make sure you are acclimated to your environment. Not being acclimated can lead to altitude sickness or High Altitude Pulmonary Edema These situations can lead to serious injures and even death. Taking accurate measurements of vitals can help to prevent these situations. That is the idea behind the iSpO2 by Masimo.

The iSpO2 is a Pulse oximeter. It measures pulse rate, oxygen saturation and perfusion index. Pulse Rate is the number heartbeats per minute. Oxygen saturation is the measurement of amount of oxygen in the blood, the higher the saturation the more oxygen in the blood. Perfusion index measures the amount of blood flow into extremities such as fingers. This is the first product for the consumer market made by Masimo, which has a long history in the professional market.

The product consists of a cable and sensor. The sensor attaches to your finger and takes the measurements, which are then sent to the app. Right now the app is available on iOs only although they are working on an Android app. The app shows readings and graphs which can be used to monitor trends over time. You can also email the information. The iSpO2 is currently available through Amazon for $249.00

Interview by Jamie Davies of the MedicCast and the Health Tech Weekly

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GNC-2013-01-28 #831 BitTorrent Live Stream

Tested the BitTorrent Live Stream tonight and it seemed to do well. They are lacking the ability to have an embed yet but being this is in early beta I am pretty happy with the results tonight. Hope you will join me on Thursday on the BitTorrent Live Stream..

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