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GNC-2013-05-30 #863 Running at 185%

Posted by geeknews at 1:35 AM on May 31, 2013

I am running at 185%.. Things are simply nuts here like usual. I have a great show for you today along with some special request. Congrats to Susan on her Apple TV win.

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TGP #108 – Email Security Special

Posted by Gadget at 4:09 PM on May 30, 2013

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #108 hosted by Don Baine.

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Ever been scammed by an email? Perhaps not sure if the email you get is for real? This week I cover some important tips you will want to know about to protect you and your family from unwanted viruses, or vicious keyloggers. Believe me the scammers are out there – they are after your personal data, your passwords and anything else they can steal from your computer.

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Robot Underpants #103 – 05.29.13

Posted by Langley at 1:07 AM on May 30, 2013

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines scrounge up some news from a rather newsless week, including Sleeping Morgan Freeman, Robocop News, Bloody Mammoths, TV news, Movie news and more!

* Bloody Mammoth

* Robocop News

* Utah Sex Party

* Human Centipede III

* Dan Harmon May Come Back to ‘Community’

* How Does Superman Shave?

Teens have “Waning Enthusiasm” for Facebook

Posted by JenThorpe at 8:28 PM on May 29, 2013

FacebookThe Pew Research Center released the results of a study called “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy” on May 21, 2013. One of the findings was that teens are becoming less interested in Facebook.

In focus groups, many teens expressed waning enthusiasm for Facebook. They dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the “drama” that they describe as happening frequently on the site. The stress of needing to manage their reputation on Facebook also contributes to the lack of enthusiasm. Nevertheless, the site is still where a large amount of socializing takes place, and teens feel they need to stay on Facebook in order to not miss out.

I find this interesting. The exact reason why I chose to quit Facebook (quite some time ago) was due to the “drama” that the users of the website seem to continually generate. It is also interesting to me that the teens who are tired of dealing with the drama of Facebook still feel as though they must continue to use the website (for fear of missing something important to their social lives and/or status).

The study also found that 60% of teen Facebook users keep their profiles private, and most report high levels of confidence in their ability to manage their settings. Most of the teens who use Facebook are choosing private settings that allow only approved friends to view the content that they post.

More than half (56%) of teen Facebook users say it’s “not difficult at all” to manage privacy controls on their Facebook profile, while one in three (33%) say it’s “not too difficult”. Just 8% of teen Facebook users say that managing their privacy controls is “somewhat difficult”, while less than 1% describe the process as “very difficult”.

The Pew Study found that many middle school and high school students believe that Facebook would not, or should not, share their information. Only 9% of teens in the study said they were “very” concerned about third-party access to their data.

It also appears that while teens are becoming less enthused about Facebook they are becoming more interested in Twitter. Teen Twitter use has grown significantly. 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011.

Goodbye Pandora: I am sold on Google Music All Access

Posted by Alan at 5:08 PM on May 29, 2013

google music all accessI am a long time Pandora customer. The simple $3.99 monthly fee is a small price to pay for my unlimited, ad-free streaming, which gets me through my workdays. I have tried alternatives such as Spotify, Rdio and Last.FM and found all to be solid, but paying more multiple services monthly was not what I was looking for.

With a combination of all of my music stored in the free Google Music cloud, and hand-crafted radio stations within Pandora, I considered myself set. Sure, I wanted the ability play a particular song or album that I did not own, but paying for another service was not worth it to me.

Then Google I/O 2013 occurred and things changed. My Google Music app suddenly had Spotify capability. It gained Pandora functionality. Plus, it still had my 80-plus gigabyte music collection. If all of that was not enough, the price was only a few dollars more than I currently pay. Google Music All Access is the best of every world.

I am paid up on Pandora at the moment, but I do not plan to stay there. With All Access I can not only add my Pandora stations and still have all of my uploaded music, but also play any song or album at any time. Could this get any better?

Google has been doing some major updating as of late to try and make it all work together. Gmail is one of those items that is getting a revamp. Today on the Official Gmail Blog, Product Manager Itamar Gilad announced the new features of this version to Gmail.

From the Gmail Blog: We get a lot of different types of email: messages from friends, social notifications, deals and offers, confirmations and receipts, and more. All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around.

The new Gmail inbox will include tabs to organize different emails. Inbox groups (as Google calls it) will organize mail into categorized tabs. So spammy posts can go to an “Offers” tab and friends can be put into another tab.


The mobile version of Gmail will also have this option. You will need to download from Google Play or Apple iOS App Store to get these features.

If you don’t like the new inbox, simply switch it off and it goes away.

This feature is rolling out slowly. When you get the new feature, you will see a “Configure Inbox” option in the settings (the gear icon on the top-right).

YouTube Adds Slow Motion Feature

Posted by J Powers at 10:25 PM on May 28, 2013

youtube logoDo you want to get a slow motion video of cars passing by but don’t have the special camera to do that? YouTube is helping you out on that one.

Today YouTube released Slow Motion – a new enhancement to slow a video down 50%, 25% or 12.5%. The only caveat – Your video cannot go over 10 minutes in slow motion.

As we start to use our YouTube Live Events accounts, we will need editing tools to clean up the picture and round the edges. YouTube has already added a Stabilizer, Instagram-type effects to add Sepia, vignettes, pixelation, cartoon looks and more. You can white balance, add fill light, reduce saturation and more.

It doesn’t replace video with a 240 or 500 frame per second high-speed camera – like the Slo-Mo guys use. It will smooth out the slower video so it doesn’t look jittery. YouTube needs to blend frames to make this happen. Even a GoPro Hero 3 might be better if you record at 120 fps.

Before – After using Slow Motion Enhancement tool on YouTube

First video – me playing drums, then slowed to 25%. Next video – a shot of Madison WI Capital, then slowed to 25%. All edited using YouTube editor.

Audio Evolution Mobile App

Posted by tomwiles at 3:36 PM on May 28, 2013

Audio Evolution Mobile 1.7.2 is a powerful multitrack audio recorder for Android that is somewhat reminiscent of Adobe Audition 1.5 in both form and function. Priced at $7.45 US, the app is a real bargain for anyone looking to do serious multitrack audio recording and editing on an Android tablet or smartphone.

Back a few years ago I switched from Windows to Mac, and Adobe Audition 1.5 is one of the pieces of software I had to let go of on a day-to-day basis in order to end the endless frustration of dealing with Windows. Newer versions of Adobe Audition have never struck me as having the same appeal of Adobe Audition 1.5.

It might be just me and the way I relate to software interfaces, but I’ve never had much use for Garageband on either the Mac or on my iPad. I was able to make use of Apple’s Soundtrack app, but it was just never as quick or as easy as Adobe Audition 1.5 was in quickly cranking out a tightly-edited piece of audio.

Audio Evolution Mobile 1.7.2 was easy for me to instantly make use of. The software maker suggests that you download the trial version to try on your particular Android hardware before you buy it, to make sure it will work for you. I downloaded the trial version onto my Galaxy S3 smartphone, and quickly determined that it would not only work but that I really liked the software and the way it worked. I uninstalled the trial version and purchased the full paid version and was able to crank out an hour-long edited recording quite easily with a minimum of confusion.

The software vendor makes it very clear that Audio Evolution Mobile 1.7.2 cannot directly output into the MP3 audio file format because of MP3 file format licensing issues. The app can output mixdown files to WAV, AIFF, FLAC or OGG file formats.

Of course the podcast file format standard is MP3, so in order to be able to convert the mixdown files to the MP3 file format, I downloaded the free MediaConverter app that converts files using the open-source FFMPEG libraries from many different file formats to MP3.

To add ID3 tags to the converted MP3 files, I installed the free MP3dit app that is able to edit ID3 tags for many different audio file formats.

To upload the MP3 file to my podcast server, I use the free ANDftp FTP client for Android.

Finally, to make the WordPress post I simply go to a browser such as Firefox for Android to the regular full browser view, log in and make the post as I would on a regular desktop or laptop computer.

To be honest, the last step is the hardest to accomplish on a tablet device. WordPress just isn’t laid out in a very touchscreen-friendly manner, but it can be made to work in a pinch.

From a podcaster standpoint, the mobile device recording, editing and posting software is slowly getting there.

PayPal is hackable, denies teenager bounty for finding the bug

Posted by Alan at 1:37 PM on May 28, 2013

paypalPayPal, the popular online payment transfer service owned by Ebay, is currently under fire on two fronts. The banking service is vulnerable to attck, thanks to a bug in its system, and also is refusing to pay its standard bounty to the person who found said vulnerability, citing that security researches must be at least 18 years of age, leaving the 17 year old out in the cold.

German Robert Kugler, the security researcher behind the bug, posted details about the vulnerability on the Full Disclosure mailing list Friday.

“Unfortunately PayPal disqualified me from receiving any bounty payment because of being 17 years old” Kugler, who turns 18 next March, wrote on Seclists.

The bug bounty program has been in effect since June of 2012. Other companies, including Firefox and Mozilla have similar programs and PayPal does not list any age requirement in the literature for its standards of this.

As for the flaw, it is in XSS (cross-site scripting) and the company plans to fix the issue, but is refusing comment on the failure to pay the bounty. GNC earlier sent an email to the service, but has received no reply.

GNC-2013-05-27 #862 Memorial Day Show

Posted by geeknews at 1:41 AM on May 28, 2013

Replacement Tricaster works like a charm. I get a little deep on Glass on todays show. Plus all the tech news and information you can handle.

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