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The New Media Show #7 FCC Eliot Greenwald

Posted by geeknews at 11:00 PM on May 27, 2013

TheNewMediaShowVideoIn this episode we talk with Eliot Greenwald from the FCC about closed captioning requirements for new media creators.

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UGO Makes Little Speakers with Big Sound

Posted by JenThorpe at 10:50 PM on May 26, 2013

UGO SpeakerI had the opportunity to check out these cute, colorful, speakers in person yesterday. This was completely unexpected, because the place I found the UGO speakers at was a Strawberry Festival. That isn’t the type of event where one would expect to find anything tech related. (The festival did live up to its name, however, and had plenty of desserts that were filled with some of the biggest strawberries I’d ever seen).

The name of the company is UGO (which is pronounced “you- go”). They were among the many booths of vendors at the festival. What immediately caught my attention about them was that I could hear the music that was playing through the little speaker from several feet away over the noise from the crowd. I can see where having just one UGO speaker would work well for a person to use at home (or wherever else they decide to go).

UGO speakers come in six different colors: pink, blue, red, purple, black, yellow, and silver (as shown in my photo). The UGO mini-speaker costs $39.95, and the UGO Bluetooth Wireless Mini-Speaker costs $129.95.

Each has a micro SD slot. You can load your favorite songs onto a Micro SD card, insert it into the UGO speaker, and the speaker itself becomes your music player. It also has a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. The website says it has a 30′ (9.14m) range in which the sound will carry. UGO offers a 12-month manufacturer guarantee. The vendor at the UGO booth at the Strawberry Fest said that the UGO Bluetooth Wireless Mini-Speaker can be used with any Bluetooth enabled device.

Your old Google Buzz data is coming to Google Drive

Posted by Alan at 5:47 AM on May 26, 2013

google buzz logoOut of the blue I received an email from Google Buzz support which, needless to say, was a surprise. In fact, I felt like a time traveler when I saw it land in my inbox — the service began mercifully shutting down back in October 2011. Well, it is not officially dead yet, it seems, but life-support is about to be disconnected.

The email informs former customers that all of their old Buzz data is heading for Google Drive and will be arriving this summer. “On or after July 17th, 2013, Google will take the last step in the shutdown and will save a copy of your Buzz posts to your Google Drive, a service for storing files online”, the  message reads.

It goes on to inform users that two types of files will be stored:

  1. The first type of file will be private, only accessible to you, containing a snapshot of the Google Buzz public and private posts you authored.
  2. The second type of file will contain a copy of only your Google Buzz public posts. By default it will be viewable by anyone with the link, and may appear in search results and on your Google Profile (if you’ve linked to your Buzz posts). Note,any existing links to your Google Buzz content will redirect users to this file.

If you left comments on the posts of other users, then those will only be stored in the files of that customer. Comments that were deleted will not be saved. The files will be treated as all others in your Drive — you can share them, keep them private or simply delete them. For now, you can view the Google Buzz posts you have authored here.

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DIAMOND WR300N 300Mbps 802.11n Wireless Repeater Range Extender

The WR300N device can take an existing 802.11n wireless signal, repeat and send it to a longer range where it is too far away for the router or access point to reach. It eliminates the cable wires while providing the same reliable network connection. It can repeat and extend the wireless signal from virtually any 802.11n wireless router or access point that is launched on the market. It is backwards compatible with the 802.11b/g router or access point.
The Diamond Multimedia WR300N Portable Wireless-N Repeater supports wireless 802.11b/g/n standards with one 10/100Base-T Ethernet port.
The WR300N is designed with MIMO technology to extend the reach of any existing wireless router/AP to maximize the coverage in your home or office. It basically receives the signal from your wireless router/AP and repeats it to extend the range to farther locations that are previously unreachable.
Equipped with 64/128-bit WEP, WIFI Protected Access (WPA), and the latest WPA2 encryption with TKIP and AES algorithm to protect your wireless network from unauthorized access.

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Did DHS leak your personal data?

Posted by Alan at 10:13 AM on May 24, 2013

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This week the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), an organization we rely on the protect us and keep the country safe, revealed that, perhaps, it has not protected its own employees. According to the security report issued by ThreatPost, the organization has begun the notification process about a possible information leak.

“The Department of Homeland Security this week began notifying up to tens of thousands of employees, contractors and others with a DHS security clearance that their personal data may be at risk” writes TP’s Anne Saita.

In a statement to it’s web site, DHS announced “The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently learned of a vulnerability that existed in the software used by a DHS vendor to process personnel security investigations”. Not exactly the news any employee wishes to hear.

Those impacted included employees, contractors who submitted background investigation information and anyone else seeking a DHS clearance between July 2009 and May 2013, employees at headquarters, Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The DHS stresses that it has no indication that data was accessed by any third-party, but is still recommending that those affected, which is thousands, take proper precautions.

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Would You Buy the Apple I – Famed Computer Up for Auction

Posted by J Powers at 9:59 AM on May 24, 2013
Rare Apple I computer up for Auction

Rare Apple I computer up for Auction

Want to buy the famed Apple I computer? Well you better get your wallets out because it won’t come cheap.

One of six original Apple computer that still works will be bid upon Saturday in Cologne, Germany. Auction Team Breker (which, by the way, REALLY needs a new website built for them) sold an Apple I back in November 2012 for $640,000 and now they are planning to do it again. You can see the Auction Lot 14 Apple I here

From the Auction description: This is the sensational 1st product of today’s highest-valued company (approx. 600 billion US$). – The “Apple 1″ was designed and handmade by Steve Wozniak in the famous “electronics heaven” of “Silicon Valley”, USA, and was marketed in April 1976 by Wozniak and Steve Jobs through electronics retail chain, the “Byte Shop”, which bought the first 50 units. – The “Apple 1″ was always delivered as a motherboard only and is seen here with the very rare original “NTI” sign. The peripheral equipment such as power pack, keyboard, monitor and cassette recorder had to be obtained personally by the user. “Apple” never offered a housing; every user had to make his own. – The “Apple 1″ was the 1st PC in the world with monitor and keyboard access!

Bidding will start at $116,000 (90,000 Euros). Many will expect this Apple I will get as high as $400,000 or more.

There are many other items up for auction if you don’t want (or can’t afford) the Apple I computer. The Rare Six-Digit “Pascaline” Calculator By B. Pascal, a Curta “Type I” Calculator, The Calculus bu American computing machine, Laytons Improved Arithmometer and much more.

Oh yeah. Winning bidder also has to pay for shipping…

GNC-2013-05-23 #861 New Box is Here

Posted by geeknews at 1:30 AM on May 24, 2013

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Twitter Adds Two Step Verification System

Posted by J Powers at 10:50 AM on May 23, 2013

Twitter logoWhen Burger King got hacked, we all laughed at the idea McDonalds might have bought it. When the Associated Press got hacked, we noticed. But it took the Onion in getting hacked for Twitter to finally do something…

Twitter rolled out a two-step verification system for users to get extra protection against would-be hackers. The verification method includes a special code that is sent via phone when they try to log in. With this extra step using a cell phone, hackers can become thwarted in trying to access an account.

This is not a new process – Facebook and Google both give this second verification step in your security features. Its better than a password because you don’t need to remember one. Its also better than a “name your pet” verification because in some cases (like Sarah Palin) people know that information.

“Today we’re introducing a new security feature to better protect your Twitter account: login verification,” says Jimio from the Twitter Product Security Team on the Twitter blog. “With login verification enabled, your existing applications will continue to work without disruption. If you need to sign in to your Twitter account on other devices or apps, visit your applications page to generate a temporary password to log in and authorize that application.

If you choose not to opt in you run risk of getting hacked. Of course, you also need to keep your phone numbers up-to-date. If that changes, you might have problems getting into your accounts.

If your Twitter Gets Hacked

First, attempt to change your password. If you still can’t log in, contact Twitter through a Support request. (choosing “Hacked account” from the list of options).

Robot Underpants #102 – 05.22.13

Posted by Langley at 12:24 AM on May 23, 2013

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric Rice and “Starman” Michael Gaines have your latest GIF news, reports on what the internet is complaining about this week ( Xbox, Flickr, and Tumblr) Dan Akroyd is still trying to push for Ghostbusters 3, and a new segment called “Things We Can’t Talk About”

* Ghostbusters 3 News

* Old Doctor Who

Pandora adds a pair of new updates

Posted by Alan at 12:57 PM on May 22, 2013

pandora logoPandora is perhaps my favorite music app. In fact, it is the only one I bother subscribing too, paying the small $3.99 per month fee in exchange for unlimited streaming and no ads. This week the company has announced two important new features. One brings customers unreleased music, while the other makes the program more social.

The new Premieres channel is available to all customers — both free, as well as paid subscribers. Premieres looks to bring customers new music before the albums are released. Each week Pandora plans to add albums a week in advance of their commercial release — beginning this week with former CCR singer John Fogerty and English folk musician Laura Marling.

Customers will be able to stream any, and all, songs from the upcoming music releases an unlimited number of times. The service promises new music available every week.

On iPhone, Android, and pandora.com, customers can now choose to automatically publish their Pandora music activity to Facebook, which will populate the musical identity in Facebook’s newly launched music section. A quick toggle on the user’s phone or press of a button on the web and they are ready to go.

Both features are available right now for web-based and mobile customers. Both enhancements will also work for all customers, regardless if they have a free or paid account.