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GNC-2013-08-29 #886 How Much is to Much?

Posted by geeknews at 1:26 AM on August 30, 2013

GNCLogo3_1_1400x1400AudioMore documents leak out! How much is to much and will this continue until everything is laid out on the table. Send me your feedback on this very controversial issue.

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TGP – # 120 – Pumps, Pouches & Amazon

Posted by Gadget at 7:01 PM on August 29, 2013

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #120 hosted by Don Baine.

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College Humor Shows Us How to Make a Tech Commercial

Posted by J Powers at 8:58 AM on August 29, 2013

CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos

When I’m watching a commercial for a new tech device, I’m looking for an ad that’s fun. Thats cool.

Thats edited way to fast – fast- fast

With a lot of lines repeated a bunch, just like that – like that

And starring young professionals with creative jobs – jobs your not even sure exist.

I’m a wicker-weaver!

I’m looking for a commercial that uses words like – now – emotion – global – 相互接続した(Interconnected)

Spoken totally out of context – or in unison while laughing! Fast!

I want an ad with diversity. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re a guy – or a girl. White – or black.

I want to see lots of small businessmen and women, like architects – gardeners – bakers – bakers – a whole lot of bakers – or at least someone holding a baguette, like me.

I’m looking for a commercial set to an Indy rock song, one that uses a lot of accordion – or glockenspiel –  or this instrument (pan flute).

Most of all, I’m just looking for a good product… shot. One with kids – cute kids, though.

Hey guys, can you see me? Hi! I miss you!

And a soldier. You know – emotional s**t.

Thats what will get ME to buy a smartphone – or a wearable computer – or a website that finally puts me in the driver seat – Whatever that means.

One more baker – and a logo without text.

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Torch launches Android Music app

Posted by Alan at 4:12 AM on August 29, 2013

torch musicTorch, an increasingly popular web browser based on Chrome, is known for some of the built-in features it brings to users. One of those is its music discovery and playback. The Music feature has now struck out on its own.

Torch Music is now available from Google Play Store. The app is free and offers millions of songs and videos straight to your phone. That means that you can get the amazing experience of Torch Music anywhere you go. The app runs in the background so you don’t have to stop listening to your music.

You will be able to listen to playlists that you have saved while using Torch Music on your computer, or you can make a playlist and listen to it straight from your phone.

Torch Music for Android offers you music from thousands of artists. There is also a Suggested feature, which offers personalized song suggestions. You can even check out which songs are most played using the Popular feature.

Robot Underpants: 08.28.13 (116)

Posted by Langley at 12:19 AM on August 29, 2013

Join Benadryl Claritin, Buffalo Crucifix and Johnnycash Cumbersnatch as they discuss the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator, Ben Affleck Bat-gate, Miley Cyrus’ flapping buttocks, X-Files news, Cosplay, James Brown and Life Hacks that may or may not be true.

* Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator

* Miley Cyrus Twerks on Famous Works of Art

* Third X-Files Movie

* SyFy Steals Cosplay Photos

* Life Hacks

* James Brown Biopic

* Ginger Spelling and Grammar Extension

Windows 8.1 hits RTM

Posted by Alan at 2:50 AM on August 28, 2013

Microsoft Windows 8Customers have been clamoring for the next Windows almost since version 8 of the operating system came out. The new update to Microsoft’s flagship product is set for official release on October 18, though a Chinese copy has already found its way online and an English version is likely to follow closely behind.

“We have delivered in a very short time an update to the OS that will bring an even greater unified experience for our customers. As we consider the code we just handed off, and the new intuitive and fluid computing experience it provides – anytime, anywhere, across all devices – we’re confident we made the right bet in continuing our vision and following through on our commitment to rapid innovation and responsive engineering”, reports Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond.

Microsoft hopes that, utilizing Windows 8.1, over the next several months you will see beautiful, powerful devices, from the smallest tablets to the most lightweight notebooks to versatile 2-in-1s, as well as industry devices designed for business.

Will the new update be enough to sway those on the fence, or the detractors? That is question that will not be answered for a couple of months at least, likely longer.

Idiots from Crusie.co.uk

Posted by geeknews at 1:49 AM on August 28, 2013

For the second time in two weeks, I have told these folks (Prodo Digital) that we do not remove links from our website. The article in question was a legitimate blog post, and actually recommends this company as one to check out..

Look at this email from these idiots.

My name is Lloyd and I work for a digital marketing agency, representing Cruise.co.uk.

I am writing to request the removal of a link to my clients’ site, following an unnatural links warning from Google, which is located on the following pages of your website:

http://www.geeknewscentral.com/2010/06/
http://www.geeknewscentral.com/2010/06/30/over-50s-get-online-in-uk/
http://www.geeknewscentral.com/category/internet/page/7/
http://www.geeknewscentral.com/tag/demographics/
http://www.geeknewscentral.com/tag/internet/page/3/

Any help with this matter would be greatly appreciated and if you have any concerns on the validity of this request then please feel free to contact seo@cruise.co.uk.

GNC-2013-08-26 #885 Chromecast not so Open?

Posted by geeknews at 1:07 AM on August 27, 2013

GNCLogo3_1_1400x1400AudioLooks like Google is taking away some of Chromecast functions for a bit.. They claim they want to be open, but not everyone is so sure. I cover that along with a bunch of other tech news.

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Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS-120 Review

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 1:43 PM on August 26, 2013

Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS-120 Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS–120 use Near Field Audio (NFA) to produce its sound.  No wires, no bluetooth or wi-fi required. The speaker is small with dimension of 5“ by 2.75” by 2″ approximately and it is available in black and white. You are also supplied with a USB mini cable for charging the device and a 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable to be used with devices that do not have external speakers.

To use the Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS–120 you simply turn the speaker on by the small switch on the side. Then you start the music on your device and lay the device on top of the Sonivo . There are two speaker icons on the top of the Sonivo Easy Speakers-SBS–120, to get the best sound you want to line up where the sound is coming out of your device with the two speaker icons. I tested it using my Samsung Galaxy Nexus and found that if I set the phone right in the middle of the speaker it didn’t pick up the sound, however if I moved the phone over so that the speaker icon on the Sonivo Easy Speaker lined up with the place where the sound comes out on the Galaxy Nexus it worked great. With the HTC One I simply laid it down on the Sonivo Easy Speaker and it worked. The one problem I did run into with the HTC One is that at one point I kept on hearing a buzzing noise and the audio was distorted. I solved the problem by moving the device back a bit and turning the volume down.

Once I figured out where to set my devices on the Sonivo Easy Speaker, I started to enjoy it. It did increase the volume of the device quite a bit. Not surprisingly there is no bass, but the treble is quite good. If you are looking for a small portable speaker that you can easily carry with you when you travel then you might want to take a look at the Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS–120. The Sonivo Easy Speaker-SBS–120 is normally available at MobileFun for $25.49 however at this time they appear to be sold out. If you provide your email they will notify you when one is available.

Uber – Google Driverless Cars: The End of Drivers?

Posted by J Powers at 12:35 PM on August 26, 2013

uberlogo[1]When I went to L.A. in July, I used Uber to travel back to the Airport. Of course, that was during rush hour, which is not a smart move. But the driver – an L.A. native – knew the shortcuts to get me from Venice Beach to LAX in a faster time.

So how would a driverless car do it?

Local independent transportation company Uber announced today they want to invest up to $375 million for 2,500 driverless cars from Google when they become available toward the end of the year. Their investment also included a commitment to share data with Google for the trips.

Google – who has been developing driverless cars since 2008 – just showed the GX3200 earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show. The GX3200 is a four-person, 3 suitcase car with built-in Wifi and a charge that can get up to 750 miles.

For Uber, this could mean faster rollouts in cities they never planned to be a part of. Having 1-2 cars in towns with populations less than 10,000 is a reality. You don’t even a dispatcher living there, since the app takes care of the process.

Uber is in 24 cities in the U.S. – Just adding Honolulu last week – and 18 worldwide locations. Of course, major hurdles in some areas as labor unions petition this service and new regulations trying to shut down the Uber Taxi service.

Still, the question begs – do you want a driverless car? I would be more happy to have a car show up for me to get in and drive to my desired location. Having some control at this stage in the autonomous car period will make me feel safer.

With newer Google Maps – including the recently purchased and implemented Waze software (predictive software that finds alternate routes) – I could see a driverless car act just like my Uber driver from July.

Would you get into a driverless car?