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Has Apple Lost It’s Mojo?

Posted by tomwiles at 2:17 PM on April 9, 2014

For quite a number of years I was completely put off by the aura of negative, often downright vituperative groupthink exuded by Apple users. Regardless of the merits of Apple products, the Apple user base itself gave me pause and kept me away. An analogy is to be found with Bittorrent. The technology itself is neither good nor bad, however a substantial portion of the Bittorrent user base has made Bittorrent synonymous with digital piracy.

Once Steve Jobs returned to Apple, he opened the company up to the mainstream by switching the Mac to Intel processors and making Apple products compatible with Microsoft Windows. Jobs was able to open Apple up to the mainstream at the same time he seemed to push the bitter user base aside somewhat. Also there was the long succession of great products, including the iPad I'm typing this on that helped make Apple fabulously successful.

In the wake of the death of Jobs, a deterioration of attitude has taken place. Apple has lost it's mojo. Apple software updates are much more likely to contain serious bugs, or as in the case of “Maps” were not even close to being ready for prime time. Jobs wanted things perfect before he would let them out the door. Most concerning to me as a consumer is the bitter groupthink portion of the Apple user base seems to have come back out in force.

It's not only the increasingly vocal bitter Apple user base that is disconcerting. Apple itself seems to be hell-bent on revenge. These never-ending, completely absurd lawsuits against Samsung demonstrate an organization that's lost its innovation mojo trying to get it back via abuse of the legal system, very much akin to an abusive spouse trying to get respect back via violence.

As a technology consumer, my brand loyalty is quite shallow. I have a long track record of buying products and services that are the most innovative, and if that means switching brands, I switch brands.

I recently switched smartphones for the 5th time. At any point I could have had an iPhone. I thought about it more than once. However, this bitter decline helped me vote with my feet and go with a Galaxy Note 3. If current trends continue I will likely never but another Apple product. The Mac computers I have are being used less than ever, so by the time they completely wear out I won't bother replacing them. The unpleasant behavior of Apple and the groupthink user base will likely prevent me from purchasing any future Apple mobile devices.

Once Steve Jobs' health problems were made public, there was a period of ongoing speculation about what would become of Apple once he was gone. Alas, now we know.

 

MOTU Introduces the HDX-SD with Thunderbolt Technology

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:40 AM on April 4, 2014

HDX-SD-TBMOTU has introduced an addition to their family of Video I/O products at NAB the HDX-SDI with Thunderbolt technology. (HDX-SDI-TB). The HDX-SDI will work with Final Cut Pro, Avid and Premiere Pro. The HDX-SDI with Thunderbolt technology captures and monitors all types of videos from 1080p30 down to Standard Def. It works with all the popular codecs including ProRes and DNxHD.  It is a plug and play operation.

Motu has not forgotten that good audio is just as important as video, with this device you can monitor and capture up to 16 channels of audio with sample rates up to 96 kHz. To keep everything in sync there is a clearly visible time code on the front of the device or you can use Genlock or machine control. You can use it to monitor video on multiple displays. The HDX-SDI-TB will work with a desktop computer or a full editing bay. You can daisy chain the device with other Thunderbolt devices, such as a high def Thunderbolt display or a hard drive.

With the HDX-SDI with Thunderbolt technology your Thunderbolt enabled Mac or PC can become a powerful HD/SD video production workstation. The device will run $1,195.00 and is available for preorder and it should ship toward the end of April. If you work with video and are looking for a fast, reliable video production workstation than the HDX-SDI with Thunderbolt maybe just want you are looking for.

We are Expanding!

Posted by geeknews at 11:15 AM on March 28, 2014

Over the next several weeks, there will be a major transformation here at Geek News Central. We are taking each of the properties. Gadget Professor, New Media Show, Robot Underpants and Chrome Show and we are moving them to their own landing pages.

This is also in anticipation of expansion of the shows that are here. All of the content from our family of sites will be available here at Geek News Central.. But excuse the mess while we are tearing the walls down and building them back up..

We are trying to do this without breaking anything here so if you see something weird please be patient with us as we make the changes. It is a massive amount of work, but once completed the site will be updated, shiny and new.

TGP #150 PANAVISE – The Best Mounts !

Posted by Gadget at 2:21 PM on March 27, 2014

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ZOOM iQ5 Review

Posted by geeknews at 9:51 PM on March 23, 2014

iq52Over the past 10 years I have used several Zoom handheld audio recorders. They all have been excellent field recorders, and I have recorded dozens of interviews and even use one of the devices today as a backup audio recorder in my studio.

The folks at Zoom sent me the iQ5 to review which allowed me to turn my Lightning connector capable iPhone/iPad into a professional audio recorder. Setup was a snap, I installed the Zoom Handy Recorder from the iOS store and plugged in the iQ5 into my iPhone and hit record.

The mic record quality is excellent, while you do need to be careful not to bang your phone onto a solid surface while recording, holding the iPhone and recording Audio or Video resulted in excellent source audio for both that was many times better than what the iPhone was capable of capturing on its own.

The folks at Zoom do not skimp,  the device has it’s own internal rechargeable battery, audio headset jack, manual or automatic audio gain as well plus directional settings. The microphone itself has two elements as seen in the picture below in that it captures audio coming form the front and side of the mic.

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The Zoom Handy Recorder software comes with a wide assortment of effects to fine tune the audio recording.

You can use the iQ5 with the standard iOS Camera app to capture great audio with your video recordings. Use the iQ5 with Garageband as well.

For $99.00 you cannot beat the price save space and weight when you are off to do a field recording with the Zoom iQ5 Professional Stereo Microphone for iOS

TGP #144 – EYN Smart Phone Cases

Posted by Gadget at 8:05 PM on February 13, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #144 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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eyn was developed as a simple solution to an everyday problem: having the freedom to walk around with just your phone and a few necessities—a couple credit cards, some cash and your i.d. We felt that most people nowadays don’t want to carry much more, so that’s why we created eyn (pronounced ‘n’)— which stands for everything you need.
While designing eyn, our goal was to create a built-in storage area within the case that clicks shut and keeps your personal items hidden and secure, so you can carry everything together all in one place.
No more…carrying a bulky wallet or oversized bag (unless you want to)
shoving your credit card and cash in between your phone and case
exposing your personal items on the exterior of the case
taking your phone out of its case just to make a call
And we’ve also included a mirror for quick touch-ups.

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Displaylink talks about new chipsets

Posted by Alan at 12:04 PM on January 26, 2014

displaylinkEvery year Displaylink stops by to visit with TPN during CES in Las Vegas, and this year was no different. A company rep visited the set to talk about what is new for 2014.

First up, there is a new chipset, the 5000 series, which can handle 4K video (Ultra HD) over USB. That may sound crazy, but the company has stepped up compression in order to make this possible. It’s a rather complicated process, but it’s explained in the video below. Next, was a new 3950 chipset. This makes possible the ability to expand both Android devices and Chromebooks out to a full desktop, via docking. All of this takes place through adapters manufactured by Displaylink, and the one shown off in the video is expected to retail for less than $90.

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Show Notes are Back

Posted by geeknews at 7:51 PM on January 25, 2014

As you all know we moved all podcast show notes off the website as we where seeing a negative impact from linking to 40 plus articles each episode.

Well we are using an experimental plugin that adds a “nofollow” attribute beyond anything we designate with the wordpress “more” tag. As soon as we get done beta testing we will release the plugin.

For now the show notes are back and I hope this soothes the Google gods.

TGP # 141 Brothers P-Touch PT-1230PC

Posted by Gadget at 8:21 PM on January 23, 2014

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Create Professional-looking Labels Quickly
It’s never been easier to print high-quality labels and barcodes than it is with the Brother PT-1230PC. The P-touch Editor Lite software is built directly into the printer, so there’s no software to install on your computer. Print graphics and text exactly how it appears on your monitor, and the PT-1230PC supports all True Type/Scalable fonts available on your PC. The printer is compatible with four different label widths up to 1/2-inch wide, and you can use TZ laminated tape for both indoor and outdoor use. The built-in manual cutter makes it easy to get perfect cuts each and every time.

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HAL TV Remote Set Top Box, Watch and Ring at CES

Posted by Mike Dell at 10:13 PM on January 22, 2014

HAL logo

Todd and Don interview Eric Stalker from HAL.tv about the new Remote Set Top box for controlling your TV with hand gesture or voice control.  Once the box is setup, it allows you all kinds features like Hand control of your TV, Phone Calls, Reminders and a “mirror” mode.

HAL is also coming out with a smart watch and smart RING that will work with your smart phone. Details can be found at hal.tv.

Prices for the TV box and  the Watch will be $199 and the ring is $99. All these products will be available in the Fall of 2014.

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