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Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:50 PM on July 18, 2014

samsung1One cannot deny the beauty of the Samsung Galaxy line of Phones and Tablets. Over the past couple of weeks I have had the pleasure of reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 this is a Wifi only version with 16gb of onboard storage and of course a Micro SD Slot.

The first thing that comes to mind in using the Samsung Galaxy Tab® Pro 8.4 is that it is light and the screen is simply stunning with a 1600×2560 resolution @ 359DPI my eyes just eat this thing up. Everything is crisp clean. Battery life is great I got about 10 hours out of it with heavy usage.

Having only used a Nexus 7 prior to this in the Android category the Samsung Tablet is like driving a BMW. The difference is stark and performance is off the chart. My advice is head to the closest retail and check on out your going to fall in love.

I have up to this point been a pretty die hard Apple iPad user, that has officially changed after I have used this device. The price point on this tablet is retail $329.00 but I found them cheaper if you look around a bit.

If the 8.4 inch size is to big for you, the folks at Samsung have smaller sized Galaxy tablets and even larger screen sizes as well..

Magellan SmartGPS 5390 Review

Posted by geeknews at 7:21 PM on July 18, 2014

magellanThe folks at Magellan really blew me away this time. It has been sometime since I reviewed a GPS and the folks at Magellan have knocked it out of the park with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390. When they say this GPS is smart they really mean it. By far this is the best GPS I have ever used.

Let me start and say that we used the 5390 for 14 days exclusively while in California on Vacation. In preparation for our trip we pre-programmed locations of hotels, attractions, restaurants and other spots we knew we would be stopping at.

My wife and I both downloaded the companion App (iOS and Android) and sync’d to the device via BlueTooth. While on the trip we used the GPS to find cheap gas, food, and alternate routes around traffic. As we found locations we wanted to visit on our phones we just sent the location via the App to the GPS.

But most impressive was the road trip from Disneyland to San Francisco. From the very start the GPS gave us an estimated arrival time, and it was accurate from start to finish within 4 minutes of the original estimation on what was almost a 6 hour drive! It knew of delays and we where amazed by the accuracy of the device.

We thought it was a fluke but it was equally as accurate on the return trip. I am not sure what kind of logic they use, but someone has this thing dialed in to be accurate within minutes of the original estimation on a 6 hour drive is incredible.

The Magellan SmartGPS also acted as a Hands Free device and warned us of countless red light cameras and speed camera alerts which kept us safer while in our rental car.

I activated a hotspot on my phone, and let the GPS Wifi connect to it. The GPS kept us up to date on everything in our surrounding area there where Yelp and Forsquare reviews etc.

Let me talk about the map, have you every been using a GPS and come to a highway junction and taken the wrong exit. Well the junction view of the map feature kept us on the correct highway, and not once did I swear at this GPS unlike others I currently own. By far best feature of the device when your in heavy traffic is the Junction view.

Overall I am not going to lie, I do not want to send this unit back. It’s that good. Here is the shocker. It comes with lifetime map updates, and only retails for $200.00. If you are or are not in the market for a new GPS this is the one to buy and put on the dash. Whether it be around town or on a road trip leave home with the Magellan SmartGPS 5390.

Case Logic 17.3 Laptop and Tablet Briefcase

Posted by geeknews at 6:51 PM on July 18, 2014

caselogicI am notoriously hard on computer bags, I typically travel close to 200,000 frequent flyer miles a year, and that is a lot of bag drags, drops, rolling etc. In the past I have had to replace a computer bag no less than once a year.

Bag manufactures love me for my repeat business. No wheels on this bag review so I cannot vent about bag wheels so we will save that for another time. When Case Logic sent me their 17.3 inch Laptop and Tablet Briefcase it was my first non-rolling bag in a number of years. So in good fashions I dumped out my old bag and loaded this one up.

When I mean load it up, I packed it to the gills. 17 inch Mac Book Pro and charger, iPad, Samsung Tablet, mifi, business cards, pens, business cards, extra glasses, shades, 2 external batteries, cable and a small bag of stuff that goes where I go.. Not to mention a legal folder of papers

On any bag, I worry I will have enough pockets, I like to keep things organized. The Case Logic ANC317 did not fail to disappoint with no less than 4 internal pockets and 2 front loading pockets plus plenty of room for the laptop and charger.

My key test on any bag is the zippers. When I stuff a bag these babies are under duress. The Case Logic bag zippers did not fail nor did they hang. I used this bag as my dedicated bag for over a month. Where I went, it went, on the floor, back seat of the car, on the plane you name it. In just a month it still has that new look shine and has not shown any fraying or wear points.

I am not a 100% ready to give up my roller, but this bag has the standard strap in the back to allow it to be secured to the roller handle.

Some will say a bag is a bag, but when you beat the crap out of bags like I do its nice to see that someone has made a bag to last a season or two. This bag will not break the bank either. It retails for $49.99 at most major big boxes and at CaseLogic.com

My only concern on this bag is that wish it had a little more padding around the edges where the laptop resides. Protection of the laptop inside is Job #1 no mater what and while there is a cushion I wish it had just a little more.

PAPAGO GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Posted by geeknews at 6:22 PM on July 18, 2014

tpms2When I was asked to review the GoSafe Tire Pressure Monitoring System it was the first time I have reviewed a aftermarket accessory for a vehicle. My every day drive vehicle is a 2009 Mazda CX9 and even though the vehicle is feature rich it did not come with a TPMS.

Installation of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System literally took about 15 minutes. It comes with a receiver, power plug 12v, 4 tire pressure sensors, Anti Theft Nuts, and Anti Theft Wrench. Plus you communicate via an Smart Phone app which communicates via bluetooth. There is a syncing process during setup and then you simply install the tire pressure sensors.

I spend a lot of time in my car each day, and it was cool to track tire pressure on the fly. I was able to make small adjustments to get the pressure in each of my tires exactly the same, which over time will reduce tire wear and improve gas mileage.

tpms1The sensors job is simple, it lets you know when the pressure is low or too high and give you a quick check for actual pressure. My wife is always nagging me saying a tire pressure looks low, this system allowed her to quickly look on her phone to check the pressure.

This product is a great aftermarket product, I found though that we did not need to leave the receiver plugged in all the time. We pulled it out of the glove box when we wanted to do a quick check.

This aftermarket tire pressure monitoring system is priced at $200.00 on various websites. For peace of mind and to keep track of tire pressure this is a very cool aftermarket product to extend the life of your current vehicle and add a level of safety to a loved ones vehicle that may not be used to checking the tire pressure like they should.

TGP # 165 – Transporter Sync

Posted by Gadget at 6:51 PM on July 17, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #165 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
Transporter Sync turns any external USB drive into your own private cloud. Featuring all the same sync, access, share and protect functionality of the Transporter in a compact form-factor starting at just $99 with no monthly fees. Mobile Camera Auto-Upload-Mobile phones have become the camera of choice for capturing life’s special moments, but this convenience has resulted in phones that are constantly running out of storage space. The camera auto-upload feature allows you to pick your favorite location (home, office, etc.) and anytime your phone connects to that network, newly added photos and videos will be automatically synced to your Transporter. Special Folders
Most cloud storage solutions require you to move all your files to a
specific folder to sync across devices. This can be a real hassle with applications that save files to default locations. The Transporter Special Folder feature allows you to sync files directly from popular desktop, documents, movies, music, and picture locations.

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GNC #963 – Guest Host Mike Dell

Posted by Mike Dell at 5:35 PM on July 10, 2014

Todd is still out for one more show, enjoying his Vacation somewhere in the lower 48, I’m Mike Dell, from Podcast Help Desk, former Geek of the North and I will be your host for tonights show. Most of you don’t know me unless you have been around podcasting a long time. I used to do a show called Geek of the North which was a Tech Show. I have since Podfaded that show and I now do a relatively new show called Podcast Help Desk  at podcasthelpdesk.com where I talk about the geeky techie side of podcasting and help people get setup and going with their podcast.

It’s great to be back with the GNC listeners!  I last hosted this show on November 10th 2008 Show #415.   A LOT of water has gone under the bridge since then!

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Show Notes:

 

Smaller, better Google Glass?

Square Phones?  What are they thinking??

Android Screen Mirroring to chromecast is out now

Drone Operators Arrested in New York

Cockpit cameras – Good idea or bad?

Solar Sail craft to hitch ride with Spacex in 2016

Want a tour of the USAF Museum restoration hangers?

Smartwaches reviewed

Aereo uses Supreme court ruling to get back in business as a cable provider.

Company with $39 in assets now worth over $5billion!

Happy 6th Birthday Apple Appstore

The most common misconceptions about the big 8 tech companies

Applebees No Tech Tuesdays

5 to 8 times more battery on your tech toys!

10 highest paying Tech Companies to intern for

TGP # 164 Aukey IPAD Clamp Mount/Flexible Arm & Adjustable

Posted by Gadget at 11:41 AM on July 3, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #164 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

Celebrating 3 years!
aukey stand
Simple and elegant design, well fitts your iPad Mini / Mini 2 and perfect for your iPad life at home or in the office.
A strong arm (22in of length) that flexes in all directions. A ball tip holds the iPad clip, allowing you to swivel and tilt it, giving you additional viewing angles and options.
With the sturdy anti-slippery silicon cushion padded to the clamps, secure mount to Mac, table, cabinet, speech lectern, or other places you like, and won’t cause any mark or damage.
4 cable clips, fixing the USB cable on the gooseneck arm when charging your iPad – an intimate gadget ensures you a perfect product experience, say goodbye to the annoyance caused by the messy cables hanging in the air.
Easy to install – no drilling, no screws, no furniture damage and no commitment. Package contents: Aukey AK-3D iPad Clip, Clamp Arm, Washer, Collar, 4xCable Clips. – 18 Months Warranty
Get $5.00 off use code GET5DOFF at Amazon!

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TGP # 162 Seagate Central

Posted by Gadget at 8:47 PM on June 19, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #162 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Seagate Central

Connect Seagate® Central to your Wi-Fi router to organize and back up all your content on one device that you can access from anywhere.

Automatically back up multiple PC and Mac® computers
Wirelessly stream your centralized media library to gaming consoles, media players and smart TVs
Access content on-the-go with a Web browser or the free app for tablets and smartphones
Enjoy a unique Samsung® Smart TV app featuring enhanced media navigation

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President Proclaims National Day of Making

Posted by JenThorpe at 4:12 AM on June 18, 2014

The White House by Gage Skidmore on FlickrPresident Obama has proclaimed that June 18, 2014, is the National Day of Making. He is calling upon all Americans to observe this day with programs, ceremonies, and activities that encourage a new generation of makers and manufacturers to share their talents and hone their skills.

The White House will be celebrating the National Day of Making by hosting the first-ever White House Maker Faire. It will feature students who are learning STEM skills, entrepreneurs that are launching new businesses, and innovators that are involved in American manufacturing. You can tune in to watch the first-ever White House Maker Faire live from the official website.

The inspiration behind the National Day of Making comes from America’s history of innovators who have created inventions that transformed the world. The National Day of Making is intended to encourage people to carry forward with that tradition. It also acknowledges the Maker Movement that students, families, and entrepreneurs have gotten involved in.

The White House is also starting #NationOfMakers on Twitter. Everyone is encouraged to use the hashtag to post photos of the maker project that they are currently working on, or to share plans for their next project. The White House website about the first ever White House Maker Faire has a map that shows where all the tweets that include #NationOfMakers are coming from. Click on any tweet that is featured in the list, and you can read the tweet and view the photo attached to it.

Image by Gage Skidmore on Flickr.

TGP # 161 Aukey External Power Supplies

Posted by Gadget at 6:52 PM on June 12, 2014

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Aukey Mini Lock
Portable and Lightweight, Color and Modern Design – Give your Apple and Android devices at least one full charge on the go with 3000mAh capacity.
Ultra-Slim size can be easily fitted into your pocket or purse. Superior Energy Conversion – More than 90% conversion rate. Better efficiency than similar power banks.
No Power button design and the mini lock will automatically charge your phone when you connect to it. The intelligent Touch-to-Wake LED indicator will show you the battery status.
Internal Li-Polymer battery cells, more stable and safer than Li-ion battery, such as both iPad and iPhone use the safer Li-polymer battery. 500+ recharge cycles over the life of the battery.
Package include: Aukey Mini Lock External Battery, Micro USB Cable, Instruction Manual. Wall charger not included.

Amzdeal® Moving Life – A1
Elegant exterior, ultra-slim shape (0.35 inch thickness), simple fresh style design, plus the eco-friendly material, it is not simply an external battery, but stands for and leads to an easy and GREEN lifestyle. Go Green with Amzdeal!
8,000 mAh of capacity, 5V 2.1A (max) output, the amzdeal A1 is able to charge the iPhone at least four+ times, iPad one times and large-capacity phones like the Galaxy S4 two+ times.
With the soy ink coat on the front cover and the art of White Space, now you can personalize your power bank in YOUR OWN way and let it speak your words.
Four blue LED lights to display the remaining power, one press to check out, you will never miss recharging the battery.
Comes with a fancy customized fiber pouch that would definitely let you fondle admiringly, quickly distinguishes your gadget from others. Extraordinary gadget, extraordinary life!

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