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The PAPAGO! Video Contest has Begun

Posted by JenThorpe at 1:31 PM on August 6, 2014

PAPAGO! logoAre you an aspiring filmmaker? Do you enjoy taking videos of yourself, your friends, or your travels? The PAPAGO! video contest was designed for people just like you. Three winners will be given a GoSafe 200 dashcam.

The contest has already started. You have until August 31, 2014, to submit a storyboard of your video idea to PAPAGO! They ask you to submit it via Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube. They will select three winners from the submissions that are received.

Those winners will use the GoSafe 200 dashcam to video their storyboard idea. They will have until September 28, 2014, to submit the completed video to PAPAGO!, who will choose one top video. That winner will receive a $400.00 gift card (selected by PAPAGO!). The winner of the video contest will be announced by October 15, 2014.

There are, of course, rules and guidelines that must be adhered to. You can read more about them on the PAPAGO! website. I will point out just a few of the rules here. They encourage the contestants who are given a GoSafe 200 dashcam to be creative. “Take it out of the car. Record in the car. The possibilities are endless.”

The video must be 1 – 2 minutes in length and made from video footage that the contestant captures on the GoSafe 200. The videos will be highlighted on the PAPAGO! Website “and all social media platforms”. You must be 18 years of age (or older) and a legal resident of the United States or Canada in order to participate in this contest. Those who submit a video to the contest are giving PAPAGO! “the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes, testimonials, and video submissions for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation.”

The GoSafe 200 has a 140 degree perspective and a unique slide-out LCD screen. It has an automatic start-up function and a motion detection feature that will enable the device to start recording once it detects movement. If you have a creative idea, now is your chance to enter the PAPAGO! video contest and, perhaps, win your very own GoSafe 200. Pulls the Plug

Posted by Langley at 12:16 PM on August 5, 2014, the live streaming service which started in 2007, has abruptly pulled the plug on it’s service today. With no warning or notification and no way for users to access their account or any videos they may have had, people are rightfully pissed.

Back in February JTV officially became Twitch Interactive. Twitch being a primarily video game centric streaming service while JustinTV was for everything else. A lot of content streamed was copyrighted material, that no one seemed to care was being streamed. If you wanted to watch 24/7 of Futurama, it was there. It’s not clear if this has anything to do with the sudden shutdown, but more likely it has something to do with rumors of Google purchasing Twitch for $1 billion.

If this is another move by Google, it’s another public-infuriating one. Google seems to be becoming notorious for creating bad PR for itself as of late. With the G+ experiment and the debacle/laughable Google Glass program, as well as all the NSA business, there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of things to be excited about when people mention the “G” word.

Whatever the reason, it seems the 7-year-old service is no more. Their website explains all APIs and accounts are gone.  There is a video (hosted on Vimeo, btw) saying goodbye, and some FAQ’s for people wondering what happens next (though there doesn’t seem to be much as far as answers go, other than “So long, thanks for all the fish.” )

More info can be found at Justin.TV

Morgan Freeman Brings You the Universe

Posted by Langley at 11:42 AM on August 5, 2014

Mankind has long been at the mercy of the cosmos – subject to the often violent happenings of the boundless universe that exists beyond the confines of Earth’s atmosphere. But today humans are taking huge steps to claim space for their own design, evolution and survival in what is becoming a new race for space. In the all-new three-part special MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE, world premiering Wednesday, August 13 at 10 PM ET/PT, Science Channel is bringing viewers a mind-blowing look at the innovative, high-tech work private businesses, engineers and scientists are doing to occupy Mars, mine the Moon’s fertile grounds and keep asteroids from destroying life on Earth.

“Space truly is the final frontier for humans,” said Rita Mullin, General Manager, Science Channel. “For the first time ever we’re taking proactive steps to protect ourselves from its perils, and use its vast resources to ensure our survival. This process features extraordinary ideas driven by astonishing feats of technology and engineering. We hope MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE captures some of the remarkable work happening right now in this new race for space, and gives viewers an appreciation for the incredibly smart, creative, driven people doing this work.”

MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE is an epic three-part miniseries from Science Channel and Revelations Entertainment, the producers of the critically acclaimed, Emmy-Award nominated series THROUGH THE WORMHOLE WITH MORGAN FREEMAN that unveils an unprecedented era of space exploration happening right now. In MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE viewers go inside the race to the Moon where the grand prize offers a total of $30 million in winnings to the first privately funded teams to land a robot on the Moon that successfully travels more than 500 meters (1,640 ft) and transmits back high-definition images and video. Deeper in our galaxy lies Mars, with an atmosphere 100 times thinner than Earth’s, air that is almost pure carbon dioxide and an average temperature of minus 80 degrees, colonizing this planet will be no picnic. MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE explores how high tech spacesuits are being created so humans can live comfortably in this environment 24/7, while we experiment turning Martian soil into water. MAN VS. THE UNIVERSE is also keeping an eye on our home planet as engineers and scientists prepare for the next mega asteroid attack, similar to what killed off the dinosaurs. They are pushing the limits trying to create an enormous capture bag – a robotic vehicle that will go out and snag an asteroid partway between Earth and Mars, and drag it back to orbit the moon. If that doesn’t work, Plan B is DE-STAR, a massive solar-powered array of laser beams that vaporize asteroids ten times larger than a football field.

GNC #969 Is Apple Lost?

Posted by geeknews at 12:44 AM on August 5, 2014

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New Media Show #55 Mike Cioffi of Adam Carolla Show

Posted by geeknews at 12:59 PM on August 3, 2014

Rob and Todd have a talk with Mike Cioffi CTO and CoFounder of the Adam Carolla Show. Mike is with us for the whole show, and we talk about podcast host dynamics in engaging audience, and their shows production. We also cover events happening in the space and where new media and podcasting is headed. This is a information packed episode you are not going to want to miss.

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It is Now Legal to Unlock your Cellphone

Posted by JenThorpe at 3:39 PM on August 2, 2014

lock with keyPresident Obama signed a bill into law that is going to make a lot of cellphone users very happy. The bill was called the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act. This bill was written in response to a We the People petition that was titled “Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal”.

How does this affect you? It is now legal for you to unlock your phone so that you can change carriers without having to purchase a new device. It is also now legal for you to sell, or buy, unlocked phones.

There are some things to be aware of, however. The new law doesn’t override terms of service contracts that people have already signed with their carriers. In other words, if your contract said that you can’t unlock your device for two years after you purchased it – you are still going to have to abide by that contract. Details on contracts vary by device and carrier, though, so you might want re-read yours.

This new law does not legalize the unlocking of tablets or other devices – only cellphones. However, wording in the bill does instruct the Library of Congress to consider making exemptions for those devices when it reviews things next year. That brings me to the key thing to know about this new law. It is a temporary solution! The Library of Congress will be reviewing exemptions again in 2015.

Image by Joe Buckingham on Flickr.

Interview on Podcast Reporter

Posted by geeknews at 6:28 PM on August 1, 2014

Several weeks ago, I was interviewed on if you want a trip down history lane check it out.


TGP # 167 – TeamViewer

Posted by Gadget at 5:05 PM on August 1, 2014

Welcome to The Gadget Professor Show #167 hosted by Don Baine, produced by Mike Baine.

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Crowdtilt Gets a New Name and Logo

Posted by JenThorpe at 12:22 AM on August 1, 2014

Tilt logoCrowdtilt is one of the websites that people go to when they want to raise money via crowdfunding. They have announced that they are changing their name to Tilt. Naturally, this required an alteration to their logo.

Crowdfunding, as you may know, is the act in which a person raises money by asking the good people of the internet to send them small financial donations. The person typically posts a photo (or video) of himself or herself, explains why they need money, and asks for help. At Crowdtilt, the amount of money raised needed to hit a certain amount in order to “tilt”. If a project “tilts”, it means the person will receive the donations that are sent.

Crowdtilt says: Our motivation is to turn ideas into reality through the power of simple, social, collective action, and reaching that transformative moment of critical mass – it’s always been about the tilt. So today, we’re changing our name to reflect this mission.

From today forward, Crowdtilt will be called Tilt. The choice of new name is explained on their blog as follows: Tilting is about people coming together to create the world around them. Our new name reflects this broader vision. You can get a group, crowd, a community together to tilt anything. A “tilt” is that moment when you reach critical mass and unlock something amazing as a group. Our users have embraced this word to describe pooling resources and rallying their group. Now, we’re reflecting that in our brand and story.

Their blog also asks you to “stay tuned” for other big announcements that will be revealed over the next month. It also notes that you can buy a t-shirt with their new logo on it for $1.00.

Robot Underpants: 07.31.14 (163) “Comic Con Recap”

Posted by Langley at 12:07 AM on August 1, 2014

Mat “Langley” Luschek, Eric “Retweet” Rice, and “Starman” Michael Gaines bring you this week’s geek topics including: Langley’s San Diego Comic Con recap, Nintendo – Xbox – PS4, Star Wars news, Westworld news,  new Primus and more!

* San Diego Comic Con
* Zombie Hit and Run
* Cosplayer Not Assaulted
* X-Wing in Star Wars VII
* Westworld remake
* Intersteller has another trailer
* New Primus sorta-kinda covers Willy Wonka songs


Below are some photos from SDCC by Jeff Zimmerman:

More photos San Diego Comic Con 2014 photos (by Mat Luschek) here:

SDCC Day 1

SDCC Day 2

SDCC Day 3/4