iClever 20W Wireless Speaker Review



The iClever 20W Wireless Speaker for $49.95 is a good price for what it brings to the table, the sound quality is what you would expect for a low-end Bluetooth Wireless speaker that will give your 14 hours of continuous play before charging the 4000 mau battery. I have been using it on my back porch where I go sometimes to work. This is not the speaker, you will want to use to entertain guest with, but for a young teenager it may be the perfect speaker when they do not want to be plugged into earbuds and it is not loud enough to drive you insane.

I have listened to both podcast and music on it, the speaker has great base is not tinny at all.

Available on Amazon or directly through the iClever website.

 


Athena-R2 AC2600 Wireless Router Review



 

The Athena-R2 AC2600 Wi-Fi Router by Amped|Wireless is the first router I have tested for them so my approach to doing this review was to hook it up in place of the current router I have powering the network here and let her rip. We have had the router in place for 2 weeks and subjected it to as many as 5 simultaneous users, 2 – separate Netflix streams while at the same time a gamer on a PS4 playing a head to head game. Plus a variety of live streaming events with no issues at all.

The setup of the router was simple with setup taking about 10 minutes including the time I took to look through the various menus. For 90% of the public you’re going to be up and running faster than that. Always remember to change the default password and apply any updates that may be available. Signal strength through the 1900 square feet of working space was good even into the garage area that has had trouble in the past.

External Features are a plenty and here is a quick look of the interconnections on the router.

  • 1x USB 2.0 Storage Port
  • 1x USB 3.0 Storage Port
  • 4 Gigabit Network Ports
  • Gigabit Modem Port
  • WPS-1 Touch Setup
  • LED On/Off Button
  • 4x Antenna Hookups

Internal Technology Includes

  • 4×4 Stream 2.4ghz radio
  • 4x 2.4 GHZ High Power Amplifiers
  • 4x 2.4GHZ Signal Reception Amplifiers
  • Heat Dissipation Technology
  • 4x 5GHZ High Power Amplifiers
  • 4x 5GHZ Signal Reception Amplifiers
  • 4×4 Stream 5GHZ MU-Mimo Radio
  • 256mb DDR Memory
  • 1.3 GHZ Quad Core Processor

The router also contains advanced security features allow you to block websites and target devices within your home. Beamforming technology that targets each connected device to deliver a maximum signal. Do you have a bandwidth hog in your household or need to throttle a user you can do this on a per-device basis which is an awesome parenting tool. You can attach a storage device and share files within your network as well.

Priced at $199 you cannot go wrong with this router. It is comparable in price to other AC branded wireless routers. It is stylish enough that you will not be embarrassed to have it seen in your living room, yet small enough that you can tuck it away in family office.


GNC #1189 SpaceX Makes History!



SpaceX Makes History today by launching a stage one assembly into orbit for the second time and successfully recovering it aboard their barge. Huge kudos and success to the SpaceX team for their amazing achievement. They are leaving companies like Boeing in the dust they are the next generation of big dreamers accomplishing amazing feats. Really jazzed to see SpaceX accomplish this today. I would still love to see the financial savings breakdown with this strategy.

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Facebook Introduced Live Location in Messenger



Facebook has introduced a new way to share your location in Messenger. The new Live Location feature makes it simple and seamless for you to choose to share where you are in the real world with your friends and family. This is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android.

In a blog post, Facebook said:

We’ve been testing this for a little while, and people tell us that Live Location is helpful when trying to coordinate with friends, telling people how close you are when you’re on your way to an appointment, or even sharing where you are with your roommate when you’re on your way home at night. You can share your Live Location with a group of friends in Messenger or just with one person – it’s up to you!

The most important thing to know is that Messenger is not going to suddenly start sharing your Live Location with your friends. You have to actively click a few things when you want to share your Live Location with a friend (or friends).

Once you share your Live Location, the person or people you share it with will be able to see where you are on a map for the next 60 minutes. Users have the option to stop sharing their location at any time – by tapping a button called “Stop Sharing”.

This new feature also enables people to share a static point on a map (instead of sharing their Live Location). It is useful for when a group of people want to meet at a specific place. I can see people making use if this feature at crowded conferences or cafeterias.

The Live Location feature is still rolling out. You can check to see if it is available where you are by visiting the Facebook Help Center.  The last sentence on that post might say “Live Location isn’t available in your area yet.”


GNC #1188 Artificial Intelligence



Artificial Intelligence has the opportunity to make us extinct if we are not careful. I look at how Elon Musk is in one hand scared of the technology and on the other investing and starting a company, who’s sole focus will to make all of us Hybrids so we can keep up with sentient artificial intelligence. Plus all the tech news of the day. It’s a packed show so listen now.

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Runways of the Future May Be Circular



Circular RunwaySince the earliest days of powered aviation, runways have had a simple, consistent design: A long, straight path, usually made of concrete or asphalt (or sometimes nothing more than a dirt strip or open field). It seems logical enough, as aircraft need a certain amount of clearance to land or takeoff. Thousands of airports have been built around this runway concept. It seems like an unshakable foundation of modern aviation.

But one group is challenging the notion of the current standard runway. Their so-called Endless Runway project actually proposes circular runways, that would surround an airport terminal:

The fundamental principle of The Endless Runway is that the aircraft take-off and land on a large circular structure. This will allow for the unique characteristic that the runway can be used in any wind direction, thus making the runway independent of the direction of the wind and therefore also the airport capacity independent of the wind direction.

That somewhat technical explanation breaks down to this: If runways are laid out in a circular fashion, air traffic controllers could adjust the entry and exit points of aircraft depending on where ground conditions are most favorable within the circle. Modern runway designs are static and mostly immovable. If there are heavy crosswinds that could cause trouble for takeoffs and landings, pilots and controllers either have to make the best of a bad situation or potentially call for the runway to be closed. But the circular runway design means aircraft can be directed to use the safest part of the circle, no matter what the conditions may be on any other part of the circle.

This approach could make airports safer and more efficient. For more information on circular runways, check out this video recently produced by the BBC.


All of Your New Twitter Friends are Probably Bots



Twitter logoSocial media is becoming less useful by the day. Nowhere is this more evident than on Twitter. The so-called microblogging service may still serve as an of-the-moment cultural barometer. But what good is that barometer if the gauge it’s built on is fundamentally broken? Twitter’s ability to give us nearly realtime data on trending topics is only really worthwhile if that data is reliable.

And how reliable can that data be if an estimated 48 million Twitter accounts are actually bots? According to a new study, somewhere between 9 and 15 percent of all tweets come from fake accounts. This is just the latest indicator that Twitter itself, and perhaps social media in general, is being ruined by bot masters who serve up all kinds of fake activity to those who’ll pay for it.

Twitter’s own estimate of bots on its platform came in lower than what the study found. According to a recent filing, Twitter stated its bot count is around 8.5 percent. While Twitter’s methodology for bot calculation may be different than the methods used by the researchers who came up with the study, it’s still in Twitter’s interest to have an overall lower bot score.

This study doesn’t do much to improve Twitter’s already shaky reputation as of late. Hopefully, there’s something the social network can do to round up and eject these fake accounts. I guess the real question is, does Twitter even care?


Google Announces Changes to Hangouts, Gmail, and Google+



Google announced some changes they are making to Hangouts, Gmail, and Google+. They talked about these upcoming changes at Google Cloud Next.

One of the changes involves fully transitioning Google Talk to Hangouts. Google Talk was launched in 2005 as a simple chat experience between Gmail users. In 2013, Google replaced Google Talk with Hangouts – and continued to give users the option of using Google Talk. (You might recognize Google Talk as “Gchat” – which appears to be an unofficial name.)

Google feels that Hangouts offer advanced improvements over Google Talk (especially after the introduction of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat). This meant it was now time to say goodbye to Google Talk.

Users within Gmail will get a prompt in the next few weeks inviting them to switch to Hangouts. After June 26, 2017, users will automatically be transitioned to Hangouts. Google suggests that those who really like the way Google Talk looks should use the Dense Roster setting in Hangouts (which Google says provides a similar experience).

Third-party XMPP clients will continue to work with Hangouts for one-on-one chat. However, Google says that XXMP federation with third-party service providers will no longer be supported starting June 26, 2017.

Some people are still using the legacy Google Talk Android app (that was replaced in the Play store in 2013). The legacy app will stop functioning. Google encourages Android users that are affected by this change to install Hangouts now.

Google is retiring the Google+ functionality in Gmail. More specifically, Google is retiring two legacy Google+ features in Gmail: the ability to email Google+ profiles and the use of Google+ Circles. This change is expected to take place “no earlier than April 24, 2017″.

 


Blizzard Announced StarCraft: Remastered



Blizzard announced something that should evoke plenty of nostalgia for those of us who remember playing StarCraft against our friends at LAN parties back in the day – StarCraft: Remastered.  It is an upgrade of the original StarCraft game and its award winning expansion, StarCraft: Brood War. This could inspire those who stopped playing StarCraft to get back into the game.

We’ve remastered our units, buildings, and environments, improved game audio, and broadened our supported resolutions. Illustrated interludes bring the struggles and victories of heroes like Artanix, Fenix, Tassadar, Raynor, and Kerrigan to life like never before. Most importantly, the strategy gameplay that StarCraft perfected years ago remains unchanged.

In StarCraft: Remastered, players will be able to zoom out for a Battlecruiser’s view of the battlefield. They will also be able to zoom in to see fine details – such as “the veins on a Mutalisk’s wings.” The original StarCraft soundtrack and dialogue has been re-recorded and rejuvinated. There are race-themed comic book interludes that tell the original story with a fresh coat of paint.

Players can choose from Terrans, Protoss, or Zerg. Players need to finish the campaign portion of the game first, and then can battle against their friends or team up with other players online.

In the StarCraft Forums, there is a post in which Community Manger Traysent provides some clarification to players about what version of StarCraft will be free. “The original game will be free. The HD version will be an upgrade you can buy.” Kotaku reported that StarCraft: Remastered will be due out later this summer.


Pokémon GO Water Festival is in Progress



Niantic announced that the Global Water Festival is happening now in Pokémon GO. It began on March 22, 2017, and will end on March 29, 2017. In celebration of the Global Water Festival, Niantic is allowing players to get a free Magikarp Hat for their avatar.

During the Global Water Festival players will be more likely to encounter Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their Evolutions all around the world. Players that explore areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear will have a greater chance to encounter several of the Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region. Niantic coyly suggests that players might possibly run into Lapras.

Some players might not be too exited about encountering lots of Magikarps. They don’t do much of anything at all except flop around, and it takes a lot of candy to evolve them. To make the game more exciting, Niantic has added Shiny Magikarp into the wild. They are extremely rare. If you happen to catch one, Niantic would like you to share a screenshot of it on social media and use #PokemonGo.