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Craftsman Internet Connected Garage Door Opener

Posted by Alan at 1:03 AM on February 8, 2012

Craftsman may not be a name you expect to see at the Consumer Electronics Show, which is generally all about computers, home theater, smartphones, and the like, but you may be surprised by the fact that they were there and they had some cool things to show off.  How does the world’s first internet-connected garage door opener sound?  This garage door opener has an app for checking it’s status and opening and closing it remotely.  Handy for those time you drive away and forget to hit that close button.

There are apps to control it available not just for the PC, but also for both Android and iOS devices.  This also eliminates the need to give out keys or passcodes to repairman and others, because you can simply let them in remotely.  The device is already available from Craftsman at their website and at Sears locations.  They are also working on many future improvements, like integration with home security systems.  The device begins at $349 and you can learn more from Craftsman.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Fisher Price Kid-Tough® DVR Demo @ CES 2012

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 9:05 AM on January 18, 2012

Fisher Price
Leave it to Fisher Price maker of great toys for kids and the kids in all of us to make a DVR that is kid friendly. That is what they were showing at CES 2012 the Kid-Tough® DVR.

The Kid-Tough® DVR is made for 3-5 year olds. It is rugged and easy to use. There is a touch screen kids can use to scan through the available videos. When they are ready to play a video just tap on the screen and it will start playing. They can also fast forward or rewind through a video. To record a video you just place the DVR into its dock which sits between your cable box and the TV, set the record time and hit record.

The Kid-Tough® DVR will be available around June-July. It will be approximately $150.00 and include the DVR, headphones, docking station, a car charger and a case. If you have a small child and take a lot of car trips this is worth a look

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The Roku Streaming Stick & Channel Update

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:05 PM on January 17, 2012

Roku I am a big fan of Roku. I currently have version one of the Roku 2 XS which I love and version 2 is even smaller. However both have the problem of being separate boxes which means more wires to run to the TV and another power cord to plug-in. Roku has an answer to this problem the Roku Streaming Stick. Ed from Roku showed off the product at CES 2012

The stick is a little larger then a regular USB stick and plugs directly into a HDMI port. It is Roku’s answer to smart TV. It has the same chip and ram as the Roku 2 XS with the same great performance. It is based on the MHL standard. The one problem I see is that for this to work the TV has to be MHL capable, which I suspect many TVs especially with the lower price models are not.

This may confuse consumers, Roku needs to make it clear which TVs this will work with or what to look for It will come with a motion control remote that has WiFi built-in. The remote control will have power and control out. The Roku Streaming Stick can also be controlled by the TV remote.

Roku Streaming Stick

The Roku currently has 400 plus channels. The channels are organized in the store by categories, including favorites, religion, sports, movies and more. Among the channels available in the Roku store are TPN.TV and the Blubrry Network. Roku is continuing to update the channel store, to improve its interface and usability. The Roku is currently in over 2 1/2 million households and is still growing. The Roku Streaming Stick should be available in fall of 2012 and run between $50 and $100 depending on model.

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Energizer iSurge @ CES 2012

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:03 PM on January 17, 2012

Energizer Energizer introduced their newest Isurge Travel Charger at CES 2012. The newest charger is specially made for micro USB powered device. It has a cable which allows you to plug-in a micro USB powered device. It has two USB ports which have 2.1 amp shared. If you plug-in one device it will use all 2.1 amps. If you plug both it will share the 2.1 amps.

Iphone iSurgeThere are three surge protected outlet on the side. The plug rotates 180° which allows it work no matter how the outlet is set up. This new charger should be available later in 2012 and will run $59.99.

Energizer has already released a charger which is specially made for the iPhone. It has a 30 pin connector at the top, that the iPhone plugs directly into. It also has the two USB ports and the three surge protected outlet on the side. It is also $59.99 and is available now

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Schick Hydro 5 Razor Ultimate Review!

Posted by geeknews at 1:15 PM on January 17, 2012

During the fun at CES 2012, Jeffrey Powers stopped by the Schick booth, where barbers were on hand to take care of that stubble – on his head. The barbers were using the Schick Hydro 5 razor, with 3 vibration settings, for a smoother shave.

Elliot from Elliot & Co was the barber who tended to Jeffrey’s hair. During the event, he talked with Jeff about the Schick Hydro 5 razor.

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Sony Bloggie Live Product Announcement

Posted by geeknews at 1:11 PM on January 17, 2012
Sony Bloggie Live

Sony Bloggie Live

The Bloggie Live itself is an update of last years Bloggie Touch. With a big touchpanel and 1080p video (at 30fps), you can do video and stills on the camera with the 12 MP still image capture and 1080p /30 and 720p/60i. You can also do video and stills at the same time (but not while streaming).

“We keep the Bloggie very simple and easy to use,” says Amy. “The large red button remains, your power button and photo button are the other two. It is fully PC and Mac compatible.”

You can live stream into Qik (which needs to be set up ahead of time) and record at the same time. People on Qik can send messages – you cannot respond, but you can see that information on the screen.

Play Memories Mobile Lets You Tether Your Bloggie

With a cellular signal, download the Play Memories Mobile (for iPhone or Android) and you can use your phone as a hot spot for your photos or video.

The Bloggie Live is available for $249

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Sony Bloggie Live Wifi Unboxing – CES 2012

Posted by geeknews at 1:05 PM on January 17, 2012

I unbox the Sony Bloggie Live with WiFi connectivity at a Sony event. The Sony Bloggie Live is available starting at $249.

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Alcatel-Lucent Emergency Response Vehicle

Posted by geeknews at 12:58 PM on January 17, 2012

Wayne from Alcatel-Lucent walks Jeffrey Powers through their geeked-out SUV loaded with every item found in the public safety realm, along with E-node B. They downsized it and connected to the emergency band in order to access the internet.

Alcatel-Lucent has outfitted this ERV with some very cool items. We also look at a special app that can be used for communication and information.

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WaterBlock by HzO

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 2:46 PM on January 14, 2012

WaterBlockWe’ve all done it. You’ve got your favorite smart phone, tablet or music player with you and you are washing dishes or maybe you are near a pool and you accidentally drop your device into the water. If you are lucky you spend a couple of days waiting for the device to dry out. If you are unlucky, as most people are, you may have to replace the device entirely. Eighty-three percent of all consumers have dealt with water damage to their electronic products. WaterBlock by HzO has been created to help solve this problem.

WaterBlock is a nanotechnology that protects electronic devices from damage by water moisture and small debris. The chemical property of WaterBlock is proprietary but the formula is a nontoxic, inert gases. The Coating is applied using a vacuum process. The device is placed in a sealed chamber and all gaseous particles are removed. An organic gas is then introduced coating the device, building up a solid film. The product is organic and nontoxic. It is a stable compound and will outlive most devices it coats. Waterblock is not a consumer product, it is applied during the manufacturing process. Currently WaterBlock is being used in the iPhone 4, iPads, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire and many other devices. HzO hopes to have WaterBlock applied to as many devices as possible and is in talk with all major manufactures of consumer electronic devices. HzO is a privately held corporation it was spun off from ZAGG in August 2011.

WaterBlock is intended to protect from accidental drop in water or being caught in a rain shower for example. It is not intended to protect the device if you forget and take it snorkeling with you or leave it soaking in water overnight. How good it works is something only time will tell, unfortunately actual numbers are hard to come by but if it protects your device it’s worth it. Waterblock was introduced to the public at CES 2012, to rave reviews.

DiskCrypt

Posted by KL Tech Muse at 6:14 PM on January 13, 2012

DiskCryptAmong the thousand of items at CES 2012 that have the bling and the pop, often the ones that have a quieter presence may end up being just as important. In this category is a product called DiskCrypt by Singapore based ST Electronics. What is DiskCrypt?The DiskCrypt is a hardware based encryption solution. It turns any 1.8” micro-SATA device into a removable and fully encrypt storage. The enclosure is the size of a 2.5” drive that fits into most of today’s notebooks.

If you have a brand new machine (with no OS installed) you would install DiskCrypt like you would a normal hard drive and then boot-up from it. Once authentication is done, DiskCrypt will than show up as a normal drive. You can then install your OS, Windows or Linux as you would normally. DiskCrypt does not work on a Mac. If you have an existing drive, you have to remove the current drive first. It goes without saying that before you do this you want to backup all your data. Then install DiskCrypt and go through the authentication process. Then using a cloning tool such as Aronis and a USB to SATA Bridge you reinstall the OS and Data. Unlike most software solutions DiskCrypt encrypts every sector, including temp files, and the boot sector without a lost in performance. It uses Nist approved AES encryption algorithm. The cryptographic module in use is FIPS 140-2 level 1 certified. DiskCrypt offers key strength of 128 and 225 bits. With the addition of the optional DigSafe KeyCrypt cryptographic token two factor authentication is available. There is a Master password which is provided to the administrator, who can use that to recover a lost user password. If the Master password is lost, your out of luck, there is no way to recover that. This also means that a good master password that is kept in a secure location is the key. If a password has to be changed that can be done at the time of authentication without any lost of data.

The DiskCrypt enclosure is $450.00. At that price this is clearly not a product that is being sold to consumers. If you are a business small or large and your data is being carried into the field on notebooks that are easily lost then $450 may seem like a bargain compared to the cost of letting that data fall into the wrong hands.