TMS-2011-01-29 #10 Catching Up Part 1-2

Seeing I have been on travel just about every Saturday for the past month doing a Saturday Morning Tech Show has been pretty tough. But today we spend some quality time talking about all the cool things we saw at CES 2011 along with some timely tech news.

We spent so long talking that I had to break the program up into two video files. I will try and keep it to 90 minutes on the next show.

Take the time though and watch both programs as we get pretty deep pretty quickly.

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EcoSquid helps you Recycle your Electronic Products

EcoSquid helps you find a place to recycle or sell your electronic products. It is a search aggregator. You put in the item you want to sell or recycle. The site will ask you about the condition of the device.  Whether you have the charger, cables, instructions, any CD that came with the device and even the original box. Once that information is filled in EcoSquid will give you a list of vendors that will either pay for the device or recycle it. It also shows how much each will pay for the device. You can also see how other people have rated the vendor. Once you choose the vendor you like EcoSquid then sends you to the vendors site.

After that all the transactions are done through the vendor. EcoSquid only searches for resellers for cell phones and mp3 players. They will help you find recyclers for your other electronic products including monitors, laptops, ink cartridge and rechargeable batteries. EcoSquid has an interesting page showing a map with the breakdown of the EcoSquid Stats across the U.S. It also shows the top resellers and recyclers. it is nice have to a single place to go to find a reputable reseller or recycler.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News.

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The Griffin Stompbox

The Griffin Stompbox is a rig that produces virtual guitar effects using a pedal controller. It mimic classic guitar effects including the wa-wa sound, delay, distortion and more. The Stompbox bundle will come with the 3 pedal box, a heavy-duty dock connector, and a guitar connection cable. It should be available in early Q2 and run around $100.00. It will work with any instrument that takes a 1/4 inch jack, including guitar, bass guitar and keyboard. It is intended to work with the Frontier Design’s iShred Live.

The iShred Live is free in the iTunes store and comes with three built-in effects, more effects are available through in app purchases. Connect the instrument of your choice to the Griffin Stomp Box and then using the heavy-duty dock cable connect that to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Using the combination of the Stomp Box and the iShred app you can create the effects you are looking for. If you are a musician and need to practice, but can’t afford to buy a full effects board, then the Griffin Stompbox sounds like a great answer.

At the end of the interview Wit with Griffin showed off the Slap which is a flexible wristband for the 6th generation iPod Nano. The band is made of silicon and flexible spring steel. The thick silicon frame protects the Nano. When the Slap is off the wrist it lies straight and rigid. Slap it on your wrist and it automatically forms to the correct size and fits snuggly around your wrist. It comes in multiple colors and is available now for $24.99.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetcast.com

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Show Notes:
Uproar over missing Google Reader.
Nationwide Keystroker!
Cargo to ISS via Japanese.
ISS Spacewalk.
NASA Replaced injured astronaut.
Google and VP8 is not a Standard?
RIAA Lawyer Nominated to Solicitor General?
How many pirates are there?
25% Fake Files via P2P.
IPV4 Running on Empty.
US Broadband Slow!
Maleware updates itself.
Pirate bay has something planned of IFBI.
Inside Foxconn Factory.
Sean Parker says Social Network work of Fiction.
Mass Extinction by Coal.
Yes China steals everything.
TSA gets beat badly in court!
NFL + Toyota + Safety = Nervous NFL
UFC goes after Justin.tv
Religion and Space.
NASA remembers space heroes!
Big Hubble Announcement on Wed 1pm EST.
WOW Orion Nebula!
Uranus 25yrs Ago!
Sleep Cycle get it Squared.
5 Billion in online Ads by 2013
Vid.ly
Fastmac U-Sockets.
House Legislation going after extending surf history
Wayback Machine gets a makeover.
EZTV launches BitTorrent RSS Protocol.
Facebook Credits to rock gaming world.
Magic Box + Apple Magsafe connector = Success
House Fire from looking for Remote!
Lens Pens Video!
Dual Sided Magnet Cases.
Rugged iPad cover with mouse! (Pick of the Day)
Dia Digital Picture Frames.
Video Name Tag!
Sony 3D Consumer Cameras!
Qmadix line of iPad Accessories.
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Energizer announces the first inductive charger with QI technology

Energizer is releasing a new inductive charging system this October at Target stores and on Target.com. It’s officially called “Energizer Inductive Charger”

The new charging pad will charge any QI (Pronounced Chee) enabled device or a device with a QI accessory. Energizer will have the first two of these accessories available at the same time. They are starting with the iPhone 3G and 3GS sleeves and a BlackBerry® Curve™ replacement battery door. They say they will have more accessories available at a later date. Ultimately, doors and sleeves will not be required as manufacturers begin introducing new devices with the Qi standard built in.

iPhone 3g and blackberry on the Energizer Inductive Charger with QI Technology

Imagine sitting at your desk and just putting your smart phone on a nice looking pad and not having to plug it in to keep it charged. Or at the end of the day, just put your gadgets on the pad at the bedside and they will be all charged up in the morning.

In the past, these inductive chargers all had a different standard and had to speak the correct language to work. QI is an open source standard so any QI device and charger can work together. QI does require metal to metal contact to work. QI Logo

I’m looking forward to having a charger like this for my smartphone (Droid).

For more information about these new products check out: Energizer Inductive Charger.

To read more about the QI (pronounced Chee) standard, go to The Wireless Power Consortium home page.

Becoming More Familiar With Android

I’ve been living with my Sprint HTC Evo phone for a while now, and I am still learning some interesting things about Android – at least the HTC/Sprint version.

Overall I’m still extremely pleased with the Evo. This is still one of the coolest gadgets I’ve ever come across.

I was having a bit of a problem with stability. Sometimes the phone would reboot for no apparent reason, usually after a few hours of leaving the WiFi hotspot feature turned on. One time it rebooted for no apparent reason while I was in the middle of a call.

I started experimenting with a free app called Advanced Killer Pro. I started looking through the list of running processes, and I was surprised to find quite a number of processes tied to installed programs I have never ran, many of which came preinstalled on the phone.

So, I simply started going through the list and killing various processes that I wasn’t using. That really did the trick – Android has been rock-solid since then and at this point a few days have passed since the last reboot. In the interim I’ve been making heavy use of the phone and the WiFi hotspot feature.

To be fair to HTC and Sprint, there is an available system update that I’ve been putting off installing that might fix some of these issues. Initially when this update came out there were many reports of bricked Evo’s, and even though HTC has since come out with an updated version of the offending system update, I am leery of installing it.

What if the update hopelessly bricked my phone? Evo’s are very difficult to get right now. Most Sprint dealers are waiting for new stock, and most of that stock is probably already sold to waiting customers. Why take the chance?

Over the years of my geekdom, I’ve had my share of updates gone wrong, bricking a few devices such as motherboards, mp3 players and aircards, not to mention countless Windows updates that have caused serious heartburn.

So, in the meantime I’m likely going to continue to wait for a while until Evo’s become a bit more plentiful before I run the system update. I might even wait for the 2.2 “Froyo” update or even beyond. Killing unused processes makes the phone super stable and everything is working perfectly, so the old adage “Don’t fix it if it ain’t broke” seems like good advice to follow for the moment.

Do Geeks Like Humans?

I remember reading an interesting quote from the creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” in Fast Company magazine, if I remember correctly. He was talking about how people in office workplaces like their gadgets and often times have almost no interaction with other people. He said he talked to many people who said they kept to themselves with tech gadgets like mp3 players because they “did not like people, ANY people they worked with”. That is a profound statement by any standards. I am an introvert myself so I love gadgets that entertain me instead of having to make small talk with people I will likely never see again. Being an introvert means more than being shy. It means I am content with my own thoughts in my mind without needing other people to entertain me. So I use an mp3 player to increase my knowledge of thoughts & ideas that are already interesting to me. In other words, why should I talk to people who likely have nothing in common with me when I can listen to carefully chosen podcasts or audio books or even watch videos of my choosing? It’s not that I don’t like other humans, as I do meet interesting people at events and gatherings. But most of the time it is small talk or subjects that are not interesting to me. I am not saying these people are boring, but….. These people are boring. Just kidding it is more likely that I am the boring one. I just have different interests than most people I am around.

The podcasts I listen to are about tech (GNC), liberty (Free Talk Live), money (Dave Ramsey), and business (Dan Miller) so it is unlikely I am going to bump into people in my area who are more informed than the hosts of these podcasts. It is possible that I could & if I don’t try then I guess I will not. I am not trying to convert anyone to my views so I don’t need a group to discuss things with. Really the only people I try to influence are my children & my wife (that is a challenge!) unless someone asks my opinion or tries to sell their opinion to me. Then I have to respond if I disagree since I cannot help myself.

It is a mistake to think most people you meet will not be likeable & just keep to your gadgets though. I know this because some of the best people I know could have ignored me instead of striking up a conversation which lead to great relationships. So geeks do need people too they just may not be the first to reach out or pull out their earbuds.

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