GNC #694 No Constraints

I talk about constraints tonight, you will notice show is 1:23:00 I have realized I have been feeling constrained and rushed with the 1:10:00 limit I imposed on myself. Unless I get a barrage of email begging me to go back the show is going back to a semi un-constrained time limit.

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Will economy affect VC investments.
Pay for TV on Roku?
$500.00 or your Life?
Google TV Update!
Running out of Time?
Yes Police their is Freedom of the Press.
TSA No Insulin for You!
Syrian Hackers Fight Back?
Antimatter in Orbit?
WordPress Hijack.
Warrantless Spying on rise.
Apple Lion Recovery Disc.
Apple wants in ring with Lodsys.
Sorry I have bad news for you!
How Big are Solar Flares.
Juno Launch.
Sued for going to Fast.
Hacker Toolkit for Android.
200,000 on Lawsuit Hit List.
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FrameSocket.
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OpticBook 3800 Scanner.
Read it later.
Zip line Express for iPads.
Skype Updated for Lion.
Apple TV Hacked to Play Games.
3d Glass Standards Finally?
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Honeycomb Update for LG!
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GNC #676 Thank You Sponsors!

Geek News Central Podcast I want to thank all of our Sponsors for staying committed to the show. In may we had our biggest month ever with GoDaddy so I want to say a huge Mahalo to all of our Ohana! If we could do that every month I could hire an assistant immediately so big huge thanks for your support. I have an absolute metric ton of tech content tonight enjoy!!

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Show Notes:
Are people just Stupid?
E-Coli Super Mutant.
PunchTab — See the Rewards Tab at GNC!
Crime Hot Spots.
Go to Twiter and say Sorry 100 times.
SmartView App for SmartTV Users!
Loosing Faith in Sony!
Apple Location Integration.
AT&T 2-3 years behind.
Most Crazy P2P Lawsuit yet!
Sales Tax for all your Net Purchases.
Garmin to track mans best Friend.
Put +1 on Your Website.
A New Way to Film!
Roswell and Area 51 Conspiracy Theories.
Groupon IPO!
Apple to the Cloud?
YouTube CC Sharing Implementation.
Facebook gets the knife out.
No Apple Giveaways to Anybody!
Felony to Stream Copyright media.
Windows 8 Specs.
10 Things about Windows 8.
Time Capsule Refresh.
Apple Malware Battle Royale.
California to Expel for Sexting.
Chinese Teen sells Kidney for iPad2? (WT)
Endeavor Thank you for your Service!

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Hands On: Netgear WN2000RPT WiFi Extender

Recently I received a review unit of the Netgear WN2000RPT WiFi Extender.  It’s a tool that I am surprisingly well qualified to test.  You see, we live in an old, restored Victorian and my office, and router, are on the third floor.  However, most life takes place on the first two floors, where a laptop, tablet, and smartphones are in use.  Connectivity is there, it’s just not great.  It’s a long way for a “G” router to throw it’s signal.

The WN2000RPT comes with a simple setup and simple controls.  There are 4 wired ethernet ports on the back, along with a power switch.  On the front, there are five indicators that show your current status.  Colors change from yellow to green based on connection.  Different indicators light based on what you are doing.  It’s very simple and straight-forward in use.  You can place it anywhere that you have at least a small connection to the router.

Find a place to put the extender, plug it in, and turn it on.  Once it makes a connection to your home network the LED indicator will turn green.  Use your device to connect to the extender.  Once connected you will need to open your web browser – it doesn’t matter which one you use, any web browser will work here.  It should open to the site http://www.mywifiext.net  From there the wizard will walk you through a simple set-up process.  Once finished, the network name will change to YourNetworkName-Ext.

Our laptop normally has one or two bars on the first floor – not exactly unusable, but it makes web site load times a bit slower than what they are on the desktop with it’s wired connection.  Of course WiFi can never match ethernet, but it can come reasonably close.

Once I reconnect to the Extender with the laptop I received four full bars.  Web sites loaded much faster – noticeably so.  The extender is sitting in the same room as the laptop – there was one bar when connected to the router, which is two floors overheard.  The WN2000RPT requires very little signal strength to get a foothold and boost the signal up.

To further test the difference the Netgear device could make I used an app on my phone called WiFi Analyzer.  I took a reading near where the laptop and extender were located.  The router is graphed in blue, while the extender if depicted in red.

The Netgear WN2000RPT retails for around $70 – about the same price as a good router.  If you have a relatively small home to cover  – say 2000 square feet – then it’s probably not necessary.  But, if you have larger space that you want to blanket with WiFi, and especially if your are slinging media around, then this is a must-have.  The additional signal strength this device provided was more than noticeable, as you can see in the pictures above.  It has made our first-floor devices much more useful now that we no longer need to walk around looking for the best spot for a signal.

The only drawback I found was with my phone.  While it can see, and “connect” to the extender, unfortunately Android does not support DHCP.  So, even though it “connected”, it could not use the connection.  Since the the laptop and tablet were the major devices involved in our daily home-use, this was only a minor setback.

[UPDATE: In fact, Android DOES support DHCP.  It seems that I needed to visit mywifiext.com with each device to enable, and the I was able to get it working flawlessly]

In the end the Netgear WN2000RPT proved to be more than worth its relatively minor cost.  It provided a significant signal boost and it could do so from almost nothing.  The connection was solid, never dropping out, as some WiFi can do.  And, you can pick one up online for $60-70, so it’s really a great little addition to any home that lacks a quality WiFi signal everywhere.

 

GNC #665 Tech Takes Over Store!

I hope you have been pleased with the format tweak, while all may not be 100% apparent I have made some major process changes here over the past 2-3 shows that I am going to work very to keep in check. One thing should be obvious slightly shorter show.. 1 hour and 10 minutes +/- 4 minutes is the goal.. Keeps you listening longer and keeps the cream of the crop content in the heart of the show.. Going long is something that grew into a monster that I hope to keep tame..

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We don’t track Anyone! (Yea Right)
Apple and Google Summoned to Washington D.C>
South Korea / Europe Start Investigations on Apple!
Facebook Send Button.
Sprint wants a Look at AT&T Docs.
Not your Standard Internet Cafe.
Facebook Locals.
God Particle at LHC?
The Sun!
Wifi on Plane but no Power Plugs?
New Lunch bag for Kids ;)
Simply Ridiculous!
Webm Coalition
Seagate Hybrid SSD.
HeyTell.
Whistle “Free Calling” App.
Make Reservation to Charge your Car?
Apple Record Sales.
11 Billion Product Lock In.
More Dumb Criminals.
SurveyMonkey Buys Form Company.
Netflix still growing.
Dropbox tries to kill Open Source Project.
Demand Media Fallout Bad.
Google Preview for Ads.
Android App Giveaway.
Tech Takes Over Store.
Rent Videos from YouTube?
Did you turn on Do Not Track?
Trolls Winning?
TV Waking Up?
Wanna buy a IP address?
Amazon Outage.
Nook has Apps?
Yahoo buys TV Interaction Company.
FBI raids Actors Guild Member.
Level3 Buys Global Crossing.

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USB 3.0 On It’s Way

Jeff Ravencraft from the USB Implementers Forum discusses the deployment of USB hardware interface standards, including USB 3.0 as well as wireless USB. So-called “Superspeed” USB, or USB 3.0, can operate up to 10 times faster than current USB 2.0 connections. USB 3.0 ports can supply up to twice as much power as USB 2.0 ports, which is important for charging many of today’s portable devices more quickly.

Mr. Ravencraft also discusses the certification process that USB devices and device manufacturers must go through in order to be able to legally display the respective official USB logos.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDR News and Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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Ubisurfer Netbook

Ubisurfer Netbook

Ubisurfer is a services where you pay for the cost of the netbook which is $250.99 and get free Internet access for up to 30 hours a month for a full year. Right now in the UK if you want unlimited access it will cost you an additional 5.99 pounds a month. The cost in the U.S. has not been determined as far as I can tell.

The Ubisurfer is made to work over wifi or 3G, you choose which one you want to use. There is no plan or activation fee. It is a 9 inch netbook and weights only 700 g. It has a screen resolution of 800 X 480 with a full QWERTY keyboard. It runs on an ARM processor, has a 1 gb ssd drive and an additional 50 gb of online storage. There is also a USB port and an SD Card slot. It uses the Datawind web browser, there has been some complaints that the browser is slow. However since you are getting the access for free I am not sure these complaints are valid.

This sounds like the perfect computer to bring to your local coffee shop, where you just want to browse the Internet, or post a couple of emails or if you are traveling and need be able to get on-line but don’t want to carry your main lap top. The Ubisurfer has been on sale for a while in the UK and uses the Vodofone network, it is just starting to be come available in the U.S. They are also expecting to put out a 10 inch netbook later this year and some tablets.

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Keyboard Covers by KB Covers

Esbjorn Larsen interviewed Bruce with KB Covers. KB Covers offers customized keyboard for the full Apple keyboard line, including desktops and lap tops. KB make over 300 different types of covers. There are simple clear covers for both the full and lap top keyboard. They also make preprinted special-purposed keyboard covers for showing the keyboard shortcuts for Adobe, Final Cut Pro, and Photoshop.

If you are learning or any of these applications, these keyboards will show you all shortcuts that are available. They also make covers for specific languages such as a Japanese, Arabic and Hebrew keyboard. They even offer a keyboard cover for the World of Warcraft game. The covers feels silky and smooth and helps to quiets the keys. The covers can be cleaned with mild dish soap. If you are looking for a keyboard cover for your apple product, then KB Covers will have what you are looking for.

Interview by Esbjorn Larsen of MrNetCast.com.

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The Validity Fingerprint Sensor

You want to be secure and have good passwords, but you find yourself thinking there got to be a better way, there is it is the use of a finger print sensor. Finger print sensors for computers have been around for a while, what makes the Validity Sensor Technology different is the sensor is made of plastic and is separate from the silicon. This makes it tougher than many of its competitors, since it is hard to break the plastic. Validity makes both the hardware and some of the software.

The security level they offer varies with what each vendor requires. This system makes it easy for a centralized IT management in corporate setting to keep the total system secure. Since the users don’t have to remember their passwords, they can be changed as often as necessary. Also passwords can be made complicated since the user doesn’t have to remember them. Once an individual has register their fingerprint then anytime they want to login they simply swipe their finger. It can also be used with Web sites. When you come to a new Web site fill in the form including a secure password as you would normally then swipe your finger. Next time you have to login to that Web site simply swipe your finger and the login information will be filled in automatically. It can also be used to secure individual folders within the system.

The Validity Sensor comes with various computers from multiple vendors including, HP Dell Acer and more, it is also available on mobile devices and as a separate USB key. The USB key works with Windows only, no Mac or Linux. For both individuals and business who are looking for away to make their computers secure, laptops with the Validity Sensor system installed maybe a good option.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of The Geekazine Podcast and Tom Newman of The Fogview Podcast.

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Motion CL900 Tablet for Commercial Use

motionMotion has created a series of scanners and tablets for those in the commercial and industrial areas. Rugged devices for the construction workers, medical professionals and those who need a mobile solution in their jobs can use these tablets to keep up with the work.

The CL900 is one of those tablets. The 2.1 lb tablet contains a 1.5 GHz ATOM processor, 1 GB RAM and 30 GB SSD. The tablet will be available in Q2 for $1000. You can also add other items like Fingerprint readers and mag stripes.

Interview by Jeffery Powers from Geekazine.com

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3 Feet – Smartphone Tablet Stands

3feet

It’s always cool to see a person get inspired by a new technology. In this case, it’s about holding a smartphone or tablet on a long flight. That is what inspired 3 Feet – a stand for any device that folds flat and stows easy.

The stand also sets up in multiple positions. The cusions keep the device from moving or slamming into the 3Feet. The charger opening also allows for easy charging while standing.

Use 3 Feet to stand a device up on a plane or in a meeting. If you have a digital picture frame, 3Feet can be used to hold them on a shelf or table. It even makes good in holding up an old tablet (you know, the ones that actually hold paper…)

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine

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