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GNC-2010-10-05 #616 Have Passion in what you do!

Posted by geeknews at 12:58 AM on October 5, 2010

My understanding is a few listeners had trouble with one of the shows via iTunes recently. I have checked all of the master files on the servers and they appear to be ok. Not sure what happened but please let me know asap via email what you are seeing. Congrats to Rob in Pittsburgh for winning the Roku tonight. Thanks for all your support of the sponsors last month, your continued patronage really makes an impact here!

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Pubit with Barnes and Nobles.
Prison and contraband cell phones.
Three for One Windows 7 Family Pac is Back!
Google TV Pt 1
Google TV Pt 2
Google TV Pt 3
Google Tv Pt 4
GPS Tracking Revealed!
First UAV now we have RCV!
Windows Phone 7 Launch.
Cool Places to go in Silicon Valley.
FourSquare outage.
Chrome on Fast Track!
New Skype CEO.
Comcast will now warn you on Hacked PC’s
Day Late and a Dollar Short.
iPhone Privacy = No Privacy!
Cash Cow.
5 Microsecond Improvements big Money!
More Cores = Good?
Toasted Skin now on Menu.
Boy gets artificial heart!
Old Recordings and Copyright?
TV Ad Bill to Quiet down Commercials.
Shuttle Launched Delayed.
Apple TV + Jailbreak does not yet = Apps.
Kindle Owners Rich, iPad Owners Young!
Opie and Anthony sign contract!
Smart Extension Cords.
Hal for your Laptop!

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GNC-2010-09-14 #610 Nooooooooooooooooooo!

Posted by geeknews at 1:15 AM on September 14, 2010

I share with you early on in the show, why I screamed no over the weekend some of you had troubles downloading the last show and that was part of it. Watch your ears at the end as I share a special audio No :).. This one is packed to the rim folks with lots of tech and assorted goodies. The new news links you all have been providing are dangerous. Thanks to all of the Ohana that keep this show at the top of their listen list. I am very grateful.

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Artificial Skin.
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Chattanooga Rules
Walmart Phone Plans Dirt Cheap but not Data!
Apple TV, Roku, Boxee, Google TV go head to head.
Super Mario Brothers at 25!
You no longer own your Software.
Craiglist reports to Congress.
Moscow uses Microsoft Piracy Ploy as Gov’t Action.
Oprah gives away Androids.
Burnbit.
Coach Potatoes Unite in Fitness.
Energizer Inductive Charger.
LeechPack file Sharing.
Introducing the Morning Show!
Boxee goes Intel Inside.
Google Powermeter.
YouTube Live.
Locking out Technology in College?
Broadcaster Advice.
Ivi TV if real could be something!
Programming History Infographic.
Smart Finger measuring device.
Kindle kicks sand on iPad!
Clearwire 4G coming to LA and NYC!
ISS gets supplies from Progress!
Google TV Launch Date 10-17!
Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Pt 1
Intel Sandy Bridge Chipset Pt 2
TiVo Pay as You Go!
FCC Approves White Space!
Don’t email the President when Drunk!
Does Streaming Video work well Enough?
News Consumption up!
No RSS is not Dead!
Yes RSS is dead Stupid!
Let’s Reboot RSS.

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Tablets, E-book Readers and Paper

Posted by tomwiles at 10:31 AM on August 18, 2010

Imagine a school that passes out Amazon Kindles instead of printed textbooks. No books at all, zilch, zero, nada – everything electronic. Printing costs could be completely eliminated, along with a myriad of associated problems – replacement books, textbook obsolescence, and book disposal to mention but a few. A single high-battery-life device such as a Kindle would suffice for replacing all books.

Let’s take this electronic book thought experiment a bit farther. The next logical step would be for the teachers to pass out tests and other traditional paper handouts electronically, eliminating paper altogether. At that point, the Kindle or other reader or tablet would have to be able to allow student interaction, say on a multiple-choice test.

The stickiest problem with this scenario would revolve around having an easy-to-use input system on these devices that allowed students to write phrases, paragraphs, papers, and draw images or diagrams to send back to the teacher.

All of this technology already exists in various forms. Perhaps the iPad comes close to meeting many of these requirements, but some form of the dreaded pressure stylus input would still be needed. Also, two separate devices would be needed – a reading screen, and an input screen on which to write, type and/or draw.

Are we there yet? Not quite, but we are getting close. With the success of the Kindle, iPad, smartphones and maturing touch screen technology in general, the day of eliminating the need for tons of paper is finally becoming a practical, desirable reality.

GNC-2010-08-02 #598 Additional Stream on Justin.TV

Posted by geeknews at 1:04 AM on August 3, 2010

Yes you heard me correctly 100 Terabytes if you think that is crazy wait till we ad some more devices to the mix, never in my wildest dreams would I have thought we would move that much video traffic in a month. Tonight, I introduce a second stream, we are on both Ustream.tv and Justin.TV see links below, will work the bugs out over next few shows.

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Abuse of New Media Creators!
Kindle with Microphone?
Overpaying for iPad Data Plans!
FaceTime over 3G.
Sensors to correct blurred Images.
100 Million dollar Cyber Army.
Heat Water with Water.
Are you a woodworker?
Office 2011 for Mac Pricing.
Facebook doubles Data Center Size.
Samsung Captivate.
Where do you spend your time online?
Android Overtakes iPhone Sales!
Clearwire race to 4G
IE regains ground!
Should we Green Card the Brightest?
Time-Warner Wideband Blasted.
Ustream Turns over User Data.
Wired and the Web is Dead?
Data Collection on you and I.
Botnet has treasure trove!
RFID Sniffing.
Is the Rover Spirit Finished?
NASA cash on Hold!
NYC Subway Cell Covergae soon!
Verizon Lobbyist Expenditures.
LHC to re-write Science.
Trillian 5 Beta.
Google Maps to catch Permit Cheats!
Fridge Dock for your iPad.
Get Videos at your Local Library.
Solar Tsunami Today!
200 Billion on counterfeit Goods?
Go To Jail #1
Needs to go to Jail #2
Is your Browser HTML5 Ready?
Rock, Paper, Scissors.
No E-Book Allowed.

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Amazon Kindle E-Books

Posted by tomwiles at 3:55 AM on July 27, 2010

Shortly after getting my HTC Evo phone, one of the initial apps I downloaded from the Android Marketplace was the Amazon Kindle app with the idea I’d probably check it out at some point. Weeks went by, and I pretty much ignored the app.

Yesterday I was talking to a good friend that is in the process of formatting e-books for an author friend of his, including formatting the books in the Kindle format. During the course of our conversation, I mentioned to him once again that I needed check the Android Kindle app out. He pointed out that there were free e-books available in the Kindle format on the Amazon website, including many books from 1922 and before that were now in the public domain, so after I finished his call I went on Amazon.Com with my computer and started digging around in the Kindle Store area of Amazon. Sure enough, there seemed to be plenty of free e-books available, so I started adding them. To get the Kindle app on my phone to synch with my Amazon account couldn’t be easier, I simply entered in my email address and Amazon password into the app. Any books in my Amazon storage area are quickly updated to the app.

Sure, some of the free books weren’t exactly my taste, but I was able to open them on my phone and finally see how well the Kindle app worked. Hummm, not bad – not bad at all. To make a long story short, I ended up finding a current book I really liked and purchased it for $9.99.

What a pleasant surprise I was in for. Reading a Kindle book on my HTC Evo is actually a good experience. The text is quite legible. The surprising part is that twice now I’ve carried the phone with me into restaurants and was able to easily read using the phone while eating. Of course, the HTC Evo has a handy built-in kick stand that allows the phone to sit on its side at an angle. I can eat and then periodically lightly touch the right side of the screen in order to make the Kindle app advance to the next page. The Kindle app even synchs the latest page I’m on back to the server, so if I open the book up again either on my phone or on my laptop, it opens up right at the exact page where I stopped reading.

At this point I have no plans on buying an actual Kindle, however I suspect I will be buying more Kindle e-books in the future. I often carry my phone around with me wherever I go, and because of the way the Kindle app works across all Kindle apps associated with my account, I have instant access to every Kindle e-book in my Amazon account storage area on every associated Kindle installation. There are often times I end up having to cool my heels waiting on something, and it’s incredibly handy to be able to use that otherwise often wasted waiting time reading. Ten minutes here and twenty minutes there really do add up over time.

All of this talk about, “Oh, the iPad has killed the Kindle” is bogus. Amazon has been very smart to put Kindle apps out for as wide a variety of devices as possible. Even if they don’t sell that many Kindle readers, the Kindle format e-book is a huge Amazon win, both for Amazon and for consumers like me.

Does The Cloud Have A Dark Side?

Posted by tomwiles at 2:41 PM on July 25, 2010

Does The Cloud Have A Dark Side?For some time we’ve been hearing about the virtues of cloud-based computing.

Certain functions seem to lend themselves to the cloud. Online word processing, spreadsheets, etc. can seem to make sense in some situations, such as collaborating with others.

In everyday use scenarios, does the cloud really make sense in more traditional private computer-use situations? I contend that it does not.

Right now I’m typing this into Microsoft Word on my MacBook Pro. At the moment I have rather lousy Sprint and Verizon connectivity, even though 12 hours ago at this very same location I had really good connectivity from both. The only thing that changed is the time of day. If I was currently limited to using Google Docs chances are I would be unable to write this. Network demand constantly fluctuates depending on the time of day and location.

Is there enough bandwidth available? With the tsunami of smartphones that are on the immediate horizon, will the carriers be able to keep up with the average five-fold bandwidth demand increase that the average smartphone user pulls from the network? Can carriers keep up with a smartphone-saturated public all trying to pull down data at the same time?

However, for the sake of argument let’s say that mobile Internet connectivity isn’t an issue.

What if the Internet is turned off due to a declared cyber attack and all of your documents are online? What good would the network appliance approach to computing be then?

Can e-books be revised after the fact? If government can simply decide to turn off the Internet, then it’s not that much of a leap to imagine laws and regulations being passed banning certain types of blogs or even books that have been deemed dangerous or seditious. There have already been books sold such as “1984” by Amazon that were deleted from Kindles after the fact by Amazon when it was determined that Amazon didn’t have the legal right to sell it in e-book form. What if instead of banning books, they were simply rewritten to remove the offending parts? What’s to stop instant revision of e-books that have been declared dangerous?

GNC-2010-06-22 #586 Simply a Monster Show!

Posted by geeknews at 12:48 AM on June 22, 2010

Cover a huge amount of ground tonight, there are some real gems in amongst the regular content as well that I talk about that are not in the show notes so listen in to not miss anything. It is great to be back in Hawaii with nothing on my travel agenda. I had a great time with the meet-up in Rochester where we talked shop and where I shared some of the plans for this show going forward.

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California Electronic Plates = Ads
Slingplayer for Android.
Did iPhone 3G get left behind?
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Cool Updated Apps!
Kindle 189.00 Battles Nook.
HyperMac and my Back Story!
Unlimited Data with At&T missing from iPad Selection.
Army Blimp.
Windows Media + DVR = Good Start!
Mobile Apps where do we go from here?
Boston.com Big Picture Oil in the Gulf.
ISS captures Southern Lights.
Twitter Annotation.
TPN Weekly.
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Google Search at 72%.
French find Passwords in Wi-Fi data!
Soyuz Docks at ISS.
Microsoft Messenger in App Store?
Cell tips while traveling abroad.
Australia all in on Fiber!
Sony’s Move with Google TV.
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Schools Blocking Google SSL connections.
Coalition files Comcast / NBC Brief to FCC.
Telcos hiring all ex Government employees to rig Legislation.
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GNC-2010-05-06 #573 Become a GNC Insider!

Posted by geeknews at 9:47 PM on May 6, 2010

Some house cleaning and organizing tonight. I lay out some new initiatives that will make it easier to find information about the show. Plus we are announcing the opening of our Cafe Press store thanks to GNC Ohana Sam Garcia. You will find some new links in the show notes tonight to check out as well. Consider becoming a GNC Insider.

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Targus Power Supply recall.
FCC takes a new Tack on Net Neutrality.
Broadband reclassification by FCC.
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Phone Booth as Car recharging station.
Bionic Arms.
Make your own Microsim.
More Kindle Usages.
3D TV Specs out of whack.
Spyware on Jailbroke iPad.
Alien Abduction investigated by Russians.
No iPhone for Verizon?
Best Buy in UK a hit.
Your First iPhone App development.
Check in With McDonalds on Facebook (GAG)
Google Goggles text translator.
iPad user Analysis by Yahoo.
Google is stuck on their design.
Digg cuts 10% of their staff.
Facebook = No Privacy = Evil!
Spammers get 2.6 Million Fine!
Patch Tuesday 2 Critical Patches.
Judge nixes iPad Warrant.
ClamCase Please?
Netflix Update coming to Roku.
Our DNA Gene pool has Neanderthal in it?
Wash your Regrets away.
Space Shuttle to fly in 2011?
H.264 comes to Ubuntu.
Sports Schedule copyrighted?
DMCA for Canada is back on Table!

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GNC-2010-04-02 #564 Announcing some new Initiatives

Posted by geeknews at 1:01 AM on April 2, 2010

Inspiration comes from strange places folks. Announcing some updates to the salary replacement plan, which in part will be pretty exciting if I can get my accountant and lawyer to sign off on. Additionally I am introducing the Geek News Central Insider to all contributors of the show, more on that in the show. Plus some promotional plans to help continue to build the show following and initiatives to all listeners. We have a request for a Android application as well so info on that. If everything goes as planned will have a big announcement on the next show.

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Netflix + iPad = Homerun
iPad App Store.
National Inventors Hall of Fame!
Additional iPad retail Locations
Not Him Again!
Bionic Eye???
April Fools or Real Deal :)
iPad Ready!
Google Envelopes ??
Altair 8800 creator RIP.
Essential iPad Applications.
10 Simple Google Tricks!
Yapta!
Facebook getting Evil?
More April Fools!
New Verizon Executive is a Dummy!
Bing + Foursquare = Map Overlays
WSJ 2300 iPad Apps!
iPad Ready Sites!
Kindle Price Cut?
Spirit in Hibernation Mode!
Saturn Moon and Pacman.
Lets Try Something New FCC!
Obama Admin Supports Radio Pay to Play!
iPhone tweaked to support AT&T Network?
iPad Review Wrap Up.
ESA to Moon!
NASA Secret Project ??
eBay wins Again!

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GNC-2010-02-04 #549 Off to Windy City!

Posted by geeknews at 1:22 AM on February 4, 2010

Midweek show as I head off to Chicago for a weekend of closed door meetings. Will have a lot of juicy stuff for you when I get back. Lots of tech talk tonight in a pretty laid back show. Midweek shows are always a little odd. Share the show with your Geek friends and make sure they know they have a chance to win a iPad on the 2-11-10 show.

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Did AOL tell Engadget cool down comments?
Professor bared from posting Instructional Videos Online!
Cassini gets Mission Extension!
Big Bang Science gets pretty deep!
Massive Star Found!
HTML5 + SubLime Video?
Progress to ISS!
Is Mark Cuban a Hypocrite?
Mobile Towers going down in India.
Kindle 3 to have Touchscreen!
What supplies do you need for Cyber Attack?
Inside an Intel Factory!
Samsung Green Drive!
No Skype 3g iPhone App?
Sounds like me!
What happens to Landlines when all are VOIP?
Facebook = News Reader?
Twitter New Popup Feature!
No Comments we will see about that!
iPhone OS Updated beware Jailbreakers.
Gimp Single Window Welcome Upgrade!
Teen Blogging down!
Mac Pro performance Issues!
No Twitter for Brokers?
Get your School books on iPad?
Hadron Collider no full Power till 2013?
Australia ISP Win Safe Harbor!
Milky Way Transport Authority!
Canadian CBC Copyright Idiots!
Will BPI pay for ISP Monitoring?

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