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GNC-2009-09-17 #512 Back in the Swing

Posted by geeknews at 10:28 PM on September 17, 2009

Back in the swing and adjust mixer is on my travel checklist. Huge amount of news tonight including some very controversial stories that will get your hair ruffled. Heading back to Hawaii on Saturday regular studio show next week.

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My iPod Touch Wish List

Posted by fogview at 9:31 AM on September 4, 2009

itouch-imgI was one of the first to get a Zune when it was announced. I also was one of the first to get an iPod Touch. Being first is great but like most “version 1.0″ products, you’re left wanting more.

There are rumors that Apple will refresh it’s its iPod line next week and I’m hoping that includes the iPod Touch. I’ve enjoyed my first generation Touch but I wish it did more. In fact I wish it was just like the third generation iPhone, without the phone (and the monthly bill).

Apple, if you’re listening, here is my wish list for a new and improved iPod Touch:
1. Camera. There are rumors this will be included and it would be a killer product if it had the iPhone camera that could do stills and video.

2. GPS and Compass. I realize that the iPhone uses GPS and google maps to show you where you are and you need an internet connection to update the maps, but there are a few turn-by-turn GPS programs that store the maps in the iPhone and don’t rely on a Internet connection. This would be perfect for the Touch. Also, wifi is showing up almost everywhere so I think it still makes sense.

3. Built-in mic and speaker. Yes, I know the 2nd generation Touch has a speaker but I want to make sure it stays in for the 3rd gen (my 1st gen Touch doesn’t have it). A built-in mic means you could use the Touch as a recording device (for voice memos and video), as well as for services like Skype.

4. Music subscription service. I know this isn’t specific to the iPod Touch, but since you are rumored to be coming out with big announcements, why not shock everyone and offer a monthly fee for a service that gives you unlimited (DRM-encoded) music (similar to what Microsoft offers for the Zune). That would really take the thunder out of the pending Microsoft Zune HD release.

5. Approve Google Voice application to run on the iPhone/Touch. Oh sorry, this is for a different blog post.

So, 09/09/2009, is the big day and I can’t wait to see what Apple announces. What is on your wish list for Apple announcements?

73′s, Tom

GNC-2009-08-24 #505 Live from Silicon Valley

Posted by geeknews at 9:33 PM on August 24, 2009

Ok meetup on Wednesday will be at 6:30pm at On the Border, in Milpitas (Hwy 880 and Hwy 237) see map link below all are welcome to attend. Please RSVP ASAP to geeknews@gmail.com Bandwidth is fantastic here at the Hilton in San Jose at the convention center 5 stars some other hotels could take some lessons from these folks.

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GNC-2009-08-11 #501 Sick Host but show must go on!

Posted by geeknews at 1:01 AM on August 11, 2009

I have been fighting a nasty bug for three days but had to get the show out tonight no matter what. Lots of great content and follow ups from show 500. Thanks to everyone once again for the continued words of encouragement. Also my 20% off Godaddy Hosting code is working again feel free to use the Todd20 code once more.

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Apple working to fix Macbook Pro HD issues!
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GNC-2009-07-14 #493 Preparing for Show 500!

Posted by geeknews at 1:25 AM on July 14, 2009

Like a goof ball I forgot to announce a winner tonight on the PodcastMadness GNC giveaway. Promise to do it first thing next show. Lots to catch you all up on including some minor construction that is going to take place here in the Studio. Time to update the electrical capacity so we don’t stress and circuits. Bringing some serious amps into the studio via a local electrician. If you want to contribute to the show 500 fund for a needy audience member please paypal podcast@podcastconnect.com any donation is fine.

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Pandora says Radio needs to pay as well.
Apollo 11 40 Year Anniversary!
Microsoft warns of New Attacks again.
PingWire shows TwitPics Stream
iPhone VC funding breaks 100 Million!
Learn and Get CPR certified via the Wii!
Shuttle Delayed Again!
Amazon to buy Netflix?
Windows 7 close to RTM
Bing at Month One, what do you think?
Video of Ze Frank worth watching!
FeedStitch RSS Stitcher.
Office 2010 updates in Videos
IS VC Industry going to change?
Fortune, Business Week and Forbes on Sell List!
Marc off to Ohio listen up!
HP Printers in Action (Video)
Zune HD?
Apollo 11 mission on Web!
IronKey World’s most Secure USB Stick!
Verizon puts hammer down!
Chris Pirillo goes to the boat USS Nimitz!
Asa shows IE Trends

Swapping Out My XM Radio for a Zune

Posted by fogview at 12:48 PM on June 30, 2009

Zune-playerI’m a long time XM Radio customer, starting over five years ago with a $9.95/month plan. Since the merger with Sirius, I’ve seen my plan increase to $12.95/month. A few days ago I received an “Important Information About Your XM” email from XM Radio saying that my monthly rate will increase by $1.98/month for a “U.S. Music Royalty Fee.” (I guess they didn’t make it $2.00 because they thought I would notice the increase.) So, now it will cost almost $15/month for a service that has increased 50% over the past five years. This is after the merger with Sirius that was going to make the service more affordable for everyone.

After the iPhone 3.0 launch, I found a free Sirius/XM application for the iPhone that allows you to stream Sirius/XM channels. I though this would be a great thing until I found out that this free application requires you to be a Sirius/XM subscriber and to play an additional $2.99 for a “Premium” upgrade.  This would push up my monthly cost to $18!

So where does the Zune come into all this? I purchased a Zune when they first came out and used it for a while but it was replaced by an iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The Zune desktop software (Windows only) is now up to version 3 and Zune software has much improved. The Zune Pass is a monthly subscription service that gives you unlimited access to music in the Zune Marketplace for $14.99/month. In addition, you can download 10 DRM-free songs each month.

I mainly use my XM Radio to listen to music in car and I’m thinking I can save some money and get 10 free songs a month by switching out my XM service for a Zune Pass. By bringing back my Zune and signing up for a monthly Zune Pass, I can download lots of music on my Zune for trips in my car and build up my DRM-free music collection (for use on my iPod). As an added bonus I can download and play songs on multiple (Windows) computers. I generally use my Mac for day-to-day use, but I also have a couple of Window machines nearby, so this is not a problem.

I think Satellite Radio is a great thing and would love to keep the service but I feel it’s pricing itself out of business. Before you had a choice between two satellite radio services but now we are down to one, and a costly one at that.

Now, if I can just figure out where I put my old Zune player and hope that it still works.

73’s, Tom

 

 

GNC-2009-04-14 #468 Back in Oahu for the Podcast

Posted by geeknews at 1:56 AM on April 14, 2009

Listen to win a PogoPlug you only have a short time to react to this contest due to time constraints I have set in the show. Have a bit of Jet Lag tonight as I am working to get my body back on Honolulu time.

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GNC-2009-04-02 #465 No Clothes

Posted by geeknews at 8:13 PM on April 2, 2009

Austin Meetup on Saturday lunch time details on the Podcast. No clothes in Texas my bag has been found but not yet delivered. Portable Studio showed up at least so the show can go on.

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Skypes Battle with Carriers
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More Layoffs at Wired
4G Coming to the Country
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April Fools Day Round Up!
Hulu measures Fail – Boxee Wins
Time Warner 40GB Cap Targets More Cities
iPhone 3.0 Jailbreak achieved!
Parkinsons Test Treatment
Macbook logo LED Hack
Eizo 56ing LSC
Google Secret Server?
Zune in your Living Room

GNC-2009-03-31 #464 Back in Honolulu

Posted by geeknews at 1:02 AM on March 31, 2009

Austin Texas meet-up this coming Saturday.. RSVP today geeknews@gmail.com Well folks home long enough to get some clean clothes then I am headed to Texas. Will be looking for around 100 listeners to participate in some new media panels, will advise when I am ready to have those panels.

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Microsoft Zune Whats Next
Hacking Google
Texas the New California
Buzz Tracking
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NASA Orion Mockup
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Windows 7 to Pave way for $200 Netbooks
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Mini Display to HDMI
Tweets Copyrighted?

GNC-2009-03-24 #462 Last show before heading East

Posted by geeknews at 2:40 AM on March 24, 2009

Ok Folks I am headed to the East Coast first stop Columbus Ohio for a podcaster meetup on Thursday. Also if you are Blubrry.com user/podcaster we have a survey for you as we are getting ready to improve the site design and need some feedback.

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