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Todd Cochrane is the Founder of Geek News Central and host of the Geek News Central Podcast. He is a Podcast Hall of Fame Inductee and was one of the very first podcasters in 2004. He wrote the first book on podcasting, and did many of the early Podcast Advertising deals in the podcasting space. He does two other podcasts in addition to Geek News Central. The New Media Show and Podcast Legends.

Fenix HM50R Multipurpose LED Headlamp Review



The Fenix HM50R Multipurpose LED Headlamp lives up to the reputation of the flashlights that Fenix produces. This is by far the brightest headlamp I have ever used with 4 different brightness settings. With outputs ranging from 4 to 500 lumens. This rechargeable headlamp can use two different types of batteries with the Li-ion being preferred.

When I was in the Navy and working on airplanes it seemed I was going through a headlamp every six months for a variety of reasons corrosion, switches not working the list is endless. But the build quality of the Fenix HM50R Multipurpose LED Headlamp is really going to blow you away from its stainless steel body, waterproof recharging port, and the waterproof battery enclosure ensures that this will be the last headlamp you ever buy.  My brother in law got his hands on it last week and he was like where did you get this. Well as I told him you can pick one up from Fenix-Store.com today for $59.95


USB-C Wireless Power Bank Review



The Eggtronic USB-C Wireless Power Bank Power Bar is a very innovative power brick. That allows you wirelessly charge your iPhone your Apple Watch and your AirPods at the same time. But that is not all, you can charge all your Apple devices to include your MacBook Air or MacBook Pro.   Delivering unparalleled power 7.5 watts to your iPhone, 5 watts to your Apple Watch, and 30W USB-C to your Macbook or any device that has a USB-C device.

The image above paints a powerful charging solution with a 10,000 maH battery that will deliver multiple charges to your mobile phone or Apple watch.  I have been using this wireless power bar here in my office in the studio area where it is not convenient to have charging cables.

Let’s face it perfect for travel and of course act as a backup power supply for your MacBook or any other USB-C devices you may need to charge. Priced at $149.99 never before has a power bank delivered more options in a single package.


Kanex – Premium Mouse Pad with Wireless Charging Review



The Kanex Mouse Pad with Wireless Charging is an innovative way to have a premium mouse pad with wireless charging built-in. This is really a product that describes itself if you want a clean desk this is an additional step. On my desk I have charge cables stretched around. But with the Mouse Pad having the wireless charge built-in you can keep your mobile phone close at hand while at the same time being able to wirelessly charge the phone.

Available in 4 colors and stylish enough to be placed anyplace on your desk. Priced at $49.95. Compatible with: iPhone models iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhoneX, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8. AirPods Models, AirPods Pro, AirPods with Wireless Charging Case (2nd generation), Wireless Charging Case (2nd generation), Wireless Charging Case for AirPods.


VanTop Mirror Mounted Dash Camera Review




The VanTop Mirror Mounted Dash Camera Discovery H609 is by far the most advanced dash camera I have ever reviewed. They have simply knocked the ball out of the ballpark and it’s only $59.99. When they sent the review unit over I did not even look at the price. After testing the unit and playing with it for a few days I became concerned that the unit would be outside the price range for most folks. When I went and looked up the price I was shocked.

The only downside is some of you will not want to place this over the top of your current rearview mirror.  But if you do your mirror will now be able to act as a reverse camera, touch screen playback with very simple installation. While you will need to plan out the routing of rear camera wiring they provide a tool to help you route your wires so the install is clean.

Dashcams are really divided into a couple of categories of vision quality day and night clarity and any features such as G-Shock. The VanTop Mirror Mounted Dash Camera really exceeds in all categories.  Here is a quick list of specifications.

The install kit is complete with everything that you will need to install the forward and rearview camera. To get the rearview camera to operate this is a little more complicated and you will want someone that is handy with wiring to install that function but the instruction provided by VanTop provides all the information you will need. Priced at $59.99 if you only use the front camera it’s still an amazing value.


Babyface Pro FS Review



The Babyface Pro FS is one of the most powerful audio recording tools that I have seen in a long time. The Babyface Pro FS is a professional 24-Channel, USB bus-powered audio interface with pristine sound quality that can be used in the studio or throw it in a backpack and head out to do a remote interview. Podcasters should take note that this device does everything and more that you will need with the ability to bring in a guest on any online platform that you use like Skype or Zoom while controlling all levels of all parties and multi-track recording with the simple to use control interface.

While you have the option in using the included software which I recommend to set up and save your configuration you are able to configure and control nearly all inputs through the device itself. It will interface directly with your computer PC or Mac through the included USB cable and or you can connect it directly to your iPad and control it TotalMix FX for iPad™ then record directly on your iPad although using it with your iPad you will need an external power supply for the interface. External power is not needed when you are connected to your laptop.

The interface setup software is provided is called RME TotalMix FX is at first was a little intimidating but once you take a few minutes with the software to learn inputs, output the power to control what goes where is pretty awesome. The team at RME has some great beginner to advanced videos on YouTube that really show the power of this device. While a lot of their focus on this device is for musicians. The form factor and the simple fact that you can route in a Skype or Zoom call and record separate tracks on your favorite recording software is what I really love. Portability here is key and it will go with you without having to check luggage.

I was able to record multi-tracks with Adobe Audition and Himalaya very easily with two popular recording packages being used by podcasters today. With a skype call in progress all the while being able to ride the audio levels for two people on the mic in the studio.

A great general overview of the BabyFace Pro FS is below and as I said the team at RME has created a whole series of training videos. I also have a pre-set I can share with anyone that picks up one of these units to get you started fast with 2 hosts and an external guest coming in on Zoom or Skype.  While priced at $899 for me the simple fact that I do not need a pelican case to carry it around is awesome. They do provide a hard-case for the unit but again mobility is the key here.


Live Call in For Upcoming Shows #1433



On the next show, I will have an open call in following the regular recording of the show and may invite some folks that will participate in the recording of the podcast. We live in weird times so I thought it would be fun to mix things up a little bit. If you want to participate in the live show or be part of the call in after the show the details will be posted during the live recording. You will need to be prepared to use Skype, it is preferable to have a wired connection and some sort of headset or earbud, Lots shared on today’s show. I think we are all getting a little stir crazy so let’s lighten it up a bit.

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