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GNC-2010-06-29 #588 Announce Show Support Initiative



I talk more about the studio upgrade initiative and hope that you will be inclined to support the podcast. The goals is to raise $10,000.00 in the next 30 days a hundred dollars or more at a time. This is to help finance the planned studio upgrades. Support is completely voluntary details on the Geek News Central Insider page. Congrats to Brian and Sam for winning our contest for the month of June. More details are in the show.

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HD Video of Ballon Flight.
Video of iPhone Skit <-Link in Newsletter Only
Hotmail and Yahoo Stats.

Todd’s Show Links:
Windows 8 Leak!
20 Million VOIP Subscribers.
500 mhz for all my friends!
Admin backs FCC Broadband Plan.
iPhone 4 1.7 Million Units!
Earth Gravity in HD!
Whats that Gadget Really Cost?
Pay by PayPal with no Account.
Google Chrome OS Lead to Facebook.
Google Moves Encrypted Search.
Chrome #3 Passes Safari.
Are AT&T Upgrades helping?
Admin Space Policy?
10 Tech Campaigns that Failed!
Pulsar gives you DVR for Sirius and XM.
Google Me to battle Facebook?
Firefox Caves to Update over Farmville!
Adult Industry to go HTML5 ASAP.
Dutch ISP do Battle.
*Wired – You don’t wan’t your ISP to Innovate.
One man Education Machine.
ASCAP Members speak out!
Did your Credit Card get scammed?
HD Webcam Review.
Cellphone Jammer for your Car.
Banner Advertising out of Control.
We have always used tech based Social Networks.
Want to sell me your iPhone 3GS?
Only in Japan.
Would you hit yourself every day or what?
Light bulb Labels.
TechCrunch.TV
iPad update in November.
iAds for your iPhone coming soon.

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



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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Music of the Sun!
50 Years of Space Exploration Image!
Working Lightsaber!
ePrint to lead to Spam Prints?

Show Links:
Apple is Tracking you now!
California Electronic Plates = Ads
Slingplayer for Android.
Did iPhone 3G get left behind?
iPhone 3g Spoiler.
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.
Website Dev tools.
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.
Elgato EyeTV.
How much is your Facebook data Worth?
Schools Blocking Google SSL connections.
Coalition files Comcast / NBC Brief to FCC.
Telcos hiring all ex Government employees to rig Legislation.
Your Brothers DNA in Police Hands?

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GNC-2010-06-17 #585 Headed for Honolulu



Ok Headed for Home Saturday morning. We are having a meetup tonight at Dinosaur BBQ in downtown Rochester all welcome i’m buying dinner. I have had a lovely time here in up state NY and look forward to coming back. Was much more than I anticipated. Look forward to being home and back in the Studio for a while. Join me live from Honolulu on Monday evening.. Big thank you to all the new and contributing insiders.

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Show Links:
See Mom no Hands!
IP Shortage.
Limewire Round 2
Verizon Damage Control!
FCC Net Neturality rules = Lost Jobs?
Bebo = AOL Fail!
600k iPhones Ordered!
512 gb SSD Drive!
Verizon iPhone still on?
Upgrade iTunes!
Don’t move your Xbox.
YouTube Video Editing!
SpaceX to Launch Iridium Satellites.
Safari Extensions.
FCC Makes First Move on Net Neutrality.
Are you a Gov’t Employee? Read!
California GPS Tracking Utter Failure!
Insanity in Patent Protection!
AT&T Metered Bandwidth Testing Complete?
RIAA has fake Canadian Site.
Soyuz to ISS.
Belkin Conserve (Green).
Clearwire has new Devices.
Space Sail outbound.
Get free charger with Chevy Volt?
Sharpest Deep Space image from Earth.
No World Cup for You.
Silicon Valley is to Expensive.
Searching Twitter Lists.
WordPress 3.0.
Hotmail versus Gmail.
AT&T Locks down Android Phone.
Looking for Spring 4g Locations?

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Talking to Phone Customers Before they go Over in Minutes… What a Great Idea!



Cell Phone Overage

Yes, there was sarcasm in the title. But the FCC proposed a really is a great idea. Tell people when they are about to hit their limits.

I remember when I got my first overage bill. It was $130 more than expected. While I was a bit perturbed, I understood and paid it off. Definitely took a hit in my pocketbook.

Of course I did have a Land line and my Nokia phone (which still was just for calling people) had only 250 minutes and $.40 a minute after. I also could walk 20 feet to the west and all of a sudden get “Roaming” charges. So going over on a plan was easy – in 1998.

Nowadays, the land line is gone in liu of Skype and Google Voice. The Cell is the primary contact for calls, texts, emails and facebook posts. I have an unlimited text and data plan and if I go over in minutes, I have a backlog of rollover to keep me safe. Then again, I pay $130 a month…

Stopping the Overage:

37 years after the first cell phone call was made, companies are finally realizing that someone might go over in their minutes. O.K, the FCC is realizing this and trying to make the phone carriers comply. If the user hits their limit, they get a message stating that.

The user then can choose if they want to rack up additional charges or turn their phone off until the next month starts. Wait – you can turn a phone off?

Similar but Sad: Data Plan overage

Vodafone in the UK – who nixed their unlimited data plan – announced they will be offering a free text service to warn people if they hit their limit. So those of you in the UK who watch their soaps or Dr. Who from the phone during lunch might not be able to watch more than 1 episode for the whole month.

Remember last year the Chicago Bears fan who watched the game from his netbook on a cruise ship? He got $3000 in overage fees for his wireless data plan.

It’s all about a text

I get texts from AT&T whenever my bill is ready; Or if I haven’t paid last months yet. I suppose it’s time of month to see that text message aga…. oh wait. Here it is. They are so eager to make sure you pay your bill, but not that eager to let you know if you stretch your limits.

Automation

It’s not like someone has to sit by their phone and text everybody that goes over “Dude: You’re hitting your limit.”. We have automated scripts that can do that. Just like my bank has an automated script to tell me when my account hits below…. oh wait. Just got THAT text message, too.

I totally agree on an alert system. I can’t log into the website everyday to see where I am in minutes. Then again, if I ever go over


GNC-2010-05-06 #573 Become a GNC Insider!



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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Asteroids bring Water to Earth.
James Cameron to make 3d camera for Mars.
AT&T to pay customers for slow DSL
Astro_Soichi: Oil spill of Gulf of Mexico
Other devices you need to destroy before Junking!
CloudBerry for Amazon S3

Show Links:
CEA says Americans buying more Tech!
Targus Power Supply recall.
FCC takes a new Tack on Net Neutrality.
Broadband reclassification by FCC.
FCC Plan.
How about Net Neutrality in your house.
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-2010-05-03 #572 Feels Like Ground Hog Day



On the Road Again and I am starting to feel like that movie Ground Hog Day. Need a replacement for JungleDisk what are you using to access your Amazon S3 Buckets? So how does the show sound with the current road recording gear? Thanks to all of our sponsors for their ongoing support.

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Why does the Wall Street regulation overhaul give FTC authority over the Internet?
War in the Pacific.

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NVIDIA VP Discounts Moores Law.
iPad Jailbroke.
iPad 3g Video Experience Not Great.
1,000,000 Million iPads Sold.
iPad can be used with T-Mobile.
NOKIA App Wizzard.
Flash Closed = DOA?
Adobe to give Employees Android Phones.
Spam Relay Rankings.
IFPI 2009 Music Sales.
45 Gigapixel Image.
Google Ventures.
FCC to give up Broadband Fight.
NING Alternatives.
Arrington to Seattle?
Twitter Embed for your Blog.
Microsoft talks about IE9.
Twitter Boots Torrent Accounts.
Hacked US Treasury Account.
Laser to make it Rain.
File Sharer Biggest Customers.
P2P users are like Bank Robbers.
File Sharers have no rights to Privacy.
Student Hacker convicted.
IE Market Share Slips.
Warrant less Wire Tapping.
Judge holding up Fed Investigation.
Google TV and Android.
WarMouse simply ridiculous.
ABC to have 3G Version Soon.
Apple to face Antitrust?

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GNC-2010-04-26 #570 Listen to Win a Roku



Live from Central Texas, if you want to win a Roku listen to win. You can watch the Geek News Central Podcast on Boxee and Roku be sure to check us out. Find out which star was on my flight out of Honolulu and the conversation I had with him. Show streamed tonight with my Clear Wimax connection. If you want to watch a live show tune in Thursday at 8pm CST for the show.

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Gizmodo Editor house Raided.
Will Gizmodo test the Blogger/Reporter Standard?
YouTube IPL Stream Beats Expectations.
7 iPad Apps.
50k Android Apps whats your Favorites?
Does your Device have a Off switch?
Windows Home Server Upgrade (Vail).
Lose your car often.
Cell Phone Jammer in Trouble with FCC.
Galileo #1 Almost Ready.
Scientist get deep in RSA Encryption Hack.
Windows iPad users Targeted by Malware.
Mcafee takes a beating!
DMCA Takedown for Personal Data.
New Zealand 3 Strikes Rules.
FCC Spectrum Task Force.
Floppy Disk R.I.P.
i7 Macbook your next Stove!
Wi-Fi Sync App.
iPad Camera Adapter.
Is their iPhone versus Android?
Samsung + GoogleTV = Win!

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