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Samsung Series 9 Notebooks



If you are in the market for a new notebook computer then you may want to check out the latest offerings from Samsung with their Series 9 version, which was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas just recently.  Samsung calls it the world’s thinnest laptop, which is saying something given the MacBook Air and all of the new UltraBooks that were unveiled at CES.

The new Samsung Series 9 will come in both 13 inch and 15 inch versions.  The new laptops are extremely thin and light and sport all-aluminum bodies.  In addition, the Series 9 has a back-lit keyboard, a 128 GB or 256 GB SSD, an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, and a high-resolution 1600 x 900 screen.  The Samsung Series 9 notebooks should be available sometime this spring for an as-yet-undisclosed price.  You can get a look at the 15″ version in the video posted below.

Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast Network.

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Laptop, Netbook, Smart Phone, Tablet – An Interactive Graphic



A new interactive infographic posted today gives a quick overview of the features of four different devices – a laptop, netbook, smartphone, and tablet.  If you are shopping for one of these devices this holiday season, and wondering which you should get, then the infographic linked below will give you a good starting point.  To get a general overview of what features are included with each type of device you can just hover your mouse over a device and the features it includes will be highlighted.  Hover over a feature and see which device it requires.

The infographic was posted by Chris Byrd, Corp Comm Social Media Team to the Dell blog.  Dell, of course, has a horse in this race – they make devices in all four categories.  However the graphic isn’t brand specific, but just gives an overview of features.  This by no means will tell you exactly what to buy, but it’s a cool, fun way to get you started in your shopping research.

Laptops, Netbooks, Phones & Tablets Interactive ComparisonLaptop, Netbook, Tablet, & Smartphone Comparison Interactive by Dell


Transit Case/Keypad for iPad



A couple of weeks ago I finally bought an iPad. At the time of purchase, I also bought a inexpensive Griffin iPad case. For about $90, I could have bought a case that came with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard, but I thought that was a bit much for something I really didn’t need considering I’ve got laptop computers coming out my ears.

I was eating in a Flying J truck stop a couple of evenings ago and when I came out of the Denny’s restaurant and into the truck stop’s convenience store area I happened to notice they had a table set up with marked-down items. They had a small quantity of Bluetooth Case/Keypads that also came bundled with a 12-volt USB charging port and AC USB adapter port with the Micro USB charging cable (“Transit” brand model #11017), marked down to $15.

For $15, I figured I couldn’t go wrong!

It turns out that I ended up with a tremendous bargain. The keyboard painlessly paired up with the iPad Bluetooth, and to my surprise the case is for an iPad 2 so I can use the iPad’s built-in cameras. I was even more surprised to discover that when folded up, it is engineered to automatically put the iPad to sleep and also automatically wakes it back up when it is unfolded just like the Apple smart covers. When folded, it isn’t much thicker than the typical third party cushioned iPad case, and when unfolded props the iPad screen up in a vertical laptop-style position. The iPad fits securely in position in the sleeve, yet is easily removable.

As I expected, the 45-hour charge silicone rubber keyboard does not offer the greatest typing experience in the world, but it’s a million times better than trying to touch-type on glass. The typing experience is very similar to typing on the typical netbook keyboard.

For $15 dollars, I am in geek heaven.


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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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.
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200,000 on Lawsuit Hit List.
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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!


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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Show Notes:
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.