Author: Jeffrey Powers - @geekazine

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi is My Newest Toy

Long before I did video work and music and computer work, I was a photographer. Very amateur photographer. I ran the darkroom in High school and when I wasn’t playing in bands, I used to take my Fuji digital and snap pictures of other local bands around town. I never got into DSLRs because I was trying to work more with video. Even though DSLR cameras became more flexible, I always went with the pro-sumer models. It was important to get the right shot and the DSLR still needed an operator to focus as subjects moved. Last week I was...

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A Goodbye Letter to Foursquare – I Don’t Need another Yelp

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:19 — 83.7MB) Dear Foursquare. I know this may sting a little, but its time to say goodbye. I really enjoyed being the mayor in a few places, but now since I can’t check in – and I already use Yelp – I find your service redundant. Thanks for the memories. -Geekazine. It was John F. Kennedy who said “Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” That is what Foursquare did – change. But did they change for...

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Review: Sony Xperia Z2 with Verizon 4G vs. iPad Air

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:05 — 374.7MB) “So slim and light, you forgetting your holding it” touts Sony in this newest tablet in the market. The Sony Xperia Z2 is a LTE-based Android tablet using Sony’s Trilumios technology. What is Triluminos? Its an approach to LED lighting that is different from most screens. Sony uses an uncoated LED inside a thin tube. The tube has what are called “Quantum Dots” of Red and Green. When electricity goes through the tubes, the wavelengths will determine the color. Blue is always the constant – emited via the main...

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Portman Wills Talks Big Data from Mobile Gaming – GSNGames.com

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:21 — 531.7MB) Portman Wills is the head data monger at GSNgames.com (Game Show Network). Brought in via acquisition in 2011, Portman’s job is to collect data to make the games better. GSN games is a more laid back game that caters to an older female audience. Portman talks about how they work different than games like Farmville or Angry Birds. They have famous games like  Steve Meretzky who leads a team of designers that come up with the next cool game. GSNgames is a support organization behind it. If they have...

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The Crazy Facebook Messenger App Rules and a Safe Way to Install

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:43 — 380.5MB) Last week Facebook turned off the Messenger within the main app to force the masses to download the new app. As I mentioned before, this is to control your phone’s contact list and ultimately your phone itself. But recent issues cropped up stating the apps terms of conditions were a little seedy. The Wall Street Journal talked about how when you install the app, it tries to take over your contacts. Within the small print, they found the app could use your information to their advantage. One policy would...

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Contest: Win an HP RDX Backup Unit and 2 TB Removable Disk

My friends at HP storage have sent me 2 HP RDX backup units to give away. These are disk backup units with a 2 Terabyte cartridge. The HP RDX unit is external USB 3.0 and perfect for backing up whatever you need. Whether a desktop, server, or other item, the RDX unit can be treated like a standard USB drive or – with the software – be able to backup your machines on schedule. Simply insert a disk and let it run overnight. The RDX disks are rugged and withstood drop tests, along with hot, cold and dust tests. These...

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Google Hangouts, Photos and the Direction of Google Plus

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:09 — 241.8MB) Google has separated Hangouts from Google+ and is planning to do the same with photos. Will YouTube be the next in this Exodus? Where does this leave the social Network Google+? In June of 2011, Vic Gundotra and crew debuted Google+ and the Google Hangout. A video conference service for up to 10 people to “Hang Out”. As a beta user and original Hangout member, we used to spend a lot of late night hours bouncing from one hangout to another. Since then, the Hangout feature has vastly improved....

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Pressy Adds a Programmable Button via Your Smartphone Headphone Jack

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:38 — 217.7MB) A successful Kickstarter campaign, Pressy is a cool button you can program and use when you need it. Whether it takes a photo, turns on the flashlight, or opens up your favorite app, the button can become a helpful gadget. Pressy comes with a keychain holder so you can store when not in use. Download the app from the Play store and insert Pressy. Alert the phone its inserted, then use it for whatever you programmed the button with. For example, I have one press opening the Pressy dashboard....

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HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Storage for Archiving Data

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:48 — 221.9MB) A few weeks ago I conquered a challenge that a lot of Small to medium businesses don’t do. Backup my data. My friends at HP sent me an RDX unit with 2- 2TB drives to try out. The RDX unit is a external or internal USB 3.0 disk backup storage unit. The key is it can work in place of that tape system you might have or might still be using. The RDX removable backup system works by inserting the disk cartridge into the device. You can then backup...

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Posting Video of Illegal Activities on YouTube – Should it be Taken Down?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:58 — 133.8MB) This last week, Daredevil Steven Hoeg posted a video on YouTube of him jumping off the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. This is an illegal stunt that will cost him a fine of $400. However, the video stays on YouTube, which could make him more money and additional fame for just pulling the stunt off. Since Hoeg created a video doing something illegal, should that video be allowed to stay on YouTube? Youtube does have a policy for illegal activities. However, these activities are mostly limited to drug use,...

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HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone Throwdown Part 2

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:04 — 377.5MB) Last week I showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all its glory. This week, we turn the tables and look at the HTC One M8. These phones are loaners from Verizon, so I thank them for allowing to use for comparison. Next up is the HTC One M8 phone. This device has a definite feel difference since its got a metal back design. You even have color options in gun metal grey, champagne, gold, and now red – which is a Verizon exclusive. The HTC One has added...

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Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:21 — 202.5MB) You’ve seen it before – You’re running to get to a destination, maybe get to the next flight, walk the street to your next meeting. You run into that one person looking down at their smartphone, oblivious to the world and slowing everyone down. You would like to curse at them, but you know you do it yourself. Are smartphones slowing us down? I just read an interesting article on Dineability.com. A popular New York restaurant noticed the service to be slow. They decided to bring in a group...