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Geek Smack! – A weekly Podcast that is the flagship for Geekazine. It stars your host – Jeffrey Powers. This is a weekly podcast and Video Podcast that discusses technology news, geek news, reviews items and much more. Formerly the Geekazine Weekly Podcast, Geek Smack  is recorded live on uStream every Tuesday at 3 PM EST. Audio is posted soon after the show and the video is posted on blip.tv once it is processed. Show notes for Geekazine Podcasts are found right at www.geekazine.com. Geek Smack is a proud member of the Techpodcast Network – if it’s tech, it’s here.

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VOX NBX150H Amp with NuTube Technology and Starstream Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the last year, VOX has been coming out with great amplifiers with their new NuTube technology. Tubes that take up less space and power while adding great functionality to your sound. While at NAMM 2017, I got to check out the newest prototypes of amp head in the NBX150H. Vox NBX150H The NBX150H is a Prototype amp head that can go all the way down to 5 Watts. The head gives you a high gain amplifier that also gives you the sounds you might need. Inside is the NuTube technology – a flat tube that takes up 30% of a standard tube. It gives you the same drive at 2% power. This design came from the Noritake Company who manufactures high-end televisions. Vox acquired the technology to improve the amp. Vox Starstream Guitar The Starstream provides a wide range of guitar sounds from...

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you are not tech savvy and still need to set up a small recording studio, then Tascam has a solution for you. Track Factory is an all-in-one solution for you to start recording your songs and more. Jeff Laity of Tascam talks more about it. About Tascam Track Factory Track Factory contains an Intel NUC core i5 computer with Windows 10 and their Cakewalk SONAR professional DAW software. The NUC contains 8 GB RAM, 3 GB cache, a 256 GB SSD, USB 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other devices, Mini Display 1.2 port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and both Ethernet and Wifi inside. This is a system in a box from @tascampro including computer for $1299 #audiorecording #namm #geekout pic.twitter.com/n77kBfQqDy — geekazine (@geekazine) January 19, 2017 The box is rounded up with Bluetooth 4.2, although it’s probably not best to edit...

AMD on Thunderbolt 3, Vega, Linux Crimson Drivers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAMD has some awesome stuff coming up in 2017. I got to talk with Jason Megit of AMD about their use of Thunderbolt 3 in their systems, but we also talked about Linux use and their newest line of video graphics cards in AMD Vega. AMD and Thunderbolt 3 Even though Thunderbolt is an Intel technology, it’s also a standard for all to use. That is why you will see Thunderbolt 3 in AMD laptops as well. After all, everyone needs the 40 GB data transfer, ability to connect dual 4K monitors and even a way to power the laptop. AMD with Linux on Thunderbolt 3 A lot of Linux systems and STEAM game systems also will benefit from the use of Thunderbolt 3. With the use of AMD’s Crimson drivers, you will be able to utilize your machine and the full...

Razer Project Valerie Laptop With up to Five 4K screens Using Thunderbolt 3

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt made news at CES 2017, first as the prototype 3-monitor laptop, then as the demo that got taken at the show. Razer is offering a $25,000 reward for information that will capture the culprit. In the meantime, the laptop is still continuing it’s move forward. The Razer Project Valerie is a triple 17 inch monitor laptop that deploys upon command. This allows for a wrap around experience in your gaming. The machine is currently running a Nvidia GTX 1080. Not much other specs are available for Valerie at this time, as this is a prototype. But we do know one additional spec that really sets this laptop above and beyond… Thunderbolt 3 on Razer Project Valerie By adding the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port, you can add another dual 4K monitor setup to your home use. This gives you five 4K monitors...

Kensington Thunderbolt 3 USB-C laptop dock, Fingerprint Dongle Unveiled at CES

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSKensington displayed their newest products at CES 2017, including a Thunderbolt 3 docking station, fingerprint reader and new laptop lock station for thinner laptops. Kensington SD5000T Docking with Thunderbolt 3 The new dock will allow for any laptop using Thunderbolt 3 technology to connect to the Internet via Ethernet, connect 2 – USB-A and 2 – USB-C devices, headphones and even an 85w power supply for your laptop including Macbook Pro models. With Thunderbolt 3 technology inside the USB-C, you will be able to run a dual-4k monitor setup without issue. Kensington Fingerprint USB Dongle Another great addition to the Kensington line-up allows for you to add fingerprint functionality to your Windows 10 laptop. The USB-A dongle connects with the protocol already installed in Windows 10 to set up a fingerprint password from a laptop or desktop. With adding a biometric feature...

LaCie D2, Rugged Mini Drives with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhat is so impressive is how LaCie has one of the most noticeable hard drives our there and they’ve been making it for over 10 years. Now, the Rugged Mini is getting a new upgrade to the fast transfer USB-C Thunderbolt 3. Along with a desktop HD model in the D2, you will be able to transfer files at lightning speed. I talk with Lance Ohara, senior direct product Manager at LaCie/Seagate About the LaCie D2 Hard Drive LaCie D2 is a Hard Drive caddy that can hold up to 10GB drives – with 6 and 8 TB models also available. The D2 also allows for daisy-chaining other USB-C devices, such as other D2 drives. It will not RAID the drive, but if you need more than 10 TB, or just want to plug your Rugged Mini in for transfer,  the D2...

Dell XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 with Thunderbolt 3 USB-C

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe Dell XPS laptop series continues to impress. Dell keeps innovating and learning what the customer wants, then puts out a laptop that can deliver. The XPS 13 2-in-1 laptop they debuted at CES 2017 is no different. About the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 Laptop “We made the product a little thinner, a little bit more mobile”, said Randall Heaton, Product manager for XPS notebooks at Dell. “We also changed our ports on the product a little bit”. The XPS 13 inch 2-in-1 convertible has a 7th generation Intel Core i5 (upgrade to i7), Windows 10, 4GB RAM and 128 GB SSD drive (upgrade to 16 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD). The “edge to edge” 13 inch screen is touch enabled and comes with Windows 10. USB-C Thunderbolt 3 Inside The Dell XPS also has 2 USB-C ports – one of...

Roli Blocks Makes Modular Music in Multiple Ways ???

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSLast year Roli came out with a keyboard that disrupted the musical instrument. This year, Roli doesn’t disappoint with Roli Blocks, a modular pad system that allows you to create beats, play loops, or even solo on songs. It’s an easy way to make music on your iOS device. Downloading the Roli App Noise is the first step in this system. The app is free and you can start working the pads right on the screen. Adding the modular pads will bring more functionality, turning the iPhone or iPad into another screen for multi-touch use. You can also connect the pads up to your favorite software for more functionality. At CES Unveiled, they were playing saxophone solos right from the pads. Roli Blocks main pad starts at $179, and additional blocks start at $79. You can get Blocks at your local Apple store.

North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2017 Wrap Up

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS My friends at Ford Automotive brought me to Detroit to check out the Auto show and report on the announcements Ford and other car companies made. The day started pretty quick as we were part of the Ford press conference. We learned they were bringing the Bronco back, along with seeing the new F-150, and what they were doing with Chariot – a ride-sharing system they bought in 2016. I got to walk the expo floor, seeing new cars from many auto companies. VW announced the ID Buzz, which brought back the micro-bus as an electric car. Kia announced the Stinger – their new sports sedan which will be released at the end of 2017.

Toyota Concept I Autonomous Car with Yui is a Thing of Beauty

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSToyota showed off a concept car at CES 2017 using the Yui artificial intelligence software. This auto will be tested in Japan in the next year as the innovations will be moved to other Toyota vehicles. The car, which looks like R2D2 and C3P0 had an offspring, is meant to learn to your needs and habits. Ultimately making this a better driving experience.

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