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Droid Turbo 2, Verizon International Plan

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSEarlier this month I got to go to London for a conference. The folks at Verizon supplied me with the Droid Turbo 2 phone with shatterless screen and an International plan while I was there. The best part – it was really a great phone to take to London with me. Let’s start with all the deets on this device. This is a Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor at 2.0 GHz. The GPU is an Adreno 430 at 600 MHz. It has 3 MB of RAM and either 32 or 64 GB internal, with a microSD card support of up to 2 TB. The AMOLED Display is 5.4″ and produces a 1440p Quad HD screen, or 2560×1440. The screen is called ShatterShield and many have dropped, ran over, hammered and done other items to the screen. Since this is a loaner model from Verizon,...

The Ghostbusters Abby (Melissa McCarthy), Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon), Erin (Kristen Wiig) and Patty (Leslie Jones) inside the Mercado Hotel Lobby in Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS.

New Image of Ghostbusters Female Cast Released

If you are like me, you are anxiously awaiting the release of the next generation of Ghostbusters. Thirty years after the original film, the reboot offers your kids the same excitement it offered you at that age. The new version looks to pass the Bechdel test and show that Geeks are more than the stereotypical males such as found in Big Bang Theory. Produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Paul Feig and Katie Dippold. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones as the paranormal fighting quartet. Ghostbusters release is planned July of 2016.


HP Special Edition Star Wars Core i5-i7 Laptop

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhile at HPEDiscover this last week, I got to check out the HP Special Edition Star Wars Laptop. This is a 15.6 inch notebook decked out with Star Wars logos. Inside is a Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 16 GB RAM, up to 2 TB hard drive and GeForce 940 M Graphics processor. Loaded with Windows 10 Home, the PC also comes with a DVD burner, and a 7 hour battery. The laptop is also decked out with images, movie cells, storyboards and videos from the previous 6 movies. You can choose multiple sound effects for Windows events. Over 1,100 images, trailers for the new movie, and the Aurebesh font not only engraved on the laptop, but also as a font inside. Show how geeky you are by writing in Aurebesh! The base price is $699 and is only the laptop with...


7 Inch $50 Tablet Throwdown: Amazon Fire, RCA Voyager, ProScan 7

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSGood tablets are getting more affordable and very useful. Amazon launched the Fire 7 inch tablet in their line of Fire products. While a great tablet, I had to wonder how this stacked up to other $50 7 inch tablets. Therefore I found two tablets you might see during your holiday shopping. The RCA Voyager tablet from Walmart and the ProScan tablet which you can find in many different stores. Keep in mind these are not HD resolution tablets and will show slower results than a Fire HD or iPad Air. Nonetheless, these affordable tablets could become second tablets for some and replace laptops for others. Amazon Fire 7 Inch Tablet The Fire 7 inch has a screen resolution of 1024×600 (also known as WSVGA). The Fire is a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A7 processor at 1.3 GHz, and a Mali-450 GPU. Two cameras with...


Monoprice Headphone Amplifier, Cherry Marble Foothill Flat Top Acoustic Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSAs a musician, I enjoy items that work and are low cost. My friends at Monoprice sent me a guitar and personal amplifier to check out. Both I’ve been using regularly to practice and perform. Rechargeable Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar This is a nice little item to have in your case to use in practice when you want to be as quiet as you can. The Monoprice mini-headphone amp allows you to work on songs without bothering anyone else. The one-piece design allows you to plug the amp into the guitar and the headphones into the amp. You can also plug another source (like an iPad or MP3 player) as to play along with backing tracks or learn new songs. The headphone amplifier also has a tone, volume and blend dials so you can mix the music with your sound and not blast...


Aria Hotel Room Video Walkthrough: Las Vegas, NV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThis last trip to Las Vegas brought me to the Aria Hotel and Convention Center. I stayed in the Deluxe room, a 520 sq. foot room with King bed. The hotel opened in 2009 with 4004 guest rooms and 568 suites. The casino brings over 150,000 square feet of games and includes a 24-table Poker room and high-limit room. The view of the 24th floor was amazing, even though it wasn’t strip-side. I was able to not only get to the convention center pretty easy, I could also access the spa and pools without having to go through the smokey Casino. There is even a “Game Room” which features XBox and PS4 gaming for $12/hour. Aria Hotel Guest Room The Deluxe guest room itself was a little worn. My privacy (do not disturb) button did not work, which they had maintenance come up to repair....


D-Link Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI own and have used the D-Link powerline DHP series in the past. My DHP 302 has been a life saver when I needed to run an Ethernet cable but couldn’t punch through a wall to do it. The newest D-Link Powerline adapter is the AV2 2000. This can send around 2 GB of data through your electrical wiring to places where Ethernet and WiFi can’t. It’s perfect for when you want to hard wire your Fire TV, XBox or PS4, or even plug it into a switch so you can connect all your devices. Some new additions to the AV2 2000 include MIMO – Multiple Input, Multiple Output. Think of it like the data splitting up and the smaller pieces take the path of least resistance to get to the destination point without any bottlenecking happening. Get the Powerline AV2 2000 Gigabit Adapter...


LG G Pad 8.3: An Android Tablet with A Full Size USB Plug

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThe latest LG G Pad 8.3 for Verizon wireless is ideally designed with 8 inches IPS multi-touch display and full size USB port in data sharing for ultimate tablet performance that you exactly need. It also comes with split screen multitasking through dual WindowTM technology to give you better functionality in the best way possible. LG G Pad 8.3 Specs When it comes to mobile tablet, this model will provide you with rear-facing camera in 5MP and resolution of 2560×19201 for better photo and video quality. The gesture shot will actually help you in taking selfies through simple hand motion. Transitions between preview mode and camera mode in fact automatically work through hand gesture. With this android marshmallow, you get soft light where the screen will perfectly illuminate soft lighting whenever you view photos for more beautiful selfies. The timer will support you in...


Mukava Sit-Stand Table for Tablet, Bed-side

Last month I slipped a disc to the point where I couldn’t work without taking a break every 20 minutes. Because of this, I relied on my mobile equipment more to keep me moving at least at a snails’ pace. That is where the Mukava table really helped. Mukava is an ergonomic sit stand desk for your mobile devices. This stand will help you relax and get the job (or surfing) done.  Mukava furniture allows for not only tablet or smartphone reading, but the device has 2 USB charging units to help keep the device ready for more Facebook. Mukava features Ultimate compatibility with tablet and mobile devices – Mukava actually comes with one cell phone pad and three tablet pads. The clean and open design significantly provides practical use to mobile devices while enabling you to switch devices in just a matter of seconds. No matter which gadget you want...


Star Wars Commander Video Tips to Level Quick

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI’m a fan of the 3rd person war base game and Star Wars. So when I was asked to do a quick review of Star Wars Commander, I had no problem with it. This is a paid video, but my opinions are my own. About Star Wars: Commander Available for iOS or Android, this game allows you to fight for you who believe in: Rebels or Empire. Your task is to build a base that the enemy cannot win and attack their bases to gain coin and iron to build more of your base. With iconic Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, Han Solo and Princess Leia or even Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, you can take them into battle to help your cause. Join a group to give and get more forces to use in attacks, along with gain new friends. Tips Video...