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Roku Streaming Stick, WWE Network at SXSW 2014

I caught up with Roku in their streaming lounge where WWE Hall of Famer Sgt. Slaughter was going to be there later in the day. The hall was decked out with WWE merchandise and videos of classic matches on each of the Roku machines. I got to talk with Kristin about Roku’s newest device – the streaming media stick. This is an HDMI stick which allows you to watch your favorite channels without having a box under the TV. The stick is similar to the Roku 1 – no gaming and no headphone jack – but the stick will have...

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Absolute LoJack Challenge & My Stolen iPhone Story

NOTE: This is a post brought to you by Absolute LoJack. The Contest part is over. All opinions on software are those of Geekazine. Last week I announced a contest and talked about going #DigitallyDark for the Absolute LoJack Challenge. I have actually had this happen to me, which is a far better story than any “recreation” I could make. That is when I started thinking about better protecting my devices, especially since  I need them to do my job. Remember: A Laptop is stolen every 50 seconds. That laptop could have your vacation or kids photos, tax or other business documents, or...

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Is Google Hangouts Trying to Get Rid of your Phone Number?

What an awesome week in Austin TX for SXSW! Of course, we cannot forget the tragedy that followed the event this year. If that would have happened 24 hours earlier, I might have been part of it. That is how fragile life is. I took NAB off the schedule for now unless I find a last minute sponsor. If you would like to help out, let me know. This weekend, Jennifer and I went to her sister’s house. We watched Frozen for the first time. Its interesting how a good movie can change your mindset. Let it go. Two new...

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OWC CEO Larry O’Connor on New Office in Austin – SXSW 2014

While at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Other World Computing (OWC). They added a second office in Austin to try and tap the startup potential of the area. CEO Larry O’Connor talked with me about the move, the direction of the Solid State Drive (SSD) and customer support, among other topics. OWC Moves to Austin, TX Larry assured me this is a second office – their main facility in Woodstock, IL will remain and work in tandem with Austin. “Every location has very talented individuals that are part of the team.” stated O’Connor. “Every region has talents...

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SXSW 2014 in Pictures

This was my SXSW. I had a lot of fun this year meeting new people and creating new interviews. Of course, this was the year of the selfie for me – Since selfies are suppose to be therapeutic. I got a lot of them with some great superstars My Celebrity SXSW Watch It all started at the Roku streaming lounge when I met one of my all-time favorite wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter. He was getting ready to talk about how the WWE was proud to be on Roku, and was gracious to be a part of the photo as I had to run...

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Charles Yim: Breathometer Talks how Indiegogo Lead to Shark Tank – SXSW 2014

Charles Michael Yim is an entrepreneur. He had that fully validated when he did something no other had – closed a Series Seed funding round on the hit TV show Shark Tank with all 5 sharks. Now, Yim is going for Class A funding. All because of a crowdfund he started for the Breathometer. The Breathometer is a unit you plug into you smartphone. When someone blows into the opening, the device will read their blood alcohol level. But Yim has other plans than just an alcohol detector. “Our focus is mainstream breathalyzers,” Yim states, “but ultimately be able to...

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Mi World Portable Computing System Will Soon Run Linux Steam OS – SXSW 2014

I sat down with Jim Luke of Myth Innovations to talk about their brand new crowdfund in the Mi World Portable Computing System (PCS). They launched the item on Indiegogo to raise funds to develop and market this item. What is the Mi World PCS? This is a secure and portable supercomputer which can do anything from media server, hot spot, personal cloud, to media streaming solution or even portable computer. You will be able to carry, connect, and share your content from the system you connect to – or even the internet. Mi World is a 2.4 GHz quad-core computer. It...

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I Play the 3D Printed Steampunk Guitar – SXSW 2014

a few weeks ago I saw this 3d printed steampunk guitar. I thought “man that would be cool to play…” Well, I got my wish. As I was passing by the 3D printing tent, I saw the steampunk beauty sitting I the stand. It was designed by Olaf Diegel of odd?org.nz. He has made a few guitars using 3D printing technology. The guitar featured Seymour Duncan pickups and a Warmoth Pro telecaster neck. I wasn’t able to play it long because the tent didn’t have a music permit, but I was able to create a short song and play it...

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ChefJet – 3D Print Candy, Chocolate – SXSW 2014

It seems to be the geekiest thing to want to own a 3d printer. Not just any old printer, but one that you can really make useful things with. Like chocolate… While at a SXSW I checked out the ChefJet – a 3D printer that could make chocolate or sugar candies. I talked with Kyle on what it takes to create some 3D confections. The ChefJet can be loaded with two types of cartridges – a sugar/water combination and a chocolate cartridge. Once you find the design you are looking for, simply plot it in the printer and set it...

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Ray Ferrer Art at the X-Acto Tent – SXSW 2014

I stopped by the X-Acto tent at SXSW to see some of the art of Ray Ferrer. Ray uses stencils to create airbrush on canvases. Caricatures to design art and more, Ray can pretty much make anything. Of course X-Acto and art work hand-in-hand. I have a plethora of blades which I use for art, computer modding or many other uses. He was getting ready to create a Willie Nelson canvas when I stopped by. I looked at the stencil and noticed how many cuts it took to just to make the beard come alive. Other canvas paintings included Jimmy...

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Nest Smoke Alarm Demonstration – SXSW 2014

I stopped by the Nest tent at SXSW to see the nest thermostat and smoke alarm in action. Nest makes home automation devices which can be controlled via smarphone or by hand. The Nest thermostat can help you adjust your heat or air, while the smoke alarm can detect smoke or carbon dioxide. The Nest fire truck was on hand to give the smoke demonstration. Notice how unnoticeable the smoke is when the alarm goes off. I have done this many times – I cook something which trips the alarm. When I move out of the kitchen, I finally notice...

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I’m Taking the Absolute LoJack Challenge

We are at an age where if we lose our connected devices, we feel lost or even violated. Not only is this a gateway to our friends and family through social apps, but it also contains our pictures, documents, lives – all on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Last July I had my iPhone stolen (also known as “Cherry picked”), which put me in a loop. I technically went through this challenge back then unwittingly. I ended up getting a $15 “burner” phone while I was on a 2 day trip, then replaced with an old smartphone to save money....