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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – My Love – Hate Relationship with this Phone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS  Samsung has always tried to be on the cutting edge of mobile technology. They have continuously tout they have cooler features than the iPhone, and in some cases, they are right. However, the newest phone in their arsenal – the S6 Edge – while cool, shows that not all ideas are great. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Specs This is a 32 GB device and this particular one is on the Verizon Network. The “Revolutionary design” is basically a side-less phone. The edge of the screen wraps around the phone and can serve as a small display that can tell the time, let you know if someone has called, get calendar alerts, and more. The phone itself is a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass to protect from scratches and drops. The rest of the phone is...

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Coffee Talk with Manish Goel of HP Storage – HP Discover

Earlier this year, HP Storage hired a new Senior Vice President in Manish Goel (NetApp) after David Scott (who came over from the 3PAR acquisition) retired last year. Manish sat down with the top Enterprise bloggers who wanted to ask the hard questions as to the new direction of HP Storage. Of course, Goel had some pretty big shoes to fill, and the bloggers wanted to know what his direction is for storage. Along with Siamak Nazari, Brad Parks, and Ivan Iannaccone, the group answered questions about infrastructure and hardware technology, storage management, and the direction of 3PAR. One hot topic in the coffee talk was the direction of flash and flash-array storage. As 1-out-of-3 arrays are all-flash, the bloggers were really interested in Manish’s vision. Following is the full video for this coffee talk. Note that the first 15 minutes we had wireless interference, so you might...

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight and Alarm Monitor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHome automation is valuable in not only keeping us safe, but informing us when something is wrong. Internet connected thermostats and detectors are great, but some of us rent as opposed to own. In those cases, we might be stuck in what we have. But it doesn’t mean we can’t be informed. Enter in the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. This is an Internet connected device that’s primary role is to illuminate your hallway, stairs, or another area of the house. But the nightlight is only one of the few cool things it does. First of all, let’s look at how easy it is to activate. Simply plug in the nightlight, then download the iOS or Android app. Connect via the peer-to-peer Wifi Leeo emits to configure this device and add to your home wireless system. The Leeo smart alert will then be...

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iPhone 6 Case Hydra from InnerExile, Screen Protector from CINDER

Today I am showing off two pieces to protect your iPhone 6 from scratches and keep the screen looking sharp. First product is the Innerexile Hydra Case – a self-healing case for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Second is an IndieGoGo project called CINDER: an iPhone 6 glass protector which the glass wraps around the face of the screen. Since the iPhone 6 is curved, most glass covers come up at the edges. CINDER is designed to fit the contour of the front. Check out CINDER: http://ow.ly/MROli Get an Innerexile Hydra case: http://ow.ly/MROsk

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Video Streaming Computer Build Part 1: AMD Processor, Gigabyte Motherboard

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI remember when you changed out your desktop computer every 18 months. Yet, I have been using the same computer now for the last 6 years. The AMD Phenom II 4-core processor has not failed me in those years of work. But now with newer chipsets and faster speeds, I can more than quadruple the power of my desktop. Therefore, I am off to start building a new machine – with one of the top AMD processors out there. Why a Desktop? Why not a Laptop? I have laptops that also do the job. While ultimately portable, the desktop has a level of adjustability. If I need to add a drive or card, I can do so rather easily. I also like the idea of having a workstation. Sometimes that gets lost in a laptop. This corner is where I can focus...

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ZAGG Pocket Wireless Keyboard: Foldable Keyboard for your Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMobile devices have become more powerful, but sometimes their size makes it harder to do things like type up notes, messages and more. ZAGG is helping those who need to use their phones in more of a laptop setting with the ZAGG Pocket foldable keyboard. I have used ZAGG products for a few years now. The Folio on my iPad has turned that tablet into a more powerful machine and I don’t have to bring my laptop to everything. That is where the Pocket comes in even handier – all you need is a pocket to put the keyboard into. About the ZAGG Pocket Foldable Keyboard The Pocket folds up into the size of a pencil case. Unfold it to reveal a slightly smaller keyboard, stand for your phone, and kickstand to hold it at an angle. Bluetooth connection to the phone...

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Roland Video Mixers VR-50HD and VR-3EX at NAB 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThose of us moving to streaming or recording video are always looking for a good switching unit. While at NAB 2015, I checked with Roland and their VR-50HD and VR-3X mixers. Roland VR-3EX The VR-3EX is a four-channel SD video mixer. This mixer will send a 480i signal through the USB 2.0 port, or upscaled 1080p through HDMI. The 3EX includes 4-HDMI input support, RGB/Component in support, HDCP support, 4 channel audio, and can be controlled through the LCD touchscreen control center. Roland VR-50HD If you need a little more power, the VR-50HD unit allows for HD streaming and recording using the USB 3.0 connection. You can also connect both HDMI (4 ports) and SDI (4 ports), and also connect RGB components (2 ports), then pass the RGB signal out to an external monitor. 3 HDMI out allows to connect to a...

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Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Small and Customizable

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSVideo cameras are getting smaller and more functional for that cinematic look in whatever you do. That is the case for the Blackmagic Micro Cinema camera. The best part – it’s a fully open and customizable camera. The Cinema camera is only 2.57 inches high by 3.25 inches wide and 2.74 inches deep. With a weight of only 10 ounces, this camera can be placed on a helmet, drone, or just held in your hand. The Super 16 sensor allows up to 1080p to 60 fps with rolling shutter. The Dynamic range is 13 stops for anything from daylight to low-light video. Of course, the open camera system allows you to customize this camera however you need. Add any lens you need, bring audio into the camera, or use the expansion port to create your own control and power options. The cinema...

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HP Z1 G2 All-In-One Workstations for Powerful Editing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at NAB 2015, I checked out the powerful Z desktops and the Z1 G2 All-in-one workstation. This is a 27-inch touchscreen all-in-one. Inside is an Intel – i3,i5, i7 or Xeon E3 processor – DDR3 non-ECC RAM at 1866 MHz, Intel or NVidia graphics and more. The HP Z1 G2 is easy to open to fix or replace parts. Simply slide it down, and open the top up from the latches in the front. The hydraulic arms keep the unit from crashing down. Green tabs show you where you unlock-and-pull to take out hard drives, memory, fans, and more. Other features include an internal USB for wireless mice or any special dongles that need to be locked up. Speaking of locks, a Kensington lock option not only keeps the workstation on the desk, but also prevents unauthorized users from opening the...

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Sony Xperia Z3v is a Powerful Android Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the last few weeks I got to use the Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone on the Verizon network. Being a big fan of the Z2 tablet, I was excited to really delve into the cool features of the Z3v phone and use in tandem with the tablet. Lets start with the specs of this device. The Sony Xperia Z3v is a LTE phone running Android KitKat. The phone has a 5.2 inch display on the 5.75 x 2.83 inch enclosure. The 3100 mAh battery allows up to 920 hours standby and more important – a 16 hour battery for Facebook, Twitter, photos and the occasional phone call. The cameras on the Z3v include a 20 MP with auto focus, but only a 2.2 front face camera. Just like the Z2, if you close up all the doors, this phone is waterproof –...

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