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Interview Microphones: Shure SM58 vs. Audio Technica AT8004L, ATR-2100

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI chose to upgrade my podcast Interview microphone to something that actually had a longer handle. In doing the research, I found the Audio-Technica AT8004L had a lot of the features I needed, including the long handle. So when I received the mic, I had to make sure it was going to do as good of a job as my Shure SM58. I also realized that most podcasters also have the Audio-Technica ATR-2100 USB/XLR handheld microphone. I wanted to make sure they were represented as well. Shure SM58 A great microphone to use in many different situations. The SM58 is synonymous for musicians, and I’ve used it in my podcast rig since I started podcasting. My first 2-3 podcast episodes originate from this microphone before it went into the road rig. The Shure SM58 is a Unidirectional (or Cardioid) pattern microphone. The SM58...

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Kinoma Create: JavaScript-Powered IoT Construction Kit

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Andy Carle, Ph.D. about Marvell’s Kinoma Create. This is a device that allows you to create and learn hardware and software through the “Internet of Things” (IoT). We stood in front of a Labyrinth as Andy controlled the marble using the Kinoma. This device does a lot more than that. You can learn how to create and setup many different things. We saw a LED light change colors with the interface and a basic Red Blue Green toggle. Another Kinoma was set up to unlock a door. Sensors attached to another Kinoma could tell the temperature and time. The Kinoma create comes with a capacitive touchscreen, Wifi, Bluetooth, speaker and microphone unit, USB, micro SD card, battery compartment (AA Batteries) and a serial console port. Projects are found through Kinoma, or independent...

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Saloote is the Best Way to Collaborate with Others Through Your IOS Device

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSometimes musicians just want to jam with others. It gets difficult because there might not be others around. But Saloote might be able to help as it uses your iPhone to record and mash up videos to create your virtual band. Saloote is an app that allows you to sing or play an instrument with your favorite song. You could be all about that Bass, Happy, or just want to stay together. You record your track and look for other instrumentalists to help give you that one-of-a-kind sound. If you find someone better, simply replace them in the mash-up. Create videos and share them with friends. You might even be able to practice with some musicians in another town to see if they could actually play out when you get there. Dylan even mentioned a collaboration version, which will be in a...

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GigSalad Helps Find Musicians, Speakers and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI am not only a videographer, I am also a musician. My band plays regularly and its always difficult to find the right gig. That is where GigSalad comes in. While at SXSW, I got to talk with Steve Tetrault about GigSalad and how it works for not only a perfomer, but also people looking for those performers. GigSalad is not just for bands. Magicians, Clowns, Face painting and even motivational speakers are on this service. As an artist you can sign up and get listed for free. For an additional fee, an artist can get access to add media, links, banners and a better visibility when being searched for. If you are an event looking for performers, simply browse through the listings. Choose who you want a quote from and work with them on the event. When all said and done,...

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Domainskate Helps You Protect Your Domain’s Intellectual Property

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I ran into Howard Greenstein, COO of Domainskate. We got a chance to sit down and talk about protecting your domain’s identity on the web and how Domainskate.com can help in that. Big name companies have seen this – people try to cash off your idea. For instance, Apple Watch is coming, so there are hundreds trying to get similar domain names so they can try to get some of the massive traffic Apple will see. Therefore, Apple lawyers will be busy on the taking down of those sites. Domainskate is for the smaller businesses who still have to worry about those posers. You simply enter your domain and the service will start monitoring it. If it sees any suspicious activity, you will get notified. One of the issues most domain owners see is the email from another country...

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Zuta Portable Mini Robotic Printer from ZutaLabs – SXSW 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at the Paypal lounge at SXSW 2015, I got to hear Sir Mix A Lot talk about the projects he works on. Thats where I first heard about Zuta. This is a personal printer that can fit in a bag and print anything when paired to a phone or other mobile device. Zuta Personal Printer The Zuta printer is a device shaped like a teardrop. The corner allows you to align the Zuta on the page (top-left corner). Pair your device to the Zuta and a blue light comes on. It’s now ready to print. This is a black monochrome printer that pulls the image from the phone and prints out. While photos might not come out too well, you could print out tickets, emails and other things you want a paper copy for. Don’t expect this to be a fast...

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2015 Ford Edge First Drive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFord has redesigned their Ford Edge CUV for 2015. They invited me to come down to Scottsdale, AZ and take this car through its paces. I got to ride in one last year before production to check out the new park assist features. I also got a first-hand look at the newest version of the in-car computer called Sync3. Now it’s time to get an idea of how the rest of the CUV operates. About the 2015 Ford Edge The Ford Edge Crossover is clean and sleek with a lot of great additions. The 2 liter Ecoboost engine had a lot of power to it with a six-speed transmission and paddle capabilities to get this guy running through the city pretty quick. For those who need more power, the V6 would be the better alternative as it really can punch on the...

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New HP Color LaserJets are 33 Percent Smaller, 40 Percent Faster

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you ever had to change toner in a printer, if you ever had to wait five minutes for the first print of the day, HP Small Business has some new answers in a faster, smaller color Laserjet. I am in New York City at the HP press event to check out these sleek new printers. New, Smaller HP LaserJet Color Printers The new series of printers include the Color LaserJet Pro M252, LaserJet Pro MFP M277 and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M552 and M553. Each of these printers is geared toward everything from the small business to the Enterprise workplace. The best part is they are smaller than their predecessor. The M252 is 33 percent smaller itself. The size now allows you to put the printer in new areas – maybe even in a cabinet under the desk. Wake Up...

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Popular Wearable Tech Trends for 2015?

Would you buy a wristband that continuously purifies the air while you are running? If you like gadgets like this, you are going to love the following ideas. A few of these gadget ideas could possibly make an appearance in the future, so keep your eye out for them. However, some of these devices are already on the market. A Wristband Unlike Any Other Alexandr Kostin, an inventor, designed an air purifier that can be worn on your wrist all day long. You can wear this device while running, or use it while taking a stroll through the mall. The technology behind this wristband is similar to a regular air purifier. It vacuums up the polluted air within its range, and releases the freshly filtered air back into the area. Alexandr’s design comes with a refillable carbon filter and a rechargeable battery. An Anklet to Track Your Running...

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Gibson ES Les Paul, Epiphone Gary Clark jr. Casino “Blak and Blu” Guitars

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThere was a lot to see at the Gibson booth for CES 2015. Aljon Go and I talked about the 2015 Les Paul line, now its time to continue to the holobody and acoustic guitars. ES-Les Paul 2015 Aljon first showed us the ES Les Paul guitars. Manufactured in Memphis, TN, this holobody has all the great features of a Les Paul with that deep-wood sound. Humbucker pickups, low profile frets and rolled neck bindings, this guitar will give you a sound and feel no matter what type of music your playing. Epiphone Gary Clark Jr Casino Model Gary Clark Jr has a blues sound that brings old and new blues together. He has been playing Epiphone holobody Casino guitars for years – so Gibson decided to honor the artist with his own “Casino” model. The Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. Casino Black...

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