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Contest: Win an HP RDX Backup Unit and 2 TB Removable Disk

My friends at HP storage have sent me 2 HP RDX backup units to give away. These are disk backup units with a 2 Terabyte cartridge. The HP RDX unit is external USB 3.0 and perfect for backing up whatever you need. Whether a desktop, server, or other item, the RDX unit can be treated like a standard USB drive or – with the software – be able to backup your machines on schedule. Simply insert a disk and let it run overnight. The RDX disks are rugged and withstood drop tests, along with hot, cold and dust tests. These...

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Gaming Fun Comes To Wikimania 2014

Full disclosure: I am in the core organising team for Wikimania. For one evening only at Wikimania 2014, there will be a huge gaming event known as the Wikimania Games Corner. For one night, there will be a dedicated space to play a variety of games. As far as electronic games go, you will expect to find Mario Kart Wii(Nintendo Wii), OpenArena(PC/Linux/Mac) and Streets of Rage(Sega Mega Drive) to name but a few of the games that you can play. If you’re really lucky, you might be able to get your hands on the Elite: Dangerous beta and get a...

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Google Hangouts, Photos and the Direction of Google Plus

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:09 — 241.8MB) Google has separated Hangouts from Google+ and is planning to do the same with photos. Will YouTube be the next in this Exodus? Where does this leave the social Network Google+? In June of 2011, Vic Gundotra and crew debuted Google+ and the Google Hangout. A video conference service for up to 10 people to “Hang Out”. As a beta user and original Hangout member, we used to spend a lot of late night hours bouncing from one hangout to another. Since then, the Hangout feature has vastly improved....

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Pressy Adds a Programmable Button via Your Smartphone Headphone Jack

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:38 — 217.7MB) A successful Kickstarter campaign, Pressy is a cool button you can program and use when you need it. Whether it takes a photo, turns on the flashlight, or opens up your favorite app, the button can become a helpful gadget. Pressy comes with a keychain holder so you can store when not in use. Download the app from the Play store and insert Pressy. Alert the phone its inserted, then use it for whatever you programmed the button with. For example, I have one press opening the Pressy dashboard....

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HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Storage for Archiving Data

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:48 — 221.9MB) A few weeks ago I conquered a challenge that a lot of Small to medium businesses don’t do. Backup my data. My friends at HP sent me an RDX unit with 2- 2TB drives to try out. The RDX unit is a external or internal USB 3.0 disk backup storage unit. The key is it can work in place of that tape system you might have or might still be using. The RDX removable backup system works by inserting the disk cartridge into the device. You can then backup...

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Posting Video of Illegal Activities on YouTube – Should it be Taken Down?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:58 — 133.8MB) This last week, Daredevil Steven Hoeg posted a video on YouTube of him jumping off the Monona Terrace in Madison, WI. This is an illegal stunt that will cost him a fine of $400. However, the video stays on YouTube, which could make him more money and additional fame for just pulling the stunt off. Since Hoeg created a video doing something illegal, should that video be allowed to stay on YouTube? Youtube does have a policy for illegal activities. However, these activities are mostly limited to drug use,...

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HTC One M8 vs. Samsung Galaxy S5: Smartphone Throwdown Part 2

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:04 — 377.5MB) Last week I showed you the Samsung Galaxy S5 and all its glory. This week, we turn the tables and look at the HTC One M8. These phones are loaners from Verizon, so I thank them for allowing to use for comparison. Next up is the HTC One M8 phone. This device has a definite feel difference since its got a metal back design. You even have color options in gun metal grey, champagne, gold, and now red – which is a Verizon exclusive. The HTC One has added...

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Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:21 — 202.5MB) You’ve seen it before – You’re running to get to a destination, maybe get to the next flight, walk the street to your next meeting. You run into that one person looking down at their smartphone, oblivious to the world and slowing everyone down. You would like to curse at them, but you know you do it yourself. Are smartphones slowing us down? I just read an interesting article on Dineability.com. A popular New York restaurant noticed the service to be slow. They decided to bring in a group...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs HTC One M8: The Throwdown Part 1

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:14 — 82.3MB) In this two part video, I take a look at the Samsung Galaxy S5 over the HTC One M8 – both are the latest Android phones for their respected manufacturers. Both of these phones are on loan from Verizon. After playing with the Samsung S5, I see why it s one of the top smartphones on the market. Samsung definitely takes the Android software and makes its own. A great camera, powerful battery and even more secure with its own fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone. Let s start...

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GIVEAWAY: Win an OWC SSD (480 GB), Mac Memory Upgrade and More!

This contest has ended. Thanks to all who participated! In the last couple weeks I have been showing you how I upgraded my Macbook Pro with a new SSD drive, 16 GB of memory, Data Doubler (replacing the optical drive with another hard drive), and putting the DVD drive into its own enclosure. Now, you get a chance to win some of these items from OWC and Geekazine! Contest runs from July 8th @noon – July 29th @noon OWC 480 GB SSD OWC’s Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD can change the speed of any computer – old or new! When...

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Coke and No Smile: Could “Share a Coke” Social Experiment Backfire?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:24 — 128.7MB) A couple weeks ago, Coca-Cola created a new social campaign – sharing a coke with a friend. On the side of the bottle, they put different names for you to share a Coke with. But does this social thought work, or backfire for sales of Coca-Cola? Coke is a major soda manufacturer. For years they have been the #1 Worldwide brand. In 2011 that started to change as tech companies Microsoft and Google wedged their way to the top. According to Interbrand, Coke dropped to #3 in 2013. Its...

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Cut Cold Butter with Spread That, Ice Cream with Scoop That!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:21 — 90.8MB) The folks at Useful Things sent me two very interesting utensils to try out. Scoop THAT! and Spread THAT! is a knife and ice cream scoop that uses your body heat to keep the end warm and ultimately help you fill your bowl or butter your bread. How Spread THAT and Scoop THAT Work When you hold the handle of either utensil, your body heat transfers to the end of the scoop or knife. This is what makes these items push through a lot easier. Perfect when you are...