Geekazine For the Geek in all of us

xperia-review 0

Review: Sony Xperia Z2 with Verizon 4G vs. iPad Air

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSS“So slim and light, you forgetting your holding it” touts Sony in this newest tablet in the market. The Sony Xperia Z2 is a LTE-based Android tablet using Sony’s Trilumios technology. What is Triluminos? Its an approach to LED lighting that is different from most screens. Sony uses an uncoated LED inside a thin tube. The tube has what are called “Quantum Dots” of Red and Green. When electricity goes through the tubes, the wavelengths will determine the color. Blue is always the constant – emited via the main LED. The end result is a more vibrant experience. How vibrant? Well, lets put it side by side with the iPad Air to see the difference. Now we got that out of the way lets look at what Sony packs in their tablet. The Sony Xperia has a display area of 10.1 inches. You will...

portman-wills 0

Portman Wills Talks Big Data from Mobile Gaming – GSNGames.com

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSPortman Wills is the head data monger at GSNgames.com (Game Show Network). Brought in via acquisition in 2011, Portman’s job is to collect data to make the games better. GSN games is a more laid back game that caters to an older female audience. Portman talks about how they work different than games like Farmville or Angry Birds. They have famous games like  Steve Meretzky who leads a team of designers that come up with the next cool game. GSNgames is a support organization behind it. If they have two ideas on how a game should play out, Wills team A/B tests the games and comes back with the feedback for the direction to go. We continue to talk about in-app purchases in “The Pinch” – where you make the game difficult enough where some would pay .99 to get out of the level....

Facebook-messenger 1

The Crazy Facebook Messenger App Rules and a Safe Way to Install

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSLast week Facebook turned off the Messenger within the main app to force the masses to download the new app. As I mentioned before, this is to control your phone’s contact list and ultimately your phone itself. But recent issues cropped up stating the apps terms of conditions were a little seedy. The Wall Street Journal talked about how when you install the app, it tries to take over your contacts. Within the small print, they found the app could use your information to their advantage. One policy would allow Facebook to message your contacts without your knowledge. I would guess that was to allow the Facebook notifications and Inbox to alert of new messages.Further, the app could take over your camera and audio at any time. This can get spun into a state where people would be in fear that Facebook might just...

Wikimania 2014 Logo 0

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 taste of the game before anyone else. There are also going to be tabletop games including Chess, Imperialism in Space and Once Upon a Time. Of all the various sessions and talks etc. going on at Wikimania, you should be really excited about the Wikimania Games corner. This...

google 0

Google Hangouts, Photos and the Direction of Google Plus

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSGoogle 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. They switched to their own VP8 codec, giving an HD quality to the service. Bringing in an open API, many have built some great apps around the video service such as lower 3rds, cameraman, and more. Google has also changed the way Hangouts initiates. They created an IM environment which takes over the phone’s contact...

Pressy 0

Pressy Adds a Programmable Button via Your Smartphone Headphone Jack

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSA 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. Two presses and it opens up one of my favorite games. Three presses and a photo is taken. Programming is simplistic at this time. I forsee a lot more options – maybe a morse code system to add more functions. Short presses vs. long presses opening new apps. It’s only available for Android devices at...

HP-RDX 2

HP RDX Removable Disk Backup Storage for Archiving Data

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSA 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 the way you want. If it’s a single computer, copy files or run an OS backup. If its a Enterprise server, schedule backups of the OS and files using the RDX software. It takes me back to one of my old IT jobs where everyday I had to go into the server room and switch...

Illegal-YouTube 1

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

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThis 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, acts of violence, bomb making, choking games, dangerous content involving minors, or other acts where serious injury could result. This puts Hoeg in a grey area. It is dangerous but no injury happened. If Steven would have said “I dare you to try this”, YouTube would take this video down. Yet it not only is...

HTC-One 0

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

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSLast 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 the UltraPixel module for depth of field. So if you are a shutterbug, this device not only will get you the best pictures, but also some great selfies. The phone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core at 2.3 GHz. The screen is 4.7 inches with 440 ppi. The HTC One also puts the speakers...

smartphones-slowing-us-down 0

Can Smartphones Be Slowing Us Down?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSYou’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 to see why. This group reviewed the surveillance system and noticed a trend that not made the servers slower, but the customer. The group had the restaurant pull up tapes from 10 years prior to figure out the problem. What they found was that the customer was slowing the process down because the first thing...

Geekazine.com