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Zolt Charger Plus: Alternate Power Brick for Your Laptop – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOur laptops are getting smaller and smaller. Yet the power brick you use to charge up the battery seems to stay the same large device. The folks at Zolt want to change that with the Zolt Power charger – a laptop charger that is a fraction of the size. The Zolt power charger looks similar to any tablet or smartphone charging wart. Four times smaller than your laptop charger, this could fit into your bag easy. Best part – your laptop charger can stay at home on the desk. Zolt Charges More than Laptops Zolt is for 60 or 70 Watt laptop chargers. Best part – there are two more USB ports for your smartphone or tablet. It can only charge one laptop at a time, but with the interchangable plugs, you can charge your HP laptop, then switch it up for...

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Neil Young’s Pono Player Brings Hi-Fi Mobile Music

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBack at SXSW, Neil Young talked about a new media compression algorithm that keeps a lot more of the music at a comparable filesize. The Pono music system allows you to listen to music at a higher fidelity than even 320 kbps MP3 files. I got to talk with the folks at Pono while at CES 2015 and check out the player itself. The Pono player itself looks pretty simple but big. Inside is 64 GB for storage with a removable 64 GB card slot for more music and albums. It has two 3.5 mm jack options – one for headphones and one for high quality stereo output. This system could give you at least 5,000 songs on your player at any given time. From the high-fidelity Pono FLAC system, to mp3 files you already have. Therefore you can compare your MP3 version...

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WorkSpace Wall Organizer by OmniMount for Any Room

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIts your tech medicine cabinet for any room. The WorkSpace wall organizer by Ergotron / Omnimount is a mountable cabinet that flips down to be a standing desk to put your laptop on, store tech to charge or even keep it away from the kids. The WorkSpace allows you to have a desk in any room. Office, living room, kitchen, garage or wherever. Best part is this desktop can become something different. In the kitchen you could have a tablet that holds recipes, store utensils, and have a workspace while you are making a meal. In the living room maybe the tech remote could be charging, you could have pens and notepaper at the ready or just make it a charging station. Even out in the garage you could have a small workstation to place your laptop when working on projects so...

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FlirOne Thermal Imaging for iOS and Android – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSStopping at the Flir booth at CES, I learned about how Flir has improved on their new FlirOne thermal imaging system for iPhone. They retooled the device and made it an attachment working for all iOS devices. Further, they added an Android version. I talked with Travis Merrill from Flir. Now there is a new iOS platform, they decided to go with a more portable connector – for iOS anything with a Lightning connector, and Android with micro-USB connector. Flir made some enhancements to the first generation FlirOne. The major enhancement is this device is four times the resolution. The camera has two optics – one with thermal imaging and a regular camera so you can overlay the two. Auto shutter gives you a constant temperature and no manual calibration. Finally, the FlirOne has a 1,400 mAh battery, giving it a good...

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Gogo Inflight Internet is Improving Your Connections – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at the International CES show, I got to talk with Steve Nolan of Gogo inflight Internet. We learned about how their planes have the 2nd generation technology which tripled the bandwidth. Gogo is working on their third generation satellite system which will improve the speeds up to 20 times more. “The technology that helps us bring more bandwidth has to do with the type of antenna we use. Its a very low-profile phased array antenna. We actually used two – one for send and another for receive. The benefits are numerous – the consumers will receive significantly more bandwidth to the plane.” The first planes to get 3rd generation technology will be Aero Mexico and Virgin Atlantic with more coming throughout the year. Gogo also offers some services including “Gogo Vision” where you can stream or rent movies from your device...

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Brio Home Safety Plugs Keep Children Safe – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSticking a knife in a plug socket is a fear every parent has to deal with. Thousands of children go to the hospital for this simple curiosity. This is something Brio wants to end. The Brio Home Safety Smart Outlet Plug is the worlds safest power outlet. It can identify what is being plugged in and stop electricity from entering into a knife, wire, or other non-plug item. Roger from Brio also plugged in a light socket, then put his finger in the socket to show the real levels of protection. The plug has a LED alert system and a host of sensors inside that will alert you to any issue.  The sensors are placed around the house individualy. They also can detect smoke, C02, fire and more. The sensors then communicate information to the app so you can take proper action....

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Ford Unveils F150 Raptor, Mustang Shelby GT350R, Ford GT

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at the North American International Auto Show, Ford unveiled a bunch of items. They officially introduced Sync 3.0 – the newest version of their in-car computer system. But it was more about the cars, and Ford didn’t disappoint. First off was the Ford F-150 Raptor. This all-terrain truck with 3.5L EcoBoost V8 delivers 411 horsepower and over 400 ft. of torque. The Raptor is a little wider than the F-150 for stability. The best part is this truck will be built right in the new Ford truck plant right in Dearborn, MI. Next up – the Mustang Shelby GT350R. This car was stripped down enough to be street legal with a lot of creature comforts removed – including air conditioning. New Fiesta ST and Focus ST models were also shown, but it was more about the newest car in the line the...

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SleepPhones is a Headband with Headphones – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSometimes I put in earbuds to fall asleep to. They are uncomfortable and harder to get in a relaxing position. Big headphones are also bulky and hard to work with. That is where SleepPhones comes in. Dubbed “Pajamas for your ears”, SleepPhones are a headband with headphones inside. They don’t go in the ear and they are not big and bulky. You simply put the headband on, turn on the music and sleep. Or run. Or take it on the plane with you. SleepPhones come in different fabrics for your need. They are machine washable (take out the headphones first) and come with a 1 year warranty. CES 2015 INNOVATION: The company also put out a conductive charger system. They look like decorative pieces and they sit on your nightstand like a lamp. When you are done, dock the headphones up and...

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How the NFL is Using Microsoft Surface for Games – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou might have seen the lot of tablets on the sidelines. Microsoft Surfaces in not only coaches but also players hands. That is how the teams are reviewing plays – getting away from the printouts. I talked with Beth at CES Unveiled about how Microsoft Surface was being used. They have created a cart system that allows the surface devices to be stored and charged along with kept cool or warm in extreme temperatures. The cases are built to be waterproof and can take a beating if a Quarterback or coach didn’t like the plays on the screen. A hand strap is on the bottom for ease of use and when returned to the cart, they connect to the charger to stay at 100%. The system takes two stills – before the play and after – to show what happened and maybe...

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Top 5 Videos of Geekazine in 2014

Its been a fun ride creating videos this last year. I made some major changes with shows, which really paid off in the end. Geek Smack! got a major overhaul to something more manageable. Here are the top videos you watched: Chromecast vs. Apple TV vs. Roku Throwdown You guys were very interested in Over the Top Television (OTT) and set top boxes. This video had audio issues but you watched it. I even made another version which corrected the audio issues but you still watched this one. That is the power of Social media! Netflix, Amazon or Hulu – the Throwdown It makes sense this would be the 2nd most watched in 2014. You purchased your set top box, you want to know about the programs you can get for it. I talk over each streaming service and which one you might be interested in putting your...

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