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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...

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Sustainability Blues: Drinking Water Issues Around the World – Further with Ford

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:13:32 — 1,009.6MB) If you live outside the US, you might be very aware of the drinking water issues. Inside the US – you might not know this but in the next 10-20 years you will be faced with a drinking water shortage. While at the Further with Ford conference in Dearborn, MI I learned about how the world deals with getting clean drinking water. The Sustainability Blues also opened my eyes in the fact this resource is getting taxed. There are 7 billion in the world with expectations of hitting 10...

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I Convert My Macbook DVD into a USB Drive with OWC SuperSlim

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 11:58 — 132.4MB) Since I put the OWC SSD into my system and moved out the DVD drive for another hard drive, I have parts from the Macbook left over – mainly the optical drive and older hard drive. There may be times I’ll still need the DVD, so I want to put it into an enclosure. Best part is I can use the DVD drive for any Mac or PC in the house. Especially since I just got an Ultrabook that doesn’t come with DVD drive, but did come with discs...

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Could Holographic Fireworks Replace Real Fireworks?

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:11 — 54.1MB) It’s 4th of July, and in the US that means fireworks – and lots of them. In Madison, we celebrate with “Rhythm and Booms”, which is one of the largest shows in the Midwest. However, there are always issues surrounding the event – mainly the cost of a fireworks show. A 45 minute show can cost upwards to 50,000 or more. If you want specialty fireworks, well that’s going to cost a little more. Add to this the environmental impact of Fireworks. A white firework consists of 75 percent...

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Female Frontier Pt 5: Panel Discussion – Further with Ford

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:00 — 486.7MB) In the last part of Further with Ford: Female Frontier, Chantel Lenard, Jenna Wolfe, Jennifer Senior, and John Gerzema come up for a panel discussion on what they talked about earlier. With one billion more women coming into the workforce, and most of them with children, they talk about how the workforce needs to adapt. If you haven’t checked it out, watch the first four parts to this event. The information about women entering the workforce is eye-opening.  

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Female Frontier pt 4: John Gerzema – Further with Ford

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 9:33 — 137.7MB) Part 4 in this session called Female Frontier, we listen to John Gerzema – author of the book “Athena Doctrine”. He and Michael D’Antonio went to 13 countries and interviewed 64,000 people to find out new ways of leading. John talks about people like Silvia Lali, who runs the womens’ house in Lima, Peru. She was fighting domestic abuse of women. This is a story about corruption and what she did to fix the problem. John talks more about the feminine values that could be the operating system of...

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Female Frontier pt 3: Jennifer Senior of New York Times – Further with Ford

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 12:00 — 157.7MB) In part one, we heard Chantel Lenard talks stats of women in the workforce. Part 2 brought Jenna Wolfe talking real-life experiences. Jennifer Senior now takes the stage Senior talks more on point of view – what the woman sees and what the man sees in the workforce. For instance: when the woman comes back home, the clock starts as she has to get her work done before the end of the day. Then it starts all over the next day. Jennifer Senior talks about the studies between the men...